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David Berzonsky

David Berzonsky is an accomplished bassist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. His original compositions and arrangements are in homage to his Jewish and Appalachian heritage, seeking to re-root old world melodies into the rich rhythmic soil of the New World. He is a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist roster, and has received multiple grant awards from Virginia Humanities. He is known for his versatility as a bassist, with a range that includes jazz, latin, bossa nova, reggae, and Malian traditional music. He has performed at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage with two groups– acclaimed gypsy jazz ensemble The Olivarez Trio, and with the Malian griot and ngoni master Cheick Hamala Diabate. He has written several Jewish liturgical melodies which have been performed at Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA and has performed at Temple Micah in Washington, DC. He is also a passionate and dedicated early childhood and family music instructor, who has taught thousands of families in Charlottesville, VA and Berkeley, CA.