Hello and welcome to the homepage of Daren Burns, a California based electric bass player/composer/educator. 2016 and 2017 has a lot going on as he is set to release two new recordings, develop workshops, and move to India for a couple of years. Daren has been an active musician for almost 25 years, playing in every conceivable format; from rock, to jazz, and experimental music. He sites Wadada Leo Smith as his musical mentor and much of his musical interest lies in the area of how to balance composition and improvisation in various ensemble formats. In recent years he has also become interested in classical Indian rhythmic and melodic systems (North and South) and integrated electronic performance.
Daren's new recordings include a new Onibaba CD entitled, Anesthesia which includes Vinny Golia, George McMullen, Scott Collins, Craig Bunch, and beautiful artwork by Kio Griffith. This is a seamless track of 40 minutes that reflects how we sound like in a live setting. It was recorded in one pass with no overdubs with once again, Wayne Peet engineering and mixing.
As well, a new CD Interstellar Echoes will be out later in 2016. This recording features myself on bass and electronics plus Craig Bunch on drums. The recording is a tribute to John Coltrane and is a take on Coltrane's seminal Interstellar Space recording with Rashied Ali.
Disintegration of Secrets/Apparitions of Kings: Daren Burns' band Onibaba includes: Vinny Golia - woodwinds, George McMullen - trombone, Scott Collins - guitar/Efx, Craig Bunch - drums, Randy Gloss - percussion, and beautiful artwork by Kio Griffith. Mixed and recorded by Wayne Peet at Newzone.
Fear Is Not the Natural State of Civilized People: Daren Burns' CD features the incredible Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet, Scott Collins - guitar, Sarah Phillips - piano, Craig Bunch - drums, and artwork by Kio Griffith. Mixed and recorded by Wayne Peet at Newzone.
From Daren: "The title of this CD is a quote from the Burmese political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi (who was recently released again; for how long, we'll have to see) and the music is my comment on the US post 9/11. As We have been running scared for now over eleven years, and seem willing to give up our most important and basic freedoms based only on fear, I say that maybe it's time we looked at some of the true heroes of the world, some of them peaceful others violent; who stood up, with 100% of their total energy and focus for what they believed in while paying greatly with their own personal costs. Blindly and foolishly giving up constitutional rights for the illusion of safety is not the answer. This recording is dedicated to Goyathlay (Geronimo) the great Apache leader, Gandhi the Indian revolutionary, Aung San Suu Kyi the Burmese political prisoner, Fela Kuti the Nigerian fighter of governmental corruption, and anyone else who believes that life based on fear is not an option. Music Is the Weapon."
Beautiful Dreamer: The CD features Brandy Repairs Utah which is, Koorosh Daryaie - percussion/loops and Merkus Alcus - poetry and voice. it is a journey into the unknown, beyond the realm of the human psyche. A stream of consciousness experience.