Biography

Dan was born in Nottingham and studied at the Royal College of Music, London. A versatile drummer and percussionist, he works with a wide variety of artists, groups and ensembles. Most recently Dan has been playing drums on the UK tour of Tim Firth’s highly-acclaimed musical This Is My Family. He has played percussion with Bombay Bicycle Club showcasing their latest album So Long, See You Tomorrow in live sessions at Abbey Road Studios, and for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge at Maida Vale Studios. During 2012/2013 Dan played drums on the Dead Can Dance World Tour, performing 88 shows throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, North and South America. Prior to this he has been drummer for Brendan Perry for two years. Dan has played percussion with Foals for French Television, and has also performed with Astrid Williamson promoting her highly acclaimed album Pulse.

A member of innovative contemporary ensemble Icebreaker since 2001, Dan has given concerts all over Europe, also appearing in New York’s Carnegie Hall (2002) and the Lincoln Center Festival 2005, as well as the London Jazz Festival 2003. He is currently on tour with Icebreaker’s latest project Kraftwerk Uncovered and prior to that toured Brian Eno’s album Apollo: For All Mankind. For the first two performances at the opening concerts of the Brighton Festival 2010, the band played four songs with Brian Eno singing live on stage.

Dan has worked in the studio with V V Brown, Joby Talbot and Michael J McEvoy. He played drums and percussion on McEvoy’s latest album Terra Cognita (Rezzonator Music). Dan is percussionist for Tom Kersten’s G Plus Ensemble recording the album Utopia at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. He also plays percussion for JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia Ensemble, with appearances at the ATP Music Festival 2008, as well as shows in London, Belgium and The Netherlands as part of the Manorexia European Tour 2012.

In London’s West End, Dan was a regular deputy on the hit musical Singin’ In The Rain. He was drummer and percussionist for Maria Friedman: Re-arranged, and was a percussion deputy on the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang UK Tour for three years. He also deputised on Jason Carr’s production of A Christmas Carol in both Birmingham (2009) and Leeds (2010).

As an orchestral percussionist Dan has worked with ensembles such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has been Guest Principal Timpani for Northern Sinfonia and is Principal Timpanist for Birmingham Opera Company.

Heavily involved in education and outreach work, Dan has given workshops for London Sinfonietta, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Sinfonia ViVA and CHROMA. He is a regular workshop leader for The Music Workshop Company and is also a member of Paraiso School of Samba.

Dan is proud to endorse Roland V-Drums and Protection Racket cases, and has also received generous support from pdp Drums.

You can contact Dan via e-mail: dangresson@hotmail.com