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David Silliman

 
Bio:
Drummer and percussionist, David Silliman's middle name should be versatility. Whether accompanying song stylists such as Mariah Carey, Cassandra Wilson, and Blossom Dearie or playing with Colombian Harpist Edmar Castaneda, David's exciting rhythmic energies add color and mood to any musical ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Drummer and percussionist, David Silliman's middle name should be versatility. Whether accompanying song stylists such as Mariah Carey, Cassandra Wilson, and Blossom Dearie or playing with Colombian Harpist Edmar Castaneda, David's exciting rhythmic energies add color and mood to any musical ... (read complete bio)
 

David Silliman Biography

Drummer and percussionist, David Silliman's middle name should be versatility. Whether accompanying song stylists such as Mariah Carey, Cassandra Wilson, and Blossom Dearie or playing with Colombian Harpist Edmar Castaneda, David's exciting rhythmic energies add color and mood to any musical performance. He's also comfortable playing in the pit of a Broadway show or with the New Jersey Symphony. David has over 20 years of experience. His performances have taken him to concerts and festivals in Italy, Vienna, Berlin, the North Sea, Monterey, Uruguay and Lithuania. David was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was exposed to a wide variety of music. David's first studies were in the Classical field, studying snare drum, xylophone and timpani. Later studies exposed him to Jazz, Latin Jazz, Brazilian and Funk music. Hearing music with a drummer and a percussionist made a strong impression on his playing. Trying to recreate that sound and "feel"¬Ě with just one person has become a lifetime passion. David's current setup includes a standard American Drum Set augmented with a South American Cajon. Drums from the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean along with various other percussion and some his own creations surround him. His performances on percussion and drums at the "Umbria Jazz Festival", in Orvieto & Perugia, Italy with Columbian Harpist, Edmar Castaneda garnered praise from critics and audiences alike. "David's unique setup allowed him to move seamlessly from the Cajon, to Drum Set and all the percussive "toys"¬Ě in between, creating the rhythmic sound and energy of two or three percussionists. Years of playing with Blossom Dearie's trio, showed another side of David's musical talents. Dearie's soft and understated musical styling is matched perfectly with David's softer, highly sensitive drumming. Highlights of David's past work include concert tours with Al DiMeola, Cassandra Wilson, and Leslie Uggams. He also has performed with Aretha Franklin in New York, and is featured on the VH1 Divas 2001 concert.




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Pangea Highlights In November Include Salty Brine, Tammy Faye Starlite, Eddie Brill,  Photo Pangea Highlights In November Include Salty Brine, Tammy Faye Starlite, Eddie Brill, Tom Judson, And Charles Busch
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 27, 2022

Pangea, a vital incubator for new work crossing boundaries between theatre, music and elsewhere, will present a diverse mix of entertainers in November.  

Leslee Warren Will Encore ME MYSELF & EYE: SONGS OF A NEARSIGHTED GIRL at Pangea Nove Photo Leslee Warren Will Encore ME MYSELF & EYE: SONGS OF A NEARSIGHTED GIRL at Pangea November 4th
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 8, 2022

The wonderful musical cabaret ME MYSELF & EYE will return to Pangea in November as creator, writer, and star Leslee Warren launches her debut album.

Review: THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT Beautifully Photo Review: THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT Beautifully at Chelsea Table + Stage
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 5, 2022

To present Eric Michael Gillett with the first-ever Darrell Henline Award the American Songbook Association produced an award show ceremony that could serve as a blueprint for how it's done.

Sue Matsuki To Present BUT BEAUTIFUL... A TRIBUTE TO JULIE WILSON at The Green Room 4 Photo Sue Matsuki To Present BUT BEAUTIFUL... A TRIBUTE TO JULIE WILSON at The Green Room 42
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 27, 2022

The OG Julie Wilson Award recipient, Sue Matsuki, has gathered together a group of other artists who have taken home the award to present an evening in tribute of the late cabaret great.

Celebrate Carol Sue Gershman's Big Birthday At The Green Room 42, October 13 Photo Celebrate Carol Sue Gershman's Big Birthday At The Green Room 42, October 13
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 7, 2022

Singer Carol Sue Gershman is back! Help her celebrate her 87th birthday as she presents A Reminiscence on Thursday, October 13 at 7 PM at the Green Room 42. Special guests Wendy tap dances and Terri sings. Music director is Dan Furman, with Carol Sudhalter on sax, Iris Orning on bass and David Silliman on drums. The show is directed by Lennie Watts.

BWW Review:  Spirits And Money Are Raised At The NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Benefit fo Photo BWW Review: Spirits And Money Are Raised At The NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Benefit for The Ali Forney Center at Joe's Pub
by Stephen Mosher - Jun 6, 2022

The tenth annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS show was the place to be last night, and a full house of Joe's Pub patrons knew it.

BWW Review: Sue Matsuki Celebrates 38 SEASONS OF LOVE at Feinstein's/54 Below Photo BWW Review: Sue Matsuki Celebrates 38 SEASONS OF LOVE at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Mosher - Jun 4, 2022

Sue Matsuki presents a look back at 38 years in the business but she has never looked or sounded better, so here's looking forward to another 38.

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW Releases Programming Through June 5th Photo FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW Releases Programming Through June 5th
by Marissa Tomeo - May 28, 2022

Next week, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551.

BWW Interview: Sue Matsuki of 38 SEASONS OF LOVE at Feinstein's/54 Below June 2nd Photo BWW Interview: Sue Matsuki of 38 SEASONS OF LOVE at Feinstein's/54 Below June 2nd
by Stephen Mosher - May 27, 2022

As Sue Matsuki prepares for her debut at 54 Below, she waxes poetic and practical about thirty-eight years in the business in this chat with Broadway World Cabaret's Stephen Mosher.

BWW Review: Leslee Warren Performs Eye-Opening ME MYSELF & EYE: SONGS FROM A NEARSIGH Photo BWW Review: Leslee Warren Performs Eye-Opening ME MYSELF & EYE: SONGS FROM A NEARSIGHTED GIRL at Pangea
by Stephen Mosher - May 16, 2022

Reviving her hit show from 2018, Leslee Warren proves that good things only get better with time.