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David Cross

Early days:

1949-1960 Father was a church and cinema organist and played piano in dance bands. David started learning violin at the age of nine. First violin bought from a junk shop for £1.00. Played right back for school football team.


1960-1967 Secondary school: A levels in Latin, Greek and Ancient History. Rugby player (Captain and Scrum-half). Started improvising.

1967-1970 Certificate of Education specialising in Music and Drama. Leader of College Orchestra. Formed folk rock band.

1993-1995 M.A. in Performing Arts (interdisciplinary performances, papers on structure in post-modern art music, the hermeneutics of rock journalism).


1970-1972 Musician, Composer. Concerts with folk and rock groups throughout UK, recording sessions etc.

1972-1974 Musician, Composer, Producer. Member of King Crimson rock group; tours of UK, Europe, USA & Canada. Recorded 5 albums for EG Records. Recorded Clearlight Orchestra album for Virgin Records. TV & radio broadcasts.

1975-1977 Musician, Composer, Producer, Musical Director, Actor. Formed ASCEND rock improvisation group; concerts UK and Nancy Jazz Festival. Theatre work at: Royal Court Theatre, Royal Court Upstairs, Bush Theatre, Wyndhams Theatre, Arts Meeting Place.

1977-1978 Musician, Composer, Producer, Musical Director, Actor. Freelance in Dublin, sessions, concerts, formed 12 piece band. Abbey Theatre Dublin. Players Theatre Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Project Arts Centre Dublin. Initiated Improvisation Workshops at Project Arts Centre - featured on RTE Television.

1978-1979 Musician, Composer, Producer, Musical Director, Actor. Director (Music Theatre) Tour of Holland with theatre & music. BBC, Music Box, ICA Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company, Productions at Theatre Royal Bristol, Festival Theatre Buxton, Assembly Rooms Edinburgh. Arnolfini Arts Centre Bristol. Theatre Centre (TIE touring, inner city areas in London, Manchester, Liverpool).

1980-1989 Musician, Composer, Producer, Musical Director, Director (Music Theatre). Audio-visual and video presentations. Performing in jazz groups and with own rock band; concerts in UK, Le Mans Jazz Festival, broadcasts on RADIO 3 and in France. Leicester Haymarket Theatre (12th Night). Recorded 2 albums for United Dairies Records. Recorded 2 albums for Dossier Records. Recorded 2 albums for Red Hot Records. Sessions on various recordings. Directed staging of Memos From Purgatory at the Half Moon Theatre and other venues using dancers, musicians, lights, slides etc. Formed Beckett Music: Performances at Riverside Studios and other Arts Centres. Dance Company 7 ,(Afro-Carribean Dance) at Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room & other venues.

1990-1999 People Moving Dance Company at The Place, Chat's Palace etc. Concerts in Germany, Belgium, & UK. The Essential King Crimson - Frame By Frame boxset ,released by Virgin Records. 3rd album for Red Hot Records, David Cross - The Big Picture released Europe and Japan October 1992. The Great Deceiver - King Crimson released by Virgin Records November 1992. 4th album for Red Hot Records, David Cross - Testing To Destruction released Europe and Japan October 1994. Featured on German television. Formed creative partnership with Dean Allen as the god brothers, co-writing, directing,and acting in That World (a play with music) performed at Interchange Studios October 1995. Featured on System Collusion (Geoff Serle - Severe Test) (1995). Devised Dance/Music piece, The Walking Self with Verity Blackman performed at Chisenhale Dance Space March 1996. Featured on Dean Carter album Psychomuzack (1997). King Crimson - The Night Watch released worldwide (1998). Featured on album by Joe Hisaishi(Lost Paradise). David Cross - Exiles album released in Europe, USA and Japan featuring performances by Robert Fripp, Peter Hammill, John Wetton and a collaboration with Peter Sinfield. Formed Noisy Records (1999). Discipline Records release The Beat Club Bremen (1972) as a mono collectors' CD (1999).

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Album Review

David Cross: Crossing the Tracks

Read "Crossing the Tracks" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Violinist extraordinaire David Cross made a significant impression during his early 1970s tenure with King Crimson, performing on three seminal albums: Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Island, 1973), Starless and Bible Black (Island, 1974) and Red (Island, 1974). Other than some gaps, Cross has been active via his David Cross Band that has issued several albums, in addition to his numerous collaborations with a diverse mix of ensembles, and his 2018 pairing with ex-Van Der Graff Generator saxophonist David Jackson on ...

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David Cross Band: Sign of the Crow

Read "Sign of the Crow" reviewed by Geno Thackara

The David Cross Band lets you know you're in for something picturesque right away with Sign of the Crow. The title suggests something portentous while the cover is pure Stephen King. It may suggest a quiet and gloomy listen, but if you know the violinist from his time in early-'70s King Crimson or the genre-spanning collaborations he's done since, you know he's just as capable of cranking it up to the rafters. On this album volume and intensity are the ...

Extended Analysis


Read "Starless" reviewed by John Kelman

After seeing the “Seven-Headed Beast of Crim"—words used by the group's co-founder and only remaining original member, guitarist/keyboardist Robert Fripp, to describe the 2014 incarnation of King Crimson that just wrapped up a 20-date, 10-city American tour including two exhilarating nights at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre—now is the perfect time for a detailed look at Starless: Live in Europe, the third box released in as many years by the band celebrating its 45th year in 2014. While King Crimson 2014 ...

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Larks' Tongues in Aspic (40th Anniversary Series Box)

Read "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (40th Anniversary Series Box)" reviewed by John Kelman

The idea of a 15-disc box set to commemorate the release of what was, in 1973, a single vinyl LP clocking in at a mere 46 minutes might seem a tad excessive, but when you're talking King Crimson and the seminal Larks' Tongues in Aspic, it's a whole other story. Beyond being an important addition to the legendary progressive rock group's 40th Anniversary Series of new stereo and surround sound mixes from Crimson cofounder/guitarist Robert Fripp and guitarist/keyboardist/singer Steven Wilson-a ...

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The Great Deceiver (Live 1973-1974)

Read "The Great Deceiver (Live 1973-1974)" reviewed by John Kelman

Despite bassist/stick player Tony Levin stepping in to replace departing touch guitarist Trey Gunn, the incarnation of King Crimson that released The ConstruKction Of Light (Virgin, 2000) and considerably stronger The Power To Believe (Sanctuary, 2003) seems to be, at the very least, on hiatus. While Crimson's only remaining original member, guitarist Robert Fripp, has reconvened with 26-year Crimson veteran guitarist/drummer Adrian Belew for ProjKct Six, the future of Crimson proper is uncertain. This is, consequently, as ...

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The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson: Volume One 1969-1974

Read "The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson: Volume One 1969-1974" reviewed by John Kelman

Of all the groups to emerge from the late '60s-early '70s heyday of British Progressive Rock (capitals fully intended), no group has reinvented itself more frequently and, perhaps, more rapidly than King Crimson. As time has gone on the group's ostensible leader Robert Fripp has refashioned the group through periods of high melodrama to nuevo metal and just about everything in between. Until recently, new fans who wanted an overview of the band had to satisfy themselves with the 4-CD ...

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King Crimson's David Cross & No-Man's Andrew Booker's Unreleased 2006 Album Ends Meeting

King Crimson's David Cross & No-Man's Andrew Booker's Unreleased 2006 Album Ends Meeting

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

David Cross was a member of King Crimson during the 1970s and Andrew Booker was a member of No-Man, Sanguine Hum and Peter Banks’s Harmony in Diversity. This PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED STUDIO ALBUM was recorded in 2006 but had not seen a release until now. David Cross said of the release “I met Andrew some years ago when the David Cross Band were touring with Pete Banks's Harmony and Diversity. Andrew was the drummer with that band and we got together ...



David Cross & David Jackson Release New Album

David Cross & David Jackson Release New Album

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

During the 1970s David Cross was a member of King Crimson and David Jackson was a member of Van der Graaf Generator. Now much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, the duo have teamed up for an amazing new album titled Another Day! Released via Cherry Red Records, the 12 new tracks on this album showcase the talents of Cross & Jackson and will appeal to the fanbases of both artists and the bands they have been in. It's ...


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Larks' Tongues In...

Burning Shed


Nothing is Sacred

MoonJune Records


Another Day

Cherry Red Records


Crossing the Tracks

Cleopatra Records


Ends Meeting

Cherry Red Records


Sign of the Crow

Noisy Records



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