David Van Tieghem – Who Is He?

David Van Tieghem – Who Is He?

I have been perplexed by this question for several weeks. We established a connection. I was not sure of just why?
Thrown for a loop.

What I discovered is a guy deep into theater and performance art.

Here are some bits and pieces.
“…As a free-lance drummer/percussionist, David Van Tieghem has worked with Steve Reich & Musicians, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno & David Byrne, the Manhattan Percussion Ensemble, Stevie Nicks, Jon Gibson, Talking Heads, Robert Fripp, Scott Johnson, Robert Gordon, Duran Duran, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sergei Kuryokhin, Pink Floyd, John Cale, Chris Spedding, Richard Peaslee, Nona Hendryx, Jerry Harrison, Yoshiko Chuma & the School of Hard Knocks, Adrian Belew, Merce Cunningham, Graciela Daniele, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Big Apple Circus, Ned Sublette, Lenny Pickett, Michael Nyman, David Moss, Robert Ashley, and Peter Gordon’s Love of Life Orchestra, among others.
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Since 1977 he has been presenting his solo percussion-theater performances in venues throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Composers Showcase series and the Serious Fun! Festival at Lincoln Center, the Bottom Line, the Kitchen, the Knitting Factory, the Palladium, the Beacon Theater, P. S. 122, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Danceteria, the Peppermint Lounge, and the Mudd Club in N.Y.C., NBC-TV’s “Late Night with David Letterman,” Nickelodeon Cable TV, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, the Milwaukee Art Museum, The Maine Festival, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the N.Y. State Performing Arts Center in Albany, The Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, the New Music America Festivals in Washington, D.C., Miami and New York, the N.Y. State Council on the Arts New Music Network tour, the “Good Morning America” and “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” TV shows, the Ambient Music Festival in Rome, the Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria, the Festival D’Automne in Paris, and several solo concert tours of Japan.

As an actor/musician, he has appeared in music-theater works at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, in performance-art by Robert Longo, and in video artworks by John Sanborn & Kit Fitzgerald. He also played several roles in Robert Ashley’s television operas, “Perfect Lives (Private Parts)” and “Atalanta (Acts of God)” from 1978 to 1983, and is featured in Laurie Anderson’s 1986 feature film, “Home of the Brave.” He has also appeared in TV commercials for Sony, Levi’s and Diet Coke.

Van Tieghem’s original video works, “Ear Drums,” “Ear-Responsibility,” and the well-known “Ear to the Ground,” wherein Van Tieghem literally “plays” the streets of New York as if it were a musical instrument, have become internationally acclaimed favorites. These collaborations with video artists John Sanborn, Kit Fitzgerald, and Mary Perillo have been televised and presented in art venues and nightclubs throughout the world. In 1985, “Ear to the Ground” opened the premiere season of the PBS TV series “Alive from Off-Center.”

In 1983, choreographer Twyla Tharp commissioned Van Tieghem to create the score for her full-company work, “Fait Accompli,” which was performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, the 1984 Olympics Arts Festival in Los Angeles, and the Gershwin Theater on Broadway. In 1984, the soundtrack for “Fait Accompli” was released by Warner Bros. Records as the LP “These Things Happen.”

He has also created original commissioned dance scores for The Boston Ballet, Elisa Monte Dance Company, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Wendy Perron Dance Company, Molissa Fenley & Dancers, Jennifer Muller/The Works, and Hilary Easton & Dancers.

In 1985, he composed the music for “The Alchemedians,” a performance piece by Michael Moschen & Bob Berky, presented at BAM’s Next Wave Festival and on Broadway, and in 1986, he collaborated with choreographer Wendy Perron as a dancer/composer to create their duet, “Divertissement.” …”

This biography goes on and on.

David today
Above, this is David today
these things happen
These Things Happen, 1984

strange cargo
Strange Cargo, 1989

I had to tie the real David, the David in the biography section above, the David in the above photo, to the David in the split-image photo. Thrown for a Loop was a 2009 release. So that is pretty current.

So, you can see that in spite of the career in theater, David has managed several albums of music. But, I found the real David most strongly in the world of theater and music for the theater. The resume is most impressive.

So, I am honored, because he found me at the edges of his world and still wanted each of us to know what the other had to say.