David Freiberg (Quicksilver Messenger Service)

Courtesy of DF Quicksilver Com



He anchored one of the most influential bands of the 1960s and was a prominent member of one of the most successful ensembles of the 1970s.


A versatile multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer, producer, bandmember, collaborator…David Freiberg was among the most prolific musicians to emerge from the psychedelic San Francisco rock scene in the 1960s- and whose career continues well into the 21st Century.


David was a founding member and bassist with the iconic Bay Area ensemble Quicksilver Messenger Service. He also co-founded Jefferson Starship with Paul Kantner wherein he mostly served on keyboards, and occasionally played bass when Pete Sears and/or Jack Casady were otherwise occupied.   


Freiberg started out on violin and viola in his youth. Classically trained, he gravitated to the burgeoning folk scene in Venice Beach, California – sharing digs with David Crosby and Paul Kantner. He also befriended Dino Valenti – with whom he would create QMS – a collective that defined the rock era of the late 1960s.


Following QMS, Freiberg joined forces with Kantner as a touring member of Jefferson Airplane in its waning days. David appeared prominently on several of Paul’s solo / collaborative projects before forming Jefferson Starship in the early 1970s – a platinum selling arena rock force that would scale commercial and artistic heights which consequently defined the pop music era of the 1970s!  


When Jefferson Starship’s commercial and artistic fortunes declined, Frieberg remained active in several offshoot ensembles with Kantner, most notably Jefferson Starship Next Generation – which heralded a return to both artists’ folk rock, activist roots.


David now helms the repertory ensemble David Freiberg’s Quicksilver Messenger Service – keep up with their activities here: http://dfquicksilver.com/


David Freiberg Sound & Vision…as a bassist!


Quicksilver Messenger Service


“Pride of Man” https://youtu.be/5LPPE-k4IDM


“When You Love” https://youtu.be/F72smKhkx5A


“Maiden of the Cancer Moon” https://youtu.be/RhD-RSDhG_Y


“Mona” https://youtu.be/RhD-RSDhG_Y


“Who Do You Love Suite” https://youtu.be/PDIkBtKOq1I


Jefferson Starship: “That’s For Sure” https://youtu.be/bB9QVrq8SrU