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Fernando Perdomo

Background information
Birth name Fernando Jose Perdomo
Born August 17, 1980 (1980-08-17) (age 29)
Miami Beach, Florida,
USA
Genres Pop, pop rock, Progressive Rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, Musician, Arranger, Record Producer
Instruments Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Mandolin, Piano, Banjo, Bass
Years active 1998 – present
Labels Dying Van Gogh
Associated acts Dreaming in Stereo (Band), Transcendence (band), DC-3 (Rock Band)
Website www.fernandoperdomo.com www.dreaminginstereo.net www.transcendence.com
Notable instruments
1972 Fender Mustang

Fernando Jose Perdomo (born August 17, 1980) is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and arranger. Originally from Miami Beach, Florida. He has toured, performed and recorded with various artists in both the Latin and Anglo markets. He is the lead singer and guitarist of the band Dreaming in Stereo.

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Early life

Perdomo attended Miami Beach Senior High's rock and classical guitar ensembles under the direction of professor Doug Burris. This education gave him the foundation to become a professional musician at an early age. By age 18, he was already sneaking into Miami's most popular rock clubs to perform with many of the city's most well-known bands and was establishing himself as a popular and respected session musician. He also recorded at Criteria studios, South Beach Studios, and Middle Ear Studios. [1]

Career

Perdomo playing a 1972 Fender Mustang guitar. Photo by: Sascha Rybinski

In 1999, his guitar playing was featured in a nationwide ad campaign for Pier One Imports.[2] In 2002, at the age of 22 he recorded most of the guitars for Christian Castro's platinum "Amar Es" album, including the number 1 hit "No Hace Falta." He went on tour with Castro for 3 years, visiting 15 countries and performing at TV and radio networks throughout Latin America. Perdomo also filled in as lead guitarist and pianist for Soraya (musician) on her final tour. It was during this time that Perdomo joined the popular Brit Pop/Modern Rock band Ed Hale and Transcendence, finally adding a permanent guitarist to the band's often-changing lineup. He also brought with him childhood friend and bassist Roger Houdaille who joined and started touring with the band at the age of 19. This precipitated a radical shift in the sound of the group, who at the time were more well known for a World Music-Modern Rock fusion. The band shortened its name to simply Transcendence from that point forward to signal that it was no longer just a group of session musicians backing up singer-songwriter Ed Hale and had become a "real band" operating as a full-fledged unified musical unit. Starting with the band's second album Sleep With You onward the band has recorded five albums with this lineup with Perdomo often acting as lead guitarist, background vocalist, musical director, and occasionally contributing songs to the band's albums.[3]

In 2007 Perdomo acted as bassist and musical director for singer-songwriter Hilary Mcrae, who was signed to the Starbucks/ Hear Music record label. On Hilary's album "Through these walls", he is credited with playing all the bass, guitars, engineering, and arrangements. He co-arranged the horns section with the legendary Charles Calello and in addition contributed songwriting. In 2008 Perdomo produced an English album for Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, Jorge Moreno, which has not been released yet, and the legendary 70s music icon Andy Pratt (of Avenging Annie fame). His first film score was for the movie "Gri-Gri", which premiered at the Cannes film festival. The film featured opening music and an original song written by Jorge Moreno, Fernando Perdomo, and Marc Chourain. [4]

In late 2008, Perdomo produced a new solo album by Transcendence singer Ed Hale entitled Ballad On Third Avenue. Perdomo had originally formed a group called Dreaming in Stereo in 2004[5]. Hale suggested that Perdomo call his new solo project by the same name. The live band lineup in 2008 included Roger Houdaille on bass, Derek Cintron, who fronts arena rock band DC-3 (Rock Band) on drums, and Cynthia Kivlan on flute, the same as in 2004. Dreaming in Stereo current band lineup includes bassist Giuseppe Rodriguez, cellist Greg Byers and drummer Eddie Zyne, who played with Hall & Oates and The Monkees back in the 70s. The act is signed to Dying Van Gogh, a record label based out of New York City, and released its latest album on July 21, 2009. [6]

In solo shows, Perdomo uses a rudimentary looping pedal to loop his Vocals. “Steal this Song” and “Im not going to move to LA” are blatant social commentary set to a universal mash up of modern alternative with 70s nostalgia rock, hinting at echoes of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (band), Supertramp, and Frank Zappa. “LA” has been heralded as Miami’s new musical anthem,[7] criticizing the lack of support Miami has for live music, disguised in a defiant battle cry proclaiming “I’m staying right here!”. Songs like “Lazy” and “Smile” represent a softer poppier side of the music, heavily leaning toward the influence of LA power pop legends like Jason Falkner, Jon Brion, and Michael Penn. Instrumental “Secret Sound 72″ showcases Perdomo’s melodic and powerful guitar style and is a tribute to Todd Rundgren, who Perdomo opened for in Rundgren's Southeast “Arena” tour in March 2009. [8] The same month, Perdomo also performed with Rundgren's long time collaborator, and Utopia (band) band mate Kasim Sulton, who Perdomo backed up with his then Dreaming in Stereo band members Roger Houdaille on bass and Derek Cintron on drums. [9] On the Dreaming in Stereo album, Perdomo performs all the instruments from drums, keys, bass, guitars to percussion and various other bizarre effects.

Credits

Engineered, Produced, Mixed, Recorded (acoustic guitars, piano, mellotron, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals) on Ed Hale "Ballad On Third Avenue" - (Dying Van Gogh) and Lizette Santana "Aún Sueño En Ti | I Still Dream of You" - (Rocstar, Inc). Toured, Produced, and/or Recorded with Christian Castro - (Sony/Bmg, Universal): Recorded "Amar Es" (Lead, Guitar, Sitar, Theremin), "Live at Serius Radio" (Lead Guitar) and "Nunca Voy a Olvidarte" (Lead Guitar). Toured, Performed on TV on Guitar, Bass, and Theremin, Soraya (musician) - (EMI). Toured, Performed on TV Guitar and Keys, recorded Bass, Guitar, Sitar, Keys, Percussion on Hilary McRae "Through These Walls" - (Starbucks/Hear Music). Bassist, Acting Musical Director, Engineered, Toured with Jorge Moreno - (Maverick, MP). Recorded "El Segundo" (Guitar, Bass, Sitar, Theremin, Keys), Toured (as Guitarist, Bassist, and Keyboard player), TV performances. Produced, engineered, Guitar, Bass, Mellotron, Theremin, Drums Andy Pratt "the Snakecharmer". Performed live Tego Calderon - (Atlantic/Jiggiri). Recorded "The Underdog" (Lead Guitar) José Luis Rodríguez (singer) - (Sony). Recorded "Ayer Y Hoy" (guitar), and "15 Exitos" (guitar) Juanes- (Universal). TV performances (guitar) Dave Koz - (Capitol). Recorded "Memories of a Winter's Night" (Bass) Alih Jey - (Universal). Recorded "Gotas de Piel", and "Gran City Pop" album, (Guitars) and Toured Paulina Rubio - (Universal). Recorded, TV Performances (guitar) Noelia - (EMI/Fonovisa). Musical Director, Toured, Recorded "XM- Artist Confidential" (guitar) Fulano de Tal - (Warner). Recorded the Grammy Nominated album "Individual" (guitar, sitar), Toured, TV performances Price - (Geffen). Toured, Recorded (Lead Guitar) Pepe Alva - (Warner). Toured (guitar) Julio Iglesias, Jr. - (Warner). Toured (guitar) Ines Gaviria - (Respek). Toured, Recorded DJ Russ Harris - (universal). Recorded, toured and Guitar TV performance Jeremías - (Universal). Recorded "Aint it Funny" (remix) (guitar) for Jennifer Lopez - (Sony). Recorded, Toured (Guitar, Sitar) Santos Renuentes - (Sony). Recorded "Sleep With You" (guitar, sitar, keys, bass, and vocals), and "Nothing is Cohesive"(guitar, bass, keys, cello, theremin, drums, and engineering), and toured with Transcendence (band) - (TMG). Recorded "Monster Taxi", "Ministry of Sound 2005", "Ministry of Sound 2006" and "Verano 2005" (Guitar, Bass, and Theremin) Monster taxi - (Ministry of Sound/Toy Robot/Universal/Sony). Recorded "King of Son"(Bass) for Beny More' - (BMG). Toured (Guitar) Mika (singer) - (Casablanca). Recorded “Gonzalo Real” (Guitars, Sitar), Toured, TV performances Gonzalo Real - (Crescent Moon). [10]

Discography

  • 2004: This Can Be You
  • 2009: Dreaming in Stereo

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