National Accordion Convention - Texas Style
March 7-10, 200
Holiday Inn Convention Center
700 East Central Parkway
(Hwy 75 between Park and Parker)
Make those reservations today
so we can book the entire hotel!
$59.00 per night
Piazzolla - Creator of Tango Nuevo
presented by Lidia Kaminska
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA - creator
of Tango Nuevo
up" and "Speak up"
Hands-on workshops by Garland Toastmasters Club
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The "fear of speaking in public" is often listed as one of our greatest fears! It is also a fact that many musicians are expected to be great public speakers, but very few accordionists are comfortable speaking in public. Once again, the Texas Accordion Association is first to offer unique professional training for the accordion world.
Apply Your Convention-based Toastmaster
Learning More about Toastmasters International
and Charlie Blake Present . . .
Platform Music Ministry; i.e., "Stage Musicians"
"The odds and ends of being a Professional Musician"
|This is definitely a new concept for the
Texas Accordion Association. While standing in front of a live audience,
platform musicians must be ready to respond to anything at anytime. For
example, while performing a musical arrangement, the pastor or priest may
walk on the platform and request that the musicians play something totally
different. The platform musician must immediately convert the present selection
into the requested selection. This session is good preparation for non-church
performances such as restaurant owners suddenly demanding that the musician
switch from a lively polka to play "Happy Birthday" for a customer.
If the Blakes know how to "keep a minister happy", they can sure
help any musician. Attending this seminar will help you know how to handle
Rebecca Blake is a faculty member in the music department at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Her degrees include Bachelor of Arts in piano performance and Bachelor of Science in music education, both from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. She also holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has 13 years of teaching experience at the collegiate level. She serves as co-minister of music with her husband at Dallas First Assembly of God, Dallas, Texas.
Charles Blake spent 13 years performing
alongside evangelist Jimmy Swaggart in foreign and domestic crusades as
crusade organist. He has recorded album projects in Nashville, TN with
Jimmy Swaggart and many other artists. He enjoys arranging music for small
orchestras and stage bands. Charles plays the Celtic harp, piano, organ
and the accordion. He and his wife Rebecca are currently Ministers of
Music at Dallas First Assembly of God, Dallas, Texas. Charlie arranged
the Gospel Medley that Becky will be directing at the end of the Saturday
Smorgasbord; this group will do a live performance on Saturday'.
|The Return of "Alexander The Great!"|
|It is with great pleasure that we announce
that 5-time Grammy winner, Tim Alexander, is returning to the National Accordion
Convention. When he appeared in the 1999 convention, people were amazed
with his presentation of the button accordion. As he says: "It pays
to know musical theory while playing the button accordion." Tim is
a trained classical pianist who played progressive country music with a
musical group called "Asleep at the Wheel." He won the Grammy
awards while performing with this group. He discovered accordions several
years ago, and has been experimenting with them ever since. He seems to
prefer the diatonic and was featured on the Hohner Accordion Company poster
a few years ago. He has spent some time studying both the chromatic and
piano accordions, too. He will be conducting two workshops, one for the
diatonic people and the other for the general audience.
Tim Alexander's General Session
Alexander's Button Box Seminar
Another TAA-First: Two professionals with different backgrounds, joining together to do a highly specialized workshop!
For 2002, Alexander will be working with
Santiago Jimenez (Flaco's borther) to teach push/pull principles, relationship
to harmonica, tabulator available. TexMex 3-row: Characteristics, relationship
between Euro-Polka/waltz and TexMex Polka (schottische), chromatic runs
on 3-row diatonic, chords-arpeggios, tricks ("waggle", "run-up",
"stupggened (?) 10ths", Cajun 1-row: Characteristics, left-hand
principles and basic positions. Tim and Santiago will meet each other
for the first time at this convention; however, since they are both into
Conjunto music, be ready for a fantastic event. Santiago lived the music
and Tim has researched and mastered it!
Converting "Simplistic Music" into "Fantastic Music!"
Training for those wishing to perform with duets, trios, ensembles, and orchestras
Alice Aman, from the Colorado-based Monarch
Accordion Company, will share some of the secrets that have made the Aman
family such outstanding musicians. Alice will not just TELL you how they
play so beautifully; this hands-on workshop will have you in the driver's
seat as she teaches you how to accomplish some of the techniques that
she believes make an accordionist a real musician: Phrasing, articulation,
"clean playing," the use of accents, etc.
Gearing your Performance to the Right Audience
For years, Jim's workshops have been a fun and entertaining experience for convention attendees. This year, Jim Rommel will be presenting another of his very popular workshops entitled: "Gearing your Performance to the Right Audience."
Whether you are playing professionally
for a large crowd, or just playing for an informal gathering of friends,
this workshop will teach you tricks and techniques on how to size up your
audience and give them the best entertainment you have to offer. Jim will
discuss topics such as:
Sir John Simkus, The Chicago Jazz King
|Dynamics, dynamics, dynamics, what the heck
are dynamics, I never saw one. OK, lets try expression, feelings, moods
and phrases. These are some of the things we will talk about in this year's
workshop. These techniques can and should be applied to all music, ethnic,
jazz, classical, you name it!
INTRODUCTION TO THE BAYAN
by Jim Wadowick
Selection: Tailspin (Pietro Frosini)
by Arleen Faulkner, TX: Roundtable
|This roundtable consist of Internet resources
to cover, teachers, accordions, music, and just general information. If
you don't use the Internet we will have teaching videos, CD's, tapes, and
books for you to look at. If you need help with button or piano accordion
information, please stop by. We will certainly try to help you find resources.
|Gordon Kohl (CA) - "Fill-ins"|
| The master teacher/performer will be teaching
musical enhancements from his new book entitled "Fill-ins."
from Fake Books
by Mary Medrick, TX
Mary Medrick is still on her crusade to encourage accordionists to "play nice" with others, whether accordions or singers or instrumentalists of all kinds. Improving your ensemble playing calls for attention to rhythm and understanding the progression of chords. This workshop will give some basics and some advanced tricks for accompanying --- when someone else has the melody. Discussion topics will include: Driving Defensively, Yielding the Right-of-Way, Reading the Road signs and Signaling for Turns.
Technique: Piano Accordion
by Rob Steinhofer, MN
A. Introduction to the Irish B/C Diatonic
One class will address the following subjects:
Rob will also be available for private lessons after the workshop. Sheet music for sample tunes will be handed out along with recommended Irish accordion music resources. Traditional Irish Tune books will be available for sale.
B. Playing Music for Traditional Irish Session
In one class we will go into the following areas:
by Santiago Jimenez, Jr.
By popular demand, Santiago is returning
to the annual International Accordion Convention. A master of the button
accordion, Santiago is the son of Conjunto pioneer Don Santiago Jimenez,
Sr., and brother of Flaco Jimenez. Santiago has dedicated himself to preserving
the style and memory of his father's music, garnering three Grammy nominations
on his journey.
|The Diatonic Button Accordion and Cleveland-Style Polka Music by Ron Pivovar|
|This workshop will present the history (with
accordion music) of the development of old country folk music into an Americanized
style of polka music in Cleveland, Ohio. Highlights will include: immigration,
early contributors, examples of structure, melody, harmony, and form, the
impact of radio and recordings, the popularity apex and the decline. The
current status of this music and the button accordion will also be addressed.
Biographic Information Ron Pivovar