Soave and the Phoenix Ensemble|
January, the Crooked Tree Arts Center of Petoskey, MI has scheduled a heat wave
by inviting the Phoenix Ensemble to perform Friday and Saturday, January 13 and
14, at the Ross Stoakes Theatre. Concerts start at 8.00 PM.|
Oblivion Project focuses on the Nuevo Tango of Astor Piazzolla, the
famous and controversial Argentine composer, and spotlights Peter
Soave and Julien Labro on bandoneons. Soave's mastery of the music of Piazzolla,
along with his virtuosic skill, and Labro's creative talent promise a powerful
In recent years, Piazzolla's popularity continues to grow
as his tangos are performed in concert halls and clubs, by all different sizes
and styles of ensembles -- from orchestras and string quartets to jazz combos
and rock bands.
The Phoenix Ensemble's performances are electric and spontaneous.
It features two bandoneons, violin, cello, piano, bass and percussion. The concert
program includes Adios Nonino, Michelangelo 70, Tanguedia, Romance del diablo,
Vayamos al diablo, Citetango and many others.
more information, please contact: Crooked Tree Arts Center, 461 East Mitchell,
Petoskey, MI 49770, Phone: (231) 347-4337 or visit: www.crookedtree.org
Fremar Passes Away|
accordion teacher Margie June Fremar (b. June 13, 1918) of Fort Scott, KS, passed
away on December 5th, 2005. Born in Canon City, Colorado, Margie's family moved
to Fort Scott in 1920. Margie studied accordion with Alfred Vacca in Kansas City
and with Joan Cochran Sommers at the Conservatory of Music at the University of
Missouri - Kansas City.
Margie and her
late husband Fred Fremar operated the Fremar Music Studio in Fort Scott for many
years, providing musical guidance for hundreds of accordion and piano students.
As the studio grew, they established the popular 'Teen Tones', an entertaining
accordion sextet, which went on to perform on the Ted Mack TV Show in New York
Margie received numerous honors
for her outstanding teaching, among which was an honor given to her at the dedication
of the University of Missouri, Kansas City's Center for the Performing Arts in
1980 by the UMKC Accordion
Orchestra, honoring her as one of the "Midwest's most outstanding teachers."
continued teaching throughout her life, presenting 74 teaching recitals between
1958 and 1999, and entering her students in competitions throughout the United
States up until recently.
Karen Fremar, was a United States National Accordion Champion and winner of the
CIA Coupe Mondiale Entertainment Competition in Stockholm as well as a recognized
composer and performer. Karen performed three works at her mother's funeral including
'Now the Day Is Over' by Sir Joseph Barnby (arr. Margie Fremar), 'Interlude',
from Fantasy for Accordion by Karen Fremar, and 'If Ever I would Leave You', by
Lerner & Loewe (arr. Karen Fremar.)
addition to her daughter, Margie is survived by her two sisters.
Ettore Passes Away in New Jersey|
P. Ettore, of Montville, New Jersey passed away on December 20th. Born in New
Bedford, Mass., he lived in Newark and Parsippany for 13 years before moving to
Montville in 1977.
He was secretary/treasurer of the Thomas J. O'Beirne
Co., Roseland, NJ, since 1994.A Marine Corps veteran, Tony served during World
He studied accordion since he was five and in 1952 established
the Ettore School of Music in Staten Island, NY. Many of his students won awards
in solo, duet, combo and accordion orchestra divisions in state and national competitions.
Mr. Ettore performed at Carnegie Hall, New York City, with his Virtuoso Accordion
He was a member of the American
Accordionists' Association Board of Governors for more than 50 years and served
two terms as president.
In March of 2005, he was honored as Man of the
Year by the Accordion Musicological Society and in November of 2005, he was presented
with the key to Roseland by Roseland Mayor, Michael Paolo. Additionally, Mr. Ettore
was a charter member of the Lions Club of Staten Island.
is survived by his wife, Marie and a brother, Raymond.
AAA Seminars in New York|
years American Accordionists
Association Master Class and Concert Series moderated by Dr. William Schimmel
is entitled HA HA! WA WA!, THE ACCORDION CAN KILL YOU! and will be held from JULY
WE KILLED THEM IN KALAMAZOO!
TRIPPED OVER HIS ACCORDION AND LANDED ON A POISONOUS LIZARD - HA HA! LIFE WAS
GOOD - NOW IT'S CRAP - WA WA!
SMASH YEAR! A BIT OF WARNING!
NOT ATTEND! YOUR HEART WILL BE BROKEN! YOUR SPIRIT CRUSHED!
IN ANY CASE, WELCOME TO THE SEMINARS!
(circa 1953) , before Rock and Roll and Do Op architecture: a tribute to Danny
DeCon - the icon of Jersey Shore point accordion-show bands. His motto: LET ME
A fresh new look at
the BELLOWS SHAKE as the ultimate TUMMY TICKLER.
An unauthorized re-enactment
of THE ACCORDION TEACHER, a performance that outraged everyone in the accordion
community as the ULTIMATE SETBACK and was actually banned by this sponsoring organization
back when it was introduced in the early 60's.
seminar on the HA HA, the landscape architecture framing he 18th century English
garden, inspiring the classical Sonata Allegro form.
to turn a happy event into a living nightmare! - NO DEMON BARBERS NECESSARY! Just
play that one sad, depressing song at the right moment - evoke a bad memory -
perfectly timed - bring down the house
. Everyone goes home
A new series of works
composed specifically for the unaccompanied bass accordion: JOHN BROWN (the hanged
man), WALTZING MATILDA (a tribute to the beheaded) and HAVA NAGILA - A LAMENT!
Dr. Robert Young Mahan will emerge as BOB MAND AND HIS 12 TONE RUBBER
BLUES BAND. He will lecture on Leonard Feather's statement: "Rules are not
made to be broken , but rubber bands to be extended to the point of infinity ".
This is Bob's 12th year! He hasn't snapped yet.
Kamala Sankaram, accordionist/singer/composer/filmaker/sitar
player - and clinical psycholgist will probe into the transitional psyche starting
from HA HA! and ending with WA WA! - analyzing FREAK SHOWS - back to HA HA!, performing
a variety of genres and her ontological video work INDO/NOIR.
choreographer, director/filmaker and fitness expert, Micki Goodman will teach
us how to HOWL OUR WAY BACK TO HEALTH - as well as a new work that's
OF THE SCALE! She will also present her new interactive video work, THE FOUR SEASONS.
is Dr. Schimmel's dramatic director ---- and for the seminars in general. It's
12 years for Micki!
/ Lorraine Nelson-Wolf in the ontological "7", will close Friday night
for the "12th" year. I/WANNA/BE/A/BABY/ALL/MY/LIFE (spoken quickly)
- examines the accordion and it's intrinsic ability to facilitate age regression.
Composer Stephen Dankner coined the initial phrase. BRING YOUR HUGGIES AND ENFAMIL
- AND A REALLY GOOD NIPPLE!
jazz great, Will Holshouser, will offer some SOOTHING JAZZ FOR BABIES - in the
spirit of the late, great Raymond Scott and also take part in a discussion on
"WHAT'S REALLY BEHIND THE MUSETTE"- exploring the devastating historical
backdrops that made it happen. It's 11 years for Will!
AND CO., a duo comprised of writer/singer/accordionist Rembert Block and a young
lady from the South Bronx, who she mentors. Blues, screams and rants will prevail.
WAAAA! MAGAZINEwill be unveiled as well as a seminar on THE ACCORDION AS MEDIATOR.
Stein will present his new song cycle: LOSS! This fascinating presentation deals
with Personal loss, New Orleans, Getting Mugged and Surviving all of it. It's
HA HA! and WA WA! - and he's still here to tell us about it - for the 12th year!
-- also, don't miss his seminar on PLUG IN seminar (Amplification).
Ickies, no stranger to ambition -hence the title of his Ambitious Orchestra, will
give us the punk equivilant to HA HA! WA WA! in a short set: HAWA! Also, new works
by David Stoler (STARTUNER), Liam Robinson (CHINA SHOP) and ONE LAST LOOK AT ACCORDION
JOKES! Digital flutist, Lee McClure, will transform The Mother Goose suite into
the FRACTURED tale that it was meant to be. AND.. NOTEKILLERS' David First will
do what he does best
..kill all preconceptions
of Ragtime, Mark Birnbaum will give us the WA WA (WILD GOOSE) WAG. Always confrontational,
Dr. Birnbaum will explore the highly structured HA HA, giving way to the Dionysion
WA WA - ending with a no-headed WA WA in the spirit of Santeria.
Design CEO, Cristina Spelligene; ethnomusicologist, Maria Sonevytsky and stand
up comic Lenny Feldman will give us THE THREE D'S: DESIGN, DIASPORA AND DERRIDA.
Eric Salzman's Classic ACCORD will show the world that BIG BOYS DO CRY! Allyssa
Lamb's instrumental vocals, melodica, glockenspiel and kazoo will CHARM, SEDUCE
and STING at the same time. Composer, Richard Peaslee will have us consider the
axiom: THE ACCORDION IS MOBY- DICK!
As a shark is a killing machine, The
K Trio is a winning machine. Watch, listen and enjoy as they kill you with their
MOJO and win you over at the same time.
Kathleen Tipton, who has performed, hosted, stared and lectured for over a decade,
cyber artist Rachid Eladlouni and performance artist Ray Rue (Elvis/Groucho) will
show NO MERCY. Marni Rice will give us WAUX! -in French -NO REGRETS! Rita Davidson
will give us MORE ETTORE! There will be AAA commissioned works by Schimmel, John
Franchesina and Alexander Tcherepnin performed by Dr. McMahan and Dragica Banic-Curcic
of Croatia. Walter Kuhr of MAIN SQUEEZE will give us BAVARIAN BLUES. Brian Dewan
will have us drowning in the aisle over his TED KENNEDY RAG.
Schimmel, lecturer- in- residence of the AAA will resurrect a vintage concerto
by ANDY ARCARI - one of America's great pioneers, as well as a new work, A BRIEF
HISTORY OF PLAID- combining the HA! WA! qualities of Auld Lang Syne, Palliachi,
Indian Madras and Fado (Portuegese)/ Fado (Gallic)-with an interactive video by
Micki Goodman. Schimmel also composed the bloody bass accordion works. This is
Dr. Schimmel's 12TH year as originator/moderator and curator of the Seminars.
This Year he will also present THE ELECTRIC CHAIR to those who would like to perform
in the afternoon workshops and receive his "CURRENT" comments -along
with his executing executives. Limited to a few players only, those interested
should contact Dr. Schimmel directly. HA!AND WA! encouraged -actually Mandatory!
HEART? The late alcoholic meditation master Chogyam Trungpa says: "It's the
only way to become a decent human being." We say: NO CURES, NO SOCIO/ SPIRITUAL
TRANSFORMATION, NO BOOZE - Just bring your frazzled, pained psyches and make it
look like you're having a good time.
YOU AT THE SEMINARS!
The event will
be held at:
THE TENRI CULTURAL INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK
43 A West 13
St (between 5th and 6th Ave)
at 3.00 PM Concerts at 7.00 PM
further information e-mail: email@example.com
is a new company name formed for producing Microphone systems specifically built
for the accordion by accordionist, Andy Bakke in conjunction with engineer Rick
Chinn who previously served as a designer with Mackie Mixers.
to reach the market by March 2006, the microphone features 'do it yourself' 'installation,
full RF shielding and encapsulated condenser elements to elminate distortion with
high power output and virtually elminated squall.
JLI Electronics will
be producing the microphone so it will be a USA made product coming out of Kulpsville
Pennsylvania, with distribution and optional installation from the designer Anders
Bakke residing in St. Augustine Florida.
Mr. Bakke believes that what
makes it unique is that it will surpass Sennheiser standards. The "secret"
of Sennheiser is nothing more then a standard element with a special reversed
funnel on the front of it. Because of the close proximity of the element to the
sound source under the Treble Grill that funnel is desensitizing the element so
it does not get saturated with sound and go into distortion. Mr. Bakke's has found
a material suitable for a diaphram that is transparent to sound with a reduction
of only -.05db. The byproduct of the diaphram over the Sennheiser cone is that
his system does NOT squall. He can take a microphone element to a 10 watt monitor
fully cranked up and put the element within 2 inches of the monitor speaker before
it will squall.
Additonally, existing Master Tech systems for example
are not shielded. The AccordioVox system is completely and totally shielded with
not only shielded wire but ground plane on the circuit boards with Magnetic Ferrite
Beads on the wires as well. No more rebroadcasting of local radio stations, Cell
phone conversations or CB radio during a performance!!
The mic is solderless
and features plug and play installation. Even though you get a fully assembled
microphone kit from the competition you still have to take it apart and unsolder
wires, install and resolder those wires... not anymore!!
Mr. Bakke is
available for installations 'on the road' and offers his services to any accordion
clubs and associations.
For further information, please contact:
Bakke [:|\\|//|:} AccordionMan
1400 S. Scenic Way
St. Augustine, Florida,
Area Accordion Club Activities in Texas|
newly formed BAY AREA ACCORDION CLUB meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month at
FRANCA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT on Nasa Road from 6 - 9 PM.
The evening includes
Dinner and an Open mic. Special accordion club dinner menu starts from $6.99 per
Meetings last about two hours with an open mic so that everybody
has a chance to demonstrate their accordion playing techniques. Usually, one has
to sign-up on arrival to be placed on the play roster. A 10 minute slot is the
norm, except for our featured artist which is usually allowed 30 minutes.
Our members and visitors enjoy good music and get-togethers. Some play the accordion,
others visit because they love the music and the company.
Many of us re-discovered
the accordion at a later stage in life and are trying to catch-up with what we
missed! So many beautiful songs to learn... so little time to practice!
you are an accordion player, regardless of skill level, join us at one of our
meetings and bring your accordion! This is a no-dues club but we ask that you
support our sponsoring establishment by dining with us.
more information contact:
Joe Brikha - 409-938-3734
Pasadena: Becky Simmons - 281-476-1943
Tom Zerecheck - 281-334-6120
information visit: www.bayareaaccordionclub.com
of the Guard at The Elders|
Elders, an extremely successful Celtic rock band located in Kansas City, are looking
for an accordion player.
Current accordionist Brett Gibson, after spending
over 18 months, one album and a tour of Ireland with the band, is moving forward
to other opportunities while leaving behind some great friends and memories.
Elders unique style of Celtic rock got it's start in Kansas City when lead singer
Ian Byrne joined the band in 2002. Byrne is a native of Ireland but moved to Kansas
City with his family in 1987. It took this Irishman living in the Midwest, his
daughter's best friend and a conversation between two soccer moms, to see the
potential for the band. Already an established group, adding Byrne to the lineup
was the icing on the cake. Along with the other band members, Brent Hoad, Norm
Dahlor, Brett Gibson, Tommy Sutherland and Steve Phillips, The Elders have played
in almost every big city including Chicago, New York, Boston and Estes Park. This
fall the band went to Ireland for their third international tour.
a ccordionist in the group Brett Gibson made his debut with The Elders in August,
2004 and has been active performing with the group in all their shows ever since.
A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Brett began playing the accordion at age 7
and at the age of 12 won his first New Zealand championship for that age category
and continued to seriously play and compete into his late teens as a soloist and
with duet, trio, quartet, ensemble and orchestra.
throughout the Kansas City area Brett can be seen playing with DescargaKC, a Latin
Jazz band, his own band 'Residence Rules' as well as with Eddie Delahunt at O'Douds
in Kansas City.
Anyone interested in
taking over for Brett in this exciting opportunity is requested to contact Ian
Byrne: ian@EldersMusic.com or you are
invited to visit the Elders website at www.eldersmusic.com
Your Accordion Service Free at AWW|
Internet is changing the way your customers are searching for services. The days
of lugging out a 12 lb. telephone book to find very limited and outdated business
information are coming to an end. People are still letting their fingers do the
walking, but they're doing it over a computer keyboard. Below are some revealing
facts from the Kelsey Group.
of US households use the Internet as an information source when shopping.
45% of searches had a buying intent.
percentage of respondents who used yellow page directories decreased from 75%
(If you have a printed
yellow page ad, it is time to consider buying a smaller ad and shifting your marketing
dollars to the Internet.) The off-line Yellow Pages see the writing on the wall
and are scrambling to transfer their business model to the Internet.
can no longer ignore these facts. If you want to be successful, you must have
a presence where your customers are searching. Being found on the Internet is
vital to the future of your business.
Accordion Yellow Pages offers free of charge listing for all accordion businesses,
teachers and for every type of service for accordionists. On the Accordion Yellow
Pages site, you do not need to have a website for accordionists find you and contact
search-accordion.com site is also free of charge, being a listing service for
every type of accordion service but you must have a website. Viewers of search-accordion.com
can click to your website.
popular is the AccordionLinks.com site where those accordion service providers
with a website, can attract accordionists free of charge to their website.
All it takes is a little effort, to make sure your information on these three
popular and very effective accordion sites is up to date. Your future success
may well be determined by your ability to effectively adapt to the Internet. Should
it be your New Year's resolution for 2005?
Accordion in San Francisco|
San Francisco Chronicle recently included a series on small businesses in the
Bay Area, including the company, 'All Things Accordion', owned and run by Tom
Torriglia. 'All Things Accordion' was one of only 12 out of nearly 200,000 small
businesses selected for a feature article, presented in a special supplement.
Also, on November 26th and 28th, accordionist Tom Torriglia appeared on the
Food Network's episode of Easy Entertaining, a US television program, with Michael
Chiarello's show featuring Venetian tapas. Tom played appropriate background music
to accompany the Italian food.
Kevin Solecki's 'Solecktions' gets Grammy Nomination|
for the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on December 8, 2005 by The Recording
Academy, reflecting a year in which multiple genres were represented in top categories;
collaborations were numerous and diverse; and newer up-and-comers were nominated
alongside more established, legendary artists. The nominations were announced
at Gotham Hall in New York City and the event was attended by national and international
media, as well as key music industry executives. Artists reading nominations that
morning included Natasha Bedingfield, Big & Rich, Mariah Carey, Chad Kroeger
(Nickelback), Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Carly Simon, Sway, and CeCe Winans.
The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Staples Center
in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and
5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
we celebrate the GRAMMYs coast-to-coast, this year's nominations truly reflect
a dynamic and vibrant community of music makers that includes artists, producers,
engineers, songwriters and everyone involved in the creative process," said
Neil Portnow, President of The Recording Academy. "As this is the only music
award that is voted on by music makers, the GRAMMY continues to be the preeminent
symbol of excellence and achievement as well as the most coveted demonstration
of peer-recognition and honor. Once again, our highly respected process has delivered
a wealth of music and talent to spotlight on Feb. 8, 2006, during Music's Biggest
Congratulations go out
to this year's Grammy Nominees! The Nominee list for "Best Polka Album"
(Vocal or Instrumental) includes...
The Influence" - Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones [Bel Aire Records]
Out For Polkas And Waltzes" - Walter Ostanek And Ron Sluga [Sunshine Diversified
- "Polka Pizzazz" -
Del Sinchak Band [Peppermint Records]
- Kevin Solecki [Peppermint Records]
Rattle And Polka!" - Jimmy Sturr And His Orchestra [Rounder Records]
Kevin Solecki was born and raised in Warren, Michigan, in October 1978. Kevin
started taking accordion lessons at the age of 6, studying at Eligios Music
Studio of Warren, under the instruction of store owner Eligio DiBerardo. He then
went on to study classical music for 10 years, before getting involved in polka
At the early age of 10, Kevin
started playing solo accordion performances. He could be found playing at nursing
and senior homes, weddings, anniversaries, church functions, restaurants, and
private parties. Some of Soleckis earlier highlights include a performance
on Detroits WCAR Radio in July 1989, an interview with his hometown newspaper,
The Warren Weekly, in February 1992, and a television appearance on Detroits
WXYZ TV in March 1991.
taking accordion lessons at the age of 16. Shortly afterwards, while still maintaining
a demanding solo schedule, he joined a nationally known polka band from Pennsylvania,
the "Polka Family". After several extensive months of traveling the
country with the Polka Family, Kevin decided to relocate to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
in February 1997, where he currently resides.
the past 9 years, Kevin has performed all over the United States, including trips
to Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. He has toured internationally
in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Europe. He has also done numerous
radio and television shows, and had the opportunity to perform at some of the
countrys top polka festivals, state fairs, county fairs, hotels, and cruise
at Moscow Festival|
legend Art Van Damme, President of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International
Joan C. Sommers, ATG immediate Past President Stas Venglevski and Jazz accordionist
John Simkus were among the many guests at the 4th International Competition of
Bayanists and Accordionists that took place from December 11th to 18th in Russia's
Gnessin Academy of Music.
A great success, the International
jury included Chairman - Friedrich Lips (Russia), Sergey Kolobkov (Russia), Viacheslav
Semionov (Russia), Joan Sommers (USA), Owen Murray (Great Britain), Vojin Vasovic
(Serbia & Montenegro), Max Bonnay (France), Mie Miki (Japan), Joseph Macerollo
(Canada), Matti Rantanen (Finland), Pavel Fenyuk (Ukraine), Cao Xiao-Qing (China)
and Claudio Jacomucci (Italy). Competitors from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan,
China, Serbia and France took part in this event, which included three rounds
of close competition with six finalists battling for first place. Candidates could
select from two concertos including:
Semyonov: "Freski", Concerto for bayan, chamber orchestra and percussion
Podgaits: Concerto for bayan and chamber orchestra
variety of concerts was held during the festival (including opening and closing
concerts) with performances by the Orchestra of Bayanists of the Gnessin Academy
of Music (Vladimir Shkurovsky, conductor), Aidar Gainullin and Yuri Medianik (both
winners of the 3rd Competition for Bayanists and Accordionists in 2000), Mie Miki
(Professor at the University of Music in Essen, Germany), Claudio Jacomucci (Italy),
Pavel Fenjuk (Ukraine), Joseph Macerollo (Canada),
Stas Venglevski and John Simkus (USA). America's living jazz legend Art Van
Damme made his debut in Moscow and received a special award for his lifetime achievements
offered by the organizers of the event.
The 'Silver Disk' (for special
accomplishments in the accordion and bayan culture fields) was presented to maestro
Sergey Barinov, accordionists Joseph Macerollo, Joan Sommers and Mie Miki, producer
Massimo Pigini and composer Alexander Shurbin.
1st equal: Maria Vlassova (Russia) and Kirill Shtybin
- 2nd: Alexander Selivanov
- 3rd: Evgeny Kotchetov (Russia)
Sergey Kotkov and Andrey Sheliganov received dipolmas.
Announces March Concert|
Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments will present a concert entitled
Viva Regondi: Music for Concertina and Guitar on Friday, 17 March 2006 at the
Elebash Recital Hall at The Graduate Center, (34th Street and Fifth Avenue) at
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF FREE-REED INSTRUMENTS (CSFRI) is unique in American academia.
Headed by Allan W. Atlas (left) and operating under the auspices of the Barry
S. Brook Center for Musical Research and Documentation, CSFRI serves to foster
research and discussion about all aspects of all free-reed instruments. To that
end, CSFRI sponsors a concert/colloquium each spring semester, maintains a library/archive
of primary and secondary material related to free-reed instrumentsthe two
jewels of which are the largest collection of Victorian music for the English
concertina in the country and The Deiro Archive, which preserves the documentary
and recorded legacy of the legendary accordionists Guido and Pietro Deiro, who
introduced the piano accordion to the United States in the early twentieth centuryand
has published four volumes (1999-2002) of The Free-Reed Journal and now co-publishes
Papers of the International Concertina Association. Please visit our website:
THE GRADUATE CENTER is the doctorate-granting
institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind
in the nation, The Graduate Center draws its faculty of more than 1700 members
mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions
throughout New York City. Established in 1961, The Graduate Center has grown to
an enrollment of 4000 students in 32 doctoral programs and six master's degree
programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Graduate Center
also houses 28 research centers and institutes and offers a wide range of continuing
education and cultural programs of interest to the general public. Also affiliated
with the institution are the following University Center programs: the CUNY Baccalaureate
Program, the School of Professional Studies, and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
According to the most recent National Research Council report, more than a third
of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at
public and private institutions, nearly a quarter are among the top ten when compared
to publicly supported institutions alone, and more than half are among the top
five programs at publicly supported institutions in the northeast.
and Future CSFRI Events:
- 1999 Mouth
Organs East and West: From Chinese Sheng to Jazz Harmonica
The Accordion as an Icon of Italian-American Culture
The Incredible Concertina: A Concert in Honor of Sir Charles Wheatstone - A Bicentennial
- 2003 Free Reeds of Asia
and other Rare Chinese Instruments The Other Accordion: The Contemporary
Scene (co-sponsored with the American Accordionists Association)
The Incredible Concertina 2: Music from Village Greens to the Concert Hall
From Frosini to Foss: A Half-Century of Music for the Accordion
Viva Regondi: Music for Concertina and Guitar
The Irish Squeezebox in New York
for the Viva Regondi Concertare $20 ($12 with CUNY ID or Senior Citizen ID) and
are available by calling the Office of Continuing Education (212) 817-8215.
complete program, please see the Feature
Article this month.
Maestro Galla-Rini to Celebrate 102nd Birthday|
Anthony Galla-Rini will celebrate his 102nd Birthday on January 18, 2005 at his
residence in Corona, CA.
In October ATG Board of Directors Kevin Friedrich
and Liz Finch visited Maestro Galla-Rini in CA and reported that he was in good
spirits and Mr. Galla-Rini joked that he supposed now he would have to live another
This is not only a chance to wish the Maestro a wonderful birthday
but also a perfect opportunity acknowledge his lifelong contributions to the accordion
career, his performances, his compositions, his recordings, his arrangements,
his musical direction, his teaching, his leadership role in the accordion community,
his inspiration and in general 'his love for the accordion' has touched us all.
Over 60 years ago, he was one of the 29 founding members of the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) where he now serves as President Emeritus.
In 1951 he traveled to the Confédération
Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) General Assembly in Paris,
France where he successfully petitioned the ATG's membership into the CIA.
To this day, the ATG and fellow USA member the American Accordionists' Association
of whom he was also a founding member, take an active and valuable role in CIA
activities as they endeavor to promote the accordion in the international arena,
including hosting the 2007 Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships in the
Mr. Galla-Rini's efforts on behalf of the ATG laid the
groundwork for them to work on a global level with fellow national accordion organizations
from around the world as well as establish affiliation to the International Music
Council, the largest non-governmental sector of UNESCO.
1984 the CIA proudly acknowledged Galla-Rini's outstanding contributions to the
International accordion movement by awarding him the 'CIA Merit Award' at the
General Assembly in Folkstone, United Kingdom. Galla-Rini's profound impact on
the accordion movement continues to this day, and will last forever.
Mr. Galla-Rini will spend his 102nd birthday surrounded by your family and friends
at his residence in California.
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