About Noah Zacharin
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Noah Zacharin was born in Montreal and resides in Toronto. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, began performing at 14, and is happy to say that he still loves playing music. He has been called "a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist" (Paul Mills, Borealis Records, Producer (Stan Rogers, Oscar Peterson), a "wonderful, adventurous guitarist" (Blues Bytes), "a poet, a songwriter, a singer we have been waiting for" (Penny Lang), "a great guitarist / singer / songwriter...a wonderfully musical player" (Randy Finney, President and Founder Toronto Fingerstyle Guitarist's Association), "in a league of his own" (Brian Gladstone, AD Winterfolk Festival), "one of the best songwriters this country has produced" (the late great Rick Fielding, recording artist, radio host) and "deserving to be mentioned in the same breath with names such as James Taylor and David Wilcox" (Minor 7th).
Zacharin's recordings have garnered praise from fans and critics alike. "Silence spoken here" (1997) was called "an understated classic...musical versatility and lyrical depth" (Xpress-Ottawa); Scene Roots and Blues dubbed "aLIVE!" (2000) "a real gem"; and a review of "Crow Dark Wind" (2001) in Minor 7th elicited the following: "like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar...world-wise songwriting."
Noah Zacharin's most recent, 6th, CD, "Waiting on Your Love", continues his tradition of literate well-crafted songs, while marking a significant departure in production. Heavy on horns and Hammond, Zacharin has enlisted the best of Toronto's pop and jazz players, as well as long-time Tom Waits alum Ralph Carney, to create a recording of richness and variety. Where previous CDs have essentially been solo recordings (though often utilizing Zacharin's own overdubbed guitars, bass, voice, etc.), on "Waiting", instruments from tin whistle to tuba add just the right touch as Zacharin makes his trademark leap between blues and jazz, folk and country, bluesgrass and pop. In a feature article, The Globe and Mail reported that the disc "wrests an improbable sense of order from a chaos of genres...built around his usual and unusual acoustic guitar style and literate lyrics." Since release it has received national airplay on the CBC and its French partner Radio-Canada, and early reviews have said: "Highly recommended": Kerry Doole, Tandem Online; "One of the best singer/songwriter CDs I have ever heard": Randy Finney, TFGA newsletter; "The heart of a poet, the mind of a lyricist, the skill of a composer, the fingers of a musician...": Minor 7th.
Much sought after as a guitarist, he has recorded and performed with some of Canada's finest writers, including Penny Lang, Bruce Murdoch (with whom he has also co-written), Lucien Francoeur, Rick Fielding, Danny Marks, etc. As a soloist he has opened shows for the likes of Odetta, David Lindley, Dave Van Ronk, Jesse Winchester, Alex de Grassi, and Fairport Convention. He has twice been runner-up in the OCFF Songs From the Heart Contest, and has consistently short-listed in the competition.
Zacharin is also a popular radio and open stage host, and a prize-winning poet (with "a remarkable ability to articulate efficient, powerfully condensed ideas": What 18/19). He has published hundreds of poems, translations, and reviews in periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and is currently at work on two volumes of poetry and several children's books.
Here is a selection of quotes and articles - many more can be read on Noah's official website.
Shawna Dunbar, Wild Roots Productions Festival Director
I first heard Noahs music in 2005 on a demo CD he sent me because of his interest in playing at the Wild Roots Festival in Morin Heights. I was immediately moved by his soulful rhythms and masterful guitar playing, and touched by his meaningful lyrics. Noah has now been captivating Wild Roots audiences for over 3 years and will be invited to come back to grace the stage with his talents and grace the organizers with his sweet disposition for as long as he is willing to play.
Brian Gladstone, Festival Founder and Director, Winterfolk Festival, Toronto
"In a league of his own".
Juliana McCorison, Presenter, Pondside Concerts, Victoria, BC
What really impressed was his ability to slide between genres. found myself sitting there blissed-out listening to this beautiful sound rising up into the Pondside space.
Noah's Album Reviews
Howard Druckman : Eye Weekly : December 2008
(on the album Waiting on Your Love):
Its tempting to describe Noah Zacharin as a folkie because hes a singer-songwriter who plays an acoustic guitar. But 'folk' doesnt begin to cover the range of this mature, well-crafted album. In Zacharins world, a nasty, sexy, double-entendre blues, "The Convertible Kind," comes complete with a Dixieland jazz band; a Celtic-style ballad of lost love, "In The Heather" is set against Uilleann pipes, fiddles and a tin whistle; a sprightly, country-ish take on gods creation, "All Go Blind" boasts bluegrass banjo and mandolin. Meanwhile, the superb jazz-pop vocal "In Love Again" deserves to become a standard, covered by the likes of Tony Bennett and Michael Bublé. And Zacharin does it all with the easy mastery of a natural. Highly recommended.
Fred Kaus : Minor 7th : Jan/Feb 2007
(on the album Waiting on Your Love):
The heart of a poet, the mind of a lyricist, the skill of a composer, the fingers of a musician -- rare attributes singly, but rarer still in one artistic package. Still, singer/songwriter Noah Zacharin often puts it all together on "Waiting on Your Love," his sixth CD. His thoughtful songs of love and ache, pairing and parting, and yearning and wistfulness may have been born in the manger of folk, but Zacharin infuses these 11 tracks with a fully realized instrumentation. He assembles a talented stable of musicians, including longtime Tom Waits alum Ralph Carney (on tenor sax and clarinet) to breathe life and mood into this collecton. Lines such as this reward the careful listener: "I wake at the crack and the creak and the least of sounds hammer my heart shut and hope the dark will take us down ..." (from the title track). Zacharin, who grew up in Montreal and now lives in Toronto, includes tuba, pedal steel, vox, tin whistle, guitar, and accordion to bring his creations to life. While repeated listenings reward the dedicated, Zacharin can be playful as well, with the infectious and mandolin-inflected "All Go Blind." Repeated listenings bring higher rewards. Nice stuff nicely done.
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My Life (CD)
No Commercial Value (CD)
Venus Grove (CD)
Tales from the Badlands (MP3)
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River Towns (CD)
Venus Grove (CD)