Daniel Lentz

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Daniel Lentz (born March 10, 1942, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States) is an American classical electronic music composer.[1]


Lentz achieved notability as a musician while a student at Brandeis University, when he was awarded a fellowship in composition at Tanglewood in the summer of 1966. This was followed by a Fulbright Fellowship in Electronic Music in 1967–68, which was completed in Stockholm, Sweden. He then became a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1968. In 1970 he focused more on composing and performing. At this time he also formed a music ensemble, the California Time Machine, which toured North America and Europe.

In 1972, Lentz won the Gaudeamus International Composers Award. Since then, he has won a number of other awards and grants. Lentz then formed and led another music ensemble, the San Andreas Fault, which made several tours of the North America and Europe and released several recordings in Europe. Returning to California, Lentz formed the Daniel Lentz Group in Los Angeles. This ensemble has toured much of the world and has released a number of recordings. His 1987 album The Crack in the Bell was the first contemporary classical release from Angel/EMI Records.

Lentz has a daughter from his first marriage and now lives in Southern California.

Grants, Fellowships, Awards[edit]

  • Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Center, Italy, Music Composition, 2012
  • Opus Archives, Pacifica Institute, Music Composition, 2010
  • Phoenix Arts Commission Grant, Music Composition, 2000
  • 2 Arizona Commission In The Arts Grants, Music Composition, 1992, 1997
  • 3 Institute For Studies In The Arts Grants, Arizona State University, Music Composition, 1993, 1995, 1996
  • 5 National Endowment For The Arts Grants, Music Composition, 1973–96
  • D.A.A.D Grant, Music Composition And Research, Berlin, Germany, 1979–80
  • 3 Seed Fund Grants, New York, Music Composition, 1976, 1978, 1980
  • California Arts Council Grant, Music Composition, 1976
  • Howard Foundation Grant, Brown University, Music Composition, 1974
  • First Prize, International Composers Competition, Stichting Gaudeamus, Holland, 1972
  • Creative Arts Instititute Award, University Of California, Berkeley, 1969
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Sweden, Electronic Music And Musicology, 1967–68
  • Samuel Wechsler Music Award, Brandeis University, 1967
  • Tanglewood Composition Fellowship, 1966
  • N.D.E.A. Fellowship-Scholarship, Brandeis University, 1965–67
  • Teaching Fellowship, Ohio University, 1962–65


  • Voices (Aoede Records)
  • Wild Turkeys (Aoede Records)
  • wolfMASS (Aoede Records)
  • Point Conception (Cold Blue Music), (Aoede Records)
  • Huit ou Neuf Pieces Dorées à Point (Aoede Records)
  • Collection (Aoede Records)
  • Self Portrait (Aoede Records)
  • Butterfly Blood (Aoede Records)
  • Missa Umbrarum (New Albion Records)
  • Portraits (New Albion Records) – with John Adams, Paul Dresher, Ingram Marshall, and Stephen Scott
  • Apologetica (New Albion Records)
  • b.e.comings (Fontec/Rhizome Sketch Records)
  • Walk into My Voice (Materiali Sonori) – with Harold Budd and Jessica Karraker
  • Music for 3 Pianos (Virgin/EMI Records) – with Harold Budd and Ruben Garcia
  • The Crack in the Bell (Angel/EMI Records)
  • On The Leopard Altar (1984; reissued 2006)(Icon Records)
  • After Images (Cold Blue Music)
  • Spell (ABC Command Records)
  • Dancing on Water (Cold Blue Music) – contains Song(s) of the Sirens, with Peter Garland, Michael Byron, Rick Cox, Jim Fox and others,
  • Cold Blue anthology (Cold Blue Music) – contains You Can't See the Forest ... Music, with Ingram Marshall, Chas Smith, Harold Budd, Michael Byron, Jim Fox, and others, Cold Blue Music
  • Los Tigres de Marte (Cold Blue Music)
  • On the Leopard Altar (Cold Blue Music)


  1. ^ Kyle Gann, American Music in the 20th Century, Schirmer Books (1997) 12. NEW TONALITIES II: POSTMINIMALISM p. 337; ISBN 978-0028646558

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