DANIEL SUKI (IM 2016) is all about variety, in body and soul. Born in Wisconsin of Japanese, Filipino and Puerto Rican descent, and raised in San Francisco, Daniel is a student in the World Music strand of the Instrumental Music department. 

He entered the program proficient in guitar, piano, violin, bass, ukulele, drums, and voice. This past year, under the direction of Monina Sen Cervone, he successfully navigated Japanese Taiko, Brazilian Samba and Afro-Cuban drumming. 

The response from both performers and audiences to this new piece of the Instrumental Music department puzzle has been overwhelmingly positive; proof that a strict classical or rarified background is not a requirement for acceptance to SOTA or the ability to excel in the artistic community at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. 

Three World Music performance dates have been set in the 2013-2014 SOTA performance calendar, not including any surprises that director Cervone may have in store for the World Music students. There has also been talk of a show in Los Angeles later this year and possibly Japan in Daniel’s senior year. Until then, Daniel continues to add flavor to the eclectic mixture of his life.

This summer, he’s been recording his first album with percussionist Jerry Herrera (IM 2016) with whom he’s been gigging at Cafe du Nord on Upper Market Street and various school events and a date at Bimbo’s is slated for the near future. Add acting in three films, screenwriting two of them, pitching for an all star baseball team, visiting family in the Midwest and on the East Coast, preparing for another club appearance and tickets to a Dave Matthews concert, and all of it spells Suki. 

Photo by Roger Jones