(b. 1944) is an original and prolific composer, but also an active pianist, singer, arranger, choir and vocal workshop director, church musician, writer, and educator. His musical tastes reflect a deeply American sensibility. He is fascinated by the sentimental ballads of Stephen Foster, the syncopated rags of Joseph Lamb, the sonic experiments of Charles Ives and his father George, and the pioneering tape music of Richard Maxfield. He is an important figure in the recent history of American experimental music and his music is noted for its humor, eclecticism, and deep beauty. It is probably safe to say that the seven pieces on this CD, which span a period of thirty-five years, primarily reveal the more serious and lyrical side of the David Mahler musical coin. And though three of the pieces include voice, this collection also focuses on Mahler's ongoing exploration of his own instrument: the piano. The closing work, Only Music Can Save Me Now
, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of classical minimalism.
"David Mahler is not the kind of musician interested in belonging to an elite or appearing as an icon, preferring to mix with regular people--specifically, within neighborhoods and local communities where he teaches, plays, sings and organizes joyful events such as assemblies of amateur instrumentalists and children choirs.... As the time elapses, one thinks that Mahler is a wonderful person. A man who just gives, seemingly wanting nothing in exchange." --Massimo Ricci
"David Mahler is a part of the American experimental tradition, but a quirky, highly personal variant. Several of the pieces in this collection are closely tied to minimalism, but others have a more romantic sensibility, or explore 'classic modernist' tropes. But it is a certain social and political streak, a desire to make music for others of all sorts, that motivates much of this work, and gives it a distinct flavor.... This is quirky, heartfelt, non-dogmatic, and questing music." --Fanfare Magazine