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.