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Dan Weiss


Shifting Foundation grantee Dan Weiss has been hailed as one of the top five jazz drummers in The New York Times, and his large ensemble recording Fourteen made the top ten list of their best recordings of 2014. Weiss’s innovative drumming and forward-thinking compositions have been pushing musical limits for years.

With his piano trio, he’s released two recordings entitled, Now Yes When (2006) and Timshel (2011), which have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and creative improvisation. Weiss also leads his sixteen-piece large ensemble that features some of New York City’s most gifted musicians. The two albums Fourteen (2014) and Sixteen: Drummers Suite (2016), released on the Pi record label, have made numerous critic polls. His latest recording Starebaby (2018) features Craig Taborn, Matt Mitchell, Ben Monder, and Trevor Dunn and is an amalgam of jazz, metal, and new music.

Weiss has been studying tabla under Pandit Samir Chatterjee for twenty years. He has performed with the legendary Ashish Khan and Ramesh Misra and recorded a solo tabla cd 3dcd (2007). Weiss recorded two groundbreaking CDs Teental Drumset Solo (2005) and Jhaptal Drumset Solo (2011) where he performs classical Indian repertoire on a drum set.

Weiss was named “The Top Up and Coming Percussionist” two years in a row in Downbeat’s Critic’s Poll (2012, 2013) and earned a spot in Modern Drummer’s coveted Top 5 Jazz Drummers of 2014.