Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
A hand injury ended the performance career of pianist/guitarist Jeff Dana but his dream was kept alive with his transition to soundtrack composing. Using his score for the Warner Brothers television revival of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, which he composed shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 1991, as a springboard, Danna became one of the top composers of television soundtracks. His resume includes composing the scores of more than one hundred and fifty shows including Beverly Hills 90210, Sweating Bullets and A&E Biography and made-for-TV films including the Matthew Shepard Story and Baby.
Beginning with his score for the Tim Blake Nelson-directed movie, O, in 2000, Danna has focused on film composition. His film credits include the soundtracks of The Kid Stays In The Picture, Green Dragon, The Boondock Saints, Lions Gate's Uncorked and My Own Country. He reunited with Nelson when he composed the score of the Lions Gate World War Two film, The Grey Zone.
Danna has remained active as a musician, recording traditional and original Celtic music with his brother and keyboardist, Mychael. The brothers, who have received three BMI/SOCAN awards for scoring excellence, collaborated on three albums including A Celtic Tale: The Legend Of Deirdre, A Celtic Romance: The Legend Of Lladain And Curithur and a second version of A Celtic Tale: The Legend Of Deirdre, featuring narration by Fiona Ritchie of National Public Radio show, Thistle and Shamrock. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide
Composer/keyboardist Mychael Danna was born in Winnepeg, Manitoba, and showed musical talent early in life. Singing and piano lessons defined his childhood and early adolescence, but a hand injury at age 14 ended his piano career.
Danna switched over to synthesizer instead and concentrated on his composing skills. After earning a degree in composition from the University of Toronto and winning the prestigious Glenn Gould Composition Award his final year there, Danna began his film scoring career, which includes over 15 features and documentaries. Danna also served for a time as composer-in-residence for the McLaughlin Planetarium in Toronto.
His fusion of different styles of music and keen arrangement skills make Danna a versatile and popular artist, whether scoring films, working on his own new age compositions (Skys, Sirens), collaborating with his composer brother Jeff Danna (A Celtic Tale), or working with Tim Clement on electronic environmental pieces (Summerland, North of Niagra). ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide