- David Bixler
Saxophonist, composer, and educator David Bixler continues to establish himself as a multi-faceted artist. David has performed and toured the world with the orchestras of Chico O'Farrill, Lionel Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Duke Ellington, among others. His collaboration with pianist Arturo O’Farrill has resulted in many performances and tours, in addition to several recordings, including the GRAMMY nominated 40 Acres and a Mule.
The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head is Bixler's fifth recording as a leader. In reviewing the recording for All About Jazz, Dan Bilawasky writes," Bixler has garnered plenty of attention for his contributions to O'Farrill's music over the years, but this album makes it clear that it's time to give him his due for his own winning work.”
Also active as a composer, David gave the premier of his Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Delta David Gier in March of 2010. He has also received numerous commissions one of which, Heptagon for saxophone quartet, is included on a Naxos release of American composers by the Ancia Quartet.
David is the Director of Jazz Studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. As both a Selmer and Vandoren Artist he is active as a clinician throughout the world.