Daniel Lippel, an exciting soloist and a key member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, plays above, among and alongside his colleagues, fluttering and roaring in works that allude to Mr. Fujikura’s Japanese heritage while also asserting his cosmopolitan style.

Steve Smith (New York Times Arts Beat)

"Mario Davidovsky's Synchronisms #10 for guitar and tape was performed with exceptional lucidity by Daniel Lippel."

Mark Barry (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

"Guitarist Dan Lippel was simply brilliant, knowing exactly when to thrust above the string quartet and when to melt into its textures."

Boston Musical Intelligencer (Peter Van Zandt Lane)

"Abandoned Time gives us another chance to hear modern guitar polymath, Dan Lippel, this time backed by the stellar International Contemporary Ensemble. Lippel and ICE put their hearts into this project, delivering expressive, detailed, and precise interpretations."

Guitar Review (Ian Antonio)

“These performances definitely have a live feel, though there's no sense of the facile- only depth caught on the wing. Sometimes Lippel dwells indulgently in the moment, as in the Grave of the A minor Sonata or the Sarabande of the A major Suite; at other times the music is allowed to flow naturally, as in the final movements of those works. Looseness and tension are fluently articulated within a flexible, expressive framework. An impressive release, then. Not a definitive statement- nor is it meant to be. Full marks to Lippel for daring to show a little humanity”

Gramophone (William Yeomen)


About Daniel Lippel

Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called an “exciting soloist” (New York Times), “precise and sensitive” (Boston Globe) and a "modern guitar polymath" (Guitar Review) has carved out a unique and diverse career that ranges through solo and chamber music performances, innovative commissioning and recording projects, and performances in diverse contexts. He has premiered more than fifty new solo and chamber works, many written for him, recording several on the independent label he co-founded and directs, New Focus Recordings. Lippel is the resident guitarist for two critically acclaimed new music groups: the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2005 and new music quartet Flexible Music since 2003, and has been a guest with many ensembles including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York New Music Ensemble, Either/Or Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, and counter(induction. Recent featured solo appearances include a performance of his new version of Reich's Electric Counterpoint at The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR, the premiere of Dai Fujikura's Sparking Orbit in Karlsruhe (Germany), a performance of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez in Riverside, CT, and recitals for the Sinus Ton Festival (Germany), University of Texas at San Antonio, Tangents Guitar Series (San Francisco), and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Triangle (N.C) guitar societies. As a chamber musician, Lippel has performed at the Macau Music Festival (China), Teatro Amazonas (Manaus, Brasil), Sibelius Academy (Finland), Acht Brücken Festival (Cologne, Germany), the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall. Lippel has worked closely with many eminent composers including Mario Davidovsky, John Zorn, Ursula Mamlok, and Nils Vigeland, and performed works by Kaija Saariaho, George Crumb, Louis Andriessen, Magnus Lindberg, and George Lewis with the composers in attendance. 

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Friday October 28th, 2016 8:00 pm

Nils Vigeland Portrait Concert, Buffalo, NY

Portrait concert of the music of Nils Vigeland


Quodlibet for guitar and cello

La Folia Variants for solo guitar

with John Popham, cello and Nils Vigeland, piano

Venue website

Saturday November 5th, 2016 9:30 pm

Cantata Profana plays Crumb, Ives at Joe's Pub

Cantata Profana

George Crumb: Ghosts of Alhambra

Charles Ives: Selected songs (arr. gtr, baritone, percussion)

Cantata Profana

Sunday November 6th, 2016 6:00 pm

Solo recital - Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Brooklyn

Solo recital, all-Bach program

Lute Suite #1 BWV996

Lute Suite #2 BWV997

Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro BWV998

1950 Batchelder St. · Brooklyn, New York 11229

Good Shepherd site

Thursday November 10th, 2016 8:00 pm

Cantata Profana plays Crumb, Ives in New Haven

Cantata Profana

George Crumb: Ghosts of Alhambra

Charles Ives: Selected songs (arr. gtr, percussion, baritone)

Cantata Profana