Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tom Torriglia...Founder of National Accordion Awareness Month!
Let's Polka asked: How did you make the case to get the piano accordion named the official instrument of San Francisco?
Tom: In 1989, I met San Francisco Supervisor Willie Kennedy at an event, told her of my intent to make the accordion the official instrument and asked her how to go about that and would she help me.
She guided me through the process. The first step was to write a support paper talking about the history of the accordion in San Francisco and how the piano accordion got its start here and why it should be the city’s official instrument. After reading the piece I wrote, she felt my request had merit and she then introduced a measure to the full Board of Supervisors asking that the accordion be named the city’s official instrument. The supervisors then held a public hearing on the issue. A lot of people showed up to City Hall to speak for and against.
The Board of Supervisors passed the measure and the measure then went to the mayor’s office for his signature. Realizing what a hot-button issue this was, the mayor, Art Agnos, decided not to act and the measure became officially approved by default.
Bella Ciao is a six-piece band that plays and sings everyone's Italiano favorites from the late '50s as well as today's hottest Italian-American hits in a fun-filled show that has everyone livin' la dolce vita.
Legends of the Italian Lounge is the very cool initial CD by Bella Ciao. It's a combination of pop, swing, rock and more and evokes the fun spirit of the likes of Dean Martin, Louis Prima, Rosemary Clooney, Carosone and more.
For information about the band, including videos, please visit www.ladyofspain.com or call Tom Torriglia at 415 440 0800.
Bella Ciao is the famous rallying cry of all the Partigiani. This song will get you going in the morning like no other. From CD Baby
A great article with Tom in the SF Chronicle