Daniel Schnyder. composer. saxophonist.


Charlie Parker’s Yardbird premieres in June


Opera Philadelphia has commissioned a new opera by Daniel Schnyder based on the life of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955). My new work will premiere on June 5, 2015.

American tenor Lawrence Brownlee will star as Parker in a work written for him by Schnyder, with a libretto by poet and playwright Bridgette A. Wimberly. Soprano Angela Brown will costar as Charlie’s mother, Addie Parker. The opera has been developed in partnership with Gotham Chamber Opera.

“Daniel Schnyder and Bridgette Wimberly are crafting a work that captures Charlie Parker’s complex musical genius and troubled life in an engaging and honest way. We are honored to bring together a diverse group of artists, some of whom are new to opera, to create a work that will expand the boundaries of operatic music through the influence and infusion of Parker’s music.”

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The NEW YORK premiere of my opera ‘Charlie Parkers Yardbird’ will take place on April 1st and 3rd 2016 at the legendary APOLLO Theatre in Manhattan/Harlem: 125th Street, where Parker played his last concert. Ticket are now available: https://www.apollotheater.org/event/yardbird/

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Next Concerts

Jun 10, 2016, 20:00
Zuerich (Switzerland), Tonhalle Zuerichj

Schweizer Erstaufführung von ’draKOOL’ by Daniel Schnyder for Orchestra

Jun 11, 2016, 20:00
Zuerich/Herrliberg (Switzerland), Kulturschiene Herrliberg

Hommage a Bernstein

Jul 30, 2016, 9pm
ST Moritz Jazzfestival (Switzerland), Dracula Club St Moritz

Daniel Schnyder plus String Sextet and Rhythm Section; arrangement of Billie Holiday’s favorite Songs with original PREZ quotes etc
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Oct 02, 2016, 11am Mattinee
Zuerich (Switzerland), Tonhalle Zuerichj

Great Places String: String Quartet Nr 4

Recent Concerts

May 01, 2016
Washington DC (USA), National Gallery of West Garden Court
Apr 30, 2016
Washington DC (USA), National Gallery: Art Film Auditorium
Apr 21, 2016
Philadelphia (USA), Lew Klein Hall/ Temple University
Apr 03, 2016
New York City (USA), Apollo Theatre New York City
Apr 01, 2016
New York City (USA), Apollo Theare New York City


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