New Zealand Accordion Music

"This Is Our Home" by Gary Daverne
I. The Journey, II. Gallipoli, III. This Is Our Home
in honor of the Servicemen and Women from Dargaville and the Kaipara, New Zealand
...a work for accordion (with backing track by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Studio backing)
narrator, voice and multimedia display - World Premiere

April 12, 2015 - Sunday at 1.00 PM
Lighthouse Function Center, Harding Park, Dargaville - New Zealand
Kevin Friedrich (accordion), Lionel Reekie (narrator and vocals), Ken Cashin (multimedia)
(World Premiere)
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Above: Kevin Friedrich performing 'This is Our Home' I - The Journey'
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Above: One of the many servicemen and women honored during 'This is Our Home' II - Gallipoli
included Kevin Friedrich's grandfather Albert Adams
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Above: Lionel Reekie and Kevin Friedrich performing 'This is Our Home' III - This Is Our Home'

"Margarita" by Gary Daverne
...a work for accordion and flute - World Premiere

March 23, 2014 - Sunday at 1.00 PM
Lighthouse Function Center, Harding Park, Dargaville - New Zealand
Kevin Friedrich (accordion) and Pippa Howes (flute)
(World Premiere)
kevin and pippa

"Auckland March" by Gary Daverne
Commissioned for World Accordion Orchestra III - World Premiere

August 29, 2009 - Saturday at 8.00 PM
Bruce Mason Center, Takapuna, Auckland - New Zealand
August 30, 2009 - Sunday at 2:00 PM
Dargaville Town Hall, Dargaville - New Zealand
Gary Daverne - Conductor
Kevin Friedrich - Concert Master

"Three Songs Without Words" by Gary Daverne
I. The Journey, II. The Awakening, III. Fireside Reflections
...a work for accordion and piano

March 29th, 2009 - Sunday at 1.00 PM
Lighthouse Function Center, Harding Park, Dargaville - New Zealand
Kevin Friedrich (accordion) and Nolene Osbaldiston (piano)
(World Premiere of version for accordion and piano)




 

"Gem of the Kaipara" by Gary Daverne
...a work for accordion and String Orchestra commissioned by Kevin Friedrich
funded by the Kaipara District Council
and local New Zealand and International Sponsors

May 31st, 2009 - Sunday at 2.30 PM
White Recital Hall at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) - USA
with the UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra - Joan C. Sommers, Conductor (pictured below)
featuring * Gem of the Kaipara for Accordion and Accordion Orchestra and Percussion by Gary Daverne
Kevin Friedrich - Accordion Soloist

* in celebration of World Accordion Day (May 6th)

Above left: Rehearsing with the UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra
Above right: Performing Gem of the Kaipara by Gary Daverne with Joan C. Sommers conducting.
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Above: Kevin Friedrich performing with the UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra, Joan C. Sommers - Conductor
May 31st, 2009 - UMKC Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Missouri - USA

 
May 10th, 2009 - Sunday (Mother's Day) at 2.30 PM
Bruce Mason Centre - Takapuna - New Zealand
with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra - Gary Daverne, Conductor (pictured below)
featuring * Gem of the Kaipara for Accordion and String Orchestra and Percussion by Gary Daverne
Kevin Friedrich - Accordion Soloist

* in celebration of World Accordion Day (May 6th)

auckland symphony
May 3rd, 2009 - Sunday at 2.30 PM
Auckland Town Hall - New Zealand
with Auckland Symphony Orchestra - Gary Daverne, Conductor (pictured below)
featuring * Gem of the Kaipara for Accordion and String Orchestra and Percussion by Gary Daverne
Kevin Friedrich - Accordion Soloist
* in celebration of World Accordion Day (May 6th)

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Above: performing Gem of the Kaipara with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra - May 3, 2009
Auckland Town Hall - Auckland, New Zealand
kevin friedrich rehearsing with aso
kevin friedrich rehearsing with aso
Above: Kevin Friedrich rehearsing with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Gary Daverne - Conductor
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Above: Kevin Friedrich in front of the magnifcent Organ at the Auckland Town Hall.

Below: at the conclusion of the concert with young concert attendees Mathew and Taylor Nielsen, eager to investigate the backstage area and Dressing Room, and right with ASO Conductor Gary Daverne.
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kevin friedrich with gary daverne
Below: peforming Gem of the Kaipara conducted by the composer Gary Daverne. Panoramic images of the Kaipara region were projected on the large screens throughout the performance.
kevin friedrich with aso
 
December 3, 2006 - New Zealand
2:00 PM - Dargaville Town Hall - New Zealand

with North Shore Accordion Orchestra & Musicale Accordion Orchestras and Guests
with Auckland Symphony Orchestra Percussion
- Gary Daverne, Guest Conductor (pictured below)
(pictured above - Kevin Friedrich and Gary Daverne after performance)

kevin friedrich and gary daverne
 
September 6, 2003
Recording in Olomouc - Czech Republic

with Moravian Philharmonic, Olomouc - Petr Pololáník, Conductor
(pictured below)
pictured: Kevin Friedrich, Petr Pololáník and Gary Daverne with members of the Moravian Philharmonic

kevin with moravian philharmonic
 
June 28th, 2003
Chicago, Illinois - USA

Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) Annual Festival
with Concord Symphony Orchestra from Milwaukee, WI - Janet Millard, Conductor
Gary Daverne, Guest Conductor

 
May 30, 2003
Auckland - New Zealand

New Zealand Accordion Association South Pacific International Accordion Festival
with Musicale Accordion Orchestra and Auckland Symphony Orchestra Percussion
Gary Daverne, Conductor

 
Sunday May 12, 2002
Auckland - New Zealand

Bruce Mason Center
(pictured below)
with Auckland Symphony Orchestra Strings and Percussion - Gary Daverne, Conductor

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Saturday May 11, 2002
Dargaville - New Zealand -
World Premiere
Dargaville Epi Center
with Auckland Symphony Orchestra Strings and Percussion - Gary Daverne, Conductor

Gem of the Kaipara - Gem of the Kaipara is written in honor of long time accordion and arts supporter and lifetime member of the New Zealand Accordion Association, the late Mrs. Jenny Maioha Cocurullo. A respected and loved citizen of Dargaville, Jenny (13 September 1934 - 25 May 2001) always promoted the Kaipara region of New Zealand as the 'Gem of the North', however, she in turn was considered 'The Gem of the Kaipara' thus the title of this new work by Gary Daverne.

Kevin asked Gary to write this work for solo accordion with String Orchestra and Percussion to serve as a musical tribute to his long time friend and mentor Jenny Cocurullo with the title of 'Gem of the Kaipara.'

The project was funded by donations and grants from the Kaipara District Council, the local Kaipara community as well as national and international entities. The concert in the Dargaville Epi Center on May 11, 2002 marked the official "World Premiere" of this new work, which was performed by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra Strings and accordion soloist Kevin Friedrich, conducted by the composer Gary Daverne.

Written in simple sonata form, the introduction of the piece is quite mysterious in nature, with the lower strings providing a subtle bagpipe like drone and the airy melody and soft percussive effects reminiscent of the awakening of the lush Kauri forests and countryside of the Kaipara from its thick blanketing of dawn fog.

The main themes are written around Jenny's name and the name of the region the 'Kaipara'. The lyrical re-occurring melody is first heard by the accordion, with string accompaniment and then switches to the strings accompanied by the accordion.

After working through an animated and rhythmical jig like section depicting Jenny's boundless energy, many interests and Scottish heritage, the strings restate the soaring melody expressing the vast expansiveness and sweeping landscapes of the Kaipara region.

The CD with 'Gem of the Kaipara' is available on-line from Music For Accordion

 


Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra by Gary Daverne
...Kevin Friedrich - Accordion Soloist

The Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra was commissioned by Auckland accordionist (and former teacher of Kevin Friedrich) Harley Jones, for a performance in New York in August 1988.

It was premiered in Auckland in 1987 and in the first two years received 36 performances worldwide. It was recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with Harley as soloist and released on a CD: Orchestral Music by Gary Daverne.

This work combines the sensitivity, expressive and distinct tone colors of the accordion, with the full power of a symphony orchestra.

Performance of Rhapsody by Kevin Friedrich:

  • Bruce Mason Center - Auckland, New Zealand
    with Auckland Symphony Orchestra - Gary Daverne, Conductor

  • Epi Center - Dargaville, New Zealand
    with Auckland Symphony Orchestra - Gary Daverne, Conductor

  • Aotea Center - Auckland, New Zealand
    with Auckland Symphony Orchestra - Gary Daverne, Conductor

  • Texas Accordion Association Festival - Plano, Texas, USA
    with Texas Accordion Association Festival Orchestra - Gary Daverne, Conductor

  • St. Johns Church - Whangarei, New Zealand
    with Whangarei Symphony Orchestra - John Yard, Conductor

Concert Waltz for Accordion & String Quartet by Gary Daverne
...work written for Kevin Friedrich by Gary Daverne

In 1993 New Zealand composer Gary Daverne composed a work for Accordion and String Quartet for Kevin which was performed at the New Zealand Accordion Association Annual Competition held in Auckland, New Zealand.

This June 5th, 1993 performance marked the World Premiere of this new work.

The World Premiere was presented by soloist Kevin Friedrich with the String Silhouette String Quartet which is pictured above during a rehearsal. Members of the String Quartet were Jane Wright (Violin I) Sandra Smith (Violin II) Olwyn Green (Viola) and Joanne Johnston (Cello.)

In addition to the original Accordion and String Quartet version, the work has since be scored to include accordion with String Orchestra and Accordion with Accordion with Accordion Orchestra.

A Jazz Burlesque for Accordion Trio by Gary Daverne
... work written for Kevin Friedrich and The International Trio by Gary Daverne

This work for accordion Trio (Accordion I, Accordion II and Bass Accordion) was composed for The International Trio (Juha Silfverberg, Julie Silfverberg and Kevin Friedrich) for their concert tour to New Zealand in 1992.

In addition to this original version for accordion Trio, this work has been since scored for Accordion Orchestra, String Quartet, String Orchestra and other mediums.

This work has been recorded by The International Trio on their CD "In Concert."
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