Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Eyges, David (Macaulay)
Eyges, David (Macaulay), cellist, composer, and producer: b. San Francisco, CA, 6 November 1950. While he was an infant, his family moved to Paris, France where his father (Leonard James Eyges) was science attache to the United States Embassy. In 1953, his parents moved to Belmont, Massachusetts. David began piano lessons at age 5 and cello lessons at age 11. He was introduced to jazz in 1966 at the Cambridge School where he spent the last two years of high school. David attended Boston University 1968-1969, and then transferred to Manhattan School of Music where he received his B.A. in 1972. His major was cello; his teacher was Benar Heifetz.
Eyges was a freelance cellist 1972-1977. He played orchestral concerts, Broadway shows and commercials. In 1975 he started composing for and leading jazz groups. Considered one of the pioneers of the cello in jazz, Eyges has performed and produced extensively since then. He has a catalog of one hundred compositions, seventy of which have been recorded.
Major performances have included: New York University, Cooper Union, Lincoln Center, Out of Doors Summergarden (Museum of Modern Art), Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, etc. Workshops and residencies have been conducted at: Harvard University, University of Michigan, William Paterson University, Grinell, Bard etc.
Eyges was co-producer of Another Face of Jazz, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and distributed by NPR. Eyges has been funded extensively by Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. For Meet the Composer, he traveled New York State., performing in community centers, libraries and a prison. The Eyges Lancaster Duo was the first improvising ensemble to receive a C. Michael Paul residency from Chamber Music America in 1984. This residency was hosted by the Painted Bride Art Center and WHYY in Philadelphia. Eyges did four residencies in middle schools and high schools for the New York Foundation for the Arts. These grants took place from 1979-1986.
Eyges has been favorably reviewed in the press since 1976 including: The New York Times, Washington Post, Downbeat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, etc. He has been interviewed many times on radio stations WGBH, WKCR, WHYY, WERS, WPFW etc. Mr. Eyges has served as a panelist for the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, the Connecticut Commission for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission.
In 2002, David Eyges started MidLantic Records with executive producers Doug Metz and Robert S. Lewis. MidLantic records has a catalog of ten discs. In 1976, David Eyges married Jennifer Skeete. Eric Eyges was born in 1984 and is currently a student at Penn State University. In 1991, Mr. Eyges was divorced. His companion since 1991 has been Mary Durel.
The Captain (1977; reissued 2002); The Arrow (1981); Crossroads (1982); David Eyges/Byard Lancaster Lightnin' Strikes! (1992); Jeanne Lee/David Eyges: Here and Now! (1993); Paul Bley/David Eyges/Bruce Ditmas: Modern Chant (1995); Arthur Blythe/David Eyges/Bruce Ditmas: Synergy (1996); Arthur Blythe/David Eyges: Today's Blues (1997); Jaki Byard/David Eyges: Night Leaves (1997); David Eyges/Arthur Blythe: Sky (2002); David Eyges/Arthur Blythe/Abe Speller: Ace (2004).
Bob Moses: Bittersuite in the Ozone (1976); Cecil McBee: Flying Out (1984).
Recordings as a producer:
Oliver Lake: Dancevision (1986); Kelvyn Bell Funk It Up (1986); Dan Rose: Fountains (2002); Rudy Linka: Simple Pleasures (2002); Avi Rothbard: Going Somewhere (2002); Lenora Zenzalai Helm: Voice Paintings (2003); The Coalition: Naked Movies (2004).