San Francisco Accordion Club May 2009 Meeting

San Francisco Accordion Club May 2009 Meeting


Due Zighi Baci

Dan Cantrell

New Member Taffy Steffen

Our home, Oyster Point Yacht Club

Musical Meeting May 2009

The entertainment at our musical afternoons seems to get better and better, if that’s possible. On May 17 every performance was a special treat.

First we had SFAC member Alex Roitman and his Tanognero group, consisting of Alex on accordion, violinist Michelle Walther, cellist Jim Shearer, and guitarist Zac Selissen. Each member of the group has an impressive musical background. They gave an authentic and thrilling performance of tangos and milongues, including some amazing special effects with the violin.

Following Tangonero we had another outstanding performance by Due Zighi Baci (“Two Little Gypsy Kisses”), a duo of Sheri Mignano on accordion and tenor Michael Van Why. Again, each of these musicians has an impressive musical background. They presented a program of old Neapolitan classics and French Cabaret songs, to the delight of an enchanted audience.

Mayumi Miyaoka, one of our scholarship recipients, showed what fantastic progress she has made with her teacher, Sharon Walters Greyhosky. Mayumi, who was born in Japan but studied accordion on our east coast, began her program with the aria from Brunhilde by Handel. Sharon then joined her and they played some wonderful duets, some of them by Stas Venglevski, a prolific composer and recording artist.

Last but by no means least, we had another very experienced and accomplished performer, Dan Cantrell, who played and sang for us original music that he has composed. His particular influences are Romany and Jewish music from eastern Europe, Macedonia and Asia Minor. Some of his performance included excellent vocals.

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