Interview Series: Vitor Goncalves 3-26-18
10:00 AM10:00

Interview Series: Vitor Goncalves 3-26-18


Join us for Monday morning coffee and music with Gabe and Vitor Goncalves

This month Gabe will travel to NYC to interview the brilliant NYC based accordionist and pianist Vitor Goncalves. (Videos and bio here.)

Originally from Brazil, Vitor Goncalves has only been in NYC since 2012, but has quickly established himself as a top tier artist perfoming on the big stages (Lincoln Center) and with the big musicians (Anat Cohen, Brad Mehldau.)

Vitor's music draws heavily from influences of Brazilian styles like Choro and Forro as well as jazz. He might even play a little free bass accordion!

Date: Monday Morning, March 26th
Time: 10AM Eastern / 7 AM Pacific (This one's in the morning!)

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Online Meet Up 2-18-18
4:00 PM16:00

Online Meet Up 2-18-18


Join the NAAC for our Febraury Online Meet Up with Jenny Conlee. We will be discussing her various musical projects past and present including her work with the indie rock group The Decemberists as well as her most recent project Black Prairie. 

Jenny Conlee // Portland, OR

Jenny is a pianist, organist, and accordionist who performs and records with many Portland bands including The Decemberists, Black Prairie, Casey Neill and the Norway Rats, The Minus 5, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, Calobo, Little Sue, and Ashleigh Flynn. As well as performing, Conlee has worked as a composer for commercials, short films (including “The Kid” by Jeff Winograd), and theater (Black Prairie composed the music for Oregon Children’s Theater’s production of “A Storm in the Barn”).

The instrumental album “French Kayaking Music” is Jenny and her husband Steve Drizos’ first full-length release of their own music. The music was written for and inspired by the documentary “Voyagers Without Trace” directed by Ian McCluskey and produced by NW Documentary.

Jenny also performs with the group Paper Bellows which is an accordion quartet comprised of: Courtney Von Drehle (3 Leg Torso), Jetty Swart (internationally known accordionist/singer known under the name Jet Black Pearl), Mike Danner (Trashcan Joe, Saloon Ensemble), and Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists, Black Prairie).

Paper Bellows celebrates the many styles of accordion music. Their repertoire includes Argentinian, Turkish and French  music, along with original compositions and covers of popular songs.  The full sound of 4 accordions is also sometimes augmented by Jetty Swart and Mike Danner’s vocals.


Date: Sunday February 18, 2018

Time: 4:00-5:00 PM PST

Location: Wherever you are! Just register for our zoom platform by clicking here. Once you have registered you will receive an email with a link to the meting. 

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NAAC Online Meet Up 12-20-17
7:00 PM19:00

NAAC Online Meet Up 12-20-17


Join us for our December online meet up and interview with Guy Klucevsek. Our theme this month is "Versatility" and we will be discussing Guy's various experiences playing accordion as well as his most recent projects and recordings. Guy will be answering questions from you our members however since Guy is taking a hiatus from performing we will be playing some recorded selections in lieu of him playing live. 

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Guy Klucesvsek // Staten Island, NY

Guy Klucevsek is one of the world’s most versatile and highly-respected accordionists. He has performed and/or recorded with Laurie Anderson, Bang On a Can, Brave Combo, Anthony Braxton, Anthony Coleman, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Rahim al Haj, Robin Holcomb, Kepa Junkera, the Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Present Music, Relâche, Zeitgeist, and John Zorn.

He is the recipient of a 2010 United States Artists Collins Fellowship, an unrestricted $50,000 award given annually to "America's finest artists."

He has premiered over 50 solo accordion pieces, including his own, as well as those he has commissioned from Mary Ellen Childs, William Duckworth, Fred Frith, Aaron Jay Kernis, Jerome Kitzke, Stephen Montague, Somei Satoh, Lois V Vierk, and John Zorn.

Performances include the Ten Days on the Island Festival (Tasmania), the Adelaide Festival (Australia), the Berlin Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival/USA, BAM Next Wave Festival, Cotati Accordion Festival, San Antonio International Accordion Festival, Vienna International Accordion Festival, and the children’s television show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

His 1987 project, Polka From the Fringe, a collection of commissioned polkas by Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp, Bobby Previte, Carl Finch, et. al., toured around the world and was released on 2 cds on the eva label, and were named “best recordings 1992” on WNYC-FM’s “New Sounds” program.

 In 1996, he founded Accordion Tribe, an international ensemble of composer/accordionists Otto Lechner (Austria), Maria Kalanemi (Finland), Lars Hollmer (Sweden), Bratko Bibic (Slovenia) and himself. They toured internationally from 1996-2009, are the subjects of Stefan Schwietert’s award-winning documentary film, Accordion Tribe: Music Travels, and released 3 cds on the Intuition (Germany) label.

His music theatre scores include “Chinoiserie” and “Obon” with Ping Chong and Company, “Hard Coal,” with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, “Industrious Angels” for Laurie McCants, “Cirque Lili” for French circus artist Jérôme Thomas, which has been performed over 250 times world wide, always with live music, and his own piece, “Squeeze Play,” an evening of collaborations with Dan Hurlin, David Dorfman and Dan Froot, Claire Porter, and Mary Ellen Childs. He and Dan Hurlin were awarded, jointly, a BESSIE for, “The Heart of the Andes,” which has played the Henson International Puppetry Festival, The Barbican Center in London, and the Ten Days on the Island Festival, Tasmania.

Klucevsek has released over 20 recordings as soloist/leader on Tzadik, Winter & Winter, innova, Starkland, Review, Intuition, CRI, and XI. Stereo Review cited his Starkland recording, Transylvanian Software, as a recording of special merit" (1995). He can also be heard on John Williams’s orchestral scores for the Steven Spielberg films, “The Terminal,” "Munich," “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” and “The Adventures of Tin-Tin,” and on A. R. Rahman’s score for “People Like Us.”


Date: December 20

Time: 7:00 PM EST

Location: Wherever you are! Just click here to register on the Zoom online platform with your computer, tablet or mobile device. 

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