David Mott

david mott
David Mott

Organization: erosonic
Profile Type: Performer
I Play: Saxophone


David Mott was born in Illinois, USA in 1945. During his high school years, he studied clarinet with Chicago Symphony clarinetist Jerome Stowell while playing second clarinet in the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra of Chicago. He also studied jazz saxophone with Art Lauer and performed at various jazz clubs around Chicago. In his post secondary education, he first attended Hope College for two years followed by four years at the Berklee College of Music. From 1968 to 1971 he taught music in the public school system of Massachusetts. He began his graduate work in composition at the Yale School of Music in 1971 completing an MM in 1973, and an MMA in 1974. In 1974 he began teaching graduate composition at Yale while directing the Yale Jazz Ensemble. He was awarded his DMA in composition from Yale in 1979. He came to Canada in 1978 to teach in the Music Department at York University in Toronto where he remained teaching composition until his retirement in 2013. He is currently a Senior Scholar Emeritus at York.

As a composer/performer/improviser, many of the works he has composed have involved musical ensembles in which he was a performer. These include the New Music Co-op, Sound Pressure, 40 fingers, Erosonic and the DMQ –his jazz quintet. In addition, he has created a large repertoire of solo works for the baritone saxophone often using extended techniques which he has created for the instrument. Mott has improvised for Pope John Paul II and for the Dalai Lama's Long Life Empowerment in Toronto. He has performed with and in a wide variety of musical genres including
I Musici de Montreal and Stevie Wonder. His music has been requested and taken into orbit on two different space shuttle missions by Canadian Astronaut Steve MacLean. Most recently his commissioned music has been choral and he is currently composing a third commission for the Mississauga Choral Society. His sonic mandala for choir, Heart Meditations, was premiered by Pro Coro of Edmonton and broadcast by CBC.

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