Five Firsts: Zan Strumfeld

March 6th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg
Zan Strumfield

Zan Strumfield

NAME: Zan Strumfeld
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Spice Girls’ Spice. Ten years later I bought my first record, Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends. I won’t tell you which I listen to more now.

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2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … most likely something classical. My parents used to take me to a lot of great concerts as kid, many in Tanglewood and Washington Park. The first concert I can truly remember crying in excitement to see (that was the question, right?) was Backstreet Boys at the Pepsi Arena. Oh yes, I am the epitome of a ‘90s child.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … the piano. I took lessons from when I was four to about seven or so years old, but I hated practicing, and my teacher called me “Zen.”


5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I played clarinet for eight years, so if we’re counting elementary to high school bands, there you go. In college, I sang in a folk band called Captain Kip & the Ramblin’ Zans. It started out as a duo and then somehow became a band of six. We only played a few shows, but I had the time of my life. It was the first time I started to feel comfortable performing in front of an audience. Before that, I had such bad stage fright I would break out into hives all over my neck and chest anytime I was the center of attention. One time I tried to curb my fear by signing up for a public speaking class in high school. During the first class I had such an anxiety attack just from hearing the teacher explain the curriculum that I dropped the course that day. Not sure what changed, but sure as hell glad it did.

Singer-songwriter Zan Strumfeld is celebrating the release of her debut EP, “Someone New,” on Saturday (March 9) at More Bread & Jam in Cohoes, accompanied by a full band featuring August Sagehorn of Alta Mira, Bob Buckley of the Kamikaze Hearts, MR Poulopoulos and Brian Kelley. Palaytpus opens the festivities at 7pm.

2 thoughts on “Five Firsts: Zan Strumfeld”

  1. Top five and rising! This young lady is an amazing talent and a must see must own artist! Dare I say it… Zan-tastic!

  2. Charlie Parquet says:

    Zan Strumfeld is my favorite part of the Albany music scene. Can’t wait for the album!

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