Many readers are advising us of their success
in selling or buying an accordion through the Accordion Yellow
& Sell section.
You can list one instrument in the Buy and
Sell sections free of charge. This section also offers Silver and
Gold listings with extra benefits plus a section for businesses
selling used accordions.
Large numbers of accordions are now changing
hands through the medium of the Accordion Yellow Pages.
Vegas International Accordion Convention - USA
International Accordion Convention will be held from June 23rd
to 26th at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas for the third consecutive
year. Over 500 attendees from North America, Europe and as far away
as Australia are expected. The convention offers concerts, events,
master classes and workshops. Many exhibitors of accordion instruments,
both conventional and electronic (digital), will be present. Performers
include Myron Floren, Anthony Galla-Rini, Dick Contino, Frank Marocco,
Art Van Damme, Peter Soave, Tony Lovello, Gina & Romany Rye, Mady
Soave, Julian Labro, AbsoluteAccord, Joe Vento, Mirco
Patarini and a surprise guest from Italy.
Each evening will begin with a Las Vegas-style
dinner concert. The sponsor of the convention is Paul Pasquali.
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New President for A.I.D.A. - Argentina
by Angel Russo
Since the foundation of the A.I.D.A. (International
Accordionists Association of Buenos Aires, Argentina) in 1993, the
President of the association has been Julio Herman (Gasparin) who
is now retiring from the position. In the near future a new President
will be elected. The association is grateful to Julio Herman for
all the work he has done to promote the noble accordion.
The A.I.D.A. now has its own radio programme,
entitled "Eternal Accordion Melodies", which is broadcast every
Friday on Radio Folclorisimo. Every session will feature live accordionists.
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Training Courses with C.N.I.M.A.
The C.N.I.M.A. and Jacques Mornet have organized
four training courses open to all ages, styles and levels in Larodde.
Course dates are: July 22nd to 27th, July 29th to August 3rd, August
19th to 24th and August 26th to 31st.
The courses will include "Instrumental Perfection",
"Special Ball", "Accordion Orchestra" (with Claude Thomain), and
to complete these activities organizers offer an initiation to the
relaxation therapy (sophrology) with Bernard Josset. This relaxation
therapy allows you to overcome stage fright and to master feelings,
increasing your chances of performance success.
Tutors include Jacques Mornet, Nathalie Boucheix,
Aurélien Noel, Nicolas Massoutie, Domi
Emorine, Roman Jbanov, Franck Angelis, Christine Rossi, Pascal
Meurge and Yves Busato. For further details email: CNIMA@Wanadoo.fr
Edinburgh International Arts Festival
& Fringe - Scotland
Concertina player Simon Thoumire will entertain with
pianist David Milligan at one of the world's biggest International Arts
Festival and Fringe in The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh on August 14th. The
festival will take place over two months and include theatre shows, classical
concerts, traditional music, circus, reviews, street theatre, dance, children's
shows, book festival, film festival, art exhibitions and the spectacular
Military Tattoo featuring hundreds of pipers and drummers performing at
the imposing and historic Edinburgh Castle.
For concert details phone: +44 131 668 2019
6th Festival of Scottish Culture
will perform at the 6th Festival of Scottish Culture in Moscow from
June 25th to July 5th with his group "Scotbox Ceilidh Band". This
is a huge festival, which includes events taking place in venues
all over Moscow and an opening ceremony in Pushkin Square.
The Ceilidh band, which consists of two accordions,
violin and drums, will playing in various venues including Rosie
O`Grady`s Bar, B-2 Club, Svalka Club and Tochka Club. The Sixth
Moscow Highland Games will take place on June 30th, followed by
a special concert where the band will play in the Central House
From July 1st to 4th they visit the city of
Lipetsk (south of Moscow) to take part in a Festival of Russo-Scottish
Friendship. Their tour ends in Moscow with a performance at a Scottish
Ceilidh show, held at the Vermel Club on July 4th. For further details
Puerto Rican, Latin American Musical
Traditions in Concert - USA
Latin American group "Tierra Mestiza" (which includes accordionist
Matt Nozzolio) will give a series of free performances this summer
in Hartford, Connecticut. The group also includes international
flamenco guitarist Val Ramos, Clodomiro Falcón (South American harp),
Jennice Vélez (flute), Andrés Yambó (Puerto Rican cuatro and guitar),
Graciela Quiñones Rodríguez (vocals) and group founder Carlos Hernández
Chávez (guitar, Mexican guitarrón, bajo sexto and bass). The concerts
are free and open to the public, thanks to the Evelyn Preston Memorial
Fund, the Charter Oak Cultural Center and the City of Hartford.
On June 22nd and August 16th they will play at the Charter Oak Cultural
Center, and on September 13th at the Connecticut Historical Society.
The ensemble reintroduces Spanish musical traditions,
as well as African and Indian ancestry including cumbias, polkas
and rancheras. For further details email: email@example.com
Ivano Battiston at the Milan Music
Marathon - Italy
Contributed by Holda
Musical Marathon entitled "Music is for Everyone" took place on
June 1st at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan. The event, organised
by Amadeus Magazine in conjunction with the G. Verdi Music Conservatory
and the Lombardy Regional Education Department, aimed to highlight
the problem of the introduction of music teaching in all levels
of the Italian school system.
The Musical Marathon featured well known musicians
such as Ivano
Battiston, Bruno Canino, Luisa Castellani, Rocco Filippini,
Mario Marzi, Gianni Basso, Franco Cerri, Maurizio Ben Omar and Antonella
Battiston performed pieces by Bach, di Gesualdo
and Piazzolla in front of an enthusiastic audience that included
several teachers of the conservatory (which recently instituted
a chair of accordion studies), as well as personalities such as
former Minister Luigi Berlinguer, a strong supporter of the need
to introduce musical education in the school curricula, with the
same dignity as all other disciplines. During the event a booklet
on the subject with contributions by Gaetano Santangelo, Sandro
Cappelletto, Carlo Delfrati, Johannella Tafuri and Guido Salvetti
was distributed among the audience.
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Accordionist Performs Live on FM Radio - USA
Guy Klucevsek will perform live on Soundcheck,
WNYC-FM, New York on June 26th from 2pm to 3pm. Klucevsek will play
selections from his new recording "The Heart of the Andes" (Winter
& Winter CD), and will be interviewed by the program's host, John
Schaefer. For details email: Guysqueeze@aol.com
5th Annual RootsWorld Free Reed
This week the 5th Annual RootsWorld Free Reed
festival featured Amy Denio (USA) who presented a unique 'concert'
recorded in The Cistern at Fort Worden in Washington. Her solo accordion
and vocals were recorded at the bottom of a 2 million gallon subterranean
Also featured was USA accordionist Guy Klucevsek
who recorded the score of "Obon: Tales of Rain and Moonlight", a
puppet theatre piece by Ping Chong that weaves together three Japanese
ghost stories, merging poetry, shadows, music, and bunraku puppets.
Other performers included Jarle Fjeldheim (Norway) & "Sukke" (German
A special feature included Jeff Kaliss who talked
with some of the musicians of Texas and Louisiana about the impact
of the accordion on the music of the American south and southwest,
including Steve Jordon, Brian Marshall, Marc Savoy and Flaco Jimenez.
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Accordionist Receives Great Review
Dr William Schimmel's piece "Empty World" received
a great review by Allan Kozinn in the New York Times on June 10th.
The piece was premiered last week at Christ and St. Stephen's Church
at the close of the North/South Consonance players 22nd season.
Allan Kozinn wrote: "The most fascinating
of the pieces, and the one that lingered longest after the program
ended, was the quirkiest, William Schimmel's "Empty World" (2001).
Mr. Schimmel is a virtuoso accordionist whose own concerts and recordings
can be both entertaining and provocative, not least because the
musical connections he makes are surprising and fresh. "Empty World,"
an accordion concerto, is well within that tradition.
Some of the thematic material in "Empty World"
comes from the old Supremes hit, "My World Is Empty Without You,"
but there are also references to Elton John's "Sixty Years On" and
broader allusions to the styles of Bach, Scarlatti and Brahms. Often,
the allusions are either included within longer melodies or rendered
in an odd stylistic context that veils the source material.
Mostly, Mr. Schimmel's agility on the accordion,
and the interplay between his instrument and arching solo lines
for cello and violin, create a constantly shifting musical ground."
Diatonic Accordion Competition
Contributed by Holda
On July 19th the agricultural tourism resort
"Il Rustico" in Lapedona (province of Ascoli Piceno) will host the
first "Organetto d'oro" diatonic accordion competition. The event
is organised by Excelsior Accordions (Cemex
Srl) in collaboration with Il Rustico and the Radio Aut Marche
The competition jury will include Giuliano
Cameli and Euro Teodori. An award ceremony will take place in
the evening and will be attended by prestigious guests such as Roberto
Lucanero, Giuliano Cameli, Valentino Lorenzetti and Sergio Castelli.
The event will be hosted by Beniamino
Bugiolacchi, director of the International
Accordion Museum of Castelfidardo.
The first prize will be a wooden diatonic accordion offered by Excelsior.
Participation in this event is free of charge. For further details
New CD by "Flukt" - Norway
group "Flukt" (which includes accordionist Øivind Farmen) recently
released their new CD entitled "Spill". The music has its roots
in Norwegian and international folk music, and all the arrangements
and some compositions are by members of the group. Tracks include
"Melvin", "Reel-potpurri" and "Spelemannsbryllup".
"Flukt" have just completed a successful concert
tour to USA performing in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Prior to their
tour they performed at a large concert in Trondheim for the Princess
of Norway who got married on May 23rd. The event and concert was
broadcast on television by NRK, the national television company
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