Cult folk icon Dave Nachmanoff is an award-winning solo artist and an esteemed sideman to British legend Al Stewart (“Year Of The Cat”), collaborator, music educator, performer, and composer. Nachmanoff also wields a Ph.D in philosophy. For his latest album, Spinoza’s Dream, to be released in May 2016, Nachmanoff cleverly combines thought-provoking philosophical themes with his subtly elegant songwriter sensibilities, and the result is a creative masterwork. This spring Nachmanoff will also be doing his first solo European tour to promote the new album.
With a Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis and a history of teaching college-level philosophy, Nachmanoff is more than familiar with the featured themes on Spinoza’s Dream. Though interests in both music and philosophy go back 25 years, the two only recently merged when the seeds for Spinoza’s Dream were sown over dinner in 2014. Nachmanoff revealed his dream of doing a philosophy-themed album, which Stewart encouraged, suggesting each track could be linked to a particular thinker. As studio time and funds became available (courtesy of friends, supporters, and fans), Nachmanoff assembled an all-star cast of musicians, including Stewart -who contributed his parts via internet sessions- and some of his defining support musicians. In July 2015, the musicians gathered at a studio in the UK for three weeks of sessions. The resulting album has the vintage warmth of musicians playing organically and intuitively, along with crisp, modern production fidelity.
Nachmanoff’s personal connection with music could have gone a number of ways; growing up in Washington, D.C., he experimented with folk-rock, rhythm and blues, and country, but ultimately continues to return to folk. In addition to his solo work, he is also a celebrated sideman of Al Stewart (guitar, piano, violin, accordion and more). He works with Stewart on a regular basis, even returning to the Royal Albert Hall in London, the same venue he first saw Stewart play in 1985. He has also shared the stage with Cheryl Wheeler, Steve Forbert, The Pogues, America, Alison Krauss and many others, at hundreds of venues including The Bottom Line, Glastonbury Festival, and the Edmonton Folk Festival. Nachmanoff has sold more than 20,000 recordings, and Just Plain Folks honored him with the 2001 Songwriter of the Year award, the South Florida Folk Festival named him Best Overall in 2002, and he has been praised by SingOut! for his “… heartfelt, inspired songwriting … with a delivery both biting and assured.” His song “Descartes in Amsterdam” was featured as part of Starbucks’ November playlist last year.
From Saturday, April 2nd through Sunday, May 8th Nachmanoff will be bringing these songs-as well as others from his deep back catalog- to audiences in an intimate, acoustic version of his shows. Each night of his European tour will include a different set list, offering listeners an opportunity for unique experience at every show.