San Francisco Accordion Club September 2011 Musical Meeting

San Francisco Accordion Club September 2011 Musical Meeting

Linus Schmitt II

Mel's Mellow Bellows

Algis Ratnikas

Clark Welsh and Grigory Krumik

Nicolai Massenkov

Due Zighi Baci

September Musical Meeting--An Eclectic Mix

After the Club Jam Band got everyone in a good mood, and following the annual elections for Officers and Board Members, we heard 10-year-old student of Skyler Fell, Linus Schmit, play two difficult tunes that we all know: The Camptown Races and Can-Can.

Mel Cohen and his "Mel's Mellow Bellows," showed off the capabilities of his Roland MIDI accordion, with several familiar and much-loved tunes. Algis Ratnikas played some Lithuanian folk music and a few of his own compositions, including Umbria Sunset, which he composed for his daughter's wedding in Italy. Grigory Krumik, playing Bayan, and with his terrific Balalaika player Clark Welsh and his singer and announcer, Nicolai Massenkov, captivated the audience.

In the second half, Due Zighi Baci, ("Two Little Gypsy Kisses"), featuring Sheri Mignano on accordion and Michael Van Why as superb vocalist, put on a show to remember, playing and singing café music--French, Italian and Neapolitan.

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