From teaching students, to directing orchestras, to performing on stage, David's musical endeavors have touched many. Exploring Jazz, Brazilian, African and Indian music, David's diverse musical expressions ripple unfettered by genre or convention.
As a Grammy Award–winning cellist, composer, teacher, and collaborator, Darling redefined how the cello is played and how music is taught. An innovative improviser, he draws on classical, country, jazz, rock, new age, and world music to create compositions that tap deep into listeners’ souls and through which listeners can bring to life their own stories, meaning, and consciousness.
David’s creative approach centers on deep listening - finding a seed of a musical element on which to build until the composition finds its way into being.
Also informing Darling’s work was his deeply held belief that music is for everyone and is an essential creative expression with social and spiritual power. Throughout his long and varied career, which began in 1966, he inspired thousands through workshops and seminars to explore their musical talents. In 1986 David co-founded Music for People, an international nonprofit network dedicated to teaching and fostering music improvisation as a means of creative self-expression.
Darling’s recordings and achievements are many from his time with the Paul Winter Consort in 1970’s and to his later recordings for the ECM and Hearts of Space Labels. His long time collaborations with producer, Mickey Houlihan on the Wind Over The Earth and Curve Blue labels included projects with writers, dancers, and filmmakers. Darling’s Prayer for Compassion, was the winner of the 2010 Grammy for Best New Age Album.
David Darling's Albums
““David Darling played the cello the way Georgia O’Keefe painted mountains; decisive, delicate and dedicated to his truth. He could play joy and grief at the same time, the way they occur in life.” ” - Kate Munger