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On Kaa Davis

A long time resident artist and activist of New York's Lower East Side (LES), On has been a constant contributor to its edgy creative esthetic.

In 2000, Talent in Motion magazine awarded On its most coveted annual 'Timmy Award' of “Most Myriad and Talented Artist” for his artistic influence.

On performs principally as a guitarist, exploring music through the worlds of classical guitar, creative improvisation, 'jazzes', and is interpretive of roots-cultural models and 21st century thoro-composed models. On also performs on electric violin, keyboards, and sings.

On is also an 'academic' composer with contributions for works for solo classical guitar and for guitar with ensemble. On has also completed works for dance and film.

On's formal training was that as a concertise of the classical guitar. On became recognized as a frequent recitalist in his native Cleveland, Ohio throughout his teen-age years.While in High School, On also played with a popular rhythm and blues 'soul' band and jammed in 'garage' bands. But it was the continued training as a concertise with Christoph Harlan that culminated in studies at the Hochschule for Music and Performering Arts in Vienna, with On arriving there at the age of 19. There, On studied as a protege of Luise Walker.

Luise Walker was known along with Ida Presti as one of the “Les Grande Dames de la Guitarre” during her reign as one of the most important concert guitarist of her generation.

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”I usually don't talk to musicians after a performance. Mostly because, when the music is mind-blowing, I want to take those impressions and enjoy them. Allowing to curse, F*CK! what a sound!. I had no idea what was coming! I am converted to On Davis musical religion.” —Eliseo Cardona, Miami Herald

“Searching for deepest, darkest Africa on the Lower East Side.” —Tom Hull, Village Voice Jazz Consumer Guide

“…guitarist/vocalist On Ka'a Davis' Seeds of Djuke is, to a large degree, an example of jazz-influenced African pop from the United States…the influences range from Sun Ra to Fela Kuti to John Coltrane to Malian music

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Primary Instrument

Guitar, electric


New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only


Owner; East Village Guitar Salon manta/eastvillageguitarsalon.com 212-982-1874 (studio) [email protected] Books Exerciricle: Keys to Museo-Ontology (2004) On Mu Music Press

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