May 23, 2016
LIAC is less than a month away. It will be another
fabulous festival. AND (drum roll)…we have another performing
venue for those who would like a place to perform in
Leavenworth. The location is the Gingerbread Factory (GF)
owned by Heidi Forchemer (owner of Andreas Keller). The gazebo
sign-up sheet is almost full so we have located another place for
people to play. The location is 828 Commercial St. and performance
times are 11am – 3pm on Friday and Saturday, June 17, 18. There will
be a sign-up sheet. Doris Osgood will have the sheet at the gazebo
on Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, just go over to the GF and put
your name on the sheet where there is an available slot. It will be
an intimate performing environment and sound equipment is not
necessary. GO CHECK it out.
Remember our great concerts including one honoring
Frank Marocco. Also, be sure to attend the movie, “Accordions
Rising”. See below.
April 13, 2016
are some important items of interest:
The website is ready to go.
You may now order tickets and prepare for everything that is going
on. A few more pictures and updates will probably occur but the main
information is there.
Honoring Frank Marocco with the appearance of
The Slight Confusion 4tet.
We all miss one of the most capable and popular jazz accordionist of
our time, Frank Marocco. His popularity was worldwide not only for
his skill and tasteful playing but his gentle personality.
We are thrilled to have a jazz group, coming from
Switzerland in which two of its members, Philippe Cornaz and Ivor
Malherbe performed with Frank on his Freedom Flight CD. This will be
a great tribute to Frank. For those of you somewhat familiar with
jazz, you will be impressed with their bio as seen on the website.
Their performance is on June 17, 2016 at 8 pm in the Leavenworth
www.accordioncelebration.org for complete festival information.
The group’s website is:
www.philcornaz.com . Go there to hear some selections.
Make a date at the
movies to see award winning film Accordions Rising
Time: Fri 11:30am Grange/Upper
Accordions Rising is a documentary feature film about the resurgence
of interest in accordion music over the last 30-40 years. Though
many continue to see the accordion as the stodgy instrument of a
bygone era – and accordion jokes abound — it is time to set the
This film is an Award Nominee for Best Music
Documentary at the Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival.
Film length: 74 min.
http://accordionsrising.com . Written and produced by: Roberta
February 10, 2016
LIAC 2016 proves to be amazing
Dear Friends of the Accordion,
First of all, thank you so much for your interest
in the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration (LIAC). This
festival is put on by volunteers and without your interest and
support there will be no accordion festival like this in the Pacific
Second, we are currently updating the website
so you will still see some 2015 items on the website until we are
fully updated. This will take a few weeks.
We will continue with the format utilizing the
Festhalle, Gazebo, and Grange with concerts, workshops, sign-up
sheets for performing, vendors, and our special accordion
Our website is currently being updated for 2016:
Our evening concerts will be top-quality as usual
but I would like to call your attention to something especially
unique. We have a group coming from Switzerland, the Slight
Confusion 4tet, focusing primarily on the jazz style of
music. You all remember the great jazz accordionist, Frank
Marocco. The leader of this group, Philippe Cornaz (vibes),
recorded with Frank on Frank’s CD called Freedom Flight.
The group consisting of Philippe Cornaz
(vibes), Laurent Derache (accordion), Mike Richmond (bass), and
Antoine Brouze (drums) will perform Frank Marocco favorites in
addition to other selections. I would like to point out that Mike
Richmond from New York is one of the most well-known bassists in the
United States. He is taking the place of the group’s regular bassist
who couldn’t make the trip.
Our Thursday concert will be very special with
Mike Zampiceni from San Francisco performing Italian music. We
will then have Mary Ross-Klektau from Victoria, BC performing
Scottish Country Dance music followed by the Spokane Accordion
Ensemble performing American favorites.
On Friday, we have the popular Gary Blair
from Scotland performing his favorites followed by the Slight
On Saturday our Victoria neighbors will again
perform an entirely new program with a concert by virtuoso soloist
Jelena Milojevic followed by the BC Accordion Orchestra.
We may even get some dancing after that by the LIAC jam band.
LIAC will be held on June 16 – 19, 2016.
This will be LIAC number 23 and the 7th year the
Northwest Accordion Society has produced the festival. The first
six years were very successful and we will continue to fine-tune
events to make LIAC 2016 live up to our high standards.
The LIAC committee is pleased to announce that the
bursary program will continue. To that end, we must raise
money specifically for that purpose. It has been a goal of the
accordion celebration to encourage and support accordionists,
particularly young accordion students. Please consider donating
money for the bursary program; it’s an investment in the future of
the accordion in our region.
To donate, please go
to the Home page of our website:
www.accordioncelebration.org . We look forward to seeing you at
Bonnie Birch and the LIAC Committee