• Profile:

    Since moving to New York City in 2006, saxophonist, composer and educator Dan Blake has developed a wide-ranging career as a contemporary composer and performer that “regards tradition as a welcoming playground best approached with a sense of wonder and adventure” (The Boston Globe). He has released three critically acclaimed albums as a leader and has recorded and toured with leading artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Anthony Braxton, Kenny Werner, and many others. Dan Blake holds a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center, and produces the annual Concert To Feed The Hungry, working on behalf of poor communities around the world suffering from hunger and malnutrition.

    Degrees Held:

    B.A., Child Development (Tufts University)

    B.M., Jazz Saxophone (New England Conservatory of Music)

    M.M., Composition (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

    Ph.D., Composition (Graduate Center, CUNY)

    Professional Affiliations:

    Society for Music Theory

    Society for American Music

    College Music Society

    American Composers Forum


    Research Interests:

    Music Theory

    Metaphor studies

    Philosophy of Music

    Current Courses:

    Ear Training 1

    Lessons 3000: 6 (Spring 2019)

    Music and Collective Action (Spring 2019)

    Music for Political Action

    Theory 1A (Spring 2020)

    Underground Music Scenes (Spring 2020)