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

 Here 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 Festhalle. See for complete festival information.

The group’s website is: . 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   price: $10
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 record straight!

This film is an Award Nominee for Best Music Documentary at the Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival. Film length: 74 min.
See .  Written and produced by: Roberta Cantow

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 Northwest. 

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 competition.

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 Confusion 4tet.

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: . We look forward to seeing you at LIAC 2016

Bonnie Birch and the LIAC Committee


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