David Occhipinti has released five CDs as a leader 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. A collaboration David made with bassist Andrew Downing and trumpeter Jim Lewis called Bristles (2014), was also nominated 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.
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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