About David Molina
David R Molina is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound artist/designer, music producer, recording engineer, and instrument inventor. He has created music and sound for all the performing arts disciplines, film, radio, and multimedia installations and productions for the past 22 years. Theater has allowed him to collaborate with companies nationally and internationally. The majority of his work addresses social justice issues: ranging from racial profiling, police brutality, immigrant rights, border crossing, the U.S. prison complex, the environment, and imperialism.
Awards include LA Ovation Sound Design for Lydia at Mark Taper Forum (2009), Creative Capital Grant (2009) and Wattis Fund (2011) with Secos Y Mojados, and InterMusic SF’s MGP (2016). Frequent collaborators include Cause Collective, Hank Willis Thomas, Violeta Luna, Rhodessa Jones, Roberto G. Varea, NAKA Dance Theater, Naomi Rincon Gallardo, and Juliette Carrillo.
In 2010 he began inventing instruments from salvaged and discarded materials. These instruments and various multimedia collaborations were featured at SFMOMA, The Broad (LA), Oakland Museum of California, Mcloughlin Gallery, Asterisk Gallery, and SOMArts.
Molina has performed many styles of music throughout North and South America, and Europe. He collaborates with jazz musician Idris Ackamoor on theater productions, studio recordings, the band The Pyramids, and in the free improvisation project: Ackamoor/MolinaDuet. Other band collaborators include: TAU (Berlin), Emanative (UK), El Paso (Peru).
Molina’s bands and projects include: Impuritan, Ghosts and Strings, and Transient.
Molina believes the recording studio is just another instrument, but with infinite possibilities. He combines it with his large collection of instruments and composition skills to deliver non-conventional and moving scores which draw in the viewer/listener with out upstaging the visual or text element. Every soundtrack is unique and sensitive to each project’s needs.
On the technical side of music, Molina is a seasoned studio engineer and live sound engineer who delivers top quality results whether it be a rock band’s album, theater production, radio, sound art installation, or film soundtrack.