Biography of Danilo Lozano

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Danilo Lozano, flute soloist, musical director, record producer, and educator performs both innovative and accessible music by Latin American, African American, Latin Jazz, and Cuban composers as well as rarely heard pieces of the classical and contemporary repertoire.

Born into a musical family, Danilo absorbed from his father Rolando a skill and sensitivity for style. In the 1950s and early 60s the elder Lozano made recordings which are now considered classics and which established his fame as a pioneer in Cuban charanga and Latin jazz flute. At his father’s insistence Danilo pursued classical training and attained a Bachelor of Music at the University of Southern California. A Master of Arts at UCLA allowed Lozano to deepen his experience of contemporary and world music techniques. In consideration of his unique musical background Antoinette Handy, National Endowment for the Arts official writing in Black Perspective in Music, found Lozano to be “ a fresh new voice of outstanding ability and rare musical sensitivity. ”Flute Talk, the leading international magazine in the field, recognized that “expert modulations and tonal colors qualify Lozano as one of the finer talents we have recently heard.”

His appearance in “Artes de Mexico,” the massive 1992 Los Angeles festival, caused the Los Angeles Times to notice the recital’s boldness and how Lozano “skillfully laid out his avant-garde credentials with a display of extended techniques.” La Opinion, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the United States, joined the praise by stating that Lozano and Althea Waites “demonstrate astonishing musical virtuosity.”

As founding member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra he recorded on all Hollywood Bowl releases and is a featured soloist in many Grammy nominated Latin Jazz and Cuban charanga recordings. He is a featured soloist on legendary Cuban bassist Israel Lopez Cachao and the Cineson All Stars double Grammy award winning CD release entitled “Ahora Si” on the Univision Record Label/Cineson productions. Lozano has also been involved in Narada Productions’ critically acclaimed “Cuba LA” project as musical director and flutist, and as musical director of Edward James Olmos’ PBS Special “Americanos”; the latter having earned an Imagen Award in 2000.

Most recently, Danilo serves as both Musical Director and flute soloist with Jose Rizo’s prestigious Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars and can be heard on their CDs “The Last Bullfighter” and “Tambolero” on the Saungu Record Label. Lozano also serves as Musical Director and flutist with Andy Garcia’s Cineson All Stars. With Cineson productions he also acted and recorded on Mr. Garcia’s film directorial debut “The Lost City.” He also recorded and produced composer Teresa LeVelle’s The Shadowlands on Innova records.

Although he has performed and recorded with such international musical greats as Linda Ronstadt, Paquito D’ Rivera, Celia Cruz, James Newton, and with many other artists and ensembles, Lozano has maintained a personal commitment to education. He has taught at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, The University of California Los Angeles, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, California State University Los Angeles’ afro-Latin Master’s degree program, and is currently a Professor of Ethnomusicology and Flute Artist-in-Residence at Whittier College.