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David Borgo is a Professor of Music at UC San Diego where he teaches in the Integrative Studies and Jazz and Music of the African Diaspora Programs. He has a B.M. degree in Jazz Studies from Indiana University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. At the age of 24, David won the International John Coltrane Competition. Since then he has toured extensively, including performances in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North, Central, and South America, and he has released twelve CDs and one DVD of original music on a variety of record labels (Cadence Jazz, Resurgent Music, pfMentum, OA2 Records, Circumvention Music)


Suite of Uncommon Sorrows

Label: pfMentum
Released: 2021


KaiBorg: IntraAction

Label: pfMentum
Released: 2020


KaiBorg: Vibrant Matters

Label: pfMentum
Released: 2017


Article: Album Review

Nathan Hubbard / Skeleton Key Orchestra: Furiously Dreaming

Read "Furiously Dreaming" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Sprawling. Massive. Unapologetically ambitious. All over the musical map. But, somehow, not excessive. Furiously Dreaming is a two-CD set by percussionist / composer / musical visionary Nathan Hubbard and his 50-member (for this recording) Skeleton Key Orchestra. The leader or co-leader of a dozen or so different small ensembles playing everything from modern jazz to contemporary ...

Article: Album Review

Kronomorfic: Entangled

Read "Entangled" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Forti di una solidissima formazione musicale, i due leader David Borgo e Paul Pellegrin hanno messo la loro volatile espressività al servizio di un progetto estremamente stratificato sul piano ritmico e timbrico. È soprattutto il batterista ad imprimere il proprio stile all'identità di Entangled. Il policentrismo ritmico del suo drumming persegue irregolari sviluppi ...


Kronomorfic: Entangled

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2014


Article: Live Review

Jason Robinson Janus Ensemble: San Diego, CA, June 2, 2011

Read "Jason Robinson Janus Ensemble: San Diego, CA, June 2, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush

Jason Robinson Janus EnsembleDizzy'sSan Diego, CA June 2, 2011 Saxophonist/composer Jason Robinson--whose dual release of The Two Faces Of Janus (Cuneiform, 2010), and Cerulean Landscape (Clean Feed, 2010), put him on the map of wider recognition--finally made his impending departure from San Diego official with this farewell concert, held at ...


News: Recording

David Borgo, with and Against, 1998

David Borgo, with and Against, 1998

I've been covering David Borgo's music on these pages with a number of postings (do a search in the search box to find the others). That's because I find him one of the important West Coast voices today, as tenor-soprano stylist and as composer-conceptualist. If I retrace steps today to go back to one of his ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Kronomorfic: Micro Temporal Infundibula

Read "Kronomorfic: Micro Temporal Infundibula" reviewed by Robert Bush

KronomorficMicro Temporal InfundibulapfMentum2011 Kronomorfic, based in Southern California, is a group of virtuoso improvisers, all blending their individual talents toward a greater ensemble aesthetic. Co-led by Los Angeles drummer/hand percussionist Paul Pellegrin and San Diego saxophonist David Borgo, Kronomorfic synthesizes the ancient with the future--using very complex ...


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