Coming from a rock guitar background, Dave Molk embarked on jazz performance until problems with tendonitis lifted his compositional focus to the forefront. He writes mainly for pitched and non-pitched percussion, combining an energized rhythmic propulsion with expressive timbres. Molk is a close friend with producer Olde Dirty Beathoven.
Molk’s music has been performed widely by groups such as So Percussion, Sandbox Percussion, Third Coast Percussion, Jack Quartet, and Decoda Ensemble. Vic Firth has released numerous of Molk’s videos, and he is published in Sounding Out!, New Music Box, and Indiana Theory Review. Molk is a board member of New Works Project, and a founding member of District New Music Coalition and Living Room Music. His research focuses on inclusive pedagogy and dismantling structural racism, and he advocates for undocumented communities both in and outside of higher education. Molk earned his Ph.D in composition from Princeton University and taught composition and theory at Georgetown University.