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 "My life with the Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson - Chapters 1,2 & 3

"My Life With The Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson Ron Hodgson - 1958 Ron Hodgson - 2008I began playing the accordion when I was seven years old. I received an accordion for Christmas 1935.

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Modest Mussorgsky «Pictures at an Exhibition»

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Melodies Which Are Always With You

Concert musette for accordion

Richard Galliano quartet «New Musette»

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Boris Kovac and Ladaaba Orchestra «Ballads at the End of Time», «La Danza Apocalypsa Balcanica»

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A Gotan Project DJ set Espiracion

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Accordion Reader Trilogy

L. Desyatnikov - Tracing Astor

Russian music of the 19 - 20-th centuries

Igor Tsvetkov - Two Pieces for Russian Folk Orchestra

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Richard Galliano - Viaggio

Richard Galliano & Michel Portal – Concerts

Valery Kovtun - «Tango»

Richard Galliano – New York Tango

Friedrich Lips - Pictures at an Exhibition

Astor Piazzolla - Fugata

Dmitry Manchuk & Miroslav Leliukh - Musical Fantasy

Art Van Damme - Deep Purple

Richard Galliano - Fou Rire

George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (for piano and accordion orchestra)

Andrew Petrov - Marathon in the Fall

Luciano Fancelli - Acquarelli Cubani

Happy Skvett - Kulturprisen

M. Kazhlaev - Scerzo

Michael van Delft - Angel Rocks a Stone Away

Jacques Reuaux, Claude Francois - My Way - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Parts

Richard Galliano - Tango pour Claude

''Resurrecion'' tango-quartet - Obsessed by the Sun

Richard Galliano - La Valse a Margaux

Bogdan Precz - Fusion

Jazz Accordion Book - Vol. I

Jazz Theory And Improvisation Studies for Accordion

Che, bandoneon - 10 essential tango arrangements - Vol. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Tangus Dei

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Score

Accordion orchestra of 3-d municipal music school (Kishinev, Moldova)

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet "Concertino" (video live concert)

Pablo Ziegler - Bajo Cero

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - Accordion virtuosos from St. Petersburg

Albin Repnikov - Concerto ¹3 for accordion, chamber orchestra and percussions - Score

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - My Saint Petersburg

M. Blanter - In The Gardens

Astor Piazzolla - Yo Soy Maria

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet «Concertino» - Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 2

B. Martjanov - Moldova Fantasy

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 2

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 1

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 3

Jacques Reuaux, Claude Francois - My Way - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Score

Anatoly Lyadov - Musical Snuffbox

Yu. Peshkov - Black Eyes - Russian romance arranged as a concert piece

Charlie Shavers - Breeze in a Waste

Christine Boll – Partita Piccola

Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein - Going Out of My Head - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Score and Parts

Victor Vlasov - Bossa Nova

Pietro Frosini - Carnival of Venice

Victor Vlasov - I Like this Rhythm

Thomas Fundora & Morris Albert - Feelings

Mikis Theodorakis - Quarter of Angels

George Hammel - Pantoufle de Vair (concert polka for accordion)

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla

In the Footlights

The Beatles Potpourri

Jacob Gade - Tango Jalousie

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Eddy Flecijn – Capriccio

Pascual Marquina - Spanish Gipsy Dance

Popular Waltzes

Libertango tango hits

Moon Serenade

History of Musicals

Astor Piazzolla – 10 tangos

From Bach till Offenbach

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - Blue Moon

Beny Rehmann - Schiffsfeger-Polka

F. Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

J. Rid - Last Waltz

Yann Tiersen - Le Moulin

Yann Tiersen - Naomi

Bert Kaempfert - Strangers in The Night

Luiz Bonfa - Manha de Carnival

Cajun of Luisiana State (for banjo and accordions)

George Boulanger - Da Capo

Eugene Derbenko - Rythm of Time

I. Panitski - Snowball Tree

A. Murena and J. Colombo - Indifference

Hubert Giraud - Sous le Ciel de Paris

Toto Cutugno - Soli

Fermo Marchetti - Fascination

Victor Vlasov - Boogie-Woogie

J McHugh - Black Birds (Black spiritual arranged for accordion)

S. Scott - Jungle

Tikhon Khrennikov - Moscow Windows (jazz song arranged for accordion duo)

Paul Norrback - Happy Moments

Charlie Chaplin - Limelight (waltz arranged for accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Silent Films

Victor Vlasov - Good Afternoon

Victor Vlasov - Cartoon

20 Tiny Fingers - English folk song

A. Joys - Autumn Dream

Jazz-Legato - Lerov Andersson (for accordion duo)

Vladimir Popolzin - In The Saloon

S. Scott - Ballade

Victor Vlasov – Jazz Miniatures

Victor Vlasov - Disco (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Let us Swing (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Siamese (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - This Rythm (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Step (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Unto Jutila - French Visit

Renzo Ruggieri - Carnevale

Jimmy Giordanengo - La Huette (waltz for solo accordion)

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes (for solo accordion)

Unto Jutila - Samba

Pietro Frosini - Jolly Caballero

Karl Noack - Parade of Dwarves (for ensemble or orchestra)

Valery Kovtun - Brilliant Waltz (for solo accordion)

Pintin Castellanos - La Punalada

Finish Polka

Anne Dudley - Jeeves and Wooster

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Parts

Luciano Fancelli - 10 km. al Finestrino

Luciano Fancelli - Pupazzetti

Georgy Mushel - Toccata

Albin Repnikov - Capriccio

Paolo Pizzigoni - Light and Shadow

Grigoras Dinicu - Hora Stacatto

Eduardo di Capua - O Sole Mio!

Ernesto Lecuona - Malaguena from «Andalucia» Suite

Andre Astier - Grande Valse De Concert

Andre Astier - Divertissement

Andre Astier - Fantaisie En Mi Mineur

Andre Astier, Marcel Azzola - Systeme «A»

Andre Astier, Maurice Larcange - Accordeon Steeple

Andre Astier, Yvette Horner - Polka Satellite

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Ti Amo, Pesaro

Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto f-moll from The Four Seasons

Arnstein Johansen - Cornelli (polka)

Medard Ferrero - Averse

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Metodo Per Fisarmonica (Accordion)

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Vladimir Chernikov - Lonely Harmonica - Yablochko

Niccolo Paganini - Caprice No. 24 in A minor

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Memory

John A. Dallas - Helen Waltz

Maurice Larcange & Michel Mercier - Javaccordeon

Franck Angelis - Valse du Cloun

Franck Angelis - Impasse

Ole Schmidt - Toccata no. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Contrabajissimo - Score

Yann Tiersen - La Noyee

Jack Fina - Bumblebee Boogie

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Heitor Villa-Lobos - Dance of The White Indian

Filippo Marino - Cristina

Tony Murena & Louis Peguri - Joyeux Vagabond

Pietro Frosini - Spic and Span

Hans Brehme - Divertimento in F

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Astor Piazzolla - Concerto Aconcagua for bandoneon, chamber orchestra and percussions - Score

Oscar Peterson - Laurentide Waltz (from The “Canadiana” suite)

Con Conrad & Herb Magidson - Midnight in Paris (bolero)

Samuel Barber - Adagio from String Quartet No. 1

Pietro Frosini - Love Smiles

Albin Repnikov - Concertino

Victor Vlasov - The Fest In Moldavanka

Art Van Damme - Boogie-Woogie

Albert Vossen - Brusseles Laces

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Frank Marocco - Appassionato

Che, bandoneon - 10 essential tango arrangements - Vol. 2

Astor Piazzolla - Cite Tango

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Accordions for Kids!
Jun., 9, 2007

Accordions for Kids - Click Here to read some of Betty Pollards excellent ideas !

 I have been asked countless times for advice on how to start a childrens group so I have put the system we use at Tameside on the web.   It is a tried and trusted way of getting children playing quickly.   All the Bands we have trained at Tameside have all been introduced to ensemble playing using this method.   It is fun and easy to teach.

Betty Pollard - Tameside Junior Accordion Band -UK

iTunes for Accordion?
Jun., 9, 2007
The beauty of online music services like iTunes is that they offer instant access to hard-to-find music. No waiting, no standing in line, no condescending looks from record store clerks when you’re picking up the latest polka CD (ahem)… just instant gratification for music lovers. But even iTunes’ vast catalog has some holes — particularly when it comes to solo and ensemble accordion music.

Accordionist Lenny Feldmann (the “Cordeen Man”) is trying to fill those holes, though, with his own all-accordion online music service. Just like iTunes, you can listen to samples, buy entire albums or mix and match tracks at 99 cents a pop. There are currently over 200 tracks available, including selections by Frank Marocco, Zevy Zions, and the Accordion Pops Orchestra. It’s definitely worth checking out and, hopefully, the selection will continue to grow over time.

Caister Accordions International - 1st - 5th November 2007
Jun., 6, 2007

Accordions International at Caister !

November 1st - 5th at the Haven Holiday Centre, Caister -on-Sea, Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

Starring:- Giancarlo Caporilli (Italy) - Bernadette Conlon (Australia) - Accodemia (Russia)

Gary Blair (Scotland) - Romano Viazzani (England) - Norvic Concordia (England)

Amaryllis (England) - Bert Santilly (England) - Harry Hussey (England)

plus more to be announced!

Booking Forms are available now from festival organiser, Heather Smith  (Heather is a professional musician & teacher and is aslo the editor of the excellent monthly Accordion Profile Magazine) her contact details for festival booking forms are :-

Heather's Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Heather's Tel:  01482 - 805387  or  07800 908284

Heather's Address:   80, Inglemire Avenue, Kingston upon Hull, HU6 7TG

Latest News from the Tameside Junior Accordion Band - June 2007
Jun., 6, 2007
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Tameside Junior Accordion Band - Winners!
I am delighted to report that the Band are the United Kingdom Preparatory Accordion Orchestra Champions. They won the title at the Nationals held in Scarborough on Saturday May 5th.
They won the Area Championship back in November which qualified them to represent the North West and they certainly didn't let our Area down.
Their ages range from 7 years to 15 and all live in the Tameside and Greater Manchester Area.
They have all worked incredibly hard to achieve this high standard, not only in practising and commitment, but fund raising to get the Band to the event. They have played  on the markets, in the parks and have bag packed at various venues and the public have been very generous in their donations so a big thank you to them and also to our local sponsor "Windmill Demolition Co Ltd" of Denton Tel. 0161 320 9119 who supplied a set of uniforms, Local people supporting local youth has paid off handsomely. 

I founded the Band in 1992 with the aim of giving all children, especially those considered to be disadvantaged, an opportunity to learn music. We provide Instruments and Tuition free and 6 places are available for families wanting their children to take advantage of our musical scheme. For more info  tel. 0161 339 9250 new band web site  www.accordionsuk.com
Hope you have enjoyed our  story as our little band with their assortment of accordions have triumphed over the big guns from Scotland and the rest of the UK and have brought home the title.  A first for Tameside and the North West.
Betty Pollard Musical Director/Founder
HELP!!  We are in urgent need of small accordions for our young beginners, some are having to share.
 Can anyone help please.
June - UKAO Competition
Jun., 6, 2007

Who is the famous accordionist owner of this accordion?

The first correct entry received naming the famous accordionist owner of this lonely accordion ( from UKAOregistered members only please ) - by email  to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  will receive the first prize of a magnificent 218 page fully illustrated book "The Art of Bayan Playing - by Friedrich Lips "  The June Competition first prize was kindly donated to UKAO by John Leslie of Accordions of London www.accordionsoflondon.com 

The first 5 correct answers ( from UKAO registered members only please ) - by email  to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  with the correct name of the famous accordionist owner of the above accordion will each win a rare Malcolm Gee  designed  "Accordionists Love Squeezin" - car window sticker!

The June UKAO competition closes for entries on 30th June 2007.

A Clue to this month's competition - This famous accordionist was born on the 12th December.

Its free to join & register as a member of UKAO - Please click here for an online registration form to  become eligible to enter this fun "Members Only"competition! 

Congratulations to Bill & Celia Vasey  from Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire who were the winners of the UKAO May Competition, their entry was the first received by UKAO to correctly guess that the famous accordionist owner of the magnificent accordion was our very own Jack Emblow.

The May Competition prize  (ZUM "The Chill Out Album" CD) was kindly donated by Bev & Chris Lovell of The Accordion Shop - Sunningdale and is on its way to Bill & Celia!

Good Luck!

Karen Street - June/July Gig Guide
Jun., 2, 2007
Karen Street - accordion
Ben Castle - saxophone
Mike Outram - guitar
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Rare 1950 "Accordion Magazine" for sale by auction!
Jun., 2, 2007
For sale by auction and in good condition. A vintage " Accordion World " magazine from the United States. February 1950 VolXV no 4 (teacher-dealer edition)Click here for Happy Bidding!Online auction ends on 04-Jun-07 23:19:12 BST In good condition. A vintage " Accordion World " magazine from the United States. February 1950 Vol XV - no 4 (teacher-dealer edition) . The magazine features John Carvette on the front cover and has loads and loads of interesting articles, adverts and photographs of that era (includes photos of Magnante,Johnny Vadnal,Fred Tedesco,Oakley Yale and many more) Click here for another Historical Gem !!
UK Accordion Championships - Results - Photos - Reports - Videos!
Jun., 2, 2007
NAOUK Accordion Championships - For daily reports and lots of brilliant photos - click here!to view the excellent NAO webpages!
Julie Best is at Eastbourne Accordion Festival - Oct 12th - 15th 2007
May, 31, 2007
Julie Best
Autumn Accordion Weekend  12th - 15th October 2007
(Cost £189.00 per person)Starring :- Oleg Sharov, Mauro Carra, Julie Best, Harry Hussey, George Syrett, Alastair Cameron,Trade:- The Accordion Shop, Trevani StudiosWorkshops - to be advisedBooking information available from John & Jackie Romero Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Web: www.carillonstudios.co.ukPhone: +44 (01323) 733700
Hohner Gola Prototype on eBay
May, 31, 2007
For over fifty years, the Hohner Gola has been the top model in Hohner’s accordion line. The instrument is named for master accordion builder Giovanni Gola, who worked for Hohner from 1952 to 1972. You can’t just walk into a music store and buy a Gola, though — each instrument is hand-built and made to the specifications of its future owner.If you can’t wait for Hohner to make you one, though, check out this auction for a one-of-a-kind “sub-octave” Hohner Gola prototype dating from 1953 (three years before the line was introduced). It comes with a letter of authenticity from the Hohner factory in Trossingen, Germany, as well as a handwritten note from Giovanni Gola himself describing the instrument. The asking price is a mere €50,000, or approximately $67,000. Cheap![Found via the Reyes Accordions forums]
Accordion Art Festival - June 9th
May, 28, 2007
Accordion Art Festival, Mosciano – Italy
‘Accordion Art Festival’ is the title of a concert taking place on June 9th, 9.45pm, at the Theater Acquaviva, Mosciano. This event celebrates free reed instruments such as the accordion, bandoneon, diatonic accordion and harmonica. Claudio Azzaro, Federico Orlando, Mario D'Amario and Renzo Ruggieri will all be performing.
Tom Russia with Love !
May, 28, 2007
UKAO catches up with 17 year old UK accordionist Thom Hardaker from North Yorkshire who has been invited to study the accordion at the St Petersburg Conservatory in Russia by the well respected Russian virtuoso accordionist Professor Oleg Sharov…Thom started off by learning playing the keyboard with a local music teacher called Harry Hinchcliffe who teaches keyboard, piano, guitar and accordion. Thom soon found his interests were with the piano accordion and started playing accordion at the age of 7. At the age of 11 by which time Thom had reached grade 5 Harry recommended that he change from a piano to a button accordion. Starting afresh and after 4 years of hard work and much practice Thom achieved grade 8 in his practical exam and grade 6 in theory and now regularly plays in local concerts and fundraising events both solo and with the Craven Accordion Orchestra and the Rob Thorn Band
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In mid-november 2006 whilst playing with the Craven Accordion Orchestra in Giggleswick, North Yorkshire Thom met Professor Oleg Sharov – the main star of the event and prolific Russian virtuoso accordionist well known all around the world. Harry Hinchcliffe had organised with Professor Sharov beforehand for Thom to attend a Master Class with Professor Sharov to have a fresh set of eyes on his repertoire and for Professor Sharov’s valuable and well respected input. Thom had a challenging one hour which he enjoyed immensely having had an insight as to what study was like at the highest level and found he had gained a great deal from the master class, with Professor Sharov being extremely friendly and helpful. Following a brief discussion about Thom’s future career aspirations Professor Sharov suggested that he would like Thom to come study with him in St. Petersburg in the next year adding that he considered that Thom had the potential to become a professional performer. Thom passed his contact details to Professor Sharov and left it at that, six months later he received a phone call from Oleg asking "Is that Thom? - are you still interested in coming to study in Russia with me?" to which Thom without hesitation replied – “Yes please..” - an offer of a lifetime he couldn’t refuse!
 
Thom intends to go to St. Petersburg in September 2007 for one years study initially on the conservatory’s preparatory programme; he will then have the option after this time to stay for another year or possibly 4 years – the four year course teaching up to doctorate level giving a D.M.A. qualification (Doctor of Musical Arts).  Thom was excited to learn that he will be staying in a special accommodation block built for the conservatory students.Thom will be funding this study course by himself and is currently saving everything he can towards the costs of this exciting educational opportunity, if anybody would like to sponsor him (no matter how small the amount) they can contact Thom direct on Tel: 01535 - 632332 or write to him at:-Thom Hardaker - The Kings Arms, High Street, Sutton-in-Craven, North Yorkshire, BD20 7LPOr email Thom on:- This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it UKAO have set up an online donation fund for Thom called 'Tom Russia with Love Fund' where anyone can donate no matter how small an amount via Paypal and a safe secure connection.
Richard Smith (UKAO) and Thom at Scarborough 07.
Owen Murray - Wigmore Hall Chamber Music
May, 28, 2007
Owen Murray, professor of classical accordion at the Royal Academy of Music, London will be playing in a chamber music concert at the Wigmore Hall on Friday 8th June 2007 at 7.30pm. Pieces in the concert to include W.A. Mozart Adagio and Rondo K617, Arnold Schoenberg Second String Quartet, and the London premiere of Poul Ruders On the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean (dedicated to Owen Murray).Ailish Tynan soprano
Owen Murray accordion
Alexandra Wood violin
Vanessa McNaught violin
Hayley Wolfe viola
Oliver Coates cello
Including
W.A. Mozart Adagio and Rondo K617
Arnold Schoenberg Second String Quartet
Poul Ruders On the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
(London premiere) dedicated to Owen Murray36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP
Tickets £18, £16, £12, £10
Box office telephone: +44 (0) 20 7935 2141
Online booking: Wigmore Hall
16TH ANNUAL NARCISO MARTINEZ CONJUNTO FESTIVAL
May, 25, 2007
NMCAC ANNOUNCES THE 16TH ANNUAL NARCISO MARTINEZ CONJUNTO FESTIVAL
WHO: The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center
WHAT: 16th Annual Narciso Martinez Conjunto Festival
WHEN: Friday September 14, 2007 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday September 15, 2005 4:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Sunday September 16, 2005 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
WHERE: 225 E. Stenger Street, San Benito, Texas
The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, with the help of Miller Lite, the San Benito Chamber of Commerce, Su Clinica Familiar, and the City of San Benito is proud to announce the 16th Annual Conjunto Festival. This three-day event has become a staple event for the community, attracting over 5,000 people for a celebration of live Texas-Mexico Conjunto music.
The Conjunto Festival is NMCAC’s largest project of the year and emphasizes preserving a deep south Texas cultural treasure – conjunto music. Narciso Martinez, a native of San Benito, Texas, is credited as being “the father of Texas Mexican conjunto.” “This festival is the only show of its kind, closely related to what Don Narciso originated in the 1930’s,” says Rogelio Nuñez, co-founder and board member of NMCAC. “All these musical groups are loyal to the conjunto tradition. We invite everyone to come learn about this tradition and celebrate with us in an event that connects you to the past.”
Friday September 14, 2007

Eddie “Lalo” Torres
Bernardo y Sus Compadres
Retoño

Saturday September 15, 2007

Conjunto Heritage Taller
Conjunto de Robert Casillas y Ramon Sanchez
Los 2 Gilbertos
Amadeo Flores
Conjunto Aztlan
Oscar Hernandez and TUFF Band

Sunday September 16, 2007

Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Student Recital
Juan Lugo y Su Conjunto
Los Hermanos Ayala
Los Angeles del Sur
Los Fantasmas
Los Layton
Schedule subject to change:

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Memorial Day Concert
May, 25, 2007
I would like to invite everyone to the Azteca Fairgrounds Sunday May 27, 2007 for a free outdoor concert. Hope you can make it.


Monique - 29th June 2007
May, 24, 2007
 
   
Maddalena Belfiore Passes Away
May, 24, 2007
A legendary performer, teacher, and champion of the accordion, Maddalena Belfiore-Greco passed away last Friday. She began playing the accordion at age five and went on to study with some of the greatest accordion teachers, including Sanford Hertz, Charles Nunzio, Eugene Ettore, and Pietro Frosini. She eventually attended Julliard and, at age 17, gave a recital at Carnegie Hall.Belfiore-Greco also authored several accordion technique books, including the Myron Floren Method books (in collaboration with Myron) and three seminal works on the bellows shake. In 1958, she opened the Belfiore Accordion School in her hometown of Kearny, NJ, and judged numerous international and national music competitions. In a recent interview, her advice to accordion students emphasized the importance of performing in public:“Listen to your teacher, and very important - practice! You have to have goals. Also, what happens today (different from when I studied) is that no one has a chance to play any place. I used to play at all these Clubs and Organizations, and that doesn’t happen so much any more I feel… We used to play any place we could. It was all part of the teaching and learning process. Kids going out to play publicly is probably the best lesson they could ever learn!”In 1971, after several years on the Board of Directors, Belfiore-Greco became the first female president of the American Accordionists’ Association. She was also a longtime officer in the prestigious Confdration Internationale des Accordonistes (CIA) and was instrumental in bringing the 2007 Couple Mondiale accordion competition to the United States.To learn more about Maddalena Belfiore-Greco’s life and impact on the accordion world, check out the thorough obituary at Accordion USA, as well as the fantastic interview mentioned above, which was conducted just last year. It includes some incredible old photos and news clippings of the extraordinary life of this accordion legend.
Accordion T-Shirt at Threadless
May, 23, 2007
Need some hip threads to wear to those summer accordion festivals we mentioned earlier?The folks at Threadless have answered the call with a quirky new shirt called Deer Organ (designed by Daniel Lim), which depicts a young accordionist serenading a couple of deer. (Seems like accordions and deer, or at least accordion-playing reindeer, are a popular T-shirt theme these days.)It’s definitely a conversation starter; and perhaps, finally a worthy replacement for that tattered “Myron Floren: 1982 World Tour” shirt you’re still wearing…
A Hawk, a Hacksaw and Hun Hangar
May, 23, 2007
We’ve mentioned A Hawk and a Hacksaw — the duo of accordionist/percussionist Jeremy Barnes (formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel) and violinist Heather Trost — here before. They play Eastern European-influenced gypsy/folk music and their latest album, When the Wind Blows was one of my favorites from last year.Last November, Barnes traveled to Budapest and met a group of extraordinarily talented Hungarian folk musicians well-versed in a variety of musical styles including Serbian, Romanian, and Klezmer. The result of their collaboration is a new EP called A Hawk and a Hacksaw and the Hun Hangr Ensemble. It’s a vibrant collection, balancing driving, dance-worthy tunes with electic instrumentation, including pheonomenal cymbalom playing by Balzs Unger. (The cymbalom is a type of hammered dulcimer.)The 8-song EP includes a bonus DVD with “An Introduction To A Hawk And A Hacksaw”, a documentary covering the band’s (practically) nonstop touring across Europe and the United States over the past two years. It’s also a limited edition run of 4,000, so grab it while you can, or pick up the digital version through iTunes.A Hawk and a Hacksaw and the Hun Hangr Ensemble: Zozobra (MP3 download)
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