David Bindman saxophonist and composer
DAVID BINDMAN, saxophonist and composer, creates works that combine many elements: drawing on the motion of dance, exploring the complexity of melody and time unbound, and emphasizing improvisation at the core. His new works, inspired by journeys of discovery and transformation and by sights and sounds close to home, merge old and new musical forms and incorporate rhythmic cycles and modalities from West Africa, India, and around the globe. David co-led the Brooklyn Sax Quartet with Fred Ho for a decade. In 2012 he released his sextet's debut double CD Sunset Park Polyphony. Mike Shanley describes the music as "a new forceful strain of jazz" (Shanley-on Music); Steve Holtje calls the CD "[Bindman's] masterpiece so far" (Culture Catch); Sergio Piccirilli writes that "David Bindman completes here a successful creative circle born of his curiosity to understand the world" (El Intruso). Bindman seeks to create work that offers, in any way possible, artistic alternatives to the profit-driven imperatives that imperil life, that deny justice, and that go against the human spirit and the natural world. He lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
photo by Steve Johnson
David Bindman Sextet, Ten Billion Versions of Reality CD release November 1, 2017
An invitation and musings...
Walking through Grand Army Plaza farmers' market the other day, I was
thinking about tomatoes. When a farmer grows some organic tomatoes,
when she cares for the soil, and if there is enough rain and sun, the
tomatoes blossom and are eventually ready to harvest. We eat some raw,
and cook others slowly with other ingredients.
Art is the product of such nurturing—an
alchemy of elements, intentions, visions, interacting with traditions,
inspiring us to think, feel, move, and imagine in ways that can enlarge
our perspectives and lives.
I liken the music on this recording to “slow
food.” Not because the music is slow. It is a product of long
evolutions – musical, personal and collective. It is composed of simple
elements, brought together and interacting in complex ways.
I invite you to spend time with this
music, to peel back the layers, to be immersed in it – slow, fast, and
everything in between.
photo by Sara Pettinella
Blood Drum Spirit Ghana tour (posted September 16, 2017)
Saxophonist drawing by Iliana Zamorska.
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