B.A. (Evergreen U)
David Yates has a B.A. (2001) from The Evergreen State College, with equal time spent studying writing, theatre, music, and dance. Recently joining the Victoria Conservatory of Music, he currently gives lessons in Didgeridoo, and teaches Solo Concert Prep, Solo Concert Presentation, and the class Foundations of Stage Presence for the VCM’s Department of Postsecondary Studies, VCM/Camosun Diploma in Music Performance.
David has performed as a dancer with the Vancouver Opera, has danced and choreographed for film, and spent several years performing in local theatre shows with the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, among others. He has worked in elementary and middle schools as a support educator for special needs programs, as an anti-violence facilitator for high school students, and a facilitator for accelerated learning programs through Jump! Foundation.
He began his journey with didgeridoo in 2009 with Shine Edgar, an Australian didgeridoo master who learned from Noongar elders in Australia. After that single private lesson, things simply clicked, and David began playing with a number of Vancouver’s local world musicians including Shine, Pepe Danza, Alcvin Ramos, and Kurai Nyamukapa. The world fusion collective Naad also invited him to join as a performer, a project which has evolved throughout the years and included a wide range of musicians and instrumentation. Around the same time, he began documenting his learning process on YouTube as “Breathwood,” never expecting that this would eventually lead to recognition around the world for his casual but clear teaching style. David now plays for a wide range of sound, meditation, dance, and yoga events in spaces throughout Vancouver as well as virtually. He also teaches private lessons both in person and online.