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U.S. National Accordion News - 01-Jun-2019
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Titano Accordion Company

Highlights

Editor's Note
Texas' Top Young Accordion Talent Shine in Statewide Showcase
Video: Promotional Video for New Album 'Koriana' by Gary Daverne performed by Grayson Masefield
2019 AAA Gala Concert Takes Place July 19 in King of Prussia, PA
IDEAS Web Site Released!
2019 79th ATG Festival in Denver July 24-27
Texas Folklife Celebrates 30th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Concert on June 1
2019 Carmen Carrozza Memorial Award Competition
U.S. Air Force Promotion to Senior Master Sgt. Frank Busso Jr.
Valtaro Musette Event at Magnanini Winery on June 2
Michigan Accordion Society introduces the “Accordion” to Utica Community High School Students
2019 Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration June 20-23
Eugene Ettore: June 2, 1921-1985
New Book: Accordion Revolution: A People’s History of the Accordion in North America
New England Accordion Orchestra Summer Performances

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

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

Joyce Davis, Long Time UMKC Accordionist Passes Away
Accordion Pops Orchestra Concert Honors Gene DeBellis
Remembering Bob Siarkowski
Featured Soloist Gia Ciccone Receives DeBellis School Music Scholarship
Cory Pesaturo in Amazing Concerts in May
CAA Orchestra & The Plainville Choral Society Dedicate Concert to Bob Siarkowski
Video: Jane Christison on World Accordion Day
Music Monday in Canada
Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble Concert on June 13
Accordion in Florida Grand Opera “Frida” with Guest Artist Stas Venglevski
Los Texmaniacs Perform for the Central Texas Accordion Association
Summer 2019 Performances by Dr. William Schimmel
Brooklyn Accordion Club Presents Two Accordionists on June 24
Accordion Free-For-All on June 25 in Austin, Texas
Nathan Chapeton and Mary Tokarski Perform for LIAA
Cody McSherry Performs for the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society
Dick Contino Tribute Show at Chicago Accordion Club
2019 National Polka Festival, Ennis, Texas

Over 2,100 titles of eSheet music, sent to you by email, secure server bank online payment

Future events

Accordion Noir Get Together July 8-11
International Jazz Accordion/Modern Harmony Master Classes in Spain with Victor Prieto
2019 Master Class and Concert Series July 26-28 in NYC
Cotati Festival August 17 and 18 in California


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

Highlights


Accordion Repairs Made Easy by John Reuther

Editor's Note

by Rita Barnea
Accordion awareness
It is June, National Accordion Awareness Month. The accordion is here, there and everywhere in the world. All types of accordions and accordion music! How to celebrate National Accordion Awareness Month?

Learn about the history and kinds of accordions. Each one produces a different quality sound. This sophisticated instrument is not only beautiful to hear but to witness being played. Find a local performance near you or watch a video. Take up lessons. Since 1989, National Accordion Awareness Month has been educating the public about the musical stamina of this outstanding instrument.

Read the June USA news to see what is happening. Find an event, indoors or outdoors. How about taking accordion lessons? Never too late to begin! Enjoy the June USA news!!

Pigini USA distributor Ernest Deffner

Texas' Top Young Accordion Talent Shine in Statewide Showcase

by Krissi Reeves
2019 Big Squeeze Winners
Photo by David Dodd of 2019 Big Squeeze Winners, L to R: Eduardo Garza, Chloe Johnson, Elijah Clements, Perla Hernandez
 
AUSTIN (MAY 2019) - Texas Folklife has crowned four 2019 Big Squeeze youth accordion champions in the traditional Texas accordion music genres: polka; Cajun and zydeco; and conjunto. The gifted young musicians were chosen at a lively concert and showcase at the Bullock State History Museum on May 11, 2019 where hundreds of fans gathered to support the accordionists and celebrate one of Texas’ most cherished and culturally diverse musical traditions.
 
The 2019 Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Champions:

Conjunto 17 and under: Perla Hernandez - Roma, TX
Conjunto 18-21 Anthony Ortiz Jr. Prize: Eduardo Garza - Mission, TX
Polka: Elijah Clements - Little Elm, TX taught by Elena Fainshtein from Dallas, Texas
Cajun & Zydeco: Chloe Johnson - Moscow, TX

Each of the four winners received a prize package valued at more than $4,000, including a Hohner accordion, cash prize, performance opportunities with Texas Folklife, publicity, professional development and other professional opportunities.
 
Additionally, the Big Squeeze champions will perform onstage with legendary Texas musicians at Texas Folklife’s 30th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Concert, held at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on June 1. Thousands of fans are expected to attend this revered community event.
 
The search for the 2019 Big Squeeze champions began in February and stretched thousands of miles across Texas. Competitions were held in nine communities across the state and, in total, 49 young musicians showed off their accordion skills for a chance to play on the Austin stage. This year as part of the Big Squeeze programming, Texas Folklife also hosted its first-ever Cajun youth accordion workshop and the first Conjunto category semi-finals.

“We are so proud of our 2019 Big Squeeze champions, finalists, and all 49 contestants from across Texas,” said Texas Folklife Executive Director Charlie Lockwood. “These talented youth accordionists express an undeniable joy, passion, and high level of musicians through their playing.  It has been wonderful to see the tremendous amount of family and community support each of them has throughout the Big Squeeze season. Through our Big Squeeze program, Texas Folklife strives for diversity and inclusion, community engagement, and continued support for these young Texas tradition bearers. Catch them performing alongside established accordion stars at our 30th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens on Sat June 1st at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park!”   
 
ABOUT THE BIG SQUEEZE
The Big Squeeze is presented by Texas Folklife as part of its mission to preserve and present Texas’ diverse cultural heritage. Since 2007, Texas Folklife has promoted Texas accordion music genres through the Big Squeeze program. More than 300 young, talented players from dozens of Texas communities have participated in the program, which supports these vital community-based accordion music traditions. The 2019 Big Squeeze is produced by Program Director Sarah Rucker, who has been involved with the program since its inception and returns this year.
 
ABOUT TEXAS FOLKLIFE
Texas Folklife (TXF) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. TXF is designated by the National Endowment for the Arts as the official folk and traditional arts organization for the state.  Since 1984, the TXF has honored traditions passed down within communities, explored the importance of traditional arts in contemporary society and celebrated the state’s vibrant heritage by providing arts experiences enjoyable and accessible for all generations. For more information, visit www.texasfolklife.org.

Accordion Jazz Chords

Video: Promotional Video for New Album 'Koriana' by Gary Daverne performed by Grayson Masefield

by Rita Barnea
Koriana CD CoverVideo above: 'Tango 130' from the new album 'Koriana' by famous New Zealand conductor, composer, arranger Gary Daverne, performed by Grayson Masefield.

Gary Daverne releases a new album titled 'Koriana' this weekend at the 2019 South Pacific Accordion Championships in New Zealand.

In the above video, Grayson performs “Tango 130 (For Stephanie)”. This was a special composition for long time friend Stephanie Poole who was a New Zealand accordion champion performing and recording many of Gary’s accordion compositions. The 130 represents the tempo which Grayson wanted to record it at. Gary wanted 128 or 132.”

Multi world champion, Grayson Masefield, recently performed in concert for the Alabama Accordionists Association. Grayson Masefield is the first person to win World international competitions in Classical, Virtuoso and Digital accordion categories. 

Over the years, Grayson has been invited to perform in many countries including France, Spain, Germany, UK, Portugal, Slovakia, Italy, USA, Canada, Russia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Portugal, China, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, Australia and Finland. Grayson has available a varied program of serious concert works as well as entertainment music. His extensive repertoire can be heard on his three albums as well as many over 1.3 million performances on Youtube. He has worked with several of the world's leading composers such as Franck Angelis (France), Gorka Hermosa (Spain), Petri Makkonen (Finland) and Gary Daverne (New Zealand) to perform and record new original works for the accordion.

Full details will be added to this article after the release on Sunday, June 2.

PANcordion

2019 AAA Gala Concert Takes Place July 19 in King of Prussia, PA

by Rita Barnea
@019 AAA Festival Flyer
The American Accordionists' Association (AAA) presents Festival 2019 from July 17 - 21, 2019 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort (Radisson Hotel) in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The AAA Friday Gala Concert on July 19, 2019 will feature the following:

Premier of "Child's Play" by Joseph A. Natoli
For 2 accordions, cello and percussion
Joe Natoli and Robert Young McMahan, accordion:
Cecylia Barczak, cello
William Trigg, percussion

“Friendship” by Joseph A. Natoli dedicated to Guy Klucevsek

Sam Reider (solo) program TBA

Michael Bridge program TBA

"Child’s Play" by Joseph Natoli is a chamber ensemble composition written in three movements (entitled 1. Awakening, 2. Sadness, and 3. Happiness) for 2 accordions, cello, and percussion. Although the piece is decidedly contemporary in flavor, its themes, harmonies and rhythms are very accessible and relatable to any listening audience.

This work is dedicated to the memory of two of Joe’s students (9-year-old Chloe and her stepfather Jim), who both tragically lost their lives in a traffic accident in February 2019. In that context, the profound sadness of the second movement is overcome by the joy and exuberance of the third movement which is representative of the consistent joy Chloe and all children of her age tend to relish in their young lives.
 
"Friendship" is a piece written for and dedicated to Joe Natoli’s lifelong friendship with composer and AAA member, Guy Klucevsek. Joe indicates that he was 19 when he first met Guy at an AAA Festival that summer, and was fascinated with his musical perspective and personality right from the start.

Over the years, before the internet and cell phones were ever a reality, Guy and Joe would keep in touch continually via hand-written 5-10 page letters talking about their musical projects, their lives in the context of music, and what was next on the horizon for each of them musically. Joe says that “Those letters between us kept me going and were really my only true contact with another like-minded musician during that period in my life. So with fond memories of what that friendship means to me, this piece was created as a thank you to Guy for his Friendship.”

AAA 2019 guest artists include:
Petar Maric, Michael Bridge, Sam Reider, Mario Tacca & Mary Mancini, Vesna Mihonovic (guest conductor), Joseph A. Natoli, Rachel Quirbach, Dr Robert Young McMahan, will make the AAA Festival 2019 an exciting musical event.

Other activities include: Workshops, Junior and Senior Festival Orchestras, Carrozza Scholarship, Youth involvement Jazz Ensemble.

For additional information, visit online at: 2019AAAFestival
Also at 2019AAAFestival is the website link to Hotel Reservations.

Do not miss this exciting festival!

Sounding Out the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux

IDEAS Web Site Released!

by Joe Natoli and Michael Soloway
Micheal Soloway and Joe NatoliThe International Digital Electronic Accordion Society (IDEAS), founded by co-directors Joe Natoli and Michael Soloway, would like to announce the release of their new web site www.gr8ideas.org available for the public. The web site provides access and visibility into all sorts of things related to the digital accordion, including the IDEAS Symposium 2.0 that will be held Nov 6-9, 2019 this year at the Avalon Inn & Resort in Warren Ohio. The Avalon Inn is a beautiful resort and country club with a brand new $14M all-weather Roman Spa that will be available for this year’s activities. On the opening web page, you can see pictures from the 2018 Symposium and scroll through them at your leisure.

On the www.gr8ideas.org web site, you can also peruse this year’s Faculty (affectionately called Faculty 2.0) who will be providing stellar workshops on a highly diverse set of topics, all related to the digital world, including deep dives into programming digital instruments, beginner and advanced orchestration techniques applied to your digital instrument, using and applying Richard Noel sound sets, deep dive into using digital effects programming, digital recording techniques, creating videos with your audio recordings, using green screen effects with your videos, jazz and reharmonization techniques, individual lessons with Cory Pesaturo and other Faculty, and much much more. This year’s Faculty will include the wonderful talents in multiple stellar concerts of jazz greats Eddie Monteiro & Cory Pesaturo, the amazing digital artist Matthias Matzke, digital icons Richard Noel and Greg Volovic, co-directors Joe Natoli & Michael Soloway, Markus Baggio, Lenny Feldmann, 2-time Grammy winning sound engineer Chris Theis, and others. There will be three 8am concerts (Nov 7, 8, & 9) and two evening concerts (Nov 8 & 9).

Additionally, the web site provides a portal for registering for the Symposium and the Avalon Inn, as well as becoming a paid member of IDEAS, which ultimately gets you to a Members Only section. In the Members Only section one can explore and download sound sets and user programs (UPGs), view impromptu and concert videos from previous Symposiums, training workshops designed specifically for the site and/or from previous Symposiums, and important pictures from IDEAS in all settings including previous Symposiums. At some point in the future, training webinars will also be worked into the mix.

The site will grow continually with new content, so come back often and support this movement with a paid membership if digital accordion is important to you. IDEAS is THE wave of the future for digital accordion enthusiasts and as the opening page states, this is “A ‘come as you are’ party where digital accordion brings music to life and life to music for all to experience.”



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

2019 79th ATG Festival in Denver July 24-27

by Rita Barnea
The Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG), 79th Annual International Festival (ATG) takes place in  Denver, CO from July 24-27, 2019. Register now for this amazing event!

The 2019 ATG Festival will feature concerts, workshops, competitions, exhibits, the ATG Festival Orchestra, Banquet and more! The 2019 Festival is the "Year of the Duos”. This year the ATG Festival will feature some of the best accordion duos around to provide double the fun, double the musicianship and double the entertainment.  

The 2019 festival will include the following featured artists: Jamie Maschler & Gabriel Rodrigues (Washington, USA); Augustinas Raukauskas & Greta Staponkutė (Lithuania); Kim and Dan Christian (Colorado, USA); John & Madalynn Neu with The Voice of the Wood Chamber Players (Colorado, USA).

For further information: ATG

Titano Accordion Company

Texas Folklife Celebrates 30th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Concert on June 1

by Krissi Reeves
Texas Folklife
Texas Folklife LogoAward-Winning Lineup of Texas Music Legends Expected to Draw Thousands of Fans from Across the State of Texas

WHAT:  
Texas Folklife is hosting the 30th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre in  Hermann Park Houston. The celebrated event features a lineup of the best in Texas accordion music genres, including conjunto, zydeco, Cajun and more. 2019 performers include Los Aztex featuring Grammy Award-winning artists Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox, Curtis Poullard and the Creole Zydeco Band, The Daiquiri Queens and Ginny Mac. The concert will also feature appearances by Texas Folklife’s 2019 Big Squeeze statewide youth accordion contest winners. The vibrant showcase draws thousands of music fans to dance and enjoy roots music played on the "the national instrument of Texas.”  

When:
Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 7-11:PM

Where:
Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, Texas 77030

Lineup in Order of Performance:
Big Squeeze winner Elijah Clements
Ginny Mac
The Daiquiri Queens
Curtis Poullard & the Creole Zydeco Band
Big Squeeze winners Perla Hernandez & Eduardo Garza
Los Aztex
Emceed by Joe Nick Patoski
 
Tickets:
Assigned covered seating is available in advance with Texas Folklife membership until May 29 or free general admission tickets can be picked up before 1 p.m the day of the show at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office.

Media Check-In:
Attending media can contact Krissi Reeves at 512-659-1385 and check-in at the Texas Folklife info/merch table near the theatre concession stand.
 
Pre-Show Events
Accordion Kings & Queens Kic-Off: Celebrating 30 Years of Texas
Thursday, May 23 from 6-8:PM
Cactus Music
2110 Portsmouth St.,
Houston, TX 77098
 
To celebrate three decades of Accordion Kings & Queens, Texas Folklife is hosting a 30th AKQ Kick-Off Party. The event will feature live music from past Accordion Kings & Queens performers Keyun Dickson & the Zydeco Masters and Mark Halata & Texavia, event ticket giveaways, and a presentation of the Star of Texas Folklife award to longtime AKQ event photographer David Dodd.The event is free and open to the public with RSVP!


Contacts:
Krissi Reeves / High Kick PR / 512-659-1385 / Krissi@highkickpr.com
Sarah Rucker / Program Director /  512-773-1161 / akq@texasfolklife.org

About Accordion Kings and Queens:
Since 1990, Accordion Kings & Queens has showcased the extraordinary musical diversity of Texas accordion styles featuring legends of conjunto, polka, country western, zydeco, Cajun and more. Each year, Accordion Kings & Queens draws a capacity crowd of fans to Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre to celebrate the cultural diversity of Texas by bringing communities together for an evening of dancing and roots music played on the accordion, "the national instrument of Texas.”

Accordion Kings & Queens is supported in part by the Board and Members of Texas Folklife, the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board Miller Theatre Advisory Board, Texas Polka News, Hohner Accordions, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, the The Raven Grill, 90.1 FM KPFT Houston, and the Houston Press. Additional support is provided by Houston Community College and Cactus Music.

About Texas Folklife:
Texas Folklife (TXF) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. TXF is designated by the National Endowment for the Arts as the official folk and traditional arts organization for the state.  Since 1984, the TXF has honored traditions passed down within communities, explored the importance of traditional arts in contemporary society and celebrated the state’s vibrant heritage by providing arts experiences enjoyable and accessible for all generations. For more information, visit texasfolklife.org.

(Photos Courtesy of Texas Folklife )

Gary Daverne CD's and eSheet music available online

2019 Carmen Carrozza Memorial Award Competition

by Rita Barnea
Carrozza prizes
Carmen Carrozza$5,250 Prizes funded by the Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Fund.

From the AAA Website: Download 2019 Carmen Carrozza Memorial rules, regulations and entry form. Entry payable online at AAA Shopping Cart

Entry Closing Date: Entries must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2019. Online entries will be accepted until that date.

Time and Place: The competition will be held during the AAA Festival on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Valley Forge, (King of Prussia), PA.

To further popularize the AAA-Commissioned repertoire, the Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Committee is offering $5,250 in cash prizes to the winners of this competition for all acoustic accordionists (piano and button keyboards).

Over the years, Maestro Carrozza himself premiered most of the AAA commissioned works and he was most familiar with this important legacy to the accordion world.
The Open Division of this competition requires accordionists to choose one of the listed commissioned pieces, one of the Standard Repertoire pieces and one or more pieces of entertainment value – all to be performed in a single program to demonstrate well-rounded Musicianship and must be United States citizens. In addition to the prize money, the winners will be eligible to compete in the World Accordion Championship in either 2019 or 2020 (optional).

The Junior Division of this competition requires accordionists to choose one of the listed Carrozza original pieces, one of the Standard Repertoire pieces and one or more pieces of entertainment value – all to be performed in a single program to demonstrate well-rounded musicianship.

WINNERS in all categories may be requested to perform at a future AAA/Carrozza Scholarship event.

Download Carmen Carrozza Memorial pdf rules, regulations and entry form. Entry payable online at AAA Shopping Cart

The Art of Playing the Accordion Artistically by Friedrich Lips

U.S. Air Force Promotion to Senior Master Sgt. Frank Busso Jr.

by Rita Barnea
Senior Sergeant Master BussoFrank Busso, Jr. was recently promoted to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. Frank, from Staten Island, NY, became the U.S. Air Force Band’s accordionist in 2005 and is also the Section Chief of Live Production for the organization.

While off duty, he runs the Busso Music School in Alexandria VA and serves as director of the Ernest Deffner Affiliates, whose accordion brands include Titano, PANcordion, Pigini, Roland, and Hohner. Frank has served on the American Accordionists’ Association board of directors since 2007.

Excerpts from the Air Force website: Master Sgt. Frank J. Busso Jr. is the accordionist with the Air Force Strings, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Staten Island, New York, his Air Force career began in 2005. Busso currently serves as the band's section chief for live production.Busso attended Boston University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 2001. He studied accordion with Frank Busso Sr. at the Staten Island Music School in New York. Prior to joining the Air Force, Busso was an instructor and arranger with the Boston University Athletic Bands. He was also an instructor at the Staten Island Music School, where his students earned many regional and national titles in competition.

As a competitive accordionist, Busso received numerous regional titles from the Accordion Teachers Association of New Jersey, including the organization's virtuoso championship in 1995. He also earned multiple national titles from the American Accordionists' Association in classical, popular, and ethnic competitions. Since 2001, Busso has performed in concert as a member of The Busso Trio at numerous summer festivals hosted by the American Accordionists' Association and the Accordionists & Teachers Guild.

Highlights of Busso's Air Force career include a 2012 humanitarian tour to Staten Island, NY following Hurricane Sandy and creating and performing a strolling strings arrangement of Billy Joel's "Piano Man" for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors, at which Billy Joel was honored.

4 Music Books by Stas Venglevski

Valtaro Musette Event at Magnanini Winery on June 2

by Rita Barnea
Valtaro
Magnanini Winery will host a special event on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the Magnanini Win try, 172 Strawridge Rd., Walkill New York.

Amy Jo Sawyer CD titled According to Amy

Michigan Accordion Society introduces the “Accordion” to Utica Community High School Students

by Joseph Recchia, Michigan Accordion Society President
Cory with Students
The Michigan Accordion Society President Joe Recchia along with three-time world accordion champion Cory Pesaturo spent the morning of May 13th, 2019 in the main auditorium at Eisenhower High School showcasing the Accordion to approximately 100 very curious and interested high school students.

Joe Recchia said “I reached out to several Macomb County High School music departments and we only had success with Eisenhower High School....I really think having our dear friend Jack Kennison as a student at Eisenhower allowed us to help make the connection viable!” Perhaps another reason why the connection was made possible is for the fifth time, the Utica Community Schools has received the “NAMM Foundation best Communities for Music Education award”. The acronym stands for the National Association of Music Merchants. The Honor goes to School Districts that meet a standard of “outstanding achievement” in guaranteeing broad music education access, and this year the foundation has awarded 623 U.S. school districts in 41 states.

Mr. Christopher Traskall Director of Instrumental Music thought the idea was so unique and cool, he offered to present the Michigan Accordion Society with a financial donation from their Music Booster Club fund. Joe Recchia said “We were overjoyed with the offering and will put the money towards our Student Accordion Scholarship Music program. We really sensed a genuine appreciation and felt the best thing to do was to have the Michigan Accordion Society donate a full size acoustic accordion to the Eisenhower High Band Department so students have a chance for some hands-on time and maybe develop a stronger desire to learn the instrument” The accordion was donated and presented to the students at the end of the event.

Cory Pesaturo spent time showcasing both an Acoustic and his Electronic Accordion equipped with special Led lighting. He provided a wonderful historical and global perspective of the instrument and how he is trying to make the accordion cool again. He also spoke about the importance of music practice and offered some interesting insight to music theory and why the accordion is the best instrument to learn music with. Cory also took a variety of questions from both Mr. Traskal and his students that ranged from Cory’s musical career, practice techniques through asking Cory to play a variety of music selections that ranged from Classical to Rap.
Joe Recchia mentioned “ I was so delighted to see all the students so engaged with Cory’s presentation and interested in the accordion! It was such a wonderful experience to be part of”.

Cory Pesaturo is from Cumberland, Rhode Island and is a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA with a music major in Accordion. He is the only accordionist in the world to win three World Accordion Champion titles for Acoustic, Jazz and Electronic Accordion.

Cory holds the 2017 international Guinness world record title for the longest accordion playing time of more than 32 hours & 14 minutes which was sponsored by Red Bull Corporation. Cory has been invited and has performed at the White House on 4 different occasions and was one of the youngest musical performers to ever perform at a State dinner under the Clinton Administration. Cory makes his living as a full time Accordionist and is an Honorary Member of the Michigan Accordion Society. www.corypesaturo.com

The Michigan Accordion Society is based out of Macomb County Michigan with 300 plus members and has been awarded the “Best Accordion Society in the World” by the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention. Joe Recchia commented that “We have a very large and interesting membership base that includes many music professionals throughout Michigan and beyond, even Coach Tom Izzo from Michigan State University is an Honorary member of our organization”

The Michigan Accordion Society mission is to generate funding and to give back to the community in a variety of ways. We have raised an impressive $30,000.00 over the past several years and have given most of it back to Music Students as part of our Scholarship program. Another way we give back to the community is through education and promotion of the instrument. www.michiganaccordon.org

Photo Above: Cory Pesaturo presenting an accordion overview to High School Students.


Photo Below: Michigan Accordion President Joe Recchia (holding the donated accordion) and Cory Pesaturo with a handful of interested Accordion High School Students pose for a photo after the presentation.
Michigan President Joe Recchia with Cory

Titano Accordion Company

2019 Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration June 20-23

by Rita Barnea
2019 Leavenworth Festival
The Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration (LIAC) takes place from June 20-23, 2019. Excerpts from the website: The Northwest Accordion Society has been hosting accordion events in the Northwest for over 25 years.

Included in it's accomplishments are monthly accordion socials, the annual "Day of the Accordion" at the Seattle Center, accordion scholarships, and it's elegant quarterly publication "The Northwest Accordion News".

Leavenworth is Washington’s “Bavarian Village” and a perfect setting for this celebration.

Nestled in a cozy narrow valley at elevation of 1100 feet surrounded by wilderness of rugged, majestic mountain ranges, over 2 million visitors per year from all over the world come to experience magical Leavenworth.  With the Northwest Accordion Society as your host and Leavenworth as the setting, why not plan to join us and enjoy four wonderful days of everything accordion. Whether you are a competitor, participant or just love great accordion music, there is enjoyment and participation for everyone. 

Here is a partial list of what is happening:
* Accordion Competitions/Accordion Aristry
* Workshops
* Concerts with World Class Performers
* Free Performances at the gazebo, grange, and restaurants
* Free Accordion lessons
* Accordion Parade on Saturday
* Accordion Vendors
* Opportunity for all accordion players to play
* Jam sessions and much more!

This is a celebration of the accordion’s versatility and its presence in many cultures. Accordion music is what this event is all about. 

See Doris Osgood’s link to “It’s Time to Prepare for Leavenworth” The 26th anniversary of the Leavenworth Accordion Celebration looks to be one of the best events ever.

Note the outstanding line up of professional performers.The variety of music will showcase the versatility of the accordion.

Link: 2019LeavenworthArticle.pdf

Jeff Lisenby CD A Spy In Tortuga

Eugene Ettore: June 2, 1921-1985

by Rita Barnea
Eugene Ettore
Video: “Rhapsodie Espagnol” by Eugene Ettore

June 2, 2019 would have been Eugene Ettore’s 98th Birthday. In honor of his birthday, I am posting the link to the website I created to educate all about a unique, versatile and talented individual who made great contributions to the accordion world and musical world in general. I encourage you to visit this page:

http://www.accordions.com/memorials/mem/ettore_eugene/

I was extremely fortunate to be his student. He prepared me for my long career as a music teacher in the public schools. Eugene Ettore inspired all of his students with an approach which included discipline, encouragement, and kindness. Those of you who had a music teacher as a guiding light in their lives will understand the importance of having a teacher/mentor. The lifelong benefits and influence branch out into so many other areas of life.

Eugene Ettore was well known as a fabulous composer for the accordion. He performed as both soloist and in the duet team, “Concert Duo” with Carmen Carrozza, his great friend. As a Renaissance man, Eugene Ettore also played the French Horn, and wrote method books for the accordion and French Horn. He was an artist, inventor and Braille transcriber etc. He was President of the AAA (American Accordionists’ Association) three times!

I presented a lecture/concert workshop, “The Life and Music of Eugene Ettore” at the 2018 AAA Festival in Alexandria, Virginia. In honor of Eugene Ettore’s birthday, I am offering a free download of the recording of his original compositions:
http://www.musicforaccordion.com/…/inform/davidson/index.htm
If you would like to see recent performances of some of his works, please visit:
1. Rita Barnea Workshop "PRELUDE & SCHERZO”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etP04Tf6rQc
2. Eugene Ettore: Spanish Holiday, for Accordion:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFhxhXcb7pQ
3. Rita Barnea Workshop "Accordion Miniatures”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPyCpSxiT8E
4. Rita Barnea Workshop "Five O'Clock Rush”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-7JMjGdU1c

If you wish to learn his music, please email me and I will send it to you as a free download also.

I will present a workshop/concert at the 25th AAA Seminars and Concert organized by Dr. William Schimmel in July at the Tenri Cultural Institute.

I hope that you enjoyed learning about Eugene Ettore. He deserves to be remembered and recognized for his important contributions . I welcome any comments to be sent to me, Rita Barnea, at Ritabelll@aol.com.

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New Book: Accordion Revolution: A People’s History of the Accordion in North America

by Rita Barnea
Accordion Revolution: A People’s History of the Accordion in North America from the Industrial Revolution to Rock and Roll

Author Bruce Triggs new book in paperback, 6 x 9 in, 430 pages with 60 historical illustrations will be released in June 2019. The book will be available everywhere online, and through bookshops and libraries.

Bruce contributes. “Before the dawn of rock ’n’ roll, the accordion ranked among North America’s most popular instruments. Arriving in the arms of immigrants: Irish, Scottish, French, German, Eastern European, Latino, Jewish. Nearly every ethnicity on the continent played the squeezebox. The instrument packed barn dances, jazz clubs, and recital halls, and was heard in norteño groups on the Mexican frontier; Creole string bands in New Orleans; and Inuit square dances above the Arctic Circle. Portable, cheap, and loud, accordions became the soundtrack for modernity as the music industry exploited them on records, radio, film and television. 

With a new generation of followers, this book invites beginner or seasoned accordionists and music fans in general to rediscover a forgotten legion of little-known artists. With an eye for colorful characters and a sharp sense of humor, accordion historian Bruce Triggs uncovers the hidden back-story of the squeezebox in everyone’s closet. "Accordion Revolution" is about more than an instrument: it’s a living, breathing restoration of the squeezebox to its rightful place at the roots of North America’s popular music.” 

Bruce Triggs spent ten years living with the homeless at the radical Catholic Worker community in Tacoma, Washington. While there he broke his first squeeze-box at the 1999 WTO demonstrations in Seattle. For over a decade he has hosted the Accordion Noir radio program in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was in on the ground floor at the annual Accordion Noir Festival. After meeting many fabulous accordion players, Bruce decided to write about the instrument rather than learn to play it.

For further information: accordion.noir@gmail.com

New England Accordion Orchestra Summer Performances

by Sam and Peggy Falcetti
2019 RDO
New England Accordion Orchestra Sets Free a World of Instruments Hiding Inside Digital Accordions:

Throughout centuries many types of orchestras and bands had their own identity- from the Symphony, Woodwind and String Orchestras, to the Swing, Marching and Ethnic Bands
from different countries. Each served a purpose in musical evolution. The 1930 and 1940’s had their Banjo, Hawaiian, and Accordion bands but there has never been an orchestra that could do it all until now.

The New England Digital Accordion Orchestra is the nation’s only digital accordion Orchestra. They reproduce virtually every musical instrumental sound through a technology that’s as versatile as it is portable. One accordionist aptly described this instrument as “an orchestra in a box!”

The New England Digital Accordion Orchestra was formed and is conducted by internationally recognized accordionist and music educator, Anselmo (Sam) Falcetti of Wilbraham, Massachusetts. It rehearses at Falcetti Music in Springfield, MA. and is made up of talented longtime and more recent players, some professional and others hobbyists.

Each accordion is capable of playing two or more “instruments” at the same time, even varying the volume of each. The orchestra is complemented by drums, percussion, guitar, and vocalists. The NEDO currently features more than 20 players representing four of the six New England States.

They perform in many genres including jazz, standards, classical, big band, ethnic Broadway, country and rock. The Orchestra may sound like a brass band, a full-out symphony, marching band, or a classic Big Band, but accordions are exactly what produce these musical styles and many more! The audience hears horn and wind sections, strings, guitars and rhythm sections, along with the true tones of the accordion in arrangements orchestrated by internationally famous Quincy Jones and John Franceschina. “You see accordions but you clearly hear flutes and trombone solos. Then we play “Pennsylvania Polka” and you have a polka band sound”, said Falcetti, who has watched accordions evolve over a 60-year musical teaching career.

Nowadays, the old reed accordions may create sounds that are “cool”, but it’s the 21st century digital accordion that makes the instrument sound really “hot”! Whenis an accordion not just an accordion? You’ll find the answer as you watch the New England Digital Accordion Orchestra create a musical entertainment that is lively and varied. You won’t be disappointed, in fact, you’ll be amazed!

Close Your Eyes And You Won’t Believe You Are Hearing An Orchestra of Accordions!! The New England Digital Accordion Orchestra.

SUMMER PERFORMANCE CONCERTS:
* Thursday June 27th – Sturbridge Commons – 6:00-8:00
(Across from the Public House)
* Tuesday July 30th-Chicopee-Aldenville Park-6:30-8:00
* Saturday August 31st-Labor Day Weekend
Spencer Fair-Spencer, Ma.-2:00-3:45
* Tuesday-September 17th/3:00-4:30
Eastern States Exposition – Big E (Gazebo & Stage in Storrowton)
* Tuesday December 31st - Chatham, Ma. – 1st Night-1:00-3:00

The Orchestra’s 1st performance was in 2015 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s 90th Italian Festival in Enfield, Ct., opening for the Deana Martin Show with special guest artist, Bobby Rydell. Since than they have been performing in concerts throughout Massachusetts.

The New England Digital Accordion Orchestra is available for performances at summer concert series, festivals, fairs, holiday celebrations, parties and special events. Performances can be tailored to run for one to two hours and include solo and duet performances. Audiences are encouraged to sing and dance along to the music.

To arrange a performance or for further information:
Please contact Sam Falcetti at 413-204-5522 or samfalcetti@gmail.com

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Joyce Davis, Long Time UMKC Accordionist Passes Away

by Kevin Friedrich
Joyce Davis
Joyce DavisJoyce Christine Davis (1955 – 2019)

The University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) Accordion family recently lost one of their longest-term players, Joyce Davis.

Joyce Christine Davis, 63, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on May 2, 2019 after a short illness. Joyce was born August 7, 1955, in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the only daughter of Lawrence and Zelma Davis. She had three brothers, Larry, Gary and Ronnie.

Joyce had just retired from a 31-year career working for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a department of the United States Federal Government.

After beginning accordion lessons in Kansas City with Cecil Cochran when she was eight years old, Joyce continued with Joan C. Sommers throughout her advanced studies, receiving her Bachelor of Music in Accordion Performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music in 1978.

Joyce was a member of the renowned UMKC Accordion Orchestra for many decades playing accordion parts, as well as being entrusted with the bass accordion and elektronium parts. After the 50th anniversary and retirement of the UMKC Accordion Orchestra in 2011, Joyce continued to play bass accordion in the (UMKC) Community Accordion Chamber Ensemble.

In addition to the 1975 International Accordion Symposium held by Joseph Macerollo at the University of Toronto, Joyce attended many major accordion conventions throughout the United States. Joyce performed with her fellow UMKC colleagues including Jody Gillis on his senior recital and was one of the soloists performing the Bach/Vivaldi Concerto in A minor with the UMKC Symphony Orchestra alongside Jeff Lisenby, Robert (Bob) Sattler and Karen Fremar.

Joyce participated in the International tours of the UMKC Accordion Orchestra to Europe (Germany, Switzerland and Austria - 1979), the United Kingdom (England and Scotland - 1987), Russia and Scandinavia (Stockholm, Moscow, Leningrad, Tallinn and Copenhagen - 1989) and New Zealand and Australia (1994). She also participated in accordion competitions and concerts throughout the United States. She most recently performed with the UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble at the 2018 80th Anniversary of the American Accordionists’ Association (AAA) in Alexandria, VA (Washington, DC).

For her graduation from the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), Joyce’s Senior Concert Recital on April 29, 1978, included: Sonata in D Major and Sonata in G Major by Antonio Soler, Sonata No. 1 (in one movement) by William Kuehl, Divertissement pour Accordeon (Serenade and Gigue et Cortege) by Wolfgang Jacobi, Sonata for Two (Allegro guisto and Finale) by George Fiala with Ron Dake - Soprano Saxophone, Rhapsody by Janis Medins and Polonaise in E Major by Franz Liszt, arr. Anthony Galla-Rini.

In addition to her active participation in the various UMKC Accordion performance groups throughout her career, Joyce had her own private accordion students plus she also taught accordion for the Music Arts Institute (MAI) and the United Teachers Of Music in Independence, Missouri.

Joyce served as Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) for many years. She was also on the Board of Directors for the Mid-America Music Association (MAMA) for 22 years.

Before the use of music notation software programs became mainstream, Joyce had a unique skill as a music copyist. Her stunning calligraphy can be seen on many scores published by Ernest Deffner Publications in New York (sample below).

A memorial service will be held in her honor on June 1st, 2019, at 10:30 AM, at the First Assembly of God Church, 3711 S. Whitney Ct., Independence, Missouri. The(UMKC) Community Accordion Chamber Ensemble comprising director Joan C. Sommers, Kevin Friedrich, Samantha Jarquio Wagner, Christine Jarquio Nichols, Ron Dake, Ron Barrow, Betty Jo Simon and Cathy Sue Weiss will perform at the Memorial Service in honor of their dear friend and long-time fellow performer Joyce Christine Davis. They will perform two pieces Joyce liked to play including The Last Spring, Op. 34, No. 2 by Edvard Grieg and Flight, Mov. 3 ‘Arrival’ by Ian Watson.

Joyce will be laid to rest in Brooking Cemetery, 10004 E. 53rd St, Raytown, MO, 64133, USA. Joyce will be dearly missed by her many accordion friends and family.
Joyce Davis

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Accordion Pops Orchestra Concert Honors Gene DeBellis

by AAA Newsletter
AlGene DeBellisThe Accordion Pops Orchestra presented a concert on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ.

Photo: Pops Orchestra conductor and Soloist, Al Terzo, took center stage and performed “Carnival of Venice” and “Flight of the Angels”

The recent Pops Orchestra Concert was dedicated to the memory of Eugene DeBellis. Featured soloist, Gia Ciccone performed “Hungarian Dance #4” and “Two Guitars.” The spring concert also featured soloist Suzana Beites on accordion, John Andrews on harmonica, and Bianca Jeremiah on sax. Conductor Al Terzo surprised the audience (and the orchestra as well) with two virtuoso accordion solos. The audience was jumping in their seats when the orchestra played "Hits of the 50's," a medley arranged by Mr. Terzo.

The APO was pleased to present an award to the family of the late Eugene DeBellis, our former assistant conductor, in honor of his contributions to the accordion community.The afternoon concluded with a standing ovation for the orchestra and soloists.

Upcoming Concert: Sunday, September 22, 2019, Shannondell at Valley Forge Auditorium, 1000 Shannondell Drive. Audubon, PA 19403

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Remembering Bob Siarkowski

by AAA Newsletter
Bob SiarkowskiWe were saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Siarkowski. Robert “Bob” Siarkowski, 82, of the Plantsville section of Southington, passed away on Sunday May 12, 2019 at the Hospital of Central CT New Britain Campus. He was the husband of Anita (LeBlanc.

Bob was born on July 18, 1936 in Wanamie, PA, the son of the late Peter and Rose (Martinell) Siarkowski. He was the owner oper- ator of Bob’s Music Center for 65 years. In addition to hi wife Anita of over 50 years, he is survived by his two sons, Scot Siarkowski and wife Patricia of Plantsville and Bret Siarkowski of MA, four grandchildren Sara Ciantar, Peter, Jonathan and Nicholas Siarkowski, two great-grandchildren Jessica and Brianna Siarkowski and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The Funeral was held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 9:15 am from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southing- ton to the Immaculate Conception Church, 130 Summer St., Plantsville. Burial was in The Immaculate Conception Cemetery. For online condolences please visit www.dellavecchiafh.com

“Bob and Anita Siarkowski frequently entertained at numerous AAA events, especially the Val-Taro Reunions at Magnanini Winery in Wallkill, New York. Their festive, matching attire always added a “sparkle” to their performances. Most recently, the duo performed at the AMAS evemt in New Jersey. Bob was an out- standing musician and a fantastic dancer. He and his lovely wife, Anita, could be seen at almost any function that featured dancing, “skipping the light fandango” and completely enamored with each other.” Linda Soley Reed, AAA Past Pres. American Accordionists Association.

About Bob Siarkowski: Some say that “The family that plays together stays together” It worked for Bob and me. We met through the accordion, eventu- ally playing as a duet at our own wedding and 50th anniversary. I’d like to share some sentiments about my husband of nearly 57 years, the LATE Bob Siarkowski. Did I say LATE? I should have said “the EARLY Bob Siarkowski”! One of Bob’s pet peeves was being late for anything. He was always an hour ahead of time. True to form, Bob left us EARLY Sunday morning May 12th.

He’s probably playing accordion in heaven right now with the angel band, to the tune of, “In Heaven There Ain’t No Beer”. Bob died on Mother’s Day, apropos ...Because of Bob, I’m the mother of our two wonderful sons, Scot and Bret. Bret stayed by his Dad’s side day and night from the tie of his hospital admission thru Bob’s final hour. Scot will be providing the music for Bob’s funeral mass, along with his wife Patty, plus the rest of the folk group which Scot originated at age 16 and directed for 40 years.

Bob had the gift of music. He was blessed with perfect pitch able to identify the key a song was written in after hearing the first few notes. His passion for the accordion began at age 7, inspired by his Uncle Louis who played at family gatherings. Times were tough back in the 1940s and 1950s in the coal mining region of eastern Pennsylvania. Bob’s Dad worked in the mines, barely mak- ing a living wage. His Mom contributed by taking in laundry from Galli’s Restaurant. At one point, Bob’s family was evicted from their apartment, unable to pay the rent. Their furniture was confis- cated by the landlord, so they moved in with Bob’s grandparents. No way could Bob’s parents afford accordion lessons for him.

Bt Bob was determined to make it work, reflective of his father’s favorite song, “I Did It My Way” - which pretty much defines his life. From the age of 7, Bob walked two miles round-trip from home to the railroad tracks and ‘picked coal’, salvaging chunks that had fallen from freight trains. If they were too heavy to lift, he’d hammer them into smaller pieces, filling 2 huge burlap bags. This supplied sufficient fuel to cook and heat the house for one day. He did this 5 days a week while the coal mines were operat- ing. The significant savings enabled Bob’s parents to pay for his accordion lessons.

Music was Bob’s lifelong livelihood. Bob’s professional career began at age 15 as accordionist for “The Wanderers” dance band. Bob would turn the proceeds over to his parents. At 16, Bob began giving accordion lessons and playing with several local bands, eventually forming his own- “The Bobby-Lou Orchestra.

Bob graduated from Southington High at age 17 and opened his own full-time music teaching business 3 months later at age 18 - Bob’s Accordion Studio in Plantsville center. From 1966 to the present, he taught at Bob’s
Music Center at 360 Summer Street, Plantsville. He loved to dance, tell jokes, funny stories, pull pranks, and surprise me in various ways. You could always depend on him to come up with beautiful greeting cards, which I will never part with. Bob enjoyed being his own boss so he could come and go at will. We shared so many memorable events, trips, polka weekends, etc. We always enjoyed performing as an accordion duet in several states and 2 Canadian provinces.

Once asked when he would retire from teaching, Bob said “I have no intention of ever stopping. I plan on playing and teaching until the day I stop breathing!“ And the beat went on as he kept his word doing just that.
May you rest in peace. Your Loving Wife, Anita

Featured Soloist Gia Ciccone Receives DeBellis School Music Scholarship

by Dr. Joseph Ciccone
Gia Ciccone
Gia CicconeFeatured Soloist Gia Ciccone at Accordion Pops Spring Concert received “The DeBellis School of Performing Arts Music Scholarship”. The recent Accordion Pops Orchestra Concert, conducted by Al Terzo, was held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3:PM at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center 721 Cranberry Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.

The concert was dedicated to the memory of the late Eugene DeBellis. Mr. DeBellis, Assistant conductor of the Pops Orchestra contributed significantly to the Accordion world. His widow, Lorraine, also attended as well as daughter Cindy and her family who presented soloist Gia Ciccone, with “The DeBellis School of Performing Arts Music Scholarship” and a check for $100 after her outstanding performance of “Hungarian Dance #4” and “Two Guitars” played on her Titano Accordion. Gia is the first student Accordionist to receive this honor.

Remember to Support “The DeBellis School of Performing Arts Music Scholarship”, the American Accordionist’s Association’s “Youth Outreach Program” and the “Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Fund: For the advancement of young promising
Accordionists.” Keep Donating to make a difference...

Photos: Cindy DeBellis (daugher of honoree Eugene DeBellis) with her family and two former students of Mr. DeBellis, Juliett Amerman and Erika Perez. Lorraine DeBellis, pictured above, presented Gia with The DeBellis School of Performing Arts Music Scholarship
DeBellis family

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Cory Pesaturo in Amazing Concerts in May

by Rita Barnea
Cory at St. Joseph
Cory PesaturoCory presented 17 Concerts / Masterclasses in 17 Days from May 9th - 25, 2019. How is this possible? You have to know Cory.

Listed below are some of the events he participated in:

May 9-11: Detroit Jazz Concerts with Jazz Legend Ralphe Armstrong  
CD Release  

Michigan Accordion Society President Joe Recchia along with three-time world accordion champion Cory Pesaturo spent the morning of May 13th, 2019 in the main auditorium at Eisenhower High School showcasing the Accordion to approximately 100 very curious and interested high school students.

Masterclasses at Kalamazoo College & Einstein High School Outside of Detroit  
St. Joseph’s High School in Cleveland, the only High School with an Accordion Program  
4 concerts in San Francisco, including the San Francisco Accordion Club, and the Accordion Club of the Redwoods  

2 Concerts in Chicago  
Indy 500 Events, including Picture Day, privately with the winning team / driver / chassis.  

World Digital Accordion (Coupe Mondiale) and World Acoustic Accordion (Primus Ikaalinen) Champion Cory Pesaturo (aka C Pez) is a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music where he majored and graduated in the accordion. Pesaturo's extensive resumé includes appearances at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton on 4 different occasions, starting when he was only 12 years old. Cory has performed in 5 different continents, from Italy, to Canada, to New Zealand, to Japan and Tunisia.

Cory is known as both a visionary and a rebel within the main United States accordion world, but his main contribution, is his forward thinking of how the accordion should be used, played, and presented in the modern music world.

Visit Cory's website to learn much more about this talented and fascinating force in the modern world of the accordion!

Above photo: St. Joseph’s High School in Cleveland, the only High School with an Accordion Program

For further information: Cory.pesaturo@gmail.com

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CAA Orchestra & The Plainville Choral Society Dedicate Concert to Bob Siarkowski

by Rita Barnea
Peter PelosiThe Connecticut Accordion Association and the American Accordionists’ Association Proudly Present:“Home...Celebrating American Composers” featuring The Connecticut Accordion Association Orchestra in concert with The Plainville Choral Society on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 3:PM. The conductor is Peter Peluso. (Photo on right)

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Bob Siarkowski. See article about Bob Siarkowski in the Reports Section of this publication.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
355 Camp Street
Bristol, CT 06410

Suggested Donation:
$10.00 per person
Under 16 free

For more information,
visit www. CTAccordion.com
or call 203-272-1202.

The CAA is an affiliate of the American Accordionists’ Association, A 501c3 corporation founded in 1938
www.ameraccord.com

The Connecticut Acccordion Association began in 2004, the brainchild of Marilyn O'Neil and her accordion teacher, Mary Tokarski. The CAA is dedicated to the promotion of the accordion through all music genres and all variations of accordion instruments! CAA welcomes musicians who play all types of accordions....piano accordion, diatonic, chromatic button and more. We invite accordionists at all levels, and people who may not play the accordion, but love to listen.

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Video: Jane Christison on World Accordion Day

by Harley Jones
Video 1:

Video 2:
World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Jane Christison of Music With A Smile and Jane Christison – Janie Next Door® fame.

Video 1: Jane Christison performs Du, Du, Liegst Mir im Herzen.
Video 2: Jane Christison performing Peanuts Polka, El Rancho Grande.

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Music Monday in Canada

by Rita Barnea
Music Monday May 6, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019 was the 15th anniversary of Music Monday! Music Monday is a national event that takes place on the first Monday in May every year. All across Canada, students and citizens play and sing at 12:PM in support of music education.The event at the BC Legislature was one of many taking place in British Columbia, with schools and community organizations also marking this special day with celebratory concerts and musical events.

Monday, May 6, WAD, was celebrated as Music Monday across Canada. At 12:PM across the country, thousands of students were singing and performing concerts to support the important of Music Education.In Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The provincial capital celebration included (in photo) accordionists O. Scott and Jade Wong (students of Jelena Milojevic). O.Scott, World Accordion Trophy 2018 prize winner in Variete category and Jade Wong, 1st place winner of International Open Trophy 2018. Both won prizes at the Victoria Performing Arts Festival. The accordionists served as co-celebrators and performers who helped share the awareness of World Accordion Day. Also performing were 250 singers and the Oak Bay Secondary Jazz Band. Joining the celebration was the Premier of BC, John Horgan and the Ministers of Education and Arts and Culture. The event was conducted by conductor and accordionist, Dr. Adam Jonathan from the University of Victoria.

This year in dignitaries attendance included:
Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan
Minister Rob Fleming (Minister of Education)
Minister Lisa Beare (Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture)
Kelly Peterson (wife of late famous Canadian Jazz musician, Oscar Peterson)

The event is organized the BC Coalition for Music Education. This is important organization works to promote music education in the province.
Christin Reardon MacLellan (President, CMEBC)
Angela Elster (Coalition Canada; Vice President, CMEBC)
Dr. Adam Jonathan Con (Research, CMEBC)

The guest conductor was Dr. Adam Jonathan Con. Head of Music Education at the University of Victoria, director of the Symphonic Chorus, and student of Jelena Milojevic. He was facilities coordinator for the BC Accordion Festival in July 2016, and served as facilities coordinator for Trophee Mondial and World Accordion and Tango Festival in 2018. As guest conductor, he felt it was time and appropriate to include accordion as part of the celebration of both World Accordion Day and Music Monday.

Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble Concert on June 13

by Rita Barnea
Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble
The Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble will perform on June 13, 2019 at the Taormina Restaurant in Peekskill, New York where they had also performed on May 16, 2019. The purpose of the Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble is to enjoy time with friends, create great music together, to bring the unique sounds of the accordion to all ages of people and to bring the joy of music to everyone!

Mario said, “I founded this group because I would like to give aspiring accordionists, both amateur and more advanced, an opportunity to perform in an ensemble setting.”

The Ensemble consists of immediate to advanced players ranging from two to 10 years experience. Performing a variety of music, Director Mario Tacca writes all the arrangements for the group and this enables him to tailor the parts according to the needs of the members of the group who perform on both digital and acoustic instruments. Artistic Director, acclaimed International Vocalist Mary Mancini will also sing with the group. Singing in eight languages, this adds tremendous scope to the available repertoire.

In an interview in WAG Magazine conducted by Jena Butterfield, Mary and Mario provided insight into the background of the Hudson Valley Ensemble. “We’re keeping true to our total commitment to live music,” Mancini says. “And with accordion, there’s just no end to what you can do. I hear different styles of music coming from every student. Mario emphasizes each student individually, ex- posing them to all styles.” And the styles are vast. There is always something new to learn, even among professionals.”

Taormina Restaurant is located at 59 Hudson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566-2025.
For reservations, please call (914) 739-4007.

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Accordion in Florida Grand Opera “Frida” with Guest Artist Stas Venglevski

by Megumi Hada
"Frida," written and composed by Robert Xavier Rodriguez, was declared “Best Opera/Musical Theater of 1991.” The story follows the tempestuous relationship between Kahlo and Rivera. The Florida Grand Opera presented “Frida” on March 16 – 30, 2019. There were seven total shows among the three venues; Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Miramar Cultural Center, and Parker Playhouse.

Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s colorful score is a perfect match for the passionate art of the legendary painter Frida Kahlo. Although the artist was wracked by agonizing physical pain and caught up in a stormy marriage to Diego Rivera, the flame that fueled Kahlo’s art just kept burning and never turned to ash. She created 55self-portraits.

Rodriguez’s music, scored for a small orchestra, is an effective combination of authentic Mexican folk music with his original compositions blending tangos and colorations of zarzuela, ragtime, vaudeville and 1930s jazz. The accordion is the main instrument of the 11-piece orchestra. Stas Venglevski was the guest artist performing with the local orchestra.

The show features the sounds of the versatile accordion from start to finish. The accordion has a key role leading the melody throughout the 3-hour show. Accordion music closes the show. Under conductor Roberto Kalb, the orchestra maximized its potential with a vigorous and colorful performance that skillfully supported without upstaging the singing. Photo: Stas Venglevski with Frida, Catalina Cuervo

Stas’ Concert Schedule, June-Sep 2019

June 14, 15, 16
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Concert in Madison and Spring Green, Madison, WI
https://bachdancing.org/

July 11
Bayfield Summer Concerts
5:30 pm
Christ Episcopal Church
125 N. Third Street, Bayfield
http://www.bayfieldsummermusic.org/july-11.html

July 14
Fishstock Music Concert Series
3127 County Road F
Fish Creek, WI 
http://fishstockmusic.com/

September 8
3pm – 5pm
Music From Almost Yesterday
UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts
2400 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211

For further information: meghada33@gmail.com

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Los Texmaniacs Perform for the Central Texas Accordion Association

by Rita Barnea
Los Texmaniacs
Los Texmaniacs were the featured performers for the CTAA monthly meeting at Casa Chapal, Austin, Texas. Excerpts from Texas Highways Magazine: Noone sits or stands still when Los Texmaniacs, the band led by Max Baca, 51, and his nephew Josh Baca, 27, are on stage.

“When we play outside the United States, we say we’re representing American music … that we’re from Texas, we’re Mexican Americans, and this is our music.”

Max started Los Texmaniacs in San Antonio 22 years ago to honor the roots of Tejano conjunto music while incorporating rock ’n’ roll, jazz, funk, and other contemporary sounds. He had been playing bajo sexto with the supergroup Texas Tornados and decided to launch his own band when the Tornados took an extended break. Los Texmaniacs quickly carved out a place in the Tex-Mex pantheon. When Josh, a budding prodigy on accordion, joined Los Texmaniacs in 2011, the music ascended to a whole other level.

The two New Mexico natives have become leading ambassadors of Texas-Mexican music. They’ve recorded seven albums, including 2009’s Grammy Award-winning Borders y Bailes, and taken their traditional sounds around the globe, touring Russia twice for the State Department; the war zones of Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Kosovo for U.S. organizations; and China and Mongolia for the Smithsonian.
They’ve also updated Tex-Mex, most significantly on 2015’s Americano Groove, which features cameos from the likes of Joe Ely and David Hildalgo of Los Lobos.
Los Texmaniacs will be playing across Texas this summer, when they’re not venturing beyond state lines to spread their musica alegre to the world.

Joe Klaus said. “The Texmaniacs did an outstanding job of entertaining our members and friends tonight. It was a magical evening of accordion and more . If you were not there you missed one fine show. Thanks to the Texmaniacs for inviting us up to play along with them. It was so much fun. Wow!”

The Central Texas Accordion Association meets the last Monday of each month (except June and the month of December) at Casa Chapala 9041 Research Blvd, Austin, Tx at 7:30 PM.

CTAA was organized in January of 1992, by a number of local musicians, and has been in operation ever since. CTAA is devoted solely to the furtherance of accordion performance, instruction, understanding, and enjoyment. Visitors are welcome at the meetings. You do not have to own or play an accordion to become a member. Dues are $20.00/year for a single member. $30.00/year for a family membership .

Contact: AustinAccordion@gmail.com

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

Summer 2019 Performances by Dr. William Schimmel

by Rita Barnea
Dr. William SchimmelDr. William Schimmel maintains a busy summer schedule including the following events:

June 1 to 5 - Spoleto Festival - Charleston South Carolina
Performing: In Vain by George Friedrich Haas - 8 PM

June 13 - recording What's Tango about the Classics #3
Nelson Studios - Hudson New York

June 17 - Club Helsinki - Hudson New York - with Nelson and the Wolf

June 23 - Premiere of Bronx Lullaby by Schimmel at  Jim Kempner Gallery
501 West 23 St   6 PM

June 26 - Argentine Embassy - Concert with Hugo Goldenzweig, Piano
performing Chopin in Buenos Aires and Tango Sonata by Schimmel
12 W 56th St 8PM

For further information: billschimmel@billschimmel.com

Accordion Repairs Made Easy by John Reuther

Brooklyn Accordion Club Presents Two Accordionists on June 24

by Rita Barnea
BAC poster
The Brooklyn Accordion Club will host two guests at their June meeting: Stephanie Simon (Gadji Accordion from France), and Cordeone Loic De Silva.

The event will take place from 7-9:PM on June 24, 2019 at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, New York. Admission: $5.00
Stephanie will give a talk on accordion tuning and operation. Cordeone will then entertain with a mix of Jazz, Fado, Brazilian music, Funk, Reggae and hip hop.

This event is open to the public, but space is limited. The meeting will open with a brief open mic. All levels/genres welcome. Please RSVP your spot for open mic.
The Brooklyn Accordion Club aims to build a community of accordion players of all levels and admirers in the heart of Brooklyn.

Please email to reserve: brooklynaccordionclub@gmail.com

Pigini USA distributor Ernest Deffner

Accordion Free-For-All on June 25 in Austin, Texas

by Rita Barnea
AccordionfreeforallThe Central Texas Accordion Association and Senior Activity Center will host their 19th annual Accordion Free-For-All on June 25, 2019 at 7:PM at the Senior Activity Center, 22874 Shoal Crest Ave., Austin, Texas.

Admission is Free.

For more information: Mitch White 512-699-6491

Accordion Jazz Chords

Nathan Chapeton and Mary Tokarski Perform for LIAA

by AAA Newsletter: Editor Kevin Friedrich
Nathan Chapeton and Mary Tokarski
The Long Island Accordion Alliance (LIAA) gathering on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6:PM feature guest artists Mary Tokarski and Nathan Chapeton.

Nathan Chapeton is a young musician who became interested in playing the accordion at the age of eight when he heard his teacher, Mary Tokarski perform in concert. Mr. Chapeton has appeared as a guest artist in many local musical organizations including the Long Island Accordion Alliance, the Brooklyn Accordion Club, and as a frequent performer at Connecticut Accordion Association events. Nathan has earned the privilege of representing the United States- AAA at the Coupe Mondiale (World Accordion Championships) several times and is planning on competing at the upcoming 2019 Coupe Mondiale in Shenzhen, China.

Nathan was among participants from around the globe (all over the United States and internationally from Russia, Ukraine, China and Canada) to perform at the 2018 First Honors Recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City where he performed Alexander Tcherepnin’s “Partita”. Nathan has also appeared as guest soloist with both the New Haven Symphony and the Hamden Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut.

Concert accordionist, Mary Tokarski performs both nationally and internationally as a member to The “K” Trio. For 20 years Mary served as a soloist with Symphony Orchestra and previously as a member of The 'K' Trio. For 20 years Mary served as Director of Music Educatin at Tokarski Music Center in North Haven, Connecticut, where she taught piano and accordion, as well as conducted the choral and ensemble programs, and supervised the preschool programs.

Mary currently teaches accordion in Connecticut and via Skype, is part of the adjunct faculty at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut and served as a Music Educator in the North Haven Department of Education's Early Childhood Development Program at Green Acres Elementary School for many years before retiring to focus on entirely on accordion education and performance. Immediate Past President of the American Accordionists’ Association, Mary continues to serve on the Executive Committee.

Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended.

Call: 631-261-6344

There is no LIAA meeting in July. The next meeting will be Wednesday, August 7, 2019 featuring Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini.

PANcordion

Cody McSherry Performs for the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society

by Harley Jones
CodyAt his performance for the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society on May 19, Cody McSherry performed the 'Ballad of Faithe' composed by Guy Klucevsek in honor of the famous Faithe Deffner (USA) who was very prominent in USA accordion activities and also internationally for many years until her death in 2014.

Cody McSherry is fifteen years old and is a sophomore at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster, PA. He has been playing accordion since the age of six. Cody is studying accordion with Mary Tokarski (in Connecticut) and voice with Joanne Abrom.

In 2016, Cody won the Lancaster’s Got Talent competition held by Lancaster Newspapers and is a two-time winner of the Carmen Carrozza Scholarship, Junior Division, held by the American Accordionists’ Association. In November 2018 Cody performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage in Washington, DC.

Sounding Out the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux

Dick Contino Tribute Show at Chicago Accordion Club

by Rita Barnea
Chicago Accordion ClubDick ContinoThe Chicago Accordion Club hosted a Dick Contino Tribute Show on May 20, 2019 at 310 W. Butterfield Rd, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126. The event began with pre-meeting music by accordionist Bob Hoge who is a member of the “Snowbird Polka Band” in Florida and also “The Bruce Korosa Band”. This was followed by a performance by Lenny Leto, entertained everyone with his own well-known style of playing some of Dick’s most popular tunes!

Judy Contino presented the “Dick Contino Celebration” delivering an audio-visual presentation and celebration of the life of Dick Contino. She shared her collection of many of Dick’s most memorable performances.

Founded in 1988, the Chicago Accordion Club is dedicated to the wonderful fans of all varieties of accordions and accordion music in Chicagoland and around the world. Meetings are held on the third Monday of every month at the American Legion Hall in Elmhurst, Illinois at 310 W. Butterfield Road. You do not have to be a member to attend. Doors open at 6:PM.

For further information: normannewman@gmail.com

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

2019 National Polka Festival, Ennis, Texas

by Christine Johnstone
Polka band
Polka bandThe annual National Polka Festival was held on Memorial Weekend in Ennis, Texas from May 24th to 26th. The festival celebrated 53 wonderful years of Czech heritage and offered an abundance of activities including an opening dance featuring polka music and the King and Queen Dance Contest, where participants and non-participants are encouraged to wear traditional Czech kroj (costumes). 

The following day there was a parade with colourful costumes and floats, marching bands, celebrities, public officials, motorcycles, horseback riders and clowns.

During the festival performances were given by 15 different bands and soloists including “Squeezebox” (featuring Ted Lange & Mollie B), accordionist Alex Meixner (who plays a wide variety of musical genres from classical to jazz to pop to world music), Jodie Mikula Orchestra (which includes accordionists Mike Marek & Joe Zetka), Fritz Hodde and "The Fabulous Six" (picture left which includes accordionists Fritz Hodde, Scott Hodde, Brandon Hodde, Diane Hodde & Gary Greener). the Czech Harvesters Band (who are in their 40th year of performing "Texas-Style Czech Music"), and the Moravians Polka Band who enjoy playing polka music and includes accordionists Chris Trojacek, Matthew Matous and Tyler Prasifka.

Titano Accordion Company

Future events


Gary Daverne CD's and eSheet music available online

Accordion Noir Get Together July 8-11

by Rita Barnea
Accordion Get to gatherAre you in BC? Come and join the gang in Enderby for the 7th Annual Accordion Get-To-Gether, July 8-11, 2019!

Bring your accordions, lawn chairs or blankets for 4 days of accordion music! July 8-11 at the Riverside RV Park and Campground, Enderby, BC. Reservations recommended if you want to camp.

For more information and/or to request the song book, please contact Nyla or John at 250-546-3192 or jnyl@telus.net

The Art of Playing the Accordion Artistically by Friedrich Lips

International Jazz Accordion/Modern Harmony Master Classes in Spain with Victor Prieto

by Rita Barnea
Victor Prieto
Abe and VictorInternational Jazz Accordion/Modern Harmony Master Classes in Spain with Victor Preto takes place July 13 and 14, 2019. New York City bases Accordionist Victor Prieto will present his VI Jazz Accordion and Modern Harmony Master Classes in Ourense,Spain.

For more information:
Xohán Manuel Xil Páxaro 
Phone: +34-665-629-110 
Skype: xmxpaxaro 
info@victorprieto.net


The Master Class will be held at Centro Cuntural Marcos Varcarcel in Odense, Spain lasting for 10 hours distributed as follows: 3 hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon each day. The classes will run from 10:30 to 13:30 and 15:30 to 17:30. The lunch break will be from 13:30 to 15:30. The Master Class will be entirely in English. Victor will translate to Spanish in case is needed as in past years.

Jam sessions: July 13th during the night, there will be an open Jam session at a great Jazz Club of the city "Cafe Cultural Auriense", so all the participants can play with other instruments, experiment, socialize and have a wonderful time performing in front of an audience.

The Master Classes: Please watch this video from previous Master Classes. 
https://vimeo.com/168272854
During the Master Class the following subjects will be covered:
Full rhythm section (bass and drums) both days.
-Improvisation: in different styles and understanding scales. (Pop, rock, bolero) not only in jazz. 
-Comping: How to form chords, close position, open position, Upper structures. 
Poly-Chords: My technique "Chord Approach on both hands.". 
-Styles ,How to frase and comp: Jazz, blues, Brazilian, traditional tango, new Tango and other styles of modern harmony. 
-How to work and what to do in a recording studio when you get only chord changes. 
-We will watch videos and analyze them. How the accordion interacts with other instruments depending of the instrumentation of the groups. (Duo, Trio, Solo, singer, piano) 
- A book with Material will be given to each student for further studies and review (to take home with you). 
-We will practice and perform with a rhythm section (bass and drums). So everyone can apply all the information that we have gone over. 
-How to use the registers and voices of the accordion to orchestrate and and have a bigger variety of colors and sounds.


If you have any question please write to : xmxpaxaro@gmail.com 
contact the organizers at: Phone 34-665-629-110.

On June 1, 2019 Victor Preto will teach a Master Class and perform at the Ponteareas Jazz Festival (Spain). He will be accompanied by a Catalan rhythm section, Jordi Gaspar, bass and Gonzalo Del Val, drums . For more information, please get in contact with The Concello of Ponteareas.

The Victor Prieto Trio will continue performing at Ponteareas Jazz Festival, where he will also give a 5 hours Master Class. The Abade & Prieto Duo will unite forces with the incredible Susana Seivane for a magical performances in June and July.

Victor said, “I can not wait to listen to Susana Seivane Playing my piece for Gaita (Mundos Celtas), among other pieces.” The Victor Prieto Voyage Trio plays at the Ourense Festivities.

Victor commented about his Duo “It is a project born in NYC and crafted in Galicia (Spain). Abe and I were roommates in Boston, while attending Berklee College of Music (1997). A few months ago Abe Rábade was performing at Carnegie Hall, so invited him to have lunch at my apartment. From that lunch in the West 190th Street, this fantastic project was created.

For further information: info@victorprieto.net

4 Music Books by Stas Venglevski

2019 Master Class and Concert Series July 26-28 in NYC

by Dr. William Schimmel
2019 AAA Masterclass and Seminar
The American Accordionists’ Association proudly presents The 25th Anniversary of the Master Class & Concert Series "THAT MEANS WHAT!?" with Dr. William Schimmel, Moderator and Curator July 26, 27 and 28, 2019.

For further information:
accordion bill@gmail.com
AAA

Amy Jo Sawyer CD titled According to Amy

Cotati Festival August 17 and 18 in California

by Rita Barnea
Cotati Festival takes place August 17 and 18, 2019 at La Plaza Park, Cotati, CA 94931. The Cotati Accordion Festival is a two-day, multi-cultural, multi-generational accordion extravaganza held in La Plaza Park in downtown Cotati. Festivities begin on Friday before the festival. See 40+ bands on seven stages including the Jam Tent, Polka/Zydeco, two main stages, Accordion's Apocalypse Stage, Student Stage, and Friar Tuck's Pub.

Performers include:
Accordion Apocalypse Stage
Anaïs Bessières
Andre Thierry
Amber Lee Baker
Art Peterson & Laurie Miller
The Bellow Shakes
Big Lou’s Dance Party
Big Lou the Accordion Princess
Corky Bennett
Cory Pesaturo
Crème Brülée
Creosote
Dona Francisca
Duckmandu
En Canto
Future Accordion Stars
Gary Blair
Geoff Berner
Ginny Mac
Golden State Accordion Club
Grand Finale
The Great Morgani
Intuitive Compass
Jim Gilman
Junk Parlor
La Agencia
the Mad Maggies
Mark St. Mary
Miss Moonshine
MotorDude Zydeco
Nathan Rivera & Jessie Anders
Penny Opry
Pietro Adragna
Rene Sevieri
Skyler Fell
Sourdough Slim
Steve Balich
The Wild Catahoulas
ZLA VILA

CAF Charter states:
“The CAF is a 501C3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing funds for Performing Arts Programs in our local schools. With all the budget cuts constantly eliminating school programs, our organization recognizes the need for outside sources to keep these programs alive. We believe that discontinuing the Performing Arts (music, drama & art) is detrimental to the education of future generations.

The event started in 1991, through the selfless dedication of many volunteers who donated time and money. There has been a tremendous support of individuals and businesses working together to create this three-day multi-cultural, multi-generational, musical extravaganza for both residents and visitors.

These last 28 events have been wonderful community building affairs. We’re now in our 29th year, generating positive public relations and giving credibility for our community, Cotati, and the accordion.

By producing these problem-free events that have benefited our local schools, we have donated over $470,000 to our community.”

Tickets are:
$19.00 for one day, when purchased at the gate. $29.00 for two days, when purchased at the gate
$17.00 for one day, purchased in advance – online or at an outlet. $27.00 for two days, when purchased in advance – online or at an outlet.
$15.00 for a one-day senior ticket when purchased in advance.
SENIORS – BE PREPARED TO SHOW ID AT THE GATE
Kids 15 and under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.

For further information;
email: info@cotatifest.com
phone: 707 664 0444
fax: 707 664 0444
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