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U.S. National Accordion News - 01-Jul-2015
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Titano Accordion Company

Highlights

Grayson Masefield, Classical to Tangos, The Portatos
Gary Daverne Book 'From the Podium' Now Released
SGM Manny Bobenreith at the 2015 AAA Festival
Accordions Around the World in Bryant Park New York City
UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble
Video: #1 Hit, Calibre 50 performing Contigo - USA
The 16th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention!
"Weird Al" Yankovic at Peabody Opera House
16th Peter Soave Music Academy begins on July 26
Joanna Arnold Darrow Performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra
2015 AAA Festival in Alexandria, Virginia July 8-12
Cory Pesaturo Performances
Accordion Pops Orchestra to Perform at 2015 AAA Festival
Accordionist Sy Kushner and Violinist Jeremy Brown in Concert
Ken and Mary are Turbo Accordions Express
The Jarosh Accordion Ensemble from Calgary, Canada

Gary Dahl eSheet music, sent by email, secure bank server system

Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

2015 AAA Seminar August 7-9 in New York City
Trio AkordioM American Debut in New York
New England Digital Accordion Orchestra in Festival
Jazz Accordionist Paul Betken on the Radio
Steve Albini to Perform for San Francisco Accordion Club
Dominic Karcic in Italian Festival Concert

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Future events

2015 Cotati Festival in California
Nils Lundin Tribute on August 16
International Accordion Festival in San Antonio in September


The Ins and Outs of the Accordion by famous accordion repairer and tuner Thierry Benetoux

Highlights


James O'Brien eSheet music, emailed to you, secure bank server

Grayson Masefield, Classical to Tangos, The Portatos

by Rita Barnea
Grayson Masefield
Grayson Masefield will perform on July 2, 2015 at 7:PM at the Bing Crosby Theatre, 901 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, Washington 99201. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Three dynamic music groups joining together for a fun night of music - Classical to Tangos!

The Portatos | Modernized Accordion Band are a group of young musicians who play the accordion - in a new fresh modern way!  Five accordions with a bass, drummer and violinist ready to take the stage!  These young musicians are on a mission to expose the accordion as a cool but serious instrument that is capable of producing sounds the audience will enjoy. 

Joining the stage is Tango Volcado - an argentine tango quartet that is well known for capturing their listeners' heart with their caliber of musicianship and artistry. Enjoy some of the best tango music especially of Astor Piazzolla.  

The last half of the show features Grayson Masefield, a 6x World Champion accordionist.  He has brought many audience to tears with the beauty of his music and awed them with his amazing impeccable technique.  His program consists of both classical and popular music

For ticket information: 509-227-7638

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Gary Daverne Book 'From the Podium' Now Released

by Harley Jones
Gary Daverne
Gary DaverneProminent New Zealand conductor, composer and arranger Gary Daverne has written a book titled "From the Podium (Musical Moments of Mystery, Madness, Mayhem and Magic) While Conducting Orchestras".

Gary Daverne has strong links with accordion, with many compositions for accordion, CD's, as well as many performances with solo accordionists conducting symphony and accordion orchestras. Quite a few pictures and pages are about the many accordion events and concerts in the USA that Gary has participated in.

Gary Daverne has been honored by the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) for his "outstanding contributions to the accordion movement" and so, with this background, it is no surprise, that several chapters of the book relate to his many performances with accordionists in Europe, UK, North America, China, New Zealand, Australia and even Turkey.

Gary Daverne has received many other honors for his music, including the New Zealand Order of Merit from Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth.

The book has many pictures of accordion related events. Its a fun read for anyone with a musical interest and especially interesting for those who conduct or play in orchestras.

Books cost NZ$30 plus $12 for international post orders. Book purchase information at: Gary Daverne

Sheet Music, CD's and eTracks mp3 albums at: Gary Daverne

Sounding Out the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux

SGM Manny Bobenreith at the 2015 AAA Festival

by Rita Barnea
SGM Manny BobenriethSGM Manny Bobenrieth will perform with the United States Army Strings at the AAA Gala Banquet on Saturday, July 11, 2015. He will also present a workshop called "Playing for Uncle Sam".

Born in Concepcion, Chile, Manuel Bobenrieth began studying the accordion at age five. He studied at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland and received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., becoming the first accordionist to graduate with such a degree from that institution.

Mr. Bobenrieth has performed in many different musical contexts including Broadway musicals, Contemporary Music Forum and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He has appeared with legendary jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd in a tribute to the music of jazz accordionist Art Van Damme.

He can also be heard on the soundtrack to the Discovery channel television series, "The Great Chefs" as a guest artist with the Charlie Byrd Trio. Recently, The Manny Bobenrieth Sextet was featured at the world famous Blues Alley Jazz Club and performed to a sold out audience. As accordionist for Norwegian Caribbean Lines from 1984-1986, Mr. Bobenrieth toured Europe and the Caribbean aboard the SS Norway.

In 1986, Mr. Bobenrieth became a member of the United Stated States Army Band. As the accordionist with the Army Strolling Strings, he has performed for three Presidents, including Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton at numerous White House State Dinners in honor of foreign dignitaries such as Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Boris Yeltsin, King Hussein, the Emperor of Japan and Nelson Mandela.

In addition to his performing duties, Mr. Bobenrieth has written many arrangements for the Army Strings, which have been featured at the State Department, the Vice President's residence and The White House.

For further information:
mboben@msn.com

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Accordions Around the World in Bryant Park New York City

by Rita Barnea
Bryant Park
Accordionists will gather for Accordions Around the World in Bryant Park every Wednesday evening from July 1 to August 27, 2015. The park will be filled with the sounds of wonderful accordionists playing all types of music from France to Columbia, Balkans to Jazz, Cajun to Klezmer and much more with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists include:
Rob Curto – Brazilian Bluegrass

Jenny Luna – Balkan + Turkish

Erica Mancini – American Roots + Standards

Seaninho do Acordeon – Brazilian Forró

Uri Sharlin – World
Papa Bavarian – German Oktoberfest

Brooke Watkins – French Musette

Sadys Rodrigo Espitia – Colombian Cumbia + Vallenato

David Hodges – Bandoneon: Argentine Tango

Fabio Turchetti – Italian Folk

Friday, August 28, 2015 will feature an Accordion Band Festival from 4:40 - 10:PM throughout the park.

Bryant Park is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, 40th, and 42nd Streets, New York, New York.

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UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble

by Rita Barnea
UMKC Orchestra
The University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) Chamber Accordion Ensemble are delighted to appear in Lisle, IL (Chicago) as part of the 75th Anniversary Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) Festival from July 22-25, 2015.
 


All players are alumni of the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and former members of the renowned UMKC Accordion Orchestra. The players make their living in various careers, but each have remained devoted to promoting the accordion and its varied repertoire, which includes transcriptions, commissions and other original works. 
  


The UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble under the direction of Joan C. Sommers, has recently performed in Chicago, San Francisco and Kansas City.  In addition, they have participated in the USA contributions to World Accordion Day, when videos of their past performances were broadcast during the live presentation. 
 


This year, the UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble will be joined by Macedonian violin soloist Filip Lazovski, a violinist with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, who will be featured as soloist on "Por una Cabeza" by Carlos Gardel (arr. J. C. Sommers) and as a member of the ensemble on Hans Boll’s Immortal. The ensemble will also perform "Danse Bacchanale" by Saint-Saens (arr. J. C. Sommers) and "Gigue" by Gretry, "Decade" by John Darnall with Jeff Lisenby as soloist and "Blue Swan and Fuga" a new composition by former ATG President and current Board of Director Stas Venglevski.

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Video: #1 Hit, Calibre 50 performing Contigo - USA

by Diatonic News
Music video by Calibre 50 performing Contigo. (C) 2015 Disa Latin Music A Division Of UMG Recordings.

Regional Mexican Group Calibre 50 adds another hit to its remarkable story with #1 on the Billboard ‘Contigo’. And with unstoppable momentum, this song has soared to No. 1 on this week's Billboard for Regional Mexican Airplay chart.

‘Contigo’ is written by Edén Muñoz, the SESAC Latina-affiliated composer who is also the group's lead singer and accordionist.

As the most-played and listened-to song on the radio in the United States, Contigo tops the chart for the Billboard magazine publication date of March 21-27, 2015.

It took just four weeks for Contigo to power its way to the top, and its latest weekly move was the most impressive, jumping from No. 10 all the way to No. 1.

It's another prodigious achievement for Edén Muñoz, who also co-wrote the 2014 SESAC Latina Song of the Year, titled ‘Y Te Vas’, with Alfonso Flores Arocha, and performed by Banda Carnaval.

The song ‘Contigo’ marks the fourth No. 1 hit for SESAC Latina and Calibre 50 on the Regional Mexican charts.

The group's other SESAC Latina-represented chart-toppers are titled ‘Ni Que Estuvieras Tan Buena’, ‘Tus Latidos’ and ‘Javier El De Los Llanos’.
Music video by Calibre 50 performing Contigo. (C) 2015 Disa Latin Music A Division Of UMG Recordings.

Regional Mexican Group Calibre 50 adds another hit to its remarkable story with #1 on the Billboard ‘Contigo’. And with unstoppable momentum, this song has soared to No. 1 on this week's Billboard for Regional Mexican Airplay chart.

‘Contigo’ is written by Edén Muñoz, the SESAC Latina-affiliated composer who is also the group's lead singer and accordionist.

As the most-played and listened-to song on the radio in the United States, Contigo tops the chart for the Billboard magazine publication date of March 21-27, 2015.

It took just four weeks for Contigo to power its way to the top, and its latest weekly move was the most impressive, jumping from No. 10 all the way to No. 1.

It's another prodigious achievement for Edén Muñoz, who also co-wrote the 2014 SESAC Latina Song of the Year, titled ‘Y Te Vas’, with Alfonso Flores Arocha, and performed by Banda Carnaval.

The song ‘Contigo’ marks the fourth No. 1 hit for SESAC Latina and Calibre 50 on the Regional Mexican charts.

The group's other SESAC Latina-represented chart-toppers are titled ‘Ni Que Estuvieras Tan Buena’, ‘Tus Latidos’ and ‘Javier El De Los Llanos’.

4 Music Books by Stas Venglevski

The 16th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention!

by Paul Pasquali Event Organizer
Poster
Video above: 5 x World Champion Grayson Masefield performing Tico Tico.

Full photo report at: http://www.accordionusa.com/2015graphics/LasVegas/

Picture right: Event organiser Paul Pasquali

The goal for the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention has always been to bring respect to the accordion by presenting the highest quality entertainment and educational seminar classes in a professional manner. To this end this year’s event was a great success.

The event began on June 21 – the Summer Solstice - with a magical moment provided by Merlin the Wizard (Bill Palmer) who unveiled the Convention stage banner to open the event. We can say for 2015, the accordion stars were truly aligned and many felt this was the best event ever with something for everyone from start to finish!

Riders in the Sky came onstage after Merlin and gave a five star performance at our Monday welcome concert. For many this was worth the price of admission alone to see this Grammy award-winning group perform in an intimate concert setting.

Our grand finale featured five-time world champion Grayson Masefield. Grayson’s performance displayed a stunning show of technique and musical artistry. His program included a delightful variety of music, which captivated the audience and brought them to their feet.

Each morning began with classes and workshops followed by a luncheon program. Afternoons were again filled with classes and orchestra rehearsals.

Each evening included a dinner with a concert. These exceptional concerts featured Grayson Masefield, Joey Miskulin, Walter Ostanek, Mary Tokarski, Stas Venglevski, Joan Sommers, The Europa Trio, Pete Barbutti, Paul Betken & Jerry Cigler Duet, Gordon Kohl, Chuck Henry, Gina Brannelli and our grand finale performance by the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra.

This orchestra is made up of attendees who volunteer their talent to be a part of the orchestra under the direction of Professor Joan Sommers. Each of these concerts was planned to showcase the musical versatility of the accordion, whether it be Country, Broadway, Jazz, Classic, Polka or Rock.

Attendees are encouraged to take the stage at Club Concerto in an intimate cabaret setting after the evening concert. Many of these after hour concerts continued until the wee hours of the morning.

The Las Vegas International Accordion Convention has for 16 years brought the best in accordion entertainment and education to Las Vegas with professional lighting and sound to create a week of magic for those attending.

This year we saw attendees from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, France, almost every province of Canada, Mexico and from all over the United States.

The following are comments from some of our attendees.

The entire week was filled with outstanding artists! If you weren't there.... you missed one of the best, most exciting 4 days of shows with plenty of variety with different styles of music, entertainment and lots of surprises too! I shall cherish the wide range of musical talent, friendships, great food, lack of sleep, and new experiences forever! We loved it!!!
Donna D. – Huntington Beach, CA

I just had the time of my life at The 2015 Las Vegas International Accordion Convention! Paul Eugenius Pasquali sure knows how to throw a Party! You get "The Best Bang For Your Buck" anywhere (all day & night) under the same roof! If you missed the 2015 LVAC then save your pennies for the August 2016 LVAC. I can’t wait! Wouldn't miss it for the World! This Event is "always" the most Fun I have all year long…
Linda W – Corryton, TN

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"Weird Al" Yankovic at Peabody Opera House

by Rita Barnea
Weird Al"Weird Al" presented a concert on June 28, 2015 singing parodies of popular songs, which is famous for doing. Pharrell's popular song, "Happy" was turned into "Tacky". With his four piece band, he made fun of songsters of today and of the past. The show took place at the Peabody Opera House, Saint Louis, Missouri.

His concerts are always sold out. He is also famous for recreating popular songs as polkas, using his accordion.

Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic is an American singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director, film producer, and author. He is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts, original songs that are style pastiches of the work of other acts, and polka medleys of several popular songs, featuring his favored instrument, the accordion.

Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007),recorded more than 150 parody and original songs and has performed more than 1,000 live shows.

His works have earned him four Grammy Awards and a further 11 nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic's first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single ("White & Nerdy") were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career.
His latest album, "Mandatory Fun"(2014), became his first number one album on its debut week. With many costume changes and constant videos on the screen, the show is high energy and full of laughs. And, the accordion always has its special place in his shows.

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16th Peter Soave Music Academy begins on July 26

by Rita Barnea
Peter and Mady Soave
The Peter Soave Music Academy {PSMA} 2015 Dates include the 14 day seminar from July 26 to August 9, 2015 and the VIP: PSMA Intense from September 6-13, 2015 in Sauris, Italy.

Sauris is a tiny alpine village nestled deep within the Dolomite mountains of Italy, bordering Austria, approximately 2 hours north of Venice. The Hotel Morgenleit provides rooms of 1, 2, 3 or 4 people, with private bathroom and fully furnished with television, minifridge, telephone, toiletries. Guests will enjoy the common experience of residing at a quaint and sparkling clean hotel resort, fresh and clean mountain air and nature, regional culture and outstanding regional cuisine.

The faculty includes Peter and Mady Soave. Recognized worldwide as the foremost master of the bandoneon and concert accordion, Peter Soave has established himself as the leading soloist of his generation. The hallmark of his performances is his unique combination of commanding stage presence and the excitement of his vibrant virtuosity. He now presents Peter Soave Music Academy, and is proud to offer a rich musical experience that will plunge his guests into the depths of musical artistry, culture, and friendship.

Mady Soave is an accomplished accordion player, scholar and music teacher, going around the world to share her musical knowledge and passion for the accordion. Eager to harmonize nature and music, she is a founding member of Peter Soave Music Academy, along with her husband Peter. They offer master classes, intense week-ends, workshops and concerts. She is your onsite liaison and administrator of PSMA and will be happy to assist you during your stay.

Special guests PSMA 2015 are Nicholas Couvet, Veronique Moret, Dr. Duilio Dobrin, Eddie Monteiro (USA), and Viatcheslav Semionov (Russia). The faculty also includes Ralf Bethke (Germany) and Mary Tokarski (USA).

Peter Soave shares his thoughts on the PSMA faculty and special guests:
Prof. Dennis Tini (Michigan, USA) from Wayne State University. Several years ago we were fortunate to include Dennis on our faculty. His devotion and vast musical knowledge has benefited us all. Dennis is a treasure trove of musical arts! Although he cannot join us this year due to scheduling conflicts, I look forward to his return.

Stas Venglevski (Wisconsin, USA), originally from Moldova, is becoming a Sauris favorite thanks to his friendly demeanor and fine musical talent. Due to prior touring commitments Stas will not be with us this summer but will return to PSMA in 2016.

Mary Tokarski (Connecticut, USA) is an outstanding artist, a dynamic educator and newly appointed President of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA). Her performances are bombastic and her dedication is tremendous. As a friend and musical collaborator, Madeleine and I are delighted to have Mary with us.

Ralf Bethke (Germany) has been with us from the beginning. Often referred to as "Doktor Ralf", he can do wonders on your instrument! Ralf is a passionate accordion technician, player, and teacher. He distributes the Cavagnolo instrument line in Germany. Ralph will demonstrate the latest Cava Digit as well as the Roland V-Accordion.

Nicholas Couvet (France), is a lifelong accordionist who has a passion for the music of Motion Trio. Certified physiotherapist working in Germany, Nicolas will offer presentations on pain and/or injuries common to accordionists/musicians.This PSMA program commenced 2 years ago with our dear friend from Lausanne, Dr. Véronique Moret, who will assist.

Duilio Dobrin (Texas, USA), was born in Buenos Aires. I first met Duilio 20 years ago when he invited me to perform bandoneon solo with his orchestra, The Florida Philharmonic. The program featured Duilio's arrangements for bandoneon solo and full orchestra. He was also the conductor! We became friends and have since collaborated numerous times in Europe and North America. Duilio is a Master Musician: Conductor, Composer/Arranger, Pianist, Educator, and Scholar. He is generous, talented, kind and my good friend. Visit his website: http://www.duiliodobrin.com.

-Eddie Monteiro (New Jersey, USA), is of Portuguese descent. Eddie is one of the most unique jazz accordionists of all time. His harmonic skills are mind boggling and his music is beautiful. I have been a fan of Eddie Monteiro's music since first hearing his 1988 recording. His talent is colossal and his personality is large. I once drove 12 hours straight to hear him play at Michael's Pub in Manhattan. Enjoyed his performance and drove another 12 hours back to Detroit. I would do it again!

Viatcheslav Semionov (Russia), is a renowned composer, concert artist & pedagogue. 'Slava' is a pillar of the concert accordion world. Professor at the Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow, his students have won numerous gold medals in the most prestigious international competitions. Many of his compositions for accordion, namely "Don Rhapsody", are becoming standard repertoire. Slava is an accordion ball of fire who promises to bring great flavor and color. Our sincere gratitude to the Pigini Accordion Factory for sponsoring Slava's travel accommodations. Much fascinating information about Semionov can be found on the internet. I particularly enjoy this 2013 interview.

I am honored that such esteemed artists are on board with us. Their presence and contributions bring a higher level of meaning and support to the profound musical ideals for which we strive. The Peter Soave Music Academy is an opportunity for us all to meet and share the beautiful gift of music in a life enriching experience.

All ages are welcome. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Bring a notarized authorization for exiting your home country (even for E.U)

Parts for Ensemble Music will be sent ahead of time to each participant.

For further information contact:

madysoave@hotmail.com

tel: +33.6.64.93.21.19

www.petersoavemusicacademy.com

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Joanna Arnold Darrow Performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra

by Harley Jones
Joanna Arnold DarrowOn June 25, 2015, Joanna Arnold Darrow performed the important accordion parts with the Philadelphia Orchestra in "The Godfather" Live. This was a presentation of the film The Godfather with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing the sound track live.

Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Godfather came to life on the big screen with Nino Rota’s iconic and haunting score. Ranked as one of the best movies of all time by the American Film Institute, The Godfather music with a live orchestra makes an amazing impact.

Joanna Arnold Darrow has brought the accordion to the attention of local professional musicians and to members of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, for which she now serves as staff accordionist.

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra performs with Andrea Bocelli and Juanes at the Festival of Families for Pope Francis and on Sunday at the Papal Mass in PA.

In 2000, Joanna performed the Tango of David Argento with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam with the Kennett Square Symphony.

Joanna Arnold Darrow has performed many concerts in the USA and Europe, is a tutor at Acme Accordion School and is a long time Board member of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG).

2015 AAA Festival in Alexandria, Virginia July 8-12

by Mary Tokarski, President American Accordionists' Association, Youth Conductor
AAA 2015 Poster
Historic and strikingly beautiful Alexandria, Virginia is the site for this year’s American Accordionists’ Association Annual Festival. Alexandria is one of the most celebrated towns of the United States, noted for its breathtaking waterfront views and historic housing - George and Martha Washington’s Mount Vernon home, Robert E. Lee’s residence, Civil War Era homes, the Torpedo Factory, and so much more.

On Thursday July 9, 2015, the AAA Luncheon Concert will feature accordionists from the Virginia/D.C. area including The Potomac Ensemble directed by Joan Grauman, Robert & Rocio Ford, Ken Kunec and Mark Nejako with violinist Nick Sungenis. Thursday evening will feature “Accordionists on the Town”.

It is a special celebration weekend in Alexandria, and in its honor, The Busso Festival Orchestra will perform on King Street at 7:00 p.m. Shuttles are available from the hotel to the downtown area, so don’t miss it!

In addition to the usual Festival competitions, this year will host the memorial Faithe Deffner Accordion Competition with U.S. and international competitors. Participating on the adjudication panel is world reknowned composer Viatcheslav Semionov, along with Professor Joan Cochran Sommers, Joe Natoli, and Kevin Friedrich, Moderator.

Guest Artists for the Gala Concert on Friday, July 10, 2015 will be Professor Viatcheslav Semionov, Eddie Monteiro, Joe Natoli, the Accordion Pops Orchestra with Al Terzo conducting, Dr. Robert Young McMahan with cellist Ceceylia Barczyk, and as reported in the earlier article, multi World Champion Grayson Masefield, now based in Europe.

Highlighting the Gala Banquet on Saturday, July 11, 2015 will be the performance of the Festival Orchestra conducted by Al Terzo. The orchestra is comprised of professionals and amateurs alike from all around the United States. Dinner will be graced with the unforgettable music of SGM Manny Bobenrieth and the United States Army Strings . . . don’t miss it!

All events are at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 625 First Street, Alexandria, VA. For more information, tickets and registration forms go to www.ameraccord.com . It is not too late to register for this amazing event.
AAA 2015 Poster

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Cory Pesaturo Performances

by Rita Barnea
Cory PesaturoCory will present a workshop, "Authenticity of Styles" at the 2015 ATG Festival in July. Cory will take simple tunes known by all, and work them through the machines of various genres to show the intricacies of each, and how the same song can sound completely different in a large amount of aspects, using Ornamentation, Feel, Tempo, Groove, Type of Improvisation, Scales, Chord Changes and Substitutions, and more.  
 
See what it means to Truly play Klezmer to Jazz to Irish and many more versus just playing a written arrangement in a certain genre.


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. Pesaturo is one of only four accordionists to win a World Championships competition on both the Acoustic and Digital Accordion, and is the only person to also win a World Championship in Jazz.
 
Pesaturo's extensive resumé includes appearances at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton on four 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 seven other events for the Clintons and continues to keep in touch as proved by his 14 letters from the First family.  He has judged accordion competitions in the US, Canada, and Europe, in addition to music competitions in general.
 
On his Classical side which is less known, a win at 16 years old in a Concerto competition at the New England Conservatory of Music, gave Cory the rare opportunity to perform with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist and on the Jazz side, Cory recorded two CD’s with saxophone legend George Garzone and his famous band “The Fringe” at age 19, and has performed and become friends with Jazz and Music Legend Wynton Marsalis. 
 
Cory has developed his own electric accordion, and already has made the first ever skinned accordion that includes a symmetric midi lighting system attached to the keys.
Cory will perform on Monday, July 26, 2015 for the Milwaukee Accordion Club.

In June, Cory was a featured guest of the Extreme Speed Motorsports and Tequila Patron team at the most famous motor race in the World, the 24 Hours of Le Mans (France). He also ran tires for both cars the entire 24 hours and talked strategy for the team.  

Cory added, "I played a private dinner for one of the heads of NASCAR, Jim France, head of Fiat, the Designer of the current Indycar, Andrea Tosso, all put together by one of my Heros and new fan, Giampaolo Dallara, the most famous, prestigious, and most important Chassis Builder in automotive history.This was in Italy."   

For further information: Cory.pesaturo@gmail.com
Cory Pesaturo

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Accordion Pops Orchestra to Perform at 2015 AAA Festival

by Rita Barnea

Videos of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "A Night at the Oscars"

The Accordion Pops Orchestra conducted by Al Terzo presented a concert on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Shannondell Performing Arts Theater at Valley Forge, 10000 Shannondell Way, Audubon, Pennsylvania.

Featured performers were vocalist Sasha Leon and accordionist, Cody McSherry.This was the sixth concert of the APO at beautiful Shannondell! The concert is open to the public.

The Accordion Pops Orchestra will also perform at the 2015 AAA Festival on Friday July 10 and Saturday July 11, 2015. The location is:
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
, 625 King Street, 
Alexandria, VA 2231

Al Terzo is a teacher, arranger, and conductor who has been with the orchestra since its inception in 1970. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, New Jersey Music Teachers Association, and National Association of Music Educators. 

Mr.Terzo serves on the governing board of the American Accordionists' Association and is a founding member of the Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild. He is an accomplished accordionist who has performed at the Garden State Arts Center and Newark's Symphony Hall. Currently Mr. Terzo teaches accordion and piano in New Jersey.

If you are interested in engaging the orchestra for a performance, would like more information on an upcoming concert, or might be interested in joining the orchestra please E-mail: webmaster@accordionpops.com

For more information on attending the festival, go to www.ameraccord.com.

The Ins and Outs of the Accordion by famous accordion repairer and tuner Thierry Benetoux

Accordionist Sy Kushner and Violinist Jeremy Brown in Concert

by Rita Barnea
Jeremy BrownSy KushnerRecologie Klezmer Series presents Sy Kushner and Jeremy Brown on Wenesday July 1,2015 at Recologie Performance Space, 49 Lawton Street, New Rochelle, New York at 7:PM. There is a $15 music charge ply 2 drink minimum or food equivalent. Recologie serves gourmet vegan and vegetarian food.

The Recologie Klezmer Series is held on the first Wednesday of each month and hosts some of New York's top klezmer musicians in an informal setting. The audience is encouraged to ask questions and engage in a dialogue with the musicians about klezmer and Jewish music in general. The July 1 performance will feature Sy Kushner, accordionist/composer who is curating the series and Jeremy Brown, violinist.

As a founding member and Musical Director of the Mark 3, Sy Kushner, in the 1960s, performed with the group all over the country including a concert before thousands at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. As a member of The Accordion Symphony Society of N.Y., Sy performed at Town Hall and the Singer Bowl at the 1964 World's Fair. Sy has been involved with Jewish music all his life.

Sy grew up in a household full of cantorial and klezmer music. His father was a drummer and frequently took young Sy to gigs. In the 1960's Sy specialized in contemporary Chassidic music as well as Israeli folk dance music. Twenty years ago Sy transcribed early 1900's klezmer music from the original recordings and published two volumes. He then formed a group called The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble and released a CD titled "KlezSqueeze" which contained many of the tunes in those books. Sy then focused on composing for the first time in many years and has released 4 CD's of his original music with his ensemble.

Jeremy Brown grew up playing classical violin and discovered improvisation and folk music during college at Berkeley, California. Since that time, Jeremy has played many styles of music, including klezmer, bluegrass, rock, and swing. In 2001, Jeremy released an album of original music titled,"This Year in St. Louis". The album was very well received and and led to performances around the Midwest with Jeremy's bluegrass band, "Treif".

After moving to New York in 2004, he became an active member of the city's Jewish music scene. He was a member of Art Bailey's Orkestra Popilar. And is a member of Pitom, an experimental Jewish rock quartet with a recently released CD on John Zorn's Tzaddik Records. Jeremy is a member of the Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble and has recorded on all four of Sy's CDs of original works.

For further information: nulitemusic@verizon.net

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Ken and Mary are Turbo Accordions Express

by Rita Barnea
Ken and MaryThe Ken and Mary accordion duo will perform on July 3, 2015 at 5:PM at the Famous `Germania’ (German Village), 543 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio. Great German food, Cold Bier and Polka the night away to Ken and Mary Turbo Accordions Express!

Ken has over 40 years of music experience, playing the diatonic button accordion and also the tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, and mandola. He was even bestowed the title ‘Baron of the Banjo’ by Frankie Yankovic.

Ken had his own rag/jazz band for many years, playing in and around Ohio as well as performing in the German Pavillon at Disney’s Epcot Center and at the Altstadt Fest in Goslar/Harz, Germany.

Mary’s music career has spanned over 30 years, playing both the organ and the piano accordion. She has performed at numerous festivals, banquets, and for parties.

For further information email: kenandmarymusik@yahoo.com

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The Jarosh Accordion Ensemble from Calgary, Canada

by Rita Barnea
Jarosh Ensemble
The Jarosh Accordion Ensemble from Calgary, Canada will perform at the 2015 ATG Festival in Lisle, Illinois in July. Jarosh has been a dedicated music instructor and orchestra conductor for 35 years. Teaching music began as a way to finance her visual arts degree and has since become her full time career. She was introduced to her first accordion lesson at age 14, and received a grade 10 practical diploma, with honors, at 19. Shortly after college she found herself teaching in three studios with up to 120 students per week. 
 


Since 1984, Maureen has operated her own music studio teaching accordion, piano and music theory from her home.  In coordination with other local accordionists in Calgary, Maureen and her colleagues have created a not for profit society to promote the instrument in Alberta and the Calgary area. The Accordion Association of Calgary is now celebrating its 26th year of cultural excellence. 
 


With the collaboration of all past and present students, Maureen has created a dynamic accordion orchestra. The Jarosh Ensemble is an entity of its own. Under Maureen’s direction the group presents original, innovative and eclectic music for an accordion ensemble and has travelled to music festivals all over North America as well as hosted international accordion groups on several occasions. 
 


Local opportunities have given Maureen the chance to showcase the Jarosh Accordion Ensemble in performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Buckwheat Zydeco, and on stage with the Canadian artists The Barenaked Ladies. 
 
Her commitment to community has led to benefit performances for UNICEF, Music missions in Central America, Haiti earthquake relief effort and support of arts and culture throughout southern Alberta.

The Jarosh ensemble performed at the 2013 Coupe Mondiale in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
 
Maureen’s future projects will be inspired and diverse. One such project will be working with the Canadian Music Centre to present more accordion information and content at the Cantos Museum and concerts to showcase the accordion in a more current context.

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2015 AAA Seminar August 7-9 in New York City

by William Schimmel
AAA logoIt is the 21st year of the AAA Seminars! We still have our same loyal participants who have been with us from the very beginning:
Dr Robert Young Mc Mahan, Micki Goodman Schimmel and Paul Stein

- along with Will Holshouser,
Benjamin Ickies, John Foti, Art Bailey, Doug Makofka, Erica Marie Mancini and many others.

Most members or the Brooklyn Accordion Club will be participating - this includes Mayumi Miyaoka, Peter Flint, Denise Koncelik and a performing group called Bachtopus.

In addition to accordionists, we will have a theremin player (Elizabeth Brown), a sho player (Michael Dames), a trombonist, violinist, concert pianist, harpist, guitarist and a few special guests who will appear un-announced.

We will have many world premieres: Dr. Mc Mahan, Dave Soldier, David First, David Stoler, Elizabeth Brown, Normali Fenn, Peter Flint, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Peter Jarvis, Art Bailey and myself - My new CD: "The Theatre of the Accordion" will be unveiled at this time as well.

Our initial intent of the Seminars starting with the first one back in 1994 was: to build a strong artistic accordion community in the New York Area, a community of artists that could communicate on an equal level to the rest of New York’s diverse artistic community.All of our workshops and performances will bear this in mind.

We also did surveys - in the past and now - asking participants and would be participants what they really felt they needed at the Seminars. The response was almost unanimous: a sense of belonging to something that could prepare them intellectually as well as practically for just about any musical situation in a competitive music would - not just the accordion world. And we maintain that philosophy as our goal to this very day.

The Seminars are not just a series of workshops and concerts. It’s an experience, a total immersion into a weekends where judgements are suspended, competition comes to a halt and the steady flow of ideas can almost make one’s head spin.

We urge to to attend this years Seminars: Chock full O’ Learnin - August 7, 8 and 9th at Tenri Cultural Center in New York City.

You won’t forget it. For further information: www.ameraccord.com
billschimmel@billschimmel.com

Trio AkordioM American Debut in New York

by Kevin Friedrich
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New Yorkers were offered a rare musical experience when the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia presented the acclaimed Macedonian accordion Trio AkordioM in a free concert at their Gallery MC in the heart of New York City. Each a virtuoso in their own right, the dynamic and skillful ensemble on their American debut in New York, comprises Zorica Karakutovska, Bojan Volchevski and Filip Stamevski, all from Skopje, Macedonia.
 
The trio began performing together a few years ago, but each has previously been part of various other performing ensembles. Trio AkordioM members Bojan Volchevski and Filip Stamevski are both Karakutovska’s former students and now perform together as musical colleagues. Their concert appearances are considerable, with performances in Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Portugal, Luxembourg, Italy, and now the USA.
 
In addition to heading the accordion program on the Faculty of Music in Skopje, leader of the group, Professor Zorica Karakutovska, is also the President of Ljubiteli na Klasicnata Muzika in Skopje, the Association of Accordionists - Macedonia, a Premiere Voting member of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA).
 
Trio AkordioM performed a variety of repertoire including transcriptions of works from other instruments, trio arrangements of accordion works as well as original music written specifically written for the group.
 
The concert included three works by resident composer Bete Ilin, a Professor at the State Music and Ballet School Center “Ilija Nikolovski - Luj” in Skopje.  With more than 50 works in her Opus, in addition to numerous accordion works for solo, chamber music (for multiple accordions and also accordion with other instruments) and an accordion concerto, Bete has written vocal works, ensembles pieces, as well as compositions for violin, clarinet, piano and bassoon. 

The trio presented three of Bete's works including her ‘Macedonian Paraphrase No. 1’, ‘No. 2’, and ‘No. 3’.  These captivating compositions composed in a contemporary style, showcased the complex rhythmic structures of Macedonian folklore (5/8, 7/8, 9/8) while eluding to the inspiration from traditional Macedonian songs. 

In 2014, Bete Ilin was the most frequently performed Macedonian composer in Cultural Centres throughout the Republic of Macedonia. Bete was in attendance at the concert, along with her parents who traveled to New York to attend the concert.
 
Trio AkordioM, performing completely by memory, engaged the audience in a captivating musical journey as they delivered their concert with technical prowess and engaging charisma.  From the delicate transparency of Mozart to the magnificent orchestral grandeur of Elmer Bernstein's ‘Magnificent Seven’, from Piazzolla's intricate ‘Fuga Y Misterio’, to the entertaining arrangement of Strauss's ‘Radetzky March’, the trio awed the audience with their musicality and elegantly presented interpretations. 

Each performance drew extended applause, culminating in several standing ovations as they presented a series of encores including ‘Tango for Claude’, by Richard Galliano.
 
The program was as follows:
‘Macedonian Paraphrase No.1’, by Bete Ilin,
‘Divertimento D Major’, (1st mov.) by Mozart,
‘Semenovna’, by E. Derbenko,
‘Fuga Y Misterio’ and ‘Libertango’, by Astor Piazzolla,
‘Macedonian Paraphrase No. 2’, by Bete Ilin,
‘The Magnificent Seven’, by Elmer Bernstein,
‘Spanish Dance’, by E. Derbenko,
‘Macedonian Paraphrase No. 3’, by Bete Ilin,
‘Radetzky March’ by J. Strauss.
Trio

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New England Digital Accordion Orchestra in Festival

by Rita Barnea
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The New England Digital Accordion Orchestra, "Newest Sound in Music", under the direction of Sam Falcetti, will be part of the 90th Annual Enfield Italian Festival presented by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society.

Sam Falcetti of Springfield, Mass. is the founder of the New England Digital Accordion Orchestra. The group's first performance took place in April 2013 at the 51st Annual New England Music Festival in Newton, Mass.

On the show, direct from Las Vegas, will be the Deana Martin Show with special guest, Bobby Rydell.

The show begins at 8:PM. The Accordion Orchestra will perform from 6-7:30 PM at 93 Park Avenue, Enfield, Connecticut. There will be delicious Italian food. Admission is only $2 and parking is free.

For more information: samfalcetti@gmail.com

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Jazz Accordionist Paul Betken on the Radio

by Rita Barnea

Sunday Riff with Dermot Hussey, 21 June 2015 by Jah Raver on Mixcloud

Paul BetkenPaul Betken is featured at 17:20 mins after the start of the radio interview.

Paul Betken contributes his thoughts on acoustic jazz accordion:

"I have continued my quest to bring acoustic jazz accordion to the forefront. Before my concert last week at the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention, Dermot Hussey, a Jazz Host on SeriusXM Satellite radio (CH 67) picked up on a CD review made by Robert Reich, the music critic of the Chicago Tribune.

Dermott related that he would feature several tunes from my CD "PAUL'S TURN" on his podcast show called the "Sunday-Riff, 21 June." The portion of the show featuring my CD is 26 minutes. He plays 4 cuts from the CD--"If I Only Had a Brain;" "Line for Lyons;" "Watch What Happens" and "Meditation."

The CD is done in a quartet format with myself, Stan Sorenson, guitar, Rusty Jones, drums, and Sean Brogan, acoustic bass.

In his review in the Chicago Tribune Robert Reich said,
"Paul Betken, who grew up in Chicago and studied here with the accordion master Leon Sash, delivers standards with plenty of finesse and driving swing rhythm in "Paul's Turn." Betken suggests there's hope yet for the mighty jazz accordion." August 13, 2014

For further information: pdbetken1@msn.com

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Steve Albini to Perform for San Francisco Accordion Club

by Rita Barnea
Steve AlbiniThe San Francisco Accordion Club presents accordionist Steve Albini on July 19, 2015 at 2:PM at Oyster Point Yacht Club, 911 Marina Blvd., South San Francisco.

For over two decades Steve Albini has been enchanting audiences throughout the United States and Italy with his blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion, and charismatic presence. Through his performances of traditional and modern Italian music as well as American jazz and popular standards, Steve has become a true international artist.

Steve’s musical career began winning numerous instrumental and vocal competitions. He has appeared on stage with popular Italian singer Frankie Fanelli and performed for many well-known personalities such as Al Martino, Jose Feliciano, Senator Diane Feinstein and former Secretary of State Alexander Haig.

An acclaimed singer and musician (MIDI/acoustic accordion and guitar), Steve performs Italian music infused with world and Jazz rhythms. As a studio musician, Steve has collaborated with many other musicians in various styles and genres and is often called upon by artists, composers, and producers to add his touch to their projects.

For further information: info@sfaccordionclub.com

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Dominic Karcic in Italian Festival Concert

by Rita Barnea
Italian Festival
Accordionist  Dominic Karcic, vocalist  Rinaldo Toglia and guitarist  Vic Kastel performed an hour concert at the June 27, 2015  "Italian Heritage and Cultural Festival"  in Smithtown, Long Island. The event featured hourly concerts from 11:AM to 6:PM by very prominent Italian-American performers from the New York metro area.

For further information: dkarcic10@verizon.net

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2015 Cotati Festival in California

by Rita Barnea
Cotati Poster
The 25th Annual Cotati Accordion Festival will be held August 22 and 23, 2015 at La Plaza Park in Cotati, California. The festival features great bands and soloist from all over the USA.

For info: info@cotatifest.com
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Nils Lundin Tribute on August 16

by Rita Barnea
Nils LundinYou are invited to partipate in a Nils Lundin Tribute on August 16,2015 in Rutland, MA. Let NHAA know ASAP.

The late Nils Lundin, (1921-2014), beloved composer, accordionist and Lifetime Honorary New Hampshire Accordion Association [NHAA] member will be remembered in an afternoon jamboree featuring his music 2:00-6:00 PM, Sunday, August 16, 2015 at Finn Park, Rutland MA.


This jamboree tribute will include players from all over New England and beyond. The NHAA Small Ensemble will perform. In addition, Donna Maria Regis, NHAA's Music Director, has been invited to perform solo.   

* * * * * * * * * * * *  YOU ARE INVITED TO PLAY!  * * * * * * * * * * * *
 
NHAA members and other musicians who wish to participate in this special event honoring Nils Lundin's memory and music should contact Donna Maria Regis as soon as possible. 
 
for further information: regisdonna@yahoo.com

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International Accordion Festival in San Antonio in September

by Rita Barnea
International Accordion Festival
Celebrate San Antonio's love of the accordion and join us for this FREE annual all-star celebration on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the historic downtown La Villita in San Antonio, Texas.
 
You don’t want to miss out on this day of diverse musical styles and the inspiration of vibrant celebrations of cultural roots, cultural exchange and cultural connection from around the globe and right here in Texas. It's big, it's outdoors and it's dancing and fun for the whole family. FREE admission * RAIN or SHINE *

Based in San Antonio, the International Accordion Festival has earned a reputation for innovative programming, featuring international performers of the highest caliber, and for a commitment to cultural education by initiating cross-cultural communication in workshops and performances.

This FREE festival has established itself as one of the premier events in the Southwest. The accordion in Texas is a perfect vehicle through which to tell the story of immigrant America.  And the musical tale of immigrant America examined closely unpacks the rich international roots of our heritage.
Historically rich from its variant origins, the accordion is at the root of numerous multicultural music traditions throughout the world, many of which have found their way to this country, many of which enjoy great acclaim in diverse parts of the world: the Italians, los mexicanos, the French, los dominicanos, the Germans, los colombianos, the Irish, los argentinos, the Poles, los españoles, the Czechs...and many others.

The International Accordion Festival will be held again in the scenic downtown San Antonio at the historic La Villita.  The festival’s focus makes San Antonio an especially appropriate host site--since the city is essentially the birthplace and industry hub for Tejano conjunto music.  Conjunto, a popular and historically important accordion music, draws on European and Latin American influences and rhythms but is basically an American musical genre.

In the past fourteen years, the International Accordion Festival has become a premier event in the Southwest and has presented: 169 ensembles, representing over 40 distinct styles (Russian, Texas Czech, French Canadian, Indian, Klezmer, Basque, Vallenato, Irish, Merengue Tipico Ripiao, Conjunto, Tango, Cajun, German Polka, Klezmer and Eastern Europe, Bulgarian Wedding Music, Zydeco, Western Swing, Slovenian, Breton, Croatian, Nuclear Polka, Italian, Argentine Chamame, Brazilian Forro, Albanian, Middle Eastern, Texas Ecletic, Czech Republic, Third Coast, Azebaijani, Cape Verdean, Quebecois, Creole, Canary Islands, Alternative, Chicken Scratch, Bulgarian Roma, Panamian Pindin and Parisian Musette and many more), 85 workshops, demonstrations, panels, lectures, and open mics.

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