David Garland is a singer and composer, and is known for his innovative radio shows Spinning On Air and Evening Music on WNYC-FM 93.9 in New York City.
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Update November 17, 2012—Ed Askew has invited me to perform my music, sharing the bill with him at Zebulon. Ed Askew Band, David Garland, C. Spencer, Yeh, Glenn Jones. Monday, Nov. 19; the evening begins at 9 pm sharp; I'm scheduled to play at 10:30. Zebulon: 258 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn
Spinning On Air 25th anniversary event at WNYC's The Greene Space—Watch anytime: video of the Spinning On Air event in WNYC's Greene Space, Wed., Nov. 14, featuring Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, John Zorn, Nels Cline, Vashti Bunyan, Diane Cluck, Jean Rohe, Anders Griffin, Isabel Castellvi, Ryan Maxwell, Brian Lehrer, and me.
By all means, watch the whole thing, or find specific segments with this guide:
5:35 Brian Lehrer interviews David Garland
13:20 Diane Cluck 1st set
22:00 interview with Diane Cluck
26:13 Diane Cluck 2nd set
33:53 Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Nels Cline performance
40:37 Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon interview
54:00 Yoko Ono and John Zorn duet
57:47 John Zorn interview
1:09:08 Vashti Bunyan performs via Skype from Scotland
1:15:26 intro to music by Connie Converse
1:21:18 Jean Rohe sings Connie Converse
1:27:08 Jean Rohe and Diane Cluck talk about Connie Converse
1:31:10 Diane Cluck sings Connie Converse
The Long View—Takahiro Kimura's beautiful animation for my song "The Long View," from the album Conversations with the Cinnamon Skeleton
Conversations with the Cinnamon Skeleton—My most recent album Conversations with the Cinnamon Skeleton includes performances by Vashti Bunyan, Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, drummer Otto Hauser (Vetiver, Espers), and the Osso string quartet (Sufjan Stevens, Clogs) performing my string arrangements.
Bandcamp—Conversations with the Cinnamon Skeleton, and nearly all my other albums are available for listening and download at Bandcamp
Tumblr—I've just set up a Tumblr page for my WNYC and WQXR activities
Update November 30, 2009—John Zorn invited me to curate his venue The Stone during the last weeks of 2009. I’ve arranged for 22 concerts there, December 16 through 29, 2009. Concert details are here, but here’s general info, including specifics on the concerts that involve me:
Sing Theory—Adventurous songwriters Diane Cluck, Larkin Grimm, tUnE-YaRdS, Danielson, DM Stith, Karen Mantler, Dave Deporis, Ed Askew, Grey Reverend, Extra Life, David Garland, Rob Moose, Sport Murphy, Luxury Pond, Snowblink, Kevin Barker, The M6 (performing music by Meredith Monk), Ruth Garbus, and others perform. Full list and descriptions here, beginning with Dececember 16th.
Statement of curator David Garland: “The emphasis of my programming at The Stone during the last weeks of 2009 is on musicians who subtly, insistingly, and creatively expand the potential of song. By investing songs with both heart and brain, and by tapping into the alchemy of the understandable and the mysterious, these daring songwriters prove that the ancient combination of words and music can still yield surprises, open new vistas, and permit and promote profound communication.”
• 12/17 Thursday, 8 pm—David Garland (voice and instruments) with string quartet and piano. The possibilities of song explored, questioned, reevaluated and utilized, since 1980. Garland sings new songs (and few old ones) with strings, piano, and his own 12-string guitar, clarinet, and lamp.
• 12/25 Friday, 10 pm—Processing Xmas. Kenji Garland (some-input mixer), David Garland (piano, clarinet) with guests. Familiar seasonal songs processed and emancipated; family improvs; audience sing-alongs; a warm get-together on a winter night.
MORE DETAILS about Sing Theory: Garland has drawn on the community of songwriters he has come to know through his music and his WNYC radio show Spinning On Air. Performers range in age from 21 to 68 years old. In addition to the songwriters, there are three instrumental performances (The Spokes, Dec. 16, 10 pm; Bach Reformed, Dec. 18, 10 pm; and Kenji Garland, Dec. 29, 8 pm). A few concerts involve family: Danielson, a group of siblings, in-laws and friends on Dec. 22, 8 pm; sisters Ruth Garbus and Merrill Garbus (tUnE-YaRdS) play a set each (Dec. 23), sharing an evening for the first time in NYC; David Garland and son Kenji Garland, a senior majoring in electronic music at Bard College, will present “Processing Xmas” with guests (Dec. 25, 10 pm). Please see the listing and descriptions for each concert.
There are two sets each night, one at 8 pm, and one at 10 pm, on December 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, and 29. $10 per set; Teens are admitted half price, children free. The Stone is a venue run by composer John Zorn. The Stone is set up for listening. No drinks or food; artists get 100% of the door. The Stone is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street, Manhattan, New York City.
Radio Schedule. My WNYC FM 93.9 radio show of unusual and wonderful music, Spinning On Air, continues on Sunday evenings, but has moved to a new time: 8 to 9 pm. See my radio page for more information and easy access to the archived shows, which can be listened to any time. I’m presenting music on the new WQXR FM 105.9, including my film music show Movies on the Radio, Saturdays 9 to 10 pm. There’s an online archive for Movies on the Radio. I also present classical music Fridays 7 to 11 pm, Saturdays 6 to 9 pm, and Sundays 4 to 8 pm. Unfortunately, Evening Music is gone from the WNYC schedule.
Phoning It In. I had fun performing for Nadav Carmel’s show Phoning It In, heard on WMBR, Cambridge, Mass., and online. The concept is wonderfully simple: musicians perform via telephone in the comfort of their own home, or whatever location they choose. I’ve admired the show since I first learned of it a few years ago, so it was a pleasure to be invited to participate. You can stream or download (for free) an mp3 of my session here.
Leaves of Life. Curated by Buck Curran of the Alt-folk duo Arborea, Leaves of Life is a compilation album featuring 19 exclusive songs by Alela Diane, Devendra Banhart, Marissa Nadler and Black Hole Infinity, Fern Knight, Rio en Medio, Larkin Grimm, Mi and L’au, and others, including me. All proceeds from the sales of the album benefit hunger relief programs in Africa and other communities in great need around the world. The album is available from Amazon both as a CD and digitally, and also other outlets including iTunes. My track, Splinter Heart, can be downloaded individually. It’s a preliminary version of a song from my next album (and that album’s almost finished, but more about that later).
Golden Ghost—The Unimaginative Body. My friend Laura Goetz, who records as Golden Ghost, has made a very imaginative album called “The Unimaginative Body.” I play piano on a few tracks of this album produced by Laura and Viking Moses (Brendon Massei). It’s available from iTunes, Amazon, and elsewhere. The songs of Golden Ghost open new doors to familiar feelings.
November 21, 2009—Tonight a lot of musicians and listeners will be getting together to benefit Mode Records with two concerts at the Abrons Center, 466 Grand Street at Pitt Street, Manhattan. I’ve been invited to host the events, and some of the greats performing include Philip Glass, John Zorn, Robert Ashley, Margaret Leng Tan, and many others. Concert details.
Update September 6, 2009—The concert tribute to Connie Converse at Joe’s Pub last night, Saturday, Sept. 5th, was a wonderful experience. I was pleased to participate along with the talented band Lady Lucille and singers Gina Leishman, Scott Matthew, and Marissa Nadler. Connie’s thoughtful, fun songs were performed in arrangements that honored their richness. Thanks to David Herman and Dan Dzula of Lau derette Recordings, who organized the event!
in two photos below, from left to right: Marissa Nadler, Scott Matthew, Gina Lieshman, David Garland
September 4, 2009—I’ll participate in an extraordinary concert tomorrow, Saturday, September 5th, at 7 pm.
Some wonderful singers and musicians have made loving and lovely arrangements of songs by Connie Converse, a songwriter of the 1950s whose work is finally being celebrated and heard, 35 years after she disappeared. Singers Marissa Nadler, Gina Leishman and Scott Matthew perform with the band Lady Lucille, and I’ll sing a song, too.
Earlier this week I sang Connie’s “Sorrow Is My Name” at the offices of Time Out New York.
Joe’s Pub concert details. (Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York)
Listen to or download my March, 2009 radio show about Connie Converse.