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DÁNIEL JANCA is a multifaceted percussionist and drummer.

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Dániel’s solo concert programs span adaptations of Baroque music, choreographed body-percussion, mime, and improvised electroacoustic music with live visualization. His electroacoustic project is SUPERSONIC, marked by his creative, out-of-the-box approach to designing music events. Dániel performs percussion concertos and records contemporary pieces as well. An avid collaborator, he established a duo with flutist Rebeka Drahos, co-founded Quantum percussion group in Budapest, and is a frequent guest artist with other chamber groups and ensembles.

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Dániel performed at some of the foremost percussion events and renowned venues. As a soloist, he played at the 2023 Taiwan International Percussion Convention (TIPC) (Taipei, Taiwan) upon the invitation of the Ju Percussion Group, and at the House of Music (Budapest, Hungary) for the 2024 Transparent Sound New Music Festival, featuring a post-concert presentation. In collaborations, he appeared at the 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) (San Antonio, TX, USA) with Michael Burritt and the PASIC International All-star Percussion Ensemble, he is a soloist/principal of the 2024 World Percussion Group (UK, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Denmark), and is a performer at the 2024 Bang on a Can Summer Festival (North Adams, MA, USA).

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In addition to performance, Dániel is composing, teaching, and researching as a doctoral candidate. His research topic at the Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest) is „Adaptations of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music for percussion, considering Bach’s own adaptations“.

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In an institutional setting, Dániel studied classical percussion for over fifteen years and jazz drum for over four years. This includes percussion performance and pedagogy degrees at the Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), as well as numerous masterclasses worldwide, notably Northwestern University’s Percussion Symposium (Evanston, IL, USA), and the Croatia Drum Camp.

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The music Dániel is involved in is often characterized as innovative and experimental, either for its acoustics, instrumentation, extended techniques, or possibly even a symbiosis with other art forms. Being versed in contemporary/new music and enhancing his literacy in early music by doctoral research serves Dániel’s dual pursuit of pioneering and nourishing traditions.

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Dániel was supported by Budafok Government, MOL & New Europe Foundation, Bank of China, Liszt Academy Budapest, National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Erste Bank, and the PAS Armand Zildjian Scholarship.

Photos by László Emmer, Balázs Mohai, Tat Keng Tey (DADA), Orsolya Bernáth, Wei Chi Chen, Ju Percussion Group Foundation.

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