The Dargaville Museum (New Zealand) presents...
'Accordion Gems' by Kevin Friedrich
...A Master Collection of Accordions through Time...

Aratapu Library Purchased - June 2006
Dedication of the Accordion Gems Display - 3 December 2006
Aratapu Library relocated to Harding Park - January 2007
Grand Opening of New Music Wing at the Dargaville Museum - 21 October 2007 at 1:00 PM
Launching of Accordion Gems Exhibit in Display Cabinets - 29 March 2009

Dargaville, New Zealand
the debut...
After the three Kauri accordions were unveiled at an International Press Conference in Ikaalinen, Finalnd on 30 January 2013, the debut of the World's First Kauri Accordion took place on March 24, 2013 in Dargaville, New Zealand at a Concert at the Lighthouse Function Center at the Dargaville Museum.
Above and below: K1 - 'Birth' pictured in front of Tane Mahuta, the largest Kauri tree, 2-3000 years old.
The tree that K1's wood came from, a giant Kauri that fell many hundreds of years ago, was from quite near where Tane Mahuta grows. 
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Arthur Maich who provided the wood for the project
pictured with K1 - Birth outside the entrance to the Dargaville Museum
Above and below: Kevin's wish was that the first notes heard on the Kauri accordion were that of a traditional Maori song, in respect for the native New Zealand heritage pertaining to the project. Kevin is pictured perfroming Po Kare Kare Ana (trad. Maori love song) with the Dargaville Primary Shcool Kapa Haka Group directed by Danielle Te Waiti and Take Six vocal ensemble. 
Kevin with members of the Dargaville Primary School Kapa Haka Group
The Fantail Waltz debuted on the Kauri Accordion.
After the performance of the Fantail Waltz, Kevin presented a copy of the music to Laurie and Dawn Taylor
The Fantail Waltz is a charming New Zealand odyssey that combines a wonderful local human interest story of Dawn and Laurie Taylor’s love of nature, in particular New Zealand birds, with an International project charles william taylorbetween Finland and New Zealand, resulting in the World’s first Kauri Accordion crafted by Aaro Luukinen, Finland.
Titled ‘Dawn’s Waltz’ for Dawn and Laurie Taylor, this piece was dedicated to Dawn and Laurie in appreciation of their lifelong friendship and inspiration, in their love of life. Based on the original Fantail Waltz, inspired by the frequent visits of their playful and noisy Fantails (piwakawaka in Maori) at their home on Rehutai Road in 2007, this piece has been written for the unique Kauri accordion.
Fascinated by nature, and in particular New Zealand birds, Dawn and Laurie noticed that as the Fantails left marks on the windows, that looked like little musical notes. They were then transferred to manuscript paper, with the placement being used to make outline of the Fantail Waltz.
The Premiere performance was dedicated to the memory of Laurie’s Grandfather, Charles William Taylor (1848-1928) who played a French Flutina, the earliest form of accordion, which arrived in New Zealand on the English colonist’s boats in the mid 1800’s. As the Flutina gave way to the diatonic accordion and later the more traditional piano accordion.

Charles is pictured right, in one of the only photographs ever found in New Zealand depicting someone playing a Flutina instrument.
Performing two rare New Zealand Folksongs with Take Six, a popular Dargaville Vocal ensemble.
Hilary Herd, Pat Mortenson, Pat Reed, Mariann Warne,
Lynley Clements and Anneke Cornor
Kevin performing with the Dargaville Tamburitza Orchestra, directed by Nick Puharich
performing with the Kaipara Orchestra comprising the Dargaville Tamburitza Orchestra, directed by Nick Puharich, The Ben Emmett Reunion Ensemble, Nolene Osbaldistan (piano) and Pippa Howes (flute).

Contact for the Accordion Gems Exhibition: Kevin Friedrich
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