is a bassist, drummer, composer, b Toronto 29 Jan 1960. He began his career in his late teens in Toronto jazz clubs (eg, the Mother Necessity Jazz Workshop and Bourbon Street) accompanying such local and visiting musicians as Chet Baker, Ted Moses, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, and Don (W.) Thompson. He toured in the USA and Canada 1979-80 with Blood, Sweat & Tears and in 1981 with Chuck Mangione. In 1982, with the saxophonist Ron Allen and the drummer Mike Sloski, he formed the fusion band Strangeness Beauty, which made the LP Back to Nowhere (C-Note 821040). Leaving the trio in 1983 Piltch turned from jazz to pop music, working extensively in Toronto studios. He also would tour and record with the Toronto singers Mary Margaret O'Hara and Holly Cole, and record with k.d. lang, before the decade's end. Equally proficient on double-bass and bass guitar, Piltch has been heard as a soloist on the aforementioned LPs by Rob Piltch, Kathryn Moses, and Ted Moses, as well as by the guitarist Reg Schwager (Resonance, 1986, Justin Time JUST-13) and Bernie Senensky, and appears on other recordings by artists as diverse as Hugh Marsh, M+M, Raffi, Ken Ramm, and Ian Thomas. As a drummer, he has played for many Cobourg (Ont) Jazz Society presentations and in concert with Jane Bunnett. He has written scores for film and TV. Susan Piltch, sister of Rob and David, has played flute and/or piano in Toronto studio and lounge groups.
is an eclectic composer, arranger and keyboardist who is perhaps best known as a founding member of the Holly Cole Trio and as a composer of music for film.
Aaron was born in the U.S but moved to Toronto, Canada as a child. In 1979 he helped found world beat-jazz band Manteca, for whom he wrote and played keyboards from 1979 until 1991. In 1981 he formed his own band and in Jan. 1983 Aaron released his own album, "NOUVELLE AFRIQUE". Davis's second album, "NEON BLUE" was released in May, 1988, with Molly Johnson singing the title track.
In the late eighties Davis and bassist David Piltch formed a group with singer Holly Cole. As well as being a co-arranger of the Holly Cole repertoire, and writing some of her songs, such as the single “Make It Go Away” (with Laura Harding), Aaron has done all of her orchestral arrangements, which have been performed by symphonies across Canada, the U.S. and Japan. He has also done orchestral & choral arrangements for other artists, including Alison Krauss, Natalie McMaster, Eliana Cuevas, Sarah Slean, Leahy, the Ennis Sisters, the Canadian Brass, Quartetto Gelato, Sophie Milman, Kevin Breit and the Iseler Singers.
Orchestral writing of different sorts has also played a part in Davis' film writing. Since 1985 he has scored more than 100 films, most of them with his film-writing partner John Lang. Aaron has been nominated for three Genie awards, and four Gemini awards. Aaron and John won a Gemini in 1996 for scoring "No Price Too High", won in 1997 for "Ebola:Inside An Outbreak", and most recently won a 2006 Gemini for “Every Day Einstein”. In 2008 they were nominated for a Gemini for “How To Stop A Hurricane”. They were also nominated for Genie awards for Clement Virgo’s “Rude”(1995) and “Love Come Down”(2000)
In the fall of 1996 Aaron & bassist David Piltch released their "Feast" CD on Alert Records (Toshiba EMI). In 2006 Aaron started arranging and playing with singer Measha Breuggergosman. Their “Live At The Rehearsal Hall” was shown on Bravo TV in May, 2006, and they performed Aaron’s arrangement of the Oscar Peterson/Elvis Costello song, “When Summer Comes”, on the 2008 Junos. In December, 2008, Aaron was musical director on a Bravo Christmas special with Mary Margaret O’Hara, Serena Ryder, Hawksley Workman, Ed Robertson and Holly Cole. Aaron also wrote 4 tunes and played keyboards on “Onward”, the 2008 Juno-nominated CD by Manteca. Aaron has been arranging pieces for the Art Of Time Ensemble, performed with guest artists Sarah Slean, Gregory Hoskins, Melanie Doane and Steven Page.
Since 2011 Aaron has been working on interactive art installations with his wife, visual artist Candida Girling. They created “Marcovaldo’s Bench”, an installation which was part of Toronto’s “Nuit Blanche” festival in Oct 2011.
Aaron has just finished a new CD with Measha Brueggergosman, which he co-produced and co-arranged with her. Entitled “I’ve Got A Crush On You”, it will be released in Canada on Kelp Records on April 17, and Aaron will be touring Ontario and the Maritimes as musical director with Measha in spring 2012.