He is best known for his recordings with The Tango Project, which also appear in the film Scent of a Woman, as well as performances in True Lies, Mr. & Mrs. Smith (trailer), Sex and the City, Real Sex, Sesame Street, Law and Order, All the King's Men, Equinox, Household Saints, Holocaust, The Dane Curse as well as his performances in Kun Dun, The Baker and many others films. He has performed with most major symphony orchestras in the U.S (including the Kirov), virtually every chamber and New Music group in New York - notably North-South Consonance, the Metropolitan and New York City Operas, the New York Philharmonic as well as avant-garde groups, rock bands and Jazz ensembles - notably Ted Nash's Odeon and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis. His work with Tom Waits is notable, as well as other greats such as Sting and the late Leopold Stokowski (who has conducted Schimmel's music). He conducts a yearly three day Master Class and Concert Series (The Seminars) sponsored by the American Accordionists' Association, dedicated to the exploration and establishment of an accordion culture, which is in its fourteenth season. These events take place at the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York. He is a renowned teacher, profoundly influencing a whole new generation of accordionists, composers, performers, teachers, performance artists, musicologists and cross-disciplined artists. He is the director of the Neupauer Conservatory Order of the Shield program, a private studies program for gifted students on a graduate and post graduate level.
He is married to dancer, choreographer, director and filmmaker, Micki Goodman. Together they founded the Institute for Private Studies, a pluralistic vision think tank and have collaborated in a series of theatre works which have made accordion history: Road to Patagonia, Classic Reality, Opera Fisarmonica, Small Hotels, Strange Narcissism (new realities on early music) and Dead End Avenue as well as video works: Tango of the Winds, Shaman II, Archipelago, Civil War Tangos, Zen and the art of the foxtrot, A brief history of Plaid, Scarlatti was here, The Kid: Billy and the feature length work, The Unforgivable Sin - A Video Symphony in Four Parts: Evidence, Falling from Grace, Parousia and What is this thing called the Accordion? They have one son, Michael, age 28, a visual artist with down syndrome.
The Accordion in the Americas: Klezmer, Polka, Tango, Zydeco, and More!/ Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America
Jan 01, 2013; Simonett, Helena, ed. the accordion in the americas: Klezmer, Polka, tango, Zydeco, and More! Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield:...