Accordion Weekly News
Jubilee of HVÖ, Vienna - Austria
European Festival of Accordion Orchestras 2006, Prague - Czech RepublicA
New Premiere from Dr William Schimmel, New York - USAMusic
of Piazzolla Concert, Paris - FranceStockport
Accordion Club Concerts, England - UK Music
China - International Exhibition for Musical Instruments and Services, Shanghai
Jazz Musician Pete Jolly Dead at 72, Los Angeles - USARenzo
Ruggieri, Teramo Jazz Festival - ItalySir
Jimmy Shand Recordings Digitally Remastered, Scotland - UKMauro
Carra Performance, London - UKAccordion
Festival, Torres Vedras - PortugalQuestionQuote
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Golden Jubilee of
HVÖ, Vienna - Austria
Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich
commemorate its 50th anniversary, Austria's Accordion Association HVÖ recently
organised a jubilee concert with many of Austria's best accordion soloists, ensembles
and orchestras in Vienna's 'Odeon' to show the enormous development of the instrument
from its very beginning until nowadays. The accordion orchestra Accordeana Graz,
Duo ConTact, Stefan Scherr (Styrian harmonica), The Viennese Accordion Club, Isabella
Krapf (harmonica), Alexander Shevchenko, Georg Schulz - Ulli Stadler Fromme (accordion
and percussion), folk music ensemble Johann Murg, and the Viennese
Accordion Chamber Ensemble were the artistes on this most memorable evening.
Many of Austria's best accordionists of the past decades have also been prize
winners in the competitions organized by HVÖ and have represented Austria
at successive international competitions.
A New Premiere
from Dr William Schimmel, New York - USA
William Schimmel will present his new work, Capriccio Brasilia - for accordion,
vocals and melodica - in a world premiere performance on November 19th at Christ
and St Stephen's Church in the Lincoln Center area of New York City. The concert
is presented by Composers' Conference, and Dr Schimmel will be interviewed before
the performance as part of a 'Meet the Composer' grant that he received for this
piece. Joining him in the performance will be Allyssa Lamb on vocals and melodica.
is what Dr Schimmel says about the piece: "Capriccio Brasilia celebrates
the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer, who designed Brasilia, and the various cultural
influences it embraces. Through the process of compositional reality, various
Brazilian musics mesh - whether it be the ¾ - 6/8 Chamame (accordion),
the kinship between North African and Flamenco influences (vocals), or the slightly
out of tune renderings of Tom Jobim (melodica). The irony is, however, that the
city of Brasilia sets up an eerie distance between the buildings and its culture,
yet the curved structures have an unmistakeable sense of musicality. Capriccio
Brasilia examines this very paradox".
Music of Piazzolla Concert, Paris - France
supplied by Marie Séité
November the 22nd, the Caliente Quartet, a quintet of young musicians featuring
Guillaume Hodeau on bandoneon, will perform a concert at l'Europeen, 5 rue Biot,
75017 Paris, at 8:30 p.m.
The Caliente Quartet is a French group that
specialises in Tango Nuevo (concert tango), particularly in the music of Argentinian
composer Astor Piazzolla. Last June the Caliente Quartet won the international
competition 'Piazzolla Music Award', and on November 2nd they released a CD titled
For further information email Marie Séité
Club Concerts, England - UK
November 23rd Stockport Accordion Club's bi-monthly concert, known as a Club Night,
features Romano Viazzani as guest artiste. The Stockport AC Band (MD Peter Whiteley)
and SAC Orchestra (MD Brian Jenkins) will each perform supporting spots. The concert
begins at 8pm, and the venue is the St John Ambulance Brigade HQ, Edgeley Road,
Cheadle Heath, Stockport.
The Stockport AC Band and Orchestra perform in
concert on November 26th, from 8pm, at Henbury and Broken Cross Institute, Macclesfield,
Cheshire. This annual concert is in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice, and offers
the opportunity to see and hear two accordion orchestras perform extended repertoires.
further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Music China - International
Exhibition for Musical Instruments and Services, Shanghai - China
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
every type of musical instrument and MI accessory was on display at the show,
whether from the east or west, electric or acoustic, or for classical musicians
or rock artists - with the accordion industries from several countries represented.
Music China has certainly carved a permanent space for itself in the international
trade fair calendar. The show statistics speak for themselves: over 619 exhibitors
from 19 countries, 34,000sqm of floor space, and a record 25,156 visitors from
61 countries - 17% more than last year.
exhibitors at the event generally stated three major reasons for being at Music
China: firstly, to gain exposure for their brands & products, secondly to
make direct sales to the market or find a local distributor, and thirdly to get
a first-hand look at what is going on in the Chinese market.
is gaining momentum," said Betty Heywood (pictured), Director of Trade Fairs
for Messe Frankfurt in Shanghai.
"We have already starting receiving
bookings for the 2005 show, and will need to add another half-hall at least to
accommodate the demand. It is a very exciting time for the MI industry in China".
China is organized jointly by Messe Frankfurt, INTEX Shanghai Co, and the China
Music Instrument Association. The next show is scheduled for 19th to 22nd October
2005, again at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
For more information,
Veteran Jazz Musician
Pete Jolly Dead at 72, Los Angeles - USA
by Peter Soave
jazz keyboardist Pete Jolly, who performed on some of television's most popular
theme songs and was a regular on the Southern California jazz scene for 40 years,
has died at the age of 72. Jolly died Saturday at Huntington Memorial Hospital
in Pasadena of complications of bone marrow cancer and irregular heartbeat. The
musician, whose composition 'Little Bird' was nominated for a Grammy in 1963,
formed the Pete Jolly Trio in 1964 with drummer Nick Martinis and bassist Chuck
Berghofer. The group continued to play South California clubs until Jolly was
hospitalised in August.
who played piano, organ and accordion, can be heard on such television theme songs
as `Get Smart', 'The Love Boat,' `I Spy', 'Mannix', `Dallas' and `MASH,' as well
as hundreds of movie soundtracks, including `The Man With the Golden Arm' and
`Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'. His recordings included 1963's `The Sensational
Pete Jolly Gasses Everybody', `Strike Up the Band' in 1980 and `Yeah' in 1995.
His last album, `Collaboration', was recorded with Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren
and released in 2001.
Peter Ceragioli Jr in New Haven, Connecticut, Jolly began playing the accordion
at three years of age. At the age of seven, he appeared on the coast-to-coast
radio broadcast `Hobby Lobby,' where the announcer mispronounced his name as Pete
Jolly. The name stuck! Jolly, whose father was also a musician, began playing
in bands in junior high school. Over the years he worked with such jazz fixtures
as Buddy DeFranco, Red Norvo, Art Pepper and others.
Ruggieri, Teramo Jazz Festival - Italy
October 2004 the Renzo Ruggieri
jazz group (Paulo Sabatino - piano, Massimo Manzi - drums, Massimo Moriconi -
bass) performed during the prestigious jazz festival Interamnia Jazz in Teramo
(Italy). Special guest star of the concert was the famous Italian jazz trumpet
player Henry Rava.
Rava and Ruggieri
played magnificently in duet together, and also with the rest of the group. A
very much-appreciated concert concluded with a standing ovation and many requests
Sir Jimmy Shand
Recordings Digitally Remastered, Scotland - UK
by Jimmy Shand Junior
Jimmy Shand (1908-2000) had one of the longest and most commercially successful
recording careers of any accordionist worldwide, beginning in 1933 and lasting
until the turn of the century. He also has the distinction of being the first
accordionist to be knighted, by HM Queen Elizabeth in 2000. The Shand family now
owns the copyright on most of these recordings, and has had a series of digitally
remastered CDs produced - all offering high quality sound reproduction.
titles issued to date include: 'Jimmy Shand and His Music', 'Vintage Classics
Volume 1', 'Waltzing Through the Years', 'Old Tyme Classics Vol 1', 'Old Tyme
Classics Vol 2', and 'Jimmy Shand Plays His Favourite Hymns'. The next CD to be
released - in early December - is titled 'Music Wi' a Dunt'. This will be an anthology
of Scottish country-dance music recorded by Jimmy Shand in the 1930s, 40s and
For further information email Jimmy Shand Junior: email@example.com
Mauro Carra Performance,
London - UK
by Romano Viazzani
Carra, who played so brilliantly at the London Accordion Festival in December
2001, was back in London on October 16th 2004 for the Associazione Parmigiani
Valceno annual dinner and dance at the London Marriot Hotel, Grosvenor Square.
The association is a charitable organisation and was formed many years ago by
British-based Italians from the Parma area of northern Italy, and were also one
of the main sponsors of the London Accordion Festival. Mauro played a scintillating
cabaret set of about 20 minutes which left the 400-strong audience flabbergasted
by his technique and included pieces such as 'Florette' (Astier), 'Shocking Valse'
(Thomain), 'Acrobatic Mazurka' (Carra), 'Cynthia' (Marocco) and 'Itto' (Gurioli).
Carra was brilliantly accompanied on guitar by Marco Tonelli also from Parma.
The dance music provided by the wonderful accordionist Claudio Allodi and his
ensemble was interspersed with sets by Mauro and Marco. Many accordionists and
accordion devotees attended the dinner and dance. Pictured above from left to
right are fans Luigi Capella and Claudio Rigoli, (front row) guitarist Marco Tonelli,
Star accordionist Mauro Carra, Prof.
Owen Murray, accordionists Jan Viazzani,
Vito Fulgoni, (Back Row) accordionists Armando Guselli, Romano Viazzani and Eddy
Jay. Not pictured but present were of course accordionists Claudio and Emilio
Allodi and Peter Ronchetti. Romano Viazzani is hoping to tempt Mauro Carra to
do a mini UK tour in 2005 so if there are any clubs/festivals interested please
Festival, Torres Vedras - Portugal
by Domi Emorine and Roman
foremost International Accordion Festival, held in the town of Torres Vedras (about
60 kilometres from Lisbon), took place from November 5th to 12th. The opening
ceremony featured the young students from the local accordion school plus diatonic
accordionist Kepa Junkera, who performed a program of traditional Portuguese folk
On the 11th November Portuguese classical accordionist Gonçarlo
Pescada gave a solo performance of 'Prelude and Fugue', by JS Bach,'Sonata', by
D. Scarlatti, 'Adagio', by Albinoni, 'Song for Joss', A. Musichini, 'Oblivion',
by A. Piazzolla' and 'Divertimento', by A. Astier. After Pescada, a large audience
very well appreciated the Paris-Moscow
Duo's performance of French and Russian music.
festival closed on November 12th with a concert featuring Portuguese accordionist
Joao Frade and his trio, performing jazz from Brazil and Portugal, and French
accordionist Jean Louis Noton, whose
midi instrument played music from around the world.
Paris-Moscow Duo return to Portugal
on November 28th to appear at a festival in Besancon, to be held in the Micropolis
Park. Also appearing at this festival is Joao Frade.