DAVID OTIS TELSON
I have a good anecdote that explains for me the magic of making music: when my Dad was young, he’d spend hours practicing the piano. His father, a doctor, spent all his free time doing home carpentry. One day his father said “Why do you spend so much time playing piano- you play so many notes, and they all just disappear into the air. I take two pieces of wood, a nail and a hammer, and (holding it up in the air) look what I’ve done!” The special thing about music for me is that it is an abstract, non-material entity, and it can still reach someone years after it was written. Whether it’s the Beatles 50 years ago or Bach 300 years ago, it transcends not only time but place. It’s essentially a universal language which I not only feel the need to speak, but also seek the opportunity to express myself to someone else, finding a means of communication that is not only true to my own experience, but also finds a commonality with that of the listener.
David Otis Telson was born in New York in 1994, and lived in Buenos Aires from 2002-2013, when he moved back to the U.S. to attend Berklee. His mother, Isabel de Sebastian, is an Argentine rock singer and songwriter who in 2014 won the Argentinian grammy for Best Female Pop Album for her CD "Isabel de Sebastian," on which David played electric guitar. His father, Bob Telson, is a pianist and songwriter who won Oscar, Tony, Pulitzer, and Grammy nominations for his work in film and musical theater. David now lives in Brooklyn and often performs in New York clubs, mainly as a duo with guitarist Marc Shulman, with whom he also studies music. They are currently working on completing David's first CD.