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In the October USA news, you will read about exciting new concerts, groups and events coming your way during the fall season.
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Ginny Mac in Texas Concertsby Rita Barnea
|Ginny Mac at the Kessler Theater in Dallas, Texas on 8/18/14|
Accordionist and vocalist Ginny Mac, from Fort Worth, Texas, is a dynamic performer whose style embraces Country & Western Swing, Americana, Hot Jazz, and International music genres. Ginny is also a former member of the two-time Grammy Award winning group Brave Combo based in Denton, TX.
Ginny has recorded four albums, the most recent being ‘On The Street Where You Live’, a collection of classic tunes and originals, featuring many of her friends and greatest musical heroes, including accordionist Joey Miskulin, Nashville fiddler Buddy Spicher, bassist Bob Moore (of Roy Orbison fame), and several of Nashville’s premier musicians.
“It was an unforgettable experience,” she says, “I was fortunate to learn so much and make music with these wonderful people”.
When she is not busy with an active touring schedule, Ginny is writing and arranging new original music for an upcoming album and collaborating on multiple musical projects. She currently divides her time between the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Los Angeles.
Oct 01 The Whitehouse w/Jeff Eckles Trio in Denton, TX
Oct 02 Dream Cafe Dallas, Dallas, TX
Oct 03 Banter Bistro Concert w/ Kent Shores, Denton, TX
Oct 09 Dream Cafe Dallas, Dallas, TX
Oct 10 Fred's Cafe TCU, Fort Worth, TX
Oct 11The Live Oak Rooftop, Fort Worth, TX
Oct 16 Dream Cafe Dallas, Dallas, TX
Oct 19 Queen For A Day + Ginny Mac @ Industrial Street International Pop Festival, Denton, TX
Oct 21 Royal Dukes Showcase @ City Tavern, Dallas, TX
Oct 22 'Naturally Sweet' Bob Jones Nature Center Fundraiser @ Southlake Hilton, Southlake, TX
Oct 23 Dream Cafe Dallas, Dallas, TX
Oct 24 Cigar Art - Bishop Arts District, Dallas, TX
Oct 25 The Forge opening for Charlie Robison,Ben Wheeler, TX
Oct 31 Cirque du Horror at Texas Theatre, Dallas, TX
Nov 21 House Concert w/Kent Shores Neat-tet Album Release (details TBA), Denton, TX
Nov 23 Shipping & Receiving w/ Kent Shores Neat-tet Album Release, Fort Worth, TX
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Meet Canada's Tequila Mockingbird Orchestraby Rita Barnea
|The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra will perform at The Emerald, 555 Gore Street, Vancouver, BC on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 7:PM.|
The acoustic ensemble has wandered from the underground of bohemian Victoria, in Canada's lush west coast, to a new, refined sound crafted by years of constant performing and touring together. Though drawing on flamenco flourishes learned in Spain, on African percussion, on bluegrass and other roots music from across the Americas, TMO has cycled through far-flung influences and youthful forays into sounds from all over, finding new vistas of creativity that bring them closer to their own beginnings, to the people and places that have shaped them.
Friends and family, ancestors and wild characters are all honoured on "Follow My Lead, Lead Me to Follow", the band's third and most mature studio effort, with a sound that's distinct, earthy, and solid.
Members of the group include:
Kurt Loewen - Guitar and Vocals
Ian Griffiths - Accordion and Vocals
Paul Wolda - Djembe and Vocals
Keith Rodger - Contrabass
Mack Jonsson - Violin
Accordionist Ian Griffiths: Having spent years immersed in Spanish, Roma, and Italian cultures, Ian Griffiths brings spice and heat to TMO’s music. One of the three original members of the band, Ian started by playing a toy accordion, but quickly moved on to the real thing.
In a world where accordions are played by many, but understood by few, Ian has worked hard to bind classical accordion playing with experimental sounds, and alongside members of TMO works to place it within unexpected music. Ian’s song writing is based on romanticized story telling….and pirates.
Ian performs with a children s act “Captain Green Beard The Environmental Pirates” and plays regularly with “Amusette.” He can currently be found in Victoria, BC or Halifax, NS playing with former TMO fiddler, Jacques Mindreau.
The TMO group was formed in 2006. Their genre is gypsy-folk-roots-grass. Current location is BC and Alberta, Canada.
TMO have recently released a digital album which Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.
Upcoming performances include:
10/09/14 The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra in High River, AB at Foothills Folk Club at the Masonic Hall
10/10/14 The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra in Cochrane, AB at Legacy Guitar House
10/13/14 The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra in Vancouver, BC at The Emerald
10/15/14 The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra in Victoria, BC at Upstairs Cabaret
10/16/14 The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra in Cumberland, BC at Waverly Hot
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Elena and Gregory in October 11 Concertby Rita Barnea
|The Dallas Telegraph presents: Dallas Accordion Celebration featuring famous Dallas accordionists Elena and Gregory Fainshtein as they introduce their second album, "Together". For more information on the Fainshtein's and their new CD, see the article in the Reports Section of the September USA news.|
The concert takes place at the Allen Public Library, 300 N.Allen Dr., Allen, TX on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:PM. Tickets can be purchased at Russion Stores of DFW and www.tickets.DallasTelegraph.com.
Join them for an evening of unforgettable masterpieces including selections from "Fiddler on the Roof", Henry Mancini, "Chardash", "Parisian Stage" and many more pleasant surprises. Elena's studio top students will be special guests.
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Dr. Schimmel's Busy East Coast Fall Tourby Rita Barnea
|Dr. Schimmel's Busy East Coast Fall Tour|
Dr. Schimmel gave six concerts at the Park Avenue Armory, Sept 13, 14, 15, 26, 27 and 29. This was a residency that was part of the Music Under Construction series. It featured the music of Kurt Weill and the collaborations with soprano Lauren Flanigan, violist Julie Goodale and pianist Christopher Cooley.
On Sept 16 and 17, he performed with The New York Philharmonic in a concert titled "La Dolce Vita", which featured music from the Italian Cinema
On September 18, 19 and 20, Dr. Schimmel appeared at The Philadelphia Fringe Festival performing Luciano Berio’s "Sequenza 13 (Chanson)" in a staged environment conducive to the time when it was written in the 1990’s (Grunge, Nirvana, Gainsbourg etc). All of the other Sequenzas (14 in all) were performed as well and the audience could move from station to station at will. David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer stated: “Accordionist Bill Schimmel gave Sequenza #13 such richness you wanted repeated performances. With music this challenging, that’s saying a lot”
Dr. Schimmel's future performances include:
On October 16 and 17, Dr. Schimmel will be featured in Elliot Sharp’s new opera "Port Bou". The performances will take place at The Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. It is about the last day of philosopher Walter Benjamin.
On October 23, He will perform in Chaya Chernowin’s Winter Songs at Miller Theatre at Columbia University with the International Contemporary Ensemble ICE.
On November 10, He will be the featured guest with The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble at the William Paterson College in New Jersey. He will premiere his own works: Concerto for Accordion and mallet instruments and New York Classical for Accordion and Vibes along with his Accordiomass.
On December 6, he will appear with Christina Fontinelli at her yearly Christmas in Italy at New York’s Skirball Center performing his own “reality” on Rossini’s La Danza.
On December 7, He will perform new works by Columbia University composers at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn.
On December 9, he will perform the same program as on November 10 - at Connecticut
Dr. Schimmel and Micki Goodman’s new Video Small Hotels can be seen on YouTube.
William Schimmel is a virtuoso accordionist, author, philosopher and composer. He is one of the principle architects in the tango revival in America, the resurgence of the accordion and the philosophy of Musical Reality (composition with pre-existing music). He received his diploma from the Neupauer Conservatory of Music and his BM, MS and DMA degrees from the Juilliard School. He has taught at the Juilliard School , Brooklyn College CUNY, Upsala College, New School University, Neupauer Conservatory (dean) and has lectured on accordion related subjects at Princeton , Columbia , Brandeis, University of Missouri , Duke University, Manhattan School of Music, the Graduate Center CUNY, Santa Clara University, The Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava, Czech Republic and at Microsoft.
Dr. William Schimmel has performed with virtually every major symphony orchestra in America (and the Kirov ) including a longstanding relationship with the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as virtually every chamber music group in New York including Ensemble Sospeso and the Odeon Jazz Ensemble.
Pop star colleagues range from Sting to Tom Waits, who has made the legendary statement: Bill Schimmel doesn't play the accordion, he is the accordion”.
He is founder of the Tango Project, which, in addition to his hit recordings with them, has appeared with Al Pacino in the film: Scent of a Woman, for which Pacino won an Oscar. The Tango Project also won the Stereo Review Album of the Year Award, received a Grammy nomination and rose to number I on the Billboard Classical Charts. He can be heard in other films including True Lies, Kun Dun and many others including films that he both scored and performed and a series of films for the Nature Conservancy which have won numerous prizes in documentary categories.
He is an authority of the music of Kurt Weill, having recorded all of Weill's music that employs the accordion.
He is a prolific composer with many commissions from concert music to Broadway and off-Broadway. He has written countless accordion pieces for himself and others including a test piece for the Coupe Mondiale, the accordions' most prestigious world competition. His Portrait No I for orchestra was conducted by the late Leopold Stockowski.
Dr. Schimmel's theatre works in collaboration with Micki Goodman have made accordion history.
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Guy Klucevsek to Present Original Compositions in New Yorkby Rita Barnea
|Accordionist/composer Guy Klucevsek will perform solos he composed for collaborations with Karen Bamonte, David Dorfman, Dan Hurlin, Victoria Marks; and for the audio book of "Accordion |
Crimes," by E. Annie Proulx at Musicial Ecologis: A monthly symposium on music and sound.
The performance takes place on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 8:PM at the Old Stone House in Washington Park, 5th Ave. & 3rd St. Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Admission is by contribution. $10 is suggested.
For further information: 718-768-3195
Richard Galliano at the Jazz Standard in NYCby Rita Barnea
|The Richard Galliano Quintet will perform at The Jazz Standard in New York City, October 23rd to 26th, 7.30pm. There will be two shows per day: $25-$30.Tickets are available, and seating is not reserved.|
Richard Galliano was born in Cannes, France in 1950, the son of an accordion teacher and a student of the instrument from the age of four. Galliano was fourteen when he discovered the music of trumpeter Clifford Brown – and later the works of adventurous accordionists from Brazil (Sivuca), Italy (Felice Fugazza), and the US (Art Van Damme).
Over time, Galliano developed his patented “new musette” style, breathing new life into a thoroughly French tradition; he has played on countless recordings by French pop artists like Charles Aznavour and Juliette Gréco, as well as with Chet Baker, Toots Thielemanns, and Ron Carter. On such exceptional albums as New York Tango (1996, with George Mraz, Al Foster and Birélli Lagrène).
Ricardo Galliano’s technical command, mastery of phrasing, and rainbow palette of tonal colors have allowed him to surmount musical barriers with a sound that cuts across all genres.
The quintet includes:
Richard Galliano – accordion
Josh Nelson – piano
Peter Bernstein – guitar
George Mraz – bass
Mauricio Zottarelli – drums
Richard Galliano released his new CD, "Richard Galliano Sentimentale" on September 30, 2014 available now.
The Jazz Standard is located on 116 East 27th Street, New York, NY
For tickets call: 212-576-2232
Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys to Perform in Franceby Rita Barnea
|The 19th ‘Le Grand Soufflet Festival’ Cajun and Zydeco festival takes place at Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France, from October 2nd to 11th. Featured are Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys, from Louisiana who will perform on Friday October 10th, 9:PM, at the Parc du Thabor in Rennes.|
Zydeco Music is most identified by the accordionists who lead the band. Chenier. Chavis. Delafose. A male-dominated music, but over the last 12 years, Rosie Ledet, a one-row diatonic accordionist and singer, has carved out a unique spot in the Zydeco pantheon due to her unique style.
Singing in both Creole French and English, Rosie is known for her songwriting ability, as well as her bluesy, sexy singing voice. In fact, her music has often been described as "blues with an accordion." She has established herself as one of a handful of female Zydeco accordionists.
Members of the group are:
Rosie Ledet ~ Lead Vocals & Accordion
Andre Nizzari ~ Guitar, Keyboard, & Vocals
Chuck Bush ~ Bass & Vocals
Lukey Ledet ~ Drums
Malcolm Walker ~ Scrubboard & Vocals
Other guests appearing at the Parc du Thabor include Lindigo & Fixi on Sunday October 5th, 4.30 PM and accordionist Mériadec Gouriou on October 10, 2014 at 9pm, sharing the bill with Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys.
Rob Reich in Concertsby Rita Barnea
|Rob Reich is an acclaimed accordionist, pianist, and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A talented instrumentalist and an inventive composer, Rob is steeped in many traditions.|
In addition to being a versatile solo performer, Rob can be heard playing with many top notch ensembles. He is a member of Tin Hat, Gaucho and The Nice Guy Trio, and freelances with many other Bay Area bands.
Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory. As a composer, Rob has strong fundamentals; stylistic breadth; and an original, irreverent voice.
Most recently, he was commisioned by David Herrera Performance Company to produce music for "The Stranger, part 1"; a 40-minute dance performance which was premiered in April 2013 Rob is composer / music director for Circus Bella, and in 2011 released a Kickstarter-funded CD of original music for a 10-piece band.
In 2010, Rob was commissioned by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival to compose "Sidewalks and Alleys", performed and recorded on this CD by the Nice Guy Trio and an all-star string quartet. Rob has written music for various collaborative projects ranging from a tune for a sexy double trapeze act to the score to a beautiful dance film noir, to a silly song about shoes.He can be followed on Facebook and Youtube.
His upcoming performances include:
Sun, Oct 5: Gaucho 11:30am - 2:30pm Boxing Room, 399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA, US
Sun, Oct 5: Gaucho 5pm - 8pm Brenda's French Soul Food, SF
Sun, Oct 5: Rob Reich (solo accordion) 9pm - 11pm Dogwood, Oakland
Wed, Oct 8: Rob Reich / Ila Cantor / Dan Fabricant 5pm - 7pm The Page Bar, 298 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, US
Wed, Oct 8: Gaucho 8pm - 10pm Amnesia, SF
Sun, Oct 12: Gaucho 5pm - 8pm Brenda's French Soul Food, SF
Sun, Oct 19: Gaucho 5pm - 8pm Brenda's French Soul Food, SF
Mon, Oct 20: Rob Reich (solo accordion) 7pm - 9pm Divine Cafe, SF
Wed, Oct 22: Emily Asher's Garden Party 9pm - 12am Wednesday Night Hop 1400 N Shoreline Blvd # A, Mountain View, California 94043
Thu, Oct 23: Emily Asher's Garden Party 9:20pm - 12:30am 920 Special Russian Center, 2460 Sutter St, SF
Fri, Oct 24: Emily Asher's Garden Party 6:30pm - 9:30pm Amnesia, SF
Sun, Oct 26: Gaucho 5pm - 8pm Brenda's French Soul Food, SF
Sun, Oct 26: Emily Asher's Garden Party 9pm - 11pm Duende
Wed, Oct 29: Gaucho 8pm - 10pm Amnesia, SF
Thu, Oct 30: Rob Reich solo accordion 5pm - 7pm Doc's Lab
Rob has released many CD's including "Tin Hat, "Gaucho", "Circus Bella All Star Band" "Nice Guy Trio" plus more.
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Long Island Accordion Alliance Features Mary Tokarskiby Rita Barnea
|The next meeting of the Long Island Accordion Alliance (LIAA) sponsored by La Villini Restaurant is on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 at 6:PM|
The LIAA is in their fourth year of celebrating the accordion on Long Island. Come and enjoy the festive music of the Long Island Accordion Alliance (LIAA), featured guest artist internationally acclaimed accordionist Mary Tokarski.
Concert Accordionist, Mary Tokarski performs both nationally and internationally as a soloist, with Symphony Orchestras, with String Quartets and as a member of The 'K' Trio. Mary has appeared as a soloist with the Prince George’s Philharmonic (Maryland), the Moravian Symphony (Czech Republic), the Auckland Symphony (New Zealand), The Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts), the Waterbury Symphony (Connecticut), the Bronxville Pops Orchestra (New York), the Hamden Symphony Orchestra (Connecticut) and most recently with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Massachusetts).
Mary toured mainland China with the Mantovani Orchestra, performing both in the orchestra and as a soloist, appeared in the orchestra for the musical “Fiddler On The Roof”, performed with the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center Orchestra in the full sound track for “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” complete with the film, and in the Opera “Four Saints In Three Acts” by Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein.
Mary was recently featured in the Westport Country Playhouse production of “Sing For Your Shakespeare” created by Wayne Barker, Mark Lamos and Deborah Grace Winer.
For 20 years Mary served as Director of Music Education at Tokarski Music Center in North Haven, Connecticut, where she taught piano and accordion, conducted the choral & ensemble programs, supervised the pre-school programs, and served as a Music Educator in the North Haven Department of Education's Early Childhood Development Program.
Mary currently teaches accordion and piano at her home in Northford, Connecticut. In collaboration with Karen Malan-Uribe (an English as a Second Language teacher in the Washington, D.C. area) and Joan Geller Grauman (an amazing illustrator/artist from Maryland), Mary selected and recorded the music and narration for the guided reader children’s book “An Accordion! What Is That?” released in 2010, and now in an iBook format.
Mary has performed internationally in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland and Switzerland – as well as extensively here in the United States. As a two-time United States Champion she represented the U.S. in the Coupe Mondiale (World Championship) events in Belgium and France, and now serves on the Board of Directors for the American Accordionists Association, is one of the founders of the Connecticut Accordion Association, and is a member of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, Intl.
In addition, Mary presents Workshops and Master Classes on improving musical skills, and coaches on all aspects of performance throughout the U.S. and Canada, and recently at the Peter Soave Music Academy in Sauris, Italy. Sought after for her adjudicating skills, Mary has served numerous associations as a “regular” at festivals around the U.S. as well as serving on prestigious jury panels for world events.
New Release: “Have Yourself A Mary Merry Christmas” – a collection of Mary’s favorite listening music for the Holidays! Her previous 2 solo CDs, “Music with Mary . . . for my friends!” and “Music with Mary . . . with my friends!” have received international acclaim . . . and . . . Mary was chosen by New Zealand composer Gary Daverne to perform many of his compositions for accordion and symphony orchestra on his CD release “Rhapsody”. As a member of The "K" Trio, Mary has 3 CD releases: "Images", "Take 2", and "Classically, the "K" Trio".
For more information, to book a presentation or coaching session, or to order a CD, Mary can be reached at www.accordions.com/mary .
October 1st concert takes place at:
La Villini Restaurant
288 Larkfield Road.
East Northport, NY 11731
6:PM Phone: 631 261 6344
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Emmanuel Gasser to Perform at Oktoberfestby Rita Barnea
|Published on Sep 18, 2014. Emmanuel Gasser plays his original composition, "The Happy Farmer Polka".|
Canadian accordionist, 18 year old Emmanuel Gasser who lives in Saint-Charles, Ontario, will perform at the 1st Annual Oktoberfest sponsored by the Northern Lights Festival Boreal (NLFB).
Northern Lights Festival Boréal is a seasoned presenter of roots, indie, world and modern music in Northern Ontario. For 43 years, NLFB has presented its annual three day festival on the shores of Lake Ramsey, featuring renowned musical icons along with exciting emerging acts. Using the knowledge and experience gained from years of presenting a diversity of music and art, NLFB is launching a brand new festival event: Northern Lights OktoberFest.
This will be the first major Oktoberfest event for Northern Ontario, and is guaranteed to be a hit! The event, scheduled for October 3rd and 4th, will feature: craft beer tasting from a variety of breweries, a full lineup of great live music; German style foods, cultural activities and much more.
The event is both a fundraiser for NLFB and a harvest celebration, which will take place in Bell Park, along Paris St., under several giant tents. “We are beyond excited to announce this new event,” says Max Merrifield, Executive Director of the organization. “Seeing the success and reception of similar events in other regions (such as Kitchener-Waterloo), we are sure this is an event that will grow and prosper in Sudbury.”
NLFB has teamed up with Sudbury’s German Language School in order to foster a rich and interesting cultural aspect of the event. Attendees may learn a little German or a little more about Bavarian culture, while having a ton of fun. Musical programming will involve some traditional and contemporary German content, mixed with a variety of great dance bands and energetic musical entertainers.
The lineup will include two internationally renowned accordionists hailing from Sudbury: Iona Reed as well as Emmanuel Gasser, an 18-year-old virtuoso accordionist, composer, and international award winner who will be the featured performer on Friday, October 3rd from 7-8:PM.
For further information on the NLFB: 705-674-5512
Accordionist Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newtonby Rita Barnea
|Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton talks about how music connects us. Artist profile video by Lucas Langworthy|
"Daddy Squeeze" has been playing offbeat accordion music since 1987, when he won the Nebraska State Accordion Contest at the Czech Festival in Wilber, Nebraska. He has used the squeeze box for playing all kinds of music not normally associated with free-reed instruments, as well as standard accordion material.
Daddy Squeeze also enjoys mixing up styles and genres that don't generally seem compatible. "Music out of context", or "Ethno-clectic Bop" is the result of his gender-bending experiments with Celtic, Tex-Mex, Creole, Blues, Jazz, Scandinavian, Polka and pop music.
Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton has been dazzling audiences with his vast repertoire and creative accordion style for over 30 years. He is a talented composer/arranger who has produced over 25 recordings. Dan has appeared at dozens of festivals in Finland, Canada, Austria and across the USA. He has performed at Lincoln Center in New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Winnipeg Folk Festival and more.
Dan's fresh approach to the much-maligned squeeze-box and his mind-boggling repertoire of both original and traditional material will change the mind of the most hardened accordion skeptic. Dan draws influences for songs and tunes from such sources as French Musette, Gypsy Swing, Cajun, Jug band, Tex-Mex and Cumbia. He calls this global gumbo “ethnoclectic” music.
Daddy Squeeze entertains and enlightens his audiences with stories and colorful anecdotes about the accordion and his experiences while making a living playing the instrument he loves.
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Angel Accordionists Grace Top of National Cathedralby Pamela Tom
|Accordions can be found everywhere in the world…even gracing the top of the Washington National Cathedral (WNC) located in Washington, D.C. |
Jay Hall Carpenter who earned his reputation during 20 years as sculptor for the WNC was commissioned to design models for most of west towers including angel musicians ........
Read the full article at: AccordionAngels
Jazz accordionists Frank Petrilli & Eddie Monteiro in concert, Washington, DC areaby Joan Grauman
|Softly As In a Morning Sunrise.mp4|
video from Petrilli
The audience at the September meeting of the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society was treated to a very special performance by Guest Artist Frank Petrilli and surprise guest, jazz great, Eddie Monteiro.
The gifted duo dazzled the audience with their beautiful music, which was totally unrehearsed. Los Angeles based jazz accordionist, Frank Petrilli, performed on his new Petosa. (see article on Frank Petrilli in Accordion USA, September, 2014). New Jersey’s Eddie Monteiro plays a very special midi accordion with a 3-4 octave bass range. Only eight of these instruments were ever made. Eddie recently played on Broadway in a production of "Evita" and in Massachusetts with Chita Rivera.
Manny Corallo, Guest Artist at the LIAAby Dominic Karcic
|Accordionist Manny Corallo was the featured guest artist at the recent Long Island Accordion Alliance (LIAA) meeting on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at La Villini Restaurant in East Northport, NY. He was accompanied by his very close friend and drummer Tony Drago. Their very diversified program covered classical, jazz, pop and ethnic selections and was greatly appreciated by the room filled with patrons.|
Corallo is a very highly gifted accordionist and arranger who has mastered the instrument and achieved virtuoso abilities. He is one of the members of the acclaimed "Amazing Accordion Kings" that features noted jazz accordionist Angelo DiPippo.
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Brooklyn Accordion Club to Feature Mary Tokarski and Nathan Chapetonby Rita Barnea
|On Sunday, October 14, 2014 from 2-4 PM the Brooklyn Accordion Club will have two special guests: Mary Tokarski, a concert accordionist, and her student Nathan Chapeton (14 years old), who will represent the U.S. and compet in ethe Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Division at the Coupe Mondiale 2014 in Austria.|
Mary Tokarski will provide a workshop "TECHNIC - YOUR STYLE, YOUR WAY", and Nathan will play his program for the competition.
If you are interested in performing a piece or two at the meeting, please email the BAC. Beginners and first timers are welcome.
Nathan Chapeton, through the Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign, has raised the necessary funds to support his travels to Salzburg, Austria for the Coupe Mondiale 2014. Nathan has been qualified by the American Accordion Association.
His worthwhile ideal is to "Introduce the Accordion to the modern world" and keep the tradition and music of this beautiful instrument alive for the next generation. His future 4 year goal is to pursue further University studies upon completion of High School and find further grants for this.
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Tekla Klebetnica Folk Group Visits Texas Againby Rita Barnea
|As contributed by James Smock:|
After a very sucessful tour of Texas last year, four members of the Polish folk group Tekla Klebetnica, Zygmunt Czupryn, Anna Adamowska, Wojciech Świerczyna, and Marcin Bobak will be coming back to Texas in September and October as guests of Bryan residents Jim and Kathy Mazurkiewicz.
The talented group came in second place in “Mam Talent” or “Got Talent” in Warsaw last year competing with contestants from Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia and other countries. They were the only musical group to make the finals with over 8,000 different performances that originally applied for the contest.
Tekla Klebetnica will be busy playing their beautiful music at various venues in Texas for almost a month. Their Texas tour will include performances in Houston, Austin, College Station, Chappell Hill, Anderson, Floresville and Bremond including a special Polish Day performance at the State Capitol as guests of Governor Perry. They will also play and sing at Catholic Mass for Our Lady of Czestochowa in Houston, St. Mary in Bremond and St. Stanislaus in Anderson.
The “Tekla Klebetnica” band began their career in 2006, when Zygmunt and Ania met playing Polish Highlander music together. Over time, they were interested in looking into other folk music including traditional Polish, Slovakian, Hungarian, Romanian and Gypsy melodies performed in their own arrangements.
Each of the four musicians was connected to music since childhood from the ages of 5 and 6 years old. Later, Ania and Marcin studied music at the Music Academy in Katowice and Marek studied at the Music Academy in Krakow. Zygmunt is the only one of the group that is self-taught.
In addition, Ania and Marcin grew up with traditional Polish folk music, Marek with Slovakian and Gypsy music and Zygmunt was a member of an orchestra and they each draw inspiration from their roots. They have played all over Europe including countries such as Ireland, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy, Georgia and Uzbekistan. They have played in many festivals including Taca Dancer, Musicastrada, Sharq Taronalari, Art Gen, The World of Accordion and many others. One of their musical highlights was performing with world gypsy musician and European Star, Maestro Roby Lakatos and his ensemble.
Tekla Klebetnica Performances in Texas:
Thursday, October 2, 2014 Marcin and Wojciech, two of the four musicians leave for Poland to return to college
Thursday, October 2, 2014 Ania and Zygmunt leave for the International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 12 noon Play with Jim Mazurkiewicz and Polska Kapela for the Scarecrow festival in Chappell Hill
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Play for St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Anderson at 2:00 p.m. Play with Brian Marshal and friends for St. Stanislaus Annual Homecoming
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Zygmunt and Ania leave for Poland to return to work and college
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The Flashing Accordionby Donna Dee Ray
|I have been asked by Lynn Ewing, President of SFAC, to share my special story. The San Francisco Accordion Club, and Paul Cain in particular, were “instrumental” in bringing a nearly five decade pursuit of mine to a beautiful conclusion.|
I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and studied accordion from Joan Cochran Sommers from age six through eighteen. During that time I was concert mistress for the UMKC Accordion Orchestra and won first place in the AAA Virtuoso division at age seventeen. My intent was to attend college at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music concentrating in Accordion. Instead, upon high school graduation, I went on tour with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians playing Cordovox in the orchestra, and eventually married Dennis Ray, a singer with the group.
At age twelve, my father bought me a special accordion from Cecil and Joan Cochran, the future Joan Sommers. I did not know that it was one of a kind but I loved it as did all of my friends. It was a Giulietti accordion with lights corresponding to notes being played. A year before my wedding, money was short and I sold that accordion to pay for my wedding dress. My immature thinking was that I would be playing Cordovox for the rest of my days and would not need this accordion.
For years I regretted letting that accordion go and searched decades for it. My husband heard about my “Light- Up Accordion” all those years but he had never seen it. I always wished that my children and grandchildren could have enjoyed seeing it played. My search for that accordion ended last year when I learned that it belonged to a collector of accordions. Joan Sommers sent me an email attachment of a San Francisco Accordion Club newsletter with a picture of Paul Cain holding that treasured accordion.
I contacted Paul by email once to let him know that I was the original owner. I simply said that if he ever decided to sell it to please let me know. I am a board member for the Accordionists and Teachers Guild and knew seeing the accordion at the 2014 ATG festival was going to be bittersweet. It had been 47 years since it was in my possession. Somehow over the years, it made its way to San Francisco and was in the estate of John Molinari, a prominent virtuoso accordionist, teacher, and a Giulietti-sponsored artist and dealer.
Two years ago, Paul Cain purchased a half-dozen accordions from the granddaughter of John Molinari. This unique light-up accordion was among the accordions that had been stored for years in a basement garage. The granddaughter did not know where it came from, but said that it had been in the family for years. Paul restored these accordions and added them to his large collection of sixty accordions. For this accordion, he converted the system from AC powered to a battery pack system and replaced incandescent flash light bulbs with LED lights.
I know that this prototype one-of-a-kind accordion must have been Paul Cain’s most prized accordion in his collection. During the week of the ATG festival, I again said a few times, “If you ever decide to sell it, please let me know.” I did not really believe he would ever be interested in parting with it.
Well, the night before the last day of the festival, Paul sat down beside me and said, “You have an accordion that I would like to have.” I had forgotten mentioning that I had a fabulous new acoustic/digital accordion that I was going to have to sell because it was too heavy for me to manage. I cautiously said, “Do you mean you would trade the lighted Giulietti?” I would have mortgaged my house to get this treasured accordion back in my possession. A trade was perfect! You cannot put a price on something that is priceless.
Paul is very happy and I am overjoyed! “I left my heart in San Francisco” when I brought my Light-Up Giulietti Accordion home after a 47-year absence.
Information about Donna:
Donna Dee (Anderson) Ray began taking accordion lessons at age six from Joan Cochran Sommers. At age fifteen she became concert mistress of the fifty-member Accordion Orchestra at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She won the American Accordionists Association Virtuoso Championship at age seventeen.
The following year, upon high school graduation, Donna Dee began touring with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians playing Cordovox as an orchestra member and featured soloist. During her five-year stint, she met her husband, Dennis Ray, who was a singer with the group. They discontinued touring to start their family. Later, Donna Dee and Dennis formed a musical duo. They also performed many years with their three children.
When The Ray Family children grew up, Donna Dee transitioned into becoming an elementary school music teacher continuing her joy of teaching music to children. Mrs. Ray recently retired from a twenty-eight year teaching career. In addition to music classroom teaching, she directed outstanding extra-curricular performance groups at her school to include Chorus, Chime Choir and Orff ensembles. She has often been a guest clinician/director for All-County groups in her county and other counties around the state of Florida.
Donna Dee earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Central Florida. In 2002, she earned National Board Certification, the first year it opened to music teachers. She has earned Levels I, II, and III certifications in Orff pedagogy which is an approach that uses "process-teaching", incremental steps, to achieve successful performance outcomes for young music students.
“From Broadway to the Met …. plus” features Dominic Karcicby Rita Barnea
|“From Broadway to the Met …. plus” featuring vocalist Cheryl Spielman and accordionist Dominic Karcic - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 |
Come hear the music from the American Song Book, Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, Opera, Operetta plus much more with vocalist Cheryl Spielman and accompanied by accordionist Dominic Karcic.
Place: La Villini Restaurant
288 Larkfield Road.
East Northport, NY 11731
Reservations are recommended. Seating is limited.
Contact: Frank 631.261.6344
Accordion Pops Orchestra Presents Tribute to Carmen Carrozzaby Rita Barnea
|The Accordion Pops Orchestra conducted by Al Terzo will present a memorial tribute to Carmen Carrozza on Sunday, November 2,2014 at 2:PM at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, 88 Route 173 West, hampton, New Jersey.|
The Commentator and Master of Ceremonies will be Lenny Feldmann. Featured performers include accordionist Havard Svensrud, Flautist Andrea Maurer, and Lou Coppola and the Stereo Strings.
For tickets and information: Rosemarie Cavanaugh 732-257-8198
Pedone-Ballarini Accordion Clinic in Texas on Dec. 11-15by Rita Barnea
|The Texas Accordion Clinic will be held in New Braunfels, Texas at the TBarM Ranch from Dec. 11-15, 2014.|
At this event there will be nothing but fun, good food, good music….. five days of accordion and a great opportunity to learn and hear some of the greatest performers, composers, and teachers in the accordion world.
Topic will include Embellishments, Technique, Computer Music/Writing, Bellows Technique Ala Tony Lovello, Delivering Your Message, Fake Books and Harmonizing.
The accordion clinic features: Five Days, Participants Concerts, Solo performances daily, Study Groups/Bands of 4-6 people, Ballroom Dancing Every Night, Guest Artist Tony Lovello, Group Lessons, Workshops, Jam Sessions, Concerts Daily, Beautiful Learning Environment, Good Food and Drink, Impromptu Performances and much more!
Nick Ballarini began accordion studies in Chicago at the ae of eight with Armando Pizzi, Antonio Rosanova who wrote Phil Baker Method Books, and Anthony Rizzo. At the age of 14, he could play note for note along with Dick Contino recordings and began to perform Professionally as a soloist at "Rany's on Miochigan Avenue".
The US Navy with its School of Music, was an excellent place for Nick to hone his skills as an accordionist and pianist by playing in big bands combos and concert bands. After an honorable discharge, he resumed work in Chicago and began teaching accordion, piano, and organ. While teaching for Lyon and Healy, he began accordion studies with Leon Sash.
Now residing in Dallas, Texas with his family, Nick plays for weddings, corporate events and jazz festivals as an accordionist/pianist and band leader including the Avignon Quintet and The Alpine Five. During Nick'es career, he has performed with many prominent musicians such as Lucian Pavarotti, Mel Torme, and the Chieftans. Nick's long term goals include recording and composition while he continues with his performances, accordion repair/restoration and sales.
Mario Pedone is originally from a small town near Bari in Southern Italy. At the age of 8, Mario and his family moved to Valencia, Venzuela where he learned to play the accordion under the direction of several renowned professors, earning a degree as an accordion 'maestro'. He is a participant and director for several prestigious events and organizations, including his own school, Academia Latina de Acordeon.
Mario has performed professionally in South America, Europe and Canada with an extensive repertoire of classical, Latin, European and American standards, as well as award-winning original compositions.
The deadline for registration is November 25, 2014.
For further information: Email Nick Ballarini