Create • Play • Inspire

Create Play • Inspire

Create • Play • Inspire

David Buchbinder is a creator and producer in music and culture, working in the borderlands where people, cultures, genres and disciplines intersect. His success as a creative force is grounded in his capacity to discern, imagine, create, facilitate, express and produce work that is fresh, particular and deeply authentic.


Artistic Direction

Composition & Production


Performance Ensembles



Think, Speak, Write

Teach & Collaborate


Artistic Direction, Composition & Production

David creates and directs multidisciplinary shows and festivals, as originator, as a collaborator and under engagement by major arts companies. He composes for film, television, dance theatre and his own projects. He produces award-winning recordings.

Multidisciplinary Shows:

The Ward Cabaret

The Ward Cabaret recently debuted at the Luminato Festival. It explores the power of human connection across boundaries as it brings the music and stories of Toronto’s first cross-cultural neighbourhood to life.

The Jazz Circus

(Shurum Burum, Kaleidoscope, Orpheus) Using wild, dramatic movement in 4 dimensions, projections and mythic story to unlock the hidden narrative in Buchbinder’s musical world, his Jazz Circus presentations have appeared in Toronto and Vancouver.

Routes of Andalusia

Commissioned by the Royal Conservatory/ Koerner Hall and presented as the opening concert for the Aga Khan Museum, Routes of Andalusia reimagines the musical richness of al Andalus and the interweaving sounds of the Iberian Arabs, Jews and Gypsies.


Performance Ensembles & For Hire

David is a virtuosic musician, he leads award-winning World music and Jazz ensembles, having released 11 recordings and toured across North and South America and Europe. He also performs and records with a range of high-profile projects.

Performance Ensembles:


Odessa/Havana is a JUNO Award-winning stunning ensemble of incredible musicians who collectively represent the best of the international world, jazz and pop scene. It is an explosive Jewish/Cuban musical evolution.

Buchbinder, Rubin, Bergeman

Music at the Center of the River

Music at the Center of the River joins master musicians David Buchbinder, Mark Rubin and Michael Ward-Bergeman, who bring the spirit of inquiry, experimentation and play to their earthy, deeply connected sounds.


Nomadica re-imagines and recombines the rich, soulful and righteously celebratory musics of the Arabs, Gypsies and Jews. Led by Juno-award winning trumpeter and composer, David Buchbinder and vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and dancer, Roula Said, the band features soaring vocals, a front line of masterful improvisors and a heavily funky rhythm section. Music to fire up your heart and your hips!


Think, Speak, Write, Teach, Collaborate

David Buchbinder is an cultural thinker whose new ideas lead to action, with a scope reaching from an internationally-renowned multidisciplinary Festival to a creativity-based community development organization. He is an effective, inspiring speaker and workshop leader and has developed a proprietary suite of creativity tools that can be used by both artists and non-artists.

Diasporic Genius

Diasporic Genius does creativity-fueled urban community development using Story, Culture, Festivals, Food, and Built Space projects to imagine the future of Toronto.


2022 – ‘Sink or Swim’ essay contributed to the book What We Talk About When We Talk About Dumplings.


Get in Touch:

Contact David if you are interested in collaborating on a project or have a public speaking opportunity. David also gives music and trumpet lessons.


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Buchbinder, Rubin, Bergeman
Buchbinder, Rubin, Bergeman2 months ago
Just a taste of this unique trio and their Music at the Center of the River
Buchbinder, Rubin, Bergeman