Is Dave Kleiner?
of songs, a player of guitar, a singer of sorts, a silly
guy in shorts. Not a dancer. An all-around plasma factory
but who's the dame?
Liz Pagan, the wife and musical partner. They've been married
11 years, although it seems like forever.
how did they get together?
was a founding member of the Folk
Project, a New Jersey music organization. But he left
the local folk scene to make babies and play lead guitar
in cover bands. He did time at bars, weddings and other
private functions for may long years.
Liz, a graphic designer living in Manhattan, found the Kleiner-less
Folk Project. She had been singing and playing guitar, often
at the Jersey shore, since teenhood.
Dave returned to the Folk Project while going through a
divorce, he brought with him an arsenal of songs he had
written over the years. Songs that were seldom heard outside
of his basement, where he serenaded the furnace. There were
songs about food (Too Many Restaurants), women (The
Women Don't Like Me), and parenting (Just Don't Have
Time for You), all with a unique perspective and wry
sense of humor.
Dave and Liz found each other. Liz's voice added a richness
to Dave's music, and they began performing (and living)
together. They have released three CDs,
rhymes with diner and BaD
TaSTE, and Salesman,
each with twelve original Kleiner songs. They have been
heard nationally on Mike Flynn's Folk Sampler, Dr.
Demento's radio show, NPR's Car Talk, and many
other radio shows across the country.
song Here's To The Rocky Road, co-written with Steve
Gillette and Dennis Dougherty, appears on Steve's album
Texas and Tennessee on Redwing Records.
and Liz can also be heard on the Sounds of Weirdness
CD, released recently by Weird
is a freelance graphic designer whose credits include the
Bob Franke Songbook and For The Beauty of the Earth,
the Clearwater environmental songbook.
Dave and Liz's performances a genuine love of music comes
through, and a sense of fun and camaraderie thatis contagious.
Between the laughs, a few inspiring moments manage to catch
you when you least expect in. You may realize that there
is more going on here than silly puns and self-deprecating
Cooke is our buddy who took some of the photos on this
site, and wondered why there was no link to his web site.
Now there is.