Danny Clay is a composer whose work is deeply rooted in curiosity, collaboration, and the sheer joy of making things with people of all ages and levels of artistic experience.
Working closely with artists, students, and community members alike, he builds worlds of inquiry, play, and perpetual discovery that integrate elements of sound, movement, theater, and visual design. Children’s games, speculative systems, cognitive puzzles, invented notation, found objects, imaginary archives, repurposed media, micro-improvisations, and happy accidents all make frequent appearances in his projects.
He has been commissioned by Kronos Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the city of Berkeley, Volti, Sarah Cahill, and Phyllis Chen, among others. His work has been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Eighth Blackbird, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP), and has been presented by San Francisco Performances, the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts at the Minnesota Street Project, the Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, the Meaney Center for the Arts in Seattle, and university programs throughout the United States.