David Cieri is a composer and musician who was born and raised in Philadelphia. His mother, a concert pianist, introduced David to music and music making very early on. In his '20s, he studied with the inimitable ECM recording artist and pianist Art Lande, while touring with a rock band — Chief Broom — throughout the western United States and playing a two-year residency at one of Denver’s premier jazz clubs — Dulcineas.
Cieri moved to New York City in 2006 and in addition to finding his voice in film scoring, he has had the great good fortune to share his music at Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center among other venues in NYC. Cieri’s film-scoring work includes Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War (w/ Yo-Yo Ma & Trent Reznor / Florentine Films, 2017), The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Florentine Films, 2014), The Address (Florentine Films, 2014), Prohibition (w/ Wynton
Marsalis / Florentine Films, 2011), Baseball: The Tenth Inning (Florentine Films, 2010), and the Emmy-winning National Parks (Florentine Films, 2008), Barak Goodman’s Emmy-nominated The Emperor of All Maladies (Ark Media, 2015), and The Heart of the Matter , a short directed by George Lucas for The Academy of Arts and Sciences (2014). He also composed the original score for Raymond De Felitta's Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story and his project Oklahoma City premiered at Sundance in 2017.
In 2017, Cieri completed a score for the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage for her project, This is Reading. That same year, he released a set of recordings on Ropeadope Records with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa entitled White Dust. The follow up recording, Dark Furniture , was released in June 2018. A compilation of original score compositions for Ken Burns’ Florentine Films — Notes From The Underscore — was released by Ropeadope Records in 2017.
Most recently, Cieri completed a score which features Bill Frisell for a Ewers Brothers Productions film, The Mayo
Clinic. He has just finished scoring Carl Th. Dreyer’s classic 1928 silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc . The near future has him composing for the second season of The Paris Review Podcast arriving in 2020, while completing the score for a four part documentary about Genetics, entitled The Gene , as written by Siddhartha Mukherjee, which will arrive on PBS in 2020.