Improvising Cellist, Danielle DeGruttola, is both classically and jazzed trained. She has the unique ability to create just the right cello touch for all types of music.

Danielle's cello playing can be heard on the soundtrack of Werner Herzog's award winning Documentary movie GRIZZLY MAN. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film festival in January 2005 where it won the prestigious Alfred Sloan award. See the 50-minute documentary In the Edges on the making of the film's music that is included in the Grizzly Man DVD. An excerpt from the documentary can be heard on this link:

Danielle has performed and recorded as a solo artist and with other outstanding musicians including Henry Kaiser, Richard Thompson, Cecil Taylor, Paul Plimley, John Oswald, Jim O'Rourke, Blevin Blectum, Buckethead, Lukas Ligeti, Dave Tucker, Ashley Adams, Miya Masaoka, and Damon Smith.

Danielle is a classically trained cellist who started playing cello at age 9. She specializes in contemporary performance and has worked quite extensively with improvisational music, analog and digital recording, electronics, and computers, developing interactive cello and electronic music pieces.

Her improvisations are thoughtful and powerful compositions that interweave elements of contemporary jazz, classical, electronica, folk, blues, rock, and hardcore. Her sublime sound is adventuresome and exploratory yet maintains concrete form. "Her contributions are uniformly excellent." (Exclaim magazine).

Danielle received her MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media at the Center of Contemporary Music at Mills College, and her BFA in music from Smith College graduating Cum Laude. She has also studied at Berklee College of Music (90-92), the Center of New Music and Audio Technology (CNMAT, 95-96), and the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC, 82-86).