“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 latin 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 were featured in an interview on APM’s “The Story with Dick Gordon.” A student of the great jazz, salsa, and disco violinist Eddie Drennon, David thrives on extending the traditions of charanga and mambo — styles that emerged from jam sessions that combined percussion and strings. David’s “Quiet Life Motel” trio often finds inspiration in the infectious rhythms of Colombia (cumbia), Cuba (son and danzon), and The Dominican Republi (bachata). Also active as a composer and live solo musician for Dance, David has performed his original scores with PearsonWidrig Dance Theater and Uprooted Dance at the Kennedy Center.
David and his Quiet Life Motel trio are favorites at the DC Jazz Festival’s events at The Phillips Collection. His “Quiet Life Motel “combo — which features bassist Eddie Eatmon and percussionists Felix Contreras (host of NPR’s alt.latino) or Yusef Douglin can be heard in Washington DC at venues including the Loews Madison Hotel, Bistrot Lepic, Twins Jazz, Black Fox Lounge, and Glen Echo Park … and has been heard in a 5-6:30 am concert in a US Senate Hearing chamber.
David loves to create musical “environments for dance,” and original theater and film. Dance commissions include original scores for Stephanie Miracle (Dance Place, Clarice Smith Center), Dance Exchange (Artisphere), Uprooted Dance (Kennedy Center Millenium Stage), Daniel Burkholder, Nancy Havlik (National Portrait Gallery Kogod Courtyard)), and PearsonWidrig Dance Theater (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Middlebury College, VT, Governor’s Island, NYC). David is currently Musician-in-Residence for the internationally known Dance Exchange. Radio projects include creating and recording theme music for national programs including “The Story” and “Interfiath Voices.” His music was featured in The Studio Theater’s spring 2013 production of “Skin Tight.”