Karen Majewicz and Andy McCormick have been playing and writing music together as Dreamland Faces since 2002. They have composed scores for over 50 silent films, and released many original recordings, including one sung in Mandarin Chinese. Their repertoire includes original instrumental pieces, modern classical music, the occasional popular song, and many art songs by composers such as Hanns Eisler.
Karen Majewicz, free bass accordionist, is interested in original, classical, and new music. She holds an ethnomusicology degree from the University of Washington and has studied with accordionists all over the country, including Stas Venglevski, Eva Ybarra, Dale Wise, Larry Malmberg, Helmi Harrington, and Jon Persson. In 2014, Karen received a MRAC Grant to obtain a converter accordion and specialize in art music. In addition to composing and performing for Dreamland Faces, Karen has appeared with the Minnesota Opera and Mixed Precipitation’s Picnic Operettas. She plays regularly with new music chamber ensembles, and has focused lately on composition of new music, specifically for silent films.
Andy McCormick is a composer and multi instrumentalist. He writes music for movies, theater, with lyricists, and for friends. Andy enjoys collaborating and is usually willing to experiment. He is a proud musical saw player, ardent supporter of new music, and lifelong bookstore worker. He has also been writing music for full length silent films, recording original instrumental music, and looking for modern programs, such as dance or radio, which could be accompanied by dissonant or experimental music. Andy likes transposing whatever he's listening to into another key, and learning by ear in general. He holds no degrees.