David Bennett Thomas
Composer, Pianist, Educator: Classical, Jazz, Choral, Chamber, etc…
The chamber works of David Bennett Thomas may be categorized as neo-Romantic, neo-tonal, or even as a kind of sophisticated ‘fusion classical’ but these terms by themselves are inadequate to describe the complex mixtures of elements in his music. His strongest pieces reveal both modernist influences and contemporary applications, though blended to sound original and whole, not like self-conscious parodies or pastiches. Thomas is shrewd enough not to wear his influences on his sleeve, and these presumed sources are reworked with jazz harmonies and influences in an idiosyncratic but distinctive post-modern approach.
Click the links below to explore David’s YouTube playlists.
Joel Frahm discusses DBT’s music on NPR
Click above to listen to saxophonist Joel Frahm discuss music from the album Headspace on NPR.
Click above to hear Marjorie Hermann interview Thomas on “Sounds Choral,” WWFM, The Classical Network.
Click above to hear Gene Shay interview Thomas on the Opus 101 program of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum.