David Page is a descendant of the Nunkul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh tribe from South East Queensland and brother of Stephen. He is Bangarra’s Head of Music. David studied saxophone, voice, composition and song at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) at Adelaide University. David is Resident Composer at Bangarra Dance theatre has composed music for many of their productions including collaborations with Steve Francis and Paul Mac. In 2000, David in collaboration with Steve Francis contributed music to the Opening Ceremonies of the Sydney Olympic Games, the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival and, in 2002, the Sydney Dreaming Festival. David composed for the Australian Ballet’s Alchemy (1997) and collaborated with Elena Kats Chernin on Amalgamate (2007).
David has numerous television credits including music for HEARTLAND, PRIDE (part of the Seven Deadly Sins series) and Poison for the ABC, and themes for SONGLINES, LIVING BLACK and PIONEERS OF LOVE for SBS. David’s short film scores include Round Up, Passing Through, Grace and SATURDAY NIGHT SUNDAY MORNING, and five of the thirteen Bit of Black Business AFC short film series. He composed for the short film JACOB, selected for the 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival. David has been nominated and won numerous Awards for his work including Deadly Sound Awards, an ARIA nomination, the inaugural winner of the Indigenous Artist Award for The Sidney Myer Foundation, and Helpmann Award for Best Original Score. He received the 2006 Green Room Award for his solo performance in Page 8 as the Best New Australian Play.