Danny Deniz Kora, formerly known as Danny Sunshine Lundmark, was born as an American/Turk in Los Angeles. Danny grew up in a dual cultural environment between the United States and Turkey. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Therapy. Since graduating in 2008, he has been living in Istanbul, working with child growth and development, psychiatric health, and trauma rehabilitation for refugees. He has facilitated workshops across Turkey at various universities, symposiums and festivals, and is an internationally published co-author. Danny is one of the pioneers of Music Therapy in Turkey, and is well-known for his work across Istanbul and other cities.
During clinical work, Danny uses his extensive musical knowledge across a wide range of instruments, including the guitar, percussion, piano, drums, harmonica, vocals, ney, saz and oud. He is fascinated by the effects of music on human behavior, and aims to build positive relationships through musical interactions. He is inspired by those he works with, spanning a wide range of ages and cultural differences. Using a client-centered approach based on his background and training, Danny’s work is characterized through improvisation, active music-making and songwriting. Utilizing his many years of experience, he is an effective facilitator for individual and group sessions, harnessing the linguistic elements of music to bridge cultures and divides.