Accordion... Then and Now' Concert in Westbury
January 30th, at 2:00 PM the Seven Angels Theatre will host a concert featuring
the accordion. Considered 'Waterbury's Tribute to the Accordion... Then
and Now', the concert boasts top performers fof all ages from across the
country, including The 'K'
Walter Kasprzyk, Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski and Julie Kasprzyk Cardona recently
returned from their European debut concert tour where they performed in
Switzerland, France and Germany.
The 'K' Trio was formed in 1996, they have produced three CDs and have performed
in concert and at festivals all across the United States as well as international
tours to Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Also performing on the concert will be 19 year old champion Christopher
Gorton who represented the United States in the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion
Championships in Slovakia and Hungary in 2003.
Angels and the CT Accordion Association take you on a journey that will
change everything you've ever thought about this unique instrument.
For tickets information, please call: (203) 757-4676 or visit www.sevenangelstheatre.org.
Invited to Finnish Competition
Soi Accordion Festival is pleased to announce a new International
Accordion Competition called the Primus Ikaalinen to be held in Ikaalinen,
Finland on the 1st of July, 2005.
The genre of the competition is varietee/entertainment music. In the Final,
the contestants perform two pieces of 3-4 minutes suitable for a public
entertainment concert, including one piece from their native country,
All together five contestants will be awarded prizes totaling 7,000 Euros.
final will be a live TV broadcast in a fully booked concert hall, in front
of a real concert audience. The finalists will be accompanied by a professional
band (piano, guitar, bass, keyboard and drums.) The chairman of the jury
is Mr. Richard Galliano.
In order to take part in the competition, the contestant should play 4-5
pieces of his/her own choice and record it on a tape, video, CD, DVD or
minidisk. The tape, a completed entry form and other attachments mentioned
on the entry form should be sent to the organizer by the 31st of January
2005. The competition Committee will then select 8-10 contestants to the
Final in Ikaalinen. The finalists will be informed by a letter of their
success no later than the 15th of March 2005. The contestants will be
provided with free accommodation in Ikaalinen and a travel grant of 250
Ikaalinen is part of the week-long Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival.
This gives the contestants the possibility to enjoy the festival program
outside the competition. The festival program will include a large variety
of accordion music, with different styles and versatile artists from both
Finland and abroad. The contestants will have a free admission to all
the festival events and concerts.
The Competition Rules
1. The Primus Ikaalinen International Accordion Competition will be organized
by the Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival and Municipality of Ikaalinen
together with guidance of the Finnish Accordion Association, the Confédération
Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) and Finland's National
TV Channel 'TV2' on 1st July 2005.
2. The contestant must perform
two (2) virtuoso entertainment style pieces of 3-4 minutes in duration
suitable for a public entertainment concert, and should include one (1)
folkloristic piece from their native country if possible. The contestants
will perform their pieces accompanied by a band provided by the organizers.
The competition will be televised live on Finland's National TV Channel
3. Accordionists under the
age 32 on 1st of July 2005 wishing to enter the competition must send
a completed and signed application form to the Competition Secretary by
31st January 2005.
Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival
P.O. Box 33
4. The application must
include the following enclosures: a copy of the applicant's passport or
birth certificate a short history of the applicant's musical studies and
concerts any recommendations and major concert reviews an audio tape including
an own choice program of 4-5 pieces (CD, minidisk or video) two publicity
style press photos Application documents and tapes cannot be returned
5. The Competition Committee
will select 8-10 contestants from the submitted application documents
and recordings. The successful applicants will be advised in writing by
a letter dated no later than 15th March 2005. The contestant from Finland
will be the winner of the Golden Accordion Final Competition held on 30th
of June 2005.
6. Free accommodation will
be provided for the contestants in the Ikaalinen Summer Hostel during
the competition. Contestants will also be awarded a travel grant of 250
Euros. Contestants requiring a visa for Finland must obtain it themselves,
however it will be paid for by the organizer. The travel grant and the
visa cost will be paid to the contestant upon registration.
7. The jury will consist
of five members who are internationally recognized musicians.
8. Awards - The top five
winners will be awarded prizes as follows:
- 1st Prize: 3,000 Euros
- 2nd Prize: 2,000 Euros
- 3rd Prize: 1,000 Euros
- 4th Prize: 500 Euros
- 5th Prize: 500 Euros
The prizes will be awarded
at the conclusion of the competition on 1st July 2005.
9. The organizers of the
competition will have unlimited rights to broadcast the competition performances
on radio and television in Finland and abroad.
10. For further information
Sata-Häme Soi International Festival
PO Box 33
F-39501 Ikaalinen, FINLAND
Festival Competition Organizer: Minna Kulmala: firstname.lastname@example.org
Premiere in NY Celebrates 25 Years
capacity audience of family and friends packed the Tenri Cultural Institute
in New York City for the premier of a new film entitled "The Unforgivable
Sin' as Micki Goodman and Dr. William Schimmel celebrated 25 years of marriage
and collaboration in theater, dance, music and performance art. (Pictured
left are Micki Goodman, Dr. William Schimmel and film editor Deborah Magosci.)
Presented in four parts,
(1) Evidence (2) Falling From Grace (3) Parousia and (4) What Is This
Thing Called Accordion? The Unforgivable Sin marks Micki's film making
by Deborah Magosci, also an accordionist, the film is not a documentary
but has its own nonlinear plot. Part 4 focuses in on Dr. Schimmel and
his accordion philosophies; Part 3 focuses in on the term Parousia, meaning
presence; Part 2 focuses in on the constant sense of struggle, conflict
and non-resolve; and Part 1 defines the plight of Dr. Schimmel in his
accordion quest - and the price he has to pay for it.
The film debut was followed
by a reception in honor of the film, the holiday season and the 25th wedding
anniversary of Micki Goodman and Dr. William Schimmel, pictured right
after the NY Premiere.
For further information e-mail: email@example.com
Gelato at the Metropolitan Museum in NY
Gelato featuring accordionist Alexander
Sevastian performed two sold out concerts in New York City at the
Metropolitan Museum in December performing Christmas Music from around
the World. Part of the 51st Concert Season and set in the beautiful Medieval
Sculpture Hall in front of the Musiceum's Christmas tree and Neapolitan
Baroque creche, this was the fourth appearance at the Met during the Holiday
Pictured left are members: Cynthia Steljes - oboe, Peter DeSotto - tenor
vocals and violin, David Hetherington - cello and musical saw, Alexander
Sevastian - accordion.
Listeners were treated to a program offering a sense of reverence, melancholy,
and joy listening to pieces that traveled throughout the USA, Canada,
Italy, England, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Selections ranged from secular to sacred, classical to popular and traditional
to contemporary as instrumentals and vocals in a theatrical setting that
also included poetry and dialogue. The capacity audience brought the group
back for several encores.
The Quartetto Gelato has been featured regularly on National Public Radio's
Performance Today program, where in 1996 they were awarded the title of
"Debut Artist of the Year." Their most recent recording "Quartetto
Gelato Travels the Orient Express", celebrates the journey of this
famous train and features music from London to Istanbul. Their repertoire
ranges from classical masterworks and operatic arias to the sizzling energy
of Tangos, Gypsy and Folk songs.
The accordionist in the group, Alexander Sevastian is a three-time first
prizewinner of international accordion competitions. He won the Oslofjord
in Norway (1998), The Cup of the North in Russia (2000), and the ATG Anthony
Galla-Rini Competition for Classical Accordion in the USA (2001).
He was born in Minsk, Belarus and began his studies on the bayan (chromatic
accordion) at the age of 7. In 1991 he attended the Glinka Musical College
His advanced studies took him to the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow
where he received his Masters in Performance degree, studying with the
renowned performer and pedagogue, Friedrich Lips. Alex began his professional
career in Moscow in 1996, performing with the Russian Radio Orchestra.
has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout Russia,
Ukraine, Germany, Italy and Japan. Highlights include performances at
the Tchaikowsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the
Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama.
Alexander and his family moved to Canada in April 2001. In May 2003 he
completed the Advanced Certificate in Performance program at the University
of Toronto where he studied with Joseph Macerollo.
Since September 2002 Alexander has been playing with the internationally
recognized group "Quartetto Gelato" and has toured regularly
in the United States and Canada.
The group has also appeared in Korea, Japan and Italy and their 2005 concert
season will see them back in Europe and Asia as well as throughout the
United States and Canada.
The program was as follows:
- United Kingdom: Master
in This Hall/The Dargason - Gustav Holst
arranged by Quartetto Gelato
- Italy: Concerto Fatto
per La Notte di Natale - Archangelo Corelli
arranged by Cynnthia Steljes
- USA: Have Yourself a
Merry Little Christmas - R. Blane & H. Martin
arranged by Bill Bridges
- Czech Republic: Zither
Carol Variations - Traditional/Steljes
arranged by Quartetto Gelato
- Italy: Gesu Bambino -
arranged by Quartetto Gelato
- Germany: Konzerstuck
- Carl Maria von Weber
arranged by DeSotto/Alexander Sevastian
- Germany: Silent Night
Story - Franz Bruber
- Canada: Magic of Christmas
- Shelley Brown/Renee Rosnes
- USA: Music for a Sleigh
Ride - Leroy Anderson
arranged by Howard Cable
- France: O Holy Night
- Alphonse Adam
arranged by Eric Robertson
Viatcheslav Semionov to tour USA
accordionist and composer Viatcheslav
Semionov will tour the United States in March in conjunction with
giving the World Premiere of his most recent composition, a work that
was commissioned by the American Accordionists Association in honor of
Mrs. Faithe Deffner and her many years of service as President and officer
of the organization.
Viatcheslav Semionov was born in 1946 in the ancient city of Trubchevsk,
Bryansk (about 300km south of Moscow). Following in the footsteps of his
father and grandfather, he began playing the bayan (chromatic accordion)
at the age of 7. After his father's initial tuition he continued his studies
at the Rostov Art College and the Gnessin Musical Pedagogical Institute
in Moscow ( now called the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music), one of the
great musical centers in Russia.
At 21 years of age his international
career began, when he started to take part in accordion competitions in
Klingenthal, Germany (1967), Sofia, Bulgaria (1968) and Berlin, Germany
(1973), in all of which he was placed in the top three. As concert artist
Viatcheslav Semionov has given concerts in more than 30 countries.
Viatcheslav Semionov (who
may rightly be called the founder of the modern school of the bayan) began
teaching in 1968 at the Rostov Musical Pedagogical Institute. Since then,
fifteen of his students have been competition winners at international
level and many others of his students have won national competitions.
Youri Shishkin, Anatoli Zaikin and Youri Dranga, Alexander Poeluev, Nikolai
Sivchuk, Alexander Selivanov, Evgeny Kochetov, and Pavel Mangasaryan are
among his best known students and most recent International competition
In addition to his World
Premiere performance on March 11, 2005 at the CUNY Concert, Mr. Semionov
will also be performing in Washington DC, Detroit, Kansas City and Atlanta
between March 10-21, 2005.
Anyone interested in hosting a concert for Mr. Semionov should contact
the US Tour Organizer Mrs. Faithe Deffner
as soon as possible for details.
Announces March Festival
American Accordion Musicological Society announces the AAMS 2005 Accordion
Festival to be held March 4-6, 2005 at the Wyndham Valley Forge Suites
Hotel in Wayne, PA.
enthusiasts from the United States and Canada will gather together for
a great weekend of concerts, workshops, and competitions. This years featured
performer is Betty Jo Simon from Kansas City.
The 2005 Honoree into the AAMS Accordion Hall of Fame is Tony Ettore,
accordionist, teacher, conductor, past-president of AAA and an outstanding
person. A dinner will be held in his honor on Saturday evening, March
Suites have been reserved
for attendees at the Wyndham Valley Forge Suites. Please make your reservations
by February 12, 2005 to guarantee the rate and availability. Package registrations
and all guidelines and information concerning the weekend are available
on the AAMS web site.
For more information contact:
Joanna Arnold Darrow, 322 Haddon Ave., Westmont, NJ 08108. Telephone:
(856) 854-6628 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For online registration and other information, please visit: www.aamsaccordionfestival.com
Accordion Association Festival
Association will hold its annual 'Accordion Homecoming' festival in
Richardson, Texas from March 10-13, 2005. The convention opens at Noon
on Thursday, March 10, and features an evening Polka Festival.
Friday and Saturday will feature free morning concerts at 10:00 AM, a
day full of workshops and programs with evening concerts being held at
8:00 PM and after hours events such as Western Swing Session and Late
Evening Jazz Sessions being held after the concerts.
This year the
TAA Festival Orchestra will be conducted by Joan
C. Sommers and will feature the following program:
festival information and further details as they become available, please
or contact: Texas Accordion Association, 11240 Drummond Drive, Dallas, TX
75228. Phone: 972-270-3791 or
E. Bagley (4 minutes)
Arranged by A. Galla-Rini
Lara (4:30 minutes)
Arranged by Joan C. Sommers
Edwin A. Finckel (4 minutes)
from "Sleeping Beauty"
Arranged by C. Mahr
Gershwin (7:30 minutes)
Arranged by Joan C. Sommers
Strike Up The Band - Rhapsody in Blue - Fascinating
An American in Paris - Somebody Loves Me - I've Got a Crush on You
Swanee - The Man I Love - Embraceable You - I Got Rhythm
E. Kotscher & R. Lindt
Arranged by A. Galla-Rini
offers $10,000 First Prize
The American Accordionists'
Association (AAA) will hold an International Virtuoso Entertainment
Extravaganza, the '2005 Vivian Vivio Stolaruk International Accordion
Competition' offering a Grand First Prize of US$10,000 as part of
its annual competition and festival which will be held from July 6-10,
2005 at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan.
In addition to this major international competition, the AAA festival
offers competitions for all ages and ability in solos, duets, ensembles,
bands, workshops and concerts, massed band and concert orchestra and exhibits
Detroit is home to the American Automobile where you can visit the Henry
Ford Museum, General Motors Headquarters, the Historic Greenfield Village,
Frankenmuth Bavarian Village and much more.
Festival participants will receive a special rate of $94.00 single-quad
occupancy at the Hyatt Regency festival headquarters.
Further details on the International Competition and other activities
will be announced soon on the AAA website, or please contact the AAA at:
Announces International Jazz Competition
addition to the Anthony Galla-Rini International Competition for Classical
Accordion celebrating the 101st Birthday of ATG President Emeritus Maestro
Anthony Galla-Rini, the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International, (ATG) will also conduct the Art
Van Damme INTERNATIONAL JAZZ COMPETITION which includes a special Frank
The first competition of its kind in the United States, top accordionists
from all over the world will assemble in Richardson, Texas from June
15-19, 2005 to participate in The
Art Van Damme International Jazz Competition including a special Frank
Marocco Category, sponsored by the Accordionists and Teachers Guild,
Damme First Prize - $3,000.00
Damme Runner Up Prize - $1,500.00
Marocco Prize - $1,000.00
is open to all accordionists 16 years of age and older on June 15, 2005
and full details of program requirements can be found on the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) website at: www.accordions.com/atg
Concert in New York City
City University of New York will present a concert entitled "From
Frosini to Foss, A Half Century of Contemporary Music for the Accordion"
at the Elebash Recital Hall at the CUNY Graduate Center (5th Ave. and
34th Street in New York City) on Friday, March 11, 2005 at 7:30 PM.
will be a pre-concert panel discussion: 6:30 PM. The concert will featured
music by Guido and Pietro Deiro, David Diamond, Eugene Ettore, Lukas Foss,
John Franceschina, Pietro Frosini, John Gart, Sofia Gubaidulina, Robert
McMahan, Viatcheslav Semionov and Dr. William Schimmel.
Performed by accordionists Carmen Carrozza (left), Beverly Roberts Curnow,
Rita Davidson, Henry Doktorski, Robert Young McMahan, Viatcheslav Semionov
and William Schimmel; with Allan Atlas (English concertina), Madeleine
Shapiro (cello), Airi Yoshioka (violin), and Allysa Lamb (soprano). The
concert is co-sponsored by Meet the Composer and the Carmen Carrozza Scholarship
Fund and is held in conjunction with the American Accordionists Association.
Tickets are $20 ($12 with CUNY ID or Senior Citizen ID). For tickets and
information: Office of Continuing Education (212) 817-8215 or continuinged.@gc.cuny.edu
Anthony Galla-Rini to Celebrate 101st Birthday
Anthony Galla-Rini will celebrate his 101st Birthday on January 18, 2005
at his residence in Corona, CA.
This is not only a chance to wish the Maestro a wonderful birthday but
also a perfect opportunity acknowledge his lifelong contributions to the
Throughout his career, his
performances, his compositions, his recordings, his arrangements, his
musical direction, his teaching, his leadership role in the accordion
community, his inspiration and in general 'his love for the accordion'
has touched us all.
Over 60 years ago, he was one of the 29 founding members of the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) where he now serves as President
Emeritus. In 1951 he traveled to the Confédération
Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) General Assembly in
Paris, France where he successfully petitioned the ATG's membership into
To this day, the ATG and fellow USA member the American Accordionists'
Association of whom he was also a founding member, take an active and
valuable role in CIA activities as they endeavor to promote the accordion
in the international arena, including hosting the 2007 Coupe Mondiale
World Accordion Championships in the United States.
Mr. Galla-Rini's efforts on behalf of the ATG laid the groundwork for
them to work on a global level with fellow national accordion organizations
from around the world as well as establish affiliation to the International
Music Council, the largest non-governmental sector of UNESCO.
In 1984 the CIA proudly
acknowledged Galla-Rini's outstanding contributions to the International
accordion movement by awarding him the 'CIA Merit Award' at the General
Assembly in Folkstone, United Kingdom. Galla-Rini's profound impact on
the accordion movement continues to this day, and will last forever.
Mr. Galla-Rini will spend his
101st birthday surrounded by your family and friends at his residence
in California. If you would like to send birthday wishes and cards, please
address them to:
Mr. Anthony Galla-Rini
853 West Crestview Street
Corona, CA 92882
of the Kaipara released on CD
Zealand's most prolific composer for accordion, composer/conductor Gary
Daverne has just released a CD of his works recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic
conducted by Petr Poloanik. Recorded in Olomouc, Czech Republic, the CD
includes one work for accordion and String Orchestra with soloist Kevin
The work entitled "Gem of the Kaipara" was written in memory
of the late Mrs. Jenny Cocurullo, a lifetime member of the New Zealand
Accordion Association, and long time supporter of the arts from Dargaville,
New Zealand, the home town of Kevin Friedrich who now lives in New York
first recording of his orchestral music was recorded with the New Zealand
Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and also included one accordion concerto, the
"Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra" performed by soloist
The renowned Moravian Philharmonic
from Olomouc, Czech Republic has toured internationally to critical acclaim
while performing in some of the finest concert halls of the world.
Olomouc, the home of the Moravian Philharmonic, is located about three
hours east of Prague. Rich in heritage with cathedrals dating from the
1200's and the original centuries-old cobblestone Streets, Olomouc has
hosted such famous musicians as Mozart, Mahler and Dvorak during its history.
The CD is available on-line
Atlanta Accordion Club Formed
Mark your calendars for
the opening and first meeting of the Atlanta Accordion Club!
This historic meeting will take place on Monday, January 10, 2005 from
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Five Seasons Restaurant, 5600 Roswell Road, Atlanta,
at the Prado. Phone: 404-255-5911. For directions & restaurant info:
All accordionists and friends
of the accordion of all ages and skill levels are invited to attend this
first meeting and guests are invited to bring family members, friends
and your accordion, midi accordion, bayan or concertina, etc... A microphone
and small amplifier will be available
This is an opportunity to
meet and hear other accordion players in the Atlanta area and a chance
to gather ideas about how to best form and improve the club for future
meetings and events.
The Atlanta Accordion Club
need your participation! They hope to get many of the attendees to agree
to play for 5-10 minutes so all can hear as great a variety of music as
possible. If you'd rather not play, we understand, and your attendance
applause will work!
Organizers hope that a club
in Atlanta (like other successful clubs around the country) will help
to promote the accordion and provide opportunities for teaching, exchanging
ideas and music, trading/selling equipment and other accoridon related
Interested parties are invited
to express their interest and number of guests that might be attending
by calling Jake at 770-447- 9841 (evenings) or 770-416-8298 (days) or
Biff at 770-591-3778.
For more information, please
Announces January 2005 Schedule
The Washington Metropolitan
Accordion Society (WMAS) will be opening its 2005 season with their January
11 meeting. Accordionist Steve Tchamouroff will be the featured artist
performing a variety of popular European music from Spain to Russia.
the mission of WMAS (pronounced Wah-mass) to bring together accordionists
and promote accordion music in the national capital region, WMAS will
begin 2005 by offer their support in promoting the January 15, 2005 appearance
of the Ossipov Orchestra of Moscow, featuring bayanist Dmitri Dmitrienko.
Dmitri Dmitrienko is considered one of the best bayanists in Russia and
the concert will also feature vocalist Anna Litvenenko.
Hosted by The Washington Balalaika Society (WBS) the Ossipov Orchestra
will present their concert on Saturday evening, January 15, in Potomac,
MD. If you are interested in attending with the WMAS, please contact Jim
Vandelly ASAP at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The ticket
price is $45 per person.
WMAS recently featured NJ based accordionist Rita Davidson who performed
a wonderful mix of classical and folk music to a very appreciative audience
of accordionists from throughout the Washington area.
WMAS meets on the second Tuesday every month at 7:30 PM at Sleepy Hollow
United Methodist Church in Falls Church, Virginia. Dues are $15 a year,
and, to cover the cost of renting the church, we ask everyone to contribute
$2 at each meeting.
For questions about the WMAS organization, contact the president: Karen
Denice at: (703) 671-5395 or e-mail: email@example.com
Liner Notes Nominated for Award
CD liner notes for the recent Bridge Records double compact disc anthology,
"Vaudeville Accordion Classics: The Complete Works of Guido Deiro,"
were nominated for the prestigious "ASCAP Deems Taylor Award"
for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music. The
23-page liner notes, written by Henry Doktorski (an American concert accordionist
who also performed the music on the CDs), were definitive and scholarly,
and described the exciting history of the life and music of Guido Deiro
(1886-1950), Pietro's older brother.
Frank J. Oteri (editor of the American Music Center's "New Music
Box" Internet magazine), expressed his appreciation for the discs
and the liner notes:
"Few recordings are made with as much tender loving care as Henry
Doktorski's CD of the complete solo accordion music of Guido Deiro. Prior
to hearing this illuminating and extremely entertaining recording, the
name Deiro was just a name I had heard and read about. I knew that he
had something to do with the accordion, I believe there was even a music
shop in Greenwich Village when I was just beginning my musical studies
named for him (or his brother) which sold accordion arrangements, but
I never had heard his music."
"To discover his music in a package that affords his work the same
respect as the repertoire of the classical canon is truly a blessing;
not only are these recordings respectful and definitive, the annotation
couldn't be better. (It actually makes you want to listen again and again.)"
Oteri concluded, "The fact that the annotator and the performer are
the same person is remarkable, but it makes sense that Doktorski's passion
for this music as a scholar would translate into vibrant performances
and that his clarity in performance would be the result of his scholarship.
I'm eager to hear more."
Vaudeville Accordion Classics can be ordered at http://henrydoktorski.com
Mad Maggies Release new CD
music of the Mad Maggies will stick in your ears, itch your dancing toes,
and lift up your spirits. Eight musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area
happily careen across the musical map whipping up pleasingly unusual,
dance-inducing tunes in a startling array of styles in their new CD release,
"Crazed and Enthused".
Maggie Martin, composer/singer and longtime accordionist with Polkacide,
is responsible for this musical mayhem of accordion, sax, trombone, tuba,
trumpet, guitars and percussion
A native San Franciscan and parochial school survivor, Mags (Maggie) made
her debut as a musical director when she organized an a capella chorus
of willing classmates in grammar school. She successfully pitched the
ensemble to the sister superior as ideal headliners for a charity benefit.
Admission was set at a nickel and student body attendance was required.
The door netted $60.00, the performers made nothing and thus began her
long career in the arts!
string of all girl rock and roll bands followed. Then came voice and piano
teachers, night classes in ear training and eventually a degree in music.
In the 90s, she formed the theater ensemble, Mixed Company with choreographer
Diana Keener, for which she wrote five feature length shows. She has written
music for dance, community TV projects, advertising and a comedy show
and she has played in Polkacide for the past 10 years.
Her ardent wish is that
through music she can get people on their feet, kicking up their heels,
shaking off their woes.
Martin loves nothing more
than to write tunes, wrangle musicians, and sing her heart out. In early
2004 she gathered up some of her favorite players to record an album of
original songs. The project took eight months and they had so much fun
doing it that they decided to start playing live and take the sound on
All of the Mad Maggies have been playing music for a lifetime, racking
up long lists of performance experiences, brushes with fame and show savvy.
You might say they are all a tad mad and you just might catch that madness
when you listen to them.
For more information and to order the CD, please visit: http://themadmaggies.com
or contact: Maggie Martin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elders at Molloy Brothers Irish Pub
of the best, if not THE best Irish rock band in America" says Joe
Farrell on "Celtic Crossings" Hot Talk Radio Show!
You can find out for yourself if your travels take you to Kansas City
during the month of January, with weekly shows at Molloy Brothers Irish
Pub, 1020 Westport Road, Kansas City. Shows are January 8, 15, 22 and
The Elders, a Kansas City-based supergroup of Celtic rock, call it "kickin'
music from the heartland." Formed in 1997, The Elders focus many
of their songs on stories of Irish history, distant and recent, real and
imagined and then give those traditional stories and sounds a muscular
rock underpinning. They have become fixtures on the seasonal festival
circuit, blowing away crowds from New York to Colorado, and points in
made his debut with The Elders in August, 2004 and has been active performing
with the group in all their shows ever since. A native of Auckland, New
Zealand, Brett began playing the accordion at age 7 and at the age of
12 won his first New Zealand championship for that age category and continued
to seriously play and compete into his late teens as a soloist and with
duet, trio, quartet, ensemble and orchestra. Now resident in the United
States, more recently Brett can be seen playing with DescargaKC, a Latin
Jazz band and now, of course, the Elders.
For more information on The Elders, please visit www.eldersmusic.com
Venglevski Releases New CD
has just released a new CD entitled "My Main Squeeze."
My Main Squeeze is modern music for solo, two bayans, and other instruments.
"Waves of Light" by Sergei Berinsky is a duo performed by Friedrich
Lips and Stas Venglevski. The title piece is a trio fro Cello, Trumpet
and Bayan written by Yehuda Yannay. Other pieces include "Interier:
Voices and Echoes" for bayan and string trio by Gabriel Iranyi and
"One-Legged Dancer" which was originally written for toy piano
by Yannay and adapted for the bayan by Stas Venglevski.
For information on Stas or to order the CD, please visit: www.accoridons.com/stas
or contact Stas Venglevski email@example.com
Duo to Headline ATG Festival
The featured International
guest artists for the 2005 ATG Festival from June 15-19, 2005 in Richardson,
Texas will be the popular Russian pair, the Moscow Duo. Since their formation
of the Moscow Duo in 1995, Evgenij Grechov and Aleksandr Ushakov have
concertized throughout Russia as well as in Denmark, Portugal, Germany,
Korea, Italy and the United States .
October 1998 the Moscow Duo participated in the International contest
"Citta Di Castelfidardo Prize" in Italy and was awarded first
The variety of music in
their program ranging from classical music to the colorful Russian Folk
Music, mostly performed from their own arrangements and transcriptions
regularly brings the audiences to their feet.
Featuring our local US artists, this year we have two legends - known
to all for their outstanding careers in the entertainment field. Art Van
Damme, a legendary American jazz musician has given the Accordion a whole
new unique sound that is internationally recognized. He has combined the
Accordion with Guitar and Vibes, and a rhythm section of Bass and Drums,
thus creating a unique sound, and with the harmonic melodies and jazz
rhythms they produce, truly separated them from any other musical group.
The ATG is also pleased to feature Frank Marocco, who will appear in concert
during the festival.
He began a career which includes traveling with Bob Hope visiting the
servicemen in many countries; being featured on the Les Brown Band, including
six Love Boat cruises. A resident in Los Angeles, Frank has been very
active doing studio work: movie soundtracks, TV movies, TV series, records
and advertising jingles. Frank has also composed and arranged many accordion
works in jazz and classical music.
In addition to the regular features of the ATG Festival including competitions,
trade show displays, workshops and concerts, the 2005 Festival will also
offer its popular ATG Festival Accordion Orchestra which this year attracted
85 players. The 2005 ATG Festival Orchestra will be conducted by Joan
For festival information, please visit www.accordions.com/atg
Evening in Old Russia features Stas Venglevski
Friends of the Charles Allis Art Museum present an extraordinary evening
of classical and Russian folk music by accordionist Stas
Venglevski accompanied by Michael Litvin on the mandolin. The program
will include Baroque music by Russian and European composers and a selection
of Russian folk songs and other music. A light "medley" of Russian
delicacies will be served.
Stas has impressed and delighted many Milwaukeeans and audiences in Europe,
the former USSR, the US and Canada and has been an acclaimed performer
since receiving his Masters Degree in Music from the Gnessin Academy of
Music in Moscow.
Tom Strini, music critic
for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, called Stas "Astoundingly virtuostic."
Another reviewer at the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio said "his performance
shouted outstanding musician."
vibrant, urban center for Wisconsin artists, the Charles Allis Art Museum
continually strengthens and supports the Milwaukee community by elevating
the visibility and prestige of local talent through its sponsorship of
exhibitions featuring Wisconsin artists in changing exhibitions. At the
Allis there is an emphasis on fine art - drawing, painting, photography,
printmaking and sculpture. Charles and Sarah Allis generously bequeathed
the home and its collection to the public to "delight, inspire and
educate." The Tudor-style mansion is intact with original furnishings
and an art collection spanning more than 2,000 years.
The Museum also hosts a variety of events and programs that not only entertain
patrons, but educates as well. Located at 1801 N. Prospect Ave., the Museum
is part of the Milwaukee County War Memorial complex and a partner of
the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Ave.
Tickets are $25.00 for members and $35.00 for nonmembers. For reservations
and information please call: 414-278-8295 ext. 15. or visit www.cavtmuseums.org
Accordion a la Carte
Saturday February 12, 2005 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM, accordionists will gather
in Calgary to celebrate the "Accordion a la Carte" annual get
This festival is run at least once a year and is often situated in a local
coffee house. The audience is treated to the closest thing Calgary has
to a Parisian cafe and are encouraged to chat amongst themselves while
drinking and eating while many of our performers play a few selections.
There are no guidelines
for the performer as far as the choice of songs and almost every type
of music can be heard at Accordion a la Carte from polkas to blues to
French cafe music. A la Carte often ends with a short jam session for
anyone who cares to join in.
The Accordion A la Carte
get together will be held at the St. Cecilia's Church Hall on the main
floor, located at 321 - 90 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB. For further information,
please contact the Accordion Association of Calgary: 32 Armstrong Cres.
SE, Calgary, AB, T2J 0X3 - Canada or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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