A native of southern Georgia, Dave Nelson currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where he maintains a multi-faceted freelance career as musician, composer, and producer. As a trombonist, Dave has performed/recorded/toured with a range of talented artists including David Byrne & St. Vincent, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Jonsi, Martha Wainwright, Beirut, Stanley Clarke, and Spoon.
In addition to his work in popular music, Dave performs regularly with today's premier classical and new music ensembles in New York City including The Knights Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea, the Deviant Septet, Signal, and Argento New Music Project. In 2010, Dave played first trombone on the Broadway revival of West Side Story. He can also be heard on numerous film and television scores including the 2012 Sundance Winner "Beasts of the Southern Wild".
As a composer and producer, Dave uses his skills as multi-instrumentalist to create eclectic musical works in his studio. His current discography includes the chamber rock EP, Logistic Minutia (2011) and In This Day (2012), a series of improvisations with trombone and loop pedal. Later this year, Dave will release his chamber funk EP "Dave Nelson and the Intergalactic Hipster Orchestra: AQUATICAKES". Additionally, much of Nelson's music has been licensed or scored for TV and film, including Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report.
In This Day is a series of improvisations using a trombone and a loop pedal. Each track is a first-take performance -- a sort of meditation unto itself. In this day of multi-tracked and digitally manipulated music, I found it liberating to pick up an instrument, hit record, and just see what happens. I did this as often as possible over a period of days and posted my favorites here, warts and all. Thanks for listening!
Logistic Minutia is a set of instrumental minimalist pieces written for chamber rock ensemble. Front and center is a brass section of two trombones, trumpet, and horn.
"It's a little bit Colin Stetson... a little bit Battles on jazz-downers, and little bit computer game music (in a good way)." "Logistic Minutia is the perfect treadmill workout music for any robot kangaroo on a permanent Mountain Dew high."
"Logistic Minutia is the perfect treadmill workout music for any robot kangaroo on a permanent Mountain Dew high."
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