David “Knife” Fabris
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A Fabulous Spring...
June is shaping up to be a busy month as I am practicing for some challenging performances, first with the Pittsburgh Collective on June 18 at the Mannes School of Music and then, on June 28th with IMPetus at the Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn. The Pittsburgh Collective is a 20 piece big band that I have played with since it's inception over 10 years ago but, because of the size of the group, only plays infrequently...should be a special event! The punk-cabaret trio IMPetus will be collaborating with our old friend, composer Joseph Martin Waters of Swarmius (San Diego). It will be a month of challenging and entertaining music - please check the concerts page for more information.
Have you seen my small screen debut on Flesh For the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse yet?! It's a horror webseries and I play a small role as the "shadow musician" who opens the gateway into the dark realm by playing an impossible piece of music in episode 7. Check it out on Netflix.
I am offering a sale on my CD (now available for $10). And I am happy to announce a few new items available from my store. I had two different T-shirts printed up with my logo and the Lettuce Prey cover.  There's also a knife totebag to carry all your Fabswag!! 
Dave Phillips and I are continuing our residency every other Monday at Ernie's in Bronxville NY...here's a video you can check out.
I am very happy to have had a great review written in Italian (and so is my dad and all my relatives in Friuli!) for Lettuce Prey in All About Jazz (read here si parla Italiano).
...and some other reviews:
Dusted In Exile: "...a recording that deserves wide attention. It’s creative, unpredictable, and winningly heart-on-sleeve." - Jason Bivins (read the full review here).

NYC Jazz Record: "Lettuce Prey is many things but above all it is terrific music." (full review here - scroll down to page 30)

Sea of Tranquility: "There's more than enough to entice the average Jazz fan to lend an ear, oodles of craziness which will invite the more avant-garde aboard, and a smattering of earth shattering smacks which will cause the more adventurous of the Rock brigade to prick up their ears..." (full review here)

Have a salad - Lettuce Prey is here!! 
Lettuce Prey (Great Winds/Musea 3169) is music that is supported equally by the three legs of Rock, Jazz and Classical. It has the guts and glory of rock heroes like Jimi Hendrix (whose tune, Angel, is featured as a guitar solo on this CD). It possesses the surprise and intrigue of Jazz improvisation (like Ornette Coleman's Sadness - presented here in a jazz quintet format). Lastly, it exudes the intricacy and depth of contemporary Classical music - Ives, Prokofiev, and Khatchaturian are among the composers presented here. But the intent is for the styles to coalesce...that the heavy guitar bass and drum treatment of Ginastera's String Quartet No. 2, for example, maintains the sublimation of the original while making the listener pump their fist in the air!

Hear some samples of the CD.  See more info and purchase a copy.

Also available in download version through iTunes and amazon.

Thanks for visiting and remember, riffage is good for the diet!


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The music of guitarist David Fabris has been steeped deeply in an eclectic pool of influences.
These influences are evident in the variety of performances and ensembles to his credit. His newest CD, Lettuce Prey, seamlessly travels between the worlds of Jazz, Rock, and Contemporary Classical music. He has recorded four records (Hatology, Soulnote, NoBusiness) and toured internationally with his mentor, third stream pianist Ran Blake, to great acclaim. He is also currently a member of the experimental big band, the Pittsburgh Collective, and the punk-cabaret trio IMPetus.
"The Knife" also performed (on banjo) with his traditional jazz band, Mudsole, for both of President Clinton’s inaugurals.
He was a reserve guitarist for Bernie Worrell, a founder of the seminal funk band Parliament. Mr. Fabris is also the founder of the Fabulous School of Music in Beverly MA and an adjunct professor at St. Thomas Aquinas and Passaic County Community College.

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