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“diG your music. Eclectic ain’t the word. Film noir multiverse ethnic blade runner desert world. Love it!”
– Nivek Ogre, ohGr/Skinny Puppy
“… zBug sounds very similar to Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio!”
– John Baffa, Sound Engineer – CalArts/Lou Reed’s MM3: The Creation Of The Universe
“I don’t play tunes but create a state of consciousness within the vocabulary of music based on architecture.”
– David Leikam, zBug’s Splitting Glass | Twilight Sunrise EP – 2014
David Leikam is a San Francisco-based composer-performer and bandleader of the electro-jazz quintet DA5 and industrial jazz unit zBug. Being born with cerebral palsy has affected his body and speech, giving him a distinct view into his creative arts/music process and being largely a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. Since 1988, when he recorded his first solo piano piece while a member/producer of the San Francisco Bay Area improvisational music-based arts collective Friday Night Music (est. 1978, member 1986-1994 and 2000-06); David has carved out a unique largely improvisational sonic voice combining the elements of traditional music theory, audio engineering techniques, and visual architectural design.
He has primarily performed/studied music with Wadada Leo Smith, John Bergamo, Eddie Gale, Clifford Brown III, Doug Ellington, Robert Rich, Morton Subotnick, David Rosenboom, and Arthur Jarvinen.
David Leikam is available by invitation for performances, workshops, and collaborations throughout North America and international.