Accordionist

Karen Street

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KAREN STREET - Accordion and Saxophone Karen began playing the accordion at the age of seven and went on to become the British Virtuoso Champion in1981/2 and competed in the World Championship in Hamburg and Folkstone the following years. Now a freelance musician she is in constant demand for a broad range of projects encompassing classical, contemporary and jazz. In the jazz world she has been a regular member of Mike Westbrook's projects as well as playing with Tim Garland, Christine Tobin, Phil Robson, Steve Arguelles and Tina May. SHe played with the guitarist Martin Taylor last year in Guy Barker’s arrangement of music from Spirit of Django. She has produced three CDs of her own featuring Stan Sulzman, Fred T Baker, Mike Outram and Sara Colman. Other performing credits include Grace Jones, Ute Lemper, Royal Shakespeare Company, BCMG, The Nash Ensemble, Ice Breaker, Opera North, BBC Philharmonic, the RPO, the LSO, Willard White, Tango Siempre, Royal Opera House and many West End productions. As a saxophone player she was a member of the well known and highly successful all-girl saxophone quartet 'The Fairer Sax' who appeared on television and radio and at festivals all over the world. As a composer Karen specializes in writing music for the saxophone, from solos to large ensembles, many of which are published by Boosey & Hawkes, June Emerson and Saxtet Publications. Her pieces now appear in virtually every music exam syllabus in the UK. Her composition for solo accordion "In the Ballroom with the Rope" took first prize at the London Accordion Festival, Composition Competition, 2001. She now writes and arranges for many different ensembles.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Ceillidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Avant garde, Experimental, World music, Argentinian, Bavarian oompah, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, French music, German music, Italian music, Klezmer, Latin, Scottish music, Samba, Tango, Polka, Merengue
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Transcription, Fluent improviser
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Song list

All of Me
La Vie en Rose
Isn't She Lovely
Thats Amore
I Love Paris
C'est Si Bon
Tico Tico
I Wish You Love
It's only a Paper Moon
The Way you Look Tonight
Pigalle
Padam
My Romance
Libertango
Milonga del Angel
Girl from Ipenema
Bei Mir Bist du Schein
Benzhino (Brasilia)
Honeysuckle Rose
It Don't Mean a Thing
Hymne L'Amour
What a Wonderful World
Tangerine
Bossa Dorado
Godfather Theme
Moon River
Tea for Two
How Insensitive
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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£175
Up to 2 hours£230
Up to 3 hours£310

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Gerry O, 17 days ago

Karen and Andrew were excellent musicians and all of our guests enjoyed their entertaining performance. They provided ideal music for our large lunch party and were really appreciated by everyone.

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Jane S, 1 year ago

"Thanks so much for playing so exquisitely last night. Pure magic all the way through – classy repertoire and inspiring execution.  I could have listened all night."

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John B, 4 years ago

"I really enjoyed the evening and thought Karen Street’s playing was beautiful. The accordion has never been one of my favourite instruments but having heard the way Karen plays it my point of view has been seriously revised. "

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