Duo Dyad


Baltimore, MD
Mandolin-Guitar Duo
7 Played at 7 groupmuses!

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Duo Dyad is a collaboration between mandolinist Joel Michael-Schwartz and guitarist Todd Shelar. Their performances span continents and centuries, and are by turning hypnotic, thrilling, joyful, and heart-wrenching. Both are commanding musicians in their own right, deeply dedicated the almost telepathic communication only found in small ensembles. They started playing and writing together due to their shared musical values and an interest in exploring and adapting traditions from around the world.

Traditional Repertoire

Duo Dyad plays arrangements of music from around the world, with a special interest in the Italian mandolin tradition and music from South America.

Italian classical music (Carlo Munier, Raffaele Calace, Sirlen Della Lanca)
Balkan (traditional)
Latin (Astor Piazzolla, Traditional, A. Alexander)
Jazz (Swing, Great American Songbook)
Celtic (traditional, O'Carolan)
Contemporary (Brian Israel, Stephen Pearson)
Classical (Telemann, Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Tarrega)



Embraceable You

Just Friends

Performed groupmuses (7)

Evening of Mandolin and more

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 7:30 PM
  • King Farm
This groupmuse happened almost 4 years ago

Glen Neighborhood Groupmuse

  • Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 7:30 PM
  • Glen, Baltimore
This groupmuse happened about 4 years ago

Chamber Music for Thanksgiving Orphans

  • Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 7:30 PM
  • Shaw, Washington DC

This groupmuse happened over 4 years ago

Groupmusing on the Hill!

  • Friday, November 9, 2018, at 7:30 PM
  • Northeast Washington, Washington Washington, DC

This groupmuse happened over 4 years ago

Sunset Strings

  • Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 6:00 PM
  • Rosemont, Alexandria Alexandria, VA
This groupmuse happened over 4 years ago

A different kind of string duo in Shaw

  • Sunday, August 19, 2018, at 7:00 PM
  • Shaw, Washington DC

This groupmuse happened almost 5 years ago

Concert on the Lawn

  • Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 6:00 PM
  • Wiltondale Towson, MD

This groupmuse happened almost 5 years ago