David Shaffer, Percussionist

David earned his BFA and MFA at California Institute of the Arts where he studied percussion and many Non-Western music systems including the Ewe Music of Ghana, North and South Indian Music, and Indonesian Gamelan. David has also performed and recorded drum set with jazz and rock ensembles, including Wadada Leo Smith, Trichy Sankaran, Miroslav Tadic, Nels and Alex Cline, The Big Apple Circus, FEEL, and Joey McIntyre, among others. David studied frame drumming with John Bergamo, Randy Crafton and Glen Velez. Percussion credits include Brad Dutz, Adam Rudolph and Bali & Beyond. He also works frequently with Choreographers, having composed music for Tomas Tamayo, Lisa Townsend and Helios Dance Theatre. David was a recipient of a Meet The Composer Grant for Lisa Townsend's "Splittings".