My summer: David Christensen, musician and collaborator

Accomplished musician, composer and arranger likes to get his hands dirty in the garden.

Ukulele lessons aside, Christensen started playing music seriously at age 10 when he picked up the saxophone. Now an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, he's known for his orchestral arrangements---having worked on Symphony Nova Scotia shows with Joel Plaskett, Jill Barber and Buck 65---and has played with a who's-who of the Halifax scene. Earlier in June he added his horn to Classified's gig at the Palace---having played on his last two records---and is currently touring with Jenn Grant.

The Coast: You've done a lot of touring in your musical career. What is it that keeps you coming home to Halifax and keeps you here?

David Christensen: It feels like home, with friends and family. I just find it generally relaxed here. That could be said about anyone's home, but this is where I feel the most relaxed.

TC: You've seen a lot of changes in the Halifax music scene. What keeps it evolving?

DC: It's obviously the hub of this part of Canada, but we have an influx of students and people from other provinces. It seems fresh but there are a lot of people who have a similar approach to music.

TC: Is there something you really enjoy doing here in the summer?

DC: Lately, gardening. I started a garden four years ago. I'll have lettuce and other greens. Lots of tomatoes, lots of strawberries, some raspberries, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, squash. I don't grow a lot but I try to grow a variety.

TC: In terms of this summer coming up, what are you looking forward to doing?

DC: I'll be here for some of the jazz festival. I was at the Common yesterday, I find that a huge treasure. I was just sitting down watching cricket, watching softball, watching soccer, watching Frisbee. On a sunny day it's amazing.

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