Art Davis is a composer and acoustic guitarist living in the Texas Hill Country just outside of Austin. While his music is rooted in Classical and Folk music, it is his incorporation of elements from Post-Minimal Composition, Jazz, and Celtic/English folk traditions that gives his sound unique and broad appeal. Fans describe Art Davis as Andrew York meets Phillip Glass meets Bill Frisell. His music is meditative, with strong melodies and textures, and demonstrates an individual sense of harmony melding jazz with simpler folk, and ethnic influences.
Art comes from a long lineage of musicians and composers. His grandfather was a composer of concert band and orchestral music. Art began playing trumpet professionally at the age of 16 in his father’s Jazz Big Band, The Art Davis Orchestra. In many ways Art’s current music projects are a continuation of that lineage. While studying Music Composition at NTSU Art’s love of classical composition, folk, jazz, and ethnic music was a natural response to the vibrant music scene at the music school.
Art has been involved with many theatrical productions. He has composed music for dance and theatre productions. He has written five plays incorporating his music in creative ways blending spoken word and pantomime. Art’s works have been produced by The Hip Pocket Theatre, Stage West, The Tongue and Groove Theatre, and The Token Mime Theatre.
Art is currently in his studio recording, composing, and researching new folk material for his new CD, “Sea Glass”. Keep an eye out for a free mp3 track, “Song For Kathryn” to be released soon.
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