Bio

Daniel’s performer/producer roles have led to special collaborations in recordings and tours with English film composer 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), and artists such as Chicago members James Pankow, Jason Scheff and Keith Howland, saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Mathews Band), violinist Karen Briggs (Yanni), ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, composer/trombonist Steve Wiest, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, Madrid-based percussionist/producer Shango Dely (Carlos Vives), singers Tatiana Mayfield, Rosana Eckert, and composer/arrangers Chris McDonald, Rich DeRosa, Tyler Mire, Sergio Pamies, Drew Zaremba, Kyle Gordon, Aaron Hedenstrom, and Cesar Lopez (Non Violence Messenger for the UN). 

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 and jazz festivals, he has showcased his talents appearing as guest soloist with the UNT Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Tyler Mire Big Band, Jose Aponte’s Caribe Club, and Brasuka; as well as Performance Master Classes and Music Production lectures in South and North America. Local appearances include the Dallas Jazz Piano Society, Fort Worth Main St. Festival, Denton Arts and Jazz, and the EDCC Concert Series under the direction of Keith Critcher.

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.

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