Gibson to appear with the Kansas City Civic Symphony
City based musician Brett Gibson, who has performed with world renowned
group the Elders, popular US entertainer Eddie Delahunt, and many other
well known artists in the Celtic music world, will be taking a detour
from traditional, contemporary and original Irish music when he performs
the Concerto for Bandoneon and Orchestra by Astor Piazzolla in his debut
with the Kansas City Civic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andy
Brett was born in Auckland, New Zealand but now makes his home in the
Kansas City area of the United States. Brett began playing the accordion
at age 7 and at the age of 12 won his first New Zealand championship for
that age category and continued to seriously perform and compete into
his late teens as a soloist and with duet, trio, quartet, ensemble and
The Kansas City Civic Orchestra focuses on community enrichment and interaction,
drawing players from all walks of life and bringing music to people of
all ages and interests. Now in its 48th season, the Kansas City Civic
Orchestra presents quality orchestral concerts to the public free of charge.
The concert with the KC Civic Orchestra will take place on Saturday, April
28, 2007 at 7:30 PM at the Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf in
Overland Park, Kansas. Tickets are not required, and admittance is by
donation at the door.
The program for the concert will be as follows:
- Wagner - Siegfried's Death and Funeral
Music from Goetterdaemmerung
- Brahms - Academic Festival Overture
- Piazzolla - Concerto for Accordion and
Orchestra, Brett Gibson, accordion
- Respighi - Church Windows
Mucedola Passes Away at 85
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
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,
please visit www.auburnpub.com and click on obituaries or visit: http://www.legacy.com/AuburnPub/Obituaries.asp?Page=SearchResults&DateRange=
Folklife Puts the Squeeze on Lone Star Accordionists
Folklife has been celebrating the accordion for 17 years with our annual
Accordion Kings & Queens concert in Houston , but this year, were
putting the squeeze on The Big Squeeze. Its our very first
competition for young, up-and-coming Texas players, and weve got
big cash $1,000 for the winner. Renowned Texas director
Hector Galán (Accordion Dreams, Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and
Crossroads) also will film the contest for a PBS documentary.
Entries are now being accepted for the competition, which is open to Texas
residents up to age 28 who are not full-time professional players. (Complete
rules are listed below.) Accordionists of every genre are welcome. They
will be judged on skill, style, execution, originality, presentation and
audience response. Eight semifinalists will be chosen to perform June
1 in Houston at Talento Bilingue de Houston, and three finalists will
perform June 2 at our Accordion Kings & Queens concert, on the same
Miller Outdoor Theatre stage as headliners Chubby Carrier and Mingo Saldivar
(the subject of Galáns documentary, I Love My Freedom I Love
My Texas). The audience will help determine the winning order. Second-
and third-place winners will receive $500 and $250, respectively. Other
prizes will be announced.
I love the music that emanates from the Texas squeezebox,
says Galán, who has been covering this states accordion tradition
for two decades. This will be a unique opportunity to capture and
document the newest generation of accordion trailblazers who are adding
their own signature to a music tradition that is over 100 years old. These
young players are keeping this music and its culture alive."
Our goal with the competition and one-hour documentary is to bring this
music and the compelling personal stories of its makers
to a broader audience in Texas and beyond, and to support the growth of
young players to assure the future of the national instrument of
Please help us spread the word about this fabulous opportunity for young
squeezeboxers. The contest deadline is April 16. Rules and entry forms
are available at www.texasfolklife.org or by calling 512-441-9255. Miller
Outdoor Theatre is at 100 Concert Drive , Hermann Park , Houston . And
dont forget: June is National Accordion Awareness Month!
Mondiale Brings Record Numbers
Mondiale hosted by the American Accordionists' Association and the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International is attracting record attendance from around
While entries for the Coupe Mondiale competitions don't close until July
1st, 2007, attendees have been booking in record numbers with groups coming
from as far afield as New Zealand, Germany, Denmark and China as well as
many other countries.
guests and Coupe Mondiale Prize winners in the Coupe Mondiale competitions
will be featured on live webcast at the famed Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts each day during the festival.
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 hotels.
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
Deffner: FDeffner@aol.com or visit
for the latest information.
Doktorski Presents Lecture and Recital
2, 2007: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: American Concert Accordionist Henry
Doktorski presented a Lecture/Recital titled "The Brothers Deiro:
Virtuoso Vaudeville Accordionists of the Early Twentieth Century"
for the Joint Conference of The Society for American Music and the Music
Library Association held at the Pittsburgh Hilton and Towers. Mark Katz,
a Professor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill served
Doktorski (pictured with the Deiro accordions) performed four compositions
by the brothers Deiro: My Florence Waltz, Deiro Rag and Sharpshooters
March by Guido Deiro, and Celestina Polka by Pietro Deiro.
Between the performances Doktorski lectured about the lives of the two
brothers and their important contribution to American music history as
vaudeville celebrities of the early twentieth century. After the presentation,
Doktorski answered questions. About 100 persons attended the lecture/recital.
George Boziwick, Chief of the Music Division and Curator of the American
Music Collection for the New York Public Library and Program Chairman
for the Society of American Music 2007 Conference, wrote, "There
were 268 proposals submitted and we are happy to number yours among them.
. . . your presentation was most wonderful."
Festival a Success
AAMS Festival from March 2-4, 2007 started off Friday evening with a terrific
Workshop and Concert featuring Dee
Langley with "Orkestar Bez Ime", the WPAO, Lidia
Kaminska and a Cajun/Zydeco goodtime-concert with "The Crawdaddies"
(featuring accordionist Kraig Greff).
Saturday daytime included competitions and workshops. The CordeenMan -
Lenny Feldmann presented a Workshop on the music of Astor Piazzolla. You
can get a taste of it here: http://clicks.aweber.com/z/ct/?YiUUx7FyjEiYtg9iOf3HaA
Saturday evening's events began with a sold out banquet where Stan Darrow
(above - the founder of the AAMS) and Lenn Feldmann (below - long time
supporter, adjudicator, workshop presenter, concert performer, and events
Master of Ceremonies pictured with AAMS Festival Organizer Joanna
Arnold Darrow) were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Following the Banquet was the Gala Accordion Concert featuring: The Westmont
Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra Joanna and Stan Darrow (solos and duet)
Dee Langley with "Orkestar Bez Ime", Dr.
Robert McMahan performing 3rd Mov. of the Creston Concerto, Mary Tokarski
- Rondo from Concerto in E - P. Deiro, Vitally Pirog - Classical and Jazz
Program and Tony Lovello - "The Liberace of the Accordion"
It was a fabulous show and everyone stayed around afterwards getting autographs
and purchasing CD's.
The activities continued Sunday morning with more competitions and Workshops.
After the Lunch break everyone was treated to a terrific performance by
the Festival Massed Accordion Band. The Sunday Afternoon Concert was presented
by Jim Vandelly, both performing and doing the MC honors. Also appearing
on the program was Ron Onda, Bobby Raye, and Tony Lovello.
The Festival concluded with the presentation of Trophies and Awards to
the participants in the competitions held over the weekend.
Mark your calendar now: The 2008 AAMS Festival will be held on March 7-9,
2008. Details will be forthcoming as time gets closer.
Pops Orchestra to Present Concert of Hope for ALS
Accordion Pops Orchestra under conductor Daniel Desiderio presents their
third "Concert of Hope" to benefit the ALS Hope Foundation,
7:30 PM on April 21, 2007, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
in Philadelphia, PA.
The orchestra's roots can be traced to 1970, when it was organized by
the Accordion Teachers' Association of New Jersey. Over the next ten years
it performed at various community functions throughout the state under
the direction of its first conductor, Dr. Jacob Neupauer of Philadelphia.
In 1980 the orchestra members took a leave of absence, but four years
later the membership was reorganized under the direction of the late Eugene
Ettore of Livingston, New Jersey. In 1985, Daniel Desiderio was invited
to act as a guest conductor of the orchestra and a few years later the
A.T.A. of NJ appointed him as conductor in residence. The name of the
orchestra was formally changed to the Accordion Pops Orchestra and its
membership was expanded beyond the original members from New Jersey to
include performers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New
York, Delaware, Maryland, and Rhode Island.
The only professional accordion orchestra of its kind on the East Coast,
the group consists entirely of accordions plus percussion instruments.
In addition, the orchestra often accompanies guest soloists such as pianists,
Utilizing scores from a full symphonic orchestra, the players are normally
divided into four sections that provide melody and harmony. In addition,
the orchestra utilizes a single bass accordion with special reeds tuned
to reach a lower octave. This accordion can be recognized by the audience
because it is the only one with a right-hand keyboard but no left-hand
bass buttons. (Incidentally, even though all of the other instruments
have bass buttons, with the exception of solo performances no one uses
them while playing in the orchestra). The resulting sound is unique; a
common reaction from people attending one of our concerts for the first
time is, "I can't believe what I just heard could come from accordions
The orchestra also utilizes a midi accordion, which adds electronics to
the acoustic accordion, allowing it to simulate the sound of literally
hundreds of different instruments. These sounds are controlled from the
accordion but produced in a separate midi module, which is attached to
an amplified speaker.
Much of the orchestra's music needs to be transcribed to accommodate the
range of the accordion. While accordion transcriptions are sometimes available
for symphonic pieces, most often they must be produced. The orchestra
has drawn on the talents of the conductor and its members for this arduous
Most of the twenty-five plus members of the orchestra are professional
musicians or teachers. Many are soloists in their own right. The orchestra
performs a repertoire of light classical, Broadway, big band and popular
music. It has entertained audiences at concert halls, county fairs, festivals,
schools, and playhouses at many locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
and New York.
For more information, visit www.accordionpops.com or www.alshopefoundation.org.
|Rogarian Leap Day Celebrated
Friday April 13th, at 8 PM, join the International folk dance band Orkestar
Bez Ime (OBI) at Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, with
Daddy Squeeze's (Dan Newton) Gypsy Café, as they celebrate the
Rogarian mystical tradition of Leap Day and other nonsense.
OBI features songs from Macedonia, Slovakia, Albania, Romania, Israel,
Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romany (Gypsy) and of course,
Rogaria. Dancing encouraged and, in some cases, taught.
Orkestar Bez Ime, meaning "orchestra without a name" in Bulgarian,
met in the Ethnic Dance Theatre and has since grown to be one of the Midwest's
hottest and most sought-after international dance bands specializing in
Balkan music. Using a mix of folk and modern instruments including accordion,
clarinet, dumbek, flute, guitar, kaval, tambura, violin and voice the
group stays close to traditional Eastern Europe through its American melting-pot
Comprised of alumni and members of Ethnic Dance Theatre (EDT), OBI focuses
mainly on Balkan music, but presents the full range of international folk
dance interests from Scandinavia to Israel to French Canada and beyond.
Members include Dee Langley who has played accordion since age 4 squeezing
all the way to play for the Dolina Folk Dancers (1989-1996) and Ethnic
Dance Theatre (since 1998). Tim Wahl (kaval, tambura, kitchen sink) was
a founding member of EDT in 1974. He likes nothing more than a set list
which requires him to change instruments for each tune. Natalie Nowytski
honed her vocal skills at her grandmother's knee and climbed her way onto
the lap of Mila Vocal Ensemble, which she directed for five years. She
has also performed as a percussionist since 2000. Katrina Mundinger has
played clarinet since 1979 and folk music since 1994. She was a member
of Rakia and a leader of Boris & Natasha. In 2000, Colleen Bertsch
bravely answered a panicked call from EDT for violinists and has weathered
more than her fair share of odd meters and fast tunes, and brings a wonderful
string sound to OBI.
Orkestar Bez Ime includes accordionist Dee
Langley. For further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mundo in Bogota
duo Nuevo Mundo - accordionist Lácides Romero Meza, Professor at
National Pedagogical University of Bogota, and the clarinettist Francisco
Javier Rivera - won a music competition, organized by the Bogota Philarmonic
Orchestra, held on February 21st.
The duo obtained a maximum and unanimous score from the Examining Jury:
100 points out of 100. There were 22 competitors in the section. This
award represents a great triumph for the accordion in Colombia, where
the accordion is usually associated only with ethnic traditional music.
For further information e-mail: email@example.com
Accordion Association Festival in Texas
Accordion Association Convention (Norman Seaton - President, picture
left) took place, March 7th to 11th, at the Richardson Hotel, Richardson
in Texas, attracting approximately 250 players for a weekend of nonstop
music that involved a variety of genres. A happy atmosphere prevailed throughout
the Convention, and accordionist Dee Langley (right) spoke for many when
she declared that she wished the event had lasted for a full week!
Convention included workshops, orchestras, seminars, concerts and jam sessions.
Other features of the festival were the Swap Shop and the Polka
Festival. Participants included Dick Albreski, Alice Aman, Joe Brikha,
Jessica Faltot, Marge Ford, Patti Gersich, Joel Guzman, Daniel Kott, Louise
Kucera, Dee Langley, Don Lipovac, Daniel Orza, Debra Peters, Ron Pivovar,
Norman Seaton, Becky Simmons, Trio Bez Ime, Dale Wise, and Fred Ziwich.
The trade show included Accordion-O-Rama, Ballarini/Petosa, Castle Accordions,
Kohl Music Company, Monarch Accordions, Accordions Plus, Accordions by Fry,
Accordion Stuff, Mr. E's Music and a swap shop. The NAA Convention received
widespread media coverage (218KB).
For further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisenby appears in New York City
the closing of "Ring of Fire", the Broadway show which featured
Jeff Lisenby on accordion in the story of Johnny Cash, Jeff has been working
on his home turf in Nashville, Tennessee where he appears regularly with
high profile groups.
Jeff returned to New York City on
Friday and Saturday, March 23 - 24, 2007 to provide the musical accompaniment
for Cindy Marchionda in a beautiful one-woman show called "Early
A well-crafted musical, it profiles the Biblical character, Mary Magdalene,
with the the show's music composed by Ron Melrose, the Music Director
of the current hit "Jersey Boys."
Russian Festival in California
19th annual Russian Festival took place in San Francisco from February
9th to 11th, 2007. The festival featured among others, accordionist Yuri
Also appearing at the festival was Moscow ensemble Medovyi Spas, and bayan
artist Vladimir Riazantsev.
Contino with Melba Moore
accordionist Dick Contino joined Tony-winning Broadway star singer, Melba
Moore for two shows at the Sun City Sierra Ballroom in Palm Desert, California.
Dick Contino achieved nationwide stardom after performing Lady of
Spain on Horace Heidt's 'Youth Opportunity Talent Show in
1946. Contino went on to make frequent TV appearances, including 48 on
the Ed Sullivan Show alone.
A legendary virtuoso of the accordion, Dick is known as one of the premier
entertainers of our time. Dick stars in main showrooms from Las Vegas
to Atlantic City and headlines many fairs and festivals throughout America.
The California native has played virtually every major stage and television
show. He has also starred in films and daytime television.
Although best known for his million sellers such as Lady of Spain, Granada
and Tico Tico, he is equally at ease with current show material.
Dick continues to appear accross the United States. For more information,
please visit http://www.dickcontino.com
Carrier and Mingo Saldivar to Headline Texas Concert
years Accordion Kings & Queens concert, our 18th, features a
third-generation zydeco player, a National Heritage Fellow and two-time
Grammy nominee conjunto legend, and a rising star in the accordion world,
plus young players we hope will become future Accordion Kings & Queens.
Once again, the concert spotlights the diversity of the Lone Star States
accordion traditions (and National Accordion Awareness Month), and this
year, were working to assure those traditions stay alive by offering
awards and recognition to some of the states brightest young talents
and featuring them in a documentary by renowned director Hector
Galán. The concert is June 2 at 7:00 PM at Miller Outdoor Theatre,
Hermann Park , Houston.
Audience members also will help choose the first, second and third prize
winners of our inaugural Big Squeeze accordion competition, a statewide
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band: Louisiana native Chubby Carrier
is the grandson of Warren Carrier and son of Roy Carrier, with whom Chubby
started performing professionally as a drummer at age 12. He picked up
the accordion at 15, and by age 17, he was touring the world with Terrance
Simien. He formed his own Bayou Swamp Band in 1989. Chubby is featured
in the new MacGillivray-Freeman IMAX film, Hurricane on the Bayou, now
showing around the country (including the Bob Bullock Texas State History
Saldivar was born in Marion , Texas , northeast of San Antonio and has
been performing conjunto music for more than four decades. His status
as a pioneer and master of his genre was recognized by the National Endowment
for the Arts in 2002, when he was named a National Heritage Fellow. He
started his musical career at age 11, when his father began teaching him
how to play guitar. Eventually, he found his way to the button accordion.
During his time as an Army paratrooper, he became familiar with country
and rhythm & blues, and began weaving those sounds into his style.
In 1964, he opened a restaurant in Anchorage , Alaska , and started the
only conjunto band for, its safe to say, hundreds and hundreds of
miles. He returned to San Antonio in 1971. Saldivar has performed at a
presidential inaugural, the Olympics, Carnegie Hall and in Africa and
the Middle East.
to be featured is Ginny Mac & the Road to Texas Band. When we asked
around about a potential Accordion Queen for the 2007 concert bill, one
name kept coming up: Ginny Mac. Shes still young, but this accordionist/vocalist
has been racking up accolades for years. Currently in her senior year
at Texas Christian University , shes working on her third album,
this one with her guitarist brother Glenn. Her style emphasizes Western
swing, but she embraces jazz, big-band and a variety of other influences.
Hector Galán is internationally lauded as an independent filmmaker.
He has contributed more than 40 hours of programming to PBS, including
11 Frontline episodes, two segments of The American Experience and the
four-part series, Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights
Movement. He is also one of the top chroniclers of Texas music; his credits
include Accordion Dreams and films on Mingo Saldivar and Los Lonely Boys.
Galán will follow the The Big Squeeze semi-finalists as they prepare
to perform in Houston and learn whether theyve been selected to
appear in the finals, which will precede our Accordion Kings concert.
The Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 100 Concert Drive in Hermann
Park . Metro stop: Rice University Station. For more information: www.milleroutdoortheater.com,
713-284-8352 and www.texasfolklife.org, 512-441-9255.
Texas Folklife is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving,
presenting and promoting the traditional arts and living culture of the
Lone Star state. The Big Squeeze and Accordion Kings & Queens are
funded in part by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory
Board, the Houston Endowment, Humanities Texas, the City of Austin through
the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on
the Arts, the Cogburn Family Foundation and the Still Water Foundation,
with support from Gabbanelli Accordions, SugarHill Recording Studios,
Reyes Accordions, Raven Grill, the National Accordion Association Inc.,
Copy Sense, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which
believes that a great nation deserves great art.
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.
- 74% of US households use the Internet
as an information source when shopping.
- Approximately 45% of searches had a buying
- The percentage of respondents who used
yellow page directories decreased from 75% to 62%.
(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.
Businesses 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 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?
Lady to the Music of the Accordion
the men of a small Prohibition era town decide to put on a play dressed
in "fancy-type, women-type clothes," the whole community is
affected: gender lines blur, eyebrows raise, identities explode, and life
and art are forever entangled. A thoughtful and exuberant Midwestern fable
about the woman in every man, the man in every woman and the power of
theatre to uncover both.
Harrison was commissioned to write a play by Commonweal Theatre Company
in Lanesboro, Minnesota, population of 788. Looking
for a subject that would speak to the theatre and community, "Act
a Lady" grew from several sets of pictures that Harrison found in
the towns historical museum documenting a series of "Womanless
Weddings" which peaked in popularity throughout the Midwest during
the 1920's - 1950's, and can still be found today. Among the pictures
providing inspiration were that of an accordion studio, showing a large
number of young accordion students with instruments.
These Womanless Weddings often featured a towns most prominent men
dressed for a formal wedding, from flower girl to mother of the bride.
What struck Harrison in these pictures was how elegant these men had made
themselves, how much effort theyd clearly gone to. "I started
asking myself questions like: What would it be like to finish a day on
a farm and walk around in heels? What was the conversation these men had
with the female characters they were playing?"
From there, Harrisons imagination started to run wild, and the wordless
Weddings shifted to the carnival of Wildean entendres and baroque stage
business of the French melodrama hes written for his Wattleburg
Men in wigs, tiaras and silk dresses with bustles, Act a Lady
goes deeper than just men in drag. It rests on the premise that male and
female qualities reside in each person, and if forced to express an opposite
gender, one might change his or her life for the better. The play explores
these theories by focusing on what happens when three men, bitten by the
Vaudeville bug in a small Midwestern town in 1927, dress themselves in
huge dresses and take to the stage for charity.
The three women in Harrisons two-act play include a dominatrix director,
a Hollywood makeup artist and a God-fearing accordion player, who teach
the men to walk like women and apply face powder.
Running through April 28, 2007, $30:00 buys you dinner, drinks and devilish
diversions. Doors open at 7 PM, Dinner from 7 PM to 8 PM Show starts at
8 PM Located at Mbar 1253 N Vine St. (cross street Fountain) Hollywood,
CA 90038, Phone: 323-856-0036 Act a Lady by Jordan Harrison...when men
were men, and women were men, all accompanied by accordion!
Accordion Club to feature Walter Ostanek
Club will featured accordionist Walter Ostanek on April 23, 2007 when
they hold their monthly gathering at the Root River Center, 7220 W. Rawson
Avenue, Franklin, WI 53132, phone: (414) 425-7225. The doors open at 6:00
PM with pre-meeting entertainment beginning at 6:30 PM and the featured
entertainment beginning at 8:00 PM. Admission is $5:00 for MAC members
and $10:00 for visitors.
Walter Ostanek is "Canada's Polka King," and is not a monarch
who is content to rest on his laurels. Instead, Walter's every action
demonstrates a belief that the title carries with it a major responsibility
which he takes very seriously. Based in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada,
Walter has worked tirelessly for thirty-one years to promote Slovenian
Cleveland-Style Polkas and Waltzes across the entire North American continent
Perfecting his skills during a musical childhood, Walter formed the WALTER
OSTANEK BAND in 1957, taking his inspiration from Frank Yankovic. Over
the last thirty-one years, Walter has embellished upon the basic Cleveland-Style
with his own "Country and Western" flavor while paying respect
to all the many dimensions various artists have added to Cleveland-Style
A tribute to this polka "ecumenism," Walter's newly released
two volume set, "Polka-Stalgia," captures the Ostanek band working
individually with a virtual Who's Who of Cleveland-Style Polka artists.
Likewise, through his "Hands Across the Border" series, Walter
has established a long history of incorporating famous Cleveland-Style
artists, both leaders and sidemen, on his recordings. (Note: A portion
of the proceeds from all sales of "Polka-Stalgia" will go to
the American-Slovenian Polka Foundation and National Cleveland-Style Polka
Hall of Fame.) Among Walter's most popular recordings on the Arc, Marathon,
Axe, Boot, CBS Canada, and World Renowned labels are the "Joanne
Polka," "Lee and Ann's Polka," and "Play Me an Old
As an ambassador of Cleveland-Style Polkas and Waltzes, Walter has excelled.
In addition to hosting his own television shows (the current one for fourteen
consecutive years), radio shows (three currently), and polka tours, Walter
has appeared on the "Johnny Carson Show," "Phil Donahue,"
"Tommy Hunter Show," and Cleveland's "Polka Varieties"
as well as his own award-winning TV specials and telethons. He has also
appeared in concert with Roy Clark, the Oakridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap,
Ray Price, Mel Tillis, Brenda Lee, Slim Whitman, Tom T. Hall, T. G. Shepard,
Tommy Hunter, Lawrence Welk, Myron Floren, and Frank Yankovic. Among the
band's countless honors are 3 Grammy Awards and a Gold Record from Arc
Notwithstanding these accomplishments, Walter Ostanek remains relentless
in his commitment to pleasing his audiences. All this is quite amazing
for a fellow whose attitude still reflects the enthusiasm, humility,and
dedication of an ambitious, awestruck youngster trying to break into the
Seminars in New York City
From July 27-29, 2007 you'll learn that
the accordion has two reputations: A REAL ONE - and A BOGUS ONE. 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
US Accordionist and Teacher Maddalena Belfiore is the recipient of two recent
CIA Honorary Membership: At the Confédération
Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) 117th General Assembly
of Delegates held at Nagigia Island, Fiji from January 23-29, 2007 it was
unanimously approved that Maddalena Belfiore be made the 2nd Honorary CIA
Member in recognition of the many decades of support of the organization
including serving as a Vice President, acting President, International Delegate,
International Jury Member and major donor to the CIA Archives housed in
Honoree of the Maddalena
Belfiore Entertainment Competition for Female Accordionists to be held
in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale in Alexandria, VA
(Washington DC) on August 15, 2007.
Below are the requirements for this exciting new competition which will
be held in conjunction with the 2007 60th Anniversary CIA Coupe Mondiale
in Alexandria, VA in August.
WIN $5,000 FIRST PRIZE
The Maddalena Belfiore
ENTERTAINMENT COMPETITION for FEMALE ACCORDIONISTS
Competition sponsored by Sylvia L. Prior
under the auspices of AAA/ATG at the 2007 Coupe Mondiale
AUGUST 15, 2007
If you are an entertainer,
an accordionist and female, be sure to enter The Maddalena Belfiore Entertainment
Competition for Female Accordionists, which is open to all ages. Contest
sponsor Sylvia Prior says, "This competition is to promote accordion
through recognition of female accordionists in the entertainment field,
while honoring Maddalena Belfiore as one of the outstanding female accordionists
of her time."
Prizes: $5,000 first prize, $2,500 second prize and $1,500
(provided eight (8) or more accordionists compete.)
Instrument and Limitations: Competitors may play any kind
of accordion; however, MIDI, amplification or electric devices are not
allowed. No singing is permitted. Competition is based upon playing the
accordion as a solo instrument, in conformity with the competition rules.
Entry Fee: $50 entry fee must accompany Entry Form (below).
Profits from entry fees will be donated to the Susan B. Komen Foundation
for Breast Cancer Research.
Closing Date: Entries must be postmarked no later than June
15, 2007. On-line entries will be accepted until that date.
Time and Place: Competition will be held at the Holiday
Inn, 625 First St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (703/548-6300) on Tuesday, August
14, 2007 at 1:00 PM. Draw for position will take place two hours earlier.
Music Requirements: Competitors repertoire must consist
of at least four (4) different selections. Three pieces will demonstrate
three (3) different styles and moods, e.g.: Tango, Jazz, Virtuoso Variations
on Themes, French Musette, Polka, Swing, Semi-Classical, etc., and a fourth
selection, which must be either one of these two Belfiore compositions:
Valse Diane or Pan Polka*. Contestants are not required to supply any
music for judges.
*No.OP9443 Valse Diane $2.95; No.OP9519 Pan Polka $3.95,
plus $5 s/h. Order from AAA, 152 Home Fair Drive, Fairfield, CT 06825
Limit: Playing time, excluding brief breaks between pieces, may
not exceed 15 minutes, nor be less than 12 minutes.
Penalties: There will be point penalties for any infraction
of the rules including time limits.
Judging Criteria: Entrants will be judged on musical ability,
professional presentation, projection and rapport with the audience. Judges
decisions will be final and cannot be challenged.
Entry Form: please visit
(Competition Sponsor - Sylvia L. Prior)
Prieto Returns from European Tour
based accordionist Victor Prieto recently returned from presenting concerts
in Spain, Portugal and France.
Victor will be appearing on April 27 and 28 at Smalls (183 W 10th Street
at 10th Ave in New York) at 8:00 PM, with Emilio Solla, an intentionally
renowned pianist and composer www.emiliosolla.com.
Solla & NY Tango-Jazz Project featuring Emilio Solla, (piano), Donny
McCaslin (Sax), Chris Cheek (Sax), Pablo Aslan (Bass) Victor Prieto (Accordion),
Jeff Ballard Drums).
For more information, please visit:
DC Gathering on April 5
The Washington Metropolitan
Accordion Society (WMAS) will meet
on Sunday, April 15, 2007, at 4:00 PM with Jim Vandelly giving an overview
on quick accordion repairs.
The meeting will take place at the 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.
For further information
on this and upcoming events, please contact Karen Denice 703-671-5395
at E-mail: email@example.com
or visit www.washingtonaccordions.org
Karcic and the Continental Sound Orchestra
Domenic Karcic will appear at the Valtarese Foundation Dinner Dance on Sunday,
April 15, 2007. Cocktails
begin at 1:00 PM with Dinner beginning at 2:00 PM. The even will take place
at the Maestro's Caterers, 1703 Bronxdale Avenue in the Bronx, NY.
Domenic will appear with his Continental Sound Orchestra with special guest
accordionist Mario Tacca presenting a special tribute to Bruce Bozzi and
Wally Ganzi of the renowned Palm Restaurants. The even will feature many
wonderful raffle prizes, including two round-trip air tickets to Bologna
donated by Eurofly.
Tickets are $75 per person, children under 12, $35. For reservations please
Hilda Maggi (718) 767-0816.
Festival in Massachusetts
The 45th Annual Accordion
Teachers' Association of Massachusetts (ATAM) Festival will take place
from April 13-15, 2007 at the Marriott Hotel in Newton, MA.
The ATAM was established
in 1962. The founding father is Aldo DeRossi of New Bedford, MA. who is
still active within the organization. The first President was the late
Frank Gaviani, Sr.
The annual New England
Music Competition and Festival is sponsored by the ATAM. All events are
open to the public free of charge and over 1200 contestants take part
in Accordion, Drum, Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, and Voice Competition. Solo,
Duet, Ensemble, and Band Categories are offered for ages 6 through 22.
Non Competitive Categories include Evaluation Solos and Festival Band
On Friday evening
a "Battle of the Bands" is held in the Ballroom. Cash awards
are given to the first place winners in three divisions. The Accordion,
Guitar, Drum, and Piano Championships are also held Friday evening with
cash awards given to the First, Second and Third Place winners.
On Saturday and Sunday
a continuous Accordion Ensemble and Band competition is held in the Ballroom.
Solo and duet competition is ongoing. A $500.00 cash Award is presented
to the first place winner in the Senior Orchestra Division. An Awards
banquet is held on Saturday evening with over 500 in attendance. A $500.00
cash Scholarship is awarded to a contestant who has been accepted as a
Music Major in college. Over $3,000 is awarded to winners throughout the
Pedone in Arizona
Mario Pedone presented an accordion concert for the Arizona Accordion Club
on March 19, 2007.
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
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 renowed 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 co-founder 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
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 US.
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