Accordions – Thursday September 20, 2018

Mass Appeal – Accordions
Moved to Red River College
Thursday September 20
Rehearsal: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Concert: 7:30 – 8:00 pm

Accordions at Red River College

Due to the threat of rain, this even has been moved indoors. Head to the William Avenue end of the Red River College atrium.

Roger Daltry of The Who famously sang about accordion music filling the street, noting that “the music’s all right!” We feel the same way and after introducing accordions to Mass Appeal at City Hall in 2017, we’re sticking with the streets and this year we’ll be filling the parking lot where Bannatyne Avenue meets Arthur and Albert Streets in the Exchange District.

Also returning to Mass Appeal in 2018 is accordionist and music director Stephen Kiz. Stephen has performed around the world and currently serves as an instructor of accordion and guitar for the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts. He has been involved with Folklorama for over twenty-five years leads and arranges for several of his own groups around Winnipeg. Stephen will lead the ensemble backed by a rhythm section comprised of Reg Keln on drums and Jim Jackson on bass.

Rehearsal takes place between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm, with the concert running from 7:30 – 8:00. To participate as a player, download the songs below and practice them on your own. Stephen has recorded version of each track that you can listen to online, and we’ve also included some YouTube links to give you an idea of what it will sound like. There are 2 versions of each song, with the Accordion 1 version being for more advanced players, and the Accordion 2 version being a little easier. The Accordion 2 version can also be played *either* both hands or just right hand for those just getting started.

On the day of the concert, participants are asked to bring
– a chair
– a music stand
– sheet music
– clothes pegs to hold your music if it’s windy.

Here’s what we’ll be playing. Read on to find all the music, sample tracks, and notes on each song from Conductor Stephen!

Mass Appeal Accordions 2018 repertoire:

German Polka Medley
Ukrainian Waltz Medley
Amore
Melody of love
Bird Dance
Quando Quando

1. German Polka Medley

Download song 1: German Polka Medley – Accordion 1
Download song 1: German Polka Medley – Accordion 2

Listen to Stephen play the German Polka Medley:
Stephen Says: Here are three well known German polkas: Herz Shmertz, Litchensteiner and Rosamunda (or Beer Barrel Polka).

For the performance I will give a two bar count in (1 2 2 2) to be followed by the pickup on the ‘and’ of 2. You can use any right-hand switch for this medley.

The repeats in the three songs can be quite long (like in Litchensteiner) so I find using a highlighter on the repeat signs makes them stand out more and makes the performance go smoother.

This is a longer medley so organising your page turns will be important. If you can get all 4 pages across on your music stand that will be the easiest. If not get the first three pages ready and flip to page 4 in the four bar transition to the chorus of Beer Barrel Polka.

Just remember that everyone will be playing the same chart so if you need to stop momentarily to turn pages, there will be others covering for you.

Accordion 2 has fewer ornaments and may be easier to read for some. It is more like what you would see in a fake book so even advanced player can use that chart and add their own grace notes, 3rds, 6ths etc.

2. Ukrainian Waltz Medley

Download song 2: Ukrainian Waltz Medley – Accordion1
Download song 2: Ukrainian Waltz Medley – Accordion2

Listen to Stephen play the Ukrainian Waltz Medley:
Stephen Says: This is a combination of the very well-known Ukrainian waltzes Balamuta and Bandura.

For the performance I will give a one bar count (1 2 3) and one bar chord intro like you hear in the music sample above. We will play each song 3 times.

Once again, don’t drag your basses and do play the right hand quite smooth, or legato.

Accordion 2 has fewer ornaments and may be easier to read for some. This version is more like what you would see in a fake book, so even advanced players can use this chart and add their own grace notes, 3rds, 6ths and so forth.

3. Amore

Download song 3: Amore – Accordion 1
Download song 3: Amore – Accordion 2

Listen to Stephen play Amore:
Stephen Says: An Italian latin or beguine.

Keep the right hand nice and legato and the left hand detached and short so it doesn’t over take the right hand melody.

For the performance I will give three counts in (1 2 3) to be followed by the pickups. (Starting on the “and” of 3).

We will play the song 3 times.

Accordion 1 has been written with melody chords so you will need to play in basson or master switch to play up the octave.

Just like in the Ukrainian Medley above, this part has fewer ornaments and may be easier to read for some. Again, it is more like what you would see in a fake book, so even advanced players can use this chart and add their own grace notes, 3rds, 6ths and so forth.

Accordion 2 can use any switch.

4. Melody of Love

Download song 4: Melody of Love – Accordion 1
Download song 4: Melody of Love – Accordion 2

Listen to Stephen play Melody of Love:
Stephen Says: This is a nice slow, romantic French waltz.

Once again this is a chance to use the wet or musette tuning on your accordion.

For the performance I will give a one bar count in (1 2 3) to be followed by the pickups.

We will play the song 3 times. The second time Accordion I does the variation. First and third times are the same for both parts with the jump to the CODA for the ending. Listen to the MP3 above if you are not sure of the sequence.

As with any waltz, don’t drag your basses as that will take away from the right hand melody.

This song should be nice and legato (smooth) Even the triplets on Accordion I should be nice and smooth and even.

Accordion 2 has fewer ornaments and may be easier to read for some. This version is more like what you would see in a fake book, so even advanced players can use this chart and add their own grace notes, 3rds, 6ths and so forth.

5. Bird Dance

Download song 5: Bird Dance – Accordion 1
Download song 5: Bird Dance – Accordion 2

Listen to Stephen play the Bird Dance:
Stephen Says: Back by popular demand!

We may play the song a bit faster the last time around, but we can decide that at the rehearsal before the concert.

For the performance I will give a one bar and 1 beat count in (1 2 3 4 1) to be followed by the pickups.

Accordion 2 has fewer ornaments and may be easier to read for some. This version is more like what you would see in a fake book, so even advanced players can use this chart and add their own grace notes, 3rds, 6ths and so forth.

6. Quando Quando

Download song 6: Quando Quando – Accordion 1
Download song 6: Quando Quando – Accordion 2

Listen to Stephen play Quando Quando:

Stephen Says: This is a nice lively Italian samba.

For the performance I will give a one and a half bars count in (1 2 1) to be followed by the pickups. We will play the song 3 times with a ‘tag’ ending the third time.

You can use any right hand switch you would like on this song.

For the accordionist, a samba is played much like a polka with more syncopation.

Accordion 2 has fewer ornaments and may be easier to read for some. This version is more like what you would see in a fake book, so even advanced players can use this chart and add their own grace notes, 3rds, 6ths and so forth.

The percussion rhythms are what make the samba style unique, so make sure you listen to the drummer during this number!

HAVE FUN!!!