Bel Canto Duo was founded in 2016 by Grammy-nominated cellist & looping artist David Downing & Darci Griffith Gamerl, producer, composer & oboist/English hornist.

The classical crossover duo provide a rich tapestry of sound, with a variety of selections from original works, to classical favorites including selections from film, broadway and opera.

BCD facilitates community and connection by offering performances that are accessible to all. Their Summer Concert Series - now in its 4th season, provides free monthly concerts throughout the summer. The duo is equally comfortable on the concert stage for high profile events or on the street performing for festivals, conferences, museum openings, art galleries & private events. 

Recent awards include Outstanding New Artist from the Omaha Entertainment Awards, Nebraska Wedding Day's Best of 2023 & finalists for the American Prize in composition & the Ernst Bacon Award for the performance of American Music . The duo has written for film, documentaries, art installations & more.

Angel's Share, released June 2023, is a full-length soundscape-tour de force anchored by the Four Cather Tableaux. The work was commissioned by the Naitonal Willa Cather Center for the author's sesquicentennial celebration in June of 2023. 

Immersive performances/commissions are an increasingly popular option for audiences, with original film and videography by BCD. The catalyst for this multi-sensory concert experience was the duo's first collaborative writing work, Sacred Waters, a commission featured in Nebraska Flatwater directed by Adam Larsen.