by Viatcheslav Semionov Released in NY|
a new composition by Viatcheslav Semionov of Moscow has been released by Ernest
Deffner Publications of New York. This exciting work is written in three movements,
(1) 'Legend' (2) 'Nostalgia' (3) 'Journey', is for instruments with both stradella
and free bass. It is playable on either piano accordion (minimum 41 key) or chromatic
accordion. The piece is available for US$29 plus shipping and handling from the
Music Sample of Each Movement (265kb)
This composition is a skillful
written work adaptable to different systems. Semionov's broad knowledge of systems
is apparent because he has distinguished himself as the teacher of prize-winning
accordionists performing on either chromatic and piano accordions. The composer
encourages accordionists to perform this work on various accordion systems. Stock
No. ED306 $29.00
one of Russia's foremost accordionists and composers, Viatcheslav Semionov is
widely considered to be 'the founder of the modern performance school of bayan'.
He was awarded the Silver Disk at the 1994 International Festival of Bayan and
Bayanists and in 1995, he received Russia's highest performance distinction, "People's
Artist of Russia", as decreed by President Boris Yeltsin.
of Semionov's new work is a dedication which reads: "Written for my colleague
Faithe Deffner (right)
in commemoration of her service to the accordion community as President of The
American Accordionists' Association: 1985-1986, 1995-1996, 1997-1998 and 1999-2000".
International Accordion Celebration|
Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration will be held from June 22-24.
This year the LIAC will feature competitions, concerts, dances, jamming and an
accordion parade and more! |
A charming Bavarian town Leavenworth is located
just a 2 l/2 hour drive from Seattle. The 2006 Leavenworth International Accordion
Celebration will be an exciting event full of talented musicians, enthusiastic
music lovers, friendly competitors of all ages and lots of surprises including
the Annual Accordion Parade down Front Street! Entertainment at the Gazebo in
Front Street Park is free.
The Northwest Accordion Society organizes entertainment
and Jam sessions in the Gazebo Thursday through Saturday. The Competitions and
Concerts are held in Leavenworths Festhalle on the corner of Front and Tenth
Featured performers this year include: Bernadette Conlon, Janet
Todd and Murl Allen Sanders.
Conlon is one of Australia's leading accordionists; her heartfelt renditions have
earned her over 100 first-place awards in competitions. Bernadette has an amazing
repertoire, which ranges from classical, to jazz, pop and various folk and ethnic
music. She is famed for her own intricate orchestral arrangements, some of which
appear on the six CD's she has released. Academically, Bernadette has won scholarships
to study in the Ukraine, Russia, England and Germany, with some of the world's
top accordionists. All this is even more remarkable, considering the fact that
Bernadette has less than 1% eyesight. Her memory of thousands of pieces of music
is internationally renowned, and she often gives concerts made up solely of audience
It is not difficult to see why Australia's brilliantly shining
star, Bernadette Conlon, often called the Mona Lisa of the Accordion,
has won the hearts of audiences all around the world. Just like that famous masterpiece,
Bernadette's vibrant charm and innate sensitivity, combined with her awesomely
dazzling technique, haunt her listeners, leaving them spellbound.
Todd is one of Americas premier accordion performers. She has traveled over
250,000 miles playing in 22 countries throughout Europe, Middle East, Far East,
and in 27 US states doing special shows, conventions, and prominent events. Janet
has been a featured performer at major US accordion venues including the Texas
Accordion Association's National Convention, where reviews called her a "World
Class woman MIDI-accordionist, the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention,
the American Accordionists' Association Competition/Festival in Boston, the Rocky
Mountain Accordion Celebration at Philipsburg, Montana, the Florida Smash accordion
festival in Orlando and at Californias acclaimed Cotati Accordion Festival.
plays to rave reviews: Janet played with heart and soul with a special patriotic
medley and included her fiery style of play that captivated the audience.
Accordion USA News (New York City), I sincerely believe that she may be
the greatest accordionist in the world and certainly the most captivating. She
played the classics and Turkish folk songs like a true genius. She stirred my
soul very deeply, Hikmet Simsek, conductor, Ankara, Turkey Philharmonic
Orchestra, Curtain Time USA.
Murl Allen Sanders (left) is a modern accordionist,
pianist, composer and recording artist who plays pop, rock, zydeco, country, jazz,
blues and various ethnic styles on piano and accordion. Murl's latest recording
is the World Premiere of his Accordion Concerto #1 recorded live with Orchestra
Seattle conducted by Maestro George Shangrow at Meany Hall on the University of
Washington campus. Murl leads his own band, does solo work, composes, teaches
and arranges music, sings, plays piano, harmonica and keyboards. He has worked
with such diverse artists as Chuck Berry, Etta James, Leslie Gore, Peter Duchin,
Theodore Bikel and a host of regional luminaries. Lenny Leto of the Chicago Accordion
Club says "Murl Allen Sanders gave the Chicago Accordion Club a performance
that will long be remembered. Murl is a gifted artist, performer and showman.
Murl is a wonderful entertainer who possesses a truly unique talent..."
Murl played accordion on the soundtrack of a feature film starring Eileen Brennan
called Moonglow and a short film for the Seattle International Film
Festival entitled Its Only Temporary. His recording Can You
Dance To It features his accordion and original tunes in a mix of styles Murl
calls "Zyfusico" including pop, Zydeco, rock, country and blues influences.
feature of the festival are the competitions, and this year they will include
categories including: Old-time Music, Classical, Popular, Patriotic March, Jazz
and Original Composition.
The tentative schedule for the festival is as
Wednesday, June 21
- 4 PM Competitor Packets and Ticket sales at Festhalle
PM Welcomefest for Registered Competitors & Adjudicators
Thursday, June 22
AM Competitor Packets and Ticket Sales at Festhalle
AM Competition at Festhalle: Golden, Silver, Classical I, Popular I, Duets, Junior
- 9:00 AM Vendors Hall Opens
- 11:00 AM Jam Sessions organized by
NW Accordion Society at the Gazebo
AM Workshop with TBA
- 1:30 PM Competition
at Festhalle: Popular II, Bands, Classical II, Patriotic March I
PM Workshop with TBA
- 5:30 PM Workshop
- 8:00 PM Festhalle Concert:
- 9:30 PM Festhalle Jam
Session & Dancing
- 8:00 AM Competitor Packets
and Ticket sales at Festhalle
AM Competition: Petosa, Patriotic March II, Classical III, Popular III
AM Vendors Hall Opens
AM Jam Sessions organized by NW Accordion Society at the Gazebo
AM Workshop with TBA
- 1:30 PM Competition
at Festhalle: Elementary, Primary, Diatonic
PM Workshop with TBA
- 5:00 PM Workshop
- 7:30 PM Festhalle Pre-Concert
Show with the Edelweiss Tanz Gruppe
PM Festhalle Concert: Bernadette Conlon
- 8:00 AM Competitor Packets
and Ticket sales at Festhalle
AM Competition at Festhalle: Senior, Original Compositions, Jazz
AM Vendors Hall Opens
AM Outdoor Concert at the Gazebo with TBA
AM Workshop with TBA
- 11:30 PM Jam
Sessions organized by NW Accordion Society at the Gazebo
PM Accordion Parade
- 1:00 PM Competitor
Packets and Ticket Sales at Festhalle
PM Competition at Festhalle: LEAVENWORTH OPEN
PM Outdoor Concert at the Gazebo with TBA
PM LIAC Awards Ceremony
- 7:30 PM Festhalle
Concert: Murl Allen Sanders followed by Janet Todd and Bernadette Conlon
complete information and competition rules and guidelines and to purchase tickets,
please visit: www.accordioncelebration.com or call Sherry Schweizer at the Leavenworth
Chamber of Commerce at (509) 548-5807.
Feldmann Releases New CD '25 Great Jazz Standards' |
Lenny Feldmann has just released a new CD entitled '25 Jazz Standards' which is
available on e-bay.
Over one and a quarter hours (75:15:35) of light jazz
stylings of twenty-five great standard tunes that everyone knows and loves. Each
tune is tastefully done with full combo backing. This CD begins with the great
"Fats" Waller tune - Ain't Misbehavin' and moves into one of the most
played jazz standards of all time - Sweet Georgia Brown.
The CD then continues
with the first - I've Got Rhythm - of nine George and Ira Gershwin tunes. The
others: Someone To Watch Over Me - A Foggy Day - Nice Work If You Can Get It -
Fascinatin' Rhythm - Embraceable You - But Not For Me - 'S Wonderful and Strike
Up The Band! Lenny's rendition of the famous Erroll Garner tune - Misty - is soulful
Mancini's "The Days of Wine and Roses" and Harold Arlen's "Over
The Rainbow" highlight several tunes that have become standard jazz classics
from the idiom of Movies including Bye Bye Blackbird, As Time Goes By, A Day In
The Life of a Fool, Green Dolphin Street, and Almost Like Being In Love. In addition
to the 25 tracks on this CD, you will receive a BONUS TRACK - "This Is The
As a young protégé of the late Stephen Harer
of Clifton, New Jersey, Lenny was a Virtuoso competition champion. At Vander Cook
College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, Lenny received his Bachelor of Music Education
Degree, using the accordion as his major instrument and studying with Mort Herold
and the late Mario Moschino. A ten year career of teaching and playing professionally
in the New York area followed. During this time, Lenny performed throughout the
NY Metro Area with the famous Tony Cee Orchestra as the personal accompanist of
Tony (Cee) Corsetto - Popular Vocalist and Orchestra leader.
pursued a professional business career for the next 13 years, ending with his
retirement in 1987. He returned to his first musical love, the accordion, and
began a new professional career in Florida. The Lenny Feldmann Show performed
regularly in Florida and for special accordion events - The Galla-Rini Honorary
Concert and Festival of the Accordion Teachers Guild in Chicago - as guest soloist
and adjudicator for the American Accordion Musicological Society in Valley Forge,
PA - the Accordion Teachers Association of New Jersey - in Lake George, NY for
the American Accordionists' Association.
In 1989 Lenny was the accordionist
with the world-famous Mantovani Orchestra on their Midwest tour, as well as a
nine week engagement performing in Yokohama, Japan at their World's Fair. Lenny
performs with, and is the assistant conductor for the Accordion Pops Orchestra
directed by Danny Desiderio. The APO, consisting of professional and semiprofessional
accordionists from seven Northeast states, has presented concerts with various
guest artists including Myron Floren and Dick Contino.
The CD is available
online at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4850794113
Fundación Festival, Vallenata - Colombia|
annual Fundacion Festival takes place in Vallenata from April 26th to 30th. In
Colombia, diatonic button instruments are the norm with accordionists, especially
the 3-row, and are used extensively in the country's music, song and dance traditions.
Visiting sailors introduced one and two row diatonic button accordions to Colombia
in the late 19th Century from Europe, but three row accordions superseded these
instruments by the 1930s.
The Fundacion Festival, held annually in Valleneta,
Colombia, since 1968, is one of the largest accordion festivals in South America,
and is part of a large-scale celebration of national music, song and dance. The
festival includes a competition, with categories for amateur and professional
players of various ages and styles. There are prizes of $15,000 - 1st place, $10,000
- 2nd place, and $7,000 - 3rd place for the Professional Accordionists' Section,
and lesser monetary prizes for the various other sections. The closing date for
entries is April 8th. This festival attracts large crowds, including many holidaymakers
who are attracted by the colorful spectacle of the parades and outdoors events.
further information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindless Tripod Experience CD Release|
Jared Claxon and 'The Mindless Tripod Experience' have released there first studio
album with ROA Records. The Central Florida based band, headed up by lead accordionist
Jared Claxon, focuses on bringing the world the greatest, and funniest accordion
fueled rock in the world.
The album is a mix of classic rock, punk and
good ol' fashioned Polka. The album, entitled "Are You Experienced"
is sure to keep you entertained and wanting to hear more of The Mindless Tripod
Formed in 2004 by Jared
Claxon, The Mindless Tripod Experience is a band like no other and has made great
strides in comedy music where they have been played on both The Dr. Demento show
and Freakin' Funny Music. Comprising Jared Claxon on accordion and guitar and
Richmond Webb on the Drums, the next live performance is scheduled for the 20th
of April at Matsuricon in Columbus, Ohio.
For more information, please
contact Teresa Claxon at: email@example.com
Concerto at Columbia University|
Theatre at Columbia University in New York City, has launched a new three-year
project to commission twelve world-class composers to write twelve new Pocket.
- works for soloist and sinfonietta - and to present the world premieres of four
of these new works each season for the next three seasons.
works will be played by a roster of outstanding musicians. The first, Accordion
Concerto by Julia Wolfe, will be performed by the magician of the instrument,
Guy Klucevsek, on Saturday,
April 22, at 8:00 PM. It was written for accordion and chamber orchestra.
Pocket Concerto Project is a major initiative of Miller Theatre's longstanding
commitment to commissioning and presenting new works. The Theatre's goal to make
lasting and substantial contributions to the repertoire now includes a work which
features the accordion.
Cajuns Revel on Stage|
Ragin Cajuns, a Kansas City-based band conceived in 1996, took their authentic
Cajun-Zydeco party music the Carlsen Center at the Johnson County Community College
as part of their free spring Jazz Series.
Mike McKinley and Juha Silfverberg
formed the band as it is known today utilizing accordion, drums, percussion, washboard,
voice, bass, saxophone and, at times, fiddle and guitar. The other band members
are Mark Cohick and James Albright. That the Ragin Cajuns have fun while
playing is clearly demonstrated whenever they perform for private functions, parties,
festivals and special events including several fund-raisers for the hurricane
victims last fall.
Kansas City area based accordionist Juha Silfverberg
who co-leads the Ragin Cajuns performs regularly as a soloist and freelance
musician in several different ensembles covering a large musical genre. He is
a member of an accordion trio that has performed concert tours in Europe, New
Zealand and the United States and recorded a CD. A native of Finland, Juha holds
the title of both Finnish and Scandinavian accordion champion.
Mike McKinley has more than 25 years of professional experience as a freelance
drummer, percussionist and vocalist. He earned a bachelors degree in music
education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He teaches percussion and
has performed with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Bobby Vinton and Moureen McGovern.
For Ragin Cajun performances, the baritone-voiced McKinley sings and plays
the drum set and washboard all at the same time.
The spring Jazz Series
concerts are cosponsored by the JCCC humanities and music departments, Community
Services and the Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians,
Passes Away in Florida|
accordion world is saddened to learn that ARTHUR R. METZLER aged 90, of St. Petersburg,
passed away on March 18, 2006.
Born in 1915, Arthur moved to Florida in
1982 from his native Chicago. He played the accordion and oboe, and was a music
composer and arranger. During World War II he served in the Army as a chaplain's
assistant, and played his instruments for the wounded, for Army shows, for the
royal family and for the prime minister of Belgium.
In 1939 appeared in
concert at Kimball Hall in Chicago where he played the complete 31 pages of George
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with a symphony orchestra under the direction of his
teacher Andy Rizzo. The performance was a tremendous success.
and majored in composition at Roosevelt University. He was first oboist with the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and held first chair in the Rizzo Accordion Ensemble.
He also had a passion for art, and was well known for his work as a cartoonist
featuring the accordion.
Art is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jane;
a son, Robert and a brother Martin.
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?
Day Concert Rescheduled|
Valentine Day concert which was canceled because of inclement weather has been
rescheduled for Sunday, April 23, 2006, 3.00 PM at Our Mother of Good Counsel
Church at 31 Pennswood Rd & Lancaster Pike (Route 30), Bryn Mawr, PA. 19010.
Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Irving Ludwig, former
violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy and Riccardo Muti
for over 40 years will feature concert accordionist Joseph
Soprani who recently performed for Peter Nero & the Philly Pops at the
Kimmel Arts Center In Philadelphia. He will be featured in a show piece based
on Bizet's Carmen and Three Old Viennese Dances by Fritz Kreisler arranged for
accordion and orchestra.
The orchestra, celebrating their 60th season and
one of the finest community orchestras in the region, will perform classic romantic
melodies such as Tchaikowsky's Romeo & Juliet and selections by Faure, Puccini
You won't want to miss this one. Pass this on to your family
and friends! Tickets are available at the door. General admission $15. Seniors
$12. Students $5. For individual concert, the LSO is offering discounts to members
of WHYY who have a valid Member Card. For LSO information: 610 284 3718 or visit:
UMKC Accordion Orchestra Performs at 100th Anniversary Concert|
University of Missour-Kansas
City Community Accordion Orchestra directed by Joan C. Sommers will perform
at UMKC's Conservatory of Music's 100th Anniversary Celebrations in Kansas City
on April 22, 2006 at 11:00 AM. Featuring many alumni members of the UMKC Accordion
Orchestra, the 40 member group will perform to an expected capacity audience free
concert in Pierson Auditorium (Pierson Hall) on the UMKC Campus.
Sommers has directed the world famous University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)
Accordion Orchestra since it formed over 45 years ago, when she established the
accordion program at UMKC in 1961.
During its long history, the UMKC Accordion
Orchestra has won many national titles in the USA, and toured to such places as
Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Estonia,
New Zealand, Australia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Italy.
orchestra presents regular concerts at the University and has made guest appearances
at national festivals and other important engagements throughout the United States.
include appearances with the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Civic Symphony
Orchestra, and at the American Accordionists Association, the Accordionists and
Teachers Guild, International, and the Accordion Federation of North America Annual
With concert repertoire includes original accordion orchestra
music, orchestral transcriptions, Broadway Music, Jazz and popular favorites,
Accordion Orchestra members consist of UMKC students, graduates, alumni and special
guests who accompany the orchestra when on tour. Picutred right is Joan with some
of her alumni students performing on the April 22nd concert.
with this 40th Anniversary Concert in 2001, the UMKC Accordion Orchestra released
a set of six CD's highlighting the 40 years of accordion greatness.
program for the 100th Anniversary Concert of the UMKC Conservatory of Music is:
- Scherzo - Moussorgsky
Holiday - Anderson
- Fuga 9 - Piazzolla
- Libertango - Piazzolla
and Igra from Suite for Accordion Orchestra - Bruci
Pacific Medley - Rodgers and Hammerstein
March - J. Strauss, Sr.
is invited to attend this Free Concert on Saturday, April 22, 11:00 AM at Pierson
Auditorium (Pierson Hall) on the UMKC Campus.
Bottine Souriante, a nine-piece ensemble from Quebec featuring Pierre Belisle
on piano accordion and Pierre-Luc Dupois on 3-row button accordion, have performed
music from the French Canadian tradition since 1976. They perform at music festivals
and concerts around the world, and have a loyal following in many countries.
Bottine Souriante (whose name literally means 'The Smiling Boot') are to appear
at the Festival International de Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, on April 28th and
30th. On April 29th, they appear at the Houston International Festival in Texas.
further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsors Roland Event|
Accordion Event sponsored by the Accordion
Teachers Association of MA
Appeared in February 2006 issue of Musical Merchandise
Providing the demonstration on the V-Accordion was Don McMahon,
an accomplished musician and accordion instructor, and backing up McMahon on drums
was none other than Vic Frith President Rick Drumm.
75 attendees were obviously impressed by the V-Accordion and its capability in
reproducing different accordion types in various genres of music, and at one point
even sounding like a bagpipe. Pictured from left to right: David Lewis - Immediate
Past President of the ATAM, Peggy Falcetti - ATAM Treasurer, Sam Falcetti - ATAM
Board of Director and Michael Falcetti - ATAM President.
V-Accordion is lighter, more flexible, and has numerous combinations to customize
the player's sounds and tailor their need and styles,"explained Sam Falcetti.
V-Accordion can simulate up to 30 different accordion sound sets, each including
14 treble registers, seven bass and chord registers, and seven free bass registers.
The engineers at Roland were able to reproduce various models of traditional accordions
so the V-Accordion can instantly switch from an Italian jazz to a German folk,
French Musette, or historic bandoneon.
V-Accordion is available in two models: the FR-7 and the FR-5. Both are offered
in candy apple red, or charcoal gray. The FR-7 is an all-in-one portable instrument
complete with internal speaker and amplification system.
The FR-7 does
not contain the speakers and amplification system, but is more lightweight for
stage performance. For more information on the V-Accordion, contact: Roland in
the US at: (323) 890 3700 or visit www.rolandus.com
right - Don McMahon former Falcetti Music accordion instructor and ATAM Contestant.
Len Wallace Concerts, Ontario|
accordionist Len Wallace will be keeping a busy schedule in April and May as he
performs in the USA and Canada.
At an early age he was trained classically,
won many awards and by 15 won the Canadian National Accordion championship. His
speed, versatility in style and power are amazing. Ask other performers and they'll
tell you that Len's fingers work at unequaled lightening speed, but with a power
and lightness of touch that make it all look and seem easy.
He turned his
attention to folk music and away from a classical music scene which he came to
view as increasingly abstract and divorced from people's lives. Music, he believes,
has to have social meaning. Len calls the accordion "the people's instrument".
Deemed socially inferior as "the poor man's piano" in the 19th century,
it was the instrument of the working poor, the immigrant worker. It was considered
the instrument of the gutter and Len has been a major voice in Canada and the
United States promoting the squeezebox in its rightful place as the world and
For over twenty-five years he has been a notable performer
of the Celtic Irish and Scottish music tradition. He started learning it from
musicians in the Detroit, Michigan Irish music scene, singers, fiddlers steeped
in the older traditions. More recently, Len brings a subtle new approach to Celtic
music from other traditions including Slavic (Russian, Ukrainian, Serbo-Croatian),
Yiddish klezmer, cajun, Tex-Mex, zydeco in a grandweave of his own creation.
- April 14th,
(with The Bowsies) - Dick O'Dow's, Birmingham, MI
21st, (with The Bowsies) - Fiddler's Hearth, South Bend, Indiana
28th - The Kildare House, Windsor, Ontario
29th - (with The Diggers), Scottish Club, Windsor
12th - (with The Bowsies) Dick O'Dow's, Birmingham, MI
13th - The Kildare House, Windsor, ON
19th - Lundy's Lane Folk Society, Midland, ON
26th - (with The Diggers), Baile Corcaigh, Detroit, MI
27th - (with The Bowsies) Fiddler's Hearth, South Bend, IN
Wallace also produces an interesting and amusing newsletter titled 'Squeezebox
from Hell'. To receive this newsletter or for other information e-mail: email@example.com
Festival in Newton, MA|
Accordion Teachers' Association
of Massachusetts (ATAM) will celebrate their 44th Annual Festival from April
7-9, 2006 at the Marriott Hotel, Newton, MA.
The Festival will feature:
- Battle of the Bands
Duos, Ensembles, Bands
- Some Non Competitive
- Cash Awards
$3,000.00 in prizes
- Awards Banquet
For further information please
contact: ATAM Contest Chairperson: Roger Latulippe, 136 Lowell Road, Hudson, NH
03051: Phone/Fax: 603/882-8940 and for additional information and Press Information,
please contact Peggy Falcetti: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guido Deiro 1928 Sound Film Available on DVD|
Deiro (1886-1950) was the first accordionist to be featured in a sound film. 'Guido
Deiro: The World's Foremost Piano-Accordionist' was filmed in Burbank, California,
at the Warner Brothers studio in 1928 and shown in movie houses throughout the
United States to critical acclaim.
In this film Guido Deiro performs two
pieces (1) the Overture from 'I Capuleti ei Montechhi' by the Italian opera composer
Vincenzo Bellini, and (2) the Serenade from 'Les Millions D'Arlequin' by the Italian
composer and conductor Riccardo Drigo.
This black and white film, which
lasts six minutes, has been restored and made available on DVD by accordionist
and musicologist Henry Doktorski. The film displays the great virtuosity, musicianship
and stage presence of the first great star of the piano accordion at the height
of his fame.
Jeff Lisenby Makes Broadway Debut|
Jeff Lisenby made his Broadway Debut as Musical director and performer for 'Ring
of Fire', new Broadway musical that echoes with the songs of Johnny Cash. Ring
of Fire is described as a theatrical and musical experience and an adventure
of love and faith, struggle and success. The show opened March 12 and is playing
at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre located at 243 W. 47th Street, New York City.
by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (Ain't Misbehavin', Fosse), Ring of Fire
is billed as "a theatrical and musical experience that will lift your heart
and stir your soul." The show is not a musical biography of the life of Cash,
the Arkansas-born singer-songwriter who crooned about alienation, prison life,
love, the Southland and more.
In Ring of Fire, "a remarkable cast
of performers and musicians take us on a rousing adventure of love and faith,
struggle and success all with the strength, humor and downright honesty that made
Johnny Cash one of the greatest songwriters and most revered storytellers in American
musical features 38 of the music legend's songs, including "Country Boy,"
"A Thing Called Love," "Five Feet High and Rising," "Daddy
Sang Bass," "Ring of Fire," "I Walk the Line," "I've
Been Everywhere," "The Man in Black," and his final hit, "Hurt."
addition to Jeff being the Musical Director of Ring of Fire, he also performs
accordion on-stage in several of the numbers. Ring of Fire was created by Maltby
and conceived by William Meade with choreography by Lisa Shriver.
ATG United States Champion and popular Nashville recording artist Jeff has twice
won bronze medals for the ATG in the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes
(CIA) Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships and was also won the silver
medal in the international entertainment accordion championship.
been a keyboardist/accordionist for: Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the Kansas City
Chiefs' football games, USO European tours, shows in Switzerland with TexMex artist
Rick Orozco, Norwegian Cruise Lines on Caribbean tours, and has toured extensively
with artists Mills Brothers, Brenda Lee and Boots Randolph, including performances
in Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and all over the United States.
has also performed with the Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Nashville Symphonies.
He has accompanied many artists in live shows including: Luciano Pavarotti, Mel
Torme, Blake Shelton, Roy Clark, Lee Greenwood, Tricia Yearwood, Jo Dee Messina,
Dolly Parton, Three-Dog Night, Donner Summer, Jamie O'Neil, The Mills Brothers,
and David Cassidy.
Jeff, with a Bachelor
of Music degree in accordion performance (studying with Joan Cochran Sommers)
and a Master of Arts from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, was
also conductor/keyboardist for Tennessee Repertory Theatres productions
of Grease, Big River, A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof, 1776; Tennessee Performing
Arts Centers Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, City of Angels.
six years ago, Bill Meade got the idea for putting the music of Johnny Cash on
the stage and Maltby wrote in productions notes. "Many people had approached
Johnny, but only Bill's idea convinced him, and after about five years, just before
he died, Johnny gave Bill the stage rights to this material.
"I have complete faith that although we do not dramatize Johnny Cash's life,
by the end of the show the audience will feel that they have spent the evening
in the presence of an extraordinary and real man. In many ways Johnny Cash wrote
and sang about the lives we all lead, regardless of where we lead them. If, watching
this show, you feel yourself being drawn back to your roots, it isn't accidental
- even if you've forgotten what those roots are. I hope as we bring to life these
wonderful songs, we will touch your heart, mind and soul as well, and take you
too back to a part of your life you may want to return to."
Dates and General Information:
Tuesday - Saturday
at 8 PM
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM
$86.25 - $101.25
Box Office: Tele-charge (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250
Two hours and 15 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
243 West 47th Street
New York, NY
For more information about
Ring of Fire, visit www.ringoffirethemusical.com
Accordion Pops Orchestra pays tribute to Myron Floren|
Accordion Pops Orchestra conducted by Dan Desiderio will present a Memborial Tribute
to the late Myron Floren on Sunday April 30, 2006 at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse
in Hampton, NJ. Dinner will commence at 1:00 PM and the concert will begin at
Admission to the function will be a $55.00 donation which will
include dinner and the show, which will feature visits from the Floren and Welk
For more information, please contact Rosemarie Cavanaugh at 732
AAA Open Meeting Features Peter Soave|
American Accordionists' Association
Sponsored an Open Meeting in Jamesburg, NJ on March 19th.
A chance for
AAA members to share ideas and hear forthcoming plans for the AAA, the event also
featured a workshop on The Music of the Valtaro, as well as a concert by World
Champion Peter Soave.
Karcic and Ray Oreggia (right) presented a fascinating history of the Valtaro
Music both in the United States and the Borgotaro region of Italy, which included
live performances, lectures and recordings of original artists of this genre.
Champion Peter Soave (left) presented a variety concert which included a performance
of John Franceschina's "For Elsie" which was commissioned for the late
Elsie M. Bennett, Chairman Emeritus of the AAA Composers Commissioning Committee,
as well as a program of both Classical, Jazz and Entertainment Music.
received several standing ovations for his performance.
Bill Schimmel Keeps Busy Schedule|
William Schimmel continues his busy schedule with a concert with King of Ragtime,
Mark Birnbaum, in a private concert in Riverdale New York on April 8th. This concert
is in preparation for a larger scale show that will make its first public presentation
on July 28 at the AAA Master Class and Concert Series - The Seminars.
April 22 at 8:00 pm, he will perform with the Brooklyn Philharmonic featuring
singer Ute Lemper in music by Kurt Weill and Astor Piazzolla and on April 24 at
7:30 pm, he will perform at Symphony Space in a concert series entitled The Cello
Project, performing new works that are written specifically utillize the cello
and in this case, the accordion.
He will perform in three new works by
Broadway composers most notabley Bill Brohn. On April 30 he will perform in Rossini's
last work: Petite Messe Solemne Solennelle for chorus, piano and harmonium. Dr.
Schimmel will do a realization of the harmonium part on the accordion. This two
hour, rarely heard work will be performed at the Church of St. George at Stuyvesant
Square in Manhattan, a New York City landmark. Needless to say, the use of the
accordion adds an entirely new dimension to this solemne work making it a kind
of world premiere.
Dr. Schimmel is currently preparing for the presentation
of a vintage accordion concerto he will perform this summer with new orchestration
and additional material by Dr. Schimmel. More information about this at a later
The AAA Master Class and Concert Series -The Seminars - moderated
and curated by Dr. Schimmel will take place on July 28, 29 and 30 at the Tenri
Cultural Institute of New York. The title of this years event is: HA HA! WA WA!
The Accordion can kill you.
Dr. Schimmel would specifically like to note
that he has added a new dimension to this years event: at the beginning of each
afternoon master class, attendants will be invited to perform. They will receive
comments from other attendants in the audience, the seminar participants and lastly,
Dr. Schimmel. Dr. Schimmel calls this segment: The Electric Chair. This will be
done on a first come, first serve basis and those interested should contact Dr.
Schimmel directly.for more info on Dr. Schimmel;s events - www.billschimmel.comfor
complete info on the Master Class and Concert Series.
The Seminars. For
information, please visit: please visit: www.ameraccord.com
AAA Sponsors Three International Competitions at Summer Festival|
American Accordionists' Association
welcomes visitors to their 2006 Competition and Festival from July 12-16, 2006
in Buffalo, NY. The festival will be located at the Adam's
Mark Hotel; 120 Church Street; Buffalo (Niagara Falls), NY 14202 and features
a room rate of $89 (plus tax) per night (single, double, triple, quad). Attendees
are requested to mention the AAA Festival to obtain discounted rate. Reservations
can be made by calling: 716-545-5100 or (800) 444-ADAM (toll free).
festival will feature Competitions, Workshops, Displays, Concerts and much more
including Three International Competitions:
2006 Vivian Vivio Stolaruk International Entertainment Competition for Accordionists
First Prize: $10,000.00
Polka Band Competition
First Prize: $1,500.00
and Play - for the Accordionist who also Sings!
First Prize: $1,000.00
complete festival information, please visit: www.ameraccord.com
Houston, Texas Meetings Join Forces|
Bay Area, Fort Bend County and Houston Accordion Clubs arranged an informal get
together on Sunday, March 26 at the Courtyard Café in the historical section
of Galveston, Texas to honor Norman and Sharon Seaton and their tireless work
in promoting accordion music across Texas. It was perfect weather day with temperatures
in the upper seventies and lots of sunshine; a great time was had by all.
of the three Houston area accordion clubs were in attendance (Houston, Fort Bend
County and Bay Area Accordion Clubs). Mario Pedone was the main performer but
all members that brought their accordions took their turn at the stage. Mario
once again awed everyone for over an hour giving wonderful performance and mixture
of music from all over the world and across two hundred years. His repertoire
spanned from Von Suppes Light Cavalry Overture and All My Exes Live In Texas
to Norwegian Polkas, South American Tangos and Cumbias. Sharon Seaton and Shelia
Lee, Joe Brikha and Ken Hanslick also provided great entertainment with their
virtuosity, energy and enthusiasm.
The Houston area is geographically the
largest city in the U.S., has 4.7 million people and continues to grow rapidly.
To increase participation and facilitate attendance the 3 accordion clubs are
far apart geographically but a couple times a year conduct joint meetings and
socials. The visit of the Seatons was one of those special occasions.
next meeting will be held on April 9 by the Fort Bend County Accordion Club, for
more information see http://www.fbc-accordion-club.org. All meetings are free
and visitors are always welcomed.
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