Dan Langa

Composer, 2017

Fusing elements of the music most influential to him, Dan Langa has created a sound completely his own as a composer, producer, and arranger. His training as a jazz trumpeter and classical pianist, exposure to the soul and hip-hop mecca of Detroit, a short trip from his hometown of Ann Arbor, MI, fascination with minimalist composers such as Steve Reich and Julius Eastman, and love of film scores all inform a distinct, image-provoking sound.

While his focus remains composition for film and media, Dan’s work can be heard and seen in a variety of contexts. His chamber pieces have been selected to be read or performed by groups such as the JACK Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, Zodiac Trio, and Wet Ink Ensemble. He was selected to participate in the 2017 Fresh Inc chamber music festival hosted by the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble. His arrangements span styles from big band jazz to a cappella. As a curator, Dan has produced a wide range of projects and events. He was the producer of To The Fullest: The Music of Julius Eastman and T.J. Anderson, which was sponsored by the Corliss Lamont Lectureship at Amherst College in February of 2017. This series of events revolved around the music and lives of American composers Julius Eastman and T.J. Anderson. In collaboration with the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College and with funding from the Arts at Amherst initiative, Dan developed a video cataloging project fostering creative partnerships between student filmmakers and composers. creating short films and soundtracks displaying art in the museum’s collection.   

Dan is pursuing a BA in Music at Amherst College (expected May 2018). At Amherst, he has studied under Eric Sawyer, John McDonald, Eric Wubbels, and Ryan Vigil. He has worked in Los Angeles, CA as an assistant to film composer, Stephen Edwards, and at Joann Kane Music Service. He is currently completing a senior honors thesis entitled The Passion of Joan of Arc–an 80-minute live scoring performance for which he will act as both composer and conductor.

For more information about Dan, check out his website.

Dan Langa – Eugene
for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon