Born on the outskirts of New York City, David spent his youth going back and forth between two quite opposite settings, the tranquility of southern NY State´s lakes & mountains and the hyperactivity of Manhattan´s cultural whirlpool. He spent his summers and weekends in the forested parklands near his home, fishing, hiking, camping & cliff jumping, but his father´s affinity for art and drama often carried him into the urban landscape, as well, where David´s fascination with the potency of stage performance was awakened at a young age in the darkened theaters of Broadway and in the smaller playhouses of lower Manhattan. This contrast, between social, cultural engagement and removed, tranquil reflection, offers the best framework to understand his songwriting, which can be described as introspective, psychological and immediate. Jordi Pons, of Spain´s Rockzone magazine, reviewing the David Cevoli Band´s recent album release, says of the songs on All Grown Up that they “transmit a sense of naturalness, romanticism and serenity that invite you to take off their shoes and throw yourself in the grass to stare at the clouds.”
During the last decade and a half David has moved between Italy, Spain & NYC, and has been influenced by a wide variety of musical genres, from the earliest jazz to traditional flamenco, from Neapolitan street music to Indian classical. His major influence comes from the great singer-songwriters of the 60s & 70s, however, many of whom he discovered in his parents record collection at a young age, and those influences still seem to reverberate most deeply in his music. David resides in Barcelona, Spain, where he and his band have developed an enthusiastic following since they began playing throughout the city and throughout the region of Catalunya in the spring of 2010. Lead guitarist Pau Ors, formerly of the Algerian rock group Chaqulalá, intensifies the band’s blues and rock elements, while bassist Josep Montañés wields his instrument with a unique melodic sensibility that creates a profoundly rich supporting texture to David’s strumming and vocals. The band spent a formative period without drums, during which time they developed and refined their style of interweaving guitar and bass arrangements, while a simple cajón backed them up on percussion. However, with the recent of addition of drummer Jordi Farreras, the sound has now been filled out to its true rhythmic and percussive potential. Another reviewer of their recent album All Grown Up, commenting on the stylistic variety infused in their music, wrote that it “is so creative that it cannot be pigeon-holed to any particular style. But that is part of its charm and what makes the music so enjoyable.” Their live shows are notable for their ever-growing diversity of genre-mingling and their intensity of poetic lyricism.
David recently began developing a side project in an effort to experiment with a smaller format and a totally new combination of instruments. Expect to see some performances on the calendar soon in either a duo or trio setting. New songs, new pedals, new sounds, and new collaborations, are all being worked on this spring.