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Short Bio:


David Occhipinti has released five CDs as a leader that feature his unique voice as a composer and as a guitarist.

On David’s release, Camera (2012), he combines elements of contemporary chamber music with improvisation. The recording features David’s compositions and guitar playing, with a unique ensemble, consisting of: clarinet, bassoon, marimba, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and bass. The recording also includes a suite for guitar and string quartet.

"David Occhipinti has created an absolute gem [Camera]. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning. I just wanted to keep listening… His music is an absolute work of art!" -Jim Hall

David has multiple nominations for Juno awards including his CD Forty Revolutions (2007), and Duologue (2003), his first of two duo CDs with saxophonist Mike Murley. A collaboration David made with bassist Andrew Downing and trumpeter Jim Lewis called Bristles (2014), was also nominated and given four stars (****) in the internationally acclaimed Downbeat magazine.

As a composer, David has received numerous commissions to compose for solo artists, chamber groups and large ensembles. His compositions appear on CDs by Beverley Johnston, Random Access Large Ensemble and many others.

David has performed all across Canada, in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and in Italy, where he lived for almost three years.

David Occhipinti studied in New York with the legendary jazz guitarist and composer, Jim Hall, during the mid 1990s, and was invited to perform at Jim Hall’s memorial at the Blue Note in New York City in April of 2014.

David presently teaches guitar, composition and ensembles to grad and undergrad students at the University of Toronto and at Humber College in Toronto, where David currently resides.

 

Quotes:

(Camera)

"David Occhipinti has created an absolute gem [Camera]. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning. I just wanted to keep listening… His music is an absolute work of art!"
-Jim Hall

"I've been listening to your [Camera] CD quite a bit and really love it. Very strong, original writing. I hope it receives the attention it deserves!"
- Ben Monder

"Frank Zappa meets Stravinsky...a master composer and performer. I thoroughly enjoyed playing his music!"
- Beverley Johnston (played marimba on Camera)

"Beautiful work... Lyrical, challenging, and intelligent"
- Mike Murley (Saxophonist)

"When you listen to David Occhipinti’s chamber ensemble, Camera, you’re in a landscape that’s unfamiliar but refreshing. The Toronto-based guitarist and composer folds together jazz and classical idioms to create music that’s both virtuosic and evocative."
-Dig Magazine

"A guitarist with a unique style that blends influences from jazz to pop to contemporary classical music. He is a wonderful accompanist with an excellent sense of time, space and texture. I love all the sounds that David produces on the guitar."
- Mike Murley (from a magazine article
)

“I’m working with a great guitar player here named David Occhipinti. We have a quartet with Andrew Downing and Mike Murley who plays tenor.
It’s one of those groups where David writes in odd time signatures. He writes very fluently and fluidly in all genres but he’s kind of carved out his own niche and carved out his own sound. His music really challenges me in a way that I haven’t been challenged as far as exploring time signatures and different kind of moods. It’s the type of music that doesn’t have any precedent so the four of us really create a sound that isn’t jazz, it isn’t classical, it isn’t folk, it’s just really good music.”

-drummer Terry Clarke (in an interview with Renee Rosnes for CBC radio)

(Forty Revolutions...)"Occhipinti's rare achievement is to say something new and moving in an idiom that could be considered exhausted, while also demonstrating that jazz played softly can have a mighty impact."
"The fourth album of original music from guitarist Occhipinti, who toured its suave, sophisticated music throughout Canada this past October, will surely make a number of 2007's top ten lists. It's a meticulous tapestry of tonal nuance and understated passion. A glowing, seven-tune album that should grace any guitar lover's rack - any jazz lover's rack in fact." -Geoff Chapman Coda Magazine

"Excellent chamber jazz from some of Canada's best conceptualists."
-Jazzeast Rising

"...it's the work of a mature artist with compelling, longer tunes, full of atmosphere and gradually evolving melodies."
-EDMONTON JOURNAL

"(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


"Syzygy...a stylish, appealing follow-up to his self-titled debut CD of two years ago... contributes a delectable impressionist three-movement work for solo instrument entitled "Triptych". He's outstanding on "Ultimo Tango", "Manhattan" and "Id"."
-THE TORONTO STAR

"Syzygy has synergy"
"Toronto jazz man is the real thing...no flash in the pan"
-EDMONTON JOURNAL

(Debut...)"David Occhipinti probably 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

"...this exciting, intelligent, passionate (debut) CD that spans jazz and new music surely puts David Occhipinti in the top ranks of Toronto's massed guitar army"
-THE TORONTO STAR

"Guitarist David Occhipinti is a lyrical player whose work touches on deep emotional reserves..."
-TORONTO LIFE

"satiny-toned guitarist...mood-evoking compositions ...this CD is a calling card Occhipinti can be proud of"
-CALGARY HERALD

"Toronto guitarist impresses as a diligent, thoughtful composer with his debut disc."
-OTTAWA CITIZEN

"well crafted...inspired creativity...an excellent debut."
-THE JAZZ REPORT

live..."delicate touch, intelligent and relaxed, tasteful rhythmic displacement and thematic development...one of the best jazz performances in the last few months"
-L'ECO DI BERGAMO (Italy)