"music that is suffused with atmosphere, from start to end, from top to bottom, in all of its layers and in all of its inflections" The Herald
"a pianist, singer and composer of immense lyrical talent and depth"
David Paul Jones is an Edinburgh-based composer, pianist, vocalist and songwriter. He was born in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1969 and studied classical piano and composition at the Royal Scottish Academy Of Music in the early 90s and has been writing and performing throughout the UK and internationally for over 25 years.
His work explores atmospheric and emotive soundworlds via acoustic and digital forms from solo piano music, songs and larger scale vocal works, to ambient music and sound designs for theatre and dance.
His theatre work comprises of a series of soundtracks and performances including A Game Of Death and Chance and Enlightenment House (National Trust For Scotland); Fooligan And The Bridges Of Darkness (Al Seed Productions); Last Woman Left (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Right Now (Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Bush Theatre London and Ustinov/Theatre Royal Bath co-production); Tracks Of The Winter Bear, The Tree Of Knowledge (Traverse Theatre Company); All My Sons, Great Expectations and The Maids (Dundee Rep); Butterfly (Ramesh Meyyappan); Caged, Pobby & Dingan and Something Wicked This Way Comes (Catherine Wheels); Elizabeth Gordon Quinn, Our Teacher’s A Troll, Mary Queen Of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, The Missing (National Theatre Of Scotland); Those Eyes That Mouth, The Devil’s Larder, Barflies, What Remains and Jury Play (Grid Iron), his chamber opera The Songbird and The Green Snake (National Theatre Of China).
Soundtracks for dance and physical theatre include We Are All Just Little Creatures (Curious Seed/Lung Ha/Lyra); NQR (Scottish Dance Theatre); This Twisted Tale (Paper Doll Militia); Inertia, Maelstrom (Y-Dance); Wishbox (Wired Aerial Theatre); Spokes (All Or Nothing) and the short film Threads by Curious Seed.
His own work as a composer, pianist and vocalist includes the Linn Records release Something There (featuring DPJ Ensemble), his song-cycle Palmstar Poppy and the 4-Track EP The Sky’s Harbour.
His international work includes projects and performances throughout Europe, Australia, South America, Middle East, USA and China.
He is the recipient of several arts awards including Scotsman Fringe Firsts, Herald Angels, and a Total Theatre Award for his collaborative work with Grid Iron. in 2011 he was awarded the Glenfiddich Spirit Of Scotland Award for Music in recognition of his contribution to the theatre and music industry in Scotland.