Joe Petosa Senior Passes Away|
than a month after his spectacular 80th Birthday celebration in Seattle, the accordion
world sadly announces the loss of Joe Petosa Senior who passed away on June 3,
The son of Carl Petosa, Joe helped in every aspect of the business
run by his father. Joe began playing the accordion at age 10 under the tutelage
of Joe Parente and Anthony Facciuto, his first and only teachers. By age 12, it
became apparent that Joe could become a serious musician.
But, he also
had a keen interest in learning to build accordions, and his father was eager
to teach him the trade. Joe made the choice to follow in his father's steps, focusing
on the art of building accordions rather than playing them as a career.
Joe Petosa described the accordion: "At the heart of the instrument are the
448 reeds that sing in the wind from the bellows."
In lieu of flowers,
the family requests that a donation be made to an accordion club, or organization
in his name. Further details will be announced as they become available.
- It's Not Just for Polkas|
American Accordionists' Association is sponsoring a free concert on Wednesday,
June 22, 2005 at 7.00 PM at the Montville Public Library, 90 Horseneck Road, Montville,
concert features the world renowned "K" Trio and Jazz artist Eddie Monteiro.
It will be a fabulous evening. Do not miss this special free concert!
The Montville Public Library is located off exit 47 of Rt. 287. For further
information please call 973-402-0900.
Festival on June 12, 2005|
Lenny Feldmann will be appearing at the Italian Festival from 10.00 AM - 6:00
PM on Sunday June 12, 2005.|
Lenny (aka The CordeenMan) will be appearing
live from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
This free festival will be held at the PNC
Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey located on the Garden State Parkway at
Books Released in Accordion Method Series |
Jay Latulippe and Sonny Doss have just released two new books in the Accordion
Method series which is published by Santorella Publications.
the Primer (left) and 1B Books (right), Books 2 and 3 in the exciting accordion
tutorial authored by Jay Latulippe and Sonny Doss provide an upbeat, contemporary
and most of all practical approach to learning the accordion in the new Millennium.
In addition to advancing such fundamentals
as bellows control, bass techniques, key signatures and other skills traditionally
associated with classical music, this method also offers an introduction to improvisation
and transposition which can be used when performing more contemporary styles such
as folk, blues and jazz.
can enjoy studying at his or her own pace while following the clearly structured
information, musical selections, written assignments and optional challenges and
suggestions, making this book an ideal supplement to any existing accordion course,
or it can be used as a stand-alone method. In addition, each of the selections
can be performed as a solo or with one of the accompanying CD backing tracks.
authors have drawn on their decades of experience in performing, teaching and
composing to ensure that the student will develop a well rounded level of competency
in a variety of musical styles while performing music ranging from originals,
through to well known and popular music from many countries around the world.
addition to writing, arranging and composing, Jay Latulippe teaches music at his
studio and at the college level. He received his degree in accordion performance
from the University of Missouri - Kansas City conservatory of Music where he studied
with Joan Cochran Sommers.
Jay is the co-author of several accordion books
including Let's Play Jazz and More published by Santorella Publications. He lives
in New Hampshire with his wife and their four children.
Doss graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Music Degree
under the instruction of Bill Palmer and Bill Hughes. He has taught hundreds of
students over the years in addition to touring as a professional accordionist
and keyboard player throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Sonny
has written many originals and arrangements for students and musicians. Sonny
is the coauthor of Let's Play Jazz and More published by Santorella Publications.
His lives in New Hampshire with his wife Clara.
With each of these new
method books, the student can enjoy studying at his or her own pace while following
the clearly structured information, musical selections, written assignments &
optional challenges & suggestions. In addition, each of the selections can
be performed solo or with the accompanying CD.
SANTORELLA'S ACCORDION METHOD Book 2 + CD
Table of Contents: Good Vibes - Fais Dodo - Beautiful Brown
Eyes - Standing In The Need Of Prayer - Long Long Ago - Po Atarau (Now Is The
Hour) - Down In The Valley - Morning - Carnival of Venice - Egyptian Dance - Patriots
March - 1 3 5 Blues - Hail To The Chief - Tic Tock Polka - Sur Le Pont - Texas
Polka - Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral - Your Song - Big Rock Candy Mountain - The Bear
Went Over The Mountain - MacNamera's Band - Morning Has Broken - Habanera - Swing
It Down - Cocoa Beach Bossa.
SANTORELLA'S ACCORDION METHOD Book 3 + CD
Table of Contents: Merry Widow Waltz - I'm Always Chasing
Rainbows - Ear Training - Ear Training Blues - You Are My Sunshine - Spring Song
- Sixteenth Notes - Toreador Song - Waltzing Matilda - Banana Boat Song - Polly
Wolly Doodle - Eighth Note Triples - Triumphal March - Pizzato Polka - Lead Sheet
- Fake Book Tunes - Comping - Ornaments - St. Louis Blues - Bellows Shake - Take
The "J" Train - The Spider Intrigue - Musetta's Waltz - Swing Review
- Just A Closer Walk With Thee - OK' Boogie - If You're Happy And You Know It
- Playing The Accordion For Fun And Profit - Scales - Chords
Annual Galla-Rini Camp in San Diego |
16th Annual Galla-Rini Camp will take place from Sunday July 24 to Friday July
29, 2005 at the University of San Diego, CA. This will be the 16th consecutive
year of the camp in the name of the now '101 year old' Maestro Anthony Galla-Rini.
This world-renowned music camp caters to all levels of playing skills
from beginner to professional. During this week, you will learn better techniques
for the accordion and being part of his orchestra ensemble of accordionists, playing
arrangements especially prepared for this year.
If you have never been
part of a large ensemble, you are in for a thrill of a lifetime. The Maestro has
arranged his selections for between six and thirteen parts. The experience is
exhilarating, even for those of us who have done this for the past 15 years. There
is much hands-on playing time, combined with musical tutorials.
morning the entire camp is under the baton of Joan Cochran Sommers and Joe Smiell.
In the early afternoons on Monday-Wednesday, special sessions will be held by
Joan Cochran Sommers, Joe Smiell, Esther Lanting, Joe Baccellieri and Stella Allison.
For those who wish to
take lessons from any of the four teachers and the Maestro, there will be sign-up
sheets in a special place. Lessons are $45.00 for a full hour and $25.00 for a
one-half hour. Each of these teachers is a great musician and master of the keyboard.
is ample time to practice, jam, and rehearse with small groups and to mix and
mingle with a large group of multitalented people. Many people have attended camp
each year from the first camp in 1990. The facility has four large classrooms
for afternoon classes, group rehearsals and nightly get-togethers and jams. Stella
Allison will organize camp attendees to play in the cafeteria during the lunch
and dinner periods.
for the Galla-Rini ensemble will be
from My Fair Lady
a Persian Market
arranged by Joe Smiell
- Syncopated Clock
from Sleeping Beauty Ballet
arranged by Joan Cochran Sommers
- Omaggio a Pietro
Op. 50, No. 9
arranged by Anthony Galla-Rini
campus facilities are quiet, comfortable and smoke-free in all rooms and halls.
The accommodations are double occupancy rooms with bath and shower in each room;
all towels and sheets are provided. The option of a single room is also available
at an additional charge.
Accordion Camp 2005 is the place to mingle with many talented musicians. All you
need is your accordion and music stand. Dress is casual.
those attending the camp, you are invited to visit Maestro Anthony Galla-Rini
at his assisted living home in Corona, CA which is approximately 95 miles north
of San Diego.
If you would like to attend this one-of-a-kind camp experience,
please request an enrollment form and additional information from: Friends of
Galla-Rini, C/O Kjell Holmes, 4779 Cather Ave, San Diego, CA 92122 or Phone: 858
Community Accordion Orchestra in Concert|
UMKC Community Accordion
Orchestra announces the presentation of its annual Spring Concert, Sunday,
June 12, at 2:00 PM. This will take place on the UMKC campus at White Recital
Hall, 4949 Cherry Street, in Kansas City, Missouri. The concert is open to the
public and is a free event.
The one and a half hour concert will include
classical transcriptions of Polovetsian Dances from "Prince Igor" by
Borodin, Abduction from The Seraglio - Overture by Mozart, Dornroschen Waltz by
Tschaikowsky, and Granada by Lara. Other arrangements to be performed will include
Gershwin Melodies, Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway Hits, Show Boat selections, and
a new exciting version of Jalousie. An original accordion orchestral composition,
Toccata Diavolesca by Jonas Tamulionis, will show the diversity the instrument
has to offer. The group's concertmaster, Karen Fremar, will also be featured in
a solo performance.
performing group, conducted by Professor Emerita, Joan Cochran Sommers, has members
of all ages hailing from the general Kansas City area including Blue Springs,
Independence, Smithville, and Overland Park. The group has performed worldwide
in countries including Italy, Germany, Russia, and New Zealand.
is a preview to performances that will take place in Dallas the following week
at the Accordionist & Teachers Guild 2005 International Festival. Donations
will be accepted at the concert on Sunday to help with the group's expenses.
Information: Joan Cochran Sommers, 913-722-5625
or visit: http://www.accordions.com/umkc
to Celebrate 50th Anniversary|
Accordion Federation of North America (AFNA) is celebrating its 50th Annual Music
Festival this year and is inviting its present and past winners of the Queen and
King categories to participate in the festivities.|
AFNA has lost contact
with some of these winners and would appreciate help in locating them. A list
of the Queens and Kings is available at the AFNA website http://afnafestival.org
along with the information of who to contact with the information. The 50th Anniversary
Festival will be held August 12-14, 2005, in Los Angeles at the Gateway Sheraton
On October 30, 1955, Anthony Aretta and Andrew Ferraro called a
special luncheon meeting to discuss the formation of a new accordion organization
which went on to be called the Accordion Association of Southern California.
It didn't take long for the AASC to decide to participate in the Western States
Accordion Festival. A coordinating committee was formed, consisting of members
from both organizations: AASC's members were George Howell, Anthony Aretta, Andrew
Ferraro and Peggy Milne; Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG)
members were Sidney Dawson, PhD., Nik Nevel, Sylvia Prior and Ann Randall.
ATG members had experience in structuring the competitions, but the AASC members
also had experience in nationwide competitions, having visited and judged in several.
They all agreed to include procedures which had proved successful for others.
annual Festival proved to be popular and in 1972 the association adopted its new
name the 'Accordion Federation of North America' which reflected its far greater
reach to the accordion population than Southern California which was implied by
its former name.
AFNA hosted many events in addition to its annual Competition
and Festival, such as the Spring Concerts and the International Grand Prix.
those involved with the AFNA organization over the years to are invited to attend
this special anniversary celebration. For full details, AFNA History, festival
activities, please visit http://afnafestival.org or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accordion Association to tour Argentina|
Puerto Rican Accordion Orchestra from the Accordion Association of Puerto Rico
will be touring Argentina from June 2-13. It is the first international accordion
orchestra to tour Argentina. The first appearance will be in Colonia Caroya, (Córdoba)
for the First National and International Meeting of Accordionists from June 3-5,
2005 where the orchestra and members will give concerts and workshop, followed
by a concert on Friday, June 10 at 9:00 PM at the Carlos Gardel Hall in Buenos
Aires, sponsored by Dept. of Tourism and A.I.D.A. (International Accordionists
Association of Buenos Aires) with the final concert being given on Sunday, June
12, 2005 with a performance in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the Red
Cross at San Andrés de Giles.
Puerto Rico Accordion Orchestra is the musical group representing the Puerto Rico
Accordionists Association, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the accordion.
It was created in 1996 under the direction of Esther Eugenia Bertieaux, a well-known
Puerto Rican accordionist and teacher for many years. It is composed of 18 members,
all professionals in many different fields. Included among the members is a flute
player recently retired from the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra after 30 years,
and two percussionists.
with the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, the orchestra performs concerts throughout
the Island of Puerto Rico and abroad. Among the places abroad that it has played
are Italy (Rome, Castelfidardo, Parma and Verona), New Orleans, Orlando, two cruise
ships (Nordic Empress - Royal Caribbean; Norwegian Majesty - Norwegian Cruise
Line) and now Argentina.
In late 2003
it recorded its first CD of Latin American music, which has had great success,
and was selected as one of the 20 best productions that year. Their repertoire
will include a variety of classical, popular and Latin pieces which will give
the public the opportunity to appreciate the versatility of the accordion.
Concert repertoire will be chosen from the following:
NOCHE EN BORINQUEN
IN THE UNDERWORLD
OF THE DANCE
OF THE OPERA
further details on this upcoming tour, please e-mail Jane Berkovitz at: email@example.com
Annual Master Class & Concert Series in NY|
a year and only once a year, the accordion mainstream meets with the accordion
fringe; the cutting edge meets with the tried and true; the young pischers meet
with the old farts; bad players with good ideas meet with braindead players sporting
motherfreakin chops. And here's a place where you can shed your hipness and become
totally square. We invented that.
The accordion is often associated with
eating and drinking. Join Dr. William Schimmel (right) for a weekend of lectures,
workshops, seminars and concerts dedicated to exploring accordion culture with
all of its splendors, tastes, smells, appetites, menus and
will be food for the mind, food for the soul and food for the spirit. (food for
the body can be purchased nearby). We will give you stuff to bite, chew, swallow
and drink in to your heart's content.So arrive hungry and we will take you to
Hungary... arrive thirsty and we will fill your cup, arrive curious and we will
give you more to be curious about! Come to the seminars with an open heart an
open mind and two open ears.
WHAT'S THE COMMON GROUND HERE? EVERYBODY
EATS! THE ACCORDION IS ALWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH EATING AND DRINKING - ALWAYS! NEED
I SAY MORE?
There's plenty o'meal in Elliot Carter's Canon for Three.
We'll do an accordion/melodica version. Savor Kamala Sankram's Goth take on Mozart's
Magic Flute, Bite into Benjamin Ickie's Punk cruisine, sample Rembert Block's
Four Second Morsels (and some larger ones) and drink in Dr. Schimmel's monologue
: How I Beat the Draft - and he's not talking about draft beer - or anything Canadian.
WELCOME TO THE SEMINARS...FOR THE ELEVENTH TIME... YES, OUR ELEVENTH YEAR
OUR ELEVENTH SMASH YEAR!
Learn how to do a proper catering house laminated
version of The Mexican Hat Dance, complete with foot charts, historical DATA AND
ANECDOTES - ENABLING YOU TO PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD.
Robert Young McMahan's presentations are always gourmet--and he will present a
lecture: 12 Tone Music and good Beer allowing us to experience 12 tone in everyday
life. Eminent choreographer, film maker (The Unforgivable Sin) and fitness expert
Micki Goodman will discuss proper diet for accordionists... especially in concert
preparation and touring. Micki s new video work, Civil War Tangos, will launch
the weekend...it deals with our own personal demons and inner spiritual civil
wars. She is also dramatic director for all of Dr. Schimmel s performances.
will be a Requiem Suite, which combines the Mozart Requiem with the execution
of Haddy, a good boy and a vegetarian. Remember the story about Charlie, who couldn't
get off the MTA 'cause he didn't have a nickel? Everyday his wife tossed him a
sandwich. Why didn t she toss him a nickel? HE NEEDED TO GET HIS EATS!
Paul Stein in a new rendition of this classic along with other chestnuts that
you can virtually taste. Speaking of taste, Will Holshouser (King of Downtown
Squeezers) will give us plenty of it in a Nouvelle Cuisine of Jazz inspired pieces
that blend the seasonings of the world.
The Cyber Accordionist Mahir says:
I Kiss You! Dr. Schimmel says: I Bite You! - with a new Punk Prelude and Fugue
that (in the words of Punk Accordion Summit's Benjamin Ickies) puts the FU back
in Fugue. Ms Sankram will play and sing it - and - discuss Branding and introduce
her Indo/Film-Noire. You've heard of the Church of Stop Shopping? Welcome to the
Temple of Consumption, where you can buy, buy and more buy - cds, books, videos
as well as whoopee cushions, rubber vomit and other blue collar and white trash
There's nothing like an afterdinner Cuban cigar, says King
of Ragtime, Dr. Mark J. Birnbaum. Watch and listen to him smoke in a new afro-Cuban
ragtime mini-concerto. The Haircombing Salon - A seminar on How to be a Cube -
which is worse than a square (in the words of the famous Kookie - Ed Byrne - 77
Sunset Strip). A Clarinet Concerto - The Four Seasons (The Restaurant) - featuring
world famous clarinetist, William Blount - with accordion as the orchestra.
A new premiere casserole by Dr. Robert Young McMahan, continuing the Seminar
tradition of innovative duos as well as his usual performance of AAA commissions.
- SWALLOW - DRINK
New right/left brain etudes by Marni Rice (former host
of Accordion Nite) - giving a whole grain approach to learning technique - as
well as her usual Franco-American panache. Michael Sahl (The Tango Project) offers
an accordion pig-out with Hearts of Palm.
Allyssa Lamb (Las Rubias del
Norte) will show off her chops as a vocalist and melodica player in two new Realities
by Dr. Schimmel: Zen and the Art of the Foxtrot, where Tea for Two meets the tea
ceremony - and In the Shadow, where the Symphonies of Beethoven meet the Fado
bar. Lee McClure, founder of Eclectix, will offer eclectic cruisine in the realm
of comfort and not so comfort food - using his digital flute (with a menu of sonorities)
guaranteed to satisfy any palate.
Godfrey Nelson and Lorraine Nelson
Wolf will continue their new age cooking that simmers to the extreme points of
marination more and more each year. Peter Davis will make us salivate with his
American Portfolio - a work about Tibetan chanting and TV jingles - back by popular
demand. A performance of Composers Collaborative's Jed Distler's Aria of Edie
the Egg Lady from his Opera, Pink Flamingos - based on the John Waters cult classic.
Jed is famous for his Mr. Softee and 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall Variations.
AAA's distinguished Lecturer-in residence, Dr. William Schimmel, will present
his lecture-performance of Why I didn t marry Maria Braun-or-If Germany won the
War. Learn about Das Akkordeon, Rack and Rall (roll the rs), Mr. Bill and Goot
Essen. It will feature actress Kathleen Tipton, last year's host.
distinguished performers and guests include: Elsie M. Bennett, Faithe Deffner,
Cristina Speligene (Branding expert), cyber artist Rachid Eladlouni, Brian Dewan
(a regular performer at Tonic), Croation accordionist Dragica Banic-Curcic (from
Vienna Cafehaus to the Composers Concordance's Patrick Hardish classic: Accordioclusterville),
performance artist Ray Rue (Elvis--peanut butter and banana sandwiches), Main
Squeeze's Walter Kuhr (who will squeeze out Roman Fountains), Swedish dancer/yogini
Marika Du Reitz, composers David Stoler (piano tuner to the stars) and Liam Robinson
(In a China Shop), virtuoso E(a)ttore specialist Rita Davidson, Ukranian accordionist/ethnomusicologist
Maria Sonvygsky (the accordion as smellavision ), The Nups (a wedding band that
only plays family events) and David First, who recently received honorable mention
for the Leonardo Award for his acoustical research and who turned an entire Belgian
city into his own image and likeness - including a Dave's Luncheonette.
The "K" Trio will present their K Rations in their usual generous, distinguished
and perfected way. And - a rebound version of Shock Headed Peter - under the title
of Just Desserts. There will be AAA commissioned works by David Diamond (no fan
of Dr. Schimmel's) who regarded 120 millimeter More cigarettes as delicious.
The late Vincent Persichetti responded (back in '75): Looks like Japanese
cigarettes to me, David. AT LEAST YOU GET YOUR EATS is a phrase told to Dr. Schimmel
by well meaning family members when he was drafted during the Vietnam War.
SCHIMMEL WANTS YOU! - TO ATTEND THE SEMINARS! AND HE SENDS YOU HIS PERSONAL GREETINGS!
THERE BE FOOD AT THE SEMINARS? Yes! - food for thought (Food and Memory), food
for the mind (We're all Pavlov's dog), food for the spirit (Overeaters not-so-anonymous)
and food for the soul (The Seder and the accordion). There'll be food around the
corner for the body at yer local eateries. See you at the Seminars.
APPETIT! & GOOT ESSEN! & AT LEAST YOU GET YOUR EATS!
26, 27 & 28, 2005
The Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
43 A West
13th Street (Between 5th & 6th Avenues)
is limited - reserve now!
Three-Day Session - Master Class and Concerts - $110.00
Daily Full Session
- Master Class and Concert - $40.00 per day
Daily Master Class only - $20.00
Daily Concerts only - $25.00 per day
For more information, please
American Accordionists' Association Festival|
AMERICAN ACCORDIONISTS' ASSOCIATION
FESTIVAL SQUEEZES INTO METRO DETROIT JULY 6-10! Highlights include:
Entertainment Competition, Thursday, July 7. Contestants from China, Russia, France,
Italy, Canada as well as the United States vie for $10,000 grand prize.
Accordion Band Performance in Frankenmuth, "Michigan's Little Bavaria",
July 8, 2005
- Detroit's Own Tony Dannon,
Accordion Jazz Giant, to be Honored with AAA Lifetime Achievement Award, Saturday,
July 9 at Gala Banquet
- Kickoff Media
Event - "Press and Squeeze" Party - Wednesday, July 6, 6 PM
MI - "Motor City" is revving up to welcome hundreds of accordionists
and accordion aficionados converging from all over the world to attend the Annual
Festival and Competition sponsored by the American Accordionists' Association
at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan from July 6 through 10, 2005. The visitors
will transform this city into the "Accordion Capital of the World" while
demonstrating their passion for the musical instrument that continues to soar
to new heights of popularity.
Local resident Steve Stolaruk, President
of the Accordion Society of Michigan and a lifetime accordion enthusiast, is collaborating
with the AAA to host the event. He is responsible for a Festival highlight, The
Vivian Vivio Stolaruk International Entertainment Competition for Accordionists
which takes place on Thursday July 7, and will feature top contenders from the
U.S., China, Russia, Canada, Mexico, France and Italy, vying for the $10,000.00
Grand Prize and $15,000.00 in total cash prizes. This special contest is in memory
of the late Vivian Stolaruk, who, with her husband Steve, played a prominent role
in US accordion mentoring.
Another Festival spectacular is a performance
by the AAA Massed Band at the Chamber of Commerce "Platz" in "Michigan's
Little Bavaria", Frankenmuth, at 11:00 AM Friday, July 8. It will feature
a multitude of accordionists performing Rogers & Hammerstein's "Edelweiss"
from the classic The Sound of Music, creating a wondrous auditory and visual spectacle!
a special recognition ceremony, Detroit jazz giant, instructor extraordinaire
and staunch supporter of AAA activities for many decades, Mr. Tony Dannon (right)
will be honored on Saturday evening, July 9 at a Gala Banquet where he will receive
the Oscar of the accordion community, AAA's coveted "Lifetime Achievement
"Our event attracts accordionists and accordion music
lovers from across the country and overseas because the instrument is significant
to so many cultures and music styles," says AAA President Linda Soley Reed.
"We are especially pleased to gather in metro Detroit this year, a city with
rich musical history -- from blues musician John Lee Hooker to the great Motown
sounds of artists like Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson,
and Stevie Wonder.
The 2005 Festival will spotlight a kaleidoscope of noted
accordionists performing in the full spectrum of musical idioms ranging from jazz
to pop to polkas to rock to folk to world music and more. The many colorful accordion
events will include concerts, workshops, master classes and an array of competitions
for all playing levels and in many music styles, for youngsters and adults. Winners
will receive honors, cash awards and scholarships. Special categories celebrating
the 100th Birthday of Charles Magnante, a world-renowned accordion pioneer who
brought recognition to the accordion as a serious instrument, have been included
in the competition.
Local guest artists in addition to Mr. Dannon include
Peter Soave, Madeleine Soave, Lana Gore, Ray Battani and Linda Lee Brown, as well
as international and national performing artists Carmelo Pino, The "K"
Trio, Joe Cerrito, Joan Grauman and Stella Allison, Bart Beninco, Tony Lovello,
John Scaffeo, Emanuele Rastelli and last but certainly not least, Mr. Entertainer
himself, Dick Contino. Peter Soave will premiere a composition by John Franceschina
entitled, "For Elsie." The piece was written for long-time AAA board
member and chair of Composers Commissioning, Elsie Bennett, on the occasion of
her 86th birthday. Ms. Bennett, who hails from Detroit, will attend this event.
World of Accordions Museum" and its curator, Dr. Helmi Harrington, will showcase
an exhibit of historic and unique accordions representing a small part of the
museum's extensive collection in Superior, Wisconsin.
to AAA President Linda Reed (left), "The accordion remains an integral part
of our popular culture because it mirrors our ethnic heritage. You can see and
hear the instrument in every media." Accordion enthusiasm is rapidly approaching
a national phenomenon as the instrument is frequently seen in films, heard on
cinema sound-tracks, often used for background music in radio and TV commercials,
and assumes an ever-growing prominence in the music of rock and pop stars such
as Paul Simon, Tom Waits, the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, the Talking Heads, They
Might Be Giants, Bon Jovi, ABBA, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, Nora Jones and others.
registration begins at noon on Wednesday July 6, with competitions commencing
at 3:00 PM, followed by an evening "Press and Squeeze" party for the
media to sample some of the lavish musical talent assembled by the American Accordionists'
Don't miss this giant fun event of the summer!!! For further
information, please visit: www.ameraccord.com
International Jazz Competition|
as far away as France and around the United States will assemble in Richardson,
Texas from June 15-19, 2005 to participate in The Art Van Damme International
Jazz Competition including a special Frank Marocco Category, sponsored by the
Accordionists and Teachers
Guild, International. The competition will be held in conjunction with the
annual ATG Competition and Festival.
Prizes for the International Jazz
Van Damme First Prize - $3,000.00
Van Damme Runner Up Prize - $1,500.00
Marocco Prize - $1,000.00
Art Van Damme International Jazz Competition including a special Frank Marocco
Category will be held in three round. In the first round, each entrant will perform
two selections of different styles, such as Jazz, Blues, Latin Jazz, Musette,
In the second round, each entrant will perform two selections.
from a list of songs Art Van Damme has recorded. The sheet music will give a melody
line with chord symbols. The entrant will improvise over the melody line. The
second selection will be a lead sheet with only chord symbols where the entrant
will improvise over this chord progression. The chord symbols will be from a song
Art Van Damme has performed.
the third round, the entrant will perform two pieces, one will be selected from
a list of four arrangements by Frank Marocco and the second will be open to the
entrants choice of any published jazz number.
Candidates will be judged on
their musicianship, technique, expression and stage presence.
1 Thursday 16th June from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2 Friday 17th June 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3 Saturday 18 June from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
further information, please visit www.accordions.com/atg
Busso Jnr. Selected as New Air Force Accordionist|
Busso Junior from Staten Island, NY has been selected for the coveted accordion
position in the United States Air Force Strolling Strings.
The Air Force
has been looking to replace the accordion player of its bands Strolling
Strings music ensemble since the musician retired two years ago and now after
a long search, they have found just the person they are looking for.
It is very hard to find the right person for this job, but its a great
job for the right person, said Chief Master Sgt. Jane Bockenek, the Strolling
Strings music director who plays the violin in the group. With little feedback
after spreading the word accross the country to teachers, colleges and studios,
the Air Force decided that since the accordion players were not coming to the
Air Force, the Air Force was going to go to the accordion players.
Bockenek attended the American Accordionists' Association Festival in Boston last
year and set up several auditions, however the search proved fruitless.
Earlier this year Frank Busso Junior was at the right time in his career to audition
for the position, and the Air Force knew right away they had found just the person
they were looking for. They found someone that fit all their criteria musically,
and also someone who fit the parameters of the United States Air Force.
First step for Frank before he begins performing with
the 22-member group at the White House, State Functions and such, will be to endure
six weeks of rigorous basic training. Theyll
have to go through boot camp like every other recruit, but they will also be entitled
to all the benefits of being in the military, Sgt. Bockenek said.
is so terrific about being in this band is that we are doing something so important
from a diplomatic standpoint, Bockenek went on to say. Keeping up
morale for the troops is an important part of our job. Not many musicians can
say what they do has the impact that we have.
A case in point is
Sgt. Maj. Manuel Bobenreith, the accordion player in the U.S. Armys Band,
and the militarys only official accordion player until Frank joins the ranks
later this summer. I consider myself lucky that I am the only accordion
player out of more than 490,000 active-duty soldiers, said Bobenreith, who
has been the Armys accordionist for 18 years.
Frank is the son
of Frank Busso Senior, who owns and operates the Staten Island Music School in
Staten Island, New York.
Reed Releases new CD|
and former CIA Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Champion Iona Reed has just released
a new CD with the Iona Reed Trio called "For Lovers Only".
Iona Reed (Pukara) won the Coupe Mondiale in 1962 held in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
She and her teacher, Karl Pukara (who later became her husband), made several
recordings together as well as performing and adjudicating in throughout Ontario
and Quebec, in the United States and in Europe. Each of the three musicians in
this outstanding trio has earned a reputation for excellence and success throughout
a long period of musical activity in Canada.
by fellow musicians Ron Kelly (Guitar) and Bill Tuttle (Drums and Percussion)
the Trio's new CD features Latin, Continental and Broadway standards.
- Voya Apa Gar
La Luz (Manzanero)
- El Once
of Broken Dreams (Harry Warren)
Petite Waltz (Joe Hayne)
- Por Favor (Joe
- Choo-Choo Samba (B.
- Do You Know What
it Means (Lewis Alter)
Un Peu Pourquoi (Jean Dinardo)
Polka (Frankie Yankovic)
Cruces (C. Larroa)
- Take the
'A' Train (Billy Strayhorn)
- Nuages (Yvan Allouche)
All (Brandt & Haymes)
CD sells for $20.00 Canadian and the price includes all taxes plus a donation
to the Palliative Care Society. Purchases may be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For a full review, please visit: Accordions
Worldwide CD review by Joan Cochran Sommers (May 2005)
Accordion Multi Media Conference in Montreal, Canada|
conference for accordionists took place in St-Michel, Montreal. The organizer,
Mario Bruneau commented
The main goal of such a conference is to give the accordionist the necessary
tools to further his knowledge of the accordion. The amateur will understand what
type of accordion he needs in order to better perform his preferred music style.
He will also be more informed and will
understand the vocabulary involved in expressing his preference regarding the
sound he is looking after. Even the amateur tuner-repairer will obtain some good
information. This conference covers the history, the construction, the physics
involved in the accordion, the tuning, the new technologies and the performance.
Accordionist, pianist and keyboardist, Mario Bruneau expresses himself in
a variety of musical styles and repertoire ranging from jazz to new-age, passing
through musette, chanson française and pop. He began learning the
accordion at eight years old and began the piano at age 14. Since then,
music always been his day-to-day companion.
Mario Bruneau currently owns
and runs a recording studio where he composes and produces original tracks for
TV5 (the biggest French-speaking television network in the world) as well as for
theater, publicity and radio like CKMF Montreal. His studio is equipped
with the most recent Hi-Tech equipment available today. Multi talented,
Mario takes care of all the different aspect of a project, from the first concept
right through the "ready for marketing" state.
A big fan of the accordion,
Mario's multimedia presentations are always a big success where presented. For
further information on future conferences, please e-mail email@example.com
Bez Ime's Dance Party and CD Release|
May 13th, the mainly female Balkan Band 'Orkestar Bez Ime' performed at a dance
party at Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The event coincided
with the release of OBI's new CD, 'Nice Driveway Vol. 1, Cheers from the Land
of the Freeze'. Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), meaning "Orchestra Without a Name"
in Bulgarian, met in the Ethnic Dance Theatre and has grown to be one of the American
Midwest's hottest and most sought-after international dance bands, specializing
in Balkan and Eastern European dance music.
Using a mix of folk and modern
instruments - including accordion, clarinet, dumbek, flute, guitar, kaval, tambura,
violin and voice - the group stays close to traditional Eastern Europe. Featuring
Dee Langley on accordion, OBI focuses mainly on Balkan music, but presents the
full range of international folk dance interests from Scandinavia to Israel to
French Canada and beyond.
For further information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Salomón's Busy Concert Schedule in Mexico |
accordionist Canelo Salomon spent a very busy few weeks performing concerts in
various venues throughout his country, including Mexico City. He used eight different
programs, and his repertoire included various transcriptions of overtures to some
of his own compositions, and his schedule also involved radio and television appearances.
The son of the famous diatonic accordionist Red Salomón, Canelo
has been director of the school of music of the union of musicians in Celaya,
academic director of the union of musicians in the state of Guanajuato and at
the moment he is director of the music school Vidargas. Salomon has made recordings
on piano accordion, but is also a pianist, organist, singer and percussionist.
Bernadette Conlon to tour USA and Canada |
accordionist Bernadette Conlon is soon to perform in the USA and Canada with performances
- June 21st - Salt
Lake City Accordion Club, Utah.
23rd to 25th - Leavenworth International Accordion Convention.
26th to 29th - Las Vegas International Accordion Convention.
3rd - Victoria Accordion Club, Canada.
4th to 9th - Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Convention, Canada (Kimberley
is hoping to break the Guinness Book of Records for having the most accordionists
playing at the one time. Last year they had enough accordionists but not enough
Bernadette was born
with retro-lentil fibroplasia and is legally blind. This hasn't prevented her
from achieving some remarkable accomplishments. Having less than one per cent
sight, Bernadette has had to memorize all of the thousands of pieces in her repertoire.
She even memorized the entire score to Fiddler on the Roof, while studying for
her top accordion exam.
By the time she was 15 (1994), Bernadette was
the Australian National Champion and Open Age Champion of both the Australian
Accordion Teachers' Association and the Accordion Society of Australia - and has
since gone on to win the National Championship at both organizations more times
than any other competitors have been able to achieve in the history of either
Commonly referred to as the world's best piano accordionist indisputably,
Australia's foremost virtuoso exponent and promoter of the accordion is Bernadette
With a dazzling array of well over 100 first placings and awards
to her credit, Bernadette has almost single-handedly re-ignited Melbourne's love
for the accordion, through her remarkably varied repertoire, which touches the
hearts of audiences, young and old.
From her upbringing in country Victoria,
facing the monumental hurdles of being a visually impaired student, wanting to
study music, Bernadette overcame insurmountable odds to become the top student,
academically in her school, or Dux of her school, Camperdown College, despite
having traveled to Europe twice during her final year for concert tours and study.
An unsympathetic school music teacher led her to take up and study to grade
5 level, alto sax, flute and clarinet, which she used, filling vacancies in the
high school band.
When her parents found out she could not see well,
they encouraged her to consider music as a career. Bernadette started learning
the piano at the age of six, however she dreamed of being a concert violinist.
Her piano teacher suggested an accordion, which arrived at Christmas. In spite
of initial disappointment at the absence of a violin, Bernadette has not looked
back. Although she has tried many instruments, which only intensify her understanding
and appreciation for music, the accordion and instruments of the accordion family,
remain her devoted passion.
Renowned in her local area, and having given
hundreds of concerts for charity, whilst still at school, Bernadette took her
dream to bring light and joy to the world through her music, to her local capital
city, Melbourne - and to the world. The rest is history.
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the Homeland released on DVD |
of the Homeland, the critically-acclaimed music documentary on the history of
conjunto and Tejano music where the button accordion takes center stage, has just
been released on DVD with bonus tracks featuring some of the best musical artists
of the genre including accordion greats Valerio Longoria, Tony de la Rosa, and
Filmed on location throughout Texas, Songs of the Homeland
tells the story of Tejano Music, from its early beginnings, starting with the
Father of Conjunto Music, the great button accordion master Narciso Martinez.
This critically acclaimed documentary features images of the past and present
and includes performances and interviews with musical pioneers such as Tony de
la Rosa, Valerio Longoria, Lydia Mendoza, Isidro Lopez, Sunny Ozuna, Mingo Saldivar
(below left), and Little Joe Hernandez.
the critics say:
- One of the
most important documentaries ever produced on the history of Tejano Music... It
is a compelling thought provoking piece not to be missed."
-- San Antonio
- "You couldn't
ask for a more comprehensive - or more accessible - introduction to Tejano music
than Songs of the Homeland"
-- Texas Monthly
of the Strengths of Songs of the Homeland is its multigenerational reach and the
way it shows how the cultural sea changes were reflected in the music."
-- City Paper, Baltimore
of the Homeland is a one-hour documentary program that takes us on a journey through
the Mexican American experience in Texas as told through its vibrant music. Spanning
the period from the early 1900s to the present, during which a Mexican American
identity was forged in the United States, the program documents the distinctive
role played by folk music traditions as Tejanos - Texas Mexican Americans - adapted
to a foreign and sometimes hostile society. The program is intended for a public
television audience, and is produced and directed by nationally acclaimed, independent
documentarian, Hector Galan.
A documentary depicting the story of Tejano
music is timely not only because this music is currently enjoying a surge in popularity
nationwide, but because it is a rich part of the fabric of American cultural history.
From early in the century,when news on ranches and in the colonias traveled by
song, to the Great Depression era when music was first recorded, to the more prosperous
post-war period, Tejanos have turned to their unique musical tradition for inspiration,
information and community.
The music, like the people, has been shaped
by the unusual experience of existing between two cultures. The result is a synthesis
which is not entirely Mexican nor entirely American. No other medium besides music
so closely reflects the Mexican American spirit. Until now, this story has remained
largely unknown to the general viewing public.
of the Homeland brings the story of Tejano music to life by looking at musicians
such as Lydia Mendoza, Valerio Longorio, Isidro Lopez and Little Joe Hernandez
who have played key roles in keeping the tradition alive through succeeding generations.
The continual emergence of young musicians such as David Lee Garza y Los Musicales,
Selena Quintanilla, La Mafia and Los Chamacos provides testimony to the music's
San Antonio, Texas, as the traditional homeland and
music capital for Mexican Americans throughout the United States, is the point
of departure for Songs of the Homeland. Key filming and interviews is conducted
in and around important landmarks such as El Azteca and the Guadalupe theaters,
El Mercado (the central marketplace), and the early performance district, which
together form the heart of traditional Tejano music. Additional contemporary photography
in south Texas and along the border bring the history and the music to life, capturing
the land and the people from which it emerged.
Songs of the Homeland
makes use of rare private photo collections and early recordings. Old films, magazines,
posters and record covers animate pivotal events in the Mexican
These elements, contemporary and archival footage, location interviews and live
music performances, are layered with music recordings and photos to recreate the
rich cultural experience of Tejanos from the 1920's to the present.
Songs of the Homeland traces the history of Tejano music through the eyes and
voices of musicians who have helped to keep the tradition alive. In doing so,
the program broadens understanding among music fans and the general public alike
of the history behind a highly cherished musical tradition, while preserving the
tradition itself through documentation. The journey which viewers make in Songs
of the Homeland will entertain and inform them about the distinctive musical and
social traditions responsible for creating and sustaining Tejano music.
Produced by Award Winning Filmmaker Hector Galan, for more info, go to www.galaninc.com
or e-mail: Evy Ledesma at firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS) announces their summer meetings
- June 14 meeting: Dale Wise
on "How To Improvise." When it comes to improvisation, you don't have
to wait for "divine intervention" to be creative with melody. Add your
personal touch to the music you play by employing Non-Harmonic Tones (NHT).
- July 12 meeting: Waltz Night. Sign
up to play. Dance instruction will be provided by Michael B. Rubin.
meetings take place at the United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls
Church, VA 22044.
For more information please visit www.washingtonaccordions.org,
e-mail: email@example.com or call: 703-671-5395.
Accordion Orchestra & Dancers Concert |
you keep July 24 from 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM free, for a summer concert featuring the
Showstoppers Accordion Orchestra and Dancers. The popular performers will provide
a free concert at the Hampton Beach Seashell Stage on the Boardwalk in Hampton,
45 member Showstoppers Orchestra and Dancers are students of the Rosita
Lee Music & Dance Centers in Hudson, NH. Formed in 1970, the Showstoppers
have toured the United States, Italy and Canada as well as all accross the United
States including many shows at Walt Disney World in Florida. The orchestra is
under the direction of Rosita Lee Latulippe and the dancers are under the direction
of Shelly Latulippe-Klimas.
The show will include song and dance routines,
audience participation selections, and is suited for family entertainment.
For information, please contact Roger Latulippe at 603/882-8940 or e-mail:
Peter Ends Off-Broadway Run|
Peter, the dark New York City Off-Broadway entertainment about children in
peril - one of the best-reviewed shows of the 2004-05 season in New York, closed
on May 29. Members of the American company of the British-created show were told
May 3 that sales at the Little Shubert Theatre have been softer than expected
for the macabre musical work and that it would close May 29. A rave from the New
York Times followed by feature stories in its arts section couldn't save poor
Peter from its premature demise.
Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann, a Frankfurt
'medical man of the lunatic asylum', wrote and illustrated The Struwwelpeter (ShockHeaded
Peter) more than 150 years ago because he couldn't find anything on the shelves
to fire the imagination of his children. Today, Shockheaded
Peter is a hilariously gruesome musical staging of the classic 19th century
children's book. A London smash hit and Olivier Award winner, Shockheaded
Peter has beguiled and horrified audiences worldwide. Young Harriett and
her pyrotechnic tendencies, little Conrad and his insatiable thumb-sucking, and
many others come to gleefully gory ends in this acclaimed import which was hailed
by London's The Guardian as "one of the must-sees of the decade for ages 10
Peter is the collective nightmare of the visionary direction and design team of
Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (co-founders of London's Improbable Theatre)
and the underworld's favorite cabaret act, The Tiger Lillies, led by the bizarre
and beautiful falsetto and accordion playing of Martyn Jacques. (Pictured
left to right - Martyn Jacques, Adrian Huge and Adrian Stout).
Set in a distorted Victorian toy theater, Shockheaded Peter evokes a lost world
of theatrical illusion-a music box spinning out of control; an advent calendar
with a different lunatic waiting behind every door. So
sweet, so sinister, and so completely outrageous, Shockheaded Peter is a hilarious
black comedy for sophisticated children, their dreadful parents, and anyone who
has ever sucked their thumb.
to the New York Times: "Schockheaded Peter is a gorgeous
'nasty picture book' of a musical, in which badly behaved Victorian tots come
to ghastly ends. Inspired by Heinrich Hoffman's droll collection of grisly bedtime
stories from the mid-19th century, 'Shockheaded Peter' is both the silliest and
most sinister show in town. It is also one of the smartest. Directed by Julian
Crouch and Phelim McDermott, and featuring bizarrely beautiful songs by Martin
Jacques, 'Shockheaded Peter' manages to wallow in and tear apart our enduring
appetite for scaring ourselves. Though styled as a Victorian peep show, this British
import makes contemporary self-spoofing horror exercises (like Wes Craven's 'Scream'
movies) look like, well, child's play." - Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES
original accordionist in the show, Martyn Jacques (pictured) is the founder of
group 'The Tiger Lillies' and spent much of his formative music training years
living in the heart of London's Soho. He is musical director for Shockheaded Peter
and his adaptation of the text is now published as a book, The Ultimate Shockheaded
Peter. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.
More recently the part of the accordionist/singer
was taken over by actor/singer Luther Creek and his understudy Kevin Townley.
Neither had played the accordion before, so Dr. William Schimmel of New York was
hired by the Manhattan Theatre club to teach them the accordion for the show.
In addition to teadching them to play the accordion, Dr. Schimmel also spent a
great deal of time working with them to deal with the accordion in three dimensional
space and to create a physical and historical sense of time and space - through
constant exploration of movement and the history of the accordion as story teller,
troubadour, town musician, mummer and Vaudevillian. Dr. Schimmel is listed in
the playbill as their accordion instructor.
Francisco Accordion Festival |
are very pleased to announce that the 15th annual San Francisco Accordion Festival,
a free event celebrating National Accordion Awareness Month as well as highlighting
San Francisco's official musical instrument, will be held on Sunday, June 5 in
the Del Monte Square at the Cannery at Fisherman's Wharf.
event goes from Noon - 6:00 PM and features a wide variety of accordion-based
bands and will include the San Francisco's Main Squeeze Pageant.
schedule is as follows:
p.m. The San Francisco Accordion Club Fun Band-15 accordionists!
p.m.-1:10 p.m. Steve Shen - Chinese accordion soloist/vocalist...He sings Italian
- 1:20 p.m.-1:50 p.m. Highgates
- Traditional Irish music
- 2:00 p.m.-2:40
p.m. Simka - Klezmer music
- 2:50 p.m.-3:30
p.m. Conjunto Romero-Traditional Tejano/Conjunto music
p.m.- 4:20 p.m. Big Lou's Polka Casserole (right)
p.m.-5:00 p.m. San Francisco's Main Squeeze finals
p.m.-6:00 p.m. Bella Ciao-Italiano music from the late '50s
more information, please contact Tom Torriglia at All Things Accordion at 415
440 0800 or the Marketing department at the Cannery at 415 771 3112.
Exciting Finish to new VIP Accordion Competition|
While this event took place in France, it is included to show US accordionists
what is available to them. Details for the 2006 Competition will be announced
French accordionist Mickeal Vigneau narrowly took first prize
during an exciting international competition held this past weekend in France.
Ten contestants representing Scotland, Bulgaria, Serbia, France, Portugal, Finland,
Russia, Belarus and France took part in the 1st International Accordion Competition
in Pontarlier, France. This invitational competition finished in dramatic style,
with the top four candidates being separated by less than one point!
the tremendous success of the recent CIA Coupe Mondiale in Pontarlier, city officials
collaborated with Frederic Deschamps to host this exciting interactive accordion
event combining the work of the International Jury with the vote of the general
public after a live Radio Show and public concert.
aim of this new annual VIP World Accordion Show and Competition is to feature
the side of the contemporary accordion repertoire that relates to entertainment
music. The qualities necessary for this 'popular' repertoire include musicality,
technique, feeling and also rhythmic sense, stage presence, rapport with the audience,
the ability to work with other instrumentalists, charisma as well as excellent
style of arrangements for the pieces chosen.
York based accordionist Kevin Friedrich served as President of the International
Jury which included Nadia Vestica - Serbia and Montenegro, Kimmo Mattila - Finland,
Sabrina Guislain - Belgium and Raymond Bodell United Kingdom. (Pictured
above are Jury and Candidates).
opening concert featured local accordionist and 3rd Place Winner of the CIA Virtuoso
Entertainment Competition Benoit Chabod, the 2004 CIA Virtuoso Entertainment Champion
Phil Bouvier, 2nd Place CIA Coupe Mondiale Winner - Rade Mijatovic from Serbia
and Montenegro and the popular Classic Buskers comprising Ian Moore (accordion)
and Michael Copley (wind instruments) from the United Kingdom.
performed three rounds including: (1) an own choice program, judged by the jury,
(2) the broadcast of a pre-recorded piece on France Bleu Besançon (Radio)
where listeners voted by telephone and text message and (3) a final round where
contestants performed one piece with the Jérôme Richard International
Orchestra that was judged by both the jury and the live audience.
Radio Show listeners voted Julien Gonzales (France) 1st, Simon Gachez Mauroz (France)
2nd, and Nenad Ercegovcevic (Serbia) 3rd, while the live audience vote saw the
three French candidates Julien Gonzales 1st, Mickeal Vigneau 2nd, and Simon Gachez-Mauroz
3rd. Combined with the work of the International Jury, the overall top results
separated by less than one point were:
Mickeal Vigneau - left (France) 191.2
Julian Gonzales - center (France) 191.0
Alex Shirunov - right (Russia) 190.9
Ann-Marie Kanniainen (Finland) 190.5
to this competition was the fact that all expenses including airfare, hotel and
accommodation for the contestants were provided for by the organizers. Due to
the time limitations of organizing this first festival, candidates were invited
to attend, however future competitions will be open to application. Further details
will be announced in the near future.
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