“Created a mood that was mysterious and beautiful.” — The Washington Post
“Spontaneous and completely unique … it was hard not to be wowed; the audience certainly was.”
— Washington City Paper
“A great addition to the festival — a unique performer whose violin always draws a crowd.” — Sunny Sumter, Executive Director, DC Jazz Festival
Playing his Zeta electric violin through a loop station, David creates layers of strings that shimmer and sway over frolicsome grooves — or that evoke jazz soundscapes, and lost memories. Selections from David’s debut album, “Quiet Life Motel,” have been heard nationally on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and featured in an interview on APM’s “The Story with Dick Gordon.” A student of the great jazz and salsa violinist Eddie Drennon, David loves to improvise in response to images, and to create musical “environments for dance,” theater and film.
Recent commissions include creating and performing original scores for Stephanie Miracle (“Figure Eights” at Dance Place), Uprooted Dance, and PearsonWidrig Dance Theater (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Middlebury College, VT). David is currently Musician-in-Residence for the internationally known Dance Exchange, and recently returned to the DC Jazz Festival for performances at Twins and The Phillips Collection. His music was featured in The Studio Theater’s spring 2013 production of “Skin Tight.” He has performed for multiple events at NPR headquarters, and can be heard this summer at Twins Jazz, Black Fox Lounge, Glen Echo Park, and other venues.
Partners in jazz also include also The Willis Gidney Quintet, pianist Paul Rosenberg, and conguera Holly Meyers. David also regularly backs up songsmith Alan “Honeybee” Stone. In May 2012, David joined pianist Carl Banner and Washington Musica Viva to give the world premiere of the violin sonata by the late William Sleator, known for his vivid, dystopian fiction.