Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, drummer/composer/educator/producer Daniel Susnjar is known internationally for his expertise in the field of Afro-Peruvian Jazz. A multi award-winning musician, Daniel has performed and recorded with music legends including Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Steve Miller, Terence Blanchard and Dave Grusin, and has toured throughout the USA, Peru, Australia, Asia and the Caribbean Islands. As director of the Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group, he has released 3 critically-acclaimed albums, toured throughout Australia and the USA, and has collaborated with Grammy award-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch and percussion legends Alex Acuna and Sammy Figueroa.
Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceMy jazz group Speedball performed a tribute concert in 2008 to Alan Corbet RIP – a champion of Australian jazz. With 600 friends/family attending – combined with the amazing chemistry of the band – this event demanded next-level musicianship from all of us!
What Drives Your Creativity?My creativity is often driven by a powerful story (relating to a person, place or event), or by an artist who is a powerful storyteller. Once my imagination and/or emotions are triggered, my creative flow takes over.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?Amazing consistency, amazing feel, amazing sound – I've loved Vic Firth from the start, and still feel the same way!