Dan is an active performer, composer and percussionist currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally drawn to music as a drum set player, he has developed a creative connection with contemporary music and performance art through the world of percussion. deSimone received his Bachelor's in music performance at Temple University in Philadelphia and Master's from the Boston Conservatory studying under Chis Deviney and Phil O'Banion, Nancy Zeltsman, Sam Solomon, and Doug Perkins.
Dan also graduated from the Conservatory as the first and only Contemporary Music Performance major in 2016.
At the conservatory, Dan met and began working with percussionist Ayami Okamura forming "ShikiDuo" who held their debut concert in May of 2015.
Check out ShikiDuo here:
Dan has worked and/or performed with such artists as Tony Arnold, Gordon Stout, Takuo Kochi, David Vess, Christina Choen, Glenn Kotche, the Asko|Schönberg ensmble, Slagwerk Den Haag and several more.
The latter named of these artists are included as a result of Dan's participation in the TROMP Eindhoven percussion competition in Eindhoven in November of 2016 in which he won Second Prize and the Friends of TROMP Audience Award.
"A lot of inspiration, a great personality, full of ideas. An incredible drumset player."
-Lucas Vis and the 2016 TROMP jury