As Lawrence Welk said: Conversation didn't seem necessary when I put the accordion down and swung some young lady around the floor".
Rimas has been playing and performing with this fabulous & underrated instrument, as well as other keyboard instruments, for over 40 years. Rimas performs all styles of music & the accordion,piano,organ styles can create the right mood for the appropriate occasion. Italian, French, Eastern European, American Folk, strolling entertainment, weddings, church choirs. Rimas has performed in South America, Canada, China, many states in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Rimas has accompanied pop stars from Lithuania, quartets from Los Angeles, and is currently part of of a folk duo: Eastlande.
Rimas has been playing piano & accordion since an early age; he has fond memories of sitting on stage, strapped to an accordion, and performing with his younger brother and sister at the Los Angeles, St. Casimir Lithuanian parish. He can recall the sacrifice of his mother as she drove him and his siblings to weekly accordion lessons in West Hollywood, and learning the techniques from a master who taught Garth Hudson of the Band and who was close friends with Myron Floren and Lawrence Welk.
Rimas' early musical aptitude, and continued love for musical performance, is not surprising when one considers the musical background of his father: baritone with a Lithuanian – American men's quartet for over 40 years & continued soloist and member of various choirs.
With many years of piano and accordion lessons behind him, Rimas ventured into the world of musical performance, starting as an accompanist for a Lithuanian folk dance group – Audra. Subsequent musical performance highlights in Los Angeles included accompanist for the Lithuanian men's quartet, Lithuanian folk dance group Spindulys, soloist and accompanist for a stage production “Viva Europa”, member of the band “Rok & Shlock”, organist for the St. Casimir parish church choir.
Rimas' keyboard performance offered him the opportunities to perform in Brasil, Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, Germany, U.K., and Canada, and in many cities and locales in the U.S. Rimas has performed with pop stars from Lithuania, for the governor of California, and even at the Hollywood Palladium. Since moving to Conneticut in 2010, Rimas has formed a folk duo (Eastlande) and has performed on stages in Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and California. As a member of the Little Theater of Manchester, he was honored to be the 1st to play the built - in 1886 E. & G. G. Hook tracker organ, for a stage production at Cheney Hall.
This diverse and global exposure to music and musical performance has allowed Rimas to create the right mood for the right occasion: Italian, French, Eastern European, American Folk, Standards, Pop; even the Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Free Bird" along with the guitar solos on the accordion…