Songwriting and The Creative Muse - Songwriting Workshop with Dan Navarro!
Couched in the context of a songwriting workshop, Dan will lead you through an exploration of the foundations of creativity, the essence of verbal and musical expression, the dynamic of connected performance, and the deceptive allure of success and its various disguises. Through collaboration exercises, critiques (if you wish), monologue and dialogue, you will run through your creative paces with positivity and support, to ideally take home concepts that will facilitate creativity on whatever level you choose. A workshop covering creativity in general and songwriting in particular, and individual attention is possible. Critiques upon request. Bring a guitar, a recording or a song to share.
Dan Navarros long and eclectic resume includes songwriter, recording artist, singer, voice actor, road warrior and arts advocate in its range of credits.
His former acoustic duo, Lowen & Navarro, released 13 albums, enjoyed widespread Triple A radio airplay and performed 1500 gigs before Eric Lowens retirement in 2008 and passing from ALS in 2012. Dan set out solo in 2007, and tours constantly.
Dan's new album, "Horizon Line", released in August, reuniting with Grammy® winning producer Jim Scott, who helmed six L&N albums. The album features performances from Chris Stills, Steve Postell (David Crosby, The Immediate Family), Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams), Brian Whelan (Dwight Yoakum), Jimmy Paxson (Lindsay Buckingham), Mai Leisz (David Crosby, Jackson Browne), Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing), Taras Prodaniuk & Michael Jerome (The Richard Thompson Trio), Phil Parlapiano (John Prine), Peter Adams, Aubrey Richmond (Shooter Jennings), Carlos Murguia, Leyla Hoyle and Derek Nakamoto. The album charted Top Ten at NACC Folk TWICE, and reviews have been the best of Dan's career.
In July 2021, he released a special duo album with James Lee Stanley, "All Wood and Led", with acoustic "Laurel Canyon" re-imaginations of Led Zeppelin tunes. He is presently recording his next solo studio album (and 18th album overall) with Grammy-winning producer Jim Scott, slated for release in early 2022.
As a songwriter, Dan wrote or co-wrote heartfelt songs for Pat Benatar (the Grammy nominated We Belong), The Bangles, Japanese girl group Wink (the #1 hit One Night in Heaven), Dutch superstar Marco Borsato (the Top Ten Je Hoeft Niet Naar Huis Vannacht), Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, and Austin outlaw country legend Rusty Weir.
His songs have appeared in the films Deadpool 2, Pitch Perfect 2 and Talladega Nights, TV series This Is Us, Mare of Easttown, Halt and Catch Fire, American Idol, The Voice, American Dad and The Office and national commercials for Pepsi, Sheraton, Chase Bank and the United Way.
As a bilingual singer and voice actor, he sang in Oscar® winners Encanto (including the #1 hit "We Don't Talk About Bruno"), Coco and Happy Feet. the upcoming Puss In Boots 2: The Last Wish, and the new Latin-themed Father of the Bride, plus Sing 2, The Addams Family, Dora and the City of Lost Gold, The Lorax, and two Ice Age films; TV series The Simpsons, Prison Break and American Dad; voiced characters in Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Book Of Life, The Playmobil Movie, We Bare Bears, Invincible, The Boys: Diabolical, Pantheon, Ultra City Smiths and over 400 episodes of Family Guy and American Dad; sung on albums by Luis Miguel, Andrea Bocelli, Jose Feliciano and Neil Young; voiced video games Red Dead Redemption II, Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4, and vocals and voice-overs in literally hundreds of commercials for Toyota, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Honda and more.
During the 2020 Covid pandemic lockdown, Dan launched his "Songs From the CoronaZone" live stream series, running almost daily for five months, and ultimately doing over 250 2-hour+ live streams in 13 months, on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitch and the now-defunct Periscope platforms. Then he gave back, teaching others live stream techniques in workshops for SAG-AFTRA and Folk Alliance's "FAR-West" region (earning FAR-West's 2021 Humanitarian Award in the process), as well as several rounds of online songwriting classes dubbed "Songwriting and the Creative Muse".
In his spare time, Dan serves on the Board of SAG-AFTRA, the actor-performer-broadcasters union; is a Trustee on the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Fund; serves on a committee of the Mechanical Licensing Collective and is a past president of Folk Alliance International. He has been a vocal activist in Washington DC for intellectual property rights for over 20 years, having testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board.
Dan Navarros music probes life at its most resonant. In his rich baritone, he sings songs of heart and insight, steeped in experience, soulful tales from a long road well-traveled.
Hes the proud father of a 26-year old filmmaker son, thinks music is food, art is love, and sleep is for babies.
Join Dan on this fine Sunday afternoon for a workshop that is sure to impart some lovely bits of wisdom about songwriting, the importance of creativity in that process (and your life in general!), and connected performance. Dan may also discuss issues of intellectual property and performer's rights, as noted above, if there is interest from the attendees...if you ask him nicely!
Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse (View)
1702 E. Glendale Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|
Our venue is ADA accessible and we will make accommodations for specific requests as possible. Please contact Nia at 623-640-6895.