RECENTLY FEATURED ON KPFK 90.7 FM LOS ANGELES! Jared Barkan's 'velvety, hypnotic voice and amazing guitar talents' (indie-music.com) are all he used to create his debut EP 'View is Fine' (2004). In his sophomore release 'Darkblue', he takes the same songwriting, vocal and guitar-playing skills, adds tasty sonic elements and uses them to create another unique musical journey. From the upright bass on the title track 'Darkblue' to the rich distorted guitar textures in 'Here We Go', 'Darkblue' is an exploration of sounds and styles that revolves around the heart: the song. Born and raised in NYC, Jared Barkan started playing gigs in NY clubs at age 15. When he wasn't playing sessions with jazz legend Ornette Coleman, or acting as a sideman for artists such as La India (Sony Latin), Connie Petruk (David Bowie), Joe Gallant (Grateful Dead) and Andrew Williams (Wynton Marsalis), Jared was studying classical guitar with Brazilian guitar virtuoso Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and jazz theory with pianist Gary Dial. From the unique style and mastery of the guitar that he developed coupled with influences from his rock favorites like Steely Dan and The Beatles, he emerged a beautiful and sophisticated songwriter. And in 2004, Jared recorded and released his debut EP View is Fine to rave reviews. Since moving to Southern California in late 2004, Jared has become a stand-out performer on the singer/songwriter scene. He recently mesmerized crowds at the San Diego Indie Music Fest, was chosen as a finalist in Performer.com's 'The Best Entertainment' competition in the Rock/Alternative Performance category, and has performed live on KPFK radio and at intimate venues in featured spots in and around Los Angeles. In December of 2005, Jared released his sophomore effort Darkblue, which has already received very high praise, with reviewers comparing him to people like Cat Stevens, Elliott Smith, Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles. He is currently touring the west coast, from San Diego to Seattle, working on new tunes, and plotting new musical directions for his local (LA) shows and his as-yet-untitled next EP.
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