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Kerl Seyferth Karl Seyferth grew up in Lexington and began his percussion studies in the Lexington Public Schools music program. Subsequently he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where his teachers included Everett “Vic” Firth, legendary timpanist of the Boston Symphony and Pops Orchestras.  He has been a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra under Benjamin Zander, and of the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston. Currently, in addition to serving as timpanist of the Lexington Symphony, Karl holds similar posts with the Indian Hill Symphony and the Symphony by the Sea in Marblehead. He is also Principal Percussionist of the New Bedford Symphony.

Percussion

Yumiko Watanabe Percussionist Yumiko Watanabe was born in Yamanashi, Japan. She began studying classical piano at age 4, and classical percussion at age 13. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Orchestral Percussion from Tamagawa University in Tokyo, Japan.  She was awarded the BEST (Berklee Entering Student Talent) and the US Tour scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music, where she studied jazz vibraphone with Grammy award winner Dave Samuels, and majored in Jazz composition and arranging.  In 2002 she formed “The Northern Lights Band,” for which she composed and arranged all the music, and served as leader and vibraphonist.  Her work with The Northern Lights Band was recognized in 2005 by Jazz Revelation Records. The band’s recording of Yumiko’s original composition “Al Amanecer” was included in the JR album “TWO”.  Yumiko is very active as an orchestra percussionist throughout New England.  She is a member of the the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the Lexington Symphony.
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Piano

Paul Carlson Pianist Paul Carlson has dedicated his performance career to presenting concerts with unique programming. He appears frequently as a solo recitalist and also as a collaborative musician. Freshness characterizes his programs, which strike a careful balance between the familiarity of great music of the standard repertoire, and the exciting discovery of new or neglected works. He has a special interest in music originating in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially unfairly neglected works. Very much in this vein, his new CD features the First Piano Sonata by Charles Ives and the Preludes by Ruth Crawford Seeger. It is available online through all the major outlets.Paul Carlson received a Bachelor of Music degree from Gordon College, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Boston University. His teachers include Tong-Il Han, Raymond Hanson, Maria-Clodes Jaguaribe, Boris Berman, Fred Broer, Saul Skersey and Marjorie Richie. He has taught at Gordon College and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He also serves as President of the Chromatic Club of Boston, a 125-year-old music club. At present he lives in Watertown, MA, and teaches at the Lexington Music School.
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