Warren Thomas Fenzi is a multi-instrumentalist from Prescott, Arizona that currently resides in the Twin Cities. He is largely inspired by the endless plateaus of the Southwest, transforming his experiences into engaging, cinematic music.
Fenzi and his band create the experience of a journey by playing songs about interconnectivity and letting go. His lyrics are so relatable and hard-hitting that I put down my camera just to listen. Audience members were so taken away by the melodies that they often closed their eyes to take them in.
The instruments used throughout the show – guitar, multiple keyboards, trumpet, bass, drums, and more – complemented each other well. Fenzi takes you on a journey at his shows, painting landscapes with sounds and emotions gleaned from genres as diverse as indie rock, ambient, and folk.
This show included a debut of his new 3 song EP Viven, which is Spanish for “to live.” Fenzi describes Viven as a womanly/motherly character that teaches us about living the best lives that we can. “Hate is something that is taught and we are not innately born with,” he explained.
This three-part composition, which flowed from one song to the next via loops, was a tightly woven narrative that touched on that overall message. It was the highlight of a strong performance all-around.
Warren Thomas Fenzi may be from Arizona, but his creative songs fit right in with the eclectic Minnesota music scene.