Gary Sredzienski is an exceptionally versatile accordion player whose repertoire encompasses music from a wide range of world traditions and American music of the 1920s to 1950s. He also plays 1960’s surf rock, traditional ethnic, and his accordion compositions with his Portsmouth based group, the “Serfs.” Gary has performed extensively in the United States and abroad in concert settings, festivals, and schools. In May of 2000 Gary was nominated by Congressman John Sununu to represent NH in a performance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington DC. In July of 2000 he performed throughout Romania on a tour sponsored by the Smithsonian Folklife Center, the State Department, and the Governor Jeanne Shaheen of NH. He represented NH at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC in 1999, performed at the American and National folk festivals, was sent to Quebec City for its 400th anniversary as a musical ambassador for NH by Governor Lynch and played for the Inauguration for NH Governor Maggie Hassan. Gary has released a number of solo recordings on his own Bellows Music label. His compositions and music have been featured in a number of feature films and television sound tracks including, Paramount's “Bad News Bears” and "A Team", Eddie Murphy’s “Meet Dave,” and multiple major network television sitcoms.
Gary hosts a weekly 1950’s style ethnic radio show, “Polka Party,” on WUNH-FM and has a devoted following. 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. An avid swimmer, in 2008 Gary was the first to swim to the Isle of Shoals in winter and since has raised over $65,000 for 7 different charities in 7 winter swims. The NH Charitable Foundation gave a grant to write, produce, and perform a play on Gary's musical life and swimming adventures through the Harborlight Stage Theater Company entitled 'Creekman…The Adventures of the Accordion Playing Merman.'
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.