photo: Ken Berman

Daniel Gil is a composer, ethnomusicologist, producer, orchestrator, and performer. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and holds an MFA in composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Gil’s music has been described as “poignant and majestic” (Boston Globe), “beautiful and original” (Jerusalem Post), and that he “sounds like Greg Lake and Pete Townshend combined” (The Big Takeover) when singing and playing guitar with his electro-progressive band Raibard. 

Gil is a multi-genre, multi-instrumentalist who composes constantly, and is also doing primary ethnomusicological research into the renowned Kisselhof archive. He has played and lectured on the history and nature of Jewish Folk Music at the New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, Tufts University, and various speaking engagements around the world. He is a recipient of grants from both the Meru Foundation and the Boston Combined Jewish Philanthropies. In addition to his musical accomplishments, Gil is a noted Jewish scholar. He is well versed in Talmudic logic and syntax, has a deep understanding of Kabbalah, and has extensively researched the connection between music and Hasidic literature, culture, and practice.


Quadrants Vol. 4

Release Date: January 13, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6483
21st Century
Vocal Music
String Quartet
QUADRANTS VOL. 4 comes as the fourth installment of Navona's acclaimed series of string quartet recordings by contemporary composers. This time, a variety of ensembles perform a selection of pieces by Daniel Gil, Jacob E. Goodman, John Summers, Sami Seif, and Judith Lang Zaimont. Like its predecessors, QUADRANTS VOL. 4 presents musical creations that are highly structured, thoroughly conceptualized and profoundly cerebral, drawing upon subject matters as diverse as Kabbalistic philosophy, English urban poetry, and Arabic cultural identity, among others. Often the result of years-long toil, these compositions are by no means easy to perform – but each ensemble masterfully succeeds with virtuosic panache.