Warren Kimmel always gives us something to think about. His music offers us a unique, intimate look into the heart and mind of a thoughtful, intelligent soul able to find the wisdom in our lighter moments and the humor in our darker ones.
Warren is a New York based guitarist and singer-songwriter who has written and played music since he was 9 years old. He has played and written with a number of groups and artists including Verb, The Molly Magoonis Band, Bag One, and Lauren Echo. In 2003 he collaborated with David Spritzer to compose the soundtrack for "The Understudy," a short film produced by Aunt Agony Films for the Midnight Madness Film Festival. In March 2006, he released his highly anticipated debut album, Zen Roses.
Zen Roses showcases Warren's signature blend of insightful lyrics and memorable melodies wonderfully joined with the full sound of a band of talented musicians. The album also represents his first experience with mixing and co-producing his own record. In his own words:
"I wanted this record to be a showcase for songs that I’ve written over the past several years but never performed with a band. As a solo performer I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy banging out the songs on an acoustic guitar while being unable to reproduce all of the parts I heard in my head. It’s really satisfying to hear songs with all of the parts I envisioned."
One thing that is so revitalizing about Warren as a musician and songwriter is his deep appreciation for music and what it can mean for people.
"The thing I enjoy most when performing is that I get a chance to bring people together and have them connect with each other. I believe that music is a communal and collaborative art, and it’s very fulfilling to be able to share that art with other musicians and with an audience."
This is evident on Zen Roses and when seeing Kimmel’s dynamic live performances.
Zen Roses includes Ivan “Funkboy” Bodley on bass, Rich Mercurio on drums, Vito Pandolfo on percussion and backing vocals, and Billy Davis and Roger Ortega on backing vocals. Guest musician Michel Kunz plays lead guitar on “Hard Being Me.”