Daniel fuses Western Classical training with sounds from ethnic traditions and technology. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Daniel resides in the DFW area where he freelances as a musician, recording engineer, and producer for projects locally and abroad.
For the last 20 years, the combination performer/producer has led to special collaborations in recordings and tours with artist such as Chicago members James Pankow, Jason Scheff and Keith Howland, Jeff Coffin (Grammy Award Winner with Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and The Dave Matthews Band), violinist Karen Briggs (Yanni), ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets), English film composers Richard Jacques (James Bond 007: Blood Stone and Alice in Wonderland), Brian Lock (Vipère au Poing), L.A. producers K.C. Porter (Santana; Ricky Martin) and J.B. Eckl (Santana; En Vogue), Madrid-based percussionist/producer Shango Dely (Carlos Vives), and Colombian Latin Grammy Winner Andres Cepeda, composer/producer Cesar Lopez (Non Violence Messenger for the UN) and World Music artists Leonor Dely & Millero Congo.
His debut album, Joy to the Other World, was released in 2011, and he now leads the world music group From a Land Far Away, comprised of instrumentalist from diverse nationalities, who join to make performance a celebration of culture, life and music. “While the world is quick to remind us of our differences, we want our audiences to imagine a world we can build together with the richness of our heritages,” Pardo says of the collaboration with talented musicians from around the world.
As a presenter and lecturer for major conferences– including the International Society for Improvised Music held in CalArts and the Texas Music Educators Association convention – Daniel has shared his love of music and demonstrated his vision of the arts. Through Jazz Education Network events, he has showcased his talents appearing as guest soloist with the UNT Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Tyler Mire Big Band, and Brasuka; as well as Performance Master Classes and Music Production lectures in South and North America. A featured soloist with members of the Fort Worth and Dallas Symphony, Daniel currently performs with the East Dallas Christian Church’s Chancel Choir, a variety of local projects in DFW, and recording ensembles in Nashville, TN.
Daniel won the 2016 UNT Sherman-Barsanti Inspiration Award– an award honoring creativity that carries a $10,000 prize. Aside from earning national leadership awards in Colombia and the U.S., Daniel also won several awards while a U.S. military musician including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Colonel George Howard Citation of Musical Excellence.