Hire an Accordionist!
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Paul plays with vocalist and percussionist
Matthias Wandler as "Die Zwei," a duo that specializes in German
party music with lyrics mostly in German. Their
hours-long repertoire of oom-pah drinking songs, marches, polkas and waltzes includes contemporary songs that one hears at Oktoberfest in Munich, as well as the old favorites. Die Zwei plays most Saturday evenings from August through October at the Biergarten Haus in Northeast Washington.
In addition Paul is available with singer Jodie Knox as "Les Deux," with a two-hour repertoire of French songs by Edith Piaf, Michel Legrand, Jacques Brel and others. Les Deux plays the first Thursday of each month for the wine tasting at Le Chat Noir Restaurant in Northwest Washington.
|Simone Baron is an accordionist, pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and educator who has appeared around the world but is now based in the DC area.|
|A native of Chicago, studied with jazz accordionist Leon Sash. Since the 1970s has played at various locations in Chicago and Washington, including the Chicago Stadium and the Kennedy Center. Also has performed in the opera "Naked Revolution," in community theater productions of "Fiddler" and "Zorba," and in concerts with the Reston Chamber Orchestra and the American Balalaika Symphony.|
Bobenrieth Music Studio
|Born in Chile, began studying the accordion at age 5. Received a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Catholic University. Has performed in many different musical contexts including Broadway musicals, Contemporary Music Forum and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Has appeared with jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd and can be heard on the soundtrack to the Discovery channel television series "The Great Chefs" as a guest artist with the Charlie Byrd Trio. Member of the U.S. Army Band, performing with the Army Strolling Strings at the White House, Vice President's residence, State Department and other official events. The Manny Bobenrieth Ensemble has performed at Blues Alley Jazz Club, the Argentine Embassy, the World Bank, and the Kennedy Center, among other venues. The group's "Tangata" CD (featuring the music of Astor Piazzolla) has received glowing reviews.|
First accordionist to win three consecutive
national championships and also the first American to represent the U.S.
at the world accordion competition in Brighton, England.
8724 Crider Brook Way
Potomac, MD 20854
|Specialty is playing accordion and singing
mostly Tin Pan Alley songs that almost everyone is familiar with (1920s-1950s),
such as love songs, polkas, ragtime, jazz, South American and some ethnic
songs. Available daytime, evenings or weekends. Primary customers are retirement
homes, senior centers, professional luncheons and parties. :Leads sing-alongs
as well, has a barbershop quartet called Potomac River Rascals which is
quite active, and sings with the Alexandria Harmonizers, a large men's chorus.
(703) 919-5701 (cell)
|Originally from New York, now lives in Oakton, VA. Affiliated with the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (President), the Potomac Accordion Ensemble, the Washington Balalaika Society, Russkiye Musikanti, and the American Accordionists' Association. Has performed at numerous parties and celebrations, grand openings, public and private concerts, and music clubs and festivals. Knows hundreds of songs by ear, covering music for all seasons and a wide range of genres, and is equally comfortable sitting or strolling, playing solo or accompanying singers, or jamming with other musicians.|
5212 10th Place S
Arlington, VA 22204
|Originally from Vienna, Austria. Started learning accordion at age of five from her parents, who also played accordion. Studied accordion under Professor Walter Mauer from 1960 to 1965 in Vienna. Has performed for Volkstanz groups in Vienna and various concerts in Germany and Austria. Also has taught and performed the accordion in Northern Virgina and the Washington Metro area since 1993. Started Magic Mountain Entertainment in 2000. Teaches the piano accordion, diatonic (button box) and the chromatic button accordion.|
|Sergio can provide:
Background music prior to your festivities (cocktail hours/rehearsal dinners)
Dance music for your main event
|Joan specializes in European folk, classical and Jewish Klezmer music, and she enjoys giving workshops and programs on the versatility of the accordion. A pianist since the age of 6, Joan majored in music education and piano performance, switching to the accordion at age of 23 to play the Balkan music to which she danced. A performer and choreographer of ethnic (mainly Balkan) dance in her twenties, Joan then became the accordionist for the Balkan/Gypsy band “BAMCO” (1983 to 2001). In 2004, Joan toured the US with accordion duet partner Stella Allison, playing jazz, popular and classical music. The same year, Joan founded the popular “Potomac Accordion Ensemble” which she still directs, became the vice president of the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society, and also became the club’s music director. She continues to hold these positions in 2015. Joan and her husband Dan were the directors of the Frank Marocco/Mesa Accordion Event, an annual accordion orchestra camp, from 2006 to 2014. She has performed in accordion orchestras in the US, Canada, Italy and Austria, and was the accordionist at the National Gallery of Art for the world premiere of music for the silent films of Alice Guy Blache in 2012. Joan is on the governing board of the American Accordionists’ Association and is their historian.|
Nancy Leonard performs around the Washington metropolitan area and around the country. Her repertoire includes show tunes, polkas, ballads, and waltzes, and selections from the French, Greek, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Russian, and Polish traditions. The Nancy Leonard Ensemble comprises an accordionist (Nancy) and two vocalists: Donato Soranno, Tenor and Ilona Dulaski, Soprano, both classically trained. The ensemble has a vast and comprehensive repertoire of songs from such musical categories as International Songs sung in nine languages: Italian, German, French, Spanish, Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, Latin and English. Its repertoire also includes Operettas, Opera, Musical Theater [Broadway Hits], Inspirational/ Religious music, Old Time Favorites and Standards. The ensemble also leads audiences in sing-a long sessions..
170 Talbott St., Apt. 104
Rockville, MD 20854
(301) 294-2619 (home)
(240) 273-8349 (cell)
Solo and group performer specializing in Jewish music
- Yiddish, Hebrew, and Klezmer. Also performs American popular, French,
German, Italian, Russian, Polish, and Slovenian music. Member of United Jewish
Appeal Entertainment Group in NYC for seven years. Performer with several
community theater groups in the DC metro area including Hexagon, Di Shpilers,
NIH, Potomac Community Theater, and Rockville Little Theater. Member of
Accordion Plus Band for 10 years. Former faculty member of the Himmelfarb
Mobile University. Graduate of the world-famous NYC H.S. of Music &
Art and Performing Arts. First oboist with the New York University orchestra
and Bronx Community Orchestra, with which he performed at Carnegie Hall.
Performs a one-hour show of mostly sing-along at senior community centers
and the like. Performs at parties and celebrations. Teaches accordion
and piano privately and with the Accordions for Kids program.
|Mike Surratt is a full-time
musician with more than 35 years of professional experience who performs
primarily throughout the Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - Richmond, VA corridor.
As a solo performer, Mike has played his share of restaurants, lounges, Caribbean cruises, dances and private functions showcasing a wide variety of music genres from 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s pop, ballroom Latin & swing, classic country, European favorites, and torch songs of the 1930s.
15508 Vine Cottage Drive
Centreville, VA 20120-3750
|Jim has been playing accordion professionally since the
1960s as a soloist, member of ensembles, and most recently, member of the
Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra (1989 to 2001). His repertoire on
the piano accordion consists of semi-classical and American Standards going
back to the 1920s. Jim's repertoire on the Russian bayan consists primarily
of Russian and Ukrainian folks songs but also familiar American and international
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