Danny Clay

John Adams Young Composers Program Summer Director




Danny Clay is a composer and teaching artist whose work is deeply rooted in curiosity, collaboration, and the sheer joy of making things with people of all ages and levels of artistic experience. Working closely with artists, students, and community members alike, he builds worlds of inquiry, play, and perpetual discovery that integrate elements of sound, movement, theater, and visual design. Children's games, speculative systems, cognitive puzzles, invented notation, found objects, imaginary archives, repurposed media, micro-improvisations, and happy accidents all make frequent appearances in his work. Recent collaborators include Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, Volti, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the People’s Music School of Chicago, the Living Earth Show, Youth Speaks, 826 Valencia, Wu Man, Sarah Cahill, Phyllis Chen, and printmaker Jon Fischer. He has taught at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, the Crowden School, the after-school program Little Opera, and led workshops at K-12 schools and universities throughout the US.


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