Accordion USA
home articles organizations
Search on site

Translate









































































































































































































































































































































































































Yellow Pages Events









































































































































































































































































































































U.S. National Accordion News - 01-Mar-2014
Previous News | Past News Index | Next News


Titano Accordion Company

Highlights

Editor's Note
Passing of Evan Harlan
World Premiere of "Dizzy Fingers: The Life of Joe Soprani"
Accordionist Petar Maric in Maryland Concerts
National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention in Texas from March 5-9
Norwegian Composer Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred to Tour US with his New Accordion+Cello Work
Fabio and Fabio Perform at the Long Island Accordion Alliance on March 5
Meet Jazz Accordionist Luis Espindola
SFAC Presents Accordionists in Concert on March 16th
AAMS Honors Jim Vandelly on March 29 in NJ
Concert "The French Experience" on March 28th
AAA Presents 12th Annual Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Event on April 6

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

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

Mesa Accordion Event 2014 (A Personal Perspective)
Immigrant Sons: New Accordion Group
Dr.William Schimmel- Busy 2014
Tom Izzo is Honorary Member of Michigan Accordion Society
Accordionist Paul Betken
'Play Your Accordion Without Pain', Two New Chapters Released

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

Future events

The 17th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention
"From Broadway to the Met" with Dominic Karcic
Accordionist Dan Newton: Upcoming Performances in Minneapolis
New England Music Festival: April 4-6, 2014
Accordion Pops Orchestra Presents Tribute to Carmen Carrozza
AAA Festival July 9-13, 2014 in Tarrytown, NY
ATG Festival July 23-26,2014 in San Francisco
AAA Masterclass and Seminars, August 2014, THE EVERYDAY ACCORDION -
Taking the 5th
Cotati Festival in California on August 17th and 18th
ACCORDIONS NOW! 2014


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

Editor's Note

by Rita Barnea
Editor Rita BarneaThank you to all of our readers for another record year of page views!

The USA News had 1.3 million page views in 2013 which averages over 100,000 page views per month. This is a new all time high! The USA news is viewed all over the world.

We want to thank you, our readers, for your support of our totally free service of reporting your accordion concert and events on the USA news site. This service is financially possible because of our extensive readership and the financial support of our greatly appreciated advertisers.

I encourage you all to kindly consider our advertisers when you are looking to purchase a new accordion, used accordion, repairs, music, CD's and more.

If you are interested in advertising your music, CD's. services, etc. please contact us at: goaccordion@yahoo.com and we will advise you of the many possibilities that are available to promote you.

As always, please continue to contact me with your comments, ideas, and news that I am happy to consider for the USA News. We are pleased that we can continue to include videos in our news articles. This greatly enhances the understanding and enjoyment of the music.

I look forward to hearing from you anytime. My email is Ritabelll@aol.com

In the March news below you will read about many exciting past and future accordion events. Be a part of it! Play the accordion! Or go to an event!

Best wishes,
Editor Rita Barnea

Pigini USA distributor Ernest Deffner

Passing of Evan Harlan

by Rita Barnea
AWW is sad to report the passing of Evan Harlan on February 27, 2014 due to a long term illness.

Evan Harlan (accordion, piano, composer, and music director) recorded and performed internationally with several jazz and world music ensembles including Dave Douglas, the Klezmer Conservatory Band and the Von Trapp Singers. His own quartet, Andromeda, played original music with the flavors of Americana, tango, gypsy, and other passionate traditions.

In addition to concerts in the New England area, they were the house band for the American Repertory Theater's production of "Snow" in June in 2003. From 1995-2000, Harlan's group Excelsior played unorthodox arrangements of 20th century composers's works. Their CD, "Declassified", was featured on WGBH radio's internationally distributed "Art of the States", WGBH/BBC's "The World", WBUR's "The Connection" and "Here and Now".

Harlan was the recipient of a 2001 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in music composition; he also scored numerous works for film, dance, and theater. In addition, he played on the soundtracks of Sidney Lumet's "A Stranger Among Us", and John Sayles's "Lone Star". In 2001, he performed in the orchestra with Luciano Pavarotti at the Fleet Center in Boston, and was featured in Hovanhess's "Rubaiyat" and Hindemith's "Kammermusik 1".

As a conductor of musical theater, he led "Snow in June" and "Shlemeil the First" at the American Repertory, and "Fiorello" at Brandeis University. Evan earned his B.A. from the University of California and M.M. from NEC.(New England Conservatory of Music. He was on the faculty where he taught classes in Contemporary Improvisation. He also had performed on the ACCORDIONS NOW! music festival in New Hampshire.

Evan greatly contributed to the advancement of the accordion through his teaching and performances. His legacy will live on through his students and many recordings.

Funeral arrangements will be posted in the USA News when available.

PANcordion

World Premiere of "Dizzy Fingers: The Life of Joe Soprani"

by Rita Barnea
Radio Times Interview with Marty Moss-Coane - The Life of Joe Soprani. This is a MP3 sound file.
Video: Joe Soprani and group playing Soft Summer Breeze. This is a preview of the soon to be released video.

Joe Soprani and ensemble perform "Anema e core," produced by Naut Pictures for its forthcoming documentary on Joe; "Dizzy Fingers."
Joe SopraniJoe Soprani and his ensemble perform "Soft Summer Breeze" and "Anema e core" produced by Naut Pictures for its forthcoming documentary on Joe; "Dizzy Fingers." Musicians: Joe Soprani, accordion; Len Oranzi, guitar; Ed Hagopian, piano; Bill Zinno, bass; Patrick McHenry, drums

It was filmed at Forge Recording in Oreland, PA; Produced, engineered, and mixed by Brendan McGeehan; Directed and edited by Dom Hilton; 2nd camera: Matt Martin; production assistant: Jay Yachetta

Accordionist Joe Soprani will perform on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the World Cafe Live Philadelphia-Upstairs, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At this time the world premiere of "Dizzy Fingers: The Life of Joe Soprano" will take place. Make sure you are there for this major film premiere event and concert.

Recognized as a world class accordionist, educator and arranger-composer, Joseph Soprani has dominated the accordion scene in Philadelphia for man than 45 years. Having appeared with the Philly Phanati at Citizens Bank Park in Celebration of Italian Heritage Night in 2012 and 2013, he holds the distinction of being the only accordionist in the history of the Philadelphia Orchestra to appear as featured soloist under Eugene Ormandy.

He is the the former accordion soloist with the US Air Force Band in Washington, DC and was the first accordion soloist with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Band for eight years. While with the Air Force Band, he was awarded "The Air Force Roger", the most prestigious entertainment award bestowed by the US Air Force.

The accordion has brought Joe Soprani some of the most unique performance experiences imaginable. With his squeezebox in tow, Joe has collaborated with Bon Jovi, performed at the White House, with Pavarotti, with tenor soloist Russell Watson, with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, on national television, and more. During his career, Soprani performed for President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, and many world dignitaries. In 2006, he was voted by the Philadelphia City Paper as "the most versatile accordion player" and he continues to promote the accordion as a serious instrument. He is currently the in-house accordionist on the Don Giovanni Italian Oldies Radio Show which can be heard via the internet.

Joe Soprani has even survived a plane crash (though his first instrument did not). In his 80 years, Joe continues to work on and perfect his craft with seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm, while also passing on his knowledge to his many students.

"Dizzy Fingers: the Life of Joe Soprani" explores a remarkable life filled with music. With the help of interviews with people in Joe's life, including Obie O'Brien (Bon Jovi), Susan Ashbaker (Opera Company of Philadelphia), and Joe Parente (president, Local 77), the film examines the true talents of a masterful musician. Not only that, but "Dizzy Fingers" provides a historical context to the instrument itself, with insight by ethnomusicologist, Marion Jacobson, who describes the rise and subsequent fall of the accordion due to the arrival of the Beatles. With the accordion seeing a great resurgence in contemporary pop and indie music, the time is now to recognize the man who never left it behind.

Leading up to the premiere screening, Joe will perform live with a full band, playing well known pop, folk, and classical works.

Joe Soprani and film producer, Brendan McGeehan, were interviewed on WHYY's Radio Times on February 27 with Marty Moss-Coane. You can hear the interview in this article.

Film producer Brendan McGeehan is a true utility player in the music industry. A trained recording engineer and studied musician, he is adept and comfortable behind the board, in the producer’s chair, as well as performing bass, piano, guitar, or ukulele on the other side of the glass.

Equally at home at a rock venue, classical concert hall, or jazz club, Brendan’s enthusiasm and love and understanding of many genres of music keeps him in demand. Formerly touring as bassist with punk/funk band Counter Riot, whose 2011 album was produced by Scott Stallone, he currently plays bass and keyboards for Philadelphia act Wonder & Fury and AlyCat.
As a composer, he has scored music for several films over the last few years, appearing on FunnyOrDie and working with directors from Philadelphia to LA. His film, “Trouble’s A’Brewin’,” which he also produced, premiered at the 2012 Off-Centered Film Festival in Austin, TX.

As an engineer, Brendan is constantly involved in the production of sounds, whether it’s working as the in-house producer/engineer for a 80 year-old Philadelphia accordion legend or mixing audio for 20,000 people at PPL park for the Philadelphia Union at a MLS game, and all things in between.

Tickets are $12-$15 General Admission. All Upstairs tickets are General Admission. Dining is available at World Cafe Live. Reservations are accepted for Upstairs Live, a full service restaurant; scheduling a reservation time 1½ to 2 hours before show time is recommended. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE SEATS are located on all seated levels of this theatre. For more information, please contact: ticketingstaff@worldcafelive.com or call 215-222-1400.

Sounding Out the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux

Accordionist Petar Maric in Maryland Concerts

by Rita Barnea
Petar MaricPetar Maric (Coupe Mondiale, Trophée Mondiale, Klingenthal and Castelfidardo winner), plays "Tango Tronic" by his arrangement. Everything you hear and see is produced on one electronic accordion, Roland FR-7X. 
Camera - Nebojsa Vasic, edited by Petar Maric. 


World Artists Experiences in partnership with the Embassy of Serbia proudly presents world-renowned accordionist Petar Maric. The program will consist of folk and classical music performed on both the acoustic and electronic accordion. 

A native of Belgrade in Serbia, Mr. Maric has been a student of the accordion since the age of five and has studied at music schools throughout Europe. He has also won international competitions for accordion players in countries from Norway to Italy.

Playing everything from classical music originally written for accordion, to compositions for other instruments, to music from cultures around the world, this internationally acclaimed Serbian musician’s wide repertoire also offers the intriguingly original sound of the electronic accordion. 

Performances are as follows:
Saturday, March 1, 7:PM
The Prince George County Historical Society Inc,
6406 Courthouse Road
Prince George, Virginia 23875 



Sunday, March 2, 3:PM
Dinwiddie Courthouse
14008 Boydton Plank Road
Dinwiddie, VA  
 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7 pm
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
 
Tickets are not required; however seating is on a first-come basis. For further information: maestromaric@gmail.com

The International Trio, CD Available online, secure server

National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention in Texas from March 5-9

by Rita Barnea
NAA logo
The 28th 2014 National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention will be held from March 5-9, 2014 at the Southfork Hotel and Convention Center in Plano, Texas.

An exciting new concept will be implemented this year. Accordion ambassadors from China are scheduled to participate in the 2014 convention include Yiru Liu, Shusheng Wang, Yuanan Fan, Rui Liu and Annie Gong (China-New Zealand). Together, they will be representing Shandong University at Weihai, the Accordion Association of Shandong Province, National Accordion Association (China), Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Chinese Musicians Association, National Higher Education Accordion Society (China) and Roland Accordion.

Selected members of the National Accordion Association (USA) will teach sessions on classical, jazz and folk music, which are normally associated with the USA and European countries.

Attend the NAA Convention for:
1. A true Texas atmosphere
2. Workshops from professionals
3. Join a Band - demonstrate your ability
4. Jam Sessions - to the wee hours
5. Concert time with the best
6. Check the dealers - test a new instrument
7. Sell one of yours at the swap shop
8. Join the banquet ending - Conga Line

National Accordion Convention officials proudly announce the annual convention scheduled for March 6-8, 2014, located in the Dallas area. Included in this convention are the traditional concerts, workshops, open mikes, jam sessions, vendor presentations, banquet and many social events. As usual, NAA officials are experimenting with new ideas.

President Norman Seaton declare the week March 6-8 to be the “Plano, TX, Accordion Awareness Week.” The NAA will work with the Visitors and Convention Bureau to invite all area music teachers to attend (no charge). Included will be promotional material for adding accordions to their list of musical instruments.

Young musicians from the local bands are invited to bring their music instruments and play along with the youth band that includes more than accordions. The NAA will provide professional accordionists to perform in the hotel restaurant to entertain diners and to sell tickets to various convention events.

Special activities include:
Jazz Mini College: Initiate an introduction to jazz training that includes theory, demonstrations, application, practice, participation and finally a Certificate of Completion signed by the NAA President and Instructors.

International Music Festival: Convert the traditional Friday evening concert and dance into an International Music Festival complete with dancing, food, and two performance stages.

“Accordion-Free” Zone: Provide a “no-accordion” area for the general public and conventioneers who want a break from 24/7 accordion music. On Friday night, interested conventioneers are invited to join the ongoing Plano Poker Club that will meet in this “no-accordion” zone.

For further information:
Phone: 214 938-5984 (cell)
natlaccordion@sbcglobal.net

Charnwood Music Publishing, UK's Leading Publishing House

Norwegian Composer Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred to Tour US with his New Accordion+Cello Work

by Rita Barnea
Bjorn Skjelbred
Composer Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred will be flying in from Oslo, Norway to attend the first 7 performances of his newest work “ConVergEnce for Accordion and Cello”. Download Press Release (9 pages): SkjelbredPR

Concerts are scheduled in New York, New Jersey, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Together with “ConVergEnce”, the concert will also include Skjelbred’s classical guitar solo, “Moves”, Magnar Am’s “On the Banks of the Eternal Second”, and Wolfgang Plagge’s “Fractals”.

In April 2013, Norwegian Composers Fund awarded Mr. Skjelbred a 60,000 kroner commissioning grant to write “ConVergEnce”. Mr. Skjelbred’s travel and lodging expenses are covered by generous grants from the Norwegian Association of Composers and Music Norway.

The world premiere is scheduled at Everett Theater in Bennnington, VT with cellist Michael Gilbert Ronstadt and accordionist Rocco Anthony Jerry. Cellists Jared Shapiro and Dr. David Bebe will be performing with Mr. Jerry for the later concerts in the tour. Classical guitarist Eric Despard will be performing Skjelbred’s “Moves” at all the venues.

Gary Daverne CD's and eSheet music available online

Fabio and Fabio Perform at the Long Island Accordion Alliance on March 5

by Rita Barnea
Fabio and FabioThe next meeting of the Long Island Accordion Alliance (LIAA) sponsored by La Villini Restaurant is on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6 PM at La Villini, 288 Larkfield Road, East Northport, NY 11731

Come and enjoy the festive music of the Long Island Accordion Alliance (LIAA) and featured guest artists Fabio & Fabio Lucarelli.

In the Lucarelli family, there are four generations of accordionists, all with the same name!

The first Fabio began performing on the accordion professionally during the days of Vaudeville. Fabio, Sr. was a self taught musician and entertained with the clarinet and accordion. He founded Fabio's Accordion School in Derby, CT.

Many years later, his son, Fabio Jr.,used his lunch box to pretend he was playing an accordion. At the age of 7 his father began to teach him. Later, they became known as Fabio & Fabio and he also gave accordion lessons.

With his accordion, Fabio was sent to the front lines in Korea, where it saved his life. Fabio performed for the troops and officer clubs with Eddie Fisher. After the service, Fabio Jr. continued playing with Bob Kay’s Orchestra and formed the Fabio Trio in the early 60’s touring from Florida to Greenland.

The accordion was always an integral part of the Lucarelli family life. Fabio 3rd at the age of 3, was given the accordion by his grandfather in 1957. Those days were known as the Golden Age of Accordion. Fabio practiced while his father was on the road, joining him when the Trio was on their East Coast tour. They continued performing as a Father/Son duet calling themselves Fabio & Fabio.

Fabio 3rd continued his accordion career performing in many venues and became a regular on the WICC Italian House Party in Bridgeport, CT. Fabio 4th was inspired by the recordings of his grandfather taking lessons from the great jazz artist, Dominic Mecca, of Waterbury, CT. During elementary school, he was the first and only accordionist in the Salem School Band!

Eventually he was introduced by his father on WICC radio and they continue to this day as the 3rd generation of Fabio & Fabio, performing many of the arrangements passed down to them by their grandfather. They have also recorded CD's which are available.

For further information about their CD's and performances:
accordionman3@comcast.net

For more information about the LIAA event and dinner reservations: 631-261-6344

The Art of Playing the Accordion Artistically by Friedrich Lips

Meet Jazz Accordionist Luis Espindola

by Rita Barnea
Luis Espindola
Luis EspindolaJazz accordionist Luis Espindola will perform with the Luis Espindola Jazz Band at the opening night of the High Note Jazz Club, Miami's New Jazz Venue on March 14, 2014 at 9:PM. The electrifying sounds of the Luis Espindola Jazz Band come to the High Note stage to electrify the audience. His masterfull arrangements to the world composers classic hits are sensitive and provocative. Sit and feel the sounds of brass and jazz in an evening you soon will not forget. 

Jazz Accordionist, Arranger, Composer, and Band Leader Luis Espindola  was born in Cuba, but soon after established residence with his family  in beloved Puerto Rico. After developing an interest for the accordion  at a very young age, Espindola began his studies under the guidance  and supervision of Maestro George Kudirka. It was hearing Argentinean  born Jazz Pianist, Maestro Atilio Bruni, which aided in Luis  Espindola's determined development of skill and technique in the jazz  field. His devotion led him to study the Berklee College of Music  Arranging, Orchestration and Modern Harmony Courses.

Years later, he  became a renowned Arranger, Composer, Director and Jazz Musician  throughout Puerto Rico. Espindola is well known for playing complex  poly chordal tone structures and by incorporating orchestral approach  techniques for Mechanical Voicings, making him one of the few  accordionists to ever achieve such a distinctive jazz sound.

Luis Espindola has  enjoyed a successful career traveling throughout Europe, the Middle  East, South America, United States and The Caribbean performing to  Jazz lovers and newcomers alike. "Maestro" Espindola has several  studio work recordings with a number of artists. He has recorded  multiple sessions with the late sax virtuoso Jesus Caunedo. He  currently resides in the beautiful city of Miami where he is helping  to enhance the listening ears of many in the wonderful musical world  of Jazz.

For further information about Luis Espindola including information about purchasing his CD's: Luis@LuisEspindolaJazzBand.com

4 Music Books by Stas Venglevski

SFAC Presents Accordionists in Concert on March 16th

by Rita Barnea
Alicia BakerMike ZampeciniThe San Francisco Accordion Club (SFAC) will feature several accordionists in concert on March 16, 2014 at 2:PM. The musicians include Alicia Baker, Mike Zampiceni, 13 year old Lorenzo Lucchesi, 11 year old Massimo Sclaroni, and Gus Greyhosky. The concert will be held at the Oyster Point Yacht, 911 Marina Blvd., south San Francisco.

Alicia Baker has been a passionate musician since early childhood. She began studying the piano at age 4, the accordion at age 6 and voice at age 14. Alicia recently graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, Piano Performance, and Vocal Performance.

Alicia has found her most tangible success with the accordion.
Most recently, she was awarded 3rd place at the Coupe Mondiale accordion World championships in the digital division, taking place in Victoria, BC this past August. Alicia has also won several other International competitions, including the Happy Hans Open and the Leavenworth Open. In 2009, she won the privilege of representing the USA at the Roland International V-Accordion Competition in Rome. This turned out to be the beginning of her current relationship with Roland; one that continues to provide opportunities to share her love for the instrument.

Aside from competitive events, Alicia has performed solo accordion concerts at many notable festivals. These include the American Accordion Association Convention, Cotati Accordion Festival, the Accordionists and Teachers Guild International Festival, KIOTAC, Leavenworth Old- Time Accordion Festival, and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show. In 2011, she was privileged to join the Corvallis symphony as the soloist for Nikolai Chaikin's Accordion Concerto in B-flat Major.

In addition to her three instruments, Alicia also discovered a passion for musical composition. She has composed many solo accordion pieces, a few solo piano pieces, and two works for choir. Alicia won the KRAFT composition competition held at OSU in 2011, and was honored to have her composition The Unseen, written for choir, cello, and piano, performed by the OSU Chamber Choir. She plans to continue composing, and hopes to become a published composer someday.

Mike Zampiceni was raised with accordions from birth. His father, Joseph Zampiceni, was a noted accordionist, teacher, composer, arranger, and music publisher. Accordions were part of the Zampiceni household from day one. Mike began formal study of the accordion at age 8, and had his first series of paid engagements at the age of 11 when he played for San Jose area parades.

After teaching, performing, and selling pianos and organs for about five years, Mike decided to switch careers. Nevertheless, Mike has never left the music profession and has continued to play engagements and teach students. His extensive repertoire includes American standards from the 30’s to the 70’s, commercial jazz, and European music.

Mike had a long-term engagement playing accordion and singing on Saturday nights for 10 years at Di Cicco’s Restaurant in San Jose, and A’ Bellagio Restaurant in downtown Campbell and at Isabella’s on the Monterey wharf on weekends. He recently started playing regularly at Paesano’s Restaurant in downtown San Jose.

For further information about Mike: eclecticguy@comcast.net

The concert will be held at the Oyster Point Yacht, 911 Marina Blvd., south San Francisco.

Amy Jo Sawyer CD titled According to Amy

AAMS Honors Jim Vandelly on March 29 in NJ

by Rita Barnea
AAMS2014 Poster
Jim VandellyThe American Accordion Musicological Society in conjunction with the Mid Atantic Music Teachers Guild presents Accordion Extravaganza 2014 honoring Accordionist Jim Vandelly on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at The Hanover Marriott Hotel, 1401 Route 10 East, Whippany, NJ.

In 1948, a traveling representative of the Rosita Lee Studios knocked on the door of the Vandelly family in Townsend, Massachusetts. He showed Jim a twelve-base accordion, and that started his adventures in the accordion world. The representative was George Janis, and he was Jim’s teacher until 1955, when the Vandelly’s moved to Los Angeles.

Jim continued taking lessons in Alhambra from Sam Petrone for two years. But it was George Janis who will be remembered fondly in Jim’s memory. Many years later, in 1961, Janis and his combo played at Oak Hill Country Club, in Fitchburg—and Jim was working there for the summer. Jim bought Janis’ private accordion, and played it for 30 years.

While in the USAF in Texas, Jim began to play solo gigs at the Officer’s Club at Goodfellow AFB, and at the River Club in San Angelo. When Jim and his wife Kathy moved to the D.C. area in 1968, Jim played several gigs on both piano accordion and Russian balalaika at private parties and at the Smithsonian Institution’s ethnic music weeks in Decembers in the early 1980s.

In 1993, the Balalaika Domra Society of America went on a floating music tour from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Many members of the Washington Balalaika Society were also members of the BDAA. Jim played at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Yaroslavl Concert Hall, and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg. In 1997, when Jim retired from his 28-year teaching career, he met Stan and Joanna, and took a few lessons to improve his playing, the then joined the AAMS. He competed in a few AAMS conventions thereafter.

In 1989, Jim joined the newly-formed Washington Balalaika Society, as its first accordion player. He remained with WBS through 2001. He joined with several members of the WBS, and they were the Beltway Balalaikas ensemble. Jim played Russian bayan and piano accordion with the BB’s for several years. The ensemble played at an Inaugural Ball for President George W. Bush in January of 2001. Thereafter, the “BB’s” played at the British and Russian embassies on several occasions.

Jim travelled to Stockholm, Sweden in 2000 and 2001, as a guest accordionist with the Kazbek Russian Orchestra. His Swedish friends were also members of the Balalaika/Domra Association of America. While continuing membership in the AAMS, Jim joined the newly-formed Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society in 2004, and has been a continuing member of both organizations.

Accordionists Bruce Gassman and Lou Persic will provide music during the dinner. Following the banquet, there will be an exciting concert which includes: Featured Guest and Honoree Jim Vandelly, Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra and Westmont Accordion Club, Potomac Accordion Ensemble conducted by Joan Grauman, Mary Tokarski, Lenn Feldmann, Dr. Robert McMahan, Bernie Gardzalla, and Suzy Andrew.

At this time, the US premiere of Bjorn Bolstad Skelbred's composition "ConVerGence" for which will be performed by Dr. David Bebe (cello) and Rocco Anthony Jerry (accordion).

Honorees of the American Accordion Musicological Society:
2014 Jim Vandelly
2013 Beverly Roberts Curnow - PA
2012 Dan Desiderio-PA
2011 Mary Tokarski - CT
2009 Dr. Robert McMahan- NJ
2008 Rik Kaplan - D.C.
2007 Lenn Feldmann & Stan Darrow
2006 Dr. Lou Persic — PA
2005 Anthony Ettore — NY
2004 Joe Axsmith — PA
2003 Carmelo Pino - Wash. DC
2002 Charles Nunzio —NJ
2001 Sherrie Darrow -NJ
2000 Dr. J. C. Neupauer—PA
1999 Carmen Carrozza —NY
1998 Mervin Conn—Wash. DC
1997 Samuel Fire—PA
1996 Msg. Stanley Kloskowski—NJ

Reservations deadline is March 10, 2014.
For more information and reservations:
Joanna Arnold Darrow
(856)-854-6628
acmeaccordionschoolmusikgarten@verizon.net

Jeff Lisenby CD A Spy In Tortuga

Concert "The French Experience" on March 28th

by Rita Barnea
"The French Experience" concert with MC Bruce Gassman will take place on Friday, March 28, 2014 7:30 PM at the Hanover Marriott, 1401 Route 10 East, Whippany, NJ. Admission with festival day pass or a $10.00 donation.

Headlining will be "The Crawdaddies" with accordionist Kraig Greff. Accordionist and songwriter Kraig Greff was the recipient of three 2008 Emmy Awards! - The Crawdaddies were invited to perform with Dr. John and the Neville Brothers on the 2009 Mardi Gras Mambo tour! Expect a lively mix of French Louisiana's Cajun / Zydeco / and New Orleans Funk.

Also an accomplished session pianist, Greff brings with him the experience of years of international touring. His keyboard talents have backed such greats as jazz legends Joe Williams, Della Reese, Dianna Ross and Barry White. He has also performed as a guest artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to being Musical Director and performing with The Crawdaddies and occasionally with jazz and big bands, Kraig's company, Tonal Vision LLC, creates music, audio, video and multimedia productions

Accordionist Dallas Vietty performs with the Musette Project which explores the French accordion waltz music of 20′s-50′s known as Musette. Sometimes called Swing Musette or Bebop musette, it is a genre within a genre most closely connected with the music called Gypsy Jazz/Jazz Manouche. Luke Hendon and Ben Wood play guitar with the grip.

Enjoy the delight of traditional Musette with Dee Langley. Winner of the 2011-2012 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and 2012 Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (Orkestar Bez Ime - World Music).

Joanna Darrow has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs internationally and is Co-Director of Acme Accordion School and the AAMS. Joanna will share the elegant music JP Rameau.

This concert sponsored by Rik Kaplan on behalf of the American Accordion Musicological Society. (AAMS)

Festival doors open at 6:PM with a Hot Gypsy Jazz Workshop at 6:15 PM presented by Dallas Vietty. Don't miss it!

For further information:
acmeaccordionschoolmusikgarten@verizon.net

Jon Hammond CD's for Sale

AAA Presents 12th Annual Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Event on April 6

by Rita Barnea
2014 Carrozza Scholarship Event Poster
The American Accordionists' Association presents the 12th Annual Afternoon of Music, Food, and Fun to benefit the Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Fund for the advancement of promising young accordionists on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 from 12:PM until 5:PM at the Magnanini Farm Winery, 172 Strawridge Road, Walkill, New York.

The evening will feature: Dr. Joseph Ciccone, Chairman, Lenny Feldmann, Master of Ceremonies, Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini, Frank Toscano, Manny Corallo, Mary Tokarski and Julie Cardona (The “K” Duo). Frank Carozza, Ray Oreggia & Dominic Karcic, Beverly Roberts Curnow, Emilio Magnotta, Anita & Bob Siarkowski, Plus the CT Accordion Orchestra with Linda Soley Reed, Conductor.

Special young guest artists will include Albert Manginelli, Cody McSherry, and Rachel Quirbach.

RESERVE NOW! Donation of $65.00 per person includes wine tasting at 12 noon, complete dinner including Antipasto, Homemade Soup, Homemade Tagliatelle with tomato/basil cream sauce, Mixed Garden Fresh Salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette, Roast Veal and Chicken (or Pork Roast and Chicken), Vegetable, Potato, Dessert and Coffee.

Please RSVP on or before March 20, 2014.

For further information and reservations: Dr. Joseph A. Ciccone
(914) 238-0041
FAX: (914) 238-0393
drjciccone@aol.com

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


Accordion Repairs Made Easy by John Reuther

Mesa Accordion Event 2014 (A Personal Perspective)

by Karen Lee
Group photo of Mesa event


Mesa EventJoan Sommers and Stas Venglevski.















If it has to be the last, it is fitting this was the best, climaxing the eight years this event has been in Mesa with a public concert for an enthusiastic audience of over three hundred fifty people. Many in the audience had never heard an accordion orchestra perform, and there were gasps of “Wow” at the finish of the first piece followed by several standing ovations, for the orchestra and for the solo performers, thereafter.

The fifty-five accordionists from across the United States, Canada, and Italy, attending this last Mesa Event were treated to the rare opportunity to play under the batons of two formidable conductors: Stas Venglevski and Joan Cochran Sommers. In 2009, Mr. Venglevski had been asked to be assistant conductor by the event’s founder, Frank Marocco, world renowned jazz accordionist and Hollywood’s go-to studio musician.

At Mr. Marocco’s untimely illness and subsequent death in 2012, Mr. Venglevski assumed full musical direction of the event. In honor of her 80th birthday, Joan Sommers, Professor Emerita, University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and internationally known conductor and arranger, was invited to be guest conductor and concertmistress. Together, with his unique humor and amazing virtuosity and her optimism and professional attention to detail, Mr. Venglevski and Professor Sommers drew out the best in us, a motley crew of mixed accordion ability – from near beginner to professional – and shaped us into a cohesive orchestra.

Under their batons, we mastered the eclectic and difficult program including original pieces by Mr. Venglevski and the gorgeous arrangement of “Les Misérables” by Professor Sommers – which featured renowned cellist Roza Borisova (wife of Stas Venglevski) as guest artist.

Although the concert was the fitting finale of the Event, the three and a half days preceding this concert were filled with memory-making experiences: Workshops focusing on jazz improvisation (featuring Frank Petrilli on accordion and saxophonist David Crozier backed by the event’s percussionist Jesse-Lee Yarborough and string bass player Sean Brogan); music to learn and teach by (with Professor Sommers); the details of reading the black and white of the music page (with Esther Lanting); Evening mini-concerts, giving all of us who wanted to play, no matter the level, the opportunity to join the fun (terror?) of solo public performance; More accordion music, solos and duets, during meals; And the very special evening celebration of Professor Sommers’ birthday, with video tributes from around the world, and performances in her honor by several of the professionals attending this year’s Event. Most memorable as always, however, was the camaraderie – renewing friendships formed at past Events and making new friends.

The Mesa Accordion Event, originally called the Frank Marocco Accordion Event, was unique, bringing together a diverse range of accordionists and guest artists to make music for the world at large with a public concert, to experience solo playing in a non-threatening atmosphere, and to forge lasting friendships across the world accordion community.

All of us who participated in one, some, or even all of these events (like me) owe a debt of gratitude to Frank Marocco for his vision and to Joan and Dan Grauman, organizers extraordinaire of all of these Events (and to their right hand helpers, Bruce Lawrie and Mike Roche). Thank you. And of this final Event, without doubt: Frank Marocco would be proud.

All photos taken by Bruce Lawrie:
Top: 2014 MAE Orchestra
Right: Joan Sommers and Stas Venglevski
Left: Stas Venglevski, Roza Borisova, Joan Sommers, Lynn Ewing, Joan and Dan Grauman
Bottom: David Crozier (Sax), Frank Petrilli (Accordion), Sean Brogan (Bass), Jesse-Lee Yarborough (Percussion)
David Corzier, Frank Petrilli, Sean Brogan, Jesse-Lee Yarborough

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

Immigrant Sons: New Accordion Group

by Rita Barnea
Immigrant Sons
There is a new band from Michigan called "Immigrant Sons" continuing the musical journey of their heritage. They specialize in International Music for Festivals, Weddings and other special events, performing a wide variety of German, Italian, Polish, Austrian, Spanish, French and Contemporary Music.

The Immigrant Sons band members are:
Horn and Vocals - Steve Lang ( son of German Immigrants )
Guitar & Vocals - Johnny Giordano ( son of Italian Immigrants )
Drums & Vocals - Chris Gassel ( son of German Immigrants )
Accordion & Vocals - Joe Recchia ( son of Italian Immigrants )

The band members explain, "Most of us are descendants of immigrants.  For some of us that journey involves generations.  For others it is a more recent if not a personal experience. Regardless of the distance in time, our family traditions reflect some influence from our cultures of origin.

While we are encouraged to assimilate into American culture, our homes retain the traditions and customs of our ethnic heritage.  Not through rigid enforced activities but through the ever-present music echoing through the rooms. There were also many boisterous and happy melodies encouraging a lust for life and laughter.   Simple, yet lyrically powerful and poignant, these songs have provided a glimpse into the heart of the immigrant allowing us to experience the longing for a home left behind.  

These experiences instilled within each of us, the love and appreciation for the music that remains with us today. Our band "Immigrant Sons" is a tribute to those in our families, past and present, distant and near who immigrated to the United States and to thank them for their sacrifices."

For further information: Stevelang@wowway.com

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

Dr.William Schimmel- Busy 2014

by Rita Barnea
Dr. William SchimmelComposer/Accordionist Dr. William Schimmel has a very busy performance schedule in 2014:

JAN 8 – RELEASE OF "OVERTURE" (AFTER BEETHOVEN'S EGMONT OP.84) BY DR. SCHIMMEL FOR DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON CD BABY

JAN 9 – RELEASE OF CD, "ENTANGOED" – ELIANE LUST, PIANO – CONTAINS DR. SCHIMMEL'S FROMAGE DANGEREUX TANGO – PINNA RECORDS

JAN 24 – COMPOSERS CONCORDANCE – FOUNDERS CONCERT – PERFORMANCE OF OF JOSEPH PEHRSON'S FUSE, PATRICK HARDISH'S ACCORDIOCLUSTERVILLE AND DR. SCHIMMEL'S HARDISH MIX – TURTLE BAY MUSIC SCHOOL 7 PM

JAN 29 – THE COLONIALS – CLASSICAL CABARET – GERSHWIN HOTEL- PERFORMANCE OF DR. SCHIMMEL'S GRAN TORINO AND WORLD PREMIERE OF SEANTIC: JOSEPHINE , A CHAMBER OPERA BY DR. SCHIMMEL FOR SOPRANO (SHARON HARMS) AND CHAMBER ENSEMBLE 8 PM

FEB 10 – TALEA ENSEMBLE - COLUMBIA COMPOSERS CONCERT
8 PM – NEW WORK BY ROBERTO TOSCANO – CASA ITALIANO – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

FEB 25 – RECORDING SESSION WITH VIOLINIST MARK O' CONNOR

FEB 28 – "WOZZECK" – VIENNA STATE OPERA – CARNEGIE HALL

MARCH 6, 10, 13, 17 AT 7 PM – 22 AT 1:00 PM – "WOZZECK" – METROPOLITAN OPERA – LINCOLN CENTER

MARCH 11 – PERFORMING IN BIG JIM, AN OPERA BY ERIC SALZMAN
CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY OPERA


MARCH 13 – 8PM – HUGO GOLDENZWEIG, PIANO – MANNES COLLEGE OF MUSIC – DR. SCHIMMEL GUEST ARTIST IN A SCHUBERT/LISZT LOVETALE FOR ACCORDION AND PIANO – AN ASSEMBLAGE BY DR. SCHIMMEL - ALSO DR. SCHIMMEL'S TANGOS THROUGH THE CENTURIES (WORLD PREMIERE)

MARCH 22 – MENTORING HOUSE GALA – WITH LAUREN FLANIGAN, SOPRANO

MARCH 29 – 8 PM – COMPOSERS CONCORDANCE – PREMIERING DR. SCHIMMEL'S MALECUONA FOR ACCORDION – 92ND STREET Y

APRIL 3 – 9 PM – NEUE GALLERIE – WITH SOPRANO LAUREN FLANIGAN – PERFORMING SCHUBERT

APRIL 12 – EITHER/ENSEMBLE – DI MENNA CENTER – 8 PM
PREMIERING THREE NEW WORKS BY COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COMPOSERS

APRIL 18 – TALEA ENSEMBLE – MATA FESTIVAL – THE KITCHEN – PREMIERING A NEW WORK BY CLARA IANOTTA

MAY 7, 8 AT 7:30 PM, 9 AT 8 PM, 10 AT 8 PM, 11 AT 7 PM – ENCORE SERIES AT CITY CENTER – IRMA LA DOUCE

MAY 17TH – QUEENS NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL – COMPCORD ENSEMBLE -
PERFORMING DR. SCHIMMEL'S ACCORDIOMASS

JUNE 14 – ST GEORGE CHORAL SOCIETY SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL – ROSSINI: PETITE MISSA SOLLENNELE – CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION – 7 PM – HARMONIUM REALIZATION BY DR. SCHIMMEL

AUGUST 1, 2, 3 – THE SEMINARS – THE EVERYDAY ACCORDION: ORDINARY X PROPER = RADIANT – TENRI CULTURAL INSTITUTE – DR. SCHIMMEL, MODERATOR/CURATOR – 14 NEW WORKS OF DR. SCHIMMEL WILL BE PERFORMED

For more information: billschimmel@billschimmel.com

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

Tom Izzo is Honorary Member of Michigan Accordion Society

by Rita Barnea
Tom Izzo
The "Michigan State Spartan's" College Coach Mr. Tom Izzo, currently the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten Conference, is now an Honorary Member of the Michigan Accordion Society. Izzo, whose teams are often recognized for their rebounding prowess and defensive tenacity, has won four national Coach of the Year awards.   

Tom gets his teams all pumped with the accordion and has been featured on Local, State and National TV while he has plays the accordion with his team singing various tunes around him!  When the Michigan Accordion Society invited him to become a member, he graciously accepted and said he was honored to be part of the organization.
Tom Izzo

Accordionist Paul Betken

by Rita Barnea
Paul BetkenPaul has performed for many years (as a soloist, with small groups and orchestras) throughout Metro Chicago and Phoenix, Arizona. He has performed in shows, private parties, theatres, country clubs, hotels, lounges, with radio and TV appearances. Paul has been a sideman on numerous recordings, appeared on radio and TV and in many concert dates with notable performers. Former resident accordionist in Chicago for Bobbi Vinton.

He enjoys casual engagements and jam sessions with the finest jazz players Phoenix has to offer keeping active at National events and festivals. He has been busy recently in recording sessions working on his latest CD in the Pop?Jazz mode, to be released early this year.

Up-coming performances: National Accordion Association Concert, Dallas, Texas (March 8, 2014) and the Cotati Accordion Festival (August 17, 2014).

Past performances: Mini-concert, Mesa Accordion Event (February, 2014); Solo concert at the International Accordion Convention in Las Vegas (October 2010); jazz accordion duet concerts with Jerry Cigler at the International Accordion Convention in Las Vegas (September 27, 2012 and October 28, 2013); workshop at the NAAC convention (Dallas, 2012); 1st Runner-up, Senior Division, Roland Accordion Festival Competition (2012); performing with his friend, Mario Pedone, at the Arizona Accordion Club and at the “Big Squeeze” in Reno, NV (2010 and 2011); “Volpes” Restaurant, Petaluma, CA (2010-2013). “A Tribute to Leon Sash,” at the Florida Smash, Southeast Accordion Association, Orlando, Florida, November, 2012; North Hollywood Accordion Club, July 2012; the “Jazz Series” at Sacred Grounds, Phoenix, AZ, entitled “A Tribute to Leon Sash” July, 2012; Annual Arizona Accordion Festival (2007 to present).

For further information: pdbetken1@msn.com

Sounding Out the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux

'Play Your Accordion Without Pain', Two New Chapters Released

by Harley Jones
'Play Your Accordion Without Pain' book coverJohn Bonica (PT CMP NZRP)John Bonica (PT CMP NZRP) releases the 9th and 10th chapters of his book 'Play Your Accordion Without Pain'. An eBook, readers can enjoy the convenience of having the chapters e-mailed in Acrobat .pdf format.

This exciting eBook is being published chapter by chapter, with about one chapter being released each month. Released chapters to date are:

Introduction
Chapter 1 - An Overview
Chapter 2 - Learning to Read Your Body’s Signals
Chapter 3 - Neck and Neck-Related Symptoms
Chapter 4 - The Shoulder
Chapter 5 - The Amazing Brain and What It Does For You
Chapter 6 - The Elbow
Chapter 7 - The Great Accordion Myth Uncovered
Chapter 8 - The Elbow Revisited
Chapter 9 - Wrist and Fingers
Chapter 10 - Caring for our Ten Precious Digits

There will be a minimum of 24 chapters. As a special introductory offer, you can purchase the whole book for US$22 (or Euro equivalent) and be sent each chapter by e-mail as it is released.

For more information, and to purchase the eBook: John Bonica

The Art of Playing the Accordion Artistically by Friedrich Lips

Future events


Larry Malmberg eSheet music, sent by email, secure bank server

The 17th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

by Rita Barnea
LVIAC 2016
The 17th Annual LVIAC Convention takes place from August 8-11, 2016.
The event stars accordionists Alex Sevastian, Joey Miskulin, Mario Pedone, Kim and Dan Christian, Mary Tokarski, Gina Brannelli, Gordon Kohl, Pete Barbutti and more.

Professor Joan Sommers will direct the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra.

Special on room rates: $34/$42 ends 7/8/16.

More information will be included in future articles in the USA news.

For further information:
HOTLINE 800-472-1695 or 801-486-1695

Email: vegas@AccordionStars.com

Accordion Repairs Made Easy by John Reuther

"From Broadway to the Met" with Dominic Karcic

by Rita Barnea
Dominic Karcic and Cheryl Spielman"From Broadway to the Met …. plus” featuring vocalist  Cheryl Spielman and accordionist Dominic Karcic takes place on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:PM.

Come hear the music from the "American Song Book", Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, Opera, Operetta plus much more with vocalist Cheryl Spielman and accompanied by accordionist Dominic Karcic.

The event takes place at La Villini Restaurant, 288 Larkfield Road, East Northport, NY 11731
For further information: 631-261-6344

Accordionist Dan Newton: Upcoming Performances in Minneapolis

by Rita Barnea
Dan Newton
Accordionist Dan Newton, well-known as a member of the Café Orchestra and various other ensembles, performs as follows this coming weekend:
March 1st, 4.30pm–6.30pm – a Mardi Gras party with the Rockin' Pinecones, Harriet Brewing,
3036 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota
March 1st, 9pm-10.30pm – with Jumbo Ya Ya @ Famous Dave's Mardi Gras celebration, Calhoun BBQ & Blues Club, 3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
March 2nd, 7pm-9pm - Café Orchestra, Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN. Free Cumbia dance lesson at 6:PM.

For further information email: daddysqueeze@yahoo.com

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

New England Music Festival: April 4-6, 2014

by Rita Barnea
New England Music Festival 2014
The New England Music Festival will be held from April 4-6, 2014 at the Boston Newton Marriott. The New England Music Festival is an annual musical competition sponsored by the Accordion Teachers Association of Massachusetts, Inc, (ATAM). The festival averages more than 3000 entries and 800 contestants from all across New England.

All events are free and open to the public, while entry fees for contestants vary by category. During the festival, contestants, ages through 22, take part in accordion, guitar, bass guitar, drum, percussion, piano, violin and voice competitions. Solo, duet and group categories are also offered. Non Competitive Categories include evaluation solos and festival group divisions. Contestants must be students of ATAM teachers.

The three-day event takes place Friday through Sunday. On Friday evening and Sunday a “Battle of the Bands” is held in the hotel ballroom. Cash awards are given to the first, second and third place winners in three divisions. The Accordion, Guitar, Drum, and Piano Championships are also held Friday evening with cash awards given to all competitors.

On Saturday and Sunday continuous group competitions are held in the hotel ballroom. Solo and duet competitions are ongoing. An awards banquet is held on Saturday evening with more than 500 in attendance. A $500.00 cash scholarship is awarded to a contestant accepted as a Music Major in college. More than $4,000 in cash is awarded to winners throughout the weekend. Contestants are evaluated by judges from all over the country.

At the event, students will have an opportunity to participate in workshops, compete in age-level categories, perform for evaluation, attend concerts, and have fun at a Dance Party on Saturday evening. One of the best things about the event-contestants can participate regardless of their experience level or ability.

• Who can participate? 
Participants must be students of ATAM member teachers.
• What are the competition rules? 
The following provides an overview of competition rules. Contact an ATAM school, studio, or teacher for additional information.
• Contestant cut off age is 22 as of April 1, current year.
• All music must be memorized except snare solos, all duets and groups. If you are using music for a duet, please bring your own stand.
• Time limits apply to music chosen by the students and teachers. See your teacher for guidelines.
• Students must submit a clean copy of music to the judges in categories that apply. See your teacher for details.
• What are the costs of participating? 
Fees are subject to change each year, so please contact the participating ATAM studio or teacher.
• When is the registration cutoff date? 
Each school has its own date to allow for timely registration and preparation. Please contact your teacher for cutoff dates.
• Where can I find a list of ATAM music schools or studios? 
Please visit the ATAM Teachers page.
• What are some of the benefits of participating in the event? 
The ATAM offers a $500 scholarship opportunity to graduating high school seniors who are participating in the festival and are going to major in music.

For additional assistance, Festival Chairperson, Peggy Falcetti:
Email: peggyf1944@gmail.com
Phone: (413) 596-6940

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

Accordion Pops Orchestra Presents Tribute to Carmen Carrozza

by Rita Barnea
Accordion Pops Orchestra Poster
The Accordion Pops Orchestra conducted by Al Terzo will present a tribute to the late great classical accordionist Carmen Carrozza on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 2:PM at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, New Jersey.

Lenny Feldmann will be the commentator and master of ceremonies. Norway's accordion virtuoso Håvard Svensrud, who performed with the orchestra at Kean University in October 2013, will return as a featured soloist.



Dinner and concert tickets are $50. All proceeds will benefit the Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Fund.

For tickets and information:
Rosemarie Cavanaugh 732-257-8198
For information about the Accordion Pops Orchestra: alterzo@hotmail.com

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

AAA Festival July 9-13, 2014 in Tarrytown, NY

by Rita Barnea
AAA Logo
Following the great success of the 75th Anniversary AAA Festival in NYC, the AAA is proud to announce the 2014 AAA Festival to be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Tarrytown, New York from July 9-13, 2014.

There will be several prize categories including the Carrozza Scholarship; Belfiore Entertainment; Tony Dannon Jazz. The Festival will feature interesting workshops and talented performers.

More details will be available in future issues of the USA News.

For further information: ameraccord1938@gmail.com

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

ATG Festival July 23-26,2014 in San Francisco

by Rita Barnea
ATG Poster
ATG President Betty Jo Simon invites everyone to attend the 74th Annual Festival and Competition which will be held in San Francisco at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel in Burlingame, California from July 23-26, 2014. The featured guest artists will be Stas Venglevski and Frank Petrilli.

This will be the second time the ATG Festival will be in San Francisco so you can look forward to reconnecting with West Coast friends and musicians. Mark your calendars and start saving for this great event.

For further information: Betty@bettyjosimon.com

Pigini USA distributor Ernest Deffner

AAA Masterclass and Seminars, August 2014, THE EVERYDAY ACCORDION -

by William Schimmel
Dr. William Schimmelordinary x proper = radiant

The American Accordionists' Association Master Class and Concert Series presents The Seminars with Dr. William Schimmel as moderator/curator. Attend and celebrate their
20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR!

The series will be held AUGUST 1, 2, 3 2014 at
THE TENRI CULTURAL INSTITUTE
43A W 13TH ST BETWEEN 5 AND 6 AVE
MASTER CLASSES: 3 PM
CONCERTS: 7 PM
MASTER CLASSES: $25
CONCERTS: $30
FULL DAY: INCLUDES MASTER CLASS AND CONCERT $50
ENTIRE WEEKEND: $125

CAGE: EVERYTHING WE DO IS MUSIC
SCHIMMEL: THE ACCORDION IS MUSIC EVERYDAY

COLUMBUS: THE WORLD IS ROUND
FRIEDMANN: THE WORLD IS FLAT
SCHIMMEL: THE WORLD IS BELLOWS PLEATED – FULL OF INS AND OUTS

STOCKHAUSEN: A COMPOSER USING AN OLD FORM IS ENLISTING A CORPSE
SCHIMMEL: LETS MAKE MIRACLES AND RAISE THE DEAD

STREEP : GEE MR. NICHOLS, WHAT DO I GET TO DO NEXT? (RE: SILKWOOD)
SCHIMMEL: WHAT DO I GET TO DO TODAY? THE MORE VARIETY, THE HAPPIER I AM

WELCOME TO the 20TH ANIVERSARY YEAR. IT SEEMS THAT EVERY YEAR, THE ACCORDION DESCENDS ON NEW YORK – USUALLY AT THE END OF SUMMER. AND THEN EVERYONE GOES HOME UNTIL NEXT YEAR – OR SO IT SEEMS. WHAT ABOUT THE ACCORDION IN EVERYDAY LIFE? IN YOUR HOME? IN THE CONCERT HALL (PROPER)?, THE PERFORMANCE SPACE?, THE BAR AND GRILL (ORDINARY)?, AT YOUR SWEET SIXTEEN OR 65TH BIRTHDAY? OR AT A NEW MUSIC CONCERT? AT THE STRIP MALL?, OR THE STRIP CLUB?, OR AT YOUR PLACE OF WORSHIP? WHY CAN'T THE ACCORDION BE AN EVERYDAY AFFAIR? IN OUR LIVES 24/7 – PART OF AN ACTUAL RADIANT CULTURE – SOPHISTICATED!, STRATEGIC!, REAL!, UNREAL!

JOIN US FOR A WEEKEND OF OUR GREATEST HITS, NEW IDEAS, OLD IDEAS MADE NEW AND BOLD ANGLES. FIND OUT HOW THE ACCORDION FITS INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE – EVERYDAY. IN ORDINARY LIFE – IN PROPER LIFE – IN RADIANT LIFE!

HERE ARE SOME TOPICS, PIECES, CONCEPTS AND ABSTRACTS:

*IDEALS
*EVERYDAY PEOPLE
WELCOME TO THE SERVICE PROFESSION
*MOVING MICHAEL
*SONATA ORDINARE
*ACCORDIO-MASS
THE ACCORDION AND DESIGN ISSUES
*I'll BE SEEING YOU IN ALL THE OLD FAMILIAR PLACES
LEARNING FROM LAWRENCE WELK
*ALCAN SONATE
HERE TODAY AND GONE TOMORROW/IN ONE DAY AND OUT THE NEXT
THE ACCORDION AND TIBETAN SAND AND/OR BUTTER ART
*CARNIVAL OF VENICE
FROM STRIP MALL TO STRIP CLUB
*JEALOUS FELLA (WHOOPIE DO/WHOOPIE DIE)
*EVANGEL
*SEANTIC: JOSEPHINE
*TRANSPLANT: LES SIX – ALL 6 OF THEM
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DR. SCHIMMEL
THE NEW YORK ACCORDION – MANHATTAN AND BEYOND
LAST EXIT TO QUEENS, STATEN ISLAND AND THE BRONX
PERMANENT TRANITION
*20 A'S – AN INSTALLATION
FLUX/FUN/FRIVOLOUS
THE STROLLING SEMINARS - REVISITED
TO SEE IT IS TO HEAR IT
*LAST RHUMBA IN BROOKLYN
NOT AVOIDING THE OBVIOUS
THE DUMBING DOWN PROCESS
STUPIDVILLE and BEYOND
TEACHING BY:
EXAMPLE
WITNESS
ZEN
LISTENING
EAR
HAND MOVEMENT – ULTIMATE COACHING
LET IT FLOW
KEEP IT MOVING
COME BACK NEXT WEEK AND WE'LL SHAPE IT
OLD SCHOOL – I TEACH IT – YOU LEARN IT
METHOD(S)
CYNICAL TEACHING:
SIX OF ONE – HALF A DOZEN OF THE OTHER
THE MAN'S A GENIUS
LET'S SEE WHAT HE HAS GOING FOR US
GETTING DOWN TO BRASS TACKS
HARD BOILED PRO
A THEE PART AFFAIR
MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT
LET'S SEE WHAT MAKES IT TICK
COMPOSING FOR ACCORDION – AWAY FROM IT
COMPOSING WITH ACCORDION
COMPOSING ON ACCORDION
THE REHEARSAL PROCESS AS COMPOSITION
COMPOSITION IN THE RECORDING STUDIO AS PROCESS
CREATING MINUS THE COMPOSER
HOW I GOT INTO IT
MAGNANTE/BIVIANO/CREASH/CORTESE/GEMINIANI
CASTENEDA AND THE ACCORDION
THE ACCORDION AS PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE
NOT A DOMINANT FORCE – BUT AN EVERYDAY FORCE
SESSION PLAYING TODAY
ORCHESTRAL PLAYING TODAY
RECORDING ISSUES
MOVIE/FILM PLAYING TODAY/BEAVER/THE BOHEMIANS
PLAY PLAYING
PARTY PLAYING
STREET PLAYING
SUBWAY PLAYING
THE INDIE BAND AND THE ACCORDION
WHAT I BROUGHT TO IT AND WHAT IS NEEDED
WHAT DO YOU BRING TO IT?
MYTHOLOGIES OF CITIES AND COUNTRIES
PARIS ACCORDION
MOSCOW ACCORDION
BRAZIL – NORTH – ACCORDION
ARGENTINA – BANDONION
ARGENTINA – UKRANIAN DIASPRORA – ACCORDION (PIANO)
NEW YORK – EVERYTHING – INCLUDES ACCORDION BUT NOT AN ACCORDION TOWN
IRONY: AAA STARTED IN NEW YORK - MANHATTAN
CHINA – ACCORDION – FROM RUSSIA
SPAIN – ACCORDION – FROM RUSSIA
NEW ZEALAND – ACCORDION – FROM TITANO
CANADA – ACCORDION - FROM FRANCE AND GUILIETTI
LOUISIANA – ACCORDION FROM MARC SAVOY AND CLIFTON CHENIER
INDIA – HARMONIUM – ACCORDIO - RAGA
ACCORDION IN THE BALKANS
THE PIANO ACCORION AS ESPERANTO
UNDERACHEIVEMENT AS ART FORM/THE KREATIVE LETDOWN
THE ACCORDION AND THE RED LANTERN
*LOVE IS BUT A DREAM
ACCORDIO ANTHROPOLOGY
QUANTUM JUMPING – GRAN TORINO
ORDINARY/PROPER/RADIANT
A PLACE IN THE MUSIC WORLD (NOT JUST THE ACCORDION WORLD)

*NEW WORKS BY DR. WILLIAM SCHIMMEL

For reservations and info : 212 876 - 0827
www.billschimmel.com

PANcordion

Taking the 5th

by Anita Siarkowsi
Anita and Bob SiarkowskiParlez vous?!? It’s an encore for Anita and Bob Siarkowski of Plantsville, Connecticut ...This year, 2014, they’re taking the 5th! For the fifth time, this accordion duo has been invited to represent the USA by participating in the international Carrefour Mondial de l’Accordeon. The audience loves accordion music, and is treated to a double dose with the husband and wife team, claiming that the Siarkowskis’ theme related, co-ordinated attire is unprecedented.

Montmagny, Quebec, Canada will be the setting for the 26th annual event from August 28, 2014 through September 1, 2014. Exhibits, conferences, workshops, concerts, dances, strolling accordionists in 10 area restaurants, and after hours jam sessions are on the agenda – highlighted by Musee de l’Accordeon, the accordion museum. Anita’s high school French, along with herFrench heritage enable her to serve as interpreter amongst the Quebecois. Laissez les bon temps rollez! Let the good times roll!

Anita and Bob Siarkowski are Charter/Advisory Board members of the Connecticut Accordion Association, and active members of the American Accordionists’ Association. Bob teaches all keyboard instruments - accordion, piano, organ, electronic keyboard - privately at his Plantsville, Connecticut studio, Bob's Music Center. Anita, a Certified Nurse Case Manager, is an Independent Consultant . She also entertains as an accordion soloist in various theme oriented programs (costumes to match), plus with Bob as an accordion duet. The entertain at various venues..... assisted living facilities, church functions, organization events. wineries, and in Montmagny, Quebec, Canada at the annual international accordion festival.

The Siarkowskis met through the accordion, played at their own wedding and at their 50th wedding anniversary. They had an accordion cake, accordion favors, and the band, “Squeeze Box”! Anita and Bob continue to lift the spirits of their audience, squeezin’ all the way!

Sounding Out the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux

Cotati Festival in California on August 17th and 18th

by Rita Barnea
Cotati Festival Poster
The 24th Annual Cotati Accordion Festival is scheduled for August 16th and 17th, 2014 in Cotati, California. Not only will you enjoy a few days of fabulous music but you will also be contributing to a worthwhile cause.

The Cotati Accordion Festival is a non-profit organization established in 1991 
to promote the love of the accordion and to support local youth service organizations.To date they have contributed in excess of $320,000 to the youth of the community.

For more information: 707-664-0444. Read future publications of the USA news for more details about performers and workshops.

The International Trio, CD Available online, secure server

ACCORDIONS NOW! 2014

by Rita Barnea
Tony Lovello
Donna RegisACCORDIONS NOW! 2014, the 7th annual Music Festival co-sponsored by New Hampshire Accordion Association and Accordion Connection LLC, will be held August 8-10 at the beautiful Courtyard Nashua [NH].

Accordion fans will gather for a weekend filled with terrific music-making, warm friendship, and festive meals, enjoying concerts, workshops, open mike night, jam sessions, a just-for-fun play-along, and the ever-popular ACCORDIONS NOW! Festival Orchestra conducted by festival co-founder and Artistic Director Donna Maria Regis.

Tony Lovello, the “living legend of the accordion,” will headline an outstanding artist roster to be announced shortly.

Early bird discount admission is available through May 31. Special hotel rates are also offered for festival-goers.

Come experience first-hand the apt ACCORDIONS NOW! motto: LOTS OF ACCORDIONS, LOTS OF MUSIC, LOTS OF FUN !!

For more information, contact 603.216.9582 or email AccordionsNow@yahoo.com.
© 2017 Accordion USA. All rights reserved. To comment on these pages, e-mail the webmaster.