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U.S. National Accordion News - 01-Oct-2018
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Highlights

Editor's Note
Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion Festival Ready to Start - USA
CIA World Accordion Orchestra X Conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers
William Popp Wins Ernest Bacon Memorial Award
USA Representative Nathan Chapeton in 2018 Coupe Mondiale
19th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention
A World of Accordions Museum Sponsors Octoberfest Celebration on October 13
New Accordion Group: The Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble in Peekskill, NY
Emmanuel Gasser Releases 4th CD
TDA in Oktoberfest in Battleground, WA
Bachtopus in New York City Concerts
Accordion Pops Orchestra Performs on October 28 in NJ

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

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

Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Dinner
Accordionist and Composer, Guy Klucevsek, has “an experience of a lifetime”
Herbert Scheibenreif Honored by ATG with "Friend of ATG" Certificate
CTA Presents Nathan Chapeton and Mary Tokarski
Julia Williams Performs USA Premiere of Gorka Hermosa Composition
Will Holshouser’s concert at (WMAS) Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society
Papa Joe DeClemente as Guest Artist at LIAA on October 3 in Long Island
Dave Magliozzi and Ann Harter Perform for MAAA on October 28
Acme Accordion School Performs in Haddon Township Music America Festival
Brooklyn Accordion Club Concert Schedule
Frank Petrilli Leads Samba De Orpheus at 2018 NorthEast Squeeze-In Concert
Denny Malmberg to Perform for Chicago Accordion Club

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

Future events

IDEAS Concert Schedule
New Orleans Accordion Festival in Louisiana: November 2-4

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

New and Updated Sites

New Stas Venglevski Compositions


Accordion Repairs Made Easy by John Reuther

Highlights


Pigini USA distributor Ernest Deffner

Editor's Note

by Rita Barnea
Rita BarneaThe October USA news features Coupe Mondiale reports, Octoberfest celebrations, premieres, festivals, and much more.

As always, we include many videos and cover accordion events all over the North American continent. It is not too late to register and attend many of them.

Accordion Jazz Chords

Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion Festival Ready to Start - USA

by Heather Masefield, Secretary, New Zealand Accordion Association
Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion Festival
Paul PasqualiNewsletter cover, Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion FestivalI am writing this on the plane flying internationally to Las Vegas for the Octoberfest Las Vegas International from 15th to 18th October at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

Paul Betken & Jerry Cigler are newly added to a great line up of stars (list below) with lots of great seats still available! Want to hop a plane to come and enjoy this exciting festival?

Newsletter (picture right) with full information: 2018LVACnews.pdf
Picture left: Event organizer Paul Pasquali

The lineup starts with visionary accordionist Cory Pesaturo and bookends with a grand finale starring Grayson Masefield and the International Accordion Orchestra under the direction of the legendary Prof. Joan Sommers.

You can register online at www.AccordionStars.com or contact Paul Pasquali, event organizer, by phone at 1-800-472-1695 or (801) 485-5840, email: paul@accordioninfo.com.
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CIA World Accordion Orchestra X Conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers

by Rita Barnea
WAO X
On behalf of the CIA, the Lithuanian National Accordionist's Union and Musical Director Joan Cochran Sommers, welcomed all to World Accordion Orchestra X.
 
Excerpts from CIA website: On 30 September 2018, the CIA World Accordion Orchestra X conducted by Musical Director Joan Cochran Sommers performed three works from three diverse American composers. 
The first piece "Serenata" is a classic gem from renowned American composer Leroy Anderson. The second work "Recuerdos" is by accordionist and composer Amy Jo Sawyer.

Amy Jo and WAO conductor Joan C. Sommers were among the first accordionists to represent the USA at the Coupe Mondiale. Amy Jo has written numerous works for accordion orchestra and her lovely work Recuerdos was featured this year. The program culminated in the magnificent "West Side Story" as the CIA joined the global centennial celebration in honor of Leonard Bernstein's 100th anniversary.

Amy Jo Sawyer has devoted much of her musical career to the accordion. Her concertizing, composing, arranging, and administrative activities (currently President of The Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International) have enhanced recognition of the accordion as a concert and popular/jazz instrument. Her Jazz CD “According to Amy” and her Classical CD “Classically Amy” demonstrate her virtuosity and the versatility of the accordion. She began piano at age five and accordion by age ten.

She represented the Western US in the Coupe Mondiale (World Accordion Championship) in Biel, Switzerland and is a Nationally Certified Piano Instructor (Music Teacher’s Nat’l Assoc.) with award winning students.  She earned BA Degrees in Composition and Keyboard Performance, and a MA in Jazz Keyboard Performance.  She has composed and arranged for Stage Band, Vocals, Choir, Piano; plus Accordion solos, duets and ensembles.

Amy Jo has written music for, and performed with, the University of Missouri at Kansas City Accordion Orchestra, under the direction of Joan Sommers, on four international tours. She has performed with the Sacramento and St. Louis Symphonies, including accompanying tenor Luciano Pavarotti.  Her orchestra compositions have been performed at many notable accordion events
 
Conductor Joan C. Sommers, founder of the CIA World Accordion Orchestra was awarded the title of Professor Emerita upon her retirement from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music (USA), where she established and taught the accordion degree program for forty years.

She has arranged innumerable works for the accordion orchestra over many years, often for the UMKC Accordion Orchestra, a large symphonic accordion orchestra, which, under her direction, competed in and won more First Prizes in Virtuoso Accordion Orchestra Competitions than any other similar American group. This is a record still unbroken today.
 
In both 1955 and 1956 she earned the right to represent the USA in the Coupe Mondiale and, although she didn’t win, it was those experiences which opened her eyes to the tremendous opportunities available to accordionists; perhaps it also fixed her life-long interest in worldwide accordion activities. Most recently, she celebrated the 50th Anniversary of her UMKC Accordion Orchestra when they presented their 50th Gala Concert at the University.
 
As the arranger, Joan has had many years of experience as a teacher, a conductor, and an arranger for accordion orchestras at all levels. Many of these arrangements were used by her own orchestras in competitions held throughout the USA and on the many tours made by her groups overseas as well.
 
Joan C. Sommers has held positions in several music organizations, including the Accordionists & Teachers Guild International (ATG) and the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA – IMC-UNESCO). Today, Professor Sommers enjoys performing with fellow accordionists in duo, with other instrumentalists and with the UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble. In addition to her performing, she continues to adjudicate, coach soloists, prepare accordion orchestra arrangements, and conduct accordion orchestras regularly. After her retirement as CIA Vice President, she was unanimously awarded the status of CIA Honorary Member.

Sounding Out the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux

William Popp Wins Ernest Bacon Memorial Award

by Rita Barnea
William PoppThe American Prize is honored to announce winners, runners-up, citation recipients and honorable mentions of the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2017-18, in solo artist divisions.

Congratulations to accordionist and composer William Popp from Denver, CO. who was awarded 3rd Place, music by Kleinsinger, Gart, Antonio.

Excerpts from the American Prize website: William Popp began his studies on the piano at the age of six and on the accordion at the age of 11. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in performance from the University of Denver where he studied with Robert Davine. He earned his doctoral degree in composition from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. His composition teachers include David Diamond (New York), Normand Lockwood (Denver), and Helmut Braunlich (Washington, DC).

Many of his chamber ensemble and string orchestra works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. For twenty years he was an arranger and composer with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC. More than 35 of his arrangements have been recorded by the USAF Strings and many more have been heard in numerous White House performances and around the world. As an accordionist he has performed extensively with the USAF Strings throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia; and as a soloist in Beijing, China. He has also performed with Young Audiences, Inc., members of the National Symphony, and members of the Colorado Symphony. William Popp is now working independently as a composer, performer, and teacher in Northern Colorado.

The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut,

The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually. The competitions of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad, and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories.

Among the many contests of The American Prize, the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music is unique. It recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings. Applications are accepted from professional, college/university, community and high school age solo artists, chamber ensembles and conducted ensembles, competing in separate divisions, and from composers with excellent recordings of their works. Beginning in 2017-18, categories were expanded to encompass performances of American music in practically any instrumentation or genre, with very few repertoire restrictions.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself. Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, found a voice for American music. Winner of a Pulitzer Scholarship (for his Symphony in D minor) and no fewer than three Guggenheim Fellowships, Ernst Bacon set out to create compositions that expressed the vitality and affirmative spirit of our country. It is fitting, and with honor, that The American Prize created an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American music worldwide. To learn more about the music & legacy of Ernst Bacon, please visit the website of the Ernst Bacon Society.

For further information: wepjsp@aol.com

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USA Representative Nathan Chapeton in 2018 Coupe Mondiale

by Rita Barnea
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Nathan Chapeton Round I Nathan Chapeton Round II
Nathan ChapetonVideo: USA AAA representative Nathan Chapeton performing at the 2018 Junior Coupe Mondiale Category, 71st Coupe Mondiale, Kaunas, Lithuania from September 24-30, 2018.

The Junior Coupe Mondiale category requires 2 performance rounds and Nathan Chapeton performed:
Round I
J. S. Bach - Prelude And Fugue G Major BWV 860
V. Zubitsky - Aria
P. Makkonen - Flight Beyond The Time
Round II
V. Zolotariew - Sonata No. 3, Mov. 4
F. Angelis - Asia Flashes

His performance earned the 17 year old Nathan Chapeton from Middletown, Connecticut a creditable 17th place in what is probably the worlds strongest junior age concert music competition. Nathan was also the winner in two prestigious categories at the 2018 AAA 80th Anniversary Festival. Nathan was also the winner of the Elsie Bennett Junior Composition Competition.

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. His plans for the future include teaching the accordion and piano, improving his composition skills and ultimately wants to bring the accordion to the youth of the United States. With his dedication and enthusiasm, we are confident that Nathan will achieve his goals. Congratulations Nathan!

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19th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

by Paul Pasquali Event Organizer
Las Vegas
The 19th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention (LVAC) takes place on October 15-18, 2018 at the Gold Coast Hotel. This year we celebrate the return to fall with the theme “Oktoberfest Fun” including featuring German cuisine!

Returning to the event by popular demand are Grayson Masefield (Zurich, Switzerland) and Cory Pesaturo (North Providence, Rhode Island) both World Champions and both of whom are totally amazing. Thursday evening will feature the 11th installment of the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra under the direction of the esteemed Joan Cochran Sommers.

Listed are all the amazing artists and clinicians for 2018 to make a great event.

Registration fee for the event includes 7 wonderful Las Vegas banquet meals with concerts, plus over 40 workshops and master classes taught by these experts. Check out the special pricing valid until September 15 at: 2018LV.pdf

You can register online at www.AccordionStars.com or contact Paul Pasquali, event organizer, by phone at 1-800-472-1695 or (801) 485-5840
Email: paul@accordioninfo.com.

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A World of Accordions Museum Sponsors Octoberfest Celebration on October 13

by Rita Barnea
World of Accordions
You are invited to participate in Octoberfest, October 13, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
1401 Belknap
Superior, WI, 54880

Watch Munich’s Festival on Video
Hear Favorite Happy Tunes
Bring Your Accordions
Other Instruments
Jam Session   Refreshments   Open to Everyone
Free Admission  

For further information: aworldofaccordions@gmail.com

The Art of Playing the Accordion Artistically by Friedrich Lips

New Accordion Group: The Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble in Peekskill, NY

by Rita Barnea
Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble
Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini are happy to announce the debut of a new musical collaboration: The Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble. Come and enjoy the music of the accordions and delicious food prepared Italian-style! Be sure to reserve early as seating is limited.

Accordionist Mario Tacca is the Music Director and International Vocalist, Mary Mancini Tacca, is the Artistic Director/Manager.

Their mission statement:
To have fun and gather with friends!

To make great music together!

To bring the melodic and unique sounds of the Accordion to people of all ages!
To bring joy to others!

Upcoming Performances:

The Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble will perform on the Second Thursday of every month at Taormina Restaurant, 59 Hudson Avenue, Peekskill, NY. 10566
*PRIX FIX 4 Course Dinner with several delicious choices!* for $33.00 pp + Tax & Gratuities. Reservations are a must. Please call early to reserve: 914-739-4007

Mark your calendars:
Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 6:30 PM
Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 6:30 PM
Thursday, December 13, 2018 – 6:30 PM
Their annual, traditional Christmas Concert at Assumption Church in Peekskill, NY will be on Friday, December 14, 2018.

Questions and inquiries can be made to marytmancini@msn.com or by calling 914-737-8872. Go to marymanciniandmariotacca.com for all up to date information!


Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an evening of fine food and great music while supporting a local restaurant and local artists, performing live music here in our community!

4 Music Books by Stas Venglevski

Emmanuel Gasser Releases 4th CD

by Rita Barnea
Emmanuel Glasser New CD
Emmanuel Gasser has released his fourth CD titled “Emmanuel Gasser Goes Classical”. As the name suggests, it is his first CD that consists strictly of classical repertoire. The 12 tracks are a compilation of original works written for accordion, as well as, transcriptions initially written for harpsichord, piano or bandoneon among others.

The list of composers contains names from the Renaissance and Baroque era including Gaspar Sanz, J.S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti to 21st century composers. The most recent pieces include two original, award-winning compositions by the performer, Emmanuel Gasser. All the pieces recorded are selections that Emmanuel has played at prestigious international competitions.

His beloved late teacher, Alexander Sevastian, had guided him in preparation for these competitions of highest level music. It is with this CD, “Emmanuel Gasser Goes Classical”, that Emmanuel wishes to preserve the musical artistry instilled in him by his beloved teacher, Alexander Sevastian.

The 21 years old award winning accordionist lives in St. Charles, ON. He has fascinated audiences everywhere, since the age of nine with his breathtaking performances. He is gaining recognition as an excellent accordionist in North America winning numerous trophies and awards in many North American and International competitions, as well as representing Canada at the Coupe Mondiale, Trophée Mondiale, FIF Castelfidardo, IAWK Germany and IAC Switzerland.

His recent awards include: First Place in the Carmen Carozza International
Memorial Competition and First Place in the International Elsie Bennett
Composition Competition hosted by the American Accordionists'
Association with his compositions in 2016 and 2017.

Emmanuel's most recent success was at the Leavenworth Internation Accordion Celebration in June 2018, where he won first place in all four categories entered including the Leavenworth Open.

Emmanuel is a prolific composer having composed over 50 original pieces. In the past he has studied with several world champion accordionists, especially with the late Alexander Sevastian.

Emmanuel plans to further develop a career as composer and performer, performing solo, with ensembles and orchestras.

His newest CD titled "Emmanuel Gasser Goes Classical" is now for sale for $15 plus shipping. The email and paypal address is: emmanuel_gasser@yahoo.com

Amy Jo Sawyer CD titled According to Amy

TDA in Oktoberfest in Battleground, WA

by Rita Barnea
TDA
Those Darn Accordions (TDA) will perform in Battleground, WA on Oct 6th and 7th, 2018 for an Octoberfest celebration at the Northwood Public House and Brewery. The party starts at 11:30 AM on Sat, Oct 6 and continues on Sunday, Oct 7. Lots of great music, food and beer!

Those Darn Accordions, commonly abbreviated as TDA, are an American accordion band from San Francisco, California, originally formed in 1989 by Linda "Big Lou" Seekins. Excerpts from their website: Fronted by squeezebox wizard/lead singer Paul Rogers, the band writes many original rock and funk songs, and also explores more-eclectic musical genres like ska, country and the prerequisite polkas. The aim is always to entertain, with an emphasis on solid musicianship and an unmistakable sense of humor. Suzanne Garramone, the band's other accordion player, adds fleet fingers and a variety of guitar effects pedals to produce a unique sound. Drummer Bill Schwartz and bass player Lewis Wallace round out this one-of-a-kind band.

Boasting several accordionists whose numbers have fluctuated over the years and rounded out by a bassist and a drummer, Those Darn Accordions play a multi-genre mix of rock, pop and polka originals, characterized by the unusual use of effects and distortion on their accordions and the humorous lyrics of current frontman Paul Rogers. The band also performs from an extensive repertoire of covers, ranging from traditional accordion standards and polkas to hard rock, funk and new wave songs.

Since their formation, TDA have released six studio albums and one EP. As of 2014, the band continues to tour the United States, often performing as part of music festivals, fairs and Oktoberfest celebrations across the Pacific Northwest and Midwest.

For further information: tda@thosedarnaccordions.com,

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Bachtopus in New York City Concerts

by Rita Barnea
Bachtopus
Bachtopus will perform in the following New York City concerts:

October 28, 2018 at 4:PM, 346 W. 20th St. (between 8th & 9th Ave.) New York, NY 10011 - Bachtopus performs as part of the Music in Chelsea series, whose proceeds go to the St. Peter’s food pantry. The program features the music of Peter Flint, Nathan Koci, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Guy Klucevsek, J.S. Bach, and the Motion Trio. Suggested donation: $10.

November 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM, SUNY Global Center, 116 E 55 St., New York, NY 10022 - Bachtopus performs as the "house band" for a live taping of the entertaining and informative podcast "Person Place Thing," hosted by Emmy Award winner Randy Cohen. The featured guest is Marc Guggenheim, screen and television writer.

Bachtopus is a unique accordion ensemble from New York City that performs music by contemporary composers and Johann Sebastian Bach. The ensemble was born out of a fruitful musical duet between Robert Duncan and Mayumi Miyaoka, who partnered during the Winter of 2011. Excerpts from their website: Denise Koncelik and Peter Flint, who were members of the Brooklyn Accordion Club, joined the duet to play Bach’s organ music, which is well suited to the accordion.

The group soon shifted focus to become one of the few accordion ensembles in the United States that focuses on new music. Having established a large repertoire in just a few years, Bachtopus seeks to play more original compositions, commissioned works, and contemporary music that is interesting, accessible, and grounded in traditional folk music.

The ensemble has performed for diverse audiences, and previous performance highlights include: Make Music New York, Bach in the Subways, The New Museum, Accordions Around the World, the United Nations, and the American Accordion Association Seminars. Bachtopus performs music by and is inspired by the Accordion Tribe, Motion Trio, the Kronos Quartet, the Bang On a Can All-Stars, and Jacques Cousteau.The group features original compositions by Bratko Bibič, Peter Flint, Philip Glass, Lars Hollmer, Guy Klusevsek, Sy Kushner, Arvo Pärt, Elliot Roman, Bill Schimmel, Doug Makofka, Bob Goldberg, and Stas Venglevski.

For further information: sinolev@yahoo.com

Jeff Lisenby CD A Spy In Tortuga

Accordion Pops Orchestra Performs on October 28 in NJ

by Rita Barnea
APO Poster
The Accordion Pops Orchestra under the direction of Al Terzo will perform on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2:PM at:
Seabrook Village
3000 Essex Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07753

This will be their sixth concert at Seabrook Village, a premier retirement home in Northern New Jersey. The program will include selections arranged by Dan Desiderio, Maestro Emeritus: “Domino”, “Por Una Cabeza( Tango from Scent of a Woman)” and “Malaga”, a Paso Doble. Andrea Maurer, flutist, will perform “Irish Suite” with the APO.

The orchestra's roots can be traced to 1970, when it was organized by the Accordion Teachers' Association of New Jersey.  Over the next ten years it performed at various community functions throughout the state under the direction of its first conductor, Dr. Jacob Neupauer of Philadelphia. In 1980 the orchestra members took a leave of absence, but four years later the membership was reorganized under the direction of the late Eugene Ettore of Livingston, New Jersey. 

In 1985, Daniel Desiderio was invited to act as a guest conductor of the orchestra and a few years later the A.T.A. of NJ appointed him as conductor in residence.  The name of the orchestra was formally changed to the Accordion Pops Orchestra and its membership was expanded beyond the original members from New Jersey to include performers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Maryland, and Rhode Island. Maestro Desiderio retired as conductor in May 2011 and turned over the baton to Al Terzo.

The largest professional accordion orchestra of its kind on the East Coast, the group consists entirely of accordions plus percussion instruments.  In addition, the orchestra often accompanies guest soloists including pianists and vocal artists. 

Al Terzo, APO Conductor 2011-Present, is a teacher, arranger, and conductor who has been with the orchestra since its inception in 1970.  He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, New Jersey Music Teachers Association, and National Association of Music Educators.  Mr. Terzo serves on the governing board of the American Accordionists Association and is a founding member of the Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild.  He is an accomplished accordionist who has performed at the Garden State Arts Center and Newark's Symphony Hall. Currently Mr. Terzo teaches accordion and piano in New Jersey.

For further information: webmaster@accordionpops.com

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


Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Dinner

by Rita Barnea
Dr. Joseph Ciccone and Petar Maric
PosterPhoto of Dr. Joseph Ciccone (chairman of the Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Dinner-Dance) and Petar Maric,

The AAA holds an annual fund raiser event to benefit The Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Fund. The event features many artists who have donated their time and talents for this worthy cause.

The Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Fund was founded in the spring of 2002 at the suggestion of and through a generous donation from the American Accordionist`s Association (AAA) Presidential Advisor, Steve Stolaruk. Mr. Stolaruk presented his generous gift at a special AAA Lifetime Achievement Award banquet honoring the world renown Concert Accordionist Carmen Carrozza, which took place in New York on March 17, 2002. This was the first Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the AAA.

AAA Board member Dominic Karcic writes:
"The 2018 edition of the American Accordionists' Association's Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Dinner (Dr. Joesph Ciccone - Chairman) was held on Sunday, September 9th at the Famee Furlane of NA in College Point, NY.

The guests were treated to vast array of accordion music and styles. Very tasty jazz music during the cocktail hour was supplied by the duo of accordionist Don Gerundo and woodwind specialist Spencer Bruno.
This was followed by festive dance music supplied by accordionist Mario Tacca and percussionist Phil Battiston. Mary Mancini's cameo set contained outstanding renditions of “Ciribiribin” and “Non Ti Scordar Di Me”. Her stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful” brought the room to its feet.

Accordionist Nathan Chapeton performed Frank Angelis' “Asia Flashes”.

Four times Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) champion Petar Maric was the featured guest artist for the afternoon and he certainly did not disappoint. His outstanding performance literally had the audience mesmerized throughout. At times you could hear a pin drop - the room totally silent as he played. That is a difficult feat to attain by a performer but Mr. Maric consistently achieved that.

Each of his selections, “Titanic Theme”, “One Little Lady”, “Asturias”, “Revelation”, “Impasse Finalen”, “Saint Sava”, “Tico Tico” and Medley of Classics were so carefully and creatively orchestrated using so many of his Bugari Evo accordion timbres. He received several well earned standing ovations."

The purpose of the fund is to grant a music scholarship each year to a deserving young contestant who participates in the Piano Accordion division - Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Solo at the annual AAA competition.. The contestants must play one of any chosen AAA contemporary commissioned works, or any other contemporary composition written for the accordion and receive a score of 95 or above in order to be considered for a Scholarship Award.

The first place winner receives a scholarship. Maestro Carrozza is particularly celebrated for his brilliant world premieres of the early AAA commissioned works in the 1950's and 1960's and suggested this policy. Christopher Gorton was the first recipient of this award in 2003.

Carmen Carrozza holds an important place in the history of the accordion. His legacy is ongoing and Carmen Carrozza continues to inspire future generations of accordionists.

The International Trio, CD Available online, secure server

Accordionist and Composer, Guy Klucevsek, has “an experience of a lifetime”

by Joan Grauman, AAA Historian
Guy Klucevsek
Guy KlucevsekA touching, extraordinary memorial service for the late, great Senator John McCain took place at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 1, 2018. It was a moving service from beginning to end. There were tributes by family members, former Senator Joseph Lieberman, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and there were lovely musical tributes – all carefully selected by John McCain.

One of McCain’s musical requests was that world-renowned soprano, Renée Fleming, perform the universally loved Irish ballad “Danny Boy.” Ms. Fleming did so, beautifully, accompanied by the Diderot String Quartet, which is in residence at the cathedral. One of the newscasters said that hearing Danny Boy was “the most moving moment of the entire service”. It surely was for me, too – not just for its heart-rending lyrics and melody, but also because one of my favorite musicians, celebrated accordionist and composer Guy Klucevsek, was chosen to join this stellar group! The soft, sweet sounds of Guy’s reeds so flawlessly blended with Fleming’s beautiful voice and the quartet’s stirring harmonies.

John McCain passed away on Saturday, August 25. That evening, Guy received a call from a musician friend of his saying, “You won’t believe the conversation I just had with Renée Fleming! She said she was doing something later this week for which an accordion might fit perfectly, and I told her that would be a great idea, and that I had the perfect accordionist for her!”

The following Monday, Guy received an e-mail asking him to call Mike McCarthy, the music director for the Washington National Cathedral. He was stunned and touched to be given the opportunity to play at this memorial service, and to accompany Renée Fleming. Guy and his wife Jan immediately postponed their vacation to Cape Cod and were on their way to Washington, DC.

For Guy, who has been described by the Seattle Weekly as “one of the world’s most versatile and highly-respected accordionists”, this was an “experience of a lifetime!” He spoke with me about the atmosphere in the cathedral: “I looked out and saw, directly in front of us, Cindy McCain, who cried on her son’s shoulder as we played, and there were the Obamas, the Bushes, the Clintons, and McCain’s casket. It felt unreal and deeply moving.”

Guy enjoyed playing with the young, highly professional members of the Diderot String Quartet. They played on “gut” strings (Baroque instruments), which are normally tuned to A=415, and though they were not-at-all accustomed to tuning to a “sharp” accordion (A-442), they adapted to it quickly and with great precision. “It was a joy to rehearse and perform with them,” Guy remarked, “and, of course, with Renée, who possesses a voice for the ages!”

Picture right: most recent album released by Guy Klucevsek.

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Herbert Scheibenreif Honored by ATG with "Friend of ATG" Certificate

by Harley Jones
Herbert Scheibenreif's Certificate
Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif, CIA Vice-President, long time Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions, Vice-President of the Harmonikaverband Österreichs (HVÖ) Austrian Association, concert tour and masterclass organizer, frequent member of international juries and many other accordion activities, was honored with a Certificate of Recognition as a "Friend of the ATG" at the 78th Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) Festival in Lisle, Chicago, USA.

The certificate was presented by Prof. Joan Sommers, Secretary of ATG on 27th July 2018.
Herbert and Joan

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

CTA Presents Nathan Chapeton and Mary Tokarski

by Rita Barnea
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Nathan Chaperon and Mary TokarskiThe Connecticut Accordion Association presents: “SILVER AND GOLD”. Virtuoso Accordionist Mary Tokarski and her award winning student, Nathan Chapeton, will perform in concert on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1:PM at The Waverly Tavern, 286 Maple Ave., Cheshire, CT  06410.

Come and hear the wonders that the accordion world has to offer....
 
$5.00 cover  CAA members.  
$10.00 all others
Under 16 years of age FREE.
 
RSVP by October 19, 2018 to Marilyn at 203-272-1202
Visit us on the web:www.CTAccordion.com

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Julia Williams Performs USA Premiere of Gorka Hermosa Composition

by Rita Barnea
Julia Williams
Julia WilliamsOn September 22, 2018 the USA premiere in of the “Symphonic Anantango” by Gorka Hermosa was performed by the West Kentucky University Symphony Orchestra with accordionist Julia Williams as soloist at the Bowling Green Hall of Kentucky, directed by Brian St. John.

Julia Williams (Cortiñas) from Lincoln, Nebraska, has performed as a soloist and in collaboration with groups for 20+ years. She has performed with the Basilica of St. Mary Choir in Minneapolis, the Prairie Ensemble in Illinois, the Sioux City Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, and the Omaha Chamber Music Society.

Her theatrical credits include productions of 'The Doctor in Spite of Himself,' 'The Government Inspector,' 'A Threepenny Opera,' and 'A Fiddler on the Roof.' Williams has an aggressive interpretive style with an affinity for complex rhythms and textures. She uses extended techniques including free bass, various types of vibrato, and percussive effects. Among her peers she is known for her masterful bellows technique.

Among her awards are United States solo classical championship (ATG); North American Invitational championship (AGM); Minnesota State Championship (CATM); UMKC Conservatory of Music Senior Achievement Award

Julia said, “I had a great time playing with the WKU Symphony Friday night in Bowling Green! Thank you so much to conductor Brian St. John and his wonderful group. Scott Stroot gave a beautiful reading as narrator of Alan Hovhaness' "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam". Thanks to Jeff Smith for the awesome photos!”

Will Holshouser’s concert at (WMAS) Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society

by Joan Grauman, AAA Historian
Will HolshouserWill Holshouser was the fall guest artist at the September 16, 2018 meeting of the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS). The concert was enjoyed by all, not just because of Will’s beautiful compositions and excellent skills, but also because of his wonderful explanations of how he was inspired to write and title his compositions.

In the words of Mara Cherkasky, “Will Holshouser is proof that the accordion has a beautiful future. The fact that many people in our club were unfamiliar with his work made the concert an even bigger success, as part of our mission is to spread the word.”

The video from the concert, included with this article, features one of Will’s latest compositions entitled “Three Glasses”. Will Holshouser is an amazing accordionist who composes for a wide variety of musical contexts. He leads his own groups and has played with artists including Regina Carter, David Krakauer, Suzanne Vega, Eric Vloeimans, Andy Statman, NYC Ballet, NYC Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and many others.

Will has recorded three CDs of his music with his own trio, as well as albums with Musette Explosion and Han Bennink and Michael Moore. He has appeared at Monterey Jazz Festival, Vienna Akkordeon Festival, American Accordionists’ Association Festival, and on NPR’s Fresh Air. Will grew up in Cambridge, MA and now lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter.

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Papa Joe DeClemente as Guest Artist at LIAA on October 3 in Long Island

by Rita Barnea
Papa JoeLa Villini Restaurant of East Northport, NY is sponsoring the next meeting of the Long Island Accordion Alliance (LIAA) on Wed., Oct. 3, 2018. The featured guest artist will be "Papa Joe DeClemente."

Papa Joe DeClemente is a modest person. He is generous with his time and musical talents. He said, “As a young boy, I went to my relatives, the "Iorio's"  who made the accordion. After a number of visits to their shop, I wanted to learn how to play. I started playing the accordion in 1956. 

In the 60's, we started a band, the Moonlight Quartet" and played together for many years.Today I play solo and sing for the Mature Audiences, Italian Restaurants and Seniors. I have this passion to play and sing for anyone who might listen.”

Joe DeClemente volunteers once a week early in the morning to assist the music teacher, Linda Holcomb, at an elementary school music program at PS203Q, in Bayside, Queens which may be one of the only elementary schools in the five boroughs of New York City that has a student accordion band.

It is made up of ten 4th and 5th graders and is conducted by the school’s music teacher, Mrs. Linda Holcomb. The school started their accordion band fifteen years ago. They meet once a week, at the beginning of the school day to practice various songs that they will perform throughout the year.

For the past two years, the group has been fortunate to have the guidance of community member and professional accordionist, “Papa Joe” De Clemente. Papa Joe volunteers his time to join the students for rehearsals and he inspires them to be better accordionists. Among the many things he does for them, he also fixes their accordions! (Sometimes nine and ten year olds don’t exactly treat their accordion like they deserve to be treated!)

Joe shares his love for the accordion, “To me, music has been a language that crosses all barriers, speaking to all people and bringing joy to those who listen. The box has been my pal for over 60 years and I am glad the Lord gave me this special gift”

For LIAA reservations:
La Villini Restaurant
288 Larkfield Road.
East Northport, NY 11731
631 – 261 – 6344

For further information: JoeDeClemente@Yahoo.com

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Dave Magliozzi and Ann Harter Perform for MAAA on October 28

by Rita Barnea
Dave and Ann
MAAA (Mass Accordion Association) President Gary Morin invites everyone to attend the October 28, 2018 performance of Deja Vu, a duo of Dave Magliozzi on accordion and Ann Harter on vocals who perform nostalgic songs. David Magliozzi is a Boston-area accordionist and pianist who specializes in Italian, French, Irish, German, and Polish music as well as songs from the American Song Book. He first began “playing out” at various music settings at age 13 and has continued to be a lifetime student and performer of music. Among his current projects are a trio with a bass and trumpet, a duo with guitar, and a classical orchestra.

David often travels on accordion adventures around the country including New Orleans to play in a procession during Marti Gras festivities. An excerpt from his 2016 performance at a Buffalo River reserve in Arkansas aired on NPR. In 2017, David composed the original score, performed in, and provided technical consultation for the short film Beeswax, filmed in Austin, Texas.

Ann Harter is a professional soprano and voice teacher as well as an artist in Newburyport. She sings in a variety of styles and languages including French, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese and English. Admission is $10.00 per person for non-members.

MAAA events take place at the Ciociaro Social Club, 144 Bridge Street, Newton, MA. Doors open at 1:PM.  Meeting activities are from 1:30 to 4:PM. All meetings are open to the public. Newcomers are cordially welcome.  There is a small parking lot adjacent to the building and on-street parking is available.

For further information: GaryMAccordion@aol.com

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Acme Accordion School Performs in Haddon Township Music America Festival

by Rita Barnea
Acme Accordion School
On October 21, 2018, as part of a Nationwide Music America Festival Event, a combined Westmont Accordion Club and Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra will perform music from “Phantom of the Opera”, “West Side Story”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Hungarian Dances 5 and 6” on the Westmont Theater Stage on Haddon Ave., Westmont, NJ. The performance will take place from 1-1:45 PM.

Additionally, the Acme Accordion School is planning special events for Accordion Day on November 4, 2018 which is Acme Accordion School's celebration of November as National Accordion Month. November was officially registered in Washington, DC as National Accordion Month by the American Accordionists Association. This free event is open to the public. Come celebrate with them.  Performances by Guest Artists, in addition to the Westmont Accordion Club and Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra, will occur. 
     
Events begin at 10:30 AM with an open microphone. You may register to perform by contacting Joanna Darrow  at 856-854-6628. Registration for open mic ends October 28. At about noon time, a photo op will take place in front of the Acme Accordion School. Please bring your accordion and pray for sunshine. All performances are held inside.  The HIGH NOON photo op will occur outside weather permitting.The goal is to have 100 accordionist in the photo.

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Brooklyn Accordion Club Concert Schedule

by Rita Barnea
Great Room BrooklynBrooklyn Accordion Club concerts between October and December 2018 are listed below.

Sunday October 21st, 2-4:PM - Patty Furlong "Traditional Irish Music on Button Accordion"
Sunday November 4th - "Accordion Day Festival" Field trip to ACME Accordion Club in Westmont, New Jersey 
Sunday December 2nd, 2-4:PM - Annual Holiday/End of the Year Squeeze-Off! featuring Dr. Denise Koncelik, curated by Blythe Bonnaffons

All the meetings take place (except the field trip on November 4th) in the Great Room at South Oxford Space at 138 South Oxford Street (Between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street) in Brooklyn.

The Great Room is fully air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible (ADA compliant), has a grand piano, stage (!), and is conveniently located only a few blocks away from Atlantic Terminal in the heart of beautiful historic Fort Greene neighborhood accessible by all trains: B, C, D, G, N, R, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5, and the LIRR. 

Each meeting starts with a casual open mic. Everyone including beginners is welcome to perform a piece or two. Please RSVP your spots. 

BAC is grateful for the generosity of Young Concert Artists Inc. to offer BAC members special discount for the very special occasion of Hanzhi Wang, accordionist with:
Guest artists: the Omer Quartet
 on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 8:30 PM
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. See article on Hanzhi Wang in Highlights.

Purchase tickets to Hanzhi’s concert using the following link:
https://www.yca.org/new-york-series/october-22-2018/
Use the code BAC at checkout, you’ll receive a 50% discount on tickets.  

For further information email: brooklynaccordionclub@gmail.com

Frank Petrilli Leads Samba De Orpheus at 2018 NorthEast Squeeze-In Concert

by Rita Barnea
NESI 2018
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The Squeeze-In is a non-profit laid-back weekend gathering of free-reed squeezebox players and their partners. Concertinas, accordions, melodeons, bandoneons, chemnitzers, even melodicas all get their chance.

Performers in the video are David Magliozzi, Frank Petrilli, James Gerke

No one is paid at the Squeeze-In. Everyone enjoys it as a fun and lively experience. Playing, dancing and jamming are the activities.legendary fun! All are welcome including beginners and the talented advanced alike.

The North-East Squeeze-In happens every fall at Camp Chimney Corners in the Berkshires. Meet friends old and new in a comfortable, low-key setting with many places for workshops and spontaneous squeezings. Hobnob with (other!) free-reed aficionados and see an interesting assortment of squeezeboxes and their paraphernalia for sale, swap & hagglement.

The Squeeze-In is held at Chimney Corners, a well appointed year round camp and conference center in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, 30 minutes from the Lee exit off the Mass Pike and close to Tanglewood, the summer home of the BSO.

NESI 2019 will be 9/20 through 9/22. Registration begins 5/15, ends 8/30. Early Bird Discount available 5/15 - 7/10

Video filmed by Stewart Dean

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Denny Malmberg to Perform for Chicago Accordion Club

by Rita Barnea
Denny MalmbergAccordionist Denny Malmberg will perform for the Chicago Accordion Club on Oct 15, 2018 in Elmhurst, IL. 

Denny Malmberg can be seen performing throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with various groups including: Cliff Brunzell’s Golden Strings, The Mouldy Figs, and for the past 10 years on Monday & Wednesday nights at Fireside Pizza with vocalist Charmin Michelle. At Fireside, he has also performed with Delfeayo Marsalis, Mark Gross, & Richie Cole.

Denny is a retired high school band director (36 yrs) teaching at Mpls. South High for the majority of his career. After retiring from South High, Denny also taught at St. Olaf College covering sabbatical leaves for the regular directors for the Norsemen and St. Olaf Bands. In addition, for seven years he supervised instrumental student teachers for the college. He also performs for corporate events, private parties, and occasional Church events. The Denny Malmberg Quartet featuring Charmin Michelle “Struttin’ Out” is a recent CD release.

Chicago Accordion Club meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at the Elmhurst Normandy American Legion Hall, 310 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, Illinois  60126. The phone at the Hall during meetings is 630-833-7800.

For further information: muuuzikman@aol.com

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IDEAS Concert Schedule

by Rita Barnea
IDEAS poster
Even if you cannot attend the IDEAS Symposium, if you are local to Warren, OH, you will definitely want to come and hear the great concerts planned with world-class entertainment. See the above poster.

It is not too late to register! The IDEAS Nov 7-10, 2018 Symposium is soon upon us, but you still have time to register to experience the digital accordion event you always hoped would exist. Now it’s here and you have the opportunity to be a part of digital accordion history!

If you are interested in registering, please send all inquiries to "thegr8.ideas@gmail.com" and you will be sent all registration materials as quickly as possible.

Four straight days of amazing workshops, collaborative sessions, five concerts, digital accordions everywhere, an outstanding faculty and group of performing artists, an incredible resort, and great dining. It doesn’t get much better for digital accordionists!

For further information: thegr8.ideas@gmail.com

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New Orleans Accordion Festival in Louisiana: November 2-4

by Rita Barnea
New Orleans
The first New Orleans Accordion Festival takes place from November 2-4, 2018, celebrating the accordion as a serious instrument played within many genres of music in the city, state, nation and around the globe. The main guests include Gil Goldstein and drummer Johnny Vidacovich (Jazz), Cory Ledet (Zydeco), Bruce Dagrepont (Cajun), and The New Orleans Klezmer All Stars.

The New Orleans Accordion Festival is seeking local accordion-centric artists and bands. Paid slots are 40 minutes long and will be at the Dutch Alley National Park Service Performance Space and the adjacent French Market Pavilion on Saturday November 3rd between 11am and 6pm. For further details see the New Orleans Accordion Festival website.

The organizing member steering committee consists of Michael Ward-Bergeman, Greg Speck, David Symons, and Stephanie Reed. Excerpts from the festival website about the committee members (photo above): Michael Ward-Bergeman is a passionate performer, songwriter and composer.  He has performed extensively throughout the United States, South America and Europe. On accordion, Mr. Ward-Bergeman has performed as a soloist alongside Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, and many of the major orchestras of the United States. 

He has performed at the international TED conference and has been a visiting artist at Harvard University, Oberlin Conservatory, Berklee College of Music and numerous other institutions. Mr. Ward-Bergeman has been featured on the PBS television program Live from Lincoln Center with the NY Philharmonic. His compositions have been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and others. He has been featured on the soundtracks to major motion pictures by Francis Ford Coppola and Niki Caro. Most recently, his arrangement and performance of St. James Infirmary with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble appeared on their 2016 Grammy award winning album, Sing Me Home. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. 

Greg Speck: As a resident of New Orleans, LA since 2010, Greg Speck (“Captain Squeeze”/”Commodore Squeeze”/”Squeeze”) has joined the musicians’ community as an accordion/keyboard member. He has been a professional musician since his teen years in upstate New York where he learned about the world of Eastern European music from his ancestors and as a band leader for jazz, R&B, and zydeco band Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers for most of his career. He has a Masters Degree in Music from Goddard College.

He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2014, Upstate NY chapter, given the Master of Blues and Zydeco Artist Award for his contributions to the music community in that region.

David Symons is a self-taught accordionist, composer, singer, and accordion technician living in New Orleans since 2012. He founded and currently leads New Orleans-based Brechtian European chamber folk cabaret ensemble The Salt Wives, klezmer band Klezervation Hall, Vermont-based band Inner Fire District, founded notable Vermont bands Black Sea Quartet and The Brass Balagan, and has played in many ensembles around the world, including Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird (Berlin), Ezekiel’s Wheels (Boston), Debauche (New Orleans), and The Underscore Orkestra (Australia/Europe).

He is a former musical director of Spielpalast Cabaret in Burlington, and has worked as a composer for The Vermont Stage Company, as well as acting in many plays. He originated the role of Hades in the original 2006 and 2007 productions of Anais Mitchell’s folk opera Hadestown. David is a former faculty member of The Summit School in Montpelier, VT, where he taught a course on klezmer music. He is the Founder, President, CEO, and sole employee of The Big Squeezy Accordion Repair Shop in New Orleans

Stephanie Reed is a computer programmer, professional oil painter and accordionist. She graduated from Brown University, has a MFA from the Maine College of Arts, and recently earned a BS from Tulane University School of Continuing Studies. Her musical interests include Afro-Cuban, French musette, and Tango.

Activities lines up so far include:
Friday, November 2nd: a night lined up at Siberia featuring accordion-focused dance music. Performers include: Corey Ledet (Zydeco), Bruce Daigrepont (Cajun), The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars (Klezmer)

Saturday, November 3rd – Evening: The New Orleans Accordion Festival will feature legendary drummer Johnny Vidacovich with multiple Grammy award-winning jazz accordionist Gil Goldstein.

The National Performance Network has accepted their request for fiscal sponsorship. This means that the New Orleans Accordion Festival can now receive tax-deductible donations.

For further information email: info@nola-accordion-festival.com

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New Stas Venglevski Compositions

by Megumi Hada
Stas VenglevskiWith new eSheet compositions including sound samples:

Stas Venglevski has released two new compositions in eSheet format (pdf Acrobat files) able to be sent to the client by email.

Catalog: vstas053 A Song (solo)
Catalog: vstas054 Stas' Tune (solo)
View samples pages of the music.

Other CD's and music by Stas Venglevski are:
Catalog: vstas051 Meg Tango
Catalog: vstas052 Maurisa
Catalog: vstascd001 Adagio, Romance And Beyond CD
Catalog: vstascd002 My Main Squeeze CD
Catalog: vstascd003 The Nutcracker Suite CD
Catalog: vstascd004 Accordion Illusions CD
Catalog: vstascd05 Awakening CD by Stas Venglevski and Joan Sommers
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