Zan Zone

Zan Zone

 New York City, New York, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Zan Zone is currently working as an acoustic trio drawing upon the timelessness of folk, blues, & jazz, as well as the entire rock era for influences. Serious musicianship, and dedication to excellence in songwriting, drive this band.

Biography

As the heart is the fundamental driving force of the human body, so the songwriter is the heart of a band. Zan Burnham has been the songwriting heart of numerous versions of his band, Zan Zone, since the early 1990's. On two EPs and on one eleven-song CD, Zan's award-winning songs consistently received praise. Those recordings featured electric instruments and an eclectic rock 'n' roll format. Zan Zone is now, in 2009, releasing an all acoustic album, Time & Materials. Zan recently described writing acoustic songs this way: "Even though I've written a great many rock songs, there's an intimacy that seems to feel so natural in a song composed and played on an acoustic guitar. You feel like your song expresses exactly the profound experiences and passionate feelings that inspired you to write.�
The songs on this new CD explore a panoply of emotions: The dark feelings of fear and alienation, frustration stemming from the loss of direction and purpose, melancholy and the blues, as well as the bright feelings coming from the beautiful sound of a woman's singing, the joys of nature, and the zen-like simple pleasures found in the present moment. For every dark night of the soul, there still exists great beauty in the world which can inspire hope and the possibility of love and happiness. The songs on Time & Materials express all of these.

Back in 1995, Zan Zone released a critically acclaimed CD. The Musician's Exchange called the eponymous album, "Way cool.....truly an original CD..... the playing is first rate and so are the grooves and songs......It's wonderful and a definite keeper.� Time And A Word said "This very cool little album is an impressive debut disc." The Music Paper noted its variety and excellent production. Performing Songwriter said that Zan Zone "has something to say," and Rockline's Guennivere simply stated that "This is one of the best CDs I've reviewed. The music is solid, the vocals are great, and I think everyone should check them out."
Together since 1991, the band found that shortly after the album was released, marriages and children caused the band to splinter and re-group a few times. While a three-song EP was released in 1997, the pressures of everyone�s family lives finally put a halt to the group in 1998.
Zan continued to practice and write while gut-renovating a 100-year old house in Brooklyn, NY, where he currently lives . He also worked on the sets of TV shows and movies, which came to play a part in the new Zan Zone CD when, in 2004, Woody Allen decided to clean out his warehouse of extra props. Among them was a drum set used in the movie Melinda And Melinda. Woody's producer, Helen Robin, and production designer, Santo Loquasto, offered the drums to Zan. He used the drums on the 2005 EP Watching The World, and on the new album, Time & Materials, and they are featured in the band shots on the new album cover and lyric booklet. Thank you, Woody!
Drawing on decades of great folk music, acoustic blues, jazz, and fingerstyle guitarists, Time & Materials is an album of songs that are at once familiar and yet unique. While rooted in the classic styles of such singer-songwriters as James Taylor and Neil Young, and fingerstyle guitarists like Leo Kottke and Jorma Kaukonen, the songs also have similarities to contemporary singer-songwriters like David Grey, Josh Rouse, Pete Yorn, Damian Rice, Ryan Adams, and Joseph Arthur.
The core of the group consists of Zan on guitar and percussion, mandolin, dulcimer, and banjo, Justin Cawley on upright acoustic and electric bass, and Ramon Echegaray on drums and percussion. Justin is a fairly recent grad of the University of Miami's famed jazz department. Justin continues to study with the Jazzmobile program in Harlem, and he also hosts a weekly jazz jam at the nightclub Puppets in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Ramon is a veteran of many Brazilian groups. He was essentially the house drummer for years at the well known NYC club SOB's. Also on the new album, five additional musicians and singers add more colors to the songs, including accordion, harmonica, and fiddle.
In the 1990's, Zan Zone frequently performed at NY clubs such as CBGBs, The New Music Cafe, Kenny's Castaways, The Lone Star Roadhouse, Fat Tuesdays, The Bitter End, Arlene's Grocery, The Pyramid Club, The Village Gate, and numerous others. Now, Zan Zone will be looking to play the songs from their new album at some of NYC's premier songwriter showcase rooms like The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Bitter End. They will also be appearing at other clubs in NYC as well as performing at other venues outside of NY.

Zan Zone is all about the song, its meaning, its essence, and its ability to convey keen observations, deep feelings and a variety of emotions. Zan Zone is also dedicated to instrumental excellence and compelling performances. Listen to the album, see them live - no one will be disappointed.

Lyrics

Better Dream

Written By: Zan Burnham

Better Dream

Clock is tickin' there upon the wall
Sunset scatters long shadows in the hall
Another day is over and I'm headed for home
Grab my pillow let my body go

I hear whispers and screams
Maybe there's somethin' better
Maybe there's a better dream

In between the pleasures and the pains
Reflections impossible to name
Grab a bucket and head off to the well
Steal some water and head straight to hell

I hear whispers and screams
Maybe there's somethin' better
Maybe there's a better dream

Three AM I can't sleep who am I what is life
What's it for where's a door to get out of here
Far from fear to a peace I've never known

Dawn's a miracle spring has come again
I'm up early I'm out walkin' with a friend
The sun is warm shinnin' on my face
I am reborn and I will escape

I hear whispers and screams
Maybe there's somethin' better
Maybe there's a better dream

The Blues

Written By: Zan Burnham

The Blues

Hey I got that bad old feelin'
The one they call the blues
It's like a worn out tired old friend
Who keeps on hanging around
You know that friend
The blues

When I go to sleep at night - yeah
When I'm wakin' up to my mornin' sun
'Round the clock in each and everyone of my ol' twenty-four
Ha! - and they just be callin' this
The blues

I think I'm gonna jump that fence
And leave behind my worried mind
I know there's gotta be one blade greener
In the grass on the other side
I know I'm gonna find it
And blue skies over me
That's where I've heard the blues is supposed to be

I gotta shake these blues somehow
I just gotta be free
And nothin' but blue skies
Over me

It's gettin' late it's time I was checkin' out
I've paid all of this day's dues
With a little luck I won't lay in the darkness
Tossin' and thinkin' about
Tomorrow
And tomorrow's blues

Discography

Zan Zone - CD - 1995
Zan Zone - EP - 1998
Zan Zone - EP - Watching The World
Zan Zone - CD - Time & Materials - some NPR radio play

Set List

For Acoustic music, 1- 10 songs a set - mostly originals

For Electric music 5- 8 songs a set.
Electric covers include: Little Wing & Manic Depression by Jimi Hendrix; Message In A Bottle & De Do Do Do by The Police; Karma Police - Radiohead; A Day In The Life & Tomorrow Never Knows by The Beatles;