avis Good is a 21st century classical composer with a special interest in all things theatrical. In addition to his work in concert repertoire, he has written music for stage, film, and video games and performs regularly as a keyboardist with local bands. He has garnered considerable experience in both solo and collaborative work, as well having written for an uncommonly diverse range of media.
Most recently Davis has specialized in composing music for live theatre. His recent composition credits for theatre include Two Gentlemen of Verona with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, The Comedy of Errors with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Sight Unseen with TheatreOCU, Treasure Island with the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Woyzeck with TheatreOCU, and Othello with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. In 2013 his Treasure Island score earned the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award for Sound Design Excellence
Davis also has a history of collaborating with singers, having composed art songs, choral works, song cycles, a mass for female singers and piano, and most recently a commissioned work for new vocal ensemble Ping which was broadcast on Pittsburgh classical radio (WQED) in December 2013. Today, Davis is in the process of writing two chamber operas, one based on the myth of Echo and the other on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale “The Little Mermaid”. The latter opera doubles as an ongoing social media project for tumblr and YouTube in which Davis catalogues inspirational works and vlogs about his process.
As a keyboardist, in addition to being a member of Pittsburgh folk/rock band The Laurels, Davis recently recorded an EP with experimental jazz ensemble WHEEL headed by Brooklyn-based composer Christian Kriegeskotte who provided music for the project. In Kriegeskotte’s estimation “he was perfect — the project could not have happened without him.” Davis is currently planning future projects with WHEEL including a full-length album for the Fall of 2014.
Davis has studied with Edward Knight at Oklahoma City University and Leonardo Balada at Carnegie Mellon University. He cites Olivier Messiaen, Arvo Pärt, Eric Whitacre, and George Crumb among his greatest influencers. He also frequently draws inspiration from bands and singer-songwriters such as Imogen Heap, Florence + The Machine, Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Sigur Rós. He is also a self-proclaimed anime aficionado and regularly references favorite characters and themes in his work.
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