Davy Sumner is an installation artist, experimental musician, producer, Maker, audio engineer, and educator based in Los Angeles. His creative works are spawned out of physics, biology, and sensory perception, often utilizing original electronics, spatialized audio, antiquated recording devices, repetitive movements, and feedback-based systems as key elements. He specializes in imagining atypical technologies and custom instruments that become animated and unpredictable when introduced to the physical world.
Davy’s work has been featured at Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, REDCAT, CalArts, Stanford University, Grand Central Art Center, The Orange Country Center for Contemporary Art, and The Emerge Impact + Music Festival. As a Visiting Faculty Member at CalArts, he has designed curriculum and taught Low-Tech Prototyping, Graduate Electroacoustic Seminar, and Major Composition Lessons. A fiercely active and diverse collaborator, he has worked as an arranger and audio engineer with Grammy winning artists Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Sean Carey (S. Carey), Rob Moose (yMusic, Ben Folds), and Eyvind Kang (Beck, Animal Collective). As an Artist-In-Residence, his projects have been showcased by The National Park Service, The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Side Street Projects, and the Westben Centre for Connection and Creativity, where he Facilitates a yearly Performer-Composer Residency. His trio of improvised electroacoustic music with Clay Chaplin and Tim Feeney released their first recording, One, on Casa Berenice Recordings in 2019.
As a frequent consultant Sound Designer and Mixer for Walt Disney Imagineering, Davy has created, mixed, and installed audio for Disneyland and Disney World. While working on the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge major attraction, he worked directly with Academy-Award winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom and Skywalker Sound.
In 2017 and 2018 he received consecutive Segal Education Awards from the Corporation for National and Community Service for his work as Lead AmeriCorps Fellow of the CalArts Community Arts Partnership, where he directed a free music program for underserved youth in LA County. Davy holds a Bachelor's in Music Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and an MFA in Experimental Sound Practices from CalArts, where he studied with Mark Trayle, Clay Chaplin, Sara Roberts, Scott Cazan, and Amy Knoles.