Five Firsts: Zan Strumfeld

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.

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.

  1. Matt Mac Haffie says

    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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