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Davis West is a Japanese-American violinist and songwriter rooted in jazz, classical, and bluegrass fiddle styles.

He 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, and with his mentors Gary Willis and Casey Driessen. 

 

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 played on tour with dynamic string ensemble Barrage 8 and completed the masters program in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain.

Now based in Berlin, Germany, Davis has played solo sets from his pedalboard through Sofar Sounds, on BBC Radio 3 with London based bluegrass quartet Ben Somers String Band, and in collaborations with local projects like Stegreif and the Francisco Batista Quartet. He has recorded for Kurt Rosenwinkel and Roland Kaiser, and regularly plays with Berlin bands The Hidden Keys and Composers' Orchestra Berlin

Aside from performing and recording, Davis is an accomplished composer, arranger, and producer. He recently released Bedroom Bluegrass, a twelve track album representing his humble and constantly-changing take on post-modern bluegrass and bedroom-produced pop music.