Paul Stein uses his accordion, melodica, claviola, voice, & original songs to support peace, justice, & the environment. Co-founder of The Occuponics, who were active throughout Occupy Wall Street, he can be heard at marches, demonstrations, rallies, & vigils all around the New York City area, often with the Filthy Rotten System band.
Late Sunday afternoon following the Make Music New York Parranda con Paranda music jam organized by the Bronx Music Heritage Center, WHEDco (The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation), the Garifuna Coalition, and City Lore. I was present for only part of it, but had fun, and made a tiny contribution (with my “FELIZ NAVIDAD” decorated accordion) to the jam session featuring some great Latino musicians. Thanks to Ariana Hellerman for the photo and for her role in organizing the event.
I was happy to join my accordion comrades under the direction of Melissa Elledge in this 45 minute new music performance that drew an audience of several dozen on a beautiful evening in Manhattan. This year is the 50th anniversary of the composition of the piece. Thanks to Greg Burrows for capturing the moment.
Elena and I had a great time at the Jon Batiste – Stay Human band show at Webster Hall last night. He is an incredible jazz pianist and all-around musician and entertainer! I feel very lucky to have had three opportunities to join Jon (and some of his bandmates) and other musicians in melodica parades in Manhattan as part of the Make Music New York program. Thanks to Elena Schwolsky for the photo.
On December 21, 2012, I was privileged to take part in the Make Music New York “Harmonaboard Parade”, a pick-up group of 25 jazz musicians led by renowned jazz pianist and melodica player Jonathan Batiste parading down Harlem’s 125th Street playing melodicas (also known as “harmonaboards”) and stopping in at neighborhood landmarks. I am at the far right of the photo, provided courtesy of Hohner Music.