Composer Daniel Felsenfeld (b.1970) has been commissioned and performed by Simone Dinnerstein, Opera On Tap, the Chorus of Trinity Wall Street, Metropolis Ensemble, Meerenai Shim, Two Sense (Lisa Moore and Ashley Bathgate), ASCAP, San Jose Opera, ETHEL, Great Noise Ensemble, American Opera Projects, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Transit, Redshift, Nadia Sirota, Blair McMillen, Two Sides Sounding, Parhelion Trio, Alcyone Ensemble, Friction Quartet, Kristin Elgersma, Eleanor Taylor and Jen Devore, Holly Chatham, Momenta Quartet, Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne, Cornelius Duffallo, Stephianie Mortimore, Mellissa Hughes, Corey Dargel, Jenny Lin, New York City Opera (VOX), ACME, Redshift, New Gallery Consert Series, Gabriella Diaz, Sarah Bob, Jody Redhage, Caroline Worra, New England Conservatory Philharmonic in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Galapagos Art Space, The Kimmell Center, Jordan Hall, the Kitchen, Miller Theatre, Stanford University, Harvard University, The Stone, Brown University, Le Poisson Rouge, City Winery, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the BEAT Festival, MATA Festival, Make Music New York, 21c Liederabend, Opera Grows in Brooklyn, New Brew, Serial Underground, and John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders. Future projects include pieces for Sequitur (based on unpublished writings of David Foster Wallace), an opera based on the life of Dr. Kinsey for Opera on Tap, Kathy Supove, Michael Zegarski, Great Noise, Ashley Bathgate and Ensemble 212, Vocallective, Cadillac Moon Ensemble and Vision Into Art.
Collaborations: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, a musical resetting of David Bowie’s lyrics performed by ACME with singers Corey Dargel and Mellissa Hughes; On Murder: Considered as One of the Fine Arts, a song cycle with lyrics by the writer Wesley Stace to accompany the release of his novel Charles Jessold Considered as a Murderer (additional work with Stace in his guise as singer John Wesley Harding include the theme to his popular touring variety show, “John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet’s of Wonders”); and the ASCAP commission A Genuine Willingness to Help Out, a evening-length project with writers, including Rick Moody, Jonathan Lethem, Stephen Elliot, Fiona Mazel, Rosanne Cash, Amanda Palmer, Stew, and Lydia Lunch, among many others. This piece will mark the debut for Felsenfeld’s own ensemble, the FelsenPhilharmonic. Song Cycle Raw Footage, written to commemorate the retirement of writer Robert Coover from Brown University (with texts from his novel Lucky Pierre) as part of the The Cabinet of Unusual Practices V, sung by Marcy Richardson. Opera The Bloody Chamber, workshopped though American Opera Projects, was performed at Galapagos Art Space by Opera on Tap as part of their Opera Grows in Brooklyn Series His monodrama Nora, In The Great Outdoors, written for soprano Caroline Worra with playwright Will Eno will be performed this Spring with American Opera Projects, the first part of a trilogy. Commercially available works include: Pianist Andrew Russo’s Dirty Little Secrets and Mix Tape (Endeavor Classics); Pianist Jenny Lin’s American Insomniac (Koch). You. Have. No. Idea., a forthcoming CD devoted to Felsenfeld’s chamber music, played by Redshift, will be available on Naxos in 2013. His piece The Cohen Variations will be available on a Sony release in 2013, played by pianist Simone Dinnerstein.
When rapper Jay-Z performed in Carnegie Hall, along with Alicia Keys and Nas, backed by a full orchestra, Felsenfeld was asked to do all of the orchestrations and arrangements. He also collaborated with The Roots (offering music on their Grammy-nominated record Undun, appearing with them and the Metropolis Ensemble on the Jimmy Fallon Show) and ?uestlove with Keren Ann and David Murray. He also wrote arrangements for both ShuffleCulture and Electronium, a show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with ?uestlove, Sasha Grey, Deerhoof, How to Dress Well, Reggie Watts and the Metropolis Ensemble.
Residencies include Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, The Hermitage, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.