David Dramm


David Dramm (b.1961) was born in Illinois, growing up in San Diego, California. The international press has dubbed him an ‘American iconoclast.’ As a composer, singer, guitarist and lyricist Dramm “moves effortlessly between the worlds of classical music, improvisation, rock music, theater and dance.”

His composition studies began with Robert Erickson and, later, at Yale University with Louis Andriessen and Earle Brown.
His music has been performed regularly throughout Europe and elsewhere including Warsaw Autumn, Holland Festival, EXPO in Biel, and the Finnish ‘Time of Music’ Festival. Major commissions have included works for Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, ASKO/Schoenberg, Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Albany Symphony, Frances-Marie Uitti, Anne La Berge, Monica Germino, Club Guy & Roni, Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel and Scapino Ballet.

Dramm’s daringly unconventional pop arrangements for artists such as John Cale, Low, Ellen ten Damme and Junkie XL have been widely broadcast and recorded.

Recordings of his music are available on Wergo, BVHaast, New World, Vanguard Classics, Challenge, ATTACCA, Einstein, Composer’s Voice and X-OR. Dramm’s music is published by MCN/Donemus and voLsap Music.

David Dramm is a co-founder of Splendor Amsterdam.