Brian Kachejian
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Review below written by Russell Glowatz. Review published in the Stony Brook University Newspaper,"The Patriot."

Long Island has recently been garnering national attention to the acoustic music scene flourishing in the coffee houses across the Island. One particular café, located not far from Stony Brook University has been featuring a seasoned performer who has been entertaining audiences for the past twenty years. Every other Saturday night, The Tic Toc café located on Lake Ave in St James plays host to veteran singer and pianist, Brian Kachejian. Over the course of four hours, the audience was entertained by the singer’s great cover versions of rock, blues and jazz classics. The singer performed a mixture of popular requests with those rare album cuts that were a pleasure to hear.
In his first set, Brian Kachejian played many standards with a few originals that stayed true to the spirit of the jazz style. Kachejian performed a haunting version of Sinatra’s Angel Eyes that clearly delivered the message of love gone astray so evident in Sinatra’s work. During the second set he did a killer version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Freebird that brought the audience to their feet with a smoking piano jam that was a testament to the pianist’s virtuoso skills. A cover version of Springsteen’s The Fever featured Kachejian’s soulful voice and passion for performance.
In between the cover versions, Kachejian delivered solid original compositions that musically combined the sounds of rock, blues and jazz genres with lyrical content that echoed the earlier work of songwriters like Harry Chapin and Neil Young. In Kachejian’s song County Roads, the main character struggled to support his daughter by driving a truck all day and dealing with a deck of cards that never seemed to play out in his favor. The social and economic issues of the working class were themes that Kachejian explored in many of his other compositions. Years of nightclub work also seemed to have an influence on his writing. The saga of the saloon singer and the ideas of lost love and the one that got away also lay present in the heart of many of Kachejian’s songs. The wide range of music that Brian Kachejian performed made for a very entertaining and enjoyable evening. Check him out; he is one of New York’s finest entertainers.

- The Patriot


American Experience Cd released on 8/07/07
16 tracks
also on Itunes,naptser,ruckus etc......



Brian's music has heart. That's what comes to mind first when I think about what makes him a unique and talented musician. Every song is a small piece of the people, places, and experiences Brian has come across and been affected by, and each song gives its audience a window into that world. Musically, Brian's playing is reminiscent of some of the greats like Billy Joel and Elton John, yet Brian's music also has its own definitive style that sets him apart from others of the genre. His fingers are masters of the keyboard, and his lyrics are soulful and honest. From songs like "American Experience" - a song that deals with both the wonders and the evils of the US - to songs like "Blood on the Piano," a darkly humorous glimpse into a piano player's life and death at the hands of a jealous girlfriend - Brian's songs will make you feel something every time.

Brian Kachejian’s CD “American Experience” is a compilation of songs that observe the trials and tribulations of everyday life from the country to the city. The CD opens with an instrumental called Rochambeau Ave that invokes the musical styles of the progressive era. The melody attempts to portray the sense of the unknown that many immigrants felt upon entering the United States for the first time. The title track of the CD “American Experience” observes the history of social and economic development throughout the 20th century. The song exposes the rise of corporate power and its displacement of the mom and pop shops so evident in the American experience. Songs of love lost, faded dreams and renewed hope abound throughout the rest of the CD. Many of the songs were recorded live in the studio to invoke the passion present in the written material. There is a sense of spirit and soulfulness in the singer’s playing and voice that entraps the listener to believe in the truthfulness behind the lyrical content. Brian Kachejian’s “American Experience” is a powerful statement of life in America. It is neither a patriotic or anti-patriotic statement, but rather, quite simply, just an honest observation.