Dr. Daniel R. Dehaan is a composer, performer, and educator currently based in Chicago who regularly creates and performs music that is designed to be site or system-specific. The experiences of each performance are crafted by Dr. Dehaan to emphasize the physical or virtual presence of the audience. Each performance relies upon specially designed systems to fully immerse his audiences in the sonic experience.
Remaining engaged with Chicago's music communities for more than a decade has afforded Dr. Dehaan numerous opportunities to work with some truly inspiring people and organizations from around the world on a range of musical and artistic projects. Some of his more recent collaborations have included an hour-long electronic improvisation to the sights and sounds of 30 cellos being submerged in a swimming pool, collaborating with astrophysicist to bring sound to the formation of distant galaxies, programming custom electronics for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNow series, live streaming an audio/visual performance from Chicago to the Audio Art Festival in Kraków, Poland, and developing original musical works for virtual realities.
From the KROME Gallery in Berlin, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to the Centro Cultural de España in Costa Rica, Dr. Dehaan's music has been performed at a variety of venues all over of the world. He has had the privilege of collaborating with many talented musicians, ensembles, and artists such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Dal Niente, GPS-Trans, Fonema Consort, and The Industry of the Ordinary. His work has been discussed in many publications including TIME Magazine, New Music Box, the Chicago Reader, BuzzFeed, and Business Insider.
Dehaan holds a doctorate in Music Composition and Technology from Northwestern University and currently serves as the Digital Music Lab Manager at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches classes and private lessons in digital music composition, production, and performance.