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is a multi-talented, trumpeter, composer and cultural inventor who brings a spirit of intensity and inquiry to everything he does. He leads numerous music groups, composes for concert, theatre, film and television, and presents large-scale performance projects and has toured extensively in North America and Europe. He has been involved in the creation and presentation of world music and jazz since 1987 and has earned a reputation as one of its compositional and instrumental leading lights, through the FLYING BULGAR KLEZMER BAND, who have just been nominated for their third JUNO Award in five recordings, and his creation of ASHKENAZ: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture.
He is a member of the Arabic fusion ensemble, MEDINA, and has recently founded a brass band playing music of the Roma (Gypsies). He has recently begun co-presenting projects with his wife, dancer/musician/actor Roula Said, including IMAGINE THE SOUND of PEACE and the music/dance series FEAST of the EAST.
He is the composer/creator/producer of SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus, a unique music-centered extravaganza for 11 musicians and 7 movement artist from the worlds of circus and modern dance, performing to sold-out houses and and much excitement, at the Distillery Jazz Festival, the Festival d'Ete in Quebec City, and most recently in a self-produced, critically acclaimed run in Toronto (plans are underway to remount SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus in 2006).
David has composed the scores for six feature films, the animated short Stone of Folly which was awarded the Cannes Film Festival Prix du Jury, and for theatre and modern dance. Recent and current compositional projects include the score for the Canadian feature Whole New Thing, a collaboration with playwright Jason Sherman, choreographer Allen Kaeja and Soulpepper Theatre Company, and a commission to compose a CD's worth of music for jazz guitarist John Abercrombie and trumpeter John McNeil. He has been invited to perform his music at Dave Douglas' Festival of New Trumpet Music at Tonic, NYC. David has received numerous grants and resident fellowships for study, composition and performance. He was nominated for the 2002 Louis Applebaum Award for Excellence in Film and Television Composition, and is the recipient of the 2003 ASIFA Animation Society Award for Excellence in Soundtrack Composition.
His performance and creative activities have been profiled extensively in all media including National Public Radio, CBC Radio and TV, CTV (Canada AM), RadioCanada, Bravo, BBC, Suddeutsche Rundfunk, The Manchester Guardian, Svenska Dagblatt, Tageszeitung, Daily Variety, the Los Angeles Times, the Forward, the Village Voice, a cover feature in Lifestyles magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, Eye Magazine, and many others.