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los angeles , CA
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Portrait of KatZen
KatZen Story

A provocative synergy to guide and inspire,

KatZen is an original rock music project founded by Tamara Cimmerian in LA. Tamara is the principal member of KatZen and the lead singer and chief songwriter. Her vision exclusively guides the artistic direction of the music, recordings and live shows.

The blueprint of the endeavor is to make music with artists who are as passionate as they are creative and insightful. KatZen blends many different genres of music yet still creates a distinct sound while incorporating industrial elements and computer technology. The mission is to bring musicians together who are thought-provoking, honest and focused on the inner aspect.

During Tamara's musical exploration she worked on KatZen music and solo piano material while living in New York before moving to Los Angeles. She struggled at first to find musicians who could convey what she had written until she met Forrest Robinson in Downtown Los Angeles. He was a key piece in the puzzle that helped bring KatZen to life. Forrest, a multi-talented musician became the drummer for KatZen and remains the original drummer on the project.

Downtown L.A. became the inspiring backdrop for Tamara and Forrest as their music developed in time with the city. Pete's Cafe and Bar on 4th and Main became the usual meeting spot to hammer out lyrics and compose music with the occasional break for one of the most amazing burgers around. Right above Pete's, Tamara recorded some of the KatZen music in Drew Schnurr's 3rd floor loft. The work was exciting and epic in a bid to produce unique expressions that went beyond conventional music.

A pure reflection on life’s winding road, KatZen continues to blur genres and make music that reveals triumphs and tribulations. The sound is a mix of the organic and the inorganic, harmonizing elements of acoustic instruments, industrial sounds and technology.

Special guests who play a variety of instruments regularly join KatZen when recording albums and for live shows. This further exhibits the objective to bring artists of different backgrounds and experiences together for a common cause, to create a forum for people who are seeking change, hope and progress that encourages them to look within to find peace.