David Stauffacher

About me

Zürich, Switzerland

I'm a percussion player.
I studied in Cuba, Brazil and West Africa. I'm open to any style of music.

I'm playing Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Batàs, Cajon, Pandeiro, Djembée, and many small percussion instruments. Sometimes also some Drums and Piano.
I never cared about boundaries, I always played and listened to different styles. So I found myself in different projects playing Flamenco, Salsa, Pop, Musical, Jazz, Funk, Brasil, Rock, Hip Hop or even some classical adventures.

Cultural background

  • Switzerland

Values

  • Achievement
  • Adventure
  • Authenticity
  • Creativity
  • Fairness
  • Faith
  • Friendships
  • Fun
  • Growth
  • Learning
  • Listening
  • Love
  • Optimism
  • Peace
  • Pleasure
  • Recognition
  • Respect
  • Risk-taking
  • Self-respect
  • Teamwork
  • Vision
  • Well-being

Band/Ensemble

Project Music

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Vienes o vas - Come or leave

This musical piece shows the theme of the conflict in its contrasts. It mixes different musical genres: Funk, Son cubano, Afro and Jazz, with a 7-beat metric, as irregular as the life of these days all over the world. It contrasts between a part A (letter) and B (Piano Solo) with binary subdivision and a part C (voice only) with ternary subdivision. Choirs with strident harmonization to create contrast with a clear and well-drawn melodic line, over a text that shares fragments in both Spanish and Yoruba languages. Come or leave

  • African
  • Funk
  • Jazz
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Bongo drum
  • Conga
  • Drum set
  • Shekere
  • Argentina
  • Cuba
  • Peru
  • Switzerland
GALAXIES

There is a love/hate relationship between melody and rhythm in every song. In countless songs in this universe (in all its languages and ways of expression) they have always found a way to coexist. The lyrics of this song "Galaxies" are a dialogue between melody and rhythm and describe the conflict between them, the magic, the chemistry and the endless possibilities of unity. The musical arrangement is based on a simple vocal melody playing around two different beats. The spoken words add to the poetic mood of the song.

  • Arabic
  • Singer
  • Piano
  • Ud / Oud
  • Bongo drum
  • Cajon
  • Daraboukka
  • Riq / Riqq / Rik
  • Argentina
  • Lebanon
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
San Martín 54

San Martin 54 is a music inspired by a house in a town in Argentina where I lived some time ago. Getting away from the city, was at that time, a search to try to clear up the conflicts that, in my opinion, modern life entails ... the way of relating to things, and to people. The music has some polyrhythms and rhythmic displacements, which at times seem to “fight”. At the end of the song, the flute, guitar and percussion improvise, one on top of the other, generating points of clash between musical ideas.

  • African
  • Brazilian
  • Fusion
  • Instrumental
  • Jazz
  • World
  • Scat
  • Singer
  • Piano
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Cuatro
  • Cajon
  • Clapped hands
  • Conga
  • Cowbell
  • Cymbals
  • Shekere
  • Bansuri
  • Bass traverse flute
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Switzerland
Waqt ka Nazrana

Since the topic is 'Conflict', The lyrics describes two state of minds under the same situation. For example, When a dear one is lost untimely or suddenly due to some reason not caused naturally due to old age but some other cause by a disease like Cancer, Covid or Accident etc. We became directionless and blame it on the time or we say this Bad time is a Gift of time for us in a sarcastic way. However under the same situation we find help and support from unexpected and unknown persons. We say this a Gift of Time in a positive way.

  • African
  • Improvisational
  • Indian
  • Instrumental
  • Jazz
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Cajon
  • Chimes
  • Conga
  • Djembe
  • Shekere
  • Talking drum
  • Udu
  • Melodica
  • Argentina
  • India
  • Switzerland
La Mer

This song tries to capture the essence of our planet in all its splendor, its mystery, immense and beautiful like the sea.

  • African
  • Brazilian
  • Improvisational
  • Instrumental
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Accordion
  • Grand piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Classical guitar
  • Conga
  • Percussion
  • Shekere
  • Triangle
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Congo
  • Cuba
  • France
Más acá
Play
  • Creativity Award
  • Album Track

This song talks about the communion of Latin American rhythms with African music, and the strong influence that Africa has had on our music. Latin America, as a diverse continent without borders, is one, and in it, the roots of ancestral African cultures flourish. The music, as usual, acts as an integrating element between cultures, telling us we share a common history that embrace us, the history of mankind.

  • African
  • Instrumental
  • Jazz
  • Latino
  • World
  • Scat
  • Singer
  • Accordion
  • Piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Guitar
  • Cajon
  • Conga
  • Djembe
  • Percussion
  • Rainstick
  • Shekere
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Melodica
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Cameroon
  • Peru
  • Venezuela
World Is Learning

Thinking in this current moment that we are all going through, inspires me to compose this song. Since our nature manifested itself as never before, we as human beings must reflect on the care of our planet. Believing in these two musicians Andreas Bernitt and David Stauffacher give fresh air to this music, with no lyrics, with this universal language, being able to realize that we must be united, as we always should have been, and our ultimate function in the world is to forgive it.

  • World
  • Guitar
  • Violin
  • Percussion
  • Udu
  • Chile
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
Higher Vibrations

The song seeks to explore how we can reconnect to the vibrations of mother earth. Realizing all that happening it is more obvious that humanity is not in harmony with itself and therefore not in harmony with our mother-ship (Earth). We seek to encourage the world to embrace the vibrations of mother earth, because we are in harmony with the earth; when we are in harmony with all races, sexes, peoples and are ethical towards how we use and respect nature. By eliminating racism, practices that lead to global warming, hatred and the likes.

  • African
  • Psychedelia
  • Rock
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Grand piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Conga
  • Djembe
  • Drum set
  • Maraca
  • Percussion
  • Rainstick
  • Mongolia
  • Nigeria
Breathing

Conscious breathing is one of the main practices in meditation and praying. It’s the time to feel the life in his deepest realm and the connection within the inside and the outside world. It’s the time to train the beat of our heart in harmony with the rhythm of the Universe and draw the energy. It’s the time to feel that we’re fundamentally one and realize the beauty of life.

  • Alternative
  • World
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Synthesizer
  • Bass guitar
  • Guitar
  • Conga
  • Maraca
  • Triangle
  • Udu
  • Harmonica
  • Cameroon
  • France
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America
Tumpana

Tumpana is a simple picture of how beautiful life could be when humans and nature live together in harmony.

  • African
  • Blues
  • World
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Classical guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Cajon
  • Chimes
  • Conga
  • Percussion
  • France
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
Mokili (Earth)

Mokili means Earth in Lingala (Congolese Language). In this A Capella track with African vocals, Latin percussions, European classical influences and ethnic rap, Mankind's voices address Mother Earth in a mea culpa that transcends cultures and geographies. Mokili is based on an Afro - Cuban rhythm. There is a conversation of three different tuned congas in this rhythm. On top of that there is improvisation of another one. David added more percussion to give it a different touch.

  • African
  • Hip Hop / Rap
  • Latino
  • Vocal
  • World
  • A capella
  • Background vocals
  • Chanting
  • Choir
  • Rapping
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Vocal ensemble
  • Whistling / Humming
  • Conga
  • Djembe
  • Udu
  • Belgium
  • Congo
  • Cuba
  • Switzerland
  • Uganda
Mbula (Rain)[percussion version]

This piece talks about the importance of rain and the effects of human-induced climate change in the world.

  • African
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Singer
  • Bell
  • Cajon
  • Caxixi
  • Djembe
  • Dun Dun / Dundun
  • Udu
  • Congo
  • Gambia
  • United States of America
Shabad Guru

Shabad guru - the sacred word takes us from darkness to light. It has its origins with mystic philosopher Guru Nanak in Punjab. He was an accomplished musician. His use of music to connect people with their spiritual cores and understand the oneness of life is an eternal message which finds relevance in our times as well. This song is registered in what is regarded as the greatest treasure of music from the 11th to the 17th century in India. With our collaboration we are looking at the song in a fresh perspective.

  • Indian
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Chanting
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Double bass
  • Percussion
  • Duduk
  • Armenia
  • Belgium
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Switzerland
Meadow
Play
  • Creativity Award
  • Album Track

Meadow, Is a love letter to nature from humanity; The song expresses how we enjoy the benefits of nature, but also our regrets as our actions turn to endanger nature. The song is dedicated to all the animals and nature that have gone extinct because of human action. The song expresses our need and appreciation for biodiversity and says its time for us to look at the universe as a meadow for all biodiversity

  • Alternative
  • Easy Listening
  • Reggae / Carribean
  • World
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Argentina
  • Cameroon
  • Israel
  • Switzerland
Satpurush (The True Spirit)

In our quest to make the best of life mankind is lost in finding meaning and balance with the universe, and because of that we are hurting ourselves and our environment. Just like a leaf from a tree, we are drifting, not knowing what to do, where to go or what the future holds. Inspired by Hindi folk sourced from : Pati Raam Maravi ,Pradhan priest of Gond tribe in the Garakamatta Village , Dindori district , Madhya Pradesh , India

  • World
  • Bass
  • Singer
  • Electric guitar
  • Qyl-Qobyz / Qobyz
  • Ukulele
  • Percussion
  • Belgium
  • Cameroon
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
Gaia Gaia

In combining Afrobeat, Brazilian Samba and Ghanaian singing in English and Portuguese, this tune explores cultural identities of places with similar environmental problems. ‘Gaia Gaia ‘is a realization of our situation as a society now, it is inspired by events in Brazil’s Amazon and Ghana’s Atewa as two of the rainforests where government policies are pushing the environment to harm and disaster. Culturally, this project explores the idea that the beauty of culture also depends on how far society would indulge and share in another’s culture.

  • African
  • Brazilian
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Caxixi
  • Cuíca
  • Drum set
  • Kpanlogo
  • Percussion
  • Saxhorn
  • Trumpet
  • Brazil
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Switzerland
Camino del Corazón

Much of our decisions, end up being more honest when generated in the heart. Still, many decisions turn out to be too much analyzed by the mind and mirrored in external objects, and it is here that we often commit the greatest crimes against ourselves and everything around us. This is the time to make vital decisions for the conservation of our Planet, and consequently all of the species. It is necessary to heal the mind, silencing it and spending more time with the heart. Precisely in its depths, we will always find an answer.

  • Fusion
  • Latino
  • Ritual
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Chanting
  • Choir
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Soprano
  • Vocal percussion
  • Whistling / Humming
  • Synthesizer
  • Bass guitar
  • Caxixi
  • Conga
  • Cymbals
  • Drum set
  • Shekere
  • Triangle
  • Udu
  • Sampler
  • Argentina
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America

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