David Darling (musician)

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David Darling
Born (1941-03-04)March 4, 1941
Elkhart, Indiana, U.S.
Genres Jazz, new-age
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Cello
Years active 1980s–present
Labels ECM
Associated acts Gallery
Website www.daviddarling.com

David Darling (born March 3, 1941) is an American cellist and composer. In 2010, he won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album. He has performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin and Spyro Gyra and has released several solo albums.

Music career[edit]

Darling was born in Elkhart, Indiana. He was interested in music from an early age, beginning piano when he was four, cello at ten, and string bass in high school. He studied classical cello at Indiana State University and after graduating remained there another four years as a teacher.[1]

He worked as a studio musician in Nashville, Tennessee and was a member of the Paul Winter Consort until 1978. During the following year, he formed the chamber jazz group Gallery with Ralph Towner and released his first solo album.[1]

Darling's performance and composition draw on a wide range of styles, including classical, jazz, Brazilian, African, and Indian music.

He has written and performed music for more than a dozen major motion pictures, the horror film Child's Play (1988), Heat (1995), and Until the End of the World (1991). He contributed music to Nouvelle Vague (1990), Éloge de l'amour (2001), and Notre musique (2004).

In 2000, he recorded an unusual collaboration with the Wulu Bunun, a group of Taiwanese aborigines.[2]

In 2007 he recorded The Darling Conversations, with Julie Weber discussing his music philosophy. It was issued by Manifest Spirit Records. In January 2009, David released Prayer for Compassion, a follow-on to his earlier 8-String Religion.

Other activities[edit]

In 1986, Darling joined Young Audiences, an organization that seeks to educate children about music and the arts through school programs. In the same year, he founded Music for People, which seeks to encourage self-expression through musical improvisation. His teaching methods are the subject of a book, Return to Child (2008).

In May 2008, he became part of a collaboration of music teacher and performers offering a training program in holistic and intercultural approaches to healing with sound and music at the New York Open Center Sound and Music School.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Grammy Award, Best New Age Album, A Prayer for Compassion, 2010[3]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Journal October (ECM, 1979)
  • Cycles (ECM, 1981)
  • Cello (ECM, 1992)
  • Dark Wood, (ECM, 1993)
  • Eight String Religion, (Hearts of Space, 1993)
  • The Tao of Cello (Relaxation, 1993)
  • Musical Massage: Balance (Relaxation, 2000)
  • Cello Blue, (Hearts of Space/Valley Entertainment, 2001)
  • Musical Massage: In Tune (Relaxation, 2001)
  • River Notes, (Wind Over the Earth, 2002)
  • Open Window (Relaxation, 2003)
  • Mudanin (Kata World Music Network/Riverboat, 2004)
  • Balance (Gaiam, 2006)
  • Musical Massage: Blissful Relaxation (Relaxation, 2007)
  • The Darling Conversations, Vol. 1 (Manifest Spirit, 2007)
  • Prayer for Compassion (CD Baby, 2009)
  • Where Did the Time Go (CD Baby, 2013)
  • Gratitude (Curve/Curve Blue, 2016)[4]

As sideman[edit]

With Peter Kater

  • Homage, 1989
  • Migration, 1992

With Ketil Bjørnstad

With Terje Rypdal

With Jacqueline Tschabold Bhuyan

  • Cello & Piano Meditations (Sounds True, 2012)
  • Improvisations for Cello & Piano (CD Baby, 2012)

With others

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "David Darling | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.worldmusic.net/home/features/darling.html
  3. ^ "David Darling | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "David Darling | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 

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