David Darling Biography

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4 March 1941, Elkhart, Indiana, USA. Darling studied the piano and cello as well as playing the double bass and alto saxophone in the school dance band of which he eventually became the leader. He studied the cello and music education at Indiana University from where he graduated in 1965. After teaching for four years he played with the Paul Winter Consort throughout the 70s and then formed the band Radiance with other Winter alumni. Getting acquainted with ethnic music with the Consort and trying to play it on the cello ‘was mind-blowing’. He was able to develop his particular style as he turned to the use of a solid bodied eight-string electric cello and was able to introduce electronic effects into his playing through the use of an echoplex and other devices.

Although he turned increasingly to classical composition after 1978, Darling played with Spyro Gyra in 1980. The following year he formed the band Gallery, and recorded with Glen Moore and Ralph Towner. He later worked in a duo with Terje Rypdal. Darling does not see his music as new age but as music ‘that doesn’t have the busyness of progressive jazz, that has a meditative quality’.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.