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Little Paris Jazz Trio
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PRESS BACKGROUND for FLORA EYSTER

Flora Eyster Bio
Flutist and Community Arts Activist

Eyster graduated from Bard College (B.A.) and studied flute and musical composition with Patricia Spencer, Joan Tower, Ben Boretz (Founder, The Princeton Review) and Luis Garcia Renart while in the music program at Bard. She studied music improvisation for performance and dance with Roswell Rudd while at Bard College.

In Boston for 11 years, Eyster studied with Matt Marvuglio at Berklee Performance Center. Living in Hamburg, Germany for three years, Eyster promoted LA and NYC bands and solo artists, Emily Hay, Anna Homler, Brad Dutz, as well as Elliot Sharp and Zena Parkins.

Upon return to the US in 1992, Eyster started Flora Productions – The Musical Entertainment Network which matched over 150 Pennsylvania acts and artists to 35 newly-created venues within PA. The Network business was sold in 2002. Eyster then started Flora Eyster’s Pro Musicians Entertainment which strictly promotes the original recording and engagement work for her compositions and entertainment with Celtica; The Little Paris Jazz Trio; The Classical Jazz Band; Steve Mitchell, Percussionist; Steve Mitchell/Andy Seal/Flora Eyster film compositions and placement, and Flora Eyster, soloist. Pro Musicians is celebrating 15 years in the entertainment business in 2009.

Eyster was the primary composer for the Lake Placid Film Festival spot produced by Flexible frame Productions in Lewisburg, PA. This spot for the Lake Placid Film Festival features live appearances by Martin Scorsese (director Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Departed), Mathew Modine (actor Full Metal Jacket), and Bill Plympton (animator Hair High). Her work, along with Grammy-winner, Steve Mitchell, (duo) is also featured in the multi award-winning short film Neck Deep (international film reviews) and is integral to the feature length film All is Normal staring Linda Blair and Tom Stechschulte. (www.flexibleframe.com)

She has produced eight albums (mastered by George Graham of WVIA) since 2006. Six albums feature Eyster and grammy-award winning percussionist, Steve Mitchell. Steve Mitchell was the drummer for “Peanutsâ€쳌 TV specials with Charles Schulz for over 25 years. Eyster and Mitchell are in negotiations for the sale of the suite of international music cd’s. Eyster and Mitchell are active in film music production with Steve Jewett, Sitarist and Andy Seal, bassist, who records, performs and tours with blues artists, Ann Rabson and EG Kight. Celtica and Little Paris Jazz Trio have completed two newly mastered studio albums as of June 2008. A new solo album, Appalachian and Folk for Flutes will be released in 2009. A special work to include “Ave Mariaâ€쳌 will be released in 2009.

Eyster performs on silver and wooden C, alto and bass flutes and plays and records with over 40 other international wind flutes of all kinds. Her passion is film music and making music of all genre come alive for audiences of all ages. She is especially interested in reaching young audiences since teaching privately and at Greenwood Friends School, Millville, PA. Eyster is performing professionally in public about six times per month.

Flora Eyster was a freelance columnist-writer with Susquehanna Life Magazine for “Bass and Treble Music Notesâ€쳌 column. She founded a new wedding division for the oldest entertainment agency in the US, after William Morris, which is located in Harrisburg, PA. Eyster Worked with this Harrisburg agency, BRP Entertainment, developing and marketing wedding business, and expanding venues in the southern PA tier for over two years.
Flora Eyster is the proud recipient of a PA Partners on the Arts Grant Award for 2008-2009 award year. She will produce “Nights of Ireland – A Celtic Variety Showâ€쳌 in March of 2009. The program is in its second year and will support the work of 25-30 performers and technicians.

She has appeared at Bucknell University – Bucknell Hall Jazz and Art Gallery Series, Bloomsburg University “Celebrity Artist Series,â€쳌 Harrisburg Cultural Arts festivals, Lewisburg Arts Festival, Lewisburg Live and Lewisburg and Selinsgrove Late Shoppers’ Night, Iron Heritage Festival, Lewisburg Celtic Festival, Bloomsburg Crafts Festival and Tree Fest, Eagles Mere Street festivals, Cristkindl Market in Mifflinburg, Mifflinburg Buggy Days, and Billtown Blues Festival (1992); she has played in over 75 PA and NY venues. She was a recent guest artist at Bard College JazzFest, performing with the inimitable Malcolm Cecil on bass.

All Flora Eyster’s projects can be sampled on Soundclick. www.soundclick.com Performance calendars are online for all ensembles.


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This live performing and social events band is booked by Pro Musicians Entertainment in Lewisburg, PA, Little Paris Jazz Trio grew out of a early European trio called the Old World Trio that was born in 1995. Searching for historic European and medieval melodies, the group presented music on accordion, mandolin, flutes, guitar, etc. Moving from Medieval to lively European times, the group renamed itself The Little Paris Jazz Trio keeping the Old World Folk Trio as a separate organization. Little Paris features turn-of-the century jazz into the 1930's from Paris and America. In addition, the group highlights Django and Gypsy percussive melodies on guitar, mandolin and flute. The flute takes the melody role of the traditional clarinet or oboe used in earlier renditions. Often the flute chosen may be alto or bass to establish that bass line or drone, clearly.

Guitarist Ed Scholl is a central PA player who was influenced by very early guitar players from America. He plays early Gibsons and introduces a crisp, accurate classic Americana guitar sound, using tube and traditional amplifiers with the guitar. Ed is responsible for many of the American artist selections that the group introduces.

Steve Catania, mandolin player, has attended Django workshops with Ed Scholl; they returned to the group with new interpretations of the material.
Catania plays on instruments made in central Pa in the mountain workshop of Catania Folk Instruments. These instruments include the patented "Cat Paws" (Appalachian Spoons) which are shipped world-wide. Catania designs and fabricates lutes, thumb pianos, gourdolins, guitars, mandolins and many other instruments year round. Everything is made in central PA from local and exotic sustainable hardwoods. Catania introduces the more obscure music into the group's repertoire. Just google "Catania Folk Instruments."

Flora Eyster studied jazz with Roswell Rudd and comes from the NYC loft scene and improvisational moods of the 1970's. Early on she was exposed to the electronic sounds of David Rose, electric violinist, (formerly of David Rose Band, Fred and numerous discography). Fred introduced multi-media shows live and often played in the NY village scene and recorded on many labels of the 1970's in America and Europe. (David Rose who founded the Fred band has since passed away.) Eyster has expanded the flute family to include C, alto and bass flutes on Little Paris Jazz recordings and live concerts. The art rock/improv scene takes a bit of a side seat in this band, as Eyster explores tonality and solid lush sounds. Sennheiser is the mic of choice. She uses Yamaha instruments.

Professional artist photography by: Award-winner, Gordon Wenzel, of Impressions Photographic Studios and Gallery, Danville, PA. http://www.impressionsphoto.net/




SOCIAL EVENTS AND MORE!

BOOKED BY PRO MUSICIANS ENTERTAINMENT


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CALENDAR VENUES/Address, Phone (Reservations)

Bullfrog Brewery- 231 W. Fourth Williamsport 326-4700 www.bullfrogbrewery.com

Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks- 100 W. Main St., Millheim, PA 814 349-8850

Emmas Food for Life- 11 S. Market St. Selinsgrove 374-0178 www.emmasfoodforlife.com

Cherry Alley Cafe- 21 N. Third St. Lewisburg 524-1234

Old Forge Brewing Company- 282 Mill St. Danville 275-8151

Selins Grove Brewing- 121 N. Market St. Selinsgrove 374-7308 www.selinsgrovebrewing.com

Puirseils Irish Pub- 15 S. Sixth St. Lewisburg 523-6000

Front Street Station, 2 Front Street, Northumberland 473-3626 www.frontstreetstation.com

ABC Brewing 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg 717 221-1080 www.abcbrewing.com




Other Pro Musicians Entertainment Bands:

www.soundclick.com/SteveMitchellandFloraEyster
www.soundclick.com/LittleParisJazzTrio
www.soundclick.com/Celtica
www.soundclick.com/FireClubJazzwithEysterMitchellandSeal




NEWS:
PRESS BACKGROUND

Flora Eyster Bio
Flutist and Community Arts Activist

A Pa Partners on the Arts Grant Award winner for five years, Eyster graduated from Bard College (B.A.) and studied flute and musical composition with Patricia Spencer, Joan Tower, Ben Boretz (Founder, The Princeton Review) and Luis Garcia Renart while in the music program at Bard. She studied music improvisation for performance and dance with Roswell Rudd while at Bard College. In Boston for 11 years, Eyster studied with Matt Marvuglio at Berklee Performance Center. Living in Hamburg, Germany for three years, Eyster promoted LA and NYC bands and solo artists, Emily Hay, Anna Homler, Brad Dutz, as well as Elliot Sharp and Zena Parkins. Upon return to the US in 1992, Eyster started Flora Productions – The Musical Entertainment Network which matched over 150 Pennsylvania acts and artists to 35 newly-created venues within PA. The Network business was sold in 2002. Eyster then started Flora Eyster’s Pro Musicians Entertainment which strictly promotes the original recording and engagement work for her compositions and entertainment with Celtica; The Little Paris Jazz Trio; The Classical Jazz Band; Steve Mitchell, Percussionist; Steve Mitchell/Andy Seal/Flora Eyster film compositions and placement, and Flora Eyster, soloist. Pro Musicians is celebrating 19 years in the entertainment business in 2012.

Eyster was the primary composer for the Lake Placid Film Festival spot produced by Flexible frame Productions in Lewisburg, PA. This spot for the Lake Placid Film Festival features live appearances by Martin Scorsese (director Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Departed), Mathew Modine (actor Full Metal Jacket), and Bill Plympton (animator Hair High). Her work, along with Grammy-winner, Steve Mitchell, (duo) is also featured in the multi award-winning short film Neck Deep (international film reviews) and is integral to the feature length film All is Normal staring Linda Blair and Tom Stechschulte. Visit Todd Bieber’s web for his interesting film history as producer and film maker of indie films.

She has produced eight albums (mastered by George Graham of WVIA) since 2006. Six albums feature Eyster and Grammy-award winning percussionist, Steve Mitchell. Steve Mitchell was the drummer for “Peanuts” TV specials with Charles Schulz for over 25 years. Eyster and Mitchell are in negotiations for the sale of the suite of international music cd’s. Eyster and Mitchell are active in film music production with Steve Jewett, Sitarist and Andy Seal, bassist, who records, performs and tours with blues artists, Ann Rabson and EG Kight. Celtica and Little Paris Jazz Trio have completed two newly mastered studio albums. A new solo album, Appalachian and
Folk for Flutes will be released shortly. A special project of “Ave Maria” is in the production phase.


Eyster performs on silver and wooden C, alto and bass flutes and plays and records with over 40 other international wind flutes of all kinds. Her passion is film music and making music of all genre come alive for audiences of all ages. She is especially interested in reaching young audiences since teaching privately and at Greenwood Friends School, Millville, PA.

Flora Eyster was a freelance columnist-writer with Susquehanna Life Magazine for “Bass and Treble Music Notes” column. She founded a new wedding division for the oldest entertainment agency in the US, after William Morris, which is located in Harrisburg, PA. Eyster Worked with this Harrisburg agency, BRP Entertainment, developing and marketing wedding business, and expanding venues in the southern PA tier for over two years.

Flora Eyster is the proud recipient of a PA Partners on the Arts Grant Award for 2008-2012 award years. She produced “Nights of Ireland – A Celtic Variety Show” from March 2007-2011. The program supported the work of 25-30 performers and technicians.

She has appeared at Bucknell University – Bucknell Hall Jazz and Art Gallery Series, Bloomsburg University “Celebrity Artist Series,” Harrisburg Cultural Arts festivals, Lewisburg Arts Festival, Lewisburg Live and Lewisburg and Selinsgrove Late Shoppers’ Night, Iron Heritage Festival, Lewisburg Celtic Festival, Bloomsburg Crafts Festival and Tree Fest, Eagles Mere Street festivals, Cristkindl Market in Mifflinburg, Mifflinburg Buggy Days, and Billtown Blues Festival (1992); she has played in over 75 PA and NY venues. She was a recent guest artist at Bard College JazzFest, performing with her former classmates and the inimitable Malcolm Cecil, on bass.

All Flora Eyster’s projects can be sampled on Soundclick. www.soundclick.com Performance calendars are online for all ensembles.








Why this name?
Just letting you know-- Paris, not Latin or NYC jazz styles.
Do you play live?
Live everywhere there is quality music. Special moments-- smiles on faces that need to smile.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
More work for lawyers and musicians.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Yes. One cd in hand is still worth two in the bush.
Band History:
Band started out with early European music and then diverted into a new organization, leaving the accordion drone of the Middle Ages Europe behind. We are gypsy jazz rhythms and percussion and like to illustrate early American music heritages.
Your influences?
Gypsy, Django Reinhardt, Armstrong, Edith Piaf, Gershwin, Americana, Euro-jazz
Favorite spot?
Paris to Pennsylvania
Equipment used:
Sennheiser, Gibson, Catania Folk Instruments, Yamaha, world percussion instruments.
Anything else...?
Professional artist photography by: Award-winner, Gordon Wenzel, of Impressions Photographic Studios and Gallery, Danville, PA
http://www.impressionsphoto.net/
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