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Kam Falk

Born: August 16, 1963    Primary Instrument: Bass, electric

Kam Falk

A native of Chicago, Kam began learning music at an early age under the tutelage of his mother, a classical pianist, and the great concert pianist, Erna Salm. In the midst of his piano studies, he was recruited by his Grade-school orchestra to play cello - an instrument he continued to study throughout his college years. Kam comments, “This was significant because it gave me experience working in all sorts of ensembles playing chamber music and orchestral music and it introduced me to the music of the great composers.”

At age eleven, tragedy struck his family. His parents divorced, and his father returned to his native country, Jordan. His mother passed away two years later. Obviously, this situation greatly effected Kam, and his brother and sister's lives. Kam found himself with an uncle, and living in Des Moines, Iowa, who was leaving a successful corporate position to join the priesthood - which he had earlier abandoned in order to pursue a career in corporate America....
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This group performs with high energy and enormous depth. Better to listen than to read, amen? The first three tracks, “Around the Bend,” “Shifting Sands,” and “Pursuit” would qualify as the harder-driven tracks on this CD. They’re swift, a little rough and very ready as Falk and his groups come out swingin’. “Bolivia” is rather thought-provoking, classy and very cool. Falk does some really sweet piano work and his colleagues, Kushner and Mazzi perform like painters on a canvas. Still on the mellow side, “Zone Five” is a funky jam with Daryll Dobson’s rock-based guitar carrying on nicely through this aural dreamscape. “Welcome Home” is totally funky with Elliott Randall’s sleek guitar and good rhythm structure. “BopStop” has Falk and Delmar Brown answering each other on their keyboards, bringing back a little taste of the old burners from the 60’s and early 70’s. With “Katy’s Song,” it’s fair to assume it’s a tribute to Falk’s wife or at least a track with deep sentimental value and beauty, indeed. “One Summer” continues the mood with an almost classical sound. “Journey’s End” speaks for itself as a very sweet close to a road well traveled. “Native Tongue” has a nice mix of ballads, mid- and up-tempo pieces which round things out. All musicians performed as if their only purpose was this project. That is what makes it all so appealing. Read with your ears for an accurate conclusion.

-Denai Burbank

As a Leader

Native Tongue
Falkreations Music (BMI)
2002
Tracks: Around the Bend; Shifting Sands; Pursuit; Bolivia; Zone 5; Welcome Home; BopStop; Katy's Song; One Summer; Journey's End.
Personnel: Kam Falk: Six-String Bass, Keyboards; Sheri Brooks: Keyboards; Delmar Brown: Keyboards; Gerry Brown: Drums; Daryll Dobson: Guitar; Rick Doll: Bass; Federico Himiob: Guitar; Jonathan Joseph: Drums; Drew Preston Kushner: Guitar; Gary Mayone: Keyboards; Ricardo Mazzi: Drums; Jerry O'Malley: Drums; Elliott Randall: Guitar.


Espiritu
Falkreations Music (BMI)
2007
Tracks: Don't Walk Away; Overjoyed; One Love; Out of My Heart; If I Could; Peaceful Feeling; Seraphim (Song for Gaby); Desperate Man
Personnel: Kam Falk: Six-String Bass, Guitar, Keyboards; John Bruschini: Guitar; Chuck Kirkpatrick: Guitar; Adolfo "Fofi" Lancha: Drums; Ricardo Mazzi: Drums; Bill Scherer: Guitar


Retro-Respect
Falkreations Music (BMI)
2010
Tracks: Sweet Emotion; Aint Nobody; I Can't Help It; Aja; Nick of Time; Shape of My Heart; One of These Nights; Badge; Mainline Florida; Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting); Rebel Rebel
Personnel: Kam Falk: Keyboards, Bass, Auxiliary Percussion, Vocals; Gary Bivona: Keyboards, Vocals; Alex Dean: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Vocals; Jorge Garcia: Guitar; Bob Hoose: Guitar, Vocals; Colin James: Tenor Sax; Keith MacKendrick: Guitar; K.D. MacKendrick: Tenor Sax; Ricardo Mazzi: Drums, Cajon, Shaker, Beat-Box; Marcel Morejon: Vocals, Beat-Box; Jerry O'Malley: Drums; Dorian Vaz: Guitar


Wedding Day
Falkreations Music (BMI)
2010
Tracks: Oh, My Love; One Summer; Refuge; Look No Further; The Long and Winding Road; Three Wishes; Walk in the Sun; First Barcarolle; When I Look in Your Eyes; After All
Personnel: Kam Falk: Piano

As A Side Musician

Sepia
Dorian Vaz
Independent
2008
Tracks: Caramel; Guillotine Man; Inertia; Isis; It Was a Dark and Stormy Night; Minderaser; Photograph; Skylark; The Unusual Suspects; Unusable Signal; Zeitgeist.
Personnel: Dorian Vaz: Guitar; Kam Falk: Six-String Bass; Victor Gil: Bass; Sasha Lo Medico: Drums; Gus Rios: Drums

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Primary Instrument:
Bass, electric

Location:
Coconut Creek, FL

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
For information, Contact: kandkfalk@comcast.net or 954-608-5791. Master of Arts, Florida Atlantic University (2009) Professor of Audio Engineering at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, 1997 - present

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