Combining classical finger styles with a pop-jazz orientation, Daniel instantly brings a wider range of sounds to all the bands he plays with. His finger style technique enables him to play as ‘a band in the guitar’ or ‘self-accompanied solo guitar’. This is achieved by simultaneously playing chords, bass lines and melodies with only one guitar. Stylishly mixing Latin, jazz and funk, Daniel’s unique expression is fueled by his constant exploration of new guitar sounds.
The seed was planted...
Daniel took his first step with the guitar as a hobby during his teenage years in Surabaya. He immediately formed an ever-deepening passion for the craft that finally sealed his decision to become a professional musician after graduating from engineering studies. Daniel began performing live as a resident musician in five-star hotels in Surabaya, Indonesia such The Shangri-La, JW Marriot, The Westin, Sheraton and Hyatt. Other venues that invited him to perform include the SOGO Department Store and several prominent local cafes. Demands for his fresh talent then also came from many corporate and private functions and even stints with Indonesian diva, Ruth Sahanaya and Shanti in MTV.
Leaps of faith
Although he was certainly kept busy in Indonesia, Daniel made the next leap to the regional stage when he traveled to Singapore to hone his mastery of the guitar through performing live, Daniel enrolled in the LaSalle College of the Arts’ prestigious jazz program and worked tirelessly to balance his work and academic career. In the year 2008, Daniel was conferred the Bachelor of Arts in Music.
During his study, Daniel had chance to play for Babes Conde (Singapore Idols vocal coach) for the 1st anniversary celebration of the Esplanade. Many milestones performances followed suit- Jose Mari Chan (renowned Filipino artiste and songwriter) at Victoria Concert Hall, Kumar's sold out Valentine Show in 2005, Babes Conde in Esplanade Concert Hall (Chinese Golden Hits 80's), Adlan Cruz (pianist and national treasure of Puerto Rico) concert, Robert Fernando’s concert 2007, ‘Jazz by the Beach’ at Sentosa with Singapore songstress Tay Kewei.
As a composer, he won the 3rd prize for open category in ExxonMobil songwriting competition 2004 in NUS. He was also in top ten finalists of NTU Music Express 10, Chinese song writing competition in 2004. He was the only one from hundreds contestants who does not speak Chinese. He managed to get his song translated into Chinese. In 2011 he showcased many of his original compositions to many appreciative reviews at the Esplanade, at both the Concourse and its outdoor stage. In 2017 he joined the songwriting competition organized by Chen Sang CC and won the 2nd prize.
Business as usual
Daniel currently plays for many exclusive corporate and private functions, locally and internationally, such as F1 season events at Swissotel City Hall, a Heineken event in Hong Kong with local singer Dawn Ho, Carlsberg promotion event, Cortina, Omega, Lufthansa Airlines with Tay Kewei, Ermenegildo Zegna and many more.
Weekly performances as a resident musician in our local live music scene keeps him occupied. He has anchored gigs as the leading guitarist in venues such as Via Mar Spanish restaurant at Esplanade, Bar Celona at Robertson Walk, Harry’s Bar Holland Village, BarStop, Novus, Harry’s Bar, Indochine Water Front, Old Brown Shoe Bukit Timah Rd, Marina Bay Sands Casino, Quarubar, Fabrika at Klapsons Hotel, Sol Tasca at Fullerton Boat House, Outpost 903 Gastrobar at Bukit Timah Rd, 7Kickstart at Armenian Street, Singapore Cricket Club, Cafe B at Marina Bay Sands, The Loft Cafe at South Bridge Rd, Roomful of Blues at Prinsep Street, Pan-Pacific Orchard Hotel, Stuttgart-Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel, MAD Museum, Sixty40, OCF at Arts House, Skyve, Courtyard Cafe & Lounge at National Gallery, Bodacious, just to name a few.
He is frequently partnering prominent live music venues such as 7KickStart Cafe, Hooha Cafe, MAD Bistro, The Loft Cafe to co-produce and perform concept shows that have been gaining overwhelming popularity and support by the public. Daniel understands the value and power of great live music in bringing joy to people’s lives as well as creating loyal and repeat customers to the businesses he partners with. He constantly develops his concept shows with more ideas, guest stars and partner venues to bring music closer to public.
Daniel’s reputation and dexterity in fingerstyle guitar technique has brought him visibility to Yamaha and he was appointed the brand’s acoustic guitar showcase demonstrator since March 2011.
In June 2015 Daniel had taken a part in "Harmony In Diversity", a concert in celebration of Singapore's religious and racial harmony 2015. He was the acoustic guitarist under New Creation Church.
In December 2015, Daniel was chosen to be the guitarist for opening ceremony of 8th ASEAN Para Games, a regional prestigious event in conjunction of SG50.
Daniel entered the International Ukulele Contest 2018 in Honolulu and he was chosen as 1 of the 6 finalists.
The next frontier
His current passion is to master ‘touchstyle technique’ on double-neck electric guitars that he uniquely designs himself. This technique enables the player to simultaneously express two inter-dependent ideas while playing, as all fingers on both hands could produce the notes by tapping the string on the fingerboard. (Contrast this with the traditional way of plucking, which requires both a pressing finger and a plucking finger to sound a note.) Touchstyle playing, therefore, is like having two guitarists playing at the same time. This technique also incorporates and compliments the others such as slapping, sliding, harmonic etc. As such the unique characteristics of guitar playing will still be fully expressed.
Since January 2018 Daniel has been performing his touchstyle technique on his unique double guitar design at the Cathedral Cafe (St Andrew Cathedral) every Friday 12-1pm.
Daniel also designs other artistic 'concept' guitars that stand out from the ‘mainstream look’ guitars in the market. He strongly believes in individuality and originality in that guitars are a platform of visual arts expression as well as fine musical instruments. His 'boutique' guitars creation will be offered to public under 'D.PURNOMO Concept' brand.
View Daniel’s creativity concept music and designs at www.dpurnomoconcept.com. His first designs which are making international buzz are ‘the palette guitar’ that looks like an artist's palette, the double guitar and ‘the anchor bass’ guitar. These would surely make a statement in any collector’s showcase.
Artists Daniel has performed with:
Ruth Sahanaya: one of Indonesian divas.
Syaharani: Indonesian jazz singer.
Shanti: Indonesian MTV's DJ.
Babes Conde: vocal coach on Singapore Idol and well-known musical director in theatre circles.
Jose Mari Chan: Filipino Diva.
Kumar: local comedian.
Adlan Cruz: Puerto Rican pianist.
Robert Fernando: Singaporean crooner and entertainer
Juliet Pang: A local jazz/Original vocalist-songwriter/indie artist, pianist, ukulelist.
Didi Mudigdo: A jazz vocalist-pianist, bassist, harmonica player, ukulelist.
Shili & Adi: A local pop/top 40 duet.
Alicia Pan: An R&B singer/songwriter.
Shimona Kee: A local singer/songwriter.
Joanna Dong: A jazz singer.
Tay Kewei: A singer/songwriter and former backing vocalist for David Tao and Wang Lee Hom.
Bevelyn Khoo: A singer/songwriter.
Teo Boon Chye: Yamaha saxophone endorsee.
As he believes that through music, a lot of positive characters (creativity, perseverance, tolerance, harmony, love, etc.) are generated, Daniel loves to share his musical passion to others too.
The key is to learn the musical language (the grammar, the theory) in a very "hands-on" way. With his fun personality and yet structural teaching method, he's been benefiting his students. Inspiring teaching will ignite internal passion that keeps the students wanting to learn more and more about music.
Daniel teaches fingerstyle guitar, jazz guitar, touchstyle guitar, ukulele, bass, guitar ensemble, composition, jazz theory, etc. Daniel also taught guitar instrument subject for music program (class room curriculum) at ACS International in March to August 2010, also March to May 2015 and 2016. He also conducted "Guitar Intensive Program" for International School of Singapore in 2006 and 2007, it's a Monday to Friday (1 week) guitar camp program during school holiday in November.
Daniel's also been conducting ACS International School's CCA guitar ensemble since 2010 and registered to MOE as guitar coach; conducting ukulele ensemble at Community Clubs a since 2016 (as PA registered instructor) and at PSA Club, also teaching guitar at Canadian International School (2016-2018).
He's actively teaching ukulele at Bishan CC since 2016 and also conducting ukulele course for Wesley Methodist Church since early 2018.
His strong vision's also to develop touchstyle guitar's community in Singapore through his teaching, workshop, performance and showcase.
Creativity is a journey, never be a destination.
We just need to learn how to enjoy the process.