Born: January 18, 1981 Primary Instrument: Piano
Pianist Daniel Gassin recorded his debut album, Roundtrip in 2004 with funding obtained from winning the Banyule/La Trobe University Young Artists’ Award. The album was influenced by seven months spent living in Paris In 2002-2003 (where he studied with local stalwart Laurent Fickelson), and has received significant airtime on prominent national and local radio.
In 2007 Daniel was the sole Australian to reach the finals of the Bosendorfer Jazz Solo Piano Competition at the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival in Swizterland. In 2008 he was selected to participate in the Jazz & Creative Music Workshop in Banff, Canada, headed by world-renowned U.S. trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas.
In 2005, 2006 and 2009 Daniel’s trio completed tours of Western Australia, culminating in performances for the Perth Jazz Society. He also toured New Zealand in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 performing with groups led by saxophonist Paul van Ross, drummer Mark Lockett and bassist Michael Story.
In late 2007 Daniel performed as part of a special project featuring Italian saxophonist Ettore Martin and expatriate bassist Leonardo Rigo, with the support of the Italian Cultural Centre.
The Daniel Gassin Trio has recently released its second album, “Crossover” recorded with Mal Stanley for ABC Jazztrack, on Vorticity Records.
Winner - 2004 Banyule/La Trobe University Young Artist's Award
A brilliant, lyrical young Melbourne pianist-composer... Sizzling, beautiful stuff.
--Richard Mohr, Readings
This is piano trio music that gets the sort of intense hum going that only the best of 'em do
--Ken Weir, Sunday Herald Sun
As a Leader
Tracks: Track 1 'Freefall'
Track 2 'Crossover'
Track 3 '7e Arrondissement'
Track 4 'Release'
Track 5 'Middle Man'
Track 6 'Don't Forget the Poet'
Track 7 'The Peacocks'
Personnel: Daniel Gassin: piano; Sam Anning: double bass; Daniel Susnjar: drums
Independent (re-released on Vorticity Music 2009)
Tracks: Track 1 'Upper Manhattan Medical Group'
Track 2 'Charmed Circle'
Track 3 'Waltz for Sommer'
Track 4 'Moment's Notice'
Track 5 'Roundtrip'
Track 6 'Moon & Sand'
Track 7 '7e Arrondissement'
Track 8 'Andantino'
Personnel: Daniel Gassin: piano; Leigh Barker: double bass; Harry Shaw-Reynolds: drums
As A Side Musician
Mark Lockett - "Live at Spleen"
Tracks: Track 1 'Isotope'
Track 2 'Black Narcissus'
Track 3 'Moment's Notice'
Track 4 'Beatrice'
Track 5 'Search for Peace'
Track 6 'Fables of Faubus'
Track 7 'Of Passionate Things'
Track 8 'Spirit Song'
Track 9 'Inner Urge'
Track 10 'Night and Day'
Personnel: Paul Van Ross: tenor sax; Daniel Gassin: fender rhodes; Luke Howard: electric piano; Tom Lee: double bass; Mark Lockett: drums.
Jeremy Diffey - "Groovin' Live"
Tracks: Track 1 'Mo' Bounce Blues'
Track 2 'Thomas' Tank Engine'
Track 3 'Regrets?'
Track 4 'Untitled Middle Eastern Groove'
Track 5 'Dr J'
Track 6 'September 21, 2002'
Track 7 'Off & On'
Personnel: Jeremy Diffey: saxophones; Daniel Gassin: Nord Stage 88; Jamie Barlow: electric bass; Hayden Meggitt: drums
Daimon Brunton - "My Favorite Things"
Tracks: Track 1 'The Wizer'
Track 2 'Europa'
Track 3 'It is What It Aint'
Track 4 '3 People, 2 Chairs, 1 Hof'
Track 5 'My Favorite Things'
Track 6 'Hayley'
Track 7 'Elroy'
Track 8 'Yuckeldeenah'
Track 9 'I'm Cheap, Buy Me Now!'
Personnel: Daimon Brunton: trumpet; Daniel Gassin: piano, Nord Stage 88; Michael Story: acoustic/electric bass; Mark Lockett: drums
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Daniel Gassin is a Yamaha endorsed artist and plays a Yamaha C5 grand piano.
Other gear: Fender Rhodes Mk II, Nord Stage 88, Roland KC-350 keyboard amp.