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David Occhipinti: Biography

David Occhipinti
1966 -
Region: Ontario

David Occhipinti

Guitarist/composer David Occhipinti combines elements of contemporary chamber music with improvisation on his fifth CD, Camera (2012). The recording features David’s compositions and guitar playing, with a unique ensemble, consisting of: clarinet, bassoon, marimba, violin, viola, cello, and bass. The recording also includes a suite for guitar and string quartet. "David Occhipinti has created an absolute gem [Camera]. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning. I just wanted to keep listening… His music is an absolute work of art!" -Jim Hall

David Occhipinti has twice been nominated for a Juno award, once for his CD, Forty Revolutions (2007), and also for, Duologue, his first of two duo CDs with saxophonist Mike Murley (2003).

As a composer, David has received commissions to compose for solo artists, chamber groups and large ensembles.

In 2011, David founded the Walrus Quartet with fellow guitarists: Roddy Ellias, Ted Quinlan and Kim Ratcliffe.

David has performed all across Canada, in the U.S., Europe, Japan and in Italy where he lived for a short time. David’s development as an artist has been aided by the composition, recording and touring grants received from the Canada Council for the Arts, Chalmer’s Arts Fellowship, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Council.

David Occhipinti studied in New York with the legendary jazz guitarist and composer, Jim Hall, during the mid 1990's.