David Ashworth has been playing guitar for as long as he can remember.
His work draws on many influences; the jazz worlds of Miles Davis and Bill Evans, the rock music of Traffic, The Byrds, Radiohead, King Crimson, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Jethro Tull, the experimental work of artists such as Brian Eno and David Bedford, the contemporary work of John Adams and Arvo Part….
During his years playing with the York Guitar Quartet he was able to explore the vibrant and innovative music of great composers such as Bartok, Shostakovich, Janacek and Stravinsky. The musical insights gained from playing this music inform much of his own composition work.
On many of his recordings, he expands the range of the instrument with the use of guitar synthesisers, effects and an EBow.
David Ashworth has been helping teachers and their students use music technology effectively for over 20 years. He writes articles, blogs, gives conference and INSET presentations and makes highly regarded, best selling resources for many of the top organisations in music education. Recent clients include BBC, Music Sales, Scholastic, Rhinegold Publications and Friday Afternoons. He was the editor of the pioneering Teaching Music website, bringing music teachers together to share and collaborate in an online space. He now manages the TeachTalk:Music community – sharing the best thinking and debate in UK music education. At the national level, David has been involved in many of the recent music initiatives. For the last five years he has successfully led the flagship ICT strategy, ICreaTe, which has had a major impact on the way primary and secondary schools use music technology in creative music making. His current research is focused on the use of mobile technologies in music education.
“I always think that it is really difficult to lead a technology day with teachers and satisfy the need for both hands on the technology and meaningful music making. You managed this brilliantly, spoke with real authority, and, importantly, you fulfilled the brief i.e. Using music technology…… musically.”