Arizona Accordion Club announces the sad lost of their founding member
Al Monte, aged 90. Al passed away at his home on July 3, 2007 at 5:00
P.M. with his daughters Marlene and Betty at his side. He had been in
failing health for quite sometime.
Al founded the AAC back on July 27, 1996 with just a handful of interested
people and built the club to what it is now. He remained president until
June 11, 2007. He knew that his health was failing and being president
of the club was getting to be just too much work for him.
The location for the viewing, funeral and burial services are at one location:
Queen of Heaven Cemetery
1562 E. Baseline Road
Mesa, Arizona (Located between Stapley and Gilbert Road on the North
side of Baseline. Baseline Road is just south of US 60.)
Viewing will be: Monday 9 July, 2007 from 2-8 P.M.
Funeral and burial will be: Tuesday 10 July at 10:00 A.M.
There will be a gathering following the funeral at:
La Stalla Cucina Rustica (480.855.9990)
68 W. Buffalo Street in Historic Downtown Chandler
1-Block South of Chandler Boulevard
1-Block West of Arizona Avenue
Across the Street from the San Marcos Golf Resort
The family suggests that you dress comfortably due to the current temperatures.
The family also asks that in lieu of flowers, a contribution (tax deductible)
can be made to the Arizona Accordion Club c/o The Jean Monte Scholarship
Fund.If you wish to make any contributions to Al Monti, you may do so
to either of the following:
631 West Rosemonte Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Sojourn Care Hospice
7975 N. Hayden Road, Suite A205
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
For personal correspondence:
The Family of Al Monte
109 E. Evelyn Lane
Tempe, AZ 85284
Beier Concerts in the USA and Canada
jazz accordionist Ludovic Beier has several concert dates coming along,
and has recently released a new CD 'Chilltimes'. Ludovic won the Prix
Gus Viseur in 2005, and has performed with many top jazz musicians including
accordionist Ken Peplowski, guitarists Birelli Legrene and Martin Taylor,
and clarinet legend Buddy de Franco.
- July 28th, 8 PM - Lowell, Massachusetts,
- July 29th, 8 PM - Lowell, Massachusetts,
- August 1st, 8 PM - Django Concert, Rose
Hall, New York
- August 2nd, 8 PM - Regatta Bar, Boston
- August 4th, 8 PM - Mr. Hood Festival,
- August 30th, 8 PM - Festival de Montmagny,
Complete Recorded Works of Pietro Deiro Released
|US Concert accordionist announces that this
monumental 6-CD anthology was produced to commemorate the 100th Anniversary
of Pietro Deiro's immigration to the United States. Pietro Deiro arrived
at Ellis Island in the Port of New York on September 21, 1907, on the steamship
S. S. La Savoie sailing from Havre, France, and began playing professionally
in Seattle within a year. The accordion world has never been the same since.
This is a truly magnificent CD anthology: six compact discs of 124 original
recordings played by the "Daddy" of the Accordion from his 78
RPM records. These historic recordingsarranged in chronological order
dating from 1914 until 1950offer a priceless glimpse into the early
days of the "Golden Age of the Accordion."
This important 6-CD release, which I believe will be eagerly welcomed
by accordion lovers everywhere, could not have been accomplished without
the selfless cooperation and generosity of the curators of phonograph
libraries from three nationsItaly, Sweden and the United States.
Most of the tracks (112) are solos by Pietro, including 17 of his own
- Pietro's Return (released in 1914 and
- Tranquillo Overture (1914 and 1915)
- Verona Waltz (1915)
- Trieste Overture (1916)
- San Francisco Souvenir March (1917)
- Heart's Echoes Serenade (Mimicri) (1917)
- Dora Mazurka (1927)
- Abundance Waltz (1930)
- April Smiles Waltz (1930)
- The Accordionist March (1930)
- Prior Accordion Club March (1930)
- Vivacity Polka (1930)
- Elvira Waltz (1937)
- Who'll Serenade You (1937) (composed
with El Vera Collins)
- Quick Silver (1941)
- Chanticleer (1941)
- Militare Overture (1950)
Seven tracks are duets with: Pietro's elder
brother Guido: I Love Her, Oh! Oh! Oh! (1914), Pietro's student Frank
Gaviani: Accordionette and Accordionola (1931), Pietro's colleague Mindie
Cere: Pietro's Return March, Tranquillo Overture, Mancito Paso Doble,
and the Romeo and Juliet Overture (1941). These four duets with Mindie
Cere (and two solos by Pietro: Quick Silver and Chanticleer) were recorded
during a live concert at the Manhattan Center in New York City on May
11, 1941, and never released until now!
It is especially exciting to hear the enthusiastic audience applause and
appreciation for Pietro, who during this time was at the height of his
fame and practically worshiped by admirers as the "Daddy" of
the Accordion, as evidenced from his devoted accordion students who purchased
plaster busts of their esteemed teacher which they reverently placed on
their desks for inspiration, as a serious piano student might place on
his piano a bust of Beethoven or Chopin.
Besides the eight duets listed above, four other tracks were recorded
with other musicians: (1) Cavalleria Rusticana, (2) El Choclo, (3) Parlami
d'Amore Mariu, and (4) La Cumparsita. The firstCavalleria Rusticana
(issued in 1916)is performed with an accordion quartet: Pietro Deiro
on piano-accordion with the Marconi Brothers (Victor, Valentino and Ernesto)
on button-accordions. The next three pieces (issued in 1931 and 1934)
feature, along with Pietro, a second accordionist (probably Frank Gaviani
on a bass or cello accordion), a violinist (probably Alfred d'Auberge),
a vibraphonist, and a musician playing maracas.
I found it especially fascinating listening to Pietro performing two very
different solo versions of Tranquillo Overture on CD No. 2. The first
version was released in 1914 and the second in 1915. It is interesting
to discover how the piece evolved from 1914 to 1915 as Pietro's compositional
skills developed. Tranquillo Overture appears again on CD 6 in the 1941
duet arrangement with Mindie Cere; each recording is unique.
A music lover today must realize that the science of recording and playing
back music in the 1910s and 1920s was imprecise at best. The recording
and playback equipment had limited frequency and dynamic range, and the
record discs were easily scratched, but contemporary music lovers of that
era accepted the limitations of their victrolas and gramophones and enjoyed
playing their cylinders and records regardless.
We must also adopt this attitude if we are to fully appreciate these priceless
recordings on this 6-disc CD set. We cannot expect to hear the high quality
audio we are used to hearing today. These records were recorded even before
the age of "Hi-Fidelity." Although modern digital technology
was used to remove most of the scratches and hisses on these records,
some scratches and hisses remain, but they are tolerable, to me at least.
In any case a listener can compensate by decreasing the level of the treble
tone control on his/her stereo amplifier.
If I close my eyes I can pretend that I'm living back in the Roaring Twenties,
entertaining my sweetheart on a parlor sofa in a decorated living room.
I crank up my state-of-the-art "His Master's Voice" Victor Talking
Machine, and play these records which I might have purchased from Pietro
himself when he traveled through town and performed at our neighborhood
To summarize: I was thrilled to listen to this comprehensive compilation
of Pietro Deiro's 78 RPM recordingsL'abilità artistica di
Pietro Deiroand I think you will also be thrilled. My congratulations
to Bella Musica, Roma for releasing these historic treasures by the "Daddy"
of the Accordion. I believe this 6-CD set will truly be a treasured addition
to the library of any discriminating connoiseur of accordion and early
twentieth-century popular music.
CD at a Glance:
- Title: The Artistry of Pietro Deiro/The
"Daddy" of the Accordion/Original Recordings from 78 RPM Records
- Six Compact Disc Set
- 124 tracks
- Total Time: 6 hours, 25 minutes, 42 seconds
- Includes 12-page printed CD booklet (Track
listings in English, Biographical Notes in Italian)
- Label: Bella Musica, Roma
- Released 2007
- Imported from Italy
To read more about this 6-CD Anthology,
see complete track listings, listen to sound files, see photos, and order
this item, go to:
Pedone to Appear in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Accordion Association, Inc. - announces a MAAA special concert
featuring Mario Pedone on Sunday July 15, 2007 at 1:00 PM at the Dolphin
Seafood Restaurant, Natick. MA.
Mario has performed at Swedens famous Ransater Accordion Festival,
the National Accordion Association and the Las Vegas International Accordion
Conventions. He has trained under the guidance of Miguel Casas Augé,
conductor of the Valencia Symphony Orchestra, and Professor Roberto Ruscitti,
a renowned classical Accordionist. Mario graduated Cum Laude from the
Academia De Accordion Smith with the degree of "Professor Of Accordion".
The MAAA proudly announces Mario's concert event in support of the Massachusetts
Accordion Association. His renditions of Tangos, Waltzes and Schottisches
will astound you! CDs available for purchase.
The event is planned to be televised - limited seating. Reservation suggested
- call 508-655-0669 or you may visit www.MAaccordion.com for further details
| A Weekend
of Questionable, Useless & Far Fetched Information?
2007 American Accordionists'
Association Master Class and Concert Series moderated by Dr. William
Schimmel is entitled HOGUS/BOGUS - A WEEKEND OF QUESTIONABLE, USELESS
AND FAR FETCHED INFORMATION and will be held from JULY 27-29, 2007.
The accordion has two reputations: A REAL ONE - and A BOGUS ONE. The real
one is the one that we accordionists are all aware of - through our festivals,
contests and fellowship among fellow accordionists. WE KNOW WHAT IT CAN
DO! THE BOGUS ONE is the one that all of you out there know - the fact
that the accordion can play Lady of Spain by itself (complete with bellows
shake) - or in the midst of a classical or rock concert half of you in
the audience are yearning to get back to your roots, screaming for polkas,
helgatos, jigs and clogs complete with beer and urinal tents - ONE MAN'S
REAL/ANOTHER MAN'S BOGUS (Marry, Sir, nose painting, sleep and urine -
Macbeth -Act II scene III - Shakespeare).
Here are some starting points:
- The Accordion as Magic Square:
Dr. Robert Young McMahan, an avid 12 tone composer, will present a much
needed lecture that shows all of the "serial" aspects of the
accordion - from original and retrograde bellowing to reed switching
and dynamic control -
All within the dodecaphonic framework - including the chrome trimming
on the grille.
- A Culture if Mis-spelling and Mis-information:
Why can't Leonard Bernstien put accordeen stection in the New York City
Lenny is dead, in case you didn't know. Find out the real reason for
no accordeen stections and learn to turn your own juicy blunders and
misinformed declamations into culture - and liking it - without even
having to go back to night school.
- Delight in a Bogus rendition of Alexander
Only 10 minutes long - no film - no social fuss - NO Stalin!
- Carmina Burana meets the Kama Sutra in
Karmina Sutrana - AND - Ben Whore!
- A method book romp - from old home study
courses that promise the "healing power of the accordion"
to transcriptions of Hanon, Czerney and Cramer - designed to lubricate
your joints and get those fingers flying to the point of - well, thank
God that the accordion came a bit after Robert Schumann.
- Did the great American composer, Roger
Sessions write for the accordion? Absolutely not - but thrill to the
performance of his first sonata.
- What about the myth of the free bass
accordion? You know - unlimited possibilities. Does it go way back?
Or did Richard Pryor start it?
- And the Stradella bass "illusion"-
certainly good enough for us - or do we need a new cultural revolution
that destroys every one in or out of sight? And/or a new work: The Destruction
of the World, by Mee - O?!
- Can the accordion "de-camp"
Broadway? We think it can - with new renditions of Fiorello, Pajama
Game (Pajama Party), West Side Story (6th and Pike) and Fiddler. Using
the process of Musical Reality, Dr.Schimmel will demonstrate how Broadway
should be - UNBOUND and dominated with THE BUILT IN IRONIC DUALITY -
and nothing over twelve minutes. Quick, and yer out! More time to get
to Olive Garden for breadsticks and pasta and Leo Lindy's for cheese
- EVOLUTION IN THE REALM OF PERMANENT TRANSITION
. living with the discomfort of its "buzz": self-obliteration,
"bogus suicide" and "being over there".
- AND: Paul Stein as Rabbi Rabbitt singing
and playing in Yiddish - yes playing in Yiddish! My Yiddisha Accordion!
- also: Topical Squeeze - sucking the juice out of accordion-political
- Will Holshouser and Bach Shock - Morning
(broken) becomes electroshock - Bach/Musette/Cat Stevens.
- Sospeso's Kirk Noreen's The Magician
- Ken Laufer's Every Piece Ever Written (in five minutes)
The K Duo -Magic! - Dr. Neupauer's Magic Fingers - Ray Rue's Groucho's
Back - Marni Rice's All the World's a Stage and We are Stooges - Alexander's
Rag of Ecstasy/ The Mark of Cain by King of Ragtime Dr. Mark Birnbaum
- Rembrants by ranter Rembert Block -Indi-trio Balcones Fault - Scriabin's
White Funeral (a black mass alternative), Ethnomusicologist Maria Sonevytsky
's Ukrainian Diasopora in Argentina - Godfrey and Lorraine with their
ontological "7" (glad it's not "13") - Rita Davidson
performing "real" and "bogus " Eugene Ettore - Kamala
Sankaram continuing her Indo-Noir music and video works a well as her
psychordion lectures - Russian bass, Walter Gerasimonicz, singing and
playing Old Man River and American Spirituals - standup artist Lenny Feldman
performing Pink Floyd - Benjamin Ickies showing the virtuosity of punk
- composer David Stoler who tunes pianos for celebrities -Liam Robinson
who enjoys smashing precious China - Chinese artist Vivian Chou - David
First who specializes in drones and "Notekillers" - AussieRocker
Serge Stanley - an Israeli groove by Uri Shardin - Croation flavors by
Dragica Banic-Curcic and her 10 year old son, Stefan - digital flutist
Lee McClure, one of the starters of modernism goes eclectic, hence "Eclectix"
- German bluesmann Walter Kuhr - actress Kathleen Tipton who has hosted,
acted, sang and lectured with us for more than a decade - cyber-artist
Rachid Eladlouni from Morrocco - Branding expert, accordionist and Cajun
singer Cristina Speligene - singer/melodica /glockenspiel/Fado artist
Allyssa Lamb - AAA commissioned works by Robert Baska and Joel Brickman
and the irreverent, useful and far-fetched Brian Dewan.
choreographer, director, video artist and fitness expert Micki Goodman
will present a new work as well as a lecture on what's "real"
and "bogus" in the world of fitness. Canon Law, based upon the
Catholic Mass and Creole culture will feature Dr. Schimmel's reality dimension
Dr. William Schimmel will present a Collary
and Theorum depicting accordio - velocity in time, space and high school.
He will also cover: The Genius of Sloth; Chanta, meaning "line shooting"
or "BS" and an analysis of Borges' own "REAL AND BOGUS"
reputation and how it applies to the accordion -much inspired by the story
by V.S. Naipal: Borges and the Bogus Past.
Dr.Schimmel will close the weekend with
a demonstration of the "proper smirk" mandatory for all artists,
living and dead. And yes, he will be wearing wing tips, fedora and rather
natty tweeds (weather pending).
THE 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 3:00 PM Concerts at 7:00 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
afternoon workshop will feature up to five performers who wish to receive
advise, criticism and tools for improvement from the presenters, the audience
and Dr. Schimmel. Reserve a place early.
Those wishing to play or needing further information are requested to
contact Dr. Schimmel -212-876-0827. For
further information e-mail: email@example.com
or visit www.ameraccord.com
| US Candidates
Selected for Coupe Mondiale in Washington, DC
preparations for the 60th Anniversary Confédération Internationale
Des Accordéonistes (CIA) Coupe
Mondiale in Alexandria, VA (Washington DC) from August 13-18, 2007
are now underway.
The Coupe Mondiale, the 60th Anniversary of this International World Accordion
Championships will be held in six different categories, including the
Coupe Mondiale International Competition for Accordion Soloists, the Junior
Coupe Mondiale, the International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment
Music (both Senior and Junior), the International Competition for Piano
Accordion and the International Competition for Ensemble Music which includes
either multiple accordionists or accordion with other instruments.
The USA has announced its representatives from both the American Accordionists
Association and the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International.
Contestants are as follows:
Junior Coupe Mondiale
Samatha Jarquio (USA-ATG)
Junior International Competition for
Virtuoso Entertainment Music
Samatha Jarquio (USA-ATG)
Anthony Falco (USA-AAA)
John Maceo (USA-AAA)
Sam Thomas (USA-AAA)
International Competition for Piano Accordion
Sam Thomas (USA-AAA)
Christopher Gorton (USA-AAA)
International Competition for Chamber-Ensemble Music
Lidia Kaminska (accordion) and Doug O'Connor (Sax)
(NB: Lidia, although lives in the United States, she will be entering
representing her native Poland, however with many fans in the United States
where she resides, she is sure to have a keen following in the competition.)
The event will include these CIA competitions, the Maddalena Belfiore
International Competition for Female Accordionists, the AAA/ATG festival
competitions, concerts at both the competition venue as well as the famed
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, displays and trade show exhibits,
historical exhibits, concerts, a Gala 60th Anniversary banquet, jam sessions
in the various hotel lounges and the much anticipated World Accordion
Orchestra under the direction of Joan C. Sommers.
For complete information, timetable, ticket ordering and more, please
Prieto Trio in New York City
Victor Prieto Trio is returning with all new material at La Lanterna,
Bar next door on Saturday July 7, 2007. There will be two sets, one at
9:00 PM and the other at 11:15 PM The trio features Victor Prieto on accordion,
Carlo DeRosa on bass and Vince Cherico on drums.
La Lanterna, Bar next door is located at 129 MacDougal Street, New York,
NY. For more information, please visit www.victorprieto.net
Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
Chenier and Red Hot Louisiana Band performed live at Amoeba Music-Hollywood
in a free show on Monday June 25, 2007.
Aspirants to the zydeco throne vacated by Clifton Chenier's death in 1987
are many but Clifton's son CJ may well be the true royal successor. He
lets the blues and funk rip like a strong wind off the Gulf." - Downbeat.
His latest CD "The Desperate Kingdom of Love" is out now on
World Village Records.
In the autumn of 2005, just prior to recording this album, the delta region
of the United States was leveled by two vicious hurricanes. These killer
storms decimated much of Louisiana and large sections of CJ Chenier's
hometown of Port Arthur, Texas.
As much of the new material for The Desperate Kingdom of Love was composed
during the aftermath, it is understandable that the overall tone is darker
than is typical of his previous work. Using Bob Dylans collaboration
with The Band as a model, CJ called in The Tarbox Ramblers and session
pianist Joe Deleault. Inspired by Rudy Van Gelders 1950s-era jazz
recordings for Blue Note and the legacy of Clifton Chenier, the musicians
quickly rehearsed the set list and recorded it studio-live with minimal
reached back into his father's songbook for a few choice tunes and also
included songs by Hank Williams and P.J. Harvey. The Fender Rhodes organ-driven
"Learnin To Live" highlights C.J.'s early Motown influences
while "Bogalusa Boogie" is a tribute to the Clarence Gatemouth
Brown, a revered blues legend who died only days after Hurricane Katrina
destroyed his home in southwest Louisiana. The album concludes with Van
Morrison's "Comfort You," an elegiac yet uplifting waltz-poem
of healing and renewed hope.
Busso and the Air Force Strings
Air Force Strings performed recently at the new Air Force Memorial in Arlington,
VA. Free to the public, accordionist Frank Busso Jr. performed with the
Air Force String Orchestra and the Air Force Strolling Strings.
Technical Sergeant Frank John Busso, Jr. is the accordionist with The United
States Air Force Strings, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. Originally
from Staten Island, New York, his Air Force career began in 2005.
Sergeant Busso attended Boston University and received a Bachelor of Science
degree in Business Administration in 2001. He studied accordion with Frank
Busso, Sr. at the Staten Island Music School in New York. Prior to joining
the Air Force, Sergeant Busso was an instructor and arranger with the Boston
University Athletic Bands. He was also an instructor at the Staten Island
Music School, where his students earned many regional and national titles
As a competitive accordionist, Sergeant Busso received numerous regional
titles from the Accordion Teachers Association of New Jersey, including
the organization's virtuoso championship in 1995. He also earned multiple
national titles from the American Accordionists' Association in classical,
popular, and ethnic competitions. Since 2001, Sergeant Busso has performed
in concert as a member of The Busso Trio at numerous summer festivals hosted
by the American Accordionists' Association and the Accordionists & Teachers
Sergeant Bussos military awards and decorations include the National
Defense Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.
Upcoming concerts include:
- Wednesday July 18, 2007
Summer Concert Series, 8:00 p.m. Air Force Memorial, 1 Air Force Memorial
Drive, Arlington, Virginia. Join the Air Force Strings for an evening
of popular and light classics.
- Friday July 20, 2007
Summer Concert Series, 8:00 p.m. Air Force Memorial, 1 Air Force Memorial,
Arlington, Virginia. Join the Air Force Strings for an evening of popular
and light classics.
All performances are free and open to the
public. Performance times and locations are subject to change, and outdoor
concerts may be canceled in the event of inclement weather. For detailed
information about performances in the Washington, DC, area, please call
the Band's 24-hour concert line at (202) 767-5658.
Marocco Accordion Event
you ever experienced the wonderful feeling of being part of an all accordion
orchestra? Of being part of a most unique and exhilarating accordion experience?
Now is your opportunity to meet with other accordionists and spend four
terrific days with the great Frank Marocco at the upcoming "Frank
Marocco Accordion Event" to be held in Mesa, Arizona, USA, January
Registration for previous attendees has been completed and there are only
a few more openings available. The event is limited to only 50 accordion
playing registrants. Non players are also welcome to attend (unlimited
registrations). A $100 deposit per person will hold your space with the
balance due by November 15, 2007.
All sessions are conducted by Frank Marocco, one of the world's leading
accordionists. He has had a career spanning nearly 60 years and is one
of the most recorded accordionists in the world. His credits include over
300 movie soundtracks, over 200 TV series, shows and specials, and more
than 150 commercials.
The music (based on grade level) will be sent to you around the beginning
of December (2007) so you can have time to practice your parts. Frank
has some really great new arrangements that we will be learning and performing
at the 2008 Event.
Three hour orchestra and sectional rehearsals will take place daily and
a dress rehearsal prior to the Sunday evening concert. A daily hands-on
workshop is part of The Frank Marocco Accordion Event. This year's workshops
will include Frank Marocco leading his workshop on bass patterns with
accompanying sheet music. Additional scheduled workshops will be conducted
by Dr. Ian Blair Fries and by Lenny Feldmann (The CordeenMan). Something
exciting and different will take place every night. Individual and group
performances, a jam session, dancing, and just having a good time with
The Best Western Dobson Inn Ranch and Resort offers SouthWestern hospitality
at its finest. Situated on a 10-acre site, this hotel offers a quiet oasis
for relaxing and a convenient location for The Frank Marocco Accordion
Event. The grounds include uniquely Southwestern architecture that combines
Spanish, Native American, and Old West influences. The facility also includes
several courtyards and a beautiful heated swimming pool. Each spacious
room has TV, AM/FM radio, coffee maker, hair dryer, data ports and other
amenities. A full, hot breakfast is included daily, as well as Lunch Friday
through Sunday and Dinner Thursday through Sunday. Dobson ranch will be
providing space for the orchestra rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, hands-on
workshops, evening activities and the Sunday concert.
For further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Metropolitan Accordion Society Update
WMAS celebrated Fathers' Day with a members' concert on June 17th. Players
included Peter DI Giovanni, Phil Fox, Peter Fuehres, John Giunta on mandolin
accompanied by Dale Wise (on 'Oh, My Papa,' the only father-specific piece),
Robert Juszczyk, Joseph Kulick, Ken Kunec, Rick Nunno and Mara Cherkasky
in duet, Joann Pankow, Mary Elizabeth Smith with her 'Random Band' (Karen,
Phil, Peter and Mara), and four members of the Potomac Ensemble (Lou Silvia,
Karen, Peter and Mara). Dale Wise was MC, and played a couple of numbers
At next month's meeting, on July 22nd,
Ken Kunec will present a workshop on creative arrangements - ideas on
improving your playing through the use of technique, style, improvisation
and full use of the accordion's capabilities. If you've attended any recent
meetings, you'll know that Ken is a wonderful entertainer, so you'll want
to see what he has to show us.
We want to submit our new WMAS shirt order in time to get the shirts to
wear at Coupe Mondiale, August 13th to 18th, so orders need to be placed
by July 9th. One of the highlights will be the massed band performance
at the US Capitol on Friday, August 17th; another will be WMAS's 'After-hours'
party on August 16th. And then, of course, there are concerts every night,
a banquet, and loads of other activities. Also, in honor of the Coupe
Mondiale, the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage will present free accordion
concerts every evening at 6 PM during that week.
For more information e-mail: email@example.com
Line Up on Irish Cruise features more than 40 hours of Music!
More than 40 hours of traditional Irish
entertainment will highlight the 17th Annual Irish Festival Cruise aboard
Celebrity Cruise Line's Millennium departing from Fort Lauderdale on January
This week long cruise to tropical ports of call -- San Juan, Tortola,
Casa de Campo and Labadee - combines the best in Irish music, dance and
culture with luxurious Caribbean cruising.
Performers include Tommy Makem, Mary Black, Cherish the Ladies, Bogside
Rogues, The Black Brothers, balladeers Tommy Sands and Liam Tiernan. Also,
Dermot Henry, Bohola, raconteur John Gleeson, Mike Mazur and world champion
Irish dancers. The jig will be up when the Matt Cunningham Band takes
the stage Mary Rowley, executive director of Irish Festival Cruises, says
that "a highlight of all Irish Festival Cruises is the enjoyment
guests derive from the informal socializing with the performers."
In addition to the nightly concerts, there will be a variety of workshops
on all things Irish...from learning to dance a jig or speak the Irish
language to instructions on the tin whistle and bodhran.
includes Irish music's accordion virtuoso Jimmy Keane and the remarkable
bouzar player and vocalist Pat Broaders. Bohola play a driving, muscular,
and yet very emotive style of Irish music with deep roots in the 'pure
drop' tradition, infused with the raw and gritty urbanized musical vernacular
of the Irish and Irish-American experience.
The veteran Irish rock group, Bogside Rogues, is based in
the Philadelphia area in the Mid Atlantic United States and is known for
an upbeat sound while maintaining their traditional roots. Drawing from
the varied experience of its members, the band performs a variety of Irish
and Celtic styles including ballads, rebel songs, traditional dance music
(Ceili) and contemporary Irish songs. Featuring Accordion/Tin Whistle,
Guitar, Bass and Drums, each of the band's members have come together
from different Celtic music backgrounds to form a striking live sound
that has won over audiences wherever they go, and inspired many other
musicians to take up instruments in order to continue the tradition.
themselves, the group has toured extensively in the Mid-Atlantic United
States. The group has taken their show abroad as well, having played on
trips to Ireland as well as the Caribbean & the Panama Canal. While
the band is at their best when performing at show venues like pubs and
festivals, they have performed in Saint Patrick's Day Parades and other
functions featuring Irish music and culture. The members of the band work
in close association with the Irish community and its various member groups,
especially the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), and contributes time,
talent, and resources in their various fundraising efforts.
describing Cherish the Ladies the critics say it
It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldnt
enjoy what they do, the Boston Globe, An astonishing array
of virtuosity, the Washington Post, Expands the annals of
Irish music in America
the music is passionate, tender and rambunctious,
The New York Times - and for 20 years, Cherish the Ladies have proven
themselves worthy to live up to these accolades and in doing so have become
one of the most engaging ensembles in the history of Irish music.
They have grown from a one-time concert
concept to an Irish traditional music sensation, literally the most successful
and sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music. Organized by folklorist/musician
Mick Moloney and sponsored by the Ethnic Folk Arts Center and the National
Endowment for the Arts, they began as a concert series featuring the brightest
lights in Irish traditional music.
Taking their name from the name of a traditional
Irish jig, the group initially won recognition as the first and only all-women
traditional Irish band. In a relatively short time, they soon established
themselves as musicians and performers without peer and have won many
thousands of listeners and fans of their music. With their unique spectacular
blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating
arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines
all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely
humorous and entertaining package.
The past years have seen the group traveling
all over North and South America, the United Kingdom and Europe, Australia
and New Zealand performing in the finest concert halls and international
festivals. They are equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra,
a performing arts center, a folk festival or even at the White House.
They have been chosen Best Musical Group
of the Year by the BBC, Entertainment Group of the Year by the Irish Voice
Newspaper, recipients of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's International
Group of the Year Award at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland
and voted the Top North American Celtic act by NPR Radios Thistle
They have shared the stage with such noted
entertainers as James Taylor, Joan Baez, Emmy Lou Harris, The Clancy Brothers,
Tommy Makem, The Chieftains and dozens of symphony orchestras. The "Celtic
Album", their collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony led to
a 1999 Grammy nomination.
The Ladies have recorded eleven highly acclaimed
albums. Their last two albums on Rounder records were released to rave
reviews. On Christmas Night was chosen as one of the top Christmas
Albums of the Year by The New York Times, Washington Post, The Village
Voice and many other nationally syndicated Newspapers and their latest
release, "Woman of the House" is heralded as their best album
to date and hit Billboard Magazines' top 10 world music Charts.
Cherish the Ladies have appeared on CBS
This Morning, Good Morning America, Evening at Pops, C-Span, Imus in the
Morning, PBS and National Public Radio in the United States and on BBC
and RTE radio and television overseas. At the Summer Olympics in Atlanta,
they were chosen to represent Irish music and culture at the Official
Cultural Olympiad. The girls continue to blaze forward and continue to
enchant audiences worldwide.
to the Irish Festival activities, guests can also enjoy all the luxury
facilities, dining and amenities of the world class Millennium. The cruise
ship features an array of onboard activities including casino gambling,
golf at sea, swimming, bingo, scuba lessons, fashion shows and more. Most
staterooms have private verandahs Irish Festival Cruise accommodations,
for January 27th through February 3rd, start in price from $1,399.00 per
person (based on double occupancy). The price includes all shipboard accommodations,
meals and entertainment. The package can only be booked through Irish
Festival Cruises, Ltd. at 1-800-441-HARP.
The web site is www.irishtours.com or contact: Mary Rowley
Kaminska Makes Bandoneon Debut
winner of Astral Artistic Services' 2007 National Auditions, accordionist
gave debut performance on her new Victoria Bandoneon on June 21st at the
Lincoln Center in New York City. She performed Carlos Franzetti's Alma
Latina with pianist Maria del Pico Taylor, violinist Raymond Taylor, Bassist
Pablo Aslan, and Percussion Mauro Satalino.
On July 26th Lidia Kaminska will perform
at the Ocean Grove Summer Stars Classical Music Series. She will be accompanied
by Curtis Institute faculty, pianist Hugh Sung and saxophonist Brian Sacawa.
The highly acclaimed classical series is set in a casual seaside setting.
Without a doubt these fine performances are the finale to a perfect summer
All performances are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM in the Great Auditorium,
NJ. $12 each performance or $55 for the series of five. Tickets are available
at the Great Auditorium Ticket Office or call 732-988-0645.
Jaine and Ray Ashley at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Nicki Jaine will be performing on Friday August 3rd at 5 PM, at the Philadelphia
Museum of Art as part of the "Art after 5" concert series. The
event is free with admission to the museum. She will be joined by her
regular accompanist, accordionist Ray
Ashley, and a small string section.
With her stunning stage presence and unforgettable
voice, Nicki Jaine is irresistibly captivating in the tradition of Marlene
Dietrich. This contralto chanteuse's spirited renditions of 1930s/1940s
era pieces, sung in both German and English, and uniquely beautiful original
compositions lay the framework for her mesmerizing performances.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of America's
largest art museums, is located in the center of the city on Benjamin
For more information: please visit: http://www.philamuseum.org/artafter5
Park Celebrates French Music
Part in New York City came alive with the sounds of French accordion music
on Thursday, June 7 when accordionists Joe Kay and Vinnie Gyles wandered
through the grounds of Bryant Park in New York City.
The strolling show entitled 'Sounds of Paris' allowed park visitors to enjoy
the sounds of French accordion music while relaxing after work.
Here Joe and Vinne are pictured as they perform in Bryant Park.
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?
Show presented by Margie and Mike Aman
Accordionist Margie and Mike Aman proudly
present the 'Accordion Show' featuring the worlds most beautiful accordion
music, presented with brilliant technique and style, a show you will want
to hear again and again. The Show features virtuoso duet arrangements
and solos on both accordion and button box. Styles of music include French,
German, Italian, Russian, Slovenian, and as well as standards and accordion
show pieces. All of the arrangements were made for the show.
The shows are held at the Continental Divide Theater in the Ramada Conference
center, 1-25 & 120th Ave. in Thornton, Colorado. The next two shows
are on July 6 and 20 at 7:00 PM, and on Saturday, 21st of July, a jam
session will be held. Drinks and refreshments are available at all shows.
Guests coming from out of town or state can stay right at the Ramada Plaza
which offers affordable accommodations and good dining at Damon's restaurant
along with a superb complimentary breakfast for hotel guests.
For ticket information contact us at 303-681-3728 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Old Time Accordion Championships
From July 9-14, 2007 accordionists will gather in Canada for the annual
Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships. Offering concerts,
competitions and fun, the festival features a top line up of artists.
Selected performers this year include:
Monday July 9th - The Softones Dance Band Family Dance
This multitalented versatile show and dance band, are also international
recording artists, acclaimed Gold Record and Gold Reel award recipients
from Ampex Corporation - Redwood City, Calif. All the members of "The
Softones" claim the joy of growing up in households where music was
an integral part of the family culture. "The Softones" have
released several recordings since 1994.
Monday July 9th - Beyond the Pale Concert
Founded in 1998, Toronto's Beyond the Pale are among the most exciting
ensembles in the Canadian folk and world music scenes. Their explosive
acoustic roots sound is inspired by a wide range of cross-cultural influences,
from European folk styles (Klezmer, Balkan, Gypsy, Romanian) to contemporary
and North American styles (bluegrass, jazz, reggae, funk). They are known
for their consummate musicianship, compelling original compositions, inventive
arrangements of traditional material, and infectious energy. With spectacularly
dynamic and exuberant live performances, Beyond the Pales unique
genre-defying sound has delighted audiences of all kinds at major music
festivals, concert theatres, and clubs across Canada and parts of the
US. Beyond the Pales debut CD "Routes (Borealis Records)
received rave reviews from across the globe and was nominated Best
World Music Album at the 2002 Canadian Independent Music Awards.
Their most recent CD release Consensus (Borealis, fall 2004)
has also received wide critical acclaim, and captures them at their fiery
best, live in concert with an exciting and wide-ranging program of all-new
material. The group features Eric Stein (mandolin), Bogdan Djukic (violin,
percussion), Martin van de Ven (clarinet), Milos Popovic (accordion),
and Bret Higgins (bass).
Tuesday July 10th - Sammy Thomas Concert
Classically trained, Sammy has focused his energies on competition
most recently at the Coup Mondiale in Norway where he placed 4th in a
strong world class field of the CIA Junior International Competition for
Virtuoso Entertainment Music. He is now preparing for the World Championships
in the USA for 2007. Sammy is the only student in Accordia-Novas
50-plus-year history to compete at the national level. He has consistently
swept the small, local contests in his region including Kimberly,
Calgary, Edmonton and Leavenworth. Sammy Thomas, age 18, of Cheney, WA,
has studied the accordion for 8 years with Ilmar Kuljus, who has taught
accordion at the Accordia-Nova School of Accordion in Spokane for over
50 years. He also studies music theory at Eastern Washington University
Tuesday July 10th - Kawa Band Family Dance
KIOTAC is excited to announce the return of the KAWA FAMILY BAND, winners
of the band competition in both 2005 & 2006.The Kawa Family Band is
thrilled to be performing on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 at 9:00 PM at the
Kimberley arena. Dont miss it!
The band is lead by patriarch impresario EDWARD KAWA from Edmonton, who
is self taught on the accordion over 55 years ago. Ed is joined by his
eldest son ANDY KAWA, a fellow Edmontonian, who plays the saxophone, bass
guitar and sings a mean Elvis. Second son, RICK KAWA, hailing from Lethbridge,
Alberta, keeps the beat on the drums with his comedic style, while Eds
special Peach, his daughter EVON OLSEN, from Vancouver, British
Columbia, entertains on the keyboards and provides melodious and harmonious
vocals. Rounding out the family group is Eds grandson, AUSTIN KAWA
on the accordion and vocals, a child phenom, a two time Happy Hans winner
in 2005 & 2006, who has also produced 2 CDs.
Wednesday July 11th - Al Meixner Trio Concert
The Al Meixner Trio has been changing people's perspectives of a polka
band at Music festivals and fairs throughout the nation. They present
a high energy multicultural show that crosses ethnic boundaries while
retaining the authentic cultural roots. This group's versatility allows
them to sing in eleven languages and play more than a dozen instruments
including a 12 foot long Alphorn and Austrian "Button Box" Accordions.
The Al Meixner Trio's performances of traditional and contemporary Alpine
music and Polkas entertain audiences of all ages with a show that is perfect
for family events. The Al Meixner Trio has been featured at everything
from concerts to dances to festivals, fairs, weddings and anniversary
The Al Meixner Trio features Al on Piano Accordion, Button Accordion,
Tamburitza and Vocals; his son Alex on Piano Accordion, Button Accordion,
Brass, and Vocals; and Mr. Drummer- a versatile drummer selected
by Al and Alex to compliment the repertoire featured on their tours.
Friday July 13th Western Senators Family Dance
Founded in Calgary in 1976, the Western Senators continue performing and
promoting Cleveland style polka music across Canada and in the United
States as they approach their 30th anniversary. The group boasts 12 albums,
with five currently available, including their recently released PolkaRama,
PolkaMania!! The Western Senators have been featured
in two made for TV movies
1995s Frankie and Walter, One More
with Americas Polka King, Frankie Yankovic, and Canadas
Grammy winning Polka King, Walter Ostanek
as well as this years
Cult of Walt which was broadcast on October 10th, 2006 on
the Bravo Television Channel.
Other achievements include their own television series, PolkaRama, along
with Ostanek, which has been running in several markets since 2002, and
is available in VHS and DVD format. They also have signed to do an upcoming
new series, due to be filmed in May of 2007, for syndication in Canada
and the USA. Band members include two originals
Brian Sklar (keys
and fiddle), and Joe Schultz (accordion), and Mark Leik (accordion and
organ), Aaron Sklar (drums), Wayne Kuntz (bass), and Todd Lueck (guitar
For more information, please visit: http://kiotac.ca/current
Cajun and Zydeco Festival in California
The 12th annual Rotary Cajun & Zydeco
Festival takes place at Sebastopol Laguna Youth Park, California, on Saturday
September 8th. Guest artists performing include Chubby Carrier and the
Bayou Swamp Band, Nathan and Zydeco Cha Chas, Andre Thierry and Zydeco
Magic, and Gator. Festivities last from 11 am until 7 PM
One word to describe the swampdelic sounds of Chubby Carrier and Bayou
Swamp Band? Fun. Pure Louisiana zydeco fun with a hot sauce chaser. Anybody
who has doubts about the accordion as an instrument will be swayed the
right way with Carrier's passion and fire on the instrument.
Carrier started out as twinkle in Roy Carrier's eye (Roy looks more Chubby's
older brother than his dad). The Carriers are one of the great musical
families in Louisiana. There's Poppa Roy, Chubby, Chubby's brother Troy
(AKA Dikki Du and The Zydeco Krewe), Roy's nephew Dwight Carrier and The
Zydeco Ro Dogs. There's also Chubby's Aunt Laura Maria Doolittle (AKA
Zydeco-T) who plays with Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies. Now if we can organize
a basketball tournament between the Carriers, the Neals and the Nevilles
to settle it once and for all. (Just kidding). A documentary about the
family has been filmed (Not kidding) and will hopefully be shown at a
theatre near you (Or look for in on DVD if you movie houses are documentary-challenged).
There's traditional roots in Chubby's
zydeco, but expands the sound for all ages. Live and in studio he's taken
songs like B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby," Billy Preston's "Will
It Go Round in Circles," The Who's "Squeeze Box", War's
"Cisco Kid" and the Grateful Dead's "Fire On The Mountain"
and dragged them through the swamp with beautiful results. It's adding
Louisiana spice to popular tunes that help Carrier build the bridge between
zydeco and the rest of the world. Mardi Gras can happen 365 days a year
and you don't have to flash anything to enjoy the band (Unless you REALLY
Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp
Band is one of the most energetic groups around. An evening or an afternoon
with these guys will result in a full night's sleep and a bowl of Wheaties
(When we gonna see Chubby on their cereal box?).
In the post-Katrina world there has
been a newfound awareness of the music of Louisiana. It's awareness that
shouldn't be paid to these artists out of pity over what happened. It
should be paid because the music of Louisiana is one big stewpot of many
flavors and it's really damn tasty. It was tasty before Katrina and it's
still tasty now. Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band is the musical
part in the stewpot where the gumbo meets the rice and you want to sop
it up with some French bread. Prepare to be funkified, zydecofied and
the pleasant victim of a Chubby party.
Williams plays zydeco, the fast and furious accordion-driven dance
music of the Creole people of South Louisiana, a relatively modern style
that emerged after the Second World War. With its trademark rubboard percussion,
electric guitars and R&B influences, zydeco is distinct from the fiddle-driven
music of neighboring Cajuns.
Zydeco is now a familiar sound to many, heard in commercials for mainstream
companies such as Burger King and Toyota, and there are pockets of devoted
zydeco dancers throughout the world. Yet, after its flush of national
popularity in the late 1980s, which saw soaring sales of both zydeco and
Cajun CDs, zydeco has in many ways faded from popular consciousness, retreating
to the South Louisiana dance halls and festival gigs that sustained it
If zydeco was a one-trick pony, that might be well and good. However,
in the hands of a dedicated musician and songwriter such as Nathan Williams,
zydeco is one of the most expressive sounds in roots music. Nathans
down-home parables are delivered with surprising musical turns and a distinctive
Caribbean lilt that reaches back to the very beginnings of Creole culture
Growing up in a Creole-speaking home in St. Martinville, Nathan eagerly
sought out the music of zydeco originators such as Clifton Chenier. When
he was too young to actually attend a Clifton Chenier dance at a St. Martinville
club, he hovered by the window-sized fan at the back of the building to
hear his idol, only to have the bill of his baseball cap clipped off by
the fan when he leaned too close. Later, while recovering from a serious
illness, Nathan decided to dedicate himself to learning the accordion.
That dedication blossomed into an illustrious career, encompassing seven
albums and spanning close to two decades.
The music of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas is the expression of a remarkable
South Louisiana family. Dennis Paul Williams, Nathans brother, brings
his jazz-influenced guitar chops to the band. Hes also a well-known
painter whose work has been shown throughout the country, and who contributed
the cover and tray card paintings for their new album, Hang It High, Hang
It Low. Keyboardist Nathan Williams Jr. is enrolled in the music program
at the University of South Louisiana, while he leads his own band in the
Lafayette area. Rubboard player Mark Williams is a cousin who has been
with the band since its inception. Manager Sid El Sid O Williams,
the eldest Williams brother, is an entrepreneur who has built a remarkable
network of businesses in Lafayette, while honing his skills as an accordion
Rounding out the Cha Chas is the exceptional rhythm section of bassist
Robert LeBlanc, who has been with the band for more than five years, and
drummer Herman Rat Brown, who held the drum chair with Buckwheat
Zydeco for many years.
In the world of contemporary African-American music, roots styles are
easily categorized as old music - good for sampling, maybe, but not music
that relates to the lives of mainstream American people. Nathan and the
Zydeco Cha Chas might make us think twice about this assumption, for here
is uplifting, new music that remains connected to its place in history.
If you havent heard whats happening in zydeco lately, heres
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