"She conveys concentration in a very distinct and compelling way, with a sense of noticing and discovery. Working in such different contexts while retaining a distinct sensibility of her own"
- José Teodoro, award winning Toronto based writer
Multimedia artist Danielle Gonzalez presents climate change inspired programs in sensory stimulating performances. Collaborating with visual artists she is the founder of DAMET Percussion (dance, arts, media, electronics, and theater) a platform for emerging artists.
Her activist art productions are inspired by climate change, mental health, and social media addiction. She performs on a vast array of instruments ranging from classical vibraphone, to flower pots, metal pipes, and recycled objects. Combined with projection, lighting, and spoken word, these are high impact, yet portable compact shows that fit into a car.
Recent performances include Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Midwest Composer’s Symposium, University of Michigan, University of Indiana, and Siena Heights University. She has held residency at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity and guest Artist for New World Symphony with the Knight’s Foundation's Vital Currents.
An active percussionist and educator nationwide, she has performed with Toledo Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Central Iowa Wind Ensemble, Cheyenne Symphony, the University of Michigan Contemporary Directions Ensemble, and as a featured soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Band and University of Colorado Percussion Ensemble performing Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto and Rosauro’s Concerto for Marimba.
In addition to her performing career, Danielle is an active Yoga Teacher certified through Yoga Alliance. You can find her teaching wellness workshops, sound baths, and yoga classes at local Michigan studios including Mota Thai Yoga and Zion Well. She blends live original percussion music with a fusion of yoga styles including vinyasa, yin, hatha, and aerobics for a one-of-a-kind fitness concert experience.
A portfolio artist, Danielle utilizes her creative skills outside of music through photography, social media marketing, website design, video and audio engineering, content creation, voice acting, and meditation accompaniment. You can find samples of her work on her website.
Danielle completed her Master of Music at the University of Michigan, and her Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her teachers include Joseph Gramley, Jonathan Ovalle, Doug Walter, Mike Tetrault, Lisa Pegher, Andy Reamer, and Ed Stephan.