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Romeo and Juliet “Love Theme” (Nino Rota) easy solo bass rendition.

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Romeo & Juliette “Love Theme” originally titled  “What Is a Youth?” (re-titled “A Time For Us” for a later hit-single version by Henri Mancini in 1969)
From Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet score, composed by Nino Rota
One of the most classic and memorable romantic themes of any film, naive but beautiful. I play just the A section and something not in the original as a short B-section, also an intro and coda from another version. The original has a longer verse/B section.

Practising solo bass for my upcoming Low Vol2 project, this is one track I won’t record (I choose another from the same composer instead of this), but realized how easy it is to play a simple solo/chordal arrangement when you have an instrument specially build for that. Thanks Drake Custom Bass and Guitar. Solo 5 string electric bass, tuned EADGC.

Very easy to play alone in any 5 string bass guitar.
Recorded Friday December 2nd 2016 at home in Paris.
http://www.drakecustombass.com/gallery/diaz-custom-5/

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Minimalist Steel Drums by DD

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New collection for TV/Films (released by Sonoton GmbH)

Minimalist Steel Drums SCDV 603
30 tracks composed and performed by Daniel Diaz

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Dos temas de adios…

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“Réquiem + Himno” es la segunda pieza que escribí dedicada a mi madre, al día siguiente de su muerte (7 de Noviembre de 2016). La primera “In loving Memory” fue grabada rápido el día mismo, esta llevo mas tiempo. Quería grabar mi piano acústico en casa y una orquesta de contrabajos (unos 12 en total) al arco, muy laborioso.
Mi madre, sin ser una gran melómana, fue tal vez la única persona de mi familia que me influenció y marco a fuego en algún aspecto musical durante mi primera infancia. Fue gracias a ella que, siendo un niño pequeño, descubrí a los Beatles, a Joan Manuel Serrat y a Frank Sinatra. El gusto infantil de estos tres artistas nunca me abandono.
Ni siquiera en mis años más recalcitrantes de experto en el rock mas pesado y progresivo osé bajar a los Beatles del trono de mi grupo favorito.
Ningún cantautor, por mas sofisticado que fuera, ni Joni Mitchell ni Dylan ni Yupanqui, ninguno provocó en mi una minima negación de de la importancia de Serrat.
Y mas tarde en mis periodos “jazzeros” disfruté los halagos de experimentados jazz-men en Berklee y en Bs As, quienes se sorprendían que ciertos standards del jazz, sin haberlos tocado nunca, yo podía cantar la melodía y gran parte de la letra. Este conocimiento profundo de la canción (antes que el tema-Standard) fue importantísimo para mí. Eso gracias a Sinatra, eso gracias a mi vieja.
No hay seguramente nada de los Bealtes, ni de Serrat ni de Sinatra en estas dos músicas-homenaje, pero encontraran una gran sencillez y una falta de sofisticación y de complicaciones que mi madre habría apreciado. Convive aquí un sentimiento de soledad y tristeza de mi parte junto con mucho amor y optimismo, característicos de mi mamá.
Gracias a todos los que estuvieron presentes estos días y a quienes la recuerden.
Hasta pronto, DD

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Swan Song – Review

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Great review by ECM’s master reviewer  Tyran Grillo for Rootsworld:

https://ecmreviews.com/2016/09/02/daniel-diaz-review-for-rootsworld/

http://www.rootsworld.com/reviews/ddiaz-16.shtml

ECM dd

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50 Snapshots is completed and online

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This year 2016 I created a “catalogue” of my instruments and sonic possibilities as a multi-instrumentalist. For that purpose I recorded  several short snippets with each and every instrument I own and play, performed solo or accompanied by other instruments, but one instrument at the time clearly in the spotlight.
The full set is available for streaming in a dedicated Soundcloud playlist here:

 

 

I took pictures of the actual instruments when possible (there’ll be a couple of snapshots using my favorite samples, the rest is actual instruments I own).

The instruments I used are:

Ronroco (Bolivia)
Charango (Argentina, 1990’s)
Acoustic Upright Piano (Yamaha)
Tenor Ukulele (with upright bass and soundscape)
Fretless Bass Guitar (my custom 1988 Sekine)
Acoustic Bass Guitar (my 1990’s Larrivée 5 string,)
Acoustic Bass Guitar played w/sticks (my 2007’s Michael Kelly 5 string)
Schecter 62 replica Jazz Bass (1983) played w/pick.
Melodicas: Hohner Piano 36 and Yamaha Pianica
Spacedrum (C minor “Deep Sky” tunning)
Electric Bass nylon strings (my Epiphone Allen Woody)
Spanish Guitar (solo Kraus late 70’s custom)
Concert Ukulele
Tenor Ukulele
Harmonium (India)
Electric Bass Chord-melody (Drake Diaz Custom5)
Accordina (by Marcel Dreux)
Epiphone Jazz Guitar
Folk Guitar (martin J15)
Wah Wah (Guitar and bass Cry Babys)
Stratocaster guitar (Schecter custom 1985)
Talking Drums (one Indian, another African)
Udu Drum (Meinl)
Moringa (LP)
Ambient percussion (many different gadgets)
Bells (church bells, bronze)
Fast  percussions (bombo, derbouka, doumbek, caxixi, plastic tube samples) Kuntrun (Argentina, 1980’s)
Bombo (Argentina, 1970’s)
Cymbals (Zyldgian, Paiste)
Tun and bamboo drums (Mexico, Guatemala 1990’s)
Indonesian flutes (Java and Bali, 4 of them)
Upright Bass (custom 1910, Argentina)
Marimba and Xylophone (real & samples)
Glockenspiel and Vibes (real & samples)
Ocarinas and clay “birds”
Toy Piano (French, 2005)
Strings fake or real? (combined samples and real performances of basses and cellos)
Crystal  Bowls  (samples)
Glass Harmonica (samples)
Analog Synths (E-mu, Korg)
Vocoder (Korg)
Arpeggiator synths (Korg, z3Ta)

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50 Snapshots by D.D.

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This year 2016 I’m creating a “catalogue” of my instruments and sonic possibilities as a multi-instrumentalist. For that purpose I’ll record several short snippets (I guess there’ll be 50 in total) with each and every instrument I own and play, performed solo or accompanied by other instruments, but one instrument at the time clearly in the spotlight.
I’ll be adding these snapshots one by one to a dedicated Soundcloud playlist here

I’m taking pictures of the actual instrument(s) when possible (there’ll be a couple of snapshots using my favourite samples, the rest is actual instruments I own).

50 Snapshots should be completed in 50 days or 50 weeks, I can’t really tell. You can get an announce from Soundcloud each time I add a new snapshot if you follow that list, I won’t bother you again by email.

More info here:  http://dedeland.com/snapshots.htm

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New album released by OMNIMUSIC (USA)

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15  new tracks composed and performed by DD have been released in the CD “Equinox” , December 2015, by OMNIMUSIC (New York, USA)

http://www.omnimusic.com/music_search/cd.php?c=czoyOiIxMyI7&lib=11

LAE 13 “Equinox”

Pull your audience into your futuristic sci-fi docu-drama with these mystery-laced audio textures. Sixteen gradually evolving tracks with broadcast edits.
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Two new bass recordings with my Drake Custom

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Mostly quiet, ambient, solo bass performances, with some additional FX . Reocrded in Paris November 2015.

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Swan Song compact-disc shipping now.

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“Swan Song” compact-disc arrived, pre-orders have been fulfilled as Nov 5th, thanks to all who supported this album buying it!! SSreleasedThe albums is presented on a beautiful gate-fold sleeve with a 8-page booklet. Cover photo by Juan Hitters. CD includes 29 minutes of  bonus material.

The special offer “free shipping worldwide” started on pre-order will continu till the end of November 2015

The offer of “free shipping worldwide,” valid for pre-orders remain in place until the end of this month (November 2015) in this page:


http://dedeland.com/swansongshop.htm


Starting December 1st you will find the CD in the usual shops (CD Baby, Amazon, Bandcamp) with their own shipping prices.

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Swan Song released Oct 15 2015

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New album release; Swan Song by Daniel Diaz. Downloads (MP3, Hi Res FLAC) available October 15th 2015.

CD (with bonus tracks) on pre order.

http://www.dedeland.com/swansongshop.htm

 

Special guests:
Steve Arguelles (UK) Drums
Patrick Bebey (Cameroun): Fender Rhodes
Gustavo Bulgach (USA/Arg) Clarinet
Javier Estrella (Argentina): Drums
Leandro Guffanti (Argentina/FR): Soprano sax
Damian Jarry (France) Cello
Line Kruse (Danemark) Violin David Lewis (Australia)  Flugel Horn
Olivier Manoury (France) Bandoneon
Daniel Miguez (Argentina) Drums
Norberto Pedreira (Argentina): Guitar
Bobby Rangell (USA): Sax & flute
Luis Rigu  (Argentina/FR): Quena, Sikus, Flutes
Inor Sotolongo (Cuba): Congas
Miguel Yanover (Argentina/FR): Tenor Sax

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