Daniel Knox

Black & Whites

Photography by John Atwood


01.10.13  Louisville, KY  Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft 8pm

01.12.13  New York, NY  The Living Room (selections from B&W) 8pm

01.13.13  Washington, DC  Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 6pm FREE


Daniel Knox created Black & Whites in collaboration with photographer John Atwood while in residence last winter at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. The long-form song-cycle previewed in January 2012 at 92YTribeca in New York City along with an exhibition of Atwood’s photos.

This continuously developing piece is occasion for two distinct artists from the same midwestern town to explore the similar veins running through their work. You should expect their combined voices to express nothing less than a new American Gothic.

Listen:  Lawrence & MacArthur (demo)



“Daniel Knox is a great artist with a deep inner sense for music which is very rare.”
~Robert Wilson

“A haunting debut… Brings misanthropes and misfits to life with dry wit and offbeat details.”
~Mother Jones

“Do yourself a favor and listen to Daniel Knox’s ‘Ghostsong’ at least 398 times in a row. Never has something so mean been so beautiful.”
~Robyn O’Neil, The Believer

“Sly and refreshingly mean-spirited”
~TimeOut NY

“With a clarion voice somewhere between Caruso and Leon Redbone, [he] frequently haunts the Hungry Brain on West Belmont, plunking out beautiful, heartfelt tunes that evoke the classic, near-traditional songwriting of Paul Williams or Randy Newman”
~Chicago Sun Times

“Deeply weird and subversive”

“Bizarre how a city situated in the middle of the United States can be one of vast extremes. Bold lines divide rich and poor, black and white, and summer and winter; Chicago is a city that prides itself on the endurance of its ups and downs. Through the marriage of sound and image, Daniel Knox and John Atwood communicate a perspective on Chicago deemed harsh, melancholy, and romantic. Their collaboration exceeds the simple blend of score over slide show. Rather, the piece feels a seamless performance, difficult to decide where the rolling photos end and the piano begins.”
~Graham Savage Wasley

Daniel Knox is a songwriter and composer living and working in Chicago.  He has scored for theater (Annie Baker’s The Aliens at The Pushkin Theater in Moscow, dir. Adrian Giurgea; Mary-Arrchie Theater Co’s The Glass Menagerie) and film (The Pink Hotel, dir. Chris Hefner) and has performed throughout the US, the UK, and Ireland with artists such as Jarvis Cocker, David Lynch, the Handsome Family, Rasputina, Swans, Jessye Norman, and Rufus Wainwright. In May 2013, he will present 14 15 111 at INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and continue work on Chasescene, his next album of songs.

John Atwood is a street photographer whose work focuses on human beings in relationship to their constantly changing surroundings.  His portraits of disenchantment, drunkenness, detritus, exposure, exhaustion, and delusion, whether damning or celebrating, are striking and resonant. In January 2012, he exhibited twenty-five black and white photos at 92YTribeca Gallery in New York.  He will be an artist in residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center this coming May.

For publicity and all other matters, please write to: contact [at] danielknox.com

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top photo by Chris Hefner / video by GEMS