Peter Galperin

With a Russian classical violinist father and a Canadian cellist mother, Peter was surrounded by music from an early age. A Seattle native and grunge rock refugee, he moved to New York City in the early 1980's where he was soon signed to a songwriting development deal. A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, violin, piano, mandolin, bass), Peter has  collaborated on projects with producer/saxophonist Robert Aaron (who has worked with David Bowie, Talking Heads, and Laurie Anderson), Wayne Kramer (MC5), and has composed music for a variety of dance performances and independent film soundtracks.

Since the mid-1990s Peter has immersed himself in South American and West African music. His unique hybrid musical style fuses Afro/Latin rhythms with rock melodies and a witty, dry sense of humor that reveals his loves, fears, anxieties, and hopes. Larry Oakes, booking manager for New York's Bitter End Club has called Peter "a gifted, absolutely unique songwriter". With his skeptically optimistic songs, world-weary lyrics and taste for brash understatement, Galperin’s songs and avuncular delivery have been called “...wonderfully simple, yet wonderfully complex...” (

In addition to his three CD releases, Peter has recently completed songs for a musical about the life and times of masterbuilder Robert Moses. Moses' practices and policies from the early 1920s to the late 1960s shaped the urban landscape that we live in today – from our continuing dependency on foreign energy, to the deteriorated state of mass transit, to the traffic jam that you got stuck in yesterday. Peter and his book writer partner are currently talking to several theatrical production companies about getting this show on the road (literally). So stay tuned...