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A musical performer and educator with a career that spans thirty years, David Acker has performed with musicians including Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, Bernard Purdie, Grady Tate, Glenn Moore, Marty Ehrlich, Ron McLure, Will Lee, Nat Adderly jr., Patti Austin, Richard Bona, Gil Goldstien, Mark Soskin, Peggy Stern, Steve LaSpina, Mike Clark, Jeff Andrews, Jerome Harris, Boris Koslov,Paul Bollenbeck and many others on the stage and in the recording studio. Davids’ long held love of the Brazilian musical tradition is reflected in his playing and compositional style. He uses the language of traditional and modern Brazilian grooves in combination with a jazz sensibility. Along with his coice of violon (acoustic nylon string guitar) as his instrument of choice, David accomplishes a real melding of styles.
Recently, David has been performing and recording with the composer and pianist Rubens Salles. David holds a masters degree in classical guitar performance from the Mannes College of Music in NYC and has had extensive studies with such teachers as Charles Banacos in Boston and Frederic Hand and John Scofield in New York. He has taught at Bennington College in Vermont and Hunter College and the City University of New York as well as Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. David currently teaches private students at the Dwight School in NYC.
Acker’s current recordings include “Angles in Time and Space,” “Echoes and Images,” “Handmade” and “Songs From the Long View.”