David Wall is a composer, lyricist, singer and vocal coach.
As lead vocalist of the much revered rhythm and blues band the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir he toured Canada extensively, appearing regularly on television and radio. He has performed and recorded with an impressive cross-section of artists including Big Sugar, The Barenaked Ladies, Lorraine Segato and Ken Whiteley. His most recent musical journey as a singer has been into the world of Jewish tradition where he has achieved success recording and touring internationally as lead voice of Toronto’s Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and Winnipeg’s From Both Ends Of The Earth.
Since 2001 David has developed a busy career as a composer. He has worked with directors such as Simcha Jacobovici, Avi Lewis, Michael Maclear and John Greyson and has written many scores for film and television.
He has written a large repertoire of songs in an assortment of genres from pop and rock to gospel, blues and jazz, many of which appeared on the three Bourbon Tabernacle Choir cds as well as his two solo recordings, Lozenge, (1993, Hypnotic/A+M) and The Spell I Was Under, (2006, Black Hen Records). In 1998 he co-wrote the #1 Canadian rock/alternative song “The Scene” for pop-band Big Sugar. More recently he has contributed original Yiddish songs and settings of modern Yiddish poetry to his Jewish music projects, including collaborative work with acclaimed jazz pianist Marilyn Lerner. Their 2002 recording, Still Soft Voiced Heart was described by Nat Hentoff as "luminously lyrical" in the Wall Street Journal.
David has also worked on many experimental and multi-media musical projects in collaboration with designer Bruce Mau and with film maker John Greyson, including Fig Trees (2003; video installation/opera, John Greyson, director) and Roppongi Hills Project (2001; large scale Tokyo video installation, commissioned by Bruce Mau Design).
In 1998 and 2000 he received Canada Council grants for Cantorial vocal studies.
In May, 2000, he received the Toronto Arts Council Protege Award for music composition.
In September, 2000, he received a Gemini Award nomination for best musical score for a documentary for “Out of the Fire”.
In April, 2001, he received a Golden Sheaf Award for best musical score.
In 2002, he received both a Canada Council grant and an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers’ Fellowship to compose "Fig Trees," a video opera co-written and directed by John Greyson.
In September, 2007, he received a Gemini Award nomination for best musical score for a documentary for “Martyr Street”.
David resides in Toronto with his wife, Kyo Maclear and his two boys, Yoshi and Mika.