Daniel Akira Stadnicki

Instructor, World Music Studies and Popular Music Studies
PhD (ABD, Music) - University of Alberta, MA (Music and Culture) - Carleton University, BFA Hon. (Music) - York University

Daniel Akira Stadnicki (PhD Candidate, Music) is an award-winning drummer and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar based at the University of Alberta. His dissertation research explores musical representations of Iranian Baha'i persecution, focusing particular attention on the development of a BA Music program at the 'underground/unofficial' university known as the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) in Tehran. In addition to this work, Daniel has presented internationally on a range of topics in the field of Drum Kit Studies, recently publishing in the Journal for Popular Music Education (2017), the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies (2017), and Intersections (forthcoming). His future research and publication interests include live music in the sharing/'Uber' economy, music industries in so-called 'petrocultural' economies, and pedagogies of technological emulation in live instrumental performance. As a performer, Daniel works primarily in the Canadian folk/roots and world music scenes, having toured extensively across Canada, the USA, Scandinavia, and recorded on over two dozen full-length releases. He lives in Edmonton with his wife, two children, and a Labradoodle named Yuki.

Representative Works

  • (Forthcoming, 2018). Book Review. "Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice" by Nina K Eidsheim (2015). Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music 35/2.
  • (2017) Peer Reviewed Publication. Stadnicki, DA. "Play Like Jay: Pedagogies of Drumming Performance After J Dilla." Journal for Popular Music Education 1/3 (September), pp. 253-280.
  • (2017) Book Review. Stadnicki, DA. "The Voice in the Drum: Music, Language, and Emotion in Islamicate South Asia" by Richard K Wolf (2014). Invited review for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies 2/2, pp. 213-215.
  • May 15, 2018 - Winspear Centre (Edmonton, AB) - performance with Martin Kerr.
  • August 11-12, 2017 - Edmonton Folk Music Festival - performance with Mohsin Zaman.
  • July 14-16, 2017 - Wild Mountain Festival (Hinton, AB) - performances with Dana Wylie and Mohsin Zaman.
  • August 4-6, 2016 - Urkult Music Festival (Näsåker, Sweden) - performance with Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything.
  • May 7, 2015 - National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON) - performance with Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything
  • August 20-30, 2014 - Scandinavian tour with Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything (including Malmofestivalen in Malmo, SWE and Art Goes Kapakka in Helsinki, FIN)
  • July 3-Aug 7, 2014 - Western Canadian tour with Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything (including Winnipeg Folk Fest, Dawson City Music Fest, and Calgary Folk Fest)
  • October 17, 2013 - Stockholm Jazz Festival with Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything

Career Highlights and Achievements

  • (2016-present) Murat Diril Cymbals Canada, National Artist/Endorser
  • (2018) Western Canadian Music Awards (Nomination), 'World Artist of the Year' for Farhad Khosravi's Sleeping in Sorrow
  • (2018) Edmonton Music Awards (Nomination) for Dana Wylie track "Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah" from the album The Earth That You're Made Of (Independent) - 'Adult Alternative Recording of the Year'
  • (2018) Edmonton Music Awards (nomination) for Farhad Khosravi's album Sleeping in Sorrow: Songs of Child Labour (Independent) - 'World Music Recording of the Year'
  • (2014-2017) SSHRC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
  • (2015) Lise Waxer Prize for Best Student Paper, Society for Ethnomusicology Popular Music Special Interest Group
  • (2014) University of Alberta, President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction
  • (2013) University of Alberta, Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship
  • (2013) University of Alberta, Jean Isobel Soper Award in Music
  • (2013) Canadian Folk Music Award (Winner), 'Pushing the Boundaries' for Jaron Freeman Fox and the Opposite of Everything (self-titled, Independent).
  • (2013) Canadian Folk Music Award (Winner), 'Instrumental Group of the Year' for Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything (self-titled, Independent).
  • (2011) SSHRC: Joseph Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship
  • (2010) Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • (2000) Certified Canadian Gold Record, Serial joe album "Face Down" (Aquarius/EMI).
  • (2000) Canadian Radio Music Awards, 'Best Song' for Serial joe track "Mistake."
  • (2000) Juno Awards (Nomination), 'Best New Band' for Serial joe album "Face Down."