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especially positive jokes, for publication. If you would like to
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The Towersey Village Festival will be held
from August 23rd to 27th in Towersey (near Thame, Oxford). The event
will include a variety of concerts, dancing, ceilidhs, stalls, sessions,
open air theatre shows and children's events. Entertainers include
"Peeping Tom" (melodeon led folk-rock ceilidh band), "Broderick"
(accordionist Luke Daniels), Chris Coe (concertina and vocals),
Trio - Mark Bazeley, Jason Rice and Rob Murch (melodeon, accordion
and banjo), "Florida" (Tim Bull on melodeon), The Bismarks (violin,
melodeon and piano), "Citizen Camembert" (hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes,
melodeon, clarinet, bouzouki, bass and recorders), "Drop The Box"
(violin, accordion, guitar, bass, drums and vocals), Random with
Michael Catovsky (ceilidh band featuring Saul Rose & Paul Nye on
melodeons), "Confluence" (concertina and violin), "Whapweasel" (melodeons,
saxophones, electric cittern, guitars, keyboards and drums), "Xim"
(hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, bass, melodeon and flute) and "Kettle of
Fish" (ceilidh band with violin, melodeon, bass and drums). For
further details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
18th International Accordion Festival
Contributed by Lauro Valerio
The 18th International Accordion Festival will
be held from September 8th to 10th at the Ilha Solteira Theatre
in Ilha Solteira, São Paulo, Brazil. A variety of entertainers will
perform at the festival. For further details phone: +55 11 5904
The 2nd International Accordion Master Class
was held last month in Tianjin, China. Tutors Professor Sergio Scappini
(Rossini Music Conservatory, Italy), Professor Max Bonnay (Paris
Music Conservatory, France) and 19 year old Aidar Gainnullin (winner
of International Accordion competitions in Russia, Germany and Spain)
played three, free bass concerts at the event. These concerts were
very well received by the master class students.
The annual Summer Seminar & Festival organized
by the Lithuanian Accordion Association and its President Professor
Ricardas Sviackevicius and Vice President Eduardas Gabnys is now
underway at Stasys Vainiunas Music School in Palanga until August
16th. The festival will include master classes, massed orchestra
performances and a variety of concerts. Guest performers include
Dmitriev, Peter Gerter, Henn Rebane and Lithuanian soloists
Rümlingen Festival - Switzerland
Jacomucci will play Mario Pagliarani's "Opera della Notte" with
lyrics by Giuliano Scabia at the Rümlingen Festival in Rümlingen
(near Basel, Switzerland) on August 18th.
On August 22nd he will play the same program
at the 2001 Ceresio Estate Festival in Lugano-Montagnola, Italy.
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seventh annual San Sebastian Accordion and Alexander Technique Seminar
took place last month in San Sebastian (Spain), organised by Acco
Land, a cultural association for the promotion of the accordion.
The accordion course was coordinated by French
accordionist Jean-Luc Manca, with students and teachers, some from
Spanish conservatories in Madrid, Santander, Teruel, San Sebastian,
La Coruña, Burgos and Huesca.
The Alexander Technique course for musicians
was held by Anne
Landa, accordionist and teacher. Participants included accordion,
cello, guitar and flute players from Madrid, Valladolid, San Sebastián,
Teruel, La Coruña, Burgos and Huesca. These students and professional
musicians were seeking to improve their mental and physical approach
to performance and overcome problems such as stage fright and physical
problems connected with the tensions of musical interpretation.
The two courses took place at the Superior Music
Conservatory of San Sebastian and at the Londres Hotel. The event
was opened by a concert held on July 13th at the Koldo Mitxelena
Cultural Centre, and was closed by a final concert featuring the
students at the San Sebastian Ayuntamiento on July 22nd. The following
day the students received their certificates of attendance. A total
of eleven accordionists improved their skills under the guidance
of Jean-Luc Manca during the ten day course, while fourteen musicians
achieved a greater level of self-awareness in the Alexander Technique
course held by Anne
Both courses aimed to achieve the common goal
of musical improvement, and on the last few days this goal was pursued
by bringing the groups together and creating ensembles (such as
accordion and flute duos) in order to encourage accordionists to
play with other instruments. Next year's seminar will be held in
Summer Accordion Camp - Japan
Contributed by Toru Katou
An annual Summer Accordion Camp will be held at the
Marunuma Skii-Field, Tochigi Prefecture from August 18th to 20th organized
by the Ongaku-Center. Tutors include Yuji Matsunaga, Sonki Kinoshita and
Yushi Kawaguchi will teach. For further information phone the Ongaku-Center
at: +81 3 3208-83775
Accordionist Performs "Vintage
Alice" - USA
Contributed by The Classical Free-Reed
American concert accordionist Henry Doktorski
will perform at the Drinko Recital Hall in Cleveland State University's
Music and Communication Building, Cleveland, Ohio with the Cleveland
Chamber Symphony on September 24th. The group will perform "Vintage
Alice" by the American Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del
Tredici. The 28-minute work, scored for orchestra and a folk group
consisting of two saxophones, mandolin, banjo and accordion, is
based on text drawn from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
The composer spoke about the accordion in his
oeuvre: "When I began writing my musical setting of Alice In
Wonderland for orchestra, I wanted to include a second group of
instruments which would sound completely different from a symphony
orchestra; something totally UN-orchestral. After some consideration,
I decided that the saxophone, mandolin, banjo and accordion would
be perfect because those instruments -- due to their cultural identity
and distinctive tonal qualities -- were rarely used with symphony
orchestras. "Believe it or not, I actually love the accordion; to
me at least, it always sounds funky in an orchestral setting. It's
sound is quite unique. In my Alice pieces, I write for the accordion
as a solo instrument and never try to blend it with the other instruments.
Early in my composing career I wrote mostly atonal works. But when
I discovered the accordion I developed a desire to use its left-hand
chord buttons -- the major, minor, seventh and diminished buttons
-- in my Alice In Wonderland piece. This was a turning point for
me: it caused me to consider using tonality in my compositions.
I suppose for this then, I am indebted to the accordion for opening
my eyes to the possibilities of tonality."
for Four" performed at the Tuusula Lake Chamber Music festival in
the Leonora Hall, Järvenpää on August 3rd. This area of Finland
is well known as many musicians including Jean Sibelius and other
important Finnish artists lived there.
The quartet, which includes Mika Väyrynen (accordion),
Jaakko Kuusisto (violin), Kalle Elkomaa (piano) and Janne Wessman
(bass) played to a "sell out" crowd of over 200 people, who gave
them a standing ovation. Their program included works by Piazzolla
(Revirado, Milonga del Angel), Abba (Money, Money, Money) and Carlos
In July, over 180 people took part in a week
long accordion camp held at the famous tourist resort of Beidahe
Beach in North Beijing. The camp, which was organized by the Beijing
Office of the Chinese Accordion Association included three different
training classes that ran simultaneously. These classes included
a "Button Accordion Teachers class" with participants from 15 different
cities in China. Tutors included Li Yan Sheng (Beijing) and Zhang
Xiang Min (Hunan Province) who covered information on the lay-out
of the B system button accordion.
second class covered impromptu accompaniment. Tutors Huang Li Fang
(Haerbin Normal University) and Sun Han Qing (Beijing) worked with
51 participants. The third class covered "Training for Accordion
Examinations". Over 100 students from Beijing, Heilongjiang, Hunan,
Shandong, Hebei, Guiyang and Shanxi attended the course, tutored
by Shang Yuan Chang and Du Ning (who were asked to take this course
by the Chinese Accordion Association Accordion Examination Office).
Course participants also took part in army training,
games and beach sports, with camp fires on the beach each evening.
This is the 6th time this successful summer camp has been held.
July 29th Club Marconi hosted a concert which featured the Bavarian
Accordion Orchestra (Germany) conducted by Fritz Dobler. The sell
out crowd of over 300 people were treated to a memorable concert
which also included performances by members of the Australian Accordion
Teachers Association (AATA)
such as Paula Harris (current Australian National and International
Champion) and the Australian Concert Ensemble.
This concert was part of the Bavarian Accordion
Orchestra's concert tour of Australia and Singapore. Their program
included works by Bach, Shostakovich, Dobler, Strauss and others.
The summer months are always ripe with musical
events, due to the favourable climate and the happier disposition
which this season brings. The accordion too, finds numerous occasions
to shine, and among its "stars" are some of the most prestigious
and loved musicians, also known as the "Excelsior
Artists". On July 26th, during the 1st Fermano Accordion and Hurdy-Gurdy
Festival, Roberto Lucanero and Giuliano
Cameli (hurdy-gurdy) and Daniele
Ravaglia (midi accordion) performed along with a number of local
musicians. Guest of honour of the event was Antonio Carlos Assalin,
an excellent Brazilian accordionist whose concert was received enthusiastically
by the audience.
Festival was attended by the Mayor of Lapedona, who presented a
special award to accordionist Peppino
Principe. Principe repaid the honour with an impromptu concert
which prolonged the party well into the night.
the meantime other events were being staged, and on the same day
in Ruoti (in the province of Potenza) Roberto Lucanero gave another
concert during the local hurdy-gurdy competition, that he attended
as musical guest and member of the jury.
Petric will give a performance of electroacoustic, solo and
chamber works for accordion at St Martin in the Fields, Toronto
from September 13th to 15th. His program will include works by Christos
Hatzis, Tomas Dusatko, Norman Symonds, Micheline Roi, Alcides Lanza
and Serge Arcuri. For further details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Season for "Folk at the Royal Oak"
The new season for "Folk at the Royal Oak" in Lewes,
East Sussex will begin on September 6th with newly refurbished clubrooms.
The new season will start with a bang with special guest John Kirkpatrick
who sings and plays concertina, melodeon and button accordion. For further
details email: email@example.com
Mayoral Parlour Concert - South
2000 will perform at the Mayoral Parlour of the Roodepoort City
Council on August 19th. The concert (which was postponed from June
24th) will follow an official luncheon at the Mayoral Parlour. Their
program will include a variety of works such as "Galop" (from Masquerade
Suite), "Ave Maria" (Bach), "La Chanson pour Anna" (Popp) and "Spring
Song" (Mendelssohn). For further details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On July 27th a final concert was held in Shenzhen
in honour of the international accordion exchange visit by Professor
Elsbeth Moser and Dr Cao
Xiao Qing. Over 400 people attended the event, which was divided
into a three part program; "Shenzhen Teenagers Center students'
Welcoming Concert", "International Accordion Academic Exchange"
concert and "Accordion Champion Concert".
The local accordion community was thrilled to
attend this event. Prof Li Wei Ming (Vice President of the Chinese
Accordion Association) made a special trip from Xiamen to Shenzhen
to attend the event. The concert was organized by the Shenzhen Accordion
Association and Music Department of the Shenzhen Teenagers Center.
New Accordion USA National News
A new edition of the Accordion
USA, United States National Accordion News is now online featuring
a review of the ATG
festival in San Antonio, new recordings and an article on Lawrence
Welk's newest star, Tim Padilla. If you would like to contribute
an item for this news either send it via the online submit form
or email Kevin
Friedrich at: email@example.com
New Recording "The Legend Continues"
accordion duo of Angel Russo and Hector Bocchicchio have just released
their new cassette recording entitled "La Leyenda Continua, Vol.II"
(The Legend Continues, Vol.2). The recording includes a varied selection
of popular themes with the contribution of Jose Demangone. Tracks
include "Nueve de Julio", "Perfidia" and "El viejito del Acordeon".
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Folk Music CD Release Party
"The Toids" released their debut CD of folk
music recently entitled "Ruupert Dances in Fins" on the "Odd Shaped
Case" label. Tracks include "Cocek", "Fistfull of Kolo" and "Hora
Dirty Hora Mare". Group members Dan Cantrell (accordion), Lila Sklar
(violin), Ryan Francesconi (frets), Bill Lanphier (bass), Jerry
Summers (percussion), Pilar Diaz (vocals) and Stefanie Naifeh (vocals)
have organised two CD release party concerts in California to celebrate.
The first was held at the "Ashkenaz" in Berkeley on August 7th and
the second will be held at the "Caltech" in Pasadena on August 14th.
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Klaus Paier in Völkermarkt - Austria
Accordionist Klaus Paier and the String Quartet will
perform at the Hauptplatz in Völkermarkt on August 10th. Their program
will works from their new CD entitled "Movimiento" such as "Le Tango",
"Musette Waltz" and "Tango for Five". For details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
July 27th accordionist Sylvia
Pagni (well known for her appearances on the popular TV1 Saturday
night show "Scomettiamo che...") performed with the Oops Band at
the 10th Stefano Bizzarri International Accordion Competition. The
program was performed against a magnificent Medieval backdrop and
was very well received by the audience. Sylvia also received a special
award presented by the organisers of the event.
French Accordionist Guy Vivier arrived in Beijing
on July 21st for a one month tour. So far Vivier has visited the
Xianghe Instrument Factory and the Dongcheng District Teenagers
Place in Beijing, where he performed in concert. Accompanied by
Shan Yuan Chang, Ren Shi Rong and Guo Yu Guang, Vivier has visited
many famous tourists places.
his visit to Beijing, Vivier performed concerts in Zhanjiang (Guangdong
Province), Jinan (Shandong Province) and Shanghai. Future concerts
will be held in Jiangyin (Jiangsu Province), Jingdezhen, Anhui,
Guilin (Guangxi Province) and Shenzhen.
Vivier is the organizer of accordion competitions
in Paris (France), which attract many Chinese competitors each year.
Lake Oswego Farmers' Market Concert
Popular duo "Samsonite & Delight-Ya" will entertain
at the Lake Oswego Farmers' Market, Millennium Plaza Park, Lake
Oswego, Oregon on August 25th. The duo enjoy having a good time
playing songs not usually expected to come out of accordions, like
"Godzilla", "Hocus Pocus", "Tubthumper", TV theme songs, kiddie
songs like "Old MacDonald", plus some requisite squeezebox standards
like "The Chicken Dance".
Samsonite & Delight-Ya have also been featured
many times on "Good Day Oregon" & "AM Northwest", radio broadcasts
and National Public Radio awarded them "Best Y2K Song of the Millennium"
for their danceable ditty "Y2Kymca.com".
Luanne Kinch would like some information on
a 120 bass Francini piano accordion, made in Italy. The instrument,
believed to have been purchased in the early 1950's has a pearl
finish with gold inlay. Email: RKinch0115@aol.com