David Schulman

David Schulman

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By turns nocturnal, funky, and cinematic, the music of violinist and composer David Schulman has been called “mysterious and beautiful” by the Washington Post.

David wrote and recorded the theme music for NPR's "The Big Listen,” and has composed numerous modern dance scores, including commissions from PearsonWidrig DanceTheatre, CKM&A, and the Oregon Ballet Theatre. His album ANHINGA was described by World Music Report as “exceptionally lyrical...a vivid slice of life that traverses the musical topography of the Americas."

A 2018 Music Fellow of ART OMI, David’s obsession with the sound of jazz violinist “Stuff” Smith’s eventually led him to Stuff’s favorite violin — which had gone unplayed for 50 years.  The story is told in a radio documentary for ABC RN shortlisted for the 2018 Prix Italia.

In 2019, David  launches the ARTSOUNDS series in collaboration with the HIrshhorn Museum, improvising live scores to exhibits by renowned contemporary artists. More at quietlifemotel.com