About David Skinner
My main instrument is the piano. I've been a professional musician since 2001.
I work as a bandleader, and I've organised and played music for all occasions, from solo to large ensembles; jazz clubs, festivals, dance events, corporate events, shows, house parties, etc
I've played a lot of gigs, with a very wide variety of music and musicians, at places such as Oslo Concert Hall, Gamle Logen, Herr Nilsen jazz pub, Norwegian Academy of Music, Stavanger concert hall, Oslo National Library, Oslo University Library, Blå and National Jazz Scene; many clubs and festivals all over Norway; as well as several tours in Japan (6 times), Finland, and various jazz festivals and dance events in Norway, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Greece.
I've got experience playing many styles. These days, on the jazz piano side of things I specialise in
stride piano and swing, but definitely with a personal twist, with three solo piano CDs. I have a drummerless quartet called Diagonal Jazzband, and a piano trio.
I also play electric piano and synthesizers, and my solo electronic project is called Megacrex.
I work regularly with swing-related dance, in styles such as Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston and Tap. My swing band is called Jazzombies, and features some of the best swing musicians in Norway. I've organised live music for many Norwegian swing dance festivals in Oslo and Bergen, such as Winter Jump and Scandinavian Shuffle, especially in collaboration with Bårdar Swing Club. I've also worked with tap dancers on several shows in the Oslo region.
I'm interested in music theory, and I have written about things like time signatures, polyrhythm and modal harmony.
I have a Bachelor's degree in contemporary classical composition from The Grieg Academy, University of Bergen, 2008-12, and a Master's degree in jazz/improvised music from The Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, 2012-14
I have had temporary positions at NMH as a music theory teacher, running workshops, and teaching piano. I have also held workshops and masterclasses at several other universities in Norway, including Barrett Due, University of Tromsø, and University of Stavanger.
I've lived in Norway since 2005.