You might call Theo Katzman the hardest working man in the music business. If you look at his facebook or twitter feed, every few days, he’s either entertaining crowds with his original music, sitting in with another musician or band, or recording a track somewhere for someone. This U of M School of Music alum spent his college days gigging with the local pop band My Dear Disco, teaching music, giving songwriting workshops, and eventually recording his own critically acclaimed solo album. He has recently moved back to his native New York to pursue his music career from Brooklyn, where he’s been keeping busy selling out venues between stints on tour nationwide.
To top it all off, he can also play practically any instrument you put in front of him including drums, guitar and bass, and often writes and performs all of his own parts in the studio. This approach allows him the freedom to explore the depths of his creativity and songwriting, while crafting lean songs with tight arrangements, and well placed, thoughtful parts. When performed live, either solo or with a band, these songs are delivered with an energy and enthusiasm that woos audiences and takes the music to the next level.
His sound is often described as Indie Soul, although he balks a bit at any specific label. His music does indeed encompass a range of influences from folk, to soul, blues, rock and more, but “indie” is the genre that Katzman is most comfortable with as it allows him the greatest flexibility to explore his sound without feeling confined. To listen to his music, one can easily hear the influence of his idols like Feist, Wilco, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell expertly blended with the vibe of R&B greats like Al Green, Otis Redding, and D’Angelo.
His debut album, “Romance Without Finance” displays his mastery of songwriting and his power to evoke emotion with well-crafted lyrics, sweetly sung vocal melodies, and toe-tapping grooves. Join us on Thursday for the last Sonic Lunch of the season as we welcome back one of our favorite past performers to his former hometown.