If all the press about the troubles in the music business has you concerned, consider the career of cellist DAVID DARLING to revive your spirits.
Born in Elkhart, Indiana in 1941, Darling began his career as a music educator. He joined The PAUL WINTER CONSORT in 1970, and stayed with the pioneering classical/jazz/world fusion ensemble on and off until 1987. At the same time, he played cello in the Nashville Symphony and worked as a studio session player in Nashville when we wasn't touring.
In 1979 Darling met German producer and ECM Records founder MANFRED EICHER. His first solo album JOURNAL OCTOBER was released by ECM in 1980. Over the next 25 years, he played and recorded with an absolutely stellar roster of jazz and classical musicians on ECM, did over a dozen highly praised collaborations and group projects, worked with writers and directors (including WIM WENDERS and JEAN-LUC GODARD) on film scoring projects, and continued his music education activities by co-founding Music For People , a non-profit organization promoting individual expression through music and improvisation.
To call him tireless, inspired and inspiring doesn't even begin to cover it. Yet he remains one of the warmest, most open people you'll ever meet, a quality that comes across instantly in his solo concerts.
Over the last 25 years, DAVID DARLING has been one of the foundation artists of HEARTS of SPACE, appearing on 43 programs, starting with our debut program in 1983. With its gentle open-hearted lyricism, simplicity, and patience, his music achieves a rare depth and humanity.