Oboe player with 10 year professional experience on oboe, oboe d'amore, and English horn. Bring something uniquely special to your song or sound track.
When I started working as an orchestral freelancer some of the first groups to hire me performed not only classical music but a huge variety of film music as well as pop, rock, and video game music. I didn't study a lot of those genres in school--so I had to learn fast. And I got to play some oboe d'amore as well: the oboe d'amore is the misunderstood middle sibling of the oboe family with a beautiful, unique tone and vastly under-represented in the literature.
"Please write more / for oboe damore / it's a joy to play but we have no repertoire."
My recording setup started out as a study tool but has grown considerably include chamber music, multi-track projects, remote recording, and more. My recordings are clean, accurate, and expressive. I am also a composer and improviser; I can create a melody line that will be the perfect fit on the right instrument for your song. If you aren't sure which instrument will work best just ask and I can make some suggestions of how to use oboe-family instruments in your song.
Schubert - Erlkönig. My own arrangement. https://youtu.be/fVCIQ5_3K30
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe. My own arrangement. All the parts are oboe-family instruments. The drum kit is also played on oboe. https://youtu.be/ZySXBcC0y_c
Bach BWV 1055 concerto for oboe d'amore: https://soundcloud.com/dan-oboe/bach-1055-larghetto
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7 ReviewsEndorse Dan Waldron
Dan did a beautiful interpretation of a Bach piece for my project. He is professional, communicative, reliable, and above all, his passion for the instrument and the seriousness with which he takes his craft really shone through in our collaboration. Highly recommend.
Dan did an excellent job! I would not hesitate to work with him again. He gave helpful feedback, finished the job early, and it sounds perfect!
Dan did a great job on my piece and I highly recommend
I cannot properly express how grateful I am for Dan. This is our first collaboration and I can tell you now that it won't be our last. Dan is a true artist and professional. THANK YOU DAN!
Dan recorded an oboe intro to a song. The part was written to sound improvised, so it was not easy to read. Dan nailed it perfectly!
Fantastic oboe adding! Highly professional and excellent work. Emphatic and inspiring!
Dan was great, beautiful oboe sound and very intuitive read of my sometimes sketchy requests. Recommended!
Interview with Dan Waldron
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That oboe is only for classical music! It's a wonderfully versatile instrument that is at home in a huge range of genres.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I need to know how long the recording is, and how long I have to work on it. Then we can start to talk about the actual music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Howarth XL (of course). The other 4 would all be for making oboe reeds. What else do you really need?
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Hire me to record an oboe part for your song or sound track. I do about equal number of pre-written parts and improvised parts. Oh yeah, if you're hiring an orchestra to perform live I can do that too.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Most of my work is on oboe - I'm revising my cadenza for the Mozart C major concerto. And I'm organizing a chamber music group to play some outdoor concerts while the summer lasts. And I'm also writing a piece for flute player!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you want to play a woodwind instrument - make sure you listen to singers! Your instrument can be as expressive as the human voice.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of my work is playing in an orchestral wind section or a chamber music group such as a wind quintet.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The work for a piece starts well before I read the music - because I make my own reeds, and when I do so I must design for the kinds of tone I will need. I'm always looking for more flexibility and expressiveness in the tone I create.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Oboe is so finicky to record! I'm always moving my microphone about trying to get the right sound for the right piece.