I am Daniel Schnee: ethnomusicologist (PhD), quarter-tone saxophonist, drummer/percussionist, columnist, graphic score composer, book reviewer, and former mentee of both legendary Japanese artist Shozo Shimamoto, and Pulitzer Prize winning saxophonist Ornette Coleman. I have also accompanied many Grammy Award™ winning artists and have performed world wide as a solo artist. Here at my blog you will find posts about East Asian aesthetic culture, philosophy, Japan, classic Chinese literature, jazz improvisation, and so on, so feel free to start exploring and have fun.

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  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sending you an email the other day with news from away and the odd Holy Grail reference, but I guess your York email is no longer active.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. Sometimes one’s best teacher is a CD and an hour of free time to really listen! 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.

    1. I am very well indeed. And time has flow pretty fast. I haven’t seen you since 2013. I still listen to a lot of Mande balafon music, so thanks for all the listening and jam sessions we did! I don’t have your e-mail, so leave yours in a reply…

      1. Hey, there you are! I had no idea you’d replied. I wanted to ask you about something. Would you email me? (The email address that I have for you seems to be defunct.)

  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!

  6. Hey Dan, Faiyaz here, not sure if you can remember, i was your neighbor from Assiniboine. I think i have some contribution to the naming of Chollobhat as we had dinner together in our apartment! Hope you are doing good. Been a long time.

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