Peter Fand is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from New York. He is currently a cast member of the Cirque Du Soleil production “Zarkana,” in Las Vegas, and is the front person and mandolin player in the band TinToyCars. He has performed for decades as an instrumentalist and singer with various ensembles, in the Broadway production of “Lion King,” and has appeared at many of New York’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, The Apollo Theater, and countless other smaller venues. Additionally, he has performed on many of the great stages of the world, including two-month residencies at The Kremlin Palace Theater in Moscow, Russia, and The Madrid Arena in Madrid, Spain, as well as many other theaters and venues around Europe and Africa.
Peter plays a stunning Weber Octar, which is featured prominently on the new TinToyCars release, due out in October 2015. TinToyCars is a bit of a supergroup of Las Vegas local musicians, three of whom are featured performers in Cirque Du Soleil productions on the strip.
Peter’s approach as an instrumentalist and unique compositional flavor as a songwriter were greatly informed by two decades of working in the traditional West African music world, traveling back and forth to Guinea and Mali to study Kora (a 21-string West African harp) and percussion. His music is now infused with that asthetic, which lends a special charachter to his mandolin playing, reminiscent of the n’goni, the mandolin’s African cousin.
Peter has appeared on over 40 CD’s as songwriter and performer, and has composed/performed music for a variety of films and television spots.
He currently has artist endorsement agreements with Weber Mandolins, Godin Guitars, DR Strings, John Pearse Strings, K&K Pickups, Bluechip Picks and Wula Drum.