David Boykin

David Boykin - Composer - Performing musician - Educator

Instrumentalist - tenor and soprano saxophones, Bb and bass clarinet, drum set
Director of Creative Music Ensemble at DuSable Leadership Academy Chicago, IL
Professor at Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
AFS – 220 Hip Hop and Jazz: Culture and Creativity
A comparative study of, respectively, the latest and greatest contributions of Blacks in America to the worlds of pop art and fine art.
Founder of Sonic Healing Ministries

Since 1997 he has released 10 album length recordings as a leader and performed at international jazz festivals and smaller jazz venues from Chicago to New York, Paris to Moscow, and Dakar to Accra.

Groups and Projects
David Boykin Solo - Solo performance on Reeds and drum set performing improvised music.

The David Boykin Expanse - Quintet comprised of flutist Nicole Mitchell, bassist Josh Abrams, pianist Jim Baker, drummer Marcus Evans and composer, saxophonist and leader David Boykin performing original compositions.

Sonic Healing Ministries - Sonic Healing Ministries is an organization dedicated to the evolution of the human spirit through music. The crux of their mission is that artist consciously creates work that impacts themselves and their audiences in a positive manner with respect to their physical, psychological, and emotional well being.

Other Projects
i.e. Performance Series - a series of improvised experimental genre crossing duets pairing himself successively with a dance/movement artist, a visual artist, a literary artist, a film/video/electronic media artist, and a theatrical artist.
David Boykin’s most recent creative exploits are the creation of an experimental video for his sound recording “Galaxophone” using shadow puppetry and the infusion of his poetry in a hip hop emceeing style into the instrumental sound of the David Boykin Expanse.

David Boykin Expanse Live At the Velvet Lounge -Sonic Healing Ministries 2007; Victory Honor And Glory - Sonic Healing Ministries 2007; Galaxophone - Sonic Healing Ministries 2007; Microcosmic Sound Orchrestra: Live At The Spareroom April 23 2005 - Sonic Healing Ministries 2005; The Eye OF The Beholder - Dreamtime Records 2004; Diasporadiation - Dreamtime Records 2002; 47th Street Ghost - Dreamtime Records 2001; The Nextspiritmental Musics OF Saxophonist David Boykin - Dreamtime Records 2001; Evidence OF Life On Other Planet Vol. 1 - Thrill Jockey Records 1999; Evidence OF Life On Other Planet Vol. 2 - Box Media 1999

Awards and Grants

Illinois Arts Council Fellowship For Music Composition, 2005
CAAP Grant, Chicago Department Of Cultural Affairs, 2005
Arts International Fund For US Artists Performing Abroad, 2002
CAAP Grant, Chicago Department Of Cultural Affairs, 2000

"One of the current focuses in my work is the infusion of hip hop style rhyming into my music without sacrificing the core elements of each. These core elements being the rhythmic complexity, especially swing feel, of jazz; the harmonic complexity of jazz; and the use of multi syllabic words, varied rhyme scheme, alliteration, metaphor, and other poetic devices common to some styles of hip hop emceeing.", David Boykin.


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