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Who would have known that yoga and the accordion mixed so well! Yoga instructor and musician John Giunta proved it in his entertaining and practical workshop at the May 20 meeting. John has been asking for years when we were going to switch to Sundays -- he teaches Tuesday evenings and having switched, we didnt waste any time nabbing him for a program.
John led the group through a series of exercises designed to provide techniques for improving breathing, poise and posture; manage performance anxiety; enhance memory and concentration; develop flexibility and strength; maintain emotional balance; and provide techniques for medication and visualization. Put more simply, the exercises can help the accordionist warm up before playing and during breaks, prevent repetitive stress and other injuries, improve concentration, and allay nervousness about playing before an audience.
With a masters in classical guitar, John has ample experience in memorizing music, and he shared his back-to-front method. He first memorizes the last few measures of a piece, then the next to last measures, and so on until he gets to the beginning.
After the workshop John performed on both the guitar and the accordion (his third instrument; the flute is his second), before ceding the platform to Ken Kunec and other members.
Our next meeting, June 17, features a Fathers Day concert by members. Please sign up to play (for about 5 minutes) by replying to this email.
Joan and Dan Grauman have arranged for WMAS polo shirts to be printed in time for the Coupe Mondiale in August. We will be taking pre-orders, with payment ($15 per shirt), through June 17; if you dont pre-order we cannot ensure that we will have your size. The shirts come in red and black and feature the WMAS logo in white on the left chest. Please contact the Graumans at email@example.com for more information.
Springfield Days accordionists needed
Springfield Days, June 2-3, present a wonderful opportunity to promote the accordion in the area. WMAS members had a great time participating last year, and Lee Paulson has arranged for us to participate again this year. There are a couple of events, including a June 2 performance on the stage in the K-Mart parking lot, and then a fun boat race on Lake Accotink June 3. More musicians are needed!! Please contact Lee at 703-569-9641 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available.
Motion Trio in New York City
The Motion Trio will perform at Joe's Place in New York City Saturday, June 2, at 9:30. Karen and Luis will be driving up. Let them know (email@example.com, 703-671-5395) if you are going and/or need additional information. Also, check out the Motion Trio web site at http://www.motion-trio.art.pl/a2Home.html.
Accordion Concert in Oakton
Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 8:00 P.M.
Mary Tokarski in Concert
Blackstone Memorial Library
758 Main Street
Introducing music from her 1st CD . . . PLUS
U.S. PREMIERE: music by Bulgarian Composer Todor Gerov,
including a duet with pianist Dessislava Vassileva Vaughan
More information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Potomac Accordion Ensemble at Glen Echo
The Potomac Accordion Ensemble will perform at Glen Echos Then and Wow festival June 23 from 3 to 5 pm. The group will play at various points around the park. Afterwards, WMAS members are invited to a party on Paul Aebersolds house boat in Southwest DC. Contact Paul at email@example.com or 202-441-7197 to RSVP.
Workshop with Scottish Accordionist Lynn Tocker
Common Ground on the Hill, in Westminster, Maryland, is bringing in a
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This is Lynn's first trip to the States.