Datri Bean

is creating music

About Datri Bean

Hi, I’m Datri Bean. I’m a singer, pianista, ukulele-strummer, accordionista, fancy-whistler, composer, and instigator of public-space-community-art. I started trying to write music at 5 years old– the day our neighbors gave us a piano. It took me a full 30 years of effort to finally write something I liked. I’ve been writing ever since. I compose across many genres and instruments. In addition to the songs I release under the name Datri Bean, I compose for and lead the Minor Mishap Marching Band– a 25-piece brass band, that’s particularly focused on creating spectacles of joy in order to build community and make our cities better places to live. I’m also in Megan Mullally’s band Nancy and Beth. This band has taken me to glorious stages all over the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall in London, the Conan O’Brian Show, WIlco’s Solid Sound Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Royce Hall, and more.

It’s been 10 years since I made a record of Datri Bean songs. The delay has been partly due to me wanting the material to marinate, party due to life keeping me busy with many other adventures and projects, and largely due to the cost of making recorded music.

I think it's really important to pay the musicians I work with a fair and living wage. To make a high-quality record requires studio time and engineers, plus I still have to pay for boring life stuff while spending dozens of hours composing a new score. It’s been 10 years because I simply haven’t been able to justify spending a ton of money to record an album which will then be given away for free. I bought groceries instead.

...but I have so many songs that you haven't heard.  I think they are my best work yet.

Many of you have asked that I make another record! Thank you! So, I’m trying something new: I view Patreon as a way for you to provide a monthly donation to support art that you want to exist in the world. It's as a way for you to stream music while still supporting the musicians making that music.

The most important thing to me is that you are interested in supporting the music. I would rather have 100 patrons at $1 a month than one patron at $100, so please set a support level that works for you, and let's do this together!
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Videos

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