Available from Gary Dahl
and arranger Gary Dahl announces a selection of new arrangements available
through his website including high quality rock/pop arrangements that
are available with lessons via .mp3 files. Selections previewed on his
website include Adios Muchachos, Angel Eyes, California
Dreamin, Champagne Polka, Indifference,
Laras Theme, Misty, Under Paris Skies,
and many more.
In a recent
testimonial received from Armand Dion, he says that he
returned to the accordion and could not find a local teacher. Then I found
Gary Dahls web site and the impressive mp3 system. I have never
been happier with my progress and my playing ability is starting to inspire
standing ovations! We are 2000 miles apart but Garys system is very
easy to use and is actually more efficient and more fun than any one on
one lesson... plus, you get Gary Dahls expertise from 47 years of
teaching, professional playing and publishing notoriety.
familiar with Mel Bay Publications are aware of their primary author for
the accordion. Gary
Dahl has his own author's web site within the main Mel Bay web site.
Click on any book listed to visit that book's page. A new book, 'Getting
Into Accordion,' has been released as of April 07. This book features
an instructional CD and two sound files of same that can be downloaded.
Also, please visit: www.accordions.com/garydahl
for a list of all books, 20+ sample arrangements and contact information
and details on how to purchase.
How did Mel Bay and Gary Dahl meet? Gary knew Mel Bay had very few Accordion
Books and simply wrote to Bill Bay with samples, suggestions and a tape.
Bill Bay was impressed and promptly wrote back that included a contract
for the first book, 'Jazz Accordion Solos' with CD. This book quickly
became a 'best seller' with over 4,000 copies sold to date world wide.
Similar successes have been realized with all of the books written and
recorded by Gary Dahl.
Gary's instructional books and song books contain critical fundamentals
for playing the accordion that have never been addressed in books before.
These tips have never been taught by most teachers. Both the First Lessons
and Getting Into Accordion Books teach all of these critical fundamentals;
from when to 'lift off of a note to the 'correct sitting position.'
grew up in Seattle and started lessons with Joe Spano at age 12. Professional
work started at age 16 playing dance casuals. The US Army was next for
two years as a radio teletype morse code operator and then college at
the University of Washington majoring in Business Administration with
a minor in music composition and theory graduating in 1966. During college,
Gary started teaching at Joe Spano studios from 1960 through 1974 and
during that period gained his commercial pilot rating, flight instructor
and instrument flight instructor ratings with multi-engine. Gary met his
wife Eloise during this time; she was a flight student. Gary entered the
corporate sales and marketing world in 1974 because of the accordion's
decline and retiring from same in 1990. Gary led various trios and quartets
during this time period that always featuring an attractive, talented
vocalist. Gary currently plays light background acoustic solo gigs.
Gary is very proud of his daughter Leesa who is a professional accordionist
and pianist based in New York City. She has a masters in opera coaching
and collaborative pianist degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory
of Music. Currently based in New York City, Ms. Dahl has performed and
coached at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Hunter College,
and the Opera Studio at Yale University to name a few.
For complete details of lessons, new arrangements (including sample pages
of each) and his various books available, please visit www.accordions.com/garydahl
or e-mail Gary at: email@example.com
Doktorski performs at World of Accordions Museum
Doktorski presented a lecture and performed a solo accordion recital at
the Hanni Strahl Concert Hall at A World of Accordions Museum in Superior,
Wisconsin on Sunday, September 16, 2007.
PM lecture focused on the accordion in classical music, and his 3 PM recital
included classical and popular original works and transcriptions for accordion.
He performed on one of Helmi Harrington's historic instruments.
His program included:
- J. Brahms: Hungarian
Dance No. 5
- H. Doktorski:
Theme and Variation on Richard Rodgers' "Edelweiss"
- Traditional: Clarinet
- A. Piazzolla:
Works by Guido Deiro:
- My Florence Waltz
- Deiro Rag
- Deirina Mazurka
Works by Pietro Deiro:
- Beautiful Days
- Celestina Polka
- Quick Silver Novelette
- Imperia Overture
members attended from several states, including Wisconsin, Minnesota,
Indiana, Texas, New Jersey and California.
Cinemetographer Steve Mobia was on hand from San Francisco to film the
concert and interview Doktorski for *Behind the Bellows*, a forthcoming
documentary movie on the accordion. Henry's brother John also attended.
and dinner followed the concert.
For more information about A World of Accordions Museum, contact Dr. Helmi
Strahl Harrington at 218-393-0245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographs courtesy Steve Mobia.
Florida Accordion "Smash"
|The South East and
Associations are proud to announce their 7th Annual SMASH from November
9, 10, 11, 2007 in Orlando, FL.
Featured performers include:
- Lidia Kaminska
- the only person in the USA to ever receive a Doctorate of Musical
Arts in Accordion Performance, and winner of the Astral Artistic Services
2007 National Auditions.
- Sammy Thomas -
age 18 - a favorite featured performer & honorary member of accordion
clubs throughout the Western United States.
- Tony Lovello -
"Liberace of the Accordion" to open the evening concert -
watch him WOW the crowd! Bring your instrument and join Tony as he leads
the 2007 Beer Barrel Polkathon. There will be optional, private evaluations
by Tony on Saturday. See registration form for more info.
- PLUS, Mercedes
Mendive, Mary Tokarski, Vince Aleandri, Al Ulle, John Kolbrich, Dick
Albreski, Carmen Vitanza, Walt "K", Jerry Tramontozzi, Maricarmen
Vazquez, Nick Ballarini, and more!
The 2007 event will
be held at the Holiday Inn International Drive Resort, 6515 International
Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Phone: 800-206-2747 for Reservations (mention
FL Acc Association for discounted rates of $89.00 + tax, single to quad).
DEADLINE FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS AT THIS RATE: October 19, 2007.
General SMASH information:
- Friday, November
9th, famous Café Accordeon, hosted by Alvaro "Beaver"
Barsi, 4:30 PM - 2:00 AM in the hotel's Front Street Café. Anyone
may play. Food is available for purchase until 9 PM, beverages available
for purchase until 2:00 a.m. Popcorn, chips, & salsa will be provided.
There will be an accordion orchestra rehearsal, and dealer displays
- Saturday, November
10th, constant accordion entertainment, commencing 8:30 a.m. when the
registration desk opens. The day includes: lunch & dinner (NEW
we will all be sitting in one room!), dealer displays, professional
performances, accordion orchestra performance, optional 15-minute private
evaluations by Tony Lovello, optional 30-minute accordion lessons with
Walter Kasprzyk (private evaluations & lessons are prepaid&
pre-scheduled ONLY). See registration form. After the close of the concert,
we will congregate in the Front Street Café for more accordion
music & jamming up until 2:00 a.m.
For more info: FLACCASSOC@bellsouth.net,
or call (850) 936-8722 CST, or visit our website: http://www.accordions.com/florida
Kaminska to appear in World Premiere
will perform in the World Premiere of 'A Night in the Old Marketplace'
at the Prince Music Theatre, Philadelphia, PA from September 28th to October
A Night in the Old Marketplace is a 1907 Yiddish play by I.L. Peretz (1852-1915),
a well known Yiddish language author and playwright, born in Warsaw, Poland.
New York City trumpeter and Klezmer specialist (and Klezmatics member)
Frank London, scores the play with the book provided by Glen Berger for
Alexandra Arons theatrical adaptation. The result is Frank Londons
A Night in the Old Marketplace which can best be described as prewar Berlin
condensed, placed in a time machine and blasted into the 21st Century.
This Klezmer musical spins a magical tale of men who wrestle with ghosts
in order to right a past wrong, in a fantastic journey to rediscover the
meaning of faith. A brilliant score by Frank London known for his Grammy
award winning performances with The Klezmatics; Book and Lyrics by Emmy-winner
For more information go to www.princemusictheatre.org
Looking for an Accordion or Two or Three
The newly established Accordion Museum exhibit...
'Accordion Gems - A Master Collection of Accordions Through Time' is still
searching for some additional instruments to compliment the existing collection.
Housed in New Zealand, and the only accordion specific exhibition in the
Southern Hemisphere, the instruments will be proudly displayed in the
new wing of the Dargaville Museum, New Zealand which will open on October
Currently featuring more than 100 representatives of the accordion family
dating back to the early 1800's, the collection is still looking for some
specific examples of members of the accordion family that were found in
the United States including:
- Reuther Uniform Keyboard accordion
- Three Piano Keyboard accordion
- TANZBAR (Tanzbaer) roll playing instrument
("the Dancing Bear") - 28 keys
- TANZBAR disc playing instrument
- TANZBAR Concertina shaped roll playing
instrument - 16 keys
Any leads that might help secure examples
of these instruments, or others that might be of historical interest would
be greatly appreciated.
Please contact email@example.com
or visit: www.accordions.com/kevin/museum.htm
for more further details.
Examples of instruments needed for Dargaville Museum:
Holshouser Trio in New York
WILL HOLSHOUSER TRIO (Will Holshouser, accordion & compositions, Ron
Horton, trumpet, Dave Phillips, bass) plus special guest Scott Robinson,
clarinet, will perform on Wednesday October 10th, at 10:00 PM at The Stone
in New York City.
The Stone is located at Avenue C and 2nd Street in NY. Admission for this
performance is $10.00.
What they are saying about Will Holshouser:
- As a composer,
he's broken out of the format." Bill Beuttler, Boston Globe
- Will Holshouser's
utterly unconventional accordion-led chamber trio . . .
is a beautiful thing." Jeff Stockton, All About Jazz New York
- Will Holshouser
plays as much accordion as there is to be played." David Wondrich,
- Accordionist Will
Holshouser is the secret weapon in several of the scene's
most inventive and engaging bands." - K. Leander Williams, Time
Out New York
- Holshouser's latest
trio effort [Singing to a Bee] is a lyrically
gratifying set, awash with linearly designed motifs and a gently rolling
flow . . . these compositions have staying power, where quaintness attains
happy medium with the respective artists' praiseworthy chops and overall,
group-based sensitivity. Holshouser has orchestrated yet another winner
here!" Glenn Astarita, Ejazznews
credit: Lannis Delatolas
For more information,
please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
William Schimmel Announces Fall and Winter Schedule
York accordionist Dr. William Schimmel continues to keep a busy concert
schedule in his usual diverse menu:
- October 21 - A
Musical Journey - featuring the works of Weill, Brel and Aznavour -
a concert for an invited audience in Long Island, New York
- November 4, 6,
8, 10, 14 and 17 - Vanessa by Samuel Barber - New York City Opera -
Lincoln Center, NY - 8:00 PM
- December 15 -
Peoples Symphony Concerts - appearing with Windscape (Woodwind Quintet)
performing the American Music of Kurt Weill and premiering a new work
by Dr. Schimmel written especially for Windscape: Elgar has Hands like
Scissors - for Accordion and Woodwind Quintet - Washington Irving High
School - Union Square - New York - 8 PM
- January 24, 2008
- Valentino Dances by Domenic Argento - The Eugene Symphony - Hult Center
for the Performing Arts -Eugene, Oregon - 7:30 PM
- January 25 - Same
concert as above - Jacoby Auditorium - Roseburg, Oregon - 8:00 PM
- January 28, 2008
- same concert as December 15 - except at The Manhattan School of Music
- New York - 7:30 PM
- February 2, 2008
- Sequenza XIII (Chanson) by Luciano Berio - Rose Hall Jazz at Lincoln
Center - sponsored by The New York Philharmonic - Day of Berio - All
fourteen Sequenzas will be performed by New York Philharmonic musicians
and Book Projects include:
- Pinsk and Blue
for Accordion and Piano by Alla Borzova - released on Albany Records
- A Portrait in
Seven Shades by Ted Nash - Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - Dr. Schimmel,
guest artist along with Wycliffe Gordon, Nathalie Bonin and Yola Nash
- release date to be announced
- Andy Arcari: A
Concerto (1942) - A new realization by Dr. William Schimmel - released
on IPS/Studio Muse Records
- Scarlatti was
Here - a Video/DVD by Micki Goodman - music composed and performed by
Dr. Schimmel - choreographed and danced by Ms Goodman - release date
to be announced
- Accordion Culture
- Time, Space and High School - a book of essays, drawings and scores
with an included CD containing Neer Beginning/Neer Ending and other
works composed and performed by Dr. Schimmel and guests
- Broadway Decamped
- CyberSymphony No. 3 - composed and performed by Dr. Schimmel - release
date - December 2007 - IPS/Studio Muse Records - available only for
- Gregorsphere -
for a New Art Installation by Paul Lincoln - will be shown in Chelsea,
New York and Trieste - Spring 2008 - exact dates to be announced - music
composed and performed by Dr. Schimmel
- Eight Pieces composed
by Dr. Schimmel for Grade 1 level - available for download at Music
- A Brief History
of Plaid - a video/DVD By Micki Goodman - Music composed and performed
by Dr. Schimmel - available for free viewing on www.billschimmel.com
and Daily Motion
more information, please contact: email@example.com
of Merv Conn
Conn is often described as the King of the Strolling Accordionists,
and has spent over 70 years entertaining audiences large and small.
On February 18th 2007, his 87th birthday, Merv Conn performed to a sell
out audience at the AFI Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland.
This concert, with almost two hours of music, including the AFI Birthday
Gala, featuring the World's First Ever 21 Accordion Salute, is now available
on DVD as The Legend of Merv Conn.
For further information
By the Sea Festival in Canada
Mario Pedone has just returned from performing in a spectacular concert
in Victoria, British Colombia, Canada. Accordions by the Sea,
an outdoor accordion festival, featured some of the of the best accordionists
in the USA and Canada in an outdoor theater with beautiful scenery. Other
artistes appearing included S-Bahn, Marc Wald, Bertram Levy, Ron Lankford,
Victoria Accordion Club Band, Mary Ross, and Irv Lang. Next years
festival takes place from July 27th to 29th 2008.
Born in Italy in 1951, but raised in Venezuela where he graduated as a
concertista from music school, Mario Pedone is one of his
adopted countrys most accomplished accordionists and organists.
Now resident in Texas, Mario arranges, composes and performs music across
a wide variety of styles.
Mario will be the guest artist at the San Antonio Accordion Club on October
30th, as guest artist for their monthly meeting.
For further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeks Product Manager for the Accordion
Vacancy. The Hohner
subsidiary Hohner Inc. in Richmond, Virginia, USA, is seeking to appoint
an Accordion Product Manager. Requirements for this position are a familiarity
with the Accordion and the retail music products market.
LOCATION: Richmond, VA
SUPERVISOR: Director of Marketing and Sales
SALARY RANGE - $50 60,000 salary per year plus up to $20,000 potential
bonus if incentive targets are met
Responsible for all aspects of sales, promotion, product development and
marketing in the US. Responsibilities include: P&L management, forecasting,
inventory control, building and strengthening relationships with current
dealers as well as developing relationships with potential new dealers,
traveling to and interfacing with key dealers and players, creating presentations,
presenting strategy to corporate management, acting as a liaison between
all of our manufacturing partners, creating sales promotions, and coordinating
product launches, pr, and all marketing and sales efforts related to the
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
- Travel to trade
show events and visit major dealer accounts.
- Manage and develop
sales budgets and strategies
- Regularly analyze
sales budgets against performance and recommend strategies for improvement.
- Develop and manage
product pricing for the US market.
- Establish product
projections for purchasing.
- Coordinate new
product development efforts.
- Serve as liaison
between manufacturers and company
- Serve as liaison
- Work with sales
to support brand positioning.
- Management of
all promotional and event driven marketing
- Serve as industry
identified focus person (industry voice)
- Develop and implement
market expansion programs and initiatives.
- Manage special
projects, and perform other duties as assigned by management.
A keen understanding of management, people and customers needs is
essential. Must possess strong interpersonal communication and leadership
skills, as well as strong team skills, to work on group projects and other
collaborative efforts. Ability to understand and guide the work of others,
as well as coordinate activities and resources of business units. Should
possess sound judgment and decision-making skills in order to choose appropriate
solutions relative to costs and benefits. Must have related experience
in brand management, purchasing, marketing or selling musical instruments.
Familiarity with Accordion playing and knowledge of US Accordion market
is a definite plus.
Education and/or Experience: Experience in sales, marketing or brand management
on a national level preferred. Extensive familiarity with accordion instruments
required. Extensive domestic and international travel required. Ability
to effectively multi-task. Music industry experience preferred. Experience
in working with an independent or corporate sales force. Excellent computer
skills required (Microsoft Office Suite including Power Point).
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze and interpret business and technical
documents. Must possess exceptional communications skills to effectively
present information verbally, in written form, and in person, to customers,
vendors and co-workers. Must have a positive and proactive attitude and
Mathematical Skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as
discounts, interest, percentages, etc.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative
of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential
functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required
to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands
to handle objects or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee
must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities
required by this job include close vision.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here
are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made
to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.The
noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Please e-mail resume to: email@example.com
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?
Thunander to Appear at MAC Concert
October 22nd, 2007 accordionist Hank Thunander
will be the feature artist at the Milwaukee Accordion Association's monthly
Hank began his
musical career at the age of 9 in a small town in Bessemer, Michigan. Taught
by Zenda DeRubeis and inspired by his Godfather, Frankie Yankovic ("America's
Polka King", the accordion became Hank's passion.
Early on, Hank played many musical jobs and formed a band. He has backed
popular artists including the late Frankie Yankovic while establishing his
own identity in the music industry.
Recognized for his achievements, Hank was awarded the Army commendation
Medal for his outstanding leadership and performances in Special Services
Entertainment, he has received numerous press credits in local newspapers
all over the country, and was inducted into the Ironworld Polka Hall of
Fame in Chisholm, Minnesota in 1993.
Hank has repeatedly awestruck crowds with his various styles of music at
night clubs, festivals, casinos, ballrooms and theme parks throughout the
USA. His extraordinary talent includes a vast number of ethnic themes, big
band, polkas, old-time, country, 50's, 60's and 70's, standards, light rock,
classical melodies, spiritual, patriotic and holiday tunes.
With seven of his own recordings, new releases in the making, ongoing performances,
and a mailing list of his loyal following in excess of 2200 - demonstrates
that Hanks special fight will continue to be enjoyed by audiences for many
years to come
The concert will take place at the
Root River Center, 7220 W. Rawson Avenue, Franklin, WI 53132, phone:
(414) 425-7225. The Admission is $5.00 for MAC members and $10.00 for guests.
The pre-meeting entertainment will be provided by
Joe Bastian, John Kreiter and Rich Regent.
For more information, please visit: www.accordions.com/mac
NE Accordionfest 2007, the 10th Anniversary Celebration, will be held
from November 9, 10, 11, 2007 in Minneapolis, MN.
The program is scheduled as follows:
Friday, November 9th
- 5:00 Dan Turpening
- 6:00 Finn Hall
- 7:00 Joanna Darrow,
- 8:00 Dan Newton
**2007 Accordion Achievement Honoree**
Daddy Squeeze Trio, Dan Newton (accordion)
Bob Ekstrand (guitar), Tom Lewis (bass)
- 9-11:00 Larry
Malmberg & Mike Alongi, Illinois
- 9:00 Jazz Symposium
/ Workshop with Mike Alongi and others
- 11:00 Workshop
by Joanna Darrow: Choosing the right accordion & practice tips
- 12:00 Mark Stillman
- 1:00 Machinery
Hill, Datta (accordion), Bill Lee (sax, whistles,harp,clarinet, perc)
John Gwin (drums/percussion), Melisa Mathews (violin, fiddle)
Steve Zimmerman (guitars, vocals)
- 2:00 Orkestar
Bez Ime (OBI), Dee Langley (accordion, vocals)
Colleen Bertsch (violin, bass, vocals), Katrina Mundinger (clarinet,
Natalie Nowytski (vocals, percussion, bass), Tim Wahl (tambura, kaval)
- 3:00 Dee Langley
- 4:00 Hank Thunander
- 5:30-8:00 dinner
on your own and travel to the Walker Art Center
- 8:00 Walker Art
Center / Frode Haltli, Norway (additional charge)
- 10-12:00 Massed
Accordion Band rehearsal, Wendy Tangen-Foster conducting
- 12:00 John Scaffeo,
- 1:00 Jerry Minar
- 2-3:30 NEAF National
Accordion Month Ensemble Concert
- 6:00 Midwestern
Potluck at Pilgrim Lutheran Church
(bring a dish to share and your accordion)
Celebrate National Accordion Month, the festival features 20 plus hours
of accordion (and related instruments) music. For a complete schedule
and more information please visit: www.airaccordion.com/neaf2007.htm or
Langley (612) 781-8192 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sommers Invited to Conduct in Scotland
Following the very
successful World Accordion Orchestra debut performance at the Coupe Mondiale
2007 under the direction of Joan
C. Sommers, the hosts of the 2008 CIA Coupe Mondiale, the National
Accordion Organization of the United Kingdom (NA) are delighted to announce
that the CIA World Accordion Orchestra II is to be held during
the 61st Coupe Mondiale in Glasgow, Scotland from 21st - 26th October,
The members of the 'CIA World Accordion Orchestra II' will again include
musicians from many different countries, including many officers of the
Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA)
and delegates attending the 120th CIA Congress. The concertmaster will
again be New York City resident CIA President Kevin Friedrich.
is planned that there will be four pieces each conducted by a different
Musical Director - they are three well known Scottish Conductors - Brian
Laurie, Graham Laurie and Ronnie Brown together with special International
Guest Conductor and founder of the World Accordion Orchestra and Vice
President of the CIA Music Committee, Joan Cochran Sommers (right).
The CIA World Accordion Orchestra
II schedule will be as follows:
Mandatory Rehearsal: Friday, October 24, 2008 - time to be announced
Mandatory Rehearsal: Saturday, October 25, 2008 - time to be announced
Performance: Saturday, October 25, 2008 - time to be announced
Stay informed about the CIA World
Accordion Orchestra II and all events by checking this website. Full information
on program and rehearsal schedule on February 1, 2008, please check back.
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