David Schulman

Musician-in-Residence

Violinist and composer David Schulman loves playing in a range of musical styles — including jazz, salsa, country, tango, and Paris cafe swing. In playing for dance, he runs his Zeta electric violin through a loop station — a technique that allows him to layer multiple parts organically, and to vary the textures, beats, and moods to create what one choreographer memorably called “environments for dance.” Washington City Paper has described David’s violin+loops performance as “spontaneous and completely unique.”

David’s been regularly playing for classes at Dance Exchange since early 2012, and several of his new pieces have had their origin in DX classes. His music also draws upon his experience as a radio producer for NPR and the BBC. David’s theme music for BBC Americana was heard globally on the BBC World Service, and he’s interviewed Yo-Yo Ma, Cassandra Wilson, the late Bo Diddley and many others for his “Musicians in their own words” series on NPR. In 2012, David performed his fourth season at the DC Jazz Festival. Other performance venues include the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Embassy of Finland, US Senate Offices, Capitol Pecha Kucha, and DC Ignite. His first album, “Quiet Life Motel,” is planned for a 2012 release. Music demos and more are available at schulmancreative.com/music.