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David Borgo is a saxophonist, ethnomusicologist, and Professor of Music at the University of California San Diego. At the age of 24 he won the International John Coltrane Competition. Since then he has toured extensively, including performances in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North, Central, and South America, and has released ten CDs and one DVD of original music on a variety of labels. David has studied and/or performed with many of the greatest jazz musicians, including Herbie Hancock, David Liebman, Billy Higgins, Kenny Burrell, Gerald Wilson, Harold Land, David Baker, Snooky Young, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Sam Rivers, John Tchicai, Anthony Davis, and Mark Dresser. In addition to jazz, David performs electro-acoustic improvisation with his duo KaiBorg (kaiborg.com) and intricate polyrhythmic music with his sextet Kronomorfic (kronomorfic.com). As a scholar, David has published numerous articles in prestigious journals and his book, Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age, won the Alan P. Merriam Prize in 2006 from the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Borgo has the history of the music down pat… He touches on the past, teases with the future, but mainly speaks in the present tense — Frank Rubolino, All About Jazz
Borgo’s music splashes all over the jazz spectrum, from swing to free… [He] has a lovely warm tone on tenor sax and a gracious one on soprano – Francois Couture, All Music Guide
On soprano Borgo weaves delicate patterns across the music, while on other tracks he sets a classic big-hearted tenor sound in dialogue with avantgarde spikiness – Nate Doward, Coda
… [a] modernist with a large record collection, big ears, and like-minded colleagues – Stuart Kremsky, Cadence
There’s a wonderful energy running throughout … This is great music played with passion by great players – Michael Bettine, Jazz Now
‘Initial Conditions’ will spend more time in your deck than any Wynton Marsalis record—or even anything Sonny Rollins has done in about 40 years. It’s got the feel -– Greg Burk, LA Weekly