"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple-tree or oak. Shall he turn his spring into summer? If the condition of things which we were made for is not yet, what were any reality which we can substitute? We will not be shipwrecked on a vain reality." - Henry David Thoreau
David Soin Tappeser is a German-born, London-based jazz musician. His practice primarily revolves around experimentation and improvisation - more often than not as a means to re-visit/re-invigorate/re-invent established traditions. His studies and extensive travels in India, Nepal, Mexico and beyond have brought him into contact with a variety of different musical and percussive traditions, leaving an audible impact on his understanding of the drum set. His particularly subtle, melodic approach to the instrument puts strong emphasis on the aesthetic of tone, sound and dynamics.
The theoretical and conceptual backbone of David's performative and compositional praxis is currently shaped by notions of internal pulsation, ideas of phase and fragmentation as well as thoughts concerning the manipulation of time and time-perception through music. Yet, above all, David considers music a means of unfiltered, personal expression and play - something mysterious and whimsical.
2013/2014 musician in residence at mahindra college uwc, india
2008-2013 diploma in jazz performance and composition at imep, france
• ensemble instruction w/ manuel rocheman, rick margitza
• drum set instruction w/ tony saba
2009-2012 master of research in south asian studies at ehess, france
2007/2008 1st yr Licenciatura en Ejecución en Música Popular Contemporánea at academia fermatta, mexico
• drum set instruction w/ fabian cocho
2004-2007 bachelor of arts in music and study of religion at soas, uk
• tabla instruction w/ sanju sahai, rabin lal shrestha
• semester abroad at kathmandu university, nepal
2002-2004 international baccalaureate at mahindra college uwc, india
"It takes a pretty good drummer to be better than no drummer at all."
- Chet Baker