Alan Semerdjian is a poet, a teacher, a performer and the embodiment of everything we are trying to do with The Outlaw Roadshow. In the last year, Alan has become a close friend, I've chatted with him online and we've had him in to play the weekly radio program. Each time we work with Alan, it becomes clear that here is a creator who understands the role of art and the balance of life. His psychological imprint left upon listeners, students and his artist peers is undeniable. And like so many artists with who we are lucky to work with, he creates because it's the only way he knows how to survive.
Alan Semerdjian’s work always seems to find its way to those who need his music in their lives. There is a quiet majesty in his work. Sitting and watching him play is like watching a painter. Perhaps its his insistence on doing things his own way and staying true to his vision of the world, one informed by years of creating art, writing essays and poems, and teaching high school English in and around New York City.
Semerdjian's latest, Quiet Songs for Loud Times is mixed by longtime friend and frequent collaborator Mike Bloom (The Elected, Rilo Kiley, Julian Casablancas), who has worked with Semerdjian on his previous two releases (2005‘s When There Was Something Wrong With You and 2009’s The Big Beauty), and features appearances by Aram Bajakian (Lou Reed, Diana Krall) on electric guitar, Chris Kuffner (Ingrid Michaelson) on bass, Dave Diamond (Assembly of Dust) on drums and percussion and Matt Iselin on piano and organ. The team succeeds at constructing a mature and artful intimacy that is consistent with Semerdjian’s distinct aesthetic while striking notes familiar in modern folk music, indie and art rock, and Americana traditions. The result is a stunningly beautiful album in both sound and sentiment, positioning Alan Semerdjian alongside some of the most ambitious and inventive songwriters working today.
It is with a wide smile and a happy heart we announce Semerdjian will play The Outlaw Roadshow New York on Thursday 10/15. This is an artist you need to know and whether or not yet can attend this performance, these are songs that will help you along your way.
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