Steve Albini’s performances include Italian works, Jazz and Latin American genres. He is currently an artist and clinician for the Roland Corporation. He performs regularly at Francis Ford Coppola’s winery in California and entertained with “Sway”, “Guarda Che Luna” and more.
Each performer received a standing ovation for their outstanding and dazzling performances.
The Saturday Youth Accordion Concert was a special collaboration. Dick Albreski conducted the band which included his students and those of Elena Fainshtein and Greg Klugiewicz. With only a short amount of rehearsal time, their performance was both accurate and entertaining. It was heart warming to see the enjoyment and sense of pride reflected by both students and teachers. These young people represent the future of the accordion. And it IS a bright positive future!
There were many informative and fun workshops during the NAA 30th Convention.The presenters were thorough, patient and welcoming of comments and questions:
Steve Albini…”Roland FR-4X Accordion Tour” and “Model Selection”;
Markus Baggio…”Roland Playing with a BK-7 Backing Module;
Nick Ballarini…”Elements of a Successful Accordion Performance”;
Rita Barnea… “How to Organize a Musical Children’s Birthday Party”;
Nancy Bernstein and Eli Davidsohn…”Israeli Folk Dance Music”;
Gary Blair…”European Music”; Nick Bratkovich…”Balkan Music”;
Michael Bridge… “Roland in Your Lap”, “Roland Musicality”, “Orchestral Sounds”, “Baroque Music on Accordion”, “Business Models for Accordionist”;
Dr. Ed Casper…”Non-oompah Bass”; Elena and Gregory Fainshtein…”Duets and Musicality”;
Dr. Ian Fries… “Roland Practicalities”, “Jazz Bass Chords”, “Digital Accordion Symposium”;
Patrick Harison…” Leaning More about Musette, Chromatic and Jazz”;
Chick Henry… “Roland FR-4X vs FR-8X, “USB Backing Tracks”;
Gordon Kohl…”Playing with Other Accordion Players”;
Brett Lane… “Polka Power”;
Shelia Lee..”Learn to Play with an Ensemble”;
Randy McPeck…”Know How Your Accordion Works”;
Mike Middleton…”Arranging and Enhancing your Music with Various Accordion Techniques”;
Bill Palmer… “Learn to Play with an Ensemble”: Rollie Revering…”Polka Power”;
Sharon Seaton…"Sharon’s Circle”; George Secor…”Moschino Free Bass”;
Hank Thunder… “Musicality Techniques”;
Mary Tokarski… “Making Music Fun”; Arlen Visentin… “15 Minutes of Fame”;
Tom Visentin… “Creating Music”;
Dale Wise… “Accordion Pro Notes”.
The 30th Anniversary NAA convention, “It’s All About the Journey”, was truly a celebration of the accordion, camaraderie among all types of people, and a living example of how we all can learn to live together, be respectful and accepting of differences, and light up the world with our music.
Congratulations to Dr. Norman Seaton, President of National Accordion Association (NAA) and to all his Board members since inception, for thirty years of dedication to the accordion and positive cultural values. You can all be proud.