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THE MUSIC OF DANIEL STANIFORTH


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Classically trained as a Cellist, Daniel Staniforth composes in a variety of genres from
classical, impressionist, atonal, ambient, to ethereal - whether using real orchestral
instruments
or synthesizers. From traditional to experimental, dark to light and airy - his
sophistication and colour may charm the discerning listener. Although his formal
academic training is mostly in Literature, Staniforth studied Cello, Piano, Music Theory, and
Composition from an early age, passing various exams at the Royal Academy of Music. 

New Videos

Dreams of Albion
Thaws of Amber



Father to Father is a series of impressionistic orchestral pieces written and performed by
Staniforth in homage to his father, Ken Staniforth, a classical music aficionado.
The pieces explore the English landscape of Staniforth's youth and his experiences as an
immigrant in America. The CD features the voices of brother, Jonathan Staniforth;
Brother-in-law, Julian Lukins; and great-grandmother-in-law, the late Lucia Zarlinga
(recorded in her 105th year).

Sections of the CD were recently used by theatre producer, Gouri Nilakantan Mehta,
for plays at the National Media Centre in Nathupur, India.


Pieces: Adrift, Colours of Aldeburg Beach, Dreams of Albion, Gemisphere, Dean Church Graveyard Dances, Last Memories of Caraville (Dialogue for Centenary Woman,Antique Piano, & Orchestra), Blackbird (Variations on a Yeovil Folksong), Sunkenness(A Round for Dub-choir & Orchestra), Lost Language of the Lakes, Sylvan Forest Light, Little Victories of Spring, Flight of the Emigre, Song for Hana.

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Dean Church Graveyard Dances
Colours of Aldeburg Beach
Dreams of Albion


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Father to Father Reviews:

"It is a cacaphony of countryside. it feels like a stream, then a hillside of animals. then there are birds. and clouds. and a small forest path.
it is heard in the music, and it is seen in the mind. It is almost peaceful. however there are constant surprises, and distractions."

"Artistry. very impressive! brings back nice memories and images... herne the hunter, chalk horses,the round table, knights and castles,
and always the great forest. bravo!"

"Epic, filmic, a very ambitious piece. so much going on... sophisticated yet unpretentious, an army of darkness in a faded oak leaf."

"Full of atmosphere and beauty."

"I love all the different moods - frightened, wondrous, daring."

"Brooding with lots of interesting chords and progressions. I like the tonal mixed with the atonal."

"This is simply beautiful. . .Lovely counter point! With unexpected twists."

"Lovely timbres and coloristic build here. Ethereal and beautiful harmonies abounding."

"Nicely lyrical and lachrymal. I like how he deals with musical spaces, and let them be s p a c e." 

"Great arrangement, wonderful choice of instruments and soundcolors."

"Austere at times, staggeringly huge at others."

"I'm very fond of imagery and atmosphere in music, and this has it in spades." 

"A unique atmosphere and wash of amorphous colors." 

"Lush and full of space to let each instrument voicing shine through..."

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with REBSIE FAIRHOLM & ALCHYMICAL MUSE (2009)


Rebsie Fairholm is an English singer who felt the calling to traditional music but found the lure
of 60s psychedelic rock too great an influence to resist, ending up with a darkly evocative
cornfield-edge psych-folk. Inspired by the land and the lingering spirits of the ancestors who
tilled it, she has a sweet and haunting voice which touches the listener on a deep level.


Daniel and Rebsie can be heard together on Rebsie's new CD, Seven Star Green.
Their work together on that album led to the formation of the duo, Alchymical Muse.

Alchymical Muse is a voice and cello centred duo comprising Daniel Staniforth
(vocals, cello, classical and electric guitars) and Rebsie Fairholm (vocals, clarsach harp, 12-string guitar).
Varied and innovative, and kaleidoscopic in its vision, the Alchymical sound combines spine-tingling
vocal harmonies with haunting cello, dark tumbling guitars and a diversity of strings and chimes.
Deep and contemplative songs bring out the unique and special synergy between their voices,
fusing together elements of wordless lyrics, choral chants, Gaelic lament and flourishes
of poetry and literature.

Songs of ALCHYMICAL MUSE


New Alchymical Muse Videos

Winds on the Wolds
Sunshards on Portico
Bird in the Bush
Music for Under Milk Wood at the Cheltenham Playhouse


Also from Daniel and Rebsie...

The Orchestrated British Folk Songs
(Rebsie Fairholm: vocals - Daniel Staniforth: orchestration/cello)

 

A new 'Sonic Poemscape' CD featuring the poetry of Margaret Randall, read by Daniel Staniforth
and Rebsie Fairholm, and set to their classical and ambient music.


CELLO & DOUBLE BASS PIECES

Michael Marquesen: theremin & production - Daniel staniforth: cello
George P. Tingley: guitar - Daniel Staniforth: cello
Kevin Jones: Synthesizers - Daniel Staniforth: cello, double bass
Rune Storkaas: drums, keyboards, bass - Daniel Staniforth:cello
Daniel Staniforth: Cello
Daniel Staniforth: Double Bass


GUITAR PIECES
(
Daniel Staniforth: Guitar)


PIANO/KEYBOARD PIECES
(
Daniel Staniforth: Piano, Keyboard, Organ)


MEDITATIONS

Barbie Flowers-Radell (1957-2008)


In 2007, Staniforth composed a series of ambient meditation pieces for his sister-in-law,
Barbie Flowers-Radell, as an encouragement in her fight against Lung Cancer. 
Sadly, the courageous battle ended with Barbie's passing on February 29, 2008.
This music was a gift of love and is therefore not for sale - but if you would like share
the following pieces in memorium of this beautiful woman, please click on the image above.


WATCHERS OF THE VALCORON TRILOGY (with Brian Hoffman)
(Brian Hoffman: drums, synthesizers - Daniel Staniforth: cello, kalimba, recorder, organ, synthesizers, vocals)

Watchers of the Valcoron is an experimental Sci-Fi trilogy by Brian Hoffman (of Omnicell) and Daniel Staniforth

"The Watchers are immersed in a stunning pathology of ambient sulfate...through cello and variant other wavesound pulse mixing...
burning its curious way to the top of the ice-volcanic biosphere… "


VIDEO with SHADOW OF NINE

"Eden's Gate" with Dave Warren (Shadow of Nine), Tom Chianti , & Cees Swart
(Warren: music - Staniforth: lyrics, vocals - Chianti & Swart: video production)


with DreamHaus (2008-2009)

DreamHaus is a collaboration between Mark Deskin and Daniel Staniforth, also featuring
Rebsie Fairholm, Omar Nasr, Aaron Deskin and Ramona Graham. The full album is
called Fade with the Light.


with ECTOPLASM (2008-2009)

Post-Mortem Lullaby is an EP project featuring Sam Hatzaris (Ectoplasm) and Daniel Staniforth (Luna Trick),
also featuring Kenta Anderson (Skean).


with DREAM nth (2002-2005)


Dream nth (or Dream to the nth) was a musical collaboration between Daniel Staniforth
(Vocals/Guitar/Cello) and Jude D’Silva (Bass/Drums), recorded near Oxford, OH. 
Twelve Songs were written and recorded by both of thembetween 2002 and 2005.
Four songs from these sessions, along with eight songs that were remade by Daniel in 2008,
now comprise the album called "Moonbather's Glory."


JEALOUSY SCREAMS (1985-89)

Jealousy Screams (formerly U.Z.I.) was a San Diego area band from 1985-89. 
The main components were song-writing duo, Daniel Kennedy (vocals/guitar/synth) and
Daniel Staniforth (vocals/guitar/synth/cello), sometimes joined by other musicians such as
Mick Macres (drums), Bob Haskins (guitar), and others. 

Kennedy has moved to the world of Christian Rock and now fronts the Daniel Kennedy Band and 3X
Macres has recently begun a project called Black Oak Hymnal.