|US Delegation at CIA's 70th Anniversary|
|Mary Tokarski to perform in New Zealand|
|Peter Soave at Schoolcraft College|
||2005 Florida Accordion Association Smash|
||Vladimir Sidorov in Concert in Canada|
||Will Holshouser in New York|
| ||Frank Marocco in Florida|
|Mark Roberts announces new CD|
||Crossing Over in New York City|
|Jeff Lisenby in Ring of Fire|
|New Course in Accordion Classroom Series|
|Jay Landers performs in "The Baker's Wife"|
|Legends of the Italian Lounge|
|William Schimmel records Film Soundtrack|
|Pauline Oliveros and Mixed Media|
|Daily News Reports About Accordionists|
|Joseph Petric to Appear in New York|
|US Delegation Celebrates CIA's 70th Anniversary|
US Delegates were present at the recent Confédération Internationale
des Accordéonistes (CIA) 58th Coupe Mondiale held in Castelo Branco, Portugal.
Representing the American
Accordionists Association were three delegates including two Executive Committee
Members Maddalena Belfiore and Dr. Carmelo Pino and past President Faithe Deffner.
Representing the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International were President Joan C. Sommers and Board
Member Karen Fremar. Maddalena Belfiore, Joan Sommers and Karen Fremar were also
members of the CIA International Jury. (Pictured above at the General Assembly
meeting from right to left are Faithe Deffner, Maddalena Belfiore, Dr. Carmelo
Pino, Joan Sommers and Karen Fremar, and below Karen Fremar and Maddalena Belfiore.
1956 - Bienne,
SWITZERLAND - John LA PADULA, USA (Coupe Mondiale)
As part of the Coupe Mondiale, competitors were required to perform the new work by Portuguese composer Carlos Marecos 'O Medo Do Ritmo'. Mr. Marecos served as one of the jury members for this section of the competition and was impressed with the standard of performances. Pictured are Joan Sommers , Vice Chairperson of the CIA Music Committee with Mr. Marecos).
At the Awards Ceremony in addition to the candidates receiving their diplomas, prize money and trophies for each category, members of the International Jury, International Delegates and Guests were awarded diplomas signifying participation 2005 Coupe Mondiale. In addition, recent recipients of the CIA Merit Award Ulrich Schulling from Intermusik, Zoran Rackic from Serbia and Montenegro and Peter Anders of Denmark.
Three additional prizes were offered including two concert tours. One to New Zealand and Australia offered by the New Zealand Accordion Association, a tour to Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic offered by the Methodical Centre of Accordion "Marta Szokeová" (MCA) and the production of a CD recording offered by Intermusik. The recipient of all three prizes was winner of the International Competition for Piano Accordion Alexander Shirunov.
The Closing concert featured each of the winners from the Coupe Mondiale as well as the 2005 Honorary Vice President performing his own composition Improvisata with the String Orchestra 'Esart Ensemble', directed by Cesario Costa, and the popular group Lusotango.
The winner of the 2005 Coupe Mondiale was Rade Miljatovic from Serbia and Montenegro. A student of Miljan BJELETIC, Rade has also won the Junior Coupe Mondiale.
The excellent cooperation and gracious hospitality of the Local Council President - Mr. Joquin Morão, CIA Honorary Vice President and Artistic Council - Mr. Paulo Jorge Ferreira and 2005 Coupe Mondiale Organizer, made the 70th Anniversary a truly memorable event.
59th Coupe Mondiale will be held in Asker, (Oslo) Norway from October 18-22, 2006.
Contestants from the United States interested in representing the United States
in any of the six categories at the 59th Coupe Mondiale in Norway, should contact
either the American Accordionists Association or the Accordionists and Teachers
|Mary Tokarski to Perform and Lecture in New Zealand|
the 20th and 27th of November, 2005, accordionist Mary
Kasprzyk Tokarski will be the featured soloist in Auckland, New Zealand for
a concert of works from Prokofiev to Lord of the Rings, and original works by
New Zealand composer Gary Daverne.
Just returning from a trip to the Czech Republic, Mary performed two concerts with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra at the Olomouc City Concert Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic. During her visit in Olomouc, Mary also recorded a composition by Gary Daverne entitled "A Musical Party" with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mary's early-life musical training with Michael Fernino of Ansonia, Connecticut, developed into a lifelong love and study of music. When her sister Julie began lessons, Mary was offered the opportunity to begin as well, however decided against it. After Julie would repeatedly come home with an ice cream cone for a good lesson, Mary reconsidered her position on musical study and decided to begin the accordion as well.
Performances were numerous, and competitions were a regular part of growing up. By the time she reached early adulthood, Mary stacked up over 175 trophies and awards for State, Regional and National competitions.
Mary went on to represent the United States in the Coupe Mondiale (World Accordion Championship) sponsored by the Confederation Internationale Des Accordeonistes in Belgium (1971) and in France (1973).
Today, Mary spends much time performing with her brother and sister in The "K" Trio (Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski, Julie Kasprzyk Cardona and Walter Kasprzyk) which perform around the world. In addition to her performances with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Mary will be presenting a Master Class on Sunday 13th November at Sunnybrae Primary School, Room 1 from 4:30 PM to 6.30 PM.
|Peter Soave in Concert at Schoolcraft College|
Peter Soave will perform
the evocative nuevo tango music of Astor Piazzolla on Wednesday, November 9 at
Noon in the Presentation Room, VisTaTech Center at the Schoolcraft College.
|Florida Accordion Association Annual Smash|
This year's Florida Accordion Association annual event on November 11-13 is is planned to be a grand affair.
guest lineup includes Frank Marocco - The Jazz Legend; Tony Lovello - Liberace
of the Accordion; Betty Jo Simon (right)(yes, that's right .. former student of
Joan Cochran Sommers); Denis Novato - International Button-box Champion coming
from Italy; Lenny Feldmann - NJ Virtuoso Champion; Maestro Nick Ballarini - Dallas,
TX; Walt "K" of the "K" Trio; Super Dick Albreski - OK City,
OK; The Accordion Trolls - coming from Norway; Maricarmen Vazquez; Carmen Vitanza;
Jerry Tramontozzi, Vince Aleandri; Alex Chudolij, and MORE!
Sunday - optional breakfast, concert provided by none other than Jerry Tramontozzi, of Arlington, MA! Great time to kick back & relax, enjoy your fellow accordionists, and enjoy Jerry!
For Hotel reservations: contact Holiday Inn Select, 12125 High Tech Avenue, Orlando, FL (UCF area). 407-275-9000. Mention Florida Accordion Association for discounted room rates of $75.00 per night (plus tax). RSVP to hotel by 10/27 for this rate.
good time will be had by all! Reservations to Florida Accordion Association for
the event must also be received by Thursday, 10/27/05. Online registration at
simply click on the link to "register online".
|Vladimir Sidorov Concert and CD, Montreal - Canada|
Sidorov now resident in Canada, is to perform a concert with percussionist
Marie-Josée Simard at Piano Nobile, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place Des
Arts, Montreal on November 27th, at 11.00 AM.
|Will Holshouser Trio in New York|
Jazz Accordionist Will Holshouser will perform with his Trio in two performances including November 17th at Kavehaz and November 29th at Cornelia Street Cafe. The Trio includes Will Holshouser, accordion, Ron Horton, trumpet and David Phillips, bass.
Thursday, November 17th
Street Cafe, Tuesday, November 29th
Recent news reports include:
His CD "Reed Song" (on Clean Feed) is available at www.cadencebuilding.com
|Florida Camp Features Frank Marocco and Nick Ballarini|
Frank Marocco/Ballarini Accordion Camp will take place from 13-17 November 2005
at the Blue Spring State Park, Florida.
Camp Location and Charges:
Spring offers swimming and scuba-diving in a crystal clear, 72 degree spring run.
Scuba-divers must register at the entrance station between the hours of 8 AM.
and 3 PM, with an up-to-date certification card and a partner. Swimming or diving
with the manatees is NOT permitted. The same pristine beauty enjoyed by Florida's
earliest residents still can be seen today. A self-guided boardwalk guides visitors
through a lush hammock to Blue Spring. From the accessible fishing pier, anglers
will find an abundance of bluegills and blue cats, in addition to largemouth bass,
shellcrackers and speckled perch. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required
for persons age 16 years and older. A concession stand offers snacks, camping
supplies and limited groceries. Canoe rentals are available.
|Former Canadian Champion Releases CD|
Canadian accordion champion Mark Roberts, who was twice a fourth place winner
in the CIA Coupe Mondiale has recently released a new CD.
His CD of original music has garnered very positive comments on its freshness, musical colorings, use of instrumentation, and memorable melodies. The tracks are a changing kaleidoscope of styles, from polka, waltz, tango, schottische, march and novelty.
The CD is $15.99 CAN plus shipping, and can be purchased easily, on a secure site, at www.bigwhitedogmusic.com. You can also contact Mark directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Crossing Over: Accordion Jazzy & Ultra-Modern|
American Accordionists Association
presents: Crossing Over: Accordion Jazzy and Ultramodern, Robert Young McMahan,
Producer and Moderator FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th at 7:30 p.m.
|Accordionist Jeff Lisenby in "Ring of Fire"|
In a musical review highlighting the songs of legendary Johnny Cash, accordionist Jeff Lisenby takes the spotlight as musical director and soloist. The 14-member cast of "Ring of Fire" includes an eight-piece orchestra. The musicians are all performers in their own right and they weave in and out of the action as much as the soloists do, providing a constant source of on-stage variety.
The show recently opened in Buffalo amid rave reviews in "The Buffalo News" and "Toronto Star," as well as "Variety Magazine." The Buffalo paper said the production "captures the spark and charisma of Johnny Cash in a musical that's sure to wow them all the way to Broadway." At the same time, "Walk the Line," a film about Cash, was grabbing headlines for its gala opening just over the border at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Reviewer Richard Huntington asks, "Can a show be all highlights?" He answers with "It seems to happen here. Beth Malone's 'I Still Miss Someone' is exquisite. She joins Jarrod Emick for one of the best versions I've heard of 'If I Were a Carpenter,' including Cash and June Carter Cash's take. Jeb Brown sounds a little more like Willie Nelson in his marvelously soulful rendering of Kris Kristofferson's 'Sunday Morning, Coming Down' and later, in a couple of more expansive tunes, shows a little Harry Chapin-like eagerness.
"Lari White is compelling in 'All Over Again' and in her duets with Jeb Brown in Act II. The men of the company do 'I've Been Everywhere' at dazzling speed, and the whole company shines in 'Daddy Sang Bass,' with multitalented musician David M. Lutken coming out of the band to do Daddy's part. It goes on and on, one wonder after the other, each tied to the last by (director) Richard Maltby's sly theatrical alchemy.
"The musicians keep up this stellar standard set by the singers. Jeff Lisenby, besides playing keyboards and several accordion solos, conducts this group of inspired players" as their music director.
of Fire" is scheduled to open on Broadway later this season (April, 2006),
after a further tryout in San Francisco, but reviewers stated that the Buffalo
show is already slick and entertaining enough to warrant theatergoers attention.
Jeff has twice been the national classical accordion champion and bronze medallist in international competitions. He has also been a keyboard player for: the Kansas City Chiefs football games, USO European shows, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and has toured extensively with Boots Randolph and Brenda Lee, including tours all over the U.S. and the Orient.
Jeff has performed with the Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Nashville Symphonies, and for several of the touring Broadway shows at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. He has also accompanied many singing artists in live shows, including: Luciano Pavarotti, Mel Torme, Blake Shelton, Roy Clark, Lee Greenwood, Tricia Yearwood, Jo Dee Messina, Dolly Parton, Three-Dog Night, Jamie ONeil, the Mills Brothers, the Coasters, and David Cassidy.
Jeff currently serves as a faculty member of the School of Music at Belmont University in Nashville.
|New Course for Accordionists|
Mahler, a 25 year instructor, musician, and accordion retailer announces his new
release of Advanced Intermediate Course, the fifth release of the Accordion Classroom
Series designed to help accordion enthusiasts develop Confidence and Techniques.
|Jay Landers to Perform in "The Baker's Wife"|
Landers, currently of Springfield, Illinois, will perform the score for accordion
in the pit orchestra of the Millikin University production of "The Baker's
Wife", music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. His rehearsal schedule with
the orchestra includes six sessions from October 31 to November 10. There will
be three performances at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Decatur, IL, on Friday
and Saturday, November 11 and 12, 7:30 PM and a matinee' on Sunday, November 13,
|Bella Ciao Gets Grammy Nod|
Tom Torriglia who represents and performs with the San Francisco-based, six-piece
band Bella Ciao, is pleased to announce that Bella Ciao's latest musically groundbreaking
release, Legends of the Italian Lounge, is included on this year's Grammy Awards'
nominating ballot in two very important categories.
|William Schimmel Performs in New TV Film|
York-based accordionist William Schimmel recently recorded a new soundtrack for
the upcoming cable television film: 'Tango MacNorton'. It is produced by and will
air on the Nickelodeon channel Schimmel comments: "'Tango MacNorton' is about
a 12 year old lad who saves his lunchroom at his local middle school. He seems
like a 'geeky' sort of lad with not too much going for him. But he's able to stop
the culprits of the lunchroom staff from serving slop. He uses the only talent
he possesses. He knows how to tango. He tangos the bad dudes out of the school
(the tango becomes a kind of martial art) and saves LUNCH- PERIOD."
|Pauline Oliveros' Mixed Media Appearances|
In a whirlwind of October activities, renowned composer-accordionist Pauline Oliveros is scheduled to perform in a variety of different musical settings.
The month commences with Pauline paired with Stuart Dempster, performing a "SEDIMENTAL JOURNEY! Via iCHAT. Oliveros' performance will come from Troy, New York, in the iEAR Studio at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Stuart will perform in Seattle, at the DX Center of the University of Washington and the duo will appear on screen in the concert hall at Mills College in Oakland, California as part of Mills' Songline Series. This concert commemorates 50 years of musical friendship and collaboration between Pauline and Stuart. If the concert is not also streamed onto the Internet as well, audiences in Oakland, Troy and Seattle will attend it.
Pauline is scheduled to do solo concerts in the Long Arms Festival in memory of Nicolai Dmitriev in St. Petersburg and Moscow in Russia under the sponsorship of CEC ArtsLink, a New York-based nonprofit organization, with a grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, to bring 6 US musicians to Russia for this festival.
in the month, Oliveros will appear with trombonist David Dove in the Instal Festival
in London, UK. Details are available from email@example.com
Ms. Oliveros is a prestigious composer and educator, as well as an important figure in avante-garde music circles of international scope. Her work in mixed-media includes many highly acclaimed compositions. One that is outstanding is her "Trio for Accordion, Trumpet and String Bass."
|Daily News Reports About Accordions|
Skenazy who writes for a popular New York City newspaper which boasts more than
27 million readers, recently set her sights on righting the wrongs perpetrated
by accordion detractors.
|Joseph Petric to Appear in New York City|
accordionist Joseph Petric will appear in concert at the Aaron Silberman Concert
Series at the Baruch College, Engelman Recital Hall located at One Bernard Baruch
Way, (25th Street between Lexington and Third Ave).|
Mr. Petric who was quoted by the Chicago Tribune as "A glittering exhibit, Petric is more than a virtuoso..." will present music by Bentzon, Hatzis, May and Soler. The concert will take place Monday, November 7, 2005 at 1:00 PM and is free to the public.
Joseph Petric's musicianship and emotional depth of his performances and recordings have invited a reappraisal of the concert accordion. Critics describe his solo performances as "magical, astonishing ... ferocious virtuosity and understated mastery ... a revelation." In the inclusive programs that are his hallmark, Petric juxtaposes works by Bach and Rameau with Berio, Lutoslawski, and newly commissioned scores.
discography, which includes 22 CDs, was nominated for the 2003 Hunter Foundation
Recording Award. Critics called his JUNO-nominated Orbiting Garden "breathtaking
. spectacular" ( Classical Net Review ); his 2001 release of keyboard works
by JS and CPE Bach on the Analekta label was hailed as "brilliant in its
rigour and fantasy" ( La Scena Musicale , CAN). His collaborative performances
with Bellows and Brass and Erosonic have been lauded as "eye-popping"
(American Record Guide ) and "more than exquisite" (Cadence, USA). His
Rameau CD is slated for release in 2004.
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