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Behind The Scenes With Dave & Allan:
The making of the Night Cafe’s documentary trailer

If nothing else, Dave Hartl and I are consistent. We’ve both spent the majority of our careers diving head first into risky musical projects—Dave with his innovative, avant-garde compositions and arrangements and me with my twenty year Standing In The Shadows Of Motown journey. We’ve always swam against the current, ignoring the standard axiom of marketing and public relations that any time someone tries to convey a concept that’s off the beaten track and requires a lot of explanation, they’ve chosen a tough road to haul.

In attempting to accurately convey what The Night Cafe is all about, Dave and I—defying convenient, tidy categorizations—are once again throwing caution to the wind while travelling down that same familiar road. Our eclectic repertoire is not easily definable: a combination of film score music, authentic tangos from celebrated Argentinian composers like Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Gardel, and classical music from the Baroque, Romantic and Impressionist eras, assembled primarily from the repertoires of legendary violinists like Jascha Heifetz, Mischa Elman, Fritz Kreisler, and Yitzhak Perlman. And then there’s the issue of our instrumental make-up; it’s difficult to avoid being labeled a bluegrass, Italian, or polka band when your two primary instruments are accordion and mandolin.

Our solution was to avoid trying to clarify our identity through the written or spoken word. Instead, we shot an informal recording session in the studio and then assembled a brief film documentary that lets everyone hear and feel our music while becoming familiar with the history and circumstances behind its evolution.

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