Photo by Elizabeth Sigalet
Seeking relevant approaches to democratic public art engagement, Daniela retunes her practice of music performance towards the amphitheater of the outdoors to address resource extraction, settler colonialism, culture dynamics, ecology, immigration, and diversity. Investigating the flux between acoustic and visual realms, she uses field recording, graphic and nature scores, soundwalking, wood bending, deconstructed instruments, obsolete media materials and extended piano techniques. While maintaining her indoor performances at the piano with Chamber Musicians of Kamloops and the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Daniela has been spending more time in the field discovering shifted sounds, assessing atmospheric conditions, and resonating with the environment approaching the limitless, land-based immersion of alternative listening theories. Her intermedia work has been presented by Vancouver New Music, Kamloops Art Gallery, UBC CiTR Radio, Salmon Arm Art Centre, Republic Gallery, TRU Gallery, Jelly Fish Outdoor Film Festival in Minneapolis and internationally at the Walking Festival of Sound. During late-career visual art studies, her sculptural soundscape composition Tuning in, Tuning out for Solo Listener was selected into the Thompson Rivers University permanent art collection. Awarded BC Culture Days Ambassador in 2015, Daniela has since curated frequent Culture Days events in the form of free public soundscape experiences in Kamloops and has been nominated for the City of Kamloops Mayor’s Performing Artist of the Year. She has received coaching in conducting through Tapestry Opera’s Women in Musical Leadership program and has recently directed a performance Paul Walde’s Alaska Variations. Daniela holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria where she concentrated in Education and was the winner of the school’s concerto competition.