David Diao SU 刁塑




David Diao

Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist, film-composer, producer and bandleader, David Diao Su has established himself as an up-and-coming artist with a creative, versatile and dynamic sound. Originally from Beijing-China, David immigrated to Canada in 2001, and continues to make an impact in the Canadian music scene. Having shared the studio and stage with musical giants like Joe Lovano, Pat Larbarbera, Donny McCaslin and Hillario Duran. David holds a bi-weekly residency at Poetry Jazz Cafe in Toronto with his own group, and continues to be featured in music festivals regularly in Toronto, as well as notable venues like The Rex, Jazz Bistro and many more. Recently, David was profiled as an emerging artist in a TVO documentary titled "First Notes" that featured his music. The documentary also made it to the finals round for the 2017 TVO Short Doc Contest. In 2016, David Diao released his first solo album Precious Days 珍贵日 as a leader, featuring talented young musicians and vocalist including Oscar Peterson Award winners Youngchan Na and Ewen Farncombe. David has also produced 4 recordings including Precious Days. Recently, debut album by Toronto music group Are World, entitled "Disaster" produced by David Diao, was reviewed 4 stars on Now Magazine. David has also performed as a featured artist on 6 other albums, including recently released album "Fat Cat"-2016 with Donny McCaslin, and 2015 album "Like You Do"- Meagan Delima, working with legendary producer Bob Ezrin. This year, David Diao along with his quartet toured through six cities in China as a part of the 2017 MIDI Music Tour.





As Leader and/or Producer

As featured artist & sideman


Shows & Events 


upcoming 2018


MAr 4. 4 pm ● David Diao Group @ POETRY JAZZ CAFE

Mar 9 . 9:30 pm ● David Diao Group @ POETRY JAZZ CAFE

MAr 18. 4 pm ● David Diao Group @ POETRY JAZZ CAFE

Apr 1. 4 pm  David Diao Group @ POETRY JAZZ CAFE

Apr 8. 4 pm ● David Diao Group @ POETRY JAZZ CAFE



Feb 3. 9:30 pm  David Diao Group @ POETRY JAZZ CAFE

Feb 4. 4 pm ● David Diao Group @ POETRY JAZZ CAFE

Feb 25. 4 pm ● David Diao Group @ POETRY JAZZ CAFE