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Gordon Kohl

May  2023 

Hello ALSI Members and Friends,
I am happy to see friends of the accordion returning to our ALSI Meetings, Showcase Performances, and our special zoom open mike accordion music dates.
It’s nice to see guests visiting again and listening to a wonderful variety of music.
New club members are in for a treat. The Summer Picnic Play-out is coming soon. Yes, the second Sunday in June. Some member accordionists have been missing. Please come be a part of a fun group of music lovers.
See you at our next meeting May 21st at 1pm. Enjoy the spring weather, flowers, and playing your accordion.
APRIL Message
Accordion events, programs, concerts and workshops are now in many venues around the USA.    Thanks to the inventiveness of several accordion clubs and music organizations, the accordion is present in the music scene. Accordionists are back to gigging, and teachers are teaching accordion and musicianship skills to a new generation of young and excited students. Adults playing the accordion for the first time in twenty years are setting new goals. I am so excited to witness so many new happenings for accordionists of all levels of study.
Earlier this week I played for a K - 8 charter school. It was fun to show off the digital and acoustic accordions for a first time young audience and see the children dancing and singing. I encourage other accordionists in ALSI to go out and share your music in schools, churches and at family parties.
I hope to see all ALSI members at the Couples’ Accordion Concert April 16th at 1 PM. Please try and arrive a bit early at Bailey Auditorium, perhaps 12:45PM. The first duo will start their performance at 1:15 PM. There will be a 15 minute intermission between each of the three performances so you can enjoy some visiting and a snack. Thanks to all who were at my showcase in March. You made the day rewarding for me. A receptive audience always helps to bring out the best in an artist. Thank You! See you soon, and have a happy Holiday / Easter. 
MARCH Message;
Wow! The month of February has just flown by like the rain
clouds moving through San Diego the past few weeks. The hills
east of San Diego are green and so colorful. Like the interesting
and spectacular weather we’ve been witnessing lately, so has
been the fantastic music presented at the recent club meetings.
Thank You ALSI Members and Friends for sustaining our club venue these past
months. Each month we have heard quite a variety of songs, some standards as
well as some newer pieces being played on the accordion.
In March I am looking forward to playing a showcase for ALSI. This program
will show how versatile both the acoustic and digital accordion instruments are in
the music world. Please come tap your feet, clap your hands, sing along to a
favorite song you may remember, or pick your partner and do a spin or two on the
carpet. I will be joined by my drummer Patrick Kingsland and at end of my
program for a encore song with Mikel Krause on the tenor saxophone. The
March and April ALSI Programs will be open to the public and free.
I wish everyone a beautiful springtime and new memories with your families and
with your ALSI friends here in San Diego. ALSI has brought music to audiences
for many good years now, and will keep on riding the wave of live music for San Diego.
Best Regards,
Hello Music Friends, FEBRUARY's MESSAGE;
We had a great January here at ALSI with both an in-person meeting and also a fantastic Zoom Showcase with accordionist Martina Li. I was so very happy to see some ALSI members, accordionists and friends come out to Escondido for my duo gig with violinist Alicia Previn. It’s rewarding and inspiring for me to gig with wonderful musicians.
See you soon at Bailey Hall live, our main meeting location. Please check out the ALSI website. The address, and a current calendar of events is there, too. A big Thank You to our webmaster, Al Piselli.
I hope that all of our club members and friends come out and support the many special programs we have planned for our ALSI Sundays in the coming months.
All the best in health and happiness.
Gordon Editor’s note: Thanks to Lois for pointing that Alicia is also an author, songwriter, and recording artist.
She is the daughter of Andre Previn.
Gordon Kohl.



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