Andrew Schulman's

ABACA STRING BAND

Abaca String Band

Biographies

The Abaca String Band was founded by guitarist Andrew Schulman in 1991. This unique group, consisting of 8-string Guitar, Mandolin, Violin, Viola, and Double Bass, began by performing for membership events at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. They have appeared as featured artists on the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series since 1995. The Abaca String Band frequently tours throughout the United States and has been presented in concert at Lincoln Center, The Newport Music Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Troy Music Hall, and the Levitt Pavilion among many others. They have performed for many special events including Christmas performances at The White House, and The Library of Congress. Their debut CD, "Live From Chautauqua", was broadcast nationwide by Public Radio International in 1998 as were their return visits there in 2003 and 2006.

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Andrew Schulman (8 String-Guitar), is the founder and artistic director of the Abaca String Band. As a soloist he has concertized throughout the United States and Europe in appearances ranging from the Royal Albert Hall in London, to the Improv in New York, and has made numerous radio and TV appearances in the U.S. and Europe. He has performed as a soloist and with the Abaca String Band at The White House, in 1997 and 1999. Mr. Schulman has had a weekly solo steady engagement at Picnic in NY. His solo CDs, 'The Baroque Style', and 'Lullabies, Reveilles, (and Siesta!)', were recorded on the Centaur label, and his original music and arrangements are published by Berben Edizioni Musicali of Italy. He is also active in the field of music and medicine and has been the Resident Musician in the Surgical ICU at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York since January 2010.

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Tamara Volskaya (Mandolin), a Merited Artist of Russia and a Laureate of the USSR competition, has toured throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, conducted numerous master classes on the domra and mandolin worldwide and recorded 7 CDs. Her repertoire spans a wide range of musical periods and styles, from classical to modern, as well as folk music based on Russian, Eastern European, Jewish and American themes. Volskaya has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Hall, Library of Congress, as domra and mandolin soloist with Seattle Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic, Toronto, Moscow chamber orchestras, Tokyo "Plettro" mandolin orchestra. Volskaya was featured twice on NPR's nationally syndicated program "All Things Considered" and on WMAR-ABC TV.

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Robert Zubrycki (Violin), is a member of the Queen's Chamber Band and the Queen's Chamber Trio. The Trio's recent critically acclaimed recording of Haydn Trios is on the Lyrichord label. Mr. Zubrycki is also a member of the American Symphony, the Stamford Symphony and Opera Orchestra of New York, Principal violin for the Orchestra of Saint Ignatius and Amici New York, and Concertmaster for the Saint Peter's Bach Festival. He performs at the Bard Festival and the OK Mozart Festival, where he has served as Concertmaster and Soloist. Robert can also be heard on the recent Broadway cast recordings of The Little Mermaid and Gypsy and has won an Emmy for his musical contribution to "The Curse of the Bambino".

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Julie Goodale (Viola), hailed as a "strong soloist" by The New York Times, is a versatile performer, comfortable in a variety of musical styles. As an orchestral musician, Julie has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, Opera Orchestra of New York, and numerous other orchestras. Her extensive experience with new music includes premieres of works for solo viola, including a collaboration in India with dance and film star, Mallika Sarabhai, featuring music for solo viola and electronics. She has toured extensively with tap dancer, Savion Glover; and played with rock and Latin performers. Away from music, Julie is passionately involved in fitness for cancer survivors, recently launching a fitness website for survivors, www.life-cise.com.

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Bradley Lovelace (Double Bass), performs with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra of France, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, AAC (Asian Artists & Concerts), DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York), Canadian Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Berkshire Opera Company and New Haven Symphony. He is also on faculty at the Diller-Quaile School of Music. Brad completed his masters, in the Orchestral Program, at The Manhattan School of Music under the instruction of Orin O'Brien, and received his bachelor degree from Arizona State University.

Wendy Sayvetz

Vocalist/Guitarist

Biography

Wendy Sayvetz is a singer/guitarist with a crystal clear soprano voice often compared to that of Judy Collins, Joan Baez, and Enya.

For almost twenty years Wendy has serenaded thousands of people every week as they pass through Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station, selling over 40,000 copies of her five self-produced recordings.  Her sixth and newest CD, “The Cloths
of Heaven” was released in May, 2009.

She has also performed at: Symphony Space, The White House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the United Nations, the Algonquin Hotel/Oak Room, Caffe Lena,
the Intercontinental/Barclay Hotel, the Lycian Centre for the Performing Arts, BargeMusic,The Rye Arts Center, Levitt Pavilion, Coe Hall/Planting Fields Arboretum, Ellis Island Museum, and The Fast Folk Café as well as Venice (Italy) Carnivale and on the Community Concerts circuit throughout the United States.

Her singing has been featured on: WNBC-TV, WCBS-TV, ABC's  “All My Children” and popular radio shows including NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday”, WQXR’s “Woody’s Children” WNYC’s “Folk Song Festival” and WOR’s “Rambling with Gambling”.

Wendy is also trained as an actor – she majored in theater at Princeton University, did summer stock while in college, and many years later completed a two year Meisner technique program with Phil Gushee followed by four years of advanced scene study with one of New York’s finest teachers and directors, Suzanne Shepherd.  Wendy is currently producing/directing a documentary film about Suzanne Shepherd and her unique gift as an acting teacher and director.

 

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Andrew Schulman

Eight-String Guitarist

Biography

Abaca String Band 8-string guitarist Andrew Schulman is a soloist and the founder and music director of the Abaca String Band, a string quintet.  As a soloist he has appeared throughout the United States and Europe in diverse venues ranging from Carnegie Recital Hall and The Improv in New York City to the Royal Albert Hall in London and was one of the last foreign artists to tour the Soviet Union.  He has had several steady engagements in landmark New York City venues including Windows On The World, The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel, The Mark Hotel, and The InterContinental/The Barclay.

Mr. Schulman has performed, as a soloist in 1997 and with the Abaca String Band in 1999, at The White House. He played for special events, as a soloist and with the group, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1991-2004, and has also appeared at the Library of Congress and many other well-known institutions.  The Abaca String Band appeared on the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series from 1995-2005 and also at the Newport Music Festival, the Library of Congress, Chautauqua Institution, Musikfest, among many others. They have been presented in concert throughout the U.S.

After his life was saved at Beth Israel Medical Center in July 2009 he became a volunteer musician three days a week in the Surgical ICU there and in 2011 was appointed Resident Artist of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine. His work there has received international media attention: NY-1 New Yorker of the Week, WNBCs “A Gift of Healing” which won a NY Emmy and Best in Photojournalism 1st Prize, and an in-depth interview on BBC-4’s “Soul Music: Bach” series.

Andrew Schulman has recorded two solo CDs for the Centaur label, "The Baroque Style", and "Lullabies, Reveilles, (and Siesta!)", and there are four volumes of the Abaca String Band live in concert on the Abaca label. Berben Edizioni Musicali of Italy has published some of his original music and arrangements.

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Andrew Schulman can be heard every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Picnic - 101st and Broadway in Manhattan.