Contributed to new Frightened Rabbit album

I recorded horns for a track (Little Drum) on the new Frightened Rabbit album, Painting Of A Panic Attack. The whole thing sounds so good and I’m honored to have contributed to it. This was one of the first opportunities I had to record horn parts remotely at my studio in upstate NY, and I’m so grateful for it!

About the record:

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Contributed To “Day Of The Dead”

I’m so honored to have contributed some horn arranging and performing for this epic Grateful Dead tribute album:

Day of the Dead is an epic tribute to the music and artistry of the Grateful Dead, curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. They have brought together some of their favourite musicians to reinterpret the songs and sounds of the Dead for a new generation. 59 tracks and over 5 hours of music makes the album a landmark to get lost in, to discover hidden treasures and to make your own playlists for whatever mood you’re in.


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Music playing at Seattle Center

2 of my newest tunes have been included in this James Whetzel mixtape playing at the Seattle Center International Fountain through March 4th. Such an honor!

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New album of improvised compositions

I have released a new album of improvised pieces for trombone and pedals. This is the first music ever recorded in my studio in upstate New York. Inspired by West African music and classical minimalism, these pieces stretch out and develop a little more slowly than previous works for a more expansive and trance-like feel. When listening in my house, I always seemed to end up on the floor doing yoga stretches, so I feel good knowing that at the very least the music is good for promoting a healthy lifestyle.

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Nelson Patton sessions

Our sessions this past week were fun and productive. We jammed for hours on end and now have a mountain of material through which to mine for gems. At first I was concerned we didn’t have enough time in the studio, that we would be too pressed for time, but sometimes that can be just what you need. It’s pressure that makes diamonds. That was cheesy! As Marlon says below, it’s a mysterious process sometimes, but in the end, everything works out the way it’s supposed to.

Nelson Patton sessions

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In the studio with Nelson Patton

Marlon and I are in the upstate studio this week recording material for a new album. Day 1 was a rousing success and day 2 started with Marlon’s famous huevos rancheros, so we’re feeling good.

Marlon at the drums

Marlon at the drums

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New Track

Here is a new track called “20,000 Feet”. It comes from recent sessions in the new studio in upstate, NY. I played through a series of analog effects and loop pedals to create atmospheric vibes. Video was shot flying over/around Minneapolis en route to the Eaux Claires Festival, Eau Claire, WI.

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Pfarmers Project Announced

My new project with Danny Seim (Menomena) and Bryan Devendorf (The National) is announced along with our first track from the new album. It has been amazing collaborating with these guys and I can’t wait for the record to be released!

Here’s the Pitchfork article.

Pfarmers Gunnera Album Cover

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New Solo Album

I just recently finished recording a new album called Meditations. Each day, I recorded a new first-take improvisation with trombone and effects/loop pedals and posted it to Bandcamp. They truly were daily meditations for me. Enjoy!

For some of them, I created little Instagram videos, like:

A video posted by Dave Nelson (@dnelnelson) on


A video posted by Dave Nelson (@dnelnelson) on

Thank you for listening.

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Jan. 15, Nelson Patton at Shapeshifter

We are beyond excited for our upcoming show at Shapeshifter lab (Brooklyn, NY) on Jan. 15 2015.

About the space:

ShapeShifter Lab is a 4,200 square foot performance space in Park Slope; this newly renovated performance space hosts the world’s most innovative artists who are looking for a flexible platform to present their work.

We would love to see you there.

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