Sahanaja performing Smile with Brian Wilson in 2004
|Genres||Rock, pop, surf rock, baroque pop|
|Occupations||vocalist, pianist, percussionist, arranger|
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboards, mallets, vibes|
|Associated acts||The Wondermints, Brian Wilson, The Zombies, Heart, The Beach Boys|
Darian Sahanaja is a singer and songwriter who plays in the Brian Wilson band with Wondermints. He has also collaborated with numerous other artists in the genre of orchestral/underground pop, including Baby Lemonade, Wonderboy, Aimee Mann, Now People, Lisa Mychols and Donna Summer. Darian is also the musical supervisor for the television show The Replacements on ABC and The Disney Channel.
Sahanaja worked with Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks in sequencing and arranging the fragments of Wilson's legendary, ill-fated the Beach Boys Smile album into a completed work. The album, started by Wilson in 1966, was finally completed in 2004. Wilson, Sahanaja and the rest of Wilson's band performed Brian Wilson Presents Smile both live, and in the studio.
Along with his duties leading Wilson's touring band, Sahanaja performed alongside The Zombies on the 40th anniversary tour of their 1968 masterpiece Odessey and Oracle. He later performed with Heart at the "Dreamboat Annie Live" concert, writing string arrangements, while also playing percussion, keyboards, and singing background vocals. In 2012, Sahanaja appeared on The Beach Boys' reunion album, That's Why God Made the Radio, and the subsequent anniversary tour, playing keyboards and providing backing vocals. He also sings lead on Darlin', originally sung by Carl Wilson, during the concerts.
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