Everyone is entitled to a dream, but the real question still remains... What are you willing to sacrifice, to accomplish that dream?
My life for the past two years has been a pain staking testament to the fact that I was willing to sacrifice my life of comfort and security for the love of my music.
Not knowing how to speak, read or write English, I made the decision at the age of twenty-four to leave Iran on a unpredictable 7,243 mile journey to America, in search of a musical career in music composition. Not wanting to travel and be alone in a new country full of challenges, my dad also sacrificed his life of security and career to support my musical pilgrimage.
Upon arriving to America I auditioned and was immediately accepted into the Berklee Collage of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Not wanting to leave my father alone and abandoned in Los Angeles, I opted to pass on my acceptance and return back to my ailing dad.
From a very young age my father knew I had a ear for music and my ability to play the Tombak (famous Iranian drum) and Piano was immediately nurtured. As a teenager I briefly studied Piano with a Russian instructor, and also studied Middle Eastern music theory with famous instructors.
I currently play multiple instruments professionally. I completed my education and received a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree from the University of Tehran. Many of the instruments I play are deeply rooted of the Middle Eastern culture. My main instrument is the Piano.
My desire for artistic growth and constant self discovery is renewed every time I step foot into a studio. I think to be a seasoned composer it is important to understand the complex rhythms and beats from different parts of the world such as India and Turkey. I have spent many years researching ancient and world music of the past and present. I also incorporate my father's (he is well known Professor of Literature) teachings of my favorite philosophers, Aristotle, Rumi, Nietzsche, and Pythagoras in my compositions.
After learning the English language in just two years, I have a new analogy about my music. When I play Western music (Jazz, Country, Blues, etc.) I feel that it has my own texture and flare. My ethnic background has made me who I am today as a musician/composer.
It would be an opportunity of a lifetime, to be able to work closely with the most talented artists in Isinia.
David Reitzas has a storied career, having worked on songs or projects that have won or been nominated for 76 Grammy categories.