Dan Langa is a composer, producer, and arranger fusing elements of the music most important to him to create image-provoking sounds.
His work is deeply influenced by his background as a jazz trumpeter and training as a pianist. He holds a particular fascination with electroacoustic music and how to incorporate elements of the natural world into his work. Growing up in Ann Arbor, MI placed him between the vibrant electronic, soul, and hip-hop scenes of Detroit, the strong folk music community in Ann Arbor, and the classical music concerts presented through the University of Michigan. This eclectic mixture has come to inform how Dan listens to and writes music.
Dan’s work spans a variety of contexts. His chamber pieces have been selected to be read or performed by groups such as the JACK Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, Zodiac Trio, and Wet Ink Ensemble. He was selected to participate in the 2017 Fresh Inc Festival hosted by the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble where he studied with composers Dan Visconti and Stacy Garrop. His catalog includes arrangements covering styles from big band jazz to a cappella.
Dan has scored many short films for directors across the country showing his command of electronic to orchestral composition and everything in between. His collaborations have stretched to South Carolina as well where his piece for flute and tape track, Humor Me, Please, which was written in collaboration with flutist, Mimi Harding, was a finalist in the 2018 SPARK Creativity in Music Awards at the University of South Carolina.
As a curator, Dan has produced a wide range of projects and events. He was the producer of To The Fullest: The Music of Julius Eastman and T.J. Anderson, which was sponsored by the Corliss Lamont Lectureship at Amherst College in February of 2017. This series of events revolved around the music and lives of American composers Julius Eastman and T.J. Anderson. In collaboration with the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College and with funding from the Arts at Amherst Initiative, Dan developed a video cataloging project fostering creative partnerships between student filmmakers and composers creating short films and soundtracks displaying art in the museum’s collection.
Dan earned his BA in Music from Amherst College graduating magna cum laude with highest departmental honors. He was awarded the Eric Edward Sundquist Prize for excellence in musical composition and performance. His senior honors thesis, entitled The Passion of Joan of Arc, was an 83-minute live scoring performance to the 1928 silent film classic of the same name for which he acted as both composer and conductor. He conducted the Amherst Symphony Orchestra as soloist, Patrick Williams performed Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1. At Amherst, he studied under Eric Sawyer, John McDonald, Bruce Diehl, Eric Wubbels, and Ryan Vigil.
Dan is currently based in New York City where he is pursuing his Masters in Music Theory and Composition at New York University studying with Julia Wolfe.
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