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Accordion News Before the New Year

  • I’ll be playing my New Year’s Eve gig at the historic Black Bass in Bucks County, PA. This year with “The Sound of the Delaware River”, The New Impressionists. And I’ll be playing New Year’s Day for a free show with The Hot Club of Philly down at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
  • Swedish-American accordion technician holds down Accordion shrine in central Oregon. (Hidden lead is prodigal return to accordion after he meets hot girl into tango!)
  • I love it when I come across blogs that do lists of some small genre from some corner of the world. Here is a great list of Norweigan Fiddle music, complete with pictures. Also check out my postings of French Pop music lists, and retrospective of Norweigan pop music.
  • Also, officially as of me declaring it…Myspace fucking sucks. They redid their interface about a month or so ago. And now at the end of listening to a track, you are likely to get an audio ad for some ebay ripoff store that sells electronics!!! ITs crap. BTW I found this out while I was enjoying the work of Frøholm Tillung and Tindra.
  • iPhone apps which are cool: NPR Addict (Free) gives you direct access to tons of NPR shows you never knew existed. And TuneIn Radio (.99) you can search say “Django” and come up with American, Australian, and English radio shows all related to Django. Very Very cool! It works on the road as you drive too!
  • And another thing. If you are brave and have time. Search using Google in other languages, like French. You may get better results. : )
  • SF Gate gets to know Accordion babe Renee de la Prade.

Happy New Year!

I could not be more into this! (Unless I decided to transcribe it, which I have not yet.):

Performance Piece: Makes Perfect, Makes Permanent

-WORK HARD THEN REST-

Photos by Shekinah Rae

One of my hobbies of late has been the science of practicing. Really, the studies by those who choose to understand practice and how it is some who practice succeed beyond others. For a brief overview of my exploring which I think would be helpful to any musician: the 10,000 hours/10 years theory, 10+2×5, The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance, and most influentially the 1993 study The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance.

When my girlfriend, Fluxahedra, asked me to participate in an art show she was curating I agreed, and did not immediately know that my piece was going to synthesize my appetite for this new knowledge about practicing. But that is exactly what happened. Below are some photographs of me performing the piece, but as it was a transient work, and I thought the knowledge and concept were good for many more than were there I have decided to reprint here the quotes I used to project in between video of me practicing, while I practiced in real life for an hour in the gallery.

SPECULATION ON THE CAUSES OF THESE INDIVIDUALS’ EXTRAORDINARY AVILITIES AND PERFORMANCE ARE AS OLD AS THE FIRST RECORDS OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS. EARLY ACCOUNTS COMMONLY ATTRIBUTE THESE INDIVIDUALS’ OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE TO DIVINE TO DIVINE INTERVENTION, SUCH AS THE INFLUENCE OF THE STARS OR ORGANS IN THEIR BODIES, OR TO SPECIAL GIFTS. AS SCIENCE PROGRESSED, THESE EXPLANATIONS BECAME LESS ACCEPTABLE.

the role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance

IN SUM, THE BELIEF THAT A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF EXPERTISE OR PRACTICE LEADS TO MAXIMAL PERFORMANCE APPEARS TO BE INCORRECT.

the role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance

’10 YEAR or 10,000 HOURS’ RULE

SIMON AND CHASE OBSERVED THAT NOBODY HAD ATTAINED THE LEVEL OF AN INTERNATIONAL CHESS MASTER ‘WITH LESS THAN ABOUT A DECADE’S INTENSE PREPARATION WITH THE GAME’

SIMON AND CHASE’S (1973) ’10-YEAR RULE’ IS SUPPORTED BY DATA FROM A WIDE RANGE OF DOMAINS: MUSIC (SOSNIAK, 1985) MATHEMATICS (GUSTIN 1985), TENNIS (MONSAAS, 1985), SWIMMING (KALINOWSKI, 1985) AND LONG DISTANCE RUNNING (WALLINGFORD, 1975).

the role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance

IN THE ABSENCE OF ADEQUATE FEEDBACK, EFFICIENT LEARNING IS IMPOSSIBLE AND IMPROVEMENT ONLY MINIMAL EVEN FOR HIGHLY MOTIVATED SUBJECTS. HENCE MERE REPETITION OF AN ACTIVITY WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY LEAD TO IMPROVEMENT IN, ESPECIALLY, ACCURACY OF PERFORMANCE.

the role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance

WORK VS. PLAY

…DELIBERATE PRACTICE WOULD ALLOW FOR REPEATED EXPERIENCES IN WHICH THE INDIVIDUAL CAN ATTEND TO THE CRITICAL ASPECTS OF THE SITUATION AND INCREMENTALLY IMPROVE HER OR HIS PERFORMANCE IN RESPONSE TO KNOWLEDGE OF RESULTS, FEEDBACK, OR BOTH FROM A TEACHER.

the role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance

MOST IMPORTANTLY

FINALLY, DELIBERATE PRACTICE IS AN EFFORTFUL ACTIVITY THAT CAN BE SUSTAINED ONLY FOR A LIMITED TIME EACH DAY DURING EXTENDED PERIODS WITHOUT LEADING TO EXHAUSTION (EFFORT CONSTRAINT). TO MAXIMIZE GAINS FROM LONG-TERM PRACTICE, INDIVIDUALS MUST AVOID EXHAUSTION AND MUST LIMIT PRACTICE TO AN AMOUNT FROM WHICH THEY CAN COMPLETELY RECOVER ON A DAILY OR WEEKLY BASIS.

the role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance

FROM OUR SEARCH FOR IMMUTABLE CHARACTERISTICS CORRESPONDING TO INNATE TALENT, WE CONCLUDE THAT INDIVIDUALS ACQUIRE VIRTUALLY ALL OF THE DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS OF EXPERT PERFORMERS THROUGH RELEVANT ACTIVITIES (DELIBERATE PRACTICE).

the role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance

CONCLUSION

PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE EXPERT PERFORMANCE IS QUALITATIVELY DIFFERENT FROM NORMAL PERFORMANCE THE EXPERT PERFORMER MUST BE ENDOWED WITH CHARACTERISTICS QUALITATIVELY DIFFERENT FROM THOSE OF NORMAL ADULTS.

…WE ARGUE THAT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EXPERT PERFORMERS AND NORMAL ADULTS REFLECT A LIFE-LONG PERIOD OF DELIBERATE EFFORT TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE IN A SPECIFIC DOMAIN.

the role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance

RANDOM

STUDY OF VIOLINISTS CONCLUDES BEST MUSICIANS PRACTICE 90 MINUTES  AND THEN REST. NO EMAIL, NO CLEANING. JUST REST.

RANDOM

TONY ROBBINS (MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER) URGES ALL WHO WANT TO IMPROVE IN A GIVEN AREA TO RECORD AND MEASURE.

RANDOM

IN THE AREA OF OFFICE WORK THERE IS A STRATEGY POPULAR TODAY CALLED 10+2X5. THIS IS A STRATEGY TO EFFECTIVELY AND WITH CLARITY, KNOCK THINGS OFF A LIST, OR ATTACK STRONGLY SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF A GIVEN PROJECT. THE STRATEGY IS TO WORK ON A GIVEN TASK WITH MAXIMUM EFFORT FOR 10 MINUTES. THEN TO REST FOR 2 MINUTES TO REGAIN AND REJUVINATE. AND TO THEN REPEAT THIS 4 MORE TIMES FOR A TOTAL OF 5 REPETITIONS. THIS CYCLE ADDS UP TO AN HOUR. AND THEN YOU HAVE EFFECTIVELY WORKED ON A TASK AT MAXIMUM EFFORT FOR 50 MINUTES. IT IS VERY POPULAR BECAUSE IT WORKS.

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Come Out To Accordion Day – 11/7/10

BE PART OF THIS PHOTO

November 7th Festival Features
Grand Opening for the Newest Club in Town
Acme Button Box Club
of Acme Accordion School
Tex Mex, Zydeco, Cajun, Louisiana Styles of Squeezing

Sunday – November7th will be an exciting day for
Delaware Valley Accordionists, Acme Accordion School and residents of
Haddon Township.

Acme Accordion School kicks off its NEW Diatonic-Button Box Club After todays festival, the new Acme Button Club will meet each Friday evening beginning at 8 PM
All events to be held at Acme Accordion School & Musikgarten:
322 Haddon Ave., Westmont, NJ 08108

Today’s festival will begin with a 10:00 AM workshop presented by Stanley & Joanna Darrow on the Art of Practicing a Musical Instrument. Benefits derived from musical involvement will be discussed. These include the long term physical, emotional, and social skills.

The ANNUAL ACCORDION DAY PHOTOGRAPH will begin assembling at NOON.
All attendees are requested to participate in the photo. Bring an accordion if you have one!!!!!!!

1:00 PM will bring forth a diversity of accordion styles thru performances of the Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra, Westmont Accordion Clubs, the ACME Accordion School Junior Band, Preparatory Band and Musikgarten Ensembles.

Invited featured guests are being scheduled to perform program sections…

Rik Kaplan from Washington DC, is a well known figure to area accordionists. He has performed extensively during the AAMS Conventions. His feature is Button Box and its related music styles, Cajun, Zydeco, and Louisiana styles will be presented.

Dee Langley performing accordion artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota will present specialty ethnic music of the Balkan countries with its exciting mixed meters.

Additional guest artist are being arranged. Thomas Groeber-Bavarian Specialist from the Philadelphia area will be performing on his Havlecek Diatonic Accordion

Throughout the day from 9:AM till 4:00 PM, there will be performances as well as an accordion market where anyone who has an instrument they would like to display for sale may do so. Call Stanley Darrow 856-854-6628 to make arrangements. This must be pre-arranged, as there is only room for 20 – 25 accordions in the Accordion Mart.

This event is open to the public and FREE of CHARGE
A Free Will offering is graciously accepted and will be placed in the ACME SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

FOR MORE INFORMATION – please call – 856-854-6628 Joanna Darrow.

Halloween 2010

Despite not being able to find a cone hat to complete my Pierrot costume, it was a very nice Halloween this year. On Friday I performed with sound designer/composer Jeff Lorenz for funny, bizarre, and Japanese, Mad Supper at Ideal Glass in NYC. Improvising a spooky piano/keyboard score with his theramin and extended piano work. They Live Streamed it here. We start our thing around 1 hour and 23 minutes.

The following night, Saturday, I performed with Chris Blasucci (guitar, vocals) as The New Impressionists for their Halloween Madness party. Our horrible glory was the achievement of a dream I’ve held low these many Halloweens…to perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller as a trumpet and accordion duo!

I also included the aftermath of Mischief Night that I ran into on my drive home.

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Mazurka Clandestina, Hanoi Musette, Avant-Piano Teacher

  • Mazurka Clandestina is happening around Italy. In Rome, Milan and other cities people are organizing on Facebook and meeting in square or other beautiful open spot to…dance the Mazurka (the European Tango). From a boombox or a musician, the music and people dancing transform and take over, spontaneous. Sounds cool. Rekindling a very old dance tradition. Thanks to Zen and the Art of Diatonic Accordion for this one.
  • More evidence that Asian countries dig French Jazz: Jazz and French accordionist from Belgium, Thibault Dille is gigging in Hanoi, Vietnam. He is a good player check out his myspace. Also Happy Birthday Hanoi, on October 10th you will be 1,000 years old!!!
  • Revolutionary Piano Lessons – master pedagogue or mountebank?!

Ludovic Beier in MARYLAND and Philadelphia Gives Accordionist to Cirque

  • Classical accordionist Lidia Kaminska has taken a soujourn from her Philadelphia base to join the Circus. THE circus. Cirque du Soleil’s show Allegria. Nice little Q&A interview with her on the philly.com blog.
  • Angelo Debarre’s tour is cut short by tendonitis, what a real shame, wish him a quick recovery. But, the show goes on: AMAZING French swing and Gypsy accordionist Ludovic Beier will be with Samson Schmitt (filling in for Angelo) on guitar, Doudou Cuillerier on guitar and Antonio Licusati on bass at Windsor Hall in Cumberland, MD. On FRI Oct. 1st, 2010. 8p. Call The Book Center for tix (301) 722-2284.

Accordion News You Missed This Week

  • Female conjunto accordionist Eva Ybarra is Parker Lewis’s spiritual antithesis; burgled home, foreclosed house, repossessed car. She’s the Queen of the Accordion, but can’t get to her gigs. Not cool at all. San Antonio paper covers it here.
  • America’s foremost accordionist who plays with A list jazzbos, Gil Goldstein, has played with Pat Metheny, Gil Evans and Bobby McFerrin. Now hes penned a small intro to playing accordion in keyboard player mag. Written for the pianist to explain the different things about the accordion, I recommend it to  any pianist looking to explore the accordion.
  • See the AMAZING jazz composer/bandoneon player Dino Saluzzi perform in South Western Ontario Canada’s Guelph Jazz Festival. A very well written introduction to the accordion for the listener is in the Toronto Globe and Mail’s article: The Accordion Gets Its Due
  • I’ve been transcribing alot of Musette players recently. Because of this I have been waiting for this new recording since I heard of it. And the hommage to Gus Viseur by French Accordionist Marcel Loeffler, Around Gus, is ostensibly out now. Coverage in American is slim. Give it some time. L’autre Accordion Bistro got an advance copy, they opined.