He has performed in a park, a pub, a chapel, a rowing club, a video arcade, a valley, a theatre, an art gallery and countless other environments that influence the outcome while simultaneously allowing the outcome to influence the environment. Another commitment Sait has made to the guzheng is to rarely tune it the same way twice, exploring the world of random, alternative tunings this grand instrument conveniently lends itself well to. He is an active member of AIMToronto (Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto) and the Guzheng One Club (China); co-editor of Sound List, a weekly e-newsletter representing Toronto Experimental Music/ Free Improvisation/Sound Art...), and host/creator of the live monthly series "The Night Bazaar" (performances of Traditional World music, avant-garde, experimental, etc.) David has over 20 years of formal/private music studies, live performance and recording experience balanced between guzheng, guitar, and invented found object instruments. Sait has been paired with such great improvisers as: Mick Beck (*p), DB Boyko (*p), Anne Bourne (*p), Allison Cameron (*p*r), Andrea Centazzo (*r), Eugene Chadbourne (*p*r), Christine Duncan's Element Choir (*p), Paul Dutton (*p), Xu Fengxia (*p), Glen Hall (*p*r), John Heward (*p), Michael Keith (*p*r), John Oswald (*p*r), Sarah Peebles (*p), David Prentice (*p), Friendly Rich (*p), Gino Robair (*r), LaDonna Smith (*r), Scott Thomson (*p*r), Rainer Wiens (*p), and frequently in ad hoc settings with various members of AIMToronto.
He has also worked in collaboration on separate occasions with dancer Claire E. Barrett (NYC) and painter Katherine Dolgy Ludwig (NYC). *r = on recording with *p = in performance with **Guzheng From Wikipedia The guzheng, or gu zheng (Chinese: pinyin: zheng) or zheng (gu- means "ancient") is a traditional Chinese musical instrument. It belongs to the zither family of string instruments. The guzheng is the parent instrument of the Japanese koto, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese dàn tranh The modern-day guzheng is a plucked, half-tube zither with movable bridges and 21 strings, although it can have anywhere from 15 to 25 strings. ***Leon Sait performed in many cities around the world.
He had the opportunity to arrange for and perform with many jazz greats such as Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald. David's grandmother Eugene Estel Propert also dedicated her life to music as a performing classical pianist in Russia. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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