New Hampshire
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Gary Sredzienski and/or The Serfs

Playing for over 40 years I am an exceptionally versatile and passionate accordionist. My repertoire is the result of meeting musicians and people from a wide variety of cultures and musical styles. I was fortunate to have been raised in 2 separate musical traditions. My grandparents came from Poland at the turn of the century and as a young child I was immersed in Polish culture and and traditional music. My professional career began at age 9. At age ten I was raised by 1930 vaudeville music performers when I traveled around New England performing in a group called the ‘Hog Hollow Hooters’. It is from them that I learned old American music along with the art of performance. Today my ever expanding repertoire encompasses music from a wide range of world and American traditions. I also play 1960’s surf rock, traditional ethnic, and my accordion compositions with my Portsmouth based group, the ‘Serfs.’

I present music education programs in schools on a regular basis. I am also a member of the NH State Council on the Arts Touring, Traditional, Arts-In-Healthcare, and Arts-in-Education rosters.

In May of 2000 I was sponsored by Congressman John Sununu to represent NH in a performance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington DC. In July of 2000 I performed throughout Romania on a tour sponsored by the Smithsonian Folklife Center, the State Department, and the Governor Jeanne Shaheen of NH. I 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. I released a number of solo recordings on my own Bellows Music label and my 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. For 30 years I've been hosting a weekly 1950’s style ethnic radio show, “Polka Party,” on WUNH-FM. In 1990, I 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 and was named a 'Point of Light' by the USDA when I worked as a forester.

In 2008 I was the first to swim to the Isle of Shoals in winter and since has raised over $83,000 for 9 different charities in 9 winter swims. The NH Charitable Foundation gave a grant to write, produce, and perform a play on my musical life and swimming adventures through the Harborlight Stage Theater Company entitled 'Creekman…The Adventures of the Accordion Playing Merman.'

I Have Worked With

  • State: NH
    Date: 10/2006
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Email: sharon_wood@pobox.com
    Phone:

  • State: NH
    Date: 2/2006
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Email: director@franklinoperahouse.org
    Phone: 603-934-1901

  • State: NH
    Date: 4/2006
    Activity: Residency - school
    Email: jmschmidt1@comcast.net
    Phone:

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Gary
Job Title/Position: 
Performer/Accordionist
Mailing Address: 
35 Dion Ave.
Kittery, ME 03904
Physical Address: 
35 Dion Ave., Kittery, ME 03904 Bellows Music, PO Box 361
Greenland, NH 03840
Last Name: 
Sredzienski and the Serfs
Phone: 
207-451-9114

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Traditional
Humanities - General
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Media - Film
Media - Radio
Media - Television
Media - Video
Music - General
Music - Band
Music - Composition
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - New
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
Theater - Musical
Theater - Storytelling
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts in Healthcare
Audio or Video Recording
Broadcast Production
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Events Per Year: 
250
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
Portsmouth Herald Artist Achievement Award 2002 spotlight on the Arts Best Alternative Band for the NH seacoast 2002, 2004Artist Fellowship from the NH State Council on the Arts in 1997 Point of Light Award 1991
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
New Hampshire Education Roster
New Hampshire Arts in Healthcare Roster
New Hampshire Traditional Arts Roster

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
For band: Modest PA System for Drum Kit, Electric Bass & Guitar, 2 DI boxes Accordion solo: acoustic or in large settings 3 microphones (one for each side of the instrument and 1 additional Mic to speak though.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$300
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,500
State of Residence: 
Maine
Minimum Number of Performers: 
4
Maximum Number of Performers: 
4

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults