Daren Burns

Real music is not for wealth, not for honours or even the joys of the mind... but as a path for realisation and salvation.-Ali Akbar Khan

“If you miss the sensual part of music, you risk becoming a gynecologist and not a lover”-Rabih Abou-Khalil

DAREN HOWARD BURNS, fretted and fretless electric bass player, composer, and improviser has been playing music for twenty-two years and composing for ten years. Much of his musical interest lies in the area of improvisation and how to make new systems for developing improvisation in new ways. In the last three tears he has also become interested in Indian rhythmic and melodic systems.

Born in El Centro, California, but moving all around as child, to places like New Mexico, Texas, and the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Burn’s musical life began in Junior High School when he purchased his first bass with money from a paper route he had. At this time, he was immersed in the rock music of the time, but was quickly turned on to jazz by purchasing bassists, Jaco Pastorious and Stanley Clarke’s first albums and classical Indian music by listening to Ravi Shankar. He received his formal education from Fullerton junior College (1991-1994), California Institute of the Arts (1994-97, BFA; 2006-08, MFA). He also studied privately with Wadada Leo Smith, Ralph Rose, Baba Elephante, Gary Willis, Aloke Dutta, Aashish Khan, Vinny Golia, and Jeff Berlin.

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”Daren Burns is one of the few younger electric bass players I’ve heard who owes more to Steve Swallow than Stanley Clarke or Jaco Pastorius”-Jerome Wilson, Cadence Magazine www.cadencebuilding.com

“Musical director Paul Chipello, who also contributes live piano accompaniment, ably backed by bassist Daren Burns...”-F. Kathleen Foley, LA Times

Primary Instrument

Bass, electric

Credentials/Background

I teach all levels. My credentials include having my BFA and MFA in bass and composition from CalArts plus 11 years teaching privately in my home and at various stores. Contact me for rates and times.

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Discography

Fear Is Not The Natural State Of Civilized People

Fear Is Not The...

Urban Nerds Records
2012

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