Artist link: http://www.drumlessendenhaag.nl/#!about/c13qg
David Barker was born 10/20/1979 in Amstelveen, Holland.
He got in contact with music at a very young age because both of his parents were teachers at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He started playing classical piano at the age of 6.
At the age of 14 he started playing drums and discovered that he had a natural talent for it.
First, playing popular music, funk and hard-rock, later, at the age of 17 he started to develop the interest for jazz and Latin music due to his father who took him to the "North Sea Jazz Festival".
He received a Bachelor degree of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague which he graduated from with honors. He studied there with: Eric Ineke, Marcel Serierse, Joe Labarbera and others.
In 2001 he was selected to represent Holland for the I.A.S.J (International Association for Schools of Jazz) meeting in Boston’s Berklee School of Music.
There he was discovered by Eric Mosenholm, the director for the European Youth Jazz Orchestra.
He asked David to go on a tour through Europe with a composer Django Bates in the summer of 2002 which he did and it was a great success and great experience on the road.
David now plays in many groups and projects in Holland and the rest of Europe. He just finished recording a CD with his own quartet "Thinktank" which he also reached the finals with of the prestigious Jazz Hoeilaart competition in Brussels.
A couple of other projects he is currently involved in are: Pierre Anckaert Project, Gabriela Kozyra Group, Onur Ataman Band, Rogier Shneemann trio.
David played concerts, projects, workshops with: Kurt Rosenwinkel, Michael Brecker, Django Bates, Eric Vloeimans, Philip Harper, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Ben van der Dungen, Rob van Kreefeld, Ilja Reijngoud, Eelco van der Meeberg, John Ruocco, Eef Albers and many more………