David “Knife” Fabris
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KNIFE NEWS - Summer/Fall 2023

I am very excited to announce the new project I am working with - Rachel's Stern Band! Rachel is a Broadway veteran (Girl From The North Country, Shrek) who writes some incredible rock songs...we have our debut performance at NewRo Parc (455 Main St, New Rochelle NY) on Friday 8/18 at 7:30 (Free). Here's our demo!

My fall is beginning to fill up with some delicious musical adventures...I will be joining up with my long running trio, IMPetus for a gig at the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls NY on Sunday, October 1st at 3pm. Then, on Friday October 20th (6pm), we will perform for ArtsFest in New Rochelle at the Ossie Davis Theater! Combining jazz, rock, blues, classical, and world music, IMPetus adamantly, skillfully, and passionately smashes through the barriers between musical styles and categories. 

Also, the David Sanford Big Band will be recoring again in January - hear our last recording here!

One last teaser - during the lockdown I rediscovered a live recording of Ran and I at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam from 2006 and it may be the most consistently great example of our work together. It's mastered and ready for a label to bite on it.

...and some other reviews from my CD, Lettuce Prey:

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." 

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..." 

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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