David Arthur Skinner
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David Arthur Skinner (born 3 January 1980 on the Isle of Wight, UK) is a pianist, guitarist, bandleader, and composer known from performing all types of improvisation music, from early jazz and stride piano through bebop, swing and contemporary music.
Skinner attended the Leeds College of Music where he started his formal musical education. He holds a Bachelor's degree in 'Classical composition' at Griegakademiet, University of Bergen (2008–12), taught by Morten Eide Pedersen. He took a Master's degree in jazz performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Skinner has written various studies on music theory, such as time signatures, polyrhythm and harmony.
During the time he lived in West Yorkshire (1999–2004), Skinner learned his trade by appearing in clubs and concert halls in the Yorkshire area, with a wide range of musicians. He was regular pianist at several local jazz clubs, before he moved to Norway in 2005, and continued to work as a full-time musician there. Skinner works with a wide variety of jazz artists in Norway, including Majken Christiansen, Torstein Ellingsen, Bjørn Vidar Solli, Georg Reiss, Kristoffer Kompen, Lars Frank, Stig Hvalryg and Hermund Nygård. Skinner gives concerts in various styles spanning from stride piano and swing to electronica and contemporary improvised music in venues all over. He also worked with dancers, and has organised swing-bands for various dance festivals in Oslo and Bergen. He also has performed a series of concerts at Oslo Concert Hall and other venues.
Skinner specialises in swing jazz and stride piano, and has released three solo piano CDs related to this genre, including many of his original compositions. The first Diagonal Jazz (2013) was well received by the Norwegian critique Erling Wicklund of the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. The next two solo piano albums Cubistic Boogie (2015) and Skinner plays Skinner (2017), was released on the renown Norwegian label Losen Records. The first got great reviews by Salt-Peanuts.eu critique, Jan Granlie, and the latter gaining good rewievs in the Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen.
He released four albums, in addition to one live album and a Japanese release, within the quartet "Sphinx" (1999–2012), and played festivals and clubs in France, Belgium and Finland, and four tours in Japan. Skinner also works in duo-format with saxophonist Anders Lønne Grønseth, and in 2011 Grønseth/Skinner duo played festivals in France and Greece, as well as nine concerts in Japan.
In the period 2013–14 Skinner collaborated with the classical pianist Joachim Kwetzinsky at the Norwegian Academy of Music, exploring the interface between composed classical music and improvisational jazz. By focusing on music from the 20th and 21st centuries, and on structural elements and rhythm, they wanted to deconstruct composed music and through experimentation, find meeting points between the different traditions.
Skinner has written various studies on music theory, such as time signatures, polyrhythm and harmony, and continues to write music for various ensembles, as a member of "New Music Composition Society" in Norway, as well as jazz pieces, and music for big band. He has also taught music theory at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
- 2013: Diagonal Jazz (Pling Music), solo piano
- 2015: Cubistic Boogie (Losen Records), solo piano
- 2017: Skinner plays Skinner (Losen Records), solo piano
- Within Sphinx
- 1999: Sphinx
- 2001: Speaks the Riddle of the Undisputed Truth (Acoustica)
- 2003: Live at Cloitre des Carmes, Avignon
- 2006: Brutte Traader – Poems of Bjarne Andreassen (Japanese release)
- 2007: Bohemian Sketches (Aim Records)
- 2011: Harmonogram (Pling Music)
- With The Heavy Horns
- 2003: Mine's Bigger Than Yours
- Duo with Laura Fowles
- 2003: David Skinner and Laura Fowles Duo (Yorkshire Arts Council)
- Within Øyvind Gravdal Band
- 2005 In The Tree (Ponca Jazz)
- Duo with Anders Lønne Grønseth
- 2006: Phantasmagoria (Aim Records)
- 2009: Arc en ciel (Pling Music)
- 2013: At Swing Audio (Pling Music)
- With Kristoffer Kompen
- "David Arthur Skinner – Pianist, Komponist" (in Norwegian). MIC.no. http://www.mic.no/symfoni%5Ckontakt.nsf/pub/per2008050714113117771572. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
- "Skinner Swing Trio" (in Norwegian). DetSkjerIOslo.no. http://www.detskjerioslo.no/hvaskjer/56676.html. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
- Wicklund, Erling (May 28, 2013). "Diagonal Jazz" (in Norwegian). NRK. http://www.nrk.no/kanal/nrk_jazz/1.11049653. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- Granlie, Jan. "David Arthur Skinner: Cubistic Boogie" (in Norwegian). Salt-Peanuts.eu. http://salt-peanuts.eu/record/david-arthur-skinner. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
- Helgheim, Roald (April 1, 2017). "Skin som Skinner" (in Norwegian). Dagsavisen. http://www.dagsavisen.no/helg-nye-inntrykk/jazz/stankos-jazz-1.946672. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
- "Sphinx". AIM Music. http://www.aimmusic.no/artists/Sphinx.html. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
- "Interdisciplinary conversations between a classical pianist and a jazz pianist". Norwegian Academy of Music. https://nmh.no/en/research/projects/interdisciplinary-conversations-between-a-classical-pianist-and-a-jazz-pianist. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
- "David Arthur Skinner – Cubistic Boogie". Losen Records. http://www.losenrecords.no/release/tba. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
- "David Arthur Skinner – Skinner plays Skinner". Losen Records. http://www.losenrecords.no/release/skinner-plays-skinner. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
- "Kristoffer Kompen : A Tribute To Jack Teagarden" (in Norwegian). JazzINorge.no. http://jazzinorge.no/arrangement/kristoffer-kompen-a-tribute-to-jack-teagarden. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
- Official website
- Jazz Profile