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Squeezebox Queens: A Banquet of Bellows

24 May 2020
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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Squeezebox Queens: A Banquet of Bellows!

Join us in the Concert Gallery with the featured artists for this mini-festival: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85824553145. Feast on a smörgåsbord of Accordion and Bandoneon traditions: from Argentine Tango to New England contradance tunes, Swedish songs to contemporary jazz, English ballads and Irish melodies to classical masterpieces

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The event will also be live-streamed: www.facebook.com/carpediemarts2you/live

JENNIFER CUTTING, Host-Emcee and featured performer: Jigs and dance tunes from the English tradition on melodeon (diatonic button accordion)

HEYNI SOLERA: Tango and classical selections on the Bandoneon, including arrangements by Astor Piazzolla

RACHEL BELL: Old and new tunes rooted in Celtic, French, English, and Quebecois traditions

SUNNIVA BRYNNEL: Tunes and songs from the Swedish West Coast and beyond

ANNE WATTS: Avant-garde, blues, pop, jazz-inspired original songs

JEN MAURER: Zydeco songs on the diatonic accordion: standards and originals

Made possible in part by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Talbot County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, Dock Street Foundation, and by our individual supporters and audience members

HEYNI SOLERA’s career has taken many turns, first as a respiratory therapist, surgical/trauma ICU nurse and finally a nurse anesthetist. But music was never far from her life. In between pursuing these careers she completed a Bachelor of Music at Washington Adventist University. Tango and bandoneon entered Heyni’s life when she discovered the community tango orchestra of Washington D.C. In December 2015, she began to seriously study the bandoneon with Santiago Segret, and in 2019 honed her craft in Buenos Aires with Segret and Ramiro Boero. She had the privilege to play in several of Argentina’s educational institutions, such as the UNA Tango Orchestra, the Orlando Goñi School, and the Tango Orchestra of Manuel de la Falla under the direction of Ariel Pirotti, Julian Peralta, and Adrian Enriquez. Currently, she plays in Da Capo Tango Orchestra, which focuses on playing danceable tangos throughout the Washington D.C. area, and has founded the tango duo, Arco & Aire, with cellist Maxfield Wollam-Fisher. Discovering the richness of tango music has led Heyni to research the contemporary scene of tango music in Buenos Aires and pursue her Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland. Heyni will perform “Esquinero” arranged by Pedro Laurenz; a piece by Margarita Gauthier arranged by Astor Piazzolla; “Bandola Zurdo” arranged by Leopoldo Federico; “Amores de Estudiantes” arranged by Ramiro Boero www.facebook.com/arcoaire

RACHEL BELL, accordionist, performer, tunesmith, and music educator, is based in Brattleboro, VT but in demand throughout North American and overseas for concerts, contra dances, French bal folk dances, English country dances, music camps, and festivals. Rachel is a masterful composer of tunes, drawing inspiration from Celtic, French, English, Quebecois, and New England traditions, while still enjoying and playing the melodies that have been around for hundreds of years. Pushing the boundaries of what is expected from an accordion, she thrives on collaborative work and plays with Eloise & Co., Peregrine Road, Alchemy, and Old World Charm School. In addition to touring, she is currently in the midst of an exciting composition project with dance choreographer Susan Kevra. The pair is creating new dance and tune combinations for the English country dance repertoire, many of which are already appearing regularly on dance programs around the world. A seasoned teacher with a broad range of experience, Rachel offers everything from online accordion lessons to sing-dance-play sessions for toddlers to school residencies to multi-instrument camp workshops. Her vibrant and varied musical career has brought joy and connection to dancers and listeners alike all around the globe. www.RachelBellMusic.com

SUNNIVA BRYNNEL is a Swedish accordionist, vocalist and composer within jazz, improvised music and folk music. She is the recipient of Albin Hagström Minnesfond’s scholarship for accordionists through the Royal Academy in Stockholm, Anders Holger Gustafssons Musikfond. Her tours and recording sessions have taken her throughout Scandinavia, the British Isles, the US, Slovakia, and France. Sunniva comes from a lineage of seven generations of female musicians, and her mother – a Swedish folk singer – is one of her major influences. Sunniva was born in Uddevalla on the Swedish west coast and started to play the piano at the age of 5. At age 18, Sunniva studied world and pop music at Ljungskile FHSK, Sweden. She went on to study Irish/Gaelic singing and music at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin, and studied jazz performance at Birka FHSK in Sweden. It was there she met guitarist Calle Jönsson who insisted that every folk pianist should also play the accordion. And sure enough – she got herself an accordion and never looked back. She received a BA jazz at Leeds College of Music in England, and studied with accordionists Karen Tweed, Piero Tucci, Ian Lowthian and Murray Grainger. In May 2018 Sunniva graduated with a Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from The New England Conservatory. www.sunnivabrynnel.com

Described by legendary producer/ pianist Jim Dickinson as a blend of Lotte Lenya, Edith Piaf, Captain Beefheart, and Thelonious Monk, ANNE WATTS is best known for her work with her band, Boister. Since forming in 1997 the Baltimore-based band has released nine acclaimed recordings. The band is also renowned for its dynamic film scores played live for silent classics by D.W. Griffith, Buster Keaton and others. Anne grew up in Baltimore and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, MA where she studied with Art Matthews. Her mentor was Roland Wiggins who passed on his knowledge of theory to the likes of Miles Davis and Sonny Fortune. She also studied independently with pianist Monica Jakuc, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lew Spratlan, and John Sessions. She went on to study with German Piano pedagogue Konrad Wolff. In 1984, she returned to her roots in theater and composed scores for numerous productions. She also collaborated with performance artist Lucio Pozzi and choreographer Louise Steinman. In 1988 Anne co-founded Opus B, an arts cooperative working with the elderly, the mentally impaired, and at-risk youth. In a South Baltimore nursing home, she met John Englehart, an 81-year-old schizophrenic. Their close collaboration lasted until his death in 1992. During this time he developed his innate skills as a painter. Their work together culminated in a celebrated solo exhibition of his work and her song cycle “Melee Au Soleil.” Anne lives in Cambridge, MD with her husband, writer and curator John Lewis. She is involved in the development of a performing arts venue, teaches piano, voice, and composition, and continues to perform and record with Boister. She has a radio show on WHCP-Cambridge called “Woman Wattage.” www.boister.net

JENNIFER CUTTING joyfully blends careers as a bandleader, composer, instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and record producer. Jennifer (along with folklorist Stephen Winick) is currently working on producing the sampler album Accordion Classics, which will be released soon on Smithsonian Folkways. One of few women bandleaders in her genre of “Electric Folk,” Jennifer leads 7-piece Celtic ensemble the OCEAN Orchestra, and was formerly leader of English folk-rock band The New St. George. Jennifer’s primary instruments are piano, electronic keyboards, and organ, but in 1981, as an ethnomusicology grad student at the University of London, she became the last and youngest protégé of British folk revival leader A.L. “Bert” Lloyd, who encouraged her to take up the diatonic button accordion (called the “melodeon” in England). She has studied melodeon with the late great Derbyshire musician Nigel Chippendale and Yorkshire melodeon genius Chris Parkinson, and has played for two women’s dance teams: New Esperance Morris (London, England) and Rock Creek Morris (Washington, D.C.). She has won over 20 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIEs), two Maryland Governor’s Citations for composition, plus First Prize in songwriting at the Merle Watson Festival. Jennifer works part-time as a Folklife Specialist at the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center. Find out more about Jennifer and her Ocean Orchestra at www.oceanorchestra.com

JEN MAURER has been a professional full-time musician in Northeast Ohio for 20 years. She is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, and you might see her with a Cajun accordion, guitar, upright or electric bass, banjo, fiddle, flute, sax, or piano at her hands. She was raised on various American roots musics and that’s what she plays: Zydeco, Blues, Ragtime, Swing, Jazz, Honkytonk, Country, and Old-Time. She has played with numerous bands over the years, her current projects being Mo’ Mojo (Zydeco-based music, 25 years), The Jen & Anthony Duo (Vintage Blues & Jazz, 4 years), and The Rhondas (all female Americana and Country, 1 year). She has 5 albums and 2 EPs with her bands. Additionally she is a featured artist (along with Dom Flemons and Blind Boy Paxton) on “Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song,” a Document Records tribute Papa Charlie Jackson. She has traveled the world as a musical ambassador with Mo’ Mojo through the U.S. Dept. of State (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Belize, Panama, Mexico, Barbados, Columbia, Tajikison, Sri Lanka); with her duo (Colombia and Canada); and has made 3 Home Routes trips in Canada. She is an ardent supporter of keeping alive traditional music, while also creating her own. www.momojomusic.com