GAMI/Simonds, LLC is a full service management and booking agency founded and based in Morris, CT. It is the result of a merger between a Canadian and USA company in 1991. Directors Laurelle Favreau and Don Verdery have each been passionately working in Arts Management for over three decades.
Favreau began her career in 1983 with Canada’s General Arts Management Inc. (GAMI), where she became Vice President and eventually owner. She had the pleasure of representing some of the world's most respected musicians, composers, and conductors. These include tenor Jon Vickers, trumpet virtuoso Dizzy Gillespie, jazz saxophonist and flautist Moe Koffman, the distinguished Orford String Quartet, violinist Peter Oundjian. She has lent her voice and ear to the on-going, performing arts dialogue through serving on several boards, facilitating projects around arts awareness, and lobbying for the arts industry.
Verdery founded Simonds Management in 1982, promoting the careers of classical and world-music artists in the United States and Europe. His first client under Simonds Management was Verdery’s brother, acclaimed classical guitarist, Benjamin Verdery. The legendary Inti-Illimani and flamenco guitarist Paco Pena joined the roster soon after. From 1986 to 1991, Verdery was the Executive Producer for the D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts. And, since 1985, files non-immigratn worker visas on behalf of performing artists and companies.