TROY professor collaborates with Czech saxophonist

Dr. Dave Camwell continues to create music while collaborating remotely with his peers.

Dr. Dave Camwell continues to create music while collaborating remotely with his peers.

Troy University’s Dr. Dave Camwell is gaining social media attention for his concert collaborations with musicians from around the world.

Camwell serves as the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at the university. He began teaching at TROY in 2017.

Camwell’s collaborations are a result of COVID-19’s effect on the music industry.

“A lot of music making in the normal sense suddenly got a lot more difficult,” Camwell said.

Camwell started making music videos remotely with pianist Tingting Yao and cellist Mary Pshonik.

Camwell eventually met Czech saxophone player Katerina Pavlikova and reached out to her online.

“We started working together and it’s been really successful,” Camwell said.

The music videos have been gaining social media attention, partly due to Pavlikova’s online following.

They’re currently on their fourth music video collaboration.

Camwell will continue working with his collaborators until they meet for a live concert next spring at a conference in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

“We’re going to meet in person for the first time,” Camwell said. “We’ll play a bunch of the stuff we’ve been recording remotely for the first time for an audience live.”

Camwell and his collaborators’ music video concerts are currently available on his YouTube channel.

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