David Knott, MM, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist, fellow in the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy, instrument maker, improvisor and composer living and working in Seattle. In Fall of 2016 he completed the randomized control study “Immediate Effects of Training with Musical Mnemonics on Verbal Memory in Children” and earned a Master of Music degree with a specialization in Music Therapy from Colorado State University. He specializes in using improvisation to engage and facilitate therapeutic change with critically ill children.
Since 1981, David has been playing and recording his own music solo and in collaboration with others. His interest in music and soundmaking comes from a personal, intuitive response to vibration gleaned from early years spent exploring his grandfather’s junkyard, the process of building his guitar at the Roberto-Venn School in 1994 and every improvised musical experience. With instrument building, performances, workshops and recorded works, he seeks to stimulate the listener to a point of resonance and discovery of their own musical being.
In addition to periodic solo performances and sonic socials, he is a founding member of animist orchestra – an ensemble that uses natural materials to create very quiet, subtly evolving soundscapes. He performs and records with the graphic and text notation dedicated ensemble Eye Music as well as Omake & Johnson, Messenger Girls Trio and the Yes, Well . . .
Additionally, he has made interactive installations in public and private settings which seek to provide participants with opportunities to realize kinesthetic expressions in sound and promote deeper listening.