David Occhipinti Art Song

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David Occhipinti's Art Song concert has been in the works for the last three years.

“This Art Song project has allowed me to take some wonderful text by T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas and Emily Carr and compose some new music for voice,” states Occhipinti. “It is also my first time composing for harp. I’m hoping it will be an elegant musical experience for audiences and a rare chance to hear my music in a beautiful performance space.”

The Art Song project features vocalists from the jazz and classical worlds performing songs in a chamber music setting. The music is a unique celebration of art song in a chamber music setting with with added elements of improvisation. Joining composer and guitarist David Occhipinti on stage are:

Michael Davidson - vibraphone
Aline Homzy - violin
Jeff LaRochelle - clarinet
Soren Nissen - bass
Sheba Thibadeau - bassoon

With special guests:
Erica Goodman - harp
Beverley Johnston - marimba

Featured vocalists:
Robin Dann
Alexandra Hetherington
Charlotte Mundy
The Cookie Choir [directed by Mara Nesrallah]

This performance, a TD Discovery Series Special Project, is also supported by a grant from the Canada Council, which helped David to offset the costs associated with the concert's rehearsals and venue rental.

Tickets are cash only, available at the door:
$20 general admission
$10 students and seniors

David Occhipinti

David Occhipinti has released five CDs as a leader that feature his unique voice as a composer and as a guitarist.

On David’s release Camera (2012), he combines elements of contemporary chamber music with improvisation. The recording features David’s compositions and guitar playing, with an ensemble consisting of clarinet, bassoon, marimba, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and bass. The recording also includes a suite for guitar and string quartet.

David has multiple nominations for JUNO awards including his CD Forty Revolutions (2007), and Duologue (2003), his first of two duo CDs with saxophonist Mike Murley. A collaboration David made with bassist Andrew Downing and trumpeter Jim Lewis called Bristles (2014), was also nominated for a JUNO, and given four stars (****) in the internationally acclaimed Downbeat magazine.

David has performed all across Canada, in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and in Italy, where he lived for almost three years. David studied in New York with the legendary jazz guitarist and composer, Jim Hall, during the mid 1990s. Jim Hall referred to David’s Camera CD as ”...an absolute gem. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning."
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By: David Occhipinti - guitarist/composer