David Ryshpan

David Ryshpan is a Canadian pianist, composer, and arranger. Born in Toronto, he developed an interest in jazz music at an early age. By age 14, he was regularly performing solo piano matinées at Toronto’s The Rex. His path led to Montreal, where he graduated from the McGill University Jazz Performance Programme in 2006. Additionally, David has participated in workshops such as the 2005 Banff Centre Workshop for Jazz & Creative Music, the 2006-2007 BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, and the 2007 Red Bull Music Academy. Through these endeavours, he has been mentored by such diverse talent as Dave Douglas, Jim McNeely, Michael Abene, Jeff Parker, Om’Mas Keith and DJ Zinc.

Described as “young, talented, and full of ideas” by the Montreal Gazette‘s Irwin Block, David leads the acoustic jazz group Indigone Trio, and the samba-jazz project Trio Bruxo. He is also an active sideman, having performed alongside sound explorer Matana Roberts, Canadian jazz artists Joel Miller and Gary Schwartz, singer-songwriters Michael Reinhart and Ronley Teper, Haitian MC Vox Sambou, and the Kalmunity Vibe Collective. His arrangements have been performed by trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann, and Effusion A Cappella. David was commissioned by the 2009 Biennale de Montreal to compose “Dancing Serpent in Dawn’s Quiet,” based on a painting by artist Rick Leong, for their Soundscapes/Paysages sonores initiative.

In addition to performance and composition, David is also an active journalist. A former writer for Exclaim! and Coda magazines, he has been a longstanding contributor to CKUT 90.3 FM. His blog can be found at Settled in Shipping.


"My Journey Through Brazillian Music - Rhythms & Repertoire"

"Since immersing myself in Brazilian music in 2005, I have had the privilege of performing, recording and studying with icons of the genre. I share my voyage of discovery with students through listening to recordings and group participation."


  • A basic overview of samba, bossa nova and MPB
  • Brazilian rhythmic phrasing & swing feel
  • Differences between Brazilian & American versions of bossa novas
  • Effective research skills of how to discover new music


  • Learning basic samba batucada rhythms & patterns (pandeiro, surdo, tamborim)
  • Adapting percussion patterns to band instruments
  • Playing different versions of “Desafinado” & “Chega de saudade/No More Blues” (Jobim)