david arend  bassist, composer   



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David Arend performs two original concertos

Sequoia Sempervirens (double bass and orchestra)

Voyager: Three Sheets to the Wind (tenor sax, double bass, orchestra)

featuring Salim Washington, tenor saxophone

and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Republic

Jiri Petrdlik, Petr Vronsky, conductors

Double bassist and composer David Arend performs classical, jazz, hip hop, singer/songwriter and electroacoustic music, exploring hybrids in his compositions. He has written concertos, jazz combo charts, electronic dance music, orchestral works, solo pieces, electroacoustic collages and chamber music. Mysticism, spirituality and the natural universe are recurring themes in his music.

Arend’s compositions have been performed by composer-performer collective Alchemy Sound Project, West Point Woodwind Quintet, clarinet soloist Jonathan Aubrey, DJs, and members of the San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Nashville Symphony. David premiered his concertos with San Francisco Academy Orchestra and Philharmonia Northwest, and recorded those works with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra for his album Astral Travels (Navona Records/Naxos).

As a double bassist, David has performed with artists such as the San Francisco Symphony, Carlos Santana and Bobby McFerrin and has collaborated with soloists Mark O’Connor, Gidon Kremer and Lynn Harrell. Arend’s commitment to new music led him to work with influential composers Ornette Coleman, George Crumb, Thomas Adés, Chen Yi, Tan Dun and next generation composers Jack Perla, Mason Bates and Marisol Jimenez. He performed on composer John Psathas’ recording Rhythm Spike, named New Zealand’s 2000 Classical Record of the Year.  The debut recording of David’s group Alchemy Sound Project was named a favorite album of 2016 by DownBeat jazz magazine in the US and UK Vibe in Britain.. Arend is a longtime member of the Oakland Symphony, directed by Michael Morgan.

Hip hop and hybrid electronica appearances include Envision Festival and Bamboo Bass Festival (Costa Rica), Roter Salon and Zu mir oder zu Dir (Berlin, Germany), the Cryptoportico at the American Academy (Rome, Italy), The New Parish (Oakland, CA) and San Francisco’s Mezzanine, Ruby Skye, 111 Minna, John Colins, Varnish, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The De Young Museum.

A graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music’s double degree program (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music) and The Juilliard School (Master of Music), David held a fellowship for four summers as solo bassist with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble under director George Tsontakis. Primary double bass mentors were Eugene Levinson, Scott Haigh and Albert Laszlo. David studied composition with Simon Bokman.

Arend has performed at music festivals such as Aspen, Bellingham, Cabrillo, Mendocino, Telluride, Woodstockhausen, and Pacific Music Festival, Japan. He has been a guest artist at the Seattle Latin American Music Festival (SLAM), San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Composers, Inc., Music In May, and NWEAMO electro-acoustic festival of bent electronica. David was selected to participate in the 2012 Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute at UCLA. In 2013 David was selected as both performer and composer for the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival.

David has recorded for San Francisco Symphony Media, Rattle Records (New Zealand), Odd-Shaped Case, Dapper Music, Navona Records/Naxos, Origin Records and Artists Recording Collective (ARC).

top photo courtesy Steve Rowland


Alchemy Sound Project debut CD named a

best of jazz 2016

--DownBeat & Uk Vibe

Alchemy Sound Project

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