Bio

“A virtuosic technician with abundant creativity and a drive to engage disparate and unlikely scenarios….”
-All About Jazz New York

Spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, Dan Blacksberg brings a burly, rough-edged voice that pushes at the technical and textural extremes of his instrument, the trombone. A 2012 Pew Fellow in the Arts, the Philadelphia resident and native has made a name for himself as a leader with projects such as the Daniel Blacksberg Trio, Hasidic doom metal band Deveykus, and as a co-leader of new music duo Archer Spade. He is also in demand as a sideman, working with groups such as the Anthony Braxton Quartet, Bobby Zankel Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, and with composer Gene Coleman. He has also performed and recorded with artists such as Joe Morris, and Danilo Perez.

Dan is also one of the few musicians in the world who performs and teaches traditional klezmer on the trombone. Recognized as a master of the traditional trombone style, he can often be found performing with the field’s top artists. He is a founding member of Alan Bern’s The Other Europeans, and has performed and recorded with such as Frank London, Adrienne Cooper, Michael Winograd, Daniel Kahn, Hankus Netsky, Alicia Svigals, and Elaine Hoffman-Watts. Dan has taught and performed in festivals all over the world, such as the Klezkamp, Klezkanada, Lowell Folk Festival, the Krakow Fesitval of Jewish Culture, and Yiddish Summer Weimar, and has been an artist-in-residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

In addition to his Pew Fellowship, Dan has received grants from the American Composers Forum, and was a 2014 composer fellow at the UCross Foundation. He has a Bachelors of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Morris, and John McNeil.

Please visit his klezmer page for more information about my klezmer activities.