Floren Passes Away at Age 85|
accordion world is mourning the loss of Myron Floren who passed away at his home
in Rolling Hills Estates, California surrounded by his family. He succumbed to
cancer at his home on Saturday, July 23, 2005 and was 85 years old.
coast to coast delivered the sad news that Myron had passed away.
Floren - November 5, 1919 - July 23, 2005 'The Accordionist Who Played in 32.5
Million Homes' by Faithe Deffner a longtime friend of
Myron's, for a beautiful tribute to Myron's life and accordion career.
AFNA Music Festival & Frank Marocco Seminar|
Accordion Federation of North America will be hosting its 50th Annual Music Festival
August 12 - 14 in Los Angeles. Special events include a Reunion Banquet on Friday,
the 12th of August for all former and present Queens & Kings for both Accordion
Also, jazz great Frank Marocco will offer a music seminar on
Saturday, August 13, 2005 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, LAX in conjunction with
the 50th Annual AFNA Music Festival. The Seminar is scheduled to include a question
and answer period at the end.
advantage of this rare opportunity to ask Mr. Marocco about anything related to
playing music in Hollywood movies, shows, commercials, etc... Find out what it
takes, how to get started, and much more! Don't miss out!
very reasonable and are going fast. The festival will end with a free concert
on Sunday afternoon featuring top winners and accordion bands.
information, http://afnafestival.org, phone (714) 447-9163 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
11th Annual Masterclass in New York City|
August 26th, 27th and 28th Dr. William Schimmel will present his 11th annual master
class and concert series sponsored by the American
This year's title will be: 'At Least You
Can Get Your Eats' and will feature three days of exciting concerts and lectures.
will take place at the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York - 43A West 13th St,
Manhattan. The master classes will take place at 3.00 PM and the concerts at 7.00
For details, please visit: www.ameraccord.com
or e-mail: email@example.com
Prieto to perform in Oregon|
August 27 and 28, accordionist Victor Prieto will be playing with Avantango at
the Cascade Festival Music in Oregon. The leader of this Band is the international
bassist Pablo Aslan. In addition to Victor on accordion, the group is formed by
outstanding and well known musicians such as Diego Urcola (trumpet), Oscar Feldman
(Sax) and Octavio Bruneti (piano). |
Victor has recently recorded his first
CD with his Trio which is being produced by Fox Haven Jazz Records (MD). The CD
titled 'Persistencia' and includes six original pieces composed and arranged by
The trio comprises Victor (accordion) Carlo De Rosa (bass) and
Allison Miller on drums. The CD is due to be released early next year.
Mid-Cities Club in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram|
Mid-Cities Chapter of the Texas Accordion Association (TAA) recently made the
front page of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The article featured a wonderful picture
of Sharon Seaton on the front page of the Saturday, July 23 issue. Pictures of
Doug Norton, K.W. Grove, and Mark Kenneth appeared on the continuation of the
The story was well written, informative, and very supportive of
the accordion and featured multimedia files such as video clips of Mike Borelli,
Nick Ballarini, and Mark Kenneth.
view an archived copy, you can visit the Star-Telegram at www.star-telegram.com.
Marocco just returned from three successful concerts at the Vancouver Jazz Festival
and a concert at the Bach festival in Eugene OR. French Horn virtuoso, Richard
Todd and Frank, along with a Rhythm section performed Bach inventions and Jazz
compositions for a very enthusiastic audience at the University of Oregon Music
The Jazz Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this summer
(June 24 - July 3) with record breaking attendance of 507,000 and box office receipts
of over one million dollars in ticket sales. Many thanks to all the attendees,
volunteers, sponsors and media for making the event such a huge success.
more information, please visit: www.frankmarocco.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Releases a New CD|
Things Accordion is very pleased to announce the release of Bella Ciao's latest
CD, Legends of the Italian Lounge on the Festa Records label. Legends of the Italian
Lounge includes hip Italiano songs from the late '50s as well as some of today's
hottest Italian-American hits.
purchase a copy of Legends of the Italian Lounge and for more information about
Bella Ciao, please call Tom Torriglia at 415 440 0800 or visit us online at www.ladyofspain.com/bellaciao.html
Ciao plays the hippest Italiano music from the late '50s as well as today's hottest
Italian-American hits. Mix the music together with their unique song stylings,
vocals in English and Italian, and a colorful look and you have the makings of
a mambolicious party band that brings out the Italian in all of us.
Ciao is fronted by an incredible female lead vocalist reminiscent of the Italiana
pop divas. Instrumentation includes accordion/vocals, drums/vocals, bass/vocals,
sax/vocals, guitar/mandolin/vocals. Bella Ciao's shows often include a pizza-dough
tossing contest with audience members vying for fabulous prizes.
Ciao goes way beyond Italian-only events and frequently brings its hip sound and
look to only the coolest venues, parties, festivals and special events. Bella
Ciao's latest CD on the Festa Records label, Legends of the Italian Lounge, was
released July 1, 2005.
For further information, please contact: email@example.com
or visit www.ladyofspain.com/bellaciao.html
Florida Accordion Club Announcements|
The Central Florida Accordion Club
has established the new Brevard County Chapter which meets monthly on the last
Sunday of the month at 1:30 PM at the Central Brevard Public Library, 308 Forrest
Avenue, Cocoa, Florida. The Brevard County Chapter Coordinator is Rod Hall.
information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Phone: 321-799-2267.
Meanwhile the Central Florida Accordion Club (CFAC)
has changed their monthly meeting day to the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Winter
Park Elks Lodge, 4755 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park, FL, beginning at 5:00 PM.
For information, ease contact CFAC President: Thomas E. Yost at email@example.com
Record to be Challenged in Canada|
29th Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, held in Bannerman Park in the town
of St. John from August 5th to 7th, will be the scene for an attempt to set a
new world record for the number of accordionists playing together. On July 7th
of this year, Kimberly BC set a new world record of 644 players, breaking the
one established by a festival in the Netherlands in 2000. The latest attempt will
take place on Saturday August 6th, at 4:30 PM, and the Guinness Book of Records
will verify the result.
Arts Council President Jean Hewson hopes so. "When the idea of trying for
the record first came up," says Hewson, "I contacted O'Brien's Music
Store just to see how many accordions they thought might be in the St. John's
area. 'Hundreds?" I asked. They said 'absolutely, maybe even thousands'.
That gave us the encouragement we needed to say 'let's try!'"
Penny, a member of the St. John Folk Art Council Board of Directors, will be the
lead accordion player, and has made an arrangement for all the assembled accordions
to play. A number of some of Newfoundland's finest accordion players will help
with the event and several are already slotted for other performances at the festival.
further information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Evenings in Montreal, Canada|
Mario Bruneau, together with the singer Hélène Cardinal, will present
a musette dance entertainment evening at the vineyard Les Blancs Coteaux, Quebec
City on August 13th, from 8:00 PM to midnight.
is an opportunity to hear musette and Edith Piaf classics, drink fine wines, and
enjoy a French atmosphere.
venue is 1046, Bruce, Route 202, Dunham, Quebec.
Stories being Sought in Canada|
Jarvis is a storyteller living and working in St. John's Newfoundland, and is
looking for any sort of traditional stories or folktales that involve accordion
or an accordionist!
Dale Jarvis is involved with a group called the St.
John's Storytelling Circle, and their next meetings are on August 11th and September
If you can help,
or for further information, e-mail: email@example.com
in AFM Magazine|
Jon Hammond is the subject of the column FOCUS, written by the respected journalist,
lecturer and musician, Bob Popyk for the American Federation of Musicians. The
FOCUS articles are published in a national magazine called International Musician.
article has led to Jon being contacted by numerous musicians from all over the
United States. Accordionist Jon Hammond, as busy as ever, has just returned from
California, where he played five concerts in one week.
He is now preparing
for his 4th year at Music China Shanghai.
Studio in Massachusetts|
Gary Morin has
opened a teaching studio at his home in Shirley, Massachusetts. Gary will be teaching
all levels and all styles e.g. polka, Latin, jazz, etc. Weekly/biweekly lessons
will be available.
a professional with 29 years experience of performing in Italian, French, German,
Polish, Irish and other styles, he will also be teaching 'gig preparation' and
digital mixing for those with midi accordions.
further information e-mail GaryMAccordion@aol.com
Dr. Shimmel's Proudest Moment|
William Schimmel and Micki Goodman-Schimmel's proudest moment took place on July
28th, when their son, Michael, celebrated his 25th birthday with a solo art show.
And, of course, Dr. Schimmel will supplied the music for the opening ceremony.
Schimmel was born on August 9th 1980. From infancy to age 5 he attended the Kennedy
Child Study Center, then went to PS 7, 146, 40, IS 131, Manhattan School for Career
Development, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in the Special Education
Program. He currently works with artist, Jeff Macaluso, in the Young Adult Institute
Home Habilitation program. Mr. Macaluso has facilitated the framing and presentation
of the works in this exhibit.
studied accordion with his father, Dr. William Schimmel, and movement with his
mother, Micki Goodman, a choreographer and video artist. Michael has participated
in numerous art programs such as the 92nd Street Y, The Metropolitan Museum of
Art Discovery program, and is currently working the the Hudson Center for the
Arts and Habitation sponsored by the Federation for Educational Guidance.
musical tastes are incredibly varied and eclectic. This has greatly influenced
his painting: sculpture, woodcuts, mixed media and ceramics. His work in this
exhibit was produced in programs that encourage and stimulate artistic expression.
From the earliest to the present works, Michael's exhibit demonstrates his unique
experience, through an intense use of emotional sensitivity to color, a particular
passionate delight for rhythm and form. Clearly his work is greatly inspired by
his broad musical tastes.
who has Downs Syndrome, lives in Manhattan with his parents, William and Micki
Schimmel. He has Downs Syndrome. This is his first solo show. The show will take
place at La Galleria - 345 E 85th Street between 1st and 2nd Ave., New York -
and will run until August 2Oth.
Grass Roots Festival|
Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival of Music and Dance takes place in Trumansburg,
New York State, from July 21st to 24th. This festival features ethnic music and
dance, including Cajun, Zydeco, folk, bluegrass, reggae and African, and no less
than sixty bands are booked.
Cajun and Zydeco performers include Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Walter
Mouton and the Scott Playboys, Preston Frank and his Zydeco Family Band, Steve
Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Cleoma's Ghost, and Buffalo Zydeco.
of the leading lights of the "nouveau zydeco" movement, accordionist
Keith Frank -- the son of zydeco great Preston Frank -- fused the traditional
sound of his father's generation with latter-day influences ranging from James
Brown to Bob Marley to forge his own urbanized and infectiously danceable style.
Born in Soileau, Louisiana in 1972, Frank began playing professionally at the
age of four, sitting in on a variety of instruments with his father's combo the
Family Zydeco Band; despite focusing on the accordion from the age of six onward,
he initially loathed zydeco and the pressures of performing, but in high school
finally gave in to the music's pull and formed his own group.
Frank began to ease into retirement, Keith gradually assumed leadership duties
of the family band, which now also included his sister Jennifer on bass and brother
Brad on drums; as he gained confidence, he began adding elements of rap to his
music, a move which dismayed purists but met with wide approval from younger listeners.
Frank issued his debut album What's His Name? in 1994 and remained a prolific
force in the years to follow.
further information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheese Incident in Oregon|
String Cheese Incident (SCI) will return to Horning's Hideout August 4th-7th,
2005 for their annual music and camping getaway in the lush hills of Portland,
Oregon. Horning's Hideout is always one of SCI's most anticipated and memorable
Incidents. This year's festival will feature three nights of music by SCI plus
many special musical guests.
Comprising Michael Kang - electric mandolin,
acoustic mandolin, violin, Michael Travis - percussion, Bill Nershi - six string
acoustic guitar, Kyle Hollingsworth - keyboards, accordion, Keith Moseley - bass,
SCI released their fifth studio album, One Step Closer, on June 28, 2005 on their
own record label, SCI Fidelity Records.
Since the formation of The String
Cheese Incident, the band has become well-known for their impressive live shows.
They are impressive not only for their outstanding musicianship, but also in their
dynamic stage presence, their intimate rapport with the audience, and in their
dedication to overall presentation.
The String Cheese Incident originally
formed in 1993 in the small ski town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Soon after the
band's start, the members moved to Boulder and began to seriously pursue music
as a career. The String Cheese Incident quickly became Colorado's favorite band.
Nonstop touring throughout the country and performances at the renowned Telluride
Bluegrass Festival soon helped leak Colorado's secret to the rest of the country.
energy and enthusiasm of The String Cheese Incident continue to be infectious.
The band's swelling fan base is testament to their musicianship. Today, the band
sells out venues of 2000+ capacity across the United States and Canada. In such
cities as Denver, Chicago, Portland, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco,
demand requires they perform multiple nights.
In addition to regular touring,
The String Cheese Incident is well-known for putting on some of the most memorable
events in recent music history. Holidays are often an excuse to go all out; such
affairs as the "Pirates Ball" Halloween Bash and the New Year's Eve
celebration "Dancing Around the Wheel of Time" incorporated spectacular
theatrics and breathtaking costumes and props. In addition, The String Cheese
Incident performs one "International Incident" each year, motivating
fans to travel to such places as Jamaica and Mexico to hear the band play. Spring
2000 offered an International Incident in Costa Rica where more than 2000 people
from all over the world attended.
The String Cheese Incident is a band
that inspires creativity and freedom in their audience. It's true that the band's
expression of their art seems limitless and that energy oozes into their fans.
In fact, their audience is so loyal and involved that their fan base has become
somewhat of a phenomena and has made The String Cheese Incident larger than the
The members of The String Cheese Incident have worked hard
to develop as musicians. Still, what they are building has recently taken on a
life of its own. Certainly, their world is reminiscent of, if not rooted in, the
ideology of such bands as the Grateful Dead, Phish, and Dave Matthews Band. The
fusion of music, spirit and community is at the heart of The String Cheese Incident
and as their circle grows larger, it becomes more unique to them.
know that the independent route is not the easiest," says bassist Keith Moseley.
"But it has allowed us to build a powerful and loyal relationship with our
audience." This relationship is at the heart of all the successes of The
String Cheese Incident.
The String Cheese Incident has been able to forge
forward with all the creative freedom of a band with complete control over their
own destiny. With grand vision and the support of their fans, The String Cheese
Incident continues to achieve the inconceivable.
Venglevski Releases New CD|
Stas Venglevski has
just released a new CD entitled Russian Fantasy. Tracks include:
Lara's Theme from 'Doctor Zhivago'
(02) Oh Ti Zimushka Zima (Russian Winter)
Mountain Ash Russian Folksong
(04) Korobeinki variations on Russian theme
4 Compositions from 'Rainbow Reflections' - Intermezzo
(06) 4 Compositions
from 'Rainbow Reflections' - Chance Acquaintance
(07) 4 Compositions from 'Rainbow
Reflections' - Summer Sunshine
(08) 4 Compositions from 'Rainbow Reflections'
- Sunshine's Return
(10) Tango 'Commander'
- Variations on a Russian Folksong
(12) Vidul Ya na Techenku - Variations on
a Russian Folksong
(13) Spring Dance
(14) Midnight Waltz
Shines the Moon - Variations on a Russian Folksong
versatile musician, Stas performs as a soloist, duo artist as well as
with many other musicians.
Stas' repertoire includes his original compositions,
a broad range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music. He has toured extensively
as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United
States including numerous performances with Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen and with
Garrison Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion Show. Additionally, he has performed
with symphony orchestras throughout the United States.
He performed the
world premiere of Concerto No. 2 by Anthony Galla-Rini and also the world premiere
of Bayan and Beyond, composed for Stas by Dan Lawitts. He is a regular participant
of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Arts in Community Education Program (ACE);
has done television commercials and performed in theater productions; produced
numerous recordings including transcription of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite
for bayan as well as one of original compositions. He has published several books
of original compositions.
For information on ordering, please visit: www.accordions.com/stas
Kaminska Presents CD Release Concert|
Kaminska presents a concert in recognition of the release of her first solo/chamber
music album entitled Breaking Boundaries, on Sunday, August 14th at 2:30 p.m.
at the White Recital Hall, University of Missouri Kansas City. Admission is free.
The concert will feature classical and contemporary chamber music, as well
as modern tango and klezmer. In addition to performing solo accordion literature
Ms. Kaminska will be joined by Tango Lorca, Beau Bledsoe (guitar), Scotty McBee
(drums), P. Alonzo Conway (dumbek), Fernando Achucarro (cajon) and Aleksandra
Ms. Kaminska, originally from Przasnysz, Poland, became
the first person in the United States to ever receive a Doctorate in accordion
performance through her studies at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. She is a seven-time
winner of national and international competitions, including first prize in both
the entertainment and classical divisions of the 2002 Accordion Teachers Guild
International Competition. Ms. Kaminska is currently a member of the Argentine
tango ensemble Tango Lorca, and the Brad Cox Ensemble. She has appeared with the
contemporary music ensembles the New Ear and the Musica Nova. She has also collaborated
with dancer and choreographer Jorge Laico for the Kansas City Ballet's "In
the Wings", and with Mathew Neenan for BalletX. Her numerous engagements
as a soloist include the Kielce Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland, Strings of Lodz,
North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.
more information about new album, please visit: www.lidiakaminska.com
ever popular Celtic Rock Band "The Elders" will perform at the Tweeter
Center in Chicago on August 6, where they will open for Alan Jackson.
Tweeter Center is the largest outdoor amphitheater in Chicago where over 400,000
fans experience the thrill of live concert entertainment every year. From the
relaxing vibe of the lawn to the intense experience of the front row, every fan
has the best seat in the house! Since opening in the spring of 1990, many of music's
biggest names have appeared on Tweeter Center's stage; including Jimmy Buffett,
Dave Mathews Band, Aerosmith, Jay-Z, Ozzy and KISS. With acts ranging from Rock
to Country, Rap to Alternative the state of the art sound system and ideal venue
layout provide a memorable concert experience for music fans from all genres.
Elders unique style of Celtic rock got it's start right here in Kansas City when
lead singer Ian Byrne joined the band in 2002. Byrne is a native of Ireland but
moved to Kansas City with his family in 1987. It took this Irishman living in
the Midwest, his daughter's best friend and a conversation between two soccer
moms, to see the potential for the band. Already an established group, adding
Byrne to the lineup was the icing on the cake. Along with the other band members,
Brent Hoad, Norm Dahlor, Brett Gibson, Tommy Sutherland and Steve Phillips, The
Elders have played in almost every big city including Chicago, New York, Boston
and Estes Park. This fall the band heads to Ireland for their third international
Accordionist in the group Brett Gibson made his debut with The Elders
in August, 2004 and has been active performing with the group in all their shows
ever since. A native of Auckland, New Zealand, 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 play and compete into his late teens as
a soloist and with duet, trio, quartet, ensemble and orchestra. Now resident in
the United States, more recently Brett can be seen playing with DescargaKC, a
Latin Jazz band and now, of course, the Elders.
The Elders will also perform
in Missouri at the Raymore Festival in the Park on August 12 at 8:00 PM.
further information, please visit www.eldersmusic.com
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