Ethnomusicologist & Graphic Score Composer
Saxophonist & Percussionist
Academic & Commercial Writer
Internationally Active (23 countries)
Accompanist to Grammy™ and JUNO Award winning artists
Student of jazz legend Ornette Coleman
Mentee of legendary Japanese artist Shozo Shimamoto


24 thoughts on “About

    1. Hey, it’s an honour to be followed by you. Your photography is fantastic. So dark and lush…absolutely beautiful. You are like Yousef Karsh and Ansel Adams rolled into one! 🙂

      Believe me, I REALLY look forward to seeing your ongoing work…


      – Daniel

        1. Are you kidding? Your Duckett’s Grove images border on synesthesia-inducing! They are so rich and velvety…I wanna to eat some of them! In your own particular way, you are better than Karsh/Adams….


          – Daniel

  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sending you an email the other day with news from away and the odd Holy Grail reference, but I guess your York email is no longer active.

        1. Believe me, I am not old, BUT once you get to my age time flies faster and faster. Just yesterday I got on a plane to Hokkaido, and today it’s 20 years later, with a massive blur in-between!

          Enjoy every second of your life…it is moving faster than you think! 🙂


  2. Wonderful! My name is Bill Stagg and you taught me alto in the late 80’s in Saskatoon. I am just listening to Delicate Sounds of Thunder and am always remembering the cassettes you sent me home with… Earth Wind and Fire, Joe Satriani…I was the only kid in grade 7 listening to Tower of Power! I still have my sax, keep the dust off of it once in a while, recently joined an acapella group, feels amazing to once again explore the music within. Below I will put our website if you are curious to see what I am up to.

    1. Hill Bill!
      I do remember you, and I am glad you are still listening to ‘Floyd and EW&F. I always try to open up my student’s worlds 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 with the bees. We desperately need bees for our ecosystem as you well know, and you personally are making sure we all survive. So in a sense you are kind of like Superman, saving the world a few hives at a time!



  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 I “officially” saw you last at high school grad, although I have a vague recollection of us having lunch once somewhere in Saskatoon between arriving back from my first trip to Japan (Fall 1995) and my living in new York (Summer 1997). “Career”? I suppose it is. The way I see it I am engaged in a lifelong pursuit of understanding that has required me to do things in such a way that my resume also happens to get progressively fatter. As such things are indeed well in my universe. 🙂

    1. Strangely enough, I never know how to answer that question!

      I am usually so focused on achieving my next goal or project that I am mostly oblivious to whether I am happy or not. I am usually too busy being happy to know it! Hearing from you definitely makes me happy, though. Your album sounds great, you are a great live performer, and I have fond memories of hanging around the U of A Music Dept. lounge with you… that makes me happy! 🙂

    1. I am very well indeed. And time has flow pretty fast. I haven’t seen you since 2013!

      I spend my days writing, practicing, studying Japanese, trying to carve a general interest book out of my dissertation, writing book reviews, wandering around Asia, listening to Mande balafon music, and everything else that I can’t seem to stop doing!

  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 and drag it onto your computer’s desktop and then drop it in your iPhoto icon…です ね!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s