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David Bach to receive Maryland State Arts Council’s 2015 Individual Artist Award (IAA) for Composition

Honoring Artistic Excellence: Individual Artist Award
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Artists are at the heart of Maryland’s thriving creative sector, and communities value artists for the vitality, cultural traditions and economic impact they support throughout the state.

The Maryland State Arts Council’s (MSAC), annual Individual Artist Award (IAA) recognizes the importance of artists and their work, adding to the cultural vibrancy of Maryland. Artists from across Maryland who are selected by a blind, out-of-state jury on the basis of artistic merit alone. A celebration to honor Maryland’s 2015 Individual Artist awardees will be held at 7 p.m. on June 8, 2015 at the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore.

In partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The IAA program reviews a total of 18 artistic disciplines, which are separated into three competition groups that are awarded triannually.


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David Receives Kurzweil Artist Endorsement

David is truly honored by the acknowledgement from Kurzweil Music Systems and is thrilled with his new Artist endorsement. David’s relationship with Kurzweil spans 22 years, with David’s first synthesizer the K2000, quickly followed by the K2500.

For scope of sound, ease of navigation, and authentic feel, there are no keyboards like the incredible Kurzweil products. The PC3x is a workhorse, and absolutely elegant in its task. I look forward to many more years of making music with Kurzweil, and can’t wait to see what they come up with next! – David Bach

At any David Bach concert, you are sure to find David up front, proudly playing his Kurzweil keyboards.

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All About Jazz review of Otherworld


David Bach: Otherworld


Published: April 8, 2014

Like the famous composer from whom Bach shares his last name, the Washington, D.C.—Baltimore—Michigan based pianist David Bach has a deep love for the piano and melodic music is the theme on his CD, Otherworld. “My parents never had to ask me to practice,” says Bach of his formative encounters with the piano. “I just sat there and learned the stuff, and people started responding to what was happening. That was all the inspiration I needed to keep going.” As the recipient of two Gold Records and winner of the 2004 Maryland State Art Council Performance Award, the David Bach Consort was the winner of the Jazz Discovery Showcase on BET and Bach has performed at Jazzmatazz with B.B. King, and has played at the Kennedy Center and beyond. Among his many accomplishments, Bach has returned to Europe as a touring musician for RCA/BMG recording artist Fishbelly Black. Other contributions include keyboarding for Janet Jackson and Everything But The Girl and touring with Enrique Iglesias. Bach has developed a deeply personal songbook over the years, beginning with Window on the West (1998 debut), 5thousand Words (2001) and on to A Deep Breath (2005), culminating in the 2008 album LIVE at Baker Park, which documents a beautiful summer’s night of music-making. Otherworld (2013), Bach’s fifth record as leader and his fourth in the studio, is a testament to his growth as a player, composer, and producer. Bach continues his moody interfacing of classical, R&B, and improvisational influences in a fine balance of strong melodies and infectious grooves. Bach leads a powerful collection of musicians through an 11-song set of brawny approved feels that carries on the tradition of contemporary jazz in the best sense of the phrase. Bach’s playing and composing can bring to mind artist such as Eberhard Weber, Yellowjackets, Jeff Lorber and Jan Garbarek. Bach is a storyteller and his playing is melodic and precise.

The opener, “City Lights” sets an upbeat mood with a singable melody and excellent sax work by saxophonist David Marq Wells. The song sets a great tone for the rest of the session as Bach balances his fluid solos with an enjoyable collection of original compositions and arrangements of tunes that might surprise you. “There and Back,” is an enjoyable waltz that seems to find inspiration from a lovely harmonic setting that Bach pens a beautiful melody and punctuates it with space; top shelf. The project has a uniform sound and feels even throughout, each track consists of a different lineup, and the roster includes: multi-instrumentalist Bobby Read, who doubles as horn arranger on “Sapphire.” Reedman and longtime Bach associate David Marq Wells, drummers Mark Prince and John Thomakos, percussionist extraordinaire Ekendra Das, flutist Al Williams, guitarists Leonard Stevens and Andy Shriver, bassists Lorenzo Sands and Jimmy Charlsen and percussionists Edgar Montalvo. Lots of jazz players borrow from outside their genre, but it’s hard to find one that sets up more seamlessly for a relaxing groove than U2’s ” With or Without You.” This take is less reinterpretation than a celebration and works beautifully punctuated by an exquisite bouncing solo by Bach on the piano. Otherworld has many moments of nostalgia with the Keith Emerson, Hammond-infused “Rite or Wrong” or Steely Dan in the minimal, luxurious swim of “Sweet Spot.” A splendid take on Johann Sebastian Bach’s “a-minor Invention No. 13 (BWV 784)” is presented on the CD in response to constant requests for Bach to pay tribute to his namesake; Bach would and should be proud.

Melody lovers will enjoy Otherworld in which Bach pays close attention to presenting a tight, cooking collection of tunes that will keep you humming long after the notes stop vibrating the ears.
Track Listing: City Lights; There and Back; Sweet Spot; Angels ; All In; Sapphire; Layer of my Heart; Invention; With or Without You; Rite or Wrong; Night of Day.

Personnel: David Bach: piano, synthesizers, rhodes piano, hammond organ; Bobby Read: soprano sax 4, tenor sax 5 flutes and horn arrangement 6; David Marq Wells: soprano sax 2, 3, 11, tenor sax 1, 8, 10; Lorenzo Sands: bass 1, 4, 5, 8, 11; Jimmy Charlsen: bass guitar 2, 6, 3, 11, harmonics 4; Mark Prince: drums 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; John Thomakos: drums 4, 5, 6; Leonard Stevens: guitar 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, acoustic guitar 2, nylon guitar 4, ebow 7. Jeff Reed: upright bass 7, 9; Andy Shriver: guitar 1, 10; Al Williams: flute 8, 11; Karla Chisholm: voice 4; Ekendra Das: percussion 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, congos 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, tablas 4, 11; Edgar Montalvo: percussion 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; Katie Chambers cello 4, 7, 9.


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Grady Harp of Amazon.com gives 5 stars to: Otherworld

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Grady Harp gave 5 stars to: Otherworld     Amazon.com

Grady Harp reviewed:

Otherworld David Bach | Format: MP3 Music

Grady Harp gave 5 stars to: Otherworld
The ever popular David Bach returns, October 26, 2013
This review is from: Otherworld (MP3 Music)

Nothing demanding here, just fine music that will raise as much nostalgia for the days when melodies were important. Not that there is anything unoriginal about the music of David Bach – he does have his own sound. “My parents never had to ask me to practice,” says David Bach of his formative encounters with the piano. “I just sat there and learned the stuff, and people started responding to what was happening. That was all the inspiration I needed to keep going.” And keep going he certainly has. The versatile keyboardist and composer is a musician of many stripes. As an Air Force brat, Bach’s childhood was a chain of stopovers, during which time he was lucky enough to study under a host of rigorous teachers. Once he came of age, Bach found himself getting into progressive rock, which strengthened his resolve to compose. Having lived for a time in Europe when the genre was at its popular peak, his return to the States brought about a eureka moment: “Europe was a great experience, because most of the bands you heard live were doing original music and now I was really hearing jazz for the first time.”


Otherworld is exactly that: a place of escape, of spirit, and of joy. The ensemble is varyingly comprised of David Bach, all keys, including synthesizers, Steinway Grand, Rhodes Piano and Hammond Organ, Bobby Read soprano and tenor sax, horns and flutes and horn arrangement, David Marq Wells, soprano and tenor sax, Lorenzo Sands, bass, Jimmy Charlsen, bass guitar, harmonics, Mark Prince, drums, John Thomakos, drums, Leonard Stevens, guitar, acoustic guitar, nylon guitar, ebow, Jeff Reed, upright bass, Andy Shriver, guitar, Al Williams, flute, Karla Chisholm, voice, Ekendra Das, percussion, congos, tablas, Edgar Montalvo, percussion, Katie Chambers, cello.

The tracks are as follows:
There and
All In
Layer of my Heart
With or Without You
Rite or Wrong
Night of Day

On this recording there is something for everyone’s taste in contemporary jazz or popular music. It is a gift to the soul and the spirit – for old times sake. Grady Harp, October 13





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