Dan Papirany


Dan Papirany is an adventurous Jazz pianist, composer who understands and follows the eloquent philosophy that is to play melodic phrases and rich harmonies.

While studying jazz piano with Leigh Jackson in Wellington, Dan formed his first trio and played in local venues. While taking post graduate musicology courses at Victoria University in Wellington Dan was offered the position of Music HOD at a school in Auckland New Zealand teaching music curriculum based on Jazz. Dan formed his Auckland trio and performed at local venues including the famous London Bar and the Jazz Bar. Dan has also performed as a soloist on many bars and hotels in NZ.

Dan’s trio recorded their debut album of jazz standards which was released by Ode Records in March of 2004 entitled “Session One” and was nominated for a New Zealand Music Award. “ Several album followed including a recent solo album.

Dan’s repertoire consists of originals and jazz standards, his music is the opposite of where the mainstream jazz sound is today, he finds that current sounds are always experimental and doesn't try to follow these trends.

Dan took his group to perform  two shows at Europe's prestige festival EUROPAfest 2016 and he also performed two solos in EUROPAfest 2018 gala concerts. Dan was on a panel of Judges in the 2017 and 2018 international jazz competition in Romania.