The world is missing a unique sound. Cellist David Darling left the planet on January 8th. Born in Elkhart, Indiana on March 4, 1941, he was 79.
David Darling was a musician who was always open to a new sound, a new way of thinking about music. Classically-trained and jazz-converted, he played with The Paul Winter Consort in the 1970s, appearing on classic albums like Icarus. His cello is the instrument that first voices the Ralph Towner melody of the famous title track from that album. He released about 20 solo albums on the ECM, Narada, Relaxation Company, and Hearts of Space labels, and in the process, became a leading exponent of ambient chamber music.