"On A Mission to Preserve Traditional Jewish Music" - The Boston Globe
“ . . . poignant . . . majestic music.” - The Boston Globe
“Beautiful . . . original tunes.” - The Jerusalem Post
“ . . . soulful melodies . . . “ - The Jewish Advocate
“A Jewish musical soul . . . “ - Chicago Jewish News
Daniel Gil is a composer, musicologist, folk musician, producer, arranger and performer living in the Boston area. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and has composed and performed both classical and folk music. His classical compositions often incorporate the majestic scenes and beautiful melodies of his Chassidic heritage.
Daniel has performed traditional Jewish folk music for audiences around the world and has played and lectured on the history and nature of Jewish Music at the New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, Tufts University and various synagogues. He has been a recipient of grants from both the Meru Foundation and the Boston Combined Jewish Philanthropies. For a recent interview in the Meru Foundation eTorus Newsletter see http://www.meru.org/Newsletter/eTORUS64.pdf
Daniel's latest CD, "Hava Nagila, For Real," is a unique foray into Eastern Europe's pre-World War I Jewish communities. The CD is comprised of songs from the Kiselgof Archive, a collection of over 1,500 folk tunes originally recorded on Edison wax cylinders during a 1909 ethnographic expedition into Jewish Eastern Europe. The songs were then transcribed by members of the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music. Daniel’s new CD presents 12 of these songs, including the original, lost version of Hava Nagila. “Hava Nagila, For Real” is the first modern recording that comes directly from these transcriptions, and represents a part of Jewish civilization that was lost in the Holocaust.