A few things I would like to share with you -
Some recent news -
Excited to share this with you - Alexandra Pelosi has made a new Documentary in which my music has been placed in different segments throughout. Feeling proud to be a part of this very important and brave look into our current state of affairs.
Director Michael Epstein has directed this sobering account of our ongoing relationship with war. I am proud to have my music included in this new documentary on PBS.
Carnegie Hall - 2018
A re arrangement and re orchestration of Gyorgy Ligeti's Ricercata 7 by d.c.
Anjna Swaminathan - violin, Shahzad Ismaily - percussion, Mike Brown - bass, Adan Vasquez - harp, Vasko Dukovski - bass clarinet, Jorge Garcia D-Leon - clarinet, David Cieri - piano and bass waterphone. Shot and edited by the unmatched Marika Hacking and Francesco Saviano of UNARMED MEDIA.
Just finished recording the score (at the great Figure 8 recording in Brooklyn) for the next Ewers Brothers/Florentine Films documentary which will arrive on PBS in September of 2018. These sessions were with two new and wonderful friends - The great Bill Frisell (guitars) and Yoko Waynen (violin). Bryan Pugh (engineer), Putnam Murdock (guitars), Mike Brown (bass), Rubin Kodheli (cello), Jay Frederick (drums and percussion), Dan Brandtigan (flugelhorn), and Erik Ewers (director and music producer). The soundtrack is shown above which was released by Ropeadope Records. Thank you Louis, Kaya, Ben, Fabian and John!
This latest recording put out by founder John Medeski's magisterial Ropeadope records, PBS, and Florentine Films offers selections from the last ten years of writing and performing music for the films of Ken Burns and Florentine Films. Selections range from my first assignment - Leola - to the most recent project - The Vietnam War. I hope you find it engaging! Big big thanks to all of the inspiring folks at PBS, Florentine Films, and Ropeadope Records.
Here is a quote from Ken about this music -
David Cieri is a master composer, capable of the most subtle turns of phrase, and sensitive to every nuance of image and sound. His work ranges from the emotionally sublime to the rhythmically hypnotic, from the joyous to the foreboding. In this remarkable collection of work that he has composed for us over ten years, one can hear all of these feelings come together. From the spiraling ascendance of Meditation 6 to the ethereal breath of Into Another Life, Dave proves his gifts on each track.
On September 17th this landmark documentary, by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere on PBS. Along with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and Yo -Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, I wrote the original music for this ten part series - A shout out from Rolling Stone.
I have had the great good fortune to work with the inestimable Lynn Nottage on her new project - THIS IS READING - by writing the music for a short film about some of the people currently residing in Reading. THIS IS READING is a multi media installation which is taking place in Reading PA every weekend in July at the Franklin Street Railway Station.
ROPEADOPE records released a new recording that we - Yusef Komunyakaa, Mike Brown, Shahzad Ismaily, and myself, have just finished making along with friends -Sam Ospovat, Eli Crews, and Kevin Blackler - White Dust - will drop in select physical stores worldwide and online - July 31, 2017. Dark Funiture - the 2nd part of this recording series will drop January 2019.
Here is a shout out from The New York Times and a bit about one track from the recording.
Here is a short promotional video for the recording made by the unmatched Unarmed Media
iTunes - http://bit.ly/WhiteDustiTunes
Bandcamp - http://bit.ly/WhiteDustBC
Apple Music - http://bit.ly/WhiteDust-Apple
Google Play - http://bit.ly/WhiteDust-Googlef
Amazon - http://bit.ly/WhiteDust-Amzn
A new FILM - Second Genesis - The Search for Life in Our Solar System
Forty years after Voyager transformed our understanding of the solar system, we stand at the edge of the next great wave of human exploration. Second Genesis unfolds against the thrilling background of contemporary space science, where biology—the search for extraterrestrial life—now shapes the way we see our solar system and how we pursue the simplest and most profound question ever asked: Are we alone? | I am the composer on this short film, made in collaboration with Market Road Films, PBS and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. scheduled to Air on PBS - August 27th, 2017
A night of music at Carnegie Hall - May 2017 - Anjna Swaminathan (v), Shahzad Ismaily (p), Adan Vasquez (h), David Cieri (p) - A new recording of this band will be forthcoming.