D. Edward Davis (b. 1980) is a composer of electronic and acoustic music. His work often engages with the sounds of the environment, exploring processes, patterns, and systems inspired by nature.
Recent performers of his work include the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble, the Witches Duo, Musica Nova, Callithumpian Consort, the Williams College Percussion Ensemble, Soundry Ensemble, Red Hedgehog Trio, yMusic, the Duke New Music Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, the Wet Ink Ensemble, violinist Mari Kimura, pianist Ingrid Lee, and flutist Dalia Chin and vocalist Kate McDuffie. His compositions are featured on the Spectropol Records compilation Possible Worlds, Vol. 2, and on recordings by Red Hedgehog Trio (10 x 10), David Thornton (Parallel Realities), Eric Honour (Phantasm: Music for Saxophone and Computer), and Erik Carlson (Music for Violin).
Davis’s work has been presented at SlowSD – Festival of Slow Music in San Diego (2017), the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA (2016), the New Music Gathering in Baltimore (2016), the Something Said Only Once festival in Flagstaff, AZ (2015), the Brooklyn Acoustic Ecology Festival (2015), the ITEA Midwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Bowling Green, OH (2015), the Under the Radar Festival in Omaha (2014), and SoundWalk in Long Beach, CA (2013). He has participated in the Experimental Listening & Music Sessions (Boston, 2016), the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (North Adams, MA, 2016), the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYC, 2014), the EcoSono Institute (Anchorage, AK, 2013), the nief-norf Summer Festival and Research Summit (Greenville, SC, 2012, 2013, and 2014) and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice / SICPP (Boston, MA, 2012 and 2014), and was selected as a Composer Fellow for the 2012 Other Minds Festival in San Francisco. In 2015, Davis attended artist residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.
Davis’s scholarly work “The Map and the Territory: Documenting David Dunn’s Sky Drift” was published in Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press) in 2017. Recent presentations include a panel discussion at the 2017 New Music Gathering in Bowling Green, OH and a lecture-recital about Robert Irwin and Wandelweiser at the Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism in Knoxville, TN.
Davis earned a doctorate from Duke University (PhD, 2016) where he studied composition with Scott Lindroth and John Supko. He also holds degrees from Brooklyn College (Master of Music, 2006) and Northwestern University (Bachelor of Music, 2002), and his former teachers include Antoine Beuger, David Grubbs, Amnon Wolman, Amy Williams, Jay Alan Yim, and Michael Pisaro. From 2010 to 2015, he was the Director of Contemporary Music at The Perlman Music Program’s Summer Music School. He currently lives in New Haven, CT with his wife Rosemary, and he teaches at the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport.