Dave grew up surrounded by the active folk scene of Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. during the 1960s and 70s, where he was exposed to a variety of musical traditions and was inspired by performers like Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie.
At age 9, Dave wrote his first song - the same year he met the legendary Libba Cotton ("Freight Train") and was invited to accompany her on stage. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, he continued to write and perform, both solo and with several bands in the D.C. area, London, and New York City.
He studied music and philosophy at Columbia and Oxford universities, earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Davis (1997), and promptly retired from academia to dedicate himself to music.
"Dr. Dave" also released his debut CD, "Candy Shower," in 1997 and followed this up with a live CD recording, "Snapshots" (1998). Both albums met with critical acclaim and tracks from the CDs have received honors in national songwriting competitions and airplay on commercial, public, and grass-roots community radio stations, nationwide. Having paid his dues playing at bars, restaurants and coffeehouses, Dave has built up an active mailing list of over 4,000 fans throughout the country and is now performing as an opening and featured act at some of the better-known listening rooms, performing arts centers, and college venues.
"Heartfelt, inspired songwriting...with a delivery both biting and assured."
Paul Zollo, SingOut! Magazine
"Blending of beautiful lyrics with an equally gorgeous melody...infectious." Andy Susman, Broward Folk
Club News (4-99)
"Nachmanoff has a real knack for delivering a tune with an acoustic style that's somewhere between the easy-going charm of Arlo Guthrie and the raw energy of Bruce Springsteen"
David Meyers, The Davis Enterprise
Comments from the Hosts:
"Dave drew the listeners into his world, and on a very warm night, made it easy (for us, at least) to forget about the heat. Dave invited the audience to sing along on many songs, and unlike some concert experiences, it really felt as if we were a family greeting each with song."
Henry Lefkowitz, House Concert Participant, Baltimore, MD
"It was an honor to host Dave in our own home...Our friends have been coming up to us, telling us how much they loved the evening and that we should be doing more of this (house concerts) in our little town of State College. If you've ever thought of hosting a house concert, you can't go wrong with Dave!"
John Gardner, House Concert Host, State College, PA
What you can expect of Dave:
"Dave rolled into town (via Boston, NY and Milesbug, PA) at about 5:00 PM, had enough time to shower, check out the preparations and grab a quick meal before guests started arriving. We had advertised with flyers, e-mail, and personal invitations. In all, we had about 30 people at the concert and it felt like a packed house." - John Gardner