CIA Coupe Mondiale Accordion Competition Squeezes into DC
- THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY COUPE
MONDIALE 2007 INTERNATIONAL ACCORDION COMPETITIONS AND FESTIVAL,
August 13-18, 2007
- Musical Guests/Performers from the Four
Corners of the World All Styles & Genres Available
for Radio & Television Spots and Interviews
- Be There August 13 - 18 for the Most
Fun News Opportunity of the Summer
- Prestigious International Competition
returns to the US after 26 Years
- 2007 Event Celebrates 60th Anniversary
of the Coupe Mondiale
- Massed Accordion Band Performance at
the Grant Memorial opposite the US Capitol, August 17
- Special Concert Performances All Week
at the Kennedy Center
DC will become the accordion capitol of the world as accordionists
and accordion aficionados from all over the globe converge on the nations
capitol to attend the 2007 Coupe Mondiale the world cup
of accordion championships from August 13 through 18 at the Holiday
Inn in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Coupe Mondiale, recognized as the most prestigious annual accordion
competition of international scope, takes place in a different country
every year, under the auspices of the Confederation International des
Accordionistes, which is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary since
the first such event, in 1938 in Paris. The Confederation is affiliated
with the International Music Council and UNESCO. The Coupe is back in
the United States after more than 25 years since it was last held in this
country in Kansas City, Missouri in 1981, and more than 30 years since
it took place in Washington, DC in 1976.
Coupe Mondiale attracts accordionists and accordion music lovers from
all over the world and across the US because the instrument is particularly
significant to so many cultures and music styles," says 2007 Coupe
Mondiale Organizer and Confederation Vice President Faithe Deffner. We
are pleased to have this awesome array of accordion talent return to the
US and to again host the Coupe Mondiale after so many years. We are delighted
to be headquartered for the week in nearby Alexandria, a city
of great charm, beauty and historic significance.
Highlights of the Coupe Mondiale whirlwind week include:
- Six evenings of accordion entertainment
and concerts at the Kennedy Centers Millennium Stage and at the
Holiday Inn Ballroom
- The premier performance of the World
- Massed band accordion performance in
front of the US Capitol
- Instrument exhibits plus an historic
display of accordions from Dr. Helmi Harringtons World of Accordions
Museum in Superior, Wisconsin
- The Coupe Mondiale banquet gala celebrating
60 years of international accordion achievement
- Plus a series of social receptions with
endless entertainment, and late-evening performances in a lounge setting
with open mike for participating accordionists.
A 2007 Coupe Mondiale spectacular is the
lunchtime Massed Band performance at the Grant Memorial on First Street,
12:00 Noon Friday, August 17. Scores of international accordion players
will join in performing John Philip Sousas Stars & Stripes
Forever in full view of the US Capitol Building - a wondrous auditory
and visual spectacle!
In addition, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC will feature accordionists
in six evening concerts at the Millennium Stage from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
each day. All the concerts will be broadcast live simultaneously on the
Internet at www.kennedy-center.com/millennium. They can be viewed subsequently
in the Millennium Stage Performance Archives.
Coupe Mondiale excitement is skyrocketing due to the attendance of several
renowned national and international accordion orchestras from California,
Missouri, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and Texas, as well as Canada, China,
Denmark, Germany and New Zealand. A number of these accordion orchestras
will perform at Kennedy Centers Millennium Stage during the week
of August 13.
Joint sponsors of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale are the Accordionists and Teachers
Guild (ATG) and the American Accordionists Association (AAA) founded
in 1939 and 1938 respectively, whose combined funding of approximately
$75,000 will make this event a reality. Both are US member organizations
of the Confederation.
Nearly $25,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the six
international categories, which include:
60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale
International Competition for Piano Accordion
Junior Coupe Mondiale
International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
International Competition for Ensemble Music
In addition to cash prizes, each first place
winner will be featured in a gala finale concert at the Millennium Stage
of the Kennedy Center on Saturday evening, August 18.
for soloists and groups of all levels of accomplishment, playing all styles
of music, will also take place under AAA/ATG sponsorship. $10,000 in cash
prizes, donated by Sylvia Prior, an accordion teacher from the Los Angeles
area, will be awarded to the winners of The Maddalena Belfiore Entertainment
Competition for Female Accordionists. (Ms. Belfiore, recently deceased,
was a noted accordionist, educator and composer, long associated with
the American Accordionists Association and recently appointed as
an honorary member of the CIA.)
Central is the Holiday Inn at 625 First Ave. in Alexandria, VA where
most of the activities take place. More information about the Coupe Mondiale
and the AAA/ATG competitions and festival can be found on the website
CONTACT for the Public for Coupe Mondiale
Information: Linda Reed (203) 556-0002.
2007 COUPE MONDIALE AT
- Participants from all over the Globe
- A THUNDERING AUDITORY EXPERIENCE!
- A SPECTACULAR VISUAL PANORAMA!
- There are 79 candidates competing in
the CIA World Championship categories
- Attendees including contestants, judges
and delegates hail from Austria, Bosnia, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark,
Finland, France, Fiji, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, New Zealand,
Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, USA, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
United Kingdom, Ukraine and the USA.
- There will be about 40 hours of grueling
competition in six different international categories.
- Concerts every night from Tuesday, August
14 to Saturday, August 18, 2007. Admission $10 per person daily and
$20 on Saturday.
- Accordionist Manny Bobenreith and the
US Army Strings will be playing at the Luncheon Concert on Thursday
- 166 piece World Accordion Orchestra comprising
musicians from all over the world, will premiere new music
There is literally accordion action and
competitions going on all the time!
Major event suggestions for Press coverage follow:
(all events at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria, Virginia unless specified
Tuesday, August 14 - 8:00 10:00 PM
Opening Concert, Commonwealth Ballroom
Wednesday, August 15 - 7:30 10:30 PM
Coupe Mondiale - Sr. Virtuoso Entertainment Competition Round 1, Commonwealth
Thursday, August 16 - 12:15 2:00 PM
Luncheon Concert, Ballroom C
Thursday, August 16 - 7:30 10:30 PM
Coupe Mondiale - Sr. Virtuoso Entertainment Competition Round 2, Commonwealth
Friday, August 17 - 11:00 AM
"MASSED BAND PERFORMANCE" at the Grant Memorial/1st Street in
front of the US Capitol Building. The sight and sound of over 100 international
accordion players performing John Philip Sousas Stars &
Stripes Forever in one place at one time is guaranteed to lift your
Friday, August 17 - 9:00 11:00 PM
60th Annual Coupe Mondiale Banquet Concert, Commonwealth Ballroom
Saturday, August 18 - 9:00 11:00 PM
166 piece World Accordion Orchestra in Concert, including a World Premiere
Awards Ceremony Concert, Ballroom
PLUS The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC will feature accordionists
in six evening concerts at the Millennium Stage from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Be there for a Terrific Summer Fun News Opportunity.
For full details on the 2007 Coupe Mondiale and the AAA/ATG competitions
and festival, please visit www.accordions.com/coupeusa
2007 USA CONTESTANTS
The USA announced representatives from both
the American Accordionists Association and the Accordionists and Teachers
Contestants are as follows:
CIA Junior Coupe Mondiale
Samatha Jarquio (USA-ATG)
CIA nternational Competition for Virtuoso
Sam Thomas (USA-AAA)
CIA Junior International Competition
for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
Samatha Jarquio (USA-ATG)
Anthony Falco (USA-AAA)
John Maceo (USA-AAA)
CIA International Competition for Piano Accordion
Sam Thomas (USA-AAA)
Christopher Gorton (USA-AAA)
CIA International Competition for Ensemble Music
Lidia Kaminska (accordion) and Doug O'Connor (Sax)
(NB: Lidia, although lives in the United States, she will be entering
representing her native Poland, however with many fans in the United States
where she resides, she is sure to have a keen following in the competition.)
Watch the www.coupemondiale.org
site during the festival for daily updates and competition results as
they become available.
MILLENNIUM STAGE PERFORMANCES
series of accordion concerts will be held at the Millennium Stage at the
famed Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, during the 2007 CIA Coupe
Mondiale World Accordion Championships. The 'Performing Arts for
Everyone' on the Millennium Stage program is designed to introduce the Kennedy
Center, and make music available from a variety of artists from around the
world to all, by providing a performance open to the public and free of
charge 365 days a year.
The performers for the Coupe Mondiale Millennium Stage Concerts are as follows:
(Note: These orchestras will also be performing at the Coupe Mondiale Concerts)
Jerosh Accordion Orchestra (Canada), Maureen Jerosh, Director
Akkordeonorchester Hof (Germany), Günther Zeilinger, Director (pictured
University of Missouri-Kansas City Accordion Orchestra, Joan Sommers, Director
Martin Music Center Accordion Orchestra (CA), Randall Martin, Director
Showstoppers Acc. Orchestra & Dancers (NH), Rosita Lee Latulippe, Director
North Shore Accordion Orchestra (New Zealand), Lionel Reekie, Director (pictured
Accordeonova (Denmark), Peter Anders, Director (pictured
Beijing Children's Palace Baidi Accordion Orchestra (China), Chen Weilang,
Winners of the six CIA Coupe Mondiale Categories
The concerts are held at 6:00 PM each night (US East Coast Time), and broadcast
live around the world on the Internet at the time of the performance, as
well as archived for viewing at anytime in the future.
Please visit www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium
to view these exciting concerts as they happen.
INTERESTING CIA USA HIGHLIGHTS - CHAMPIONS
|The Coupe Mondiale has
taken place in North America five times since its inception. It was held
in the United States, in New York City in 1959 (winner Marianne Probst)
and in 1969 (winner Valeri Petrov); in Washington, DC in 1976 (winner Victor
Filtchev); in Kansas City, Missouri in 1981 (winner Alain Musichini); in
Toronto, Canada in 1964 (winner Stephen Dominko).
In addition to our North American Coupe Mondiale Champions, many contestants
have placed very highly in the extremely competitive competitions. High
Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships
1984 - Folkstone, UNITED KINGDOM
Peter SOAVE, USA (right)
1981 - Kansas City, USA
3rd: Peter SOAVE,
1979 - Cannes, FRANCE
3rd: Monica SLOMSKI, USA
1977 - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS
3rd: William SAMONEK, USA
1975 - Helsinki, FINLAND
3rd: Monica SLOMSKI, USA
1974 - Stockholm, SWEDEN
3rd: Karen FREMAR, USA
- Caracas, VENEZEULA
1st: John TORCELLO, USA
2nd: Joeseph NATOLI, USA
1971 - Bruges, BELGIUM
3rd: John TORCELLO, USA
1970 - Salzburg, AUSTRIA
1st: Diane SCHMIDT, USA (right)
1969 - New York, USA
2nd: Pam BARKER, USA
1968 - Leicester, UNITED KINGDOM
2nd: Julie Ann KASPRZYK, USA
- Leiden, HOLLAND
3rd: Julie Ann KASPRZYK, USA
1966 - Versailles, FRANCE
2nd: Jaqueline HOFTO, USA
1965 - Valetta, MALTA
1st: Beverly ROBERTS, USA (right)
3rd: William COSBY, USA
1964 - Toronto, CANADA
1st: Stephen DOMINKO, USA
2nd: William COSBY, USA
1963 - Baden Baden, GERMANY
1st: Leonard LANGLEY, USA
- Prague, CZECHOSLOVAKIA
1st: Iona REED, Canada
2nd: Leonard LANGLEY, USA
1961 - Pallanza, ITALY
1st: Donald HULME, USA (right)
3rd: Iona REED, Canada
1960 - Vienna, AUSTRIA
2nd: Donald E. HULME, USA
1957 -Saarbrucken, GERMANY
1st: Ronald SWEETZ, USA
1956 - Bienne, SWITZERLAND
1st: John LA PADULA, USA
3rd: Joan COCHRAN, USA
Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
1974 - Stockholm, SWEDEN
1st: Karen FREMAR, USA (right)
3rd: Jeff LISENBY, USA
Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
2006 - Asker, NORWAY
4th: Sammy THOMAS, USA
INTERESTING CIA USA HIGHLIGHTS - TEST
Seven Coupe Mondiale test pieces were written
by American composers over the years:
- Concert Etude No.2 by Eugene Ettore
- Holiday Caprice by Eugene Ettore (1962)
- Suite for Accordion by Carmelo Pino (1969)
- Scaramouche by John Franceschina (1975)
- Spring Street Ritual by William Schimmel
- Reflections by Karen Fremar (1981)
- Rondo-Caprice by Larry Bailey (1982)
- Fantasy Op. 67 by Karen Fremar (2007)
INTERESTING CIA USA HIGHLIGHTS - AWARDS
CIA Merit Award Recipients:
- Joe BIVIANO (USA) 1972
- Carmen CARROZZA (USA) 1972
- Pietro DEIRO Jr. (USA) 1972
- Anthony GALLA-RINI (USA) 1972
- Lari HOLZHAUER (USA) 1972
- Eugene ETTORE (USA) 1985
- Charles MAGNANTE (USA) 1988
- Dr. Willard PALMER (USA) 1992
- Myron FLOREN (USA) 1992
- Maddalena BELFIORE (USA) 1994
- Joan SOMMERS (USA) 1995
- Elsie BENNETT (USA) 1996
- Arlene BODDICKER (USA) 1996
- Gerald BODDICKER (USA) 1998
- Faithe DEFFNER (USA) 2000
- UMKC Accordion Orchestra (USA) 2001
- Dr. William SCHIMMEL (USA) 2003
CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion Recipients:
- Vivian & Steve STORALUK (USA) (2003)
- Dr. Helmi HARRINGON (USA) 2006
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Day Concert in New Hampshire
A 'Ladies Day Concert' was held recently
in New Hampshire, featuring Scottish, French, Classical, and popular music.
The concert featured four artists including:
Sylvia Miskoe: Renowned for her participation in the Strathspey and Reel
Society as well as the group "The White Cockade" Sylvia excels
in performing Scottish music. She is a recording artist in not only Scottish
but in contra, Irish, and Quebecois music as well. She is also highly
acclaimed as a caller on the folk dance circuit.
Mary Tokarski: Teacher and concert accordionist, Mary performs both nationally
and internationally as a soloist, with Symphony Orchestra and as a member
of The 'K' Trio. Included in the concert were works from her first solo
CD "Music with Mary...for my Friends!"
Anita Siarkowski: As an accordionist, Anita's claims to fame are her theme-oriented
repertoires and outfits to fit every occasion - plus her sense of humor!
Aside from solo engagements, Anita also plays duet with her husband, Bob,
(in coordinated apparel) for private parties, organizations, etc...
Donna Maria Regis: Performer, arranger, composer and conductor, Donna
is an accomplished accordionist in every way. She enjoys performing famous
accordion pieces by Deiro and Magnante plus classical and popular music.
Donna's concerts are always a delight at the New Hampshire Accordion Association
Concerts were held in the "Wall of Fame" Music Room along with
a mid day Brunch buffet. For more information on other activities, please
for Accordion Available to US Accordionists
recent work entitled "Lines and Waves in Blue Deep" for five accordions
is now available to accordionists in the United States from Musica Slovaca
in Bratislava. This 10 minute contemporary tonal music piece for accordion,
composed in 2007, was commissioned by the Deutscher Harmonika Verband in
Born in 1961, Peter Machajdík grew
up in Bratislava, Slovakia but he has been living in Germany for the past
At six, Machajdík began music lessons
and at seven, took up the piano. In the 1980's he was not accepted into
the Music Academy of Bratislava because his concept of music, at that
time, was heavily influenced by the Western avant-garde. At 27, Machajdík
graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Machajdík has received commissions
and awards from, among others, the Kulturfonds Foundation, the Luigi Russolo
Foundation, the Slovak Music Fund and the Pro Helvetia Foundation. In
1992 he was invited to live and work in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD
Künstlerprogramm. Machajdík was also the composer in residence
at the Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany, at the Künstlerhäuser Worpswede,
Germany, and at the Künstlerhaus Lukas in Ahrenshoop on the German
Machajdík´s works have been
performed widely, including at Hörgänge, Vienna; young.euro.classic,
Berlin; Nuovi Spazi Musicali, Rome; Melos-Ethos, Bratislava; Inventionen,
Berlin; New Work Festival, Calgary; Musica Nova, Sofia; Festival de Jazz
et Musiques d'Aujourd'hui, Mulhouse; Review of Composers, Belgrade; Audio
Art Festival, Cracow, as well as at venues in the Netherlands, Belgium,
Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, the Czech and Slovak Republics,
and the U.S.A.
Performers of Machajdík´s music
have included artists such as Guido Arbonelli, David Moss, Natalia Pshenichnikova,
Michael Davenport, Floraleda Sacchi, Juan Maria Solare, Piet Van Bockstal,
Julie Hanson-Geist, Darry Dolezal, Peter Henderson, Boris Lenko, Gertie
Bruin, conductors Anu Tali, Peter Breiner and Karol Kevicky, the ARTE
Quartett, the Veni Ensemble, the Slovenian Clarinet Quartet, and others.
Machajdík has lectured on new music,
led workshops, and curated festivals of contemporary music. His music
has been broadcast many times on radio and TV all over the world.
Anyone interested in the score of "Lines and Waves in Blue Deep"
should e-mail email@example.com
or visit: www.machajdik.de
Lisenby releases new CD 'A Spy in Tortuga'
Lisenby's new jazz accordion album, A SPY IN TORTUGA, is slated for official
release August 30, 2007, however advance copies will be available at the
Coupe Mondiale in Washington, DC August 13-18, where Jeff will perform
selections from the album.|
A SPY IN TORTUGA is Jeff Lisenby's first independent jazz accordion album,
and features several brand-new original compositions by Lisenby as well
as new arrangements of familiar jazz standards.
Jeff, holds a masters degree from The Conservatory of Music of the
University of Missouri-Kansas City, is no stranger to musical oxymorons.
His experience runs the gamut of styles. He has twice been the national
accordion champion and a bronze medalist in the Coupe Mondiale International
classical accordion competitions, but classical music was not the only
style he practiced.
When I was a kid, Lisenby
said, my goal was to win the world accordion championship, which
was for serious music. So I was practicing 7-8 hours a day
when I was a teenager. I would get tired of practicing the heavy
music, and then I would start playing pop or jazz standard tunes and improvising
on them. It was a good musical mix for me.
Jeff used his genius on the accordion
and keyboards to carve a niche market for himself, and gained performances
with the Nashville, Kansas City, and Los Angeles Symphonies, the Palm
Beach Pops Orchestra, and a gig accompanying Luciano Pavarotti during
part of his recent US tour.
Certainly not limited to classical
music, Lisenby toured extensively with the Mills Brothers, Boots Randolph,
and Brenda Lee, and has accompanied Lee Greenwood, Donna Summer, Tricia
Yearwood, Three-Dog Night, the Coasters, David Cassidy, Marty Stuart,
Jo Dee Messina, Pam Tillis, Loretta Lynn, Roy Clark, and Dolly Parton,
to name a few. Apparently the accordion has a place in American popular
music after all.
Most recently, Lisenby was honored
to be the music director for the Broadway smash hit RING OF FIRE: The
Music of Johnny Cash, for which he pulled from his extensive experience
backing country artists in Nashville.
Jeff is also one of the first-call
accordionists for recording sessions in Nashville. Projects he has worked
on include the Grammy-winning album: Songs from the Neighborhood;
the Music of Mister Rogers, and jingles for Budweiser and Sutherlands
Lumber (which he also wrote and produced).
When hes not on the road performing
around the country, Lisenby teaches for Belmont Universitys School
of Music and is active in the Nashville recording scene.
To learn more, please visit: www.myspace.com/jefflisenby
by the Sea Festival in Canada
Pedone will perform at ACCORDION BY THE SEA FESTIVAL in Victoria, British
Columbia, Canada. An accomplished musician, Mario lives with his wife
and family in Texas. He performs locally and internationally, and at the
festival he will perform and conduct workshops on how to dress up a song,
and take listeners on a journey into Latin American styles.
Mr. Pedone has his own recording studio in Sugar Land, Texas where he
has arranged and recorded hundreds of tunes including many of his own
compositions. His musical range includes, but is not limited to Classical,
Latin, European, and American Standards. He also produces CDs and cassettes
for other musicians.
The festival will take place from Friday, August 10, 2007 Sunday,
August 12, 2007 at the
Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara Street in Victoria, BC, Canada where
it promises to be an exciting and entertaining weekend of great music.
Attendees are invited to come and enjoy well-known guest artists, open
stage, jamming sessions, workshops, concerts and dancing!
Workshops ($15.00) and demonstrations include a Tango workshop, Freestyle
playing workshop, Midi workshop, Dressing Up A Song workshop, Latin Styles
You can find more information at: www.victoriaaccordionclub.com.
Stanley Concerts in Massachusetts
based Irish accordionist performed at Cape Cod Irish Villagein W. Yarmouth,
Massachusetts, on July 29 and 30, and will perform again on August 5,
6, 22, 23 and 30.
In 1955 Fintan Stanley was the first to win an All Ireland title using
the Continental chromatic button accordion, and has since pursued a career
as a versatile entertainer.
Now residing in the United States, Fintan was born in County Louth, Ireland.
He is considered by many as a master of the five row button accordion.
Performing in Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, the United States
and many others.
The Cape Cod Irish Village is located at 512 Main Street, W. Yarmouth,
MA 02673 and for further information or reservations, please call: (508)
Celebration in Maine
Maine Celtic Celebration took place from July 19-22 in Belfast, Maine.
This festival of Irish music, song and dance included informal concerts,
dances, displays of Irish dancing and informal music sessions. Performers
included Bohola featuring accordionist Jimmy Keane, Ladies of the Lake
featuring button accordionist Maggie Ericson, the Napper Tandies featuring
accordionist Randy Billings, and the Stillson School of Irish Dancing.
During the festival Jimmy Keane, five
times All Ireland Senior Piano Accordion Champion and member of the Irish
American band bohola, held a piano accordion workshop.
In 1765, John Mitchell was making a voyage from Boston to points east
and was captivated by the wilderness at the head of Penobscot Bay. He
decided the area would be ideal for a settlement. Mitchell, a resident
of Londonderry, New Hampshire along with 35 friends, decided to relocate
to the area. Many of the founding fathers wanted to name this new settlement
Londonderry, but a strong-willed settler, John Miller of Belfast, Ireland,
made a protest and a coin was flipped and Belfast won. The festival aims
to renew the rich Celtic history, culture and hospitality found along
the coast of Maine.
The Maine Celtic Celebration is a non profit organization and for further
information on other activities, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soloists featured on new CD
New CD featuring works for Accordion and Symphony Orchestra by New Zealand
Daverne has been released. Profiling several soloists, including
US based accordionists Mary
Friedrich and Bernadette
Conlon, the CD called "Rhapsody" features works with the
Moravian Philharmonic and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
New Zealand's most prolific accordion composer, Gary was born in Auckland,
New Zealand. He was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of
Merit (O.N.Z.M.) in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honors in recognition
of his services to music.
Since 1975 Gary has held the position
of Musical Director of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra. On the international
scene, he has conducted a number of major orchestras including London's
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan,
the National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia, the Royal Belgian Guides
Orchestra in Brussels and in August 1999 he was the first New Zealander
to be invited to China to conduct the prestigious Shanghai Symphony
2002 he conducted in Stuttgart, Germany, and was the first New Zealander
to be invited to conduct in Korea, where he was guest conductor of the
Incheon City Symphony Orchestra. Gary is a frequent guest conductor
of orchestras in the USA. In 2003 he traveled to Turkey to conduct the
Turkish State Symphony Orchestra of Bursa, premièring his new
commission, Gallipoli - Rhapsody for Trumpet and Orchestra.
Gary is well known in television,
radio and the recording industry as a composer, arranger and musical
director. He is highly regarded in the advertising and film industry
for his writing and production of over 600 advertising jingles and film
The CD "Rhapsody" contains
the following tracks:
A Musical Party
Mary Tokarski with the Moravian Philharmonic (Czech
Bernadette Conlon (Australia) with the Moravian
Philharmonic (Czech Republic)
Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra
Mary Tokarski with the Moravian Philharmonic (Czech
Gem of the Kaipara
Kevin Friedrich with the Moravian Philharmonic
Three Songs Without Words
Mary Tokarski with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Waltz for Stephanie
Stephanie Poole with Studio Strings (New Zealand)
Mary Tokarski, solo
Shopping Center Suite
In the Bookstore
in Music Released by Stas Venglevski
new CD & Published Musical Score 'Portraits in Music', a collection
of Original compositions for the Accordion by Stas
Venglevski has been released.
Stas has been attending the Blakely Island Accordion Camp since 2004.
It's a summer endeavor that has been devotedly organized by John and Ellen
Bonica and was inspired by their years of involvement with the Galla-Rini
Summer Accordion Camps. The island offers a beautiful setting off the
coast of Portland, Oregon and the people who gather there are special
in their love and appreciation of the instrument. On the occasion of Summer
2006 Stas asked the participants to suggest titles to him and he combined
their suggestions with creative snapshots of their personalities and composed
these original pieces.
- The present collection has a suggestion
of unity that begins with a hymn-like prelude (for Joe Baccellieri)
and closes with a poignant piece dedicated to the late Joe Petosa, Sr.
Both pieces begin with the sound of the sea and so there is a sense
of experiencing the sixteen inclusive selections as discrete, lyrical
moments within a parenthesis of eternity.
- A Beautiful Waltz (for Paula Yankopoulos)
has the flavor of a Viennese waltz with its stateliness undercut by
some lively interplay between the bayan and cello (Roza Borisova). It
suggests a classic skater's waltz (with spins) and loses nothing in
comparison with the best of them.
- Musette Manouche (for Anne Metais) has
a bittersweet, graceful melody. Stas plays it with a fluid rubato. However,
I wished at times it was a tad slower with interpolated silences to
extract all its inherent emotion.
- Valse Victoria (for Vicky Eriquat) is
played by Misha Litvin on domra and Irinia Yanovskaya on guitar. It
was beautifully rendered by both artists. Misha has performed on other
albums of Stas' and he never fails to deliver taste, control and heartfelt
feeling. Valse Victoria has an Italian flavor that is evocative of a
summer's romance in Venice.
- Polka Blakeski (for Jim Tobler) is played
solo by Stas and generates a Weill/Brecht Dreigroschenoper feeling that
- For Ellen (for Ellen Bonica) is a dazzling
French waltz combining a soaring melodic line with interesting contradictions
of sweetness and tartness.
- The Big Chuich Tarantella (for John Bonica)
is a rousing tarantella that needs no further (or better) description
(Stas on bayan, Misha Litvin on mandolin, John Simkus on bass accordion,
Terry Smirl on percussion and John Babbitt on bass).
- Patty's Waltz (for Dick Carlson) has
the slightly dark (call it burnt sienna) mood of a Russian waltz combining
a D minor key, whirling rhythm and vivid interplay between Stas and
John Simkus on accordions (with John Babbitt on Bass, Terry Smirl on
drums). The main theme is haunting. Love Comes Softly presents Misha
and Irina in what could be a companion piece to Valse Victoria representing
a later, reflective moment in the Venetian romance I've imagined. Again,
the two musicians are superb with Misha displaying an elegant sense
of expression and legato.
- Generation Relation Waltz (for Stella
Allison & Joan Grauman) is a beautifully done duet by Stas and John
Simkus. The waltz is very much a French experience, contrasting an expressive,
emotional C minor main theme with ironic gaiety and a return to the
reflective opening theme and some excellent interplay between the two
accordions. Money Bags is a syncopated, bluesy comic turn with a honky-tonk
ethos, a surprising and solid addition to Stas' musical vocabulary.
- Jana's Joy (for Jana Mass) is a complicated
little waltz full of sweetness, dissonance and a great deal of chiaroscuro
in a short time.
- My Friend (for John Simkus) offers a
solid basis for John to do what he's a master of, improvisation, and
he never disappoints. John is accompanied by Stas with John Babbitt
on bass and Stas solos as well. At the end they join forces and bounce
off each other for a solid finish.
- Mt. Tam Sunset (for Gwyn Lister) opens
with a melancholic Russian waltz, a bit darker than Patty's Waltz, and
it suggests a sense of loss and remembrance.
- Stella's Sound (for Stella Allison) is
moody, dirge-like and insistent suggesting an unrelieved interlude with
hints of arpeggios that would escape if they could. After repeats and
by measure 17, I would have liked a change of rhythm, maybe something
Latin, to accentuate the quasi-antiphonal syncopation that's an interesting
part of the composition before it returns to a committed, somber 4/4
enclosure, and slowly fades away.
- Twilight Reflections (for Ron Griffin)
is an introspective waltz with a fine A theme and effective variations
in the B part (especially nice) and C part, all of which support a mood
that's eventually countered by the cheerful D section and fused later
with variations of A and a surprising return to B's outburst. It's a
complex little waltz and something of a story.
- Fig Newtons in the Morning (for Sharon
and Gus Grehosky) has a slightly humorous, off-center theme with piquant
dissonances and nice interplay between Stas and John playing variations
prior to a cadenced reprise and a final restatement.
- Serentiy (for Joe Petosa, Sr.) begins
with the sound of the sea and a theme that's suggestive of an air. It's
nicely performed by Stas and John (on bass accordion) and evokes a timeless
elegiac mood that offers a heartfelt and uplifting tribute to a man
in a time and place devoted to the instrument he dedicated his life
to and loved.
Stas continues to grow as a composer. He's
certainly mastered the waltz and he's a talented melodist, which is a
born talent. This collection is mostly waltzes, but displays solid variety
within the form and Stas always creates a sense of time, place and story,
notwithstanding program notes or interpolations by me. His music speaks
to our senses and weaves a spell. It will be interesting to see if he
expands his talent to longer forms. Some of the works here interrelate
in such a way that they become more than a sum of their parts, which seems
to be leading towards a sonata or suite.
This is an excellent CD. All eighteen original compositions are memorable
(and well played), so much so that it's impossible not to have them replay
in your mind long after listening to them. It's unusual to achieve eighteen
for eighteen in aesthetic reach and accomplishment. CDs by world famous
artists rarely have more than one decent tune out of ten, which explains
the phenomenon of downloading specific songs. You'll enjoy all of these
works and the music is available in book form.
For more information and an order form, please visit www.accordions.com/stas
review by Dr. Paul Allan Magistretti
Accordion Orchestra to Perform in Mt. Vernon, NY
Auckland, New Zealand the national champion North Shore Accordion Orchestra
will present a concert in Mt. Vernon, New York on Monday, 20th August
at 7:00 PM. The concert will be held at the Mt. Vernon city Hall Plaza,
One Roosevelt Square in Mt. Vernon.
The 2005 and 2006 New Zealand National Champion Accordion Orchestra under
the direction of Lionel Reekie, features some of New Zealand's most talented
young accordionists, as they present a show featuring music ranging from
Popular Marches and standards through to works by Rossini and Strauss.
The orchestra is traveling first to Washington DC to take part in the
60th Coupe Mondiale celebrations where they will be featured as an international
guest at both the Coupe Mondiale Concerts and the famed Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. Many of the members of the orchestra
will be competing in both the CIA Coupe Mondiale World Championships as
well as the USA National Championships hosted by the Accordionists and
Teachers Guild, International (ATG) and the American Accordionists' Association
Darn Accordions to appear at Indiana State Fair
Darn Accordions will be presenting two shows at the Indiana State Fair
on Wednesday, August 15th at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM on the AT&T Main
Those Darn Accordions, San Francisco's accordion-fueled rock 'n' roll
band, pumps out quirky, catchy originals chronicling life in the weird
lane. The six-piece group fronted by lead singer/squeezebox wizard Paul
Rogers and bellows-pumping babes Carri Abrahms, Susie Davis and Suzanne
Garramone promises to forever rearrange your understanding of the accordion.
TDA's four extreme squeezeboxers mix solid keyboard chops with a groundbreaking
use of guitar effects pedals and amps to produce a super-cool sound like
nothing you've ever heard emanating from an accordion.
Behind the amazing wall of wheeze, drummer Michael Messer and bass player
Lewis Wallace anchor the band, providing a firm foundation upon which
the manic TDA accordionists can layer huge slabs of sonic mayhem.
With sterling vocal harmonies and a sense of humor that just won't quit,
the one-of-a-kind band blazes through a variety of musical genres -- from
rock and funk to polka and even swing -- and torches timeless classic
rock tunes along the way. You won't believe your ears.
For more information, please visit: www.thosedarnaccordions.com
Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordeon
From 30th of August to the 3rd of September
2007, the Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordéon will offer five days
of accordion festivities. In this musical universe where the accordion
is king, the artistic program will masterfully unveil the charm, versatility
and character of this beautiful instrument.
Each year, artists from around the world come together in Montmagny to
share their passion for the accordion, in all it's many forms. The Carrefour
Mondial de l'Accordéon is a beautiful harmony of cultures where
different styles, genres and repertoires unite to form a magical song
for a public of all ages. Montmagny (Québec) has been a proud host
of this event since its creation in 1989.
For more information, please visit:
Marocco in Santa Barbara
Marocco will be appearing in Santa Barbara on Monday, August 13th. He
will be performing with his trio at SOHO, at 1221 State St., Santa Barbara
at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. It is also
possible to have dinner there before the show.
Frank is recognized as one of the great accordionists of our time, and
organizers are hoping that if the event is successful, that they will
be able to invite other great accordionists to Santa Barbara.
To learn more about Frank and to hear some of his music, visit his website
at www.roadtomarocco.com. For more concert information, please contact
Helena at 687-1097, Roy at 682-5143, or Heinz at 685-2260.
Cotati Accordion Festival in California
Cotati will once again come alive with thousands of accordion enthusiasts
gathered at La Plaza Park in Downtown for a breath taking Nonstop Multicultural
Bands this year include Brian Jack and The Zydeco Gamblers, Culann's Hounds,
The Mad Maggies, Those Darn Accordions, The Brave Combo, Bella Ciao, Sammy
This years schedule is as follows:
Saturday, August 25th, 2007
- 9:45 - 10:15 AM - Golden State Accordion
- 10:20 - 10:50 AM - The Pickpocket Ensemble
- 10:55 - 11:25 AM - Ramon Trujillo and
His Mariachi Los Caporales
- 11:30 - 12:05 PM - The Trucco's
- 12:10 - 12:45 PM - Big Lou's Polka Casserole
- 12:50 - 1:05 PM - The Great Morgani
- 1:10 - 1:45 PM - Alex Meixner
- 1:50 - 2:10 PM - Lady of Spain
- 2:15 - 2:55 PM - Tony Lovello
- 3:00 - 3:40 PM - Rob Curto's Forro for
- 3:45 - 4:25 PM - Ginny Mac
- 4:30 - 5:10 PM - Limpopo
- 5:15 - 5:25 PM - The Great Morgani
- 5:30 - 6:10 PM - Brave Combo
- 6:15 - 6:25 PM - Sammy Thomas
- 6:30 - 7:30 PM - Brian Jack and the Zydeco
- 7:30 - 8:00 PM - encore
In the Polka Tent;
- 1:00 - 5:00 PM - The Steve Balich Polka
- 5:05 - 6:30 PM - The Tri Tip Trio zydeco
- 1:00 - 5:00 - Motor Dude Zydeco
Sunday, August 26th, 2007
- 9:45 - 10:15 AM - Golden State Accordion
- 10:20 - 10:50 AM - Out of the Blue
- 10:55 - 11:30 AM - The Freilachmakers
Klezmer String Band
- 11:35 - 12:15 PM - Sourdough Slim
- 12:20 - 12:35 PM - The Great Morgani
- 12:40 - 1:20 PM - Alex Meixner
- 1:25 - 1:45 PM - Lady of Spain
- 1:50 - 2:25 PM - Bela Ciao
- 2:30 - 3:10 PM - Tony Lovello
- 3:15 - 3:55 PM - Ginny Mac
- 4:00 - 4:35 PM - Culann's Hounds
- 4:40 - 5:15 PM - The Mad Maggies
- 5:20 - 5:30 PM - The Great Morgani
- 5:35 - 6:20 PM - Those Darn Accordions
- 6:25 - 6:35 PM - Sammy Thomas
- 6:40 - 7:30 PM - Brave Combo
- 7:35 - 8:00 PM - encore
In the Polka Tent;
- 1:00 - 5:00 PM - The Steve Balich Polka
- 5:05 - 6:25 PM - The Trip Tip Trio zydeco
- 1:00 - 5:00 PM - Mark St. Mary's
For further information please visit www.cotatifest.com
Millie is Featured Artist at Milwaukee Accordion Club
August 27th, 2007, the Milwaukee
Accordion Club will present Concertina Millie and (Mildred Kaminski)
and friends as their featured guest artists. The pre-meeting Entertainment
will be provided by Vern Tretow. The Concert will take place at the regular
meeting place, the Root River Center, 7220 W. Rawson Avenue, Franklin,
WI 53132 and admission is $3.00 for members and $5.00 for guests.
Millie was 12 when her mother passed away, and she dropped out of school
to take care of her father and two brothers. Her father had a bandoneon,
and Millie taught herself to play. She was 16 when she started playing
professionally. One Sunday afternoon, she was playing in a tavern when
a gentleman came in, fresh home from the war. She was taking requests
and he wanted to hear " 'Till the End of Time." The gentleman
named Edmund was suitably impressed, and they ended up being married for
42 years until he passed away.
Concertina Millie, who was elected to the
Concertina Congress Hall of Fame in 1982, performed on the radio and on
television playing with Joe Szot and the Hot Shots on a show hosted by
Gordon Hinkley. She still plays around town to this day, and you can find
her most Saturday nights at Ritter's in Brookfield. She is also a regular
at the Milwaukee Accordion Club (MAC) gatherings.
Your Accordion Services Free at AWW
Internet is changing the way your customers are searching for services.
The days of lugging out a 12 lb. telephone book to find very limited and
outdated business information are coming to an end. People are still letting
their fingers do the walking, but they're doing it over a computer keyboard.
Below are some revealing facts from the Kelsey Group.
- 74% of US households use the Internet
as an information source when shopping.
- Approximately 45% of searches had a buying
- The percentage of respondents who used
yellow page directories decreased from 75% to 62%.
(If you have a printed yellow page ad, it
is time to consider buying a smaller ad and shifting your marketing dollars
to the Internet.) The off-line Yellow Pages see the writing on the wall
and are scrambling to transfer their business model to the Internet.
Businesses can no longer ignore these
facts. If you want to be successful, you must have a presence where your
customers are searching. Being found on the Internet is vital to the future
of your business.
Accordion Yellow Pages offers free of charge listing for all accordion
businesses, teachers and for every type of service for accordionists.
On the Accordion Yellow Pages site, you do not need to have a website
for accordionists find you and contact you.
search-accordion.com site is also free of charge, being a listing service
for every type of accordion service but you must have a website. Viewers
of search-accordion.com can click to your website.
popular is the AccordionLinks.com site where those accordion service providers
with a website, can attract accordionists free of charge to their website.
All it takes is a little effort, to make sure your information on these
three popular and very effective accordion sites is up to date. Your future
success may well be determined by your ability to effectively adapt to
the Internet. Should it be your New Year's resolution for 2006?
of Accordion 2007
A series billed as "Monsters of Accordion
2007" will take place in August featuring performances by Corn Mo
(New York, NY), Jason Webley (Seattle), Duckmandu (Oakland, CA) and Geoff
Berner (Vancouver, BC), with special guests invited in each town. Concert
dates are as follows:
- August 21 - Seattle, WA - at Atlas (All
- August 22 - Portland, OR
- August 23 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond's Garage
(age 21+ with early all ages show)
- August 24 - San Francisco, CA - 12 Galaxies
- (age 21+)
- August 25 - Oakland, CA - 21 Grand -
include Corn MO (New York, NY) who use this quirky soundscape to compose
mini-anthems, heroic passages and chaotic polkas. If his spiritual father
is Freddie Mercury, then his spiritual uncle is Tiny Tim.
Seattles Jason Webley is a consummate performer. He appears like
a back alley prophet in layers of baggy clothes, a trench coat and an
old porkpie hat; he leaps onto stages, window ledges and bartops, feverishly
pumping the bellows of his accordion and stomping out the beat while roaring
and whispering in his passionate, gravely baritone. His music - a mix
of gypsy, folk and punk - traverses age and social background, drawing
grandparents, children, punks, drunks, and lovers into the fold. He
likes to sing about death, carousing, and vegetables.
Duckmandu (aka Aaron Seeman), (pictured above left) accordionist, pianist,
and old school punk, does an impressive Jello Biafra imitation, which
he will treat you to tonight, as well as familiar songs of other genres
that have never occurred to you to be performed on accordion.
It has been said that it would be tempting paint Geoff Berner (right)
(Vancouver BC) as a kind of klezmer rebel, but he maintains that he is
working firmly in the true tradition. When we went to Romania, we
found musicians who are masterful, but can also play so loud and passionately
that pitch and meter dont matter.
Time in a Fun Place in Philipsburg, MT
|Should your travels take
you to Montana from Friday August 3 - Sunday August 5 - 2007, a cultural
surprise will await you in Philipsburg, Montana.
You are invited to share with other
accordion players and enthusiasts from around the world, our 11th annual
From its beginning in August of 1997, the Rocky
Mountain Accordion Celebration has been a rousing weekend of dancing
and listening to music, steak barbecues and outdoor pancake breakfasts,
concerts in the 1892 Opera House and a parade of homemade pies.
With the platzl and the tented dance floors in the center of this picturesque
1890's town, visitors, residents and participants alike find fun, food and
frolic. Dance or tap your toes to the music, in the sun or shade, by starlight
Philipsburg lies in the Flint Creek
Valley between Anaconda and Drummond. A quiet little village, Philipsburg
has streets dressed in 1880 vintage paint and exterior. It is surrounded
by ranches, the Pintler Mountain Range and superb fishing on Flint Creek
and George Town Lake and the renowned Rock Creek.
Accordion enthusiasts, players, and
dancers come to strut their stuff. Concerts are held in the 1892 Opera House
Theater. Accordions of all shapes and sizes perform on the streets, in the
pubs, and all over the campgrounds. Waltz, Polka, Two-step, Fox-trot or
Tango to Ethnic music as well as ragtime and jazz. If you sort of forgot
how or have never danced, instruction is available. The Celebration is one
of sharing dancing, apple pie and the love of accordion music.
This years festival will be very informal,
with no fixed schedule, although you will find Sammy Thomas performing
at the "Sweet Palace" over the weekend. Sammy Thomas, student
prodigy extraordinaire, picked up his first accordion at age ten. Sammy
plays in the style of Nick Ballarini, with fast flowing fingers and targeted
expression. At age fourteen, his repertoire includes difficult numbers,
such as Bach to the Future, Roumanian Rhapsody, and Mosaico Espanol. He
has been a featured performer with the Accordia Nova Diamonds, RMAC concert
performers, 2002, and Platzl Entertainment RMAC weekend 2003 as well as
Classically trained, Sammy has focused his
energies on competition's; most recently the AAA US Nationals in Texas
and Michigan where he placed very well. Sammy is the only student in Accordia-Nova's
50-plus-year history to compete at the national level. He has consistently
'swept' the small, local contests in his region including Kimberly. Calgary,
Edmonton and Leavenworth. Sammy recently placed 4th in the Junior Virtuoso
Entertainment Division at the 59th Annual CIA Coupe Mondiale World Accordion
Championships held in Asker, Norway and this year will be competing in
the Coupe Mondiale Virtuoso Entertainment Competition and International
Competition for Piano Accordion in Washington DC from August 13-18, 2007.
Enthusiasts are invited to enjoy a
weekend of jam sessions and fun. Come early. Stay late. Fish, hike, explore
the old mining towns or hunt for sapphires
For further information please contact RMAC,
PO Box 661, Philipsburg, MT 59858 USA or call Toll Free: +1 (888) 680-1344,
or e-mail: email@example.com
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