|Accordion Man Accepting Oktoberfest Gigs New!|
|The Devil's Accordion|
|Guido Diero's complete works to be recorded|
|Charles and Diane - First Edition|
|An Accordion Odyssey|
|Schimmel awards "Order of the Shield" Diplomas|
|New Ponty Bone CD|
|3rd Annual Accordion Kings Festival|
|Gypsy Music Camp|
|Bill Schimmel at Whitney Museum in New York|
|Dan and Kim Christian to travel to China|
|Carlie Scott - Passes Away|
|Ironworld Polka Festival|
|Its Snowing Accordions in Florida|
|Accordion Man Accepting Oktoberfest Gigs!|
Man - Andy Bakke is accepting bookings to play anywhere in the USA that
needs an Oktoberfest Accordionist/One Man Band for the season, that will
provide room and board and is open to suggestions on arranging a contract.
|The Devil's Accordion - EL ACORDEÓN DEL DIABLO|
|For four days, artists and
audiences from around the world converged in northern New Mexico to see
this collection of 120 features, documentaries and short films representing
25 different countries; including 16 world or U.S. premieres. The Taos Media
Forum and The Teen Media Conference consisted of free panel discussions,
media seminars, workshops, and screenings - designed to inform audiences
and encourage young artists in the ever-changing world of mass media.
Pacho Rada, a 93-year old Caribbean musician, was the inspiration for Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude; where a troubadour and the devil have an accordion duel. Rada’s music is very familiar and popular and yet he lives in poverty and obscurity. This is a portrait of a man and the music of his culture. Reminiscent of The Buena Vista Social Club.
EL ACORDEÓN DEL DIABLO tells the story of that great old man of Caribbean music, Pacho Rada. It is the tale of a singer and composer who first held an accordion at the age of four and was never to let go of it again. A man, who throughout his life traveled around Colombia, moving from village to village and from party to party, singing and playing for a few centavos. He's 93 now and lives in a corrugated iron shack on the outskirts of Santa Marta in Colombia, whilst his songs climb up the hit parades.
This film embarks with Pacho Rada on a journey along the Caribbean coast of Colombia, voyaging into the world of musicians and singers who have grown up with Salsa, Cumbia and Vallenato. The musician who transformed Colombian Cumbia and bullfight tunes into a fiery big band sound, Alfredo Gutierrez, also performs in the film. And then there is the undisputed star, Israel Romero, king of Vallenato, hurling himself into a breathtaking virtuoso accordion duel with his nephew El Morré.
Although Pacho Rada is one of the founding fathers of Caribbean music, he actually became famous through a book. Gabriel Garcia Marquez paid tribute to him in the above mentioned novel, "One Hundred Years of Solitude". The figure of the troubadour, Francisco El Hombre, who one night has a fateful encounter with the devil, is modeled on Pacho Rada. In an accordion duel fought out to the bitter end, the troubadour gets the better of the devil and saves his own soul.
The boundaries between dream and reality are blurred in Pacho Rada's tales, just as they are in Marquez's novels. The daily struggle to survive in Colombia is just as real to Pacho Rada as fables and fairy tales. The film enters into both these universes with him, exploring a country torn asunder by poverty and violence and a fantastic realm of legends and captivating music.
Pacho Rada was born on May 11th, 1907 in Las Mulas, on the great Magdalena river. European ships have traveled along the river since the mid-19th century and this is where Pacho's father bought an accordion from German sailors, becoming one of Columbia's first accordionists. At a party in a village nearby, young Pacho picked up his father's accordion while no-one was looking. After trying out a few notes he produced a recognizable rendition of the melody of "La Chencha", a tune still familiar today. His father embraced him joyfully and a few days later he was given his first accordion.
Pacho Rada was one of the first troubadours to travel around the country playing unaccompanied, with just his voice and the accordion, bearing news and making music wherever someone had something to celebrate. He dreamt up hundreds of new songs on his travels, many of which have become classics. He is known as the man who invented "son", one of the four Vallenato rhythms. However, Pacho was already too old by the time that musicians could get rich playing Vallenato music, when it became popular outside the province due to the marihuana boom in the seventies.
At the age of 72 he became homeless once again. His children helped him to put up a simple house on the outskirts of Santa Maria, where he still lives. Pacho Rada has 422 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Women loved the young musician, but their parents despised him. "Who would have wanted a penniless son-in-law, especially if he traveled around like a vagabond and spent his days enjoying music, rum and women." But they couldn't do a thing about it. Who can stop a woman in love?"
Director Stefan Schwietert was born 1961 in Esslingen, Germany. He grew up in Basel, Switzerland. From 1981 to 1982, he lived in Brazil where he worked for TV Globo in the area of music films. In 1982, he received a guest scholarship at the California Art Institute in San Francisco where he studied Film and Video. From 1984 to 1990, he attended the German Film and Television Academy Berlin, where he made various short films and his first feature length film. He is founder of the production company Neapel Film in Basel, Switzerland which has produced some Swiss short films and Schwietert's own films in international co-production.
|Henry Doktorski to record complete works of Guido Deiro|
Doktorski has begun recording the complete works of the great vaudeville
accordionist, composer, recording artist and educator: Guido Deiro (1886-1950)
for a two volume compact disc set scheduled to be released in 2002.
The album is being produced by the son of Guido Deiro, Count Guido Roberto Deiro, who met Doktorski when the latter performed his father's music at a recital at the City University of New York in March 2001.
In May, Doktorski recorded My Florence, Valse Caprice No. 1 and Egypto, Deiro's most elaborate and ambitious work: an eight page six minute concert fantasia for solo accordion.
Doktorski said, "Guido Deiro's genius as a composer has been neglected since his unfortunate death over fifty years ago. His melodies are exquisite with a beauty that defies description. I find his original works to be well-crafted and satisfying to perform and listen to.
I am especially enamored by his imaginative introductions, which sometimes remind me of the introduction to a Rossini opera. His Egypto Fantasia, I believe, could have been orchestrated for the soundtrack for a classic Rudy Valentino silent film. I am grateful to Deiro's son, Guido Jr., who has made it his mission to disseminate his father's music to the world.
For more information about Guido Deiro, see GuidoDeiro.Com. To be notified when the CD is released, please send a message to Webmaster@HenryDoktorski.Com
|"Charles and Diane - First Edition"|
"Charles and Diane First
Edition" is the title of a new recording by Chuck Berger and Diane Hagen
who have teamed up to bring you a masterful blend of MIDI and acoustical
|2001 - An Accordion Odyssey|
Noted accordion philosopher
and lecturer-in-residence of the AAA
will act as moderator/curator. That, of course, is Dr. William Schimmel.
In the Spirit of Kubrick (whose film scores scream out to us: Please adapt
me! Please adapt me!) we have an excuse to play Rossini, Handel, Bartok,
Ligeti, Beethoven and two Strausses – and we will. But, we’ll do other
things as well – sort of related – more or less.
|Dr. William Schimmel awards "Order of the Shield" diplomas|
Seven artists are to receive
"Order of the Shield" diplomas under the tutorship of Dr. William
Schimmel. The diplomas will be presented by the NEUPAUER CONSERVATORY
OF MUSIC, which sponsors this unique and prestigious private studies program.
|Ponty Bone CD - Fatasize|
new Ponty Bone CD, "FANTASIZE," is now available.
Texas Folklife Resources recently presented three days of music in Houston,
Texas. The event featured seven bands including Willie T and the Zydeco
Simien (pictured right), Czech Polka accordionist Mark Halata (pictured
below) from Houston and new accordion sensation, 15 year old Victoria y
Sus Chikos plus many more. The Texas Folklife Resources (TFR) is a nonprofit
arts organization dedicated to the presentation and preservation of the
folk arts an folklife of the Lone Star State.
Next you can experience the cross-cultural fun of Texas Folklife Resources' 3rd Annual Accordion Kings in Round Rock - a night of Texas' most dance-crazy ethnic accordion music.
On August 25th the beautiful setting of Old Settlers Park Lakeside Pavilion will be filled with the sounds of conjunto from headliner Mingo Saldivar and Los Tremendos Cuatro Espadas and the zydeco stylings of Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws. This family friendly event starts at 8:00 pm (admission $5.00 for adults, children 12 and under are free) and gives audiences a chance to experience an assortment of the state's most popular and authentic accordion-driven roots music in one night.
Prepare to dance! One of the most innovative and electrifying accordionists in Tejano conjunto history, Mingo Saldivar is unmatched in his virtuostic playing style and prolific songwriting abilities. A native of San Antonio, Saldivar has been performing conjunto music in local clubs and dance halls since 1947. In 1993. Mingo Saldivar's Rounder recording "I Love My Freedom, I Love My Texas" was nominated for a Grammy award and Mingo and his band were invited to perform for President Bill Clinton's Inaugural Reunion on the Mall Celebration.
In Saldivar's music, country, R&B and rock and roll are tastefully and enthusiastically combined with traditional conjunto rhythms (polka, waltz, huapango, etc ...), thus broadening an unmistakable Tex-Mex spirit. Saldivar's brand of conjunto is exuberant and vital, ensuring the Tejano conjunto tradition is both proudly preserved and gloriously embellished in his work.
Now with four albums out, Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws are quickly becoming favorites of the Cajun/Zydeco festival circuit. A native of LeBeau, Louisiana, Step grew up with Zydeco - his grandfather Wallace Chambers was a well known local musician. He released his first album in 1994 and by 1998 he'd won Best Zydeco Album and Best Zydeco Band at the First Annual Clifton Chenier Zydeco Music Awards.
The Zydeco Outlaws regularly play the Houston International Festival, several East Texas crawfish festivals, Festival Acadiana in Lafayette, and many others.
For more information, contact Dawn Orsak at Texas Folklife Resources at (512) 441-9255 or visit www.main.org/tfr
The Texas Folklife Resources is a statewide, nonprofit arts organization that serves both Texas folk artists and their audiences by helping to present and promote a diverse, living artistic heritage for all Texans. Accordion Kings is sponsored is part by the City of Round Rock. The program is also made possible in part with funding from The Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts Folk Arts Program.
|Gypsy Music Camp|
|The Amala Summer School for
Gypsy Music is inviting fellow accordionists from the United States to join
one of their summer workshops in Romani (Gypsy) folk music.
Offering two 3-week summer workshops, (August 5 – 25 and September 2 - 22) they are taught by local Romani musicians, and the workshops will be held in the central Yugoslav town of Valjevo.
Their goal is to offer a complete cultural experience: you will learn authentic Romani music by ear, in the traditional way, while surrounded by the Romani culture (pictured to the right is the Valjevo Church - Iconostatis), food, language and family atmosphere. At the same time, because the course is organized and run by Roma, your participation will help keep the tradition of Romani music alive.
Our teachers provide instruction in a traditional way - students learn by ear, through listening to instructors and playing together. In order to gain the maximum benefit from the workshops, we recommend that applicants already have advanced skills in playing their instruments - the workshop is not for basic instruction in playing the instruments. Pictured is accordion instructor Dusko Belic - "Karuzo".
Exceptions may be made for musicians with folk music experience who wish to learn one of the workshop instruments. It must be noted that the teachers may not speak any languages other than Romani and Serbian and that sheet music will not be provided, so you must come prepared to learn by listening!
Please visit our website at http://www.galbeno.co.yu for more information, or write to Dusan Ristic and Hannah Slavik Galbeno: email@example.com
William Schimmel will perform as a member of Ensemble Sospeso in a concert
at the Whitney Museum in New York. It will be in Wolfgang Rihm's "Am
Horizont for Violin, Cello and Accordion."
|Kim and Dan Christian invited to China|
and Dan Christian have been invited to perform and adjudicate in China
in early August.
ACCORDION DREAMS, an exciting
new music documentary film captures yesterday's and today's accordion
|San Antonio Accordion Association Loses Historian|
Scott, wife of San
Antonio Accordion Association President, and ATG
Board of Director Barbara Scott, passed away on June 1, after a brief
24th Annual International Polkafest Designated, a top 100 event in North
America for the year 2001 by the American Bus Association, and a Top Group
Tour Festival for 2001 - 2002 by the Minnesota Festivals & Events, was
held in June, in Chisholm, MN.
accordionist Henry Doktorski (founder of The Classical Free-Reed, Inc.)
and American Airlines flight attendant Mary Kay Welter (Accordionist in
the Sky) celebrated their wedding on June 27th.
|It's Snowing Accordions in Florida!|
a recent transplant to the Sunshine State, I was both disappointed and baffled
as to why I could not find any accordion activity. Each accordionist I stumbled
upon had adamantly stated "there is no accordion activity in Florida". This
didn't add up … after all, I found these folks to talk to, hadn't I? Could
there be others?
Having been involved in the birthing of two citywide accordion organizations in the past, I decided to undertake the plight of starting one for an entire state! Why do things in a small way? How does one start an accordion association … for an entire state? Let's just call this the Research & Development corner of Florida. I definitely had to put the cart before the horse, and the very first thing I did was have a website built at http://www.accordions.com/florida.
Imagine, an association with no members, save for me! I also utilized the free listing service at accordions.com for accordion clubs/associations. Let's rename the Beatle's song to "I get by with a little help from my accordion friends". With a bit of everyone's knowledge, the Florida Accordion Association began to experience a snowball effect … how bizarre for a state filled with sunshine and oranges!
I contacted other accordion organizations that helped supply member names that do reside here in Florida. The Internet was also a significant source for locating accordionists, and I used that to its fullest potential. I started doing a direct mail campaign to these folks with an introductory letter about our organization, meanwhile building a database of accordionists. Upon contact with these folks, they referred other players, teachers, repair people, accordion stores, etc. These folks referred other folks, the accordion stores so graciously supplied who they knew, and WELLA … IT'S SNOWING ACCORDIONS IN FLORIDA!
Within a few months time, we recognized a list of over 700 known accordionists in Florida! Our website is getting hits, the emails are pouring in, our mail carrier is threatening to retire, and our phone is ringing off the hook! In addition, articles like this gets the word out, and I personally thank those involved for publishing this on our behalf.
Here we sit with our membership and database growing daily … and what's truly amazing is that we're finding we've only scratched the surface. We have been able to put accordionists in touch with others … in some instances they live within a block of one another, and never knew it! We've also been connecting students to teachers.
In short, we've been acting as a resource to members for finding anything accordion-related: teachers, music, memorabilia, friendship, instruments, repair persons, etc.! As a note of interest, here are the top 3 questions members are asking in Florida (and in this order) …
1. Is there a teacher in my area?
2. Where is there a repairperson?
3. Where can I buy instruments and music?
The Florida Accordion Association will be holding their very first "ACCORDION SMASH" on December 1st, 2001, in Orlando. Looming on the near horizon is an annual convention, which may encompass the entire Southeast. We publish a quarterly, informative newsletter to keep accordionists apprised of what's happening in Florida, as well as the rest of the accordion world.
For information on our organization, please visit our website, drop us an email, or write or call us. We'd love to hear from you!
Karen Adam - Florida Accordion Association
2244 Musket Drive Navarre, FL 32566
Phone: (850) 936-8722