Dan Furman began playing piano at a young age in Old Hickory, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville). He went on to study composition and jazz piano at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Following school, he traveled to South America for a year, where he studied Latin music and played with “musica criolla” bands in Lima, Perú.
Back in the US, he spent a number of years as an political activist and organizer, working in industries ranging from meat-packing to railcar manufacturing. After moving to New York in 2003 to play jazz, Dan began writing for music theater as well. Dan spent 4 years in the BMI Lehman Engels Musical Theater Workshop and his musical, Rip! (now Impossible But True--In A Tavern) was featured in the 2011 Midtown International Theatre Festival. Dan also wrote the theme song for the Big Apple Circus 2010-11 show, “Dance On!” Dan is a pianist at the Eric Michael Gillett Collective and plays as accompanist and music director at Lee Strasberg Institute, AMDA and teaches music theater with Alison Fraser at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.
The Dan Furman Trio can often be seen at Cleopatra’s Needle in Manhattan, and a CD of his original jazz group, the Primordial Jazz Funktet, is available on iTunes, CDBaby, or from Dan himself by mail.
In 2019, Dan founded Brooklyn Tavern Theater, which performs original, immersive musical theater in Brooklyn bars. Productions have been interrupted by the pandemic, but we hope to resume soon. Dan frequently music directs cabaret shows and is currently working on writing several shows, including, The Proust Virus,Ybor City (in collaboration with Anita Gonzalez) and The Joe Hill Revival.
Dan enjoys playing jazz and playing for jazz and cabaret singers in the NYC area. He is also interested in new musical theater or songwriting collaborations. Feel free to contact him!
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