After launching a successful musical career with New England jam-band juggernaut Rane, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dan Prindle has recently penned and recorded his first solo collection of songs. The album, Where You Land, is a contemplative but accessible exploration of pop-rock song forms. Dan’s varied influences can be heard throughout as the album’s moods range from the experimental ambience of Radiohead to the jazz-inflected funk of Steely Dan to the straightforward pop-rock of Billy Joel. Dan’s vocal, guitar, piano, and bass tracks on the album are backed at various times by the members of Rane and by a band of seasoned performers hailing from both coasts.
Dan is an experienced performer and recording artist, having shared the stage and the studio with a diverse collection of commercially and critically successful artists. He began his career with Rane, an award-winning rock ensemble who, in addition to becoming a success in their own right, opened for such acts as The Allman Brothers Band, The Jerry Garcia Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco, Rusted Root, and Santana. After working with Rane, Dan became a freelancer, playing bass and cello with artists like Simon Kirke (of Free, Bad Company, and Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band), Kurtis John (of The Last Goodnight), Jennifer Hartswick (of the Trey Anastasio Band), Sean Kelly (of the Samples), and Rex Fowler (of Aztec Two-Step). His innovative and tasteful cello playing can be heard on recordings from innumerable artists, notably Frank Black (of the Pixies) and Mark Mulcahy. Dan appears on several tracks on Mulcahy’s 2005 release, In Pursuit of Your Happiness, an album that Thom Yorke of Radiohead called the best of that year.
Dan is also a successful songwriter and composer. His style ranges from classically influenced chamber music to pop-rock songs, and he has been equally successful in both genres. His portfolio includes works for a variety of ensembles including chamber ensembles, choir, accompanied solo vocalists, and symphony orchestra. Dan’s works have been given well-received performances by various ensembles in southern New England. Most recently, his one-act opera A Charming Affairwas premiered by the Hartford Opera Theater. As a songwriter, Dan was a regular contributor to Rane’s prolific output, which featured seven full-length albums and one EP in an eight-year period. Eric Danton referred to Rane as “one of New England’s most innovative bands,” and the Northeast Performer praised the quality of Rane’s songs, despite the fact that most jam bands focus primarily on the live experience, noting that “many bands are either good songwriters or seasoned performers, but rarely are they both. Rane can be counted in that group.” Similarly, Mike Greenhaus noted the band’s impressive live shows, but still described their music as being “complete with catchy hooks and radio-ready choruses.”
Dan’s success in such a wide array of musical endeavors is rooted in his extensive training. Dan is a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His dissertation, which is currently in progress, explores historical methods for teaching harmony at the keyboard and offers suggestions for bringing these methods into the modern classroom. Dan also holds a Master of Music in music theory from UMASS and a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Berklee College of Music. His master’s thesis is an extensive analysis of the famous suites for solo cello by J.S. Bach. Dan has presented his research all over the United States, including conferences at the University of Massachusetts, George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), and the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington).
Dan brings his wealth of experience and education into both the classroom and the private teaching studio. Dan has over 15 years experience as a private instructor of cello, bass, guitar, piano, composition, aural skills, and music theory. He currently teaches aural skills as a Visiting Instructor in Music at Williams College (Williamstown, MA) and music theory as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst, MA). He has taught the history of contemporary music as an Adjunct Lecturer at Goodwin College (East Hartford, CT), and has taught public school as a guitar instructor at Manchester High School (Manchester, CT).