He is a native of Minnesota and has studied and performed Persian Traditional music for the past twenty-five years. He has studied setar, Kurdish Tanbur and Dutar of Torbat-e Jam (Eastern Iran). For the past fifteen years he has been composing and improvising music for dutar and singing the poetry of Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) in Persian and English.The English translations are the result of his four year collaboration with Mahdi Amadi in creating a new translation of Khayyam’s poetry Dan has studied with masters in Iran, Canada, Denmark and the United States. In 1993 he received the Minnesota State Arts Board Apprenticeship grant to study Iranian Radif with Ali Zarrin. Three years later, he received a Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grant to study music in Iran. He has traveled to Iran in 1996 and 2002. He has performed weekends at Gandhi Mahal Restaurant for the past six years, accompanied by percussionists Mikkel Beckmen and Chris Gray. He has recently release two recordings of the poetry of Omar Khayyam: “Just One Breath” with dutar, bass, washboard, banjo and saw, and “Look at the World” for dutar.