David Cross (musician)

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David Cross
Born (1949-04-23) April 23, 1949 (age 66)
Plymouth, England
Origin Electric violinist
Instruments Violin, viola, keyboards, flute
Years active 1973 – present
Labels Noisy Records
Associated acts King Crimson, Radius, Electric Chamber Music, David Cross Band
Website www.david-cross.com

David Cross (born April 23, 1949) is an electric violinist born in Turnchapel near Plymouth, England, best known for playing with progressive rock band King Crimson during the 1970s[1] (particularly on Larks' Tongues in Aspic and Starless and Bible Black). He also plays keyboards.[2]

After King Crimson, Cross formed a jazzy improvising band called They Came from Plymouth.[3] With Keith Tippett (piano), Dan Maurer (drums) and Jim Juhn (guitar, bass, percussion), he formed a short-lived project in 1987 called Low Flying Aircraft. In 1998, he was invited by Geoff Serle to join Radius. Besides Cross and Serle (keyboards, electronics, samples), Radius included Sheila Malony (on keyboards), Maxine Braham and Carlo Lucius Asciutti (vocals).

Since the mid-1980s, he has also led his own band, the earlier incarnations of which featured American drummer Dan Maurer, English keyboard player Sheila Maloney and the Liverpool bassist/vocalist John Dillon. Former and current King Crimson members John Wetton, Robert Fripp, and Peter Sinfield, as well as guest lyricist Richard Palmer-James, have all guested on his solo projects.

Cross has also worked in theatre both musically and as an actor. In 1999, he formed Noisy Records, his own record label.

David Cross Band[edit]

David Cross Band
Origin England
Years active 2004-present
Labels Noisy Records
Members David Cross (violin, 2004-)
Jinian Wilde (vocals, 2008-)
Mick Paul (bass, 2004-)
Paul Clark (guitar, 2004-)
Craig Blundell (drums, 2008-)
Past members
Arch Stanton (vocals, 2004-2008)
Lloyd (drums, 2004-2006)
Joe Crabtree (drums, 2006-2008)

David Cross has also established David Cross Band with Arch Stanton (vocals), Lloyd (drums), Mick Paul (bass), Paul Clark (guitar) and David Cross himself (violin).

In 2006, Joe Crabtree joined (drums) and Alex Hall (keyboards).

In 2008, Jinian Wilde joined in as new lead singer and Craig Blundell (as new drummer).

The band has released five albums to date

Academic work[edit]

Cross is currently a senior lecturer in Music Education at London Metropolitan University.


With King Crimson[edit]

Solo / David Cross Band[edit]

  • Memos from Purgatory (1989)
  • The Big Picture (1992)
  • Testing to Destruction (1994)
  • Back to Broke (1996)
  • Exiles (1997)
  • Civilizations (2005)
  • Closer Than Skin (2005)
  • Alive in the Underworld (2008) (David Cross Band)

With Electric Chamber Music[edit]

(A collaboration with Naomi Maki)

  • Navigator (2005)
  • Unbounded (2006)

With Radius[edit]

  • Sightseeing (1988)
  • Elevation (1989)
  • Arc Measuring (1990)
  • There Is No Peace (1994)
  • Severe Test: System Collusion (1995)
  • Civilisations (2000)

With Andrew Keeling[edit]

  • English Sun (2009)

With Robert Fripp[edit]

  • A Journey to Stars (2015)
  • Starless Starlight (2015)


  • The Butterfly Ball (With Rod Edwards and Roger Hand) (1975)
  • Paul Egan: Island of Dreams (1978)
  • United Dairies: An Afflicted Man's Musica Box (1981)
  • Shock Headed Peters: Life Extinguisher (1986)
  • Low Flying Aircraft: Low Flying Aircraft (1988)
  • Danielle Dax: "Tomorrow Never Knows" (1990)
  • Dossier: Dossiers (1990)
  • Darling Buds: Crawdaddy (1990)
  • Jade Warrior: Distant Echoes (1992)
  • Rime of the Ancient Sampler: A Mellotron Compilation (1993)
  • Joe Hisaishi: Chijyoh no Rakuen (1994)
  • The Clearlight Orchestra: Forever Blowing Bubbles (1996)
  • Pyschomuzak: Send (1997)
  • Deltron 3030: "Lawnchair quarterback pt2" (2013)


  • 1995: That World by Dean Allen - role of 'Shades' (Hades)[3]


  1. ^ David Cross at AllMusic
  2. ^ Credits at AllMusic
  3. ^ a b Elephant Talk: Interview with David Cross in Music Box

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