About

Daniel Carneiro is a versatile Brazilian musician who has been living in Los Angeles since 2001, where he can be often seen performing Brazilian and American music in various night clubs and cultural events. His dynamic work as a composer, guitarist, singer and producer has been structured by his natural talent and a solid musical education, reinforced by various collaborations.

Born in 1979, Daniel started studying bass at the age of 13 at the Curitiba conservatory of Brazilian popular music. At this early age, he also started playing the guitar and writing his first songs. During his early adulthood, Daniel performed at many of the local clubs in his hometown, Curitiba. In 2001, he relocated to the U.S. and earned a jazz guitar degree from the Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) in Pasadena, where he studied with Frank Gambale, Jeff Richman, Ross Bolton, and privately with Sid Jacobs. He also graduated from the film scoring program at UCLA, where he gained valuable experience with composition, conducting, harmony, and orchestration. More recently, Daniel studied mixing with Adam Moseley.

Daniel’s main instrument is the acoustic nylon-string guitar, but he also plays and performs with the bass,cavaquinho (a small 4-string Brazilian instrument widely used in samba and choro), ukulele, and various traditional Brazilian percussion instruments. Daniel performs his compositions solo or with many different musicians and collaborators in the LA music scene, including his band Natalie Aley + New Cycle. He has also collaborated with 2-time Grammy nominee Carmen Rizzo, Brazilian percussionist Marco Suzano, and co-authored a song with Queen’s guitarist Brian May. Daniel’s compositions have been featured on six movies. He has worked with producer Rafael Araujo and through his own label, New Cycle Records, produced eight albums.
With considerable experience writing music for different media, Daniel is a dynamic composer who brings a refreshing approach to each project. His albums Naquela Noite (2007) and New Cycle (2012) demonstrate his unique blend of influences and rhythms. In his latest album, Tempo de Despertar (2014), Daniel presents us with enchanting compositions and arrangements that reflect his maturity as a musician.