Cybelvis sings to ACCORDION!
"Bjorn Again" tribute to ABBA will be held on June 22nd at the Roseland
Theatre, 8 NW 6th Street in Portland, Oregon. This show has played 1800
times in 43 countries so far. Miss Cybelvis Monroe (a Marilyn Monroe impersonator
who sings Elvis Presley's hits accompanied by accordion) will open the show.
Cybelvis "breathes" out Elvis' hits as Marilyn might have, with crimson
lip-curls and hip-shakin' shimmies.
Botielus backs her up on accordion and sequencer, with surprising interpretations
of familiar songs, like "Blue Suede Shoo-shoo-pee-doos" and "Dancing King".
The show is at 9:00 PM and tickets are $18.50 + service charge from Fastixx.
For further details e-mail: Cybelvis@Cybelvis.com
or visit www.cybelvis.com
Those Darn Accordions on Tour
to rock? Those Darn Accordions (TDA), the San Francisco-based band that
threatens to forever change your understanding of the squeezebox, is headed
for your town.
TDA is touring in support of "Amped," the new six-song EP that captures
the band's squeezebox-fueled sonic assault in all its glory. On "Amped,"
the band pumps out four catchy songs chronicling life in the weird lane:
"Serious World," "Mr. Slagle's Revenge," "Enter the Douse," and "Meaning
of Life." Along with these originals, the band includes covers of Steppenwolf's
rock anthem "Magic Carpet Ride" and a raucous version of "Making Our Dreams
Come True" (better known as the theme from "Laverne & Shirley").
Onstage, the five-piece band fronted by lead singer/squeezebox wizard Paul
Rogers and bellows-pumping babes Patty Brady and Suzanne Garramone, with
Bill Schwartz on drums and Lewis Wallace on bass, roars through a variety
of musical genres from heavy metal to polka and back again, torching timeless
rock 'n' roll classics along the way.
TDA Summer Tour 2001 Dates:
June 22, FEZ (under Time Café), NEW YORK, NY
June 23, Meadowlands Fair, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
June 24, Meadowlands Fair, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
June 25, The Club Café, PITTSBURGH, PA
June 26, The LimeSpider Lounge, AKRON, OH
June 28, Summerfest, MILWAUKEE, WI
June 29, Summerfest, MILWAUKEE, WI
June 30, Summerfest, MILWAUKEE, WI
July 1, Summerfest, MILWAUKEE, WI
July 2, Summerfest, MILWAUKEE, WI
July 3, Summerfest, MILWAUKEE, WI
July 4, Summerfest, MILWAUKEE, WI
July 5, Summerfest, MILWAUKEE, WI
July 6, Summerfest, MILWAUKEE, WI
July 7, Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, SCHAUMBURG, IL
July 8, The Beat Kitchen, CHICAGO, IL
Those Darn Accordions a listen. You won't believe your ears!
For further information please contact:
Paul Rogers at email@example.com
phone number: 415-765-7652 or
Patty Brady firstname.lastname@example.org or
and European Orchestras to Perform at ATG
accordion Superstar Mika Väyrynen will be the featured international soloist
at the upcoming ATG
Competition and Festival in San Antonio, Texas, July 19 - 22, 2001.
Appearing for the first time in the United States, Mika will perform both
as a soloist and in a concerto with the ATG Festival Orchestra.
Mika Väyrynen was born in Helsinki in 1967. He studied at the Sibelius
Academy and the conservatory of Gustave Charpentier in Paris. He earned
the A-diploma in accordion in 1991 and earned his Master of Music in 1992.
Väyrynen studied further and earned his Doctor of Music in 1997 from the
Department of Performing Arts at the Sibelius Academy.
A former CIA Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Champion, Mika Väyrynen is
one of the most actively performing accordion artists of his generation.
He gave his debut recital in 1985, after which he has toured extensively
both domestically and abroad. He has also released several CDs and he
has recorded for the Finnish Broadcasting Company regularly since 1985.
Mika Väyrynen's repertoire is exceptionally large and wide-ranging consisting
of transcriptions, modern accordion music, virtuosi music, new tango,
chamber music and concertos.
from Kimmo Mattila...."Mika is a phenomenal personality in the world
of the accordion. For Mr. Väyrynen the accordion and its tone are tools
that formulate themselves according to the needs of the music. Väyrynen
crosses the often artificial boundaries of different musical styles with
his own unique interpretation. In his choice of repertoire he does not
stick to the conventional, but prefers to see the technical possibilities
of the accordion without boundaries and even as challenges.
The most characteristic of Mika Väyrynen's musicianship is, however, to
get 'behind the notation" and inside the external technical matters
to the absolute core of music."
In addition to Mika, the ATG will also be featuring other outstanding
- The worldclass Viennese
Accordion Ensemble (pictured below) founded
in 1967, the group was made up of the best soloists in Austria, and
has remained together ever since.
- The 20 member Das
Akkordeonorchester des Landes Niedersachsen (Accordion orchestra
of Lower Saxony) will be performing at the ATG Festival. Their repertoire
includes things such as: On The Beautiful Blue Danube, Carmen Suite,
Comedian Harmonists in Concert, Fanfare for the Common Man, Frank Sinatra
in Concert, Lord of the Dance, My Fair Lady Sabre Dance Tango 99 Welcome
- Stas Venglevski,
a two-time first
prize winner of bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova, Stas is
a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received
his masters Degree in Music under the tutelage of the famed Russian
bayanist, Friedrich Lips. In 1992 he emigrated to the United States.
He has toured extensively
throughout the former soviet Union, Europe, and the United States. He
also performs frequently in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his home in the United
ATG is also sponsoring three interntational competitions including the
Anthony Galla-Rini Comptition for Classical Accordion, the ATG Virtuoso
Entertainment Competition and in conjunction with the Texas Accordion
Association (TAA) will also sponsor the Texas Folk Music Contest, offering
a total of almost $5000.00 in prize money. For full details, please visit
Bash in Florida
ninth annual Cajun-Zydeco festival was held on May 11 in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. It was a festival packed with music, food and dance.
Cajun music goes back to French-speaking settlers in southwest Louisiana
who traditionally played fiddle and accordion and used the acoustic guitar
and triangle for rhythm.
Zydeco means "Snap Bean". (In French, "Les Haricots", means green beans,
and when pronounced in French Creole, the "s" is pronounced like a "z",
it misses the silent "H" then is joined to the "a", rolled 'r' and finishes
with a silent "t" so "Les Haricots" sounded like "Lez-arico" or with the
French Creole accent, "Z-ydeco".)
Around the turn of the century while the farmers were out working in the
fields, (picking the beans) they would hum melodies to help pass the time.
The workers would come in from the fields, and while cooking, would wonder
about the salt content of the beans. It is said that the favorite melody
was called "Les Haricots Sont Pas Sales" which translates as "The snap beans
are not salty." This 'blues' melody, was the beginning of the Zydeco music.
in the Fort Lauderdale line up was Roy Carrier, who says that zydeco is
the kind of music that 'gets your heart jumping.' He began playing zydeco
when he was 6, starting with washboard and accordion. Other artists included
The Hackberry Ramblers, Balfa Toujours (pictured to the right), Geno Delafose
For future festivals in Fort Lauderdale, please see: www.ci.ftlaud.fl.us/festivals
of the Accordion in San Francisco
When was the last time you
visited San Francisco? Why not make a trip in June to help celebrate the
Day of the Accordion?
The impressive lineup includes something for everybody, and all activities
will take place Sunday, June 17, 2001 at the Cannery in San Francisco.
It will be fun!
- 12:00 - 12:25 pm The
Bay Area Accordion Club Fun Band
- 12:35 - 12:50 PM Bella
- 1:00 - 1:40 PM Conjunto
- 1:50 - 2:05 PM Big
Lou-San Francisco's Accordion Princess
- 2:15 - 2:30 PM The
Jazz Chords (three jazz accordionists)
- 2:40 - 3:20 PM Baguette
- 3:30 - 3:45 PM Sexfresh-bossa-mambo
- 3:50 - 4:30 PM The
- 4:35 - 4:55 PM Alex
- 5:05 - 6:00 PM The
Antonio International Festival to Showcase Diversity
the generations, the blending of cultures in San Antonio has produced
a colorful mix of musical styles, many centered on the button accordion.
In San Antonio, it's not unusual to hear German polkas in one neighborhood,
and rollicking conjunto cumbias in another - with the venerable accordion
serving as the thread that weaves these diverse musical forms together.
To celebrate these diverse traditions, the City of San Antonio Office
of Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with Texas Folklife Resources and
the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, will present the First International
Accordion Festival, September 29 and 30, 2001. The festival, with free
admission, will be held in historic La Villita, one of San Antonio's original
settlements, in the heart of downtown.
Nearly a dozen groups representing numerous diverse international accordion
musical traditions are on tap for the festival, playing German, Colombian/Vallenato,
Irish, Argentine Tango, Cajun/Zydeco, Dominican Merengue and Conjunto/Tejano
music. Also planned prior to the festival, on September 27 and 28, is
a symposium focusing on international accordion traditions.
Poet, songwriter, vocalist and accomplished button accordionist Juan Tejeda
is producing the festival on behalf of Texas Folklife Resources. Best
known as the former Xicano Music Program Director at the Guadalupe Cultural
Arts Center, Tejeda founded the annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San
Antonio which this year marks its 20th anniversary, May 9 -13.
The National Endowment for the Arts and AT&T are the primary sponsors
of the festival, which is seeking additional sponsors. For more information,
contact Juan Tejeda at (210) 207-6967, or by e-mail at OCA1@ci.sat.tx.us.
For a free packet of San Antonio visitor information, call the San Antonio
Convention & Visitors Bureau toll free at 1-800-THE-ALAMO, ext. 10, in
the U.S. and Canada (001-800-447-3372 in México) or (210) 207-6700. Or
visit the SACVB's home page at www.SanAntonioCVB.com
celebration of Czech heritage which began back in 1966, the festival now
draws more than 50,000 attendees. Including religious customs, folk dances,
tastes, sights, and sounds to create "a little bit of Czechoslovakia"
on the streets of historic downtown Ennis, the Ennis Polka Festival was
held the last weekend in May.
Activities included a Parade, Arts and crafts and food booths, street
dancing with the Jodie Mikula Orchestra, Dancing at the four lodge halls
with Vrazels, Lynn Marie Rink, Czech and Then Some, Brave Combo, and many
For more info on this annual festival, contact email@example.com
or check out the web site for Ennis Polka Festival, or the Ennis Chamber
of Commerce or City of Ennis.
Annual Texas Squeeze Accordion Festival
Mark Sunday November 4,
on your calendar to attend the Fourth Annual Texas Squeeze.
Planned appearances include some of the same great bands from past years,
Los Pioneers de Ramz Guerrero, The Gulf Coast Playboys, Jude Moreau and
the Bon Temp Playboys, Los Pinkys, Los Jet Set and new favorites The Fabulous
Six Czech band.
Also enjoy the Texas-style bar-b-que...tamales...gumbo...cold beer...dancing
and good times at one of the finest dance halls in Texas. Festivities
will be held at Club 21 in Uhland, Texas, from 2:00 - 8:00 PM (512)398-2901.
Gulf Coast Playboys, including Bobby Fuentes, Bradley Jaye Williams, Speedy
Sparks (back), Bruce Lamb, Joe Guzman, Carlos Barbosa and Ralph White
are also appearing every Thursday at EGO'S, from 8:30-10:30. Music includes:
Texas-Louisiana Dance Hall Music Traditional Cajun...Swamp Pop...Classic
Isidro, Ramz, Bradley and Ben Serrato of Los Jet Set.
Club Helps during Pledge Week
Members of the Peoria Area
Accordion club recently volunteered at their local public television station
during pledge week.
Working during a three hour session, Club President Dick Schmit said 126
calls were answered raising some $15,600 dollars.
They also had people ringing to say how much they enjoyed the program,
A Lawrence Welk Special!
Soprani with "Coro Gabriele D'Annunzio"
Soprani, accordionist, who recently performed in a world premier musical
at the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia, will appear as special guest soloist
and accompanist in a series of programs with the "Coro Gabriele D'Annunzio"
under the direction of Maestro Angelo Troiani.
The first program will take place on June 3, 2001. The "Coro", made up
of 25 singers and a mandolin plyer, along with Joe Soprani on the accordion,
will perform at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia to celebrate "La Festa
The "Coro Gabriele D'Annunzio", named after the distinguished Abruzze
poet, dramatist and writer, was founded in 1994 when a few members of
the "Associazione Regionale Abruzzese" of Delaware Valley decided to form
a singing group to keep alive the folk music of the region of Abruzzo.
Mr. Troiani was chosen as the musical director, conductor and vocal arranger.
Soprani will write the accordion arrangements.
In the beginning, the "Coro" focused on traditional songs sung in the
rich dialect of their homeland. Now, dressed in the traditional costumes
of Abruzzo, the repertoire of the "Coro" includes works of Verdi, Tosti,
Scarlatti, Mascagni and popular Neapolitan and contemporary folk songs.
Throughout the year the group performs at various functions in the Tri-State
area which include many Sons of Italy Lodges, Columbus Day events, Penn's
Landing and various church fiesta's.
On May 31st, The "Coro" made a special appearance at the Springfield CC
in Springfield, PA. to welcome Onorevole Giovanni Pace, the President
For more information about the Penn's Landing event and other up coming
performances contact: Angelo Troini, JOANGETRO@aol.com or Joseph Soprani,
Helmi Harrington helps with New Grove's Dictionary
Board Member Dr. Helmi Strahl Harrington has co-authored the "Accordion"
article for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition).
Four of the five sections were written by Dr. Harrington, with a fifth
section contributed by Herhard Kubik. Her concise yet comprehensive work
includes information on accordion construction, types, history and manufacture,
as well as an outline of the development of the accordion within academic
and classical communities. The article will be a tremendous boost for
academics, students and hobbyists looking for information on the accordion.
The first 20 volume edition of the New Grove published in 1980 became
the definitive music research dictionary. Its ambitiously comprehensive
scope and reliable accuracy continued a tradition begun in 1878 with Sir
George Grove's first Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
New Grove II is available in traditional hardcover book format and also
in an online version. It is a very big set of very big books - list price
$4,850.00!! For information on subscribing to the online version see:
www.govemusic.com The book version is available in virtually all the libraries
of secondary schools with music departments and also an be found at many
of the larger public libraries.
Venglevski Premiers "My Main Squeeze."
based accordionist Stas
Venglevski performed the premier of Yehuda Yannay's new trio for trumpet,
bayan and cello. Entitled "My Main Squeeze", it was premiered
at the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers Festival in March.
Inspired by Venglevski's virtuosity, the composer has endeavored to co-join
the accordion with instruments that complement and amplify its colors,
hence the trumpet and the cello.
Divided into two movements, (1) Main Squeeze (2) "Gimme One More
Squeeze!", Stas was assisted by Kevin Hartman on trumpet and contemporary
music specialist Paul Gmeinder on cello.
Stanley Kloskowski in Concert
The Westmont Philharmonia
Accordion Orchestra presented its annual Spring Concert on May 20, 2001.
Featured during this program
was Monsignor Stanley Kloskowski a noted jazz accordionist. As a jazz
musician, Kloskowski is noted for his big band open chord work, sparked
by his creative imagination and improvisations. As a professional jazz
musician, prior to becoming a priest, Msg. Kloskowski has maintained
his creativity and performing integrity as a part of his ministry, utilizing
the accordion often for church activities and services.
American Accordionists' Association presents
Polka Fest Competition FOR POLKA BANDS
It's Polka Time!
FIRST PRIZE $1500.00
SECOND PRIZE $500.00
THIRD PRIZE $250.00
- The group must consist
of 3 to 6 musicians (any instruments and/or vocal) with accordion as
a prominent part of the presentation.
- The program should consist
of polka music, not exceeding fifteen minutes duration. Entries will
be judged on basis of originality, variety, musicianship and professionalism.
- An audio tape of the
program, postmarked no later than June 1, 2001, must be sent to:
American Accordionists' Association Polka Fest Committee
1066 Papermill Court, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
- The ten finalists, chosen
from the tapes by a panel of prominent musicians and dignitaries, will
be notified by June 8, 2001. These finalists must be prepared to perform
in person before a live audience at the Finals to take place at the
Sheraton Hotel (Cleveland International Airport), Cleveland, OH on Thursday
evening July 12, 2001 at 7:00 p.m.
- Finalists will be judged
by a distinguished panel of musicians and dignitaries. Decision of the
judges will be final and prizes will be awarded following the Finals.
- No tapes will be returned.
For additional information contact:
American Accordionists' Association Executive Office
580 Kearny Avenue
Kearny, New Jersey 07032
Fax: (516) 746-7085 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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East coast of the USA was well represented down-under with The
"K" Trio (Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski, Julie Kasprzyk Cardona,
and Walter Kasprzyk from CT) and Kevin Friedrich (NY) being guest artists
at the South Pacific International Accordion Festival which was held in
Auckland, New Zealand from June 1-3, 2001.
Traveling down-under for the first time, The "K" Trio performed
in Sydney, Australia at the AATA Festival before heading over the New
Zealand for a series of concerts.
While The "K" Trio was in Sydney, Kevin was performing in his
home town of Dargaville, New Zealand at a charity concert. Performing
both classical and entertainment music, Kevin was brought to the stage
in the traditional style of being marched in with a Bagpiper, the two
later joining forces for an eerie accordion-bagpipe duo.
Joining forces in Auckland, both The "K" Trio and Kevin performed
and adjudicated as the New Zealand Accordion Association celebrated its
In addition, USA accordionist Michelle Boddicker-Scheffler was invited
to adjudicate at the NZAA festival including the New Zealand Solo Championship
Class, the New Zealand Accordion Orchestra National Championship as well
as several of the South Pacific Competitions.
conclude the festival, conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Gary
Daverne, who has appeared several times in the United States, conducted
his newest commissioned work for accordion orchestra "Musical Party"
honoring New Zealand accordionist Sylvio
de Pra. The "K" Trio, Kevin and Michelle all performed in
this massed orchestra which was made up of accordionists from around the
country and the Pacific.
Hammond at Laguna Hospital
entertained over 100 patients and staff recently at Laguna Honda Hospital
in San Francisco with Barry Finnerty (guitar). Their program included a
mix of everything from standards like, "Willow Weep For Me", "Blues In The
Night", and "When Sunny Gets Blue"', to pop songs like Leon Russell's "Masquerade"
as well as their own original compositions. The event was sponsored by the
AFM Musicians Union Local 6 in San Francisco.