David “Knife” Fabris
Official Website of guitarist and educator David Fabris
KNIFE NEWS - WINTER 2023
Happy Nude Ears...free your mind, your ears will follow!
I can't wait to get playing with the David Sanford Big Band again in March. We'll be at Lafayette College in Easton PA on 3/25 and at the University of Buffalo on 3/28. I'll be doing a Masterclass for the students there that same day - knife knowledge! Then, in May, we'll be playing at the Bang On A Can Festival...stay tuned
A Prayer For Lester Bowie, was released last year on Greenleaf Records and I am so proud of how incredible the performances and the great sound quality lets David's music shine. I have been a member of this band (formerly called the Pittsburgh Collective) since it's inception 17 years ago. The music is so rich and challenging and I get to play with some of the most talented muscians in the country (many traveling from CA and CO because they believe in this music that much!). I feel like I am finally able to play this challenging music and add my own voice to this incredible band and, what's nice, is the critics are also catching on - this CD has earned mentions in several best of 2021 releases incuding #7 in the JazzTimes!
If you want to hear and see more, the label has produced some nice videos for us here!
In other news, closer to (my) home - I am excited about a new project, Third Stream Meme, with cellist Charles DuChateau, bassist Wyeth Tvenge and drummer Rudy Feinauer. We performed twice last year for some intrepid music lovers in New Rochelle...more to come!
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:
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..."
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!
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.