David Borgo: Flute, Piccolo, Recorder, Reeds, Saxophone, Woodwinds

Genre: Classical, Jazz

RIYL: Sun Ra, Steve Lacy

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Influences: Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter


Saxophonist, educator, ethnomusicologist, and UCSD professor David Borgo is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist who can tear it up on tenor, soprano, and a slew of instruments from all over the globe. He is conversant in a wide variety of styles, but he is exceptionally adept at free improvisation.

Borgo cites Dr. A.J. Racy, from UCLA, as one of his mentors in ethnomusicology. Born in Lebanon, Racy is a master of many ethnic instruments, including the nay, a reed flute, and the buzuq, a long-necked fretted lute.

“I have always respected Prof. Racy immensely for his ability to bridge impeccable scholarship and musicianship. For me, he was the ultimate model of an ethnomusicologist, a culture bearer who also wielded the full Western toolkit and could ultimately demonstrate everything he was discussing. But, perhaps most importantly, he has a deep, spiritual connection to the music he plays and researches. His seminar on Music and Ecstasy gave me true insight into the power of music on a global scale.”


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