I believe that listening can connect us to our creativity and that is the purpose of music. I believe that music and art can actualize inner change, and that changes in our world happen as the result of changing ourselves.
My name is Art Davis and I like to make music. That is about the short of it. I am a composer, producer, educator, and owner operator of Art Davis Studios. I live in the Texas Hill Country just outside of Austin. While my music is rooted in Modern Classical Music, it is the incorporation of elements of and instruments from, Electronica, Jazz, and Folk traditions that gives my music a unique appeal.
After the release of the EP Simmer Dim Waltz in March, and a new single, Hickory Dreams featuring a cello choir played by Clay Ruede in July, finishing a commission producing and arranging the standard Me And My Shadow for Ellen Crouse’s play, Thrive running in October at The Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, and releasing my latest EP Hickory Dreams, I am currently working on a collection of Ambient Improvs, Ambient Inventions and a series of new instrumental / electronica / ambient scores for a series of short films, Collection of Trifles. The recorded compositions will be released as EPs on the usual digital distribution channels and the videos will be released on YouTube. Additionally I am working on solo live performance versions of these pieces incorporating recorded sequences and live synthesizer and classical guitar.
I am working on a YouTube Channel, Art Davis Studios providing educational videos on all aspects of Writing and Producing Music in Your Home Studio. This channel is slated to go online towards the end of Q1 2019. And finally, I am launching a Facebook Group – Art Davis Studios – Mission : To Create a Community to Discuss Connecting To Your Creativity, Your Spirit, and Your Music.
I have an extensive history of affiliations with theatrical and dance organizations dating back to the mid-1970’s.
I have composed many compositions for dance and theatre, writing six plays incorporating my music in creative ways blending music, spoken word, dance, pantomime, and projected images. My works have been produced by The Hip Pocket Theatre, Stage West, The Bricolage Ensemble, Tongue and Groove Theatre, The Selwyn School, and The Token Mime Theatre.
For a list of some of the productions I have been involved in click HERE.
I come from a long lineage of musicians and composers. My grandfather was a composer of concert band and orchestral music. I began playing trumpet professionally at the age of 16 in my father’s Jazz Big Band, The Art Davis Orchestra. In many ways my current music projects are a continuation of that lineage. While studying Music Composition at NTSU my love of classical composition, electronic music, folk, jazz, and ethnic music was a natural response to the vibrant music scene at the music school. I hold a Bachelor of Music in Composition from NTSU with a focus on analog synthesis working extensively in the Electronic Music Studios. At that time NTSU had one of the largest electronic music studios in the United States consisting of a very large installation of custom made Moog Modular Analog Synthesis components. I continued with post graduate studies in composition focusing on digital synthesis working with the New England Digital Synclavier. I taught the Graduate Seminar in Computer Music.
Art Davis Studios Blog is full of articles and links to video content covering many topics related to Tools to help you improve your music in your home studio. These topics include tutorials on music composition, theory, songwriting, lyric writing, arranging, recording, and featured reviews of musicians and artists that I find interesting.
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