Ph.D., Music Composition, Duke University
M.A., Music Composition, Duke University
M.Mus., Music Composition, Brooklyn College
B.Mus., Music Composition, Northwestern University
About D. Edward
D. Edward Davis is a composer of electronic and acoustic music. His work often engages
with the sounds of the environment, exploring processes, patterns, and systems inspired
by nature. Recent performers of his work include the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble,
the Witches Duo, Musica Nova, Callithumpian Consort, the Williams College Percussion
Ensemble, Soundry Ensemble, Red Hedgehog Trio, yMusic, the Duke New Music Ensemble,
Da Capo Chamber Players, the Wet Ink Ensemble, violinist Mari Kimura, pianist Ingrid
Lee, and flutist Dalia Chin and vocalist Kate McDuffie.
His compositions are featured on the Spectropol Records compilation Possible Worlds, Vol. 2, and on recordings by Red Hedgehog Trio (10 x 10), David Thornton (Parallel Realities), Eric Honour (Phantasm: Music for Saxophone and Computer), and Erik Carlson (Music for Violin).
Davis’s work has been presented at the EcoSono Environmental Music and Sound Art Festival
in Anchorage, AK (2017), SlowSD – Festival of Slow Music in San Diego (2017), the
Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA (2016), the New Music Gathering in Baltimore
(2016), the Something Said Only Once festival in Flagstaff, AZ (2015), the Brooklyn
Acoustic Ecology Festival (2015), the ITEA Midwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference
in Bowling Green, OH (2015), the Under the Radar Festival in Omaha (2014), and SoundWalk
in Long Beach, CA (2013).
He has participated in the Experimental Listening & Music Sessions (Boston, 2016 and
2017), the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (North Adams, MA, 2016), the New York
City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYC, 2014), the EcoSono Institute (Anchorage,
AK, 2013), the nief-norf Summer Festival and Research Summit (Greenville, SC, 2012,
2013, and 2014) and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice / SICPP
(Boston, MA, 2012 and 2014), and was selected as a Composer Fellow for the 2012 Other
Minds Festival in San Francisco. He has attended artist residencies at the Ragdale
Foundation (IL), Kimmel Harding Nelson Center (NE), and the Ucross Foundation (WY).
Davis’s scholarly work "The Map and the Territory: Documenting David Dunn’s Sky Drift"
was published in Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press) in early 2017. He recently presented papers at the 2017
New Music Gathering in Bowling Green, OH and at the Sixth International Conference
on Music and Minimalism in Knoxville, TN.