For the past ten years, Cuban-American composer Daniel Josť Older has been combining his passion for social justice work and his gift for music and storytelling to create emotionally moving and artistically cutting-edge multimedia performance projects. He studied under legendary jazz composer Yusef Lateef and participated in an intensive, in-depth course on the history, theory and composition of Cuban music in Havana, 2001. Daniel?s music combines soulful melodies with haunting accompaniment and driving beats, often using the clanks and whirrs of machinery and sounds of the city to enhance the rhythm.
In 2003 he was awarded a Global Migrations grant to organize around immigrant rights in Tijuana, BC. From this experience he created a full-scale musical narrative, told as the soundtrack to a fictional Mexican horror movie called Comecura Comecura!, which he then presented with a full Latin jazz orchestra, a string quartet and prerecorded dialogue clips.
Daniel has also worked extensively with artists from other genres. His original music has accompanied dances by INSPIRIT Dance Company and Maria Bauman and this summer he will be working on the score for The Urban Bush Women?s Summer Institute performance. He has created the soundtrack for a number of films, including the upcoming short Moonfishing, a puppet animation movie produced by Cheryl Henson. He?s serving as producer/composer on two conscious hip hop/spoken word albums due out later this year: internationally acclaimed poet/MC Toni Blackman?s Time Traveller and spoken word artist Malachi Rivers? The Communication Specialist.
Besides working nights as a New York City paramedic, Daniel currently co-coordinates Reflect Connect Move, an anti-racist organizing team that uses movement building, creative arts and community dialogue workshops to end gender violence in Brooklyn. In this capacity and as a consultant for CONNECT NYC, Daniel has created and presented workshops on organizing and the intersections of gender oppression and racism at over 50 churches, schools, community centers and businesses around New York City.
As a teaching artist at the community organization Make The Road By Walking, Daniel works with young Latinos in Bushwick to write and perform original theater pieces that deal with gentrification, abusive relationships, racism and true love.