Harold Belskus

Music Apasionado

In others’ words…

“He’s our go-to musician, simply the best. Whether it’s intimate classical guitar for a romantic dinner, or an all-out dance party with a full band, Harold and his ensembles always provide the perfect tunes!” -Columbia Tower Club

“Energetic, fun, professional who brought a charged ambience to our Club these past summers!!” – Bellevue Club and Hotel

“The perfect combination of entertainment and artistry for any occasion. They can even roam and mingle with guests while performing; it’s a very personal and engaging treat. We love having them whenever possible!” – Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass

“Harold was an awesome addition to our event. Our guests loved the upbeat tempo and swanky style. He was easy to work with and tailored the tunes to our needs for an energetic, crowd-pleasing atmosphere. We will certainly call on him again!” – El Gaucho Restaurants

“…They have an uncanny ability to breathe life and fun into any crowd! We’ve been lucky enough to have them at multiple events, both corporate and “just for fun” parties, and the response we receive from guests is overwhelming. I highly recommend A Cedar Suede (Belskus & Friends) for any occasion!” -Seattle Met Magazine: Events

“A brilliant, classy, crowd favorite at our restaurants and bars…” – Seattle Restaurants Unlimited

“Harold and his band simply made the evening. From the beautiful violin and guitar duet for our wedding ceremony, to the small band for dinner, and then the big band for dancing, even singing our favorite songs in Spanish and Portuguese, it was very impressive! But not only that, also DJ-ing a perfect dance mix until the night’s end, we couldn’t ask for better!” – Audra & Steven Matos

ACS live 6-piece

In my own words…

“I love making music and being a part of the vibrant Seattle arts community. We are so blessed! Living in the Pacific Northwest exposes one to a cultural diversity and open-mindedness that grows into artistic freedom and originality. Here, we’re encouraged to combine genres, techniques, and idioms, from across the globe, to our hearts’ content. We aren’t constrained to one tradition, except that of innovation. We have an entire world of flavors and eons of musical history at our fingertips in this age and place we live in. How lucky, let’s embrace it all…”

“I perform with the most passionate people around, and that’s what’s most important in music, or art, or life for that matter. Names and labels come and go, but that rich soulful quality, coming from years at a labor of love, now that’s the timeless goodness you want….”

-Harold Belskus –

Starting with electric guitar and drums at 12 years old, by 18, Belskus was playing bass in Seattle rock groups, had local radio airplay, headlined the Showbox in Seattle, toured the West, and attended the 2005 MTV VMA’s in Miami on a personal invite by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. Harold left the rock scene in 2006 to explore higher education, solo performance, travel, and to snowboard. Now, with a Cornish College of the Arts Music Degree in Composition and Performance, the background has diversified. Having performed reggae sets in Mexico, hip-hop in Belize, classical music in Guatemala, sacred Kirtan chants in Denver, and gypsy-jazz in Seattle, there is a constant search for something new and exciting.

One noteworthy performance was as the featured musician for the the inaugural 2009 Ice Music Festival at Beaver Creek, Colorado. World-renowned ice artist Tim Linhart carved a concert hall, complete with beautiful and playable instruments, all out of ice, at 11,000 ft, atop the ski resort. The astonishing 5-day festival sold-out completely, leaving attendees enthralled. As wide and wild as this musical adventure has been, it is only a humble beginning. Self-taught until 2009, Harold then studied classical guitar with Michael Nicolella, composition with Jovino Santos-Neto, and now performs, produces, and instructs across the Seattle area, and greater West Coast. His newest project, Bootleg Sunshine (Newgrass/Americana), features violinist Amanda Fitch: www.bootlegsunshine.com for more info. He also leads a world-funk ensemble A Cedar Suede: see www.acedarsuede.com for more info.

For general questions and comments, email info@haroldbelskus.com

 

Some awesome people to work with…

Bootleg Sunshine: www.bootlegsunshine.com

A Cedar Suede: www.acedarsuede.com

Greg Westhoff (Video): www.gregwesthoff.com

Plicks Flicks: www.plicksflicks.com

Andy Mirkovich Productions: www.mirkprod.com

Rev. Ray Van Winkle -Wedding Officiant: www.reverendray.com