DANIEL REGNIER

Artistic Director / Instumentalist
Beside his profession as a philosophy professor, Daniel Regnier is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Trained extensively in western classical piano and composition, Daniel now devotes his creative energies primarily to flamenco and world music. Active mainly as guitarist and pianist, Daniel also plays a number of non-western stringed instruments including the Arabic oud. Daniel’s work as a guitarist is driven by a love of both the brilliant expressivity and contemplative capacity of flamenco music. He is a founding member of Flamenco Borealis.

TRAINING

2021. Selected as participant in Opera from Scratch (postponed due to pandemic)
2020-21. Studies in film-scoring, midi orchestration and music production, Berklee Online.
2020-21. Studies in Persian Kemanche with Payam Yusuf.
2019-21. Studies in Turkish Baglama with Ozan Baysal.
2019-21. Studies Flamenco Cante with Alba Guererro.

2017-2018. One year of extensive Flamenco guitar studies in Seville at the Christina Heeren Foundation and at Artes Escenicas Rebollar.

2012-2015. Studies in Flamenco Guitar with Ruben Diaz.
August 2011. Studies in Oud and Arabic music theory with Charbel Rouhana and Simon Shaheen, Arab Music Retreat.
2011-12. Studies in North Indian and Bengali Vocal music with Anirban Chaterjee.
2010. Studies in Oud with Wissam Jaber, Beirut May.
2005. Studies in Flamenco Guitar with Miguel Fuera, Seville.
2003-2004. Studies in Harmony and Orchestration with Alain Margoni and Patrice Sciortino at the Schola Cantorum, Paris.
2002-2003. Studies in Piano with Igor Lazko and composition with Tsvetan Dobrev in Paris.
2001-2002. Studies in Composition at the St-Petersburg State Conservatory, Rimsky-Korsakov.
1999-2001. Studies in Piano with Muza Rubaskyte, Jazz piano with Patrick and musical theory and composition with Tsvetan Dobrev at the Conservatoire Russe Rachmaninoff in Paris.
1999. Grade 10 Piano at the Royal Conservatory of Canada.
1998-1999. Studies of Piano with Rusudan Chigogidze.
1987-1991. Studies of Piano and Theory with Marilyn Harrison.
1987-1991. Studies of Horn with Darnel Berg.

PERFORMANCES

2021. The creation, direction, composition, performance, recording, mixing and mastering for TAKE MY HAND, an award winning flamenco dance film. Composition, recording and production of a flamenco fusion track for a Flamenco Flashmob group dance (performed on several occasions (Fireworks festival, Nuit Blanche, Tapestrama). Solo Flamenco Guitar in Tapestrama, Prince Albert. Concert-lecture (solo guitar and oud) Threads Conference, Saskatoon Open Door Society (Online).

2020. Artistic co-director. Borealis Flamenco Festival (postponed to 2022). Artistic co-director, flamenco guitar, oud and vocals. Tablao show at Guitar and Amp. 

2019. Artistic co-direction of and principal instrumentalist for the show "Dos Voces" which Flamenco Borealis performed at the Bassment in Saskatoon and at the Junction in Calgary in May. Flamenco pianist, oud player and composer for a section of the “Ancient Elements” show in September. Various smaller performances and collaborations.

2018. Residency in Seville, Spain

2017. Artistic co-direction of and principal instrumentalist for "Corazon Loco" at the Jazz Bassment in April, and at the Sasktel Jazz Festival 2017 (2 shows). Live performance with Flamenco Borealis at the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan festival 2017 in collaboration with Dance Saskatchewan. Various smaller performances and collaborations.

2016. Artistic co-direction of "Al Andalusi" where he also occupied the role of oud and flamenco guitar instrumentalist. Oud player for a guest appearance at the "tapestry of the Tribes" with Flamenco Borealis. Flamenco Guitar at the Saskatoon Fashion Design Festival with Flamenco Borealis. Flamenco guitar for Cabaret Flamenco at Le Relais with Flamenco Borealis.
2015. Flamenco guitar for "Navidad Flamenca" and a variety of private shows presented by Flamenco Borealis. Flamenco Guitar for Alma Flamenca "Flamenco Expo" (Broadway theatre) and "Arte".
2014. Flamenco Guitar and Electronic Music arrangements for "Flamenco Chill" both in Saskatoon and Calgary. 
2005-2013. Flamenco Guitar with Alma Flamenca in different events and formations .
2008-2013. Member of Voci Strani (Renaissance Vocal Music Ensemble).
1998-2004. Piano Performer in various concerts at the Cité Universitaire Paris (original composi!ons, solo interpreta!ons, accompanist).
1993-1996. Horn player in the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, McGill Symphony Orchestra, and Abaco Orchestra Munich.