David Occhipinti

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 an ensemble consisting of clarinet, bassoon, marimba, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and bass. The recording also includes a suite for guitar and string quartet.

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 for a JUNO, and given four stars (****) in the internationally acclaimed Downbeat magazine.

David has performed all across Canada, in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and in Italy, where he lived for almost three years. David studied in New York with the legendary jazz guitarist and composer, Jim Hall, during the mid 1990s. Jim Hall referred to David’s Camera CD as ”...an absolute gem. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning."

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