Daniel March


Daniel March is a musicologist specialising in the study of contemporary music.  Much of his research focusses on repertoire that, in one way or another, raises questions of how music can be simultaneously simple and complex – and this preoccupation continues despite completing a PhD at York in 1997 entitled Beyond Simplicity! Recent published work has involved analysis of the music of Gerald Barry, and he is currently engaged in study of the recent output of a number of composers who were at one time involved with various types of ‘New Simplicity’ in the 1960s and 1970s, in particular the music of Hans Abrahamsen and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.  He lectures on American Minimalism, Louis Andriessen, and György Ligeti, and has published analytical work on Kaija Saariaho; current research projects include explorations of interfaces between music and literature. Daniel has also written music, in particular for the Javanese gamelan, that explores the interaction between tuning systems, musical cultures and the questions of translatability that arise there – his composition Pieces of Five and Three has now been performed by a number of different gamelan ensembles, in widely varying tunings.  He has worked in the field of community arts and education and has been a full-time lecturer in the music department since 2012.