Performances for early 2018 are posted.
David and his Camera Ensemble recently performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa as part of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.
David Occhipinti presented a concert of his Art Songs on April 24, 2016, at the Alliance Francaise in Toronto. The Toronto Star published an article about the concert. There is also a video interview by the Toronto Jazz Festival here. A recording of this music will be released in 2018.
On his Camera CD, David Occhipinti celebrates the combination of contemporary chamber music composition, along with improvisation. The recording features Davidís compositions and guitar playing in a unique ensemble consisting of: clarinet, bassoon, guitar, marimba, violin, viola, cello, and bass. The recording also includes a suite for guitar and string quartet.
Here's what David's mentor and hero, legendary jazz guitarist and composer, Jim Hall had to say about Camera:
"David Occhipinti has created an absolute gem. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning. I just wanted to keep listening
His music is an absolute work of art!"
Camera is available on CD, MP3 and 24-bit WAV files. To order, please go to the Discography/Purchase page.
Five questions with David Occhipinti in Dig Magazine.
There are reviews of Camera on the Reviews page.
Click here to read an in-depth interview with David and Ottawa Jazzscene.ca from January 2012.
You can order David's CD's with a credit card directly from the Discography/Purchase page. You'll be directed to Paypal from there. Lead Sheets are also available. All five of David Occhipinti's CDs and his collaborative projects are now available on MP3 from iTunes. You can also visit CD Baby to make MP3 purchases.
David Occhipinti has several recordings out 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 a unique ensemble, consisting of: clarinet, bassoon, marimba, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and bass. The recording also includes a suite for guitar and string quartet.
"David Occhipinti has created an absolute gem [Camera]. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning. I just wanted to keep listening… His music is an absolute work of art!" -Jim Hall
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. Another collaborative effort called Bristles (2014), which David produced and mixed, was also nominated for a JUNO and given four stars in the internationally acclaimed Downbeat magazine.
As a composer, David has received numerous commissions to compose for solo artists, chamber groups and large ensembles. His compositions appear on CDs by Beverley Johnston, Random Access Large Ensemble and many others.
David has performed all across Canada, in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and in Italy, where he lived for almost three years.
David Occhipinti studied in New York with the legendary jazz guitarist and composer, Jim Hall, during the mid 1990s, and was invited to perform at Jim Hall’s memorial at the Blue Note in New York City in April of 2014. Remembering Jim Hall - a tribute page
David presently teaches guitar, composition and ensembles to grad and undergrad students at the University of Toronto and at Humber College in Toronto, where David currently resides.
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||Quotes about Camera from musicians:
"David Occhipinti has created an absolute gem [Camera]. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning.
His music is an absolute work of art!"
- Jim Hall
"[Camera] Very strong, original writing. I hope it receives the attention it deserves!"
- Ben Monder
"David Occhipinti is a badass. His latest CD, Camera, is like nothing I've heard."
- Greg Wells (Producer)
"Frank Zappa meets Stravinsky...a master composer and performer. I thoroughly enjoyed playing his music!"
- Beverley Johnston (played marimba on Camera)
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