Frank Mucedola Passes Away at 85 Years
accordion world is saddened to learn of the loss of accordionist Frank
Mucedola, 85 who died peacefully Saturday, March 24, 2007, after his heroic
battle with prostate cancer. At his side were his loving wife and family.
Renowned accordionist and composer
Frank Mucedola was born in San Severo, Foggia, Italy, but lived most of
his life in Auburn, NY. A performer, a teacher and a composer, for many
years, Frank toured Auburn and central New York playing with the Sammy
Speno Orchestra. He performed as a soloist with several symphony orchestras
including the Syracuse Symphony and the New Haven Symphony, however a
highlight of his musical career was performing with the world-renowned
Mantovani Orchestra from 1985 until his passing.
owned and operated the Frank Mucedola Accordion School and composed many
works for the accordion including the "Fox and the Hound," which
is played throughout the world. Frank was a member of the American Federation
of Musicians, the American Accordionist Association, the Italian Heritage
Society and the VFW. Sgt. First Class Frank Mucedola was an Army veteran
of World War II, having served with the 304th Infantry Regiment of the
76th Division as part of General Patton's Third Army that fought through
France, Luxembourg and Germany.
Contributions may be made in memory
of Frank to the Prostate Cancer Research Department, Roswell Park Hospital,
Buffalo, NY, or to St. Francis Church Building Fund. Frank's life defined
the American experience... initiated as an immigrant, tested as a patriot,
and demonstrated to all as a role model. His talents as a soldier helped
free a continent, his skills as a musician brought happiness to millions
and ultimately, his gifted ways as a husband, father and honor bound friend
set an unparalleled standard for all who knew him.
To visit the memorial guest book,
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Accordion Association featured on TV
|National Accordion Association President
Norman Seaton was featured in a Television Interview as part of the 20th
Annual Festival hosted by the National Accordion Association (NAA) which
was formely the Texas Accordion Association (TAA). To view this interview
and other features, please visit:
Please select the links from the left hand side to see the interview with
Norman Seaton and other convention guests.
another development for the National Accordion Association Festival held
in Richardson Texas, "Big Joe" from the Big Joe Polka Show will
be attending and recording the NAA Polka Show for his network program. His
show on RFD-TV now has over 40 million viewers across the United States.
Big Joe will film the he Friday night Polka Show (8:00 - 11:00 p.m.) and
will air in approximately three months time.
Joseph Siedlik is better known as Big Joe, or Polka Joe,
in Omaha, Nebraska, and sur- rounding areas. Big Joes interest in
polka music of all kinds really stems from his Polish roots and from growing
up in the ethnic neighbor- hoods of South Omaha.
While Big Joe has always
had an interest in Polka music, his professional interest began in Columbus,
Nebraska, on radio station KTTT in 1965 with his inaugural 90 minute polka
show: The Big Joe Polka Show hit the air and was an immediate hit. Within
five weeks, he was airing five hours each Sunday, with a full load of sponsors.
So popular was his program, radio stations in neighboring markets fought
to get the Big Joe Polka Show on their air radio stations in Ord,
Nebraska, and Omaha-Council Bluffs, Iowa were soon added to the line-up.
Big Joe has always played an equal mix
of Polish, Czech and German Polkas a little something for everyone.
When his show aired in Omaha, the demand for diversity increased. Offut
Air Force Base, home to 45,000 polka lovers from all over the United States,
pro- duced requests for the music of many New York and New Jersey area polka
bands with stars like Frank Wojnaroski, and the Connecti- cut twins, Stash
and Jash, Big band. Polish Cleveland wanted Lou Trebar, Johnny Pecon and
the Frankie Yankovic style of polka music, Minnesota wanted a more conservative
sound with Erwin Suess. South Dakota wanted Johnny Matusek and the Tabor
Czech Brass Band, and on, and on it went.
With a wider variety of polka music,
the Big Joe Polka Show grew in popular- ity, and length, going from five
hours to nine hours each week. The Big Joe Polka Show was always number
one in its time period in the Omaha Market as well as in Columbus and Ord,
After 25 years, and only 12 Sundays
off in that time, Big Joe retired from live radio and the rigors of 18 hours
of weekly shows.
With the advent of RFD-TV, Big Joe moved
to television and a new audience in rural America. A perennial viewer favorite,
the Big Joe Polka Show can be seen 12 times each week on RFD-TV.
Over the years, Big Joe
has become the largest owner of polka music master tapes in the United States
with over 550 masters in his collection. Joe and his wife Marty own and
operate Polka Cassettes of Nebraska. They feature over 700 cassettes, 300
cds and 100 videos in their warehouse. In addition, Marty and Joe have contact
with over 200 polka bands across the United States and Canada wanting to
be on the Big Joe Polka Show.
Accordion Musicological Society Annual Festival
The annual American Accordion Musicological
Society Accordion Festival takes place from March 2-4, 2007 at the Valley
Forge Inn in Valley Forge, Philadelphia.
The festivities begin with an exciting
Cajun/Zydeco performance by the Crawdaddies with accordionist Kraig Greff
and a performance by concert accordionist Lidia Kaminska.
Saturday will feature the competition categories and various accordion
workshops of great interest. On Sunday there is the presentation of awards
and trophies, a performance by the Festival Massed Band, and performances
by Mary Tokarski, Jim Vandelly, Rita Davidson, Tony Lovello, and Bobby
Annual Dinner takes place at 5.30 PM on Saturday evening where this years
Honorees Stanley Darrow and Lenny Feldmann, known as The Cordeen
Man will be recognized. Following the dinner, this years featured
guest artistes Tony Lovello and Vitaliy Pirog will take the stage. Tony
Lovello is a popular entertainer throughout the USA while Vitaliy Pirog
is the recent winner of the American Accordionists' Association sponsored
"Vivian Vivio Stolaruk International Entertainment Competition for
Accordionists' receiving the spectacular $10,000 first prize.
The festival also includes accordion displays, accordion repair seminars,
accordion memorabilia, CDs, cassettes, videos, and sheet music.
For more information please contact Joanna
Arnold Darrow, 322 Haddon Ave.
Westmont, NJ 08108 or call (856) 854-6628 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit: http://www.aamsaccordionfestival.com
Competition for Piano Accordion offers $5,000.00
Coupe Mondiale organizer Faithe Deffner announced that CIA International
Competition for Piano Accordion winner will receive a $5000 cash prize as
a result of additional financing from the Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Fund
of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA).
Additionally, a concert tour to New Zealand and Australia sponsored by CIA
Member, the New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA), has been arranged
for the winner of the Coupe Mondiale International Piano Accordion Competition.
He or she will perform as a guest artist at the 2008 South Pacific Accordion
Championships and Festival in Auckland and at the 14th Australian International
Accordion Championships and Festival in Sydney.
International Piano Accordion Competition winner and the five other Coupe
Mondiale first-place winners have been invited to perform in a concert at
Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in Washington DC, on Saturday, August
18th 2007. This performance will be simultaneously broadcast.
The 2007 Coupe Mondiale will take place at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria,
Virginia from August 13th to 18th. Rooms at this hotel are completely sold
out. Accommodations at the same $99 Coupe Mondiale rate are now available
at the Radisson Hotel, only 2-1/2 blocks away with shuttle service between
Rules, prizes and general information for all the Coupe Mondiale categories
is online at www.coupemondiale.org.
For further information, contact 2007 Coupe Mondiale Coordinator Faithe
to Merv Conn
accordion has been all over the news in the Washington, DC, area since
the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland,
announced it would present a documentary on octegenarian strolling accordionist
Merv Conn. The February 18 premiere of The Legend of Merv Conn by DC filmmaker
Jeff Krulik featured live accordion music in the lobby and in the auditorium,
as well as what was billed as "the world's first 21-accordion salute."
Jeff made the film after being introduced to Merv by Mara Cherkasky, a
local historian and officer of the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society.
As associate producer for the film, Mara set up the initial interviews,
acted as liaison with the accordion community, and consulted on accordion-related
questions. Joan Grauman, also a WMAS officer, assisted in numerous ways
as well, including learning and playing the Beatles' "I Want to Hold
Your Hand" for the sound track, helping promote the film, and helping
line up the music for the premiere. Joan also conducted the all-accordion
Potomac Ensemble during a musical break in the program. Accordionists
Dale Wise and Jim Vandelly warmed up the audience as it crowded into the
The salute consisted of 21-plus accordionists playing "Happy Birthday"
and "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow" in honor of Merv's 87th birthday
Feb. 19. Montgomery County Administrator Ike Leggett made it official
by proclaiming Merv Conn Day.
Besides the 50-minute Merv Conn documentary, AFI showed two short silent
films by George Merriken: one on Glen Echo amusement park circa 1940,
and the other on the last days of DC streetcars in the early 1960s. Dale
Wise provided the sound track -- an added treat.
Because the event sold out, the AFI scheduled a second show for Sunday,
Feb. 25, at 4:30 PM.
by Jim Vandelly, Washington Metropolitan Accordion
Gilyeat Moyer Concert
Joan Gilyeat Moyer, a student of Henry
Doktorski, will perform a Concert Accordion Recital to commemorate her
75th birthday. The recital will take place at the Meridian Street Methodist
Church Chapel at 5500 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana on
Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 3:00 PM.
The program will consist of transcriptions of works by classical composers,
and original compositions for the accordion. Solo pieces include Pietro
Frosini's Etude in C Major, Pietro Deiro's Mimicri Intermezzo, Verdi's
Introduction to Act One from La Traviata, Guido Deiro's Musketeers March,
Valse Pirouette, and Deirina Mazurka, John Gart's Shades of Velvet and
Fughetta, and Henry Doktorski's Romance for Chord Buttons.
Two other pieces deserve special mention: Frosini's Olive Blossoms played
by Moyer and Doktorski in a duet arrangement by Frank Henri Klickmann,
and Pachelbel's Kanon in D played by at trio of reeds, pipes, and strings:
Moyer on accordion, Doktorski on the Meridian Street Methodist Church's
organ, and Cindi Sifers, a violist with the Indianapolis Philharmonic
Orchestra who also plays violin with the Civic Theatre Orchestra.
Joan Gilyeat was born on March 25, 1932, and began studying accordion
at age seven at the Indiana Music Company with Georgia Neargardner. After
graduating from Broad Ripple High School in 1950 she studied advanced
accordion with John Joseph Convertino at the Indianapolis Conservatory
of Music, where she also served on the faculty teaching beginner students.
John founded the American Academy of Music and Joan was invited to bring
her students. John directed and Joan played in a concert accordion band
and a quartet which performed recitals in various concert halls in Indianapolis
in the early 1950s.
Joan was invited by the Dean of Jordan College of Music at Butler University
to join the faculty in the Special Education Division for non-collegiate
students. She successfully petitioned the Board to use her accordion as
the principal instrument toward a degree in Theory and Composition. James
Winkel, a graduate of the Gaviani Accordion School in Boston, served as
her Accordion Professor. These college studies were interrupted by Joan's
marriage to cellist Truman Moyer. She continued giving lessons at Butler
through the 1960s, and then stopped playing and teaching to raise her
In 2004 Joan's interest in the classical accordion re-awakened, and she
purchased over 80 CDs of concert accordion, bayan and bandoneon recordings,
including five CDs by Henry Doktorski. That autumn she sent her 1951 Excelsior
Symphony Grand to the factory representative for repairs. She attended
eleven live concerts in 2005, including concerts featuring Henry Doktorski
as accordion soloist with the Butler County Symphony, the New Philharmonic
and Northwest Indiana Symphonies, and a solo recitals at the Chicago Accordion
Club and A World of Accordions Museum and Concert Hall in Superior, Wisconsin.
Moyer was impressed and she began serious studies with Henry Doktorski
by speakerphone and regular one-on-one lessons.
Today Joan and Cindi perform frequently as a duet for Senior Citizen Centers
and Nursing Homes throughout Indianapolis.
Joan's current teacher, Henry Doktorski, said, "Joan has come a long
way during the last few years. She is talented and motivated and determined
to play each piece as best she can: accurately, expressively, and according
to the vision of the composer. She is a gifted musician and I look forward
to hearing her and performing with her on her 75th birthday recital! I
invite you all to come and listen to her play. I guarantee you will enjoy
A reception will follow the recital. For more information, contact Joan
Moyer at email@example.com.
Conjunto Music to East Baghdad
OPERATING BASE RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq - During deployments, many Soldiers turn
to music as a way to pass the time and unwind after a long mission. Some
sing, others compose music, while others play with whatever musical instrument
they have to play.
The guitar is a popular instrument in deployment
zones, but for one noncommissioned officer, his guitar got replaced with
something more unusual; the accordion.
Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo A. Herrera, a battle
NCO for Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade
Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, is a self-taught musician of various
talents, but his latest venture is playing the accordion to Conjunto music.
"I just like the way it sounds and it's challenging," he said.
Herrera, of Nipomo, Calif., said as
a Mexican-American, he was exposed to Hispanic music and culture growing
up and his love for the sound stayed with him. He said he enjoys Tejano
music, but it wasn't until his military career led him to Fort Hood, Texas,
that he became interested in Conjunto music. Conjunto means a group, or
together, Herrera said, and that is where the accordion comes in. A Conjunto
consists of an accordion player, a bass player, a drummer and a bajo sexto
The Conjunto style of music started
in the 1800s when German settlers moved to northern Mexico and southern
Texas areas. "They brought polka
music with them," he said. The
mixture of polka and traditional Mexican music fused into what is now
known as Conjunto. Herrera said it sounds like a Hispanic polka with Spanish
lyrics. "Anywhere in South Texas you can find it," he said.
Herrera has been in the Army for 18
years and plans on retiring in San Antonio where he can enjoy the form
of music that he loves the most. As a child, Herrera played the guitar
and other instruments by teaching himself. "I
kind of have a good ear for music," he said. "I don't really
read music. I hear it and can play."
a teenager, Herrera played in a few bands, all of different genres. He
said he had always played the guitar, bass guitar and drums, but he when
he became interested in Conjunto, he wanted to be the lead. "I
chose it because the accordion in this style of music is more or less
the lead guitar," he said. "The drums and bass are not quite
as complex, so it wasn't a challenge. I wanted to be lead guitar, so I
picked up the accordion."
Before he deployed, Herrera said he
got to play with Sierra Gold, a band out of Pueblo, Colo., that performs
Conjunto music. His musical plans while in Iraq are to improve his skills.
"I've been at a plateau,"
he said. Herrera, who usually practices
an hour a day when possible, said he wasn't able to practice as much leading
up to the deployment due to work and wanting to spend as much time as
he could with his family. "My
goal is to be better than when I left," he said.
Herrera is quick to point out that
his accordion is not like the one "Weird Al" Yankovic uses,
which is a piano accordion. "I
use a button accordion," he said. A
button accordion varies from the piano accordion because it has several
buttons instead of keys for notes.
"It's a little smaller and sounds
a bit different," he said. There are 34 buttons, but 68 notes because,
like the harmonica, the accordion makes one note as the air is leaving
and another when air comes back in. "The most challenging is finding
the notes," Herrera said. Herrera has been playing the accordion
for six years. He said it takes a lot of practice to be able to play and
not look at the buttons. "I bought
my first accordion at a secondhand store," he said. "It took
me awhile to start learning."
By Spc. Courtney Marulli - 2nd Brigade Combat Team,
2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs
|Tom Torriglia featured
on Careers TV Show in Canada
TV, a TV show that airs nationally in Canada, recently profiled accordionist
Tom Torriglia on their TV show. The lengthy segment showed Tom going up
an down the winding streets of San Francisco on his scooter with an accordion
strapped to my back. The TV show also featured performances and interviews.
Tom Torriglia is a highly sought after musical entertainer and often used
as a strolling or stationary soloist, as a "meet and greet"
person, as a pied piper for groups of people going from one location to
another and in any other number of ways. In addition to working as a soloist,
Tom performs with other strolling musicians or as part of a combo for
dancing or listening. Tom specializes in both playing and singing Italian
and Italian-American favorites. The fact that Tom sings, especially in
In 1989, Tom was asked to be part of Those
Darn Accordions (TDA), a band that was only going to perform one gig ever.
That one gig turned into 7 years. In 1989, Tom established the month of
June as National Accordion Awareness Month. This yearly event gives Tom
a forum in which to talk about the accordion and its popularity throughout
he world. In 1990, Tom came up with the idea and spearheaded the effort
to make the piano accordion the official musical instrument of San Francisco.
It became law in May, 1990.
In 1991, Tom CO-produced the first San Francisco
Accordion Festival TM and the Ms. Accordion San Francisco Pageant TM at
the Anchorage Shopping center at Fisherman's Wharf. This festival is now
currently held at the Cannery at Fisherman's Wharf. In 1990, Tom was asked
to be on the founding committee of the Cotati Accordion festival and for
three years Tom headed up the publicity for the festival. In 1997, Tom
founded the in-line skating, accordion playing duo Bellows and Blades.
In 1999, Tom founded the highly successful Squeegees' polka band along
with fellow accordionist Ruth Peckham and in 2000, founded the mambolicious
Italian swing and pop-music band, Bella Ciao.
To see the archived video of the recent TV show, please visit http://www.careerstv.com/WhatsNew.aspx
- Episode 04-802.
Concerts at WMAS
The Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society
announces its two upcoming concerts.
they will present The Busso Trio on Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 4:00 PM,
at the Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Road,
Falls Church, VA, a 22044. The suggested contribution for nonmembers is
The internationally known Busso Trio, comprising Frank Busso, Sr., Frank
Busso, Jr., and Christina Busso Lammers, stems from the Staten Island
Music School. This unique father, son and daughter accordion trio performs
a wide array of music from classical, ethnic, accordion novelties to pop.
second in the series of concerts will feature the popular duo of Stas
Venglevski & John Simkus in concert on bayan and accordion on Sunday,
April 22, 2007 at 3:00 PM. This concert will be held at the Masonic Temple,
410 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring, MD 20901. Admission: $15.00.
His artistry, dazzling technical command, and sensitivity have brought
Stas Venglevski increasing acclaim as a virtuoso of the bayan. His repertoire
includes his original compositions, as well as a broad range of classical,
contemporary and ethnic music. He has toured extensively as a soloist
throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States.
He has also performed with symphony orchestras throughout the United States.
Stas has produced numerous recordings, including a transcription of Tchaikovsky's
Nutcracker Suite for bayan. He
has published several books of original compositions.
John Simkus is best known for his smooth jazz style. He has performed
throughout Europe and the United States, both as a soloist, and as the
duet partner of Stas Venglevski in the Sta_Sera Duo. Stas and John recently
performed in Russia, which culminated in a recording entitled, One
Night in Moscow.
For additional information on either concert, please call 301-279-8716
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
of Legends Concerts in Minnesota
of Legends: A Journey through the Carpathian Mountains is the title
of a show profiling Polish, Hungarian and other mid-European music and
dance, to be held at the Ritz Theater, in NE Minneapolis from April 19th
to 22nd, 2007. Performances are at 8 PM each night, with a matinee at
2 PM Sunday, 22 April.
EDT Folk Orchestra, featuring Dee Langley on accordion, will perform the
music. According to Musical Director Colleen Bertsch, "The orchestra
is incredibly excited to play the music that Liszt, Brahms, Dvorak, and
Bartok found worthy of using as their creative muse. Once you hear traditional
music from the Carpathians, you will understand why the great masters
depended on this deep well of material: it's earthy, sexy, passionate,
Join the Ethnic Dance Theatre (EDT) on a journey through the Carpathian
Mountains, legendary home of vampires, werewolves and other old world
tales of darkness that have haunted movie audiences for decades. Through
spellbinding music and dance traditions, discover the fascinating cultures
that gave birth to these famous stories and expand your knowledge of this
unique region shaped by ethnic rather than geographic boundaries.
Travel to Transylvania where ethnic Hungarians dance the boot-slapping
Czardas to wake up the new baby! Go to the mountains of Romania where
shepherds leap over fire in a dance tradition originating in the middle
ages. Hear songs of the Rusyn, a Slavic ethnographic group without a country
who proudly claim their own culture and language.
is excited to bring this unique cultural treasure to the Ritz Theatre
in Northeast Minneapolis, new world home to many old world immigrant groups
from the Carpathian region. The heritage of the Northeast neighborhood
is still evident today in its many Eastern European churches, ethnic halls
and businesses such as Kramarczuks and Mayslacks.
Partnering with EDT on four new choreographies for this show are: Edziu
Rajtar, artistic director of Dolina Polish Dance Ensemble; Eva Maria Kish,
Hungarian born teacher and choreographer; and John Omorean, artistic director
of Izvorasul Romanian Dancers.
The Ethnic Dance Theatres mission is to foster understanding and
awareness of world cultures through the re-creation and presentation of
traditional ethnic dance and music. In a society where racial tensions
are prevalent, EDT believes it is vital to promote and project the inherent
beauty, dignity, and integrity of all peoples.
Ticketworks (no fees!): 651-209-6689 or
www.ticketworks.com. $25 adults $22 seniors/students $12 children under
12. For more information, please contact: email@example.com
Cats featured on Channel 9, in Kansas City
The Cool Cats Rock and Roll Accordion Band
from Independence, MO website now includes a TV report by hosted by Kris
Ketz and Kelly Eckerman on Channel 9 in in Kansas City. The feature was
done to celebrate the Cool Cats 15 years of music making.
Profiling the unique sound of the Band, director Terry Bell founded the
United Teachers Of Music was founded in 1979. After graduation from North
Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota; he traveled seven years
all over the United States giving concerts in classical and gospel music
in schools and churches. He came to the Kansas City area to resume studies
in music at the University Of Missouri. At that time his professor (Joan
Cochran Sommers) encouraged him to start the music studio. United Teachers
has encouraged literally hundreds of young people to enjoy playing music.
They participate in competitions, concerts, in all types of venues, in
front of hundreds and sometimes thousands of people. United Teachers Of
Music offers lessons on accordion, piano, keyboard, saxophone, clarinet,
flute, acoustic and electric guitar.
accordion orchestra program involves children six to adult. The accordion
orchestra plays all types of music, literally from Bach to boogie. They
have performed in every kind of venue such as rest homes, retirement centers,
malls, zydeco, and ethnic festivals. They have performed at the Nelson
Art Gallery in front of the mayor of Kansas City, Union Station, 25 local
libraries, Worlds Of Fun, Starlight Theater, St. Mary's 176th anniversary,
and many more. Some of our students are performing in eight weeks. Some
have gone on to pursue music in college and as a career. Some have competed
nationally and internationally.
The next appearance of the Cool Cats and students will be at the Mid-America
Music Festival (MAMA) from July 27-29 at the Renaissance Hotel in St.
Louis, MO, or you can find more information by visiting www.utofm.com.
Accordion Association Convention
Accordion Convention will be held from March 7-11, 2007 at the Richardson
Hotel in Richardson, Texas. The popular annual festival will this year
feature 'Accordion Diversity' and offer fun, Workshops, jam sessions,
accordion orchestras, the Swap Shop, Polka Festival and Concert. Billed
as a "hands-on convention" all participants are invited to bring
The most requested training
session for 2007 is dancing lessons! Dr. Daniel Kott has volunteered to
create the training material that incorporates the accordion. He has successfully
conducted these training sessions for years, and he is using the material
for the convention training sessions. The Thursday evening International
Folk Dance training session will include a booklet of international folk
dances complete with accordion music. Polka dancing will be included in
this training session.
The convention is offering a special participation
rate of $140.00 per person, or daily rates are available.
For all information, online registration,
information on performing in the various festival orchestras and more,
please visit: www.accordions.com/naa
International Accordion Celebration
The annual Leavenworth International Accordion
Celebration takes place in Washington from June 21 - 23, 2007. This event
offers a wide variety of accordion music including jazz, popular, classical,
ethnic and everything in between.
The Leavenworth festival includes competitions, workshops, jam sessions,
a film/video series, parade down Front Street and three nights of concerts
and dances with world-class musicians.
For further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pedone Accordion Concert in Arizona
Pedone will be presented in concert at the Arizona Accordion Club on March
Mario Pedone was born on October 5, 1951, in Valenzano a small town near
Bari, in Southern Italy. In an effort to improve the family's financial
situation the Pedones immigrated to Valencia, Venezuela in 1959. Mario's
older brother, Ludovico had begun to study the accordion and Mario was
always watching him hoping one day he also play this wonderful instrument.
He persistently begged his father to let him start accordion lessons too
and eventually succeeded.
His first teacher was Franco Cupertino, Mario devoted at least 4 to 5
hours per day practicing until his father screamed "GIVE US A BREAK
" but that didn't stop Mario from playing his beloved instrument,
and after a few years professor Miguel Casas Augé, founder and
Director of the Valencia Accordion Club also Conductor of the Valencia
Symphony Orquesta, assumed Mario's Accordion Education. He was followed
by Professor Roberto Ruscitti, a renowned classical Accordionist, who
took care of Mario's education for the next 7 years.
On March 24, 1972 Mario graduated as a " CONCERTISTA " from
the school " ACADEMIA DE ACORDEON SMITH " directed by Roberto
Ruscitti. In March of 1974 he earned a " CUM LAUDE " Diploma
in accordion from the same school. On April 30, 1976 Mario graduated with
a degree of " PROFESSOR OF ACCORDION " from the same school.
After graduation Mario founded his own accordion school " ACADEMIA
DE ACORDEON LATINA " where he had over 125 students. Most of his
former students are now playing professionally. Mario was also member
and cofounder of the " ORQUESTA LATINA " together with famous
Spanish singer Esteban Abarca. The Orquesta Latina performed all over
Venezuela. Mario has won numerous championships with both the Accordion
and the Organ.
In 1981, in search of a better future, Mario moved to Sugar Land, Texas
with his wife and children. He continues to perform professionally in
many countries and is currently performing on the keyboard on week ends
at The Old Heidelberg, a local German Restaurant in Houston accompanied
by singer Liberty Palileo.
Mario has his own recording studio in Sugar Land where he has arranged
and recorded hundreds of tunes including many of his own compositions.
His musical range includes, but is not limited to Classical, Latin, European,
American Standards. He also produces CDs and cassettes for other musicians.
Mario was invited to perform in the Famous Accordion Festival celebrated
in Ransäter Sweden and has also performed at concerts in New York,
Dallas, Austin, Montreal, Bogota Colombia,Boston and many other states
in the USA.
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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 you.
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?
Webley to appear in the USA and Canada
rock singer and accordionist Jason Webley has spent February performing
in France, Spain Germany and the Netherlands. He will appear in the US
in March and will also be touring in Mexico and Canada.
- March 15th - 12 Galaxies, San Francisco,
- March 20th to April 11th - East Coast
- April 17th to May 2nd - Western States
- May 3rd to May 12th - 'Two Bottles of
Wine, CD released
- May 16th to May 24th - Tour of Mexico
- June: Camp Tomato 2007
- July/August - USA/Canada Tour
Jason Webley comes from Seattle and has
traveled all across the world. Traditionally he dies every halloween only
to be born in the spring on May Day. He is most likely going to come to
a town near you at some time between these two dates.
He has released 4 CDs on Springman
Records. His CDs feature a slew of instruments, from a guitar to a xylophone
to a piano, a violin and of course: an accordion. But when he tours (in
his Toyota turned Tomato) he only brings his guitar and his accordion
and a bottle of vodka filled with coins from around the world (he uses
the bottle for percussion).
His many followers, the Tomato Scouts
as he calls them, consider Jason Webley to be the greatest live performer
on the planet. He has shared the stage with many other musical acts, including,
Dresden Dolls, Xiu Xiu, Andru Bemis, and the Groovie Ghoulies. A Jason
Webley concert makes you feel completely alive, excited like a child,
drunk with love, and often times dizzy. It is experience that everyone
should be so lucky to have.
For further information e-mail: email@example.com
Metro. Accordion Society Changes Meeting Day
Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society will change its meeting day
and time beginning in March 2007.
The new meeting day will be the 3rd Sunday of the month and meetings will
begin at 4:00 PM.
WMAS found that the Sunday meetings will be more convenient for members
Other Meeting Information:
Meeting Place: Sleepy Hollow Methodist Church
3435 Sleepy Hollow Road
Falls Church, Virginia, 22044
Price: Suggested donation $2.00 to cover the cost of the church rental
Membership Dues: $15.00 per year
Contact: Karen Denice 703-671-5395
Seminars in New York City
- A WEEKEND OF QUESTIONABLE, USELESS AND FAR FETCHED INFORMATION - DR.
WILLIAM SCHIMMEL, moderator/curator.
From July 27-29, 2007 you'll learn that the
accordion has two reputations: A REAL ONE - and A BOGUS ONE. The real
one is the one that we accordionists are all aware of - through our festivals,
contests and fellowship among fellow accordionists. WE KNOW WHAT IT CAN
DO! THE BOGUS ONE is the one that all of you out there know - the fact
that the accordion can play Lady of Spain by itself (complete with bellows
shake) -or in the midst of a classical or rock concert half of you in
the audience are yearning to get back to your roots, screaming for polkas,
helgatos, jigs and clogs complete with beer and urinal tents - ONE MAN'S
REAL/ANOTHER MAN'S BOGUS (Marry, Sir, nose painting, sleep and urine -Macbeth
-Act II scene III - Shakespeare).
SO, LET'S GET BOGUS, FOLKS! AND WELCOME
TO HOGUS/ BOGUS! OUR THIRTEENTH SMASH YEAR! OUR BAR MITSVAH! Join accordion
philosopher, Dr. William Schimmel, in a weekend romp of questionable,
useless and far-fetched information.
ACCORDION HAS COME FAR! LET'S FETCH IT BACK! TO IT'S HOGUS ROOTS! The
event will take place at:
THE TENRI CULTURAL INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK
43A WEST 13TH ST. (between 5th and 6th Ave.)
New York City
July 27-29, 2007
Master Classes at 3 PM Concerts at 7 PM
- $20 per master class - THOSE WHO WISH
TO PLAY, CONTACT DR. SCHIMMEL
- $25 per concert
- $40 per entire day - includes master
class and concert
- $110 per entire weekend - includes three
master classes and three concerts
Reservations and information: 212-876-0827
- www.billschimmel.com or www.ameraccord.com
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