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A Cedar Suede is an eclectic combination of high-energy Latin grooves, soaring classical motifs, and spontaneous improvisations. All pieces are the result of collaborative writing by Belskus and Maschler: a crossroads of modern musical flavors.

Like the soundtrack to an adventure film, this wild ride never ceases to amaze and delight audiences of all types. With a pounding percussive guitar, and haunting tones mixed seamlessly with jazzy chord changes, no one genre can encompass the artistry. Come and enjoy the complex depths and fantastic heights that are A Cedar Suede. Please check www.acedarsuede.com for more details on upcoming performances.

Jamie Maschler is a unique member of Seattle’s music scene. Over eighteen years of experience in playing all styles of accordion has allowed her to explore jazz, tango, latin, chamber, classical, pop, klezmer; solo and ensemble pieces. Starting her professional career at the age of 15 with a feature performance with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, she has recently shared the stage with music legends Jovino Santos Neto, Butch Morris, and Julian Priester. Jamie is currently working with classical guitarist Harold Belskus on a classical/flamenco/jazz fusion project: A Cedar Suede.

Jamie has won several National and International accordion competitions for jazz, classical, and original compositions. As a professional musician, she does everything from busking to playing packed venues, to teaching music lessons. She has recorded at some of the top studios in Seattle Including London Bridge and Clatter and Din. This is only the beginning of Ms. Maschlers career. Now a senior at Cornish College of the Arts studying under Murl Allen Sanders, she looks forward to traveling to Europe with her art.

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Harold Belskus loves making music: from street corners, to international corporate functions, to sold-out venues. Starting with electric guitar and drums at 12 years old, by 18 he was playing bass for Seattle rock outfit OFU, had local radio airplay, headlined the Showbox, toured the West, and attended the 2005 MTV VMA's in Miami on a personal invite by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Harold left the rock scene in 2006 to explore higher education, solo performance, travel, and to snowboard. Now attending Cornish College of the Arts for a BOM in Compostion and Classical Guitar, the background has diversified. Having performed reggae sets in Mexico, hip-hop in Belize, classical music in Guatemala, sacred Indian chants in Denver, and gypsy-pop in Seattle, there is a constant search for something new and exciting. Perhaps the most noteworthy performance was the inaugural 2009 Ice Music Festival at Beaver Creek, Colorado. World-renowned ice artist Tim Linhart had carved a concert hall, complete with beautiful and playable instruments, all out of ice, at 11,000 ft, atop the ski resort. The astonishing 5-day festival sold-out completely, and continues annually with booming success. As wide and wild as this musical adventure has been, it is only a humble beginning. Self-taught until 2009, Harold now studies classical guitar with Michael Nicolella, composition with Jovino Santos-Neto, and performs, produces, and instructs across the Seattle area. For inquires about booking, guitar and bass lessons, or recording your own music, email helskus@hotmail.com.

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