David K Freeman is a musician and teaching artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He has traveled extensively to study music, including in the Dominican Republic and India, and his work is infused with a passion for Jazz, Latin, and Folk music traditions. David is an active member of the Outer Bridge Ensemble, The Biryani Boys and Sha’ar, collaborates on projects in the visual arts, dance, and film, including the composition and performance of original music for PBS' The Mind of a Chef and The Love Guru motion picture soundtrack. As a bandleader, is currently celebrating his latest album Overview Effect.
Freeman holds a MA in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University with focus on experiential education, museum education and the cultural arts, a BS in Anthropology from Rutgers University and has been a participant at the Lincoln Center Education Summer Forum Leadership Lab, Central NY Arts Teaching Artist Training, Banff Arts Center, Omi International Arts Center, LABA (14th Street Y), Makor and the Asylum International Artists Retreat. He is a recipient of the Tides Foundation Special Project Grant (2018), Jim Joseph Fellowship (2016), Schusterman/ROI Micro Grant (2016), Asylum Arts Grant (2014) Jubilation Foundation Fellowship (2013), Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship and the NJSCA Folk Arts Apprenticeship Award and has over the years, studied music under the guidance of Russ Moy, Billy Martin, Sam Ulano, Robert Benford, Prasanna Thokchom Singh, Ustad Shabbir Nisar, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Louis Bauzo.
As a Teaching Artist, David continues to maintain a commitment to incarcerated and at risk youth. In 2001, he co-founded a rhythm and music workshop at The Middle Sex County Division of Youth Services’ Juvenile Detention Center in New Jersey, where taught through 2010. In 2011, Freeman joined Arts to Grow, an organization that provides after-school arts programming to the tri-state area’s marginalized school communities. From 2006 – 2016, he has acted as Assistant Coordinator for the SaskTel Saskatchewan TD Jazz Intensive. David currently holds an Adjunct Professor position at Pace University, is a board member for the Association of Teaching Artists and an active volunteer for Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue.
In addition, Freeman has worked with notable cultural arts institutions/organizations such as Central NY Arts, Jubilation Foundation, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Washington Jewish Music Festival, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, BRIC Arts Media, and Brooklyn Raga Massive.
David’s career as a musician is as robust as his career as a teaching artist. He has worked with notable artists such as Actor/comedian Mike Myers, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin & Wood), James Zollar, Daniel Carter, Fast Forward, Brent Green, Paul Rucker, Stephen Chopek, Nadine LaFond, Alicia Jo Rabins, Daniel Saks, Wyndham Boylan-Garnett and Lilah Larson.
Regional, National and International performances include Symphony Space, Joe's Pub, The Blue Note, The Stone, 55 Bar, Rockwood Music Hall, The Living Room, Jazz and Colors Festival, BRIC Arts, Roulette, ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn Bowl, Baby's All Right, Brooklyn Raga Massive, The Bearsville Theatre, Blues Alley, Grounds for Sculpture Park, Fine Art Museum Boston, Washington Jewish Music Festival, Chicago World Music Festival, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Calgary International Jazz Festival, SaskTel Saskatchewan International Jazz Festival.