|The Elders Draw over 6,000 in Kansas City|
|New Accordion CD featuring MN Artists|
|Voices of Shekhinah - Four Illuminations|
||3rd Annual Rock Accordion Summit|
||International Accordion Festival in San Antonio|
||Buckwheat Zydeco in NY|
|Karen Fremar performs with Pavarotti|
||Northwest Accordion Society|
|NH Benefit Concert|
|Philip Melancon Entertains in New Orleans|
|Bill Schimmel featured in new Opera CD|
|Murl Sanders in SeaTac|
|CIA Participates in World Music Forum|
|The Fuchsia Band in Weston, Missouri|
|Non-stop Accordion Music from Afar|
|The Elders draw 6,000 in Kansas City Show|
The Kansas City Star reports that seating for the Elders September 4th show in the Crown Center pavilion Kansas City began immediately after Cherish the Ladies finished their set, but anyone trolling for seats by then might as well have been looking for cheap real estate in Northern California.
The Elders (featuring Brett Gibson - accordionist) werent the official headliner this evening, but they became the main event, drawing a crowd of 6,000 or so that spilled out of the pavilion and packed itself up to the northern edge of its adjoining lawn, which prompts an almost-absurd question: When is the last time a local Celtic/roots-rock band could say they outdrew the Backstreet Boys?
Apparently word of their shows has spread beyond the local Irish community and into other scenes places where bands like the Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly entertain teenage and 20-something punks. Whatever the reason, the Elders have developed a reputation for bristling live shows and, even better, for exceeding their lofty reputation.
Sunday night they started their 100-minute set at warp speed and slowed down only once or twice for a teary love ballad or a paean to family. Ian Byrne, a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, is the bands ringmaster - a singing dervish with a washboard to scrape and several drums to bang. Were Irish, he said, and we sing about drinking, fighting and dying.
And so they did, like it was their last day on earth. They sang several from their latest album, American Wake, including the title track, Haverty Boys and the raucous and irresistible Moore St. Girls. They also detonated a few instrumentals, including the infernal Buzzs Jig,
the songs that nearly raised the roof off the skating rink were favorites from
the Pass It on Down album, some of them tales of tragedy and woe:
Fire in the Hole and Packy Go Home, which prompted the
loudest sing-along all night. When it all ended, the lights went up and the PA
system played canned music, even as the crowd sustained a heavy chant of one
more song. But it was not to be: The headliner was due on stage in 15 minutes.
The good news: There were seats to be had.
|New Accordion CD Released by Rounder Records|
Minnesota music, the accordion and concertina rule. For more than a century these
instruments have enlivened family gatherings and brought merriment to long winter
evenings. These long-standing traditions have provided the foundation for today's
virtuosity. Inside this package, you'll find a sampling of today's scene: breathtaking
polkas, concert waltzes, right-on-the-money jazz and far out contemporary music.
It's a slice of what's happening up north.
- Getting Loose - Bill Czerniak
|Voices of Shekhinah: Four Illuminations|
of Shekhinah: Four Illuminations (for full orchestra plus shofar, accordion, and
4 vocalists), commissioned by the Tifereth Israel Synagogue for its 100th Anniversary,
receives its World Premiere performances by the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra,
work honors important women in Jewish history. The four movements of Voices of
Shekhinah: Four Illuminations feature four vocalists representing significant
women of the past and the present who tell their stories. The work highlights
women from different
November 12, 2005, 7:00 p.m. Phone: 858.513.8330
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soloists are Sylvia Lorraine Hartman, Ava Baker Liss, Anna Bjarnson-Carson, and
Julienne McWhirter. Paintings by Viviana Lombrozo, reflecting the women portrayed
by the vocalists, will be on display in the lobby. Performance time of Voices
of Shekhinah: Four
Other works on the program are Fanfare to Israel by Paul Ben Haim, Rabin by Ariel Blumenthal, and Violin Concerto in D Major by Beethoven.
Israel Community Orchestra will perform Symphony of Light and Shadows, Valarie
Morris' first orchestral work (premiered by the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra)
at their June 14, 2006 concert. For more information about the music of Valarie
Morris, please visit
|3rd Annual Rock Accordion Summit of New York|
3rd Annual Rock Accordion Summit of New York city took place on Friday, September
30th at the Delancey in New York.
|International Accordion Festival in San Antonio|
Join us October 15 and 16, 2005 for the 5th annual International Accordion Festival in San Antonio for two days of accordion music from around the world. Held every year in the beautiful downtown Riverwalk area on the historic grounds of La Villita (3 three blocks south of the Alamo on South Alamo Street), the 2005 International Accordion Festival features performances, workshops, open mic sessions, accordion jams and strolling musicians in a beer garden setting.
On three stages, enjoy more than a score of ensembles playing music from around the globe: from Celtic to Zydeco, from Conjunto to Cowboy, from Vallenato to Slovenian, from Polish to Azerbajani and much, much more. In three other festival areas, find informal workshops, jam sessions, open mics and other casual presentations featuring up-close and personal interactions with master artists and their music. It's big, it's outdoors, it's two days and its multiple stages of music, dancing and fun for the whole family. The festival also boasts ethnic foods, beverage and merchandise booths throughout the weekend. And best of all, admission is free!
Cumbia, step dance, polka, waltz! That's right, put on your dancing shoes. The International Accordion Festival puts special stock in styles of music that are dynamic and danceable, rhythmic and riotous. Accordion music is the music of community and social life, of front porch get-togethers and dancehall showdowns, of circle dances and fancy stepping.
the venerable accordion and its many cousins -- the keyboard, the chromatic, the
diatonic - but don't be confused, because they all make the most dynamic music.
Check out our developing roster of artists to read about the stellar performers
we've scheduled this year. All of them are performing on stage as well as participating
in workshops and jams. There will be demonstrations, question and answer sessions,
song and squeeze swaps, open mikes and, of course, loads of great accordion music.
We also want to express our appreciation for our partners and sponsors. The International Accordion Festival is produced in partnership with the Witte Museum, the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs and the San Antonio Accordion Association and sponsored by Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the International Accordion Festival, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Fall Art Festivals, the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, the San Antonio Express-News, Valero Energy Corporation, HEB, BudCo, Univision and Guaranty Bank.
For information, call 210.573.6984
|Buckwheat Zydeco Busy Raising Money|
Zydeco was one of many stars in the Big Apple raising money for the victims of
Hurricane Katrina. Buckwheat appeared at Madison Square Garden and while in town
he also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.
|Karen Fremar performs with Pavarotti|
Fremar of Leawood, Kansas, recently served as the accordionist with the orchestra
for the Luciano Pavarotti Farewell Tour performance in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Pavarotti
Farewell Tour will make 40 stops all over the world in the next two years. Pavarotti
opened the US leg of his Worldwide Farewell Celebration Tour at Tulsa's Mabee
Center. Close to 9,000 people attended the concert and greeted the singer with
shouts of bravo and a standing ovation. Pavarotti performed a selection of arias
and duets (with acclaimed and award winning soprano, Cynthia Lawrence) including
several by Puccini and Mascagni, as well as several Neapolitan songs.|
The orchestra consisted of 64 outstanding musicians selected from the Midwest under the name of the Tulsa City Orchestra (directed by Pavarotti's pianist and conductor Leone Magiera). The orchestra had only three rehearsals with Pavarotti over the course of two days to prepare for this concert.
Fremar performed on the segment of Neapolitan songs and was seated at center stage directly behind Pavarotti. She is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and she was a student of Joan Cochran Sommers; and her mother, Margie Fremar, of Fort Scott.
|Northwest Accordion Society|
Northwest Accordion Society serves as an umbrella organization for the Northwest
region with clubs, social events and accordion activities in several states including
British Columbia, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.
|NH Accordion Association Benefit Concert|
will be a Benefit Concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, sponsored by Norumbega
Lodge #506, Sons of Norway, and organized by Jon-Richard Knoff (left) and the
New Hampshire Accordion Association, on Saturday, October 1st, 2005, from 4:30
- 7:00 p.m. at the Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Waltham Street, West Newton,
information, please contact: Luana Marie Josvold: Phone - 508-758-7849 or e-mail:
|Philip Melancon featured in NY Times|
Melancon, a long time musician at the historic Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles
Avenue, did not stay in New Orleans because the city needed him, but more because
he needed the city.
|Bill Schimmel Featured in New Opera Recording|
New World Records has recently released a two CD, one hour and forty minute chamber opera: 'The Floating Box', by Jason Kao Hwang. It traces the history of Chinese immigrants and their settling in New York's Chinatown. The libretto is by Catherine Filloux. The opera features an elaborate accordion part performed by Dr. William Schimmel.
A recent review in the International Record Review states: "most inspired of all is his (Hwang's) use of the accordion to provide the harmonic filling: and in this he is served by the admirable William Schimmel, whose subtlety is in itself one of the highlights of the recording."
Jason Kao Huang worked closely with Dr.Schimmel in developing this intricate part and Mr. Huang uses it as a bridge between his scoring for western instruments as well as traditional Chinese instruments such as the erhu and the pipa. The International Record Review lists Dr. Schimmel as a character in the opera along with the singers. 'The Floating Box' had its world premiere in 2001 at Asia Society in New York. Juan Carlos Rivas conducted both the premiere and the recording.
For more information on this recording: www.newworldrecords.org
|Murl Allen Sanders at the 13 Coins|
Murl Allen Sanders will be playing at the 13 Coins SeaTac Restaurant from September 27th to October 1st, 7:30 PM until midnight. The 13 Coins is located directly across from SeaTac airport, Washington. Every Wednesday, Murl plays at the noon Jazz service at Plymouth Congregational Church, near Seattle.
From November 10th to 14th, Murl Sanders will be performing and teaching at the Caister Accordion Festival, England. On December 30th Murl will be performing with the Everett Symphony Orchestra. Murl now has a DVD, featuring solo performances and as a trio with fellow accordionists Frank Marocco and Ken Olendorf
For further information e-mail email@example.com
|CIA President Participates in World Music Forum|
Confédération International des Accordéonistes (CIA) President
Kevin Friedrich is attending the International Music Council (IMC-UNESCO) General
Assembly meetings in Los Angeles in conjunction with the World Music Forum. The
series of lectures, concerts, meetings and exhibits will take place at The Hotel
Renaissance - Hollywood, from October 1st to 5th.
The IMC World Music Forum is staged to be a highly influential global knowledge-building platform and will address diverse topics such as music and social change; music and media; technology and public access; copyright and music education. In order to explore and integrate different perspectives, it will bring together voices from different stakeholders in the field of music such as government officials, private sector executives and professionals from the civil society, scholars, artistes, and students. Themes of the forum include: 'The Power of Music in a Fast Changing World, Music and Technology: What Lies Ahead and Globalisation and the Future of Music'.
The IMC was founded in 1949 at the request of UNESCO as a non-governmental advisory body on musical matters. It currently comprises national music committees in 74 countries on all continents as well as 34 International organizations representing most fields of musical activity and some Members of Honor.
In 1975 the Confédération International Des Accordéonistes (CIA) became the first instrument specific organization to be accepted into the International Music Council and has maintained an active membership ever since.
|The Fuchsia Band in Weston, Missouri|
Fuchsia Band is making its rounds in the United States and will be appearing at
the Weston Irish Festival from October 7-9, 2005. The recently played at the Kansas
City Irish Festival and were just in LA before returning to Missouri for the Weston
For more information, please visit www.thefuchsiaband.com
|Non Stop Accordion Music from Afar|
those who would like a little accordion music to serenade them while working on
their computers, you can visit: http://www.live365.com/stations/davidbatty
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