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Fernando Jose Perdomo - Born August 17, 1980 (Miami Beach, USA)

Fernando PERDOMO is a powerhouse of the LA music scene who lives and breathes music and The LA Weekly dubbed as "The millennial answer to Todd Rundgren". A veteran at 37, he has made a name for himself as an in-demand producer, singer / songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

Fernando is a product of the eclectic record collection he put together at an early age as a regular customer in every thrift store and flea market in Miami. Fernando owns and operates Reseda Ranch Studios. Some of his current projects include folk legend Linda Perhacs, Dean Ford, Andy Pratt, Rebecca Pidgeon, Cristina Vane, Jacob Jeffries, The Dirty Diamond, Ex Norwegian, Alih Jey, Emitt Rhodes (as a bass player), Dave Kerzner (as a bassist and guitarist), Cait Brennan, Ken Sharp, and TV music for Honda, Target, McDonalds, Goya, Dunkin Donuts, Toyota, Shameless, and Dexter.

Fernando's touring and recording credits include Christian Castro, Paulina Rubio, Soraya, Mika, Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave), Frankie Negron, Hilary McCrae, Elsten Torres, and Dave Kerzner. Fernando performs annually on the Cruise To The Edge, a progressive rock music cruise experience, as the guitarist for Dave Kerzner Band. In 2017, he performed with Dave Kerzner Band at ProgDay Festival, ProgStock Festival, and Progtoberfest III and is slated to perform at ProgDreams VII Festival in Amsterdam in March of 2018.

In 2014, Fernando joined acclaimed LA band The Dirty Diamond and performed at The Greek Theater, House of Blues, The Avalon, The Roxy, and The Troubadour.

In 2015, Fernando recorded most of the bass and guitars on the acclaimed album "New World" by Dave Kerzner, along with Steve Hackett (Genesis), Keith Emerson (ELP), Simon Phillips (The Who), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Durga McBroom Hudson (Pink Floyd), Francis Dunnery, Nick D'Virgilio, Billy Sherwood and more. In 2017, Fernando also recorded most of the bass and guitars on Kerzner's highly-acclaimed second solo album, "Static".

On October 12, 2015, Fernando was one of the guitar players at the "Echo In The Canyon" concert in Los Angeles with Fiona Apple, Jakob Dylan, Regina Spektor, Beck, Cat Power, and Jade Castrinos. Fernando will also be on the companion album of the project scheduled for release in the spring of 2018.

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1.50 | 3 ratings
Warm
2014
2.33 | 3 ratings
Voyeurs
2016
1.54 | 4 ratings
The Golden Hour
2017
3.53 | 14 ratings
Out To Sea
2018
3.88 | 6 ratings
Zebra Crossing
2018
2.63 | 8 ratings
Out To Sea 2
2019
3.19 | 8 ratings
Out to Sea 3 - The Storm
2020

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Home Is Whatever You Are
2012
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Crimson Guitar
2019

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 Out To Sea by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.53 | 14 ratings

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Out To Sea
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

4 stars That's right: You should start here.

Yes, this is my fifth album today, but you can do that when 3 of the 4 have little to no interest in them, huh? Is this masochism? I'm not so sure it is this time. It's the Adderall, for sure. The first (recorded here) Perdomo releases have been mild to great disappointments and it's one of those moments where you, the listener, must make the decision about this music for yourself. This was the first release, his fourth, where it was met with more than 2 ratings/reviews before I got to it. That gives me a bit more confidence, but we'll see [Indeed, I did see]. I assume this was the album that in some way brought people's attention to his work. I wish it had been more glaringly obvious (hopefully my reviews of the previous three are of some help).

From the get-go, "The Architect" is the most rockin' and the most Progressive item we have heard from him yet! I'm genuinely excited. This sounds like YES! And I hadn't realized until now that it is an homage to excellent and I would think only slightly underrated guitarist Peter BANKS (Yes, FLASH, EMPIRE)!!! Beautiful performance. Great riffage. Everything is beautifully mixed. Praise the Lord! With the opener alone(!), I now understand the observance of this album over what came before.

"De Boerderij" (Dutch for "The Farm") is a great, quick, classic-sounding Prog number. A bright one, for sure. Another that, to me, easily could have made its way onto a late-70s Steve HACKETT (or perhaps Jon ANDERSON) album is the next, "Roses Spread All Over the World". Utilizing electric sitar, into acoustic guitar soloing, this song offers aplenty.

Continuing in the Yesque is "The Future According to Roye", but with more an addition of spacy organ. So actually more so, by the end, the track reminds me greatly of the epic "Remember the Future" by NEKTAR! Ok... it's a tribute! hahaha. That was rewarding finding that out (thanks to whomever provided that information in the details above!). "The Dream" is quite the micro-epic! Big sound. My mind here goes to contemporaries ONCE AND FUTURE BAND.

Yet another tribute (I love the conceptualization for this, really) is to "Sonja" KRISTINA of CURVED AIR. Really impressive recreations. Here, spot on. Really impressive. To wrap things up is "Dreaming in Stereo Suite", a 16-minute epic that most immediately calls mid-70s GENESIS to mind. Another impressive guitar performance from Perdomo--and much more. I have been completely, 180 flipped on his work.

If you're a fan of classic, guitar-driven Prog (with a lot of great synth), this one will do it for you. This much is clear. And if it wasn't clearer above, truly for fans of Yes, Genesis, Flash, likely CAMEL, Curved Air, Nektar and perhaps BEARDFISH or ECHOLYN or BIG BIG TRAIN. Very pleased.

 The Golden Hour by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Studio Album, 2017
1.54 | 4 ratings

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The Golden Hour
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

1 stars Coldplay called and they want their early-00s shtick back...

I just needed to get one more out of my system, but really it was a way to judge whether or not I should keep Perdomo (and his most recent works) in the fold of The List... Just because the second was better than the first doesn't mean anything at all, regardless of how near together these were released. Ultimately, another overwhelming disappointment, as singer-songwriter, some decent, is swept into the Crossover Prog category. I know for a fact, as you should too, that this is not the problem. I know, also, that Perdomo is capable of some real interest and even ear candy. You'll be hard-pressed to find much of that here...

This should be called 'COLDPLAY Prog'... Again, heart and influences right there on his sleeve. Seriously, listen to "Sleep" and tell me that wasn't written by Coldplay in 2002. And then there's "Spotlight Smile" which sounds to me like late-70s AMERICA. What an interesting mix, though it works decently enough.

Wow... "Look at the Moon" is a real winner in the lyrics department, huh?... Onto "The Light": it sounded good, but nothing happened. I'm straight up not enjoying myself. Thank god they invented the 'Next' button, eh?

As a fan of Power Pop, broadly, "I Feel (Therefore I Am)" definitely caught me by the ears. Great riff. Decent to good melody. Is something about to happen in this album?! haha. I guess not? More hokey to follow... Good god. And Godspeed.

True Rate: 1.5/5.0

 Voyeurs by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Studio Album, 2016
2.33 | 3 ratings

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Voyeurs
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

2 stars At least it's not Warm...

I don't know if it's me or the Adderall, but after the bore that was Warm, here I am ready to review the next. And once again, from the onset with the opener "The One You Run To", are our fellow 'raters' once again a lying bunch?! In a way, it's of course easiest to actually review albums like these (I'm writing this before finishing the album, by the way), as I can just fly through it as there tends to be little to nothing for me in individual tracks. Did somebody say 'Woof'?!

"Feels" at least has some charms. "Hiding Under Clouds" has a Psychedelic sort of something that's nice. Minimal. I'm again, I don't apologize, getting big COLDPLAY vibes here. "Holding Back I Love You's" was probably the strongest up to this point, but still not a whole lot to offer aside from swell guitar soloing.

Oh, good, we get to learn more about this "Angel" we heard so much about last time... It's fine. Again, saving graces in the lead guitar. I'm realizing that is Perdomo, so bravo, actually. I don't want to be too mean.

He really does wear his heart on his sleeve, doesn't he?

And now "Stay With the Friends" is a track that caught my ear from the start. Some Psych Pop with electric sitar (isn't it always? I'm not complaining haha). Too bad the melody was meh.

That's it. Bye.

 Warm by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Studio Album, 2014
1.50 | 3 ratings

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Warm
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

1 stars I had no clue what to expect here and I now, weeks after adding it to my listening queue, have no idea how the hell Perdomo came across my radar exactly or why it was this album specifically, being his debut aside, that I so chose to listen first. No wonder said queue is getting out of hand (I guess a personal note)...

"Photographers in Love" heads off in... Indie Folk fashion? I'm confused. Sort of reminds, weirdly, of COLDPLAY. "Warm" sounds like an interpolation of John LENNON's "Love". But also weirdly sounds like CCM turned love song... From here, from the start, there is little to nothing that will appeal to your average Prog fan. Folk. Chamber Pop, perhaps. But it's light singer-songwriter at best.

"Home Is Wherever You Are" is a sweet ballad, and I do like the strings, but... I dunno. I know, generally speaking, Crossover Prog isn't necessarily going to appeal to me specifically, but that's not even the 'issue' here. "1970", for instance: utterly hokey.

"This Too Shall Pass" is the first track, we're now eight in, that caught my ear from the onset. It's well produced in the least and has this pretty flute lead.

And then "Angel Lust".... Great title Fern... Woof. "On Sunday Morning" has decent to good melody.

It's at this moment that I would like to instead recommend my friends, The Nielsen Family Band. That's it.

You could avoid this album, far as I'm concerned. Listen to other sh*t haha.

True Rate: 1.5/5.0

 Out to Sea 3 - The Storm by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.19 | 8 ratings

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Out to Sea 3 - The Storm
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

3 stars Here we have the third in Perdomo's trilogy of instrumental albums, and although I have enjoyed some of his releases it is safe to say I was not a fan of the previous album in this series, so wasn't really sure quite what to expect with this one. When looking at the digipak it is interesting to read that he feels this album is so far removed from the other two, in so many ways, he actually felt he should give it a different name. However, when he saw the artwork from Paul Whitehead (also famous for providing covers such as 'Trespass', 'Nursery Cryme' and 'Foxtrot among others) he felt it was the perfect match and it really was fitting after all. On this album he provides all instrumentation, apart from his girlfriend Cyndi Trissel who provides some percussion, which is also different to the last album where he had guests, and apparently the recording situation. This has all had a major impact on the music, which is a considerable step change in the right direction from 'Out To Sea 2'.

There is more focus, more direction, and way more to keep the listener interested. There are acoustic guitar sections, others where it is his driving electric guitar, accompanied by swathes of keyboards and stunning drums. LA Weekly apparently once dubbed him 'The millennial answer to Todd Rundgren', and here he really earns that title with control of all instruments to hand (I really should mention the basswork on 'Cycles'), combined with melody and hooks. It is an incredibly easy album to listen to and enjoy, as Fernando takes us with him. The final words on the digipak are 'This music represents all of whom I am in this genre. I hope it speaks to you and inspires you to go on a journey in your head'. From the gentle ebbing waters, through to tumultuous seas, this album really does do all that. He is proud to be 'a 21st century instrumental prog musician' and the result here is a collection of songs without words that are interesting and enjoyable throughout.

 The Crimson Guitar by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2019
4.00 | 4 ratings

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The Crimson Guitar
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars It isn't a new idea to undertake a work which is dedicated to covers of already known and loved songs, but it is somewhat unusual for one person to take the music of just one band and translate it into the classical form. Again, this isn't exactly without precedent, and while everyone is fully aware of the many full-blown orchestral attempts over the years (some of which have been incredibly successful, such as David Palmer's work on the likes of Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd, others not so much), there have actually been a few other attempts with far less bombast, and I am still a huge fan of the two albums by Yngve Guddal & Roger T. Matte where they translated Genesis for two grand pianos. But, racking my brain and my personal library I cannot think of another quite like this.

Here Fernando Perdomo combines his love of classical guitar and King Crimson to create something which is a worthy tribute, and successful on all counts. One thing I particularly like, is that this recording does contain a few slight fluffs, which allows me to think that each recording is solid without any drop-ins or overdubs. Indeed, with the resonance of the strings it would be hard for that to take place. Ten songs, with a total length of just 25 minutes, this is a delight for any fan ? as to whether it works for those who don't know any of the pieces I am unable to judge, as this is like meeting old friends who are familiar, but somehow quite different as well.

Fernando Perdomo says of the release: "'The Crimson Guitar' is my passionate love letter to the amazing King Crimson music that fascinated me when I was first learning classical guitar in my early teens? I created these arrangements with the upmost respect to the music and legacy of the band. My hope is to bring light to the delicate beauty of the songs". I think he has achieved that with some ease, as these are a delight, making them somehow more original and also inviting the listener to go back to the original albums and compare the two. Sheer class from beginning to end and essential for any fan of King Crimson.

 The Crimson Guitar by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2019
4.00 | 4 ratings

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The Crimson Guitar
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Forum & Site Admin Group Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars After hearing Fernando Perdomo's full length album "Out to Sea 2" released earlier this year, and with the sort of lukewarm feeling I got from it, I wasn't necessarily looking forward to new releases from him, but seeing that he has taken on King Crimson tracks, and the choices he made to cover on an acoustic guitar, I was interested once again.

"The Crimson Guitar" is what the alternative title says it is, A Tribute to King Crimson. The tracks are all fairly short, thus taking the main melodies of the songs and playing them quite perfectly on a solo classical guitar. And, wow, they translate over to that solo medium so well, and Perdono plays them with an obvious love for the melody. He selected some perfect melodies to be played by his thoughtful guitar. There are the obvious choices like "Islands", "I Talk to the Wind", "Book of Saturday" and "Peace (A Theme)". But then there are some that are not so obvious like "Starless", "Prince Rupert Awakes", "Erudite Eyes" and "The Court of the Crimson King". But each one is played with quite emotion and respect for the melodic aspect of each one.

"I Talk to the Wind" also includes part of the instrumental theme incorporated into the solo version and "Formentera Lady" does the same to an even larger extent, adding in some percussive taps on the guitar to add forward movement to the main melody. "Starless" is the longest cover here at 4 minutes, again using the instrumental themes as well as the vocal melody, utilizing the lower strings to recreate a bass line to keep the acoustic guitar version moving during the places where the melodic notes have a longer duration. Of course, in this cover he only treats the first part of the song, as to attempt to do the long instrumental section would have probably resulted in mess, however, he does start to lean into the bass pattern of it before it fades.

Most of the tracks here stay around the 2 to 3 minute range, there being 10 tracks and only 22 minutes of run time on this EP. But that is okay because much longer may have worn out the welcome, it ends up being the right length in both the individual tracks and the overall length.

Perdomo says that he wrote these arrangements when he was a tween, just discovering the music of King Crimson through his first purchase of the music which he bought out of a discount bin. The 3 albums that introduced him to their incredible music were "Lizard", "Islands" and "USA". Obviously, he must have loved what he heard, because there are tracks not on these albums, so he must have gone back for more. The fact that he is recording the same versions he arranged back then as a man now approaching 40 years old is pretty amazing. The covers really do what they were intended to do, to emphasize the beauty of these tracks, but also the complexities that are laid bare in these solo renditions.

These are very enjoyable tracks and the EP definitely shows Perdomo's respect and love for the melodies that are included on here. The stripped down versions are gorgeous, and definitely honor and respect the work of King Crimson. I have a new respect for this artist from this simple EP, and easily rate it with 4 stars.

 Out To Sea 2 by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Studio Album, 2019
2.63 | 8 ratings

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Out To Sea 2
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

2 stars Fernando's 2019 release is a sequel to the album before last, 'Out To Sea', with the artwork also being very similar indeed. There are fifteen studio songs, where for the majority Fernando provides all the music, although there are a couple of guests here and there, while the last two songs are live versions of songs which appeared on the original album. Overall this is a really well-recorded instrumental album, with guitar front and centre, but the songs seem to follow a similar format throughout, with the lack of spark and imagination one would want from someone who is obviously so gifted. It is not a bad album as such, but it doesn't contain that element which repays repeated listening. The songs are generally quite short, with few stretching to four minutes, so he tends to keep things choppy and hard and keeps them concise and tight as opposed to letting them breath and stretch out. When he lets himself develop material then it starts to get interesting, but the overall feel is that this is a safe album in many ways, one which will please his fans but probably not gain him many new ones. Some, such as "Theme From 'Dr Leisure'" should have been left in the studio, as it is just to twee and repetitive to be of interest. I am sure if I knew the original, I would find it to be a marvel, but to me it sounds like cinema advert music which probably isn't what he was going for. Of his two most recent albums I know which one is going to get far more play, and it isn't this one.
 Zebra Crossing by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.88 | 6 ratings

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Zebra Crossing
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars In 2018 Perdomo had the opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream, while in the UK touring with Dave Kerzner he was able to book some time Abbey Road Studios and deliver a homage to The Beatles (with plenty of Todd Rundgren and ELO along the way, at their most Beatlesque). He is renowned as a hard-working musician for hire, running his own label, and playing alongside the likes of Dave Kerzner and Jakob Dylan in their bands. Here he has collaborated on songs with Zak Nilsson (son of Harry), Cyndi Trissel and Beach Boys lyricist Stephen Kalinich. This is Sixties power pop, combining with Seventies attitude and modern-day recording techniques and production to deliver an album which is impossible not to enjoy from beginning to end. As is expected, Fernando provides virtually all music and vocals, although he is joined by Danny Ayala, Megan Zeankowski and Ken Sharp on 'Find Love (Hold On)' which was the initial single. One of the joys of this is the way it takes the listener back in time, yet is timeless as well, and the wonderfully layered strings provides a classic feel to the proceedings.

In many ways the album feels as if it is leading us to the last song, 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. Apparently, the day Fernando went into the studio it was the fiftieth anniversary of when the band started recording the song, so he just had to do a version. This has a whole host of guests involved, with layered vocals, plenty of old-time piano and strident guitar. It may not beat the all-time classic version (by Yellow Matter Custard of course) but is a bloody fine way to end the album. This may not be the progressive workout which may have been expected by some, but is a bloody fine album for all that.

 Out To Sea 2 by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Studio Album, 2019
2.63 | 8 ratings

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Out To Sea 2
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Forum & Site Admin Group Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

3 stars Fernando Perdomo is a Crossover Prog multi-instrumentalist, currently living in the LA area, with quite a variety of albums with different styles. In 2018, he released an album "Out to Sea" which was quite well received by critics and fans. On that album, he had several tracks that paid homage to older progressive acts like Peter Banks, Focus, John Wetton, Curved Air and Nektar. In early 2019, he has released "Out to Sea 2" which doesn't name any specific acts, but is supposed to follow in the same footsteps of the previous album.

There are 15 tracks (plus 2 bonus live tracks) on this album and none of them go over the 5 minute mark. Perdomo plays almost all of the instruments on this album except for some special guests on specific tracks which are listed in the credits.

The introductory track "Two" is like a fanfare to the album with a guitar theme in 5 / 4 time and "Super Woofer" follows that with a driving 7 / 8 rhythm and more melodic guitar. "Boing" continues in this fashion with another hard rocking instrumental led by guitars.

"Theme from 'Dr. Leisure' " is more of a fusion style with an old theatrical 60s or 70s theme song style created by keys and guitar. "Beautiful", as the title suggests, is a more romantic and mellow style in a loose waltz meter. It is again mostly led by guitar, but a sexy trumpet joins in later. Light the fire and snuggle up on the couch. "Five Four" is another fusion style with guitar playing the melody. The main theme is in 5 / 4 as the title suggests, but most of the track is in standard meter.

"Stairway to the Sea" is a standard instrumental rock ballad style track, "Your Precious Echo" is simply a slow solo electric guitar with echo reverb and sustained chords on keyboards in the background. "Saturday Night" is a standard rock track with a riff that really isn't as memorable as it tries to be. "The Angels or Ardent" is another mellow waltz style track this time with a soft shuffle of percussion and the typical atmospherics. "Seven Stars" is a bit better with a moderate tempo and better improvisation that doesn't just follow the melody as on many of the previous tracks. The guitar is somewhat heavier here, but not over-the-top.

"Arturius" actually sounds a bit different in that it is led by keyboards with a fast arpeggio and also playing the melody. However, nothing else stands out as it is standard instrumental pop. "The Stratosphere" is a mellow jazz number led by guitar playing simple melody with the occasional jazz chord. "Flying to Utopia" starts with a fast drum opening with the guitar joining in later. Synths give it an airy feeling. There is even time for another drum solo to be packed in there later. The track almost gets stirring, but instead it decides to fade out. "The Victory" doesn't sound very victorious as it is a soft jazz fusion track that intensifies a bit at the end.

Two live bonus tracks follow that were originally on the first "Out to Sea" album; "Angel" and "The Architect (Tribute to Peter Banks)".

There really isn't much on here that screams Progressive Rock. It is mostly made up of quick instrumental tracks, some of which sound similar and don't have much development. Except for a few non-typical meters on a few tracks, this is pretty much just instrumental rock/pop. If you like that style, then you are in luck. But as far as being progressive, it never reaches that any groundbreaking level or unique sound. Most of the tracks are led by guitar, but the style of playing doesn't really sound much different from other instrumentalists out there. The production is great however.

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