Dark Wood

David Darling

David Darling continues his extraordinary solo cello voyage launched on Journal October (1979) and continued with Cello (1992). The cinematic qualities of Darling’s solo music has led to its use in films by Jean Luc Godard and Wim Wenders. Dark Wood inspires a different art form: the CD booklet contains a short story, "Disturbing the Night", specially written to accompany the music by Barry Lopez, American author of the acclaimed Arctic Dreams. Lopez wrote the story as a literary counterpoint to the evocative music of Dark Wood. The music experiments further with the unique multi-tracking techniques used on Cello, creating haunting harmonies and rich textures. "David Darling produces a ravishing cello sound … The result is haunting and seductive." Gramophone "Darling’s range of stylistic evocations moves from early music to ethereal, swarthy impressionism to folk sonorities … transcendent." Down Beat "Soulful, seductive" Echoes Radio

Featured Artists Recorded

July 1995, Rainbow Studio, Oslo

Original Release Date


  • Darkwood IV
    (David Darling)
  • 1Dawn05:12
  • 2In Motion04:18
  • 3Journey05:09
  • Darkwood V
    (David Darling)
  • 4Light01:03
  • 5Earth04:27
  • 6Passage00:52
  • Darkwood VI
    (David Darling)
  • 7Beginning02:08
  • 8Up Side Down01:56
  • 9Searching02:52
  • 10Medieval Dance03:51
  • Darkwood VII
    (David Darling)
  • 11The Picture03:49
  • 12Returning03:07
  • 13New Morning05:09