Polish Music: Accordionist
Gary Sredzienski is an exceptionally versatile accordion player whose repertoire encompasses Polish music of his ancestry, music from a wide range of European traditions, and American music of the 1930s to 1950s. He also plays 1960’s surf rock with his Portsmouth based group, the “Serfs.” Gary has performed extensively in the United States and abroad in concert settings, festivals, and schools. He represented New Hampshire at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and at the Celebrate New Hampshire festival held in 2000 in Hopkinton. In 2000, he performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and throughout Romania on a tour sponsored by the Smithsonian Folklife Center, the State Department, and Governor Jeanne Shaheen. Most recently, he was part of a New England delegation to a festival honoring the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City.
Gary has released a number of solo recordings on his own Bellow Music label. His compositions and music have been featured in a number of feature films and television sound tracks including, “Bad News Bears,” Eddie Murphy’s “Meet Dave,” CBS’s series “Love Monkey,” and ABC’s“Dirty Sexy Money.” Gary hosts a weekly 1950’s style ethnic radio show, “Polka Party,” on WUNH-FM and has a devoted following. He also performs regularly at nursing homes. In 1990, he was sponsored by the Edgewood Center of Portsmouth and his radio show listeners to undertake a national tour, performing for 93 nursing homes in 15 states over a five-week period. He was named a 'Point of Light' for his efforts. Gary also offers residency programs for mentally and physically disabled students. An avid swimmer, in 2008 Gary raised over $15,000 for the Krempels Brain Injury Foundation by swimming the six miles from Portsmouth to the Isle of Shoals in mid-winter!
offered: Performances; lecture-demonstrations; workshops; school residencies; recording projects; background music for events; master classes; day programs; multi-day programs; bedside programs; and programs for staff.
Statewide, year round.
Performances: $300-$1,000; Workshops: $300; Master Classes: $100-$200; Lecture-Demonstrations: $350-$700; School Residencies/Daily Fee for Arts in Health Care: $350/day; Negotiable.
PO Box 361
Greenland, NH 03840-
Alt. Phone: 207-451-9114
Gary is on the New Hampshire Artist Roster, the Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing, and the Arts in Health Care Artist Directory.