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Brent Michael Davids


Brent Michael Davids, whose Mohican name is Blue Butterfly, is a young composer whose music moves between the worlds of the Kronos Quartet, Joffrey Ballet and Native American Song. A member of the Mohican Nation, Davids is an internationally recognized composer whose music features elements of Native American tribal music combined with Western compositional techniques. He has composed for very different ensembles and genres demonstrating his skill and versatility attained from his classical training. Davids often uses traditional Native American instruments of his own design in his compositions, including flutes made of quartz crystal.

Davids holds a Bachelor degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master degree in composition from Arizona State University, and has received numerous awards from organizations such as the NEA, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He was also recruited to be one of six composers invited to Robert Redford's Sundance Institute Film Lab (1998), where he created music for Sherman Alexie's film Indian Killer". Davids was featured on a segment of CBS Sunday Morning (1998) with Charles Osgood and Eugenia Zuckerman.

In addition to extensive performances of his works in the U.S. and abroad by the Kronos Quartet (The Singing Woods, '94; Turtle People, '95; Native American National Anthem, '96); the Joffrey Ballet (Moon of the Falling Leaves, '91), and the National Symphony Orchestra (Canyon Sunrise, '95), Davids collaborated with Joe Myers to produce a number of instrumental songs for an all Quartz Crystal Flute and Guitar CD called "Joe & the Blue Butterfly", released in 1998.

Brent Davids


  • Canyon Sunrise