Prof. David Friedman
American vibraphonist and composer David Friedman is considered to be one of the leading figures on his instrument. His highly individual style has brought him together with such diverse artists as Leonard Bernstein, Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter, George Benson and Yoko Ono, to name just a few.
On recordings and concerts with such jazz greats as Joe Hernderson, Ron Carter, Chet Baker and Horace Silver, his playing is driven by the need for open musical dialog and the desire to extend the technical and expressive possibilities of his instrument.
In the mid 70s and 80s, his project "Double Image", with mallet partner Dave Samuels, was innovative in creating a new group sound. Friedmans "Trio Tambour" CD "EARFOOD", featuring Peter Weniger and Pepe Berns has been in the Jazz charts in 2005.
As an author of many method books for his instrument, as well as as leading the jazz department of the University of the Arts until 2005, Friedman is recognized as a leading educator on the international scene.