My name is Art Davis. I am a modern classical composer, 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 and ambient electronica to jazz improvisation to folk-influenced world music to free improvisation.
Some of my influences include Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds, Johann Johannsson, John Cage, Lou Harrison, Brian Eno, Miles Davis, Erik Satie, Frank Zappa, Arvo Part, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Wes Montgomery, Paul Desmond, Scriabin, Bach, Debussy, Stravinsky, Wagner, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Steve Morse, and of course many others.
In addition to composing music I also write short fiction, poetry, and drama.
Check out my Writing Page HERE.
In Q4 2019 I joined Blue Spiral Records in Italy. I released my first EP – Sumie Shadows on the label in December. I’m in the process of spinning up several new projects in 2020. Two of my pieces for piano and string orchestra – Collection of Trifles Part 2 and 3 are scheduled to be performed by the Austin Philharmonic Orchestra on March 4. I’m very excited about having these pieces performed live. All the folks at the APO are amazing and have been great to work with. I am working on a series of short abstract films, Collection of Trifles to be released on YouTube and have plans to release 4 EPs in 2020 – a 5 part String Quartet, a 5 part Piano Trio, a String Orchestra and Electronica EP, and another Piano EP.
In 2019 I released three EPs – Collection of Trifles Set One in April and Morning and Evening Improvs Sets 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 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.