SOUND & VOICE


I have been playing music in the metropolitan area regularly since 1990. Initially, I wrote music, sang, and played guitar for the band Surreal. Surreal played hundreds of gigs all over the east coast, created its own record label (Melting Palette Records) and publishing company, charted on CMJ several times, and contributed music to film and television productions from 1990 till 1999 or so. Even now, I receive modest royalty checks from ASCAP for snippets of music used for a TV show here, a short film there. . .

During the past few years, I've collaborated with gifted musicians to form Milquetoast, Watercats, and Stratosphere. I've worked with New York free jazz player Daniel Carter in a variety of settings, locals Bopa King Carre, Tom Karcher, and Nick Gianni, and performed with an myriad of musicians including Jen Chapin, Chris Barron from the Spin Doctors and other dear friends and talented people. During the Surreal years, we opened and played with a wide a variety of acts, as well, ranging from Ben Folds Five and Richard Lloyd to Naughty By Nature and Michelle Ndegeocello. We toured the NACA college circuit with an excellent and inventive hip hop project called Dark Theory. Recently, I've been collaborating with old friends to create Diet Kong, a swank-rock-punk project focused on songwriting with a wider lens. In addition, for the past two years I’ve curated a series for innovative singer/songwriters in the Long Island/New York City area called The Conklin barn Singer/Songwriter Series. I’ve had a chance to meet and work with some excellent songwriters including Philip A. Jimenez and Gordo Gringo, Rich Stein, Brian Sendrowitz, Akiva, Greg Fine, Rorie Kelly, Bess Rogers, Seth Davis, Dave Diamond, Neil Cavanagh, and many more.

I guess what's important to me about my music now is that it's honest and somehow in tune with my intentions, which are, ultimately, to learn more about myself and others through creation and performance and have that be a kind of entertainment too. I've been playing solo a lot more lately with steady monthly shows in the Long Island/New York City area where I live, and I'd like to further that path with more work as a composer and summer tours in the region. I've come to understand professionalism as the integrity we bring to our performances and the respect we have for the environments in which we create. I'd love to continue to build professional relationships with people in the music industry and beyond if the shoe fits.



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DISCOGRAPHY

  
  
Alan Semerdjian
'When There Was Something Wrong
With You'
             
                
Indie. Fall 2005. Alan Semerdjian vocals/guitar. Produced by Michael Bloom, Philip A. Jimenez, & Brian Blackburn.



  
  
Alan Semerdjian
'Hero City'

Live Acoustic & Studio Recordings. Summer 2003. Alan Semerdjian vocals/ guitars. William
Verdolino & Paul DiBenedetto production/ engineering.


  
  
Milquetoast
 '3'

               

Funk/ Jam Music. Summer 2002. Alan Semerdjian vocals/ guitars. Matt Iselin vocals/ rhodes. Tom
Karcher bass. Ian Katz drums. Nick Gianni tenor sax. Paul DiBenedetto production/ engineering.

  
  
Watercats
'Out'
                        
                      

Free Jazz/ Folk. Summer 2001. Alan Semerdjian vocals/ guitars. Daniel Carter winds/ brass. Todd
Capp trap kit. Chris Lovrin standup bass. Dean Midulla production/ engineering.


  
  
Stratosphere
'Live@Knitting
Factory '

                       
Free Jazz/ Space Rock. Summer 2000-01. Alan Semerdjian electric guitar. Tom Karcher chapman
 stick. Ian Katz drums. Daniel Carter winds/ brass. Ben Forstenzer tenor sax. Mike Bloom electric
                        guitar. Bopa King Carre percussion.


  
  
Stratosphere
'Night Before
Storm '



Free Jazz/ Space Rock. Fall 2000. Alan Semerdjian electric guitar. Tom Karcher chapman
 stick. Ian Katz drums. Joe Silva keyboards.

  
  
Stratosphere
'Night Driving...'

                       

Free Jazz/ Space Rock. Spring 2000. Alan Semerdjian electric guitar. Tom Karcher chapman stick. Ian Katz drums. Mike Bloom electric guitar. Dan Sullivan cello.

 

  
  
Surreal
'Gift'

                   
Alternative Rock. Winter 1999. Alan Semerdjian vocals/ guitar. Tom Sullivan guitars. Dan Sullivan
bass. Ian Katz drums. Paul DiBenedetto production.




  
  
Surreal
'Surreal'

                      

Alternative Rock. Winter 1998. Alan Semerdjian vocals/ guitar. Tom Sullivan guitars. Dan Sullivan
bass. Ian Katz drums. Paul DiBenedetto production.



  
  
Surreal
'Drawing Bridges...'
out of print

                       

Alternative Rock. Winter 1997. Alan Semerdjian vocals/ guitar. Tom Sullivan guitars. Dan Sullivan
bass. Ian Katz drums. special guests. Paul DiBenedetto & Steve Sabella production.

 


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