David Bradnum guitarist, composer was born in London of Russian, French parents. He read English at the universities of Newcastle and Uppsala. He started his professional career playing in Sweden and UK.
Then lived and and toured in the USA playing guitar "Tommy Tour", "Meatloaf/Steinman", New York clubs and sessions. Whilst based in New York spent time with Salvador and Gala Dali, who gave him a gold guitar.
A period in Africa followed, recording rituals and ceremonies in the wildernesses. His journey took him from 15,000ft mountains of Southern Ethiopia and the Valley of the Surma, to the Sacred Forests on the Senegal borders, from the Peul bluesmen and nomads of the Sahel, to the sexually charged love songs of the Indian Ocean. In the Surma wilderness of Africa, he built a grass studio high on a hill surrounded by armed tribesman, their task to keep drunks and singing dogs away – the only rule "leave guns outside".
He then started composing for Film (full-score and soundtracks). Among recent works "The Expendables", "Exorcist the Beginning", and his own acclaimed Radio series "An African Journey" based on the music and his experiences there.
"David Bradnum’s ‘African Journey’, easily the best radio of the year" Observer
"Pick of the Week", BBC
The material he recorded in Africa has been turned into tracks for CDs, films, museum installations and CDs for Passages Exhibition Brooklyn Museum of Art, Bowers Museum videos and installation, and African Ceremonies Book and CD (Beckwith Fisher). See David in Africa.
Talks at London Cork Street art gallery, "Africa the Mother of all Music".
See Film / TV / Media / Installation for full list.