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milwaukee-accordion-club-ed-hausePeople of German and Polish descent have been ethnically and historically connected to the accordion, therefore it should come as no surprise that areas that are of predominantly German and Polish heritage have the most experience with acccordians. Wisconsin, having been dominated by immigrating Germans and Poles in the 1800's, has the vibrant and flexible sounds of the "squeezebox" at many festivities.

One such area in Wisconsin is Milwaukee. Known for its baseball and breweries, this large Midwestern city even has its own Accordian Club. That's right!  The club plays accordians for fun as well as profit in an attempt to promote this Old World music box.

milwaukee accordion club ensembleThe club meets monthly to savor the music they produce on their accordians and plan events to showcase what an accordian can really do.  Anyone who's an accordian player or just an accordian enthusiast can join for what it costs to attend a single afternoon of Brewers' baseball, and the membership is for an entire year. 

Their accordian ensemble, which consists of eight members and a conductor,  meet weekly for practice.  (All play piano accordians, which bear a sharp contrast to most traditional accordians, in that they use  a small keyboard in place of the older button or key press accordians.)   They play at all kinds of gigs, but predominantly at weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and yes, even the occassional funeral.  They strive to educate today's youth about the accordian, history, and the ancestral connections overall.  Accordian music, as they see it, is living, breathing, history.

When they're not playing a gig, they publicize public events of their players and members through regular shows.  When they're not performing for any of the above reasons,  they're there for the biggest German festival of all: Oktoberfest!  No Oktoberfest is complete or legitimate without accordian music and no one knows that better than Wisconsin's Milwaukee Accordian Club(MAC)! 

If you check out their website, they list upcoming events and other useful info about the club, the players, and  of course, accordians.  They encourage even non-residents of Wisconsin to join and enjoy the melodious sounds of the accordian.

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Souvenir de Lille
A delightful french musette piece for accordion, composed by myself.
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Between 1983 and 1989, Domi Emorine won twenty-four prizes as a child prodigy.   In 1990, not yet fifteen years old, she won the World Accordion Championship and the UNAF prize.   In 1991, she won the Silver Medal; and in 1993 the SACEM medal in the 'Voice and Wind' category.   Five years later, Domi won the World Championship again.   She also did something unique in the annals of acc...
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Polka Italienne --- Domi Emorine
Between 1983 and 1989, Domi Emorine won twenty-four prizes as a child prodigy.   In 1990, not yet fifteen years old, she won the World Accordion Championship and the UNAF prize.   In 1991, she won the Silver Medal; and in 1993 the SACEM medal in the 'Voice and Wind' category.   Five years later, Domi won the World Championship again.   She also did something unique in the annals of acc...
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Paris-Moscow --- Roman Jbanov & Domi Emorine
For information on these amazing performers, see their separate biographies attached to other music files. This audio sample is from the title track of  their CD, The Paris-Moscou Duo, which we gave away in our January 2007 contest.   
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Hiver --- Roman Jbanov & Domi Emorine
Roman Zhbanov graduated from The Conservatory of Novosibirsk. When he was fourteen, he won the regional contest of young bayanists.  At eighteen he won the International contest in Kligental (Germany).  At nineteen he won the forty-seventh International Trophee Mondiale, in Italy.  Later, he became a laureate of international contests in Andorra, Spain, Russia and France.  He has perfo...
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Boys of Bluehill (local copy)
HI Folks, This is an Irish Hornpipe played on my Roland FR-3X LIVE. I am playing through a software LOOPER (Mobius). I can play once through with one sound and then the recording automatically repeats so I can layer on another saound.Even though I did this at home on St. Pat's day I performed an hours worth of these live before an audience.I hope you emjhoy it. LooseBruce
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Boutade --- Roman Jbanov & Domi Emorine
Bayanist Roman Zhbanov is known to music lovers of Novosibirsk from their childhood.  He performed as a soloist with The Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra of the TV and radio company 'Novosibirsk'.  Recordings of his performances on radio and TV programs were made time and again. Since 1996, five CDs have been issued, and two films made. This is a far from complete list of achievements ...
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Badinerie --- Roman Jbanov & Domi Emorine
For information on these amazing performers, see their separate biographies on the Contest Page; Domi was introduced in our October contest and Roman in our November contest.  Check out these samples.  The 'Hiver' is amazing!
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Accordion Mechanic --- Domi Emorine
Between 1983 and 1989, Domi Emorine won twenty-four prizes as a child prodigy.   In 1990, not yet fifteen years old, she won the World Accordion Championship and the UNAF prize.   In 1991, she won the Silver Medal; and in 1993 the SACEM medal in the 'Voice and Wind' category.   Five years later, Domi won the World Championship again.   She also did something unique in the annals of acc...
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typisk trekkspill
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