David Strother is an electric violinist and composer based in Southern California. He has recorded several unique, exploratory solo CDs including the July 2021 EP “El Tecolote Sings Songs to the Night,” and “Transmitter,” released in March 2021 on the Spirit Charity label.  “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.

DBC Unit, a newly formed trio with bassist Carl Royce, drummer Breeze Smith and DS has been busy recording genre-defying improvised music that will be released in early 2022.

The upcoming independent film “Daughter,” directed by Corey Deshon, is currently in post production and will feature David’s musical score and electric violin work.  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 recently contributed improvised solos and sonic textures to “Fur Immer” and “Vermacht,” 2020 releases from visionary German musician Morgen Wurde, and works in progress from Canadian ambient musician Anne Sulikowski and Los Angeles guitarist Michael Gayle.

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

Preliminary recording sessions are also underway for a full length 2022 solo CD which may include collaborations with other musicians in addition to unaccompanied works and layered sound sculptures.  The single “Living Forms Climbing Out of the Earth,” released in January 2022, provides a sonic glimpse into this upcoming work.

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.


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” (spring 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

Ricardo Acuna (theme music for http://www.writeracuna.com; scores for videos “Office Is,” These Roses,” “Miracle,“ “Bus,” “Singles Ad,” “Angeles”) (2008, 2012, 2013, 2020)
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

       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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