Article: "A Magical Sunday Afternoon of 'Virtual' Accordion
by Lenn Feldmann
Date: October 11, 2009
Where: Holiday Inn – 1 Rt.46W in Totowa, NJ
Almost 100 accordionists and accordion enthusiasts were mesmerized as they
watched and listened to accordion music perfomed on a brand new "V" ('V' for Virtual) Roland FR7x electronic
accordion producing sounds from an extended String Bass solo (played entirely on the right hand keyboard) to a full
drum set (including cymbals) perforned on the left hand buttons and... everything in between... fantastic Hammond
Organs... Strings... Vibes... Saxes.... Scat Singers... a multitudfe of different accordions... and so much
This was the first such event in the Greater New York City area, featuring a unique program of live
V-Accordion musical performances by special guests including Roland V-Accordion Clinicians - Jazz Great Eddie
Monteiro and the 2009 Coupe Mondiale International Digital
Accordion Competition Champion Cory
Pesaturo, as well
as US National V-Accordion Festival Junior Division finalist Peter Chudolij, a surprise appearance by Frank
Toscano (of THE ACCORDION KINGS fame) playing a duet with Eddie Monteiro, and Bruce Gassman (a featured
performer at the 2009 Las Vegas International Accordion Festival) trying out this new instrument "cold-turkey" and
entertaining the attendees with some unique classic rock arrangements.
Someone once said 'a picture is worth a
thousand words...' so... here's the rest of the story in photos taken during the afternoon.
This wonderful concert and demonstration was
sponsored by Music Magic, U.S.A. and the Roland Corporation. Alex Chudolij (owner of MMUSA) moderated the
afternoon's events and was ably assisted by his lovely wife, Lillianna, who was the "hostess with the mostest"
and provided all attendees with tasty (and plentiful) refreshments during the afternoon break. Near the
end of the afternoon, they had a drawing for door prizes donated by Roland (Cube Amp - several sets of Roland
Earphones) and the great Ralph Stricker donated a copy of his Jazz Accordion and Improvisation Book as
one of the prizes.
Music Magic, USA