Review in Drifting Almost Falling E-Magazine
“Davis has a real sense of what he wants to convey to the listener and it doesn’t feel like an arduous listen like some piano releases can be these days and is worth checking out.”
An excerpt from the beautiful review of EP “Sumi-e Shadows” by american composer Art Davis on emagazine Drifting Almost Falling!
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Performance: Austin Philharmonic Orchestra – Collection of Trifles 2 & 3
Collection of Trifles 2 and 3 have been selected to be programmed by the Austin Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their March 4, 2020 concert. This is going to be great to hear these two pieces performed live. COT 2 is for piano and string orchestra and COT 3 is for string orchestra.
Orchid Spring included in Spotify Playlist, Fresh Discoveries – Piano by Joshua Naranjo.
Latest EP, Sumi-e Shadows on Blue Spiral Records
Sumi-e Shadows, a new 5 track EP of piano music OUT NOW on Blue Spiral Records. I’m very excited to be a part of the Blue Spiral Records label. They have some amazing artists and all the music is top shelf. This new work is some of my best work to date.
The Japanese term “sumi” means “black ink”, “e” means “painting”.
The Philosophy of Sumi-e is contrast and harmony, expressing simple beauty and elegance. Sumi-e attempts to capture the Chi or “life spirit” of the subject, painting in the language of the spirit. As in Zen practice, reality is expressed by reducing it to its pure, bare form. Sumi-e features simplicity and spontaneity that directly strike the viewers’ sensibility.
The music on this EP is an attempt to capture this concept through simple compositions for piano.
The track titles reflect The Four Gentleman, the first four subjects for students to master. They use the four basic brush stokes used in sumi-e. Each subject represents one of the four seasons.
Plum Blossom Winter
Sumi-e Shadows EP title track included in Ian Wong’s Spotify Playlist, Chilled Out Coffee Shop.
Sumi-e Shadows entire EP included in Peter Cavallo’s Spotify Playlist, Just Piano.
Had a track added to Holy Jones’, Bookstore Instrumentals Playlist on Spotify.
Many thanks to Joshua Naranjo @jnara22 for adding Orchid Spring to this excellent Spotify Playlist – Fresh Discovery – Piano.
Thanks to Jan Platek for adding my track Plum Blossom Winter to his Spotify playlist, Soundtrack for Dreams.
Series of Short Abstract Films
Working on a series of short abstract ambient films, Collection of Trifles. These will be released separately on my YouTube channel. Two films are already up on my YT channel check them out: Art Davis – Composer.
Thank you to everyone who listened to my music on Spotify in 2019