|Lots of Great Squeezing in Texas|
|Former AAA Champ in Concert|
|Rose City News|
|ATAM Festival News|
|AAA Festival in Cleveland|
|UMKC - KU Concert|
|Viennese Accordion Ensemble at ATG|
|2001 Las Vegas Festival|
|Just for fun|
|Searching for Yankovic Sheet Music/Recordings|
|Lots of Great Squeezing in Texas by Valarie Kieser|
|Text by Valarie Kieser, pictures
courtesy of Gus Stangeland
My usual expression for something that to me is truly fabulous is, "Wow!" Well, I can't think of any other term for the 2001 Texas Accordion Association National Accordion Convention in Plano, Texas March 8-11. Every year it just seems to get better!
Maybe it's because I'm getting to know some of the regulars there, but each year I meet wonderful new friends and players as well. In any reasonable space I couldn't possibly cover all the wonderful aspects of this convention, so here are a few highlights.
Wow! Playing in the 35-accordion orchestra again this year under Gary Daverne of the Auckland, New Zealand Symphony. We played difficult arrangements of really great pieces, including a wonderful Beatles medley, a number composed by Gary called "Pocket Overture" (there is a story about how it got its name), "The Lord of the Dance" (faster toward the end than my fingers can fly), "Orange Blossom Special," a fabulous Glen Miller medley, and "The Syncopated Clock," for part of which Gary called up a member of the audience to conduct us, and had the whole audience in stitches.
Wow! Friday Evening Party/Concert which was an informal presentation by many different talented players and groups.
Wow! The Saturday Evening Concert which was a more formal event with some of the best musicians I have ever heard - really first-class entertainment. It included our big orchestra as noted above, plus a special performance by the "Traveling Orchestra," consisting of a few members of the larger group. The traveling group toured Texas just before the convention, showing the public what the accordion can do. The group included real virtuosi such as the members of the "K" Trio, Arlene Boddicker's daughter Michele, and others. They blew everyone away with "España Cañi," a hilarious polka called "Grasshopper Polka," (with perennial favorite Marilyn Monsivais on a rhythm stick called the "Stump Fiddle," that had everyone roaring with laughter), and "El Rancho Grande." Also at the Saturday night concert we heard some beautiful accordion playing by Lin Xu, a young man from China who is well on his way to becoming a virtuoso. Since Lin lives in Fremont and is a BAAC member, I hope he will come and play for us. In fact, the BAAC helped him attend the AAA and ATG competitions last year, and he did very well. And of course, Tony Lovello! Well, I don't need to tell you he "razzle-dazzled" everybody!
Wow! The Workshops by really top talent in their field: Every one that I was able to catch was great. Unfortunately I had to miss some workshops because of much-needed orchestra rehearsals.
Wow! Santiago Jimenez, Jr. playing Tex-Mex/Conjunto style on his button box. Santiago is the brother of Flaco Jimenez, and a son of Santiago Jimenez, Sr., pioneer of the Tex-Mex/Conjunto movement. Norm Seaton, President of the TAA and the wizard in charge of the whole convention, asked me if I would show Santiago my button box, which is the Austrian/Slovenian type and has a different sound from the one Santiago played. Well, one thing led to another, and soon Santiago was in love with my button box and played it for over an hour. Was I honored?
Wow! Double Wow! Anyone who has not heard the "K" Trio: Don't miss hearing them if you get the opportunity! They are a precision trio of acoustic accordions, of which one is a bass accordion. They blew everyone away with, among others, Chopin's Minute Waltz (which is not intended to be played in one minute), "Carnival of Venice," "Malagueña," Bumble Boogie (I used to play it on the piano, and it is lots more fun than Flight of the Bumblebee), and "The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" including accordion-made train sounds that were really effective. This trio is totally committed to beauty and precision, with all the best articulation, phrasing and dynamics you can imagine. They stand out from any other group I have heard. The "K" Trio has a website - www.ktrio.com through which you can get their CD's.
Thanks, BAAC, for sending me as your representative to the convention. And Congratulations Norman Seaton! You outdo yourself every year!
(for more TAA pics, please see: http://www.cybergus.com/taa200)
|Former United States Champion to Appear in Concert|
Rolando, a former United States Champion and two time Bronze Medal winner
at the CIA Coupe
Mondiale World Accordion Championships will be a featured guest artist
at both the upcoming ATAM from (April 6-8, 2001) and AAA festivals (July
Anthony began playing the accordion at the age of five, and went on to win over 110 trophies during his competition years which saw him ultimately win the United States Championship earning him the right to compete internationally at the Coupe Mondiale.
Anthony has concertised throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia where his performances were well received. He has also performed with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra as well as at concerts in Carnegie Hall, New York, for President George Bush Senior, and in concert with Luciano Pavarotti.
Specializing in Italian music, you will find Anthony performing for many Italian Festivals world wide both as a soloist and with soprano Valerie Vacco.
You will find Anthony in concert on April 6 - 8, 2001 at the ATAM Festival and also at the AAA Festival in Cleveland from July 12 - 15, 2001.
|MAC Celebrated 10th Anniversary|
Accordion Club recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Special celebrations
were held in the form of a banquet and commemorative program which included
musical selections by Stas Venglevski including the premier of a composition
dedicated to the Milwaukee Accordion Club on the occasion of its 10th
|Queen of Finnish Accordion in Minneapolis|
Kalaniemi, the undisputed queen of Finnish accordion, will be performing
in Minneapolis on April 21st at 1:00 PM at the Cedar Cultural Center as
part of the Nordic Roots Festival.
|Drew Carey performing on accordion|
Recently on Fox TV, Drew Carey was seen performing on a Petosa accordion as part of his band in Ohio.
|Gabriel's Gate new CD 'Departures'|
City accordionist Brett Gibson of Gabriel's Gate announces the release
of their groups third CD entitled 'Departures.'
|Rose City Accordion Club Camp|
The Rose City Accordion
Club will hold their "Camp 2001" from June 10th to 14th at the Silver
Falls Conference Center in Sublimity, Oregon. The camp will include five
days of great fun and music!
|Paris-Moscow Duo Seeks USA Concert Opportunities|
European duo "Paris-Moscow" (Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov, both winners
of international competitions), are currently looking for concert opportunities
in the United States. They offer a concert of high quality accordion music
of many styles. The program consists of music from the Baroque period up
to the present, that has been transcribed or specifically written for the
The audience will travel between the musical styles and countries of France and Russia; from classical music, to musette, to variety and Russian folklore. The audience will discover the accordion with the musicality, the sensitivity, the virtuosity, and humor of a duo.
If you are interested, do not hesitate to ask us for more information. We will be pleased to meet you and perhaps collaborate with you in the future.
Anyone interested in having them perform may contact the duo at:
Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov
Tel/Fax: +33 (0) 4 73 22 28 26
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org or: email@example.com
|ATAM Festival draws over 1200 Contestants!|
Teachers Association of Massachusetts which was established in 1962,
has attracted over 1200 contestants for this years festival to be held
April 6-8, 2001. This annual New England Music Competition and Festival
is sponsored by the ATAM and all events are open to the public free of
|AAA Festival in Cleveland|
Accordionists Association will hold its 2001 Festival from July 12-15,
2001 at the Sheraton Hotel, Cleveland International Airport, Cleveland,
|The Emter Family Gears Up for Busy Summer Season|
Spring has finally arrived here in North Dakota and with this the upcoming tourist season will soon be in full swing. This means its the busy season for the Emter family, as they spend time preparing for the summer events here at their dinner theater.
In mid April the Emter family beings work on a new album which will be available for sale by the end of May. This album will be a collection of our finest polkas and waltzes and our most requested Inspirational songs.
Not only do the Emter's believe in traditional family values, they live them and have taken them to audiences across North America, Canada, and Mexico. Some of their 750 performances have included Garrison Keillor's National Public Radio Program, QVC National Television, Kimberley (British Columbia) International Old-Time Accordion Championships, North Dakota's own "Norsk Hostfest", the U.S. Capitol, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., State and County Fairs, Polkafests, Town Festivals, and Church Celebrations
North Dakota's First Year-Round Dinner Theater Featuring superb food and wholesome, unique family EMTERtainment. Over 10,000 guests served our first year! Plan on coming to North Dakota and treating yourself to a fun-filled evening of superb food and award-winning entertainment at the Emter Family Dinner Theater. Let Mom and Dad (Renae and Roger) along with Adam, 19; Angelina, 18; Alida, 16; and Abigail, 15; show you why they have received national recognition for their musical talents and accomplishments.
Their repertoire consists of heritage-rich polkas and waltzes, heartfelt Gospel, as well as patriotic and Christmas songs. The family also adds tight harmony vocals to many of their selections. Relax year-round in our new, comfortable, smoke and alcohol-free theater. Visit our gift shop prior to your hearty dinner, which is served right to your table. After dinner, sit back and enjoy a fabulous evening of toe-tapping entertainment!
Each of the Emters performs on a Strasser button accordion. The Strasser company has become one of the leaders in the button accordion industry, with more than 70 years of experience. Constant innovations, material research, suggestions and special wishes from top musicians have made Strasser button accordions the No. 1 choice of professionals.
Light weight, extraordinary sound, and exceptionally light key action are some of the special features of these button accordions. Regardless if you just play at home, for a dance group, or professionally, you will be amazed with the quality and the precise construction of these instruments.
Currently they are open on Saturday evenings until Memorial Day weekend, at which time we will switch to 6 nights/week - Monday through Saturday. The Theater opens at 5:00 PM, the Meal served at 6:00 PM and Show Time is 6:30 PM. Seating Capacity is 100 people with ticket price at $17.50 in advance or $19.50 at the door (Prices include 7% tax, and Children that are highchair age and younger are free.) Handicap accessible Overnight full-service RV park.
You may contact the Emter Family at:
Emter Family Dinner Theater
P.O. Box 1291 101 17th Street Southeast
Jamestown, ND 58402-1291
|UMKC - KU Concert|
March 31st, The UMKC
Accordion Orchestra performed at the Kansas Symposium of New Music entitled
"Music Midst Us" in the Lied Center on the campus of the Kansas
University, in Lawrence, Kansas.
Performing the new recent work of Paul Rudy entitled "Out of Crooked Timber..." the piece featured the UMKC Accordion Orchestra under the direction of Joan Sommers with Lidia Kaminska as the soloist.
Viennese Accordion Ensemble will be just one of the special guests
at this years ATG Festival to be held in San Antonio, July 19-22nd, 2001.
|2001 Las Vegas Accordion Convention|
Us for THE ACCORDION EVENT of a lifetime from October 14-18, 2001 at The
Las Vegas Accordion Convention... the place to be!
|Just for fun...|
Rufus from Toronto, is trying to get in touch with the people who publish
the late Frankie Yankovic's (pictured) recordings and printed sheet music,
in particular his Polkas and Waltzes. While there are numerous items on
the www.polkas.com site, Arnold would like to know if anyone has any futher
|Pasquale Lorello announces 6 CD's!|
Lorello is now offering a grand total of 6 CD's featuring a variety
of music including Latin, Italian and Continental Music.