Gorgeous Singer-Songwriter Dan Charness at Mocha Maya in Shelburne Falls, MA Feb. 1

There is something about contemporary songwriters that, when they have a foundation in classical technique and history, their compositions become simply gorgeous to listen to. It seems to me that their songs are a little more complex, often deeply rooted in personal experience and for the listener, a delight to recall. Perhaps it’s that exposure to the greats of the past three or four centuries. They are, when added to the music of the current era, like a songwriters library of music. There is so much to draw from, offering infinite possibilities upon which to base their own creative ideas on.

That pretty much describes the exceptional songwriting and singing talents of cello-trained Dan Charness whose career has taken off as a “popular’ musician.

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He won’t make it all the way to the Berkshires on his first national tour, but he will be close enough to hear when he appears in Shelburne Falls this Friday, February 1, 2013.

This is part of his promotional tour for his new EP “Not For Love.” With it, says Dylan Thompson in American Songwriter Magazine, “Dan Charness emerges as one of New York City’s most promising singer-songwriters.”

On Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8PM, award-winning guitarist singer-songwriter Dan Charness will perform at Mocha Maya, 47 Bridge Street Shelburne Falls. For more information regarding the event call 413.625.maya (6292) or email info@mochamayas.com.

Trained from a young age as a classical cellist, singer-songwriter Dan Charness swiftly changed tracks when he discovered both the guitar and his natural, versatile inclination for songwriting. Charness soon began performing his works throughout New England, releasing a debut album, All Over the Map (2006) and a follow-up EP, One Night Stand (2008), both of which were self-produced and met with acclaim. They also featured Dan as a multi-instrumentalist, performing nearly every instrumental and vocal track.

In the summer of 2010, having graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in history from Wesleyan University, Charness relocated to New York City and began recording a new album, promoting his work with regular performances at well-known city venues such as The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, and Caffe Vivaldi.

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His debut commercial release, Brand New Day, met with acclaim from fans and industry professionals alike, and its single, “Summertime Delight,” took first place in the folk category of the Indie International Song Contest. The album was entirely self-produced–drawing praise for its sweeping instrumental arrangements–and garnered interest due to its wide breadth of material, a range of influences that drew from folk-rock to gospel. As Charness insists, “Versatility in sound and style may make for a challenging marketing venture, but musically it is the only way for each track on a record to remain adventurous and fresh.”

Citing Beatles legend Paul McCartney as his main source of influence, Charness continues to generate pop, rock, and folk songs that expand his musical range. Charness can be found regularly on tour throughout the Northeast, and has performed for diverse audiences across the United States and Canada, appearing at legendary venues such as The Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA), Room 5 (Los Angeles), The Free Times Cafe (Toronto, ON), and has performed at the Falcon Ridge Rolk Festival and the Cape May Singer Songwriter Festival.A native New Englander, Charness was trained from a young age as a classical cellist–studying through the New England Conservatory–but swiftly changed tracks when he discovered a passion for guitar and a natural inclination for songwriting. He soon began performing his works throughout the Boston area, self-producing a debut album, All Over the Map (2006) and a follow-up EP, One Night Stand (2008), both of which met with acclaim. The collections featured Dan as a multi-instrumentalist, performing nearly every instrumental and vocal track.

In the summer of 2010, having graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in history from Wesleyan University, Charness relocated to New York City and began recording a new album, promoting his work with regular performances at well-known city venues such as The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, and Caffe Vivaldi. His debut commercial release, Brand New Day, met with acclaim from fans and industry professionals alike, and its single, “Summertime Delight,” was selected as the first place winner in the folk category of the Indie International Song Contest. The album was entirely self-produced–drawing praise for its sweeping instrumental arrangements–and garnered interest due to its wide breadth of material, a range of influences that drew from folk-rock to gospel. As Charness insists, “Versatility in sound and style may make for a challenging marketing venture, but musically it is the only way for each track on a record to remain adventurous and fresh.”

Citing Beatles legend Paul McCartney and songwriters such as James Taylor and Paul Simon as his main sources of influence, Charness continues to generate pop, rock, and folk songs that expand his musical range.We like his sound, his songs, and his take on life in general. If you are in the vicinity this Friday, stop in and take a listen. You will hear one of the most exceptional up and coming new voices around. Frankly, I think the Berkshire Theatre Group should snap him up for a night at the Garage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

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