DAVE SOLDIER leads a double life as a composer/performer and neuroscientist. He founded the Thai Elephant Orchestra, 14 elephants for whom he built giant instruments and who released 3 CDs, and projects with children, including rural Guatemala (Mayan Mountain Music) and New York's East Harlem (Da HipHop Raskalz).
His Soldier String Quartet helped usher hiphop, R&B, and punk rock into classical music in the 1980s. His cult favorite Delta punk band, the Kropotkins, features Lorette Velvette and Charlie Burnham. He composed "The People's Choice Music: the most wanted and unwanted songs", from poll results of likes and dislikes of the Americans, with artists Komar & Melamid; two music dramas with Kurt Vonnegut; and chamber music and opera. Zajal explores the ancient beginnings of pop song in Arabic, Hebrew, and Spanish from the 900s. In the Brainwave Music Project, he and computer musician Brad Garton create music from EEGs. Soldier Kane is a duo with Dave on violin and Jonthan Kane, co-founder of Swans on drums. Soldier has worked with John Cale, Bo Diddley, Van Dyke Parks, Eliza Carthy, Pete Seeger, David Byrne, and many jazz and avant garde acts on over 100 albums and films on violin, guitar, banjo and arranger. He produced CDs for Robert Dick, Vince Bell, flamenco musician Pedro Cortes, jazz musicians John Clark, Jason Kao Hwang, William Hooker, and many other projects on his Mulatta Record label. Soldier studied composition with Roscoe Mitchell and Otto Luening.