Davi String Seeks the 'Philosophical Stone' of Sound

Anyone with a musical ear will tell you that there's nothing more magical or more soothing than those sweet melodies that fill the a...

Anyone with a musical ear will tell you that there's nothing more magical or more soothing than those sweet melodies that fill the air courtesy of a cello.

David Torres aka Davi String has made it his mission to master this one instrument and make some wonderful music while at it!
Every now and then, you can catch him on the street, serenading passerbys with breathtaking renditions of some of the greatest songs ever made, past and present.

Born in the city of Manizales, Colombia, David started off performing in Peruvian guitar and cello guitar groups, playing rock music covers from Rolling Stones, Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others and until 2016 had been playing in hostels and bars along the north coast of Colombia.
"For personal reasons I went to the city of Medellin and began to work on the same drawer guitar and cello but focused more on electronic music, mainly playing covers of artists like David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Robin Schulz, Mayor Lazer and Kigo in acoustic format. It all began in the streets of Medellín, by the Tram of Ayacucho and countless other sites and proved quite rewarding for me as well.
"Out of a need to continue growing and a want for better results I moved to the capital of my country, Bogota at the beginning of 2017 and launched my career as a soloist under the name 'Davi String'.
"I am a still young and consider this as only just the beginning of my journey but I feel that I have also gained considerable ground in the short time that I have been doing this", said Torres.

Playing the cello is something that is self-taught, something that the young man picked up in his formative years and excelled at in recent times.
"I learnt how to play cello in the city of Santa Marta, on the north coast as part of a complimentary student day but in actual fact I really started by playing contraband. It was my role then. I fell deeply in love with the sounds of the cello for its versatility in recording sounds and I got a cello with the help of my family and the academy.
"I started playing and learning more on my own and I stopped playing contrabass when I began my studies", he said.

It was the versatility of the instrument that made Torres fall in love with it . He considers himself a passionate 'explorer' of sound.
 "The violoncello is a stringed string instrument from Europe and a family member of the violin, viola and contrabass, a highly academic instrument destined for orchestral music, chamber music and the virtuoso performance of soloists such as myself, or in the case of my country, Santiago Cañon", explained the musician.

"I fell in love with the versatility that this instrument has to perform any type of sound in very large registers.
"I do not consider myself 'virtuouso' as yet but a passionate explorer of sound in all its states. I am but a chemist or an alchemist who seeks the philosophical stone of sound by means of this instrument through the union of the old and the current, the acoustic and the digital. The cello became my life partner in my pursuit of this goal", he added.


The cello ( CHEL-oh; plural cellos or celli) or violoncello ( VY-ə-lən-CHEL-oh; Italian pronunciation: [vjolonˈtʃɛllo]) is a bowed, and sometimes plucked, string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. The strings from low to high are generally tuned to C2, G2, D3 and A3, an octave lower than the viola. It is the bass member of the violin family of musical instruments, which also includes the violin, viola and the double bass. The cello is used as a solo musical instrument, as well as in chamber music ensembles (e.g., string quartet), string orchestras, as a member of the string section of symphony orchestras, and some types of rock bands. It is the second-largest and second lowest (in pitch) bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra, the double bass being the largest and having the lowest (deepest) pitch.



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Urban Craft Magazine: Davi String Seeks the 'Philosophical Stone' of Sound
Davi String Seeks the 'Philosophical Stone' of Sound
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