David Berkeley will appear at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA on Feb. 1 at 8pm, Joe’s Pub in New York on Feb. 2 and The Tin Angel in Philadelphia on the 3rd.
Berkeley is an American singer-songwriter, with a voice compared by The New York Times as “lustrous, melancholy voice with shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake.” He’s is a Harvard University graduate about whom Hillary Meister wrote in the Atlanta Jewish Times on January 2, 2004, is influenced by synagogue services, and that in particular,” a cantor with a beautiful voice “kept me going to synagogue” while growing up in New Jersey” He has several CDs, including Live from the Fez (2005), After the Wrecking Ships (2004), The Confluence (2002). The Confluence, was reviewed in
Billboard magazine and Rollingstone which called him
a “Sixties-esque troubadour with songs to swoon by and a voice sweeter than
incense and peppermints.” Berkeley reported to Meister a couple of years ago that the music coming out of silent prayer was always the most powerful for him. “I think the whole value that I place on expression for a connection and for healing is at least consistent with Judaism if not inspired by it.” he said in the interview.
“Once you’re exposed to that kind of genre you look for people who say something that makes an emotional impact that requires something of the listener; not just candy,” he said. I’m always absorbing the world around me whether it’s the music, newspaper or poetry.” Berkeley, who spends most of his time writing and playing music, has performed with Shawn Mullins, Ben Folds and Marshall Crenshaw and is currently on the road promoting his new releases. His website includes photos, clips and a tour schedule.