David "Knife" Fabris

guitarist educator



Bachelor of Music (jazz and third stream concentration), 1990
The New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA

College Teaching Experience

Adjunct Instructor of Music

2005 to 2011
Saint Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY

Adjunct Instructor of Music

2001 to 2016
Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ

Instructor of Guitar

1991 to 2000
Boston University, Boston, MA

Ensemble Coach

1995 (Jimi Hendrix Ensemble) and 2000 (Ran Blake Ensemble)

New England Concervatory of Music

Teaching Assistant for Summer Program

1990 to present
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA

Other Teaching Experience

Instructor of Guitar

2001 to 2011
Tenafly Arts, Tenafly, NJ

Instructor of Guitar and Ensemble Coach

2001 to 2017
Woodside Music Studio, Park Ridge, NJ

Founding Director and Instructor

1996 to 2020
Fabulous School of Music, Danvers, MA

Instructor of Guitar

1987 to 1995
Steve's Quality Instruments, Danvers, MA

Summary of Related Experience

Freelance musician performing at the 1991 and 1995 Clinton Presidential Inaugural Balls and on Entertainment Tonight with Mudsole New Orleans Brass and Banjo Ensemble.

Appeared at the 2005 Tribeca New Music Festival in New York City with Impetus, a modern chamber group and at jazz festivals in Sevilla, Spain; Guimaraes, Portugal; Antwerp, Belgium; Bordeaux and Perigueux, France with pianist Ran Blake.

Also performed with the David Sanford Big Band; Bernie Worrell's Woo Warriors; and G.U.T., an experimental jazz group.

Performed in 2008 Pillowfight Theater festival (NYC) with Leslie Gore.

Music Transcriber and shareholder - UnitedWeTab.com 2009-2014.

Publications and Recordings

  1. Blake, Ran (2011). [Producer]. Grey December [CD]. USA: Tompkins Square Records. USA: Oxingale Records.
  2. Primacy of the Ear [book] (2010). [Contributor].
  3. Pittsburgh Collective (2007). On Live at the Knitting Factory [CD].
  4. Blake, Ran/Fabris, David (2005). On Indian Winter [CD]. Italy: Soul Note Records.
  5. Blake, Ran (2000). [Guitarist: David Fabris]. On Silver Noir [CD]. Switzerland: Hatology Records.
  6. Blake, Ran (1999). [Guitarist, Composer: David Fabris]. On Something to Live For [CD]. Switzerland: Hatology Records.

Skills Summary

Highly skilled and diverse background as a performer of guitar, banjo and bass; accomplished instructor of guitar and ensemble coach; solid experience in administration, supervision, negotiation, problem-solving and critical judgment; excellent oral and written communication skills; strong organizational skills; at ease in unstructured academic environments where initiative and creativity are encouraged; comfortable as part of a creative team; strong computer background and experience with IBM-PCs and compatible software.


Music Teachers National Association (member)

Board Member, New Rochelle Council On The Arts (2021-present)