Born in Hollywood, CA in 1961, Davol (pronounced duh-VOL) settled in northern Colorado as a young boy. With primarily classical piano training, he developed an interest in electronic music as a teenager, as well as jazz and classical harpsichord. Since the acquisition of a micro Moog synthesizer at the age of 13, he had an undying passion for electronic music and was addicted to the music of Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream.
His first compositions became the collection of pieces on the Mystic Waters album. In 1988, Davol produced a short demo tape as a gift for some friends who then passed it on to Silver Wave Records and the result was a recording contract. Mystic Waters made it to #15 on the Billboard New Age Chart, and remained on the charts for 25 weeks. The music from his albums has been used worldwide in TV, radio, video and multimedia productions.
Interestingly, Davol's career was originally in microbiology, not music. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1989, and worked as a medical researcher until 1996 when he started a commercial venture, producing music for multimedia. This experience allowed him to write music in very diverse styles and work with other instrumentalists.
Inspiration for his compositions comes from personal relationships, life events or activities, such as cycling, one of his favorite pastimes.
Davol is currently based in Denver. The French language, photography and music are among his great lifelong passions. Since 1986 he supports a compassionate lifestyle for the planet and animals by being vegan. He has spent time as a public health educator for a Hepatitis C nonprofit organization.
Radio InterviewsA new interview with DJ at KSBR, September 2014. Click here to listen.
Part of the Morning Breeze Cruise, DJ Thornton interviewed Davol in the KSBR studios in 2010. Click here to listen.
DJ Thornton of southern California's KSBR did a phone interview with Davol in 2009. Click here to listen.
Radio Milwaukee's Mary Bartlein did a live phone interview with Davol on her "Instrumental Saturdays" show. Click here to listen.
If there’s an artist who is better at crafting irresistible hook-laden electronic keyboard music than than Davol, I haven’t heard him or her. If his type of music ever returned to the commercial airwaves, he’d own the top 40 in this genre.
... instantly appealing, immensely accessible, and polished to a sheen so bright it could hurt your eyes ... underneath the glitz and high-tech wizardry is music that is every bit human, full of heart, passion, soul and an abundance of good cheer … a stunning display of an artist at the literal top of his game. I simply love this CD to death!
... the carefully crafted synth melodies and the positive, upbeat atmosphere. This is Davol’s trademark, no one out there does it better.
B.T. Fasmer, New Age Music News
Davol’s music is the perfect antidote to the bad news we are being bombarded with every day. Life is, indeed, good, and Davol’s music is a wonderful reminder.
“Wow!” with both thumbs up and a big smile on my face!
Kathleen Parsons, MainlyPiano.com
Pure, exuberant electronic music is fairly rare these days. Luckily Davol fills the void ...
RJ Lannan, ZoneMusicReporter.com
... truly a musical enjoyment to be listened to any time or place.
Barbara Cronin, CirclesofLight.com
The music has the unique quality of being both relaxing and energizing at the same time - a perfect balance of yin and yang.
Michael Diamond, Awareness Magazine
... a collection of well-written tunes played with wit and humour, and great musicality.
John M. Peters, The Borderland
... a natural sophistication and contemporary elegance ... innovative quality music accented with inspiring drama.
John P. Olsen, NewAgeMusicWorld.com
This is an absolute MUST for any CD collection!!