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Accordion of 21-st century

Richard Galliano - French touch

Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events

«Harmonica forever!»

Modest Mussorgsky «Pictures at an Exhibition»

«Skomorokhi»: Music of the 20'th Century

Richard Galliano - 15 Titres Originaux

Pietro Frosini - Mariposita (Bolero)

Eugeny Derbenko - Cabman

Melodies Which Are Always With You

Concert musette for accordion

Richard Galliano quartet «New Musette»

Astor Piazzolla - Soundtracks

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

Yury Kazakov «The portrait of the great Bayanist»

A Gotan Project DJ set Espiracion

Accordion in Jazz

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto para Quinteto

Accordion in concert - Part I

Accordion Reader Trilogy

L. Desyatnikov - Tracing Astor

Russian music of the 19 - 20-th centuries

Igor Tsvetkov - Two Pieces for Russian Folk Orchestra

Popular Latin American tunes for chromatic or piano accordion

Terem-Quartet meets friends

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

Lasse Pihlajamaa - Harmonikkasävellyksiä

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

Francisco Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

Les Rid - The 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

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes

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

Polka Favorites

Latin Favorites

Joey Miskulin - Accordion Styles and Techniques (DVD)

Paris Musette - Freddy Balta and his Accordion

Teach Yourself To Play Accordion

Waltz Favorites

Metodo Per Fisarmonica (Accordion)

Latin American Dances

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Parts

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

Vl. Zolotarev - Conteplating The Dionisian Frescoes of St. Ferapontov Monastery

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

Pietro Frosini - Accordion Jitters

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

Yann Tiersen - Les Quatre Pieces

Frank Marocco - Appassionato

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

Astor Piazzolla - Cite Tango

Astor Piazzolla - Meditango

Astor Piazzolla - Un dia de paz

Astor Piazzolla - Libertango

Astor Piazzolla - Tres Tangos

Astor Piazzolla - Ave Maria

Astor Piazzolla - Concierto de Nacar - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Tangata del Alba

Accordion in Concert - Part II

Astor Piazzolla - Double Concerto - Score

Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Accordion: 36 Traditional Pieces

Jean Francaix - Concerto for accordion and orchestra

Isang Yun - Concertino for accordion and string quartet

Darius Milhaud - Suite Anglaise

Astor Piazzolla - Adios Nonino for accordion orchestra and piano

Klezmer and Sephardic Tunes

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

Astor Piazzolla - Cuatro Estaciones Portenas - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Cuatro Estaciones Portenas - Parts

Carlos Gardel - Soledad y Volver - Score

Carlos Gardel - Soledad y Volver - Parts

Angel Villoldo - El Choclo

Mariano Mores - Tanguera

Julian Plaza - Nocturna

Hector Stamponi - Un Momento

Julio Pane - Un vals para Martita

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St Audries Bay Accordion Events 2007
Mar., 15, 2007

An accordionaholic week in Beautiful Somerset!

March 31st  / April 4th  -   John Leslie Tuition Week 
July 14th / 21st         -   Summer Accordion Week 
September 1st /  8th   - John Leslie Tuition Week 

Further details/booking forms from Mary Randle

Tel:- 01984 - 632515
 
St Audries Bay Holiday Club
West Quantoxhead
Nr Minehead
Somerset TA4 4DY

Fax: (01984) 632785

Directions:-By Car: Leave the M5 motorway at either Junction 23 or 25.
From Junction 23 follow the A39 through Bridgwater towards Minehead, and St. Audries will be posted on the right, about 15 miles from Bridgwater.

From Junction 25 follow the A358 through Taunton to Williton, then follow the A39 towards Bridgwater. After about 3 miles, St. Audries Bay will be signposted on your left.

Distances by road: Cardiff - 87mls, Bristol - 60mls, Reading - 135mls, Nottingham -194mls, Liverpool - 233mls, Birmingham -137mls.

By Coach or Rail: The National Coach Company provide a regular service to both Minehead and Taunton. The nearest British Rail station is at Taunton connecting with a regular bus service direct to Williton. We can arrange for a taxi to collect you from Taunton or Williton at an extra charge

Accordion - born 1822
Mar., 15, 2007
Many people have requested basic information on the history of the accordion, so, while many of you are quite familiar with the background of the accordion, we thought we would provide this brief outline tracking the beginnings of the accordion.

While the accordion itself came onto the scene in the early 1800's, we can track the history of its components back much further. Thousands of years ago in fact, to China.

The SHENG is one of the oldest Chinese musical instruments. The instrument existed as far back as 3,000 years ago.

The Sheng consists of 13-17 bamboo pipes with different lengths that are mounted together onto a base. The base is traditionally a gourd-shaped, wooden wind-chest with each bamboo pipe having a free reed. Sound is produced by blowing and sucking the air through a metal tube connected to the base. From the base the air then rushes through the other pipes.

A player determines the notes to play by allowing the air to rush through selected pipes while pressing on selected keys near the base. By covering two or more holes on various pipes, chords are possible, being a typical technique used in most regional orchestras of China. The SHENG is used as both a solo and accompaniment instrument.

By virtue of its construction, this is the only Chinese musical instrument in the Chinese orchestra capable of playing up to six notes simultaneously. It is therefore commonly called as the "Chinese mouth organ" by westerners.

The Sheng is also the first musical instrument in the world utilizing a "coupled acoustical system," between an air column and a free reed.

While the Chinese were blowing their sheng, the Greeks and the Egyptians were pumping their bellows.

Archaeologists have unearthed sculptured representations of musicians playing bellow-operated instruments. One thing led to another, and by medieval times there were two well-known instruments called the Portative and the Regal. Both had bellows and a keyboard, and were in these respects, related to the accordion. Neither had the typical accordion sound however, which is created by the vibration of a free reed. It was from the Sheng that the free reed principle was derived.

The Sheng could have been brought to Europe by missionaries returning from the Orient or even by the Crusaders returning from the Holy Wars.

Whichever route it took, destiny would bring the Sheng to Berlin in 1822. It was here that the bellows and keyboard of the Greeks joined the reeds of the Chinese Sheng at the hands of one Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann when he built a melodic instrument with button-type keys and a push-pull bellows which he called the Hondaoline.

By 1829, some seven years later, Cyrillus Demian from Austria was producing and selling an improved version, a diatonic push-pull instrument with two to four bass and chord buttons on the left side and up to 15 melody buttons on the right.

Demian patented his instrument with the name ...accordion.

Accordion in Public Schools - Rita Davidson
Mar., 15, 2007

I would like to share with you readers my experiences as a public school music teacher. I decided in high school that I wanted to teach music. Accordion was not accepted as a major instrument. I then pursued the serious study of piano which I used as my major instrument.

Upon graduation from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Music Education, I was employed by the West Orange, New Jersey public schools. I soon discovered the great advantage I had because of the accordion.First of all, visually, it is very interesting to elementary school age children. As their song leader, I never had trouble gaining their attention or having them focus on me as their conductor. They are always wondering how I can play that instrument!

There have been many times that I did not have a music room. I just traveled to their classes with a bag of music over my shoulder. On very warm days at the end of the school year, I can take my classes outdoors and sit under a shady tree to sing and play music games. When we have assemblies, I can stroll through the gym and make sure everyone is singing!!. Try teaching"crescendo" with an accordion. Instant understanding as they can watch and really hear the crescendo and diminuendo in music. When our school had their playground dedication with all the town dignitaries there, the chorus and entire audience were able to sing the patriotic songs because I was able to bring the accordion outdoors. I will share a little musical attention getting technique with you all:

When leading a sing a long, instead of me announcing the songs which everyone will sing, I invite a child to come up to me and press a button in order to "select" the song. They are always delighted that they had the "choice" because I tell them that each button has a special song attached to it. They always believe it.Want to lead a parade in the music room?. Just play your accordion and have the children follow you. A guaranteed attention getter. Playing the accordion in school means never having to worry where your class or assembly will be or if the piano is working or is in tune. Just bring your accordion with you! Our international festival is held every year in our cafeteria. I lead the children in song and then entertain while everyone enjoys an international luncheon.

These are just a few of the ways I use the accordion every day in my music classes, from preK, chorus and up. If I were to write a curriculum for elementary, or any grade level, I would require the music teacher to be proficient on the accordion. If you want to verify this information you are welcome to contact my principal!

In conclusion, I would say that the accordion has been a wonderful, interesting and valuable way to share music with all.

If you want more information you are welcome to contact me:
Rita Davidson at: Ritabelll@aol.comAbout the Author - Rita Weinbuch DavidsonRita Weinbuch Davidson has been a fulltime music teacher in West Orange, NJ for over 20 years. She is an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut with a BS in Music Education.

Rita studied accordion with Eugene Ettore and recorded his virtuoso solo works."The Music of Eugene Etttore" available upon request. Rita won many state and national accordion competitions. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the ATA of NJ and has recently been elected to the Governing Board of the American Accordionists Association.

In addition to featuring the music of Eugene Ettore she gave the New York premiere of the "Waltz for Accordion and Strings" by Gary Daverne. She has performed it at the Lincoln Center and the United Nations. She has presented workshops and concerts at many accordion events most recently at the AAA Festivals in Minnesota, Cleveland and Washington, DC, the Texas Accordion Association and the AAMS in Pennsylvania. She also performs at the AAA Workshops each summer in NYC.

She is currently giving a series of concerts and workshops on the music of Eugene Ettore. She was soloist with the 2002 AAA Festival Orchestra performing Charles Magnante's "Green Light".
Meet Paul Pasquali - Man on the Move
Mar., 15, 2007

Arresting assertion? Scan the data:

Since establishing the annual four-day Las Vegas International Accordion Convention (LVIAC) in 2000, from a first-year attendance of 244 the convention each year has bolted upwards to over 500 attending in 2002. Sizeable pre-registration for the 2003 convention indicates 600 registrants will max out the site for 2003. In fact, so successful has LVIAC become that it has outgrown the hotel's capacity where it is presently held. In order to meet impressive market analysis on LVIAC's growth projections and provide needed space for firms and entities clamoring to exhibit, LVIAC will be moving to larger convention quarters in 2004.

After selling in 1992 his six-year ownership share of San Francisco's respected Colombo & Sons Accordions---oldest U.S. accordion company at the time, Paul returned to his native Utah where he worked with electronic engineers for two years before launching the Concerto, billed as "the world's first truly digital and acoustic accordion, utilizing optical sensors" and which markets worldwide from his www.AccordionInfo.com website (some months "quite briskly," he says). Going beyond the MIDI, the Concerto is both an acoustic accordion--made in Italy, with electronic wizardry added here in America, providing over 350 orchestral sounds and giving the player "the power of a full symphony" to accompany the accordion.

At the recent August 2002 Twelfth Annual Cotati (California) Accordion Festival, one of the largest annual U.S. accordion festivals held with its five thousand-plus attenders, Paul was decorated as the year's "honorary director." It is a festival he served as a founding director 12 years ago while part-owner of Colombo.

In 2002 he added to his distributorships (which already included Piermaria, SEM, and the Concerto) Paolo Soprani, Scandalli, and Pigini, all top names on the accordion scene.

In March 2003 he will launch a Concerto off-shoot, the VirtualConcerto, designed for players who want a lighter weight, more economical versionbut who still want many of the digital sounds, features, and versatility that have become the Concerto's hallmark. It's an impressive step in expansion when so much simplifying and tightening-down are going on elsewhere in the accordion world.

In January 2003 he co-founded the Salt Lake Area Accordion Club, a first for a city that long has had some talented accordionists in need of an out-reaching egalitarian booster in their behalf.

Finally, in the latter part of 2003 he is scheduled to move his Las Vegas International Accordion Convention headquarters and his Accordions International headquarters to larger, more commodious digs in Salt Lake City. Not just metaphorically but literally he will be Salt Lake City's accordion man on the move!

Were there an umbrella national accordion entity watching over all accordion family affairs and bestowing its "U.S Accordion Man of the Year" for 2003, difficult to imagine Paul Pasquali not being a primary candidate.

So, how did this former co-owner of America's oldest accordion distribution firm, co-founder of one of the nation's best-known accordion festivals, creator of the first digital/acoustic accordion, organizer of an international accordion convention, recent co-founder of his city's accordion club, and accordion player/teacher/booster of 41 years get hooked on the instrument?

Though piano lessons started at age 6 in his Utah open-pit copper mining town of Bingham, it was at eight when Paul saw Myron Floren on TV that his life's direction was shaped and accordion lessons began. Twelve years later a widening of the path came when as a college student he was asked to set school and his accordion students temporally aside and serve a two-year Mormon church mission in Italy, giving him Italian fluency not then existing in his Italian-heritage home, a fluency that has subsequently greatly facilitated frequent visits, discussions, and business with the Italian accordion manufacturing community. A bachelor's degree and a master's completed course-work followed while also playing the accordion at weddings/receptions and providing dinner music at one of Salt Lake City's well-known eateries.

"While playing, sometimes people would ask how they could get an accordion. They liked its music. After awhile I decided to import three instruments' and sold them within a month! Soon I was bringing in ten at a time." And the die was cast. He began touring cities throughout the West and then the entire U.S., placing ads in local newspapers, renting a motel conference room, inviting the public to come, hear, and examine fine imported accordions. He obviously did well, acquiring in 1986 a sizeable share of the venerable Colombo & Sons. And the rest is history, as they say.

Today a number of knowledgeable U.S. accordion scene watchers say the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention (www.accordionstars.com) is the most positive accordion thing happening in the land. It's venue is at the undisputed live-entertainment capital of the world where Paul brings in the "accordion legends," as he calls them, for entertainment, mixed with solid doses of classes, workshops, exhibitors, undeniably good food---and plenty of great accordion music!

A keen supporter of Paul's is renowned jazz accordionist Art Van Damme who says, "People from all over the country, in fact all over the world, come and get rejuvenated about the accordion. (pictured right at the 2002 Las Vegas International Accordion Convention microphone, left to right, Paul Pasquali, Gina Brannelli, and Art Van Damme.)

It isn't for student competitions, it's for adults of all playing and interest levels. It's plain to see they love it. The country is filled with people who started to learn the accordion decades ago but who dropped out to do other things in lifes, but they never lost their love for the instrument. He's really tapped into something and has the smarts to make it work."

For Paul (pictured working away at his desk in Salt Lake City) an even larger vision wistfully beckons: "I love the accordion. I love its music, its fans, players, teachers, associations, manufacturers, distributors, commercial support community, our growing communication websites, clubs...' all of it. What I like to think happens at Las Vegas is family gets together. I'd love to see the whole American accordion community find a way to be family. We have so much in common, so much that binds us. And have you ever met an accordion person you didn't like! I love 'em all and want them all to succeed, every last one of them."

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The Texas Accordion Association Review
Mar., 15, 2007
After arriving Thursday afternoon, it was clear that many accordionists are coming early in order to gear up for orchestra rehearsals and catch up on the latest accordion news. Alice Aman, director of the Accordion Band and bass accordionist for both TAA orchestras, was busy working with the early birds who arrived to practice a host of different musical selections for the Friday night concert. Alice deserves kudos for her patience, guidance and encouragement that she provides fellow accordionists.

Mary Medrick was tuned in to the early crowd and directed the Advanced Orchestra rehearsals with firm, yet nurtured artistry. Mary had arranged several pieces for the Orchestra which included other musical accompaniments such as the violin, trombone, and drums. These instruments added drama and feeling to the tangos, while featured accordionists Frank Marocco, John Simkus, Dan and Kim Christian provided superb solo parts which punctuated Medrick's arrangement of Blues in the Nite Medley and How High the Moon. Medrick's violin soloist, Amy Faires, did an outstanding job with two tangos, La Cumparsita and Jealousie.

Friday's schedules was filled with workshops ranging from Margie and Mike Aman's Musicality in the Aman Corner, to Nick Ballarini's Bass Hands-On. The Jazz Trio of Frank Marocco (Los Angeles), John Simkus (Chicago) and Nick Ballarini (Dallas) held us spellbound as the Trio traded off "secrets" of their own with a jazz version of Autumn Leaves. Gordon Kohl, Jim Rommel and Ponty Bone taught us about improvisation with dance music, fake books, and playing in an accordion band, respectively. Ron Pivovar of Pennsylvania, gave us a real treat demonstrating his talents on the Zuppa accordion during his workshop while Pete Nalda of Austin led his Jam Session for all instruments.

Randy McPeck (left) of Minnesota, a young and accomplished chromatic button accordionist, gave us a treat with his solo performance.

Paul Pasquali (right) organizer of the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention gave a workshop on Understanding Accordions, and later presented Norman Seaton (President of TAA) and the TAA, with the 2000 Frosini Award for fostering public awareness of the versatility and musicality of the accordion. This award is shared with all the local associations of TAA who promote the accordion throughout the state of Texas.

Not to be outdone, Norman received his beloved "Norman Accordion" from Michelle Boddicker and the Dallas locals so that he TOO can express his "accordion awareness" (Norman is pictured at the bottom of the page bidding farewell with Michelle playing the... "Norman Accordion."

Saturday's workshops began remarkable performance by Dan and Kim Christian of Denver, Colorado, and the seven member TAA Youth Orchestra who demonstrated How to Be a Better Accordionist. Their showmanship was demonstrated by lively choreography and toe-tapping music such as The Dragnet Theme Song.

Dan and Kim showed off their keyboard agility and encouraged us to practice technique and speed to improve our own style. (pictured right are two of the younger performers at the TAA convention, Jamie Maschler and Carissa Christian.)

Legendary LA jazz artist Frank Marocco followed with Jazz 101, demonstrating improvisation with his own compositions including Liars Polka from the film Grumpy Old Men. Included in the Saturday lineup were two World Class women MIDI-Accordionists, Janet Todd of Utah and Betty Jo Simon of Kansas. Using her new Concerto MIDI, Janet Todd (left) played with heart and soul with a special patriotic medley and included her fiery style of play that captivated the audience. Betty Jo Simon dazzled the crowd with Ravel's Bolero played on her Baldoni MIDI and told us the secret of her success, a nurturing yet demanding Italian mother. She certainly did her job well Betty Jo.

The Friday night and Saturday night Concerts gave the audience a real treat. The program included most of the artists listed above plus two accordion orchestras. The TAA Accordion Band, led by Alice Aman, rounded out the Friday night performance with Hava Naglia, Tequila, Irish Eyes, Crazy Rhythm and a few polkas to name a few. All the participants thoroughly enjoyed performing with the Aman Band can't wait to try it again! Great job Alice!

On Saturday, the TAA Orchestra led by Mary Medrick showcased a variety of musical styles which included a Blues Medley arranged by Medrick which featured Rhapsody in Blue, Blues in the Night, Birth of the Blues, St. Louis Blues and Limehouse and another jazz arrangement of How High the Moon with accordion soloists Frank Marocco, John Simkus, and Dan and Kim Christian (left) and Mike Medrick on trombone. Two tangos, La Cumparsita and Jealousie, were punctuated by violin soloist Amy Faires. Alice Aman graciously accepted the responsibility of bass accordionist for the TAA Orchestra. It was another WONDERFUL concert.

Afterwards, musicians spent the evening in jam sessions and conversations filled with fun, laughter, music and joy, till the early morning hours. Time seemed suspended, if only for the moment, as the convention neared its final hours.

Many thanks go to the members of the TAA Board and all those who made this convention a success. The endless hours of planning, communicating, & organizing help support the convention. Musicians, workshop leaders, stage grips, accordion dealers and sponsors who support TAA make this Convention special every year. We appreciate you! The food was fabulous, the hotel staff were gracious and helpful. To all those who assisted TAA in this year's convention, we say BRAVO.

Now rest up, for next year!

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Harry Hussey UK Tour 2006
Mar., 14, 2007
August 15th - Cromer - Private
September 2nd - 9th - St Audries Bay  - 01984-632515
September 10th - Paignton - Private
September 16th - Brackley Northants - Private
September 23rd -  Sheffield Charity Concert - 0114-2466912
September 25th - Castelfidardo Italy
September 29th - 1st October - Recoaro Terme Italy
15th Raduno Nazionale Veterani Della Fisarmonica as an honoured guest
by Centro Didattico Musicale Italiano.
October 6th - Cranleigh (David Lukins, Lisa-Lee Leslie,C.A.O.)
Contact Bill Booth for tickets on 01483-274951
October 11th - 13th  - Llandudno - 01204 - 840279
October 13th - 16th  - Eastbourne Accordion Variety Weekend
(Pearl Adriano , Alan Young,David Angie & Andrew Lukins, Charlie Watkins + John Romero)
For bookings please contact Jackie Romero on 01323-733700
October 28th - Pelynt Cornwall
November 1st - Fairtykes Accordion Club
November 2nd - 6th  - Accordions International - Caister 
(Art Van Damme , Giancarlo Caporilli, Jack Emblow & Tony Compton,
 Gary Blair,Pearl Adriano,Romano Viazzani + Norvic Concordia)
For bookings please call:  01493 - 728931
November 6th - 8th - Mount Hotel Blackpool  - 01204-840279
December 3rd - Hull Accordion Club - 0780 - 0908284
December 11th - Club Accord - 0121-3562995
December 16th  - Accordion Friends Xmas Dinner & Fun Party
 Cowley nr. Uxbridge Middlesex
Information call Ron on 07745-847307
December 19th - Stratford on Avon Accordion Club - 02476-448933
Harry Hussey contact numbers for bookings are:-
Home: 01909 - 720771  Mobile: 07980 - 390392
 
George Syrett New Website
Mar., 14, 2007
Read more about the great UK Accordion Entertainer George Syrett from Leeds on his new website:- http://www.accordiontogeorge.com/index.htm George pictured on stage above at The Globe Theatre in London. George was the first accordionist to play on this stage,he entertained over 10,000 people in just one day! Contact George direct on Telephone number 0113 - 2671916
Ian Watson - 2006 Gig Guide
Mar., 14, 2007
Hi UKAO,
I thought I should let people know what I'm up to!
So here is an extensive (...!!) list of what I'm doing over the next few months.
Variety is the spice of life!
All 2006
May 5th - Radio 2 'Friday Night is Music Night' with Sophie Solomon
These are all with Sophie Solomon (www.sophiesolomon.com)
IsraelTel AvivBarby  11th MayIsraelTel AvivBarby   12th MayIsraelJerusalemLab      13th MayHollandAmsterdamParadiso 15th MayBelgiumBrusselsBotanique/Witloofbar16th MayFranceparisla scene 18th MayGermanyBonnHarmonie 19th MayGermanyHeidelbergKarlstorb  20th MayGermanyFrankfurtBrotfabrik 21ts MayGermanyMünichAmpere    22nd MayGermanyBerlinKesselha 23rd MayGermanyHamburgLogo      24th MayGERMAN Radio  SHOW
               25th May
Murl Allen Sanders - Report on Caister 2005
Mar., 14, 2007
Report from Caister-On-Sea, by Murl Allen Sanders Accordion clubs are alive and well in Great Britain. One would say thriving. At least six accordion clubs were well-represented at Caister, England for the Accordions International Caister Festival November 2005. People came from Wales, Ireland, France and Norway to attend. There were also two 50 piece accordion orchestras, one from Stockport, England and one from Lille, France. Each orchestra played wonderful arrangements and stirred the audience to wild applause. The French orchestra got a well-deserved standing ovation. (People in England do not take their standing ovations lightly!) The Caister festival was organized by a fine, enterprising and award-winning accordionist and entrepreneur named Heather Smith and a team of folks including Gary Blair, Bert Santilly, Brian Jenkins, Peter Whiteley, Johnny Coleclough and Adrienne Sharpe. Heather has produced numerous accordion festivals in England for the past ten years. It is a credit to Heather that the Caister festival is such a successful event. Her gracious personality and networking skills have garnered her larger attendance at each event she produces. Each night at Caister there was a featured concert artist, dance music, and other accordion ensembles of note. The festival drew a vibrant crowd of 400 to 500 people for each of the four days. Most stayed on campus at Haven Holidays, a summer vacation park on the East Coast of England on the North Sea.The closest city is Norwich and the closest big community is Great Yarmouth. People came from all over England and Scotland to attend this event. The enthusiasm is palpable. The Caister festival is billed as “The Friendly Festival” and I certainly found that to be true. The welcoming atmosphere was pervasive. People were interested in all the performers and participants. I could not walk ten yards without having a conversation with someone about accordion-related things or just the lovely weather. It was cold in Caister, but we had beautiful blue skies most days. The sandy ocean beach was grand and had an unusual sight of a giant “wind farm” of colossal windmills(20 or more) about a half mile out to sea. Ships could sail beneath and in between the huge individual windmills. The featured artists for 2005 Caister were Giancarlo Caporilli “The Italian Wizard”, Gary Blair, the best Scottish accordionist alive, Oivind Farmen, the superb Norwegian classical player, and myself. Each day there were workshops to attend and accordion ensembles to join. One could choose from “elementary orchestra”, “intermediate orchestra”, “Scottish orchestra”, “Vintage orchestra”(playing all vintage accordions and appropriately vintage turn-of-the-20th century music), “Jazz ensemble” or the “Buskers Band”. There was no shortage of players for each group and often 30 or more per group. I chose to play with the Scottish group directed by Gary Blair and learned a tremendous amount about the articulations and bellows technique of Scottish accordion music. Each group was featured in a short performance on the last afternoon of the festival. Everyone in attendance turned out to hear the fruits of everyone’s labor and it was quite a remarkable concert. The evening concerts were held in a large nightclub hall with a good stage and sound system. There was seating at tables for over 500 people, a large dance floor and a bar serving drinks and sandwiches. This setting made for some lively concerts that always included an hour or more of dance music which inspired many dancers to fill the floor. Giancarlo Caporrilli is a Rome native with a huge repertoire, amazing musical memory and a superb technician on accordion show pieces. Although he spoke no English, he captivated the audience with a stunning display of accordion virtuousity. Oivind Farmen is a classical accordionist of the first order and a colleague and duet partner of Jorgen Sundquist. His concert program included works by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, his own compositions and pieces written exclusively for him. Oivind is an engaging performer with a somewhat shy, boyish appearance who delivers a masterful performance of beautiful classical accordion music played on a specially made Bayan, the European all-button accordion. His bass system is different than the usual and I will not try to describe it here other than to say the bass buttons and the treble buttons are in the same order and configuration. Oivind’s description was much more entertaining and informative. Gary Blair is the reigning master of Scottish accordion. Although Gary is a commanding concert performer, his role at this festival was to play music for Scottish “ceilidh” dancing (teaching the dances while simultaneously playing). I marvelled at his performances which inspired ecstatic dancing and much laughter. He makes his playing look so easy (NOT!!!) and rocks so hard with so much soul that I have come to describe him as “the Marvin Gaye of Scottish Accordion”. So many fine accordionists were at Caister that I won’t try to name them all. Just a few: Rosemary Wright, Harry Hussey, Charlie Watkins, Bert Santilly and many others. I met so many lovely people at Caister and had such a good time at the festival as well as sightseeing in England that I hope to return. My wife, Jan, and my sister, Karen, accompanied me and we all felt welcomed and treated very well. We had a swell time! If you are wanting a trip to Great Britain, I highly recommend the Caister Festival.
Mauro Carra - Concert Review....
Mar., 14, 2007
Sue and I were lucky to get to see Mauro Carra at the Uxbridge Accordion club last monday 9th January. He was absolutely fantastic,in fact incredible and we were not surprised to learn that he practices for up to 5hours every day because it really shows. Anyone interested should check out his tour itinerary on UKAO and make every effort to seeing him, believe me it will be worth it.

Also as an enchore at the packed to capacity Uxbridge AC Romano Viazzani joined him for an incredible duet set of 3 pieces.

Please Please make every effort to see him!

Best Wishes to all at UKAO!
Ron and Sue Bennett
Essex Accordion , Organ & Guitar Centre
Mar., 14, 2007
3 CD's available from Jerry Mayesand the Essex Accordion , Organ & Guitar Centre. Musical Selections Volume IMusical Selections Volume IIPiano Accordion Selection Volumes I & IIEach of the above CD recordings have been carefully prepared and compiled to include solos and popular selections to suit all tastes.Olive Perry, with her beautiful soprano voice can be heard in the "Musical Selections" Volume II.I sincerely trust the CD recordings will give much pleasure & guidance to students who wish to prepare & play some of the solos I have chosen to play.Jerry MayesPlease contact  for prices and P&P:-Jerry Mayes  19, Colchester Road, Prittlewell, Essex SS2 6HWTel: 01702 - 340909Email: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it "> This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Let’s Polka’s 1st Birthday Contest
Mar., 14, 2007
Can you believe it’s been a whole year since Let’s Polka first came kicking and squeezing into this world? It seems like just yesterday we were interviewing polkagreats, hanging out at Camp AccordionLand and the Cotati Accordion Festival, and being written up in the San Francisco Chronicle. We’ve seen squeezebox zombies, zydeco prodigies, accordion-toting Finnish metal bands, and bizarre Slovenian polka videos. We even managed to anger some Garfield fans along the way.To celebrate the occasion, we’re engaging in our favorite hobby: giving away free stuff! But first, you have to give us something in return.Your mission:Write a comment on this post and tell us about an accordion artist (solo or group) that we should hear. It could be a musette accordion player from the 1930s, your cousin’s conjunto band, or a punk/polka combo you found on MySpace. If there’s an accordion involved, we want to know about it!We’ll send a handful of Let’s Polka stickers (see photo above) to everyone who posts a comment. Three lucky, randomly-chosen commenters will also receive one of these items from our holiday gift guide:Geoff Berner’s tongue-in-cheek handbook, How to Be an Accordion PlayerBob Dolgan’s biography of Frankie Yankovic, America’s Polka KingCraig DiBiase’s polka documentary, It’s Happiness, on DVDWe’ll hold the drawing for those three prizes next Monday, so you have one week to post your comment. (If you comment after Monday, you can still get stickers but you won’t win one of the three prizes.)Sound good? Then start posting — and winning — today!
Amaryllis at Eastbourne
Mar., 13, 2007
  
Amaryllis
 (Tracey Middleton & Dave Garwood)
 will now be appearing at
The Eastbourne Music Festival
 Sunday 18th February 2007,
during the "fully loaded" evening  concert!
Renzo Ruggieri Strings Quartet
Mar., 13, 2007
Renzo Ruggieri Renzo Ruggieri Strings Quartet - NEXT EVENTS
6 February h 19:30 in world transmission for Radio Vaticana the Renzo Ruggieri Strings Quartet (A.Castagna, M.Di Donato, S.Danese, F.Orlando) in concert. email : This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it " href="http://www.ukaccordions.com/mailto: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it "> This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Italian frequencies in FM (93.3, 96.3, 103.8, 105) and on www.radiovaticana.org 
22 FebruaryBorgo Spoltino Country House di Mosciano S.A. (Italy) Renzo will be in Duo with Mauro De Federicis (jazz guitar).
- from 27 February to the 3 march Renzo will be present to the biggest italian festival of Sanremo with the famous Antonella Ruggiero.
NEWS
- Important tour of the Renzo Ruggieri Group (M.Manzi, M.Moriconi, P.Di Sabatino) on January 18-19-20 in the theaters of Casalgrande, Castelnuovo Ne' Monti and in Fabbrico with the Antonella Ruggiero. In this occasion they have also recorded the CD "Musica Divina" that also contains the song introduced to Sanremo 2007 with Renzo on the stage of the Ariston Theatre Renzo is also one of the arrangers of the whole CD.
- It's gone out the CD with of Frederic SCHLICK "THREE BROTHER" with Renzo as arranger, conductor of the PICCOLA ORCHESTRA MOPDERNA (with Strings section and Jazz Combo); in this CD there is a composition written to three hands of the two artists with the great Art Van Damme- demo.ITALIA
PROSSIMI EVENTI 
6 febbraio h 19:30 in diretta mondiale per RADIO VATICANA il Renzo Ruggieri Strings Quartet (A.Castagna, M.Di Donato, S.Danese, F.Orlando) in concerto.
Frequenze italiane in FM 93.3, 96.3, 103.8, 105 e su www.radiovaticana.org
 22 febbraio Borgo Spoltino Country House di Mosciano S.A. (Italia) Renzo sarà in DUO con Mauro De Federicis (chitarra jazz).
- dal 27 febbraio al 3 marzo Renzo sarà presente al festival di Sanremo con la nota Antonella Ruggiero.
NEWS
- Importante tour del Renzo Ruggieri Group (M.Manzi, M.Moriconi, P.Di Sabatino) il 18-19-20 gennaio nei teatri di Casalgrande, Castelnuovo Ne' monti e Fabbrico con la nota Antonella Ruggiero. In questa occasione hanno anche registrato il CD "Musica Divina" che contiene anche il brano presentato a Sanremo 2007 con Renzo presente sul palcoscenico dell'Ariston. Renzo è anche uno degli arrangiatori dell'intero CD.
- E' uscito il CD con di Frederic SCHLICK "THREE BROTHER" con Renzo come arrangiatore e direttore della Piccola Orchestra Moderna (con sezione d'archi + jazz combo); in questo CD c'è una composizione scritta a tre mani dai due artisti con il grande Art Van Damme - demo.
Romano Viazzani - February 18th
Mar., 13, 2007
Romano Viazzani is the special guest artist at this  "One Night Only" production  of "Pennies from Heaven" at The Jermyn Street Theatre  16b,Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST.Sunday 18th February 2007 - 7.30pmThe play depicts the life and songs of Arthur Tracy (The Street Singer)Arthur TracyPerformed & narrated by Steve Ross (The crown prince of New York cabaret - New York Times)  and written & perfomed by Gregory Moore with special guest accordionist  Romano Viazzani.Tickets are £18.00 and available now by calling the box office on 020 7287 2875Jermyn Street Theatre 16b, Jermyn Street
London, SW1Y 6STBox-office: 020 7287 2875
Admin: 020 7434 1443
Fax: 020 7287 3232
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Karen Tweed @ The Royal Opera House
Mar., 13, 2007
Karen Tweed
Voices Across the World - 24th February 2007 Royal Opera House
Bow Street
Covent Garden
London WC2E 9DD
DAYTIME EVENTS - Thursday 24 February 2007

Vocal Workshops
11am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 3pm
Venue: Floral Hall
A fun, participatory workshop looking at a variety of vocal traditions from all over the world, exploring how singers from different continents produce different sounds. The workshops will focus particularly on the vocal styles of the artists involved in the Voices Across the World series. No experience of singing is necessary, just a willingness to take part.

An Introduction to the English Folk Tradition
11.15am - 12.30pm
Venue: Crush Room
Accordionist Karen Tweed gives a practical introduction to the English folk tradition, using live demonstration and recorded examples. You can even have a go!

Cultural Connections - From Brasov to Budapest
1.30 - 3pm
Venue: Crush Room
Dr Peter Mills, Senior Lecturer in Media and Popular Culture at Leeds Metropolitan University will look at the links between Hungarian, Transylvanian and Roma music including films of performances of the above including Muzsicas.

Tickets: £8 adults, £6 concessions (buy one Daytime Event, get second at half price)
All children must be accompanied by an adult Box Office and Information line 020 7304 4000
Fax Bookings                               020 7212 9460Please see our website for further information and online bookings:
Birmingham Accordion Centre
Mar., 13, 2007
Rob Beecroft
The Birmingham Accordion Centre
We are pleased to invite all accordion enthusiasts to visit our showrooms, featuring a 500sq ft fully equipped rehearsal and demo room.
You are welcome to try any of our extensive range of new and used accordions, including the fabulous range from Serenellini!
Feel free to visit us during normal working hours at The Birmingham Accordion Centre131 Midland StreetBirmingham Get an online instant - Google Map of our shop location and even "door to door" driving directions from your home! - Please click the postcode below ! B9 4DQ  Tel/Fax:  0121 753 3709
 
   
 
      
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