Since 2007, David has led the ensemble Merkava, which reconsiders the Jewish experience in the contemporary urban and spiritual landscape by bringing traditional Judaic prayer melodies into new relationships with both Indian classical music and modern jazz. He is an original member of the Outer Bridge Ensemble, and has collaborated on projects in the visual arts, dance, and film, including the composition and performance of original music for 'The Love Guru' motion picture soundtrack in 2008. Freeman is also a core member of Billy Martin’s (Medeski, Martin and Wood) Fang Percussion Ensemble In 2011, Freeman also became involved in The Shuk, an internationally acclaimed, Israeli-based ensemble of musicians and educators. Also in 2011, he joined Alicia Jo Rabins’ Girls in Trouble, an indie-fok song cycle.

David is a percussionist, composer, and educator based in Brooklyn. He has traveled extensively to study music, including in the Dominican Republic and India, and his work is infused with a passion for jazz, world, and folk music traditions. Freeman holds a BA from Rutgers University and has been an artist-in-residence at Banff Arts Center, Makor, Omi International Arts Center, and the LABA Artist Membership at the 14th Street Y. He is a recipient of the Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship through Omi International and the NJSCA Folk Arts Apprenticeship Award. In 2001, he co-founded a hand drum and music workshop at a youth services and juvenile detention center in New Jersey, where taught through 2011. In 2011, Freeman joined the roster of Teaching Artists for Arts to Grow, an organization bringing after-school arts programming to the tri-state area’s inner city youth.

Forgiveness - 2007



Brooklyn, NY
United States



Salute - 2012


"Merkava (Live at Makor)" - 2008