David Watson (born 1960 in New Zealand) is a New Zealand and American musician. Originally known as a guitarist, since 1991 Watson’s work has also featured new music for the Highland Bagpipes.
Before moving to New York in 1987, Watson co-founded Braille Records to document the New Zealand’s experimental music scene. He organized national improvisation festivals (Off the Deep End, in 1984 and 1985) and in 2001 started the Artspace/alt.music festival to present new experimental music in Auckland.
Watson’s work includes regular performances with John Zorn; ongoing recording projects with Lee Ranaldo and Christian Marclay; a premier performance of a Robert Ashley work in New York; performances in Europe with rock-minimalism pioneer Rhys Chatham; recording project with downtown drum legend Jonathan Kane; performances with Zeena Parkins at Brooklyn Academy of Music and a score for Jeremy Nelson Dance.
Watson released his disc Throats - with vocalists Koichi Makigami and Shelley Hirsch; and a double CD Fingering an Idea. Together with Tony Buck and Ranaldo he formed the band Glacial.