Sunday, January 17, 2021

In Memory of our Julie Cardona

 This past Tuesday, January 15, the CAA and the accordion world lost a champion accordionist.  Julie Cardona, sister to Mary Tokarski and Walter Kasprzyk who together performed as the "K Trio," left us. 

Julie achieved national and international recognition for her skill on our instrument.  She graced the CAA orchestra with her immense talent and warmed our hearts with her sweet nature, friendship and dedication to the CAA. This woman's hands danced over the keyboard while engulfing the listener with emotion. She persevered through countless obstacles to come to rehearsals, serve as a silent teacher to us all and make our collective sound. She enjoyed a good joke, loved owls and spread warmth wherever she went.

To hear Julie play along with her sister and brother was to hear the best that an accordion trio had to offer.  She not only possessed technical brilliance that was nurtured by her teacher and brother, Michael Fernino.  She added HEART to the sound.  Her heart.

This loss is profound.  We will miss her forever. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family. 

Julie Cardona, center, with her sister Mary Tokarski and brother Walter Kasprzyk
The "K" Trio

Monday, December 28, 2020



The Connecticut Accordion Association and the American Accordionists’ Association proudly present Brothers Anton and Joseph Klettner, ages 16 and 15 respectively, in concert. Winners of Connecticut’s Got Talent and members of the rock band Platinum Moon, this very talented duo will perform Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and The Beatles along with classics like 12th Street Rag on accordion, violin, keyboard and guitar.  You've seen these multi talented young performers at our concerts.  We've all watched them grow into extremely successful young musicians. They exemplify everything the accordion can do.  They show how the accordion can reach youth. 


Here's the direct link to the concert:

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Christmas Gift from Joan Grauman and Bill Morse

Merry Christmas to the CAA Family.  Until we make music again in person, enjoy this special gift from CAA members Joan Grauman and Bill Morse.