"The Norwegian tuba player Daniel Herskedal can, without hesitation, be described as exceptional" - Concerto Magazine
Daniel Herskedal (winner of Best Original Score and Music Supervision, Ambies 2022 and winner of the Spellemann prize in composition, 2021) is a musician and composer of extraordinary ability who is pushing the boundaries of his instrument to the limit. His music ebbs and flows with utter grace and poise, perfectly fusing the spirit of jazz with the compositional craft of classical music. Seldom do you hear a musician with such depth, emotive intensity and virtuosity shine whilst simultaneously pushing the boundaries of his instrument to the limit. The cinematic scope of his music is obvious in the way he conjures landscapes in his compositions (as is evident in his elemental series of albums Slow Eastbound Train, The Roc, Voyage, Call for Winter and Harbour) and has led to his work on soundtracks, alongside his latest album ‘Out of the Fog’ featuring singer and songwriter Emilie Nicolas, which is out in October 2022.
In 2019, Herskedal debuted as a film music composer with music for
'The Last Black Man In San Fransisco', produced by Brad Pitt. In 2020, he composed music for Coca Cola's worldwide commercial (Open Like Never Before featuring George the Poet). In 2021, he received the Spellemann prize in the composer class for the solo album 'Call For Winter', and is currently involved with music for Pineapple Street Studios and Amazon Music's 20-year commemoration of September 11 in the podcast series '9/12'.
In 2021, Herskedal had works commissioned for Trondheim- Stavanger and Moldejazz with Emilie Nicolas, Eivind Aarset and Helge Norbakken. In addition, he released the album Harbor with his regular ensemble with Eyolf Dale and Helge Norbakken. Harbor was named world jazz album of the year by British Presto Music. He also composed music for the production "GIFT" at Teatret Vårt. In the autumn release of the album "Raajroe – The Reindeer Caravan" with
Marja Mortensson and KORK, Herskedal is co-composer, soloist and orchestrator, the album has been nominated for Spellemann in the class for traditional music.