Guest Music Coach
Since 1991, David Norfleet has been improvising music with companies around the U.S. and Canada. During the day, he composes and produces music for film, television, multimedia, installations, and anything else he can think of.
From 1995 to 1998 David was active in New York’s improv, live theatre, and performance art scene. He transplanted himself to San Francisco to start his own music/sound studio, Seal Rock Music.
David’s music and audio clients include Pixar, Dreamworks, Comedy Central, National Geographic, Intel, the city of San Francisco, MasterCard, and National Public Radio.
Q & A
What do you like about improv?
I like the freedom, anything can happen. You can also always be stretching yourself to do new things.
What was your first BATS Show?
Sunday Players in 1999.
Your first improv class?
I’ve never taken a class. When I started, keyboardists just started playing shows.
What are your favorite formats?
I like anything longform, especially one that goes the whole evening (both halves).
Favorite moment on the BATS stage?
There are too many for me to pick.
Why should people study improv?
Listening. Great improv, like great jazz, happens when the players are listening to each other. Improv teaches this all too rare skill.
Any improv advice?
Commit. Improv audiences pay to see commitment.
What are your artistic influences?
Absurdist and Da Da stuff. Love it. Also love a John Waters film.
Anything directed by Stanley Kubrick
Beethoven and Rush
Wozzeck, both as a play and an opera (although Oedipus Rex rocks)