David Strother is an electric violinist and composer based in Southern California. He has recorded several unique, exploratory solo CDs including the EP “In the Center of It All,” released in March 2018 on the Spirit Charity label, and “Azul,” which was came out in 2014.  “Televisions Dreaming,” the follow up to 2016’s “Space Yard,” an experimental, adventurous duo set with the esteemed lap steel guitarist Scot Ray, was released in November 2018.

David also recently contributed improvised solos and sonic textures to upcoming projects by visionary German musician Morgen Wurde, Canadian ambient musician Anne Sulikowski and Los Angeles guitarist Michael Gayle.  The upcoming independent film “When the Desert Was Home,” directed by Corey Deshon, is going into production and will feature David’s playing on its soundtrack.  His composition “Almaraz” will also be part of the soundtrack for the upcoming documentary “Carlos Almaraz: Playing With Fire,” coming in 2019.

A veteran of the Los Angeles roots music scene, David also currently appears regularly with roots/psychedelia band Haywire.

In addition to the new solo EP “In the Center of It All,” recording sessions are underway for a full length 2019 solo CD which may include collaborations with other musicians in addition to unaccompanied works and layered sound sculptures.

Along with the remarkable poet Ricardo Lira Acuna, David hosted a popular L.A. area monthly poetry salon for over four years, accompanying spoken word artists with in-the-moment compositions.  He has also contributed scores to Acuna’s poetry videos.

David’s current music explores electronically looped soundscapes which are generated through the use of both orthodox and unorthodox violin techniques. The improvisational spirit of jazz tradition remains a vital element, and despite the increased density created with looping technology, his intimate performances and recordings retain a quiet, nuanced intensity.

David Strother is an NS Design artist.


 Space Yard—“Televisions Dreaming” (2018)
David Strother–“In the Center of It All” (2018)
David Strother & Scot Ray–“Space Yard” (2016)
Jennifer Ruth Russell–“Lie Down in That Grass” (2015)
Michael Dallas–“Romance in Durango” (2015)
David Strother–“Azul” (2014)
David Strother–“Muse” (2013)
Lawrence Lebo–“the Best of Don’t Call Her Larry Blues Mix” (2012)
David Strother–“Soundings.live” (2011)
Scot Ray–”Earth Circuit” (2010)
Tito “Stretch” Calloway–”Thugelligence” (2010)
Sonny Salsbury–“How’s About a Boa?” (2007)
David Strother–“The Desert Is Singing” (2006)
Davie Gayle–“Amber in the Clay” (2005)
Lawrence Lebo–“Don’t Call Her Larry vol. 2 & 3” (2004, 2010)
Nyofu–“La Turca Guitarra”  (2004)
Susan J. Paul–”Big Love” (2004)
Alternate Faith–“Out of Nowhere”–(1995)
CPD–“The Process”–(1990)

Television and Film Soundtracks

“Carlos Almaraz:  Playing With Fire” (2019)
“The Rookie” (2002)
“The Straight Story” (1999)
“Nevada” (1997, on-screen)
“Alien Avengers 2” (1997, on screen)
“Philadelphia Experiment pt. II” (1993, on screen)
“Doug” (Nickelodeon Channel) (1992)

Radio features

“O Baile des Bomberos,” Ivo Martins, host, Radio Universitaria do Minho, Portugal (2007)

Web features

Ricardo Acuna (theme music for http://www.writeracuna.com; scores for videos “Office Is,” These Roses,” “Miracle,“ “Bus,” “Singles Ad”) (2008, 2012, 2013)
Bowed Radio (podcasts, episodes #20, 52, & 82  http://bowedradio.blogspot.com (2007, 2008, 2011)

Performance art

“Black Gold Fever”–Ulysses Jenkins (2011)
“Without Your Interpretation”–Ulysses Jenkins (1983; in permanent collection, Whitney Museum)

Dance/movement collaborations

“Void”–Rebeca Hernandez, Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles, CA (2012)
“Swan (part one)”–L. Martina Young, Lighthouse/Studio 502, Reno, NV (2013)

As leader

Larry Tuttle-David Strother duo (1986; new age/jazz)
CPD (1988-92; experimental/avant garde)
Terje Lie-David Strother quartet (1998-99; jazz)

As sideman

 Joe Kevany & Haywire (2007-current; roots/country/blues)
Circuit Assembly (2015-current; experimental/electronica)
Davie Gayle (2005-09; roots/country)
Rebekah del Rio (2006-12; torch/jazz)
Mobile Homeboys (2001-03; swing/jazz/blues)
Radio Ranch Straight Shooters (1992-2006; western swing)
Lawrence Lebo (1989-2006; swing/blues)