Molina has composed, performed, recorded, mixed, and designed sound for theatre, video, film, dance, performance art, radio, television, and multimedia productions for the past 18 years. Recently he has been inventing and building instruments from salvaged materials. These instruments become part of interactive, multimedia installations displayed at galleries and festivals.
He has worked with numerous bay area theatre companies, performing arts venues, and educational institutes, large and small, as well as several regional companies and institutes through out the U.S.
San Francisco/bay area: Campo Santo, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, ACT MFA program, Corner Stone Theater Company, Intersection For the Arts, The Lab, Theatre Artaud, Counter Pulse, A Traveling Jewish Theater, Transparent Theater, SOMarts, Cultural Odyssey, Teatro Campesino, BRAVA Theater, Sonoma State University, and Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
As a resident artist he worked with: USF Performing Arts and Social Justice Department (1999 to Present), Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (2003 to 2012), Teatro Jornalero (2003 to 2006), Drum Machine Museum (2000 to 2005), Magic Theatre (resident artist 1997 to 2003), Soap Stone Theater Company (1997 to 2002).
Nationally: Cal Arts, Arizona State University, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theater, Corner Stone Theater Company, Cross Roads Theater Company.
Internationally: Argentina: Centro Cultural Recoleta, (Buenos Aires), MXM, (Cordoba); Peru: El Galpon, (Lima), Teatro Yuyachcani, (Lima), Volar Distinto and Zazu Lounge, (Cusco), Centro Cultural de Bellas Artes (Lima).
Molina presented his first Gallery solo exhibit Transience: The Work of David Molina, at Asterisk Gallery SF (2013). It featured several instruments built by Molina, including Rusting Souls a restored and modified Cimbalom, as well as A Dividing Line: American Ashes, a 14 channel speaker installation about immigration, xenophobia, the Mexican/U.S.A. border, and the lives that cross it, claim to protect it, or are separated by it.
He was curator and producer, of Color + Form + Freqeuncy = Memory and Dreams (2012), a multimedia concert at PAI, featuring electronic musician and video artist Mickey Tachibana, experimental film maker Anna Geyer, instrument builder Garrett La Fever, and Molina as composer and live musician.
He collaborated with La Fever and Tachibana on Memory Web, an original instrument and interactive sound/video installation presented at SOMARTS, SF Fine Arts Fair, PAI, and Vessel Gallery.
Molina is a founding member of the interdisciplinary troupe Secos Y Mojados (2009 Creative Capital & 2011 Wattis grantees, and 2007 invited artists to Hemispheric Institutes “Encuentros” in Argentina)
He often collaborates with theatre director Roberto Varea and performance artist Violeta Luna, both with which Molina’s work has toured nationally and internationally.
Utopia/Nightmare: The American Dream with Victor Cartagena at MACLA;
Homenaje a Roque Dalton with Cartagena at Oakland Museum;
works by Cause Collective at Oakland Museum Of California and Sundance Film Festival. Homage to Musee Mecanique with Susie Valdez at MCCLA.
Film, TV, & Video:
PBS documentaries: Light In the Darkness: NIOT III, and Class Actions;
Jeff Diehl’s Spots Uknown; Ball Lightening written by Barry Gifford; Tolleson Design branding videos for Coalesse, KQED’s Spark; the films of Anna Geyer,
several web videos for Not In Our Town, and Unity Lab.
Radio: KPFA, KUSF, TACA Airlines.
Molina recently produced and engineering Behind the Dream: The Speech that Transformed a Nation, an audiobook read and written by Dr Clarence B Jones, MLK’s personal lawyer, co-speech writer, and friend.
He and Chris Webb won a 2009 L.A. Ovation Award for their music and sound design to Lydia at CTG’s Mark Taper Forum, and which was also produced at Yale Rep.
From 2000 to 2004 he was sound engineer and resident artist for the Drum Machine Museum, and helped produce shows featuring artists such as Kronos Quartet, Joan Jean Renaud, Mark Pistel, Jimmy Edgar, & Mochi Pet.
His in the bands Earthlike and Impuritan. His music and solo projects Ghosts and Strings and Transient are available on Resting Bell (Berlin), Dorog Records (Peru), Black Note Music (USA), Distant Spore (USA) or through his own D.I.Y. releases.