About Arnold Faber

Vibraphonist Arnold Faber is an accomplished, award- winning composer and performer. He has played most of the jazz festivals in Canada with his groups Mallet Busters and Vibré... His passion for the vibraphone and percussion is evident in every note he plays.

My Comfort Zone; The Zone I Never Leave

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Walk A Mile In My Shoes; This Is What You'll See

Walk A Mile In My Shoes; This Is What You’ll See

I never leave my comfort zone because, I am never in it. That’s how I keep growing, evolving. One’s life aspirations are as important, relevant, necessary as one deems.

Growing older not only demands maintaining physical health but also evaluation, speculation and creative reinvention. The wheel does not have to be reinvented. It may however, have to be built out of a different material and maintained with a different approach.

For me, documenting my path is essential to the above; in order to continue my passion for mentoring, creating and performing. The young musicians coming up are entering a world very different from the one I started in. I am willing to share, encourage and guide with whatever my 45+ career/life experience can offer.

Leading by example is a huge responsibility and one that I don’t take lightly.                       I will continue until I can’t…

 

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Me & My Gold Monster (Life With A Vibraphone) *Totally Without Reservation

Arnold Faber shares his 45+ year musical journey while his famous (infamous?) Gold Monster tells its side…

Me & My Gold Monster (Life With A Vibraphone)

*although, reservations are (http://musideumconcerts.com/styles/page1.html#faber) recommended due to limited seating at Donald Quan’s beautifully intimate Toronto venue The Musideum*

Arnold Faber’s 2 act, very intimate, very live, interactive, ONE man +2 show (Michael Freedman guitars; Mike Pelletier basses in second act).

The Gold Monster & I are recording an album and filming a DVD to commemorate (your copy included in price of admission) our event.

Arnold Faber shares his 45+ year musical journey while his famous (infamous?) Gold Monster tells its side…

Me & My Alter-Ego Me & My Alter-Ego

Listen: The Mouse That Roared

Watch And Listen: Ode (Solo) To The Boston Years

Watch And Listen: Playing Nicely With Others

Listen: Huge Memories With Vibre´

Reserve now and come out to celebrate with us at this very **special venue:

**The Musideum:

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Okay, OKAY, I’m A Bastard…

…according to Webster’s Dictionary definition, my music product/my music style, born from my musical influences, would be defined as:

Bastard |ˈbastərd| noun or adjective

1. illegitimate

2. of mixed or ill-conceived origin <known for coining bastardwords>

The Platypus & I Have A Lot In Common

The Platypus & I Have A Lot In Common

I love the British Invasion era; I love Blues; I love The American Songbook; I love Charles Ives; I love musicals; I love Jazz; I love R&B (50s/60s/70s); I love 50s/60s Country & Western… I LOVE MUSIC!

The Only Reason I Chose Music (Or Actually, Music Chose Me)

The Only Reason I Chose Music (Or Actually, Music Chose Me)

All of the above influence every creative mood, thought and decision I make when I am playing or composing.

So… I am not a JAZZ musician and I am not a ROCK or any of the above musician (I’m still a nice guy!); BUT, I am ME. Whatever that means, I spend my creative life exposing ME such as I am, in the most sincerest, honest way I am capable of. I OWE this to my audience.

Art in general, being subjective anyway, has always posed a certain question which has always puzzled me:

When people come up to me and say I’m great, am I great because they say so OR do I stink because they don’t really have a clue… does it matter? Think about it…

I SINCERELY MEAN…

EVERY NOTE…

I PLAY…

COMPOSE

AND TEACH…

Arnold Faber’s Opus #4: Are You Really A Friend Of Mine? (To Al Kooper)

For me, it started with the Blues Project. I loved that group as a whole; I didn’t really single out Al Kooper. It really wasn’t until his Blood Sweat & Tears that I really got into him. He is so integrated with the music history that I have ingested since I was a kid; the stories like his organ line on Dylan‘s Like A Rolling Stone, his connection to Joni Mitchell, it just goes on. It his however his diversity, scope and musicianship that is so appealing. The raw musicianship of Super Session, his very diverse You Never Know Who Your Friends Are, mixed in with all the film/television scores and production credits and musical liaisons… well, what’s not to love!

Al Kooper Now

Al Kooper Now

My love affair with the blues is totally because of him. His influence on my influences has, and still does, infect me to this day…

Al Kooper Then

Al Kooper Then

*Whatever makes these artists tick, has so rubbed off, so influenced me AND ultimately shaped my music-mind. Most people have a “bucket list”. I have a very personal, artistic AND emotional “bucket list” of artists I would very much like to collaborate/perform with. These musical renderings are very intimate, “aural bio-pics” of these artists.

Arnold Faber’s Opus #3: My Heart Is An Island (To Ray Davies)

I feel like I have known Ray Davies my whole life. When I saw the Kinks do You Really Got Me in those english hunting jackets and aristocratic, frilled shirts, I became a lifer. What a diverse tunesmith!

 

Ray Davies Now

Ray Davies Now

 

Ray Davies Then

Ray Davies Then

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the afore mentioned through Well Respected Man, LolaArthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)… right through to Waterloo Sunset. This man runs deep; he has been through an awful lot and for me is basically the poster child for being abused by the recording industry at the time. So many of that “rock royalty” were basically “raped and pillaged” to a point of almost live or die. So young, so successful without having a clue… if he in fact wears any cynicism or rough attitude, it’s no wonder.

Here’s to you R.D..

 

 

 *Whatever makes these artists tick, has so rubbed off, so influenced me AND ultimately shaped my music-mind. Most people have a “bucket list”. I have a very personal, artistic AND emotional “bucket list” of artists I would very much like to collaborate/perform with. These musical renderings are very intimate, “aural bio-pics” of these artists.

Arnold Faber’s Opus #2: If Only The Sun Shone At Night (To Brian Wilson)

They say that there is no such thing as an ex-surfer; just someone who doesn’t surf anymore. I don’t surf anymore but I still get that wonderful sentiment when I even think of Brian Wilson. Coming from Toronto, Canada, there wasn’t much chance that I would surf both coasts but, I did, because of him.  I know he really didn’t surf but, his *word/music blend simply created a compelling ocean “warm & fuzzy”; this has remained with me to this day. Emotional milestones include (mind the time-warp gaps) Surfin’, Surfer Girl, All Summer Long, Wendy, Heroes & Villains, Good Vibrations, God Only Knows, Surf’s Up, Sail On Sailor… I gotta stop; he taught me how to visualize in colours.

 

Brian Wilson Now

Brian Wilson Now

 

*I never really listened to the words, just sort of absorbed them; it was and is to this day about the the composition, instruments involved, scoring and arrangement…

Brian Wilson Then

Brian Wilson Then

*Let’s just say he has this age of innocence thing that never really quit even if his bubble was burst way to soon.

 

 

 

*Whatever makes these artists tick, has so rubbed off, so influenced me AND ultimately shaped my music-mind. Most people have a “bucket list”. I have a very personal, artistic AND emotional “bucket list” of artists I would very much like to collaborate/perform with. These musical renderings are very intimate, “aural bio-pics” of these artists.

Welcome To My House Of Emotions: Your Local Universal Weather Forecast

Let’s see… I grew up with the The Who, The Beatles and The Dave Clark 5; I absolutely love Charles Ives, Dave Brubeck, Howard Shore, and Lalo Schifrin to name a very few of my influences. Did I mention that Vibraphone to me is like drums were to Keith Moon?