Danny always strives to find a healthy balance between performance, scholarship, and teaching. His research interests have not always been directly related to his performing career, however. His undergraduate thesis at Hampshire College was entitled Country Music and the Music Industry in Nashville, Tennessee: The Confused Identity of a Genre in a Culture of Commerce. His Masters thesis at Smith College, Making Country Music “Country”: Technology, Authenticity, and Nashville Sounds, continued this research.
Other research interests include: the development of western tuning systems; power dynamics in cross-cultural musical exchanges between East and West; the relationship between performance context and cultural conceptions of music; the distinctions between “the work” “the score” and “the performance” in western classical art music and the development of the virtuoso performance tradition in 19th century Europe; performance practice in minimalist music; the Alexander Technique, T’ai Chi, quantum physics, and neuroscience as they relate to mindful, efficient, healthy practicing for musicians; Michael Jackson; Devo; Kraftwerk; and the life and work of innovative composer/pianist Mike Garson.