As a jazz pianist & vocalist, no Malaysian in the circuit holds a candle to David Gomes. And while very much an established name in the KL jazz scene, he has brought his hot & swinging brand of entertainment as far as Australia, Holland, UK, Germany, Thailand and neighbouring Singapore. He has also performed in various local jazz festivals as well as a concert in Duren, Germany. As a producer and studio owner, he was behind various jingles for television and radio before he ventured into the album market, independently producing a Christmas jazz album titled Itʼs Christmas Time Again under his own label, Catalyst Records as well as “Here I Am”, Junji Delfinoʼs first internationally reviewed solo album.
As a musical director, David has painstakingly pushed the bar in made-for-theatre music showcases such as his most recent presentation at Theatre Lounge Cafe, Crossing Borders, an intimate evening of classic jazz fused with classic Chinese music. Past productions include musical tributes to Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole & Frank Sinatra featuring his 13-piece mini orchestra, including a Big Band Extravaganza for the Johor Arts Festival as well as numerous productions for the corporate & private sector. As a composer, he has created a wealth of world-class original music that have been performed at various festivals like The KL Jazz Festival at Istana Budaya, The HSBC String & Woodwind Festival and The Miri International Jazz Festival in East Malaysia. Amidst all the performing and traveling, David leaves no opportunity wasted for the local jazz industry by creating platforms for local musicians to perform in. He conceptualized Jazz on the 6th, a Happy Hour gig at KLʼs premium mall, Pavilion. He was also instrumental in introducing live jazz music to Skypark, The Top Room, The Moon Bar and The Barn at One Mont Kiara. His work experience also boasts of some of the big names in the local & regional hotel industry.
His personal milestones include performing two years in a row at one of the worldʼs biggest music events, The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, singing frontline for Jeremy Monteiroʼs Big Band Jazzy Christmas concert at The Esplanade alongside renowned American songstress, Carmen Bradford, in Singapore and his most recent appearance at Akustika Music Festival at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, sharing the same stage with local with big names like Ning Baizura & Zainal Abidin.
He is about to add to his milestone as he prepares to record his long-overdue solo album featuring his own compositions as well as his inimitable jazz takes on the wealth of Malaysian music by some of the countryʼs great composers.The future seems bright for sure for this hard-working man and the world can only wait to see where his music takes him next.