David Page is a descendant of the Nunkul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh tribe from SE Queensland.
David studied saxophone, voice, composition and song at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) at Adelaide University. David has composed music for Bangarra’s major works: Praying Mantis Dreaming (1992), Ochres (1995), Ninni (1996), Fish (1997), Skin (2000), Corroboree (2001), Bush (2003), Unaipon/Clan (2004), Boomerang (2005), X300 (2007) and Mathinna (2008).
In 2000, David in collaboration with Steve Francis contributed music to the Opening Ceremonies of the Sydney Olympic Games, the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival and, in 2002, the Sydney Dreaming Festival. David composed for the Australian Ballet’s Alchemy (1997) and collaborated with Elena Kats Chernin on Amalgamate (2007).
David has numerous television credits including music for Heartland, Pride (part of the Seven Deadly Sins series) and Poison for the ABC, and themes for Songlines, Living Black and Pioneers of Love for SBS. David’s short film scores include Round Up, Passing Through, Grace and Saturday Night Sunday Morning, and five of the thirteen Bit of Black Business AFC short film series. He composed for the short film Jacob, selected for the 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival.
Since 1995, David has won four of his eight nominations for the Deadly’s Sound Awards, an ARIA nomination for Heartland in 1996, and was the inaugural winner of the Indigenous Artist Award for The Sidney Myer Foundation in 2000. He also received the 2006 Green Room Award for his solo performance in Page 8 as the Best New Australian Play. David received a Helpmann Award for Best Original Score for Mathinna in 2009.
In 2010, David created the musical soundscape for Bangarra’s of earth & sky and in 2011 was appointed Artist-in-Residence with Bangarra, composing music for the company’s new program Belong for which he and Steve Francis received the Helpmann Award for Best Original Score.
David has continued working closely with Bangarra in his role as Resident Composer creating the score for Stephen Page’s work Warumuk – in the dark night as a part of the Australian Ballet’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2012 and Frances Rings work Terrain that same year.
In 2013 David collaborated with Paul Mac to create the soundscape for Blak and composed the music for Dance Clan 3 with contributions by Huey Benjamin and Steve Francis. For ABC David contributed to the new site ‘My Life As A Playlist’ and performed in Mother Courage & Her Children for QTC. David participated as a role model for the organisation Show Me The Way, where Indigenous film students documented a day with him at Bangarra and shared the video on their website and YouTube channel. David also joined Stephen Page in an episode of NITV’s Living Black In Conversation.
In 2014 David performs in the QTC and Sydney Festival production Black Diggers and composes the soundscape for Bangarra’s new work Patyegarang choreographed by Stephen Page.