Hi and welcome to my website. I’m a composer, computer music programmer and jazz saxophonist.
Although a Chicago native, I currently reside in Cincinnati, where I teach composition and saxophone, and music and music technology, at The University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and The University of Dayton.
I’m currently involved in a number of new music projects. My “post”-jazz unit, Dave McDonnell Group, has a new album out this summer titled, the time in side a year. It will be released on the stalwart Chicago jazz and blues label Delmark. The album features my original compositions and some electro-acoustic pieces for computer and cello performed by myself and some outstanding musicians from Chicago and New York. Last year, Dave McDonnell Group’s debut album, the dragon and the griffin, was released on New Atlantis Records and received critical praise both here and overseas.
This past spring, Diving Bell, my saxophone/laptop/drums trio appeared at the Athens Slingshot Media Festival in beautiful Athens, Georgia. My multimedia composition, Trapped by Polygons, was premiered at the SEAMUS 2015 National Conference. Last year I presented my work modeling and adapting Auditory Hallucinations with the coding software RTcmix at a Computer Music Festival here at The University of Cincinnati and gave a lecture/concert for the Visiting Artist Series at the DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media. This past autumn I premiered an new piece for viola and computer at Constellation in Chicago entitled Beautiful Hill.
I’m a member of the Chicago-based jazz unit Herculaneum as well as the currently hibernating synth-rock trio Michael Columbia (both with drummer Dylan Ryan). As the diminisher I was a founding member of the “post-everything” trio bablicon (along with Jeremy Barnes and Griffin Rodriguez) and pursued a solo project which yielded the album Imaginary Volcano. As a sideman I’ve been involved with Icy Demons, Need New Body and Orso. I also have recorded and performed with members of the Elephant 6 collective, most notably on Major Organ and the Adding Machine and The Circulatory System‘s Signal Morning. Long, long ago in 1999, I played trombone and saxophone in The Olivia Tremor Control‘s touring band. Still remember almost every day of that.