Citizen of the World, Nenad Bach has a dream.
A dream nurtured through wartime and expatriation, a dream informed by his quest for universal justice and deep longing for world peace. The result: All I Want Is Freedom, a passionate cri de coeur and the latest CD in the artist’s prolific body of work. It’s a potent shot of rock infused with heart and soul, packed with provocative lyrics calling back the ethos of the sixties, unafraid to question, determined to seek answers, in a rousing call to action that electrifies, galvanizes, and at the same time mesmerizes.
Solidly backed by the four like-minded musicians comprising the Nenad Bach Band, and brilliantly recorded and mixed by five-time Grammy Award winner John Holbrook, the album was created at Nenad’s home in New York, in a back-to-basics bid for the days when “rock musician” wasn’t a profession, but a vocation. The naturalistic approach, inspired by Beatles’ engineer Geoff Emerick, is as close to live recording as it gets. For Nenad, “Love Is The Sound.” And for his listeners and the world, only love – and the truth – will set us free.
Stephanie Silber, filmmaker
Home Team Productions
Lead vocal, piano, acoustic guitar
Croatian American, a naturalized New Yorker and a citizen of the world, Nenad Bach is a recording artist, composer, and performer who has recorded for Sony, Universal, Decca, Polygram, and many other labels. Two of his albums reached No. 1 in Europe, and to date he has sold over one million records. In addition, he has performed all over the world with a wide range of artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Bono and The Edge (U2), Brian Eno, Indigo Girls, Richie Havens, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko (The Band), Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead), and many more. He performed at Woodstock 1994, and in 1998 he made a compilation album with Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Allen Ginsberg.
Nenad has released two American albums under his own name: Greatest Hits and A Thousand Years of Peace. His new album, which has long been awaited by his many fans from all over the world, is currently in the recording stage and will be released in 2012, preceded by a “live in the studio” EP entitled All I Want Is Freedom. Several of the songs on the album will feature the sounds of his homeland by incorporating Croatian klapa music (a unique and beautiful style of a cappella singing).
In addition to his own records, Nenad has scored many features and short films, including King of Cool (a biopic about Steve McQueen) and the Mladen Juran film Transatlantic, which was the Croatian entry for Best Foreign Film at the 1999 Academy Awards. He is also a record producer; his most recent work includes the recording of four SACDs of klapa music, which were the basis of one of the highest-rated shows on the long-running NPR radio program “Millennium of Music.”
Nenad’s work and his life story have been featured on all the major US television networks (CBS, ABC, NBC), on CNN, on Sky Channel, and on TV channels in Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Japan, and many other countries. He was interviewed by Ed Bradley for the CBS News magazine “Street Stories,” in a segment that was seen by 20 million viewers. Press coverage has been similarly widespread, ranging from The New York Times to Billboard, from the Washington Post to Corriere Della Sera, and from the Boston Globe to the New York Daily News.
In 2014, director Victor Zimet and producer Stephanie Silber of Home Team Productions finished production of a documentary film based on Nenad's life and work. Titled "Everything is Forever", it is a cinematic journey through war, peace, and rock n' roll. The film has screened to rave reviews and earned two awards and premiered at 47th World Fest Houston International Film Festival in April 2014. One award was for best stage concert/performance and the other award was for best docudrama. The film was named official selection for the Julien Dubuque, Starigrad Paklenica and Kansas City International Film Festivals. The film will continue to be screened at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad.
Through his singing and songwriting, Nenad’s goal is to spread the message of joy and universal peace.
Keyboards, vocals, melodica, accordion, glockenspiel
A piano performance graduate of Catholic University of America, Joe DeSanctis has a pure passion for making music in all its forms. His experience and interests run the gamut from composing scores to conducting church choirs or mixed instrumentalists to playing keyboards professionally to arranging and writing songs. Joe has been involved in the music industry for over 30 years.
Joe has written extensively for television and film, and his work has been heard nationally on NBC’s Dateline and ABC’s Good Morning America, as well as regionally in New York and Chicago. He is the corecipient of the 2002 CINE Eagle Award for “ABC News Good Morning America: On The USS Enterprise” as cocomposer and arranger. In addition, Joe composed the score for Italian Lessons, an independent film that was the Westchester Film Festival winner for Best Narrative Short in 1997. In 1993, he won the Microfono D’Oro Song award for “Passione Di Musica” as cocomposer and arranger. Joe has also composed children’s musicals, an off-Broadway musical (Once More With Feeling), and liturgical music.
In the midst of his other activities, Joe still finds time to work on personal fun projects, include recording for Kathy Troccoli (Reunion Records) and acting as vocalist, keyboard programmer, and recording engineer for several other New York area bands. An avid supporter of other artists, Joe also hosts a monthly group aimed at helping local songwriters remain true to their heartfelt voice in their creative output.
Originally from southern California, Richard Lindsey has made his home in New York since the 1980s. He began his musical career studying guitar with David Amaro (Airto, Flora Purim), then spent five years studying classical guitar with the late Seiko Sesoko. At first purely a guitarist, Richard started playing bass guitar at the age of 16, immediately fell in love with that instrument, and ever since has maintained an equal affection for guitar and bass. On occasion, he has been known to play the ukulele as well.
After a stint in the Pacific Northwest, where he played with Seattle jazz stalwart Michael Powers, Richard moved to New York, where he studied with jazz bassist Ron McClure and played with a wide range of local ensembles, including the world beat group Bangaroo and jazz drummer Art Lillard’s Heavenly Band. During the 1990s, Richard was a member of the “indefinably funky” (Wall Street Journal) Celtic roots-rock-R&B group Kips Bay, with whom he toured the United States and Europe and recorded two albums for Green Linnet Records.
Richard has played on a number of film and television projects and was featured on the films The Fort Fisher Hermit and A Touch Of Fate (scored by Kinny Landrum). A friend and collaborator of Nenad Bach’s since the latter’s arrival in the US, Richard played on both of Nenad’s previous American albums and coproduced the debut, Greatest Hits. Currently, he also plays, records, and coproduces for the American history-based ensemble American Stories Through Song and the eclectic bicoastal virtual pop group Car Radio Dog.
Michael O’Keefe began drumming at the age of 7. A New Yorker to his core, he was a fixture in the NYC punk/no wave scene, drumming for punk outfit The Latest as a teen and sharing the stages of CBGB and Max’s Kansas City with such notables as DNA and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. Always seeking new challenges, Michael began experimenting with programming and synthesis and started the new wave band Dress For Success, for which he provided vocals, synth, and percussion. It was during this period that Michael met Paragon Artists labelmate Nenad Bach, an encounter that led to his contributing cover art for Nenad’s first American release, the single “Woman in the Bay.” As a partner in Soundscapes, Michael created scores, jingles, and sound marks for many products and merchants, including Macy’s, Home Box Office, and Cinemax, and he scored industrial videos for a number of clients, including the Technical Careers Institute in New York. He also provided the musical score for the feature-length cult classic Woodchipper Massacre, which was rereleased in 2007.
These days, Michael’s focus is back on drumming. He has provided backing, both live and in the studio, for a variety of singers and songwriters, including Jeffrey Braun, Robert Lund, and Dusty (featuring former Banshees of Blue members Debra Berg and Sherryl Marshall and Steely Dan vocalist Lesley Miller). He performs regularly with Lostdog In Loveland, who recorded the song “Mother of Pearl” for the recently released Roxy Music tribute record Take Refuge in Pleasure. That track also featured renowned pianist Mike Garson (David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins). A trained graphic designer, Michael still finds time to create cover art for fellow musicians.
A pro’s pro, Al Orlo began playing guitar at 13 and by 16 was already playing professional club gigs. Since then, Al has lent his talents to an astonishingly wide range of musical settings, from rock to R&B to funk to jazz to blues to country to prog to Broadway. In the process, he has played with a who’s who of musical heavyweights, including Will Lee, Dave Weckl, Cornelius Bumpus, Oscar Cartaya, T-Bone Wolk, Steve Khan, Pete Levin, Rodney Holmes, and many others.
In the 1980s, Al toured and recorded with the Guy and Pipp Gillette Band and the progressive art/rock band Artificial Intelligence. Subsequently, he worked with new urban jazz keyboardist Bob Baldwin as coleader of the Bob Baldwin/Al Orlo Project. Soon afterward, Al began serving as coleader, writer, and producer for The SOS All Stars, who released two albums on the Chase Music Group label: New York Rendezvous and Greetings From New York. He then spent a decade leading his own group, the Al Orlo Band, which played original guitar-oriented instrumental music and featured many top New York jazz/fusion musicians.
Since 1990, Al has been the guitarist for the legendary Ben E. King (“Stand By Me,” “This Magic Moment”), playing at venues ranging from intimate clubs to 15,000+ listener outdoor concerts. Since 1996, he has been Mr. King’s musical director. Al has also found time to play on more than 1,000 performances of Broadway musicals, including Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Aïda, Hairspray, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Shop of Horrors, and Legally Blonde. In addition, he has played on numerous films and television shows, including the theme songs for Politically Incorrect (ABC), A Current Affair (FOX), The 20th Century (A&E), Good Housekeeping (Lifetime), and Kids These Days (Lifetime).
Nenad Bach: lead vocal, piano, acoustic guitar
Joe DeSanctis: keyboards, backing vocal, melodica, accordion, glockenspiel
Richard Lindsey: bass, backing vocal
Michael O’Keefe: drums, backing vocal
Al Orlo: guitar