Davy Sumner is an installation artist, experimental musician, percussionist, maker, and educator in Los Angeles, CA. He creative works are spawned out of noise, physics, biology, and society, often utilizing sound spatialization, feedback-based systems, auditory illusions, chaos, and original electronics as key elements. Davy specializes in imagining and fabricating custom technologies and homemade devices that become animated, unstable, and unpredictable when introduced to the physical world.
Davy has installed work and performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grand Central Art Center, Long Beach City College, The Long Beach PUMP Festival, The wulf., Automata, REDCAT, The Cedar Cultural Center, Public Functionary, and The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival. A fiercely active and diverse collaborator, Davy has worked in live and studio settings with Grammy-winner Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Sean Carey (S. Carey, Bon Iver), Rob Moose (yMusic, Ben Folds), Eyvind Kang (Beck, Animal Collective), and Michael Pisaro.
Davy earned his Bachelor's in Music Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his MFA in Experimental Sound Practices from CalArts, where he studied with Mark Trayle, Scott Cazan, and Amy Knoles.