Maestro Anthony Galla-Rini Passes Away at 102|
Sommers reports that a few hours ago, on Sunday 30th July 2006, Anthony
Galla-Rini had some troubles at the nursing home where he lived. He was taken
to hospital where the family quickly gathered to say their goodbyes. His son Ron
told me, that Tony Galla-Rini suffered a heart attack and passed away, at the
grand age of 102 years.
Galla-Rini had a huge influence on the development
of the accordion over so many decades. He is probably the most published arranger
of all time and was famous for his recordings and teaching. His arrangements were
always regarded as an epitomy of accuracy and attention to detail.
had Tony in my life from the age of 15, so you can see how much his passing means
to me. He had a lot of influence on me, personally, and for thousands of other
accordionists for such a very long time. He really was a truly great musician
to whom every accordionist owes a tremendous gratitude.
This is truly the
end of a very historical era of the accordion! May we all be so blessed to have
such a long and productive life.
ANTHONY GALLA-RINI Memorial Services will
Saturday, August 12, at 2:00 PM
Olive Branch Community Church
El Cerrito Rd.
Corona, CA 92881
best airport to fly into is the Ontario, CA Airport since it is only about 30
minutes from the church; LAX is approximately 2 hours away. Visitors are welcome
at Ron and Jan Galla-Rini's home both before and after the memorial service.
if desired, may be given to the "Galla-Rini Memorial Fund" with proceeds
going to a possible scholarship for the Galla-Rini Camp.
condolences may be sent to his son at the following addresses:
Stone Canyon Rd.
Corona, CA 92883
Joan Sommers - Retired
Professor of Accordion
University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC)
and ATG to co-host the 2007 CIA Coupe Mondiale|
and lovers of accordion music from all over the world will assemble in the Washington,
DC area to participate in the 2007 Accordion Coupe Mondiale from August 13 through
18. The Coupe Mondiale is the most prestigious annual accordion competition of
international scope. It is held in a different country every year under the auspices
of the venerable Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes since the first
such event took place in 1938 in Paris where it was won by a young accordionist
named Freddy Balta.|
In 2007, this ambitious musical event is scheduled
to again take place in the United States after more than 25 years since it was
last held here, in Kansas City, Missouri in 1981.
accordion festivities will begin with an opening concert Monday night, August
13, 2007, to welcome the foreign members of the Confederation, the competitor-participants
and guests who will begin to arrive on that day. Thereafter, memorable concerts
are scheduled for every night of the festival, to supplement the exciting daytime
Distinguished members of the Confederation's executive
committee and international delegates, as well as dignitaries within the accordion
community, will rub elbows and exchange views with attending accordionists and
accordion aficionados. The festival will feature accordion bands and orchestras
from several countries. World-renowned accordion educators will conduct workshops
and master classes.
The Confederation will oversee six significant competitions:
Senior Coupe Mondiale, the Piano Accordion Competition, Senior Virtuoso Entertainment
Category and the International Chamber Music Division, plus Junior Coupe Mon-diale
and Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Category.
In addition, the AAA American
Accordionists' Association and the ATG Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International,
the two national Confederation-member organizations hosting the 2007 Coupe in
the United States, will hold a wide array of competitions. These national competitions
will provide competitive performance opportunities at all levels of proficiency
and in all styles of music.
Plans include a spectacular massed band of
accordionists to play in DC, hopefully at the nation's Capitol, as was done during
the AAA's Millennium Festival in 2000. This will be followed by an interesting
sightseeing tour for all the participants. Negotiations are under way to induce
the Smithsonian Institute to include an exhibit of accordions under the auspices
of Dr. Helmi Harrington, curator of a World of Accordions Museum in Superior,
The AAA and the ATG jointly hold the exclusive US membership
in the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes. In 1975, the CIA became
the first instrument-specific (accordion) organization to be accepted into the
International Music Council (IMC), the largest non-governmental division of UNESCO,
which is chartered by the United Nations.
The Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites
adjacent to the historic district of Alexandria, Virginia will serve as Coupe
headquarters. It is about 7 miles outside of Washington, DC, with nearby metro
connection to the nation's capitol for sightseeing. The hotel is ideally located
near the Potomac River and King Street's entertainment district with restaurant
and shopping just blocks away. Mention the Accordion Festival to receive the special
$99 rate for single to quad occupancy plus free on-site parking.
events will include receptions, a gala Banquet on Saturday night, a Luncheon Concert,
a Closing Breakfast get-together and the opportunity to eat with the foreign dignitaries
daily, at attractive price-fixed rates.
Coupe Mondiale committee members
from both sponsoring organizations are Maddalena Belfiore (AAA Chair), Faithe
Deffner, Carmelo Pino, Linda Soley Reed, Joan Cochran Sommers (ATG Chair) and
Stas Venglevski. Faithe Deffner is the 2007 Coupe Mondiale Coordinator.
The Coupe has taken place in North America five
times since its inception. It was held in the United States, in New York City
in 1959 (winner Marianne Probst) and in 1969 (winner Valeri Petrov); in Washington,
DC in 1976 (winner Victor Filtchev); in Kansas City, Missouri in 1981 (winner
Alain Musichini); in Toronto, Canada in 1964 (winner Stephen Dominko).
Mondiale winners from North America over the years have been:
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addition to the Coupe Mondiale winners, The CIA Virtuoso Entertainment Competition
was won by Karen Fremar pictured left, in 1974. |
Seven Coupe Mondiale test
pieces were written by American composers over the years: Concert Etude No.2 (1961)
and Holiday Caprice (1962), both by Eugene Ettore; Suite for Accordion by Carmelo
Pino; Scaramouche by John Franceschina; Spring Street Ritual by William Schimmel;
Reflections by Karen Fremar; Rondo-Caprice by Larry Bailey.
member nations have grown to a total 24 plus another six holding limited "Corresponding-Member"
status. Member countries are eligible to send contestants to the Coupe Mondiale
in conformity with the organization's regulations. Where there is no national
member organization, special arrangements made through the office of the CIA's
Executive Secretary may qualify candidates.
For many years, the United
States delegates to the CIA Congress and Coupe Mondiale have been Maddalena Belfiore
and Faithe Deffner, representing the AAA, and Joan Cochran Sommers, representing
the ATG. The President of the Confederation is Kevin Friedrich, a New Zealander
who resides in New York.
The next Coupe Mondiale will run from October
16 through 21, 2006 in Asker Norway.
Mirrors Available in the USA|
recent work entitled Five Mirrors, composed by Slovak composer Peter Machajdik
(www.machajdik.de) is now available to accordionists in the United States from
Musica Slovaca in Bratislava.
This 10 minute contemporary tonal music piece
for accordion, composed in 1997, was commissioned by the New Slovak Music Festival
in Bratislava, Slovakia and premiered by Boris Lenko at the International Contemporary
Music Festival 'Melos - Ethos' in Bratislava on 11 November 1999 and again on
12 November 2000 on Slovak Radio in Bratislava. The work has been recorded on
Edition Hudba N81 0001 2 331, available from the composer via email@example.com.
Machajdík grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia but he has been living in Germany
for the past 14 years. At six, Machajdík began music lessons and at seven,
took up the piano. In the 1980's he was not accepted into the Music Academy of
Bratislava because his concept of music, at that time, was heavily influenced
by the Western avant-garde. At 27, Machajdík graduated from the University
of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Machajdík has received commissions
and awards from, among others, the Kulturfonds Foundation, the Luigi Russolo Foundation,
the Slovak Music Fund and the Pro Helvetia Foundation. In 1992 he was invited
to live and work in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD Künstlerprogramm. Machajdík
was also the composer in residence at the Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany, at the
Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany, and at the Künstlerhaus Lukas
in Ahrenshoop on the German Baltic coast.
have been performed widely, including at Hörgänge, Vienna; young.euro.classic,
Berlin; Nuovi Spazi Musicali, Rome; Melos-Ethos, Bratislava; Inventionen, Berlin;
New Work Festival, Calgary; Musica Nova, Sofia; Festival de Jazz et Musiques d'Aujourd'hui,
Mulhouse; Review of Composers, Belgrade; Audio Art Festival, Cracow, as well as
at venues in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy,
the Czech and Slovak Republics, and the U.S.A.
Performers of Machajdík´s
music have included artists such as Guido Arbonelli, David Moss, Natalia Pshenichnikova,
Eugen Prochác, Michael Davenport, Floraleda Sacchi, Juan Maria Solare,
Piet Van Bockstal, Ulrike Mattanovich, Julie Hanson-Geist, Darry Dolezal, Boris
Lenko, Gertie Bruin, conductors Peter Breiner, Anu Tali and Karol Kevicky, the
ARTE Quartett, the Veni Ensemble, the Slovenian Clarinet Quartet, and others.
has lectured on new music, led workshops, and curated festivals of contemporary
music. His music has been broadcast many times on radio and TV all over the world.
often chooses to compose his works in solitary places. His compositions draw on
several sources of inspiration, especially from the polyphony and modal harmonies
of early music. In recent years Machajdík´s works have been typified
by both economy of material and stringency of method, thereby demonstrating that
what may be simple musical language can nevertheless be powerful. Also elements
such as controlled use of dissonance, sustained sonorities, inconspicuous melodic
motion and frequent use of minor tonalities apply to Machajdík´s
compositional style. Most of his compositions have a meditative character.|
score of FIVE MIRRORS [ISBN 80-8051-375-9] is available by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org
measures from FIVE MIRRORS by Peter Machajdik might be seen at http://www.machajdik.de/html/listof.html
Accordion Orchestra to debut in Massachusetts|
Cafe Accordion Orchestra will perform at the Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN)
on Friday, August 4, at 8.00 PM.
It what is believed to be their first
Massachusetts show, the Cafe Accordion Orchestra led by Dan Newton ("Daddy
Squeeze", of Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion") will
perform a wide range of selections from world music to gypsy swing.
yourself in Paris sipping espresso at a sidewalk café and listening to
a group of strolling musicians. Café Accordion Orchestra can take you there.
CAO plays the kind of gentle, enticing, low-volume world music that Americans
knew about in the Kennedy era: waltzes, French Café sounds, bossa novas,
sambas and tangos. Led by the quietly dazzling Dan Newton, this quintet knows
the value of understatement, warmth, discretion, subtlety and easy and genuine
swing. Totally hip.
The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) (www.natickarts.org)
is a nonprofit 280-seat performing arts venue located in a 130-year old renovated
firehouse at 14 Summer Street in downtown Natick. The acoustics in the space wins
plaudits from performers and audiences alike.
In 2005 TCAN received one
of the 27th Annual Massachusetts Historical Commission's Preservation Awards for
the restoration and adaptive reuse of Natick's Central Firehouse building. Since
its restoration in 2003, the 1875 Firehouse has become the premier regional arts
venue in Metrowest, drawing audiences from throughout greater Boston and the North
and South Shore.
Tickets are available on line, by phone, or at our box
office, and are $16 (discounts for members, seniors, and students).
TCAN Publicity Team
The Center for Arts in Natick
Tel 508 655 6747
(eves); 617 869 2240 (cell)
box office and ticket info: 508.647.0097
Jimenez Concerts in Texas|
diatonic accordionist Flaco Jimenez is one of the legends of the world of Tex-Mex
Conjunto. While there are many masters of the accordion along the Texas-Mexican
border, none has toured Europe, Japan and other countries overseas or recorded
with as many pop, rock and country artistes as Flaco Jimenez. Flaco has the following
appearances coming up:
- July 29th
- Pepe's On the River, Mission, Texas
5th - Tejano Conjunto Jam 2006, Fresno, California
6th - Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California
6th - Santa Rosa Children's Hospital Private Fundraiser
further information e-mail: email@example.com
HA! WA WA! The Accordion Can Kill You!|
years American Accordionists
Association Master Class and Concert Series moderated by Dr. William Schimmel
entitled HA HA! WA WA!, THE ACCORDION CAN KILL YOU! was a great success.
KILLED THEM IN KALAMAZOO! HE TRIPPED OVER HIS ACCORDION AND LANDED ON A POISONOUS
LIZARD - HA HA! LIFE WAS GOOD - NOW IT'S CRAP - WA WA! OUR 12th SMASH YEAR! A
BIT OF WARNING! BETTER NOT ATTEND! YOUR HEART WILL BE BROKEN! YOUR SPIRIT CRUSHED!
! IN ANY CASE, WELCOME TO THE SEMINARS!"
this warning, attendees not only survived, but thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety
of accordion activities at this years annual series of concerts and master classes
showcasing the many faces of the accordion.
for 12 consecutive years, Dr. Robert Young McMahan
performed the AAA commissioned work, Scaramouche by John Franceschina.
Schimmel, lecturer- in- residence of the AAA resurrected a vintage concerto by
ANDY ARCARI - one of America's great pioneers, as well as a new work, A BRIEF
HISTORY OF PLAID- combining the HA! WA! qualities of Auld Lang Syne, Palliachi,
Indian Madras and Fado (Portuegese)/ Fado (Gallic)-with an interactive video by
enjoy the pictorial review of the Friday evening Concert... HA HA! WA WA! it probably
wont kill you!|
further information or details on the 2007 event, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cotati Accordion Festival in CA|
The 16th Annual Cotati Accordion Festival held
in La Plaza Park, Cotati, California, Saturday August 26 and Sunday August 27,
2006. Northbound on HWY 101 Take the west Sierra Exit to the right (eastbound)
past the first stop sign by City Hall, continue until you see the Polka Tent.
Southbound from Santa Rosa, take HWY 116 exit to Cotati, cross under the freeway
and go right at the first stop sign park and listen for the music.
year music will begin at 9:45 AM and continue after 8:8:00 PM both days.
both days will be Dick Contino, with Rosie Ledet Saturday and Joel Guzman on Sunday:
line up is: SATURDAY AUGUST 26th, 2006
Golden State Accordion Club
- 10:55-11:30 Salute Matelot
The Loose Acoustic Trio
- 12:50-1:05 The Great
- 1:10-1:45 The Mad Maggies
Lady of Spain
- 2:20-3:00 Ginny Mac
- 3:45-4:35 Dick Contino (right)
The Great Morgani
- 4:45-5:45 Those
- 5:50-6:25 Culann's
- 6:30-7:30 Rosie Ledet and the
- 7:35-8:00 encore
the Polka Tent
- 1:00-5:00 The Steve
Balich Polka Party
- 5:05-6:25 The Wild
Catahoulas & Zydeco dance party in memory of Jim Boggio
AUGUST 27, 2006
- 9:45-10:15 Golden
State Accordion Club
- 10:20-10:50 Sammy
- 10:55-11:25 Cora Allegro
- 12:05-12:40 The Jubilee
- 12:45-1:00 The Great
- 1:05-1:40 Tango No. 9
Lady of Spain
- 2:15-2:50 Bella Ciao
Don Nurisso, Peter Di Bono and Steve Hanson
- 4:30-4:40 The Great Morgani
La Familia Pena-Govea and Los Compas
- 5:45-6:45 The Aztex with
- 6:50-7:10 encore
In the Polka Tent
The Steve Balich Polka Party
Mark St. Mary
Motor Dude Zydeco
We will again
be selling presale tickets prior to August 26. For presale one day $15.00 and
two day sales of $25.00 Your group will receive $2.00 per ticket for pre-sale
sales of tickets. We ask that these sales be reconciled prior to August 26 or
be reconciled by a producer upon entry. Please speak with a Producer not a ticket
vendor to reconcile pre-sale ticket sales- thank you. We expect this to be our
best show ever and ask that you remind all patrons no pets, alcohol, or coolers,
are allowed and low backed lawn chairs are best. Enjoy the best show on earth!
order tickets please write to Scott Goree at email@example.com
or send your request along with your check to PO Box 809, Cotati, CA 94931. Of
course you may contact me, Linda Conner at the following numbers. Linda L. Conner
707-585-2910 (voice), 707-585-2920 (fax), 707-318-3694 (cell), or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accordion Land in Crown Point State Park in Alameda|
annual Camp Accordion Land takes place in Crown Point State Park, Alameda, on
August 12th and 13th. The camp features workshops led by local accordion teachers
(including tango, jazz and klezmer workshops), private and group teaching, two
accordion orchestra performances, and even an accordion sand sculpture contest.
is a form of conducted improvisation, in which the director uses hand signals
or even cue cards to signal to the musicians what to do. John Schott has extensive
experience playing in and leading conduction ensembles, and especially in giving
a gentle conduction introduction to accordionists new to the concept.
workshops will be featured, including, but not limited to:
You may end up playing something other than an accordion here. Orff instruments
are a set of xylophones and other percussion instruments used to teach music to
children and adults. Because the instruments are simple to play, musicians get
to tackle more advanced playing, improv, and movement than when playing more difficult
instruments (such as the accordion). Sarah Noll is an advanced accordionist and
singer for Discordion who by day is an Orff music teacher.
Orchestra: Thats you and me and everyone else making music together.
Printed music will be e-mailed to you when you sign up for camp.
Accordion Dissection workshop was a big hit at last years camp. This
year, weve upped the ante -- you wont just take the accordions apart,
you will also put them back together again. Lou will show you how its all
done, and youll get a chance to practice some simple accordion repairs yourself.
If you want, take a look inside your own machine and perhaps fix what ails it.
And there will also be drawing materials available for sketching the innards of
different mechanisms, just like when you drew earthworm intestines in biology
class. Its that fun.
The Accordion Sand Sculpture Contest
is what it says it is. First prize: two private accordion lessons with your choice
of any of the teachers at Camp AccordionLand. Begin flowing your creative juices
The Camp offers several pricing options including:
your Body for the whole Weekend and dont leave till they kick you out: two
days, four meals, two snacks
- One day
of Fun in the Sun: one day , two meals, one snack
and Out Burger: a single workshop (optional single meals $10 extra)
further information e-mail: email@example.com
or visit: http://www.henriducharme.com/accordionland2.html
Prieto in Concert|
Victor Prieto will be appearing frequently in August both as a soloist and with
His new CD "Persistencia" has 8 reviews in All about
Jazz and All About Jazz NY. The jazz Improv Magazine considered the Victor Prieto
Trio at Blue Note one of the best performances in NY in June 2006, along with
Lionel Louke, Yellow Jackets and famous French jazz artist Richrad Galliano.
- 1 August
- Speranto - 7:00 pm
New York, USA
Daniela W. Trio
August - Olea - 8:00 pm
Victor Prieto solo
August - Cafe Moto - 8:00 pm
Victor Prieto Solo
August - PJ Henlys
Victor Prieto Trio
Carlo De Rosa, bass
- 14 August - Immigrant
Sounds Festival II - 7:30 pm
New York , USA
Victor Prieto Solo
August - La Lanterna - 8:00 pm
New York, USA
Alexis Cuadrado - Trio Iberico
Victor Prieto, acc
Brad Shepik, guita
Visit www.victorprieto.net to
see more information.
in County Louth, Ireland, in 1941, American-based Fintan Stanley was the first
player, in 1955, to become an All-Ireland Champion using a Continental button
Fintan has toured Europe, Australia and America playing music
to suit every taste. His repertoire includes Irish, Scottish, Continental, Classical,
Jazz, Country & Western, etc. While his prowess as an instrumentalist is well
known, he is also a very fine singer with a vast repertoire.
been resident in Boston for many years but returns to Ireland annually.
Stanley has the following bookings:
OConnell Lounge, Fern Cliff House Resort, Catskill Mountains, New York State
7th and 8th
August 11th and 12th
September 8th and 9th
Cod Irish Village, Massachussetts
July 30th and 31st
August 6th and 7th,
23rd and 24th and 31st
September 18th and 19th, 29th and 30th
Announces Winners in International Competition|
American Accordionists' Association
celebrated its annual competition and festival in Buffalo featuring Competitions,
Workshops, Displays, Concerts.|
For the second year in a row, the festival
featured the grand '
Vivian Vivio Stolaruk International
Entertainment Competition for Accordionists' with an impressive $10,000 First
- Vitaliy Pirog
- Sammy Thomas
- Havard Svendsrud
prizes for the Vivian Vivio Stolaruk International Entertainment Competition were
donated by Steve Stolaruk in divine remembrance of his wife, Vivian Vivio Stolaruk.
Promoting Your Accordion Services Free at AWW|
Internet is changing the way your customers are searching for services. The days
of lugging out a 12 lb. telephone book to find very limited and outdated business
information are coming to an end. People are still letting their fingers do the
walking, but they're doing it over a computer keyboard. Below are some revealing
facts from the Kelsey Group.
of US households use the Internet as an information source when shopping.
45% of searches had a buying intent.
percentage of respondents who used yellow page directories decreased from 75%
(If you have a printed
yellow page ad, it is time to consider buying a smaller ad and shifting your marketing
dollars to the Internet.) The off-line Yellow Pages see the writing on the wall
and are scrambling to transfer their business model to the Internet.
can no longer ignore these facts. If you want to be successful, you must have
a presence where your customers are searching. Being found on the Internet is
vital to the future of your business.
Accordion Yellow Pages offers free of charge listing for all accordion businesses,
teachers and for every type of service for accordionists. On the Accordion Yellow
Pages site, you do not need to have a website for accordionists find you and contact
search-accordion.com site is also free of charge, being a listing service for
every type of accordion service but you must have a website. Viewers of search-accordion.com
can click to your website.
popular is the AccordionLinks.com site where those accordion service providers
with a website, can attract accordionists free of charge to their website.
All it takes is a little effort, to make sure your information on these three
popular and very effective accordion sites is up to date. Your future success
may well be determined by your ability to effectively adapt to the Internet. Should
it be your New Year's resolution for 2006?
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Accordion News stories, many different sources are often researched to gather
additional information and pictures to complement what has been submitted. This
information is then correlated to provide the news on www.accordionusa.com in
the spirit of which it is intended, which is to provide a free news service to
the Accordion Community, specifically in the United Sates. If you feel any copyright
has been violated please advise www.accordionusa.com and the article will be removed