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What's New


Bassist Andrew Downing, trumpeter Jim Lewis, and guitarist David Occhipinti, have just released a new CD called Bristles (2014). Details can be found here.

David Occhipinti and his Camera Ensemble toured Canada in November of 2013, in support of Davidís recent release, Camera (2012). On the Camera CD, David celebrates the combination of contemporary chamber music composition, along with improvisation. The recording features Davidís compositions and guitar playing, featured 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.

Camera
is available on CD, MP3 and 24-bit WAV files. To order, please go to the Discography/Purchase page.

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!"
-Jim Hall

Remembering Jim Hall - a tribute page

Five questions with David Occhipinti in Dig Magazine.
There are reviews of Camera on the Reviews page, along with an audio interview with fellow guitarist Andy Scott.

Click here to read an 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 5 of David Occhipinti's CD's and Duologue Vol. II are now available on MP3 from iTunes. You can also visit CD Baby to make MP3 purchases.

Brief Bio

Guitarist/composer David Occhipinti has twice been nominated for a Juno award, once for his CD, Forty Revolutions (2007), and also for, Duologue (2003), his first of two duo CDs with saxophonist Mike Murley.

On his recent release, Camera (2012), David combines elements of contemporary chamber music with improvisation. The recording features Davidís compositions and guitar playing, with a unique ensemble, consisting of: clarinet, bassoon, marimba, 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 listeningÖ His music is an absolute work of art!" -Jim Hall

As a composer, David has received numerous commissions to compose for solo artists, chamber groups and large ensembles. In 2011, David founded the Walrus Quartet with fellow guitarists: Roddy Ellias, Ted Quinlan and Kim Ratcliffe. 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.

David presently teaches guitar, composition and ensembles at the University of Toronto and Humber College.

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Quotes about Camera from musicians:

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"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

"I've been listening to your [Camera] CD quite a bit and really love it. 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)


"Beautiful work... Lyrical, challenging, and intelligent"
- Mike Murley (Saxophonist)

 

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