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February 22, 2013


Meeting Notes

WMAS celebrated its tenth anniversary on February 10 with music and dancing, cake and balloons, and lots more music and dancing. It was wonderful to see newcomers among the old-timers as we look both forward and back. A little history here: Karen Malan-Uribe is the person who originally came up with the idea for a club. She made a connection with Anne Johnson and Mara Cherkasky through Dale Wise and told them her idea. Both pitched in, spread the word, and put together the first meeting within weeks. To everyone’s amazement, 25 eager people showed up ready to play.

We don’t have the minutes from that first meeting in February 2003, but here’s what Karen wrote following the second one (we used to meet on Tuesday evenings):

Tuesday night's meeting was a wonder of wonders. It included such a diverse array of accordions I was just in a daze by the time I left. This time, as people arrived, they took out their accordions and started playing the music that we had laid out on the table to share. Suddenly I heard a concertina and then a young high school student with a brand new “birthday” accordion playing away. It was difficult to get the meeting started — I hated to stop the music.

Thanks, everyone, for your part in making WMAS such a success!

And don’t forget to come back soon! On March 10 we will be presenting a workshop and concert with gypsy jazz accordionist Dallas Vietty. Some of us had a chance to participate in Dallas’s workshop and hear him play at last summer’s American Accordionists’ Association festival in Baltimore, and we’re excited about seeing him again. Don’t forget to bring your accordions for the workshop, and don’t worry: it’s easier than you might think.

Joan Grauman has agreed to be the greeter (unless someone else is dying to do it), but we need people to bring snacks, and to help set up and clean up. Most importantly, though, we need to fill the room, so please bring your family and friends. (And remember: nonmembers will be asked for an $8 donation.) We will be forwarding you a flyer in the next several days.

The Dallas Vietty workshop and concert will take place at our usual meeting spot, Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Road in Falls Church, Va., at 4 pm.


A Couple of Announcements…

Guy Klucevsek at Dance Place

Accordionist Guy Klucevsek will perform his own original accordion music, accompanying Lionel Popkin’s dance show with his fantastic and inventive playing, at Dance Place in Northeast DC, on March 2-3.

Dance Place is offering WMAS members a special 20 percent discount! If you would like to attend the show, please reply to this email and ask for the discount code. Then you’ll need to buy your tickets online, at http://www.danceplace.org/.

Here’s how Dance Place describes the show: “Inspired by the career of Ruth St. Denis, Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore strives to question the acts of cultural appropriation, representation and transmission through “oriental” dance. Accompanied by a live accordion and violin-driven score performed by Guy Klucevsek, this world premiere sweeps across an array of metaphorical hints and extravagant fabrics.”

A preview of the piece is on vimeo; skip ahead to 1:22: http://vimeo.com/42559902.

Dance Place
3225 Eighth Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017

Lionel Popkin/Guy Klucevsek
Saturday, March 2 at 8 pm
Sunday, March 3 at 7 pm

$22 General Admission
$17 Members, Seniors, Teachers and Artists
$10 College Students
$8 Children (17 and under)


Band ISO Accordionist

The Nice Tries, a band that rehearses in Greenbelt as well as in DC (Columbia Heights and H Street, NE) is looking for an accordion/concertina player.

If you’re interested, please contact Joe P. at thenicetrys@gmail.com

Clips at http://thenicetrys.bandcamp.com/


Upcoming Events

Greta Sundström and Rasmus Lyberth at Millennium Stage
Monday, March 4, 2013, 6 pm
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

Accordion virtuoso Greta Sundström, from Finland’s Åland Islands, is master of a vast repertoire ranging from classical pieces to folk music and dance-friendly pop tunes. Singer/songwriter Rasmus Lyberth, from Greenland, has captivated Danish and Greenlandic audiences since the 1970s and is increasingly popular with international audiences. Part of Nordic Cool 2013 Festival.


AAMS Festival

The annual American Accordion Musicological Society festival is March 15-17 in Whippany, New Jersey, and the Potomac Accordion Ensemble will be performing at the Saturday night banquet.

For more information, see http://www.aamsaccordionfestival.com/