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Life Changes Show, August 31, 2015

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Guest Rick Overton and Musical Guests Cory Pesaturo and Matthias Matzke

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio and cohost Mark Laisure

Stand-Up For Something with Emmy Award Winner, Numerous HBO and Showtime Specials, Countless TV Stand-up Appearances, including “Seinfeld,” and “The Office,” on TV, and “Ground Hog Day,” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” on Film, Rick Overton.  And Musical Guests, International Accordion Champions Cory Pesaturo and Matthias Matzke on LIFE CHANGES.

Guest, Cory Pesaturo

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Cory Pesaturo
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Word Accordion Champion, Musician
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– World Digital Accordion Champion (Coupe Mondiale)
– World Acoustic Accordion Champion (Primus Ikaalinen)
*First Person to ever win World Championships on Digital, Acoustic, and Jazz Accordion
“No one is doing more for the image of the Accordion than Cory Pesaturo is.” NBC/FOX’s Maria Bartiromo

World Digital Accordion Champion (Coupe Mondiale) and World Acoustic Accordion Champion (Primus Ikaalinen) Cory Pesaturo (C Pez) is a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, where he was the first musician ever to major and graduate in the accordion. Cory is in fact, the Only person to ever win World Championships on Acoustic Accordion, Digital Accordion, and Jazz. Accordion Legend Dick Contino said when Cory was only 15, “Of all the accordionists I’ve seen over the years, Cory is the one to pass the torch to, the only one who has all the tools to bring the accordion back to its former glory.” Cory’s main contribution, is his visionary thinking of how the accordion should be used, played, and presented in the modern music world. He is currently developing his own electric accordion, and already has made the first ever skinned accordion that includes a symmetric midi lighting system attached to the keys.

Pesaturo’s extensive resumé includes appearances at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton on 4 different occasions, starting at age 12. On one of those occasions, he became the youngest person ever to perform at a State Dinner, performing with the Marine Strolling Strings for the President of Hungary. He has since performed at 7 other events for the Clintons and continues to keep in touch as proved by his 14 letters from the First family. Because of this, Cory is featured in Mrs. Clinton’s book “An Invitation to the White House”, which describes the State Diner performance. He has played every year at the prestigious Sergio Franchi Memorial Concert since he was 12, which is a deep connection to his Italian roots. For his travel, Cory has performed in 5 different continents, from Italy, to Canada, to New Zealand, to Japan and Tunisia, and regularly travels 75,000-100,000 miles a year. He has judged accordion competitions in the US, Canada, and Ireland, and has judged music competitions in general. Pesaturo currently gives masterclasses on both Music Theory and Accordion, and has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, UNC Ashville, Berklee College of Music, MIT and of course New England Conservatory.

At 11, Pesaturo got his first break, and opened at the former Warwick Musical Theater for the ill Myron Floren, the legendary accordionist on the Lawrence Welk show. In July of 2002 at age 15, Cory tied his close friend Steve Dominko, for the youngest ever National Accordion Champion in the US. A win in a concerto competition at the New England Conservatory of Music gave Pesaturo the rare opportunity to perform at the 2003 Christmas Pops Concert with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist, where he became the youngest accordionist to ever solo with a symphony orchestra. Cory performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto; this performance can actually be seen on YouTube.

Cory is known as both a visionary and a rebel with the main United States “accordion world” much like Dick Contino was in his early days, and is outspoken with his dislike for the way the accordion is constantly presented, and also how the accordion world teaches the instrument in a manner that he says heavily discounts musicality and theory, further destroying the accordion image.
Concerning his Jazz side, Pesaturo recorded two CD’s with saxophone legend George Garzone and his famous band “The Fringe” at age 20, and has been performing with them in the Boston and Providence region. His performances at All of his World Championships were generally all improvised, likely a first in the world of accordion for major championships. Cory also won all of these, on accordions that were not his, most notably for the Acoustic championship in Finland, where he was denied to bring his instrument on the plane, and picked one up on arrival, mostly due to its color matching the outfit he planned to wear vs. the instrument being the right one to compete with.

Mr. Pesaturo is also heavily involved and respected with the weather and motor sports worlds as well. From 2005 to 2006, he composed the Official list of records set by the inconceivable record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. He has also written the lists for the 2007 and 2008 Seasons as well. Moreover, he has put out a report and list of the 2009-2010 Winter Season for the United States. His is known for being a pioneer in the FreeSledding world with his own sledding mountain called “CN Mountain”, and has various other hobbies which he dedicates himself to. Furthermore, his music is regularly played on Formula 1 broadcasts on SPEED Channel and FOX, has an ongoing musical relationship with 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, has written the music for “The Flying Lap” for his friend, Formula 1 Legend Peter Windsor, and is currently working on a Formula 1 book that will change the way people look upon the sports history and its champions.

Major Records

– Only person to win World Championships on Jazz, Acoustic Accordion, and Digital/Electric Accordion.
– Youngest person to ever play at a State Dinner at the White House – 12 years old
– Youngest person to ever win the US National Accordion Championship – 15 years old
– Youngest person ever to be an accordion soloist with an orchestra – 16 years old
– Only Person to Major/Graduate in Accordion at the New England Conservatory
– Created the first Skinned Accordion, and first Skinned Accordion with a connected lighting system.

Guest, Matthias Matzke

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Matthias Matzke
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Matthias was born on January 28th, 1993 and lives in Gingen an der Fils, Germany.

After two years of basic musical education he began to play the accordion at the age of six and a half years at the municipal music school of Süßen and his teacher was Mr. Anatoli Lick who taught him until September 2009. Since 2006 he is a student of Hans-Günther Kölz at the Hohner Conservatory Trossingen.

Since he was nine, Matthias has also taken piano lessons. His recent piano and jazz piano teacher is Martin Rosengarten.

Matthias’s musical education also comprises master classes with Frédéric Deschamps in France.

2006 Matthias won the national final of the prestigious German competition “Deutscher Akkordeon Musikpreis” (German Accordion Music Prize) in the virtuoso entertainment music category and 2009 he won the first prize in the virtuoso entertainment music category of this competition as well as the first prize in the classical music category and therefore was awarded the prize by the Prime Minister of his state Baden-Württemberg.

2007 and 2010 Matthias received the first prize in the national competition for classical music “Jugend musiziert” (Youths play music).
A great experience was an invitation of the German Music Council and the Goethe-Institute to play four concerts in Ankara in 2008.

2008 Matthias won the second “Premio” during the 33rd international accordion festival “Città di Castelfidardo” in the junior competition for classical music.

2011 he won the third place of the famous competition for virtuoso entertainment music “Primus Ikaalinen” which was televised by Finnish Television.
Also in this year he won the “Coupe Mondiale” world championship in the category “junior virtuoso entertainment” and got the 8th place in the category for classical music of the same competition.

Electronic music also fascinates Matthias. 2009 he received the first prize of the ROLAND V-Accordion Festival in the junior category and 2011 he won the national final of this competition in the adult category and received the second prize of the international competition in Rome. Matthias was awarded with the title “Kid of the Year 2009” as overall winner of the “Kids2Keys” contest which is a competition for creativity and electronic instruments organized by the IFET association.
Since then he has played concerts for ROLAND, for example during the “Night of Keys” on the Musikmesse Frankfurt.

What Matthias likes about the accordion is the sometimes underestimated variety of this instrument and the possibility to use it for every possible style of music which often results in surprises.

Guest, Rick Overton

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Rick Overton
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Guest Biography


Rick Overton has been doing stand-up comedy since before there were lockable steering columns on cars. Seriously. Rick believes that Comedy shares it’s roots with Country Western and The Blues because they’re all just complaining to a rhythm.

When not doing stand-up comedy, Rick can be seen on local dog park paths getting to visit all the dogs he wants without having to actually own or pay for any of them. Win-win.

Rick’s philosophy on life is – “One cannot achieve true happiness without Serotonin”

As a 40 year comedy vet, Rick Overton has starred in numerous HBO and Showtime specials and has had countless TV stand-up appearances. He played The Drake on “Seinfeld” and Pam’s Dad on “The Office.” He currently recurs on Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital,” ABC’s “Last Man Standing,” TNT’s “Leverage” and recently guest starred on “The League,” “The Middle,” “The Kroll Show,” and “Newsreaders.” Rick has also guested on classic TV series like “Lost,” “E.R.,” “Mad About You” and “Married with Children.” On the big screen, he has worked with A-list directors like Ron Howard, Chris Columbus, Harold Ramis, Jay Roach, and Steven Soderberg, with roles in films like “Bad Teacher,” “The Informant,” “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Cloverfield,” “Groundhog Day,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Willow.” He also has an Emmy Award for writing on HBO’s “Dennis Miller Live.” Rick is currently a semi-regular contributor to the Huffington Post and hosts a popular podcast called “Overview” that is available on iTunes.

Life Changes Show

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Come and join the conversation about what's going on and what we can do together about it, with it, and for it. We have the choice, we have the power. We can do magic if we just believe!

A show about the changes going on in us, to us, around us, and because of us. Therefore, it's technically a show about "Everything," only with a how to make it better, see it better, be better.

In the show, there is talk about, and with, people who have either been through major changes, are helping others with major changes, or people who are changing the world for the better in a major way.

The show is a one-hour talk show format with a monologue by the host, a 30 minute interview with a guest of note, capped by a "Producer's Wrap" segment, in which Filippo and Co-Host Mark Laisure, and sometimes surprise guests, bring it all home for the listeners in a sometimes humorous and sometimes touching, but always entertaining conversation.

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