S & L DUO
"...creating an ambiance well-suited to the occasion." Art By the Falls
S & L Duo is Adam Sarata (guitar) and Tom Lempner (saxophones, clarinet, flute). It also performs as a trio with Alan Gleghorn (double bass) or Darren Allen (drums). The ensemble performs jazz standards, original pieces, or classical compositions at small venues, restaurants, private events, and various art and music festivals.
Adam Sarata is currently an Academic Advisor II at the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and the director of the Summit Music School. Mr. Sarata has previously served on the music faculties at the University of Mount Union, Ashland University, Muskingum University and the Community Music School of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He studied classical and jazz guitar with James Piorkowski, Dean Newton and Stephen Aron. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Akron in 2001 under a full scholarship. Sarata has performed at Severance Hall, Warner Hall, Elizabeth Pastor Hall and numerous other locations. Sarata was a featured performer at the Wooster Jam Music and Arts Festival, Ingenuity Festival and the Rantucci International Guitar Festival. He has adjudicated the James Stroud Guitar Competition, the Burning River Electric Guitar Festival and the Rantucci International Guitar Competition. Sarata has released three classical guitar recordings: Guitar at Akron, Cavata and Sul Tasto. WCLV of Cleveland endorsed his playing as "lovely, colorful, [a] very nice performance." He has written articles published in Soundboard Magazine and Basically Bohlen.
Tom Lempner serves on the music faculty at The College of Wooster, Cleveland State University, and Notre Dame College; he previously held positions at Kent State University (Geauga campus), Western Reserve Academy, Lorain County Community College, and the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. He is a woodwind coach for the Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies. Tom also serves on the Medina Southtown District Arts Committee and is a board member on the Medina County Arts Council.
As a Music Therapist, he has worked at the Prentiss Autism Center and has over ten years experience working with the urban youth population of Cleveland who have severe emotional disturbances. In addition to crisis intervention, re-education and sanctuary therapeutic models, he is also trained in applied behavioral analysis from the Cleveland Clinic and completed the Child Trauma Academy with Dr. Bruce Perry. Since 2015 Tom has been chosen by ORMACO (Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach) to facilitate annual grant-funded therapeutic music workshops with at-risk youth.
Tom performs locally as a member of Cleveland Winds, Akron Symphonic Winds, Ekklésia Reed Quintet, Canton Comic Opera Company, Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet, Night Owls, Powerhouse 5, Trepanning Trio, Sarata &Lempner Duo, NEO Dixie, Dan Smith & Deep Cleveland Trio, Pen & Axe, MT Fraze, Hexapod, Freedom Jazz Collective, and is host of the experimental project Inquiries Into Sound.
Tom earned a Masters of Music degree at Kent State University where he was awarded the Walter Watson Jazz Award, Outstanding Soloist at Elmhurst Jazz Festival, and Winner of the Graduate Student Soloists Competition. He also earned a double Bachelors degree in Music Therapy and Music Performance at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, a Diploma from the Armed Forces School of Music, and is a U.S. Army Veteran with various awards and decorations. He is a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist.
"The trio was highly professional and sounded great. They helped set just the right tone for the evening and provided the perfect soundtrack to our wedding reception. We received nothing but rave reviews about them from our guests --- many of whom are themselves accomplished musicians."
"The trio is not only entertaining, but they add a personal touch that really engages the audience. Their sound and individual personalities keep audience members captivated for the entire performance."
VALLEY ART CENTER
"We much appreciated the terrific atmosphere your music lent to the gallery opening. Thanks again for being so flexible, and talented!"
TASTE OF HUDSON
"Thank-you! We appreciated your music and your support for Taste of Hudson. Hope to have you back!"
FIRST NIGHT AKRON
"Thank-you for helping us make First Night a success!"
"The group was perfect for this year?s event. I would recommend them to anyone who wants a spirited entertaining sound for their event."
"Your professionalism before, during, and after the event was matched by your amazing musical talent. Our guests enjoyed you and we will not hesitate to have you back!"
ART BY THE FALLS
"Tom Lempner's Duo thrilled the crowd..., unique and infectious while masterfully creating an ambiance well-suited to the occasion."
KENT FREE LIBRARY
"...jazz favorites played with refreshing interpretation."
TWINSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY
"The Lempner and Sarata Duo were a highly enjoyable ending to our summer music series in the library's reading garden... They offered a real cool treat for a hot summer afternoon."
SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY HEALTH FOUNDATION
"Thank you for your wonderful and professional performance. You were well received and many of our guests were complimentary about your music. I will definitely keep you in mind for the future!"
HUDSON LIBRARY & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
"You guys were great!"
SARAH & DERRICK, NEWLYWEDS
"These guys are good at what they do. I recommend [them to] anyone who is getting married."
ALLIE & CHAD, NEWLYWEDS
"We wanted to thank you and your band for the wonderful job you guys did on Sunday. I heard nothing but compliments on the music. It made the perfect ambiance for the evening. The first dance was great and we couldn't be happier."
RISHI & TARYN, NEWLYWEDS
"I just wanted to say thank you so so much for your fabulous performance. You guys totally made the day!! You were awesome!! Thank you!!"
KIRKBRIDES, WEDDING PLANNING & DESIGN
"Thank you for helping make Kelsey and Eric's wedding special."
OUTDOOR ART & MUSIC FESTIVALS/SERIES
PlayhouseSquare Summer Garden Music Series
Art By the Falls
Berea Arts Fest
Weymouth Country Club - Jazz & Art Fest
Art on the Bridge
First Night Akron
Taste of Hudson
Cleveland Ingenuity Fest
Clifton Arts and Music Fest
Crocker Park Main Stage
Wooster Jam Music & Arts Festival
Sidewalk Stage Concert Series
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Allardale Lodge Concert Series
Mayfest Fine Art Show
Art on the Bridge
Valley Art Center
Chagrin Falls Township Hall
Ken Stewart's Grille
Oak Park Restaurant
Erie Station Grill
Crop Bistro Penthouse
The Copper Cup
The Oaks Lakeside Restaurant
CAFES & COURTYARDS
Visible Voice Books
Nervous Dog Coffee Bar and Roaster
Cafe Arts Collinwood
Vine & Bean Cafe
LIBRARY & CHURCH CONCERT SERIES
Kent Free Library
Hudson Library & Historical Society
Middleburg Heights Library
Wadsworth Public Library
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
St. Barbara Parish
Portage Lakes Branch Library
ORMACO concert series
Kendal at Oberlin
Cleveland Airport Marriott
The Hower House
* various private parties
Wadsworth Public Library
WNWV - 107.3 The Wave
Western Reserve Historical Society
Art In the Woods (Hattie Larlham benefit)
Alliance Pregnancy Center Benefit
Southwest Community Health Foundation
Wadsworth Garden Club
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
University of Akron (Myers School of Art)
Cleveland State University
Centric Apartments (CWRU) grand opening
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
Grand Pacific Junction
Conrad Botzum Farmstead
Medina On the Lake
The Lodge at Allardale
Weymouth Country Club
Alliance Country Club
Cleveland Botanical Gardens
The Club at Hillbrook
HEALTH CARE & ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES
Kendall at Oberlin
Emeritus at Brookside Estates
Brunswick Pointe Care Center