Daniel Fears

2024 Austin Chamber Music Festival

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An evening of stories, songs, strings, and soul: Austin-based musician Daniel Fears pairs classical training with the R&B universe as he lifts up all music fans alike with a sound that soars. Featuring world premieres performed by Fears and his 10-piece string ensemble. Presented in collaboration with Golden Hornet.

Subject to availability, $12 Student Rush (with student ID), $30 General Admission, $45 Preferred, and $80 Premium tickets may be purchased at the box office on the evening of the concert. The box office will open at 6:30 PM that day.


Windows | Arr. by Cassandra Shankman

You Are Loved | Arr. by Justice Phillips

No Gravity | Arr. by Sharon Udoh

Ode | Arr. by James Talambas

So Clear | Arr. by Sam Pankey

Sweet Release | Arr. by Samuel Witt

I’m Tired | Labrinth & Zendaya Arr. by Nathaniel Earl

Enough | Arr. by Anthony R Greene

Get Right | Arr. by Dave Madden

Keep On | Arr. by Nathaniel Earl

Everything Changes | Arr. by Mobley

Home | Arr. by Nathaniel Earl

Plus, new commissions by Evan Blaché, Diana Burgess, Nathaniel Earl, Daniel Fears, Nyokabi Kariũki, and Aida Shirazi.


Daniel Fears, vocals, trombone, piano

Christabel Lin & Zach Matteson, violins
Isaac Fuentes, viola
Ilia de la Rosa, cello
Sam Pankey, double bass
Alan Retamozo, guitar
Nathaniel Earl, percussion & synthesizer
Icy Simpson Monroe, vocals
Veronica Williams, vocals & piano

Approximate run time: 75 minutes

Daniel Fears

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Fears is obsessed with evolving and finding new ways to express emotion and feeling. Fears grew up soaking up different musical worlds—the Christian and gospel music of his family; the R&B, soul, and hip-hop his friends introduced to him; and the classical music he studied at The University of Texas and Yale University.

Fears has been a featured artist on NPR’s Live Sessions, named KUTX’s Artist of the Month in 2021, and been a recipient of grants from non-profit Sonic Guild and the City of Austin. He’s twice been nominated in the Austin Music Awards—for Best R&B and Best Horn Player. For his upcoming project “Close to Home,” Fears leveraged a Kickstarter campaign to create a live taping and recording of his original music with a string quintet.

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