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  04 February 2005This weeks news | Past News  | Send news
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CIA Winter Congress, Den Helder - Netherlands
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Executive Committee, Music Committee and members met during two days of meetings at the 113th General Assembly of Delegates in Den Helder, Netherlands, last weekend. Guests of the CIA Member in the Netherlands - NOVAM (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Accordeon & Moundharmonica) - the annual Winter Congress was organized by former CIA Vice President Frans De Bie, who also serves as the NOVAM Public and International Relations Officer.

Meetings included work on the upcoming CIA Coupe Mondiale, which will take place October 25th to 30th 2005 in Castelo Branco, Portugal, hosted by CIA Member from Portugal, the Conservatorio Regional de Castelo Branco. Details and schedules were presented by organizer Carlos Semedo, who is coordinating all activities for the Coupe Mondiale in Castelo Branco.

Portuguese Delegate Paulo Ferreira was appointed a 2005 Honorary CIA Vice President for his work in organizing the Coupe Mondiale. (picture left to right Carlos Semedo, 2004 Organiser Frederic Deschamps and Paulo Ferreira). The Test Piece for the 2005 Coupe Mondiale 'O Medo Do Ritmo', is a work by Portuguese composer Carlos Marecos, and will be available complimentary to all interested accordionists on the CIA Website in about one week.

Plans for future CIA activities were also presented including details on the upcoming Winter Congress in Ikaalinen, Finland, March 3rd to 6th 2006, where the CIA will officially open its Archives as well as participate in the Finnish Accordion Association annual cruise between Finland and Sweden. The Winter Congress in Finland will conclude the yearlong celebrations marking the 70th Anniversary of the CIA, which was originally founded in Paris in 1935 as the Association Internationale des Accordeonistes.

Mr. Kjell Olsen, President of the CIA Member Norske Trekkspilleres Landsforbund (NTL) reported on the 3,000 strong Norwegian Accordion Association activities. The NTL is the 2006 Coupe Mondiale Organizer and Mr Lars Arnevig, immediate Past President of the NTL, gave a powerpoint presentation of the plans for the Coupe Mondiale in Asker, Norway (near Oslo), which will take place from October 18th to 22nd 2006. (picture Lars Arnevig, CIA President Kevin Friedrich and Kjell Olsen).

Yuri and Ludmila Fedorov in Concert, Paris - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Yuri Fedorov (bayan) and Ludmila Fedorov (soprano and bandoura) will perform a concert at Saint Rosalie church, 50 Boulevard Auguste Blanqui, Paris, on February 20th, at 4pm. Admission is free. Their repertoire will include Ukrainian traditional music, classical music, and sacred songs. Yuri and Ludmila Fedorov are Professors at the National Academy of Music in the Ukraine, and are soloists with the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Gary Dahl

'The Music of Astor Piazzolla', San Francisco - USA

On February 5th, a concert titled 'The Music of Astor Piazzolla' takes place at the Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. The New Century Chamber Orchestra will feature Coco Trivisano on bandoneon for a performance of a Piazzolla concerto for guitar, bandoneon and strings. Other similar performances take place on February 4th at the First Methodist Church, Palo Alto; and on February 6th at the Osher Marin Center, Marin.

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Blues Devotion, Rome - Italy
Contributed by Renzo Ruggieri

With a large repertoire that goes from Ray Charles to Otis Redding, from Elvis to John Lee Hooker, the group Blues Devotion - consisting of Roberto Palermo (accordion) Piero Cosenza (piano) and Sandro Strano (drums) has been performing in Rome at the well known jazz club 'Be Bop', with a lot of participation and appreciation from audiences.
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Marc Berthoumieux Quintet in Concert, Paris - France
Contributed By Holda Paoletti-Kampl

French jazz accordionist Marc Berthoumieux and the other members of his quintet will perform at the New Morning jazz club, 7-9 Rue des Petites-Ecuries, Paris, on February 7th, at 9pm. Marc Berthoumieux is currently promoting his two new CDs, titled Jazz/No Jazz, Volumes 1 and 2.

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Harry Hussey's New Big Band Jazz Sound in Concert, Leicester - UK
Contributed by Mike O'Regan

Harry Hussey, one of England's busiest professional accordionists, recently appeared at Soar Valley Accordion Club in Leicester. Mike O'Regan, from Nottingham Accordion Club, sent the following report:

"Another packed house at the Rothley Centre on Saturday January 29th to hear Harry Hussey, supported by the Burton Accordion Orchestra. Harry was on top form, and since his last visit, he has added an Orla Expander to his instrument and the big-band jazz, which resulted, was spectacular".

Ángel Luis Castaño

Victor Prieto's Busy Schedule, New York - USA

USA-based Spanish accordionist, Professor of Jazz Accordion at Brooklyn Conservatory, presently leads a very active life through both teaching and performing. He performs at least 15 concerts per month - both solo and with his trio, and is also currently embarking on recording work. Every Saturday Victor Prieto performs accordion solo gigs at Café Moto, Brooklyn, New York.

On February 12th, some of Victor's advanced students from the Conservatory's School of Accordion will perform a recital at Café Moto. Victor will also talk about the accordion during the evening. The Victor Prieto Trio is in concert at Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA, on February 17th and 18th. These dates also include lectures and master classes.

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"An Entire Sunday Dedicated to the Accordion" - Paris, France

On February 13th, the Parc de la Villette, Paris, is the venue for an event described as "An entire Sunday dedicated to the Accordion". Artistes involved include Carmelo Delgado and the Nuevo Tempo Trio (tango), Bernard Cavanna (bandoneon), Franck Angelis, Nicolas Massoutier, Isabelle Janvier, Jeanne Sarah Deldicq (mezzo soprano), and Phillipe Miller.

There will be two different performances, from 3pm to 6pm, and from 7pm. Audiences can expect to see and hear the accordion used in a wide range of musical genres, demonstrating the instrument's great versatility.

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NOVAM Founder presented CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion Award
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

One of the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Accordeon & Moundharmonica (NOVAM) founders, Mr. Hank Oost (Netherlands), was presented with the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Honored Friend of the Accordion Award during the NOVAM Dinner ceremony at the recent CIA Winter Congress and General Assembly of Delegates in Den Helder, Netherlands.

Currently serving as NOVAM Treasurer, Mr. Oost was recognised for his outstanding service to the accordion field in the Netherlands. Mr Oost's achievements have included coordinating the joining of four accordion associations into the one national organization (NOVAM), helping commissioning several new works for accordion, some of which served as test pieces for the CIA Coupe Mondiale, as well as numerous educational and concert activities during his 50 year accordion career.

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Romano Viazzani in Wiltshire - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The White Horse Accordion Club has arranged for a an accordion afternoon on February 6th, at Westbury Leigh Hall, Westbury, Wiltshire with Romano Viazzani beginning at 1.30pm. In addition, there will also be a trade show featuring Electronic Accordions Ltd.

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Award Winning Master of the Azerbaijani Accordion in Concert, California - USA

The Kronos Quartet, featuring Rahman Asadollahi, award-winning composer, conductor, and master of the garmon (Azerbaijani accordion), will perform at Dinkespiel Auditorium, Stanford University in California. This concert is set for February 18th, at 8pm, and will be followed by a free post-performance discussion.

Kronos, which records exclusively for Nonesuch Records, has released more than 35 albums, won Grammy Awards for Alban Berg's Lyric Suite with Dawn Upshaw (2003) and Different Trains (1989), and been nominated for eight other Grammy Awards. Nuevo (2002), was nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Classical Crossover Album, and a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Album. The quartet's music is heard throughout the world in concert, on radio and television, in films, and in more than 100 concerts around the globe each year.

The garmon is a smaller, sweeter-toned version of the European model accordion. The garmon that Asadollahi plays is more than 90 years old and was made in the Caucasus. Accordionist Rahman Asadollahi is known for his phenomenal playing and original compositions, renowned for their musical sensuality. First prizewinner at the All European Accordion and Harmonica Championship in Switzerland (1995), Asadollahi was a featured master artist at the first annual San Francisco World Music Festival in 2000 and again in 2004.

Exiled in 1985 from Iran, which banned Azerbaijani music from public venues, he has toured and performed in Turkmenistan, England, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, settling in the United States in 1999. Prior to that, he composed, performed, and conducted Azerbaijani concerts in Iran where he became known as a master accordion player. Technically brilliant, Asadollahi conveys an amazing understanding of human suffering and joy through his music, which has been described as a blend of Middle Eastern rhythms with a European melodic structure.

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Ángel Luis Castaño

BBC Radio Scotland 'Take the Floor', Scotland - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The weekly radio programme 'Take the Floor', presented by Robbie Sheppherd MBE on BBC Radio Scotland, has presented accordionists and Scottish country-dance bands since 1935. Most of the Scotland's accordion artistes have appeared on 'Take the Floor', and this long-running radio program is now also available via the Internet on 'Take the Floor' is broadcast on the following frequencies: 92.95 FM, 810 MW and Digital Satellite 866. During February, the following dance bands can be heard: 5th, John Renton SDB; 12th, David Bowen Trio; 19th, Neil Kirkpatrick; 26th, John Carmichael SDB.

'3 Drops of Blood', San Francisco - USA

The Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco is the venue for a show with the intriguing title of '3 Drops of Blood', to be presented on February 4th and 5th, at 8pm. The '3 Drops of Blood' is an ongoing series of unique and varied performances in music, dance, and physical performance. Several accordionists are involved in the productions, including Guy Klucevsek, 'Accordion Works', and The Toids.

New York based composer/accordionist Guy Klucevsek will also contribute his highly individualistic talent to the shows. '3 Drops of Blood' presents the first public performance of an excerpt from Klucevsek's new collaboration with Sandy Silva, developed during a month-long residency at the Montalvo Center, in Saratoga, California.

'Accordion Works' is an all-accordion ensemble led by music director Henri Ducharme. Featuring an all-star line up of Bay Area accordionists, the ensemble represents the new generation of musicians exploring the instrument's possibilities in modern and classical music. Ducharme has worked with Mr. Bungle, SF Symphony, Mark Morris Dance Company, and the Stephen Pelton Dance Company. Accordion Works will perform the works of Guy Klucevsek as arranged by the composer.

The Toids, featuring Dan Cantrell on accordion and vocals, will be performing this weekend in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday. They will be performing a set of Rembetica, the traditional music of the Greek underworld, as part of a very interesting performance event at the Dance Mission Theater.

Frankfurt Music Fair Hotel Accommodation - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Could those people who contacted the hotel mentioned in last week's AWW news by email please repeat their requests. This is necessary due to email problems last week at the reservation center. For your convenience, the information is repeated:-

This year's Frankfurt Music Fair (International Musik Messe) takes place from April 6th to 9th. There are hotel rooms available at 10 minutes walking distance or an underground station, stopping directly in the exhibition entrance hall for the price of :
1 room/2 persons (2 single beds, refridgerator, bath, wc) Euro 100
2 rooms/3 persons (1 room with 2 beds, 1 room with 1 bed, refrigerator, bath, wc) Euro 120
Euro 25 final cleaning costs.

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Information Required

- Tricia Thomas ha an Italian made Golani Italia piano accordion, with a mother of pearl decoration on the front with some glass beading decoration set into it, and would like to know more about this instrument. Email

- The Conservatory of Bari is looking for information about all schools or conservatories teaching the free bass accordion for 'quinte' or 'Galla-Rini' systems. If there are any such schools - private or public - please send information where located, courses, etc to

CD Review

A new CD Review of Guy Klucevsek. Review by Joan Cochran Sommers

New & Updated Sites - New contact and payment information.

Yuri & Vadim Fjodorov
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