Hello, and welcome to my official blog. I am Daniel Schnee, an anthropologist who researches how music plays a part in a particular society or culture (ethnomusicology): what music means, and how composers, improvisers, performers and audiences create or convey that meaning, learning about the internal logic of society through ethnography as much as study of its cultural objects (my specialty being East Asian intangible culture: improvisation, aesthetic concepts, Zen Buddhism, etc.). I can then apply the results to teaching, publishing, business, and/or a standard of law: assessing and/or producing facts about music that are applicable as evidence in court cases over copyright, cultural appropriation, interpretation of cultural policy, case selection criteria; establishing just how juridical a claim is.

I am also a graphic score composer, saxophonist, and percussionist who has worked internationally with many artists (including twenty one different Juno and Grammy™ Award winners) such as INXS, Rod Stewart, Angelique Kidjo, Colin Hay (Men At Work), J-Pop star Ayumi Hamasaki, Will Calhoun, Yamantaka EYƎ, Alfie Zappacosta, Matt Brubeck, Leela Gilday, Orlando “Maraca” Valle, Bernie Worrell, Dave Samuels, Doug Wimbish, Slide Hampton, and many others.

I’ve studied South Indian Karnatak music with Sri Kadri Gopalnath and Sri Trichy Sankaran, as well as improvisation with Pulitzer Prize winning jazz icon Ornette Coleman, and multi-media art practice with renowned Japanese painter Shozo Shimamoto

日本語を話すことができます… 大好きです! 私はベトナム語とドイツ語も話すことができます。大阪弁を話すことを本当に楽しんでいます。どうぞよろしくお願いします。

Click on the highlighted areas to being exploring: 


Asian Philosophy: India
Asian Philosophy: China
Asian Philosophy: Korea and Early Japan
Asian Philosophy: Japan
New! Chinese Literary Criticism: Lu Chi 文賦 (On Literature)
Ancient/Medieval Comic Stories: China
The Art of Chinese Porcelain: Ming & Qing Dynasties
Chinese Influence on Japanese Culture: Art & Buddhism
Pre-Buddhist Art: Japan
East Asian Aesthetic Terminology: Japan Part One of Two
East Asian Aesthetic Terminology: China
East Asian Aesthetic Terminology: Korea
Rare Japanese Recordings: BusRatch
GUTAI Art Collective:
Vietnamese Language: 
Part One of Four.
Japanese Language:
Japanese Noh Theater:
Japanese Art: The Idea of Nansensu
Basic Music Terminology in Japanese


Introduction To Buddhism: Part One of Two
History of Buddhism: 6500 BCE – 1300 BCE
Early Buddhist Terminology: India


Music of India: Algebraic Structure
Music of India: Raga
Music of India: Yati
Jazz Improvisation and Indian Music
Jazz Improvisation and Arabian Music
Jazz Improvisation and Turkish Music
Improvisation in Traditional Korean Music
Improvisation and Meditation
Microtones in Vietnamese and Japanese Music
Quarter-Tone Charts: Saxophone
Multiphonics Chart:
Woodwind Embouchure: 

Ornette Coleman: Zen Buddhism and Harmolodic Theory.
Odd Time Signatures: Introduction


The Truth In Painting: Derrida
Western Philosophy: Preview
Western Philosophy: Mythology To Hellenism
Western Philosophy: Medieval To The Enlightenment
Western Philosophy: Late Enlightenment to Modernity
Western Philosophy: Postmodernism to MetaModernism
History of Sociology: Part One of Four
What Is Critical Theory? Art
Introduction to the DUNE novelsPart One of Two
The Poetry of Robert Okaji: Review and Analysis.
The Analects of Na-neun




















24 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Dan! How’s it going? I tried sending you an email the other day with news from away and the odd Holy Grail reference, but I guess your York email is no longer active.

  2. Wonderful! My name is Bill Stagg and you taught me alto in the late 80’s in Saskatoon. I’ll always remember the cassettes you sent home with me: Earth Wind and Fire, Joe Satriani, etc. I was the only kid in grade 7 listening to Tower of Power! Below I will post our beekeeping website if you are curious to see what I am up to.

    1. Hi Bill! I do remember you, and I am glad you are still listening to P. Floyd and EW&F. I always try to open up my students’ world to listen to everything/anything that has musical value… and sometimes one’s best teacher is a CD! Thanks for the kind words, and good luck. We must protect our bee friends and thus by a transitive property our own agricultural future.

  3. Hello old friend! Nice to see you’ve been able to make a career out of your musical passion! Trust all is well in your universe.

  4. Hi! It has been 27 years since we last saw each other… at high school grad! I have been really lucky to have had my passion turn into a career: lots of hard work = luck in my case.

  5. Hello, Mr. Schnee – tell me, where possibly did you find and copy that eye catching “suizen” calligraphy on your “The Art of Suizen 吹禅” web page?
    宜しく 🙂 無穴笛

    1. I just found it by typing in “suizen” in Google Images. It should come up as you scroll down through the images. If you go to my Art of Suizen page you can also click on the image, drag it over onto your computer’s desktop, then drop it in your iPhoto icon…です ね!

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