duo ANIME is the outgrowth of Andrew Pongracz and Mell Csicsila's experiences performing together while they were students at Cleveland State University. Frequently called into service together to perform for composition recitals and numerous ensembles, they represented CSU as part of the university's contingent to the 1993 Odenwald Festspiele in Gras-Ellenbach, Germany where they participated in the orchestra and percussion ensemble. After graduation, they moved on to work together professionally with artists like Aretha Franklin, Yes, Kansas, Gary Puckett, Dennis DeYoung, Charo and many of the region's major performing groups including as the principal chairs of Carl Topilow's Cleveland Pops, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Playhouse Square Theatre Orchestra, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and the Erie, Fort Wayne, Youngstown, Wheeling, and Mansfield Symphonies. The logical step was to establish a professional chamber duo that capitalized on their common interests and activities.

duo ANIME is a regular performer for the Cleveland Orchestra's "Musical Rainbow" series of concerts both at Severance Hall and "on the road" and has gone on to perform programs for and with the Cleveland Composers Guild, the Cleveland State University Chorale, and many other organizations.

Ensemble repertoire includes:

  • Dominick Argento: I Hate and I Love (chorus+percussion)
  • Bela Bartok: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (also for orchestra)
  • Daniel Dorff: Dance Etudes
  • Lynn Glassock: Mixtures
  • Marshall Griffith: Plagal Alternations
  • Lou Harrison: First Concerto for Flute and Percussion (flute+percussion)
  • Bertold Hummel: 5 Scenes for Two Percussion
  • David Jarvis: ...Digga-digga Deegot
  • Karl Kohn: Sonatina for Marimba, Four Hands
  • Daniel Levitan: Invention #1, Duet for Marimba and Vibraphone
  • Andrzej Panufnik: Concertino for Timpani, Percussion and Strings
  • Steve Reich: Clapping Music
  • Toru Takemitsu: Cross Hatch
  • Antonio Vivaldi (arr. duo Anime): Concerto in A Minor, RV522
  • Nebojsa Zivkovic: ANBA
  • Transcriptions of works by J.S. Bach, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Enrique Granados, and more.

For booking information, contact Mell Csicsila at strikingthings@gmail.com

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