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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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4.00 | 2 ratings
Warm
2014
4.00 | 2 ratings
Voyeurs
2016
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Golden Hour
2017
3.45 | 11 ratings
Out To Sea
2018
3.91 | 4 ratings
Zebra Crossing
2018
2.60 | 7 ratings
Out To Sea 2
2019
4.00 | 3 ratings
Out to Sea 3 - The Storm
2020

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Home Is Whatever You Are
2012
4.02 | 3 ratings
The Crimson Guitar
2019

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 The Crimson Guitar by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2019
4.02 | 3 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
4.02 | 3 ratings

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The Crimson Guitar
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator 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
2.60 | 7 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
3.91 | 4 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
2.60 | 7 ratings

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Out To Sea 2
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator 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.

 Out To Sea by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.45 | 11 ratings

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Out To Sea
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

3 stars FERNANDO PERDOMO is a wellknown studio musician from Los Angeles. Recently he appeared on the Dave Kerzner album 'Static' for example, which has made a lasting impression on me. Now here, concerning his first solo album, he pays tribute to diverse prog bands respectively artists, dead and alive both. Well, Fernando certainly is not the first one to undertake such an attempt, however, finally the result matters. Some song titles are directly pointing to the protagonists, others are left open for your examination. Not sure about the deeper sense, while exemplarily the album title track is blatantly referring to Camel (Andy Latimer) I would say.

A big plus well deserved, as he has developed new compositions, not simply remakes. Hereby often enough the particular characteristic playing style will be slightly covered - very nice indeed. And rather astonishing by the way, nearly every instrument is played by himself on this occasion. Although I'm not a friend of such an approach in general, the songs are definitely appealing, this due to his fabulous guitar skills first of all. The extended Dreaming In Stereo Suite may be dedicated to The Flower Kings, where the bonus track Starless is drawing a melancholic reference to anyone other than John Wetton, a proper remembrance. 3.5 stars.

 Out To Sea by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.45 | 11 ratings

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Out To Sea
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by mitarai_panda

3 stars Fernando Perdomo is a cross-exaggerated musician from Los Angeles, USA. He is also a music producer and multi- instrumental performer. He is also a producer of many programs, mainly producing television music. In 2014 he joined a local band to perform. In 2015, he devoted most of his guitar and bass to Dave Kerzner's famous album "New World" (personally thinks this album is absolutely pf imitation). Genesis, elp, the who, porcupine trees and so on. Last year he also helped Kerzner make his second long "Static" and regrettably dropped my top10 haha. And he personally released the first college in 2014. This year's Out To Sea is his fourth one. It's worth mentioning that the cover art was produced by Whitehead. He has produced the famous genesis album Trespass, Nursery Cryme, and Cover album for Foxtrot. This new album should be an authentic one that reproduces the 70's classic front swing scene. I feel more like a Genesis style. There are many musical instruments playing. The main exciting is the guitar and the keyboard. The melody is exciting and exciting. Filled with cheerful elements, like full of colorful colors, as shown on the cover, Fernando's guitar is like a ship to the forward fantasy rock fantasy sea. This is obviously a very easy-to-approve avant-garde rock, nice but not complicated, but I think it may be somewhat popular and not changeable enough. And many songs are tribute, such as dedicated to Peter Banks (Yes), dedicated to Focus, dedicated to Roye Albrighton and Nektar, dedicated to Sonja Kristina and Curved Air, you can see these bands just can describe the characteristics of the album, Symphony , melodic and folk. But what I didn't like very much was that its structure and melody were too simple and straightforward. Although it sounded cheerful and retro, it lost some of its charm and connotation. It is worth noting that the last 16-minute epic Dreaming In Stereo Suite is like a string of all previous songs in terms of melody, but there is not much breakthrough, but with some deeper parts, it makes the architecture richer. Generally speaking, it is a law-abiding work. Samsung can listen to it, but it doesn't mean much.
 Out To Sea by PERDOMO, FERNANDO album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.45 | 11 ratings

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Out To Sea
Fernando Perdomo Crossover Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

4 stars Good for the opening of 2018, and Fernando's seeing the light. Fernando PERDOMO's full-length album titled 'Out To Sea' should have been a fantastic departure of his musical ship. This voyage inspired by 70s authentic art rock scene is full of vitality and positive power, that can fully amaze the audience. Like the clear blue sky and the quiet sea drawn in the sleeve, this stuff makes us happy. And it's quite surprising Fernando plays all instruments like guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, or percussion.

The first track 'The Architect' dedicated to Peter Banks sounds already delightful. Not so complicated but colourful phrases are here and there, all of which are enough acceptable for every progressive rock fan, I guess. Each sound part is well matured and harmonized with others (again said, this is one-man project!). The following titled one is slightly heavier and more of 'rock', featuring Fernando's crazy dazzling, brilliant guitar plays. Suitable for the audience to digest the voyager out.

In 'The Future According To Roye' we can enjoy his psychedelic guitar sound texture, that might have been influenced by and dedicated to Nektar. One of the most beautifully atmospheric tracks is 'The Dream' that he should look for over the seashore. And another fave of mine is 'Sonja', obviously leaning toward Curved Air. We could see her beneath the song I imagine. The epilogue is so heavy and distorted for us enough to listen without breath. Satie's Gymnop'dies phrase should be my comfort.

Every single song is flexibly seasoned with his pop essence, so might be much approved, I suppose. Recommended.

Thanks to fperdomo for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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