|Tim Padilla on Welk Orchestra Tour|
|AAA to offer $10,000 Prize this Summer!|
|TAA Convention Concerts|
|Semionov Opens US Tour in New York City|
|The Elders feature in TV Show|
|Northwest Accordion Society|
|Henry Doktorski with Butler Symphony|
|Dr. Schimmel New York Philharmonic Concert|
|Grammy Award Success|
|New Accordion Jazz Book a|
|Russian Festival in San Francisco|
|WMAS Celebrates Second Anniversary|
|Crawdaddies to play at AMAS Festival|
|Five Mirrors Available in the USA|
|Museum to Celebrate Acquisition|
|Stas Venglevski to perform Gubaidalina|
|Sweatshop Tango Ensemble|
|Lidia Kaminska with Brad Cox Ensemble|
|NY Accordionist in the Pacific|
|'From Frosini to Foss|
|Padilla Spotlights Accordion on Welk Orchestra Tour|
Accordionist Tim Padilla, will be featured with the Lawrence Welk "Champagne Music Makers" on their 2005 United States Spring Tour in March. The famous group leaves their home base in Branson, Missouri to appear in live shows across the country.
Tim, who was one of the finalists in 'The Search for the Hottest Accordionist' contest in 1999, co-sponsored by the American Accordionis' Association and Welk Resorts, has become the spotlighted accordionist of the Welk Orchestra which featured the accordion legend, Myron Floren, since the late 1940s. The Welk Show is still seen PBS TV.
The 2005 Spring Tour will bring Welk's 'Champaign Music Makers' and their young accordion star to the venues listed below:
|AAA to offer $10,000 Grand First Prize|
American Accordionists' Association
announces the Vivian Vivio Stolaruk
International Entertainment Competition offering a grand first prize of US $10,000.
Second prize is $3,000 and Third Prize $2,000. All prizes have been donated by
Steve Stolaruk in divine remembrance of his wife, the late Vivian Vivio Stolaruk.
|Texas Accordion Association Festival|
The Texas Accordion Association festival to be held March 10-12 in Richardson, Texas will be offering a number of public concerts in addition to the many festival activities such as workshops, trade shows and the festival orchestra rehearsals and performances.
For more information and a full list of workshops and concerts, please visit: www.accordions.com/taa
|Semionov Opens US Concert Tour in New York City|
American Accordionists' Association (AAA) will host a concert by concert accordionist,
composer and teacher Viatcheslav Semionov on Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 7:00
PM (Reception immediately following concert) Greenwich House Music School, Renée
Weiler Concert Hall, 46 Barrow Street (Greenwich Village) in New York, NY.
|The Elders: Live at the Gem|
City based accordionist Brett Gibson, performing with The Elders will be featured
as part of a one hour television special preceding the Kansas City St. Patrick's
|Northwest Accordion Society in Seattle|
February 27th, the Seattle Center House was the venue for an event styled the
'Day of the Accordion Festival', from 10am to 5pm.
NWAS President Rick Hatley invites readers to visit: http://www.nwasnews.com for further information on upcoming activities.
|Henry Doktorski with Butler Symphony|
On February 12th, accordionist Henry Doktorski performed as soloist with the Butler County (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra in a performance of 'Tres Tangos' by the Argentinean-born composer and bandoneonist, Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992). Elisabeth Heath-Charles, the music director and conductor of the orchestra, conducted the concert.
'Tres Tangos ' was written in 1962 and premiered under the direction of Paul Klecky in 1963. The piece won the Hirsch Prize in the same year. It is scored for bandoneon, harp, piano, percussion, and strings. The three movements are titled 'Allegro tranquillo, Moderato mistico', and 'Allegro molto marcato'.
After the 'Tres Tangos' performance, Doktorski returned to the stage and performed as an encore his own 'Theme and Variation' on Richard Roger's 'Edelweiss,' following which he accompanied soprano soloist and Butler native, Evie Barnes, in a medley of four love songs to commemorate Valentine's Day: Irving Gordon's 'Unforgettable', Burt Bacharach's 'I Long to be Close to You', and 'I'll Never Fall in Love Again', and Dolly Parton's 'I Will Always Love You'.
The Butler County Symphony manager, Virginia Netchi, wrote, "The Piazzolla was mesmerizing and Henry's playing introduced many people to the sublime possibilities of the accordion. We hope other orchestras will invite him to play it with them also."
One very special guest at the concert was 72-year-old Joan Moyer, a classical accordion lover from Indianapolis, Indiana, who flew an 800 miles round-trip to hear Doktorski perform. She said, "I have been following Henry's career on his website for the past four years or so and I have most of his recordings. I haven't heard a live accordion performance for many years - and this was the first one of this year."
Doktorski invited Mrs. Moyer to attend the Friday night dress rehearsal where he introduced her to the conductor and orchestra, and then treated her and soprano Evie Barnes to dinner at a local restaurant, where Mrs. Moyer spoke about attending accordion competitions in her youth and meeting Pietro Deiro and Charles Magnante. Doktorski said, "Mrs. Moyer is such a sweet and charming lady; and very easy to please: she only ordered a glass of Coke at the restaurant!"
Mrs. Moyer continued, "It seemed that I was spending a lot of energy, time and finances in traveling so far to see Henry's concert with the Butler Symphony. My co-workers called me a groupie, my brother called me a stalker, and my 94-year-old mother said I was nuts! So on the flight to Pennsylvania I wondered to myself whether it was going to be worth it. . . . And indeed, it was even more than I had hoped! The tone, clarity, preciseness, the accuracy of Henry's playing, his demeanor while playing! I enjoyed hearing him play in person. It was well worth the endeavor!"
|Dr. William Schimmel keeps busy March Schedule|
William Schimmel has a very busy schedule throughout March, details of which are
|Accordionists' Grammy Award Successes in LA|
David Lee Garza, Joel Guzmán and Sunny Sauceda have all contributed to
the CD 'Polkas, Gritos y Acordeónes', recent winner of a Grammy Award for
the best Tejano Album category. Produced by Joel Guzmán for Guzmán
Fox Records, and recorded at Gilbert Velasquez' V Music Studio in San Antonio,
Texas in July of 2004.
|New Accordion Jazz Book by Norbert Seidel|
publisher Karthause-Schmülling has released a new book titled 'Accordion
Jazz Chords' - about improvising freely on the standard bass accordion, and written
by Norbert Seidel. The 120-page book is written in English and in German languages,
high quality print and will be premiered at the Frankfurt Musik Messe.
|Russian Festival in San Francisco|
New York-based accordionist Jon Hammond recently visited California, where he played eight gigs in hospitals, visited three trade fairs and attended the annual Russian Festival in San Francisco.Jon reports that "I have just attended the 17th annual Russian Festival, held at the Russian Center, San Francisco, at 2460 Sutter St, from February 11th to 13th. It was a fantastic celebration of Russian music, food and art. There was plenty of Bayan accordion music. Yuri Fedorko, bayanist of Limpopo, really knocked me out. He could play with accuracy while doing the Kazatsky dance all the way down to the floor!
I have never seen that done before. The food was fantastic and I especially enjoyed the Vodka Tasting Bar serving in several fruity flavors or straight from the bottle. It was like going to Russia without ever leaving San Francisco! I'll be sure to attend again next year".
|WMAS Celebrates Second Anniversary|
The Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society celebrated its second anniversary on February 8th 2005 with a big Polka Night. The festivities drew an audience of 70 people, including the twenty accordionists who played solos and duets to the delight of the many participants who attended just to dance.
The new committee of officers was also approved by the WMAS membership and is comprised of President - Karen Malan-Uribe, Vice President - Joan Grauman), Secretary/Treasurer - Mara Cherkasky, Membership Chairman - Paul Przedpelski, Special Events Chairman - Anne Johnson, and Communications Chairman - Jim Vandelly.
At each monthly meeting, a member of the WMAS offers a one-hour workshop or presentation on various aspects of the instruments (accordion, bayan, concertina, button-box) or music (ethnic, regional, or by a composer) played on the accordions. Upcoming presentations include:
is $2.00 donation and will take place at the Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church,
3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044-1006.
|Crawdaddies to feature at AAMS Accordion Weekend|
During the final preparations for the American Accordion Musicological Society Festival, organizers are arranging an exciting Friday Night Concert, which will be exciting for the general public as well as accordionists. This concert will feature Kraig B. Greff & The Crawdaddies .This ensemble infuses Cajun, Zydeco, Funk, Swing, Soul, Reggae, Roots and Rock into an incomparable, groove-laden sound that is unquestionably its own. The Crawdaddies (presented at the AAMS by Rick Kaplan) are a regular fixture on the national college and festival circuits. Their CDs, Accordions are Cool and Spice it Up are in rotation on college and broad-format radio stations. Kraig B. Greffs accordion virtuosity provides the hard-hitting foundation of The Crawdaddies sound. Also an accomplished session pianist, Greff brings with him the experience of years of international touring. His keyboard talents have backed such greats as jazz legend Joe Williams, Della Reese, Dianna Ross and Barry White. Also performing on this program will be the following entertainers. The Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra, Ron Onda & Len Feldmann. In addition this years festival will begin one hour early (6:30 PM) with an eventful workshop presented by Rick Kaplan discussing the Bandoneon and experiments with alter tuned instruments.
This years event is a tribute to Mr. Anthony Ettore, his dedication to the accordion and support of the AAMS. A banquet will be held in his honor on Saturday, March 5, 2005 5:30 PM. Tickets are available through March 1st . Mr. Anthony Ettore studied the accordion at the early age of 5 years, which eventually led to the establishment of the Ettore School of Music located in Staten Island. His Virtuoso Accordion Orchestra performed in Carnegie Hall. He has served as President of the American Accordion Association in 1987 & 1988. Mr. Ettores accomplishments are too numerous to list here.
Festivities include 3 major concerts, a banquet, 50 competitive and non-competitive events, 12 workshops, displays, vendors and an on-going accordion repair service.
The Saturday night concert will feature The Parade of Stars. Performers will be: The Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra, Stanley Darrow, Joanna Arnold Darrow, Carmen Carrozza, Dee Langley, , and more.Rita Davidson will be presented in a performance the Manhatten Concerto in the honor of Mr. Eugene & Mr. Anthony Ettore. Featured Guest Artist is: Mrs. Betty Jo Simon- midi expert and entertainer who understands the use of the midi with the accordion at an exceptional artistic level.
The Sunday Concert will feature accordion entertainer: Bobby Raye. Exciting and dynamic cruise ship entertainer. Also performing in this concert is the Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra.
The general schedule is as follows:
|Five Mirrors available in the USA|
A recent work entitled Five Mirrors is now available to accordionists in the United States from Musica Slovaca in Bratislava.
10 minute contemporary tonal music piece for accordion, composed in 1997, was
commissioned by the New Slovak Music Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia and premiered
by Boris Lenko at the International Contemporary Music Festival 'Melos - Ethos'
in Bratislava on 11 November 1999 and again on 12 November 2000 on Slovak Radio
in Bratislava. The work has been recorded on Edition Hudba N81 0001 2 331.
At six, Machajdík began music lessons and at seven, took up the piano. In the 1980's he was not accepted into the Music Academy of Bratislava because his concept of music, at that time, was heavily influenced by the Western avant-garde. At 27, Machajdík graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Machajdík has received commissions and awards from, among others, the Kulturfonds Foundation, the Luigi Russolo Foundation, the Slovak Music Fund and the Pro Helvetia Foundation. In 1992 he was invited to live and work in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD Künstlerprogramm. Machajdík was also the composer in residence at the Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany, at the Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany, and at the Künstlerhaus Lukas in Ahrenshoop on the German Baltic coast.
works have been performed widely, including at Hörgänge, Vienna; young.euro.classic,
Berlin; Nuovi Spazi Musicali, Rome; Melos-Ethos, Bratislava; Inventionen, Berlin;
New Work Festival, Calgary; Musica Nova, Sofia; Festival de Jazz et Musiques d'Aujourd'hui,
Mulhouse; Review of Composers, Belgrade; Audio Art Festival, Cracow, as well as
at venues in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy,
the Czech and Slovak Republics, and the U.S.A.
Machajdík´s interest in other performing arts and in collaborations led him to compose numerous works for theatre, dance companies and visual artists. He was co-founder of the Transmusic Comp., which introduced mixed-media, free improvisation and performance work in former Czechoslovakia.
Machajdík has lectured on new music, led workshops, and curated festivals of contemporary music. His music has been broadcast many times on radio and TV all over the world.
often chooses to compose his works in solitary places. His compositions draw on
several sources of inspiration, especially from the polyphony and modal harmonies
of early music. In recent years Machajdík´s works have been typified
by both economy of material and stringency of method, thereby demonstrating that
what may be simple musical language can nevertheless be powerful. Also elements
such as controlled use of dissonance, sustained sonorities, inconspicuous melodic
motion and frequent use of minor tonalities apply to Machajdík´s
compositional style. Most of his compositions have a meditative character.
|Museum to Celebrate Acquisition with Recital|
Forward by Dr. Helmi Harrington: "Harrington
ARTS Center is honored to host in concert the great American accordion artist,
scholar and author Henry Doktorski, to whom was entrusted the recording of the
complete works of Guido Deiro. His musical approach is intelligent and convincing,
and is delivered with technical virtuosity that places him among the nation's
foremost interpreters. This concert highlights a celebratory moment for A World
of Accordions Museum: the installation of performance instruments of Guido and
Pietro Deiro, twentieth-century pioneering masters of the piano accordion. It
also establishes cooperation between two centers for accordion research in the
USA. We acknowledge the generosity of the Deiro family, and we gratefully recognize
Henry Doktorski for inspiring and facilitating these events."
The two Italian-American brothers, Guido (1886-1950) and Pietro (1888-1954) Deiro (pronounced Day-ee-ro) are considered by many to be the two greatest pioneers of the piano-accordion, because they introduced the instrument to probably hundreds of thousands of people throughout North America and abroad during their vaudeville performances during the early twentieth century.
Guido, the elder brother, who coined the name piano-accordion, was the first piano-accordionist to play solo on the vaudeville stage (May 1910), the first to make records (Edison wax cylinders 1911), and the first to play on radio (Detroit 1922). Pietro, who learned to play the instrument from his brother, followed in Guidos footsteps and also became a famous vaudeville star, and later, after the demise of vaudeville during the Great Depression, established an immensely successful accordion music publishing company, Pietro Deiro Publications.
The two historic accordions played by Guido and Pietro, built by the Guerrini Company in San Francisco in 1926 and 1917 respectively, were donated to the World of Accordions Museum by Guidos son, Count Guido Roberto Deiro (in collaboration with Dr. Allan A. Atlas, curator of the Deiro Archive at the Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York), and Pietros granddaughter, Sandra Deiro Cattani.
On Sunday afternoon at 1.00 PM Doktorski will conduct a workshop and demonstrate the two historic accordions, and registrants will have the rare opportunity to hear and play these instruments. Doktorski said, "It is a real treat for me, as an envoy for the generous Count Guido Roberto Deiro and Sandra Deiro Cattani, to deliver these two historic instruments to A World of Accordions Museum, and present a workshop and recital featuring the music of the celebrated Deiro brothers. Guido and Pietro Deiro were two of America's greatest accordionists during their day, and these instruments are priceless relics from the Golden Age of the Accordion. They are quite different in many ways from modern accordions, but they also have their own unique charm and distinctive personality. Just look at the artistic decorations on the grill! In addition, the sound is not muted by a tone chamber, and the instruments project well in a large hall. I hope many accordionists will travel to Superior, Wisconsin, to take part in this important event."
Doktorskis recital at the Hanni Strahl Concert Hall at 3.00 PM on Sunday afternoon will feature original compositions of Guido and Pietro Deiro, and will include many of their celebrated marches, waltzes, polkas, tangos, foxtrots and overtures. He is intimately familiar with Guido Deiro's original compositions, as he recorded Guido Deiros complete works, Vaudeville Accordion Classics, a double CD set of which was released in November 2003 by Bridge Records. He is currently editing Guido Deiros complete works for publication by the music publishers Theodore Presser Company.
Doktorski concluded, "Perhaps I should mention that I will perform the recital on my 1978 Victoria accordion, as the two Guerrini instruments, although restored to a great extent, are very difficult to play, partly due to archaic construction and non-standard key size. However, we will have the opportunity to play and hear the two historic instruments during the 1.00 PM Sunday afternoon workshop."
A World of Accordions Museum, Library, and Concert Hall, formerly a Presbyterian church, located at 1401 Belknap Street in Superior, Wisconsin, contains a collection of over one thousand instruments and hundreds of thousands of titles of printed music for accordion, as well as many books and works of art that relate to accordions.
Carmelo Pino, concert accordionist and former president of the American Accordionists' Association, visited the museum and stated, "I was overwhelmed by it. There is no other collection that even comes close to it. It's not only the collection, but the scholarly research . . . on the evolution and the development of the instrument. I was so impressed."
For more information, contact the museum founder and curator, the distinguished accordionist, educator, author, scholar and historian, Dr. Helmi Strahl Harrington (who received her Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of Texas and an honorary degree from the Staedtische Musikschule Trossingen in Germany) at 218-393-0245 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Stas Venglevski performs Gubaidulina's Seven Words|
March 17, 2005 Stas Venglevski
will perform Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulinas Seven Words, written for
cello, bayan and strings with the Kadesh Chamber Orchestra at the Prayner Conservatory
in Vienna, Austria. The chamber orchestra will be conducted by Sanghwan Lee of
Vienna. It was a stroke of good fortune that presented the opportunity for Stas
and the Kadesh Orchestra to connect when conductor Lee observed on Stas
web site that he was scheduled to perform concerts in Vienna during the exact
period of time the concert was scheduled. As it would happen, March 17th was the
only open date on Stas touring schedule!
Since 1985, when she was first allowed to travel to the West, Gubaidulinas stature in the world of contemporary music has skyrocketed. She has been the recipient of prestigious commissions from Berlin, Helsinki, and Holland Festivals, the Library of Congress, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and many other organizations and ensembles, as well as the beneficiary of many esteemed music prizes. Additional information about career highlights can be obtained from her web site.
|Sweatshop Tango Ensemble in Montreal, Canada|
The Montreal-based quintet known as the Sweatshop Tango Ensemble, featuring Jonathon Goldman on piano accordion, has a series of performances coming up, as follows:
For further information e-mail email@example.com
|Lidia Kaminska performs with the Brad Cox Ensemble|
Kaminska performs with the Brad Cox EnsembleUSA based Polish accordionist, will
perform with the Brad Cox Ensemble on March 18th, 2005 at the All Souls Unitarian
Church, Kansas City. Lidia Kaminska is seven times winner of national and international
competitions including first prize in both the entertainment and classical divisions
of the 2002 ATG International Competition. She is also the first person in the
United States to receive a Doctorate in Accordion Performance. Her chamber music,
concerto and solo performances throughout the United States and Europe act as
a one-woman mission to expand the public perception of the musical and expressive
range of the accordion. Lidia regularly performs with the Tango Lorca and the
Brad Cox Ensemble.
|New York Accordionist travels the Pacific|
New Zealand Accordion Association
(NZAA) sponsored a workshop and master class presented by one of their lifetime
members, New York based accordionist Kevin
Friedrich who was back in New Zealand for the month of February.
|From Frosini to Foss|
Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments, The Graduate Center, CUNY and The
American Accordionists' Association
announce a concert entitled FROM FROSINI TO FOSS;
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