was taught privately by his parents from the 2nd primary level on. Travels during this time led him with his parents to India for a year. He took classical guitar lessons from his father, Felix Gisler, who graduated from the Winterthur Conservatory, from the age of 8 to 14.
At the age of 23 he graduated from the Lucerne Music Academy Fak. III course in pedagogy, where he was taught for three years by Kurt Rosenwinkel. Gisler is co-founder of the band NoReduce, in which the American drummer Nasheet Waits plays. In 2017 he founded the Dave Gisler Trio with Raffaele Bossard (b) and Lionel Friedli (d). Their CD debut “Rabbits on the Run” was released by Intakt Records in 2018. In 2019 the American trumpet player Jaimie Branch was invited to play a tour with the Dave Gisler Trio. The last concert of the tour was at the Unerhört! Festival in Zurich and will be released by Intakt Records in 2020 under the title “Zurich Concert”.
As a permanent member he played with the “Swiss Jazz Orchestra”, “Lucerne Jazz Orchestra” and the “Zurich Jazz Orchestra”. In 2009 he performed with a New York dance performance group under the direction of choreographer Yvonne Meier at the Visions Festival in Manhattan.
Dave Gisler played with the following musicians among others:
Jaimie Branch, Mark Feldmann, Nasheet Waits, Drew Gress, Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier, Nat Su, Tom Rainey, Freddy Studer, Jeff Davis, Christy Doran, Heiri Känzig, Lukas Niggli, Jonas Burgwinkel, Claudio Strüby, Ohad Talmor, Peter Frei, Fabian Gisler, Claudio Puntin, Mats Spillmann, John Voirol, Jean-Paul Brodbeck, Samuel Rohrer, Chris Wiesendanger, Domenic Landolf and many others.
As a Big Band member he played with: Jojo Mayer, Ben van Gelder, Dave Douglas.
As a sideman and bandleader Dave Gisler has toured in Japan, Russia and the USA.
In Europe he played in the following countries: Portugal, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, England, Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium and Holland with the following bands:
Dave Gisler Trio, Christoph Irniger’s “Pilgrim”, Florian Egli’s “Weird Beard”, “NoReduce”, “Egli-Santana Group” “Noflores”, Gregor Frei’s “Asmin”, Mat Spillman’s “Mat Down” and “Mumur
As a deputy lecturer he did teaching assignments at the Musikhochschule in Lucerne for Roberto Bossard and at the ZHdK in Zurich for Theo Kapilidis.
He is the winner of the New York Studio Scholarship of the Heinrich Danioth Foundation and a scholarship of the DR. Med. Leslie B. Hadfy Foundation ” to a talented student of the Lucerne University of Music”. In 2016 he was awarded the Moods-Aïda Alliman Förderpreis and the Werkjahr of the Art and Culture Foundation Uri.