International Old Time Accordion Championships
|Since it's inception
35 years ago, KIOTAC has provided over $250,000.00 in cash prize money as
well as more than $60,000.00 in bursaries to young accordionists.
Never heard of KIOTAC? Don't let that stop you from joining the biggest
week long party held in B.C. Canada every year for the past 34 years. The
Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships held the second
week in July, consistently attracts many hundreds of accordionists, dance
lovers and tourists, from all parts of the globe, and is considered one
of the top 100 Events for tour bus attractions in North America.
This year, the festival is held July 7th, through Saturday, July 12th,
and hundreds of accordion players of all ages will congregate to show
off their talents, just jam with their colleagues, or reminisce on "how
they used to play." The dance beat is strong from morning into the
night for more than seven days, for people who love to dance a little
or a lot, or folks who just like to join in the party atmosphere and listen.
The central square, the Platzl, has a stage, where the dance band changes
every fifteen minutes, from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM daily for six days.
People are dancing, sitting, coming and going, all day long, enjoying
the entertainment. On some days there is added entertainment in the Platzl,
such as Adi the yodeling Woodcarver, Happy Hans the mascot, the Rhythm
Man, actors and of course, clowns. The Platzl also boasts a number of
street side restaurants, in all price ranges, and some very unique shopping
opportunities. Many take their lawn chairs to the Platzl in the morning,
and spend the day milling around between listening, shopping and dining,
with maybe a beer or two.
The city has a large arena, the Civic Center, where, during the day, the
competitions are held, not only in old time music but jazz, classical
and popular music as well. It is free, and everyone enjoys the opportunity
to compare the talents as well mix and visit with the musicians. Every
evening there are formal shows and dances at a nominal charge featuring
world class top performers and orchestras.
There's an abundance of accommodation, but it tends to fill up. There
are a number of cozy hotels, some right on the Platzl, and if you call
early, they can be great fun. Some people stay in motels in nearby Cranbrook.
The Happy Hans Campsite is booked years in advance, but they never turn
away accepting campers, RVs or tenters; as overflow they will park you
in some interesting spots. People tend to share their hydro hookups, and
the facilities are sparkling clean no matter how many people are jammed
in. The whole town welcomes RV's during the event with all the parking
lots of schools, churches, or just anywhere, filled with visitors. You
would be guaranteed someplace to park. One of the nice things about the
campsites, is "that's where the action is." There are constant
groups playing spontaneous music all over the place, sometimes several
at a time, and all musical instruments are welcomed to accompany, or even
join the accordions in the Platzl. So be sure to bring any musical instrument
you have, and join in!
There are three great golf courses in Kimberley, Kimberley Golf Club beside
the campsite, and also the world class Trickle Creek Golf Course and Bootleg
Gap. There are many activities for children, and it is a favorite destination
for families. Looking for summer fun with your family and trailer? Be
sure to check out the Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Festival.
34 years spectators and accordionists of varying competence have joined
us from many countries, provinces and states. Enthusiasts from Great Britain,
Europe, Scandinavia, Soviet Union, America, Australia, China as well as
Canadians have chosen to make the trip to find out if all the raves and
accolades are really true. Why is it that KIOTAC has made the list of
"Top 100 Events in North America" 5 times since 1995, families
from California have consistently made the trek for 10 years or more,
folks from Scandinavia (where you can choose from many accordion events
every week throughout the summer) have called it the best they've ever
attended and many families have made us part of their annual plans for
20 to 30 years?
Could it be because of the competition? (A part of our namesake) Maybe
it's the daily Open Mic Stage in the Platzl. Maybe it's the dancing or
the toe-tapping; day and night, when and wherever you're so inspired.
Could it be for the endless variety of concerts and entertainers from
the many genres that have consistently thrilled our audiences? Or is it
merely the appeal of all the camaraderie and new friendships that keeps
bringing them here again and again?
It is more than likely some combination of all of the above with a few
personal reasons thrown in for good measure that continues to motivate
the KIOTAC committee to new heights and ideals each year. In 2008; 7 to
10 days before the event some folks will start to arrive in town to take
up spots and rooms they've either booked or squatted on for years. These
folks are our true "perennials". They entertain themselves and
format their own itinerary.
- On Monday (July
7, 2008) our first official event is check-in of contestants and an
open stage with back-up combo from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Platzl;
a daily event. Our first concert/dance is scheduled for 7:00 PM at the
- Tuesday morning
8:00 AM competitions begin at the Civic Canter and run daily to 3-4
PM. There are usually workshops for accordion and dancing as well as
KIOTAC Concert Band rehearsals held during the late afternoons at various
locations around the city.
- Wednesday evening
performances are reserved for concerts only; (4 hours) in respectful
memory of all the years that Myron Floren gave so much enjoyment to
so many people who
were given a chance to see him due to our festival.
- Thursday afternoon
we will once again try to break a record of accordionists playing together
for more than 30 minutes nonstop. 644 is our last record and we'd love
to hit 1,000 this year. Thursday night is a dance with the Best of the
Platzl open mic accordionists young and old, playing with the Platzl
Combo; once again the rhythm section of the famous Cottonpickers from
- Friday and
Saturday are also evenings with a concert and dance to follow.
- Sunday we tear
down in the morning and then head for Camp Stone for some Picnic food
with a few wobbly pops and enjoy the company of some of our visitors
and volunteers (and play some more music)
For information, please
contact: Bill Baerg, KIOTAC Entertainment Director at 250-432-0036 or
visit: Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships website
US V-Accordion Festival
|Roland announces the
first Roland US V-Accordion Festival to be held In conjunction with the
2nd Roland International V-Accordion Festival. The US Competition will be
held Saturday, September 20, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA at Roland USA Headquarters
One lucky participant will win a trip to Rome, Italy to perform in the International
Accordion Festival held in November 7 & 8, 2008. In addition, the first
prize winner will receive the world renowned Roland FR-7 or FR-7b V-Accordion.
Be a part of the growing number of accordion enthusiasts in the US and around
the world by participating in a one of a kind event sponsored by Roland
How to enter:
Pick up an entry form from your local authorized Roland V-Accordion dealer
or download form from www.rolandus.com/v-accordion
to be eligible for the preselection process.
Participants must be 18 or older to enter - amateur or professional players.
Submit a videotaped audition (no longer than 5 minutes) to Roland Corporation
US by August 1, 2008 by mail.
All videos submitted to Roland US for the V-Accordion Festival National
Finals preselection process will become the sole property of Roland
US and will not be returned.
General guidelines for preselection and video entries:
will perform in the Senior Soloist Division. (This is the only division
available in the US).
- All persons
entering the festival must be 18 years of age or older. (Born before
April 1, 1990).
selection must be no longer than 5 minutes in length and can be from
any musical genre; no backing tracks are allowed (this includes SMF,
Audio files, CD or MP3 player, etc.).
- For the preselection
process only, the audition can be performed on any acoustic or digital
(please note the National Finalists must use an FR-7 or FR-7b)
- No vocal performances
are to accompany the accordion performance submitted on this video tape.
- A panel of
judges (closed to the public) will determine the winners of this event
and notify them by August 15th, 2008
for US National Finals in Los Angeles, CA:
- Finalists for
the US National Finals in Los Angeles, CA will be selected by Roland
Corporation US from submitted video entries.
- Roland Corporation
US shall for pay for transportation (to Los Angeles, CA), lodging and
food for each finalist and one guest per finalist to be held at the
Roland Corporation US headquarters on September 20, 2008.
- All finalists
will perform on an FR-7 or FR7b without external module at the National
Finals in Los Angeles, CA.
- If the participant
does not own an FR-7/b, Roland Corporation US will loan an FR-7/b to
the finalist for preparation and performance at the National finals;
and shall be returned to Roland after the competition is complete
- One winner
will be chosen by a panel of professional judges at the US National
Finals in Los Angeles, CA.
- The first prize
winner will be awarded an FR-7/b and an all expense paid trip to Rome,
Italy to perform at the International Festival on November 7
- The winner
must have a valid US Passport prior to November 6, 2008 obtained at
the participants expense.
For further details
and competition regulations please go to:
or contact Ron Lankford (Festival Coordinator) at 323-890-3700 extension
2353 or e-mail at Ron.Lankford@rolandus.com.
Please send your video audition and entry form by August 1st, 2008 to:
Roland Corporation US
attn: Virginia Harmon
5100 S. Eastern Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90040-2938
Entry Form: http://www.rolandus.com/whats_new/contests_sweepstakes.aspx
Master Class & Concert Series
ACCORDION, THAT IS!
CALL YOU PARDNER
WE'LL CALL YOU DUDE
AS LONG AS YOU SHOW UP
AND DON'T ACT RUDE
TELL US WHAT YOU WANT
TELL US WHAT YOU NEED
AND WE'LL SING YOU A YARN
OF THE WHITE BUFFALLO STAMPEDE
GIVE US A WEEKEND
WE'LL MAKE YOU A STAR
AND IF YOU BELIEVE THAT
WE'LL THROW IN A CAR!
the 14th smash year of 'The Seminars', this three day event is being held
in New York City from July 25-27, by the American Accordionists' Association
(AAA), moderated by Dr. William Schimmel and will feature:
- The Kid: Billy,
a new Dance/Video work by eminent choreographer/director Micki Goodman
- featuring Dr. Schimmel's music and silent movie footage of King Vidor's
1928 classic, The Sky Pilot.
- A lecture on
the music of Karel Strahala and his music for the Tango/Harmoniku -
two volumes of Czech Tangos, Waltzes, Polkas and Foxtrots written all
- A new accordion
prototype for rock and roll accordionists in development by Benjamin
- A virtual wedding
of two accordion souls, H and MK, who met a decade ago at The Seminars.
Our resident Elvis will perform the ceremony in true blue Hawaiian fashion.
- Uriah The Dead,
a short opera about David and Bathsheba from Dead Uriah's point of view.
- Club Parusia/Here's
to Life, the club at the end of the world - an apocalyptic Maximal romp
through time and space at the borderline - south of, that is.
- Paul Stein's
911 Profiteers and other Scoundrels Suite - artfully defacing politicians,
benevolent dictators and O.J.
debut performance by Duality Wrecks, an anonymous accordion and piano
duo designed to shift the focal point of any party or event to Punk
pogo-gear with its relentless chance/medleys of Rockabilly, Rock and
Roll, Swing, Ballads and pretty much anything in between.
- Ayn Rand and
the Accordion will be looked at in the light of Liberation Theology,
Libertarianism or Librarianisn - or Collectivism, Selectivism and Hoarding
a lot of Crap.
- Project BC
- reducing everything in the world to two facets - BASS/CHORD/BASS/CHORD
- covering the entire cultural array of Achtungs, ya yas, Octoberfests,
Rumania, bratwurst, beer, barf and beyond- declaring Yorkville as the
new cultural world centre.
- Deiro - Pietro!/Guido!
- Mae West! - The Wild West!
- Is everything
in life just one huge 12 tone set? Dr. Robert Young McMahan will tell
us how it happened and how we never really got out of it despite today's
tendency towards new music that chirps "Please love me"- also
how it works with and against the mechanisms of various accordions.
- Will Holshouser,
jazz accordionist, composer - winning the "smirking competiton"
at last year's seminars. The smirk is just an un-necessary
hook. He elegant playing and writing actually says it all.
Marion Jacobson will give a visual/ sound presentation of Houston, Texas
: unique Accordion Shops, clubs, Cajun, Czech, Tejano, German, Czech/
German musics - and an Accordion King!
- Is life a baloney
sandwich? Or frog legs? Or both? The short Becket/like play: FZ /DA
will give us a clue - featuring actress Kathleen Tipton.
- Marni Rice
(above right) will give us the last word on Kabaret. Brian Dewan will
give us the last word on Chevrolet.
- Rembert Block
(right) will rant till the end of time. Dr. Mark Birnbaum declairs Ragtime:
- Seth Hogan
will cover the Acadian dimension. Rocco Jerry, no pretension. Godfrey,
Lorraine and Lauren - collidial ( 7) suspension. Lenny Feldmann, no
detention. Rita Davidson will give us late Ettore and no more. AAA commissions:
The Paul Creston Concerto/dance-mix version, and what's left o'er.
- An Alice Riff
(in honor of David Del Tredici), Elliotude (in honor of Elliot Carter)
- birthdays galore.(Domenic Frontiere's Branded Eldorado a Real Pro.)
Uri Sharlin, Serge Stanley, Israeli to Aussie-back to the door. Doug
Makofka, not Franz Kafka. Cristina Speligene, the Nashville Mafka.
- Ray Rue (right)
(Gospel and Elvis), never a chore, will not bore. "Dot" will
be rotten to a core.
- David Stoler,
more/more/more. Stefan Curcic, classics to adore. The K duo, Saturday
closer once more.
- David First,
drone until sore. Rachid Eladlouni, the cyberspace door. Dragica Banic/Curcic,
- John Foti,
the Jersey shore. Art Bailey , hard core. Lee Mc Clure, Eclectix, digital
flute mit score.
- Ken Laufer,
Har! Har! Har! Catahoula - without the bar. #14 WE'VE COME THIS FAR!
- Now join in
and sing with us, THE SEMINAR SONG
Seminars will be held July 25-27, 2008 at the Tenri Cultural Institute
in New York city, located at 43A West 13th Street, between 5th and 6th
One of many events coinciding with the exciting AAA 70th Anniversary Celebrations,
the three day event "The Last Frontier" will feature daily Master
Classes at 3:00 PM and Concerts at 7:00 PM, all moderated
by Dr. William Schimmel.
Pricing is as follows:
per master class
Those who wish to play, should contact Dr. Schimmel
per entire day - includes master class and concert
per entire weekend - includes three master classes and three concerts
For reservations and
further information: 212-876-0827 or you can e-mail: email@example.com
or please visit www.ameraccord.com
Subways: 4 5 6 (UNION
SQUARE/ F 6TH Ave)
Vegas International Accordion Festival
2008 Las Vegas International
Accordion Convention will be held September 29 - October 2, 2008 at
the Gold Coast Hotel, in Las Vegas, NV.
The 2008 Honorary Conductor will be Carl Fortina with featured guest artists
including Alexander Sevastian, Dick Contino , Art Van Damme. Alexander Sevasitan
(below) is appearing as a special guest as a prize donated by the Las Vegas
International Accordion Convention to the winner of the 60th Anniversary
CIA Coupe Mondiale
World Accordion Championships held in Alexandria, VA in 2007.
guest artists include Mary
Soave, Mady Soave, Mario Pedone, Soundscape Accordion Trio, Steve Albini,
Gina Brannelli, Gordon Kohl, Ron Borelli, and more!
New this year will be the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra which
will be directed by Joan
The festival features four nights and three full days of unforgettable entertainment,
inspiring workshops, special events and much, much more! Enjoy our sumptuous
Las Vegas Style buffets, with two meals offered each day, and join friends
new and old for the best accordion event ever! All meals,
concerts, events and classes are included in one low price!
afternoon we begin with Registration from 2-5 PM, including a Welcoming
reception. That evening we will have a Las Vegas Style Buffet followed
by the Welcome Dinner Concert at 8 PM.
through Thursday each day begins with a full morning of workshops.
At noon we break for lunch and entertainment. Then its back to
workshops and master classes until 5 PM. At 6:30 each evening, the doors
open, Dinner is served at 7 PM, and a fantastic concert follows. Later,
more music and dancing are just a few steps away in the after- hours
hot spot Club Concerto.
evening is our Grand Finale Concert featuring the International Accordion
Orchestra with Prime Rib dinner!
Seven meals, seven
concerts, all special events and classes are included, with Single Attendance
priced at $465 and Couple Attendance at $795. Evening-Only Options are
available - contact us for details! The convention offers a special Room
Rate ONLY $59 per night!
Call the HOT LINE TODAY TO REGISTER - 1-800-472-1695 (Outside the us +01-801-486-1695)
70th Anniversary Concert
Saturday, June 21, 2008, at 2 PM the American
Accordionists' Association is presenting an Accordion Extravaganza Concert
in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the AAA and to the memory of Maddalena
Busso, Sr. served as Master of Ceremonies and the concert featured: Mario
Tacca & Mary Mancini (International Vocal Artist), The Amazing Accordion
Kings, Frank Toscano, Angelo DiPippo and Manny Corallo, Mary Tokarski, CIA
World Champion Beverly Roberts Curnow, Dr. William Schimmel, Dr. Robert
McMahan, Eddie Monteiro, Tony Dannon & Joe Cerrito and The Accordion
Pops Orchestra conducted by Daniel Desiderio.
Pictured right are Charles Nunzio (the only surviving founding member of
the AAA, and Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) President
The program for the concert included:
Rosamunde Overture by F. Schubert (arr. Petka)
Beguine di Roma by J. Biviano (arr. D. Desiderio
Cabaret Medley by John Kander (arr. Norman Leyden)
Flashing Tambourines by Virginia & Van Dee Sickler (arr. Eugene Ettore)
Accordion Pops Orchestra - conducted by Daniel J. Desiderio
Symbiosis for Accordion and Guitar by Dr. Robert Young McMahan
Dr. Robert Young McMahan (accordion) & Jim Day (Guitar)
Concerto No. 2 in A Major by Franz Liszt (arr. Carmen Carrozza)
Canto XVIII by Samuel Adler
World Premiere of this AAA Commission
Beverly Roberts Curnow
Manhattan Concerto (1st Mov.) by Eugene Ettore
Mexican Carnival by Daniel J. Desiderio
Accordion Pops Orchestra with Mary Tokarski - soloist
Scherzo in Bb Minor by Maddalena Belfiore
World Premiere performed by Mary Tokarski
Trumpeter's Lullaby by Leroy Anderson
Bugler's Holiday by Leroy Anderson
Mario Tacca (accordion) & Christopher Melito (trumpet)
The Amazing Accordion Kings Variety Program
Frank Toscano, Manny Corallo and Angelo DiPippo
Valentino Dances by Domenick Argento
A Polka Monologue - Traditional
Old York by William Schimmel
Dr. William Schimmel, Accordion
Divertimento by A. Astier
Happy Birthday AAA arr. by Mario Tacca
Sempre Libera "La Traviata" by G. Verdi
Nessun Droma "Turnadot" by G. Puccini
Mary Mancini and Mario Tacca
Let the Bright Seraphim "Samson" by G. F. Handel
Mary Mancini, Mario Tacca & Christopher Melito
the conclusion of the concert, the AAA held a 70th Anniversary Dinner attended
by many, including the only surviving founding member of the AAA, Charles
At the dinner, the AAA made a presentation to Faithe Deffner (pictured left),
the Executive Secretary of the organization for her work as the 2007 Coupe
Mondiale organizer. The award was a framed collage of memorabilia from the
60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale.
The AAA will hold their 70th Anniversary Festival and Competition in Arlington,
VA (Washington DC) featuring three International Competitions offering $12,000.00
in Prizes, as well as the annual National Competition and Festival. The
event will take place from August 13-17, 2008.
and Natalia Semionov in Concert in the USA
|The Washington Balalaika
Society cordially invites you to attend a private house concert featuring
one of Russia's favorite performing couples, Natlia and Viatcheslav Semionov.
The concert will take place on Friday evening, July 25, 2008 at 7:00 PM
in Potomac, MD.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists after the concert
while enjoying a light buffet and refreshments. Minimum donation for attendance
is $45.00 per person.
For reservations please call (703) 525-2696. Seating is limited, so it is
advised to reserve early. Concert directions will be provided when reservations
70th Anniversary Festival to Star Alexander Poeluev
American Accordionists' Association 70th Anniversary Festival and Competition
in Arlington, VA (Washington DC) will feature Russian accordionist Alexander
Poeluev as their main International guest artist.
Alexander Poeluev was born on 12th of January 1981, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
He began to study music at age of six. He studied at I. N. Pilipenko's class
at the Children's Music School named after P. Tchaikovsky and graduated
from this school in 1996.
In 1996 he entered the Rostov State College of Arts at S. S. Galkin's class
and studied there for one year. Since 1997 he continued his study at the
Moscow Music College named after A. Schnitke under Professor V. Semionov
During the years of his study Alexander has become two-time winner of the
Russia Piano and Button Accordion Competitions in Belgorod. He won the first
prize in 1997 and 2000.
In 2002 he won "The 55th Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championship".
Alexander became the first contestant to ever win two categories in the
same year - the "Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships"
and "International Competition for Piano Accordion".
Alexander is a graduate of the Moscow State Music Institute under Viatcheslav
Semionov, and performs in Russia and other countries, participates in the
International Accordion Festivals. His music program includes pieces by
Bach, Scarlatti, Couperin, Paganini-Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Prokofiev,
Semionov, Kusjakov, Piazzolla, Vlasov and others.
As part of his prize for winning the Coupe Mondiale International Piano
Accordion class, he won a concert tour to Australia and New Zealand Concert
Tour to New Zealand/Australia to perform as Guest Artist at the 2004 South
Pacific Accordion Championships in Auckland, New Zealand and at the 2004
Australian International Accordion Championships in Sydney, Australia. In
addition, he was invited to present a concert tour to Slovakia/Hungary to
perform in Bratislava, Slovakia and Budapest, Hungary in 2003, which included
radio and TV appearances.
For information on the 2008 AAA Competition and Festival please visit: www.ameraccord.com
Allen Sanders Features in Newspaper Review
Murl Allen Sanders was recently featured in newspaper publication 'The Enterprise'
in a review by Dale Burrows. Murl performed with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra.
Excerpt from the review:
....This guy's Accordion Concerto No. 1, performed by him,
fires rockets that will, one day, install the accordion next to other instruments,
now comfortably in orbit with symphony orchestras. UW educated: with pop,
rock, zydeco, country, jazz, blues and heaven knows what else as much a
part of him as breathing this lion headed lad wearing John Lennon sunglasses,
more than held his own in CSO's company with his trusty accordion.
Doing things you wouldn't think could be done with more than 20 pounds of
keyboard strapped on, he went tit for tat and improvised. What could have
been a cat and dog fight ended with him out there, by himself, on his won,
just him and his accordion, thrilling us all with an infinity of possibilities.
The accordion has arrived.
annual Cotati Accordion Festival will take place from August 23 and 24,
2008. Admission for one day is $17.00 if purchased at the gate, or $15.00
Featuring a diverse variety of performers, the scheduled program for the
2008 festival includes:
- The Golden State Accordion Club (stage one)
- Amber Lee and the Anomalies (Stage two)
- The Hurricane (stage one)
- Hugh Morrison (stage two)
- Alex Meixner (stage one)
- The Great Morgani (stage two)
- 1:10-1:55 -
Limpopo (stage one)
- 2:00-2:25 -
Lady of Spain
- 2:30-3:05 -
Simka (stage two)
- 3:10-4:00 -
Dick Contino (stage one)
- 4:05-4:20 -
The Great Morgani (stage two)
- 4:25-5:15 -
Polka Freakout (stage one)
- 5:20-5:30 -
Hugh Morrison (stage two)
- 5:35-6:25 -
Vagabond Opera (stage one)
- 6:30-8:00 -
Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers (stage one)
- The Golden State Accordion Club (stage one)
- Tango #9 (stage two)
- The Internationals
- Monterey International with guest tenor Oracio Aiello
- The Great Morgani (stage two)
- The Georges Lammam Ensemble (stage one)
- 1:25-1:50 -
Lady of Spain
- 1:55-2:25 -
Joe Domitrowich/Capricious Accordion (stage two)
- 2:30-3:20 -
Dick Contino (stage one)
- 3:25-3:40 -
The Great Morgani (stage two)
- 3:45-4;30 -
Polka Freakout (stage one)
- 4:35-4:45 -
Big Lou (stage two)
- 4:50-5:45 -
Vagabond Opera (stage one)
- 5:50-6:00 -
guest soloist (stage two)
- 6:00-7:00 -
Limpopo (stage one)
Festival A Success in Nashville, TN
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) 68th Annual Festival was held
in Nashville, TN and featured three days of concerts and workshops. International
guest artist Alexander Shirunov from Russia received 2 standing ovations
for his spectacular performance, and he also presented an informative
workshop about his musical career and the various aspects of his musical
at the ATG festival were Nashville recording artist and accordionist Jeff
Lisenby who performed with the NashVegas Jazz Players with vocalists Abby
Burke and Jeff's daughter Jaclyn Brown, Betty Jo Simon who performed the
entire Galla-Rini Concerto No. 1 in G Minor by the late ATG President
Emeritus Anthony Galla-Rini, Jazz musician Murl Allen Sanders from Seattle,
Washington, Roland artist Don McMahon and his wife Leslie Alexandra, Amy
JO Sawyer, Christine Jarquio, Mary Tokarski, the ATG 2008 Festival Orchestra
conducted by Joan C. Sommers, Donna Dee Ray and Joanna Darrow.
Stanley Darrow received the ATG President's award for his many years of
service to the ATG at the Gala Banquet.
For a full review of the event, please visit www.accordions.com/atg
for daily coverage.
Your Accordion Services Free at AWW
Internet is changing the way your customers are searching for services.
The days of lugging out a 12 lb. telephone book to find very limited and
outdated business information are coming to an end. People are still letting
their fingers do the walking, but they're doing it over a computer keyboard.
Below are some revealing facts from the Kelsey Group.
- 74% of US households
use the Internet as an information source when shopping.
- Approximately 45%
of searches had a buying intent.
- The percentage of
respondents who used yellow page directories decreased from 75% to 62%.
(If you have a printed yellow
page ad, it is time to consider buying a smaller ad and shifting your
marketing dollars to the Internet.) The off-line Yellow Pages see the
writing on the wall and are scrambling to transfer their business model
to the Internet.
Businesses can no longer ignore these facts. If you want to be successful,
you must have a presence where your customers are searching. Being found
on the Internet is vital to the future of your business.
offers free of charge listing for all accordion businesses, teachers and
for every type of service for accordionists. On the Accordion Yellow Pages
site, you do not need to have a website for accordionists find you and contact
site is also free of charge, being a listing service for every type of accordion
service, but you must have a website. Viewers of search-accordion.com can
click through to your website.
|Very popular is the AccordionLinks.com
site where those accordion service providers with a website, can attract
accordionists free of charge to their website.
All it takes is a little effort, to make sure your information on these
three popular and very effective accordion sites is up to date. Your future
success may well be determined by your ability to effectively adapt to the
Internet. Should it be your New Year's resolution for 2008?
Schimmel to perform at Washington Square Music Festival
William Schimmel will perform his Piano Concertos/Accordion Tangos for
Accordion and Strings at the Washington Square Music Festival, New York's
oldest outdoor summer festival. It will take place on July 15 at 8.00
PM at Washington Square Park and it is free.
Piano Concertos/Accordion Tangos was originally a solo piece that Dr.
Schimmel composed in 1987 for Fresh Air, A National Public Radio Show
starring Terry Gross. This new version employs a new string section accompaniment
composed and arranged by Dr. Schimmel for the occasion.
This will be Dr. Schimmel's fourth appearance at this prestigious festival.
Mario Pedone will appear in concert throughout the summer months, including
the following performances:
- Accordion Festival
in Calgary AB, Canada
June 13-15, 2008
- Accordion by
the Sea Victoria BC, Canada
June 27-29, 2008
- Kimberly International
Old Time Accordion Championship, BC, Canada
Monday July 7, 2008
With Houston Symphony Orchestra
July 17-18, 2008
- Rocky Mountain
Accordion Festival in Philipsburg, Montana
August 1-2, 2008
- Festa Italiana
in Portland Oregon
June 21-24, 2008
- Tour in Victoria,
- Las Vegas International
September 29-30 - October 1-2, 2008
- October 18,
Tour in California.
Mario has recorded
a numerous Accordion albums reaching 63 different varieties of wonderful
music, for more information please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Squeeze Accordion Festival at Riverside Park in New York City
On the Hudson, one of New York City's largest free summer festivals, continues
its eighth season with a summer of unique contemporary music events at
Riverside Park South.
On Saturday, July 12, the main attraction will be the 3rd Annual New York
City Main Squeeze Accordion Festival from 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Pier I,
Riverside Park South, Manhattan..
The festival will feature traditional, contemporary and eclectic music
by squeezebox masters from around the globe will get you up and dancing!
At the Accordion Kids Corner, children can get free instruction from 2:30
PM to 4:30 PM from "Furry Murray" (Murray Weinstock, composer
of animal tunes, such as "The Bow-Wow Polka") and attendees
can also browse the Accordion Flea Market.
Among the featured artists are:
- The 15-piece
all-female Main Squeeze Orchestra, playing styles from Michael Jackson
to classical. Transcending all dorky stereotypes, the Orchestra has
developed a rowdy yet sophisticated following, proving the power of
the instrument and the power of one man's dream to conduct 18 women
in pigtails. It was a dream of 18 accordions played with a precision
that would demonstrate the versatility of the instrument. Slight changes
in reed selection would determine whether the accordions sounded like
oboes, French horns or guitars, and the arrangements would be rich and
complex, exploring the work of Schubert, Strauss, Prince, and The Beatles.
For months, Walter Kuhr was plagued with visions from his dream; 18
glossy accordions, the wall of sound, the pigtails. He began recruiting
through his students and word-of-mouth until The Main Squeeze Orchestra,
the only all-female accordion ensemble in the western world, was born
in the fall of 2002.
- Marie Luise
DiCocco was born in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, and spent most of
her formative years traveling as part of an Air Force family. As a young
child, she grew up hearing the sounds of Italian and German music in
her family, along with other ethnic music which her parents enjoyed.
Marie owns an internet business called PM Organics that provides certified
organic cotton fabrics and notions. She is also on the Board of Directors
of The Real Diaper Association, and is active in a local food co-op.
- Los Macondos:
Led by accordionist, Eugenio Ortega, Los Macondos is the oldest and
most sought after vallenato ensemble in the United States. Performing
traditional Colombian songs of love, hardship and joy, vallenato blends
the prose-like Spanish romance with distinctive African-derived rhythmic
patterns into festive dance music performed on accordion, bass, caja
vallenata, timbales, guiro and congas.
- Eugenio Ortega
was not born into a musical family, but his beloved bride Bertica took
notice of his love of vallenato music and on their first Christmas together
in 1957 she gave him his very first accordion as a gift. He learned
to play it by ear, mastering the complex and often fast-paced finger
work characteristic of vallenato. When their sons Oscar and Juan were
old enough they joined him in his vallenato band. Ortega has composed
and written the lyrics to thirty of his own songs. Vallenatos traditionally
have been used to tell stories of local happenings and the singers'
current or past loves. Both Eugenio and vallenato music are natives
of the northern coastal region of Colombia.
- Nicu Helerea:
Romanian folklore has intricate and difficult ornaments and it requires
an accordion virtuoso. Nicu Helerea is the only accordion player able
to interpret folk songs from ALL the regions of Romania. Nicolae Helerea
was born on December 21, 1949, in a small village named Hosman, near
Sibiu, Romania. A professional musician once employed as the Lead Solo
Accordion Player at the professional folklore orchestra Cindrelul &
Junii Sibiului, his talent and ambition established him as one of the
best accordion players in Romania. In 1985 he performed in the USA with
a 45 member orchestra where he remains and where he continues to expand
his repertoire. He has since learned to play other types of music, and
is especially fascinated by jazz and big band music.
- Raif Hyseni
Orchestra: Raif Hyseni hails from Kosova, a province of Yugoslavia with
a large Albanian majority. He grew up in the town of Mitrovic n Kosova,
where he studied accordion at music school and performed in amateur
ensembles. Before moving to Tiran n 1992, Raif was a well-known radio
and television performer in Prishtin the capital of Kosova, where he
was a member of the group Besnik Through his recordings and media appearances,
Raif has become known as a major innovator on the accordion, for which
he has composed dozens of instrumental melodies.
- Raul Jaurena
Tango Trio: Raul Jaurena, master of the Tango, is among todays most
prominent bandoneon players. His music-at the same time melancholy and
provocative, bittersweet and tender is a very personal tribute to the
influences of his native South America and his newly adopted hometown
of New York. Combining traditional roots of the tango and the style
of the Tango Nuevo influenced by Astor Piazzolla, the bandoneon has
become his second nature. Through playing innumerable milongas, the
legendary tango nights of the dance caf Jaurenas bandoneon has long
since made its way to the big theatres and concert halls
- Joshua Horowitz,
tsimbl and 19th Century accordion, received his Masters degree in Composition
and Music Theory from the Academy of Music in Graz, Austria, where he
taught Music Theory and served as Research Fellow and Director of the
Klezmer Music Research Project for eight years. He is the founder and
director of the ensemble Budowitz, a founding member of Veretski Pass
and has performed with Rubin and Horowitz, Brave Old World, Adrienne
Cooper and Ruth Yaakov. His music was recently featured in the British
film, Some of my best friends are... Jewish / Muslim, awarded the Sandford
St. Martin Trust Religious Broadcasting Award and is featured "The
Holocaust Tourist" a new film by Jes Benstock, Joshua taught Advanced
Jazz Theory at Stanford University with the late saxophonist Stan Getz
and is a regular teacher at KlezKamp, The Albuquerque Academy and Klez
Kanada. He is currently working on a book of his essays for.
Summer On the Hudson
features a diverse mix of events happening at Riverside Park South from
West 59th Street to West 72nd Street: music concerts, dance performances,
movies, world music DJ dance parties, children and family programs, special
events, and wellness & recreation programs, all presented FREE to
the public. Food and drink is for sale at the park's Pier 1 Cafe. Summer
On The Hudson is an Annual Arts and Cultural Festival in Riverside Park
South Presented by The New York City Department Of Parks & Recreation
Contact Information for all events: visit www.nyc.gov/parks/soh, or www.riversideparkfund.org
Galliano at the New York City Jazz Festival
one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world, the JVC Jazz Festival
New York is a two-week jazz celebration that fills New York City's premiere
concert halls, intimate clubs, parks, schools and museums with some of the
top musical talent in the world. Started in 1972 by George Wein as the Newport
Jazz Festival New York, this festival has been sponsored by JVC since 1984
and has become a New York institution.
Performing in Zankel Hall of Carnegie Hall on Saturday, June 28 at 8:00
PM, Richard Galliano performed with Tangaria. Taking the accordion out from
the ballroom and into the world of jazz, Richard Galliano has created New
Musette, a seductive fusion of styles ranging from samba, salsa, and reggae
to waltz, tango, and bolero.
His quartet, which recently recorded the CD Tangaria Quartet in Saõ
Paulo, features Venezuelans Alexis Cardenas and Rafael Meijias on violin
and percussion, Belgian Philippe Aerts on double bass, and a special guest
from Brazil, Hamilton de Holanda on mandolin.
Photograph of Richard Galliano used with the kind permission of Marco Bizzotto
(Italy) of www.photosworld.com
Now Festival in New Hampshire
Lovello, widely known as the "Liberace of the Accordion" for
his musical flair and scintillating style, will appear as guest artist
on August 2, 2008 at the first annual Accordions Now! Festival in Manchester
NH. Also appearing: at the festival are Nils Lundin (left), Chad Huval,
Gary Morin, Mary Tokarski, John Leeman, the Accordions Now! Festival Orchestra
conducted by Donna Maria Regis.
The festival will take place on Saturday, August 2, 2008 from 9:00 AM
- 6:00 PM at the Radisson Hotel Manchester, 700 Elm Street, Manchester,
NH and will promise accordion fun all day long. For reservations please
contact Sue Welch at 1-800-328-5227.
Tickets are $25 with advance registration by July 11, 2008, or $30 after
July 11, 2008. Children 12 and under $10 in advance or $15 after July
11. The festival offers reduced-rate parking in garage adjacent to the
For Hotel reservations please contact the Radisson Hotel directly at 1-888-201-1718.
The deadline for a discounted room rate is July 11, 2008 and please mention
"accordion festival" when reserving. There is a complimentary
shuttle service provided between the Radisson Hotel and Manchester-Boston
Regional Airport (MHT).
There will be accordions for sale by various vendors during the festival
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