World Saddened by the Passing of Lana Gore|
accordion world was saddened to learn of the loss of well known accordionist,
teacher and conductor Lana Gore. Lana passed away on January 29, 2006 after losing
her battle with cancer.
accordion under the tutelage of jazz artist Tony Dannon at the Modern Accordion
Schools in Dearborn, Michigan. She attended Wayne State University's School of
Music and the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts, later earning a Bachelor of Arts
degree from the University of Michigan with a major in music history and theory.
In 1981 she opened her own private music school in Dearborn Heights, The Music
Centre Conservatory, where she currently has a teaching staff of ten instructors
and over 300 students.
have won major titles in all of the most prestigious music competitions throughout
the USA and Europe. Her most decorated student is Peter Soave won the CIA Coupe
Mondiale, as well as several other international titles. Her other students have
won awards in many national and international competitions and her prize winning
accordion orchestra has performed throughout the metropolitan Detroit area and
made two European concert tours performing in Austria, France, Germany, Italy,
the Republic of San Marino and Switzerland.
was appointed as an adjunct faculty member teaching Accordion and Bayan studies
at the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Wayne State University in Detroit
in 1985 and was also affiliated with the Applied Music Faculty at the University
of Michigan-Dearborn Campus.
addition to teaching, giving seminars and adjudicating in international festivals
around the world, Lana supported the local accordion scene by serving as President
of the Michigan Accordion Society as well as supporting both the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) and the American Accordionists Association
(AAA). Lana is pictured here conducting the 2005 AAA Festival Orchestra in
Detroit, with Tony Dannon as Concert Master.
funeral was held on Thursday, February 2nd, and in lieu of flowers, Lana's friends
are suggesting donations be made to the Vivian Vivio Stolaruk & Steve Stolaruk
Foundation, 1928 Star Batt Drive, Rochester Hills, Michigan 48309.
Stolaruk has generously offered to assist in paying the portion of Lana's enormous
medical expenses that were not covered by insurance. Additionally, the Stolaruk
Foundation is also hosting an Italian Diner-Dance to benefit Lana on Sunday, February
12th at 3:00 PM. Music will be provided by the Al Battistelli Orchestra with Tony
Dannon. All proceeds will benefit Lana's medical expenses. The event will be held
at the Best Western ConCorde Inn located at 44315 Gratiot (just south of M-59)
in Clinton Township, Michigan. Tickets are $25.00 per person and may be ordered
by calling the hotel at 586-493-7300 or at Star-Batt, 248-853-1500.
Lana was nominated as one of the ten 2005 Michiganian's of the Year sponsored
by The Detroit News.
250th Birthday Celebrated|
Lidia Kaminska performed at a concert entitled MOZART: RELOADED,
at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
paid homage to Mozart and what would have been his 250th Birthday by taking a
fresh look at his artistic genius through the vibrant voices of area artists working
in music, video and dance.
The concert included:
Caine, pianist/composer, improvising on Mozart Piano Sonata in C Major
Miceli Quartet with Joanna Pascale, vocals, Tony Miceli, vibes, Madison Rast,
bass, Butch Reed drums performing jazz arrangements of Mozart arias
Justen, composer/violinist performing her original work Foxy Lady and the Magic
- Lidia Kaminska, accordionist performing
an arrangement of Mozart organ works
Motion Dance Company in collaboration with Peter Price, music/video and Manfred
Fischbeck, choreography, present a new work based on the symbolisms of The Magic
- Four World Premiere Variations
on The Bird Catcher Aria by composers Sebastian Chang, Jan Kryzwicki, Evan Solot
and Robert Maggio commissioned by Philadelphia residents and performed by Charles
- Delaware Steel
(15 piece steel drum band) directed by Harvey Price performing their arrangement
of Mozart Overture to The Magic Flute.
information on accordionist Lidia Kaminska please visit: www.lidiakaminska.com
to Record Deiro's Complete Works|
concert accordionist Henry Doktorski has begun recording the complete works of
Pietro Deiro. The first two volumes of the proposed eight-volume set will be released
as a double-album and will feature Pietro's polkas and waltzes. Pietro Deiro (1888-1954)
is universally accepted as one of the greatest and most influential accordionists
of the first half of the twentieth century.
Born in Italy, he immigrated
to the United States in 1907, and in 1908 began to play the diatonic button-accordion
professionally in Seattle, Washington. That same year Pietro learned to play piano-accordion
from his older brother, Guido, who became a vaudeville star in 1910. Pietro, recognizing
a good thing, followed in his brothers footsteps and also became a celebrity
on the vaudeville circuit, making up to $500 per week. One contemporary 1921 newspaper
reviewer praised Pietros musicianship: What Paderewski is to the piano,
Spalding to the violin, and Hans Kronol to the cello, Pietro is to the piano-accordeon.
This man takes this instrument, which recently has attained a dignified standing
among musicians, and gives it a human voice, a voice that is alive with joy, and
dragged down to the depths of sorrow. Pietro also recorded 78 RPM records
for Victor and Decca: a total of 147 sides during his career, beginning in 1912.
Amazingly, Pietro enjoyed a flourishing recording career even during the
Great Depression--a remarkable achievement, considering the doldrums the record
industry was in at the time. Pietro dominated the solo accordion category in Victor's
1930 Italian catalog with a full eighteen sides (Pietro Frosini could only muster
ten). In 1928, Pietro established a music studio in Greenwich Village, New York,
which attracted so many students that he had to hire a staff of professional teachers.
Eventually he established a chain of accordion studios on the East coast. Recognizing
early on that his students needed sheet music, Pietro established the music publishing
firm Accordion Music Publishing Company (AMPCO), later known simply as Pietro
Deiro Publications, which became probably the largest publisher of accordion music
in the United States and a big money-maker.
Pietro composed over 200 works
for the accordion and arranged countless other pieces. Pietro was popular and
influential. He appeared as a regular columnist for general music publications
such as The Etude and Metronome magazines, and he participated prominently in
the main accordion journals of the 1930s and 1940s such as Accordion World and
Accordion News. He published his own newsletter called The Pietro Musicordion,
he produced his own radio show, and he established a record company devoted to
the accordion: AMPCO Records. In 1936 Italian accordion manufacturers presented
him with a parchment scroll and gold plaque for his contributions toward the advancement
of the instrument.
Pietro was one of the founding members of the American
Accordionists Association (created on March 9, 1938), and was elected the
associations first president by the board. One modern scholar, Peter Muir,
explained: He [Pietro] effectively became the premiere accordionist in America,
a sort of legendary father-figure whose status was embodied by his nickname The
Daddy of the Accordion, which he carefully cultivated from early in the
decade [beginning in 1930].
The first two volumes of The Complete
Works of Pietro Deiro will feature his polkas and waltzes. Subsequent volumes
will feature Pietros marches, foxtrots, mazurkas, paso dobles, rumbas, spanish
dances, boleros, characteristic dances, 28 preludes, six grand etudes de concert,
six overtures and three concerti.
Three polkas recorded by Doktorski are
available for free downloading as MP3 files at http://henrydoktorski.com/recordings/pietropolkas.html
Romance Comes to Lower East Side|
Main Squeeze Accordion Orchestra brings Valentine's romance to the lower East
side in New York city with shows on Saturday, February 11th, 2006 at Pianos, and
Tuesday, February 14 at Mo Pitkins.
Is there anything more romantic
than the accordion? You hold it close. It breathes. And if you squeeze it just
right, itll make any sound you want. This all-accordion Main Squeeze Orchestra
will make romance bloom with songs of love by Kurt Weill, Joy Division and Louis
Armstrong among others.
VALENTINE SHOWS DETAILS:
WHEN: 8 p.m., Saturday,
WHERE: Pianos, 158 Ludlow at Stanton
ADMISSION: $10 at the door
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14
WHERE: MO Pitkins House of
Satisfaction, 34 Avenue A at 3rd Street
ADMISSION: $10 at the door
Keuhr was attending a festival in 2001 when his dream was born. It was a dream
of 18 accordions played with a precision that would demonstrate the versatility
of the instrument. Slight changes in reed selection would determine whether the
accordions sounded like oboes, French horns or guitars, and the arrangements would
be rich and complex, exploring the work of Schuberts, Strauss, Prince, and The
For months, Walter was plagued
with visions of the 18 glossy accordions, the wall of sound, the pigtails. He
began recruiting through his students and word-of-mouth until The Main Squeeze
Orchestra, the only all-female accordion ensemble in the western world, was born
in the fall of 2002.
Since their first performance in November 2002, The
Main Squeeze Orchestra has achieved wild popularity as well as critical acclaim
within the accordion community. Transcending all dorky stereotypes, The Orchestra
has developed a rowdy yet sophisticated following, proving the power of the instrument
and the power of one man's dream to conduct 18 women in pigtails. In 2004, they
opened for Gogol Bordello at Irving Plaza and have performed regularly at The
Knitting Factory, Galapagos and MO Pitkins.
more information, please contact: Rachel Zoll, 917-446-6465 or Walter Kuehr, 212-614-3109
or visit: http://www.mainsqueezeorchestra.com
Music on The Bachelor|
Marocco's music can be heard during eight episodes of the ABC reality show "The
Bachelor-Paris". Because the show's location is in Paris, Frank was contracted
to write several original Musette style French songs for the underscore. The first
show aired on January 9, 2006.
One of the most sought after studio musicians,
Frank Marocco was born in Illinois and grew up in the town of Waukegan, a suburb
of Chicago. When he was seven years old, his parents enrolled him in a six-week
trial program on the accordion.
first instructor, George Stefani, was a source of inspiration to him. Marocco
studied with him for nine years. His training was in the classics but his teacher
encouraged him to explore other areas: he played the piano and the clarinet, he
studied music theory, harmony, conducting, and he was a member of his high school
The next year, he studied with the legendary Andy Rizzo, a master
teacher who has influenced many of this country's accordion artists.
age 17, Marocco took first place in a national music contest, performing his winning
solo with the Chicago Pops Orchestra for a huge crowd at Chicago's Soldier's Field.
This might have encouraged him to see a full-time career in music. He formed a
trio which went on tour in several Midwestern states. During his travels, he met
his wife Anne, in South Bend, Indiana. Together they decided to head west to make
their home in the Los Angeles where they reside today.
website launched for Arizona Accordion Club|
Arizona Accordion Club is pleased to announce that it has launched a dynamic new
web site found at http://www.azaccordionclub.com
The site is easy to read
and gives you updated news on club events including our most up to date Main Attractions
and concert calendar. Readers are invited to check the schedule to see upcoming
performers and browse local artists.
their 10th Anniversary, the Arizona Accordion Club featured Mike and Marge Aman
as their first guests where their musicianship and talents inspired all.
20th Mario Pedone (right)
Accordion music professor and virtuoso from Texas
plays all the classics
- March 20th
Be entertained by a simply superb accordionist from Chicago
17th Joe Vento
Grammy Award-winning musician, previously with the Three Suns
- May 15th The Arizona Button Accordion
Leader Bill Regina and this super band will keep your toes tappin'
For more information, please visit:
Trio at BAMcafe in Brooklyn|
Out New York says "Accordionist Will Holshouser is the secret weapon in several
of the scene's most inventive and engaging bands." He is appearing on Saturday
February 4th at 9:00 PM with his trio comprising Will Holshouser - accordion,
Ron Horton - trumpet, and David Phillips - bass.
BAMcafe is located at
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Phone: 718.636.4100
is a $10.00 food/drink minimum.
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times says:
"[Holshouser] successfully showcased the range and beauty of the accordion.
His compositions are intriguing, with wayward harmonies and soft-spoken melodies
that make the accordion's thin, reedy treble range sound sweet. This could be
music for some fantastical Fellini film."
Will Holshouser has developed
his own approach to the accordion as a composer, improviser and working musician.
His unique form of jazz is influenced by folk and experimental music. He is active
in New York City and internationally with his trio and as a sideman, playing with
David Krakauer & Klezmer Madness, Matt Munisteri & Brock Mumford, Septeto
Roberto Rodriguez, and the Raymond Scott Orchestrette. He has also worked with
Phillip Johnston, Lenny Pickett, Andy Statman, Dave Douglas, Brian Dewan, Michael
Hashim, Jenny Scheinman, David Garland, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Orpheus
Chamber Orchestra, and others.
debut CD of his original music, Reed Song, was released in 2002 on Clean Feed
(Portugal) featuring his trio. Their second CD will come out in fall 2005, also
on Clean Feed. Will has also composed music for solo accordion and for short films,
and has arranged music for assorted ensembles. He studied with Anthony Braxton
and Bill Barron at Wesleyan University, where he received a grant to research
Cajun and Creole music in Louisiana. After moving to New York in 1991, he began
studying accordion with Dr. William Schimmel.
more information and to hear sound clips please visit: at www.willholshouser.com
Your Accordion Services Free at AWW|
Internet is changing the way your customers are searching for services. The days
of lugging out a 12 lb. telephone book to find very limited and outdated business
information are coming to an end. People are still letting their fingers do the
walking, but they're doing it over a computer keyboard. Below are some revealing
facts from the Kelsey Group.
of US households use the Internet as an information source when shopping.
45% of searches had a buying intent.
percentage of respondents who used yellow page directories decreased from 75%
(If you have a printed
yellow page ad, it is time to consider buying a smaller ad and shifting your marketing
dollars to the Internet.) The off-line Yellow Pages see the writing on the wall
and are scrambling to transfer their business model to the Internet.
can no longer ignore these facts. If you want to be successful, you must have
a presence where your customers are searching. Being found on the Internet is
vital to the future of your business.
Accordion Yellow Pages offers free of charge listing for all accordion businesses,
teachers and for every type of service for accordionists. On the Accordion Yellow
Pages site, you do not need to have a website for accordionists find you and contact
search-accordion.com site is also free of charge, being a listing service for
every type of accordion service but you must have a website. Viewers of search-accordion.com
can click to your website.
popular is the AccordionLinks.com site where those accordion service providers
with a website, can attract accordionists free of charge to their website.
All it takes is a little effort, to make sure your information on these three
popular and very effective accordion sites is up to date. Your future success
may well be determined by your ability to effectively adapt to the Internet. Should
it be your New Year's resolution for 2006?
AAMS Festival and Symposium|
AAMS Accordion Festival and Symposium will be held from 3-5 March, 2006 at the
Wyndham Valley Forge in Wayne, PA.
This years honored guest is Lou Persic
and featured guest artist is concert accordionist Henry Doktorski.
details, please visit: www.aamsaccordionfestival.com
Alex Accordions Expanding in New York City|
Accordions will soon be opening two full floors of full-service accordion facility
for sales, repairs, testing and showcases on New York City's famous "Music
Row" 165 W. 48th Street.
Alex has been a shop owner on 48th Street
in New York City working with accordions for over 35 years and has 2 veteran repairmen/accordion
builders from Castelfidardo Italy on premises, who specialize in custom modifications
and especially repairing numerous sad cases of smashed bass-mechanisms from rough
Alex carries a number of brands of new and used accordions,
from Italy, France and several other countries. He recently took over the 2nd
floor which was previously occupied by Roberto's Woodwinds and is now constructing
an in-house "Accordion Museum" of Alex Accordions' extensive collection.
A specially equipped "Back Room" for professionals to try out
and compare instruments as well. The new room will be open very soon, look for
the new awning going up and join Alex Accordion to celebrate the new expansion
of the 35-year- old Alex Accordions on NY's Music Row!
To contact Alex,
please phone: 212.704.2042 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
to Perform Valentine's Day Concert|
Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Irving Ludwig, former
violinist with the Philadelphia under Ormandy and Muti for over 38 years will
feature concert accordionist Joseph
Soprani in a special Valentine's Day concert to celebrate the 60th season
of the LSO, Sunday. February 12, 2006, 3:00 PM at the Upper Darby Performing Arts
Center (Upper Darby HS) in Upper Darby, PA.
The program for the concert
- G. FAURÉ: Pelléas
et Mélisande Suite
De' Miei Bollenti Spiriti (Joseph Soprani, Accordian)
KREISLER: Liebesleid (Joseph Soprani, Accordian)
KREISLER: Liebesfreud (Joseph Soprani, Accordian)
KREISLER: Schön Rosmarin (Joseph Soprani, Accordian)
Water Music Suite
- P. TCHAIKOVSKY:
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
in 1946, the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest community orchestras
in the Greater Philadelphia area, celebrating more than 50 years of music-making.
Its season runs from October to May, and this year it will present five concerts
under the leadership of Irving Ludwig, its music director since 1991. Mr. Ludwig
brings to the podium his many years of experience as a violinist with the Philadelphia
Orchestra. The concertmaster of the Lansdowne Orchestra is Michael Ludwig, son
of the music director, and associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Although the talented musicians who form the core of the 75 + members of the LSO
come from many walks of life, they all share a strong love of music. The repertoire
includes orchestral music from the Baroque through contemporary classics, including
time-honored favorites and interesting rarities.
Sweethearts will receive
a carnation and everyone gets a valentine of Romantic melodies in this delightful
concert featuring a virtuoso accordion soloist performing Carmen Fantasy, a showpiece
based on themes from Bizet's Carmen and Three Viennese Dances by Kreisler specially
arranged for accordion and orchestra by the soloist. In addition the audience
will be treated to Tchaikowsky's Romeo & Juliuet, Faure and Puccini. You don't
want to miss this one.
For tickets call:
610 622 1189 - UD Perf. Arts Center
610 284 3719 - LSO info
Unveiled at NAMM Show in CA|
annual NAMM Winter Show is took place from January 19th to 22nd in the Convention
Center, Anaheim, California. This large-scale trade exhibition of musical instruments
and products, including Gabbanelli Accordions, also featured a demonstration of
a new type of accordion known as the 'hyper-accordion.'
inventor of the hyper-accordion is a Berklee graduate where he mastered the accordion
and took it to another level with credits that include performances on the film
score for North Country and the recent Grammy-nominated Deutsche Grammophon recording
of Osvaldo Golijov's Ayre. Transcending the traditional instrument, Ward-Bergeman
invented the hyper-accordion which brings the naturally stereo instrument into
a new sonic realm with the help of the Eventide Eclipse® stereo effects processor.
"When I developed the hyper-accordion, my goal was to stretch the
boundaries of what the traditional instrument could do," said Ward-Bergeman.
"Paramount to this goal from the beginning was effects processing. The accordion
is one of the world's only true stereo instruments, which gave me a tremendous
amount of room to explore new sounds with my customized stereo miking configuration.
I had used other technologies but they never delivered the sounds I envisioned.
After extensive research, the Eventide Eclipse became hands-down the most
versatile and comprehensive solution."
is based on the traditional accordion but takes advantage of the natural stereo
separation provided by the bellows. With a customized microphone setup, the hyper-accordion
delivers two distinct tone sources that are routed directly to the Eventide Eclipse
stereo inputs. From there, Ward-Bergeman enhances each tone with a multitude of
effects, enabling the instrument in concert with the Eclipse to produce unheard-of
sounds from one of the world's most instantly recognizable instruments.
entire concept of the hyper-accordion is to unite the accordion with dynamic signal
processing, playing them together as one instrument," said Ward-Bergeman.
"It is critical that the processor's response to numerous and varied performance
gestures be accurate and patchable to as many parameters as possible. The Eventide
Eclipse has enabled me to achieve both superior fidelity and expressivity, creating
a rich tapestry of sounds without losing the natural integrity of the instrument.
I look forward to using the Eclipse and bringing the hyper-accordion to new destinations."
Based in London, Ward-Bergeman is continuing to incorporate the Eventide Eclipse
into his mix in new ways, including the configuration of an intricate MIDI-pedal
control system. Ward-Bergeman just completed a west coast tour with soprano Dawn
Upshaw, Gustavo Santaolalla and ensemble, performing Ayre in its entirety. He
will next bring his hyper-accordion to the United States at New York's Lincoln
Center in 2006 as a featured performer in a festival celebrating the music of
visionary composer Golijov.
Ward-Bergeman's many performance credits include:
HOLOCAUST: A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz, which won this year's International
Emmy for Performance; Ayre, a groundbreaking work by Golijov, which recently received
a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Contemporary Composition; and Santaolalla's
soundtrack for North Country, the critically acclaimed Niki Caro film starring
Eventidewas founded in 1971 in New York City, Eventide
is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital audio processing products for
recording, broadcast, and live performance. Headquartered in Little Ferry, NJ,
Eventide invented the H910, the first Harmonizer® effects processor in 1975,
and introduced the H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer effects processor in 1988. Visit Eventide
on the Web at www.eventide.com.
and Harmonizer a registered trademarks, and Eclipse is a trademark of Eventide
For further information e-mail: email@example.com
Mardi Grass Ball in Rhode Island|
14th annual Mardi Gras Ball is a celebration of Cajun and Zydeco music and culture
held on February 25th at Rhodes On The Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, Rhode
Island, New England. The artistes include Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys,
Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie, and Balfa Toujours.
opens with a Zydeco dance on the evening of February 24th featuring accordionist
CJ Chenier and the Red Louisiana Band at The German Club, 78 Carter Ave, Pawtucket.
zydeco superstar C.J. Chenier stepped onto the main stage at the 2001 Chicago
Blues Festival and looked over the crowd of 60,000 eager fans, he had one thing
in mind: get them on their feet and make them dance. Almost immediately after
launching into their first song, CJ Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band had
people young and old shaking their hips and cheering in unison.
solo career dating back to 1987 and five previous albums under his belt, CJ Chenier
is widely and wildly regarded as one of the genres best singers, musicians
and live performers. According to The Boston Globe, CJ Chenier attacks the
accordion with the tension and drive of James Brown...creating contemporary, turbo-charged
dance music. Living Blues magazine named CJ Chenier the best living
zydeco singer and accordionist, and Billboard called him the heir
to the zydeco throne.
CJs music has always embraced the traditions
of his famous father, zydeco legend Clifton Chenier, but he continues to push
the music to new levels. I wont limit myself, says CJ, and its
clear why. Born and raised away from the Louisiana bayou in the housing projects
of Port Arthur, Texas, CJ was aware of his fathers music but also had other
tastes. He liked James Brown and Funkadelic, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. He
learned saxophone early on and as a teenager played in black Top 40 bands in Port
Arthur. He studied music in college and dreamed of making it as a jazz or funk
Then, one week before CJs 21st birthday in 1978, Clifton
asked him to bring his sax along and join The Red Hot Louisiana Band. I
didnt know any of the songs they played, he recalls, but the
guys helped me out and brought me along. And then one day the music hit me, and
I knew this was what I wanted to do. With each passing show, CJs confidence
grew, as did his desire to take a larger role in the band. In 1985, as the effects
of diabetes began to take their toll on his father, CJ (at Cliftons request)
picked up the accordion and started opening the shows. He didnt push
it, CJ remembers. He let me decide for myself. But when he first called
me to go out and play with his band, I think it was his idea all along that I
would carry on his music.
After Cliftons death in 1987, CJ
inherited his dads accordion as well as The Red Hot Louisiana Band. But
he took his fathers music and built upon it, adding elements of the music
he grew up with and infusing traditional zydeco with a contemporary punch. When
asked about his accordion playing, CJ is quick to defer to his father, whom nobody
could ever touch, as CJ says. But others have formed their own opinions.
According to Blues Revue, Whether he and his band of red hots burn on rocking
contemporary songs or simmer on traditional country waltzes, CJ Chenier is poised
to be zydecos new torch bearer.
February Dates include:
10, 2006 FitzGerald's Berwyn, IL
11, 2006 FitzGerald's Berwyn, IL
12, 2006 CSPS Cedar Rapids, IA
16, 2006 Wilbert's Food & Music Cleveland, OH
17, 2006 Stuart's Opera House Nelsonville, OH
18, 2006 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
19, 2006 North by Northwest Philadelphia, PA
20, 2006 Club Helsinki Great Barrington, MA
21, 2006 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA
23, 2006 Johnny D's Somerville, MA
24, 2006 The German Club Pawtucket, RI
25, 2006 Community Theatre Morristown, NJ
26, 2006 Towne Crier Pawling, NY
27, 2006 The Birchmere Alexandria, VA
28, 2006 Private Event New York, NY
further information on the Rhode Island event, please e-mail: Chukwent@cox.net
Torriglia's Valentine's Day Performances|
the morning of February 11th, accordionist Tom Torriglia is scheduled to appear
on KRON TV (a local San Francisco TV station) between 8 -10 AM, as part of the
station's news broadcast. He will be performing as part of scheduled activities
about Valentine's Day.
On February 14, Tom will be performing on KFOG
Radio (104.5 FM in San Francisco-also available on the web at KFOG.com) at approximately
6:50 AM Pacific Time, for Valentine's Day.
Tom Torriglia's latest CD 'Legends
of the Italian Lounge', made with his band Bella Ciao, has been nominated for
a Grammy Award.
plays in several bands, including a strolling mostly accordion sextet called the
Squeegees as well as his Italian-flavored nightclub act called Bella Ciao.
can play guitar and keyboards, too. But his first love was the accordion. Tom
comes from a musical family. His father, an Italian immigrant who worked as a
wholesale butcher, played saxophone and clarinet, entertaining at family gatherings.
His big sister played piano. At
age 6 or so, he first laid eyes on the object of his affection. "I recall
one day some guy -- an uncle? a friend? -- came over with an accordion,"
Torriglia says. "I was completely mesmerized and I thought, 'That's the coolest
thing in the world.' I still do."
further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel Guzman Workshop|
Award winner Joel Guzman is having an accordion workshop on Saturday, February
4, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM. The workshop will be at his home in Kyle, 941 Goldenrod
Street. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially if you are interested in learning
more about playing conjunto or Tejano music. Joel is both a master player and
great teacher. The cost is only $35.00. Please call me at 258-6553.|
Guzman has been called brilliant, extraordinary, a genius. He began dazzling audiences
and fellow musicians with his unique accordion artistry as a child prodigy, causing
established and respected accordion players to christen him, at an early age,
El Pequeno Gigante. The Little Giant. Today, he is not only a superbly
accomplished instrumentalist, singer, and performer, he is also a successful as
an innovator, arranger and producer. He and his band Aztex formed
the nucleus and inspiration for RCAs release of Los Super Seven, featuring
Joe Ely, Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, Ruben Ramos, Rick Trevino and David Hidalgo
and Cesar Rosas both of Los Lobos.
countless other artists with whom Guzman has collaborated reads like a Whos
Who of Texas Music. In spite of his award-winning success, Guzman is restless.
With his roots firmly planted in the full range of traditional Mexican music,
he has incorporated and experimented with jazz, tejano, country, salsa, R&B
and rock. His passionate drive to create new musical directions and imaginative
combinations of all these genres, continues to place him in a category all his
He has said, I may play a box but dont want to be put
in one. The formation of The Mexican Roots Trio is his latest move to push
the envelope, to venture out into new and exciting areas of expression. The Mexican
Roots experience comes with the phenomenal vocal power of soul mate and partner
Sarah Fox along with longtime friend and world class bajista, Max Baca Jr.. Together,
this family reflects the inclination to create fresh, daring musical blends and
to perform them with playful strut and bravado.
For much of his career,
Guzman has generously contributed to the musical efforts of his countless fellow-musicians
and colleagues. Now he feels its time to fully develop his own personal
eclectic perceptions and ideas, step to the front of the stage, and present audiences
with something far beyond tired formulas and safe homogenous sounds. He believes
music should be created and performed with energy, sensitivity, honesty and above
all, fearlessness. A growing number of people of all ages, from different cultures
and backgrounds, are forming an audience ready to discover where this journey
will take them and what new gifts the melding of Guzmans musical styles
Canelo Salomón Releases New CD, Mexico|
Canelo Salomon has recently released a CD titled 'Vanguardia'. This is a solo
recording, made using a Universal accordion that Solomon personally restored and
The son of the famous diatonic accordionist Red Salomón,
Canelo has been director of the school of music of the union of musicians in Celaya,
academic director of the union of musicians in the state of Guanajuato and at
the moment he is director of the music school Vidargas. Salomon has made recordings
on piano accordion, but is also a pianist, organist, singer and percussionist.
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Peter & Mady Soave offer Camp in Switzerland|
to popular demand, two sessions of IMAC will be held in 2006, from August 1st
to 8th, and 11th to 18th.
The tutors will be World Champion Peter
Soave, his wife Mady Soave (USA) and Jean-Louis Noton (France).
International Montreux Accordion Camp offers 7 days of workshops, lectures, master-
classes and private instruction in a professional setting that harmonizes nature
and amateur participants of all ages gather from around the world to perform,
train, and share the art of the accordion. During the seminar all lectures, lessons,
meals and room accommodations are hosted in a center that emphasizes camaraderie
and progress in a friendly environment.
from music making, participants will enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the Swiss
The classes offered include: classical, tango, musette, jazz,
improvisation, world music, M.I.D.I. programming and performance, articulation,
fingering, phrasing, bellow techniques, solo and chamber music, history of the
accordion, and computer aided music.
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