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  1. Harbour Lights by Hugh Williams. 1937 (same year my Wheatsone was made).
  2. I am very fortunate to have studied with both Boris and Sergei Matueswitch. The method that Boris used to teach is invaluable and I use the same method and materials he did to teach. It stands the test of time and my students can offer testimony to it. That said, all of his music was hand written. Many of my students have a lot of difficulty with the hand written music. So recently I've been using the program MuseScore and notating his music in a printed format. I've primarily focused on music for my students and a few for some more advanced players I know that appreciate the challenge. I've attached one of the tunes for beginners. His music, hand written, is available to all. MACK THE KNIFE noted version.pdf
  3. Gypsy Jazz Jam Porch Concert on Aug 30th. Excuse the misspelling on YouTube. Auto spell.
  4. Gypsy Jazz Jam Porch Concert When: Sunday August 30th 3:00 - 4:30 Where: 1109 Crestwood Drive, Alexandria,VA James Key and James "Bo" Boberg - Guitars Stephen Barrett - Upright Bass Randy Stein - English Concertina Seating is limited so bring your portable chairs. Mask wearing and social distancing apply and required. This concert is free to the public
  5. At the insistence of my good friend Jim Besser, after a hiatus of some 30 years, I've started teaching the the English Concertina again. I was fortunate to have both Boris and Sergei Matueswitch as my mentors and their method for teaching and learning was and still is invaluable and for me, proven. I've started with a handful of students who are part of the Northeast Squeeze-In and consist of some new players and some who are more advanced. All are enthusiastic. A couple of observations, I've noticed some habits I find slow their playing. First is how one holds the instrument. The thumbs and pinky should be perpendicular and elbows in. So many let the Concertina lean forward or just rest on the knee with open bellows which puts strain on the wrists and arms. Not to mention a strain on the bellows. It also effects bellow movement which is the next issue. Proper holding of the instrument (balance) and posture should be maintained allowing one to play relaxed and make sure you're breathing (also essential). This allows bellow movent to happen naturally without pushing and pulling with the arms. It also allows for better bellow control for phrasing in playing regardless of the type of music played. I'm sure there has been a lot of previous discussion and forums on this but I know what I know and what has proven successful for students and teachers alike. Onward...
  6. This was recently sent to me by a close friend who is decluttering. I believe it's from one of my early classical recitals. I shared the program with my very talented accompanist, Sarah Renberg. The Webster Apartments were a swanky established westside building with a large room for parties, concerts, recitals etc held for the tenants and their guests. I remember it had a beautiful Steinway Grand piano in the room. It's been years since I've performed classical concerts and recitals. But I enjoyed working on and playing this repertoire. first recital program.pdf
  7. 2Many Buttons consists of Jim Besser on Anglo Concertina and Randy Stein on English Concertina. This is from a virus compliant distance rehearsal today in my condo complex.
  8. Fellow Squeezers: In spite of my distain for recording myself or performing in public, friends in the U.S., Canadian, and British concertina community have encouraged me (given that many of the “older” players are passing -but I’m only 70) to post some audio or video of my playing. So I've set up a non-commercial, non-revenue, Youtube channel with some of my English Concertina playing (none are studio recordings, just older sound and video files casually playing alone or with friends). I’m self-taught (began with a Lachenal English in 1973), and for the most part have played in isolation, which may account for my distinct quirks (style?). I may at some point do some new original recordings and videos. I do have sheet music for some of the tunes played and would be glad to email it for free. Enjoy the recordings and feel free to share or pass them on. Requests for sheet music at: braeburnmusic1028@gmail.com —-Matt Heumann “Matt’s Concertina” channel on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ39yMkIbV7fAKF0IV4qpaQ
  9. Inspired by Gegor Maekic's solo performance of this tune I decided to post a live performance of the same. From the the 1959 Musical Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. DC Ambiance: Buco and Bill Parmentier - Acoustic Guitar Alex Nowack - Upright Bass Me - Wheatstone English Concertina
  10. Last night I received a call from the owner of a restaurant I'll call Jim (not his real name). They are reopening with service in the patio area only and wanted me to play one or two evenings. He assured me they are taking all the required precautions . While I derive some income from playing and performing, I am retired now and live comfortably off my pension and SS benefits. I do miss performing and playing my music in public. I've recently arranged some new tunes and reworked some others and want to get out there and play. But I am in a susceptible age group and after a recent heart procedure need to be even more vigilant in taking all the precautions to stay healthy and safe for me and my family. So what to do? I know what my decision will be but what would you do?
  11. "Charade" is a sad lonely Parisian waltz with music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Johnny Mercer performed in the 1963 film of the same name starring by Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. It was nominated that year for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Performed and arranged for Solo English Concertina. https://soundcloud.com/randy-stein-1/charade-by-henry-mancini-m4a
  12. I just got hired to play music via zoom for a private dinner. 45 minutes and pay isn't too bad. We live in desperate times when someone needs to hire a Concertina player virtually.
  13. J'AI Ta Main written by Charles Trenet 1937. While the chording seems simple the fingering is really tricky in places. I've been on a Trenet kick since I've been sequestered in our condo. https://youtu.be/JPyb9ANxFlo
  14. Written by Francis Lai in 1966 as the theme song for the French film of the same title. I love the unique richness of the chord movement and his haunting theme.
  15. Bésame Mucho ("Kiss me a lot") is a song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez
  16. Hi I'm looking for a reel or two that fall naturally under the fingers on an english concertina. The plan would be to get them up to speed to play in a public session (or post on the net in these strange times) . So, lots of nice runs, easy keys, and no repeat-note triplets please ! I seem to choose to practice interesting (often far too difficult) tunes rather than those i could get to a respectable standard. So it would be good to work on something that is naturally easier for a change. It would be even better if the tunes were hard to play on the fiddle. Thank you Gail
  17. que reste-t-il de nos amours? Was written and recorded by Charles Trenet in 1988.
  18. Across the street from us is a small hill, our Green space in the complex where I live. There are grills and picnic tables and swings. We brought a bottle of wine and sat at one of the tables around 6:00 last night and I started playing. People sat on their balconys and some came and sat, at a social distance, from me and listened. It was nice to play and I think people appreciated the musical diversion.
  19. Back in the 1970s and 1980s I made a great living playing the Concertina in various restaurants and cafes. Some required me to roam their establishment offering a more intimate interaction with the patrons. I stopped the roaming musician stuff by the late 80s and with a couple of exceptions haven't done since. Except last night. A few weeks ago I got a call from a restaurant on the DC waterfront to play and roam a couple of hours for Valentine's Day Dinner. I was hesitant but the pay was too hard to refuse and included drinks and dinner. Always a plus. What was so different from 30 years ago was the cell phone. Couples sitting across from each other starring blissfully into their tweets and texts. Taking relentless photos of self and food. It was ubiquitous throughout the evening and jarring to me. My interactions with the people was significantly sparse. With exception of one room. I played there the longest.
  20. If you're in the states, or more specifically in the DC area, come hear me play: Saturday Feb 9th 7-8: Ein Lanu Z'man in Concert. (www.einlanuzman.com) Thursday Feb 13th 7-9: DC Ambiance at Blend 111 (www.blend111.com) Friday Feb 14th 6-8: Ballads of Love for Solo EC. Mi Vida in DC (https://mividamexico.com) Thursday Feb 20th 5:30-7:45: DC Ambiance at Cameron Cafe in Alexandria, VA Sunday March 1st 11AM - 1 PM: DC Ambiance at Grounded Coffee Shop (www.groundedcoffeeshop.com)
  21. Written in 1991 by the famed guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg. Performed live at Blend 111 DC 1-30-2020 Listen to For Sephora by DC Ambiance on #SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/dcambiance/for-sephora
  22. Performed by DC Ambiance live at Blend 111 Cafe, January 9th. Jitterbug Waltz written by Fats Domino,1942. Buco Cavar and Bill Parmentier - Guitar Randy Stein - English Concertina Listen to Jitterbug Waltz (live at Blend 111, Vienna VA) by DC Ambiance on #SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/dcambiance/jitterbug-waltz-live-at-blend-111-vienna-va
  23. DC Ambiance will perform at Grounded Coffee Shop 6919 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA https://groundedcoffeeshop.com/ Saturday Dec 7th 1:00-3:00 PM Open to the public Great food and drink Come swing with us Bill Parmentier and Buco - Guitar Randy Stein - English Concertina
  24. Facebook kindly informed my that it was a friend's birthday, and before I knew it, this (mp3 attached, or here) had happened. I'm still not quite sure how. Here are the dots, in case you want a go. I had to fudge the lack of a top d. HappyBirthday.mp3
  25. Sway Performed in Concert by DC Ambiance Buco and Bill Parmentier - Guitars Shawn Simon - Upright Bass Randy Stein - English Concertina https://soundcloud.com/user827948939/sway-performed-by-dc-ambiance-in-concert-7-7-18
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