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DanWithFlare

From theater compositions to film scores to late night jam sessions, Dan Clingman has made his mark on arts scenes since the late 1990s.

While Dan’s big personality, lyrical intellect and ability to play more than a couple instruments wows live music lovers around town, Dan’s brilliance lies in his orchestral compositions and sound designs. Working with big-name clients such as Shedd Aquarium, Noble Fool Theatricals, and Loyola University, Dan has created musical arrangements that are rich in intricacies, dramatic and simply enchanting.

His secret ingredient stems from a 13-year career as a professional ballet dancer with the Grand Rapids Ballet. Dancing to the delightful music of The Nutcracker, or the intense Romeo and Juliet score, Dan has an intimate connection with the relationship between music and visual presentation.  

Bringing the magic to stories with music is his passion.

Drawing from my my first artistic life, gracing the stages as a ballet dancer. I excelled at storytelling through movement lept into my second artistic life as an actor, bringing the story of life through emotions and connections to the words and others speaking those words on stage. Exiting the stage, I spent my third artistic life creating the worlds for stories being told as a scenic designer, lighting designer, and audio designer.

I now hold all of these lives in concert and focus on creating stories through the all senses.

Mostly a composer and songwriter I strive to support storytelling through word and movement by providing the soundtrack to the experience. I call on what is emotionally happening in the lyrics, scene, or idea for the dance and place myself inside it to bring forth the music and soundscape necessary to glue it all together. My lives are fully inside all I write and create.  

I draw on my deep involvement of story through movement, song, dance, words, sounds, and lights, and bring the emotion, depth, environment to the concert of all senses and guide the listener or viewers journey through the stories that they cultivate in their own mind - whether it is in picture or live - in front of them or not. I treat creating a soundscape as creating a life on its own.

Listed below are all credits as a Composer, Sound Designer and Engineer for productions and events dating to 1997.

Musician, Singer/Songwriter

        Performance as Singer Songwriter, Band front-man                                                             1997 to present

        Perform in music venues around Chicago including Goose Island Brewpub in Wrigleyville, The Elbo Room, The Hidden Shamrock, The Throne Room, as well as in Grand Rapids, MI for the annual Festival of the Arts.

        Debut Album: Something Missing, released 11/1/11

        Second Album: Here I Am, released 7/14/15

FILM        
  • Scions of God
Music Composer Kindred Quest Films Pre-Production 2018
  • Imperial Hunt: A Star Wars Story (fan film)
Music Composer Donegal Film Producers In-Production 2018
  • Only 14 Days
Music Composer "Tim Routledge" Development 2017 (last update)
  • Bowser Makes a Movie
Music Composer Hornbill Films Released 2005
  • The Lockout
Music Composer Vizag Productions Released (out of print) 2004
MUSEUM        
  • Wild Reef: Sharks at Shedd

Music Composer

Recording Conductor

Shedd Aquarium   2003
  • Dr Finn's Shark Experience

Music Composer

Shedd Aquarium   2003
  • Yetl and the Totem

Music Composer

Shedd Aquarium   2002
THEATER        
  • House sound and lights

Sound Designer

Light Design

Master Electrician

Sound Engineer

Carver Military Academy

(Chicago Public Schools)

Auditorium/Theater Rentals

  2007 - 2014
  • Middle Aged White Guys

Music Composer

Sound Designer

Open Eye Productions

  2003
  • Damage Control

Asst. Sound Design

Sound Engineer

Noble Fool Theatricals

  2003
  • No Exit

Music Composer

Sound Designer

Recording Conductor

Speaking Ring Theater

  2002
  • The Waverly Gallery

Sound Engineer

Pegasus Players Theater

  2002
  • Seven Minutes in Heaven

Music Composer

Live musician

Speaking Ring Theater

  2002
  • Oscar Remembered

Music Composer

Sound Designer

Speaking Ring Theater

  2001
  • The Woolgatherer

Sound Designer

Speaking Ring Theater

  2001
  • Kindertransport

Music Composer

Loyola University Chicago

  2001
  • Orlando

Sound Designer

Loyola University Chicago

  2000
GAMING        
  • Infinity Slice
Music Composer Infinity Games   2017
         
STUDY        
  • Berklee College of Music
Music Composition for Film/TV and Gaming     Finish -Fall 2019
  • Loyola University Chicago

Double Major:

Music Theory and Composition

Theater

    Class of 2003
CONTESTS        
  • Marvin Hamlisch Film Score Contest, 2018
    The Time Machine
Music Composer Top 10% Score, 92/100   2018
  • Berklee College of Music Video Game Score Contest
Music Composer 2nd Place   2017