Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Forum Performance

Here are some great pictures that were just received
of Akosutikos performing at the Forum.

Paul Zerman is presented with the "Crescendo Award."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Inside the Forum

Here is a "little look" as to what Akoustikos saw
when they entered the Harrisburg Forum!

You can click on each image to see it larger.

The stage is the platform on the right.

Here is a more detailed look of the auditorium before the seats were filled.

Here is the back wall of the auditorium... Can you see the "Music" text on the left?

Here is what it reads:

"Since the 18th century, music has been
to the modern world what sculpture and
architecture were to the Athens
of Pericles and what painting was
to the Italian Renaissance..."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Forum Pictures

Here are some more great pictures of Akoustikos' performance at the Forum!

Akoustikos in action!

Paul Zerman gets the crowd ready for "JailHouse Rock."

Akoustikos taking their bow.

Akoustikos' introduction!


      At the Harrisburg Forum, Akoustikos director Paul Zerman was awarded the Crescendo Award for his outstanding work with youth in the arts. Zerman's dedication for teaching and music is nothing short of astounding!

  Here is what some Akoustikos members had to say about their instructor:

  "For me, Akoustikos has been a great experience! I got to meet some really wonderful people. Even though sometimes we were not totally prepared for a show, it is a blast. I also enjoy playing for nursing homes because they really enjoy it and it gives you a nice feeling. It is also nice having Paul as our conductor and teacher because he can really help us, and he is just great to be around sometimes."
~ Sincerely, Devyn

     "Being in Akoustikos has meant so much to me. Not only has it advanced my playing ability, it has also helped me to be able to play in front of an audience. In some of the same ways-- such as my playing ability-- I have greatly advanced under the guidance of a great teacher like Mr. Zerman. He has been an excellent guide from when I learned my first chord, till now when I can play awesome rock/blues songs."
~That's alot of typing for an elf, Zach

      "I have enjoyed performing with Akoustikos. I don't like to play by myself in front of an audience, but it has been fun playing with the group. Thanks Paul, for this opportunity!"
~ Isaiah

     "It means alot to me to be a part of the Akoustikos and have Paul as my teacher. I dreamed of being a well-known guitar player, and Paul is teaching me alot of ways to play a guitar. It really helps my confidence performing on stages with the Akoustikos. Without Paul, I could have never done all these things."
~Thanks! Blaine

      "Thanks Paul for being such a great teacher and a great instructor for Akoustikos!!"

      "Being a member of Akoustikos has been an incredible journey. I have learned so much from the experience! Because of Akoustikos, I am able to do many musical things  that I never thought I would ever get the chance to do. When I was asked to be a part of this (Paul likes to call it his "crazy idea"),  I could not help but say "yes" to the occasion. I had such a desire to do something with my guitar, and this was my chance. Being a part of Akoustikos has broken the chains nerves had on me. Through playing at the many nursing homes the group is able to do, I was able to unlock the door I had been trying to get through for so long. I love sharing my love of music with others, and now I feel as if I fully can!

     The other exciting thing that Akoustikos has allowed me to do is to utilize my love of music theory. It is so interesting, and fascinating to me that different musical works can be arranged, and edited to work in a classical guitar setting! As I look back on the whole Akoustikos experience, from beginning to present, I am truly inspired. Inspired to try, and reach higher than I thought I could ever reach. For that, I am forever thankful, and blessed.

     But none of this would have been possible if not for the group's founder, director and teacher, Paul Zerman. His passion and love for the art of music is nothing short of infectious. He not only taught me how to be a "guitarist," but also a musician.  He can take an exceedingly difficult topic, and explain it in such a way that I can understand easily. For me, his lessons in music theory have unlocked a  whole new world for me-- a world that I never want to stop exploring. 

    Through Akoustikos' entire career, Paul has been dedicated one hundred percent to helping me, and all of his students, achieve far above every wild dream any of us could muster. He believed in us before we did ourselves, and proved that success can be achieved in music. I am beyond grateful that I could be a part this group. I would have never gotten this far in my musical journey without the team-effort of Akoustikos, and one extraordinary guitar teacher who dared to achieve his "crazy idea!"

Thank you Mr. Zerman for all you do!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Harrisburg Forum Re-Cap

     On Sunday, July 17th, Akoustikos performed at the Harrisburg Forum for the "Celebration of Children" event. I must say, that the entire day was nothing short of spectacular!

Upon arriving at the Forum, each member of Akoustikos made their way back-stage to their designated dressing room, where they waited until their curtain call. In the mean time, the group tuned their guitars and warmed up by playing a select song from the set list. After Akoustikos received their cue, the group made their way to the Forum stage. It was time.

The crew placed each chair and music stand with care, and with a quick drum adjustment, the group took to their seats. A member of Akoustikos' brother, introduced the group with a wonderful speech. With every member in place, the program started under the careful direction of the Akoustikos conductor, Paul Zerman. Akosutikos played two songs for the "Celebration of Children" event. But Akosutikos was not finished!

The group played several songs during the intermission of the "Celebration of Children" event.
Check out some of these Photos taken by Eric during the whole event!

There will be more photos and "gig highlights" to come!

Here is Akoustikos' string section-- A new addition for the summer tour!

Akosutikos Director Paul Zerman leads the group through a song.

Akoustikos performing "JailHouse Rock."

Monday, July 11, 2011

Marty's Music Gig

The akoustikos group has another announcement!

         They will be performing a final rehearsal in the "Loft" of Marty's Music Store before their Forum appearence. Check out the flyer for more info!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

More Gig Dates!

Well, today is the day! The Akoustikos group will "head on over" to Spang Crest and perform their first show of the summer season today.

  But the real news is the group's other confirmed gig. Akoustikos will be performing at Linden Village again. After playing their Christmas set list at Linden Village last year, Akoustikos wanted to visit  this wonderful rest home again. Everyone had a great time last year-- including Santa! The group is really looking forward to playing for these residents. The time and date for this event is Saturday, July 30th at 2:00 pm. Be sure to check the right-side bar for all gig dates!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Akoustikos Summer Tour

The akoustikos group has broken their normal routine!

       The group is now performing a Summer 2011 Tour. After confirming a performance date at the Harrisburg forum, the group has decided to perform at some nursing homes. Please see the side bar (toward the right) for gig dates, times, and places.