"alternative rhythm & folk/ brit invasion"
* In 2004 Larry SAKLAD’s renewed songwriting surged, leading to his 2nd album, SAKLAD, Sept ’10. Currently readying new album Spellbound ’13, singles All Of A Sudden, Up On The Bluffs & What If? just released. saklad.bandcamp.com. Originals include Oh Philadelphia, song & project- local songs to do with Philly, and ’06 album Yet2B.
_ He’s performing with guitars & piano, original back trax + songs featuring co-writer Kim De Meo, and a friend or 2. Saklad’s history in the Phila Music Scene spans 30+ years, original member on keyboards & bu vocals for Alan Mann, David Rowan, Robert Hazard, and writing/perform w Essra Mohawk, many others.
_ *To listen is to discover more about this perceptive musician who began classical piano age 6, performing at Carnegie Hall age 10, and now returns to the public ear.
"nice work on the new platter!” M Tearson dj
"successful culmination of years of honing his craft... skill as a story teller shines" Origivation Mag- Sept '10
Larry Saklad - guitars, Piano, Singer, Songwriter
Kim De Meo - Vocal, co-writer- 3 songs
_ Singles - 1st release 4/23/13 (part 1 of Spellbound album)
_ SAKLAD - released 9/14/10, download & album @ cdbaby.com/saklad , http://sakladmusic.com/category/lyrics-2/ nominated WSTW homey award
_ "Christmas On The Block" ©Alan Mann, digital single feat Kenn Kweder blues harp (by permission) 12/7/11, 11/30/12 WXPN debut, WSTW, WCHE + Tearson, Herman, more online
_ "But Christmas" single '09 seasonal airplay WSTW
_ Yet2B - 10/12/06 [11 song album]
On others' recordings:
_ Live from Grendel's Lair '78- Alan Mann & The Free Arts Band, re-mastered '06 MidnightSun, [2cd] (keys, bu vox)
_Time Will Tell- David Rowan & Exisdance '90 (keys, bu vox) Studio 4 Phila w Nicolos, A Kravitz, D Grigsby
Larry Saklad has a Different Tune 10/14/10
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These Days, Larry Saklad is returning his life's focus to music. "Different Tune" >>Larry Sak...These Days, Larry Saklad is returning his life's focus to music.
>>Larry Saklad can look back on a pretty decent music career. He's working to revive it, but it's a new era with new challenges for artists trying to be heard.
By John Loftus, Times Staff Writer
>> Larry Saklad is coming back. In fact, the singer-songwriter, who plays guitar and piano, has been coming back for the past few years, composing, recording and getting himself in front of Philly-area audiences.
>> He's played at open-mike nights and has performed at many spots in the city, like The Fire on Girard Avenue, the Grape Street cafŽ in Manayunk and the Tin Angel on Second Street, and in suburban clubs like John & Peter's in New Hope.
>> In mid-September, he released a new CD, the 11-cut Saklad, which includes Oh, Philadelphia, a song that is a compilation of tunes tied to the city. The CD also has a few songs that Saklad wrote with Kim De Meo, who sometimes performs with him.
>> He describes his music as folk rock and sometimes funky folk.
>> "The songs have a bounce to them," noted a September review of the CD on pamusicscene.com, which also observed that "Larry's well-known in Philly by every band that you can think of."
>> No doubt about that. The former Fox Chase resident played and sang with many area musicians, including local legends Robert Hazard, Alan Mann and Northeast Philly native Essra Mohawk.
>> Then, he didn't perform for more than a decade. A few years ago, Saklad, now in his 50s, retired from his longtime job with the U.S. Postal Service and began refocusing on writing, recording and performing.
>> All of that gives Saklad his own then-and-now perspective on the music business.
>> The assumption when he was younger, Saklad said, was that music would be his full-time career and he'd just need that one song to build his legacy. It wasn't that easy, he'll tell you; it's not that easy now.
>> "The business has completely changed from what it was in the eighties and nineties," he said.
TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'
>> Record companies aren't the same. How performers get recognition is different. These days, he said, an artist gets known through the Internet, through social networking sites, through word of mouth. Artists still crave exposure on radio, he said, but much of what plays on radio is preprogrammed, leaving little access for local musicians.
>> "Radio won't permit as much new music out there," Saklad said.
>> And getting airtime is difficult for most musicians, whether you're a new artist or a returning artist, he lamented.
>> Saklad's music has received some play on a few local stations, like the city's WXPN (88.5-FM) and Wilmington's WSTW (93.7-FM). He's convinced that audiences want to hear new music. That's what he wants to hear, too.
>> "I get really frustrated if I don't hear something fresh," Saklad said.
>> He knows there are people who have stopped listening to music. He thinks it's because they aren't hearing anything new.
>> "We used to define our lives by the music we listened to and sang . . . it helped us to find ourselves," Saklad said. "But the radio stations we used to listen to have gotten stale."
>> The consequence, in his view, is that listening to music might not be as uplifting as it used to be in those days when it was a key part of people's lives.
>> But there is a remedy, he says.
>> "(People) should get out and see live music," Saklad said, suggesting that it would regenerate their interest. "Philadelphia has a wealth of great talent . . . the best talent on the East Coast is right here in Philadelphia."
>> Even if the state of music often frustrates him, Saklad doesn't turn away. He's always listening, always playing. Saklad takes his guitar wherever he goes.
>> "I'm really lost if I don't have it," he said. "I have to play."
HOW DOES IT SOUND?
>> Saklad, who wasn't quite 6 when he started to play piano, often gets together with musicians he's known for years. Their volume can get up there.
>> "It does take a toll on your ears," he said.
>> So there are times he craves a little silence. Some of that stems from just listening to his own work.
>> "The business of music is to listen real hard. You have to turn it up loud," Saklad said, explaining the need to hear the nuances of a newly produced music track.
>> He likes to listen to music - especially his own music - in his car. If he records a song, he puts it on a CD and takes the disc to his car for a listen. As a result, he said with a laugh, he has a lot of "one-song CDs floating around."
>> When he's performing, Saklad pays particular attention to how he sounds, because it helps him keep track of venues where the atmosphere or acoustics enhance his music.
>> "In some rooms," he explained, "I feel that I'm fighting with myself."
>> He likes the Tin Angel and he likes Milkboy Coffee in Ardmore.
>> Saklad can adjust his performance at a venue after the first few songs. Maybe the 12-string guitar won't work, he said, so he'll use the six-string. But any place where he doesn't strain his voice is going to be a favorite place to play, he added. Beyond that, Saklad said, there's such a thing as a "tuned room."
>> What's that?
>> "If the monitors are sounding right and the soundman gives me what I'm looking for," he said. "My vocals fall right into pitch."
>> That's the sound. Then there's the audience.
>> "If I see the white in everybody's eyes looking my way . . . and it's not for the wrong reasons . . . then that's a good room to play," he said.
>> Saklad does perceive a change in how people behave at a performance.
>> "In the eighties, you could see the rhythm in the aisles," he said.
>> But about seven years ago, he started to notice that audiences seemed less inclined to be moved by the music.
>> "I saw audiences just sitting with their legs crossed . . . all the college-age kids just sat down. It seems like they were taking less of an active part in a concert," Saklad said. "It's much less of a community romp."
Reporter John Loftus can be reached at 215-354-3110 or firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Larry Saklad is playing at Milkboy Coffee, 2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, along with Phil Minissale, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $8 ($10 at the door). Call 610-645-5269 or visit milkboycoffee.com. To buy the album Saklad, go to cdbaby.com/saklad. Also visit myspace.com/lsaklad
Origivation Reviews Sept 2010, SAKLAD
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SAKLAD by Jason Sendaula Larry Saklad's second solo effort, the self titled Saklad, is the succe...SAKLAD by Jason Sendaula
Larry Saklad's second solo effort, the self titled Saklad, is the successful culmination of years of honing his craft. Having started on the classical piano at age 6 (he performed at Carnegie Hall when he was 10) Larry has gone from jam bands to his own calming style on full display with this release. His skill as a story teller shines throughout the album. Whimsical at points, the album keeps you through waves of rhythm and poignant messages that manage not to be preachy, something not many artists can accomplish. Well worth the experience as soon as you can.
SAKLAD, Review by Jim Allford
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9-21-10 LARRY SAKLAD is from Philly. The title of his CD is SAKLAD and has 11 cuts on it, #1 pro...9-21-10
LARRY SAKLAD is from Philly. The title of his CD is SAKLAD and has 11 cuts on it, #1 produced by Wayne Hsu.
The songs have a bounce to them. His voice does stand out on it’s own and he makes all the songs he's written his. Larry’s well known in Philly by every band that you can think of… you name it, he knows them.
The songs are simple and nice. The song “WHY THIS FULL MOON” takes you on a journey through mountains and hills. In all aspects, the songs have the same feel to them. MANNS-IN-ME… is definitely different with a feel of Henry Gross. Great intro to the song “LULL’BYE” a slow, mellow song.
In all aspects, I would really love to see Larry with a back-up band behind him, to add some harmonies to his songs and to fill in the blank spaces. The CD is released on KIDGRIN RECORDS.
Check out SAKLAD whenever you have a chance….you’ll definitely find him different, which could be a good thing.
Thanks Larry… enjoy all!
Join Us For Art In The Park
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Fox Chase’s own Larry Saklad, singer-songwriter @ Art In The Park June 5 On Saturday 6-5 from 1pm...Fox Chase’s own Larry Saklad, singer-songwriter @ Art In The Park June 5
On Saturday 6-5 from 1pm to 6pm, Larry Saklad, a longtime resident of Fox Chase/ Rockledge, performs 2 shows during Art In The Park, Lion’s Park – 7900 Oxford Ave (at Loney St). This annual outdoor event with artists, painters, crafts and family activities is presented by Rockledge/ Fox Chase Business Assoc & Moegerle Paints.
Saklad, who is readying a new album for release Sept 14, will perform original songs including his Oh Philadelphia, a song/project compiling local songs to do with Philly, and debut Yet2B ‘06. Currently he performs solo with guitar and occasional back up, plus a few songs with co-writer Kim De Meo, and other guests. His history in the Phila Music Scene spans 30 years, original member on keyboards for Alan Mann, David Rowan, Robert Hazard to name a few.
Visit his myspace.com/lsaklad & reverbnation.com/yet2b for listening and learning more about this prolific musician who began piano age 6 leading to Carnegie Hall age 10, and his return to the public ear: this year’s busiest spring schedule yet. SAKLAD also plays 2 NYC shows 6-12, 26 and The Pennant East, NJ on 6-19 9pm.
June 5 [raindate 6-12] 1pm – 6pm, Art In The Park w/ Larry Saklad
Lion’s Park – 7900 Oxford Ave, Phila. 19111
have added Guild S300-D el gtr w back trax for most shows, also playing Piano originals & Superman- 5 for fighting
+ new songs for upcoming release-
1) Up On The Bluffs ©Saklad, De Meo lyrics
2) All Of A Sudden ©Saklad
3) Christmas On The Block [© Alan Mann] brand new rcdg
The Rusty Nail, Ardmore, Pa- 9/25/10 w/ 12 str Guild guitar
1) Receptivity (fr 1st album, Yet2B)
2) Why This Full Moon [+bk trx]
3) Comedy of Errors [+bk trx]
4) Tethered [+bk trx]
5) Just In Case w/ Kim De Meo vocals [+bk trx]
6) I Been Told w/ Kim De Meo [+bk trx]
8) Wild Horses [K Richards, M Jagger]
9) Salt In My Coffee [+bk trx]
10) Oh Philadelphia [+piano trk]
11) Tangled & Caught [fr Yet2B]
12) Forgiveness [+bk trx]
Tin Angel, Phila- 8/610 [pre]Release- w/ 12 str Guild
1) Why This Full Moon [+bk trx]
2) Comedy of Errors
3) Tethered [+bk trx]
4) Salt In My Coffee [+bk trx]
7) Oh Philadelphia w/ David Rowan el gtr [+piano trk]
8) Forgiveness w/ D Rowan [+bk trx]