Shifting Foundation grantee Dan Weiss has been hailed as one of the top five jazz drummers in The New York Times, and his large ensemble recording "Fourteen" made the top ten list of their best recordings of 2014. Weiss’s innovative drumming and forward thinking compositions have been pushing musical limits for years.

With his piano trio, he’s released two recordings entitled, "Now Yes When" (2006) and "Timshel" (2011), which have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endless creative improvisation. Weiss also leads his sixteen piece large ensemble that features some of NYC's most gifted musicians. The two albums " Fourteen" (2014) and "Sixteen: Drummers Suite" (2016) released on the Pi record label have made numerous critic polls. His newest project features Craig Taborn, Matt Mitchell, Ben Monder, and Trevor Dunn and is an amalgam of jazz, metal, and new music. The recording will be released on the Pi record label in the Spring of 2018.

Weiss has been studying tabla under Pandit Samir Chatterjee for twenty years. He has performed with the legendary Ashish Khan and Ramesh Misra and recorded a solo tabla cd "3dcd" (2007). Weiss recorded two groundbreaking cds "Teental Drumset Solo" (2005) and "Jhaptal Drumset Solo" (2011) where he performs classical Indian repertoire on drum set.

Weiss was named 'The Top Up and Coming Percussionist' 2 years in a row in the 60th and 61st annual Downbeat's Critic's Poll and earned a spot in Modern Drummer’s coveted Top 5 Jazz Drummers of 2014.


Top 30 Recordings


If I was forced to bring only thirty recordings that I own to a different location for a long stretch of time, as of now I would bring:

  • Nikhil Banerjee – Raga Hemant (Live in Amsterdam, 1970)
  • Nikhil Banerjee – Raga Malkauns (1982)
  • Nikhil Banerjee – Raga Puria Dhanashree (1985)
  • Nikhil Banerjee – Raga Bilashkhani Todi (1970)
  • Nikhil Banerjee – Raga Maru Behag (1980)
  • John Coltrane – Crescent
  • John Coltrane – Afro Blue Impressions
  • John Coltrane – Live at The Half Note
  • Amir Khan – Raga Komal Re Aswari
  • Bhimsen Joshi – Bhajans
  • Bhimsen Joshi – Yaman Kalyan, Yaman, Shankara
  • Keith Jarret – Standards volume two (video dubbed on to cd)
  • J.S. Bach - French Suites (Glenn Gould)
  • Brahms – Cello Sonatas - Dupre and Barenboim
  • Samir Chatterje – Teental solo
  • Stravinsky – Apollo (Charles Dutoit conducting and Piano Sonata)
  • Mahler - 9th symphony – Berlin Philharmonic
  • Beatles – Revolver
  • Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
  • George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
  • Djavan – Alumbramento, Djavan (double cd)
  • Stevie Wonder – Inner visions
  • Elvis Costello – Get happy
  • Meshuggah – Chaosphere
  • Metallica – Master of Puppets
  • Rush – Exit Stage Left
  • Yes – Close to the edge
  • The Male Choir of Moscow Choral Synagogue - Hatikva
  • Bulgarian Womans' Choir - Volume 1
  • Elis Regina – Tranversal do Tempo

Top ten movies (no order)

  • Cries and Whispers - Ingmar Bergman
  • Solaris - Andre Tarkovsky
  • Once upon a time in America – Sergie Leone
  • Deerhunter – Michael Cimino
  • Goodfellas – Martin Scorsese
  • The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser - Werner Herzog
  • On the Waterfront - Elia Kazan
  • Derzu Uzula – Akira Kurosawa
  • Glengarry Glenross – James Foley (written by David Mamet)
  • City Lights - Charlie Chaplin

Some favorite books

  • East Of Eden - John Steinbeck
  • Love In the Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Path Of the Sacred Warrior - Chogyam Trungpa
  • Beloved - Toni Morrison
  • Miracle Of Mindfullnes - Thicht Naht Hanh
  • Freedom Love And Action - J. Krishnamurti
  • Siddartha - Herman Hesse
  • Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse
  • Freedom, Love, and Action – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • The Mysticism of Sound and Music – Hazrat Inayat Khan