David Bindman bio

 David Bindman has been part of the New York jazz avant-garde since the late 1980s. His work as both saxophonist and composer is heard on acclaimed recordings by the Brooklyn Sax Quartet, by his sextet, and many others. He has performed and recorded with Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Talking Drums, Kevin Norton, Ehran Elisha, and Adam Lane, among others.

David’s collaborations during the 1990s with poet Tyrone Henderson and visual artist Quimetta Perle included The Madman and Strawman Dance (Strawman Dance CD on Konnex, 1994). From 1997 to 2008, David co-led the Brooklyn Sax Quartet with Fred Ho. The group twice toured the USA and Canada, performed regularly at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Café, appeared on WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer, and recorded two CDs, The Way of the Saxophone (Innova) and Far Side of Here (Omnitone). 

As a member of Blood Drum Spirit, Bindman has performed in China, the Philippines, and Ghana. The group’s upcoming film We Are One, Blood Drum Spirit, directed by Sara Pettenilla, documents their collaborations with Ghanaian master artists; in 2017 they toured Ghana for a second time, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

David formed his sextet 2008. The group has performed community concerts in Brooklyn, at NYC’s The Stone, toured New England, and conducted three weeklong educational residencies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Their debut double CD, Sunset Park Polyphony, was released in 2012, to wide praise by critics. The group’s second recording, Ten Billion Versions of Reality, was released in 2017.

David is currently collaborating with visual artist Malin Abrahamsson on The Dream Space Continuum, a multi-media work involving music and abstract animation.

David was born in 1963 in New York City. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1985 and received an MA in World Music from Wesleyan in 1987. He has received grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, Meet The Composer, and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Performing Ensembles. He has taught in the New York City school system, at the Consortium for Worker Education, Bennington College, LaGuardia Community College, and The New School University.

  Saxophonist drawing by Iliana Zamorska.
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