David Nichtern is a songwriter, record producer, guitarist, and composer for film and television. A four-time Emmy award-winner and two-time Grammy-nominated composer, he is widely known for his classic song, “Midnight at the Oasis”.
Drawn to music from the start, David began playing guitar when he was eight, composing in his teens, and working as a professional musician while still in college at Columbia University. Throughout a diverse and colorful career, he has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, Brand New Heavies, Maria Muldaur, The McGarrigles, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Patti LuPone, The Chieftains, David Bromberg, Dr. John, Krishna Das, Sultan Khan, Kassie DePaiva, Renee Olstead and many others.
In 1990, David teamed up with colleague Suzanne Ciani to compose the music and title theme for the ABC daytime classic One Life to Life, and has continued as OLTL’s principal composer and music producer to the present. David also has written title themes and underscore for CBS’ As the World Turns, as well as the score and title song for the film The Big Picture, starring Kevin Bacon and Martin Short. In 1995, he worked with legendary bass player Will Lee (David Letterman Show) to produce his own solo debut, From Here To Nichternity, a diverse and colorful collection of pop/jazz stylings, featuring several duets with sax great Michael Brecker.
David has worked closely with his wife, Cyndi Lee (world renowned yoga teacher and founder of the OM yoga center in NYC), to develop, under the banner of his Dharma Moon record label, music for yoga and meditation. His band Drala, created with bansuri flute master Steve Gorn, is featured on this label. David also co-produced Krishna Das’ “All One” with Walter Becker, recently released an album “Memories of Summer as a Child” by The Beyman Brothers (featuring Christopher Guest, CJ Vanston and Nichtern), and produced the newest record for Krishna Das (Heart as Wide as the World) released March 2, 2010.
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