A New Jersey native, David grew up in the suburbs just minutes from New York City. He is open minded, positive, focused and free spirited and these characteristics are reflected in his work.
David, musical from childhood, began his music studies on piano and saxophone before making percussion his focus. His desire to learn remains strong and he continues to this day to consult and collaborate with his teachers including Russ Moy, Billy Martin, Robert Benford, Ustad Shabbir Nisar and Prasanna Kumar.
Because of his diverse interests and experiences, David often collaborates with artists in different mediums, affording himself a level of comfort working in wide varieties of creative environments. Being open and allowing himself to learn from the creative process is evident in his work as collaborator, band leader, composer and performer.
For David, the creative process is a place where music filters philosophy and life experience. Merkava, is one project resulting from this approach. Founded in the winter of 07’, Merkava is an exploration of the jewish traditional/spiritual landscape. Merkava uses new music, by way of bringing traditional music into a contemporary light.
In October 2005, David founded Citizen Orchestra, a collective of musicians focusing on the art of improvised music. Citizen Orchestra, has produced two recordings, Volume One and Volume Two. Volume One was released in the summer of 2007 and is available on CD Baby.