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A life long musical journey began when Dave picked up his first guitar at age five. The journey continued in earnest when he began his professional music studies at Berklee College Of Music where he received double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Jazz Composition and Music Production&Engineering. As a master guitarist and composer his original compositions embody a unique blend of rhythms, harmonies and musical textures. His music transcends traditional Latin music by combining jazz elements with acoustic and electric instruments, while introducing new Latin Fusion grooves.
It all begins with a groove for Dave, it is the rhythmic groove in his original compositions that propels the music and defines the overall flow of the song. Laying down the groove foundation with the drums, percussion and bass gives the song direction. His recent CD release Mother’s Son, represents a new dimension in Latin Jazz. The fusion of traditional acoustic Latin-style guitar with hot electric guitar brings Latin Jazz to a new level.
Dave’s music is undeniably rhythmic driven. His Brazilian and Cuban percussion create pulsating rhythms with timbales, congas, tan tan, pandeiro, cabasa, guiro and çuica that drive and adorn the music’s Latin grooves. The underlying elements are Afro-Cuban, Mambo, Cha Cha, Samba and Bossa Nova. The music on Mother’s Son is not based on only one rhythm style, truly all of the songs are based on original grooves wrapped around various Latin styles. For example, the tune Baile de Fuego is based on a combination of funk and mambo and the result is a pulsating dance song that could be heard in any dance club.
Having a great song is only half of the formula for a great musical performance. By having the highest level of musicianship in his group, his music really comes to life. "If my audience likes the recorded version of this music, they will be blown away with the live version."