known for his virtuosity as a fingerstyle guitarist,
Danny Heines has been a major force in pioneering the
rhythmically propelled technique of "tapping" on
acoustic guitar. His multi-layered compositions and uniquely
percussive solo pieces are rooted in a strong melodic
sense and performed with awe-inspiring articulation.
addition to his work as a guitarist Danny is among a
handful of westerners adept in the art of throat singing,
a technique producing two notes simultaneously, wherein
the overtones of the voice are manipulated to create
melodies while holding a single pitch.
strong passion for world music can be felt on his most
recent fifth CD, "What
Worlds They Bring", as
he combines musical influences from around the globe, including
folk melodies from Eastern Europe and Africa. Embraced
by world music radio and listeners alike this CD reached
#4 on the NAV national airplay chart and the #1
on the syndicated radio show, Echoes.
Heines’ four earlier discs on Silverwave Records
have consistently charted in the top ten in magazines such
as Billboard and R&R, with "Every Island" reaching
#1 in Jazz Iz. He also appears on the Windham Hill Guitar
Sampler and performs frequently with critically acclaimed
artists such Michael Manring and Alex de Grassi.
Danny grew up playing rock & roll and jazz and in a
musically rich environment in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where
his mother promoted concerts, hosting bands such as The
Duke Ellington Orchestra, Frank Zappa, and King Crimson.
Upon hearing Danny sing at age two, Dave Brubeck told his
mother he was destined for a life of music.