Father was a church and cinema organist and played piano in dance bands.
David started learning violin at the age of nine. First violin bought
from a junk shop for £1.00. Played right back for school football
Secondary school: A levels in Latin, Greek and Ancient History. Rugby
player (Captain and Scrum-half). Started improvising.
Certificate of Education specialising in Music and Drama. Leader of College
Orchestra. Formed folk rock band.
M.A. in Performing Arts (interdisciplinary performances, papers on structure
in post-modern art music, the hermeneutics of rock journalism).
Musician, Composer. Concerts with folk and rock groups throughout UK,
recording sessions etc.
Musician, Composer, Producer. Member of King Crimson
rock group; tours of UK, Europe, USA & Canada. Recorded 5 albums for
EG Records. Recorded Clearlight Orchestra album for Virgin
Records. TV & radio broadcasts.
Musician, Composer, Producer, Musical Director, Actor. Formed ASCEND rock
improvisation group; concerts UK and Nancy Jazz Festival. Theatre work
at: Royal Court Theatre, Royal Court Upstairs, Bush Theatre, Wyndhams
Theatre, Arts Meeting Place.
Musician, Composer, Producer, Musical Director, Actor. Freelance in Dublin,
sessions, concerts, formed 12 piece band. Abbey Theatre Dublin. Players
Theatre Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Project Arts Centre Dublin. Initiated
Improvisation Workshops at Project Arts Centre - featured on RTE Television.
Musician, Composer, Producer, Musical Director, Actor. Director (Music
Theatre) Tour of Holland with theatre & music. BBC, Music Box, ICA
Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company, Productions at Theatre Royal
Bristol, Festival Theatre Buxton, Assembly Rooms Edinburgh. Arnolfini
Arts Centre Bristol. Theatre Centre (TIE touring, inner city areas in
London, Manchester, Liverpool).
Musician, Composer, Producer, Musical Director, Director (Music Theatre).
Audio-visual and video presentations. Performing in jazz groups and with
own rock band; concerts in UK, Le Mans Jazz Festival, broadcasts on RADIO
3 and in France.
Leicester Haymarket Theatre (12th Night). Recorded 2 albums for United
Dairies Records. Recorded 2 albums for Dossier Records. Recorded 2 albums
for Red Hot Records. Sessions on various recordings. Directed staging
of Memos From Purgatory at the Half Moon Theatre and
other venues using dancers, musicians, lights, slides etc.
Formed Beckett Music: Performances at Riverside Studios and other Arts
Centres. Dance Company 7 ,(Afro-Carribean Dance) at Royal Festival Hall,
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room & other venues.
People Moving Dance Company at The Place, Chat's Palace etc. Concerts
in Germany, Belgium, & UK. The Essential King Crimson - Frame By Frame
boxset ,released by Virgin Records. 3rd album for Red Hot Records, David
Cross - The Big Picture released Europe and Japan October
The Great Deceiver - King Crimson released by Virgin Records November
1992. 4th album for Red Hot Records, David Cross - Testing To
Destruction released Europe and Japan October 1994. Featured
on German television. Formed creative partnership with Dean Allen as the
god brothers, co-writing, directing,and acting in That World (a play with
music) performed at Interchange Studios October 1995. Featured on System
Collusion (Geoff Serle - Severe Test) (1995). Devised Dance/Music piece,
The Walking Self with Verity Blackman performed at Chisenhale Dance Space
March 1996. Featured on Dean Carter album Psychomuzack (1997).
King Crimson - The Night Watch released worldwide (1998). Featured on
album by Joe Hisaishi(Lost Paradise).
David Cross - Exiles album released in Europe, USA and
Japan featuring performances by Robert Fripp, Peter Hammill, John Wetton
and a collaboration with Peter Sinfield. Formed Noisy Records
(1999). Discipline Records release The Beat Club Bremen (1972) as a mono
collectors' CD (1999).
Radius album Civilizations released on Noisy Records
(2000). Interdisciplinary performances created with Verity Blackman (dance)
and Maurizio Pio Rocchi (painter). Senior Lecturer in Music Education
at London Metropolitan University (2001). Collaboration with Mick Paul
and Richard Palmer-James to write David Cross Band album Closer
than skin (released 2005). Developed solo violin performances
during 2004-2005. Concerts in London, Tokyo, Osaka and Athens. Recorded
Unbounded with Japanese singer pianist Naomi Maki. Collaborations
with Haruhiko Tsuda (featured on the forthcoming album Navigator),
Korekyojin and Shuichi Chino in Japan and Chris Stassinopoulos in Greece.