VALDANIEL is a singer/songwriter, subway performer and writer. Sighting influences from Irish folk to soul to Latin and African rhythms, Valdaniel loops songs, spoken-word and multiple instruments together to weave a rich cord both tethered in and embellishing the folk songwriter tradition.
"Excellent performer...palpable lyrics..."
- Susan Hasho, Theater Pizzazz
Originally from the sylvan hills and dales of Chenango County, NY, he started singing at a young age. Growing up, his mother led the church choir and staged many holiday concerts, which imbued him with a love for performing that never went away. As a solo performer, he has taken his multi-faceted live show and unique sound- which he calls AMERICANA FOLKHOP- into Colombia and Brazil as well as many of New York City's esteemed venues including The Bitter End, Caffe Vivaldi and Rockwood Music Hall.
"Kind of like taking Hunter S. Thompson, Leon Redbone and Steven Wright and putting them in a blender."
-Dillon McCartney, New York International Opera Projects
As a theatrical performer, Valdaniel served as composer and actor in the rollicking "New York Stories" at the Triad Theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side and composer for a new iteration of Ianesco's absurdist play "Rhinoceros". His original show "The PennyPan Cabaret" opened to great acclaim at the venerable Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the east village in 2017 and his short play "Escape From Paradise", a favorite of the 2018 New York New Works Theatre Festival, premiered at Theatre Row's off-Broadway venue on 42nd St.
"Valdaniel combines guitar loops with catchy melodies, beat boxing and trumpet. He never fails to captivate a room."
Niall Connolly, singer/songwriter, folk god
His first EP entitled "Love What's Killing You" was released in 2015. Valdaniel is currently based in upstate New York where he focuses on writing and recording. He and his wife Katie curate a monthly music and literature show in conjunction with Cazenovia College and the Catherine Cummings Theater.