My name is Art Davis. I am a modern-classical composer, painter, writer, and owner of Art Davis Studios. I live in the Texas Hill Country just outside of Austin. I have written a large body of work for the concert stage, theater, dance, and film.
My music draws from a wide range of musical experiences, from orchestral minimalism to ambient electronica to jazz.
In Q4 2019 I joined Blue Spiral Records in Italy. I released my first EP – Sumie Shadows on the label in December. Projects slated for 2020 include: Two of my pieces for piano and string orchestra – Collection of Trifles Part 2 and 3 were performed by the Austin Philharmonic Orchestra on March 4. It was very exciting having these pieces performed live. David Oertel and all the folks at the APO are amazing and have been great to work with: A series of short abstract films to be released on my YouTube Channel: Plans to release 3 EPs in 2020 – a Minimalism focussed Classical EP featuring a cello choir performed by Clay Ruede – an EP for piano and synth choir – a Piano EP to be released on Blue Spiral Records.
In 2019 I released three EPs – Collection of Trifles Set One in April and Morning and Evening Improvs Set One in August and Sumi-e Shadows in December.
2018 was a busy year releasing 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 that ran in October at The Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, and releasing my EP Hickory Dreams.
I have an extensive history of affiliations with theatrical and dance organizations dating back to the mid-1970s.
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, The Fort Worth Dance Alliance, The Side Street Circus, 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.
In addition to composing music I also write short fiction, poetry, and drama.
Check out my Writing Page HERE.
Painting is something that I have been interested in since I was very young. I have always studied art history and specifically painters. I am a watercolorist and am currently focusing a large amount of time painting.
Checkout my Watercolor Page HERE.