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As leader / co-leader

Organum (2012, Mulatta)
The Complete Victrola Sessions / The Violinist (2011, Mulatta)
Water Music, Thai Elephant Orchestra (2011, Mulatta)
The Kropotkins
Paradise Square (2010, Mulatta)
Yol Ku', Inside the Sun: Mayan Mountain Music
(2008, Mulatta)
Chamber Music
(2007, Mulatta)
Da Hiphop Raskalz
(2006, Mulatta)
Soldier Stories (2005, Mulatta) with Kurt Vonnegut
Elephonic Rhapsodies (2004, Mulatta)
Soldier String Quartet Inspect for Damaged Gods (2004, Mulatta)
Thai Elephant Orchestra (2001, Mulatta)
Ice-9 Ballads (2001, Mulatta, rerelease 2009) with Kurt Vonnegut
The Kropotkins Five Points Crawl (2000, Mulatta)
The People's Choice: Music (reissued 2000, Mulatta) (1997, Dia)
the Tangerine Awkestra Aliens Took My Mom (2000, Mulatta)
Jazz Standards on Mars (1997, Enja) Soldier String Quartet with Robert Dick
The Kropotkins (1996, Koch)
Soldier String Quartet She's Lightning When She Smiles (1996, NewTone)
Smut (1994, Avant)
War Prayer (1994, Newport Classic)
The Apotheosis of John Brown
(1993, Newport Classic)
Soldier String Quartet Sojourner Truth
(1991, Newport Classic)
Romances From the Second Line (1990, Newport Classic)
Soldier String Quartet Sequence Girls (1988, Rift Records)

Arranger, performer, composer, conductor (selected)

Alana Amram Snow Shadows: The songs of Vince Martin (2011, Kingswood) conductor for Van Dyke Park's arrangements
Samm Bennett
The Big Off (1993, Knitting Factory) violin
Jason Kao Hwang Symphony of Souls (2011, Mulatta), violin, producer
John Cale and Strings (1992, Risc Disc) arranger, violin with Soldier String Quartet
John Cale Paris S'Eveille (1993, Crepuscule) orchestral arrangements, conductor, violin
John Cale and Bob Neuwirth, Last Day on Earth (1994, MCA) arranger, violin with Soldier String Quartet
John Cale Antartida (1995, Disques du Crepuscule) conductor, orchestral arrangements, violin
John Cale Walking on Locusts (1996, Rykodisc) arranger, violin with Soldier String Quartet
John Cale Eat and Kiss (1997, Rykodisc) arranger, violin with Soldier String Quartet
John Cale Dance Music (1998, Detour/ Warner Bros.) orchestral arranger
Nicolas Collins A Dark & Stormy Night (1992, Trace Elements ) violin with Soldier String Quartet
Sussann Deyhim Madman of God (1999, Crammed Disc) violin
remixed by Bill Laswell as Shy Angels (2008)
Robert Dick Third Stone from the Sun (1993, New World) arranger, violin with Soldier String Quartet
Grupo Wara Malombo (1990 South American release) arranger, violin with Soldier String Quartet
Guided by Voices Do the Collapse (1999, TVT) arranger, violin with Soldier String Quartet
Guided by Voices Hold on Hope (2000, EP, TVT) arranger, violin with Soldier String Quartet
Guided by Voices Isolation Drills (2001, TVT) arranger, violin with Soldier String Quartet
Jason Kao Hwang Symphony of Souls (2011, Mulatta), violin, executive producer
Jessie Harris While the Music Lasts, (2004, Virgin) arrangements by Van Dyke Parks, with Soldier String Quartet
Jonas Hellborg and Tony Williams The Word (1992, Island/Axiom) violin with Soldier String Quartet
William Hooker Trio Yearn for Certainty (2010, Engine) violin, banjo, flamenco guitar (with Sabir Mateen)
William Hooker Trio Heart of the Sun (2013, Engine) violin, banjo, flamenco guitar (with Roy Campbell)
Le Nouvelles Polyponies Corses (Corsican Polyphony) Le Praiduisu (1999, Mercury) violin, arranger
Leroy Jenkins Themes & Variations on the Blues (1994, CRI) violin with Soldier String Quartet
Mandeng Eletrik (2004, Mulatta) violin
Richard Meyer (1994, Shanachie) Letter from the Open Sky violin
Jenny Muldaur Angry Elves (2002) piano
Bob Neuwirth and John Cale, Last Day on Earth (1994, MCA) arranger, violin with Soldier String Quartet
Phill Niblock / Soldier String Quartet Early Winter (1994, XI Records) violin with Soldier String Quartet
The Ordinaires The Ordinaires (1987, Dossier) violin
Christina Rosenvinge Foreign Land (2002, Lcd) arranger, violin with Soldier String Quartet
Sequitur To Have and to Hold (2007, Koch) composer
Elliott Sharp / Soldier String Quartet Tessalation Row (1987, SST) violin with Soldier String Quartet
Elliott Sharp & Carbon Larynx (1987, SST) violin
Elliott Sharp / Soldier String Quartet Hammer, Anvil, Stirrup (1989, SST ) violin with Soldier String Quartet
Elliott Sharp / Soldier String Quartet Twistmap (1991, EarRational) violin with Soldier String Quartet
Elliott Sharp & Carbon Abstract Repressionism, violin(1992, Victo) violin
Elliott Sharp / Soldier String Quartet Cryptoid Fragments (1993, Extreme Records) violin with Soldier String Quartet
Elliott Sharp / Soldier String Quartet Xeno-Codex (1996, Tzadik) violin with Soldier String Quartet
Elliott Sharp / Soldier String Quartet Rheo/Umbra (1998, Zoar) violin with Soldier String Quartet
Elliott Sharp & Carbon Syndakit, violin(1999, Zoar) violin
Elliott Sharp / Soldier String Quartet String Quartets 1986-1996 (2003, Tzadik) violin with Soldier String Quartet
Tango Project White Rabbit (1992, Newport Classic) composition (One Night)
Lorette Velvette Lost Part of Me (1998, Veracity) banjo, violin

as producer
Jason Kao Hwang and Spontaneous River Symphony of Souls (2012, Mulatta)
Pedro Cortes Los Viejos No Mueron (2013, Mulatta)

CD compilations

Soldier String Quartet Real Estate (1990, EarRational)
Soldier String Quartet / Elliott Sharp No Wave (1990, SST)
Jonas Hellborg Illuminations violin with Soldier String Quartet (1991, Axiom)
Soldier String Quartet State of the Union (1992, Arrest)
Dave Soldier and others Century XXI (Vol II) Utah Dances (1994, New Tone).
John Cale I Shot Andy Warhol, arrangements (1997, TAG)
Kropotkins WFMU compilation (1998, WFMU)
Thai Elephant Orchestra / Dave Soldier/Richard Lair State of the Union (2001)
Thai Elephant Orchestra / Dave Soldier/Richard Lair Rough Guide Music of Thailand (2003)

film scores

Antartida (Orchestra arrangements for music by John Cale) arranger, orchestra conductor (1995)
Basquiat (Orchestra arrangements for music by John Cale, directed by Julian Schnabel) arranger, conductor (1998)
Her Name is Lisa (Musical arrangement, directed by Rachid Kerdourche) arranger, bandleader (1987)
I Shot Andy Warhol (Orchestra arrangements for music by John Cale,directed Mary Herron) arranger, orchestra conductor (1997)
In Bed with Ulysses (partial score composed by Dave Soldier, directed Alan Adelson & Kate Taverna)
Mekong Delta (Music composed by Dave Soldier, directed by Vanessa Ly) composer, arranger, conductor (2003), winner Hong Kong Film Festival
Serenade (partial score composed by Dave Soldier for animation by Nadia Roden, winner NY Film Festival (2003)
Special Friends (Music by Teo Macero for ABC-TV) bandleader, violin with Soldier String Quartet (1988)
Sesame Street (soundtrack for 6 cartoons for the TV show, score composed by Dave Soldier, directed by Nadia Roden) composer, arranger (1999)
The Violinist composer, directed by Winsome Brown (2011)

"pop" arrangements

David Byrne, string section for touring band
John Cale, numerous film scores and CDs as above, produced by Joe Boyd
Guided by Voices, two CDs and EPs produced by Ric Ocasek and Rob Schaft
Jonathan Richman, produced by Ric Ocasek
Christina Rosenvinge, produced by Lee Renaldo
Sesame Street cartoons
Vixtrola, produced by Ric Ocasek
conducting for Van Dyke Park's arrangements, CDs by Jesse Harris and Alana Amram and live shows for Rufus Wainwright and Syd Straw

Dave Soldier bios for concert programs

Dave Soldier played violin in Western swing bands and guitar in rhythm and blues groups, including Bo Diddley, and studied composition with Roscoe Mitchell before moving to New York City in 1981, where he studied with Otto Luening. In 1985, he founded the seminal punk chamber group, the Soldier String Quartet, followed by the punk Delta blues band, the Kropotkins, and the Andalusian band, the Spinozas. Soldier co-founded the Thai Elephant Orchestra, consisting of 16 elephants in Northern Thailand, for which he built giant musical instruments. He has coached children to compose their own music in Harlem (Da Hiphop Raskalz), Brooklyn (the Tangerine Awkestra), Washington Heights, and northern Guatemala. In addition to repertoire for these groups, Soldier’s compositions include The People’s Choice Music: the most wanted and unwanted songs, following poll results of likes and dislikes of the American population, a collaboration with artists Komar & Melamid; collaborations with Kurt Vonnegut; repertoire for musically naïve children or performed on specially designed instruments by songbirds and pygmy chimpanzees; music performed by electrical brain activity in the Brainwave Music Project: arrangements for John Cale, David Byrne, and Guided by Voices, and various song cycles /oratorios/ operas and TV and film soundtracks including I Shot Andy Warhol and Sesame Street, and played on many pop, jazz, experimental, and classical recordings. Many of his recordings are available through Mulatta Records (www.mulatta.org).Soldier received a Ph.D in neuroscience at Columbia University, where he is a professor in the Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience departments. Soldier’s Symphony #1 was recently recorded by the Thai Elephant Orchestra.

Short music bio for press

Composer Dave Soldier's projects include the Thai Elephant Orchestra consisting of 14 elephants in northern Thailand, the cult Delta punk band the Kropotkins, The People's Choice (The World's Most Unwanted Music), the Soldier String Quartet, the Brainwave Music Project, and coaching children to compose their own music in Harlem, Brooklyn, and Guatemala. He has performed as violinist, guitarist, and composer/ arranger with Bo Diddley, John Cale, Kurt Vonnegut, and many others, appearing on over 100 CDs, including nearly 20 featuring his compositions for classical and jazz musicians.

Combined music & science bio for press

David Sulzer is a neuroscientist and Professor at Columbia University in the Departments of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Neurology. Under the name Dave Soldier, he is a classical, pop, jazz musician and composer, appearing on over 100 CDs and film scores. Among his work that combines both identities are the Thai Elephant Orchestra which is a 14 piece orchestra of elephants in Thailand; the Brainwave Music Project with Brad Garton that allows musicians to perform using their brain's electrical activity; a series of pieces that use mathematics or statistics to create new repertoire including the notorious "The People's Choice: The Most Unwanted Music"; and multiple projects coaching children and animals to compose and perform. With chemist Roald Hoffmann, he runs a monthly science meets art series, Entertaining Science, at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village.

Long music & science bio for programs (edit at will)

Dave Soldier leads a double life as a musician and a neuroscientist. As composer, he cofounded (with conservationist Richard Lair) the Thai Elephant Orchestra, 14 elephants for whom he built giant instruments and who released 3 CDs, and projects with children, including rural Guatemala (Yol Ku: Mayan Mountain Music) and New York's East Harlem (Da HipHop Raskalz). His Soldier String Quartet helped usher the use of hiphop, R&B, and punk rock into classical music in the 1980s, and his long-running Memphis/New York Delta punk band, the Kropotkins, is a cult favorite. His composed The People's Choice Music: the most wanted and unwanted songs, following poll results of likes and dislikes of the American population, with artists Komar & Melamid; song cycle/oratorios in collaborations with Kurt Vonnegut, and many chamber and classical works. As a performer and arranger, he worked with John Cale, Bo Diddley, Van Dyke Parks, David Byrne, and many jazz and avant garde acts, appearing on over 100 albums and films on violin, guitar, or arranger. The Violinist, is a current film/theater work.

As David Sulzer, he is a neuroscientist and Professor at Columbia University in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology. Sulzer's lab investigates the synapses of the cortex and basal ganglia including the dopamine system, in habit formation, planning, and decision making. His lab and collaborators have made major contributions to understanding the action of addictive drugs and causes of diseases including Parkinson's, Huntington's and autism. They developed the first methods to directly measure the fundamental unit of neurotransmission (quantal neurotransmitter release) and the first optical method to visualize neurotransmission at the synaptic level in the brain (by developing fluorescent false neurotransmitters).

A few projects unite these personalities. With computer musician Brad Garton, he initiated the Brainwave Music Project, which allows musicians to perform using their brain's electrical activity and teaches audiences about the nervous system. With chemist Roald Hoffmann, he runs a monthly science meets art series, Entertaining Science, at the Cornelia Street Cafe. And he has a series of new pieces that use mathematic transformations including fractals and calculus to create new repertoire, such as a 20 minute version of Chopin's Minute Waltz.

Detailed biography prepared for a reference book

DAVE SOLDIER leads a double life as a musician and a scientist. As composer, he developed repertoire for groups including the Thai Elephant Orchestra, 14 elephants for whom he built giant instruments and who released 3 CDs, and projects with children, including rural Guatemala (Yol Ku: Mayan Mountain Music) and New York's East Harlem (Da HipHop Raskalz). His Soldier String Quartet helped usher the use of hiphop, R&B, and punk rock into classical music in the 1980s, and his long-running Memphis/New York Delta punk band, the Kropotkins, is a cult favorite. His composed The People's Choice Music: the most wanted and unwanted songs, following poll results of likes and dislikes of the American population, with artists Komar & Melamid; song cycle/oratorios in collaborations with Kurt Vonnegut, and many chamber and classical works. As a performer and arranger, he worked with John Cale, Bo Diddley, Van Dyke Parks, David Byrne, and many jazz and avant garde acts, appearing on over 100 albums and films on violin, guitar, or arranger. A theater/performance film, The Violinist , is a current work. Soldier studied composition privately with Roscoe Mitchell and Otto Luening.


            As David Sulzer, he is a neuroscientist and Professor at Columbia University in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology. A few projects unite these personalities. With computer musician Brad Garton, he initiated the Brainwave Music Project, which allows musicians to perform using their brain's electrical activity and teaches audiences about the nervous system. With chemist Roald Hoffmann, he runs a monthly science meets art series, Entertaining Science, at the Cornelia Street Cafe. And he has a series of new pieces that use mathematic transformations including fractals and calculus to create new repertoire, such as a 20 minute version of Chopin's Minute Waltz.