David “Knife” Fabris
guitarist educator

Concerts & Events

Upcoming Concerts

date event venue
Sunday 19, May 2019

IMPetus was honored to be part of the grand opening of this wonderful new gallery/performance space in Park Slope Brooklyn back in December. We encountered many like minded artists and curious ears so we are very happy to be invited back again.

Our truculent trio is known for is horizon bending and genre blending...one minute distorted and heavy: the next, plaintive and introspective.
We play our own compositions as well as composers as far reaching as Ravel, Ives, Weill and Henry Cow.

Geoffery Burleson is a force at the piano - a sought after performer of chamber music and jazz hailed by the New York Times as "vibrant" and "compelling". Maria Tegzes is a vocalist who is capable of skipping from "ionospheric high hums to a sultry baritone with verve and nerve" (Boston Globe).

Soapbox Gallery 636 Dean Street Brooklyn, NY 11238 7:30pm
Saturday 04, May 2019

Explore the Dark Side on Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you) with me and my mentor, the great pianist Ran Blake, as we celebrate over 20 years of performing together! We will explore some of our musical connections and perform some new duets and solos.

We'll be playing at the historic Scottish Rites Museum in Lexington MA as part of a performance/speaking series by Lexington Community Education. Past guests have included Irish President Mary Robinson, Ralph Nader, Noam Chomsky, and Anand Giridharadas; poets Robert Bly, Coleman Barks, and Galway Kinnell; musicians John Densmore, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tom Rush, and Joe Lovano. Ran and I are honored to be in such esteemed company!

Tickets here

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library: 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 7:30pm
Wednesday 22, May 2019
The muscular and deftly surprising big band, the Pittsburgh Collective perform rarely due to the logistics of getting 20(!) of the finest musicians from NYC, Boston, and the west coast to gather at the same time.

On Wednesday, May 22nd at 7pm, the Pittsburgh Collective will give you a rare opportunity to hear this incredible band again at the ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn.

I am really excited about this one!


ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Pl. Brooklyn NY

News and Events

Knife news

 May dates!


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!