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             David Bindman music

photo by Robert Adam Mayer

Welcome to this place of sounds, images, and ideas. Here you will find information about my work in music past, present, and in-progress. The site also contains pictures and writings that move beyond music, yet are invariably connected with it. I invite you to take a tour. And, if the spirit moves you, get in touch. Thanks for reading! — DB

Some background:

The music I have been part of always involves other people in concentric circles of learning and collaboration. Sometimes someone will ask, "Who are your influences?" While I can list many from the history of music, it is the people close to me, those who I have had the privilege to either study or play with, or both, who I am most inspired by.

The Brooklyn Sax Quartet: Chris Jonas, David Bindman, Fred Ho, Sam Furnace, Seattle 2002, photo by John Gilbreath

I remember a time when the idea that one can play what one hears, in the context of what everyone else is doing, resonated so strongly that I dove in headfirst. The music offered a universe of creative possibility, where feelings and ideas could be expressed beyond words.

I have always been drawn to the collective aspect, the conversation, the idea that we can create a piece of abstract beauty using preconceived material or that we imagine together.

Music is a renewable energy source. It continually opens new windows, drawing on age-old associations, to a world ever in flux, and into an internal world—of memories, of loves, of visions for how things can be.

DB Sextet CD releases (tracks streaming on the Sounds page):

"Such diverse and disparate musical elements contribute to a profound sonic geometry, a big picture of sorts built on multiple conversations and varying perspectives." – Ed Enright, DownBeat (Editor's Choice, December 2017)

Available at:BandcampiTunes, Amazon

"Although the album might be considered an entry into the world music category, it's better to call it a new forceful strain of jazz." – Mike Shanley, Shanley on Music

Available at: Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon


This film is now available!

We Are One, an award-winning documentary, shows the deep historical and cultural connections between jazz and West African music, and by extension, with the peoples of the world. Touring the world for over two decades, the American jazz quartet blood drum spirit traveled to Ghana to work with master artists in rural villages and in the cities of Kumase and Accra. The documentary film captures the joy of a collaborative artistic effort that brings musicians, dancers, singers, poets, and peoples together across oceans, time, and cultures. It reminds us of the deep connection we all share as part of the human family.

Following screenings at festivals, universities, and concert halls, the film is now available online for the first time.

A film directed by Sara Pettinella
Produced by royal hartigan
Featuring royal hartigan, Art Hirahara, David Bindman, Wes Brown
Copyright royal hartigan 2017. All rights reserved.

All proceeds will help support the Ghanaian villages featured in the film. The cost for viewing We Are One - blood drum spirit is $10. It is available for lower cost if needed. Please send an email to:
Larger donations are also welcome Please use this link:


Relative Motion (relatively new!) trio is a collaboration with Stefan Bauer, vibes/marimba, David Bindman, reeds, and Michael Sarin, drums. Relative Motion-This Time is a short video montage (2:38).

Individual voices meet in conversation, structures are sculpted and reshaped, a bull in the China shop appears…

photos by (L to R): Sara Pettinella, Guy Fonck, Volker Beushausen

Saxophonist drawing by Iliana Zamorska.
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