Dave, born in Toronto, Canada, received his music education at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He began putting his poems to music and this led to his migration to California to seek recognition as a songwriter. He played with several music acts in the Bay Area in the 1970s/1980s and composed scores for the theater. Following the muse of poetry and fiction writing, he went to San Francisco State University and earned Creative Writing (English) degrees (B.A. Summa Cum Laude,?93, M.A. 1995). ... [more]
I currently have a work in progress, a new perspective on American Indian history and Spiritual Traditions. One chapter from it was published as an essay in Raven Chronicles, Seattle WA.
Daniel Brady, poetry host at Sacred Grounds Caf?, San Francisco's longest poetry reading venue, commented that I, "presented a very good set of poems. He gave us a great feature, bringing in history, magic and life. [He has] a powerful voice and good perspective."
During my years as a classical music student at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, I took several music theory classes and exams. I've successfully used this knowledge in my later experiences as a jazz/pop performer and composer. I currently teach music theory using "Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory" (Alfred Publication).
Dave's poetry has been published in several journals, and won prizes in the Thomas Merton?s Poetry of the Sacred contest, the Maggie Meyer Memorial Contest, the Dancing Poets, and Ina Coolbrith contests. His essay was published in Raven Chronicles (Seattle). His book, which tells the story of reuniting with his Anishinaabe Ojibwe ancestors, won a Cultural Literary Award from Artists Embassy International (San Francisco). He was included in three anthologies, including Descansos, Words from the Wayside, where his work received a Pushcart Prize nomination.
I frequently perform my poetry (and music) in public at SF Bay Area schools, elder homes, and cafe/restaurant poet readings. I also served my previous employer, Wells Fargo Bank, by giving speeches to employees about community service opportunities. As a result I have acquired good public speaking skills.
I have tutored World History for over a year. My interest in it began with specializing in American Indian history about which I have written several columns for examiner.com. I am researching and writing a book about the relationships and interactions between indigenous American Indian populations and colonialists coming to the continent from Europe, Spain, France and England.
I have been a member of a poets workshop, who self-published our anthology, for over seven years. We critique and proofread each others work at our monthly meetings.
I studied Piano and Theory at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto Ontario Canada, and before that took examinations in their method up to Grade 10 Piano. I have taught Piano in private practice in Santa Rosa CA. Also currently playing for Unity Center, Walnut Creek, church services, and performing in clubs and concert settings as pianist for singers Camille Larrea and Chappell Holt.