GUITAR | PIANO | BANJO | MANDOLIN
Clinton Davis is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator born and raised in Kentucky and currently living in San Diego, California. His work spans distinctly American idioms from folk to classical and experimental contexts.
A pianist from childhood, Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in performance from the University of Kentucky. There he developed an interest in experimental and avant-garde traditions for which he founded the multi-media concert series Sound/Vision. In addition to performing, he was awarded a prestigious Gaines Fellowship in the Humanities and produced a thesis on the work of American experimental composer Morton Feldman.
Most of his current projects and pursuits involve sifting through America’s more vernacular musical past in some way or another. With the G Burns Jug Band, Davis performs on guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, and five-string banjo, and arranges iconic recordings from pre-war country, blues, and jazz greats for a five-piece ensemble.
At the University of California, San Diego, Davis serves as an associate instructor, leading a survey course in American roots music. He also works as assistant audio engineer, producing recordings for students and faculty that have been released on Naxos, Mode, Populist, and pfMentum record labels..