"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
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 highly-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 award-winning soundtracks and performances including Right Now (Traverse Theatre, Bush Theatre London and Ustinov Bath co-production); Tracks Of The Winter Bear, The Tree Of Knowledge (Traverse Theatre Company); Butterfly (Ramesh Meyyappan); Caged, Pobby & Dingan, 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 (Grid Iron), his chamber opera The Songbird and The Green Snake (National Theatre Of China).
Soundtracks for dance and physical theatre include 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 was awarded the 2011 Glenfiddich Spirit Of Scotland Award for Music in recognition of his contribution to the theatre and music industry in Scotland.
In Autumn 2017 the DPJ Ensemble will reform for live performances to mark the 15 year anniversary release of Something There, followed by a series of new ensemble-based projects in 2018 and beyond.