In each of his musical roles, David Pierce demonstrates the highest level of professionalism. His arrangements are enjoyable to play because they are tasteful and swinging, and every detail of the notation and layout of the parts is thoughtfully done. As a musical director, he takes care of the musicians and puts everyone at ease so they can do their best work. David is a musician’s musician.- John Murphy / John Murphy, Ph.D. Saxophonist, Chair of the Division of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas
A piece in my Halloween Musical, Cirque du Horror…A painter has her art come to life! ....except not in a good way.
A piece in my Cirque du Horror show. “Once More” is about a longing husband and a recently deceased wife. She haunts him, wishing as he does, for “once more.”
To Think and Dream
These next two pieces are from a collection of work I call the “Singularity Suite,” based on the writings of Ray Kurzweil. Marion Powers delivers some hauntingly beautiful vocals, and cellist Buffi Jacobs’ group, Anaphase, delivers a powerful performance of this piece. “To Think and Dream,”....perhaps artificial intelligence will one day comprehend and “feel” what it means to love?
Another song from my “Singularity Suite.” The noise and chatter of this “thing” we call the internet, and how it’s slowly but surely marching towards the “singularity.”
Fiddler on the Roof
I mean, who says you can’t arrange “Fiddler on the Roof” for a big band?
Socrates and Cigarettes
A very special piece written for a very special man, Mr. Mike M Anzaldúa Jr. My uncle was a driving force in the success of my writing, and continues to inspire me to this very day. I miss you and love you, Tío.
Twas the Night Before Christmas
Originally known as “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” this poem by Clarke Clement Moore is an absolute classic. It was an enormous honor of mine to set this to music. Expertly narrated by Mr. J Paul Slavens, and part of the “A Very Merry Denton” album.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
My orchestral arrangement of this holiday classic features Midlake’s very own front man, Eric Pulido. Some beautiful playing by all the musicians involved!