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Dan Furman

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Dan Furman began playing piano and writing music at the age of 6 in Old Hickory, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville). He went on to study composition and jazz piano at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Following school, he traveled to South America for a year, where he studied Latin music and played with “musica criolla” bands in Lima, Perú. Back in the US, he spent a number of years as an political activist and organizer, working in industries ranging from meat-packing to railcar manufacturing. After moving to New York in 2003 to play jazz, Dan began writing for music theater as well. Dan spent 4 years in the BMI Lehman Engels Musical Theater Workshop. His musical, “Rip!,” was awarded a staged reading by Theater Resources Unlimited in 2009, was presented by the Puffin Cultural Forum in 2010 and was produced in the 2011 Midtown
International Theatre Festival. Dan’s songs have been performed in cabaret venues around the city, and he wrote the theme song for the Big Apple Circus 2010-11 show, “Dance On!” Dan works as an accompanist and music director at the Singers Forum, the Lee Strasberg Institute, Fordham University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan. He lives in Brooklyn and appears frequently as a jazz pianist with the Dan Furman Trio and his original jazz band, the Primordial Jazz Funktet.

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