David Strother is an electric violinist and composer based in Southern California. He has recorded several unique, exploratory solo CDs including the 2021 EPs “El Tecolote Sings Songs to the Night” and “Transmitter,”  which was released on the Spirit Charity label.  “Televisions Dreaming,” a second experimental, adventurous duo set from Space Yard (David + the esteemed lap steel guitarist Scot Ray) was released in November 2018.

The upcoming independent film “Daughter,” directed by Corey Deshon, recently screened at Cannes and is on track for a fall 2022 release.  The film features David’s musical score and multitracked electric violin orchestrations.  His composition “Almaraz” is also part of the soundtrack for the acclaimed documentary “Carlos Almaraz: Playing With Fire,”  released globally in 2019 and added to Netflix in October 2020.

David also contributed improvised solos and sonic textures to “Fur Immer” and “Vermacht,” 2020 releases from visionary German musician Morgen Wurde.

A veteran of the Los Angeles roots music scene, David currently appears regularly with roots/psychedelia band Haywire and has recently played with the prog/fusion collaborative Stratos Ensemble, led hy keyboardist Dean DeBenedictus.

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.

The solo single “Living Forms Climbing Out of the Earth,” which came out in January 2022, provides a sonic glimpse into recent unaccompanied work.  That release was followed by the debut album from DBC:Unit, David’s newly formed genre-defying power trio with bassist Carl Royce and drummer Breeze Smith, in April 2022.

David Strother is an NS Design artist.


“Unexplained Sounds Group—8th Annual Report, mid year” (compilation, 2022)
DBC:Unit—“Ear Reverent” (2022)
David Strother—“Living Forms Climbing Out of the Earth” (2022)
“Unexplained Sounds Group—7th Annual Report” (compilation, 2021)
David  Strother—“El Tecolote Sings Songs to the Night” (2021)
David Strother—“Transmitter” (2021)
“Unexplained Sounds Group—6th Annual Report” (compilation, 2020)
“Inward: 40 Tunes” (MixCult label compilation, 2020)
Morgen Wurde & Tis—“Vermacht” (2020)
Morgen Wurde—“Fur Immer” (2020)
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

“Daughter” (fall 2022, composer/performer)
“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

Evosonic, German electronic music program, Morgen Wurde “Fur Immer” album featured (2020)
O Baile des Bomberos, Ivo Martins, host, Radio Universitaria do Minho, Portugal (2007)

Web features

Unexplained Sounds Group Recognition Test #265, 266, 269, 279, 283 (2021, 2022)
Ricardo Acuna (theme music for website; scores for videos “Office Is,” These Roses,” “Miracle,“ “Bus,” “Singles Ad,” “Angeles”) (2008, 2012, 2013, 2020)
Bowed Radio (podcasts, episodes #20, 52, & 82  (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

       DBC Unit (current; improv/experimental/jazz)    
         Terje Lie/David Strother Quartet (1998/99; jazz)
   CPD (experimental; 1990-92)

As sideman

               Joe Kevany & Haywire (2007-current; roots/country/blues)
Stratos Ensemble (current; fringe jazz/improv)
Circuit Assembly (2015-2016; 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)

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