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. In some exciting(!) news my “post”-jazz unit,
the Dave McDonnell Group, has a new album out on the New Atlantis label. It’s called
the dragon and the griffin, for more information, or to order this little gem, click here.
Diving Bell, my saxophone/laptop/drums trio will be in the studio recording a new album next month.
I recently 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.
Watch it here.
I’m also a member of the synth-rock trio Michael Columbia as well as the Chicago-based jazz unit
Herculaneum (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.
Among my past projects and collaborations are my Chicago jazz quintet The Hats (with Jason Adasiewicz,
Josh Berman and Anton Hatwich), a group whose fine recordings will see the light of day at some point.
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.