In 1976, Dave Hinz rode his bike from Pasadena to Provincetown, playing his flute in concert with the sounds of valleys and deserts, of streams and forests. After cycling across the country, he made his way to the enrollment office of the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, where Dave would study under jazz legends like bassist Gary Peacock, pianist Art Lande, and many more. During this period Dave began performing with the Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra, the European Percussion Ensemble, and a variety of other groups inspired by Latin, Brazilian, and Indian music.
In 1985 Dave traveled to Paris, where he studied at the University of Paris, Sorbonnes and attended flute master classes at the National Conservatory of Music, taught by Paris Symphony first flutist, Michel Debost. He would appear regularly on stage throughout France, on French television, and in several Moroccan festivals. Upon returning to the United States, he led the newly formed Dave Hinz Group and collaborated with esteemed acts like steel drum band Bakra Bata, Brazilian Jazz Group Beija Flor, and Windham Hill pianist Scott Cossu.
Dave’s inaugural recording would come in the form of a shipwreck. Stranded on the tiny Sanak Island, 60 miles southwest of the Alaska peninsula, he captured the surrounding environment on tape and accompanied the sounds on flute. The resulting work, Aleutian Meditation, was featured in the 1987 documentary Grand Canyon Guide, winner of the Gold Special Jury Award in Houston’s International Film Festival.
In the decade following Dave relocated himself to redwoods of Arcata, Ca. and continues to find inspiration in nature. In 1998 he became owner of one of the earliest prototype 14K gold Kingma System Flutes crafted by Brannen Brothers of Woburn, MA. This instrument can be heard on the Dave Hinz LP, produced in his home studio with help from Mike Kapitan, who is featured as pianist on all the tracks except “Floating”.