Canadian composer and trumpeter, Dr. David Lisik teaches jazz composition, arranging and theory at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.
Dave’s diverse portfolio of compositions and arrangements includes 250+ works for jazz orchestra, small jazz groups, wind ensemble, orchestra, electro-acoustic combinations, chamber groups, and instrumental and vocal soloists. His Dave Lisik Orchestra featuring Tim Hagans released a debut CD in early 2010 entitled Coming Through Slaughter inspired by the novel of the same name by Canadian author Michael Ondaatje, based on the legend of early jazz cornet player, Buddy Bolden.
Dave’s music has been performed and/or recorded in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe by outstanding musicians including Tim Hagans, Donny McCaslin, Luis Bonilla, Matt Wilson, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Carl Allen, Kirk Whalum, the Ron Paley Big Band, the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, David Spencer, the Winnipeg Brass Quintet, UNI Faculty Brass Quintet, University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One, University of Memphis Jazz Orchestra and many university, high school and middle school concert and jazz groups.
Before moving to New Zealand, Dr. Lisik was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee where he created the African Drumming Ensemble (LOCADE) and the LeMoyne-Owen Records label, producing four CDs of student work.