An avid proponent of new music, bassist David Arend has worked with composers ranging from George Crumb, Tan Dun and Thomas Adés to Ornette Coleman and Omar Sosa. He collaborates regularly with local Bay area composers such as Patrick Cress, Marisol Jimenez and Mason Bates in modern and jazz idioms, and plays in the folk rock band The Echo Falls. David has a duo with Mr. Bates (DJ Masonic) that blends electronic music and turntable mixing with improvised double bass. They have performed in Rome, Berlin, New York, Portland and San Francisco.
A graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory (BA, BM 1990) and the Juilliard School (MM 1997), David was very active in the new music scene as a student, collaborating extensively with student composers, dancers and actors. As solo bassist with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE) from 1995-98, David helped to premiere numerous chamber works by both established and student composers. The ACE ensemble performed works written for them by Aspen student composers and also worked closely with such composers as John Harbison, Chen Yi, Bernard Rands, Michael Torke and George Tsontakis. After graduating he played on composer John Psathas' album "Rhythm Spike," named New Zealand's 2000 Classical Record of the Year.
David has played jazz with Bobby McFerrin, Bela Fleck and pianist Vlad Girshevich as well as avant-garde groups Telepathy and Gubbish. He has recorded jazz, hip-hop, classical, rock, folk, electronica, and film music. He performs regularly with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, and serves as principal bass with the San Francisco Academy Orchestra. Festival experience includes Woodstockhausen, Aspen, Mendocino, Bellingham, Pacific Music Festival and Telluride Chamber Music Festival.