This San Carlos musician not only sings — he also plays the rhythm guitar, the piano, the viola, and the harmonica. It’s no surprise that he comes from a musical family. His father was a singer in a trio called Los Santos (the Saints) in Mexico City, and his uncle sings Ranchera and Bolero songs for friends and family. Danny Moreno also studied classical music and sang in the choir at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City for many years, where one of his fondest memories is singing “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Thereafter, he came to San Carlos and was introduced to a band looking for a lead singer. It was a perfect fit and thus, six years ago, Utopia was formed. Their style was diverse and versatile. They played songs in both the English and Spanish languages – ranging from hard rock to soft rock, pop and dance music, and “classics” to modern music.
In 2009, Danny branched out on his own. Danny’s musical influences include U2, Queen, and a 1970’s Cuban artist named Silvio Rodriguez, who, because of his “trova” protest-themed songs and music, has been likened to a Latin American Bob Dylan. His original compositions are often about idealism and spirituality.
Video of Danny singing “Ojalá” at La Palapa Griega
You can watch Danny play throughout the week at several local restaurants. For an up-to-date schedule, please see the most recent Newsletter.