I have sad news.  My friend Stacy Phillips, a man who was many, many things, including a Grammy award winner, a Bluegrass legend and a founding member of the Afro-Semitic Experience, died on Tuesday, June 5 around 9:30 p.m.  He was 74 years old. He experienced a massive heart attack on Sunday and from then on it was just a matter of time.  He was surrounded by his family, his sister and his niece and nephew.  Stacy was his own person and that was reflected in the life he led as a musician.  If this news seems like a surprise or a blow, I agree.  I have spent the past two days in a state of disbelief as the life of someone who was a colleague, a mentor, a friend, and a genuine world class grump slipped away.  I would say more about Stacy, but others have already said it better.  There is a great obituary about Stacy in the New Haven Independent.

On Sunday, June 10, we participated in a musical memorial for Stacy at Café 9 in New Haven.  We were joined by so many other musicians, bands, students, and fans who all paid tribute to him.  There’s a great article about that event in the New Haven Independent

Zichronoh l’vrachah  May his memory be a blessing


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DAVID CHEVAN: the face of the bass

Colin McEnroe Show podcast


This past August Warren Byrd, my long-time music partner and Afro-Semitic Experience co-founder and I participated in the recording of a special live Colin McEnroe show about musicians making spirituality into art. That two-hour event was pared down to a little less than an hour and aired on Colin’s WNPR show.


The show was taped at the Copper Beech Institute Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center. Warren and I were joined by three other Connecticut musicians whose art is informed by their spiritual lives, Tina Colon, Arunan Arulampalam, and Noah Baerman.


Interested? The show is now a podcast that you can listen to. Here’s the link:


Nu Haven Kapelye at the Rough Draft

The Rough Draft, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

On Tuesday, August 7, I will be hosting the return of Klezmer to Hamden as the Nu Haven Kapelye plays at the all new Rough Draft. The Rough Draft is a new restaurant and bar that is keeping alive the community music spirit that was at the core of the Space complex established by Steve Rodgers. It’s in the building that housed the Space and it’s run by local school teachers and most of the staff worked with Steve in the Outer Space and the Space. The address for the Rough Draft is 295 Treadwell Street. Music begins at 7:30 pm and goes until the dancing ends!! And there’s room in Rough Draft for Klezmer dancing!!!


The Afro-Semitic Experience in concert

Seth Thomas Park, Thomaston

A free summer concert with the Afro-Semitic Experience in the city of Thomaston, CT. Come and join the experience.


Letters from the Affair premiere and workshop performance

Best Video, 1843 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

a work in progress performance followed by a talk back conversation with the composer

“Letters from the Affair” is an epistolary song cycle based upon a series of letters from the late 19th century written by the Impressionist painters Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas.

I’ve framed these letters to tell a little-known story from the end of the 19th century about the relationship between two founding members of the French Impressionist Art movement, Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas. The letters and the story centers on their friendship as artists and how it deteriorated and then completely ended as a result of the news and political fallout of the Dreyfus affair. This work presents an impression of the intimate personal ramifications of a national political event and is an illustration of how racism and anti-Semitism can destroy a friendship.

Playing with The Afro-Semitic Experience at the URJ Biennial 2017

Klezmer Jam Concert Review

During my September Klezmer jam at the Outer Space Stephen Urchik, from the New Haven Arts Paper swung by and hung out for the entire two hour set. He then wrote this review, A Set in the Garden of Eden, about our performance.  Check it out!!