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e Concorso Internazionale per Fisarmonica takes place in Castelfidardo, from
the 12th to 18th October. The actual competition - for soloists and bands - begins
on the 13th, ending on the 17th, and the program also contains daily concerts
and other activities.
contact the competition organiser Paolo
Picchio, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Accordion artistes appearing in concert during the festival include Paolo
D'Ascanio (Italy), Vincenzio Abbraciante (Italy), Pascal
Contet (France), Jin Xing (China), the Gil Goldstein Trio (USA), Richard Galliano
Septet (France) and the Modus Jazz Quartet (Italy).
Mondiale competitors Marco Gemelli and Daniele Ingiosi (France) and Stefan
Schlosser and Theresa Schlosser (Germany) are all to perform concerts.
special late inclusion to the program is a forum on October 14th, chaired by Benjamino
Bugiolacchi, on the future of the accordion. All accordion teachers, players
and manufacturers are invited to take part in the discussion.
full details of the program timetable plus information about prizes, regulations,
auditions, photographs and previous results, see the Premio
e Concorso Internazionale per Fisarmonica website.
Autumn Accordion Festival,
by George Syrett
This year's Autumn
Accordion Festival at The Spa, Bridlington takes place from October 14th to
16th. This festival is an Accordion Showcase Spectacular, and the guest line-up
includes Mickael Vigneau (France), Mickael Richard (France), David Vernon (Scotland),
Me & Im - Yorkshire's finest gentlemen George Syrett and his madcap, award
winning drummer Rodney McNamara, Harry Hussey, Alistair Cameron, Amaryllis, Gina
Branelli, The RonMar Accordion Orchestra, Anne Wilson, Fiona Titterington, and
UK Junior Accordion Champion Jennifer Maxwell.
The workshop line up is:
Intermediate Orchestra (Ron Hodgson), Elementary Orchestra (Michael Irving), Beginners'
Orchestra (Brenda Webster), Scottish Orchestra (Alistair Cameron), Vintage Orchestra
(Jean Hanger), Playford Music (Tracey Middleton), Songs of Praise (Rev John Robinson).
The festival also includes an extensive trade show with Rolston
Accordions, Electronic Accordions Ltd, Accordion Exchange and Music World,
and Geoff Holter Accordions in attendance.
For further information email
Cajun Band Wins Award - Holland
by Harley Jones
The Cajun Company, from Holland, has been awarded the
'Prix dehors de nous 2003' by the Louisiana-based 'Cajun French Music Association
for their CD 'La Robe de Rosalie'. This honor coincided with a recent tour of
Louisiana, followed by some appearances in England and Wales - a highlight being
a performance at Cecil Sharp House in London.
in 1992, the Cajun Company, featuring Bas van de Poll on accordion and lead vocals,
perform in the style of Cajun music popularised in the 1920s and 1930s by such
accordionists as Joe Falcon, Amédé Ardois and Amadée Breaux.
For further information email email@example.com
Association Festival - USA
by Kevin Friedrich
Florida Accordion Association invites
you to attend its Fourth Annual Smash to be held from November 12th -14th 2004
in Orlando at the Holiday Inn Select, 12125 High Tech Avenue, Orlando. Featured
guest artistes will include Winner of the Vivian Vivio Stolaruk Memorial Senior
Entertainment Competition held at the AAA
festival in Boston - Havard Svendsrud from Norway, Salt Lake accordionist Janet
Todd and concert accordionist Henry Doktorski. Activities begin on Friday evening
with Café Accordion in the Lounge, hosted by Alvaro "Beaver"
Barsi beginning at 4:30 pm.
All are invited to play solos, duets, trios, jams, etc. (including ALL instruments
include professional performances (accordion and other instruments are encouraged
to participate), dealer displays, lunch & dinner with strolling music, a bass
workshop by Nick Ballarini, conga line with Maricarmen Vazquez's performance,
FAA band performance, 50/50 raffles, jam session and much more. Lunch and dinner
will be held on Saturday as well as an optional Sunday morning breakfast featuring
Jerry Tramontozzi (MA).
For further information, please email the Florida
Accordion Association at FLACCASSOC@bellsouth.net
Aly Bain and
Phil Cunningham Concerts - UK
player Aly Bain and accordionist Phil Cunningham, one of Scotland's most popular
traditional music acts, are performing at venues in various parts of England during
late October and early November. Their itinery is as follows:-
- Alnwick Playhouse, Northumberland
21st - Tyneside Irish Center, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
- Lamplight Arts Center, Stanley, County Durham
23rd - The Last Inn, Hengoed,
near Oswestry, Shropshire
24th - Priestley Theater, Bradford, West Yorkshire
- Blackheath Halls, London
30th - The Regal Center, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
- Hitchin Folk Club, The Sun Hotel, Hitchin, Herefordshire
- The Angel Ballroom, Brigg, Lincolnshire
3rd - Rosehill Theater, Whitehaven,
6th - Hammersmith and Fulham Irish Centre, Hammersmith, London
- Lavant Memorial Hall, Lavant, near Chichester
further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Barry Manilow, accordionist
- USA, UK
Manilow, the singer whose popularity has endured since his heyday in the 1970s,
learned the piano accordion as his first introduction to music and usually includes
an accordion spot in his performances. In the UK, BBC television recently screened
'One Night with Barry Manilow', and the singer demonstrated his skill on the accordion
on a Saturday evening prime time broadcast.
has caused controversy amongst accordionists over the years by his tendency to
make jokes and derogatory remarks about the accordion, but this is alleviated
by the fact that he is an accomplished player and his willingness to expose the
accordion to audiences in many countries.
Festival, Arizona - USA
Southwest United States Accordion Festival will take place on October 16th, from
12 noon until 10pm. The location is 19644 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, Arizona, and admission
is free. For further information email organiser Leigh Dechaine, Lanein@aol.com
to Mr and Mrs Ruggieri - Italy
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
On the 15th
of September Renzo Ruggieri became
a father again, for the 3rd time, of a lovely and healthy boy named Francesco.
Accordions Worldwide and all the staff wish the family good health and happiness
for the future.
Accordionist on a
Mission in the Age of Guitars - USA
By ALLAN KOZINN, New York Times
August 27th 2004, an interesting interview with accordionist William Schimmel
appeared in the New York Times. This article was written in conjunction with the
10th Anniversary of Mr Schimmel's annual Masterclass and concert series sponsored
by the American Accordionists' Association.
An abridged version follows:-
man is sitting onstage, shaking his head vigorously and giving a brisk performance
of Canned Heat's "Going Up the Country," complete with its insistent,
choogling chordal accompaniment and its laid-back, bluesy melody. But there is
something wrong with this picture: the musician is William Schimmel, and he is
playing this rock 'n' roll classic on the accordion, an instrument that, popular
as it was in the early 1950's, was swept away by the guitar-brandishing bands
of the rock revolution.
If Mr. Schimmel, who is 58, sees any incongruity
in his playing the song - or in his renderings of Blondie's "Heart of Glass"
or, for that matter, his fantasy on themes from Bizet's "Carmen" - he
isn't letting on. There is, in his view, no music that can't, or shouldn't, be
played on the accordion. He has made that belief the basis of a thriving career
as a soloist, as an ensemble player and as a composer for the accordion. And a
concertgoer is likely to run into Mr. Schimmel in all kinds of places: at new
music concerts by Sequitur or North/South Consonance, or on recordings by Sting
or Tom Waits
he was also doing more classical playing: the accordion
part in "Wozzeck" at the Metropolitan Opera, Hindemith's "Kammermusik
No. 1" with the New York Philharmonic, and a good many new music concerts.
And there's been some film and television work as well. Mr. Schimmel
and his tango band are seen in "Scent of a Woman," and Mr. Schimmel
is also seen or heard in episodes of "Law & Order" and "Sex
and the City."
of the things I enjoy most about what I do," Mr. Schimmel said, "is
that when I get up in the morning, I sometimes have to look at my schedule and
say, `What do I get to do today?' And the more varied it is, the happier I am."
Tango Festival, Wuppertal
festival dedicated to the tango and the bandoneon, known as the Tango Festival,
takes place in and around the Historische Stadhalle, Wuppertal in Germany, from
October 8th to the 10th. The festival includes concerts, dances, shows and workshops.
An extensive list
of bandoneon artistes includes Alfredo Marcucci(pictured), Luis Rodriguez, Omar
Fernándes and La grán orquesta tipica, Marcelo J. Nisinman, Sergio
Gobi and La orquesta, Roland Rivas, and Guillermo Destaillats.
New & Updated
- Since their formation of the Moscow Duo in 1995, Evgenij Grechov and Aleksander
Ushakov have concertized throughout Russia as well as in Denmark, Portugal, Germany,
Korea, Italy and the United States. In October 1998 the Moscow Duo participated
in the International contest "Citta Di Castelfidardo Prize" in Italy
and was awarded first prize. Site contains information on each of the artists
and information on their two CD recordings.
Accordion World Magazine is an A4 size bi-monthly magazine that includes news
and feature articles concerned with the accordion in Britain and around the world,
edited and published by David Keen in the UK.
- Updated information on the 2005 Festival to be held in the Dallas area from
June 15-19, 2005.
- Updated information on the upcoming Lifetime Achievement award for Charles Nunzio
and the winners of the 2004 International Competition.
- Updated information on the upcoming annual Smash, including online registration
and festival information.
- The October news has now been published with detailed news from around the United
States, listings of accordion clubs and organisations in the United States and
www.ktrio.com - Includes updated
concert schedule that will see The 'K' Trio make their European debut during the
month of October.
- Updated information on this Texas based accordion store offering accordions,
music and accessories. Includes updated operating hours.
- Includes updated information on the 2005 CIA Winter Congress to be held in Den
- Includes updated schedule and bulletin board for updated messages/information
for visitors arriving in Pontarlier.
- Includes additional information on the career of Philadelphia based accordionist