Not many musicians get to realize their early dreams, but in recording “Spinoza’s Dream,” singer/songwriter Dave Nachmanoff has fulfilled several at once. A huge fan of Al Stewart as a teen, Nachmanoff has assembled most of the musicians who played on some of Stewart’s iconic albums in the 70s to back him up here. A former philosophy instructor, he has created a “concept album” with each track connected to a particular philosopher. The album was recorded in Wales by Grammy award winning producer and engineer Martin Levan last summer. With a few excellent special guests, this will be a largely solo acoustic show, featuring Dave on both guitar and piano.
Spinoza’s Dream Video: https://youtu.be/Uyl8zkTZfyM
“Singer-songwriter albums with philosophical themes set alarm bells off in my head, so I confess I approached this one with a bit of trepidation. But Nachmanoff approaches those themes with humor and subtlety, generally opting for communication rather than for showing off how smart he is. He also has an impressive stylistic range, jumping from quietly sprightly folk-pop to Tin Pan Alley jazziness to bluesy rock and back again in the space of the first four tracks. And here’s a fun pop history nugget: the session players on this album are the same guys who played on Al Stewart’s 1976 hit “Year of the Cat.”.”– CD Hotlist
"It isn’t often a concept album based around the theme of classic philosophers comes along. However, that’s the case with this new release from Al Stewart’s guitarist, Dave Nachmanoff, Spinoza’s Dream. Nachmanoff has a Ph.D in philosophy and here he has melded his two worlds and passions to create this interesting song cycle...an interesting and different gathering of songs. Sophisticated but never pretentious or ponderous. A very fine (or actually refined) effort" – ROB ROSS, Popdose.com
Location: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
Address: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley CA 94704
Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Showtime: 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 in advance, $22 at the door
Tix Link: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1220049?utm_medium=bks