Funeral Service held in Memory of Anthony Galla-Rini|
and friends gathered in Corona, CA on August 12, for a service in the memory of
the late Anthony Galla-Rini who passed away on July 30th, 2006 at the grand age
Pictures and memorabilia were
on display at the funeral service and reception, offering an interesting glimpse
into Galla-Rini's long and productive life, one which he dedicated to the accordion.
service opened with a musical offering by the San Francisco Accordion Chamber
Ensemble under the direction of Joe Smiell, performing several of Galla-Rini's
Pastor Miles Galla-Rini
offered an inspiring Homily, personal recollections and readings from Psalm 150
in memory of his grandfather, followed by a performance by Lynn Ewing of Galla-Rini's
arrangement of How Great Thou Art.
speakers were Kjell Holmes from San Diego, who spoke of Galla-Rini's work with
the annual accordion camp, and Kevin Friedrich from New York, who spoke as President
of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA)
and as a Board of Director of both the American Accordionists' Association (AAA)
and Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG). (Note: Galla-Rini served
as a Vice President of the CIA, and was a founding member of both the AAA and
Holmes looking at pictures of
Galla-Rini's 100th Birthday Party
Anyone who received correspondence from Mr. Galla-Rini was sure to have had it
typed on this faithful companion.
of Mr. Galla-Rini surrounded by his family
Francisco Accordion Chamber Ensemble
under the direction of Joe Smiell
Ewing of Galla-Rini's arrangement of
"How Great Thou Art"
Lanting performed Galla-Rini's arrangement of
"The Lords Prayer"
- Pastor Miles Galla-Rini
Galla-Rini who spoke of how it was to be the son of the famous Anthony Galla-Rini.
entertaining at the Reception after the service
Marocco performing at the Reception following Galla-Rini's memorial service
Yale, Amy Jo Sawyer,
Kevin Friedrich and Susie Katyama
President Kevin Friedrich, ATG Board Member Amy Jo Sawyer and longtime Galla-Rini
friend Frank Marocco
Lanting performed Galla-Rini's arrangement of The Lords Prayer followed by a moving
tribute from Galla-Rini's only child, Ron Galla-Rini who spoke of how it was to
be the son of the famous Anthony Galla-Rini.|
conclude the service, attendees were treated to a recording of a 37 year old Galla-Rini
performing the premiere of his Concerto No. 1 in G minor on November 15, 1941,
at the Fine Arts Auditorium in Oklahoma City, with James Neilson conducting.
the reception guests were treated more beautiful music by the Polka Dots accordion
ensemble and an impromptu performance by Jazz legend Frank Marocco.
Galla-Rini's obituary was included in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco
Chronicle, The San Diego Union Tribune, Forbes, The Ledger, WBZ News Radio in
Boston, Yahoo News, The West Palm Beach Post, CBS News, AOL News, The Baltimore
Sun, the Boston Globe, The Guardian (United Kingdom), the Montreal Gazette, and
dozens and dozens of other major newspapers, magazines, Radio and online news
services around the world.
if desired, may be given to the "Galla-Rini Memorial Fund" with proceeds
going to a possible scholarship for the annual Galla-Rini Camp.
speeches, memories and more information on Anthony Galla-Rini, please see words
condolences may be sent to: Ronald Galla-Rini, 9185 Stone Canyon Rd., Corona,
CA 92883 or e-mail: Rongee_3@hotmail.com
Sommers visits Beijing, China|
President and Vice President of the CIA Music Committee Joan
C. Sommers recently visited Beijing, China where she guest conducted the The
Beijing Children's Palace Bai Di Accordion Orchestra (40 members) on their annual
concert. Joan conducted the orchestra performing Bugler's Holiday by Leroy Anderson
and Teufelstanz by Josef Hellmesberger.|
addition to these two pieces conducted by Joan Sommers, the orchestra also performed
works such as Ruslan and Ludmila Overture by Glinka, West Side Story Medley by
Bernstein and other works conducted by their regular conductor Rei Liang Chen.
from the accordion class of Mr. Xiaoqing Cao at the Central Conservatory of Music
Peking presented a welcome concert for Joan performing solos, duos and ensemble
While in Beijing, Joan presented a workshop on accordion orchestras
highlighting the importance of the accordion orchestra and its place in the music
Joan Cochran Sommers established the accordion degree program at
the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music in 1961.
Sommers has since retired from this position, but continues to direct the UMKC
Accordion Orchestra, and also continues to teach privately.
she travels widely giving master class lessons, orchestral workshops and serves
as guest conductor for orchestras around the United States and abroad.
Holshouser Releases New CD|
York accordionist Will Holshouser (photo left - by Günther Gröger) announces
the release of his new CD 'Singing to a Bee' recorded live in Faro, Portugal,
featuring fellow Trio musicians Ron Horton on trumpet and David Phillips on Bass.
The collection of new original Holshouser compositions along with the traditional
tune "La Esperanza" was recorded during the Jazz No Inverno Festival
during a ten day tour of Portugal organized by the Trio's Portuguese label, Clean
Feed. The venue was the small 19th century Teatro Lethes, a beautiful hall designed
for acoustic music.
Will Holshouser has developed his own approach to the
accordion as a composer, improviser and working musician. His unique form of jazz
is influenced by folk and experimental music. He plays in New York City and internationally
with his trio, with David Krakauer & Klezmer Madness, and with Matt Munisteri
& Brock Mumford. He has also worked with Phillip Johnston, Lenny Pickett,
Andy Statman, Dave Douglas, Brian Dewan, Michael Hashim, Jenny Scheinman, David
Garland, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York
City Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, Raymond Scott Orchestrette, and others.
has also composed music for solo accordion and for short films, and has arranged
music for various groups. He studied with Anthony Braxton and Bill Barron at Wesleyan
University, where he received a grant to research Cajun and Creole music in Louisiana.
After moving to New York in 1991, he began studying accordion with Dr. William
Holshouser's trio plays his original music and features Ron Horton on trumpet
and David Phillips on bass. Together since 1998, they have developed an intimate
ensemble sound that is somewhere between jazz, folk music and chamber music. The
spare, drumless instrumentation works especially well in acoustic venues and allows
for a wide dynamic range, and the elaborate arrangements leave plenty of room
for improvisation. Ron Horton's broad palette of trumpet timbres, Dave Phillips'
rich sound with the bow, and Will Holshouser's rhythmically driving accordion
are among the highlights of the trio's sound.
group's first CD Reed Song was released in 2002 on Clean Feed (Portugal) featuring
guest percussionist Kevin Norton on two tunes. This second CD 'Singing to a Bee'
(CF054) will be available at a CD Release Party on September 19, at the Will Holshouser
Trio - New York CD Release Party to be held at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery
(near Bleecker St.), New York NY. Performing 2 sets beginning at 10:00 PM, the
entry fee is $10.00. (212-614-0505).
On September 21 the Will Holshouser
Trio will be playing at the Clean Feed Festival at Barbes, 376 Ninth St. (at 6th
Ave.), Brooklyn NY at 7:30 PM, 1 set (plus other bands). Admission is $10.00.
To order the CD online or get further information about
Will, his previous recording or upcoming concerts, please visit www.willholshouser.com
Accordion Orchestra Releases a new CD|
Cafe Accordion Orchestra is pleased to present CINEMA, their brand-new CD. The
new CD celebrates the music of the silver screen. Cinema covers over 70 years
of Hollywood soundtrack gems, running the film legend gamut from the Marx Brothers
to Orson Wells, from Peter Sellers to Quentin Tarantino, and, of course, Bond
James Bond. You'll hear familiar and not-so-familiar tunes from Henry Mancinni,
played the way only CAO can! The band had a great time making this recording,
and they are are sure you'll have an equally wonderful time listening to it!
can listen to, or buy CINEMA on line at www.cafeaccordion.com/cinema.php.
you're in the Twin Cities you can buy CINEMA at the Electric Fetus, Barnes &
Noble (Har Mar Mall), Cheapo, Roadrunner, Homestead Pickin' Parlor, Mahler Music,
Bibelot Shops, and Castle Accordions. CINEMA is also available from the band at
any of their public performances.
The CAO will perform on September 8th
in concert at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Minnesota Public Radio is sponsoring
this event which will include Cafe Accordion performing music from the Cinema
CD, film clips, guest vocalists Connie Evingson, Diane Jarvi, Charmin Michelle,
live accompaniment to a French silent film, a cartoon, a theater organist, and
MPR's "Movie Maven" Stephanie Curtis.
Tickets are $20-29, available
at the Fitzgerald box office, 651-290-1221, or by going to: http://www.fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org/events.
more information, please visit: http://www.cafeaccordion.com
Annual Irish Cruise to the Panama Canal|
More than 50 hours of traditional Irish entertainment will highlight the 16th
Annual Irish Festival Cruise aboard Holland America Line's Volendam departing
from Fort Lauderdale on January 22, 2007.
This 10 night cruise to five
tropical ports of call -- Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Curaçao, The Panama Canal,
Colón and Costa Rica -- combines the best in Irish music, dance and culture
with luxurious Caribbean cruising.
include Tommy Makem, Paddy Reilly, Frances Black, Cherish the Ladies (right),
Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain and balladeers Tom Sweeney and Liam Tiernan. Also,
Dermot Henry, Bogside Rogues, McGillian and Brennan, Michael Black, Aoife Scott,
comedian Conal Gallen, raconteur John Gleeson and world champion Irish dancers.
Rowley, executive director of Irish Festival Cruises, says that "a highlight
of all Irish Festival Cruises is the enjoyment guests derive from the informal
socializing with the performers." In addition to the nightly concerts, there
will be a variety of workshops on all things Irish...from learning to dance a
jig or speak the Irish language to instructions on the tin whistle and bodhran.
addition to the Irish Festival activities, guests can also enjoy all the luxury
facilities, dining and amenities of the world class Volendam. The cruise ship
features an array of onboard activities including casino gambling, golf at sea,
swimming, bingo, scuba lessons, fashion shows and more. Many staterooms have private
of the bands using accordion that is Featured on the cruise are the veteran Irish
rock group, Bogside Rogues. They are based in the Philadelphia area and are known
for an upbeat sound while maintaining their traditional roots. Drawing from the
varied experience of its members, the band performs a variety of Irish and Celtic
styles including ballads, rebel songs, traditional dance music (Ceili) and contemporary
Irish songs. Featuring Accordion/Tin Whistle, Guitar, Bass and Drums, each of
the band's members have come together from different Celtic music backgrounds
to form a striking live sound that has won over audiences wherever they go, and
inspired many other musicians to take up instruments in order to continue the
Inspired themselves, the group has played extensively in the
Mid-Atlantic United States, as well as having toured Ireland. While the band is
at their best when performing at show venues like pubs and festivals, they have
performed in Saint Patrick's Day Parades and other functions featuring Irish music
and culture. The members of the band work in close association with the Irish
community and its various member groups, especially the Ancient Order of Hibernians
(AOH), and contributes time, talent, and resources in their various fundraising
Irish Festival Cruise accommodations, for January 22nd through
February 1st, start in price from $1,499.00 USD per person (based on double occupancy).
The price includes all shipboard accommodations, meals and entertainment. The
package can only be booked through Irish Festival Cruises, Ltd. at 1-800-441-HARP.
The website is www.irishtours.com
Soave and the Detriot Symphony Orchestra|
the eighth and final concert in its Meadowbrook series last Sunday, the Detroit
Symphony opened the gate to a new world of music created by two of the most exciting
composers of modern times, Astor Piazzola and Alberto Ginastera. Both represent
the blended musical traditions of Spain and Argentina.
The showcase piece
on the program was Piazzola's concerto for Bandoneon. Including as it does the
prominent use of an instrument that until recently was rarely heard, the concerto
revealed to us the unusual expressive powers of this amazing instrument. Most
simply described, it can be called a button accordion. But the range of emotional
expression radiating from the voice of this powerful instrument, from plaintive
and melancholy, to explosive, energetic and lustful, is highly evocative, unique,
and unforgettable. It far transcends our traditional impression of what an accordion
To cap it all off, an energetic young conductor for whom the
music seems like second nature led the performance and the soloist enjoys worldwide
recognition for his art.
Bandoneon virtuoso, Peter
Soave, not only played with technical perfection. He gave full expression
to the remarkable interweaving of the different threads of musical tradition that
this work combines. As everyone knows, Piazzola's basic inspiration is the Argentine
Tango with all its shadowy moods and Latin rhythm. But this student of the great
teacher of composers, Nadia Boulanger, learned from her to be true to his native
music as he enlarged it into a bigger, more comprehensive statement. The native
Argentine moods and rhythms are all there, but now disciplined (at least partly)
by the classical form of the concerto. For anyone who loves both the tango tradition
and the classical form, the result is irresistible, especially when performed
with such expertise and abandon.
Soave had it all and it was spiced with
a tangy flavor that has rarely invested classical symphonic music. His playing
evoked mental images of the smoky dives of Buenos Aires while fulfilling the elegant
musical standards of a symphonic performance. And his obvious rapport with guest
conductor Edwin Outwater transported his listeners to the torrid world of his
musical inspiration. The Bandoneon and the orchestra, took turns at communicating
the alternatively melancholy, passionate, joyful and lustful moods of this unique
music with a rare conviction.
No less dynamic and emotional, but distinctively
wild and crazy was Ginastera's dance piece, Malambo, which followed. It too has
its roots in Argentinean music but with a character all its own that sounds like
it was inspired by the Gauchos on the Pampas.
Piazzola then returned
to the program in a purely orchestral work called Tangazzo. It amounts almost
to a symphony and once again achieves the remarkable adaptation of the passionate
Latin phrases to the complex and fascinating orchestral form. It was interesting,
too, to hear Piazzola's creation without the distinctive tones of the Bandoneon
which give the music so much of its tango identity. But it was equally exciting
music with dramatic rhythms and sensuous melody.
When the balance of
the program reverted to familiar standards with Capriccio Espagnole by Rimsky
Korsakov and Ravel's Bolero, it was almost anticlimactic and was saved only by
the expertise of the performance. And as for that, the Bolero with its steady
rhythmic flow and gradual increase in dynamics as the theme passes from instrument
to instrument and section to section in the orchestra, can be played by the DSO
almost without the help of a conductor. To Outwater's credit, he contributed to
an exciting rendition, but he had to work hard at it.
With the Meadowbrook
DSO Festival now over, we can look forward to the opening of the Symphony's regular
season. That happens on the weekend of September seventh to the tenth and it will
be a spectacular. Conductor is Peter Oundjian who has been one of the most outstanding
guest conductors to lead our band in the past two years. With him will be the
brilliant young Chinese pianist, Lang Lang who will play the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody
on a Theme of Paganini. Bookending the program is music by Beethoven and Chopin.
For more information and tickets call 313-567-5111.
Kaminska Makes Philadelphia Debut|
Kaminska recently made her Philadelphia debut when she performed her concert:
BACH TO PIAZZOLLA.
Performing the music of Bach, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky,
Khachaturian, Gubaidulina, Zolotariev and Piazzolla, The concert featured musicians
Lidia Kaminska - Classical Accordion and Bandoneon, Hugh Sung - Piano and Jasmine
Choi - Flute. The concert also featured Pennsylvania Ballet Dancers: Emily Waters
& Elysia Lichtine, with choreography by Jorge Laico.
For more information,
please visit www.lidiakaminska.com
Ciao Performs for the San Francisco Giants|
San Francisco based band Bella Ciao was selected by the San Francisco Giants as
the musical entertainment for the Giants' Italian Heritage Night promotion which
took place on August 22.
Bella Ciao performed a fun set of retro-Italiano
hits for hundreds of adoring fans (of both the band and the Giants) in front of
the ballpark before the game (Giants vs. D-Backs) and then were brought onto the
field to perform the Italian National Anthem, and as a result of the performance,
become the first musical group ever in America to perform the Italian National
Anthem in a major league ballpark!
cap the evening, Bella Ciao led the crowd of over 30,000 in an a rousing a cappella
rendition of Take Me Out To the Ballgame, as part of the 7th Inning Stretch.
The Bella Ciao band had a fabulous time in helping to make Italian Heritage
Night a success and is very proud to have made history in the process.
more information on Bella Ciao please contact: email@example.com
Wise performs in Washington, DC|
Dale Wise will perform on Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 6:00 PM (doors open
at 5:00 PM) in the Parish Hall in Washington, DC. Suggested donation is $15 and
all proceeds will go to Christ Church.
Dale Wise has performed for five
presidents and countless sold out concerts for many years. All types of music
will be enjoyed, especially Octoberfest selections.
Church and Washington Parish is located at 620 G Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.
The Christ Church is just two and a half blocks south of the Eastern Market
Wilmington Accordion Festival will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2006
at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Fairfax, Wilmington,
Registration begins at 12:30
PM and workshops include:
PM - Alex Meixner - European/American Polkas
PM - Master Class with Richard DiBlassio
PM- Shirley Johnson - Rhythms and Styling; or the Darrows' Accordion Kaleidoscope
PM - Phyllis Edamasu - Ragtime Favorites; or Henry Doktorski - Guido and Pietro
- 5:00 PM - Buffet dinner, mini-concert
by Richard & Shirley
- 6:30 PM -
Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra in concert
PM - Henry Doktorski (right) in concert
$20 for workshops in advance, $25 at the door; $30 for dinner and concert; $25
for concert at the door. Advance registration required. Send check payable to
Lisa Cristofich, c/o DAC, 10 Walnut Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19805-1144.
more information, call Joshua or Lisa at (302) 993-0374.
Getaway in the Berkshires|
Free-Reed Getaway will take place September 1st, 2nd & 3rd at BUCKSTEEP MANOR
in Washington, Massachusetts.
Bucksteep Manor is surrounded by 350 acres
of towering pines and majestic maples. The Inn has three lounges, a bar, and plenty
of space for playing music and meeting friends old and new in a comfortable, low-key
setting. We'll have splendid meals, workshops and spontaneous squeezings throughout
the weekend. Hobnob with a variety of free-reed aficionados and behold an assortment
of squeezeboxes and their paraphernalia for sale, swap and hagglement.
year's event will be on Labor Day weekend, rather than our customary 3rd weekend
in September. Although the Button Box's role as organizer will end Sunday afternoon,
participants are welcome (and encouraged!) to take advantage of the holiday weekend
by staying over at Bucksteep until Monday. You can make arrangements directly
with Bucksteep (800-645-BUCK) for Sunday night accommodations and additional meals.
Registered participants may exchange information about this year's potential for
extended activities by participating in our pre-event e-mail discussion list.
vary from camping (no hookups) and rustic cabins (read: marginal shelters) to
comfy rooms in the Manor House (with shared bathrooms) and the newer Lodge and
Annex (with private bathrooms).
The rates listed include lodging for Friday
and Saturday nights and all meals beginning with Friday evening dinner through
Sunday late brunch. Room rates are per person based on double occupancy. We will
assign roommates taking into consideration preferences and foibles (or lack thereof)
noted in your registration.
accommodations, all meals included $265
accommodations, all meals included $190
all meals included $185
without meals $ 55
- Saturday admission,
including lunch, dinner, evening concert and dance $ 60
admission, without meals $ 20
register by phone, please call us at (413) 665-7793 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Promoting 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.
of US households use the Internet as an information source when shopping.
45% of searches had a buying intent.
percentage of respondents who used yellow page directories decreased from 75%
(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.
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
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?
Concert for Thomas Family|
concert featuring accordionists to benefit the family of well known accordionist
Sammy Thomas will be held at 8pm, September 30th at the St. Mark's Lutheran Church,
Spokane, WA. The concert is sponsored by the Spokane Accordion Ensemble.|
father of Sammy Thomas, Stephen Thomas, died last week while recovering from injuries
suffered in an automobile accident. Sammy Thomas, a 17-year-old Spokane resident,
is a member of the Spokane Accordion Ensemble and was the recent winner of the
AAA National Accordion Competition in Buffalo, New York.
is scheduled to represent the USA in the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships
in October and will be performing at this benefit concert, all the solos he will
play in Asker, Norway. Members of the Spokane Accordion Ensemble will also perform.
Donations will be accepted.
the World opens with Finland's Maria Kalaniemi Trio|
Trio will perform on Thursday, September 28, 8:00 PM a the Skirball Cultural Center,
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90049.|
Known as Finlands Queen
of the Accordion, Maria Kalaniemi is one of the worlds most gifted players and
composers of accordion music. Kalaniemi's acclaimed trio, featuring pianist Timo
Alakotila and guitarist Olli Varis, will perform its traditional, original, and
uplifting compositions. It has been said that "It seems impossible for Kalaniemi
to play a single note that isn't made in heaven!"
This concert launches
a new series at the Skirball, COMPRESSING THE WORLD, which showcases the accordion
across diverse cultures and styles of music.
Tickets are $25 General, $20
Skirball Members, $15 Full-Time Students. Advance tickets available via TicketWeb
at www.ticketweb.com or (866) 468-3399, or in-person at the Skirball Admissions
For more information, please visit: www.skirball.org
Jazz Festival features Accordionists|
was in the air at the 27th Detroit International Jazz Festival held September
1st to 4th, 2006. A diverse musical menu included Sergio Mendes, Ahmad Jamal,
Diane Schuur, Taj Mahal, Oscar Castro-Neves, Dr. John, and many more.
accordionists were also part of the festivities: CJ. Chenier & his Red Hot
Louisiana Band rocked the house on Friday. Buckwheat Zydeco (left) kicked up a
notch on Saturday getting the crowd dancing with cover tunes like Hey Joe
and the Rolling Stones Beast of Burden. Accordionist Julien
Labro (right) took the stage on Monday playing with The Hot Club of Detroit,
an electrifying and visionary ensemble that takes the traditions pioneered by
Django Reinhardt and spins them in a way that's both reverent and refreshingly
With a newly released CD on Mack Avenue Records, The Hot
Club of Detroit got fans stomping and cheering each soloist and was the crowd
pleaser of the festival.
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