david arend  bassist, composer   



Double bassist and composer David Arend performs classical, jazz, hip hop, singer-songwriter and electroacoustic music, exploring hybrids in his compositions.

Arend’s works have been performed by Alchemy Sound Project, West Point Woodwind Quintet, clarinet soloist Jonathan Aubrey, DJs and electronic music producers, and members of the San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Nashville Symphony. David premiered his own concertos with San Francisco Academy Orchestra and Philharmonia Northwest. He recorded these works with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra for the acclaimed album Astral Travels released on Navona Records/Naxos.

David has performed with artists such as San Francisco Symphony, Bobby McFerrin, John Williams and Carlos Santana. Arend’s commitment to new music led him to work with composers Ornette Coleman, George Crumb, Tan Dun and Thomas Adés. He performed on composer John Psathas’ recording Rhythm Spike, named New Zealand Classical Record of the Year 2000.  His debut recording with Alchemy Sound Project was named a favorite album of 2016 by DownBeat jazz magazine and UKVibe. David 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’s double degree program and The Juilliard School (Master of Music), David held a fellowship for four years with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble led by George Tsontakis. Primary double bass mentors were Eugene Levinson (New York Philharmonic) and Scott Haigh (Cleveland Orchestra). David studied composition privately with Simon Bokman, a protégé of Galina Ustvolskaya.

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

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.

top photo courtesy Steve Rowland