- Instrument: Double bass
Described to have won the Young Jazz Musician Award 2016 “with great mix of communicativeness, simplicity and sass”, Daniel Casimir is proving to be an up and coming bassist and composer.
Daniel Casimir attended the Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Course between 2008-2012 and began studying the double bass under the tuition of Mark Hodgson and Arnie Somogyi. During his time at Birmingham Conservatoire, Daniel was also taught by legendary bassist Dave Holland and received several performance opportunities which included a project with saxophonist Chris Potter. Jon Turney described Daniel’s performance: “Outstanding for me, though, was Dan Casimir on bass. He did everything a bass player should, cruising with the orchestra, responding creatively to the soloists, duetting impressively with Potter on one number”. Daniel left Birmingham in 2012 with a first for his final performance.
Daniel decided to further his skills as an improviser and composer by completing a Masters at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, supported by scholarships from the Savile Club and Help Musicians. Whilst at Trinity Laban Conservatoire he participated in public conservatoire events, including playing at Ronnie Scott’s, and a performance at the Southbank Centre as part of the London Jazz festival.
Since finishing the formal aspect of his musical training, Daniel has had the opportunity to perform with the following artists; Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello, Benet Mclean, Lonnie Liston Smith, Nathan Facey, Shane Forbes, Chihiro Yamanaka, Ashley Henry and David Lyttle. In addition to performing with an array of musicians, Daniel also performs regularly and has recorded with the Clark Tracey Quintet (Meantime, Jubilation), Tom Harrison (Unfolding in Tempo), Jasmine Power (Stories and Rhymes) and Camilla George (Isang). Daniel will record with former Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint in 2017.
Daniel is the winner of The Musicians’ Company’s Young Jazz Musician Award 2016. He is also preparing for his first release as a band leader with his group “Project M” in 2017.