David's Musical Life
Greetings from the Pacific Northwest.
I live in historic Jacksonville, in the beautiful Rogue Valley of southern Oregon, surrounded by mountains. Jacksonville was a mid-19th century boom town, the site of the 1852 Oregon Gold Rush, and today it is steeped in rich and colorful history. The town is a thriving community of people who all enjoy living in an architecturally picturesque National Historic Landmark.
For more than 40 years I traveled the world as an opera and concert soloist and there is plenty of information on this website about that, via the links on the sidebar to the left. I've been truly fortunate to live a life centered around music.
In 2017 I published The LIttle Bach Book, a unique look at everyday life in Leipzig during the decades J.S. Bach and his family lived there. There's no other book quite like it. Learn more...
I was part of the Carmel Bach Festival in California for 30 seasons — first as tenor soloist, and then as Dramaturge, Lecturer, Director of the Vocal Master Class for young professional singers, and creator of the English-language supertitle projections during concerts.
Carmel Impresarios, a book I published in 2014, tells the story of two extraordinary women who joined their lives together in the 1920s and became an inspirational duo in art, music and theater. Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous helped make Carmel-by-the-Sea an artistic hot spot in the 1930s, and they founded the Carmel Bach Festival in 1935. 400 pages, 300 vintage illustrations, footnoted, it's a definitive account of music and theater in early Carmel.
In my parallel musical career, I spend my time strapped to an acoustic guitar and singing my heart out. You can check that out here.
And I'm part of the living history programs in historic Jacksonville Oregon where I was nicknamed "The Northwest Troubadour. More info....
In 2011 I co-founded Lucky Valley Press with my wife, Ginna Gordon. Since then we have designed and produced 55 books now in international retail distribution: 13 of our own titles and 42 other books by 28 independent authors. We are currently (12/2019) working with two new clients on the editing and design of our 56th and 57th books.
Drop me a line if you'd like to connect about any of these things. Thanks for reading all the way to here!