2001 has been quite exciting for The "K" Trio! Along with our
numerous local performances, we were lucky enough to have a 10-day tour
in Texas, and a 2-week trip to Australia and New Zealand!
After a couple of
well-deserved breaks this year to relax and get focused again -- we finished
"Take 2" . . . . FINALLY!! "Take 2" will be ready
for distribution early this year (2002). It includes masterpieces from
our accordion repertoire . . . from Pietro Deiro, Sr. (Quick Silver, Rondo
from Concerto in E, and Pietro's Return), Charles Magnante (Accordiana,
Waltz Allegro), Joseph Biviano (Bolero in C Major), Eugene Ettore (Pioneer
Concerto), Pietro Frosini (Jolly Caballero), Aldo DeRossi (Trickling Keys),
Marcello Roviaro (Valse Elegante), Robert Russell Bennett (Four Nocturnes),
Carmen Carrozza (Cascade), Anthony GallaRini (Paragon March), Charles
Nunzio (Elenita), Donald Balestrieri (Polka Italiana), Frank Mucedola
(The Fox and The Hound), and Carnival of Venice!
In February, we were
honored with a request by the New Haven Chapter of the Connecticut State
Music Teachers Association to present our workshop "How We Do It"
to its members. The program details the "art" of ensemble performance.
Responses from the attending members were . . . ."wow" . . .
"Boy, did I learn a LOT!"
Our annual participation
in The Schubert Club Performing Series was quite special for us this year.
The "Pole To Pole" theme allowed us to play music written by
American composers . . . so we included the piece written for us by Dr.
William Schimmel - "Kosovo: Land of Broken Dreams". The audience
loved it . . . and to our surprise . . . there was a couple in the audience
who escaped from Kosovo to the United States about 4 years ago! They were
enthralled with the expression and complexity of the number!
Many thanks to Norman
Seaton for organizing the Texas "Dream Team" Tour in March.
. . the "touring group" was a joy to travel with . . . .we shared
great moments with each and every one of them. They included: Gary Daverne
(our conductor), Arlene Boddicker, Michele Boddicker Scheffler, John Simkus,
Tom Sullivan, Laura Nilan, Janet Burchfield, Barbara Zwart, Marilyn Monsivais
(and her husband Jose), and our bus driver Troy Watkins and his wife,
Glenda . . . Our first concert was on the Emerald Stage at the 19th Annual
North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas. Then we traveled by bus to New Braunfels,
and did some sight-seeing in Greune. Our performance was at the New Braunfels
Performing Arts Theater . . . right near the train tracks (great timing
for John Simkus . . . a train went rolling by right in the middle of John's
performance!). We were surprised to find out the next morning that we'd
been re-named The "K" Trio Polka Band in a local paper review
. . . apparently, the reporter didn't attend the whole concert, but did
his "review" anyway! Corpus Christi was next on our agenda,
where we performed at the Al Amin Temple . . . traveled on to San Antonio,
where we visited the beautifully striking Riverwalk and The Alamo . .
. and then on to the Alzafar Shrine Center for our final concert of the
trip. We were all sad to see the tour come to a close . . . we sure did
have fun . . . in between the rehearsals and the performances!
we arrived back at the Convention, the tour group was joined by many of
TAA's members in a farewell performance at the Dallas Convention closing
ceremonies. The days were jam-packed with workshops and performances!
The "K" Trio had its first lesson in cajunto playing . . . and
diatonic accordions! You should have seen the look on Santiago Jiminez,
Jr.'s face when Mary went ahead and "took off" on a riff! Julie
and Walt joined in, and our special cajunto session went wild!
Along with Gary Daverne
and 2 local members of the TAA, we appeared live on a radio broadcast
on 90.1 FM, KERA hosted by Greg Mitchell, where we answered questions
from the listeners, and they played several cuts from our CD "Images"!
. . . A very "special" part of the Festival for us was the presentation
of our "How We Do It" workshop. It was well-attended, and the
thanks we received following the presentation made it very rewarding!
The final concert of the event was an even greater thrill . . . a standing
ovation from a "packed house" - many of whom were musicians,
many were simply accordion-lovers! A fantastic event for us.
Again this year, we
were fortunate to have the opportunity to perform in concert with Mario
Tacca and Mary Mancini at the Venus de Milo Hall in Swansea, Rhode Island.
As always, a concert with Mario and Friends is an exciting event, and
we were pleased to be a part of such a wonderful program!
Every year, we try
to do some community enrichment events . . . and this year we entertained
the walkers in Hamden at the "Walk For Autism" sponsored by
the Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center, where we had a chance
to perform for many of the students Mary works with at her elementary
school position! We also contributed our time to some local CT senior
residences and facilities, making our performing schedule very meaningful.
It's such a thrill for us to make people feel happy. One of the nicest
comments we received at these shows was that our music was "uplifting"!
Well, that sure uplifted us . . . And made us more dedicated to sharing
our gifts with those who cannot normally attend the concerts we perform!
was quite a thrill for us to be invited to perform at both the Australian
National Championships in Sydney, and the New Zealand Accordion Championship
in Auckland. Both Heather Masefield and Tania Lukic-Marx kept us very
busy in Sydney! Heather took us to the Queen Victoria Building's shops,
where we saw the beautiful stained glass windows, wonderful mosaics, Crown
Jewels, and the Royal Clock, we took a tour on the "trolley",
got to see some Sydney city life, the magnificent Sydney Opera House,
the Taronga Zoo, and even shopped on the Harbor Walk. Mary adjudicated
during the competitions, and the quality and musicianship of the performances
was superb! The final concert event was held at the prestigious Marconi
Club (a beautiful Italian Club situated outside of Sydney in a lovely,
rural setting), after which we had an "informal" get together
at a local restaurant, where we really got to know everyone!
Many thanks to Heather
Masefield for organizing all the housing "details" for us .
. . the experience was wonderful. Traveling in any country outside the
United States always reminds us of the comforts we take for granted here
in the U.S.!
Gary Daverne was a
great host when we arrived in New Zealand. We got to relax and enjoy Gary's
Auckland Symphony concert the day we arrived . . . and that WAS the last
time we sat down (except for driving time in the car!) He kept us quite
busy sight-seeing . . . we barely had enough time to change clothes to
do our performances! Getting a "first-hand" view of the country
by a "native" was quite an experience. (We weren't lost, were
we, Gary?) Mud flats, steam spouts, Craters of the Moon . . . beautiful
scenery . . . each view better than the one before! What a BLAST! Thanks,
The concerts were wonderful
. . . the New Zealand audiences were very receptive, and we are looking
forward to visiting this wonderful country again some time in the next
In August, we again
participated in the American Accordionists' Association Workshop series
presented by Dr. William Schimmel. The Tenri Cultural Institute was the
venue in Soho, New York, and our performance there was exciting for us
. . . we were once again lucky enough to do a "premiere" . .
. Dr. Schimmel's "Kosovo: Land of Broken Dreams" (yes, we premiered
the music last year) . . . but this time Mikki Goodman performed an outstanding
impressionistic dance to the work . . . what an experience -- a 1st for
An especially exciting
time for us is our yearly performance with Professor Emeritus Ward Davenny
from Yale University! Professor Davenny selected Beethoven's Piano Quartet
in E Flat Major, Opus 16 for Piano and Strings because Walter's part was
considerably more demanding than many of the other works we'd performed
with him . . . in other words . . . No rests for Walt! This work was presented
in concert a second time . . . . as guest artists at the New Haven Chapter,
CT State Music Teachers Association Ensemble Festival!
Trio would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal fans for a
wonderful year . . . and to let you know that year 2002 will include lots
more "local" and U.S. performances! Our plans for 2003 and 2004
include more concerts . . . both inside and outside the United States
. . . and a tour abroad! Have a great, musical 2002!