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Davis West is a Japanese-American violinist, pianist, composer, and songwriter rooted in jazz, classical, fiddle, and electronic styles.
A former member of world-renowned dynamic string ensemble Barrage 8, Davis performed in the band’s 2015-16 world tour as their violinist and keyboardist. He has since produced VioLion, a debut solo album of original songs which utilizes sounds and effects through acoustic and electric violins.
Born in New York City and raised in Kyoto, Japan, Davis earned his Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan, where he was heavily involved in the jazz and classical departments. Thereafter, he completed the masters program in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain.
As an orchestral musician, he has led several ensembles such as the University of Michigan’s University Symphony Orchestra (USO), Michigan Jazz String Ensemble, and the prestigious Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (PMFO) in Sapporo, Japan. He has also performed professionally as a member of the Detroit Medical, Arkansas Symphony, Missouri Symphony, and Valencia Film Orchestras, among others.
Davis has had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists of varying styles, including: Al Di Meola, Chris Thile, Benny Golson, David Halen, Christian Howes, Philippe Quint, Geri Allen, Byron Stripling, Ben E. King, Audra McDonald, Mike Block, and with his most recent mentor Casey Driessen.
Devoted to the notion that music and the arts have the power to move society at large and deepen our understanding of the human condition, Davis is a passionate educator with over 10 years of teaching experience. He has taught at Expressions Music Academy in Michigan, Ovation and Sturgis Music Academies in Arkansas, and Global Music Academy in Berlin.
Currently based in Berlin, Germany, he plays solo sets from his pedalboard, duets in collaboration with local artists, and in the unique big band ensemble Composers' Orchestra Berlin. Davis strives to compose music for video games, and has been selected as a sponsored artist for the Global Game Jam Berlin. He aims to release a new record by the end of 2019.