Dave Soldier

photo Dave Soldier played violin in Western swing bands and guitar in rhythm and blues groups, including Bo Diddley, and studied composition with Roscoe Mitchell before moving to New York City in the early 80's, where he studied composing privately with Otto Luening. He founded the seminal punk chamber group the Soldier String Quartet (1985), and punk Delta blues band the Kropotkins (1992), the first orchestra for animals, the Thai Elephant Orchestra (Lampang, 2000), the Andalusian dance band The Spinozas (2004), and Da Hiphop Raskalz, in which 5-10 year olds in East Harlem write and play their own compositions (2004).

In addition to the repertoire for the above perorming groups, Soldier's compositions include The People's Choice Music: The Most Wanted and Unwanted Songs, following poll results of likes and dislikes of the American population, in collaboration with the Russian expatriate artists Komar &  Melamid; collaborations with Kurt Vonnegut; repertoire for musically na´ve children or performed on specially designed instruments by songbirds and pygmy chimpanzees; various song cycles/oratorios/operas; arrangements for many pop groups including John Cale, David Byrne, and Guided by Voices, and TV and film soundtracks, including I Shot Andy Warhol and Sesame Street. Soldier's Symphony #1 was recently recorded by the Thai Elephant Orchestra.

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Tangerine Awkestra
Aliens Took My Mom



Dave Soldier
Chamber Music



Dave Soldier / Rebecca Cherry / Winsome Brown
The Complete Victrola Sessions



Dave Soldier & Da Hip Hop Raskalz


The Thai Elephant Orchestra
Water Music



The Thai Elephant Orchestra
Elephonic Rhapsodies



The Kropotkins
Five Points Crawl



Kurt Vonnegut and Dave Soldier
Ice 9 Ballads



Soldier String Quartet
Inspect for Damaged Gods



Robert Dick and Soldier String Quartet
Jazz Standards on Mars



Komar & Melamid and Dave Soldier
The People's Choice: Music



Soldier String Quartet
She's Lightning When She Smiles



Dave Soldier
Smut



Dave Soldier / Kurt Vonnegut / Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
Soldier Stories



The Thai Elephant Orchestra


Yol K'u (Inside the Sun)
Mayan Mountain Music



Dave Soldier with Walter Hilse
Organum



Dave Soldier/Steven Beck
In Black and White
Music for Piano Solo


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