Virtuosic Accordionist Martynas Returns For Additional U.S. Tour Dates With David Garrett In March
SELF-TITLED DECCA/UNIVERSAL MUSIC CLASSICS DEBUT OUT NOW
Dubbed one of the “great artists of tomorrow” – by BBC Music Magazine
“Squeezeboxes have never been regarded as the route to mainstream success, but Martynas is changing that” The Evening Standard
A recent graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music, 23-year-old Martynas revitalizes the accordion with his self-titled debut album, out now on Decca/Universal Music Classics. Already a #1 chart-topping release in the UK and a Top 5 Billboard Crossover record in the U.S., Martynas’ album runs the gamut of genres, from pop covers to tango, classics and beyond. The record highlights Martynas’ dynamic range while reflecting the breadth of his own broad musical taste for an exploration of all the accordion has to offer.
To watch a music video for Martynas’ rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” click here: http://www.vevo.com/watch/martynas/telephone-us-version/GBD541300409
“Yes, I want to change the image of the accordion,” Martynas explains, “but I’m also trying to show all the different possibilities I have as a performer. All the arrangements are brand new and the pieces have never been played this way before. It’s exciting for me to be breaking some rules.”
The Atlantic recently proclaimed, “Accordions: So Hot Right Now – once considered glamorous and sexy, then forgotten, the instrument is making a comeback.”
To read the full article click here: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/01/accordions-so-hot-right-now/282782/
On the classical side, Martynas tackles such iconic selections as Habanera from Carmen, Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and Gardel’s Por una cabeza (an Argentine classic famously used in the film Scent of a Woman), featuring violinist David Garrett. Martynas kicked off an extensive U.S. tour with Garrett in January, and will return to play more major cities in March (itinerary below).
On the pop side, Martynas tackles new arrangements of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” and Katy Perry’s “Hot N’ Cold”; “Ai Se Eu Te Pego (Nossa Nossa),” a rousing Brazilian party anthem, featuring Martynas on vocals, and “Temptation,” a seductive, jazzy cover featuring Bria Skonberg on trumpet and vocals, along with additional vocals by Martynas (Skonberg recently landed on Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Stars Critic’s Poll for 2013).
Martynas was three when he first picked up the accordion and hasn’t stopped playing since. As a child, he was infatuated with the piano, but with his family unable to afford one, he turned to the accordion instead and never looked back. At age eight, he was enrolled in formal lessons, and years later went on to win awards in various competitions around Europe and later the U.S., including 2009’s top prize at the American Accordionist Association Competition in Memphis and 2010’s second prize at the Gala-Rini International Competition in California. In 2010 while studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Martynas won “Lithuania’s Got Talent” in his native country, becoming a household name there. He officially signed his first record deal with Universal Music Group’s Decca label in 2013, making headlines in the UK for being the first accordion player to ever top their classical album chart.
3/12 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theater
3/13 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
3/15 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theater (2 shows at 3:00pm & 8:00pm)
3/18 & 3/19 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
3/21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center
3/22 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Teatre
3/23 – Worcester, MA – Hanover Theatre
3/27 – Atlanta, GA – Woodruff Arts Center –Symphony Hall
3/28 – St Petersburg, FL – Palladium Theater
3/30 – Coral Springs, FL – Coral Springs Center for the Arts