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David Samas

San Francisco, CA      

David Samas is a composer, curator, conceptual artist, instrument inventor, and social sculptor. A native San Franciscan from a mixed immigrant roots, David got his a BFA from the SF Art Institute in conceptual art in 2000 and studied poetics at the New College of California. He performed with the SF Boys Chorus, SF Opera and SF Symphony (receiving a GRAMMY, 1994 for best classical recording). His paintings hang in the Di Rosa collection and showed at the Diego Rivera and Canessa Galleries. He has performed at the Exploritorium, Grace Cathedral, YBCA, Cal Shakes, Bing Hall, the Asian Art Museum, CCRMA, and the Center for New Music where he also curates the Window Gallery for Invented Instruments with Bart Hopkin. He is Artistic Director of the Turquoise Yantra Grotto, a house concert series for free improv and ethno-modernism. He gives back to his communities by teaching inventing workshops through Thingamajigs (Oakland), where he is director of community outreach.

the Wildwood Cantata

A buffet of delicious wilderness sounds in song and poetry with interjections of indigenous woodland musics set to unusual invented instruments made from the natural elements. Together we listen our way from wind and silence through the dawn chorus of birds with solos from Gusty Winds May Exist, down the river and into the heart of the trees while Bob Marsh dances butoh in Sonic Suit Tree. After a rainstorm we howl together, ending in the twilight choir of droning insects.

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the Dragon of Music

by David Samas- for sonic painting. the painting itself has many divers sonic elements imbedded. from chant and music boxes to flutes, drums and bells- the dragon appears to be dragging itself into our dimension by aggregating objects to build its body. the soundscape is described as wandering the back alleys of the unconscious mind of an imaginary budhism.

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