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Daniel L. Geiger
Amateur player, Society webmaster
Biography

7 years violin/viola lessons during elementary and highschool, Allgemeine Musikschule Basel, Mrs. H. Leisinger.
Private viola d'amore lessons 2006-2012, Dan Thomason, Los Angeles.
Some lessons with Adriana Zoppo.
Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Insitute 2010 [Tom Georgi].
Society member since 2006.
Society webmaster since 2007.

Viola d'amore interests I like the full sound quality of the viola d'amore, with its frequent use of chords and arpeggios. I favor pieces from the baroque time, and like scordatura tunings.
I am working on a trilingual (French, German, English) edition of Milandre's (1777) Méthod facile pour la viol d'amour.
Other interests Professional marine biologist working on systematics and evolution of marine snails. Additional information.
Nature photography with SLR and 4x5 view camera.
Cooking.
Instruments

Hough Viola d'amorePaul Hilaire, 1950. 7/7 roundback

Commissioned luthier Devin Hough (Davis, California) to build new 7/7 flat back instrument, inspired by instrument of Benedict Wagner (1723) in Basel Musikinstrumentmuseum. Additional images.

New instrument commissioned in 2014 from luthier Olivia Pelling and head carver Phil White.

2 baroque bows by Pieter Affourtit, 2007.

Performances

Heinichen Trio-Sonata in F major. Viola d'amore Society of America Congress, 2008, Ochsenhausen, Germany.
Halloween Benefit-Gala for Jodi-House in Santa Barbara. (Grobe Partita, Ariosti Sonata 1&2, Lezione 5, Biber)
Süss Sonata & "Ludwig" Anon. Partita. Viola d'amore Society of America Congress 2010, Evanston/Chicago. With Tom Georgi.
Petzold Partita ex F. [solo]
Viola d'amore Society of America Congress 2012, Innsbruck, Austria.

Publications

Some translations for Viola d'amore Society of America Newsletter.

Contact

Daniel L. Geiger, Ph.D.
Curator of Malacology
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
USA

Phone (805) 682 4711 x152
fax (805) 563 0547
geiger@vetigastropoda.com
www.vetigastropoda.com

Viola d'amore performance at Jodi House
At the Jodi House Halloween Benefit Gala 2009


Playing at Olivia Pelling's shop to demonstrate tone of instruments. August 2, 2014.

 

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