A flamenco guitarist and composer, David's musical wanderings finally converged in Granada, Spain, where he studied for several years under renowned guitarists Rafaelin Habichuela, Emilio Maya and Ramon del Paso. He later moved to Jerez de la Frontera, where he focused on the art of traditional vocal and dance accompaniment, studying under Pascual de Lorca, Jose Galvez and others.
Since moving back from Spain, David has performed in hundreds of traditional and contemporary flamenco productions, from local venues to stages throughout the United States and Europe. His compositional works extend to an eclectic variety of contexts outside of his mainstay: contemporary stage-adaptations such as Cervantes' Don Quixote and Lorca's Blood Wedding; music for balkan, jazz, middle-eastern, and other flamenco-infused musical ensembles; and in various recording collaborations.
In 2007, he released his debut CD called Found in Spain, a series of original pieces rooted in traditional flamenco forms, produced by Jason McGuire and recorded at the studio of rock legend and flamenco enthusiast, Jackson Browne. The San Francisco Chronicle calls his music "subtly driving" and "sinuous," and Just Jazz Guitar Magazine writes of his music: "a unique sculpture of chord color, raw guts, and effusive linear tapestries. McLean’s compositions fly freely between dark ferocities and uplifting forays that touch the clouds, sometimes within only a few measures". David currently can be found strumming somewhere in the Bay Area's burgeoning flamenco scene.
Home Base: San Francisco