Composer Brent Michael Davids Selected Artist In Residence by IAIA for 2019; Doodlebug Music & More...

December 25, 2018



Composer Brent Michael Davids has been selected as an Artist in Residence for the month of February at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM. During his residency he will be composing a new work for chorus and small handheld instruments to accompany a Patricia Michaels’ runway fashion show. The the composition new will then be a musical score for her runway show.


Davids will continue composing Requiem For America, my large requiem project for 4 operatic soloists, s.a.t.b. chorus, Native American singers, Native American flute, full orchestra and choreography. If you are in the vicinity of Santa Fe, please stop by for a visit!


“The artists participating in the residency program are coming to make art as part of a community. It‘s a chance to come together, to share creative processes, and the meanings behind their materials and techniques. It is also a chance to experiment. Each artist brings something new to the community, and we all become part of the history of the new work artists create during their residencies.” 

​Dr. Lara Evans (Cherokee Nation), is the IAIA Artist-in-Residence Program Director and IAIA Associate Dean.


Doodlebug Music Studio

Doodlebug Music Studio is a solar-powered reservation-based facility named for Kermit Kenneth Davids who was known as “Doodlebug,” or simply “Doodle,” on the reservation. Father of composer Brent Michael Davids. The new Doodlebug Music Studio facility resides within the borders of the reservation of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation in Wisconsin.


Brent Michael Davids

Film Composer Brent Michael Davids is one of the country’s leading award-winning American Indian composers, and a citizen of the Mohican Nation. In 1996, Davids composed his first feature film score, commissioned by the Santa Fe International Film Festival for “The Silent Enemy” (1929: Paramount) that was performed live-to-picture at the Grand Illusion Theater. Considered the senior fellow of American Indian composers, the world’s most renown ensembles have repeatedly commissioned him, including the Kronos Quartet, Joffrey Ballet, Chanticleer and the National Symphony.

In 2015, Davids was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Music from the prestigious Indian Summer Festival. Davids won a coveted Silver Medal for Excellence in Original Scoring from the Park City Film Music Festival in Utah for his 90-minute orchestral score to the animated feature film “Valor’s Kids” (2011). That same year, Davids was invited to conduct a month-long tour of Russia, lecturing and performing in Khabarovsk, Birobidjan, Vladivostok and Moscow under an award from the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission of the American Seasons in Russia program. In 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts named Davids among the nation’s most celebrated choral composers in its project “American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius,” along with Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Foster, and 25 others.

Many of his original orchestra scores, for films like “The Silent Enemy” (1996), "Lake of Betrayal" (2017), "Waabooz" (2017), "Viva Diva" (2017), “The Business of Fancy Dancing” (2002), “Dreamkeeper” (2003), “The World of American Indian Dance” (2003), “The 1929 Last of the Mohicans” (2003), “Bright Circle” (2007), “Raccoon & Crawfish” (2007), and “Opal” (2012) have appeared on ABC, Hallmark, NBC, PBS, NPR, NAPT, AIROS and the National Geographic Society. He garnered Distinguished Alumni Awards from both of the universities he attended, NIU (1996) and ASU (2004), and was nominated for the prestigious CalArts Alpert Award two times (1995, 2006). With two university degrees, Davids trained at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute with film composer Shirley Walker (A League Of Their Own), and apprenticed in London with Oscar-Winning film composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare In Love).

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