David “Knife” Fabris
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Hi all, thanks for reading the latest installment of Knife News. In '17, fatherhood hit the pause on my musical adventures but, the Pocket Knife is getting close to 2 years old and daddy is beginning to hone his chops again…


Thanks to all of you that came to hear the Mudsole (trad jazz meets urban swag!) Mardi Gras bash on March 5th at Alvin’s and Friends Restaurant - we will be back in June!


Looking ahead, I am very excited to be reuniting with my mentor and dear friend, Ran Blake for a special performance on Star Wars Day, May 4th, in Lexington MA. We will embrace the dark side (of tonality), as the title of the concert is Lexington Noir!

Ran and I will be having a musical retrospection of our work together and attacking some new works for the occasion.


On May 19th, the punk cabaret band, IMPetus will convene another genre busting concert at the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn NY. We were thrilled to perform at the grand opening of this wonderful new gallery/performance space and glad to come back for a return engagement!


Lastly, a busy May will end with a very special performance of the Pittsburgh Collective - a 20 piece big band that I have been fortunate to be a member of since 2003. These are some really special musicians playing some very amazing music by the great David Sanford. We have not performed for 4 years and I am so glad to recapture the rapture with these folks on May 22nd at the ShapeShifter Lab In Brooklyn.


See Concerts page for more details on all performances

...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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