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Visit Official Site: Born without sight but not without soul. Dayan Kai is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, vocalist, and producer with a lifelong dedication to music. He is equally versed in jazz, world, americana, and rock traditions and a devoted father of three.
Formally trained since the age of 2, Dayan has studied under world music composer Lou Harrison, Latin percussionist Michael Strunk, jazz trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown and mandolin master David Grisman. Kai is also a versatile accompanist and works with numerous notable artists from around the world in many genres.
Dayan has self-produced and released seven solo albums, RESONATE, TREAT A STRANGER RIGHT, LIVIN’ LIKE A RAT AGAIN, THE FIRST TWELVE YEARS, ALL KAI, SONGS OF SUNDAY, as well as two albums with his former band Water, SCRAPE THE SUN and LOOK OUT THE WINDOW. In 2010, he recorded the duo album MAKE IT RAIN with frequent collaborator Keith Greeninger. Dayan also contributed his talents on a multitude of albums in the folk, jazz & world genres and has produced albums for Steven Graves, Mike McKinley, Tess Dunn, Quackgrass, and Michael Gaither.
His latest album is TOO BE FREE, recorded at Windriver Studio with Keith Greeninger at the helm.
Dayan has played at many notable festivals, including the Folklife Festival and Bummershoot Festival (Seattle, WA), Sister’s Folk Festival (Sisters OR), American River Music Festival (Lotus, CA), Strawberry Music Festival (Groveland, CA), Kate Wolf Memorial Festival (Laytonville, CA), High Sierra Festival (Quincy, CA), Art on the Green (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), Sandpoint Music Festival (Sandpoint, ID), and Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI) and many, many more.
A partial list of instruments Dayan plays includes keyboards (piano, organ, accordion), guitars (Spanish classical, six- and 12-string acoustic, electric, and resophonic), other strings (charango, ukulele, bass, 4- and 5-string banjo, mandolin, and fiddle), the single-reed woodwind family and flutes from around the world, trumpet and trombone, conchas, and percussion (trap kit and hand drums [cajon, pandero, doumbec, tabla, and congas).
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