With leader Bud Courtney on guitar and vocals, Jim Reagan on guitar and vocals, Brian Hynes on bass guitar, Jack Courtney on percussion, Raymond Todd on trombone, and Paul Stein on accordion. And Carmen Trotta waiting in the wings for his Elvis gig. Thanks to Bill Ofenloch for photo.
I was happy to join my accordion comrades under the direction of Melissa Elledge in this 45 minute new music performance that drew an audience of several dozen on a beautiful evening in Manhattan. This year is the 50th anniversary of the composition of the piece. Thanks to Greg Burrows for capturing the moment.
A good time was had by all who listened, sang along, clapped, or even danced a waltz or a tango or two (see second photo below).
And thanks to the producer of the event Ariana Hellerman for making it happen.
On TUESDAY, JUNE 10th from 5-6 PM, I will be performing in BRYANT PARK as part of the ACCORDIONS AROUND THE WORLD series. My program is entitled “A TASTE OF YIDDISH MUSIC” and will include Jewish folk songs, selections from the Yiddish Theatre, chasidic table songs, and klezmer pieces – featuring accordion instrumentals, some vocals in Yiddish, and a few numbers on the claviola. Please join me to sing-along, clap, and dance or just sit back and enjoy music in the open air. Bryant Park is located in MANHATTAN at 6TH AVENUE AND 42ND STREET, behind the New York Public Library. For more information: http://www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/accordion.html (In case of rain, the show will be cancelled.)
On May 24, 2014 at the anti-Monsanto Rally in Union Square, I provided disco music on the accordion for Elliot Crown and company’s exciting street theatre presentation in front of hundreds of activists. “Disco on the accordion” sounds a bit weird, but it actually worked and was a lot of fun. I will post a video as soon as it is available. Thanks to Kenny Vena for another great photo!