by David Babich
About David Babich
David was raised in a small town outside Kansas City, Kansas, but much of his folk influence came about while playing the role of Woody Guthrie in a musical in the San Francisco Bay Area. After learning and performing 22 of Guthrie’s songs for several months, he could not help but incorporate the style into his own. This influence, combined with the fact that his first guitar teacher forbid him to play with a flat pick, led to his finger driven texture which forms the basis for much of his guitar work.
After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Music, Babich moved to the Bay Area where he worked as an actor, singer, composer, music director and teacher. He was an integral member of the groundbreaking Jazz Vocal ensemble, Mirabai where he had the opportunity to perform with composer/arranger Michael Smolens, world class drummer Russ Gold, New York based guitarist Joel Harrision, and singer-songwriter Tamsen Fynn. He has also been a key collaborator with San Francisco Cabaret singer and actress Beth Wilmurt. Through his solo work as a singer-songwriter, he has worked with Cellist Alisha Bauer (India Arie, Stevie Wonder) and Keyboardist Joshua Paxton (Afghan Wigs, Wild Magnolias). He performed in dozens of Bay Area music venues, including The Owl and Monkey, Artists’ Café, Accordion Art and Music Space, Annie’s Hall, SF City College, SF Unity Church, and Coffee Katz.
As a theatrical composer, David wrote the score for San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s 2001 production of Romeo and Juliet. In 2005, he was commissioned to write a musical score for American Conservatory Theatre’s M.F.A. production of Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle. David’s music is also heard in the independent film, IPO. As a musical director, he has worked for the following professional companies: American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, TheatreWorks, Pacific Playback Theatre, The Magic Theatre and Art Street Theatre. While in the Bay Area, David performed as an actor in 18 stage productions and 10 films.
Since his return to L.A. in 2005, David has turned all of his attention to his songwriting, resulting in the 2007 release of Mind Aside. He is now playing with a 4-piece band in clubs in the area. Recent venues include Tangier Lounge, The Mint, Synergy Lounge, Grande Vista Hotel, Club Fais Do Do and Genghis Cohen.
"Suicide Game", from his new EP has recently been aired on the weekly radio show, Somewhere Between, which airs on web radio “Golden Flash”, out of Belgium. After playing the title role in the musical Woody Guthrie's American Song, David was asked to do an encore performance on KPFA radio (1998).
David is a member of ASCAP and Actors Equity Association.