David Gleason is a pianist, composer, music educator and ethnomusicologist living in New York's Capital Region. He received an M.A. in music from Tufts University where he studied ethnomusicology and composition. As an ethnomusicologist he researched Caribbean folk and popular music in Puerto Rico and Cuba. His fieldwork culminated in a thesis entitled La Parranda Puertorriquena: The Music, Symbolism and Cultural Nationalism of Puerto Rico's Christmas Serenading Tradition.
As a jazz and Latin pianist he has performed with ensembles such as RumbaNaMa, The Boston Latin Band, The Either/Orchestra, Altiplano, Mojive, and the Kinewe African Drum Ensemble as well as renown musicians like Laurel Masse, Fred Wesley, Danilo Perez, and John Fedchock. He currently leads the acclaimed Latin jazz ensemble, Sensemaya
Mr. Gleason studied music education and jazz studies at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York. He also studied jazz piano with Capital Region guru Lee Shaw. He has taught Music Theory, I.B. Music, and Jazz Ensemble at the Sayles School of Fine Arts and World Music at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York.
Willing to teach