David Coulter

Represented by: Pam Winter


DAVID COULTER is an English-born multidisciplinary artist, musician, composer, director, and educator based in the Bay Area since 2015. He was associate musical director and multi-instrumentalist on Robert Wilson’s The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets at A.C.T. Since the 1980s, he has directed shows, produced records, and played his musical saw and other assorted weird and less-weird instruments in studios, theaters, and stages and on recordings around the world with the likes of The Pogues, Tom Waits, Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Hal Willner, and Gorillaz. Coulter curates and directs multi-artist events. Credits include Monkey: Journey to the West (Gorillaz and Chen Shi-Zheng), Double Fantasy Live, Rain Dogs Revisited, Discreet + Oblique: The Music of Brian Eno, Twisted Christmas, In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited, Improbable’s The Eldership Project, and An Anatomy Act. His project, Jim Jarmusch Revisited, premiered at Philharmonie de Paris and went on to sell out London’s Barbican Theatre. In 2017 he composed scores for two of Carey Perloff’s American Conservatory Theatre productions: Ursula Rani Sarma’s adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns which has won several awards, including Coulter’s Betty Mitchell Award for Best Score For A New Play and has been nominated for several others. He has performed his live score for A Thousand Splendid Suns over 200 times at theaters across the United States and Canada. He also composed the score for Perloff’s production of Hamlet. Coulter recently collaborated with Kronos Quartet and composer Sahba Aminikia to create a new piece for the Guardian newspaper’s 3D film Virtual Reality project Sea Prayer: a 360 illustrated film based on a story by Khaled Hosseini. In April 2018 Coulter was Artist-In-Residence with Kronos Quartet for Kronos Festival 2018 at SFJazz Centre and also directed one of the opening concerts for Commonwealth Games – Great Australian Songbook in Gold Coast. His most recent performances include featuring a soloist on the OST for French movie director Claire Denis’s latest film High Life. He has played the didgeridoo at the invitation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on a number of official occasions.

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