Daniel Pencer | Musician, Composer, Instrument Repair
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Canadian improviser, clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Daniel Pencer works in the acoustic and electronic musical worlds exploring sounds from the incredibly quiet and ethereal to the loud and raw.

His research in the quiet areas of the saxophone and ability to blend his distinct sound into many musical situations and genres has led to work in theatre, dance, and film. Most recently, Daniel, along with his brother, has won awards, nominations, and accolades for the original music in the South African theatre production, Mies Julie.

Daniel holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory in the Contemporary Improvisation program where he worked closely with Anthony Coleman, Joe Morris, Ran Blake, Ted Reichman, and many other inspiring composers and musicians focusing on the continuum between composition and improvisation. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in Jazz Performance and in 2008/9 lived in Lucknow, India studying and researching the Hindustani music tradition on clarinet and bansuri.

Recently, in the summer of 2018, Daniel took part in the Creative Gesture program for dancers, choreographers and composers at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Since February of 2017, Daniel has been performing and touring regularly with Canadian Singer/Songwriter Andy Shauf throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom. He also performs and has recorded with Brooklyn-based band Tredici Bacci who will be releasing their new full length album in 2019. 

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Mies Julie

Winner of 2012 Fleur Du Cap Best Original Score/Sound Design


In a contemporary reworking of August Strindberg’s classic Miss Julie, Yaël Farber has transposed this 1888 parable of class and gender to a remote, bleak farm in modern day South Africa’s Cape Karoo semi-desert.  This explosive new version tackles the deeper complexities of South African society head on, creating a newly menacing, torridly passionate, urgently relevant allegory for a post-apartheid state in profound transition. Against the pulsating, poignant backdrop of the annual Freedom Day celebrations, Xhosa farm labourer John and Mies Julie, the daughter of his white Afrikaans master, embark on a ruinous night, fuelled by drink, heat, generation-deep resentments and earthy, brutal, primal passion. In the sweltering heat of the kitchen, pots bubble threateningly, a fan spins ineffectually, a tree grows through the worn tiles – and the sexual tension builds dangerously. Into the whole volatile brew are thrown all the explosive, unresolved legacies of the apartheid era: race, power, land restitution and ancestral rights. The effect is shattering to all who have witnessed this work.

Since being the undisputed hit in its debut at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe – MIES JULIE has taken the theatrical world by storm. Having amassed over 40 international five-star reviews and multiple theatre awards. The Guardian named it amongst top 5 productions in London  2012 and the New York Times’ Ben Brantley named it amongst top 10 of 2012 in New York.  MIES JULIE continues to tour prolifically

“And somber, subtle music (composed and performed by Daniel and Matthew Pencer) feels as pervasive as air.” – New York Time
“The sound – designed by brothers Daniel and Matthew Pencer…is particularly brilliant, making the air pulse with anger and threat.” – The Guardian
“The action is accompanied by an atonal, otherworldly score performed onstage by musicians Matthew and Daniel Pencer, who heighten the intensity with a bass so booming it sounds at one point like a train is about to pass through the theater.” – Washingtonian



KADMOS is an original work, adapted by Yaël Farber from Sophocles’ ancient Greek Theban Plays. Using extracts from the writings of internationally renowned journalist Mark Danner to look at the use of foreign policy, torture and the breaking of a country’s values and principles – in order to protect those very ideals, these famous texts are transposed to a contemporary reality. The mothers of missing and murdered children are a potent evocation of The Furies in this adaptation, and the haunting testimonies of a single survivor from a massacre (authentic testimony is used) bear witness to the truth behind Foreign Policy and the abuses of power by a leadership determined to maintain its image as fighting for God, Country and Democracy. This powerful new work seeks to examine leadership, accountability and the nature of democracy in a contemporary Super Power.

“A mind-blowing 100 minutes… The genre is rare, the seating limited, the production exceptional. Don’t miss it… Blessed be the minds that merge Sophocles with modern war.” -MONTREAL GAZETTE 

Upcoming Events

No shows booked at the moment.

See Past Shows
Date Artist City Venue Country
07/01/16 Anthony Coleman New York City The Stone United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
06/29/16 Tatsuya Nakatani Toronto Burdock Music Hall Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
06/28/16 Body Help Toronto Burdock Music Hall Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
06/25/16 Tredici Bacci Brooklyn Barbes United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
06/17/16 DIANA Toronto Lee’s Palace Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
06/10/16 Alex Samaras and Friends Toronto Island Island Cafe Canada
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
01/10/16 Nick Fraser 4 Toronto, Ontario Tranzac Canada
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
12/21/15 Dan Fortin Trio Toronto Emmet Ray Canada
Time: 7:00pm.
05/28/15 Will Greene Montreal, Qc Cafe Resonance Canada
05/23/15 Survivor’s Breakfast Jamaica Plain, MA The Space United States
05/18/15 Jacob Means Jamaica Plain, MA House Show United States
05/16/15 Tredici Bacci New York, NY Trans-Pecos United States
05/11/15 Cocoon Boston, MA North Eastern University United States
05/03/15 Tredici Bacci Winooski, VT Oak 45 United States

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Instrument Repair

Specialized Woodwind Services

Daniel Pencer is an expert woodwind instrument repair technician with over twelve years of experience. His meticulous work specializes in the repair and adjustment of professional saxophones, clarinets, and flutes. Daniel honed his skill of repair while apprenticing with Pascal Veraquin and Eric St-Amant at Pascal Veraquin Instruments (www.veraquin.com) in Montreal, Quebec.

Since finishing his Master’s degree (2014) at the New England Conservatory, Daniel has developed a reputation for his fine and honest work in and around Boston, New York, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.

  • Services Offered
    • Saxophone repair
    • Clarinet repair
    • Flute repair
    • Full Instrument Overhauls
    • Tune-Ups
    • Adjustments & Customizations


“I have personally hired Daniel to perform major repairs and overhauls on four of my instruments, each time with exemplary results.” – Hankus Netsky
“Daniel is second to none and I have never experienced better support from a repairman. His meticulous work along, timeliness, and superb dedication to customer satisfaction make him my go-to guy for all of my flute repair needs.” – Mike Avitabile, Hub New Music

Daniel is currently on the move.

danpencer at gmail.com



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