DANI GARAY – Percusion in The Queen’s “guateque” party and ¡Bailamos!
Born in Bilbao, Dani initially studied piano and flute before finally dedicating himself to percussion. During this time, as a member of Bilbao’s Conservatoire of Music Choral Society, he performed in operas, concerts and recordings with maestros such as Víctor Pablo Pérez, Ros Marbá and Juanjo Mena, among others. He completed his studies in historical percussion under Pedro Estevan at the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC) where he also studied modern drum kit under David Gómez, Ricardo Cantera and Miguel Benito and classical percussion under Manolo Gallardo, Javier Alonso and Joaquín Carrascosa.
As a percussionist specialist in early music, he has been a member and collaborator of groups such as Le Concert des Nations, Hesperion XXI, Euskal Barrokensemble, Concerto Copenhagen, Accademia del Piacere, Al Ayre Español, La Ritirata, Orchestra Baroque of Seville, Collegium Musicum Madrid, Capilla Santa María, Georgian Sinfonietta, Windu, Luz y Norte, La Spagna, Opera Omnia, El Concierto Español, Nereydas, Secretvm, La Galanía, La Fenice and Forma Antiqva, among others. With these ensembles, he has recorded several CDs and offered various programmes throughout much of Spain and further afield.
As a classical percussionist, he has worked with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Et Incarnatus Orchestra, BIOS, premiered several operas by Iñigo Casalí with the Navarra Opera de Chamber and Jenkins’ Requiem with Leoia’s Young Orchestra. He has performed a version of Carmina Burana for two pianos and solo percussion and Mass for Peace by Jenkins with the Laredo choir as well as various premieres of works for organ and percussion by Patxi García Garmilla and “El peso del amor” and “Izarren Bidean” by maestro, Julen Ezkurra.
He has also formed part of musical-theatre productions including, “Égloga de Plácida y Vitoriano” and “La vida es sueño” with the National Classical Theatre Company under the direction of Ignacio García and Helena Pimenta, “Flamma” in Toledo for the commemoration of the birth of Greco in 2014 and the show, “De lo humano… y divino”, at the Teatro de la Zarzuela under the direction of Carlos Mena and Joan Anton Rechi.