photo credit: Shervin Lainez



August 13, 2021 — Out of the Tunnel, the debut full-length album in the classical realm from acclaimed composer, performer and producer Danielle Eva Schwob, is out today via Innova Recordings—listen/stream here:

Alongside the album, Schwob shares videos directed by multi-disciplinary artist James Mountford (BANKS, Ciara, Chance the Rapper) for the third and fourth movements, “Moderate” and “Fast + Coda,” of her string quartet, “Out of the Tunnel,” featuring Grammy-nominated ensemble PUBLIQuartet—watch here:

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Out of the Tunnel was made with friends and longstanding collaborators, many of whom have been playing these pieces live since I first wrote them,” Schwob says. “Composers are nothing without the musicians who bring life to their sounds, and hearing the music evolve in the hands of such brilliant artists has been a joy I will carry with me. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have each one of them on this record, which is a creation as much theirs as it is mine. Recorded in NYC, the album is a collection of pieces that grew from the heart, fueled by a love for visual art, a re-grounding in nature and chapters of personal change, and to me feels like an antidote to my previous record – the bright lights and green trees at the end of the dark road. And an escape from the tunnel.”

The third and fourth movements of the quartet follow the first, “Fast,” which premiered via Starry Constellation Magazine, and the second, “Slow,” which premiered via Mundane Magazine. The quartet was commissioned from Schwob by New Music USA for the Grammy-nominated performing ensemble PUBLIQuartet.

“The visuals that James Mountford created for “Out of the Tunnel” are magic,” Schwob says. “He made them with one drone and no crew. I don’t know how. To me he is one of those incredible, rare artists whose perspective shines through in every medium, production scale and collaboration, managing to be both primal and ancient yet entirely new. I am in awe of what he has created and honoured to pair such breathtaking and moving visuals with my sounds. Thank you, James, and thank you to his cast of dancers, on whose shoulders the videos rest.”

Out of the Tunnel consists of nine compositions that pull from Schwob’s various influences as a classically trained musician, from the Bach she absorbed as a child through her father, a classical guitarist, to minimalist icon Steve Reich and the cinematic sounds of Philip Glass and Jóhann Jóhannsson. Further inspired by nature and other forms of art, such as painting, the chamber music on the album maintains a striking connection between its separate parts—works commissioned by the American Composers Forum, for instance, feature solo violin, cello and piano and are named after renowned British painters who socialized together in real life, while the first four tracks on the album comprise the four movements of a cohesive quartet. Similarly, many of the album’s performers are close colleagues of Schwob with whom she has worked on stage and in the studio over several years, including PUBLIQuartet (who perform throughout the album), harpists Ashley Jackson and Kristi Shade, the Grammy-nominated flutist Nathalie Joachim, cellist Mike Nicolasof Brooklyn Rider, pianist Orion Weiss and others. 

Originally from London but now based in New York City and Los Angeles, Schwob studied music composition at New York University and the Manhattan School of Music. Her music has been featured at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! and Philip Glass’s MATA Festival, as well as at such venues as Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette and Issue Project Room. In addition to New Music USA and the American Composers Forum, she has earned honors and commissions from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, BMI and more. She has also been a Sundance Institute Composers Lab Fellow, a Con Edison EtM Composer-in-Residence, an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award Finalist, a two-time MAP Fund Finalist and an ACA Associate-Artist-in-Residence.

Schwob’s classical album comes on the heels of her critically acclaimed pop project DELANILA’s 2020 release, Overloaded, about which NPR Music remarked, “It really creates a world…a huge record,” and from which The New York Times highlighted the track “It’s Been A While Since I Went Outside” in its weekly Playlist feature. In addition to writing and singing all the songs on Overloaded, Schwob played guitar and synthesizers, added programming and helmed string arrangements alongside co-producer and three-time Grammy winner David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, Peter Gabriel), with mastering by Emily Lazar (Haim, Sia, Coldplay) and top session musicians including Adam Agati (Cory Henry, The Funk Apostles), Reuben Cainer (Animus Rexx), Jordan Brooks (Albert Hammond Jr.), Aaron Steele (Portugal. The Man), Pearse MacIntyre, Jim Orso and Nicholas Semrad.


composer danielle eva schwobs classical album out of the tunnel out now 2
1.–4. Out of the Tunnel: I. Fast II. Slow III. Moderate IV. Fast + Coda
5. Traveling North (vibraphone and flute version)
6. The Long Way Down
7. Breathing Underwater
8. Reflections on Francis Bacon
9. Reflections on Lucian Freud
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