Joe Soprani to appear on Good Morning America
Joe Soprani and England's most famous tenor Russell Watson will appear on
Good Morning America in New York on August 17, 2001 (7:00 AM local time)
in a performance of "Pelagia's Song" from "Captain Corelli's Mandolin,"
which is scheduled to be released the same day on his new CD.
Receives Rave Review!
Competitors and guest artists
represented nations as far afield as China, Russia, Republic of Belarus,
Australia, Finland, Austria, Lithuania, Germany, USA and Poland during
three days of nonstop accordion activities at the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) annual convention held in
San Antonio, Texas during their July festival.
The ATG sponsored two international competitions, and cosponsored the
Folk Music Competition.
The Anthony Galla-Rini International Competition for Classical Accordion
was held to honor the outstanding contributions to the accordion field
by their President Emeritus, Anthony Galla-Rini. Mr. Galla-Rini was unable
to attend this years competition and festival, however he sent a congratulatory
letter to the ATG, and was attending in 'spirit.'
keenly contested competition was won by Alexander Sevastian from the Republic
of Belarus, (pictured left). A recent graduate of the Gnessin Institute
of Music in Moscow with Friedrich Lips, Alexander currently resides in
Toronto, however he is planning on returning to Moscow to begin his postgraduate
studies with Lips.
Virtuoso Entertainment Competition was held for the second year, and won
by Nina Slyuser-Wegmann (right) also from the Republic of Belarus. Nina
is currently residing in Tampa, Florida. Both competitions offered a $1000.00
The opening night of the ATG festival was jointly hosted by the ATG and
the Texas Accordion Association. Compared by the TAA President Norman
Seaton, contestants in the Texas Folk Music Competition got the ATG Festival
off to an lively start as they each presented a short entertainment program
featuring a variety of folk music. While the judges were finalizing their
results, the audience was treated to an impromptu performance of the 'stomp
bucket' duel featuring performers ranging from ATG President Joan Sommers,
1st Vice President Kevin Friedrich to guest Lin Xu and ATG member Michelle
Boddicker Scheffler as they 'banged and stomped' away to the music of
Mike Middleton. Little did they know that Mike Middleton actually went
on to win the Folk Music Competition!
Vayrynen (pictured with ATG President Joan Sommers) from Finland was the
headliner at the festival and dazzled participants with his stunning technique
and breathtaking musicality during his performances, which included a
solo concert and a presentation of the 5 Tango Sensations by Piazzolla
accompanied by the UMKC Accordion Orchestra. A rare opportunity to hear
Mika in the United States, festival participants were also treated to
a workshop offering insight into accordion technique and the latest happenings
ATG also presented three international orchestras in concert. Standing
ovations were given to the Viennese
Accordion Ensemble, the "Accolage" Accordion Orchestra of Lower Saxony,
Germany and for the ATG Festival Orchestra, a 70 piece orchestra presenting
works conducted by Sylvia Zobek (Austria) - pictured conducting Paragon
March, the official ATG piece, composed by Anthony Galla-Rini, Ralf Schwarzien
(Germany) and Joan Sommers (USA).
Competitions results are as follows:
Texas Folk Music Competition
1st Place: Mike Middleton (center), USA (US$500.00)
2nd Place: Terry Cavanagh (left), USA (US$250.00)
3rd Place: Bernadette Conlon (right), Australia (US$100.00)
Virtuoso Entertainment Competition
1st Place: Nina Slyuser-Wegmann, Belarus (US$1000.00)
2nd Place: Joseph Castorina, Australia (US$500.00)
3rd Place: Bernadette Conlon, Australia (US$250.00)
Anthony Galla-Rini International Competition
for Accordion Soloists
Place: Alexander Sevastian, Belarus (US$1000.00)
2nd Place: Lidia Kaminska, Poland (US$500.00)
3rd Place: Nina Slyuser-Wegmann, Belarus (US$250.00)
ATG Piano Accordion Championship 1st Place: Shanxi Upsdell (New Zealand)
ATG Junior National Championship 1st Place: Shanxi Upsdell (New Zealand)
reigning United States ATG Accordion Champion Cathy Sommers, daughter
of ATG President Joan Cochran Sommers was married on July 28th at Unity
Temple Church on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.
Given away by her father Dr. Paul Sommers, Cathy was married to Alp Tiritoglu.
(Pictured from left to right: Maid of Honor - Elizabeth Replogle, Cathy
Sommers, Alp Tiritoglu and Best Man - Mehmet Tiritoglu.)
UMKC Doctoral Accordion Performance major Lidia Kaminska performed the
Franck Angelis work 'Romance' during the service, which also featured
the UMKC Graduate String Quartet.
The reception/banquet turned out to be an enjoyable reunion for the accordion
department at UMKC, many of which have known Cathy since she was born.
Everyone enjoyed dancing the night away to the sounds of a popular Kansas
City Jazz Band.
The couple will reside in San Jose, California.
CD entitled "Phenomenon"
major assault has been made on the Kingdom of Zydeco by the self-proclaimed
Zydeco Rebel and his Nubreed soldiers. J. Paul Jr. (pictured left) & the
Zydeco Nubreedz has taken over by force. A powerful force that has landed
him right into the seat of the kingdoms throne.
The traditionalist party has yet to surrender, but the Nubreed soldiers
and their loyal subjects plan to occupy the kingdom until there is a coronation
in the maison de zydeco.
This campaign has neuvo and some traditional zydeco tracks. Everyone in
the Creole nation from Houston to New Orleans is blown away by this truly
phenomenal release that has marked the zydeco revolution.
CD includes a variety of zydeco pieces such as "Come Back Nikki", "No Sad
Song" and "Love Will Make A Change".
Upcoming concerts include:
Jax - Houston, TX 08/04/01
Mr. A’s - Houston, TX 08/10/01
Cowboys of Color - Houston, TX 08/11/01
Rawhide Saloon - Houston, TX 08/11/01
Silver Eagle - Houston, TX 08/12/01
Civic Center Ville - Platte, LA 08/25/01
For more information
please contact: Skyy Productions: toll free at (877) 684-2600 ext. 050 or
(281) 798-2096. Douggie Doucet of Amaku Management at (281) 473-2088
For an on-line sound sample and further upcoming concert appearances, please
Home Live" by Buckwheat Zydeco
Zydeco" has just released "Down Home Live!" the band's first live album
which was recorded at El Sid O's in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The CD includes over 70 minutes of music. The band are currently undertaking
a tour of Canada and the USA entitled the same name as the CD - "Down
For further CD details e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buckwheat Zydeco, whose real name is Stanley Dural Jr., has the distinction
of performing to an audience that included at least half the people in
the world–the more than 3 billion viewers who watched the televised ceremonies
at the closing of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Dural played "Jambalaya," the Hank Williams tune (which uses the melody
of the Cajun song "Grand Texas"), a song that has become part of zydeco
ever since Clifton Chenier performed it in 1975. Dural has numerous achievements
that make him an international star: four Grammy nominations, performances
as the opening act for Eric Clapton, U-2, Robert Cray, and Los Lobos,
many appearances on national television programs, a performance at both
of President Clinton's inaugurals, plus songs featured in many motion
pictures and music for many national commercials.
Zydeco (Stanley Joseph Dural, Jr.) was born in Lafayette, Louisiana on
November 14, 1947. His family called him Joe, but childhood friend, Eddie
Taylor, tagged him with the nickname Buckwheat because his hair looked
like that on the character from Little Rascals.
His father was an old-time zydeco accordionist. Old-time zydeco was essentially
an acoustic music played among the black French-speaking Creoles of southwestern
Louisiana that used the accordion and a washboard.
After several years with his band "Buckwheat and The Hitchhikers",
a 15-piece funk/soul band complete with three girl singers and a five-piece
horn section and driven by Buckwheat's funky Hammond B-3 organ, at his
father's urging, Buckwheat went to see Clifton Chenier play.
He had an epiphany and ended up joining the band onstage and soon joined
Clifton Chenier's Red Hot Louisiana Band on keyboards. Two years later
he left Chenier's band and spent an entire year "woodshedding," mastering
the piano accordion.
He emerged in 1979 and hit the road with Buckwheat Zydeco and the Ils
Sont Partis Band. Buckwheat and the Ils Sont Partis Band quickly hit the
Touring hard, they were instrumental in increasing zydeco music's national
and international following with their innovative, hard driving, fun brand
For more information and to order his Cd's online, please visit www.buckwheatzydeco.com
2002 Festival to be held in Orlando!
Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International will hold their 2002 International
Competition and Festival in Orlando, Florida from June 27 - 30th, 2002.
Featured guest artist will be the French sensation Frederic Baldo.
Full details will be announced very soon!
The Spokane Accordion
Ensemble, featured group at the RMAC
Celebration, is a unique blend of dedicated players from teens to
seventies in age and with a common love of music and accordion. Two of
the original players from the ensemble's beginning in the fifties remain
The ensemble is composed of students, school and music teachers, a business
owner, farmer, personnel director, entrepreneur and homemakers from Washington
and Idaho. While some of the group changes from year to year, a strong
core is maintained. The musicianship grows steadily under the direction
of Mr. Ilmar Kuljus.
Their repertoire ranges from Cactus Polka to Schubert's Symphony in B
minor, First Movement, and they have appeared in the Seattle Center to
area churches. RMAC 2001 welcomes The Spokane Accordion Ensemble.
From its beginning
in August of 1997, the Rocky Mountain Accordion Celebration has been a
rousing weekend of dancing and listening to music, steak barbeques and
outdoor pancake breakfasts, concerts in the 1892 Opera House and a parade
of homemade pies. With the platzl and the tented dance floors in the center
of this picturesque 1890's town, visitors, residents and participants
alike find fun, food and frolic.
players, and dancers come to strut their stuff. Concerts are held in the
1892 Opera House Theater. Accordions of all shapes and sizes perform on
the streets, in the pubs, and all over the campgrounds. Waltz, Polka,
Two-step, Fox-trot or Tango to Ethnic music as well as ragtime and jazz.
If you sort of forgot how or have never danced, instruction is available.
The Celebration is one of sharing dancing, apple pie and the love of accordion
Come early. Stay late.
Fish, hike, explore the old mining towns or hunt for sapphires.
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for more detailed information.
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Marsh Band in Concert
Josephine Marsh Band will be performing at the First Unitarian Universalist
Church, 630 Mass. Avenue, Arlington, MA (at the corner of Massachusetts
Avenue & Route 60) Saturday, September 29 at 8:00 PM. This concert is
cosponsored by Wolf Music.
To be regarded as 'a truly great traditional accordion player of individual
style, grace and spirit', in a country which boasts of an excess of truly
great and highly rated traditional musicians, is an accolade not to be
taken lightly. Josephine Marsh is one such musician.
She and her band have performed in concerts and festivals in Europe, Australia,
as well as here in the USA. Josephine's music has been featured in a National
Geographic film on the famine and on Garrison Keillor's radio program,
Prairie Home Companion.
The other members of the band are outstanding in their own right. Declan
Corey, All-Ireland banjo champion for three years running, now plays mandolin
and bouzouki in the band. Paul Driscoll, bass player in the Riverdance
orchestra and founder of the Bow House Quintet which features traditional
music, is an integral part of the Josephine Marsh band. Tommy Carew complements
the traditional style of the band with his guitar and his songs in Irish
You can listen to sound samples from Josephine's latest CD by visiting
http://tradcentral.com/jmarsh, which includes 5 tracks for MAC computers
and all 14 tracks for PCs.
Admission to the concert is: advance purchase: $15.00 - at the door: $17.00
for information on the CD or upcoming concerts, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For upcoming concerts in the United States, please see the September
and October concert listings or
| The Cotati Accordion Festival
is located in beautiful Cotati, California, just a short drive north of
San Francisco. This year the festival will take place on Saturday/Sunday
August 25 and 26, 2001. The gates open at 9:30 AM and the music starts at
9:45 AM on both days. Admission for one day is $10.00 and for two days:
$18.00 Children. Children under 15 are free!
the list of featured performers at this years festival are: Matt Mustaro,
Chuck Berger & Diane Hagen "First Edition", Hot Fritatas, Vento, Len Wallace,
Rahman Asadollahi, Sourdough Slim & Blackie, Tony Lovello, Morgani, Kerry
Christensen, Red Hot Chachkas, Black Irish Band, Santiago Jimenez Jr., Los
Trujillo and more.
Each day there will be a Polka Dance Party from 1:00 to 5:00 PM featuring
Steve Balich Polka Band and the Cajun/Zydeco Dance Party from 2:00 to 6:00
PM featuring CACHUAGUA PLAYBOYS on Saturday and MOTOR DUDE ZYDECO on Sunday.
For more information, a complete list of performers and their schedule,
souvenirs (including this new bumper sticker - pictured above, which will
be for sale at the festival and on-line) and more, please visit www.cotatifest.com
or call the hotline at 707-664-0444.
Cotati Accordion Festival
1039 Madrone Cotati, CA 94931
Petric at the Ottawa Chamber Festival
| The Ottawa Chamber Music
Festival will run for over two weeks in August with five concerts daily
in seven venues. As one of the largest chamber music festivals in the world,
up to 1,400 are expected to attend each concert, with over 100,000 expected
to attend the entire event. CBC and Societe Radio Canada will record the
vast majority of concerts, which will be broadcast to over 1 million on
both English and French radio systems.
Accordionist Joseph Petric will perform at St John's Church on August 1st
with violinist Kai Glusteen, pianist Judy Ginsburg and soprano Joanne Kolomeyec.
Their program will include works influenced by the Gypsy spirit including
Dark Eyes and Moscow Nights along with vocal works and milongas by Piazzolla.
The following day Joseph will perform solo at the same venue, featuring
works by Bentzon, Antonio Soler, Domenico Scarlatti and the electroacoustic
work "Orbiting Garden" by Christos Hatzis.
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