Danai Belosinof (1993) is an Amsterdam-based composer, born and raised in Athens, Greece. She started her musical education at the age of 7 with studies in piano, music theory, classical singing, and as a member of choir and orchestra playing the recorder. With Bulgarian and Greek roots, she was raised in an environment familiar to the folk Balkan and eastern European traditions, but also classical conservatory music tradition. At the
age of 19 she moved to Amsterdam and followed studies in composition with Joel Bons, Richard Ayres & Wim Hendrickx at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Furthermore, she studied Karnatic music with Dr. Rafael Reina and Javanese gamelan music with Elsje Plantema & Michiel Niewmandtsverdriet.
As a composer, she has been experimenting on how to create interdisciplinary performances which combine music with text, videos, theatre or performance art. Big influence in this was her involvement in Tazmanikus theatre group, focusing on physical theatre. Recurring themes in her work include the function of the human voice & language, and the nature of time. In her work she uses as a starting point subjects that interest her from everyday life & tries to bring them on stage creating immersive “situations” so that people can experience them with the help of music & other art forms.
She is the co-founder of Nausicaa, monthly series of music-art events in Amsterdam, running since September 2016 & often is found working in the production/curation of music/performances or teaching.