Molina has composed, performed, recorded, mixed, and designed sound for theatre, video, film, dance, performance art, radio, and multimedia productions for the past 18 years. Most recently he has been building instruments and sound art installations.
He 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, USF, YBCA, ACT MFA program, Intersection For the Arts, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Magic Theatre (resident sound designer & Composer 1997 to 2003), The Lab, Theatre Artuad, Counter Pulse, A Traveling Jewish Theater, Soap Stone Theater Company, Teatro Jornalero, Transpaernt Theater, SOMarts, Cultural Odyssey and MCCLA.
Nationally: Cal Arts, ASU, CTG L.A., Yale Rep, and SSU.
Internationally: Recoleta, Buenos Aires; MXM in Cordoba; El Galpon, Lima; Teatro Yuyachcani, Lima; Volar Distinto and Zazu Lounge, Cusco; Centro Cultural de Bellas Artes, Lima.
Molina recently presented his first Gallery solo exhibit Transience: The Work of David Molina, at Asterisk Gallery SF. 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.
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 N.I.O.T.; & Unity Lab.
Radio: KPFA, KUSF, TACA Airlines.
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.
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 current bands are Earthlike and Impuritan. His music and other bands 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.