David's Guitar

DAVID GORDON - singer / guitarist / historian / storyteller


Described by the Washington Post as "a model of style and charm, and an irresistible performer," tenor David Gordon has forged a unique international career as singer, teacher, lecturer, author, and recording artist.

David is a life-long troubadour whose compelling voice, keen sense of drama, and wacky humor have charmed audiences worldwide for more than 40 years. His international performing and recording career reaches from Bach to bluegrass, from grand opera to jazz, from Mozart to songs of the Oregon Trail.

David began performing with acoustic guitar in the early 1960s and never stopped, despite his four-decade detour into classical music. Throughout his opera and concert career, David has enjoyed a parallel life as a self-accompanied solo musician. He's especially known for his narrated programs of thought-provoking and uplifting songs from more than a century of great songwriters.

David also enjoys combining history and music, this winter he begins the fourth season of his concert series in Jacksonville, Oregon, Pioneer History in Story and Song. These popular concerts features songs that were actually part of American life during the mid-19th century. In the past three seasons David has given 26 concerts and presented 96 American songs, each with its own unique and often suprising story. All proceeds from this series benefit HistoricJacksonville.org.

Following his professional debut in the 1970s, David appeared as tenor soloist with virtually every major North American symphony orchestra, and with other prestigious orchestras and festivals on four continents.David

A specialist in the difficult vocal music of J. S. Bach, David has been described as "one of the world's great Bach tenors" by the Chicago Tribune. He has appeared at all major North American Bach Festivals, and at Bach festivals in Europe, South America, and Japan. David was a central and popular figure at the Carmel Bach Festival in California for 30 seasons as performer, lecturer, Dramaturge, historian and master teacher.

On the operatic stage David portrayed sixty principal roles with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera (Kennedy Center), and the Hamburg Staatsoper.

David is also a prolific recording artist and appears on 17 CDs for RCA Red Seal, Decca, London, Telarc, Dorian, Vox and other labels.

For more information about David's 4-decade classical music career, follow the links just below.

An avid historian and researcher, David is the author of Carmel Impresarios (2014), the cultural biography of two women who established the worlds of music, art and theater in early Carmel, California.

He also wrote The Little Bach Book (2017), a richly illustrated study of Bach's daily life and the gritty reality of the everyday world around him in early-18th Century Germany.

David lives in historic Jacksonville, Oregon, with his wife, novelist Ginna Gordon. Together they keep busy helping independent authors turn ideas into books. Visit them at Lucky Valley Press.