Lentz achieved notability as a musician while a student at Brandeis University, when he was awarded a fellowship in composition at Tanglewood in the summer of 1966. This was followed by a Fulbright Fellowship in Electronic Music in 1967–68, which was completed in Stockholm, Sweden. He then became a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1968. In 1970 he focused more on composing and performing. At this time he also formed a music ensemble, the California Time Machine, which toured North America and Europe.
In 1972, Lentz won the Gaudeamus International Composers Award. Since then, he has won a number of other awards and grants, and to this day has a regular commission-based composition practice. Lentz then formed and led another music ensemble, the San Andreas Fault, which made several tours of the North America and Europe and released several recordings in Europe. Returning to California, Lentz formed the Daniel Lentz Group in Los Angeles. This ensemble has toured much of the world and has released a number of recordings. His 1987 album The Crack in the Bell was the first contemporary classical release from Angel/EMI Records.
Lentz has a daughter from his first marriage and now lives in Southern California.
- Voices (Aoede Records)
- Wild Turkeys (Aoede Records)
- wolfMASS (Aoede Records)
- Point Conception (Cold Blue Music), (Aoede Records)
- Huit ou Neuf Pieces Dorées à Point (Aoede Records)
- Collection (Aoede Records)
- Self Portrait (Aoede Records)
- Butterfly Blood (Aoede Records)
- Missa Umbrarum (New Albion Records)
- Portraits (New Albion Records) – with John Adams, Paul Dresher, Ingram Marshall, and Stephen Scott
- Apologetica (New Albion Records)
- b.e.comings (Fontec/Rhizome Sketch Records)
- Walk into My Voice (Materiali Sonori) – with Harold Budd and Jessica Karraker
- Music for 3 Pianos (Virgin/EMI Records) – with Harold Budd and Ruben Garcia
- The Crack in the Bell (Angel/EMI Records)
- On The Leopard Altar (Icon Records)
- After Images (Cold Blue Music)
- Spell (ABC Command Records)
- Dancing on Water (Cold Blue Music) – contains Song(s) of the Sirens, with Peter Garland, Michael Byron, Rick Cox, Jim Fox and others,
- Cold Blue anthology (Cold Blue Music) – contains You Can't See the Forest ... Music, with Ingram Marshall, Chas Smith, Harold Budd, Michael Byron, Jim Fox, and others, Cold Blue Music
- Los Tigres de Marte (Cold Blue Music)
- On the Leopard Altar (Cold Blue Music)
- This information was obtained from Lentz' website, New Albion Records, and Cold Blue Music.
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