Daniel Barbiero (1958, New Haven CT USA) is a double bassist, composer and writer in the Washington DC area. He has been active in improvised and experimental music and dance in the Baltimore-Washington area as a performer, composer and ensemble leader since the early 2000s. His music is informed by his background in modal and free improvisation as well as the interpretation of indeterminate compositions; as a composer, he creates verbal, graphic and other non-standard scores for soloists and small ensembles. He writes on the art, music and literature of the classic avant-gardes of the 20th century as well as on contemporary works.
He has performed with Gino Robair on the latter’s I, Norton opera, with Robert Carl on the premier of Carl’s “Changing My Spots,” with improviser Eva Zöllner, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, and members of Contact; he has released work under his own name and with Ictus Records percussionist Andrea Centazzo, Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby, electronics composer and instrumentalist Cristiano Bocci, electronic composer/sound artist Steve Hilmy, saxophonist Jimmy Ghaphery, percussionist Ken Moore and underground legend Al Margolis (If, Bwana), among others. He has collaborated with filmmaker Chris H. Lynn on experimental film soundtracks both recorded and live and was Music Director for the Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group. His free improvisation ensemble Colla Parte (with saxophonist Perry Conticchio and percussionist Rich O’Meara, and before 2020 the late Kevin O’Meara) has been active since 2010.
As a performer of non-conventionally notated contemporary works, he has recorded or realized scores by composers Alexis Porfiriadis, Makoto Nomura, Silvia Corda, Didier Guigue, and others. As a composer, he has had his scores realized by 6daEXIt, The X=/=X Ensemble, The Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra, double bassist Michele Bondesan, OpusNovus, The Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group, cellist Gary Rouzer, double bassist George Kokkinaris, and others.
His writings on the visual arts, literature and music appear regularly in the online arts journal Arteidolia; he has been a regular contributor to Avant Music News, Perfect Sound Forever, and Percorsi Musicali, and served as an editor of the online arts journal Bourgeon. He is the author of As Within, So Without, a collection of essays published by the Arteidolia Press.
Photo of DB with dancer Uyen Hoang by Rob Cannon/SylviDances