Teachers & Coordinators
Dan Iaed - Teacher and Coordinator
I started playing the guitar at age 10 with the help of my uncle, a brilliant classical guitar player named David Umberger. Though he turned me on to guitar, there were a number of influential people during those early years. Since my hometown (Branford, CT) was not really a progressive art and music community--you kind of consumed what was available, developed an imagination, or didn’t--I spent a lot of time with friends learning and improvising. It was the typical basement scene. At age 16, I stumbled upon an old Sho-Bud at a violin shop in New Haven. I'd heard the pedal steel on old California country records but had never seen one. Then a short stint at Berklee College of Music led me to Los Angeles.
At age 24, I co-founded The Broken West and signed with Merge Records. We wrote music, toured. It was an exciting time. Together, we put out a couple records and licensed a bunch of songs to the tele. But after a few years we all went our separate ways.
Recently, I relocated to New York where I compose and perform around the city.