David Darling (musician)

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David Darling (born March 3, 1941 in Elkhart , Indiana ) is an American cellist who specializes in jazz , classical and improvised music .

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Darling took piano lessons from the age of four and began playing the cello at the age of ten. He studied classical cello at Indiana University . After completing his music studies, he worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools between 1966 and 1969. In 1969 and 1979 he taught music education at Western Kentucky University and was the conductor of the university orchestra. From 1970 to 1978 he was part of the Paul Winter Consort . Then he founded the group Gallery with Ralph Towner and recorded albums under his own name during this time. He also concentrated more on composing; he worked in particular for the Indianapolis and Cincinnati symphony orchestras .

Darling has continued to work with Spyro Gyra , Peter, Paul and Mary , Oregon , Bobby McFerrin , Eddie Gomez , Terje Rypdal , Glen Moore , John Clark , Pierre Favre , Thomas Buckner and the Pilololus dance company . He also improvised together with Michael Bocian for the Alwin Nikolai Dance Company . He has also created film music, including To the End of the World and In Far Distance, So Close! by Wim Wenders . In 1986 he was one of the founders of Music for People , a nonprofit that promotes improvisation as a means of self-expression.

In addition to the traditional cello, Darling also uses an eight-string instrument with a massive body that he designed, which is amplified and whose sound can be processed in various ways, for example with a ring modulator , echoplex or fuzzbox .

For his album Cello Blue Darling was nominated for a Grammy in 2002. He won the 2010 award for Best New Age Album for Prayer for Compassion .

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  1. according to his homepage