I am an accordionist /pianist / singer with extensive experience playing solo and with bands in many styles. I was a Disney entertainer at both Disneyland in California and Tokyo DisneySea in Japan, playing accordion at both parks.
Most of my performing has been as a pianist/vocalist in hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, and private home parties. My specialty at this time is solo accordion, playing a mix of European and American Standards as well as contemporary Jazz and Pop. I can also provide piano music with or without vocals.
We thoroughly enjoyed having Al for our Oktoberfest. Even though the hurricane made us move the date and we had other events at the same time everyone who heard Al loved it!
Will book again!
Al is very accommodating and works the crowd. I will be using him again!
We really enjoyed Al's music! He played the keys and the accordion at a champagne tasting we had at our Beverage Shop in Carolina Beach; he was a crowd please-er! Very professional and very talented!
Al DiMarco performed at Brightmore Independent Retirement Community for the 1st time this past month! What a pleasant surprise! Al is a very professional and extremely talented musician! We love to hear a variety of different music at Brightmore and he provided us with a "Jazzy" piano atmoshere and then switched it up, without missing a beat, to fun and energetic accordian music. The residents were able to sing along with Al, requests songs and even get up and dance a bit, if they dared to! The residents are already asking when he will be back, so that is already saying alot about Al's talent. I would recommend him for any type of event and have permanently placed him on my entertainement contact list!
Price Range: Based on length of engagement and distance.
Gig Length: 30 - 360 minutes
What to Expect
If playing solo piano or accordion, my function is mainly as background or atmosphere music, creating a mood. That is my goal as a musician in such a setting. If I am also singing, the music will often be perceived as entertainment rather than background. If using my keyboard setup, I have a number of sounds I incorporate to keep the sound varied and more interesting (so I think.) I also use a drum machine on some songs when I want a steady rhythm.
I can also play in larger musical configurations, from a duo on up to a large ensemble.
A professional musician for more than 35 years. Originally from the New York Metropolitan area. Lived in and played music in many parts of America and Japan. Played with wonderful musicians in a number of styles over the years, particularly in areas of New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Lived and worked in Japan for 7 years performing initially for Disney Entertainment and then at some of the finest hotels and night clubs in Tokyo and other parts of Japan.
I perform solo and in a group setting on both accordion and keyboards, playing standards, contemporary, and ethnic favorites such as Italian, French and polka music. I can play instrumentally or play and sing.
The Big Fat Accordion Band plays many styles of music and is ideally suited to Mardi Gras and Oktoberfest celebrations as well as any setting where a fun dance band is desired.
Additional Booking Notes
For beautiful piano music, a good acoustic piano is must. If I am going to play a keyboard, it can and will be OK, but it does not create the same feeling, in my opinion.
Past Booked Events
|October 12, 2018 • 3:00pm - 7:00pm||Festival|
|September 22, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Cultural Event|
|October 26, 2016 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Cultural Event|
|March 01, 2016||Birthday (Adult)|
|December 17, 2015||Nightclub Event|
Standard tunes such as Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett would sing.
Contemporary hits from artists like The Beatles, The Eagles, Billy Joel, etc.
Broadway show tunes
Influences & Inspiration
On accordion, I've been most strongly influenced by the late Frank Marocco, who was friend and musical mentor. On piano: Bill Evans, Elton John, Billy Joel, Richard Tee, Chick Corea and many others. With regard to songs: Elton John, Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, James Taylor and Jackson Browne and the writers of the classic standards. I love beautiful ballads and specialize in them.
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