Behind the music
Dani's drumming best known for his creative, sound, versatility high energy.
Born and raised in Nahariya, Israel.
Dani started playing at the age of 7 as a classical percussionist in the Nahariya Youth Orchestra, with the conductor Arie Kfir. By the age of 10 he went on his first tour to Germany.
At the age of 12, Dani stopped the music lessons and went on another way with surfing winning a couple of titles until he joined the army at the age of 18.
Six months before he finished the army service, the passion for music came back, and this time for good.
The first 2 years after the army service, Dani was working night job in order to practice drums during the day. He drove all the way to Tel Aviv once a week for a drum lesson with the great teacher Rony Holan.
Rony took Dani "under his wings" and after studying a year at "head" music school, Rony took him to "Rimon" school in Ramat HaSharon, there Rony said "Here you will have people to play with."
Apparently, Rony was right, since Dani came to Rimon school he never stopped playing.
After 3 years at Rimon, Dani won a scholarship to attend Berklee Collage of Music in Boston U.S.
There he lived and played with the world best teachers and students.
In the end of 1998, Dani's father, Jacob Benedikt (RIP) got sick and Dani decided to go back home, to Israel.
After returning back to Israel, Dani formed the band called "ELEGUA". The band played Latin Jazz compositions, and in 1999 they got to play for the first time at the highly acclaimed Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat.
That was the beginning of a beautiful period in Dani's life, where he got the chance to play with some of his heroes like Low Solof, Aisha Dialo, Perry Robinson, Joca Perpignan & Anat Cohen, Miguel Zenon, Jeremy Pelt, Jalal Show, Alon Yavnai, Avi Rothbard, Anat Fort, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Albert Beger, Yuval Cohen, Avishai Cohen, Makondo, Hagiga Sextet, and the list goes on and on…
In 2011, Dani started composing and his first album – Dani Benedikt Trio, came out. composed and arr' by Dani himself.
Dani toured the world playing his music and as a sideman at U.S.A, Canada, Europe, Thailand, Brazil…
Performing at the Jazz festivals of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ko-Samui, Copenhagen, Red-sea Eilat, Paris, Bangkok, Belo Horizonte, ect.
At 2017 the album "New Directions" from Hagiga Sextet was released. The whole album was formed by Dani Benedikt and Alon Farber, presenting 2 compositions by Dani.
This was the last album with the Hagiga for Dani, and he decided to go on his own way as a leader.
The new thing happening in 2018 is the SOLO project.
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