David Aguila is the co-founder and co-artistic director of aLma.MaddR, an interdisciplinary collective dedicated to the creation and presentation of interactive and immersive new works that hope to provide meaningful and transformative experiences for audience members. aLma.MaddR is currently in its post-production phase of a new multimedia series titled @the_icebath. It recently hosted Quiet Night, a music salon providing artists in music, film, and theater an opportunity to workshop new works in a simple,intimate setting spatially designed for experiential comfort for artists and audience.
Aguila received his Bachelor’s degree (2009-13) in trumpet performance at the Eastman School of Music. He studied under James Thompson, and performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Musica Nova ensembles. Aguila performed at the Rochester Percussion Festival, premiering Michael Burrit’s concerto for percussion and wind orchestra, and was Principal Trumpet in the Prismatic Debussy Festival. He attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, and toured Europe with the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, through his involvement with new music ensembles at Eastman, David developed an interest in music composition and went on to continue his education at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in the MFA Performer-Composer program.
While getting his MFA at CalArts (2013-15), Aguila studied trumpet with Ed Carroll and studied music composition with Vinny Golia and Sara Roberts with a focus on spatial and electroacoustic music and interdisciplinary performance installation. In 2014, he composed revolutions, a spatial composition for 12 clarinets, which was premiered at the Roy O. Disney Concert Hall and was later accepted and performed at DEDCAT Society’s concert, Circle. His performance installation Perfection and Pomegranate Jam: A Shadow Ballet, co-composed with Kris Rahamad, were selected for the CalArts New Works Festival in 2015. Pomegranate would later go on to the Edinburgh Fringe festival receiving four and five star reviews.
Upon graduating, he arranged music for the CalArts Brass Ensemble, the Eastman Brass Guild, and the Australian National Academy Brass and Percussion Ensemble. He would later present In the Center of it All, a concert of his own spatial compositions, at ArtShare L.A., where he premiered inconsistencies for Trombones and Toccata for Amplified String Quartet.
As a performer, Aguila has played with the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, Sonic Boom Ensemble, and the New Millennium Orchestra at REDCAT, performing the music of Yotam Haber, Gloria Coates, Jani Christou. He also performed the TrumpeTent during the 2015 Stockhausen Festival and Scelsi’s Quattro Pezzi in a masterclass with Marco Blaauw at the Chosen Vale Trumpet Seminar in Enfield, N.H. after being awarded a grant from the Williamson Foundation. In the fall of 2015, Aguila performed in the Industry’s production of Hopscotch, a mobile opera performed in 24 limousines and landmarks around Los Angeles.
In 2011 David was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on a segment called "meal or no meal". During the segment Aguila solved the Rubik's Cube with one hand while playing Haydn's Trumpet Concerto. After the segment Aguila was invited to play a solo with the Tonight Show Band and play in the band after.