David Friend

David Friend (piano) The New York Times describes David Friend as “[one] of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene.” With a primary focus on new and experimental music, he performs regularly in the U.S. and abroad at major venues and festivals as well as alternative DIY spaces. He is a member of an eclectic array of groups including Bent Duo, Grand Band, TRANSIT New Music, and Ensemble Signal, a frequent guest artist with ensembles including Bang on a Can All-Stars, Alarm Will Sound, American Composers Orchestra, and International Contemporary Ensemble, and regularly pursues interdisciplinary projects and collaborations such as the Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner. He has recorded for a wide variety of labels and is featured on Third Coast Percussion’s album of music by Steve Reich, which won the Grammy Award for best chamber music performance. Post-, his forthcoming album on New Amsterdam Records for solo piano and electronic processing, is a collaborative project with Jerome Begin that undertakes a radical exploration of what solo piano music can be and do in our increasingly technologized society.

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