David Gerow Irving
David Irving has written poetry, fairy tales, plays, short stories, essays, newspaper articles, and magazine articles. He has completed a novel (in MS), The Voice in the Stone, which is about the 14th century mystic, Meister Eckhart. Two other novels are in progress. One of these, In the Shadow of the Innocents, tackles the subject of vivisection. The other, untitled, debates various gnostic and Christian themes. David is a vegan and an animal rights activist. His writings on various animal rights issues have appeared on Cyrano's Journal, Thomas Paine's Corner, All-Creatures.org, Press Action, Radical Noesis, Dandelion Salad, The Animals Voice, and other blogs and journals. An accomplished musician, he is a composer and has played French horn with ensembles like the Marlboro and Cabrillo music festivals and the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Opera. He was a member of the 7th Army Symphony, the Graz Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra (Austria), and the Oakland Symphony. David attended the New England Conservatory of Music, the Vienna Academy of Music, and graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University from which he also earned an M.A. in music composition. His compositions are performed in the United States and Europe. He has lived in Boston, Vienna and Graz (Austria), San Francisco, and New York City. He presently makes his home in the upper Catskill Mountain region of New York where he attends to and is attended by his three cats, Lewie-Lew, Goldie Boy, and Loonie. David has a twin brother, Darrel, who is a classical guitarist and an editor and author of several books. They were born in Kankakee, Illinois and grew up in Bluffton, Indiana.
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