Davu Seru (b. David Allen Underwood) is an improvising musician and composer. He’s worked with numerous improvising musicians and composers throughout the United States and France including Anthony Cox, Milo Fine, George Cartwright, Nirmala Rajasekar, Douglas R. Ewart, Michelle Kinney, Dean Magraw, Paul Metzger, Evan Parker, J. Otis Powell ‽, Didier Petit, Mankwe Ndosi, Jack Wright, Babatunde Lea, Nathan Hanson, Rafael Toral, Donald Washington, Louis Alemayehu, Ta-coumba Aiken and Nicole Mitchell. He is bandleader for the ensembles Motherless Dollar and No Territory Band. For the year 2017-2018 he served as the first-ever composer-in-residence at Studio Z in Saint Paul. He’s curated concert series for over the past 20 years and has received awards from McKnight Foundation (2020 Composer Fellowship), Jerome Foundation (2017-18 Composer/Sound Artist Fellow), American Composers Forum (Minnesota Emerging Composer Award), the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (Next Step Fund) and has received commissions from the Zeitgeist Ensemble and Walker Art Center. In addition, Davu is a published author and is a visiting instructor in the Department of English at Hamline University.
He lives in Saint Paul, MN, with his partner Emily and son August.
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