David Salisbury is a composer, arranger, performer and ethnomusicologist with a background including international jazz and world music performances. As an ethnomusicologist his expertise is in Talempong, a form of indigenous music in West Sumatra. Based at Townsville, North Queensland, Australia, he lectures in composition and digital sound at James Cook University.
Performing highlights include opening and support acts for US jazz artist Stanley Turrentine, folk performer Jim Stafford as well as famed bassist, Chuck Israel of the Bill Evans Trio.
In 2004 he performed with his eighteen piece jazz ensemble at the Manly International Jazz Festival, playing his own compositions and arrangements, and in 2005 and 2006 he performed at the Palmer Street Jazz Festival with his current twelve piece jazz ensemble Captain Nemo and the Golden Mean Jazz Regime, based at James Cook University.