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|Friedrich Lips presented by the AAA|
|Second Annual Accordion Rally|
|Henry Doktorski's CA Adventures|
|Steve Albini/Ron Borelli Duo|
|Husband and Wife Debut Performance|
|Joe Soprani with Lansdowne Symphony|
|Will Holshouser CD Release Party|
|Annual Cotati Festival Huge Success|
|Vietnamese Accordion Star in Salt Lake City|
|NYC accordionist in China|
|Galla-Rini 99th Birthday Party|
|Yuri Yunakov Performance|
|Ashkenaz Festival in Canada|
|Cavan at Weston Irish Festival|
|2003 Las Vegas Convention Dates|
|2001 ATG Champion Shanxi Upsdell in Concert|
|AAA to present Friedrich Lips in Concert|
Association is proud to present FRIEDRICH
LIPS in CONCERT Wednesday, September 25, 2002, 7:30 p.m. at the Saddle
Brook Holiday Inn Hotel, Saddle Brook, New Jersey. (Pictured are CIA Secretary
General Walter Maurer from Austria and Faithe Deffner - immediate past President
of the AAA talking to Friedrich Lips after a recital at the Royal Academy
of Music in London, UK.)
Early reservations recommended. Tickets are $20.00 prior to September 15 or $25.00 thereafter. Phone orders accepted. Friedrich Lips is one of the most outstanding and important bayan-accordionists in the world.
Distinguished as a legendary virtuoso, music professor at the world-famous Gnessin Institute for Music Education in Moscow, educator and musicologist, he is esteemed as one of the most significant accordionists of our time.
Friedrich Lips was born in the Jemanschelinsk (district of Tcheljabinsk) on November 18th, 1948. In 1967 he concluded his musical education at the secondary school of Magnitogorsk (Class of E.A. Kudinow). In 1972 he then concluded his studies at the state-run Gnessin Institute for music pedagogics (Class of Prof. S. Kolobkow) and in 1974 he finished his post-graduate studies. Since 1971 he has been lecturing at the Gnessin-Institute (Academy of Music since 1992), first as lecturer, later as assistant professor and from 1989 on as a professor. In 1969 he was awarded the first prize in the international contest in Klingenthal (former GDR). In 1982 he was honored as a "distinguished artist" and in 1994 as a "people's artist" of Russia.
Friedrich Lips performs in the most famous concert halls such as Great Hall of the Tchaikowsky Conservatory (Moscow), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Santory Hall (Tokio), Lincoln Center (New York), J.F. Kennedy Center (Washington). He plays in chamber music ensembles together with G. Kremer (violin), W. Igolinskij (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (violoncello), W. Toncha (violoncello), M. Pekarskij (percussion). He performed with orchestras conducted by such famous names as G. Roshdestwenskij, V. Spiwakow, J. Bashmet, O. Agarkow, T. Mynbajew, J. Nikolajewskij, Y. Takahashi, L. Pfaff, L. Markis. Numerous works for the bajan composed by Wl. Solotarjow, K. Wolkow, S. Gubaidulina, A. Shurbin, E. Derbenko, E. Denissov, S. Berinsky and others were given their first performances by Friedrich Lips. He has recorded about 100 works which are available on records or CD. The CD "Seven words" (S. Gubaidulina) for bajan, cello and strings, published in Moscow, was awarded the "Golden Diapason" in Paris (1991 "CD of the year").
Friedrich Lips is the author of the book "The Art of Playing the Bayan" (published by "Muzika" in Moscow 1985, 2nd edition in 1998, German translation published by "Intermusik Schmülling", Germany). Furthermore he has published a number of articles on the theory of playing the bayan, as well as many arrangements and transcriptions of organ and piano works for the bayan. He is the initiator and author of the anthology of bayan literature, as well as some volumes on the bayan repertoire.
DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE ACCORDION AS YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE!!
For more information or to order tickets, call the American Accordionists' Association office TEL 201/991-2233 or FAX 201/991-1944 Mastercard/Visa accepted. For directions, call Holiday Inn Hotel, 201/ 843-0600.
Mr. Lips will also be appearing in Duluth, Chicago and Milwaukee with his former student Stas Venglevski. Details are available on Stas's website.
|Second Annual Accordion Rally|
The second annual "Accordion
Rally" will be held at the Trenton Grange in Trenton, Maine on November
2, 2002 from 9:00 am to 5:00 PM followed by an evening recital.
|Henry Doktorski's California Adventures|
In addition to the four scheduled concerts Henry Doktorski played while in California last month, he also played at three other venues:
Between July 30 and August
7, Henry took his two children on a week-long camping trip and tour of
central California, visiting Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, Hearst
Castle, and enjoying the scenic drive north on route one between Cambria
and San Francisco.
|Steve Albini and Ron Borelli in Napa Performance|
| Accordionist and Singer
Steve Albini and Accordionist Ron Borelli will be appearing in concert at
Piccolino's Italian Cafe in Napa California on October 16 at 7:00 PM
They will be performing both alone and together with singer and guitarist Angerlino Sandri. The concert is part of Piccolino's "Grazie Italia" event honoring Italian heritage.
Piccolino's is located in Downtown Napa at 1385 Napa Town Center (First Street), Napa, CA.
For more information, please contact Joe Salerno e-mail: email@example.com or
|Husband and Wife Duo Debut Performance|
and wife duo accordionists Henry and Mary Kay Doktorski performed for
the first time in public together on August 17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
|Joe Soprani to perform with Lansdowne Symphony|
Soprani will be the featured accordion soloist with the Lansdowne
Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Irving Ludwig in the annual
fund raising concert to be held on the grounds of the Corinthian Yacht
Club of Philadelphia in Essington, PA. on Sunday September 22, 2002 at
|New CD "Reed Song" by Will Holshouser Trio|
September 9th will see the official release of the new CD "Reed Song"
Feed" Label of Portugal) by New York accordionist Will Holshouser. The event will take place at Knitting Factorys Old Office in New York City.
A very active accordionist in the New York City area, The Village Voice in New York says Will Holshouser plays as much accordion as there is to be played. while the New York Times has said that [Wills music] successfully showcased the range and beauty of the accordion . . . This could be music for some fantastical Fellini film."
What does it mean to play the accordion at the beginning of the 21st century? Is it a joke, a museum piece, a sacred cow, or a living thing? On an instrument that is often defined by tradition, Will Holshouser uses his experience in jazz, new music, and traditional accordion styles to forge his own sound. His trio features the dynamic improvisers Ron Horton on trumpet and David Phillips on bass. Their debut CD is out now, released in Europe and the US on the Clean Feed label (Portugal) and distributed in the US by North Country. The CD contains ten original pieces, with special guest Kevin Norton on drums.
This is music built on a jazz foundation, composed by a New Yorker who gets to hear many kinds of music regularly. Echoes of various accordion styles (zydeco, tango, klezmer) reverberate, but Will's music occupies its own territory -- being a coherent personal sound rather than a random eclecticism. Its new music, although it has many role models. Will studied with master experimentalist Anthony Braxton, but also draws inspiration from the expressive rhythmic punch of New World accordionists such as Astor Piazzolla, Clifton Chenier and Flaco Jimenez, and the dazzling inflections of European jazz players such as Gus Viseur and Tony Murena.
Will Holshouser (accordion) works as a sideman with artists that span the range of jazz, experimental, and folk styles. He plays in David Krakauers band Klezmer Madness, whose new CD is on Label Bleu (France). He has also worked with Dave Douglas, Phillip Johnston, Michael Hashim, David Garland, Andy Statman, and Lenny Pickett. He is a member of popular NY band Brock Mumford, and also the Raymond Scott Orchestrette (named for the late composer). In 1990 he received a grant to study Cajun and Creole music in Louisiana.
Ron Horton (trumpet) plays regularly with Andrew Hill and is a member of New Yorks Jazz Composers Collective. He has also worked with Jane Ira Bloom, Phillip Johnston, Matt Wilson, Ted Nash, Michael Blake, Ben Allison, the Herbie Nichols Project and many more. His own CD Genius Envy was released on the Omnitone label to rave reviews.
David Phillips (bass) leads the group Freedance, who have made a CD for Naxos Jazz and toured in France. He began learning bass from his father, Barre Phillips, and went on to earn a degree from Juilliard. A wizard with the bow, he keeps busy playing jazz, classical music, and theatre music in NYC.
Kevin Norton (drums/percussion) makes a guest appearance on this album, contributing his brightly colored talents on two tunes. He has worked with Anthony Braxton, Milt Hinton, Fred Frith, James Emery, David Krakauer, and others on drums, percussion, vibes and marimba. Kevin has released several CDs as a leader on the Clean Feed, Barking Hoop, Music & Arts, and CIMP labels.
The CD can be found online at www.cadencebuilding.com (for USA orders) or soon at www.tremazul.com for orders outside the USA. For more information, you can contact Will directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-765-1545
The CD RELEASE Show on September 9th at Knitting Factorys Old Office will include two sessions at 8.00 PM & 9:30 PM, with an $8.00 entry fee. The Knitting Factory is located at
74 Leonard Street, NYC, 212/219-3055
|Cotati Festival A Success|
year's successful Cotati Accordion Festival was held in Cotati, California
on August 24th and 25th.
|Accordionist to appear with Mormon Tabernacle Choir|
classical accordionist Ms. Nguyen Thi Quynh Trang, in the United States
to perform a Saturday 7 September concert venue at the Assembly Hall on
Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, has also been invited to perform
with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Sunday 8 September. Ms. Nguyen will perform
a three-minute solo and then accompany the famous choir on a number as
part of the choir's worldwide syndicated long-running "Music and
the Spoken Word" half-hour program that emanates from the Mormon
Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
|NY Accordionist tours China with NZ Orchestra|
accordionist Kevin Friedrich and the New Zealand North Shore Musicale
Accordion Ensemble (conducted by Lionel Reekie) have just returned from
a very successful concert tour of China.
|Galla-Rini 99th Birthday Party in San Diego|
when you have a birthday party thrown for you, it means you sit back,
relax and enjoy everyone else doing all the work. Not if you are Maestro
|Yuri Yunakov Ensemble in Berkeley Performance|
Yuri Yunakov Ensemble will perform at the La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley
on September 14th.
|Ashkenaz Festival in Canada|
|A Festival of New Yiddish
Culture will weave its magic again this Labour Day weekend at Harbourfront
Centre, bringing an exciting conclusion to the internationally acclaimed
performance site's Rhythms of the World summer series of celebratory programs.
A spectacular look at the rich cultural tradition of Eastern Europe's Jewish population, ASHKENAZ will deliver three days of explosive music, dance, theatre, film, visual art, literature, lectures and story-telling from some of the most gifted artists in their disciplines. In previous years, over 70,000 people have enjoyed this wonderfully diverse event which so successfully combines ancient traditions with challenging new artistic directions.
Open air and indoor concerts, theatre and dance performances, literary readings and scholarly lectures, a film series, children's programming, a food fair and craft marketplace combine to make ASHKENAZ and Harbourfront Centre the place to be on the last major weekend of the summer. A majority of the performances will be free-of-charge to the public. The international line-up at ASHKENAZ includes the first Canadian concert appearance of the acclaimed Hungarian band DI Naye Kapelye.
Hear authentic Klezmer music from its roots in the heart of Eastern Europe! Back from their stunning debut at ASHKENAZ 1999 are Lerner and Moguilevsky, Klezmer en Buenos Aires. Using only clarinet and accordion, this duo creates lively klezmer music with a Latin beat.
Among featured performers are the duo of Lerner and Moguilevsky from Buenos Aires. Featuring CÚsar Lerner (pictured left) on accordion and Marcelo Moguilevsky on clarinet the duo play back and forth, trading melodies and riffs, in a lively, mostly traditional, klezmer style.
Two decades ago Lerner and Moguilevsky formed a prolific duo making an important contribution and opening new trends in popular instrumental music. Born of Russian and Polish grandparents who immigrated to Argentina at the turn of the century, they have contributed to the recreation of Klezmer style since 1996 without anthropological pretension. On the contrary, they have developed their own language based on improvisation, combining musical elements from Argentinean folk music, jazz, contemporary music, and tango.
For more information, contact the Ashkenaz office: 416-703-6892 or email@example.com or check out the website at www.ashkenazfestival.com
|Cavan to Feature at Weston Irish Festival|
City based accordionist Brett
Gibson (pictured second from right) and popular band Cavan
will feature at the 3rd Annual Weston Irish Festival from September 21-22
in Weston, Missouri, just 35 minutes north of Kansas City on I-29, exit
Formed in 2001 by former members of mid-western powerhouse Gabriel's Gate, in addition to accordionist Brett Gibson, Cavan includes musicians Frank Blair, Sean Patrick Hayes and Lance Zimmerman. They have performed for the enjoyment of audiences across the country at Irish festivals, concert venues and educational performances.
Cavan performs an astonishing variety of music drawn from and inspired by the ancient Celtic traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Galicia, to which they add a little spice from the Middle East. Their concerts combine the compelling Celtic dance rhythms: Jigs, Reels, Waltzes, and Strathspeys, with songs telling stories from past and present. Since three of the members are composers, they perform an unusual number of original songs and tunes for a Celtic band.
Cavan will be performing at the Weston Irish Festival at O'Malley's Pub, Brewery Cellars and Courtyard in Weston, MO from Noon-1:10 PM on Saturday on the Courtyard Stage and from
4:00 -5:10 PM on Saturday on the Hall Stage Gate. Passes for the Irish Festival are Friday $5.00 (gates open at 5.00 PM) and Saturday and Sunday $10.00. (Gates open at 11.00 am) Children under 12 - FREE
For additional information, call 816-640-5235 or E-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on Cavan, or to order Cavan CD's, please visit www.bakerstreet.org/cavan
|2003 Las Vegas International Accordion Festival|
Las Vegas International
Accordion Festival will hold their 2003 event from June 22 - 25, 2003
where it promises A World of Entertainment! Featured guests include Pete
Barbutti, Pino DI Modugno, Kenny Kotwitz, Don Lipovac, Art Van Damme, Dick
Contino plus more.
Pictured left to right are the performers from the Monday Evening Concert - Mirco Patterini, Julien Labro, Dino Valle, Mady & Peter Soave pose with event organizer Paul Pasquali
The 2002 Las Vegas International Accordion Convention was once again a complete success, with more stars, more workshops and more people attending than every before. Over 500 people were in attendance for the third annual event held at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sunday registration for the guests began with music provided by Gina and Romany Rye. It was a warm and welcoming introduction to the event. Lunch with the Legend Series included Art Van Damme, Dick Contino and Frank Marocco. Performers for the lunch series included Joe Vento, Steve Gus Merzi, Gordon Kohl, Bonnie Birch and AbsolutAccord.
Dinner concerts were held each night starting with a welcoming concert with Dick Contino. Others featured during the four nights were Frank Marocco, Peter Soave, Tony Lovello, Mirco Patterini, Mady Soave, Julien Labro, Dino Valle, Ron Borelli and Steve Albini. This year 2 youth accordion players were awarded scholarships: Brian Wong and Ginny Mac (pictured, bottom left). Both played on stage Wednesday evening.
Workshops were held each day from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM with a noon-break for Lunch/Concert. Peter Soave, Gordon Kohl, Ron Borelli, Gina Brannelli, AbsolutAccord, John Bonica, Bonnie Birch, Frank Marocco, Steve Albini, Paul Pasquali, Tony Lovello, Mady Soave, Julien Labro, Dale Wise and Count Guido Roberto Deiro all presented workshops. Workshops topics ranged from various styles and techniques to repair to even the physical "do's and don'ts" when playing an accordion.
After hours Club Concerto was presented nightly by Gina & Romany Rye with guest appearances until the early hours. This was a very popular venue for relaxing and making new friends.
The Frosini Award-which honors the accordion club that is judged to have done the most in the preceding year to promote accordion culture-went to the San Diego Accordion Club ALSI. The Honorary Director Award for 2002 was presented to the sisters of Myron Floren, who unfortunately was not able to attend due to his health. The first Galla-Rini Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Maestro Anthony Galla-Rini himself - accepting the award was Frank Marocco.
The special Guido Deiro Award to have been presented in 2003 in the memory of Guido Deiro was presented to Ginny Mac from Texas one year in advance, in honor of her professional entertainment presentation at the age of 16 years. Her vocal and instrumental talent, as well as her stage presentation, overwhelmed the officials and Count Deiro decided to present the award one year early, and took great pleasure in doing so. Congratulations, Ginny!
Paul Pasquali thanked his administrative staff: Jim Duane, Marilyn & Danny Showalter, Eric Browning, George Chernenko and Bradford Nelson. Paul also thanked friends Gina Brannelli and Peter Soave for helping make the convention a reality by sharing their wisdom, insight, guidance and enthusiasm.
For information, please call the HOT LINE: 801-486-1695 or FAX 801-596-7315
2330 South Main Street Suite 15
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
|2001 ATG Piano Accordion Champion in Concert|
Upsdell, 16 year old accordionist from Overland Park, KS, presented a
15 minute solo recital for the Chicago Accordion Club on August 19, 2002
at the invitation of the club president, John Simkus.
Shanxi has a large repertoire
consisting of original and arranged works and including both standard
stradella and free-bass accordion works.
|September Dates at a Glance|
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