“Heartfelt, inspired songwriting…with a delivery both biting and assured.” ~Paul Zollo, SingOut! Magazine
“… impressive stylistic range, jumping from quietly sprightly folk-pop to Tin Pan Alley jazziness to bluesy rock and back again …” ~Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist
“… a dazzling acoustic guitarist …” ~Peter Kay, Sheffield Telegraph
Growing up in the shadow of the nation’s Capitol, Nachmanoff cut his musical teeth on Pete Seeger, country rock, the Kingston Trio’s early revival folk, and 80s new wave, all blended with a soupcon of Brit folk a la Fairport Convention, John Martyn, and Ralph McTell. In fact, Spinoza’s Dream producer Martin Levan had a guiding hand in both Martyn’s Grace and Danger, as well as McTell’s Water of Dreams, two critically-acclaimed classics of the genre.
Over the course of a dozen albums and countless tours, he has shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Cheryl Wheeler, Steve Forbert, Firefall, and John Wesley Harding (among many others), in addition to being the long-time touring partner of Al Stewart. He has also paid his dues in myriad classrooms across the United States, sharing his talents and nurturing the next generation of budding troubadours.
SingOut! Magazine has praised his heartfelt, inspired songwriting as having a delivery both biting and assured, but that is only the tip of the Nachmanoff critical iceberg. Just Plain Folks honored him with the 2001 Songwriter of the Year award, he was a finalist in the 2011 USA Songwriting Competition, and for five consecutive years he was always in the mix for the top songwriting award in the South Florida Folk Festival before finally winning Best Overall in 2002.
Nachmanoff’s latest album, Spinoza’s Dream, draws on his background in philosophy (in fact he has a doctorate in philosophy himself), with each of the eleven tracks relating to a different noted philosopher, including Kant, Camus, Sartre, Kierkegaard, Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Leibniz.
These classic, foundational philosophical concepts often seem to don a fresh, topical mantle when dressed in songs that speak to our currently tense and tumultuous times. Examples include “That Guy,” which refers to a contemporary incarnation of Friedrich Nietsche’s “ubermensch” (or “overman”), and “One Black Swan”, that references Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake in 1600 for challenging the dogmatic, pre-Enlightenment thinking into which the world now seems to be in danger of slipping again. The song, “Time of War”, portrays Thomas Hobbes’ views on life through a modern tale of a family of refugees from war.