Thursday, January 1, 2015

Dave Kerzner



About: Dave Kerzner

Dave Kerzner (aka “Squids”) is a songwriter, producer, keyboardist and vocalist who is best known for co-writing and co-producing Sound of Contact’s award-winning concept album “Dimensionaut” and he is also well known as the founder of the sound production company Sonic Reality. In addition to Dave’s career as a solo artist Dave is part of several projects including the UK-based band “Mantra Vega” with Heather Findlay and his fantasy band/tribute project “Sonic Elements” that combines sampled Sonic Reality artists with special guests from the Prog World.

Over the years Dave has worked with many artists and producers ranging from Kevin Gilbert to Keith Emerson and ELP, Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, Alan Parsons, Crowded House, Genesis, L. Shankar, Bono and The Edge, Ginger Baker, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Neil Peart of Rush, Jerry Marotta of Peter Gabriel, Billy Sherwood and Jon Anderson of Yes, David Longdon (Big Big Train), Rolling Stones, The Who, Durga and Lorelei McBroom (Pink Floyd), David Kilminster (Roger Waters), Joe Lynn Turner of Deep Purple, Ken Scott (Beatles, Bowie, Elton John), Hugh Padgham (The Police, Genesis), Heather Findlay (Mostly Autumn), Nick Davis (Genesis, XTC), Ringo Starr, Bob Siebenberg (Supertramp), Woody Woodmansey (David Bowie), Sam Phillips, T-Bone Burnett, Francis Dunnery (It Bites, Robert Plant), Phil Ramone, Billy Cobham, Terry Bozzio, Rod Morgenstein, Danny Gottlieb of Pat Metheny Group, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and Them Crooked Vultures, Smashing Pumpkins, Tom Waits, Barbara Streisand, Madonna, Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Aimee Mann, Jon Brion, Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush), Allen Sides (Ocean Way Recording), Rik Emmett (Triumph), John Wesley, Colin Edwin and Gavin Harrison (of Porcupine Tree), Carmine and Vinny Appice, John Blackwell (Prince), Ed Greene (Steely Dan), Alastair Greene (Alan Parsons Project), Russ Parish (Steel Panther), Toss Panos, Corky James, Nick D’Virgilio (Tears for Fears, Genesis, Big Big Train, Spock’s beard) and others.

After many years working in sound design and production with SR and as a keyboardist with other artists, Dave decided it was time to take center stage as lead vocalist and put out his first Progressive Rock album as a solo artist.
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Review of Dave Kerzner’s album “New World” by: Stewart Brennan, World United Music

“New World” by Dave Kerzner is a brilliant progressive rock album filled with impacting lyrics and music filled with imagery that captures the listener from start to finish. The entire album is a wonderful blend of artistic expression that weaves written word and music into an experience you can feel and see by sound. “New World” is the Awakening.

*Track 01 – “Stranded (Parts 1 to 5)” - Rolls in like a sea of consciousness that swells in imagery and melodic harmonies to capture the imagination and engage the listener on an inner journey. The lyrics are brilliant and very memorable as they reflect the thoughts of an awakened mind, but what strikes me most is how the music conjures up the setting before the lyric confirms it in its telling. “Stranded” is simply brilliant in every way.

Track 02 – “Into the Sun” – Pulls the listener into the unfolding story but also into the listeners own reflection of life. Again the lyrics are image filled as the music carries the story further into ones own consciousness. 

Track 03 – “The Lie” – The story unfolds and sees the main character facing up to the lie’s of the world he embraced as he begins to confront the prospects of its reality.

*Track 04 – “Under Control” – Both the lyrics and music are infectious and memorable as the story continues to unfold where the main characters consciousness awakens to find that he is a puppet under control by a malevolent world.

Track 05 – “Crossing of Fates” – an instrumental interlude of reflection with classic progressive rock interpretations.

*Track 06 – “My Old Friend” –The Awakening begins to unfold as the main character’s inner self faces his alter manufactured self and breaks free. Here again we witness the magic of music and lyric intertwined to allow one to feel and see the story through music. A true awakening in every sense.

Track 07 – “Ocean of Stars” – Reflections of life left behind in the mechanical world as the awakened soul can never go back to seeing life in the same way again.

Track 08 – “Solitude” – a wonderful instrumental with vocal harmony in musical reflection.

Track 09 – “Nothing” – Upbeat music expresses The awakened soul that gladly takes the drivers seat to push out the mechanical world as the reality of letting go to move forward makes the only sense.

*Track 10 – “New World” – Complete understanding of how shallow and empty the old world is and that a better world is possible if everyone could just awaken, see the reality and let go of the illusion.

*Track 11 – “Redemption (Stranded Parts 6 to 10)” – The finally of the awakening where the main character realises that everything in life was a lesson and experience learned on a journey that goes ever on…

There’s an attraction to Dave Kerzners “New World” album that resonates and creates a bond between the music and my own reflections of life, and I’m sure many others will say the same. “New World” is already a classic in my mind.

When encouraged to pick a favourite line from the album, I found it quite difficult because the entire album was an awakening in itself that filled the imagination right up to the borders of infinity…although…”We’ll trace our steps back to the dawn of what is right and wrong” resonates and brings to mind the image of the “Global Awakening” taking place in our world today.

”New World” is a great album with a wonderful cast of musicians that really does bring the possibility of a New World into reality. The album also signifies a Re-Awakening and the Re-Emergence of Progressive Rock into the spotlight…Bravo!! “New World” is truly a Brilliant concept album that I highly recommend to all music fans. ~ Stewart Brennan, World United Music


















Dave Kerzner – Official Website
http://www.davekerzner.com/
Dave Kerzner - Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/davekerznerband
Dave Kerzner - Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Kerzner
Dave Kerzner - Reverbnation
http://www.reverbnation.com/davekerzner
Dave Kerzner - Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/davesquidskerzner/timeline
Dave Kerzner - Twitter
https://twitter.com/davekerzner
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Dave Kerzner - Youtube
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Dave Kerzner - Bandcamp
https://sonicelements.bandcamp.com/album/new-world
Dave Kerzner - iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/dave-kerzner/id535224872
Dave Kerzner - Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B008MZZ07I?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Dave%20Kerzner&index=digital-music&search-type=ss

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