'...couldn't ask for a better showcase than his eponymously titled debut... a postmodern acoustic date that thrives on the guitarist's memorable, contemporary-sounding tunes...while recalling the impressionistic, delicate beauty of Occhipinti's hero, Jim Hall.' -JAZZIZ MAGAZINE (Nov. '97 issue) Total Time: 58:50 * David Occhipinti - guitar * Jim Vivian - bass * Kevin Dempsey - drums * Dave Restivo - piano (1,2,5&8) Guitarist/composer David Occhipinti has four CD's featuring his own compositions: David Occhipinti (1997) and Syzygy (1999) and Intersection (2003) and Forty Revolutions (2007). Forty Revolutions was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award in the contemporary jazz category. David has two duo CD's with Mike Murley, Duologue (2002), and Duologue Vol. 2 (2005). Their first CD was nominated for a Juno Award in 2003. David is a prolific composer and has composed Four Pieces for String Quartet, which was performed by the Madawaska String Quartet. He has also composed the piece Purple Sky for the Arraymusic Ensemble. Both pieces were performed in May of 2006. David studied in New York with the legendary guitarist Jim Hall on and off from 1992-96. Aside from touring in Canada David often tours in Italy where he lived for a short time. He has also performed in the U.S., Europe and Japan. David's development as an artist has been aided by the composition, recording and touring grants received from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, FACTOR and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. David Occhipinti was born in Toronto, Canada on December 26, 1966. David began playing guitar at age 13 and began composing at 16. He attended the Humber College Music Program in Toronto from 1984-87 (where he has been teaching guitar and ensembles since 2000 - David has also been teaching at the University of Toronto since 2002). In 1989, David's career came to a turning point when he attended the Banff School of Fine Arts jazz workshop where Dave Holland was the artistic director. In the early 1990's David spent most of his time between studying in New York and performing in Italy. The Canada Council for the Arts funded his stays in New York where he studied privately with legendary guitarist Jim Hall. In 1994, David moved to Italy for nearly two years and performed extensively throughout the country and in neighbouring countries with his own groups and as a sideman. In 1996 David returned to his native Canada and was chosen as one of ten winners in the "Guitars on Fire" contest held by the international trade publication Jazziz magazine. The jury included Jim Hall, John Patitucci and Lee Ritenour. The following year David recorded his self-titled debut CD. The CD features ten original compositions and has been described by the press as: "exciting, original, intelligent, inventive...an excellent debut". David recorded his second CD, Syzygy, in 1998 but it wasn't released until the following year. The CD features 10 of his compositions in trio and solo settings. He began playing duo with Mike Murley in 1999 and in 2002 they released Duologue. Duologue was nominated for a Juno Award, a National Jazz Award and a Canadian Music "Indie". Mike and David released their follow-up CD, Duologue Vol.2, in 2005. David released his third group CD, Intersection, in November, 2003. The CD contains 10 original compositions and features David on guitar, Mike Murley on saxophone, Andrew Downing on bass and Terry Clarke on drums. '(Intersection)...It's definitely music for today, streamlined yet atmospheric...a listener hears the rare but gratifying combination of lyricism and cutting edge music.' -Geoff Chapman - THE TORONTO STAR In 2006, David was busy composing chamber music works and has composed Four Pieces for String Quartet for the Madawaska String Quartet and Purple Sky for the Arraymusic Ensemble. In October 2007 David released his latest quartet CD Forty Revolutions featuring 7 original compositions. The group toured across the country promoting the new CD that same month. Forty Revolutions was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award in the contemporary jazz category. David's quartet was also nominated for 'acoustic group of the year' and David for 'guitarist of the year' at the 2008 National Jazz Awards.
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