Soave & Julien Labro in Concert with Phoenix Ensemble|
Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla's birthday, The Phoenix Ensemble returns to
Kerrytown Concert House on Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18 (7:30 and 9:30
PM each night) for their annual Oblivion Project.
The Oblivion Project
is named for one of Piazzollas signature pieces. It focuses on the Nuevo
Tango of Astor Piazzolla, the famous and controversial Argentine composer,
and spotlights Peter Soave (left) and Julien Labro (below) on bandoneons.
mastery of the music of Piazzolla, along with his virtuosic skill, and Labro's
creative talent promise a powerful combination. Other Phoenix Ensemble members
are Gabriel Bolkosky (violin), Derek Snyder (cello), Tad Weed (piano), John Holkeboer
(bass),and Alex Trajano (percussion).
Phoenix Ensemble has been called a tight band of musical adventurers
and their Oblivion Project described as a broad palette of moods and styles:
straight-to-Hell tangos of tremendous hypnotic force, floating jazz-fusion-like
space walks, and even tender major-key romance. (Lawrence Cosentino in the
Lansing City Pulse, Sept. 21, 2005.)
more information, please contact: Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Ave.,
Ann Arbor, MI 4810, phone: (734) 769-2999
or visit: www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com
Exciting Additions to the Roland V-Accordion Family|
year ago, the accordion world was turned upside down when Roland announced the
revolutionary all-digital V-Accordions. The original FR-5 and FR-7 were the world's
first accordions to successfully integrate powerful Physical Behavior Modeling
(PBM) technology into a traditional accordion design, and they were an instant
hit around the world. Today, Roland announces four additions to the V-Accordion
- 2 new button-type accordions
(FR-5b and FR-7b)
- 2 new smaller-scale
keyboard accordions for students (FR-3 and FR-3s)
V-Accordions can simulate a wide variety of accordion sound sets, each including
multiple treble registers, bass and chord registers, and free bass registers.
To create these high-quality sounds, Roland engineers analyzed dozens of popular
traditional acoustic accordions. As a result, the V-Accordion can switch instantly
between an Italian Jazz to a German Folk, French Musette, or historic Bandoneon
and more. The FR-3s and FR-7b include an onboard digital amplifier with rechargeable
Ni-Mh battery pack to power a pair of neodymium woofers and tweeters for a consistent,
full range low-end to high-end output. The right- and left-hand velocity sensitive
keyboards/buttons integrate with the high-resolution bellows pressure sensor to
deliver an amazing level of expressiveness, realism, and playability.
V-Accordions faithfully combine the familiar sounds and nuances of a traditional
accordion with the versatility of a modern digital musical instrument. Because
they don't depend on moving parts for sound generation, the V-Accordions are always
in tune, and can be transposed to play within a wide range of octaves. For sound
output, plug directly into a sound system, recording device, or plug in a pair
of headphones for private practice.
right hand keyboard on the button instruments include the parameters to have six
(6) different note assignments, so the player can choose between C, B, Finnish
C System etc... (pictured right, the Roland in the Finnish C System). Usually,
the instruments will come from the dealer already configured to the specific market,
however the right hand button caps are removable, so the user can configure the
buttons to their preferred button color (black and white) system if necessary.
Roland is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution
of electronic musical instruments, professional audio equipment, multimedia products,
and music accessories.
For more information, contact Roland Corporation
US, 5100 S. Eastern Ave., PO Box 910921, Los Angeles, CA 90091-0921, (323) 890-3700
(x3718 - for media use only), www.RolandUS.com
or e-mail Tara Callahan at: email@example.com
Ambitious Orchestra at Crash Mansion|
rocking Crash Mansion so thoroughly hard on Valentine's Day, by special request
of the management Benjamin Ickies, Jr. and the Ambitious Orchestra are returning
with special guest vocalist Corn Mo. With the voice of Freddy Mercury and the
hair of Anna-Nicole Smith, be sure not to miss Corn Mo on this guest lineup.
Ambitious Orchestra is the only orchestra dedicated to bringing rock and roll
spirit back to classical music and virtuosity back to rock. They also specialize
in creating original arrangements and orchestral backing for other artists.
Ambitious Orchestra (AO) debuted on Halloween, 2004 and since then, they have
been amazing crowds in New York's best venues, including Northsix, The Knitting
Factory and Rothko's. The AO is currently working on their debut album, Shout,
For the LORD has Given You the City! due out in 2006 while accordionist Benjamin
Ickies & Steve La Rosa are laying the groundwork for an original opera about
Dungeons & Dragons, called Opera +1.
The performance will take place
Thursday, March 9th at 10.00 PM and door charge is $10.00. Crash Mansion is located
at 199 Bowery @ Spring in New York City. (Must be 21 years and over.)
Van Damme to appear in the United Kingdom|
jazz accordion legend Art Van Damme is to make a long awaited return to the United
Kingdom, appearing as the chief guest artist at the Caister 'Accordions International'
Festival, Haven Holiday Park Norfolk, England from November 2nd to 6th. Other
accordion guests at the festival include Gary Blair, Jack Emblow and Tony Compton,
and Romano Viazzani.
Brought up in Chicago, Art Van Damme took up the accordion
at the age of nine, and was classically trained before discovering jazz as a teenager,
and was initially inspired by the great clarinet player Benny Goodman. One musicologist
made the following neat comment: "The hippest cat ever to swing an accordion,
Art Van Damme dared go where no man had gone before: jazz accordion".
Van Damme has toured the world numerous times, made scores of recordings, and
is generally recognized as one of the great accordion legends of the post-World
War Two era.
The festival includes concerts, workshops, master classes,
'free and easy' sessions, dancing and a trade show.
Bookings begin 1 March
2006. For information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doktorski Plays Guido and Pietro Deiro in Pennsylvania|
accordionist Henry Doktorski was a guest artist at the American Accordion Musicological
Society annual festival in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Henry Doktorski will performed
the music of Guido and Pietro Deiro at the Saturday night concert and also presented
a workshop on Sunday on the lives and music of Guido and Pietro Deiro. The concert
included excerpts from Henry Doktorski's newly released CD 'Celebrated Pietro
Other performers and workshop presenters included Robert Young
McMahan, Lenny Feldman, Ron Onda, Ed Touchstone, Bobby Raye, John Matulis, Mike
Dellapena, Mary Tokarski, James Vandelly, Stanley and Joanna Darrow.
|CIA Winter Congress and
Opening of the Archive Collection|
of the Confederation Internationale
des Accordeonistes (CIA) Executive Committee, Music Committee and Delegates
conducted their 115th General Assembly and Winter Congress in Ikaalinen, Finland
from February 24-28, 2006. Pictured are CIA Executive Officers:
General Secratary Walter Maurer, President Kevin Friedrich and Vice President
Hosted by CIA Vice President Kimmo Mattila who
is President of the CIA member in Finland 'Suomen Harmonikkaliitto' (Finnish Accordion
Association) the CIA also celebrated the official opening of their archive collection
which is housed at the Hanuritalo (Accordion House).
exciting event gave Delegates the opportunity to conduct their CIA International
Business as well as learn about the Finnish Accordion Culture headquartered in
Ikaalinen including the Finnish Accordion Association with over 5,000 members,
the Finnish Accordion Institute which publishes music and recordings, the Sata-Häme
Soi Ikaalinen Accordion Festival which plays to over 40,000 people at their summer
festival, the Harmonikanrakennus Accordion Manufacturing and Repair School and
the Ikaalinen Accordion Museum containing over 100 instruments. Pictured
at the Ikaalinen Accordion Museum are CIA President Kevin Friedrich, Finnish Accordion
Association President/CIA Vice President Kimmo Mattila, and guest Jessica Silfverberg.
Jessica's father - Finnish born Juha Silfverberg is a well known accordion entertainer
in the Kansas City area, and member of The International Trio. He competed in
the CIA Coupe Mondiale in 1975 in Helsinki. Jessica is studying near Ikaalinen
at the University of Tampere.
Delegates were invited to take
part in the Sata-Häme Soi and Finnish Accordion Association cruise where
2,600 people traveled aboard the Silja Europa Cruise line from Turku to Sweden
and back. The cruise featured accordion music, dancing, performances, displays
of instruments, music and recordings as well as the semifinals for the Silver
and Golden Accordion competitions. The finals are held during the summer festival
as part of a live TV show.
opening of the CIA Archives took place at an International Press conference on
February 24th, 2006. The archives contain documents, music, programs, press coverage,
recordings and much more highlighting not only the history of the CIA, but also
of the instrument, its repertoire and the development of the accordion in various
countries around the world.
September 21, 2004 marked the first donation
to the archives of the CIA. This first donation of some of the CIA Test Piece
scores was made by Ernest Deffner, Inc, the parent company of Ernest Deffner Publications
commemorating the firm's own 70th anniversary. The
president of the firm Mrs. Faithe Deffner is a long time friend of the CIA and
has been a United States delegate to the CIA for more than 30 years. Faithe is
pictured here with Viatcheslav Semionov, a member of he CIA Music Committee.
New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) was the first CIA Member nation to make
a donation to the Archives by giving material including Pictures, Newspaper articles
and other material.
CIA Vice President - Maddalena Belfiore (pictured right at the recent Coupe Mondiale
in Castelo Branco, Portugal) made a significant donation of program books, competition
results, Newsletters, minutes, newsletters, correspondence and much more and most
recently the CIA General Secretary Mr. Walter Maurer has given a tremendous amount
CIA President has given much information including pictures
of all Coupe Mondiale winners, including back to 1938, programs and documents
and is now working on collecting pictures of all past Presidents and winners from
Accordionists such as Karen Fremar and others have also
donated copies of newspaper and publicity material from the years they competed
to the archives.
The CIA Archives project will be an ongoing venture, as
we search for materials including program books, copy of test pieces, newspaper
articles, subsequent solo recordings from winners, tickets from functions, mark/score
sheets, copies of pictures from the Coupe Mondiales and any other items that will
help document and preserve the history of the CIA. In the future, much of this
information will be included on the CIA website, and maybe even available for
displays at national member events.
this official Archive Opening and Winter Congress organizer Kimmo Mattlia, Sata-Häme
Soi Director Sirpa Sippola and Public Relations Manager Minna Plihtari provided
an excellent array of activities including meetings, luncheons, receptions, visits,
concerts as well as an exciting afternoon of traditional Finnish Winter activities.
a complete review of the Winter Congress, please visit: www.accordions.com/cia/winter_06.htm
Langley's Concert Appearances in Minnesota|
Bez Ime, featuring accordionist Dee Langley, performed for a 'Balkan Mardi Gras
Dance' at St. Paul, Minnesota on February 18th. People are invited to "Celebrate
and Rekindle that New Orleans Spirit in the middle of a Midwestern Winter!"
On February 22-23, Dee performed with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra
Hall, Minneapolis, in a concert titled 'Viva Latino!' The program featured Latin
and Hispanic music, plus a brand new work by Minnesota composer Daniel Kallman.
March 8th, the Orkestar Bez Ime perform at an International Women's Day Event
at the Cedar Cultural Center, 7-10 PM KFAI FM Radio hosts the concert, which will
be a live broadcast as part of the radio station's 24 hours of special women's
Orkestar Bez Ime release a new CD, on March 18th, titled 'Nice
Driveway Vol. 2, Lake Aquanyet Days'. The CD release will be at a concert/dance
at the Cedar Cultural Center.
For further information e-mail: email@example.com
Marocco Tours Austria and Germany|
the beginning of March, American accordionist Frank Marocco will be touring Austria
for about two weeks. Concerts will take place in Vienna at the Accordion Festival,
and in Neunkirchen, Salzburg, Graz, Leibnitz, Spittal, Feldkirchen and Lavamünd.
Afterwards Frank will go to Germany to perform in Trossingen and Schönaich.
To conclude his European tour Frank will record a CD with Simone Zanchini in Italy.
the world of accordion performance, Frank Marocco is a giant. Not only for his
mastery of the instrument itself, but for his highly developed musicality. In
any style, on the concert stage or in the recording studio, his playing is technically
brilliant and musically superb. Frank is the most recorded accordionist in America
(and, possibly, the world), having played on a vast number of movie soundtracks,
television scores, commercial jingles and record albums, in the studios of Hollywood
He has recorded for and/or worked with artists ranging from
Brian Wilson, Pink Floyd and Madonna to Luciano Pavarotti, conductor Maxim Shostakovich
and composer John Williams. He was nominated eight years in a row for the Most
Valuable Player Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (N.A.R.A.S)
and received that award twice.
Frank is also a consummate jazz artist and
a gifted composer with several of his own albums to his credit. He has played
his music for audiences all over the world. His recently released CD 'Appassionato'
is a departure from any of his previous recordings. It is more of an eclectic
collection of music from various cultures. It has everything from an Italian pop
ballad to a Cuban jazz salsa original. This CD features the accordion in a variety
of settings, most with an ethnic world music feel, much jazz improvisation, and
many original songs with different rhythmic grooves.
For further information
on Frank's European tour, please e-mail to tour coordinator Mr. Herbert Scheibenrief
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?
Venglevski's Concert Schedule|
Venglevski, from the Republic of Moldova but now resident in the USA, is recognized
as a virtuoso of the bayan. A two-time first prize winner of the bayan competition
in the Republic of Moldova, Stas is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music
in Moscow where he received his Masters Degree in Music under the tutelage of
During March, Stas Venglevski will perform the following
- March 10th to 12th
- National Accordion Association
13th - Skokie, Illinois: a performance of the Galla-Rini Concerto No 2, with the
Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra
14th to 20th, Vienna, Austria
23rd - Berlin, Germany
Venglevski will perform with well-known composer from New York, Jerome Kitzke
on March 14, 2006 at 7:30 PM as part of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project in
Chicago, IL. They will perform Kitzke's original composition "Breath and
Bone" for vocalist and accordion which was originally premiered and recorded
by New York accordionist Guy Klucevsek.
Stas's artistry, dazzling technical
command, and sensitivity have brought him, a native of the Republic of Moldova,
part of the former Soviet Union, increasing acclaim as a virtuoso of the bayan.
A two-time first prize winner of bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova,
Stas is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received
his Masters Degree in Music under the tutelage of the famed Russian bayanist,
Friedrich Lips. In 1992 he immigrated to the United States.
celebrates the spirit of American vitality, combining various influences, including
elements of driving jazz, Plains Indian song, and Beat Generation poetry. The
Village Voice says, "New music offers no more joyous phenomenon than the
irrepressible, earth-worshipping Kitzke. His [Mad] Coyote group veers from intricately
notated jazz to virtuoso atonal improv to native American-inspired ritual with
in 1955 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kitzke received his B.F.A. from the University
of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1984 Kitzke moved to New York City, and in 1992 he
formed his performing ensemble, The Mad Coyote, to present concerts combining
his notated pieces and free improvisation. In addition to Mad Coyote, Kitzke's
music has also been performed by the Milwaukee Symphony, the New Julliard Ensemble,
Essential Music, Present Music, Earplay, Zeitgeist, Guy Klucevsek, Margaret Leng
Tan, Kathleen Supové, Michael Lowenstern, Christine Schadeberg, Dora
Ohrenstein, and Wendy Chambers. Kitzke has received grants from the National Endowment
for the Arts, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, and BMI
Stas's second appearance with Jerome Kitzke, this upcoming concert is organized
by Artistic Director Stephen Burns and will be held at the Harris Theater for
Music and Dance, 205 East Randolph, Chicago, IL. Tickets are $20/$10.
more information please visit: www.fulcrumpoint.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mario Bruneau to appear in Europe|
Canadian accordionist Mario Bruneau will be representing the Brandoni-Bompezzo
accordion maker from Castelfidardo, Italy at the Frankfurt MusikMesse in Germany
held from March the 29th to April 1st, 2006.
Frankfurt's MusikMesse is
the biggest music related fair in the world with more than 2,300 exhibitors. Along
with his French musette repertoire, Mario Bruneau will also be presenting his
Accordion MultiMedia Conference.
Accordionist, pianist and keyboardist,
Mario Bruneau expresses himself in a variety of musical styles and repertoire
ranging from jazz to new-age, passing through Bal Musette, Chanson Française
and pop. He began learning the accordion at 8 years old and carried on his music
apprenticeship on the piano at age 14. Since then, music always been his day-to-day
Today, Mario owns and runs a recording studio where he composes
and produces original tracks for TV5 (the biggest French-sk34frfppeaking television
network in the world) as well as for theater, advertising and radio like CKMF
Montreal. His studio is equipped with the most recent Hi-Tech equipment available
today. Multi talented, Mario takes care of all the different aspect of a project,
from the concept right through the "ready for marketing" state.
more information, please contact: email@example.com
Prieto in New York'[p
Victor Prieto will be appearing at the Imaxina Sons Jazz Festival on June 29th,
which is considered one of the most important Jazz Festivals in Spain.
will be releasing his new CD in the next few weeks, and will have an official
promotion of this new recording at the Jazz at the Lincoln Center from March 28-April
Upcoming performances include:
March 28 to April 1 - Jazz at Lincoln Center
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Prieto Trio including Victor Prieto - accordion, Carlo De Rosa - bass, and Vince
Cherico - drums
- March 11 in Illinois:
IL "Avantango in Chicago"
Schaumburg Center with Victor Prieto -
accordion, Pablo Aslan - bass, Diego Urcola - trumpet, Oscar Feldman - sax, Emilio
Solla - piano and Leonardo Suarez-Paz - violin
12 in Texas: "Avantango in Houston"
Da Camera of Houston
18 New York Cornelia St Cafe
Emilio Solla, Quintet including Victor Prieto
- accordion, Javier Vercher - sax, Pablo Aslan - bass, Franco Pinna - drums
addition to his busy performing schedule, Victor teaches advanced jazz accordion
classes both in person in New York, and by correspondence to students in France,
Colombia and Spain.
For more information on performances and the new CD,
please visit: www.victorprieto.net
Works of Pietro Deiro, Volume 1: Celebrated Polkas|
and musicologist Henry Doktorski has begun recording the complete works of Pietro
Diero and has finished Volume One: 'Pietro's Celebrated Polkas'. Henry Doktorski
writes that: "Pietro's 18 polkas exhibit great variety, musical interest
and humor, and are exceedingly suited to the accordion. They tickle our ears with
beguiling melodies and fancy finger work".
Pietro Deiro (1888-1954)
- known as "The Daddy of the Accordion" - was one of the greatest and
most influential accordionists of the first half of the 20th century. He became
a celebrity on the vaudeville stage by 1912, and achieved renown by his performing,
recording, teaching, composing, arranging and publishing.
This CD is presented
as both a historical recreation of the works of one of the accordion world's great
luminaries, and also as entertainment on its own merits. The CD includes a 12
page booklet, complete with historic Pietro Deiro photographs.
is available at http://www.henrydoktorski.com
AAMS Accordion Festival|
American Accordion Musicological Society Accordion Festival and Symposium was
held be held from March 3rd to 5th. Accordion enthusiasts from the United States
and Canada gathered for a great weekend of concerts, workshops, and competitions
and performances by featured guest artist Henry Doktorski. New features of this
year's festival included 'Open Mic Performances' at the Friday Night Concert and
the Festival Orchestra.
year's festival Honored Lou Persic. Dr. Lou Persic is AAMS honor recipient for
2006. Lou has been a participant at Stanley
and Joanna Darrows meetings for the past seven or eight years and a supporter
of their programs. Lou took accordion lessons for a little over one year from
Paul Donath, 3rd violinist for the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Beyond that
he is essentially self taught.
For a number of reasons, he was without
an accordion for over 35 years. Freddie, his wife bought him an accordion
about 25 years ago and as Lou states, She has regretted it ever since.
mostly plays the Squeeze Box in the privacy of his own office or studio. He did
come out of the closet to play at each of his four daughters and his sons
weddings. His only real claim to fame, is that the AAMS gives him an opportunity
to entertain each year at the Saturday Night Dinner.
Lou believes that
the histories of many individuals are similar to his, e.g.. having to forsake
their music to pursue other life goals. He also believes that it is never too
late to return to the accordion later in life. Just playing in the quiet of ones
home is very rewarding.
He advises all former students of the accordion
to begin playing again and experience the pleasure it brings. Take lessons again.
Encourage promising young people to play the instrument that makes such beautiful
Support a kid who plays the accordion and dont be afraid to
offer a scholarship to a bright young person eager to learn playing one of the
most beautiful instruments in the world.
Schimmel's East & West Coast Tour |
William Schimmel recently returned from a residency at Santa Clara University
in Santa Clara, California. He took part in panel discussions, met with teachers
and students and performed in a concert featuring a new work by Alvin Singleton:
Say you have this Ball of Meaning - for voice, harp, accordion, percussion and
strings. Dr. Schimmel met Mr. Singleton In New York as far back as 1966 when they
were both students in a class at the Juilliard School taught by the great American
composer, Roger Sessions, who was also one of Dr. Schimmel's composition mentors.
Dr. Schimmel will continue this tour with a series of concerts:
18th: performing Sofia Guibaidulina's In Silenzio for accordion, violin and cello
at Christ and St. Stephen's Church in Manhattan - 8 PM
20th - performing with Odeon (Ted Nash) at the Blues Alley - Washington DC
21st - performing with Odeon (Ted Nash) at The Jazz Standard - Manhattan, New
- March 22nd - workshops and concert
with students at the Haverford High School, Haverford, PA
8th - concert with King of Ragtime Dr. Mark Birnbaum - invited audience only -
just completed a video - A Brief History of Plaid - directed by Micki Goodman
- edited by Deborah Magocsi - which features the music of Dr. Schimmel performed
by Allyssa Lamb on vocals and melodica and Dr. Schimmel on Bass Accordion.
Schimmel is also in the process of completing a number of recording projects including
a new opera by Marga Richter entitled: Riders to the Sea, in which the accordion
part was written specifically for Dr. Schimmel.
Killigans Perform in Lincoln, NE|
group Killigans will celebrate their CD Release and St. Patty's Day Party at Knickerbocker,
located at 9th & O Street in Lincoln NE.
Formed from the ashes of
a band known regionally as "Settle for Less", the Killigans came together
in 2004 to play Roots/Folk/Irish/Americana inspired music with an uptempo feel
and carefree attitude.
The band is fronted by Brad Hoffman and Chris Nebesniak,
the two primary songwriters and driving force behind the band. Two other Nebesniak
brothers, Pat and Trevor, play the accordion and bass, and add their insight to
both composition and melody. Greg Dank plays the fiddle most of the time and pops
in on the mandolin occasionally. Ben Swift provides the rhythmic backbone with
band has amassed a loyal fan base in Lincoln, but their reach is far further.
Playing regional music festivals, Rib Fest and the Nebraska State Fair, as well
as playing shows with national touring acts, has given the Killigans exposure
to a wide audience of all ages and backgrounds. The Killigans are also featured
on the recent PaddyRock.com compilation, CD Paddy Rock Radio Vol. 1. Using the
Internet as a means of spreading the Killigans music, they now have fans in Japan
and Australia too.
The band released
a 4 song EP "the Killigans EP" in 2005, with the full length CD "Brown
Bottle Hymnal" following on St. Patty's Day 2006.
The Charles Magnante Story|
Magnante (1905-1986) was and is considered as one of the world's great accordionists,
and his arrangements and compositions are also held in high regard. A long overdue
study of the life and works of Charles Magnante has now been made available, compiled,
edited and published by Dr. Helmi Harrington, accordionist and curator of 'A World
of Accordions Museum' in Superior, Wisconsin.
'The Charles Magnante Story'
is a 150 page, spiral bound book that contains a short autobiography, various
illustrations, several essays on the life and works of Magnante, and itemized
detailed lists of all of Magnante's recordings, compositions, arrangements and
tutor books. The book thus provides both an engrossing self-portrait and a complete
overview of this outstanding accordionist's lifetime achievements.
book also includes a 21 track CD of some of Maganate's classic recordings: 'Accordiana',
'Accordion Boogie', 'Dizzy Fingers', 'Flying Saucers', 'Green Light', 'Minuet
in Jazz', 'Dance of the Comedians', 'Concertstueck', 'Flight of the Bumblebee',
'Holiday for Chord', 'Holiday for Bass', 'Hora Staccato', 'Malaguena', 'Perpetual
Motion', 'Magnante Boogie', 'Gitanerias', 'Rhapsody in Blue', 'Andalucia', 'Espana
Cani', 'Czardas' (V. Monti) and 'Carnival of Venice'.
Magnante was born in New York City on 106th Street in an area known as Harlem.
From very humble roots his unique career placed him on the pinnacle of accordion
history. No one has ever equaled his success as the ultimate world accordion artist.
and fellow accordionist, the late Tom Colins writes that throughout his long and
fantastic career, Magnante has consistently been considered by many to be the
most finished accordionist of all time. He was famous for many years as a top
radio, television star and recording artist. He was associated with some of the
worlds finest conductors and orchestra leaders performing either as a soloist
or a member of the orchestra.
could be said that Magnante's musical career began at the age of five when he
sand along with his Dad, a popular amateur accordionist, who used to play for
many Italian weddings. At the age of seven, he was stealing his father's prized
accordion from the closet and teaching himself to play by ear. At sixteen he was
turning down many offers to tour professionally as he felt traveling would take
up time which should be spent in continuing his studies.
During the peak
of his career he reached the point where he was doing as many as thirty one radio
broadcasts and an average of about eight recording dates in a single week. His
audiences ranged from small intimate groups to packed auditoriums of three thousand.
One of his greatest thrills was at the Civic Stadium in Buffalo, NY when he played
for an audience of over forty thousand people.
One of Magnante's best known
compositions is the novelty solo "Accordiana" which he composed in exactly
twenty minutes. His textbooks, arrangements, and original compositions are numbered
by the hundreds and include popular, classical, jazz, and boogie-woogie.
an outlet from his strenuous career in music, Magnante engaged in the sport of
big game hunting as much as possible. He had taken over fifty head of big game
and was a member of the exclusive Campfire Club of America which is located in
Braircliff Monor, about thirty five miles from New York City. His hunting expeditions
in the US, Canada and Mexico brought him trophies of antelope, dall sheep, moose,
caribou and grizzly bear along with numerous other species. His prize mount was
a one thousand pound grizzly and many of his hunting experiences were featured
articles in a number of sports magazines.
Magnante was not blessed with a happy relationship on his first venture with matrimony.
However, he was rewarded a fine son (Peter) and daughter, both of whom have enjoyed
extremely successful careers outside the field of music.
later life Magnante became enamored with a professional accordion entertainer
whom he met when she was performing at the Peachtree Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
Charlotte and Charlie enjoyed many happy years together sharing personal love
for each other and a mutual adoration for the world of music. Charlie passed away
several years before his beloved Charlotte, who is now also deceased.
life is the story of a man who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to
achieve success in his chosen field and become a legend in his own lifetime. He
passed away on Dec. 30, 1986 having given the world a legacy of accordion achievements
unlikely to be equaled by anyone in the discernible future.
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Murl Allen Sanders' Performance Schedule|
Murl Allen Sanders will be performing at the Thirteen Coins, Sea-Tac, 18000 International
Boulevard, close to the Sea-Tac Airport, from 7:30 PM until midnight on the following
- March 13th to April 1st
- May 9th to 13th
is also Plymouth Congregational Church, Sixth and University, Seattle, at noon
on Wednesdays (except Feb. 22nd, and March 1st and 22nd) with Susan Pascal and
Phil Sparks. This is a short mellow jazz worship service with a short sermon.
will be the guest artiste at Salt Lake City Accordion Club on March 21st, and
on June 24th, he performs at the Leavenworth Accordion Celebration.
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Thomas Bruno Performs Magnante Concert|
Bruno, 33 year old accordionist from Pittsburgh, PA, performed his Charles Magnante
specialty program before an audience of 250 persons at the South San Francisco
Municipal chambers on February 17, 2006.
Tom not only performs from a
repertoire of 50 plus original Magnante compositions and arrangements, but also
has Magnante's original workshop materials, photos, recordings and films of the
Tom has spent his young life devoted to mastering
Magnante's works along with other classic music written and performed for the
accordion. He also bears an uncanny resemblance to Charles Magnante.
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