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One fine day, long-time pianist James Carlson (aka Snail) bought an accordion. He took to it like a snail to a tasty green leaf. Soon his wife Lucie (aka Cricket) started to chirp along on her violin and they really did start making beautiful music together!
The violin-accordion duo Cricket & Snail transport their listeners to many appealing places in the world, such as a Parisian café, a Jewish wedding, an opera scene or a folk dance in Ireland! Their unique instrumental combination is very expressive and often surprises listeners who do not expect the sweetness, richness and power these instruments possess when combined by skilled musicians. In addition to performing, Lucie and James Carlson compose or arrange most of their repertoire. A native of the Czech Republic, Lucie has two masters degrees in violin performance and has played with major symphony orchestras. James has a Ph.D. in composition and is a professor at The University of the South, Sewanee, TN. While both classically trained, James and Lucie are now more attracted to music and venues that allow them to connect more directly with their audiences; they feel equally comfortable performing in a concert hall, café or on the streets of Prague. Combining sweetness, vivacity, humor and refined musicianship, their eclectic mix of music will delight one and all!
Discography (downloads available on *itunes* and physical CDs at *cdbaby.com*):
•It Takes Two (2010)
•Dance to Your Shadow (2011)
•At the Theater (2012)
•Street Symphonies (forthcoming)
Below are links to:
•our homepage (http://www.alembickmusic.com/cricketandsnail.html)
•Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cricket-Snail-a-violin-accordion-duo/109153292442029)
•Snail Shell Accordions, Ltd.-accordion repair in Nashville/Chattanooga, TN (http://www.alembickmusic.com/snailshellaccordions.html)
•Our cdbaby.com artist page where CDs can be purchased (http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/CricketandSnail)