Daniel Eichenbaum

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Composer Daniel Eichenbaum’s music has been performed and published throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent commissions include Fading Light, a wind quintet premiered in Febraury, 2010 and Orbit, commissioned by the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance for flute, clarinet, and live electronics and premiered in April, 2010.  Dr. Eichenbaum received an Inspiration Grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council of Kansas City to help fund his work on Dark Matter, which combines his love for music, science, and outer space.

Dr. Eichenbaum enjoys working with performers to create new and exciting chamber repertoire.  In 2009, the Kansas City based chamber ensemble Quadrivium commissioned and premiered Nearer . . .  He wrote Silent Sphere for flutist Rebecca Ashe in 2008 and the piece has since been performed numerous times.  Listen:  A Grammar of Being was performed as part of the 2008 – 2009 ArtSounds concert series at the Kansas City Art Institute, as well as at the 2009 College Music Society Great Plains Regional Conference.   His trumpet quartet, Goodnight, Alex, was premiered by the Mahidol University Trumpet Ensemble at the 2007 International Trumpet Guild conference.  Appalachian Images was premiered by the Mahidol University Clarinet Ensemble and Rachel Dances by the Thailand Saxophone Ensemble.  Other ensembles that have performed his works include the Montana State University Orchestra, the University of Arizona Chamber Orchestra, the University of Michigan Concert Band, the University of Warwick Wind Ensemble, and Fünf.  His music is published by Southern Music, Reynard Music, and Warwick Brass, and recorded on the Capstone Records label.

Dr. Eichenbaum has a special interest in working in collaboration with artists across genres.  In 2007, he collaborated with Kansas City poet Tim Pettet on a song Maybe Next Season. The work was premiered in the spring of 2008.  Also in 2008, he collaborated again with Tim Pettet and with Kansas City Art Institute faculty Jamie Gray and Robb Smigielski on Listen: A Grammar of Being, featuring live music, live poetry, and projected visuals.  Dr. Eichenbaum has also worked with other poets including Cheryl Melfi.  In 2007, the Montana State University Orchestra performed his song cycle Three Women based on her poetry.  Beyond the concert music world, Dr. Eichenbaum is fostering new performance collaborations with theatre artists.  Since 2008, he has been performing and writing for Boom!: An International Lost and Found Family Marching Band that combines original music with dance, acting, and storytelling. Boom! has toured the Midwest and performed in various venues in the Kansas City metro area.  He also co-wrote and co-performed live incidental music for the live theatre piece L’Histoire D’Amour: A Clown Love Story.

In addition to his creative output, Dr. Eichenbaum is a devoted teacher of composition and music theory.  Since 2007, Mr. Eichenbaum has been a Fellow for the Composers in the Schools (CITS) program.  CITS is an outreach program that places well-qualified music teachers in classrooms where they can inspire underserved Kansas City students.  From 2005 – 2007 Dr. Eichenbaum was Instructor of Theory and Composition at Mahidol University, Thailand.  In March of 2007, Dr. Eichenbaum spent a week in Myanmar giving masterclasses at the Gitameit Music Center and oversaw the premiere of his new choir piece, To the Evening Star.  Previously, Dr. Eichenbaum was the Project Coordinator for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composers Project, where he helped students aged 9 – 17 create new works for orchestra and then hear them read by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Eichenbaum earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. There, he studied with Chen Yi, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Zhou Long.  He previously earned his Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Pennsylvania State University.  His past teachers have included Evan Chambers, William Bolcom, Paul Barsom, Bruce Trinkley, and James Aikman.