David Arthur Skinner
My main instrument is the piano. I've been a professional jazz musician since 2001.
I work as a bandleader, and I've organised music for all occasions, from solo to large ensembles; jazz clubs, festivals, dance events, corporate events, shows, house parties, funerals, weddings, etc.
I've played a lot of gigs over the years, with a very wide variety of music and musicians. In Oslo I've played at places such as Oslo Concert Hall, Gamle Logen, Herr Nilsen jazz pub, Norwegian Academy of Music, and Oslo National Library, among others; many jazz clubs and jazz festivals all over Norway; several tours in Japan (around 50 concerts in the course of 6 visits), and various concerts in Norway, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Scotland, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Greece. When I lived in Yorskhire, UK, 2001-2005, I performed extensively all over the north of England.
I've got experience playing many styles. These days, on the jazz piano side of things I specialise in stride piano and swing, but definitely with a personal twist, with three solo piano CDs. I have a drummerless quartet called Diagonal Jazzband, and a piano trio.
I also play electric piano (I love my Pianet T!) and synthesizers, and compose electronic music. My solo electronic project is called Megacrex.
I work regularly with swing-related dance, in styles such as Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues, Charleston and Tap. My swing band is called Jazzombies, and features some of the best swing musicians in Norway. I've often organised live music for Norwegian swing dance festivals in Oslo and Bergen, such as Winter Jump and Scandinavian Shuffle, especially in collaboration with Bårdar Swing Club. I've also worked with tap dancers in shows in the Oslo region.
I'm interested in music theory, and I have written about things like time signatures, polyrhythm and modal harmony.
I have a Bachelor's degree in contemporary classical composition from The Grieg Academy, University of Bergen, 2008-12, and a Master's degree in jazz/improvised music from The Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, 2012-14.
I have had temporary positions at NMH as a music theory teacher, running workshops, and teaching piano. I have also held workshops and masterclasses at several other universities in Norway, including Barrett Due, University of Tromsø, and University of Stavanger.