Daniel Garrett began his early childhood exploring the realms of music, art and dance. After graduation from high school he studied piano with Jose Rambaldi at Whitman College and then with Randolph Hokanson at the University of Washington. Later on, emerging from the solitary world of piano performance he found his metier as a vocal accompanist, first working with voice students at Seattle Central Community College under the tutelage of singer Bryan Bennet and James Savage.and later as the piano accompanist for the Oriana Chorus under the direction of Belle Chenault.
Besides working with the piano his keyboard experience includes playing the organ for church services, and also playing the harmonium for kirtans (chanting sessions) at a Seattle-based meditation center.
For several years he played alongside pianist Joel Salsman in a series of 4-hand piano concerts throughout the Seattle area.
His lifetime diversity of interests include the study of art history, as well as being a self-taught student and practitioner of western astrology,alongside which he nurtures a keen interest in vedic astrology, which emerged over 5000 years ago on the Indian subcontinent. His influences in the realm of vedic astrology include the teachings of Chakrapani Ullal, James Braha and Komilla Sutton, as well as formal study with Bill Sinclaire in Edmonds, Washington.
Exposure to public speaking began early on growing up with a father (Harold Garrett) who devoted his life to being a radio announcer and a narrator for films, documentaries and significant events taking place around the state of Washington.
Mr. Garrett says: "My father was a speaker with a magnificent, powerful and rather unique voice that left a lasting impression on me. Since as far back as I can remember in childhood my siblings and I would gather around the radio to listen to daddy talk. Having grown up with this, it's in my blood. On Sundays dad would be up next to the altar reading from the gospel, bringing the scriptures to life with an authoritative voice that really got everyone's attention and made the rafters ring."
Mr. Garrett continues: "Storytelling is etched into our ancestral DNA. Since the beginning of time the tribal roots of humankind have passed on and preserved through oral transmission the myths of creation, great epic poems and cultural traditions in the form of stories. In spite of the ways technology has revolutionized the way we communicate through recordings, nothing beats a live performance."
Daniel has done public recitations of the poems of Kabir, Swami Ram Tirth, Tagore, the sufi poets Hafiz and Rumi, and the poet-saints of Maharashtra, along with the verses of Lalleshwari and Mirabai. Currently, he is working on the ambitious project of retelling stories from the lives of the saints of India.