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S & L DUO

"...creating an ambiance well-suited to the occasion."  Art By the Falls

 

BIO

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 WoosterCleveland 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.

 
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PHOTOS

 

REVIEWS

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NPR

"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."    


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PLAYHOUSE SQUARE

"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."

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VALLEY ART CENTER

"We much appreciated the terrific atmosphere your music lent to the gallery opening. Thanks again for being so flexible, and talented!"

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TASTE OF HUDSON

"Thank-you! We appreciated your music and your support for Taste of Hudson. Hope to have you back!"

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FIRST NIGHT AKRON

"Thank-you for helping us make First Night a success!"

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CLEVELAND CLINIC

"The group was perfect for this year?s event.  I would recommend them to anyone who wants a spirited entertaining sound for their event."

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ROCKYNOL

"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!"

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ART BY THE FALLS

"Tom Lempner's Duo thrilled the crowd..., unique and infectious while masterfully creating an ambiance well-suited to the occasion."

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KENT FREE LIBRARY

"...jazz favorites played with refreshing interpretation."

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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."

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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!"

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HUDSON LIBRARY & HISTORICAL SOCIETY

"You guys were great!"

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SARAH & DERRICK, NEWLYWEDS

"These guys are good at what they do. I recommend [them to] anyone who is getting married."

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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."

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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!!"

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KIRKBRIDES, WEDDING PLANNING & DESIGN

"Thank you for helping make Kelsey and Eric's wedding special."

 

PAST PERFORMANCES

RADIO

WCLV 104.9FM

WWWR 97.1FM


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 

Cascade Plaza

Pop-Up-Pearl

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


ART SHOWS/OPENINGS

Mayfest Fine Art Show

Art on the Bridge

Valley Art Center 

Chagrin Falls Township Hall


RESTAURANTS/BISTROS

InterContinental Cleveland

Rockefeller's

Ken Stewart's Grille

Drink Grille 

Oak Park Restaurant  

Trifles 

D'Agnese's Travatoria 

Erie Station Grill 

David's Grill

Mapleside Farms

Crop Bistro Penthouse

Spice Kitchen 

The Copper Cup

The Oaks Lakeside Restaurant


WINERIES

Gervasi Vineyard

750ml Wines

Corks

Thorncreek Winery


CAFES & COURTYARDS

Visible Voice Books

Nervous Dog Coffee Bar and Roaster

Cafe Arts Collinwood 

Vine & Bean Cafe

Tower City 


LIBRARY & CHURCH CONCERT SERIES

Kent Free Library

Avon Library

Hudson Library & Historical Society

Twinsburg Library   

Middleburg Heights Library

Wadsworth Public Library

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

St. Barbara Parish

Portage Lakes Branch Library

ORMACO concert series


HOLIDAY EVENTS

Kendal at Oberlin

Rockynol 

Cleveland Airport Marriott

The Hower House 

* various private parties 

Wadsworth Public Library


BENEFITS

WNWV - 107.3 The Wave

Western Reserve Historical Society

Art In the Woods (Hattie Larlham benefit)

Alliance Pregnancy Center Benefit 

Rockynol  

Southwest Community Health Foundation

Wolstein Center

Wadsworth Garden Club


COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

Muskingum College 

University of Akron (Myers School of Art) 

Cleveland State University  

Centric Apartments (CWRU) grand opening


WEDDINGS 

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

McGregor 

Cleveland Clinic 

Rockynol 

Emeritus at Brookside Estates  

Judson Park

Brunswick Pointe Care Center


 

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