In addition to their original children’s songs, for which they are nationally known, San and Laz have also written many songs and instrumentals for grown-ups. These compositions weave together elements from a variety of musical styles, from American folk and folk-rock to Klezmer to World Music to light Classical. The subjects of their songs range even more widely; from uplifting story songs about ordinary / extraordinary people, to moving observations on life events, to musical settings of classic poems both ancient and contemporary. All these performed with their trademark stageful of instruments and genetically matched twin voices. Robert Sherman of WQXR, the voice of the New York Times said of their music: "Beautiful songs and singing! Delightful!"
The medley above is from a show they played in January 2019 at the Ark, Ann Arbor’s famed coffeehouse. The show was in celebration of their 70th birthday and featured a number of guest musicians, including members of Gemini’s Good Mischief Band—San’s daughter, Emily, on vocals and violin, bassist Eric Fithian, drummer, Mike Morrison and Emmy award-winning pianist/composer Brian Brill. Also joining Gemini for the concert was harmonica virtuoso Peter Madcat Ruth.
Gemini, twin brothers San and Laz Slomovits, nationally known for their music for children and families, return to the roots of their music — the classic songs of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, etc. Come hear songs like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowing in the Wind,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” and many more — and sing along with them!
Fine multi-instrumentalists (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and a variety of folk flutes and hand percussion) San and Laz add extra spice to the show with acapella versions of a Motown song, one by the Beatles, and even one by Janis Joplin! Rounding out the show, they include a few of their own original songs written in the style of the 60’s, as well as traditional songs associated with that era. This the music San and Laz grew up on, and they’ve put together a tribute / celebration concert of this quintessential music.
San and Laz have set to music many classic poems by ancient and contemporary poets. This show is especially appropriate in April—National Poetry Month—but can be offered at any time of the year. Beautiful singing and a variety of instruments bring the magic of music to timeless poems by: Robert Frost, e.e. cummings, William Butler Yeats, William Stafford, A.E. Housman, Naomi Shihab Nye, Emily Dickinson, Rumi and Hafiz (13th & 14th Century Persian mystics in translations by Coleman Barks and Daniel Ladinsky), as well as traditional settings of the poetry of Robert Burns and Shakespeare. Come hear beloved poems such as “Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers,” and “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” dance off the printed page to the notes and rhythms of these beautiful melodies.
All you need is a large living room! Or, during the summer, your back yard or nearby park. Down-home and intimate, Gemini's music is a great way to enhance any group event. These house concerts can be either just for adults, or for children and the whole family — birthday parties, anniversaries, house-warming, special events, or just a get-together for neighbors or friends.
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