ASMAC Presents A Master Class with Daniel Szabo Composer/Performer/Educator

Exploring: “Visionary”
moderated by Kim Richmond

Valley College – Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:30 am – Check-In, Refreshments & Meet-Up
11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Presentation


Join Daniel Szabo as he explores “Visionary”, his ambitious and innovative recording project performing/recording LIVE with a classical instrumentation, combining and stretching classical and jazz genres.

Some of the topics he will cover include:

• Forms, structures, layers, timbres, etc.
• Melodic, harmonic, rhythmic elements/building blocks/reference points and development
• Horizontal vs. vertical aspects of composition/arranging/orchestration.
• How to integrate several tools of traditional and contemporary idioms? (both classical and jazz languages)
• How to deal with the duality of classical & jazz phrasing techniques in the case of string players?
• How a jazz rhythm section has to function within a larger, chamber/symphonic setting if a natural, consistent sound is a must?
• How to balance between conscious and more intuitive compositional processes?
• Famous Classical & Jazz Composers who influenced & inspired the composer of this project.


Daniel Szabo is an LA-based composer-performer & educator who has recorded & produced eight albums as a leader. Szabo is the winner of the ASCAP/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize (2018), which honors the legacy of the legendary George Duke. He’s also worked on a great number of recordings and performed with such artists as Peter Erskine, Kim Richmond, Bob Sheppard, Patrick Williams, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lionel Loueke or John Zorn.

He has toured worldwide and won multiple awards, including the Grand Prize of the City of Paris at the International Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition as well as the Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Contest in Switzerland. He regularly performs at major venues both in the US and Europe. He is currently writing a new symphonic jazz piece, which will be performed by the SJO in the Fall of 2019. (click for full bio)


MODERATOR: Kim Richmond is a jazz saxophonist and composer based in Los Angeles and works as a freelance musician, doing studio work, shows, and various jazz and classical venues. His reputation is primarily as a doubling saxophonist (most often lead alto saxophone, doubling on flutes and clarinet). He is considered a jazz stylist and holds a position of high musical respect among his peers, both as a player and as a composer/arranger and leader.