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Editor's Note
Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion Festival Ready to Start - USA
V-Accordion Festival 2011 in Ontario, Canada on Sept. 8th
Las Vegas Accordion Convention, October 31st to November 3rd
Cory Pesaturo Performance at MAAA on September 25 and Other Performances
Mary Tokarski Featured Soloist with Hamden Symphony
3rd Annual Big Squeeze in Costa Mesa, California
2011 Southeast/Florida Accordion Association SMASH Nov.11-13
New Movie ‘Higher Ground’ Features Accordionist, New York – USA
Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS) Oktoberfest on Sept. 18

Voci Armoniche

Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

Successful 1st Historic Wallace Accordion Festival, Idaho
AAA Master Class and Concert Series-The Seminars-Was a Great Success
Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini at Peekskill Italian Festa, New York - USA‏
Nick Ariondo Peforms in L A Opera’s ‘Brundibar’, Hollywood – USA
Don Grzanna selling his CDs on MusicForAccordion
Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra Performs in Cape May, NJ
ACCORDIONS NOW! 2011….. A Newcomer's Viewpoint

Pigini USA distributor Ernest Deffner

Future events

"Accordion Heroes" Concert on October 4th, Seattle
Dallas Vietty and The Musette Project
William Cosby and Andre Fry in Concert in Virginia
Donna Maria Regis: Midwest Concert Tour
Long Island Accordion Alliance Meets on September 6th
‘Accordion Hallucinations’ Concert, Vancouver – Canada
16th Annual Stump Lake Threshing Bee Features Accordion - USA

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Editor's Note

by Rita Barnea
Rita Davidson, USA News EditorSummer may be ending soon, but accordion activities for the fall and winter are continuing all around the USA and Canada. I hope you were able to attend some of the many accordion events this past summer. They were amazing days of accordion concerts and camaraderie.

On my musical travels this summer, I was fortunate to meet many new accordion friends and that was a highlight of my summer. Those of you who already attend many accordion festivals know what I am talking about when I say that there is nothing like meeting and talking to another accordion enthusiast!

Everyone is so friendly and willing to share their talents no matter what their level. Music is a fantastic way to meet wonderful people. The accordion truly contributes to a life of fun and friendship. Become part of it! If you do not already play the accordion, try it!

Additionally, I am pleased to inform all that I will attend the 2011 Coupe Mondiale in October in Shanghai, China. Because I will be there on October 1st., I would greatly appreciate it if any news ideas, articles, etc. can kindly be submitted to me by September 20th to be considered for the 1st October USA News. Send to:

Thank you so much and I look forward to telling you all about my travels in the 1st November USA News.

Accordion Repairs Made Easy by John Reuther

Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion Festival Ready to Start - USA

by Heather Masefield, Secretary, New Zealand Accordion Association
Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion Festival
Paul PasqualiNewsletter cover, Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion FestivalI am writing this on the plane flying internationally to Las Vegas for the Octoberfest Las Vegas International from 15th to 18th October at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

Paul Betken & Jerry Cigler are newly added to a great line up of stars (list below) with lots of great seats still available! Want to hop a plane to come and enjoy this exciting festival?

Newsletter (picture right) with full information: 2018LVACnews.pdf
Picture left: Event organizer Paul Pasquali

The lineup starts with visionary accordionist Cory Pesaturo and bookends with a grand finale starring Grayson Masefield and the International Accordion Orchestra under the direction of the legendary Prof. Joan Sommers.

You can register online at or contact Paul Pasquali, event organizer, by phone at 1-800-472-1695 or (801) 485-5840, email:
Footer Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion Festival

The Ins and Outs of the Accordion by famous accordion repairer and tuner Thierry Benetoux

V-Accordion Festival 2011 in Ontario, Canada on Sept. 8th

by Rita Barnea
The Roland Nationals Finals will take place at the Hansa Haus in Mississauga, Ontario on September 8th, 2011 at 7:00PM. This event will feature performances by each semi-finalist, an adjudication of their performance by an expert jury, the presentation of prizes and announcement of the National Finals Grand Prize Winner! The event will be a free, family-friendly night of music and competition.

Roland Accordions is proud to announce the three semi-finalists for the 5th Roland V-Accordion Festival. They are: Michael Bridge from Toronto, Ontario; Eugene Laskiewicz from Mississauga, Ontario; Kimberley Pritchard from Brooklin, Ontario.

The Youth Division Grand Prize Winner is 17 year old YiFei Zhang (photo on right) from Edmonton, Alberta. He won a Roland FR-3x V-Accordion (MSRP: $3,899.00) and will perform at the Roland V-Accordion Festival National Finals event as a special guest performer.

Sebastian Carubia (photo on left) will also be a Special Guest Performer. Sebastian Carubia aspires to bring the accordion to another level of entertainment. Sebastian’s performance in the music video, "Stereo Love", by CP Records recording artist Mia Martina has created a renewed interest in the accordion among all age groups, including the Club Dance scene. Currently, Sebastian is working with Toronto musician/producer Jerry Caringi to create original dance tunes that will be released this fall. 

Check back on September 9th for a list of winners.

Titano Accordion Company

Las Vegas Accordion Convention, October 31st to November 3rd

by Rita Barnea
12th Las Vegas Accordion Convention Poster
The 12th Annual Las Vegas Accordion Convention will be held from October 31st to November 3rd. This year's event opens with a Masquerade Party on Halloween, October 31st.

Returning again will be the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra under the esteemed direction of Joan Sommers who received the AAA 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award in July at the AAA Festival in Charleston.

All are invited to join the orchestra which will perform in the Grand Finale concert. There will be rehearsals every day. Music is available as of September 7th. Email for further instructions.

The Las Vegas Accordion Convention features Frank Marocco, Alexander Sevastian, Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini, Mary Tokarski, and Angelo Di Pippo with the Accordion Kings. Other featured artists are Peter and Mady Soave, The Soundscape Trio, Bruce Gassman, Gina Brannelli, Gordon Kohl, and Pete Barbutti.

There are many benefits to attending the convention. You will make new friends from all over the world. You will see the latest in new accordions with factory exhibits. Hotel accommodations are very inexpensive. You will be inspired by hearing the finest accordionists and you will learn so much from them.

Seven meals, seven concerts, all special events and classes are included. The Special Room Rate is $34 per night!

The HOT LINE is a 24/7 messaging center that provides the latest up-to-date news and allows you to leave a message:
TOLL FREE 1-800-472-1695
INTERNATIONAL +01 801-486-1695 
For further information:

Voci Armoniche

Cory Pesaturo Performance at MAAA on September 25 and Other Performances

by Rita Barnea
Cory PesaturoAward-winning accordionist, Cory Pesaturo, will be the guest artist at the meeting of the Massachusetts Accordion Association on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at the Ciociaro Social Club (formerly the Nonantum Branch Library), 144 Bridge Street in Newton, MA. The music session begins at 1:30 PM and the guest artist presentation begins at 2:15 PM. Massachusetts Accordion Association meetings are open to the public. Admission is free.

Former world accordion champion, Bill Cosby, said this about Cory Pesaturo: “I don’t know if I have ever heard anyone who can match Cory’s fierce technical facility and musicianship that is so brilliantly and spontaneously applied to a staggering range of pop, jazz, ethnic and classical styles.”

Pesaturo’s most recent accomplishment was winning the international TV competition Primus Ikaalinen at the Sata-Häme Soi Festival in Finland.

Cory is a Rhode Island native who began studying accordion as a youngster – but soon distinguished himself when, at the age of 12, he accepted an invitation from President Clinton to perform at a White House function. Over the years, he made three return appearances to the Clinton White House.

Cory was graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music – as the first ever accordion major. In addition to his prowess on the acoustic accordion, Cory has also won the 2009 Coupe Mondiale Digital accordion category. Pesaturo’s program in Massachusetts will combine a performance and a workshop session. The workshop will describe some of the nuances that authenticate various music styles. His performance will feature a cross-section of his repertoire – including a demonstration of his renowned jazz improvisation skills.

The Massachusetts Accordion Association is a group of accordion enthusiasts. They conduct monthly meetings designed to encourage and enhance enjoyment of the accordion by its members and to facilitate sharing accordion music with the community. Players of all skill levels and of various types of accordions participate. Newcomers and the general public are cordially welcome.

Cory's future performances include:
September 1-5: Montmagny International Accordion Festival
September 8: Concert with "Zulu Time", promoting their new CD. Details in future issue
September 10: Sergio Franchi Memorial Concert, 1 Sergio Franchi Drive, Stonington, CT
September 24: Chan's Jazz, After 4 sell outs, Cory will return for a
5th time with jazz legends Bob Gullotti on Drums and Marty Ballou on Bass, 267 Main Street, Woonsocket, RI
September 25: Massachusetts Accordion Association
September 30: Franco Corso Concert with Cory Pesaturo and Mike Renzi, Robert's Hall, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI

For further information on Massachusetts Accordion Association Concert:
Dan Mackowiak; 508-393-3500;

For further information on other concerts:

Accordion Jazz Chords

Mary Tokarski Featured Soloist with Hamden Symphony

by Rita Barnea
Mary TokarskiConcert Accordionist, Mary Tokarski will be the featured soloist with the Hamden Symphony Orchestra at 3:00 PM on November 6, 2011 at the Hamden High School Auditorium, 2040 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT – Vesna Mehinovic, Conducting.

Mary will perform “Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra” by Gary Daverne, O.N.Z.M. from Auckland, New Zealand. Mary has recorded and performed this magnificent, lyrical music score several times with the composer conducting both the Auckland Symphony and the Moravian Symphony in the Czech Republic.

Gary is New Zealand’s most prolific and successful composer who has become a great supporter and arranger of music for the accordion, although he does not play the accordion. His arrangements and compositions for accordion orchestras and solo accordion are used extensively around the world.

Also included on the concert will be music by Wolf-Ferrari’s Secret of Suzanne Overture, selected arias from Mozart’s Don Giovanni featuring Daniel Schlorff, bass, and Beethoven’s Wellington's Victory.

In October 2011 , Mary will visit China to serve as a United States Delegate to the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) World Accordion Congress, and as a member of the International Jury Panel for the 2011 Coupe Mondiale. Mary was selected to perform at the 2009 Coupe Mondiale (World Championship) events in New Zealand as a soloist with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra and has judged at the Coupe Mondiale since 2008.

Along with accordionists from around the world, Mary served as Principal of her section in the World Accordion Orchestra since its inception in the United States in 2007.

Among her many awards, she was recently presented with the prestigious “Artist in Residence” position by the American Accordionists’ Association at a Lifetime Achievement Ceremony in New Jersey.

Performing both nationally and internationally as a soloist, with symphony orchestras and string quartets, Mary has traveled extensively this year within the United States, and also to China for a 5 city tour with the Mantovani Orchestra.

As a workshop presenter, Mary is sought out by numerous associations for presentations on all aspects of music, performance, and Master Classes.

For 20 years Mary served as Director of Music Education at Tokarski Music Center in North Haven, Connecticut, where she taught piano and accordion, as well as conducted the choral and ensemble programs, and supervised the pre-school programs.

Mary currently teaches piano and accordion at her home in Northford, Connecticut.

 She also served for many years as a Music Educator in the North Haven Department of Education's Early Childhood Development Program at Green Acres Elementary School, is currently 2nd Vice President of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) as well as on the Board of Directors with both The American Accordionists' Association (AAA) and the ATG which are the two national member organizations of the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes, (IMC-UNESCO).

For more HSO information: .
For further information: Mary can be reached at 203-484-5095 or by email at .

CD's and music by Gary Daverne available online
CD's of K Trio and Mary Tokarski available online


3rd Annual Big Squeeze in Costa Mesa, California

by Rita Barnea
Big Squeeze Poster
The 3rd Annual Big Squeeze takes place on Sunday, October 9th, at the Orange County Market Place, 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa, CA. The festival features an amazing array of accordionists and is focused on educating the community about the diversity of the accordion and how cool it really is.

The schedule includes
Main Squeeze Stage: “Mardi Gras”
10:30 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. Free Zydeco Dance Lesson with AJ Gibbs
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Bonne Musique Zydeco with Dennis Gurwell on Accordion
12:35 p.m. Mardi Gras Parade Arrival
12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. Lisa Haley and the Zydekats with Gigi "Gee" Rabe L.A.'s Accordion Diva
2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic with Andre Thierry on Button Accordion
Squeeze 2 Stage: ”Tex-Mex”
11:15 AM, 1:30 p.m. Free Line Dance Lessons with A J Gibbs
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Miguel Garcia and the Vaquetones with Jason Eoff on Accordion
2 PM to 3:30 Los Fabulocos with Jesus Cuevas on Button Accordion)
Squeeze 3 Stage: “International Music”
Near the Gourmet Food Truck Alley & Beer Garden
10:30 AM & 2 PMJim Gilman, The Squeezinator
11:15 AM to 12:15 PM Bobby Dietsch (International Music)
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM Jim Gilman and the Associates
1:30 & 2:30 PM Fred Mlakar and the Oberkrainers (Traditional Oktoberfest)
3 PM Open Jam Session with Jim Gilman, Bobby Dietsch, Fred Mlakar All instruments welcome. Song selection includes: Beer Barrel Polka, Blue Skirt Waltz, Daj-Daj-Daj and Just Because
Squeeze 4 Stage: "Salsa Cabaret"
10 a.m., Noon & 2:30 PMRoberto Rosa (Latin/Salsa/Jazz/Meringue)
11 AM Gigi "Gee" Rabe ,L.A.'s Accordion Diva & accordionist with Lisa Haley & the Zydekats)-Free Piano Accordion Lesson and Otono Lujan -Free Button Accordion Lesson
1 PM Ketchup Soup with Mrs. Hobbs, LA's "Post-Pop Cabaret Squeezebox Diva" and Miss December in the 2011 Accordion Babes Calendar (Folk/Blues/Cabaret)
2 & 3 PM Mr. Squeeze -Phil Parlapiano (Classic Blues/Zydeco/Originals)
Squeeze 5 presented by Roland Corporation: "Cowboy Carnivale"
10 AM & 3 PM Steven Albini, Internationally Acclaimed, Italian infused with jazz and rhythms
10:30 AM & 2 PM Alicia Baker, World Champion Accordionist, Old-time polkas, opera, French musettes, classical, popular, and jazz!
11 AM & 2:30 PM Chris Rybak-Accordion Cowboy
Czech/German polkas and waltzes, country, and gospel, to toe-tapping Cajun and Tex-Mex music.
11:30 AM Dance Party with Linda Herman
12:30 PM Introduction to the Accordion. Roland Accordion Demo with Steven Albini and Free Accordion Lesson. Bring your accordion for a free lesson
1 to 2 PM Accordion Road Show :Jeffrey Iacono from Borsini Accordions "Bring your old accordion for a FREE LIVE professional appraisal by Jeffrey Iacono from Borsini Accordions. Ask the expert about accordion building, repairs, and tuning.
Kid’s Area
10 AM to 12:15 PM: Mardi Gras Parade Prep: Free Mask Crafts & Face Painting
10 AM to 2 PM: Open Toy Accordion Jam with Ukulady and Squeezaly
Mardi Gras Style Parade 12:15 PM
Starts at Kid’s Area and routes through the Market Place to Main Stage
New Orleans “Traditional” Jazz Band with the Laissez Les Bon Temp Rouler Second Line Dancers, Circus Joy’s Mardi Gras on Stilts, Accordionists Dennis Gurwell and Bryan J and the public
Strolling Rock ‘n’ Roll Accordionist Bryan J
Gourmet Food Trucks in Main Stage Area and between Squeeze 3 and 4 stages:
Borsini and Roland Corporation Product Line Booths/Demos, Market Place Vendors

For further information:

Gary Dahl eSheet music, sent by email, secure bank server system

2011 Southeast/Florida Accordion Association SMASH Nov.11-13

by Rita Barnea
Kim and Dan Christian
Walter Kasprzyk and Tony LovelloThe 11th Annual Florida Smash will take place in Orlando, Florida from November 11th to 13th, 2011 at the International Palms Resort. The event is organised annually by the Florida Accordion Association, President Karen Adam.

This year the 11th Annual Florida Smash will feature guest artists Kim and Dan Christian, Venanzio Cipollitti, Tony Lovello, Walter Kasprzyk.

Additional performers include: Dave Mussatto, Bob & Anita Siarkowski, Nancy Leonard, Barbara St. Denis, Linda Ann Warren, Donna Dee Ray, Carmen Vitanza, Dick Richards, Jerry Tramontozzi, Wacek Koneczny, and MORE ! Dealer displays galore, and the famous Friday night Cafe Accordeon hosted by Alvaro Barsi.

Events include:
Friday, November 11th: The famous Café Accordeon, hosted by Alvaro "Beaver" Barsi, 4:30 - 2:00 a.m. in the hotels' Front Street Café. Anyone may play. Food is available for purchase until 9 PM, beverages available for purchase until 2:00 a.m. Snacks provided. Accordion orchestra rehearsal - time TBA. Dealer displays are open.

Saturday, November 12th: registration desk & dealer displays open 8:30 a.m. The day includes professional accordion performances, lunch & dinner, accordion orchestra performance, the grand evening concert, and 50/50 raffles. After the close of the evening concert, accordionists will congregate in the Front Street Café for jamming, and more accordion fun. Lunch & dinner buffet Saturday with accordion entertainment. 

Sunday, November 13th: 9:00 am: Optional breakfast and accordion concert by Jerry Tramontozzi, dealer displays open before & after breakfast. Breakfast buffet.

The hotel has many amenities: a gorgeous outdoor, heated pool and Tiki bar, gift shop, hair salon, business center, game room, Dollar Rent-a-Car on site, in-room microwaves, mini refrigerators, coffeemakers, and safes. Walking distance to many restaurants, shopping, and major attractions, 15 miles from the airport.

NEW this year --- GOT ACCORDION? If you need to rent an accordion, please contact John Gaunt, Accordions & Keyboards, 727-443-4113. Please call him ASAP so that he may bring one for you.

For additional information, please e-mail:, or go to Florida Accordion Association website or call 850-936-8722 between 6:00-7:00 PM, CST.

Tony Lovello will perform at the Florida Smash!

Pigini USA distributor Ernest Deffner

New Movie ‘Higher Ground’ Features Accordionist, New York – USA

by Rob Howard
Matthew DubasAccordionist Matthew Dubas, from the band Svitanok (a.k.a. Liquid Gypsies), has a small part in the film ‘Higher Ground’, playing an accordion salesman, in a minor role flashback scene, who tries to convince an eight-year-old character that the accordion is her instrument.

Starring Vera Farmiga, Donna Murphy and John Hawkes, ‘Higher Ground’ is described by one reviewer as a beautiful and stirring tale based on a personal memoir about a woman who, after growing up in a Christian church, starts asking questions about what she's been taught.

‘Higher Ground’, an independent production, directed by Vera Farmiga, and released by Sony Pictures Classics, opens on August 26th in New York and Los Angeles, with nationwide dates to follow.

Matthew recalls, “It was a great experience. The accordion used in the film is a Titano Grand pearl white. It was a challenge getting accustomed to the smaller keyboard as I picked up the box for the first time the day of filming the scene”.

James O'Brien eSheet music, emailed to you, secure bank server

Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS) Oktoberfest on Sept. 18

by Rita Barnea
Oktoberfest LogoOn September 18, at 4 PM, WMAS will hold its popular annual Oktoberfest.  This year, however, the club will have a special treat for everyone.  Celebrated Bavarian dance leader/instructor, Herb Frederickson, will be teaching easy Bavarian dances and will perform a few dances, along with members of his dance group “Bairisch and Steirisch”, in traditional German and Austrian folk attire.
Joan Grauman, once the solo musician in Immergruen, Baltimore’s leading Bavarian performing group in the 1970s and 1980s, will be leading an Oktoberfest jam session with a large collection of music she has prepared for accordion.  Other accordionists will be playing dance music throughout the event.
There will be traditional Oktoberfest food served and the event is free and open to the public.  This fun event will be held at the Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, Virginia  22044. 

For more information, contact Joan Grauman at: or Peter DiGiovanni at:

The Art of Playing the Accordion Artistically by Friedrich Lips

Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

Titano Accordion Company

Successful 1st Historic Wallace Accordion Festival, Idaho

by Rita Barnea
Wallace Accordion Fetival
Wallace Accordion FestivalThe 1st Historic Wallace Accordion Festival was held in the small mining town of Wallace, Idaho on August 12th and 13th. Wallace is a quaint, scenic town with a beautiful gazebo, which was the site of most of the performances.

The festival was two days of accordion gathering and entertainment with players ranging from 12 years and up, both amateur and professional. During the day there were workshops and there was accordion playing on all street corners!

There were concerts each evening featuring well known accordionists, Bruce Gassman, Cory Pesaturo, Big Lou, and Andy Mirkovitch with all the concerts being well attended. After the concerts, the restaurants were open late and accordionists entertained there too.

The nearby RV park, with dance floor and bar, hosted more accordion jamming enjoyed by accordionists and campers sitting in the grass and listening to the accordion music.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2nd week in August 2012 for the 2nd Historic Wallace Accordion Festival!

For more information:
Griff Ziegler:

Photo of Big Lou
Big Lou

Larry Malmberg eSheet music, sent by email, secure bank server

AAA Master Class and Concert Series-The Seminars-Was a Great Success

by William Schimmel
AAA Logo
Dr. William SchimmelDr. William Schimmel - moderator and curator

It was our 17th year at The Tenri Cultural Institute of New York and it was better than ever. We had a wonderful turnout with a group of participants that have committed themselves from the very first year like Micki Goodman choreographer, dancer, lecturer, video artist and fitness specialist; Paul Stein accordionist, lecturer and politcal satirist; Dr. Robert Young Mc Mahan accordionist, composer and lecturer; Lee McClure, composer and digital flutist and others who were with us for many years: King of Ragtime, Dr. Mark Birnbaum, concert artist Mary Tokarski, Jazz artist Will Holshouser.

Others who joined us along the way: Rock artists Benjamin Ickies, John Foti and Carl Riehl, concert accordionist Rita Davidson, performance artists Marni Rice and Brian Dewan, composer and reed player (clarinet/bass clarinet) Ted Nash, saxophonist Dr. Paul Cohen, guitarist and laptop artist David First, Bayan players Dr. Rocco Jerry and Anthony Grieco, Gagaku artists Sadahiro Kakitani (bamboo flute) and Youchi Fukui (sho), composer/arranger Bob Goldberg along with accordionists Mark Nathanson and Melissa Elledge and Carl Riehl, site composer, Joseph Bertolozzi, pianists Dr. Hugo Goldenzweig and Ken Laufer, vocalist Mary Spencer Knapp, concert accordionist composers Doug Makofka and Michael Century, jazz accordionist/composer Art Bailey, composers Peter Gilmore, David Stoler and Dave Soldier and writer Dr. Ronald Sarno.

Participating in the master classes were Erica Mancini, Suzana Bietes and Mayumi Mihaoka, who performed at all three afternoon sessions. We commend them for bravery as well as their gracious acceptance of fine comments given to them. They received constructive criticism, advice, tips and encouragement from the participants, the audience and myself.

Certificates of participation were given to them at the end of the weekend. Doug Makofka, John Foti and Dragica Banic-Curcic also performed at the Master Classes – as did I.

Presenters included Dr. Mc Mahan, Micki Goodman, Paul Stein, Benjamin Ickies, Joseph Bertolozzi, Rocco Jerry and Anthony Grieco.

The weekend had a royal theme – Walton the Imperial: Crowned! Since we believe in the non-competiveness of The Seminars, we gave the Imperial Crown to William Walton, the deceased British composer who has composed music for Royal events (sure enough, at the Royal wedding this year, his music was featured in the grand march down the isle). Everyone at the Seminars was considered to be Royalty and were treated as such.

The concerts were divided into three areas: Friday night concentrated on music of a more classic variety in any style. Saturday night was more theatrical and text oriented. Sunday evening was more in the experimental vein. Almost all of the pieces on all of the concerts were either world premieres or local premieres. The Sunday concert began with a tribute to my own mentor, Dr. Jacob C. Neupauer, which I performed lying down. CDS, books and DVDS were sold in the lobby. A new installation, King Vidor, was on display.

The Seminars were started with three purposes in mind:
1. To introduce the accordion and all of its facets to the New York Artistic community 2. and to anyone else interested
3. That they would about the presentation and nurturing of ideas – not personalities and stars – there would only be one star – The Accordion.

The Seminars are presented in an intimate setting at the Tenri Cultural Institute, a Japanese cultural center, art gallery, performance space and school located in heart of the Chelsea section of Manhattan – a center of great artistic vitality – on the same block as The New School and close by is The Parsons School of Design and within walking distance, New York University.

In the past three years we had the honor of incorporating Gagaku into our presentations utilizing the accordion with ancient Japanese instruments such as the Sho (the Japanese version of the Chinese Cheng) and the Classic bamboo flute in traditional and current settings. We look forward to more of those kinds of collaborations.

The Seminars are about learning. There is never the feeling of – we'll show you how it's done , or – here is the right way – or that's the wrong way. Instead we try to present a series of possibilities that open the way to new ways of thinking and new ways of playing.

We look forward to next year and we hope that our viewpoints contribute to New York Cultural life and the Cultural life in International settings. We started the Seminars with local people and now we have participants from Norway, China, Croatia, Japan, Belgium, Argentina and other parts of the US.

We hope to see you next year – bring your accordion if you wish – or simply attend and listen – what's important is an open mind, warm fingers and a warm heart.

For further information:

Gary Daverne CD's and eSheet music available online

Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini at Peekskill Italian Festa, New York - USA‏

by Harley Jones
Mary Mancini and Mario TaccaAccordionist Mario Tacca and vocalist Mary Mancini were performing once again at the Peekskill's Italian Festa, New York, on Friday August 12th at 6.30pm and Sunday August 14th at 2.30pm.

Each set was an hour-long performance. The event is an old-fashioned traditional Italian street festival with terrific food, rides for the kids, raffles, a tomato sauce contest, and of course, great Italian music!

Original music available online at Mario Tacca.

4 Music Books by Stas Venglevski

Nick Ariondo Peforms in L A Opera’s ‘Brundibar’, Hollywood – USA

by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
Nick AriondoWell-known accordionist and composer Nick Ariondo was performing with a small ensemble (MD James Conlon), in ‘Brundibar’ - a Children's Opera, by Hans Krasa - at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Hollywood, CA.

There were 4 performances, on August 13th and 14th, at 11.30am and 2pm each day organized by ‘Brundibar’ which is an L A Opera production.

For further information email:

Amy Jo Sawyer CD titled According to Amy

Don Grzanna selling his CDs on MusicForAccordion

by Harley Jones
Don Grzanna now has his 4 CD's available on the website.

The CD's are titled 'Accordion Music', catalog: dgrzanna201, 'Accordion Variety', catalog: dgrzanna202, 'Plays Around The World', catalog: dgrzanna203.htm" target="_blank">dgrzanna203 and 'Holiday For Accordion', catalog: dgrzanna204.htm" target="_blank">dgrzanna204 with sound samples.

Music performed by Don Grzanna.

Don Grzanna also has about 60 eSheet printed music (able to be emailed to you) accordion compositions available on the website in the eSheet section.

Titano Accordion Company

Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra Performs in Cape May, NJ

by Joan Grauman Morse, AAA Historian
Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra
Stanley and Joanna DarowDan and I suddenly decided to go to Wildwood and Cape May, New Jersey for a couple of days to escape the heat in Maryland and to enjoy the lovely ocean. The next day, Wednesday, August 3rd, we arrived at our eclectic, old motel near the beach in Wildwood. My friends joked with us,

“So, an accordion-free vacation -- this is a novelty for the two of you!” We excitedly threw our bags into the room, got back in the car, and drove to gorgeous Cape May. As a child, I spent every summer at these two side-by-side locations and have very fond memories of those wonderful trips.

While looking around Cape May and reminiscing, I spotted the familiar old bandstand two blocks away. We were heading toward the frozen custard stand and I quickly stopped Dan. “Look, Dan! I see the shoulders of a person on that bandstand and there are two black straps on his shoulders. That HAS to be AN ACCORDION!” I dragged Dan the two blocks down the alley, excitedly wondering, “Who is the accordion player in this band? Do we know him?”

As we got close, I see what seems to be several accordionists! Then, as we came around to the front of the bandstand, there was the banner, “Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra”. We were delighted! How could this be? The ONE night we are in Cape May, Stanley and Joanna Arnold Darrow’s orchestra is playing there!

Needless to say, we stayed for the lovely outdoor concert and enjoyed every minute of it. Joanna Arnold told us that their Westmont, New Jersey accordion orchestra has been performing on this bandstand every summer in early August for many years. Well, our “accordion-free vacation” was delightful – especially because it was not “accordion-free”!

Photo left of Stanley and Joanna Joanna Arnold Darrow

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ACCORDIONS NOW! 2011….. A Newcomer's Viewpoint

by Rob Trietsch
On August 12th and 13th, accordion enthusiasts from around the country converged in Nashua, New Hampshire for the 4th Annual ACCORDIONS NOW! 2011 Festival. The entire event was spectacular, from the open mike session and Gary Morin Concert Friday night to the final note that sang from Tony Lovello’s Petosa during the main event Saturday evening.

Saturday delivered a full itinerary for attendees that started off with Educational Workshops & Lecture Demonstrations which included: “Which Finger Do I Use Next?” – Secrets of Accordion Fingering by Sam Falcetti, Avoiding the Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself Accordion Repairs by Arthur Welch, Lecture-Demonstration on Style and Technique by Stephen Dominko and Eugene Ettore (1921-1985): His Life and His Music by Rita Davidson. Additionally, All-Day Vendor Displays & Professional Advice presented the opportunity to play a variety of accordions from Acctone to Roland and obtain specialty items including straps, music books and CD’s.

A delicious luncheon buffet with Accordion Friends Old & New was followed by a busy afternoon of concerts and informal jam sessions. Jerry Tramontozzi performed first and included a wonderful tribute to all Veterans in the audience, followed by jazz accordionist Carmen Vitanza, Lynda Fish & Friends and Fabio & Fabio. The Fabio’s are a fourth generation father-son accordion duo from Connecticut who delighted the audience with their amazing synchronization. When asked how they do it, the response was – "It’s in the family genes!". The final afternoon concert presented Donna Maria Regis, solo, with friends and conducting the Accordions Now! Festival Orchestra – this year honoring Tony Lovello by playing some of his arrangements adapted for this ensemble. Many accordionists present participated in playing in the Festival Orchestra and sounded great!

Saturday evening brought about the Gala Banquet followed by the Gala Concert. Evan Harlan – accordionist, composer and music director presented a potpourri of traditional and original accordion music that entailed various flavors of accordion music from around the world. Rita Davidson – accordionist, educator, editor of and student of Eugene Ettore (1921-1985), commemorated the 90th anniversary of Ettore’s birth by playing his virtuoso compositions. To further raise his profile as a composer and keep his memory alive, she has been developing and is curator of the Eugene Ettore Memorial Website, , whose expressively stated purpose is “preserving the memory and works of Eugene Ettore, composer, arranger, accordionist, inventor, teacher and more!” Rita gave a fantastic performance and exposure to the works of Eugene Ettore was most enjoyable.

The culmination of the event was the concert given by master accordionist Tony Lovello. Tony has been proclaimed “King and Master of the Bellow Shake” by the late great Maestro Galla-Rini and hailed as “The Living Legend of the Accordion World!” by the National Accordion Association. You may have also heard Tony referred to as “The Liberace of the Accordion” since he is a superlative showman and entertainer who generates excitement with his dazzling musicianship and clever humor. Once again, Tony delivered and “Wowed” the audience! Tony’s energy, precision, execution and ability to make his Petosa sing delighted the entire crowd. Tony played many items from his repertoire including several songs from his new CD, "Shall We Dance". During his performance, ACCORDIONS NOW! 2011 attendees received a special instructional demonstration when he delved into a Bellow Shake tutorial straight from his “Bellow Shake Workshop” DVD. What a treat! I was anxious to get home, strap on my accordion and get shaking! I particularly enjoyed Tony’s famous arrangement of “Malaguena” which was an audience request posed by none other than Delawares own Lisa Cristofich! To say Tony hit the ball out of the park is an understatement.

Accordions Now! 2011, co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Accordion Association and Accordion Connection LLC was a terrific venue jammed packed with something of interest for every accordion enthusiast in attendance. The highlights of the weekend for me personally were meeting American Accordionists' Association (AAA) President Linda Soley Reed, exposure to the talent of Eugene Ettore as presented so wonderfully by Rita Davidson, Stephen Dominko’s lecture on Style and Technique, Tony Lovello’s spectacular energized performance, and the many old and new accordion friends that I had the opportunity to interface with. I even enjoyed the car ride home back to New York while listening to the autographed CD’s I acquired from Tony Lovello, Carmen Vitanza, Stephen Dominko and Fabio&Fabio! Count me in for ACCORDIONS NOW! 2012 – See you there!

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"Accordion Heroes" Concert on October 4th, Seattle

by Rita Barnea
Petosa and Giulietti Accordions is co-sponsoring an “Accordion Heroes” concert to take place on Tuesday evening, October 4th, 2011 at the North Creek Presbyterian Church, 621 164th Street SE, Mill Creek, Washington.

The artists who will perform are: Stas Venglevski, William Cosby, Misha Litvin, Nick Ballarini, John Simkus, Jamie Maschler, and Murl Sanders.

Single tickets are $20.00. 2 tickets are $35.00
Children 13 and under are free.

For information on tickets please call 425-743-2386

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Dallas Vietty and The Musette Project

by Rita Barnea
Dallas ViettyAccordionist Dallas Vietty will appear with his group, Musette Project, at the Doylestown Arts Festival, State Street and Main Street, Doylestown, PA on Saturday, September 17th, from 12:30 PM until 3:30 PM. Admission is free. The band consists of accordion, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, and bass.

Pianist and accordionist Dallas Vietty has been performing professionally since the age of 15. Originally from California, his formal education included study of arranging, composition and piano performance at California State University Northridge in Los Angeles. In 2003, disillusioned with his piano studies, Vietty left school. About the same time, a friend suggested that he learn the accordion to play in a Klezmer band. Intrigued, Dallas borrowed an accordion from a friend and that is how it all began.

In 2004, Dallas traveled in Mexico to explore new accordion music forms. He realized he needed more training and found the Acme Accordion School in Westmount, NJ studying with Stanley and Joanna Darrow. He also studied with Frank Hodnicki. Dallas focused completely on the accordion developing his skills, composing, and becoming familiar with accordion artists such as Richard Galliano, one of his favorites. Dallas met Cathy Block in 2005, a musician/composer forming a flute/accordion duo, Cafe Duo, playing French and Italian music. He found that French music was his forte."The musette melodies are sparkling and virtuosic, " Dallas said. "We round out the sets with joyful hot jazz and American standards, with a latin-tinged song or two."

Dallas has recorded at Capital Records in Hollywood, and toured Tokyo, Osaka and Fukaoka, Japan with the Blue Note Swing Orchestra. Dallas is the musical director for film and television actress (Airplane, The Love Boat) actress Jill Whelan and has worked with acclaimed musicians The Creek Dippers and Alex Acuna. Dallas has performed at the Zipper Theater, The Daryl Roth Theater, and most recently a three week engagement at the famed Metropolitan Room in New York City. He has contributed compositions to works which have been performed in Montreal, Canada and Edinburgh, Scotland as well as DVD and online works. Dallas has a private piano studio and teaches around the country.

Musette Project explores the French accordion waltz music of 20's-50's known as Musette. The music seethes with vivacity and is steeled by an effervescent joy. The music is a mélange; it is Gypsy, it is French, it is Italian, it is folk, it is classical, and because of the heavy swing influence it is American. The Musette Project has performed at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia for the TEDx Talks (Oct. 2010), the Django Reinhardt birthday celebration Djanguary in Ashland, VA (January 2011).

Dallas Vietty is an accomplished performing artist. He has performed and or recorded with national champion Mark Cosgrove, The Hot Club of Philadelphia, Grammy nominee accordionist Alex Meixner and many others. In April 2011, Dallas won first place in the Classical Free-Bass category at the American Accordion Musicological Society competition. Vietty's first CD is planned for release at the end of 2011. He has also begun work on a suite of compositions inspired by the Delaware River. Recently he performed in Bryant Park in NYC. He was also interviewed on the WDMR Radio" Show, "Swing Time with Art & Deb where he spoke about musette music.

His next show will be on September 25 1:PM in Hamilton, NJ at Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds RD., Hamilton, NJ. 609-586- 0616

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William Cosby and Andre Fry in Concert in Virginia

by Rita Barnea
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Andre FryThe Accordion Revolution Concert featuring virtuoso William Cosby and 2011 AAA Virtuoso Winner Andre Fry will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2011 2:30-4:30 PM at the Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St., Williamsburg, Virginia. Admission is free.

The purpose of the accordion concert is to educate the public as to the diversity of the accordion individually, and collectively as part of duos, bands, etc.

In addition to William Cosby and Andre Fry, other participants in the concert will be: Nancy Leonard, President of Piedmont Accordion Club, Dale Wise; Phil Heim, "Tip" Ciotti, Mike Takash, Miles Hoyle, Bob Jacobs, Adam Gicz, Sid Sward, Andy Armano, Henry Hancock, David Gussman, Cynthia Cross, Joel Stokes, David Tetrault, Jim Rice, President of Accordion Revolution. Bands with an accordion: The Wise Guys, Clan MacCool, and Bean Soup Project. All types of music will be performed including Classical, Jazz, Spanish, Irish/Celtic,Patriotic, and Original Compositions.

There will be a hands on accordion workshop from 12 Noon to 1:30 PM. with performances of the music of France, Germany, Italy, Russian and Klezmer music.

The Accordion Revolution was established in 2009 meeting quarterly to share experiences and to focus on specific genres of music.

Post concert festivities will take place at the Bavarian Garden Restaurant, nearby.
Housing is available nearby at the Patrick Henry Inn for $66.90 with continental breakfast, pool, etc. Call 757-229-9540
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Donna Maria Regis: Midwest Concert Tour

by Rita Barnea
Donna Maria RegisDonna Maria Regis begins her Fall 2011 Midwest Concert Tour on September 29th. Donna made her solo accordion debut at age 10. After winning multiple state trophies at age 13, she was immediately invited to teach at the music school where she studied. In these early years Donna performed extensively, including on television, radio, stage, and recordings, but retired abruptly from accordion playing when ridiculed for it on her 18th birthday during freshman week at Brown University.

In self-defense following that traumatic humiliation, Donna tried to teach herself piano which she also loved. She took lessons at the New England Conservatory [NEC], which nurtured her wounded musical spirit. Donna earned two bachelors's degrees, one in linguistics from Brown and one in piano from NEC.

Following a series of half-piano, half-accordion recitals, including one at Brown, Donna decided in 1983 to take a break from the concert stage, never dreaming that the hiatus would last 20 years. Fortunately, friends who knew Donna as a pianist persuaded her to play the accordion that she had neglected for so many years.

Since then, her life has not been the same. Her friends’ heartfelt encouragement not only caused her to resume concertizing, but has led to musical fulfillment in additional ways: conducting, arranging, composing, organizing an annual music festival, and serving as Music Director of the New Hampshire Accordion Association. She also has traveled the country as personal manager for Tony Lovello, one of the legendary Three Suns, and a living legend in his own right.

The year 2008 was particularly significant for Donna: A personal call from the great Carmen Carrozza inviting her to perform in New York led to her playing for a large sold-out audience at the 2008 Carrozza Scholarship Event sponsored by the American Accordionists’ Association, which was then celebrating its 70th anniversary. That same year New England Conservatory named Donna Maria Regis a Life Overseer to honor her decades of volunteer service, which included several terms as Trustee and Annual Fund Chair. Under her leadership, many millions of dollars were raised for her beloved alma mater.

2008 also marked the debut of the annual ACCORDIONS NOW! Music Festival, which Donna co-founded. As its Artistic Director she organizes, schedules, and oversees the festival’s various elements in addition to performing solo, in duet, and with chamber ensembles. Plus she conducts the highly popular ACCORDIONS NOW! Festival Orchestra [AN!FO].

In preparation for the very first ACCORDIONS NOW! Festival, Donna Maria Regis and Tony Lovello, her cherished mentor and friend, co-arranged a signature piece which closes every AN!FO performance. The 2011 AN!FO program offered a special tribute to Tony by featuring his solo arrangements which Donna had adapted for ensemble. In her solo concerts she again pays tribute to Lovello, as well as to Aldo DeRossi (her late cousin), Charles Magnante, and other worthy composers/arrangers for the instrument.

In 2009, Donna Maria Regis was invited to perform at New England Conservatory’s Reunion Weekend, where both she and the accordion were received with overwhelming enthusiasm.
Freed from its hiding place, Donna’s accordion is happily out of the closet, never to return!

Donna's concert schedule is:
Thursday, 29 September 2011 1:30 PM Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove 21425 G Spring Street Union Grove, WI
Saturday, 1 October 2011 10:00 AM North East Wisconsin [N.E.W.] Accordion Club Brown County Aging & Disability Resource Center 300 South Adams Street Green Bay, WI
Sunday, 2 October 2011 2:00 PM [concert plus presentation of Aldo DeRossi archive to the museum] Harrington ARTS Center A World of Accordions Museum 1401 Belknap Street Superior, Wisconsin
Monday, 3 October 2011 2:00 PM Carlton County Historical Association 406 Cloquet Avenue Cloquet, MN
The concert consists of a musical tribute to Aldo DeRossi, Tony Lovello, and Charles Magnante as composers and arrangers.

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Long Island Accordion Alliance Meets on September 6th

by Rita Barnea
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The LIAA ( Long Island Accordion Alliance} sponsors "Accordion Night at La Villini" on Tuesday, September 6th at 7 PM at La Villini, 288 Larkfield Rd, East Northport, NY. Phone: 631-261-6344

As always, all are welcome to play or listen and be entertained. Reservations are recommended. The Accordion Night Special Menu is only $24.95 for a wonderful dinner and entertainment.

On August 2nd, the LIAA celebrated its first anniversary with a private party at La VIllini, entertaining over 40 accordion enthusiasts from as far away as the Bronx.

La Villini would have been fairly quiet that night were it not for the Alliance. Owner Frank Catana said it was good for business, and LIAA founder and AAA Board Member, Dominic Karcic said it was good for the accordion, so it is a match made in heaven. 

"I feel like tonight was a success,” said Karcic. "This is a great thing for amateurs. It motivates them and in most cases they come back with another piece of music. That’s why we do it.” The LIAA 's core mission is to promote and proliferate accordion music. And that is exactly what they do!

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‘Accordion Hallucinations’ Concert, Vancouver – Canada

by Rob Howard
‘Accordion Hallucinations’ Concert poster‘Accordion Hallucinations’ is the somewhat enigmatic title of a concert taking place on September 6th, 9pm, involving Eugene Chadbourne, The Accordion Orchestra, Lewis Holloway, Poly Hatchet, and more, at Nyala African/Ethiopian Cuisine, 4148 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Described in publicity as ‘A night of weird accordion at Nyala!’, this concert promises many surprises!

16th Annual Stump Lake Threshing Bee Features Accordion - USA

by Harley Jones
Dakota Keys Accordion Band
On September 5th, 3pm at Stump Lake, North Dakota, one of the featured concerts will be the Dakota Keys Accordion Band. They are part of a festival that includes old time threshing, sawmill and blackmith demonstrations, free white mule team rides, food vendors and live music.

Someone will be demonstrating making lefse in one location and serving fresh pie with ice cream in another.

The Stump Lake Pioneer Village is located 10 miles south of Lakota on Highway 1 at the entrance of the Nelson County Park on the shores of Stump Lake.
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