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Kam Falk

A native of Chicago, Kam began learning music at an early age under the tutelage of his mother, a classical pianist, and the great concert pianist, Erna Salm. In the midst of his piano studies, he was recruited by his Grade-school orchestra to play cello - an instrument he continued to study throughout his college years. Kam comments, "This was significant because it gave me experience working in all sorts of ensembles playing chamber music and orchestral music and it introduced me to the music of the great composers." At age eleven, tragedy struck his family. His parents divorced, and his father returned to his native country, Jordan. His mother passed away two years later. Obviously, this situation greatly effected Kam, and his brother and sister's lives. Kam found himself with an uncle, and living in Des Moines, Iowa, who was leaving a successful corporate position to join the priesthood - which he had earlier abandoned in order to pursue a career in corporate America. This taught Kam the importance of life's true calling, and the dangers of betraying that calling. It's something he never forgot. Today, and every day, Kam gives glory to God for seeing him through the difficult years of his early life, and for sustaining him through every day. At seventeen, Kam began studying commercial art at Northeast Missouri State University. There, he found himself playing cello in the symphony, bass in the jazz band, and even bass drum in the marching band! During this time, he joined the music fraternity at the college, and began playing professional gigs on bass. He left Missouri to relocate to Florida, and then he spent four more years in college at UF as a music theory/composition major. By night, he was gigging, transcribing the songs and solos of his favorite jazz artists, and learning to record on a four-track that he purchased with his tuition money! After graduating in 1987, he relocated to South Florida to enroll in the graduate program at the University of Miami (Studio Jazz Writing). He also began a secondary career that has included traveling around the world as a musician. In addition to playing jazz, he's played in Top-40, rock, and even country ensembles over the past decade as both bassist and keyboardist. Kam began composing and recording the material that became Native Tongue in 1990, while teaching audio at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

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JazzReview.com - This group performs with high energy and enormous depth. Better to listen than to read, amen? The first three tracks, “Around the Bend,” “Shifting Sands,” and “Pursuit” would qualify as the harder-driven tracks on this CD. They’re swift, a little rough and very ready as Falk and his groups come out swingin’. “Bolivia” is rather thought-provoking, classy and very cool. Falk does some really sweet piano work and his colleagues, Kushner and Mazzi perform like painters on a canvas. Still on the mellow side, “Zone Five” is a funky jam with Daryll Dobson’s rock-based guitar carrying on nicely through this aural dreamscape

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Primary Instrument

Bass, electric

Location

Fort Lauderdale

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

For information, Contact: [email protected] or 954-608-5791. Master of Arts, Florida Atlantic University (2009) Professor of Audio Engineering at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, 1997 - 2014

Jaco Pastorius
bass, electric
Donald Fagen
keyboards
Dane Alderson
bass, electric
Pat Metheny Group
band / ensemble / orchestra

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Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Fight or Flight

Falkreations Music (BMI)
2018

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Native Tongue II

Falkreations Music (BMI)
2016

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Retro-Respect

Falkreations Music (BMI)
2010

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Wedding Day (Solo...

Falkreations Music (BMI)
2010

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Native Tongue

Falkreations Music (BMI)
2001

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