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Duo Dyad

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Baltimore, MD
Mandolin-Guitar Duo
5 Played at 5 groupmuses!

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The Right Reasons 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

The Right Reasons play 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)
Jazz (Swing, Great American Songbook)
Celtic (traditional, O'Carolan)
Balkan (traditional)
Latin (Astor Piazzolla, Traditional, A. Alexander)
Contemporary (Brian Israel, Stephen Pearson)
Classical (Telemann, Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Tarrega)

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Performed groupmuses (5)

Chamber Music for Thanksgiving Orphans

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

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This groupmuse happened 17 days ago

Groupmusing on the Hill!

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

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This groupmuse happened about 1 month ago

Sunset Strings

  • Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 6:00 PM
  • Rosemont, Alexandria Alexandria, VA
This groupmuse happened about 2 months ago

A different kind of string duo in Shaw

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

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This groupmuse happened 4 months ago

Concert on the Lawn

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

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This groupmuse happened 5 months ago