Brent Michael Davids

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Brent Michael Davids (born June 4, 1959 in Madison, Wisconsin, United States) is an American composer and flautist. He is a member of the Stockbridge Mohican nation of American Indians. He has composed for Zeitgeist, the Kronos Quartet, Joffrey Ballet, the National Symphony Orchestra, and Chanticleer.

He holds a B.M. degree in music composition from Northern Illinois University (1981) and an M.M. in music composition from Arizona State University (1990), and is currently pursuing an M.A. in American Indian religious studies from Arizona State University.

In addition to concert music, Davids writes music for films. He composed music for the 2002 film The Business of Fancydancing and has composed a new score for the American 1920 film The Last of the Mohicans. In 2013, he was honored with a NACF Artist Fellowship in Music.[1]

Davids' Mohican name is Blue Butterfly. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota and is an active participant with the First Nations Composer Initiative. He has also served as Composer-in-Residence with the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project.

Life & Career

Brent Michael Davids was originally born in Madison, Wisconsin, but his family moved to Chicago during his early childhood. His father worked in the telephone business while also being a skilled craftsman outside of work. His mother was a piano teacher and choral director. Early in life, Brent studied piano and music theory under the rigorous training of his mother. Concurrently. He would learn about telecom and audio technology as well as crafting metal, glass, and crystal. In his education prior to college, Brent played a trombone and flute while also budding his early skills as a composer. His early experience and influence of his parents would help shape his future success.

Upon completing high school, Brent Michael Davids went to Northern Illinois State University, graduating with a B.M. in Music Composition. During this time, he also crafted his first designs for hi signature quartz flutes. Soon after, he completed a Master in Music Composition from Arizona State University. Some of his other studies include Robert Redford Sundance Institute for film score and Stephen Warbeck. As an educator himself, he founded the Native American Composer Apprentice Program in Arizona during his time in Arizona. Later in life, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota and founded the Composer Apprentice National Outreach Endeavor while also holding other academic posts. He recently founded a recording studio on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation in Wisconsin.

Stylistically, David's compositions are often described as ambient with much credence toward film score, postmodernism, and traditional Indigenous American techniques. Many of his scores are written and published with graphic notation, being works of visual as well and musical art. Brent Michael Davids has works premiered and performed from venues as vast as New Mexico Symphony Orchestra to inaugural events in Moscow Russia. He has even crafted several flute and percussion instruments of his own designs. Said instruments include bird calls, crystal straight and transverse flutes, and even water-based instruments that incorporate crystal objects of various designs. His works range from solo flute and flute quartet to even band and coral ensemble. In 2015, he premiered his opera "Purchase of Manhattan".


  • 1992 - Brent Michael Davids. Ní-tCâng. Blue Butterfly Group.
  • 2002 - The Business of Fancydancing. FallsApart Records/RezRoad.
  • 2002 - Chanticleer. Our American Journey. Contains The Un-covered Wagon by Brent Michael Davids. Teldec.
  • 2003 - The Nebraska Children's Chorus and Bel Canto, dir. Z. Randall Stroope. Homeland. Contains Zuni Sunrise Song by Brent Michael Davids (1995).
  • 2011 - Valor's Kids


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2014-05-12.  Brent Michael Davids (Mohican), 2013 NACF Music Fellow. Retrieved 5/12/2014.

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