I am a guitarist, composer, and arranger concentrating on classical, flamenco, Brazilian, and jazz music. With over 12 years of experience, I have performed regularly throughout the Twin Cities, with notable appearances including an interview on KFAI Radio, a concert as part of the "Global Guitar" Minnesota Guitar Society series, and a slot at the 2010 Flamenco Guitarathon. I am available for concerts and corporate events, restaurants/cafe performances, weddings, house concerts, theater productions, private parties, compositional commissions, workshops, studio sessions, and private lessons. I also perform with my brother Adrian, who plays flute, soprano/tenor saxophone, and violin.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, Russian
What to Expect
I offer a unique and diverse musical experience that is tailor-fit for each client. When performing solo, I strive to deliver the most technically-polished and expressive playing possible. I dynamically adjust my choice of repertoire based on the situation (e.g., quiet vs. up-tempo pieces when necessary) and will do my best to incorporate client requests. When performing as a duet with my brother, it gives us the opportunity to demonstrate the unique interplay that is possible between a variety of instruments (such as violin, flute, soprano/tenor saxophones, melodica, etc) and the guitar. During duet performances, I play solo pieces after roughly 2-3 duets for the sake of aural variety.
Daniel Volovets is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and instructor specializing in classical, flamenco, Latin American, and jazz music. Although born in the United States, his music is informed and complemented first and foremost by his Russian heritage. He began his studies with Russian classical guitarist Anatoly Shapiro at age 7, who exposed him not only to the standard Segovian repertoire, but also to a plethora of Russian and Brazilian composers, such as Alexander Ivanov-Kramskoi and Heitor Villa-Lobos. At 11, Daniel began lessons with guitarist Tony Hauser, diving into the world of Brazilian jazz and Spanish flamenco. Daniel has also studied traditional flamenco with "El Payo" Humberto Wilkes, the official biographer of the legendary flamenco guitarist Nino Ricardo. Daniel's repertoire consists of pieces that run the gamut from classical to original compositions, which are influenced by the many genres he has studied. As a composer, Daniel has written works for both solo guitar and multi-instrument ensembles.
Today, Daniel performs regularly throughout the Twin Cities as part of events organized by the Minnesota Guitar Society, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, 3M, The Cedar Cultural Center, Cargill Inc., the Saint Paul Public Library, and Bachman's, just to name a few. In all, Daniel has engaged in a variety of performance opportunities, including public concerts, corporate events, restaurant performances, weddings, theater productions, private parties, compositional commissions, workshops, and studio sessions. As well as performing as a soloist, Daniel plays regularly with his brother Adrian Volovets (flute, soprano/tenor saxophone, violin, piano, organ, melodica).
Daniel studies at the University of St. Thomas and is currently in his senior year as a neuroscience major. He aspires to balance careers in medicine and music, inspired by the American jazz pianist/psychiatrist Denny Zeitlin and Polish composer/otolaryngologist Krzysztof Komeda. Currently, Daniel teaches students of all ages and skill levels, having worked with children and adults alike. Lessons with Daniel, which can range from learning a specific technique or composition to multi-year, all-around musical and artistic development, are tailored to the student’s skill level and musical interests,. Daniel has recorded four CDs - Watercolors of the World, Silhouette, Rite of Passage, and Rainy Highway. Daniel plays a Stephen Kakos 2011 flamenco negra guitar, a Stephen Kakos 1988 classical guitar, and an Epiphone ES-175 jazz guitar.
Additional Booking Notes
I have my own equipment and prefer to play using my amplifier rather than a sound system (or even unplugged, given a sufficiently intimate environment), although I will accommodate such requests when necessary.
Past Booked Events
|February 04, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|October 19, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Product Promotion|
|July 14, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Product Promotion|
|October 04, 2014||Wedding Reception|
I specialize in jazz, classical, Brazilian, flamenco, and Russian music, as well as original compositions influenced by all of the aforementioned genres. My solo repertoire tends to overlap with my work with Adrian, although we have plenty of pieces that we perform exclusively as a duet. Our collective repertoire exceeds 5 hours. We take requests and can learn specific repertoire given time to rehearse/learn it prior to a performance (i.e., specific music for a wedding or a specially-requested concert program).
|Adrian Volovets||Flute, soprano/tenor saxophone, violin|
Influences & Inspiration
Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paco de Lucia, Bill Evans, Hermeto Pascoal, Gerardo Nunez, Krzysztof Komeda, Raphael Rabello, Paul Motian, Paulo Bellinati, Egberto Gismonti, and of course my teachers: Anatoly Shapiro, Tony Hauser, and "El Payo" Humberto J. Wilkes.
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