Dreamland Faces is a musical project of Karen Majewicz and Andy McCormick. They have composed scores for over fifty silent films and regularly play live shows throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. Their repertoire includes modern classical pieces, traditional waltzes and tangos, and original instrumental compositions. Their unique sound is created with accordion, musical saw, pump organ, piano, double bass, & vocals.
Karen Majewicz is an accordionist with an interest in original, classical, and new music. She holds an ethnomusicology degree from the University of Washington and has studied with some of the most interesting accordion teachers in the country, including Stas Venglevski, Eva Ybarra, Dale Wise, Larry Malmberg, Helmi Harrington, and Jon Persson. In 2014, Karen received a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Grant to obtain a converter accordion in order to specialize in art music. In addition to composing for and performing with Dreamland Faces, Karen has appeared with the Minnesota Opera and Mixed Precipitation’s Picnic Operettas. She also plays regularly with new music chamber ensembles. Karen plays two types of piano accordions: a stradella model and a freebass model. Both instruments feature a piano keyboard for the right hand, but differ in the left hand. The stradella has chord buttons for the left hand, which allow the player to produce the familiar accompaniment style of alternating bass and chord pattern. The left hand on a freebass consists solely of single notes rather than pre-set chords, and can be used to play a much broader style of music, including classical or atonal works. It is capable of producing inversions, clusters, and melodies across a large range of pitches.
Andy McCormick is a multi-instrumentalist & singer perhaps known best for his musical saw playing. He studied voice with Harriet Simons in Buffalo, & first began performing as an upright bass player & accordionist. He enjoys performing & studying the music of Hanns Eisler. His own compositions are featured in film & theater productions, on albums, & in commercials. He is a dedicated reed & electric organ enthusiast, & enjoys creating musical settings for art song & other lyrics, as well as writing for various chamber ensembles. In 2011, Garrison Keillor created the "Andy McCormick Academy of the Saw" during one of McCormick's appearances on "A Prairie Home Companion". Surprisingly, this has not yet ushered in a new renaissance of saw playing nationwide.