International Accordion Festival and Symposium - USA
by Juan Tejeda
The 1st International Accordion Festival and
Symposium will begin on September 27th and run until the 30th at
the historic La Villita (on three separate stages at Maverick and
Juarez Plazas, and the Arneson River Theatre) in San Antonio, Texas.
The San Antonio Accordion Club recently held
a press conference in front of the historic Alamo, to promote the
accordion festival and symposium. Press and local television stations
gathered to hear local accordionists and visiting Australian accordionist,
Conlon, give demonstrations of what can be expected. For further
details email: email@example.com
"Akordeono Muzika" Festival - Lithuania
"Akordeono Muzika" Festival took place in Vilnius from September
7th to 9th organized by accordionist Kazys Stonkus. Participants
include the Paris-Moscow
Duo, (Domi Emorine & Roman Jbanov - France), Duo E. Gabnys &
G. Savkov (Lithuania), Igor Zavadskij (Ukraine), R.
Sviackevicius (Lithuania), A. Poelujev (Russia), D. Rozovas
(Lithuania, S. Stavickaia, V. Ushakov (Russia) and the Cantus Quintet
Concertinas at Witney - England
"Concertinas at Witney" will be held from September
29th to 30th at the Henry Box School in Witney (near Oxford), organized
by Hands on Music under the direction of Dave Townsend (concertina,
accordion and melodeon). The weekend will include information for
all concertina systems (English, Anglo and Duet) with tutors Anne-Marie
Boisard, Jenny Cox, John Kirkpatrick, John Morgan, Chris Sherburn,
Simon Thoumire and Dave Townsend.
Workshops include "Concertina Band", "Anglos
All Round", "Technique on the Duet", "Getting to Grips with the
English Concertina", "Irish Music on the Anglo Concertina" and "Improvisation
on the Concertina". For further details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On September 9th a concert was given by accordionist
Gabriele Guthöhrlein (Germany) in the Protestant Church in Lemberg.
Her popular program included works by Bach, organ works by Philip
Hayes and melodies from France. The audience in the packed church
showed their appreciation by applauding with enthusiasm and the
church minister expressed hope that they will get the opportunity
to hear future concerts of this calibre, which he found enriching.
Allan William Jones Memorial Evening
- New Zealand
The Allan William Jones Memorial Evening was
held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the heart of Auckland city on
September 16th, organized by the Accordion
Examination Board of New Zealand. The evening included performances
by four accordion orchestras plus dance music by Maurice
Jones, Frank Villich, Tracey
de Pra, Steve Collins and Lian
Jones. Certificates were presented to successful participants
of practical examinations and scholarships were awarded to:
3 & 4: Ben Li Grades 5 & 6:Hamish Anderson & Travis McWalter
Grades 7 & 8: Carol Yan and Nicola Herbert
Douglas Mews Rosebowl (awarded to
the examination candidate above Grade 4 level, with the highest
mark): Alex Selman Marie Efford-Masefield travel assistance grant:
Paula Harris Accordion Examination Board of NZ Merit Award:Christine
The extended concert tour by accordionist Patrizia
Merciari and her Butterfly Duo (which includes pianist Sanna
Stella) finished recently with a concert at the Porto Cervo Conference
Center, in the Italian "Costa Smeralda" (Emerald Coast). The performance
was very well received both by the large audience and by the critics.
Their program included pieces by Liszt, Bach, Beethoven, Frosini,
Benelli, Heetfeld, Volpi, Piazzolla and Boccosi.
Nordic Champions Tour - Sweden
Bernt Andersson (Sweden), Johan Kullberg (Sweden), Jon Faukstad (Norway),
Maria Kalaniemi (Finland) and Greta Sundström (Åland) are currently touring
the west coast of Sweden until September 23rd. These accordionists took
part in a "Nordic Champions of Accordion" concert series during March
and April this year and will perform an exciting program, accompanied
by Hans Westling (bass) and Timo Alakotila (piano) such as "Calle Jularbo"
and some of the player's own compositions.
Successful concerts have been held in Göteborg, Hova,
Åmål, Tidaholm, Nödinge, Hjo and Lidköping. Further concerts will be held
in Munkedal (22nd) and Lilla Edet (23rd). For further details email: email@example.com
Amsterdam Accordion Club Forzando
Concert - Netherlands
Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen
The Amsterdam Accordion Club Forzando "B" Orchestra
(conducted by Marian van Vloten) will perform at the De Klinker
home for the elderly in Amsterdam on October 8th. The orchestra
has entertained residents of this home for the past ten years and
are always given a warm welcome. Their program includes a variety
of well known songs that the residents can sing along to, plus other
favourites like "Ob la di, ob la da" and "Yellow Submarine" (The
Beatles). For further details email: H.J.Veen@net.HCC.nl
Festivals Acadiens - USA
Organizers of the Festivals Acadiens in Lafayette,
Louisiana decided to go ahead and hold this event (from September
14th to 16th), with the support of local Police and the Diocese
of Lafayette, following the national tragedy in the USA last week.
In conjunction with the festival, the United Blood Services took
names of people that were able to donate blood.
The festival included a children's entertainment
section plus a variety of entertainment in Girard Park, workshops,
jam sessions and Arts & Crafts. Entertainers included Steve Riley
and the Mamou Playboys and Geno Delafose.
The Deutscher Harmonika Verband e.V. (DHV)
held their 70th anniversary celebrations on September 15th. The
celebrations included moderator Frank Golischewski (entertainer
author, composer, actor and director), Berlin entertainers the Akkordeon-Quintett
Hof, the Neuenburg Ensemble, Comedy-Brothers, Blancke-Trio (vocals,
guitar, percussion, mandoline and accordion) from Bremerhaven, New
Colony of Dance, Accordion-Acoustic-Ensemble (Trossingen), F & F-Duo
(Hildrizhausen) and "Au bal Musette" (Munich).
The travelling exhibition of the German Harmonica
Museum presented a photo exhibition of the Landesjugenorchester
(State Youth Orchestra) which gave an interesting insight into accordion
Contet performed a concert in Sapporo (Japan) and in Seoul (Korea)
last month with the Trio Paris-Seoul (accordion, violin and piano).
Over 3,500 people enjoyed the program, which included works by Piazzolla.
The concert was recorded by Korean EBS television.
of the Accordion - Argentina
Contributed by Florencia Herrera
On September 15th an event entitled "Women of
the Accordion" was held for the second consecutive year in Buenos
Aires with participants from all over the Entre Rios province. Performances
were given by Gloria Casadey, Vilma Salvetti, Fátima Ferrabut, Silvina
Vello, Thelma Gonzáles, Miriam Gutierrez, Marta Balbuena, Yanina
Hirschfeld, Juana Izaguirre, Mary Barrios, Mariana Duarte, Zulma
Graz Pereyra, Florencia Herrera and Marcia Muller. Their program
included a variety of popular chamamés, chamarritas, fox-trots,
tangos, two steps, cuambia and Brazilian tunes.
Concert includes Tribute to New
York - USA
Hammond performed at the Laguna Honda Hospital last week with
saxophonist Marc Baum. Over 100 people enjoyed their program, which
included a tribute to the people of New York with the song "New
York, New York".
Accordionist Appointed Professor at
Conservatory - France
accordionist Bruno Maurice was appointed the new Professor of accordion
at the National Conservatory of Bordeaux in west France. Bruno succeeds
Mr Apparailly (who has retired) and was chosen from five candidates by
Conservatory Director, M. Portelli.
The National Conservatory of Bordeaux is the third
biggest conservatory in France (after Paris and Lyon) with 1600 students,
2 symphonic orchestras, one jazz big band, many choirs and 70 teachers.
Bruno plans to extend the accordion development in
the conservatory by teaching a variety of accordion types, increasing
the choice of music (transcriptions, jazz, improvisation, modern etc),
and mixing the accordion with other instruments, therefore attracting
further students. For further details email: Bruno.firstname.lastname@example.org
Autumn Accordion Festival/Bridlington
- United Kingdom
We wish to correct an error that was in our
Weekly News for a short time last week. While it was quickly changed,
we wish to publish a correction to those who read it. The Bridlington
International Accordion Festival (formerly Caister) held from
November 8th to 11th is also known as the Autumn Accordion Festival.
Robert and Loretta Rolston are the organisers of this event and
have historically used the name Autumn Accordion Festival as did
the former organiser, the late Malcolm
Gee. We apologise for any confusion our news item may have caused.
Castle Festival in Nideggen with
Lydie Auvray - Germany
On September 2nd a well received concert was
held in the castle courtyard in Nideggen by accordionist, composer
and vocalist Lydie
Auvray (France). Lydie and her well-known band "The Auvrettes"
fascinated the audience with songs, rhythms and melodies from around
7th National Montese Competition
Contributed by Carlo Fortunato
On September 15th and 16th the seventh edition
of the Montese national accordion competition was held in Montese,
near Modena (Italy). This event included three solo accordion categories
- classical music, folk music and free bass, plus a category for
groups and orchestras open to all ages. Head of the jury was Vladimir
The event also included a conference entitled
"Roads for the Development of the Accordion and the Bandoneon".
Accordionist Performs with Chantrese
Accordionist Dr William Schimmel appeared with
Marishka (chantrese) at Judy's in Chelsea, New York on September
16th. The duo will perform again at the same venue on September
30th, October 1st and 2nd. For further details email: GWILLIAMANDMICKI@aol.com
Portuguese Accordionist Tours with
"Atuna" - Australia
"Atuna", a group of 30 medical students from
the University de Porto (Portugal), performed recently with accordionist
Alexandre Resende in Melbourne, Wollongong and Sydney. The group
are travelling around the world, singing, dancing and playing their
instruments which include double bass, violin, flute, guitar and
accordion. Future concerts will be held in Bangkok before they return
Swedish Accordionist Performs in Tokyo
Contributed by Toru Katou
On September16th, Swedish accordionist Lars Hollmer
performed at a concert entitled "Lars Hollmer's Sola, the global home"
at the TLG (Tribute to the Love Generation) in Odaiba, Tokyo.
On the same day the Solo Section of the Kantou area
competitions were held at the Akabane Kaikan Hall in Kita Ward, Tokyo.
Further divisions of this competition will be held over the next few weeks.
On September 25th Pascal
Contet will perform a solo concert at the "Au Café Central" in Brussels.
This free evening is organized by the "Au Café Central" for about 150
people. For further information contact Mr Cedric at: email@example.com
After attending the Beijing
International Accordion Festival, Russian accordionist Alexandre Skliarov
gave concerts in Shanghai and Yingchuan, accompanied by Li Yansheng (Secretary
of the Beijing Accordion Association). A sell-out crowd of over 1,200
enthusiastic people attended the concert at the Shanghai Concert Hall,
including guests such as the Shanghai Music Conservatory Party Secretary,
two Vice Principals, Affiliated College Principal, and the Dean of the
Organizer, Li Cong (President of the Shanghai Accordion
Association) said that musicians and academics from the Shanghai Music
Conservatory were invited to attend so they could have the opportunity
to see the diversity of the accordion.
Jazz Club Performance - Austria
The Klaus Paier Trio (which includes accordionist
Klaus Paier) will perform at the Jazz Club Miles in Graz on October 4th.
Their program will include pieces from their CD "Movimiento". The following
day the trio will play at "Marenzikeller" in Leibnitz. For details email:
Accordionist Features in New Dance
Work - USA
Accordionist Guy Klucevsek features in a new dance
work entitled "Maerchen", which began on September 20th and will run until
the 22nd in St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, New York City. The work was
choreographed by Eliza Miller and set to music by contemporary composers
Alan Bern and György Ligeti. Guy Klucevsek played Bern's original score
for "Maerchen", the title dance of the evening.
On September 23rd, Guy and Alan Bern (composer/accordionist/pianist)
will present a concert at the Congregation Adath Israel in Middletown,
Connecticut. Their program will include compositions from their Winter
& Winter recording "Accordance". For details phone: +1 860 346-4709