David Dunn is a composer who primarily engages in site-specific interactions or research-oriented activities. He was an assistant to the American composer Harry Partch. Other mentors included composers Kenneth Gaburo and Pauline Oliveros, in addition to Polish theater director Jerzy Grotowski. He has been the recipient of over 35 grants and fellowships for both artistic and scientific research. In 2005 he received the prestigious Alpert Award for music, the Henry Cowell Award from the American Music Center in 2007, and most recently an Artist Award Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts for 2013.