John Davis

John Davis is a Northern California musician and filmmaker building on the relationship between moving image and sound through live performance and studio-based works. Encouraging sensory response through familiar and unexpected uses of traditional media, John employs chance and collaborative exchange as regular means for creative expression. With collaboration and live performance work, John alternates as both musician and filmmaker. Improvisation generally defines these partnerships, giving priority to spontaneity over formal rehearsal. John's recent collaborators have included Lawrence Jordan, Craig Baldwin, Paul Clipson, Kerry Laitala, Mary Helena Clark, Joshua Churchill, Suki O'kane and Chris Duncan among others. As a musician, John incorporates prepared instruments, phonography, magnetic tape manipulations, short-wave radio and electronic musical circuits as a means for encapsulating listeners within deeply crafted sonic environments. He has released music on the Root Strata, Digitalis, Students of Decay, Bimodal Press and Peasant Magik labels in the US. John also collaborates with Collin McKelvey as one half of the multimedia project IN/S. John has an MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Bachelor of Science in anthropology from Loyola University in Chicago.

John will be performing as part of the collaborative ensemble at the Shapeshifters show on March 13th.