David K. Freeman

 
 

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David K. Freeman is a percussionist, composer, and educator based in Brooklyn. He has traveled extensively to study music, including in the Dominican Republic and India, and his work is infused with a passion for jazz, world, and folk music traditions. He currently performs with Merkava, the Outer Bridge Ensemble, and has collaborated on projects in the visual arts, dance, and film, including the composition and performance of original music for The Love Guru motion picture soundtrack in 2008. Freeman holds a BA from Rutgers University and has been an artist-in-residence at Banff Arts Center, Makor, Omi International Arts Center,  LABA Artist Membership at the 14th Street Y and the Six Points/Asylum International Artists Retreat. He is a recipient of the Jubilation Foundation/Tides Foundation Fellowship Award (2013), Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship through Omi International and the NJSCA Folk Arts Apprenticeship Award. In 2001, he co-founded a hand drum and music workshop at a youth services and juvenile detention center in New Jersey, where taught through 2011. In 2011, Freeman joined the roster of Teaching Artists for Arts to Grow, an organization bringing after-school arts programming to the tri-state area’s inner city youth.






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David K. Freeman is a percussionist, composer and educator based in Brooklyn. He has worked as both a bandleader and a collaborator in the United States and abroad, performing and recording in diverse musical genres and collaborating with artists in film, dance, and the visual arts. He has traveled extensively to study music, including in the Dominican Republic and India. His work is infused with a passion for jazz, world and folk music traditions, and often explores the negotiation of influences and identity.


Since 2007, Freeman has led the ensemble Merkava, which reconsiders the Jewish experience in the contemporary urban and spiritual landscape by bringing traditional Judaic prayer melodies into new relationships with both Indian classical music and modern jazz. He is also an original member of the Outer Bridge Ensemble (OBE), a jazz group with members in New York and Calgary. OBE has toured Western Canada every summer since 2006, opening for notable artists such as John Scofield, Kenny Werner and Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride and Dianne Reeves; its members have annually served as resident clinicians at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s TD Canada Trust High School Jazz Intensive.  In 2011, Freeman also became involved in The Shuk, an internationally acclaimed, Israeli-based ensemble of musicians and educators.


In 2005, Freeman brought his experience in international music to work with the actor and comedian Mike Myers in the live, off-Broadway “Guru Pitka” performances that eventually led to the film The Love Guru (Paramount Pictures, 2008). In addition to the music for the live performance series, Freeman composed, performed and produced three original tracks for the motion picture soundtrack.


Freeman has worked with numerous leading composers and musicians, including Steve Bernstein, Billy Martin, Chris Hajian, David Horowitz, Mustafa Bhagat, David Braid, Stephen Chopek, Alicia Jo Rabins, Brent Green and Paul Rucker. He has performed at the Poetry Project’s annual benefit at St. Mark’s Church, Calgary Jazz Festival, LABA Arts Festival, Monkeytown, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Symphony Space and The Stone. He has also appeared as a musician in the Morgan Spurlock television series, 30 Days (FX Network, 2006). He has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Arts Center, Makor, Omi International Arts Center, and the LABA Artist Membership at the 14th Street Y. He was a recipient of the 2007 Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship through Omi International, the 2008 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Apprenticeship Award and the 2013 Jubilation Foundation/Tides Foundation Fellowship Award.


Freeman holds a Bachelors degree from Rutgers University and has taught in venues ranging from public schools to international jazz festivals. In 2001, he co-founded a hand drum and music workshop at the Middlesex County Division of Youth Services and Juvenile Detention Center in New Jersey, where taught through 2011. In 2011, Freeman joined the roster of Teaching Artists for Arts to Grow, an organization bringing after-school arts programming to the tri-state area’s inner city youth.


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david@davidkfreeman.com

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