accordion community was saddened to learn of the passing of button accordionist
Frank Vidergar on Thursday, December 27, 2007.
Born in New York, he moved to California at the age 14, where he later
met his wife Mary Lou, at the Fontana Slovene Hall. Frank enjoyed sharing
his love of Slovene music and served as the President of the Fontana Slovene
Button Accordion Club. Frank's energy and devotion to the diatonic accordion
was indefatigable. In addition to directing the Fontana Button Box Club,
Frank spent much time teaching others how to play, arranging music and
performing at places such as The Colorado Polka Festival, SNPJ Campsite
at Enon Valley, PA, The NBAF at Yukon, OK, and Slovenia.
With support from his fellow Club Members and his wife Mary Lou, Frank
launched the Far West Button Box Jamboree attracting thousands from all
across the nation, Canada beyond for almost 30 years. Frank and his wife
Mary Lou spent countless hours on the phone promoting the Jamboree and
Frank would even greet people and play at the Ontario Airport when they
arrived! In 2007 Frank and Mary Lou helped launch the International Button
taught his two children to play and perform the diatonic accordions when
they were youngsters. Lisa and Frank Jr., now both married and with families,
were performing favorites at the Jamboree. The family produced a recording
some years back called 'Flying High.'
A highly respected individual, Frank spent a great deal of time praising
and promoting others and was a cherished individual who did things for
the "common good", often at personal sacrifice. He was very
proud of his Slovenian heritage and loved to play the old folk songs of
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
- Wednesday, January
9:30 AM Visitation
11:00 AM Funeral Mass
St. Joseph's Catholic Church,
17080 Arrow Blvd., Fontana, CA 92335
- Graveside Service
to follow at Green Acres Cemetery in nearby, Bloomington, CA
- Reception to follow
at Sons of Italy Hall
8353 Sierra Avenue
is pictured here on the far right, surrounded by fellow musicians and
friends at the Annual Far West Button Box Jamboree.
The Vidergar family would like the reception to be a celebration of Frank's
life and attendees are encouraged to bring their accordions to play at
the reception. This is a fitting location and a wonderful way of paying
tribute to Frank and honoring his wishes.
Messages of condolences may be sent to:
Mary Lou Vidergar
1474 Mojave Drive
Colton, CA 92324-4850
All Good' according to Hogfish Gumbo
new CD 'It's All Good!' by Kansas City based Zydeco band Hogfish Gumbo
is fresh of the press and already receiving rave reviews!
Infused with upbeat, saucy Creole rhythms from the South, Hogfish Gumbo
bring the flavor of jambalaya and the feel of the lazy blue bayou back
to the Greater Kansas City area.
Serendipity brought the talents of Juha Silfverberg, Mike McKinley, James
Albright and Mark Cohick together into a fusion of sound, soul and charisma.
Since its beginning in 1996 the Hogfish Gumbo have performed at local
festivals, function, parties, weddings and conventions.
The Hogfish Gumbo play a combination of Cajun and Zydeco styles, yet remain
loyal to Zydeco. Their party music livens up any celebration and with
this album, they are sure to bring Mardi Gras right into your own home!
Juha Silfverberg leads the Hogfish Gumbo. He rocks out regularly as a
soloist and freelances in a wide variety of ensembles. He has toured Finland,
Estonia, New Zealand, the US and Japan in different musical groups.
A native of Finland, Juha came to the USA in the late 1970's to study
music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music
and holds the titles of both Finnish and Scandinavian champion. When he
isn't shimmying and shaking to the beats of his squeezebox, Juha is repairing
accordions, tuning pianos or enjoying time spent with his musical family.
CDs are available directly from Hogfish Gumbo for $15.00 plus $2.25 shipping
and handling. To purchase CDs by mail send Check or Money Order for $17.25
Overland Park, KS 66212
(Please allow 2 weeks for shipment)
For more information
and track samples, please visit www.hogfishgumbo.com
appears with Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
On December 19-20, 2007, Santa Claus appeared as guest soloist with the
Northwest Indiana Symphony and Chorus under the baton of maestro Kirk
Muspratt in concerts at the Star Plaza Theater in Merrillville, Indiana,
and at the Raue Center Theater in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Santa surprised
and delighted conductor, orchestra and choir members, and audiences alike,
by playing classical accordion.
showcased his accordion artistry in two pieces from Henry Doktorski's
A Classical Christmas CD: (1) Ave Maria in an arrangement by Doktorski
for accordion, violin and harp (assisted by NWIS concertmaster Pasquale
Laurino and principal harpist Kara Bershad) and (2) Dance on Jingle Bells
for accordion and orchestra, also arranged by Doktorski.
Doktorski, who very curiously happened to be at both concerts and was
seen selling his accordion CDs at a table in the lobby - met Santa backstage
and had a few friendly words with the jolly old elf: I wanted to speak
with Santa before his first concert, so I looked for him backstage, but
couldn't find him, until I happened to open a service door which led outside
to a loading dock. Imagine my surprise when I spied Santa sitting quietly
on a chair outside in the frigid subfreezing weather!
I exclaimed, "Santa! What's going on? Why are you sitting out here
in the freezing cold?" Santa welcomed me with a "Ho! Ho! Ho!"
and explained that his thermal insulated suit was not intended for indoor
use, especially under hot stage lights. He was waiting for his call outside
in the cold to prevent excessive perspiration. "I would get a nasty
chill returning to the North Pole if my suit was soaked with sweat!"
During the concerts Santa had a really great time performing with the symphony,
but he had a couple of unexpected challenges. He discovered during the first
concert that his beard was so fluffy that he couldn't see his right-hand
keyboard! He said: "There were a few dangerous right-hand leaps in
the Ave Maria, but I just had to close my eyes and hope for the best!"
Then, during the second concert at Crystal Lake, Santa's long flowing beard
accidentally got caught somehow on the left-hand manual, and as he opened
the bellows wide, his flowing beard followed the left hand and it almost
appeared to pull off of his face for a brief moment! Santa, quick as a wink,
reached over with his right hand and pulled his beard off of the left-hand
manual. I'm sure it must have been uncomfortable to have his beard pulled
these unexpected complications, Santa's performances were terrific! Ave
Maria was extremely poignant and beautiful, and Dance on Jingle Bells was
rollicking and frolicking! It was a great pleasure for me to meet Santa
face to face and personally hear him play in concert. He is actually quite
good on accordion; a fine player indeed!
Santa is pictured here chatting with maestro Kirk Muspratt: "Sorry
for the delay, Kirk; my sleigh's in the shop for its annual billion-mile
checkup. I had to rent a car and got stuck in traffic on I-65."
Maestro Kirk Muspratt agreed with Doktorski's critique, and personally thanked
Santa by e-mail: "It was a pleasure having you here! We love your accordion
Accordion Association Convention in March
2008 National Accordion Association Convention takes place at the Richardson
Hotel, Dallas, from March 13th to 15th. The Convention covers a very wide
spectrum of national and international accordion styles.
Last year, at the 2007 convention, accordionists of all ages and levels
were enriched by dozens of workshops including basic playing techniques,
teaching techniques, Scottish style performing, diatonic basics, registration
selection, bass patterns, bass enhancement, motivation, emergency repairs,
MIDI, Slovenian style playing, Polka dancing, and even rock and roll music
For 2008, National Accordion Association President Norman Seaton cautions
"This will be an "action-packed" convention. Do your resting
BEFORE and AFTER the convention."
Final details of workshops and guest artists will be announced very soon,
however convention highlights include:
- Wednesday evening
(March 12, 2008)
A room will be reserved for those wanting to play in one of the accordion
dance bands. A formal reception is not planned; however, various individuals
will be partying somewhere!
- Thursday evening
(March 13, 2008)
The Thursday evening event will concentrate on an accordion-driven audience
involvement program. Examples include using the accordion for dances
(couple and singles), sing-a-longs, and folk dance music. It will be
a lighthearted, fun evening.
- Friday evening
(March 14, 2008)
Polka Plus! A four-hour dance program is being scheduled
that will range from romantic waltzes through up-tempo polka bands.
This program will be a smorgasbord of danceable musical styles. Hint:
we are in the contract signing phase with an internationally famous,
Grammy-winning, polka combo!
- Saturday evening
(March 15, 2008)
Concert artists who have a unique presentation.
- Sunday Morning
(March 16, 2008)
During the checkout time, conventioneers often meet in the hotel restaurant,
lobby, and local restaurants to discuss the convention and other accordion
activities. When y'all come to Texas, ya just gotta be friendly!
For further information,
and regular updates on workshop and performers, please visit www.accordions.com/naa
or please e-mail: NatlAccordion@SBCGlobal.net
of the Accordion Concert featuring Peter and Maddie Soave
Art of the Concert Accordion Concert with world renowned accordion virtuoso
Peter Soave and his wife Madeleine (from France) will take place on Saturday
March 1, 2008. 7:00 PM at the Queenswood Center, Victoria, BC, Canada.
The concert will be preceded by accordion technique and Astor Piazzolla
music workshops, private consultations, and therapeutic yoga for musicians,
on February 28 and 29, 2008.
On February 28, two one-hour workshops will be offered. Madeleine will
discuss and demonstrate finger techniques that develop keyboard mastery.
Participants will learn how to incorporate these techniques into their
daily practice, regardless of what curriculum they currently study. Intermediate
and advanced accordionists can apply these techniques immediately. Novice
students can begin to think about the importance of this additional dimension
as they progress in their studies. For anyone who does not yet play an
accordion, and is considering whether to begin studying this beautiful
instrument, this workshop will provide insight into an important dimension
of accordion studies.
Peter will discuss and demonstrate how to accompany other musicians. He
will draw on his rich experience in working with symphonies and a wide
range of musicians in various ensemble settings, and offer pointers of
significance to accordionists on how to effectively work with other musicians,
so that the accordion supports and enhances other instruments and voice
to render a unique beauty to the music (being mindful of the acoustic
design of an accordion that allows it to naturally overpower other musicians).
Intermediate and advanced players can apply his tips immediately in their
current practice sessions with other musicians. This workshop will also
be of interest to other musicians who work, or would like to work, with
accordionists. Non-accordionist musicians will find his tips valuable
for working with ensembles generally.
On February 29, two one-hour workshops are offered. Madeleine will discuss
and demonstrate bellow techniques that develop bellows mastery, an important
and often-overlooked dimension of accordion musicianship. Participants
will learn how to refine bellows execution in their daily practice, regardless
of what curriculum they are studying. Intermediate and advanced accordionists
can apply these techniques immediately. Novice students can begin to consider
the importance of this additional dimension as they continue their studies.
For anyone who does not yet play an accordion, and is considering beginning
studies, this workshop will provide insight into an important dimension
of accordion studies.
Peter will discuss and present the music of Astor Piazzolla, a man who
broke creative barriers to alter the style of Argentinian tango music.
As a world-renowned bandoneon artist who has deeply studied and worked
with Piazzolla's repertoire extensively, Peter shares rich knowledge and
insights about this remarkable composer whose music has helped to resurrect
public interest in accordion music generally. Workshop participants, whether
or not they play an accordion or other musical instrument, will come away
from this workshop with rich insights about a remarkable man who left
the world a treasured musical legacy.
Concert tickets are $25.00 and for more information, please contact IQBrite@shaw.ca
or (250) 721-1101. http://members.shaw.ca/IQBrite/index.html
Marocco Accordion Event Orchestra
|The Frank Marocco Accordion
Event Orchestra, conducted by the great Frank Marocco, and consisting of
54 accordionists from 15 states and 2 Canadian provinces, plus drummer and
bass guitar player, will present a concert on Sunday, January 27 at 7:30
PM at the Best Western Dobson Ranch Inn in Mesa, Arizona.
The concert, which is FREE to the public, will include the music of George
Gershwin, Duke Ellington, John Philip Sousa, and others. In addition to
the orchestral music, some of which was arranged by Frank Marocco, there
will be solo and duet performances by some of the orchestra members.
Western Dobson Ranch Inn
1666 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
here for directions.
You can also send an e-mail to email@example.com
for additional information.
to Celebrate 70th Anniversary
the heels of co-hosting the largest international accordion event in
the USA, the CIA 60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale, world accordion championships,
organized by former AAA President and current Board of Director Faithe
Deffner, 2008 will mark the milestone 70th Anniversary of the American
The first meeting of a group of New York accordionists was called on
March 9th 1938 to determine whether or not an association for accordionists
should be formed. After much discussion and agreement that such a group
should be formed, a motion was made by Sydney Dawson that the name of
the association will be 'The American Accordionists' Association', which
was seconded by Charles Magnante and carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Anthony Galla-Rini, and seconded by Pietro Frosini,
that the officers of the association were to include President, Vice
President, Secretary-Treasurer and Sergeant-at-Arms. Frosini suggested
that because of Pietro Deiro's stellar reputation, that he be nominated
and elected by acclamation as the first President of the association.
Although nominations do not require a second, Galla-Rini and others
seconded it and Deiro was elected unanimously. Charles Nunzio, the only
surviving founding member of the organization, was elected Vice President.
The AAA will conduct a yearlong celebration including events such as
a concert in New York City in the Spring, and their 70th Anniversary
Competition and Festival, which will take place from August 13-17, 2008
at the Holiday Inn/Rosslyn in Arlington, Virginia, in the Washington
DC area. In addition to the usual competition categories for all ages
and styles of music, the 70th Anniversary Festival will include several
Jazz categories as well as the Carrozza Scholarship Category offering
a $3,500.00 first prize.
For more information, please visit www.ameraccord.com
Prieto Concerts in New York
accordionist Victor Prieto has a schedule of concert dates, as follows:
8 PM - solo concert at Olea, Brooklyn, NY
8 PM - Trio Iberico with Alexis Cuadrado and Brad Shepik, BND La Lanterna,
9:30 PM - Victor Prieto Trio at Smalls, NY
9 PM - Victor Prieto Trio at La Lanterna, NY
Founded in 1994, Quartetto
Gelato's musical artistry has been seen and heard in venues from New York
to Los Angeles and from London to Tokyo. National Public Radio recognized
the group with its 1996 'Debut Artiste of the Year' award and its latest
CD 'Neapolitan Café' remains a fixture on the US Billboard Classical
Crossover chart since its release in April 2001.
in intent, eclectic by design, Quartetto Gelato programs are filled with
an intriguing mix of traditional masterworks, operatic arias, tangos and
folk songs from around the world. The quartet's lineup includes: Shalom
Bard, clarinet; Peter DeSotto, tenor, violin and mandolin; Alexander Sevastian,
accordion, bandoneon and piano and Carina Reeves, cello. (Alexander was
the winner of the CIA 60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale World Accordion
Championships held in Alexandria, VA.)
forthcoming concerts include:
- January 10-12,
Charleston WV Charleston Symphony
- January 20, Victorville,
CA Silverado High School
- January 22, San
Diego, CA Bernardo Concerts Association
- January 26, 27
Lancaster CA Lancaster Performing Arts Center
- February 2, Bremerton,
WA Admiral Theatre
- February 5, Ridgecrest,
CA Indian Wells Valley Concert Association
- February 7, Coconut
- February 17, Port
Hope, ON Friends of Music
- February 18, Naples,
FL Classic Chamber Concerts
For further information
Shirunov to appear at NAMM Convention
Russian accordionist Alexander
Shirunov will appear at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, CA in January
from January 17-20, 2008.
Renowned for his captivating and charismatic performances displaying dazzling
technical skills and musical renderings of both classical and entertainment
music, Hohner Inc. invited Alexander to the NAMM Convention, as their artist
As part of his prize package for his competition success at the CIA Coupe
Mondiale, Alexander has been invited to perform several concert tours, including
appearances in New Zealand, Australia, Hungary, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark,
Finland and the Czech Republic.
recently recorded his first CD - 'Absolute Shirunov.' This project was sponsored
by the German based company 'Intermusik' who arranged the prize after Alexander's
stunning performance at the 2005 CIA Coupe Mondiale International Competition
for Accordionists in Portugal.
years NAMM convention will feature the NAMM University Breakfast Sessions
which are short focused Idea Center sessions. These free educational sessions
are packed with great information and ideas that you can put to use in your
business right away. Taught by industry experts who know the challenges
and opportunities of todays marketplace, NAMM University sessions
cover a wide variety of topics, including:
- Sales training
- Customer service
- Market development
- Internet strategies
- Inventory management
- Store design
- Financial management
- Lesson programs
- Marketing, promotions
The NAMM Show is the
largest music products trade show in United States. Held every January
in Anaheim, California, USA the show brings together all facets of the
music products industry to reveal new musical instruments/products and
ideas to help music products retailers and manufacturers become more successful.
More than 80,000 NAMM Members and guests attended the January 2007 show.
The acronym NAMM originally stood for the National Association of Music
Merchants, but has evolved from a national entity representing the interests
of music products retailers to an international association including
both commercial, retail members and affiliates. Therefore, the long form
of the name is no longer used, and it is simply known as NAMM, the International
Music Products Association.
Your Accordion Services 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.
- 74% of US households use the Internet
as an information source when shopping.
- Approximately 45% of searches had a buying
- The percentage of respondents who used
yellow page directories decreased from 75% to 62%.
(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.
Businesses 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.
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 you.
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 2008?
Announces Busy Winter/Spring Schedule
William Schimmel will be appearing with the Eugene Symphony in Eugene
Oregon on January 24 and 25 performing in Domenic Argento's Valentino
Dances. Dr. Schimmel has also recorded this work with the Minnesota Orchestra
on Reference Records. For more info please visit www.eugenesymphony.org
- January 28, He
will perform his own work, Elgar Has Hands like Scissors, for accordion
and woodwind quintet with Windscape at the Manhattan School of Music.
- February 2, He
will perform Luciano Berio's Sequenza 13 (Chanson) as part of The New
York Philharmonic's Day of Berio. The 14 solo Sequenzas of Berio will
be performed at The Rose Theatre/Jazz at Lincoln Center. See and hear
Dr. Schimmel speak and perform on the Focus: Berio mini site on the
New York Philharmonic website: www.newyorkphil.org
- February 16, He
will open a new off-Broadway show, Paradise Park by Charles Mee, at
the Signature Theatre in New York. Dr. Schimmel has composed the score
and will perform in the show as well.
- March 27, 28 ,
29 and 30, he will perform in Juno, a revived musical by Marc Blitztein
at City Center in New York.
In March and April, his work, Gregorsphere, a virtual reality on Ligeti's
Atmospheres, will be part of a two floor art installation by Paul Lincoln
in Chelsea, New York and Trieste, Italy.
19th, he will premiere his new work, Who wants to call it?! , for accordion,
guitar and saxophones with the new group, Riot. The work will take place
at the Ukranian Institute in New York.
- May 1, he will
appear with Modernworks, at a new music concert at the East Connecticut
- May 31, he will
play a private concert in Easton Pennsylvania.
- July 25, 26 and
27, he will present his fourteenth annual master class and concert series
sponsored by the American Accordionists' Association - The Seminars
- This year's title is: Last Frontier/Final Niche. At the Tenri Cultural
Institute of New York. For more information: www.ameraccord.com www.billschimmel.com
His new CD, Duality
Wrecks, which features Dr. Schimmel and Dr. Mark Birnbaum has been released
on IPS/STUDIO MUSE RECORDS. His new CyberSymphony, Broadway De-Camped,
is available for downloading on www.billschimmel.com and his new book,
Accordion Culture: Time, Space and High School is available at www.billschimmel.com.
It contains Essays, Drawings and a CD: ne'er beginning/ne'er ending.
He can be heard on Pinks and Blue, by Alla Borzova for accordion and piano
on Albany Records as well as on the AAA's new CD, Extraordinary performances
by Extraordinay performers, performing Lukas Foss's Curriculum Vitae as
well as his own work, Remembering a Legend: Charles Magnante, performed
by Mary Tokarski. In addition, he also can be seen and heard on three
new videos by Micki Goodman : A brief History of Plaid; Zen and the Art
of the Foxtrot and Scarlatti was here. Dr. Schimmel composed the music
for all three videos.
Other new CDs include: soon to be released - Riders to the Sea - and opera
by Marga Richter on Leonarda Records and Andy Arcari: a Concerto - in
a new realization by Dr. Schimmel on IPS/STUDIO MUSE RECORDS. For further
information please visit: www.billschimmel.com
Trio in Carnegie Hall
the 'Motion Trio' from Poland will perform in Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall)
on Sunday, January 13th, 2008 at 7:30 PM. Presented by Jan Sporek, the
Motion Trio concert will be held in memory of Andrzej Krzanowski, with
tickets available from from $25 - $35
Trio - an accordion trio founded in 1996 by Janusz Wojtarowicz
leader and composer of most of the group's repertoire. Motion Trio is
a unique phenomenon on the European and worldwide music scene. Performing
their own music, the group is changing the way the accordion is perceived
as an instrument.
Motion Trio has worked
with artists like Krzysztof Penderecki, Bobby McFerrin, Wojciech Kilar,
Krzesimir Debski, Marta Ptaszynska, Trilok Gurtu, Michal Urbaniak ("From
the first moment, they appealed to me in everything that they do),
Tomasz Stanko ("After just one, brief rehearsal I'm fascinated by
them), WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Deutsches Filmorchester
Babelsberg,Sinfoniett Riga , Sinfonietta Cracovia, Rio de Janeiro Orquestra
do Teatro Municipal. In the year 2000, they were Grand Prix laureates
at the IV Krzysztof Penderecki Modern Chamber Music Competition. They
have also given master classes at the University of Chicago and the National
Conservatory in Paris. On the music of Motion Trio: Joe Zawinul
"Their music is amazing; Krzysztof Penderecki "This
is an exceptional accordion trio; the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
writes "... the Trio plays masterfully, utilizing suggestive timbral
are the grand prix laureates of the 4th Edition of the Krzysztof Penderecki
International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition. Motion Trio has
recorded five albums - "Cry", "Pictures", "Play-station",
"Live in Vienna - Sacrum & Profanum" and "METROPOLIS".
"Pictures" became a hit and received the following distinctions:
Deutsche Shallplatten Kritik, the Polish Music Industry Grand Prix, Best
Polish Recording 2000, Top2000 and Jazzi Magazine's critics' Album of
the Year Award. Polish music critics recognized Motion Trio as the finest
debut of the year 2000 in Poland. The group was honored in France with
the "Gus Viseur" award, in the "Musical Discovery of the
Year 2005", and has performed in 28 of the world's countries: Austria,
Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands,
Ireland, Iceland, Japan, Canada, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Latvia, Germany,
Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey,
Ukraine, the USA, Hungary and Italy.
Motion Trio has participated in a great number of prestigious festivals
and musical events: the Montreal Jazz Fest, the Alternativa Festival in
Moscow, the Migration Music Festival in Taipei, Fest Der Kontinente in
Berlin, the Gaudeamus Festival in Amsterdam, the Reykjavik Arts Festival,
the Festival d'Ile de France in Paris and many others.
2004, by invitation from Joe Zawinul, the group appeared at the Vienna
club "Birdland" where, over the course of five evenings, they
presented 5 different stylistic programs (from contemporary, through jazz
to world music). October 2006 saw the premiere of the Motion Symphony,
in Pottsdam, performed with the Deutsche Filmorchester. The nearest performances
of the Motion Symphony will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, Cologne,
Riga and Kiev.
The Trio consists of: Janusz Wojtarowicz (1971) Composer,
accordionist, founder and leader of the Motion Trio. Began piano and accordion
studies at the age of seven, under his father Eugeniusz. Completed the
Public Secondary School of Music in Krakow and studied the accordion at
the Krakow Academy of Music. Winner of many chamber music competitions
in Poland and abroad. Composer of theatrical music. Received a scholarship
from the president of the city of Krakow in 2001. Pawel Baranek
(1978) Began learning to play the accordion and organ when nine
years old, under professor Wieslaw Kusion. Completed the Public Secondary
School of Music in Tarnów. Winner of Polish and international competitions,
in Germany and Italy among others. Currently one of Europes finest
accordionists of the younger generation. Currently studies the accordion
at the Academy of Music in Krakow. Marcin Galazyn (1975)
Began accordion studies seven, under professor Eugeniusz Ajdmach. Completed
the Public Secondary School of Music in Bialystok, after which he studied
accordion at the Academy of Music in Krakow. Winner of many national accordion
competitions in Poland.
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