The UnBande is a fresh collaboration whose unlikely instrumentation and unexpected stylistic forays make it undeniably unique in the alternative string music universe. Created in 2008 by Hollywood studio musician Danny Seidenberg (also known for his 12 years in the Turtle Island String quartet), it featured two violas and the incredible Chapman Stick...un-violins and the un-guitar. The goal was to celebrate the less familiar and special voice of the viola, and it can be heard on the 2009 release 'Alto Logic', featuring Danny, Novi Novog on viola and Larry Tuttle wielding the Stick.
Now Chicago-based, UnBande has evolved and expanded into a sophisticated chamber-jazz quartet, featuring two violas, cello, and guitar. Crazy classical crossover, rockin’ pop, swingin’ jazz, original compositions, and wild improvisation. But also a rich and sonorous concoction with a true chamber music voice.
Playing alongside Danny Seidenberg is long time pop and folk violist Daryl Silberman, noted Chicago freelance cellist Matthew Agnew, and young guitar phenom Matt Karnatz.
UnBande is available for performance series concerts, special events or concerts, house concerts, residencies, symphonic collaborations, lecture/demonstrations in schools, and more.
Danny Seidenberg, Viola
Danny Seidenberg has enjoyed a varied and eclectic musical career moving between classical, jazz and pop styles as a performer and composer, arranger, and educator. He made his solo debut at age 16 with the Pittsburgh Symphony as part of their Young People’s Concerts. A Juilliard alumni, Danny was a New York musician playing with such groups as American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Orchestra of St Luke’s. He is probably best known for his 12 years as the violist of the Turtle Island String Quartet. He then became a full time studio musician in Los Angeles, playing on hundreds of movie and TV scores, and playing in LA Opera, LA Chamber Orchestra, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. As an early instrument player he has worked with the Grande Bande, Musica Angelica, Portland Baroque, Madison Bach Players and LA Baroque. He has also worked with the Village People, Led Zeppelin, Black Eyed Peas, Carlos Santana, and Steve Reich.
Daryl Silberman, viola
Ms. Daryl Silberman is one of two orchestra directors at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, directing the varsity Chamber Strings, all 9th grade orchestras, technique classes and symphony, and advising the Tri-M music honor society. Additionally, Ms. Silberman is the Primo Orchestra conductor for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra. “Ms. S” studied viola at the University of Colorado at Boulder, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and University of Southern California. In addition to being a trained classical player, Ms. Silberman plays contemporary music on traditional and electric violins, including on her beloved 5-stringed violins. She has been a private studio teacher, high school orchestra director, and freelance violist and violinist in Oregon, Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area performing with regional orchestras, rock bands, movie studio orchestras, chamber groups, and baroque ensembles. She was named as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” in 2011 by School Band and Orchestra magazine.
Matt Agnew, Cello
Matthew studied Suzuki cello from age four with Marilyn Kesler in Okemos, Michigan. In High School he had the benefit of orchestra instruction and guidance from Shirley Mullins, a Janos Starker student, and cello instruction from Jane Katsuyama of the Dayton Philharmonic. He attended DePaul University on scholarship and studied with William Cernota from the Lyric Opera Orchestra. In 2001 he won second place at the Lansing Matinee Musicale Richardson Awards. Matthew is the principal cellist of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. He also plays with several Chicago area orchestras, including Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and the Joffrey Ballet. In 2005 he was awarded the assistant principal position with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, a summer festival orchestra in Lancaster, Ohio.
Matt Karnatz, Guitar
Matt Karnatz is having a great time being the guitar player with UnBande. Matt teaches guitar lessons at Dundee Music in East Dundee, Illinois. Matt studies a wide variety of styles with his teacher Dan McIntyre, focusing on blues, jazz, and rock.