David Leikam

David Leikam is a San Francisco-based composer, creative, designer, improviser, and bandleader of the industrial jazz unit zBug. Being born with cerebral palsy has affected his body and speech, given him a distinct view into his creative arts/music and being largely a self-taught multi-instrumentalist performer. His first piano solo studio performance was recorded at age 16 in January, 1988. From then to 1994 and later (1999 to 2006), David and the arts collective Friday Night Music would gather most every Friday evening for several hours to record a hour’s worth of direct to two track improvisational music (reel to reel, cassette, DAT, CD, HD) in a professional music studio at Dragon Studios in Redwood City, CA then later at the Music Annex in Menlo Park, CA ending their run at private recording studios throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (1979 to 2006).

2005: California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Scholarship 1997: Musicians Institute: RIT; Audio Engineering


NS Design CR6 electric cello, Moog Rogue analog synthesizer, MiniMoog Voyager RME, Ibanez SR1300PD electric bass, Latin Percussion Nada drum, MEINL Tar 18″ frame drum ...

“The sacred geometry of zBug is no small thing. So enormous, in fact, that it’s invisible.” — Tyran Grillo, AllAboutJazz

“diG your music. Eclectic ain’t the word. Film noir multiverse ethnic blade runner desert world. Love it!” – Nivek Ogre, ohGr/Skinny Puppy

“… zBug sounds very similar to Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio!” – John Baffa, Sound Engineer – CalArts/Lou Reed’s MM3: The Creation Of The Universe

“I don’t play tunes but create a state of consciousness within the vocabulary of music based on architecture.” – David Leikam, zBug’s Splitting Glass | Twilight Sunrise EP – 2014

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