Davy Sumner is an installation artist, experimental musician, improviser, Maker, and educator based in Los Angeles. His creative works are spawned out of physics, biology, and sensory perception, often utilizing original electronics, spatialized audio, antiquated recording devices, and repetitive movements as key elements. He specializes in imagining atypical technologies and custom instruments (such as an electroacoustic Organ comprised of vibrating tuning forks) that become animated and unpredictable when introduced to the physical world.
Sumner’s installations have been featured at Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, Stanford University, Grand Central Art Center, and The Emerge Impact + Music Festival. Recent activities as a teaching artist include Residencies with The National Park Service, Side Street Projects, and the Westben Centre for Connection and Creativity. He received Segal Education Awards from the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2017 and 2018 for his work directing a free music program for underserved youth in LA county.
A fiercely active and diverse collaborator, Sumner has worked as an arranger and studio musician with Grammy-winning artists Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Rob Moose (yMusic, Ben Folds), and Simon Adler (Radiolab).
He holds a Bachelor's in Music Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2013), and an MFA in Experimental Sound Practices from CalArts (2016).