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“Heartfelt arrangements” – BBC Music

“Extraordinary talent” – Tyne Out

“Glorious strings” – Dance Music Weekly

“Up-and-coming composer” – Classic FM

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SOUNDTRACK

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SULTRY SEDUCTION : violin and piano building to epic distorted synths and tough beats

PULSATE : soft strings build slowly into a piano and violin ostinato. An impassioned cello melody rises ever higher, chugging strings and powerful brass lead to a dramatic end

WAR AND DESTRUCTION : Dire Consequences, Escape Route, Pain Of War, Traumatic Reflection, Conflict Conclusion.

THE WITCH: Dark comedy, spooky orchestral moments, ghoulish strings, percussion and winds to frighten the halloween out of you…

JAZZ / FUNK

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MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS (feat. Lauren Lucille) : Composition and arrangement for big band and strings

A FOOL FOR LOVE (feat. Rebecca Hollweg) : A nostalgic jazz ballad. Piano trio, strings and brass accompany a smooth voice singing about love and romance

TWO LONELY PEOPLE : A guitar-led, emotive romantic ballad, evoking the jazz world of New York City. A woman walks alone in the rain. An empty park bench. A man crosses the street. They meet, and love blossoms. The sun sets over a Manhattan skyline.

MOORISHANTI : Brooding, intense and dark piano trio building into a powerful climax

SONHO DE AMOR : Lounge-style Brazilian-flavoured jazz chill-out

FUNK MACHINE : Raw, funky track. with trombone, hammond organ, bass and drums.

POP

CHANGE OF ROOT (SOUL FUNK SECRET): A bright, edgy, fast-tempo funk track with energetic vocals and a kicking rhythm section.

WHEREVER YOU GO (Featuring Lauren Lucille) : Emotive vocals, strings, piano and drums building into an impassioned climax

NO, NO, NO : modern, male vocal-led pop song – “She was just a girl who lived across the street…..”

FIND ME A WAY (SKY FIDELITY) : Smooth vocals, positive message, country guitars, happy uptempo groove

MINIMALIST/CLASSICAL

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DROPLETS : delicate, hypnotic piano notes drop calmly from the keyboard

SEASCAPE : gently rolling piano melody, nostalgic and wistful

DREAMCATCHER (feat. Teowa) : calming music with piano, keyboards, violin and vocals for sleep, deep relaxation

ARRANGEMENTS

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STRINGS

EDGE HILL (Groove Armada)

“The glorious strings …. are proof of life” (Dance Music Weekly)

MUSIC – GA 12″ remix (Madonna)

DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (Stacey Solomon / Chris Rea) – Iceland Foods TV campaign

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OUIJA (Reunion Big Jazz Band)

MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS (feat. Lauren Lucille) : Composition and arrangement for big band and strings

THE JOHN EAST PROJECT – “MR BUSINESSMAN” : Songs arranged for 6-piece band


If you would like to purchase a bespoke arrangement for your own performances, please get in touch to discuss your needs!

COLLABORATION

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BRUNO MARGALHO QUARTET: THE EFFORT OF BEING

co-performed and mixed by Daniel Hewson, this album by the Portuguese saxophonist Bruno Margalho, is called The Effort Of Being. It is closer in style to Chris Potter or Brad Mehldau. View the whole album here:

SKEEWIFF IN BRAZIL

I played, composed and arranged tracks on this album produced by my friends Skeewiff

BROTHER TREE

Brother Tree

Brother Tree is a flexible group of musicians and soundscapers brought together from London’s finest chamber orchestras, folk and jazz groups to create an exciting new ensemble performing their own music which flows between acoustic and electronic performance.

Individual members of Brother Tree work with the top London orchestras, chamber groups and jazz ensembles, performing in all the major concert venues and festivals throughout the world.They have all met and played together as freelance musicians, be it  for chamber music festivals in Bordeaux, at the Barbican for London Jazz Festival, or playing in one of the BBC proms.

 The group share a passion and a vision for a new perspective in contemporary music performance by writing for themselves, with each person in the group bringing something different to the process, yet on stage, their combined experience as seasoned chamber musicians gives a tight knit clarity to their performances.  Brother Tree aims to collaborate as much as possible with other artists and musicians.

PERFORMANCE

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“The evening contained some of the best jazz playing I have experienced… I must acknowledge the extraordinary talent of Dan Hewson on piano. He left the audience stunned and overwhelmed” (Tyne Out review, 7th October 2013)

Performance highlights:  Nigel Kennedy, Lost and Found Orchestra (Stomp), Incognito, Omar, Groove Armada, Rui Veloso, Lucia Moniz, Jazzinho, Heidi Vogel (Cinematic Orchestra), Urban Soul Orchestra, Morcheeba, Bobby Wellins, Art Themen, Herb Geller

TRANSCRIPTIONS

A selection of transcriptions from classic recordings by some of the greats of jazz piano, also studies and theory resources.

My Romance – Bill Evans

Stella by Starlight – Keith Jarrett

I’ll Remember April – Erroll Garner

All The Things You Are – Brad Mehldau

Chromatic jazz Study 1

Chromatic jazz Study 2

Barry Harris – notes from his masterclass

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ABOUT

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Daniel Hewson, son of legendary composer Richard Hewson (of the RAH Band, arranger for The Beatles, Carly Simon, Diana Ross, Cliff Richard, to name but a few) is an award-winning composer, music technology producer, arranger, pianist, and trombonist.

He studied music at Oxford University, and is now a successful freelance composer, pianist and trombonist. He has written and arranged for Madonna, Groove Armada, The Allegri String Quartet and many others. His composition features on the “Tomb Raider” soundtrack (Paramount Pictures), as well as on 19 albums with Pedigree Cuts label (Universal Production Music), the Audio Network, PMOL, Gold Leaf and Squirky Music libraries. He has released five original albums, including “Secret Doors”, “A Day In Cadiz” and “Ouija” (The Reunion Big Jazz Band).

He has worked with Nigel Kennedy, the Oxford Chamber Orchestra, Stomp, Incognito, Omar, at the BBC Proms, the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Festival Hall, Rock in Rio, at Abbey Road, on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

20 Years Of Music:  Album Credits 1996-2016

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Daniel has worked internationally with internationally renowned artists including:

  • Nigel Kennedy
  • Groove Armada
  • Stomp’s Lost and Found Orchestra
  • Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Incognito and Omar
  • Urban Soul Orchestra
  • Oxford Chamber Orchestra
  • Tora Tora Big Band (Portugal)
  • Orquestra Todos (Portugal)
  • Portuguese artist Rui Veloso
  • Maria Rita (daughter of Brazilian superstar Elis Regina)
  • UK jazz singer Heidi Vogel (vocalist for Cinematic Orchestra)
  • Alexander L’Estrange (renowned choral and jazz composer)

Dan has performed at recognised venues including:

  • The Royal Albert Hall (for the BBC Proms)
  • Barbican Centre
  • King’s Place
  • Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre
  • Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
  • Pizza Express Jazz Club
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Rock in Rio
  • Tribal Gathering
  • FMM Sines (Portugal)

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He has also composed extensively for library music companies such as Pedigree Cuts (EMI Production Music) and Audio Network.

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He co-founded 90’s progressive house electronic dance act The Beat Foundation, producing for the Art of Noise and Virgin Records and championed by top DJs Sasha and Digweed. As well as releasing albums through The Beat Foundation he toured internationally, performing a thumping live set with the group to sell-out crowds at Tribal Gathering, at clubs around the UK, Norway, Ireland and Ibiza (at the legendary club Amnesia).

Following a seven year period living and working in Lisbon, Portgual, Daniel returned to settle in London.

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He arranged and performed on a successful UK tour of the project “Look, Stranger” with Ruthie Culver and the Utter Jazz Quartet, performing the songs of Benjamin Britten and W.H.Auden in new jazz arrangements. The tour culminated in a performance at King’s Place, as part of the London Jazz Festival, with Sir Derek Jacobi narrating.

Derek Jacobi

Daniel also works as a freelance piano accompanist for dance at the Trinity-Laban Conservatoire, The Place, Central School of Ballet and the London Studio Centre.

He is currently writing a piano concerto for piano, orchestra and big band for German concert pianist Andreas Boyde (click to visit his website).

CONTACT

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