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About David A. Brensilver

David Brensilver is the author of ExecTV (ENC Press, 2005), “the book the Vatican refused to comment on.” A classically trained musician-turned-writer, David’s writing has appeared in a host of publications including the All Music Guide to Classical Music: The Definitive Guide to Classical Music (Backbeat Books, 2005), Drum magazine, Modern Drummer Magazine, New Music Box (an online publication of the American Music Center), the New Haven Independent, and The Arts Paper, which he edits for the Arts Council of Greater New Haven (Connecticut).

As a newspaper journalist, David interviewed such compelling figures as CNN’s national security analyst and author of Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Bin Laden and The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda’s Leader Peter Bergen; former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson; Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist; Sports Illustrated senior writer and NPR contributor Frank Deford; 11-time National Sportswriter of the Year Rick Reilly; Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman; 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern; and Hunter S. Thompson’s widow, Anita Thompson, among others.

For The Daily Maul, David has interviewed such influential animal advocates as Peter Jay Brown, whose documentary film Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist chronicles the work of Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society; Carlie Jackson, executive producer of the TV series Project Earth; Denis Henry Hennelly, whose movie Bold Native examines the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act; performance artist Jacqueline Traide, who underwent “animal testing” in a Regent Street (London) storefront as part of a demonstration on behalf of Lush (cosmetics); Joanne Rose, who created the Internet series Vegan 101 and is developing a new sitcom called Sex and the Single Vegan; and the inimitable singer-songwriter Nellie McKay.

David has music degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (BM, 1992) and The Juilliard School (MM, 1994) and studied at the Aspen Music Festival and School during the summers of 1990, 1991, and 1992. He has performed with such ensembles as the Bergen Philharmonic (Norway), Rhode Island Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Coast Guard Band, and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, among others.