David Arteaga: “PUOASM”


David has been an energetic presence in the Boston Jazz scene for decades, performing with various bands and projects at all the major area venues. His latest DAQ (David Arteaga Quartet) CD release is an album of all original tunes that forge into new territory compositionally in terms of structure and harmonic progression, yet always remain focused on the essentials of emotive, singing melodies unfolding over compelling, varied and satisfying grooves, served up by his incomparable Boston-based rhythm section:

Dave Fox – drums

Max Ridley – bass

Plamen Karadonev – piano

Over the years David has covered a lot of musical terrain and draws from a broad palette of influences, spanning from a deep love of string quartets that captivated him in his early teens, through immersion in multifaceted experiences as an undergraduate composition student at the New England Conservatory, and on to an important formative period living in San Francisco, studying saxophone with members of the San Francisco Saxophone quartet, and frequenting the iconic Keystone Korner in its heyday. At NEC he had the chance to sing with the acclaimed chorus under the baton of Seiji Ozawa in performance with the BSO. During a year living in Haight-Ashbury he experienced first-hand the artistry of numerous Jazz giants the likes of Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Max Roach, Anthony Braxton and many many others.

The journey continues to this day, always seeking out new composers, performers and improvisers across genres. Over the past 10 years or so David’s strongest influence as a Jazz improviser has been Chris Potter, whose astounding and beautiful quest for sincere expression of authenticity and truth (not to mention his super-human ability as an instrumentalist) provides boundless, ongoing inspiration. It is one of the greatest puzzles in life, how can something so profoundly abstract as instrumental improvised music seem to convey in such an incomparable way things that feel most deeply true? This of course is one of those questions that words shall always fail to answer: all one can do is play! And for David the endless challenge of taking up such communication is not at all a problem to be solved, but rather a thrilling privilege, a process to be joyously celebrated. If in the course of listening to his music a little bit of that joy seeps into your heart, we are on the right track…



*Plangent Ululations of a Soporific Mendicant