Documentary to Hit Film Festivals - Switzerland, Austria
Tribe, a new 90-minute documentary by film-maker Stefan Schwietert,
recently premiered in Gras, Austria. The film follows the members
of the Jazz group, Accordion Tribe - Guy Klucevsek (USA), Maria
Kalaniemi (Finland), Bratko Bibic (Slovenia), Lars Hollmer (Sweden)
and Otto Lechner (Austria).
film features interviews, performances, and documentary footage
from their 2001 tour. It is scheduled for a circuit of film festivals
in Europe and will eventually show on Swiss/Austrian television,
which commissioned the project. Meanwhile, group member Guy Klucevsek
will be a featured soloist at the Stanser Musitage festival in Stans,
Switzerland, April 20, 21. He will perform his 30 minute collection,
The Well-Tampered Accordion, and Four Portraits, a work inspired
by characters from Michael Cunningham's novel, The Hours.
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Festival - Belgium
city of Bruges to the north of Belgium will be the venue of the
Airbag Festival in May. With a variety of exciting performances
to take place throughout the month, the organisers aim to please
members of the international accordion community.
Besides some very diverse concerts in classical, Balkan, old-time
jazz and electronical genres, there will also be a number of exhibitions,
including the release of a book about some famous Belgian players
Throughout the month Bruges becomes a real people's celebration,
organisers say. "Witness the low ticket price with accordionists
from the whole world and from each genre."
The venues for these performances vary from the halls, streets and
squares of this medieval city, going as far as homes for the elderly,
hospitals and the city prison.
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New England Music Competition and Festival - USA
in Massachusetts area are in for a weekend of exciting band competition
and great music at the Annual ATAM New England Music Competition
and Festival, 2nd-4th April.
The competition, which is open for competitors up to the age of
22 who are students of ATAM teacher members, includes competitions
for solos, duos, ensembles and bands, and some non-competitive categories.
A weekend feature is the Awards Banquets and over $3,000.00 in prizes
and cash awards with guest performance by the "K Trio"
at a banquet on Saturday night.
The Accordion Teachers' Association of Massachusetts was established
in 1962 and organizes the festival free of charge to the public,
drawing over 1,200 contestants who take part in accordion, drum,
guitar, keyboard, piano, and voice competition categories for children
from 6 to 22 years.
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from Accordion Beginnings - USA
Laliberté got his start playing an accordion for tips on
the streets of Montreal. Today his act is one of the most lucrative
ventures in live entertainment.
There's no escaping him. People flock to his show at Disney World
in Orlando, Florida. In Las Vegas, where he operates in three different
casinos, his shows have become Sin City's biggest draw. His five
touring productions travel the globe, performing in such locations
as Spain and Japan. His outrageous acts and colorful characters
are celebrated in newspapers and magazines and have even appeared
on a reality TV show.
The brand is Cirque du Soleil. Less familiar is the impresario behind
this circus maximus: a flamboyant, fire-breathing accordionist billionaire
named Guy Laliberté. In the last 20 years Laliberté
has transformed Cirque du Soleil from a small troupe of stilt walkers
into one of the world's most recognized entertainment operations.
More than 7 million people paid $650 million to see Cirque's live
performances last year with all their funky music, stunning costumes
and mind-defying acrobatics. Television licenses and corporate sponsorships
bring in millions more. With little debt and a pretax margin probably
near 25%, Cirque du Soleil, of which Laliberté owns 95%,
is comfortably worth $1.2 billion.
Born 44 years ago into a large middle-income family in Quebec City,
Quebec, Guy Laliberté took to the streets of Montreal as
a busker in his early teens, earning tips by playing tunes on an
accordion he'd found in his father's closet. After high school he
hitchhiked across Europe, where he met jugglers and stilt walkers
and learned the art of fire-breathing.
Laliberte's ambitious drive and creative imagination quickly made
Cirque a hit and the band became the talk of Hollywood. Today Cirque
du Soleil's three Vegas shows--Mystère, O and Zumanity--play
to 9,000 people a night, 5% of the city's visitors.
by Matthew Miller
Orchestra release April-May Schedule - USA
popular Café Accordion Orchestra, is a quintet with music
full of French flavor and occasional Spanish spice with a little
swing has a full schedule this year. Led by accordionist, Dan Newton
once described by the Minesotta media as having "played his
accordion with understated virtuosity..." the quintet's schedule
for the next couple of months is:
April 6 - Kitty Cat Klub, Minneapolis
April 17 - The Times, Minneapolis
April 20 - Kitty Cat Klub, Minneapolis
April 23 - Dixie's on Grand, St. Paul
April 25 - Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis
May 14 - Dixie's on Grand, St.Paul
May 18 - Kitty Cat Klub, Minneapolis
May 22 - The Times, Minneapolis
finds Oscar success with Triplets score - Canada
Charest made a decent living playing jazz guitar over the years
-- but that's nothing compared to what playing the vacuum cleaner,
the bicycle wheel and refrigerator shelves has recently done for
The Montreal composer included that oddball assortment of "instruments"
on his soundtrack for The Triplets of Belleville, the made-in-Quebec
film that earned Oscar nominations for best animated movie and,
for Charest, best original song.
Overall, the soundtrack is a strange and appealing mélange
heavily of French accordion ballads and blending everything from
big-band sounds, spooky mood pieces, and Django-esque swing guitar.
It was composed mostly in a Montreal studio and then in a barn next
to Chomet's house in Normandy, France.
"It was a thrill, quite a trip," he says in an interview.
"We encouraged each other -- 1,000 people or one billion, what's
the difference? I've been playing guitar for a long time, and I
said 'This is not the time to choke.' "
The exposure is doing wonders for his career. Until now he has kept
himself busy composing for TV shows and commercials, along with
soundtrack work on other Quebec movies as well as club and festival
gigs. But the 39-year-old, who's always lived in Montreal and has
earned a living with his guitar since he was a teenager, says he's
been getting "all kinds of offers... from record deals to movies
to people in Hollywood who want to meet me. That's cool. I'll be
able to choose."
Mike Fuhrmann of The Canadian Press
Dellarole's April performance - Italy
accordionist, Giorgio Dellarole has many performances scheduled
for the month of April across Italy.
As a member of the popular Trio Klezmer and as a soloist, Dellarole
will play at:
April 3-4 Trio Klezmer (G. Dellarole - Fisarmonica, M. Limonetti
- Clarinetti, A. Sacco - Violino) e Paolo Zavattaro (Attore), Concert
in Aymavilles (AO) Cave des Onze Communes Ore 21.00
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April 26-3 Giorgio Dellarole - Solista, Concerto a Mapello (BG)
Auditorium Comunale Ore 20.45 MUSIC by Scarlatti, Moretti, Solotarev,
Trio Klezmer (G. Dellarole - Fisarmonica, M. Limonetti - Clarinetti,
A. Sacco - Violino) e Paolo Zavattaro (Attore). Concert in Asola
(MN) Ore 17.00
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