Christian DiMaccio 1941-1993
known international accordionist who resided in the USA, Christian DiMaccio
1941-1993 was remembered during a special tribute evening held at the
trendy "New Morning" in Paris on September 23.
Christian DiMaccio was born in 1941 in Algiers to an Italian father and
Spanish mother and he was already playing the accordion by age of three
years old. He demonstrated an outstanding predisposition for music from
his early years and at the age of six he could already sight ready and
complete scores on his accordion.
Christian competed in the CIA Coupe Mondiale in 1955 in Brighton - UK,
1957 in Saarbrucken - Germany where he placed 3rd and also in 1959 in
New York where he also placed 3rd. He led a very successful musical life
which included a performance for Igor Stravinsky who afterwards declared
that "The accordion has found its genius at last!" Christian was considered
by many to be "the accordionist of the century!"
After emigrating to the USA in the late 60's, he soon attracted many successful
composers into what would become lasting working partnerships. First with
John Williams with whom he worked on the score to the film Home Alone
and then Michel Legrand for the compositions of the Barbara Streisand
Christian appeared throughout the USA and during a tour of Canada Tommy
Dorsey proposed that he should do the first part of the Frank Sinatra
show at New York's Carnegie Hall.
After spending time in Canada, Christian returned to Los Angeles where
he gave many concerts and was involved in recording a number of film scores
including Star Wars. Considered by the finest musicians on both sides
of the Atlantic as the best technician of the accordion ever, Christian
DiMaccio deployed his great sensitivity and his immense talent in the
service of all forms of music.
CIA Coupe Mondiale
World Accordion Champions were among the star lineup of talent who paid
tribute to accordion legend DiMaccio including:
- Aurélien NOEL - Winner:
CIA Virtuoso Entertainment (far right)
- Nicolas MASSOUTIE - Winner:
CIA Virtuoso Entertainment (left)
- Frédéric LANGLAIS - Winner:
CIA Virtuoso Entertainment (below)
- Domi EMORINE - Winner:
CIA Virtuoso Entertainment/ III Place: CIA Coupe Mondiale
accordionists paying tribute to Christian were Jacques Bolognesi, Daniel
Colin, Maurice Larcange, Samuel Garcia, Roman Jbanov and Marcel Azzola.
Yvette Horner was scheduled to appear, but unfortunately it conflicted
with other engagements elsewhere in France. She did send a tribute message
that was read.
Christian's son Robin (percussion) and daughter Karolle (vocalist) pictured
below, both performed on the concert in honor of their father. Robin performed
a solo tribute on the Paris concert which can only be described as "out
of this world". One of the most spectacular parts of the exhibition
was the finale where the entire drum set was doused in water and as Robin
continued his awesome tribute performance the spray in the spotlights
made for spectacular visuals! Robin is one of America's most famous pop
drummers of today, playing for Jennifer Lopez, Ray Charles, John McCartney
and many more.
most of Christian's recordings were destroyed in the Los Angeles earthquake,
Robin invited other talented accordionists such as those listed above
to join with him to make a tribute CD in honor of his Dad which includes
recordings by Christian, Robin as well as some of Christian's well known
friends from France such as Marcel Azzola and Yvette Horner as well as
from the new, up and coming artists.
The CD entitled "Hommage a Christian DiMaccio released by '7Music.' For
Lips Tours USA
Lips has just completed his United States concert tour to much critical
Appearing in New Jersey as a guest of the American
Accordionists Association, Lips presented a varied and challenging
He is pictured after his AAA concert with past President Faithe Deffner
and CIA President
One of the most outstanding and important bayan-accoridnists in the world,
Friedrich Lips has distinguished himself as a legendary virtuoso, author,
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.
He has been active as international speaker at seminars, workshops, and
master courses as well as juror at competitions. He is furthermore found
and artistic director of the annual Moscow Bayan Festival, initiator if
international symposiums, and either mentor or advisor to international
In his continual efforts to foster new literature for the accordion, Lips
is constantly in contact with outstanding composers and has inspired them
to create new pieces, thus paving the way for numerous compositions, many
of which in the meantime have already achieved historical value.
performed the following program for the American Accordionists Association:
- Gothic Suite - L. Boellman
- Fantasie in Memory of
Schnittke - E. Podgaitz
- De Profundis - S. Gubaidulina
- Children's Suite - E.
- Toccata - Katschaturan
- Musical Moment - F. Schubert
- Sentido Unico Tango -
- Three Preludes - George
- Perpetual Mobile - Strauss
- Trisch Trasch Polka -
- Pizacato Polka - Strauss
- Polka - A. Schnittke
- Russian Dance - G. Schenderov
- Figaro - Rossini
Friedrich also performed
several concerts in the midwestern US with former student Stas
Allegri will present a special tribute concert to charismatic and brilliant
Italian tenor - Sergio Franchi. The concert will take place on Saturday
October 5, 2002 at 8:00 PM at the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center.
Among the star lineup will be international accordionist Mario Tacca and
his wife - acclaimed soprano Mary Mancini (pictured left.) In addition
Dino Valle (Baritone) Peter Soave (bayan-bandoneon), Aron Caruso and the
AAA representitve to the CIA Coupe Mondiale Cory Pesaturo will also appear
on the concert.
The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center is located at 28 Main Street
at Monument Square, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. For tickets, please call
401-762-4545 or 914 737 8872.
Proceeds of the concert are to benefit the Sergio Franchi Scholarship
Funds and The American Accordionists Association.
Accordion Association Smash
Association announces its second annual "Smash" which will
be held from November
15 - 16, 2002 at the
12125 High Tech Ave
Orlando, FL 32817 (UCF area)
Phone (407) 275 9000
The festival program includes:
Friday, 15th November: 4:30
PM - 10:00 PM
Cash bar and free appetizers. Members will provide non stop accordion
entertainment during this time.
Saturday 16th November 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tony Lovello (pictured left, entertaining at a recent festival) "Liberace
of the Accordion", formerly of The Three Suns, Twilight Time and
Peg o' My Heart fame, Tony will be headlining the Second Annual Smash.
Tony's flying his camera crew to Orlando to professionally video tape
this live performance and we're very excited about it. As a fun fact:
Tony has been coined the "King of the Bellow Shake" by the true
pioneer of the accordion... Maestro Anthony Galla-Rini
You have to hear and see this powerhouse! Hold on to your seats as Tony
will WOW you. Tony will also be teaching a workshop for us that you won't
want to miss. Come hear and see a performance of Malaguena that you will
never ever forget.. Instead of bringing the house down, you'll see him
bring the HOTEL down!!
In addition, other performers include Tony Dannon and Joe Cerrito (Famous
International Jazz accordion duo), Jimmy Bubaloni (Mr. Versatility), Vince
Aleandri, Carmen Vitanza, Maricarmen Vazquez, Jess 'n Joan, Mirko Roknich,
Tony Klepec and more!
In addition to the nonstop accordion music, there will also be an accordion
exhibit or two at the SMASH. Videos, CD's and cassettes will be for sale.
To direct the accordion band, none other than Her Majesty Linda Soley
Reed, herself, Vice President of the American Accordionists Association
will be attending to conduct those who would like some hands-on performing.
Admission: $65.00 per person for members and spouses and includes two
huge feasts (lunch and dinner) plus band music. Non member admission is
$75.00 per person. Registration is due by October 25, 2002. Late registration
will be charged an additional $5.00 per person.
| New Accordion
Method by Jody Latulippe
is please to announce the new Accordion Method Book 1A by Jody Latulippe.
The method, which includes an accompaniment CD, is $12.95 and is available
at www.letsplaymusic.com. Discounts are available for multiple book orders
and more information can be obtained by writing to: orders@letsplaymusic.
Santorella’s Accordion Course 1A introduces theory and composition, a
variety of musical styles, and performance techniques. The accompaniment
CD makes the music come alive by transforming a beginner song into a fully
arranged piece complete with accordion, drum, bass, and keyboard accompaniment.
The CD also helps the student develop rhythmically and stylistically.
Pieces were chosen to satisfy the students desire to play in many genres
of music such as blues, rock, country, modern polka, and waltz. Classical
pieces as well as popular standards are also in the repertoire. Santorella’
s Accordion Method 1A offers a truly comprehensive introduction to accordion
performance as well as underlying concepts and lends itself to either
private or group lessons.
and Teachers Guild, International plans are well underway to honor
their President Emeritus Anthony Galla-Rini's 99th Birthday Celebration
which will be held in San Diego from 17-19 January 2003.
This momentous weekend will begin the grand countdown to his 100th Birthday
The ATG and Mr. Galla-Rini (who is the ATG President Emeritus) are inviting
all accordionists to participate in this Birthday Orchestra which will
perform at the concert on Saturday January 18th in San Diego.
The first rehearsal will take place on Friday evening, January 17th at
7:00 PM, with another rehearsal Saturday morning at 9:00 AM. The day time
will be free for visits to local attractions such as the San Diego Zoo,
or a quick visit to the NAAM convention up in Los Angeles, with guests
reconvening later that evening for a Birthday Banquet and evening concert.
Anyone interested in performing in the orchestra should contact ATG President
Joan Sommers at email@example.com.
| CD "Reed
Song" Release Party at NY Knitting Factory
Will Holshouser performed at New York's Knitting Factory "Old Office"
as part of the official release of his new CD entitled "Reed Song."
which was released under the "Clean Feed" Label of Portugal.
Deep down in the basement of this esteemed New York establishment, the dark
and crowded "Old Office" was the perfect venue for this live concert
for the unveiling of this new CD.
Inspired by styles such as folk, jazz , klezmer and cajun as well as composers
such as Piazzolla, Will's uses his experience in jazz, new music, and traditional
accordion styles to forge his own sound resulting in this CD which features
an array of 10 original accordion pieces with fellow artist Ron Horton -
Trumpet, David Phillips - Bass and Kevin Norton on Drums.
student of well-known NY accordionist Dr. William Schimmel, (Will is pictured
left with Dr. Schimmel standing to the right) he is 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."
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.
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
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
| USA Work
"Out of Crooked Timber" in Helsinki
new work for Accordion Orchestra by Dr. Paul Rudy (pictured right) entitled
"Out of Crooked Timber" will be featured on the final concert
which will conclude the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the classical
accordion program at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
During the 25th Anniversary, there will be many concerts, premiers, contemporary
music, baroque music, chamber music. Performers will include professors
of the Academy, former and current students as well as guests.
Although there is no accordion orchestra at the Sibelius Academy, they
will put one together for this performance which will be conducted by
Mr. Jani Telaranta who received his degree at the Sibelius-Academy and
is an active accordionist.
The work "Out of Crooked Timber" was premiered by the University
of Missouri-Kansas City Accordion Orchestra under the direction of
Joan C. Sommers at the 60th Anniversary of the Accordionists and Teachers
Guild, International 60th Anniversary in Chicago in 2000.
Dr. Rudy writes: I was immediately struck by the phrase from Immanual
Kant's idee zu einer allgemeinen Geschichte in weltbürgerlicher Absicht
(1784): "Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing can ever
be made." My hope was (and is) that humanity pass from its adolescence
marked with violence, trauma, and moody tantrums into a more stable adulthood
of diplomacy, compassion, and kindness.
Sound mass becomes a metaphor for the unhewn timber out of which I try
to mill something straight. In the end, straightness becomes a matter
of relativity balanced between the pessimism of Kant's view and my hopeless
This piece came in a lightning flash after a conversation with Joan Sommers.
I began hearing great masses of sounds which the accordion produces so
easily. I was hearing the sound coming from all different directions,
with static planes at times, while at others, swarming masses of intricate
Out of these blocks, a melody eventually protrudes toward the end, when
it is swallowed by a single thunderous chord. These sound worlds are a
metaphor for the psychological idea of the work: trying to mold something
straight (a melody), out of hopelessly crooked material (chromatic sound
Paul Rudy (1962) was born in South Bend, Indiana. He is Assistant Professor
of Composition and director of the Music Production and Computer Technology
Center at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Since 1995 he has been teaching at the Aspen Music School. In 1996 he
launched the Amplified Music Performance Series (AMPS) and has since produced
concerts of electroacoustic works each summer at the Aspen Music Festival.
He is the creator, producer, and host of "The Virtual Concert Hall" a
program of contemporary electroacoustic music for public radio.
He has received awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Music
Teachers Association, and the Missouri Music Teachers Association, and
was a finalist in the 1999 Hultgren Biennial Solo Cello Competition. His
works have been performed throughout the US and the world, and are published
by Twisted Trail Music. He holds degrees from Bethel College (B.A. 1984),
The University of Colorado, Boulder (M.M. 1992) and The University of
Texas at Austin (D.M.A. 1997).
In addition to composing he has an avid interest in bicycling, hiking,
camping, and mountaineering. In 1994 he completed the Colorado Grand Slam
after climbing all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 ft peaks.
For further information on the Helsinki performance, please contact email@example.com
or for more information from Dr. Rudy, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
celebrates Mexican Independence Day
Accordionist Matt Nozzolio
appeared in concert in celebration of Mexican Independence Day on September
13. in Hartford CT.
Matt will also played with Tierra Mestiza and also Fiesta, performing
music from Mexico and the Americas.
For information on upcoming concerts, please contact: Matt Nozzolio: email@example.com
Pagani (producer and publisher of Astor Piazzolla) , in collaboration
with Argentinean consulate of Italy is pleased to announce the 9th Edition
of the International “Astor Piazzolla Award”, dedicated to the performance
of the works of this great Argentinean Composer.
The International Astor Piazzolla Award consists of two sections: section
one dedicated to the participation of instrumental groups (with the possible
participation of a singer) and section two dedicated to solo instruments
The competition will be held in Udine, Italy, on the 30 October - 1 November
2002. For more information, please contact Aldo Pagan E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.piazzollamusicaward.com.
CIA Coupe Mondiale Largest Ever
One hundred and eight of
the worlds finest accordionists will converge on the city of Copenhagen,
Denmark to take part in the annual Confederation
Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) Coupe Mondiale World Accordion
Championships from October 16th to 20th.
Attending the CIA as an American delegate will be past president of the
American Accordionists Association Faithe Deffner and international adjudicators
Maddalena Belfiore (USA-AAA) and Joan C. Sommers (USA-ATG).
Organized by the CIA member association Danske Harmonikaspilleres Landsforbund
(DHL), the World Championships will include competition in six categories.
During the festival the DHL will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a
special Jubilee Concert featuring many outstanding performances. The Allerød
Accordion Orchestra conducted by Peter Anders has prepared great performances
with internationally known soloists such as the Semionov Duo, trumpet
virtuoso Gorm Hovalt and violinists Christian Ellegaard and Lousinne Azizian.
(Christian is the son of the late accordion virtuoso Mogens Ellegaard).
Peter Anders, CIA 2002 Honorary Vice President for the Denmark Coupe Mondiale
As with all competitions, the CIA will operate their categories under
their respective published guidelines, therefore candidates entering the
Coupe Mondiale are reminded to review the competition rules extremely
closely to avoid any unnecessary mark penalties.
For further information on these rules and penalties for non compliance,
please see the CIA website under both General Competition Guidelines and
the published guidelines for the various categories. AWW readers will
be able to follow the Coupe Mondiale on-line during the festival in Copenhagen
where the site will feature daily reports, up to the minute results and
We wish all the candidates well in both their preparations and competition
performances and in particular from the United States, we wish our representatives
Cory Pesaturo representing the American Accordionists Association and
Jason Stehpen representing the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International
a most successful and inspiring competition experience.
Fest Fun in Emerson, NJ
Lenny Feldmann will be appearing every Friday night (4th, 11th, 18th and
25th) in October at Fricke's OLD HOOK INN, 422 Old Hook Road, Emerson, NJ
- Phone: (201) 262-2888 - reservations suggested
As a young protegé of the late Stephen Harer of Clifton, New Jersey, Lenny
was a Virtuoso competition champion. At Vander-Cook College of Music in
Chicago, Illinois, Lenny received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree,
using the accordion as his major instrument and studying with Mort Herold
and the late Mario Moschino.
He is a regular entertainer and clinician at major accordion festivals around
the United States.
The famed Oktoberfest began with a royal Bavarian wedding in 1810. The groom,
King Ludwig I, wanted to celebrate his marriage to Maria Teresa of Saxonia
by proclaiming a state fair, in Munich. The festival was dedicated to the
fall harvest and to the Regions most famous product, beer. Tradesman and
merchants came throughout Germany to join in the merrymaking. They examined
the crops, sang songs, danced and sampled the first beer of the season.
The celebration was such a success that Ludwig issued a Royal Decree making
Oktober festival time in Munich. Oktoberfest has been held annually ever
since and has found its Way to Emerson, New Jersey at the Old Hook Inn where
they have been celebrating the Oktoberfest for many years.
For more information on Lenny's performances at the Oktoberfest, please
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