releases CD "Song of Remembrance"
new recording, "Song of Remembrance," was released on the Tzadik
label on Oct. 23. It contains his compositions "Fallen Shadows"
for voice, violin, accordion and piano, and "My Walk with Ligeti,"
for solo accordion.
On the concert scene, Guy Klucevsek's November activities include solo
concerts at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, on November 6, The
Scottish Rite Center in Santa Fe, on November 9, and at the Outpost in
Albuquerque, on November 10.
for these concerts will include his own compositions, plus pieces written
for him by John Zorn, Jerome Kitzke, Mary Ellen Childs, Alvin Lucier and
On November 8, Guy will introduce a screening of Stephen Scwietert's documentary
film, "Accordion Tribe: Music Travels," at the Santa Fe Film
For more information, please visit: http://www.guyklucevsek.com
Lisenby Eligible for Five Grammy Nominations
of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) are currently
voting for the latest Grammy Award Nominations and among those being considered
is Nashville accordionist Jeff Lisenby.
Jeff is eligible for nomination in five categories including:
- Best Jazz Instrumental
Album (Field 10, Category 48)
117. "A Spy In Tortuga"
- Best Jazz Instrumental
Solo (Field 10, Category 47)
- Best Instrumental
Composition (Field 23, Category 85)
- Best Instrumental
Arrangement (Field 23, Category 86)
137. "Ring Of Fire"
- Best Instrumental
Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist (Field 23, Category 87)
017. "Bill Bailey" featuring Abby Burke
You can listen to
tracks from Jeff's myspace page:
On Tuesday November 27 at 6:00 PM, Jeff will give a FREE CD release concert
at Belmont University's Curb Cafe. For more information, please visit
Florida Accordion "Smash" in Orlando
|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:
- 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.
Tokarski - Concert Accordionist, Mary Tokarski
performs both nationally and internationally as a soloist, with Symphony
Orchestra and as a member of The 'K' Trio. For 20 years Mary served
as Director of Music Education at Tokarski Music Center in North Haven,
Connecticut, where she taught piano and accordion, as well as conducted
the choral & ensemble programs, and supervised the pre-school programs.
Mary currently teaches piano and accordion at her home in Northford,
Connecticut. She also serves as a Music Educator in the North Haven
Department of Education's Early Childhood Development Program at Green
Acres Elementary School. Currently, Mary serves as a Board of Director
with both The American Accordionists' Association (AAA) and the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) which are the two national member
organizations of the Confederation Interntaionale des Accordeonistes,
- 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
- 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 Accordion 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
New York Series is "The Last Frontier"
Association proudly announces its 14th annual Master Class and Concert
Series titled "The Last Frontier" to be held July 25-27, 2008
at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York city, located at 43A West
13th Street, between 5th and 6th Ave.
Moderated by Dr. William Schimmel, highlights of the three day series
- The Kid: Billy,
a new Dance/Video work by eminent choreographer/director Micki Goodman
- featuring Dr. Schimmels music and silent movie footage of King
Vidors 1928 classic, The Sky Pilot.
- A lecture on the
music of Karel Strahala and his music for the Tango/Harmoniku - two
volumes of Czech Tangos, Waltzes, Polkas and Foxtrots written all in
- A new accordion
prototype for rock and roll accordionists in development by Benjamin
- A virtual wedding
of two accordion souls, H and MK, who met a decade ago at The Seminars.
Our resident Elvis will perform the ceremony in true blue Hawaiian fashion.
- Uriah The Dead,
a short opera about David and Bathsheba from Dead Uriahs point
- Club Parusia/Heres
to Life, the club at the end of the world an apocalyptic romp
through time and space at the borderline south of, that is.
- Paul Steins
911 Profiteers and other Scoundrels Suite artfully defacing politicians,
benevolent dictators and O.J.
- The debut performance
by Duality Wrecks, an anonymous accordion and piano duo designed to
shift the focal point of any party or event to pogo-gear with its relentless
chance/medleys of pretty much anything.
- Ayn Rand and the
Accordion will be looked at in the light of Liberation Theology, Libertarianism
or Librarianisn or Collectivism, Selectivism and Hoarding a lot
- Project BC
reducing everything in the world to two facets BASS/CHORD/BASS/CHORD
covering the entire cultural array of Achtungs, ya yas, Octoberfests,
bratwurst, beer, barf and beyond declaring Yorkville as the new
cultural world centre.
- Deiro Pietro!
Guido -Mae West!
- Is everything
in life just one huge 12 tone set? Dr. Robert Young McMahan will tell
us how it happened and how we never really got out of it despite todays
tendency towards new music that chirps Please love me- also
how it works with and against the mechanisms of various accordions.
Holshouser (right), jazz accordionist, composer winning the smirking
competition at last years seminars. The smirk is just a
un-necessary hook. His elegant playing and writing actually says it
- A past Coupe Mondiale
world champion, Beverly Roberts, will perform Liszts Concerto
No. 2 in A and recreate her appearance on game show To Tell the Truth.
yes THE TRUTH
- Is life a baloney
sandwich? The short Becket/like play: FZ /DA will give us a clue
featuring actress Kathleen Tipton.
- Marni Rice will
give us the last word on Kabaret. Brian Dewan will give us the last
word on Chevrolet.
- Rembert Block
will rant till the end of time. Dr. Mark Birnbaum declairs Ragtime:
- Seth Hogan will
cover the Acadian dimension. Liam Robinson, no pretension. Godfrey,
collidial( 7) suspension. Lenny Feldmann, no detention. Rita Davidson
will give us late Ettore and no more.
- AAA commissions:
The Paul Creston Concerto/dance-mix version, and whats left oer.
- An Alice Riff
(in honor of David Del Tredici), Elliotude (in honor of Elliot Carter)
- Domenic Frontieres
Branded Eldorado a Real Pro.) Uri Sharlin, Serge Stanley, Israeli to
Aussie-back to the door.
- Doug Makofka,
not Franz Kafka. Cristina Speligene, the Nashville Mafka.
- Ray Rue (Gospel
and Elvis), never a chore, will not bore. Dot will be rotten
to a core.
- David Stoler,
more/more/more. Stefan Curcic, classics to adore. The K duo, Saturday
closer once more.
- David First, drone
until sore. Rachid Eladlouni, the cyberspace door. Dragica Banic/Curcic,
- John Foti, the
Jersey shore. Art Bailey ,hard core. Lee Mc Clure, Eclextic, digital
flute mit score.
- Ken Laufer, Har!
Har! Har! Balcones Fault without the bar. #14 WEVE COME
- Attendees will
even be invited to join in and sing THE SEMINAR SONG
COME TO THE SEMINARS
(3X) THE SEMINARS ONCE MORE LEARN AT THE SEMINARS/YEARN AT THE
SEMINARS/JEROME KERN AT THE SEMINARS/THE SEMINARS WONT BORE
VEN SEMINAR KOM
UND SEMINAR GO UND SEMINAR, SEMINAR, HO! HO! HO!
Seminars at a glance:
The Tenri Cultural Institute
13th Street between 5th and 6th Ave,
New York, NY
When: July 25, 26 AND 27 - Master Classes 3:00 PM and Concerts
$20 per Master Class and $25 per concert or $40 per day for both, or $110.00
for entire weekend.
How? For reservations and information, please phone 212-876-0827
City's 'Vivant!' in Concert at KSU
in concert recently on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan,
Kansas. The full recital on October 21st was a part of the University's
This was the first time that many of the university students and members
of the community were able to see and hear the accordion in a concert
setting, and they were both excited and intrigued with this dynamic project.
In addition to presenting some brief history about the accordion and information
on the mechanics of the instrument, the varied program included works
by Bach, Corelli, Fremar, and Piazzolla, as well as several jazz and popular
Members of Vivant! include Sarrah Cantrell, Percussion/Synthesizer; Karen
Fremar, Accordion/Composer/Arranger; Gail Overly, Accordion/Tenor Accordion;
Janne Silfverberg, Trombone/Latin Percussion/ Synthesizer; Julie Silfverberg,
Accordion/Synthesizer; Dee Sligar, Bass Accordion/ Synthesizer; and Erica
For further information about Vivant! visit http://www.vivantsound.com
Christison hosts SAI International Gathering
Kansas City accordionist and entertainer Jane
Christison, of Music
With A Smile, recently hosted the Kansas City Alumnae Chapter of Sigma
Alpha Iota (SAI) International Music Fraternity's Gala Dinner and Show
on Sunday, October 28, 2007.
Jane served as the emcee host as well as program performer for the show
themed for "Musical Memories from the Silver Screen". All funds
raised will be used to provide scholarships for college level music students.
Jane Christison is an accomplished accordionist and entertainer, playing
many styles of music, including pop, old standards, sing-along songs,
polkas and music for special seasons and holidays. Once described by a
talk show host as "like a ray of sunshine on stage," it does
not take long to notice that Jane loves entertaining and meeting people.
As a member of USO Shows, she toured the Far East and entertained at military
bases in Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, the Philippines and Guam. A second
USO tour took her to American bases in the Azores and Europe, bringing
a touch of home to thousands of US military personnel. In addition, she
has performed in other parts of the world such as Australia and New Zealand,
the former Soviet Union, Scandinavia, and South America.
Jane studied serious accordion literature with Joan Cochran Sommers at
the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and graduated
with a Bachelor of Music degree in accordion performance. Since graduating
from college, Jane has kept very busy performing for corporate functions,
country clubs, restaurants, casinos, trade shows, anniversary and birthday
celebrations, and other special occasions. Jane has
also been featured as a guest artist at accordion festivals around the
country, where she has presented her workshops, "Playing the Accordion
for Fun and Fame!" and "Squeezing Money Out of Your Accordion."
Video versions of these workshops and other accordion videos are available
through her company, Music
With A Smile Productions, L.L.C.
Hymns on Accordion CD Released
Doktorski, one of America's leading concert accordionists, performs beautiful
and artistic arrangements of 25 beloved Marian hymns from the 11th through
the 20th centuries, including five different settings of Ave Maria. This
CD will truly be a treasure for classical accordion lovers, sacred music
connoisseurs and devotees of our Blessed Mother.
aside any prejudice you may have about the accordion, and carefully listen
to this compilation of Marian music assembled by master accordionist Henry
"With the skill of a poet, Doktorski has arranged 25 hymns and presented
them with varied textures, in every imaginable genre from simple melodic
chant, to melody with accompaniment, to all out accordion panache. In
the fingers and hands of Doktorski, the cherished melodies soar with lyric
fluidity, all the time keeping sight of the reason for their existence
- to honor of the Mother of God." - Kenneth G. Danchik, Associate
Organist, Saint Paul Cathedral of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tracks on the CD are:
- Sing of Mary
- Hail, Holy Queen
- Immaculate Mary
- Alma Redemptoris Mater
- Serdeczna Matko
- O Sanctissima
- Ave Maria (Franz Schubert)
- Ave Regina Cælorum
- Hail, Queen Of Heav'n
- Star Upon The Ocean
- At The Cross Her Station Keeping
- Regina Cæli
- Virgin Great And Glorious
- Joyously We Sing To Mary
- Blessed Virgin Mother
- Salve Regina
- On This Day, O Beautiful Mother
- Mother Dear, O Pray For Me
- Mother, At Your Feet Is Kneeling
- Ave Maria (Latin chant)
- Hail Mary, Gentle Woman
- Ave Maria, As I Kneel Before You
- Bogurodzica Dziewica
- Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)
Total Time: 72:40
Doktorski writes: This CD is the fruit of my dear wife, Mary Kay, who
suddenly decided one day in February 2007 that I should record an album
of Marian hymns to help raise funds for the proposed Prayer Garden with
grotto and statue of our Lady of Lourdes at our local parish, Saint
Columbkille in Imperial, Pennsylvania.
At first I resisted, knowing too well the vast amount of time and energy
and funding needed to see such a project to completion, and the likelihood
that it probably would not be financially profitable. However Mary Kay
was stubborn and her enthusiasm contagious, so like the proverbial fool
who leaps where angels fear to tread, I began choosing hymns, writing
arrangements, practicing many hours, rewriting arrangements, recording,
editing the recorded tracks, researching and writing liner notes, and
trusting that our Lady, if she was pleased with our endeavor, would
provide the necessary means required to complete this ambitious undertaking.
I am grateful for the opportunity to create an album of music dedicated
to our blessed mother.
Prieto to Perform in New York City
Victor Prieto will perform in New York on November 3rd with his trio including
Carlo DeRosa on Bass and John Davis on Drums. There will be two sets beginning
at 9:00 PM and 11:15 PM. The performance will take place at La Lanterna
The Bar Next Door located at 129 MacDougal Street, New York, NY.
"All About Jazz by Budd Kopman" says: Prieto plays accordion
the way Toots Thielmans plays harmonica or Dino Saluzzi plays bandoneon.
He transcends the instrument and just plays music. The key features of
Prieto's music are lyricism and drama. He writes fine, memorable melodies,
then works with the band to create tracks with a very clear dramatic arch,
sometimes more than one, engaging and carrying the listener forward...
he tells stories and paints pictures with music.
Solecki announces "Solecktive Sounds!"
Solecki announces the release of his second polka album showcasing the
accordion, "Solecktive Sounds!" This new CD travels the globe
musically featuring Polish, Slovenian, French, Italian, Irish, Eastern
& Standard style polkas/waltzes, two accordion novelties and a tango
over 19 tracks and one hour of music.
Solecktive Sounds features 14 talented guest musicians performing on drums,
bass, guitar, banjo, violin, vocals, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, flute,
accordion, concertina and piano including Jack Beachly (Ethnic Jazz),
Mollie Busta (Squeeze Box), Glenn Dydak (Polka Family Band), Ed Klancnik
(Klancnik & Friends Band), Richie Kois (Crusade), Frank Kolodzieski
(former Polka Family Band clarinetist), Paul Krywy (Dynabrass), Julien
Labro (1st place winner at multiple international accordion competitions),
Brian O'Boyle (Klancnik & Friends Band), Matt Rosinski (Lenny Gomulka
& The Chicago Push), Mark Stafura (Duquesne Tamburitzan Alumni), Josh
Szymczak (Polka Family Band), Jerry Zagar (Klancnik & Friends Band),
Mike Zawojsky (Grammy Nominated Accordionist on Solecktions album)...
and myself (former Polka Family Band accordionist for 10 years).
- 1. ACCORDION A
GO GO - (Polish)
- 2. JOLLY CABALLERO
- 3. GOOD LOOKIN'
- 4. FIORE D'ABRUZZO
- 5. POLKA JAMBOREE
- 6. ACCORDEON PRINTANIER
- 7. SCOTT JOPLIN
- 8. LA CUMPARSITA
- 9. EASTERN DELIGHT
- 10. TELL ME YOU'RE
MINE TODAY - (Polish)
- 11. IRISH POLKA
MEDLEY - (Irish)
- 12. ROSEY POSEY
POLKA - (Slovenian)/
- 13. ROLLER SKATING
- 14. CORNALINE
WALTZ - (French)
- 15. BARBARA POLKA
- 16. FORAY POLKA
- 17. JUNE NIGHT
WALTZ - (Slovenian)
- 18. HOT POINTS
- 19. POLISH POLKA
MEDLEY - (Polish)
Available on CD only,
select 30 second audio clips from the CD can be heard on www.kevinsolecki.com
and the CD can be purchased at this site, or from Kevin Solecki 1208 Pennsbury
Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA, 15205. Solecktive Sounds CDs are $15 each including
Monteiro CD "The Trio Album"
Jazz accordionist Eddie Monteiro has released a new CD: The Trio Album
with fellow musicians Joe Cocuzzo on drums and Lenny Argese on guitar.
Trio Album tracks include:
Might As Well Be Spring
It Really Happen
Man In The Moon
Trust Your Heart
further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 2008?
Haltli to Perform in Los Angeles
accordionist Frode Haltli will appear in a free concert at the Getty Center,
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Los Angeles, on November 9th, 7:30 PM.
32 year old Frode
Haltli studied the accordion at The Norwegian State Academy of Music and
The Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. He ended his studies in 2000 and
currently lives near Oslo, Norway.
According to BBC Music Magazine Frode Haltli is a brilliant interpreter
of both contemporary and traditional Scandinavian music. His astonishing
virtuosity has inspired many composers, and his kaleidoscopic improvisations
that draw upon the Norwegian folk tradition explore the furthest sonic
regions of the instrument
Celtic Band Solas including accordionist Mick McAuley, will perform at the
Victoria Theatre in Dayton, Ohio and at the Overture Center in Madison,
Wisconsin in November.
Since its birth in 1996, Solas has been proclaimed as one of the most popular
and exciting Celtic bands to emerge from the United States. Even before
the release of its first Shanachie CD, the Boston Herald trumpeted the quartet
as "the first truly great Irish band to arise from America and the
Irish Echo ranked Solas among the "most exciting bands anywhere in
the world." The Philadelphia Inquirer said they make "mind-blowing
Irish folk music, maybe the world's best". The New York Times praised
their "unbridled vitality", the Washington Post dubbed them one
of the "world's finest Celtic-folk ensembles" and the Austin American-Statesman
called them "the standard by which contemporary Celtic groups are judged."
With such proclaim, Solas is virtually unique in the new territory it has
opened up for Celtic music. It has performed at all the major Celtic and
folk festivals, including Philadelphia, Edmonton, the legendary National
Folk Festival, and Milwaukee's Irish Fest; but also at Telluride Bluegrass
Festival, and the chamber music summer series at Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
It has performed at Symphony Hall, Wolf Trap, the Ford Amphitheater, and
Queens Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland. In New York City, where the band was
based in its early years, it has played at the legendary Bottom Line folk
club, but also at vaunted classical venues Town Hall and Symphony Space.
Solas sound today is anchored by founders Seamus Egan, who plays flute,
tenor banjo, mandolin, whistle, guitar and bodhran, and fiddler Winifred
Horan. Mick McAuley from Kilkenny plays accordion and concertina and Eamon
McElholm from Tyrone plays guitar and keyboards. Deirdre Scanlan is the
band's latest vocal discovery taking over from founding vocalist Karan
Mick McAuley from Kilkenny was born into the well-known musical McAuley
family and has been playing Irish Music from a very early age. In fact,
his first public performance was when he was featured on tin whistle by
the late great Irish tenor, Frank Patterson at the tender age of five.
Mick took up accordion at the age of nine and has since become one of
the leading exponents on this instrument in Irish Music.
During his teenage years he mastered several other instruments and competed
successfully in numerous competitions. By his late teens he had toured
extensively throughout Europe at concerts and various cultural festivals
as part of the family group and other ensembles, and also as a solo artist.
Mick moved to London in 1991 and recorded and toured regularly with the
London- based Ron Kavana Alias band and was part of The Bucks
with Ron, Terry Woods and piper Paddy Keenan. Returning home for a while
in 1994, Mick recorded and toured with Niamh Parsons Loose Connections,
Karan Casey, Paul Brennan of Clannad, and eurovision winner Eimear Quinn.It
was while spending time in New York during the mid to late nineties that
he joined the band SOLAS and has recorded and toured with them during
the years since.
2003 saw the release of Micks debut solo album, An Oceans
Breadth which received rave reviews and was heralded by the Washington
Post as Celtic Album of the Year. While the album re-affirmed
him as one of the best accordionists in Irish music, it also established
him as one of the finest and most unique singers in Ireland.
In 2005 Mick recorded a duet album with Winifred Horan titled Serenade
which was also well received by listeners and critics alike, and has been
a classic that should be part of any Irish Music
Solas's November concert details are as follows:
- November 16th,
2007 8:00 PM
138 North Main Street Dayton, OH 45402
- November 24th,
201 State St., Madison, WI 53703
Accordion Duo in Richardson, Texas
The Polish American
Foundation of Texas presents "Dances of the World" at the Eiseman
Center in Richardson, TX on November 3, 2007 at 8:00 PM.
very talented and accomplished accordionists bring to Eisemann Center
their critically acclaimed "Dances of the World", with pieces
like Vaclav Trojan's "Tarantella" and Victorio Monti's "Chardash".
Jeffrey James, Editor International Composer, described Duo Giziewski-Sulej
well after their 2006 concert at Carnegie Hall: "Anyone, who thinks
the accordion is either dull or not really an instrument fit for classical
music hasn't heard these boys tear up. Performance like this leave little
room for anything other than superlatives...I cannot say enough about
the high quality of their musicianship and almost inhumanly good integration
of sound, so I'll just leave things at hopping to hear them again very
Challenging all preconceptions on what an accordion is capable of is the
classical accordion duo of Hubert Giziewski and Pawel Sulej. Their concert
at the Eisemann Center is a part of their second US tour, with recitals
including the Arizona Chamber Music Festival in Tucson, the Walt Disney
Hall in Los Angeles, the Musica Viva concert series in Blacksburg
as well as performances in New York and Denver.
Giziewski and Pawel Sulej completed their music studies at Poland's most
important music institution of higher education, the Fryderyk Chopin Academy
of Music in Warsaw and already belong among the most distinguished Polish
musicians of their generation.
During the many years
of their artistic education, they have worked with such prominent artists
as Wlodzimierz Lech Puchnowski, Jerzy Jurek, Jerzy Lukasiewicz, Friedrich
Lips, Yuri Shishkin, and received numerous honors and prizes at prestigious
festivals and music competitions, both in Poland and abroad. Their most
important prizes include awards from festivals in Stalowa Wola (1993),
Chelm (2001), Mlawa (2005) in Poland, as well as from competitions in
Castelfidardo (2005) and Ibla-Ragusa in Italy (2005).
As soloists and chamber
music players, Hubert Giziewski and Pawel Sulej have appeared at the most
famous concert halls and artistic centers in Poland (including the National
Philharmonic in Warsaw, and the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio S1 of
the Polish Radio) and around the world (the Suntory Hall in Japan, the
Carnegie Hall in New York, to mention just these two). In addition, they
performed in concert in many countries around the world, including: Bulgaria,
Morocco, Germany, Italy and Lithuania.
The repertoire of
the eminent Polish accordion duo of Hubert Giziewski and Pawel Sulej includes
several ongoing artistic explorations: "Grand Transcriptions",
"Polish & European Contemporary Music," "Musica Sacra,"
"Dances of the World," and "Sacrum & Profanum",
with musical compositions written by such masters and eminent composers
as: Johann Sebastian Bach, Leon Boëllmann, Cesar Franck, Modest Mussorgsky,
Aram Khachaturian, Witold Lutoslawski, Astor Piazzolla, George Enescu,
and reveals a whole palette of artistic and stylistic possibilities provided
by the contemporary concert accordion.
The artistic works
of the above mentioned composers and others, thanks to the extraordinary
coloristic palette, technical and sonic qualities of the modern accordions
gain truly exceptional and unique values in the somewhat unusual setting
of two accordions. This music performed by the accordion duo immediately
absorbs the attention of the listeners and is always received with a great
enthusiasm by the audiences on all the continents.
USA concert dates for November include:
- 2 November, 2007
- San Diego La Jolla, 1353 Caminito Acento, Polish Art and Culture Society,
- 3 November, 2007
- Dallas Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, 8:00 PM
- Eisemann Center Ticket Office - Phone: 972-744-4650
- 4 November, 2007
- Dallas St. Peter the Apostle Church, 2907 Woodall Rodgers Freeway,
- 5 - 12 November,
2007 - Denver
Zydeco in NY's Beacon Theater
known Zydeco accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco will perform in a concert titled
"I'm Not There: In Concert a live celebration of Haynes' Bob Dylan
film I'm Not There. The one night only concert will feature an eclectic
lineup of 16 artists will perform Dylan's songs at a benefit concert November
7, 2007 at New York's Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, New York, NY. (Phone:
All net proceeds from the Dylan-inspired concert will go to benefit 826
National and 826 Valencia, non-profit groups that help students ages 6-18
with expository and creative writing skills, organizers of the event said.
The concert is sponsored
by The Weinstein Company, Wolfgang's Vault, WFUV Radio and Search Party
Music. I'm Not There," the film, will be released in theaters nationwide
by The Weinstein Company November 21, 2007.
Might Be Giants in Concert
Might Be Giants including accordionist John Linnell, will appear in concert
throughout November, 2007 as follows:
- 1 - Athens, GA
- Georgia Theatre
- 2 - Atlanta, GA
- Variety Playhouse
- 3 - Nashville,
TN - Exit In
- 4 - Memphis, TN
- 6 - Newport, KY
- Southgate House
- 7 - Columbus,
OH - Newport Music Hall
- 8 - Indianapolis,
IN - The Vogue
- 9 - Milwaukee,
WI - Turner Hall
- 10 - Chicago,
IL - Vic Theatre
- 13 - Grand Rapids,
MI - The Intersection 18+
- 14 - Ann Arbor,
MI - Michigan Theater
- 15 - Pittsburgh,
PA - Mr. Smalls
- 16 - Buffalo,
NY- Town Ballroom
- 17 - Cleveland,
OH - Case Western Univ.
- 23 - Washington,
DC - 9:30 Club
- 24 - Philadelphia,
PA - TLA (Fillmore)
addition, they will perform at the Beacon Theatre in New York on February
knack for infectious melodies with a quirky, bizarre sense of humor and
a vaguely avant-garde aesthetic borrowed from the New York post-punk underground,
They Might Be Giants became one of the most unlikely alternative success
stories of the late '80s and early '90s.
Musically, the duo of John Flansburgh and accordionist John Linnell borrowed
from everywhere, but their freewheeling eclecticism was enhanced by their
arcane, geeky sense of humor. They would reference everything from British
Invasion to Tin Pan Alley, while making allusion to pulp fiction and President
Through their string of indie releases and constant touring as a duo,
They Might Be Giants built up a huge following on college campuses during
the late '80s, switching to a major label in the early '90s and focusing
on their cult following in recent years. More recently, They Might Be
Giants released a series of podcasts and contributed to various film soundtracks,
including Disney's "Meet the Robinsons" and the film adaptation
of Neil Gaiman's "Coraline." The band's 14th studio release,
The Else, hit stores in the summer of 2007.
Although TMBG began in the early '80s with their first studio album, "They
Might be Giants," the two Johns first met in high school. Later,
John Flansburgh and John Linnell started playing in New York City with
Flansburgh on guitar and Linnell on saxophone and accordion. Today, TMBG
have sold over 4 million records and have created an extensive artist
owned-and-operated download site with live shows, free .MP3s, free monthly
podcasts and new music.
Venglevski to appear with Sheboygan Symphony
whose keyboard artistry and dazzling technical command have brought him
increasing acclaim as a virtuoso of the accordion will join forces with
Andrews Sill and the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra on an out-of-the-ordinary
musical adventure at 7:30 PM, Saturday, November 10, 2007 at the Stefanie
H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts, 826 N. Eighth Street, Sheboygan,
included on the program include "Norwegian Dances" by Grieg,
"Thunder and Lightening Polka" by Strauss, "Flight of the
Bumblebee" from "Tsar Sultan" by Rimsky-Korsakov, "Hungarian
Dance No. 5" by Brahms and Fanfare from the "William Tell"
Overture by Rossini. The Symphony Singers will join the Symphony to perform
a selection of spirituals by Rutter.
Stas is a
native of the Republic of Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union, and
a two-time first-prize winner of the prestigious bayan competition in
Moldova. He is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, where
he received his master's degree in music under the tutelage of the famed
Russian bayanist Friedrich Lips.
Stas has toured extensively throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe
and the United States. He performs frequently in Milwaukee, his home,
and is a regular participant in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Arts
in Community education program and in theater productions.
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