About David

Projects With David As Leader/Producer

AtmaSphere David’s first original project (1991 – 2000).  Cross-blended music with spoken word, with a spiritual focus.  Many Sydney concerts for SIMA and self-funded concerts at various non-club venues.  Jazz festivals and percussion events in Melbourne and Sydney.  AtmaSphere was the platform for David to begin composing.  Featured with Synergy in a special program at Eugene Goossens Hall.  Notable collaboration in a concert series with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

David Jones Trio (2000 – 2005) – a solely improvising ensemble.  Variety of guests.  Gigs, festivals and concerts.  Recorded a double CD “Intuition” – improvised live in the studio with an audience of 80, and including audience participation.

DJ-friendsDavid Jones & Friends – arose out of a recording “Meditations On Love” (ABC).  The concept was to work with Australia’s leading improvisers, to meditate together, and then improvise to a theme.  Subsequent series of self-funded concerts.

DJ’s Drum!  (2002 – 2007) – a 4 piece percussion ensemble featuring 2 female drummers.  David composed the entire repertoire.  Various concerts in Melbourne and 2 tours to Japan.

New Music Collaborations

Pyramid (1977 – 83).  (co-led with David Hirschfelder).  Featured on ABC TV special (the “Don Burrows Collection”).  Pyramid toured to Europe in 1983, including the North Sea Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival.  The festival director dubbed Pyramid “the revelation of the festival”.

Guy Strazzullo Trio (1996 -97) – many concerts, also a 6 concert tour of Indonesia and 1 recording.

Other New Music Groups with whom David has collaborated include: Crossfire, Tree, Fiona Burnett Trio, The Quartet featuring Tony Gould, Mark Isaacs Trio, Playdiem, and the bands of Imogen Manins, Michael Johnson, Evripides Evripidou, Christine Sullivan, Brian Brown, Carmen Warrington

Supporting Other Australian Artists

Don Burrows OBE (1985 – 92). Major concerts at Sydney Opera House, 2 tours to Beijing and Shanghai, many jazz festivals and regional concerts through Musica Viva.  Two years at the Sydney Regent Hotel with Don and many guests.

James Morrison AM (1999 – 2003). Extensive national touring, schools, concert halls, regional theatres, also Malaysia KL Petronas Towers Concert Hall.  2002 tour with WDR Big Band with a recording and 4 concerts in East Germany.

John Farnham (1980 – 81) concert tours and recording

and many fine artists including: Synergy, Pipeline, Dragon, Peter Cupples, Stylus, Sam McNally, Bob Sedergreen, Mike Nock, Debra Byrne, Tommy Emmanuel, Colleen Hewitt, Don Walker, Glenn Shorrock, Nathan Cavaleri, Rhonda Birchmore, Tom Burlinson, Jack Jones, Charlie Chan, Kerrie Biddell, Paul Grabowski, John Foreman, Chris McNulty, Jo Chindamo, Judi Connelli, Jackie Love, Jane Rutter, Slava Grigoryan, Marina Prior, Barry Crocker, Rhonda Birchmore, Andrew Oh, Daryl Somers, David Campbell, The Idea of North, Marcia Hines, Doug Parkinson, Wilbur Wilde, Julian Lee, Julie Anthony, Kevin Hunt, David Hirschfelder

Here are some of the special projects that I have been involved in, apart from all the freelance concerts, gigs, recordings and sessions that make up my musical career.