Flutist, bandleader and producer
Flutist, bandleader and producer
Flutist Daniel Pardo belongs to a new artistic generation that fuses Western classical training with sounds from ethnic traditions and technology. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Daniel grew up with the music of the Andes Mountains by playing Quena and Zampoñas with folkloric ensembles. As a student at Universidad Javeriana, he studied classical flute with Maestro Fabio Londoño. Daniel became one of the most sought-after flutists of Caribbean and Spanish music, often performing live in Bogota and recording for CD productions and jingles for national radio and TV.
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 and the Tyler Mire Big Band. As guest, he has toured with Grammy award-winning producers K.C. Porter and J.B. Eckl, and also performed and recorded with ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. A featured soloist with members of the Fort Worth Symphony, Daniel currently performs with the East Dallas Christian Church’s Chancel Choir, and Steve Wiest’s Eclectric Band, and is co-producer for their album Concerto for Folded Space – which features members of the legendary rock group Chicago and saxophonist Bob Mintzer from the Yellowjackets.
Daniel released his debut album Joy to the Other World in 2011. He also leads the world-music group From a Land Far Away, featuring virtuosos from Italy, China, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and the US. In 2012, Daniel appeared as a soloist with members of the Fort Worth Symphony and East Dallas Christian Church’s Chancel Choir featuring his own arrangements of Christmas carols. In December of 2013, Daniel is schedule to record the Concerto for Folded Space as a member of Steve Wiest’s Electric Eclectic Band with legendary trombonist James Pankow (Chicago) and saxophonist Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets).
In 2014, Daniel joined the University of North Texas’ esteemed College of Music as a performance teaching fellow and is currently on faculty at North Lake College in Irving, Texas, where he teaches electronic music. Recent master classes and guest artist residencies include the University of Denver, Texas State University, University of North Texas, Oklahoma Baptist University, Cameron University, Tarleton State University, and University of Texas at Arlington.
Honors and Awards
Daniel was recently named winner of the 2016 UNT Sherman-Barsanti Inspiration award – a campus wide award honoring student 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. Winner of an alto flute at the 1st YouTube International Flute Competition, Daniel was also awarded Outstanding Soloist at the North Texas Jazz Festival in 2009.