David Haney - pianist, composer
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David Haney grew up in Calgary, Canada, studied piano at age eight, adding guitar at 15. He studied composition in Portland, with Czech-American composer Tomas Svoboda. In 1980, David began performing with featured jazz artists in a modern compositional setting. His early works were performed on several occasions by the Society of Oregon Composers. He has received six commissions for film, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, and from private individuals. In 1997 David began touring internationally performing and recording with such artists as: Andrew Cyrille, Julian Priester, Roswell Rudd, Bud Shank, John Tchicai , Han Bennink, Buell Neidlinger, Gerry Hemingway, Wolter Wierbos, Obo Addy, Wilbert de Joode and Adam Lane.


A sometimes frequent performer in Canada and the U.S. West Coast, past tour highlights have included:  Porgy and Bess, Vienna, Austria; BLAJAZZ, Oslo, Norway; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; 2nd International Festival de Jazz, Valparaiso, Chile; The Knitting Factory, New York; Yoshi's, Oakland, CA; The Western Front, Vancouver, Canada; The Calgary International Jazz Festival, Calgary, Canada; The Yardbird Suitem Edmonton, Canada; Pacific Rim Chamber Music Festival. Tofino, Canada.

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"Haney's resume includes liturgical and chamber works, hybrid jazz/classical improvisations and music for ballet." Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

"...his playing reveals an attractively individual style. " Steven Lowey, All Music Guide

"...has played inside and out :from Bud Shank to John Tchicai" The Village Voice

"A bright light on the modern jazz scene. A serious and interesting young man on the leading edge of jazz composition." Judy Hamill, CBC Radio

"Haney is worth your time." Jason Bivens, Cadence Jazz and Blues Journal

"Haney is a firm believer in the spontaneous approach to music making," Andrew Gilbert, Contra Costa Times

"Pianist Haney's got hands like ballerinas have feet." John Graham, Willamette Week

"Pianist David Haney seems to get off most on....collective improvisations rooted in the moment." Derk Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Haney's minimalistic approach, which is primarily rhythmic, veers away from any melodic content, and produces some wonderful interplay through his unaccompanied solos, especially with the relentless beats of Bennink. The percussive rhythmic interplay with Bennink is often reminiscent of Hasaan Ibn Ali and Max Roach's classic session from 1963, (The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan)." Laurence Donohue-Greene, One Final Note

"He challenges Bud Shank and other first string collaborators he brings together (including, in the past, Han Bennink and Julian Priester) with his instant compositions that mix the kinetic energy of music-in-the-moment with harmonic structural touchstones." Bill Smith, Willamette Week

"Although there are some hints of blues and swing, the sound speaks more to the classical. Haney has successfully blended these forms in energetic and intelligent pieces. Paula Payerman, Fast Forward Weekly

"Combining simple, often lyrical lines with complex group improvisation, the music is both edgy and inviting, developing beautifully flowing themes." Andrew Gilbert, Contra Costa Times

"...a welcome invitation to grab your passport and be swept away on a journey. The music transported you into uncharted, yet familiar mindscapes. And what places they were!" Diane Worley, Jazz Notes