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Brent Michael Davids

Bowler, WI         

Brent Michael Davids is a concert and film composer, co-director of the Lenape Center in Manhattan, and citizen of the Mohican Nation. As an American Indian music specialist, consultant, and educator, Davids co-founded the Native American Composer Apprentice Project. Davids serves on the Institute for Composer Diversity’s Executive Council. Master performer of indigenous instruments and styles. Designer of original musical instruments. Two music composition degrees. Trained at Sundance Institute. Apprenticed with film composer Stephen Warbeck.

BY OUR NATURE

The Mankato Symphony Orchestra performed my original score to a Robin Rupe film (Volti Subito Productions) “By Our Nature” in studio, 2014. Conducted by Kenneth Freed, the work featured singer Dakota Romero, and the composer on Native American wood flute. — BMD

Video Copyright ©2014, Robin Rupe. All Rights Reserved.
Music Copyright ©2014, Brent Michael Davids. All Rights Reserved.

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SINGING WOODS — Kronos Quartet

SINGING WOODS (excerpt) was commissioned and performed by the Kronos Quartet. Music by Brent Michael Davids. Uses an Apache violin, special percussion instruments, and hand-made bows of leather, silk and velvet. The title voices a triple meaning: the instruments of the Kronos, the Apache violin, and the indigenous forests of Native America. A beautifully hand-notated manuscript, the score draws from American Indian sound patterns evocative of nature, by using extended instrumental techniques and microtones that add coloristic dimensions.

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UN-COVERED WAGON — Chanticleer

UN-COVERED WAGON (excerpt) was commissioned and performed by Chanticleer, for chorus and nose flutes. Uses Mohican language and American Indian “vocables.” A musical response to the epic western film ‘The Covered Wagon,’ uncovering an alternate view of the land and its inhabitants. The work calls for three different Indian singing styles to be superimposed upon each other. “Un-Covered Wagon,” as music and message, urges us to cherish the seasoned and intelligent tradition of keeping good familial relationships with the earth.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles November 21 2019 | By Brent Michael Davids
Cultural Appropriation in Classical Music?

Though it seems ironic, acultural neutrality is a narrative the West has culturally taught itself. Minute cultural awarenesses break through sometimes, but often the positive changes we are desperate for...