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|David Bindman music|
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
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
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)
"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
This film is now
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.
screenings at festivals, universities, and concert
halls, the film is now available online for the
A film directed by Sara
photos by (L to R): Sara Pettinella, Guy Fonck, Volker Beushausen
|Saxophonist drawing by Iliana Zamorska.
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