Working with world-renowned cellist David Darling is always a highlight of a Sokoband recording project. David gets all the way inside the music.
David Darling's cello tone is the kind of sound that at once evokes life and death, light and dark, creation and decay. "Capturing the essential sadness of joy" is maybe another way to say it. Whatever words we choose, his is music that cuts to the core, holding you firmly yet with nothing but compassion. The sound of wisdom and humility, demanding vulnerability but never exploiting it. David has done it all with the cello, coming to the world's attention as a member of the legendary Paul Winter Consort. He's been principal cellist for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, a leader for the groundbreaking ECM jazz label, recorded and performed with many of the world's greatest musicians in the world's greatest halls. The Grammy-winning cellist's music has been featured in many movie soundtracks from international art films to major hollywood productions.
David is also a visionary music teacher of both children and seasoned music professionals, conducting improvisation workshops all over the world as part of the "Music for People" non-profit educational network he co-founded in 1986. MFP is dedicated to teaching and fostering music improvisation as a means of creative self expression. Music for People's training and certification program, now in its 18th year, continues to flourish in the United States and has recently expanded to offer seminars and workshops at the Center for Well Being and Creativity in Kiental, Switzerland. Mr. Darling has traveled extensively for over 40 years enthusiastically encouraging all humans to explore their musical talents and creative abilities. He has inspired and encouraged thousands at numerous wholistic facilities and retreat centers such as: Esalen, NY Open Center, Hollyhock, and Omega Institute.
His many musical collaborators include: Ralph Towner, Glenn Moore, Collin Walcott, Paul McCandless, Jan Garbarek, Arild Andersen, Paul Horn, Steve Kuhn, Terje Rypdal, Jan Christensen, Ketil Bjornstad, Pierre Favre, Steve Swallow, John Clark, Dave Samuels, Ratzo Harris, Dino Saluzzi, Oscar Castro Neves, Glen Velez, Bobby McFerrin, Spyro Gyra, Allaudin Mathieu, Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai, Patrick Leonard, Joseph Firecrow, Arlo Guthrie, Michael Jones, Radhika Miller, John Marshall, Baba Olatunje, Glasharfe, Western Wind Ensemble, Cathy Morris, Thomasina, Lui Collins, Al Jewer, Andy Mitran, Janet Marlow, Bill Lauf, Mickey Hart, and too many more to mention.
Mr. Darling contributes essential cello parts to Two's "Antidote," and to "Body Home," the most flowingly improvisational piece on Sokoband.