David Cross (musician)

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David Cross
Born (1949-04-23) April 23, 1949 (age 67)
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 in Turnchapel near Plymouth, England) is an English electric violinist, 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]

With Robert Fripp[edit]

  • Starless Starlight (2015)

Solo / David Cross Band[edit]

  • Memos from Purgatory (1989)
  • The Big Picture (1992)
  • Testing to Destruction (1994)
  • Exiles (1997)
  • Closer Than Skin (2005)
  • Alive in the Underworld (2008) (David Cross Band)
  • Sign of the Crow (2016) (David Cross Band)

With Naomi Maki[edit]

  • Unbounded (2006)

With Radius[edit]

  • Arc Measuring (1988)
  • Sightseeing (1989)
  • Elevation (1992)
  • There Is No Peace (1995)
  • Civilisations (2000)

With Andrew Keeling[edit]

  • English Sun (2009)


  • The Butterfly Ball (With Rod Edwards and Roger Hand) (1975)
  • Clearlight: Forever Blowing Bubbles (1975)
  • Paul Egan: Island of Dreams (1978)
  • Shock Headed Peters: Life Extinguisher EP (1986)
  • Low Flying Aircraft: Low Flying Aircraft (1987)
  • Danielle Dax: "Blast The Human Flower" (1990)
  • Jade Warrior: Distant Echoes (1993)
  • Rime of the Ancient Sampler: A Mellotron Compilation (1993)
  • Joe Hisaishi: Chijou no Rakuen (1994)
  • Stick Men + featuring David Cross (2016)
  • David Cross and Sean Quinn: "Cold Sky Blue" (2016)


  • 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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