Originally from Bogotá Colombia, Daniel is a charismatic and engaging guitar player with an attractive tone and melodic sensibility. His music is rooted in the jazz tradition, but he is also influenced by his Latin American music heritage and modern jazz sounds. Daniel’s music is in a way trans-genre because of the liberties he takes in terms of harmony, form, and melodic design, framed in a jazz environment where improvisation plays an important role in the creative process. Daniel is part of a new generation of prominent jazz guitarists from Colombia with an international career and prominence.
Daniel’s collaborative composition alongside trumpeter and composer Juan Chaves Not Even a Portrait was awarded for the DownBeat Magazine in its 40th anniversary for Best Small Ensemble Composition.
At the same time, Daniel also focuses his attention on developing strategies for developing music education in his home country. In 2014 he founded You Art Important a non-profit organization in Colombia. This project was awarded 1st price in the Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Award at UNT for developing a series of music workshops for children in rural Colombia during the Colombian post-conflict.
Daniel was awarded with the Scholarship Jóvenes Talentos del ICETEX from the Colombian government to pursue a Master’s Degree in jazz studies at the University of North Texas where he performed, toured, and recorded with the prestigious seven-time Grammy® nominated UNT One O’Clock Lab Band.
Daniel has a Doctoral degree in Musical Arts from the University of North Texas and works actively as a guitarist, composer, and educator in the Dallas Fort/Worth area.