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Sandy McKnight With Fernando Perdomo Releases New EP “San Fernando Beat”

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Sandy McKnight With Fernando Perdomo Releases New EP “San Fernando Beat”

Sandy McKnight is a songwriter, producer and performer. Fernando Perdomo is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and noted session player. Together, their individual talents are exponentially enhanced. Their first product together is a six-song EP, “San Fernando Beat.” Fernando takes the infectious melodies that flow freely from the prolific McKnight and adds musical textures and his trademark energy, and the result is magical. PowerPop.com claims, “’San Fernando Beat’ is clearly the best EP of the year.”

Before it was even released, one of the songs they recorded at Perdomo’s Reseda Ranch Studio in LA made its way to legendary disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer, who immediately played it on his influential national radio show. An auspicious start, for sure.

Says Sandy, “The idea behind San Fernando Beat was to bring together two top-tier songwriter/musicians (myself and ‘Echo in the Canyon’s’ Fernando Perdomo) to interpret, or should I say, bash out my latest Power Pop songs. Beyond that, there was no specific theme, although there’s a timely topicality to a few of the songs, while keeping the fun quotient high.”

Perdomo and McKnight had met a year earlier, while Sandy was recording his ’70s homage “Wow and Flutter,” produced by Chris Silagyi of the band 20/20. A session at Reseda Ranch resulted in a connection between Sandy and Fernando, and in November 2019 they spent 2 productive days recording Sandy’s songs in LA. Fernando was immediately blown away by Sandy’s songwriting skills. They did 3 songs in those sessions, and decided to cut 3 more tunes bi-coastally (Perdomo works out of SoCal, McKnight is based in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts). Sandy cut the bass tracks, vocals and mixes for the 3 long distance songs at New York’s Systems Two Studios, with Grammy-winning engineer Mike Marciano.

Sandy is a 40+year veteran of the music business. In the ’70s, he was an in-demand bassist for live and studio work. He played with the New York City-based bands Numbers, The Coupons (with future Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken), Spitfire Boys, The Truants, and others. His dues-paying gigs included 2 years in the seminal “punk-funk” outfit Free and Easy, with future 5-time Downbeat poll-winner, trombonist Ray Anderson.

By the 1980’s, Sandy was working with top-name artists as a session player, while continuing to be a part of successful NYC bands. Working in the studio with names like Todd Rundgren, Jean-Yves Labat (M. Frog), and legendary producer Joel Diamond, Sandy learned the ropes in the control room, and soon tried his hand at producing records. He honed his craft at famed Brooklyn studio Systems Two, and by the end of the decade was adept at producing recordings for all genres and budgets.

In the ’90s, Sandy moved to the west coast, and opened Arrow Productions in Hollywood. There, he recorded diverse acts and up-and-coming singer/songwriters, along with composing music for film and television soundtracks. His solo career as an artist also took off in L.A., and he recorded his first solo album, “12XME,” which was released in 1992 to critical acclaim. It was in L.A. where he met a young singer/songwriter named Liv Cummins, who he developed and signed to his new indie label, 22 Records.

Liv’s debut disc, “Some Days,” was recorded at Paul Antonell’s The Clubhouse, and featured such top session players as Gary Burke (Joe Jackson, Bob Dylan, Shania Twain), Sara Lee (B-52s, Indigo Girls, Gang of Four), John Platania (Van Morrison, Chip Taylor), Vinnie Martucci, and a vocal duet with legendary folk-pop singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards. Her record was an international smash, garnering airplay and rave reviews. Sandy produced a follow-up for Liv, “…exactly,” which was also well-received.

Sandy continued to write and record his own material as well, and soon was heard regularly on many TV shows and several film soundtracks. His 2003 release, “In Solitary,” was a production and songwriting tour-de-force. The ambitious, eclectic CD featured musicians like afro-cuban jazz piano great Oriente Lopez, Argentine-tango violinist Leonardo Suarez-Paz, rock drummer Dennis Diken, and other top players. Sandy has self-produced in a range of styles from latin-tinged jazz pop to British-flavored power pop to atmospheric strings-and-piano arrangements. “In Solitary” continues to find new fans and is regularly re-discovered on Spotify, iTunes, and other internet sites.

Along with his current release with Perdomo, “San Fernando Beat,” his bands Sandy McKnight & the Idea and Pop-Clique also have current releases. His box set, “How I Changed the World,” is a 66-song collection of songs he wrote between 1978-2010. Much of Sandy’s music can be heard on Spotify, YouTube, etc.

In closing, Sandy has this to impart about SFB, and what he hopes to communicate to the listener. “I wouldn’t call it a message, so much as a feeling. A joy, a strength…what rock music has always been about. The feeling you’re listening to a friend tell you about his life, his loves, his attitude. And, since I’m just a bassist from Brooklyn, my ideas are fairly universal. The main reason for listening is that, hopefully, you’ve never heard these ideas expressed in quite this way. Writing songs conveys not only lyrical imagery…the melodies and chord changes, the arrangements, and the energy all contribute to making a unique statement.”

To purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Fernando-Sandy-McKnight-featuring-Perdomo/dp/B085NWPH8X
or
www.sandymcknight.com

For more information: www.sandymcknight.com

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King Crimson Tribute Album “The Crimson Guitar” Released by American Guitarist Fernando Perdomo – OUT NOW!

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King Crimson Tribute Album “The Crimson Guitar” Released by American Guitarist Fernando Perdomo – OUT NOW!

“The Crimson Guitar” is the eagerly anticipated fifth full-length album by Fernando Perdomo, guitarist and bassist of The Dave Kerzner Band and Jakob Dylan’s Echo In The Canyon Band.

This NEW STUDIO ALBUM is a tribute to KING CRIMSON and has been a labour of love for Perdomo.

Fernando Perdomo said of the release: “’The Crimson Guitar’ is my passionate love letter to the amazing King Crimson music that fascinated me when I was first learning classical guitar in my early teens… I created these arrangements with the upmost respect to the music and legacy of the band. My hope is to bring light to the delicate beauty of the songs”

The album has been released by Forward Motion Records, via Cherry Red.

TRACK LISTING
1. PEACE (A THEME)
2. ISLANDS
3. I TALK TO THE WIND
4. FORMENTERA LADY
5. STARLESS
6. PRINCE RUPERT AWAKES
7. ERUDITE EYES
8. MOONCHILD
9. BOOK OF SATURDAY
10. THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING

Purchase link: https://geni.us/CrimsonGuitar

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Prog Guitarist Fernando Perdomo Releases Sequel Album “Out to Sea 2”

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Prog Guitarist Fernando Perdomo Releases Sequel Album “Out to Sea 2” 

Follow-up to the critically acclaimed Instrumental Progressive Rock Album “Out to Sea”!

“Out to Sea 2” is the sequel album to the critically acclaimed Instrumental Progressive Rock Album “Out to Sea” by Fernando Perdomo, guitarist and bassist of The Dave Kerzner Band.

The album was recorded to meet the growing demand from fans for Fernando Perdomo’s music and in response to the tremendous reaction the first “Out to Sea” album received.

Guests on the record include Joe Deninzon, Joe Cass, Mark Murdock, Jamison Smeltz, Eddie Zyne, Eric Matthews, Tom Bones Malone and The Out to Sea Band.

Acclaimed artist Paul Whitehead painted the cover image. Other covers by Whitehead include “Trespass”, “Nursery Cryme” and “Foxtrot” by Genesis.

“’Out to Sea 2′ is a continuation of my journey exploring the magical world of instrumental prog rock. I had some wonderful people join me on this journey. This album is all about emotion and beauty.  The wide range of styles will give you a better idea as to who I am as an artist.” – Fernando Perdomo

Tracks:
1. TWO
2. SUPER WOOFER
3. BOING!
4. THEME FROM “DR. LEISURE”
5. BEAUTIFUL
6. FIVE FOUR
7. STAIRWAY TO THE SEA
8. YOUR PRECIOUS ECHO
9. SATURDAY NIGHT
10. THE ANGELS OF ARDENT
11. SEVEN STARS
12. ARTURIUS
13. THE STRATOSPHERE
14. FLYING TO UTOPIA
15. THE VICTORY

LIVE BONUS TRACKS
16. ANGEL
17. THE ARCHITECT (TRIBUTE TO PETER BANKS)

Released by The right honourable recording company

To purchase Fernando Perdomo’s “Out to Sea 2“: https://geni.us/OuttoSea2
The original “Out to Sea“album is available here: https://geni.us/OutToSea

Fernando Perdomo 
Producer/Singer Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist
www.fernandoperdomo.com

Watch Fernando Perdomo’s new video for “The Architect (Tribute to Peter Banks)”:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skox3uaqjNU

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: +1 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Prog Guitarist Fernando Perdomo Releases Eagerly Anticipated 5th Album “Zebra Crossing”

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Prog Guitarist Fernando Perdomo Releases Eagerly Anticipated 5th Album “Zebra Crossing”

“Zebra Crossing” features songwriting collaborations with Zak Nilsson (son of Harry Nilsson), Cyndi Trissel, and Beach Boys lyricist Stephen Kalinich

London – “Zebra Crossing” is the eagerly anticipated 5th full length album by Fernando Perdomo, guitarist and bassist of The Dave Kerzner Band and Jakob Dylan’s Echo In The Canyon Band.

This NEW STUDIO ALBUM was predominantly recorded at ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS and features all new original titles building up to a beautiful cover of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ featuring Diane Birch, Shawn Lee, and Jason and Daphna Rowe.

“Zebra Crossing” also features songwriting collaborations with Zak Nilsson (son of Harry Nilsson), Cyndi Trissel, and Beach Boys lyricist Stephen Kalinich.

The first single, “Find Love (Hold On)” features Danny Ayala and Megan Zeankowski formerly of The Lemon Twigs as well as Ken Sharp.

“’Zebra Crossing’ is the culmination of my lifelong dream of making a record at Abbey Road Studio 2. When the opportunity arose I got very inspired and the songs just flowed out of me! 

“The date I was given just happened to be the 50th anniversary of the day George Harrison and Paul McCartney came in to record the first version of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ (as heard on “Anthology 3”), naturally I decided to record a cover of that song that day. I called up my London family and an all star band came together and that performance closes the record.

“’Zebra crossing’ is my love letter to Abbey Road Studios.” –  Fernando Perdomo

 Tracks:

1. I’M HERE
2. SOMETIMES I FEEL NOTHING AT ALL
3. FIND LOVE (HOLD ON)
4. WE WERE RAISED WITH HEADPHONES ON
5. SOMEHOW
6. NOT MEANT TO BE
7. SMILE
8. SUNDAYS
9. CROWN OF STARS
10. HOME
11.ZEBRA CROSSING
12.WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS

To purchase: 
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/ZebraCrossing

Fernando Perdomo 
Producer/Singer Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist
www.fernandoperdomo.com

Watch Fernando Perdomo’s new video for  “We Were Raised With Headphones On”, the first official video from “Zebra Crossing”: https://youtu.be/P8An-ZPJ_u4

Watch Fernando Perdomo’s new video for “The Architect (Tribute to Peter Banks)”: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skox3uaqjNU

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Multi-Instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo Goes “Out To Sea” With Debut Instrumental Progressive Rock Album!

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Multi-Instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo Goes “Out To Sea” With Debut Instrumental Progressive Rock Album!

“Out to Sea” is the debut Instrumental Progressive Rock Album by Fernando Perdomo, guitarist and bassist of the Dave Kerzner Band. The album draws inspiration from classic 70s Art Rock albums by the likes of Steve Hackett, Peter Banks, Steve Howe, and Jan Akkerman. Acclaimed artist Paul Whitehead painted the cover image. Other covers by Whitehead include “Trespass,” “Nursery Cryme,” and “Foxtrot” by Genesis. While all instruments on the record were played Fernando, save one drum track, he has put together a stellar group to perform the music of “Out To Sea” live.

“Out To Sea” was a pre-release on Cruise To The Edge 2018, a progressive rock concert cruise headlined by the band Yes, where Fernando played with the Dave Kerzner Band alongside Kerzner, Derek Cintron, Roger Houdaille, vocalists Durga and Lorelei McBroom (Pink Floyd), and special guests Randy McStine (The Fringe), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Steve Rothery (Marillion), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Harry Waters (Roger Waters), Gabriel Agudo (Bad Dreams) as well as Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, and Billy Sherwood of Yes. Fernando also played guitar in a special tribute to John Wetton with Kerzner and Thijs Van Leer of Focus. On previous performances on Cruise To The Edge, Fernando accompanied Sonja Kristina (Curved Air) and an all-star line up of progressive rock musicians in Dave Kerzner Band’s tribute to the late Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Fernando Perdomo is a known powerhouse of the LA music scene. The LA Weekly dubbed him “The millennial answer to Todd Rundgren.” He has made a name for himself as an in-demand Producer, Singer/Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist. Fernando was a featured guitarist at the “Echo In The Canyon” concert in Los Angeles playing with Fiona Apple, Jakob Dylan, Regina Spektor, Beck, CatPower, and Jade Castrinos. Fernando will appear in the “Echo In The Canyon” documentary film and album scheduled for release in the spring of 2018.

Fernando recorded most of the bass and guitars on the acclaimed albums “New World” and “Static” by Dave Kerzner, along with Steve Hackett (Genesis), Keith Emerson (ELP), Simon Phillips (The Who), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd), Francis Dunnery (It Bites), Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard), Billy Sherwood (Yes) and more.

Fernando is personally donating $1 for every copy of the album sold to Macmillan Caring Locally (http://www.macmillanlocal.org/about-us.php), a charity chosen by Lisa Wetton for donations from Fernando’s release of his “Starless” cover in honor of John Wetton. The “Starless” cover is the bonus track on the Cherry Red version of the album “Out To Sea”.

Fernando has several new Prog Rock projects in the works, including “Out To Sea 2” which he expects to release Fall 2018.

“Out To Sea” is slated for world-wide distribution through Cherry Red Records starting May 4, 2018.

Track Listing
The Architect (Tribute to Peter Banks)
Out To Sea
De Boerderij
Roses Spread All Over The World
The Future According To Roye (Tribute To Roye Albrighton)
The Dream
Sonja
Dreaming In Stereo Suite
Bonus Track:Starless (cover, Tribute To John Wetton)

The reviews are pouring in for “Out To Sea”:

“…This album was really a surprise. Many guitar solo albums are different versions of the same thing; not the case here. From the first listen, ‘Out to Sea’ is captivating as it is different…” – The Prog Report,

“To call Fernando Perdomo a genius is like saying it snows in the arctic. An imaginative artist, producer, songwriter and sideman, he takes his cues from his beloved influences of the ’60s and ’70s – The Beatles, the Alan Parsons Project, ELO, et. al. – and then absorbs them into his own output, resulting in a glorious mesh of sonics and suggestion…” – Lee Zimmerman, Goldmine Magazine, 

“There’s still plenty of life in the sounds and structures of the classic prog era, and the invention, lyricism and sheer joy Fernando Perdomoa brings to this album prove it.” – Kruekutt, Progarchy, 

To purchase Fernando Perdomo’s “Out to Sea”: http://geni.us/OutToSea

Fernando Perdomo’s official website: http://fernandoperdomo.com/

For more info and interview requests, contact: Ann Rinaldi, ACR Management, PH: 252-402-5395 ann@acrmanagement.com

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