Dave Hartl lives between Philadelphia and New York, working in both cities as a pianist, synthesist, and teacher. He's been with the University of the Arts in Philadelphia teaching electronic music applications, keyboard, theory, and other courses since 1991, has played over 50 theatrical shows, and has worked with acts such as Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Bo Diddley, Mary Wilson & the Supremes, Phil Woods, Joanne Brackeen, Bill Watrous, Anthony Newley, The Three Degrees, LaToya Jackson, Ben Vareen, Annie Haslam's Renaissance, and many others. He has produced 4 CDs of original instrumental compositions and has appeared on numerous recordings, including the Concord Jazz release Midnight Blue by guitarist Jimmy Bruno. Dave is trying in his original music to combine the freedom and improvisation of jazz with the sonic textures of electronic music and the structure of story-telling composition. On his latest CD Lab Work he plays piano, 28 different synthesizers, Chapman Stick, MIDI guitar, accordion, theremin, and chromatic harmonica with some extra tracks flown in from friends in Philadelphia, Japan, and Holland. Major musical influences include Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, Soft Machine, Gentle Giant, and King Crimson.