Fishman Artists

Korel Tunador

Fishman Artist // Korel Tunador

Korel Tunador is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter living in Los Angeles. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, he began his musical journey with Suzuki piano lessons and later on played bass in garage rock bands. He went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he got a degree in Tenor Saxophone. In Boston, he also started playing guitar, singing, writing songs, and touring with the well established Boston band, Shockra.

After several years, he moved back to Pittsburgh while deciding what to do next. But Pittsburgh turned out to be an intensely creative place, and kept him extremely busy playing in some of the greatest and most whacked-out bands that you have probably never heard of, such as Crisis Car, The Crawlin' Low Band, The Johnson's, Lovechild, Margalit and the Liquitones and Opek 15. In 2001, Korel also won an endowment from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a Creative Achievement Award grant, as an Emerging Artist.

Korel is known for his unique talents and balancing multiple instruments while bringing fun, fresh energy to the music. He brings flexibility and diversity, either with guitar, keyboards, vocals, saxophone, accordion, or the toy piano.

Moving to Los Angeles, in 2003, Korel began a new round of very diverse musical adventures. His first tour out of L.A. was in 2004 playing keys with Mississippi songwriter, Charlie Mars. The next year he took a 180 degree turn and played guitar with actress Jada Pinkett-Smith's Metal band, Wicked Wisdom. They recorded an album and toured on Ozzfest in 2005.

In 2006, Korel started playing keys, guitar, sax, and singing with The Goo Goo Dolls for the tour supporting their album, "Let Love In." Korel toured internationally with them for 3 years, performing on dozens of television shows such as Jay Leno, (several times with the Goo Goo Dolls and another with Papa Roach), Conan O'Brian, Live from Abbey Road, and various morning shows. He also played on their song "Wandered Through Fiction" for the Soundtrack of the Transformers Movie, and is in the live DVD releases from Red Rocks and Capitol Records Studios.

In late 2008, Korel joined up with Katy Perry's band to be the live house band as she hosted the European Music Awards in Liverpool, England. He then toured with Katy through 2009, playing guitar, keys, sax and vocals. They went around the world several times, played on the 2009 Grammy Awards, and many television shows, such as The Today Show, Ellen, and a number of international shows. A high point of the year was being part of the re-interpreting of Katy's songs for an episode of MTV Unplugged, which was also released as a DVD/CD album. Korel co-produced, arranged, and recorded a medley of the Song of the Year nominees in a Cabaret style that Katy sang when she hosted the EMA Awards again in 2009.

In September 2009 Korel returned to The Goo Goo Dolls and joined in with vocal harmonies and keyboards on their new record, "Something For The Rest Of Us." They are currently on an extensive tour promoting the new record.

All the while, Korel has been writing songs all over the stylistic map, from acoustic, rock, kids songs, country and pop. The common ingredients in all of his songs are the extremely strong melodies and his relaxed voice. For his new record, he chose a batch of songs that flow together with a mid-tempo dark feel. His new album, "No Tomorrows," was recorded in between breaks on tour and is now available.