David Dominique is an artist, composer, and journalist working in multiple genres and formats. Currently, he lives in Richmond, Virginia, and is an assistant professor of music at William & Mary.
During the past year, Dominique has published a dozen pieces of journalism and media criticism with an emphasis on race, activism, policing, and Virginia politics. As a composer, he has released two critically acclaimed albums for jazz ensemble, including Mask (2018), which the Los Angeles Times called a “joyful record that’s as unpredictable as it is approachable.” During his Radcliffe fellowship, Dominique is combining these separate streams of output to create a multimedia opera called Steam, for jazz ensemble, electronics, and video. The work will synthesize his own work in contemporary political journalism and music composition with historical and contemporary Black radical theory, poetry, and found media.
Dominique has received recent awards and fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, MacDowell (Aaron Copland Fellowship), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New Music USA, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Alonzo Davis Fellowship), and Yaddo, among others. He holds a PhD in music composition and theory from Brandeis University, where his primary teachers were David Rakowski and Eric Chasalow.