Zack Kirkorian
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Zack Kirkorian

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1982 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 1982
Band Rock Art Rock




"Live Review: Zack Kirkorian"

Live Review: Zack Kirkorian
Live Reviews
October 5, 2021
by Andrea Beenham

Canyon Club Santa Clarita, CA



Players: Zack Kirkorian, vocals, guitar; Donny Klein, bass, backing vocals; Eddie Guzman, drums, backing vocals

Material: Performing live at the Canyon Club in Santa Clarita, Zack Kirkorian delivered an interesting combination of psychedelic rock with ’80s sound. From trance elements in show opener, “Love Me Now,” to the funky drum and synthesizer breakdown in “Cinch It Down Tight,” to background slides and vocal rumblings in “Be Myself” and a moving sound throughout the set, Kirkorian keeps the audience guessing with transitions between live and pre-recorded sounds, while alternating between mellow and heavier rock delivery.

Musicianship: The sonic pulse of “Be Myself” added special effects to Kirkorian’s syncopated lyrics, with Donnie Klein added driving bass lines and Eddie Guzman’s drums providing a steady platform of sound all night. “Plenty of Reasons” presented a great opening guitar/bass duet and showcased Kirkorian’s guitar skills, as well as highlighting solid harmonized vocals. Early INXS-meets-Robert-Palmer vibes in “Love Me Now” brought an interesting bridge transition, sturdy drumming and good backing vocal harmonies from Klein and Guzman, while call and response between Kirkorian and Klein added extra flavor to the synthesized effects on closing number, “Like Yourself.” Outer space voicings and retro sounds appeared alongside vocal harmonies, guitar licks, and a great groove in “We Gonna Dance.” The band delivered an overall balanced rock sound.

Performance: While there were some initial soundcheck issues, Kirkorian and the band remained calm and professional and were clearly happy to be performing. Appearing relaxed and confident on stage, Kirkorian had no trouble interacting with the crowd between songs, although most of the set was continuous. The three musicians worked well together, the flow of music was good, and transitions between songs were smooth.

Summary: With moments of spoken word and plenty of synthesized sound effects and voicings, Kirkorian is far from conventional in his artistry and performance. Clearly passionate about sonic mastering and production, he combines elements from 80’s rock, free-form improvisation and psych pop, creating a unique sound all his own. With his blend of strong guitar stylings and capable backing musicians, Kirkorian delivers a unique show of original music with a bold musical spirit. - Music Connection Magazine

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Zack Kirkorian a captivating original artist whose mastery of modern production techniques and blistering guitar combine into one mesmerizing must see event. Zack is a marvel at pulling the right sounds out of his guitar and synthesizers.

Born disabled, Zack Kirkorian didn’t take to sports, but found his outlet in music.

Zack’s musical education began at the age of five with violin, and continued throughout his life culminating in graduation from the Grove School of Music.

Zack recalls his fondest memories of touring the country and playing the Sunset Strip in the days when Gazzarri’s, The Roxy, and Whiskey a Go Go ruled. That fertile musical period in Los Angeles lead to Zack’s role as keyboardist for international platinum-selling recording artists Warrant.

As the vibe died on the Sunset Strip, Zack had to reinvent himself, landing a technician’s position at Steinberg GmbH, one of the world’s leading musical software companies and developers of Cubase a popular music recording, arranging and editing software used in digital audio workstations.

Zack’s tenure at Steinberg gave him the mastery of studio techniques drawing the attention of Leon Russell who hired Zack as his in-house engineer.

In 2019, Zack Kirkorian achieved a career milestone and was placed on the Official Ballot for The Grammy Awards by The Recording Academy for the single ‘I’ve Got Plenty of Reasons’ for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.

Today Zack brings all his experience back to creating music for mass consumption. Compared to Frank Zappa, Beck, and The Tubes all rolled into one audio experience not explored by today’s sample based artists.

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