David Feldman (musician)

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David Feldman
Born (1977-12-29) 29 December 1977 (age 41)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
GenresJazz, Bossa Nova
Occupation(s)Musician, arranger, producer, composer, sound engineer
InstrumentsPiano, Electronic keyboard
Years active1998-present

David Feldman (born 20 December 1977 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian-Israeli Jazz and Bossa Nova musician, player of the Piano and also an arranger, producer, composer and sound-engineer.

Early life[edit]

David Feldman was born in a family of classical and early-music musicians. He studied with Ileana Carneiro, pt:Sheila Zagury, and Luiz Eça.

New York[edit]

In 2000, Feldman enrolled at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, graduating in 2002. He worked with Slide Hampton and Claudio Roditi, was invited to sit in at the Mingus Big Band and worked with Duduka da Fonseca, Matt Garrison and Eli Degibri.

Back to Rio[edit]

In 2004, he was semi-finalist of the Solo Piano Competition at Montreux Jazz Festival. In Brasil, he plays with Leny Andrade, Leila Pinheiro, and also has plaid in duos with veterans Paulo Moura and Leo Gandelman.[1] Feldman collaborates with the Brazilian NY based drummer Duduka da Fonseca, is the pianist in Duduka's trio with excellent critic reviews,[2] and incorporates Duduka as the drummer of the David Feldman Trio in New York.[3]

Feldman released in 2009 his first album "O Som do Beco Das Garrafas", very well received by the critics.[4][5][6] Since then he has performed in jazz festivals in Brasil and overseas, having performed more than four times at the Festival Internacional de Jazz de Punta del Este,[7] where in 2014 he had clarinetist/saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera as special guest.[8]

Feldman's solo disc "piano" from 2014 was also received well by the critics.[9][10][11]

In September 2016 Feldman released the Horizonte album, with seven original songs. Per Mauro Ferreira "Horizonte confirms the carioca pianist as one of the great talents of today's brasilian instrumental music".[12] According to Dan Bilawsky, who gave Horizonte 4.5 starts out of 5 in his review on All About Jazz "While Feldman's decision to remain in Rio de Janeiro has kept him slightly off the radar, this album is a brilliant blip that should register with Brazilian jazz lovers near and far. Feldman's composing chops take center stage, his piano playing—alternately ruminative and animated—delights, and his crafting of a strong group dynamic speaks volumes about his leadership"[13]

In April 2018, Feldman's participation in Duduka Da Fonseca's "Plays Dom Salvador", which received a 4-star rating from DownBeat's June 2018 edition,[14] does an "admirable job of fleshing out the harmony in Salvador’s writing without underplaying the rhythmic content, and his phrasing on “Mariá” and “Para Elis” leaves one wondering why those ballads aren’t better known", according to J.D. Cosidine.


As band leader or soloist[edit]

With Joca Perpignan[edit]

With Duduka da Fonseca Trio[edit]

With Scott Feiner[edit]

With Achinoam Nini[edit]

With Adam Dunning[edit]

With Yotam Silberstein[edit]

With Ensemble PHOENIX[edit]


  1. ^ "Leo Gandelman and David Feldman Duo".
  2. ^ "Album Of The Week: Jive Samba, Duduka Da Fonseca Trio". Latin Jazz Corner, June 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "David Feldman Trio at Zinc Bar (Portuguese)". Zinc Bar, July 2012.
  4. ^ "David Feldman recria com louvor sonoridade do Beco das Garrafas (Portuguese)". Luiz Orlando Carneiro, Jornal do Brasil.
  5. ^ "David Feldman recreates, with laurels, the Beco das Garrafas sound (English translation by Google)". Luiz Orlando Carneiro, Jornal do Brasil.
  6. ^ "Simplicidade e sofisticação são características de David Feldman (Portuguese)". Lulu Martin.
  7. ^ "GARY SMULYAN & DAVID FELDMAN". CoolTivArte, January 12, 2015.
  8. ^ "El Festival de Jazz de Punta del Este cumple la mayoría de edad". El Pais.
  9. ^ "David Feldman reaparece em álbum solo (Portuguese)". Luiz Orlando Carneiro, Jornal do Brasil.
  10. ^ "David Feldman reappears in solo album(Automated translation)". Luiz Orlando Carneiro, Jornal do Brasil.
  11. ^ "David Feldman: jazz, humor e referências clássicas no CD do pianista e compositor". Carlos Calado, Música de Alma Negra.
  12. ^ Ferrerira, Mauro (25 September 2016). "Pianista carioca expande horizonte em álbum que inclui Toninho Horta". G1. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  13. ^ Bilawsky, Dan. "David Feldman: Horizonte". www.allaboutjazz.com. All About Jazz. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  14. ^ Considine, J.D. (June 2018). "DownBeat" (PDF). Retrieved 25 April 2018.

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