Accordion Weekly News
Matyas Seiber Centenery
Celebrations, London - UK
accordionist Neil Sanders writes as follows:-
"This is the centenary
year of Matyas Seiber (1905-1960) who taught composition at Morley College and
also at the British College of Accordionists, where he taught Graham Romani. Most
of his works for accordion were published under the pseudonym of GS Mathis. His
pieces for accordion orchestra are still widely played, his solos less so.
College, in London, is organising a series of events, and there is an exhibition
about Matyas Seiber in the Morley gallery, which is open until 19th March. This
is well worth a visit.
'Accordions at Morley' will be contributing to a concert
on Saturday 12th March at 7.30 pm in St Stephen's Church, Rochester Row, Victoria.
We will be playing part of Seiber's 'Irish Suite' as an ensemble, and accordionist
Julie North will be playing solos by Seiber and Romani.
Chamber Choir, conducted by the Director of Music, Dr Robert Hanson, will provide
the rest of the programme for the evening. As a composer and teacher, Matyas Seiber
was remarkable for the wide range of musical traditions he brought together. He
was widely respected in academic musical circles, but his work also drew on jazz
and folk influences, which would have been far less usual then than now".
For further information about these and other events re Matyas Seiber
Premieres "Divertimento" in Concert Tour - USA
of Russia's foremost accordionists and composers, Viacheslav
Semionov is widely considered 'The founder of the modern performance school
of bayan' (the Russian term for accordion). He was awarded the Silver Disk at
the 1994 International Festival of Bayan and Bayanists and in 1995, he received
Russia's highest performance distinction, 'People's Artist of Russia', as decreed
by President Boris Yeltsin.
Semionov has taught at the Rostov Musical Pedagogical
Institute and at the Gnessin Musical Institute in Moscow. Among his student roster
are both chromatic and piano accordion virtuosi who have been awarded top honors
at international accordion competitions. One such recent winner, piano accordionist
Alexander Poeleuv, delighted audiences with many of Semionov's compositions during
his US concerts in 2004. This US tour will take Semionov to the following places
for lectures, master classes and concert performances:
11th - World premiere of "Divertimento" at CUNY (City University of
New York) commissioned by the American
Accordionists' Association in tribute to Faithe
Deffner, President from January 1995 to December 2000.
12th - American Accordionists' Association Master Class and Concert, NYC
13th - Recital and Master Class, Washington, DC
March 14th - Michigan Accordion
Society Recital and Master Class, Detroit
March 15th - Millikin University
School of Music Lecture and Recital, Champaign, University of Illinois Concert,
March 16th to 18th - University of Missouri - Kansas City Lectures,
Workshops, and Recitals
March 19th - Harrington Arts Center, World of Accordions
Museum, Master classes and Concert, Superior, WI
Vengelvski Tours Austria Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif
his tour in Austria from March16th to 22nd, Moldovian accordionist Stas Venglevski
will appear in cities like Hochegg, Neunkirchen, Vienna (on March 17th he performs
Gubaidulina's 'Seven words' together cellist Orfeo Mandozzi and the Kadesh Chamber
Orchestra, directed by Sang-Hwan Lee; on March 19th he appears as a soloist at
the Viennese Accordion Festival), Perg and Bad Tatzmannsdorf.
artistry, dazzling technical command, and sensitivity have brought Stas
Venglevski, a native of the Republic of Moldova, part of the former Soviet
Union, increasing acclaim as a virtuoso of the bayan. A two-time first prize winner
of bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova, Stas is a graduate of the Russian
Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his Masters Degree in Music under
the tutelage of the famed Russian bayanist, Friedrich
Lips. In 1992 he
emigrated to the United States.
Stas' repertoire includes his original
compositions, a broad range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music. Stas
also performs as a member of the 'A Sta_Sera Duo' where he combines talents with
accordionist, John Simkus, known primarily for his smooth jazz renditions. Their
musical partnership has resulted in a unique repertoire and as a duo they have
toured the United States and Europe extensively and collaborated on a CD of original
Concert, Rome - Italy
Contributed by Holda
Accordionist Giancarlo Caporilli
is in concert at the Teatro Don Bosco, Rome, on March 12th, at 5pm. His extensive
program includes works by such composers as Gorni Kramer, Luciano Fancelli, Richard
Galliano, Andre Astier and Claude Thomain.
For further information email
Zubitsky Concert Tour - Russia
January 27th 2005 to February 13th, Vladimir
Zubitsky undertook a concert tour of Russia with chamber orchestras. His program
included 'Rossiniana', 'Omaggio a Astor Piazzolla' and the world premiere performance
of 'Express-tango' for accordion, cello, violin, piano and chamber orchestra).
The concerts passed with great success in the philharmonic halls of Velikiy Novgorod,
Kaliningrad, Cherepovets, Vologda, Tambov and Krasnodar.
During the tour
gave master classes for accordions students in colleges, conservatories and universities.
In the photo: V.Zubitsky and chamber orchestra of Kaliningrad Philharnonic, conductor
- Alexander Anreyev.
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and Nicola Lyons Concert, Stockport - UK
Jamie Schofield and fiddle player Nicola Lyons both school age teenagers - have
gained quite a reputation since getting together two years ago. They have appeared
at the Sidmouth and Whitby folk festivals, London's Royal Albert Hall, and have
recently performed in Sweden and China.
are both multi-instrumentalists and young composers. Their sets feature fast and
furious fiddling, intricate accordion music, song, step dance, neat piano backing,
and harmony singing too. On March 4th they are appearing in concert at The Finger
Post, Hempshaw Lane, Stockport, with the backing of other young musicians. The
concert begins at 7.30om.
For further information email organiser Liza
to Foss' Concert, New York - USA
Contributed by Faithe
concert titled, 'From Frosini to Foss: A Half Century of Music for the Accordion'
will take place on March 11th at 7.30pm at the Elebash Recital Hall, City University
of New York, 365 Fifth Ave at 34th St, Manhattan. The performers will include
accordionists Carmen Carrozza, Beverly Roberts Curnow, Rita Davidson, Robert McMahan,
William Schimmel and Viacheslav
Semionov, with cellist Madeleine Shapiro, violinist Airi Yoshioka and soprano/melodica
player Allysa Lamb.
The composers whose work will be represented in this
music review are David Diamond, Eugene Ettore, Nicholas Flagello, Lukas Foss,
John Franceschina, Pietro Frosini, John Gart, Sofia Gubaidulina, Robert McMahan,
William Schimmel and Viacheslav
Semionov. Four world premieres are scheduled - a newly discovered work by
the late Eugene Ettore, and compositions by Lukas Foss, William Schimmel and Vyacheslav
Celebrating Sandra Deiro Catani's recent contributions to the
CUNY archives, of historic papers left by her father and grandfather, the late
Pietro Deiro, Jr. and Sr, the concert will feature accordion virtuoso Carmen Carrozza
performing works by Pietro Deiro. A pre-concert panel discussion is planned for
6.30pm, when Lukas Foss, Robert McMahan, William Schimmel and Viacheslav Semionov
will provide insights at a Composers' Round Table. This event is a collaboration
between The American Accordionists'
Association and The Graduate Center of City University of New York.
National Competition, River Etrusca - Italy
6th National Competition, River Etrusca in Italy, takes place from April 8th to
17th at the Castello di Piombino. This is a general music festival, with accordion
sections. The closing date for entries is March 21st.
For further information
Accordion on Welk Orchestra Tour - USA
Tim Padilla, will be featured with the Lawrence Welk 'Champagne Music Makers'
on their 2005 United States Spring Tour in March. The famous group leaves their
home base in Branson, Missouri, to appear in live shows across the country.
who was one of the finalists in 'The Search for the Hottest Accordionist' contest
in 1999, co-sponsored by the American
Accordionists' Association and Welk Resorts, has become the spotlighted accordionist
of the Welk Orchestra, which has featured the accordion legend, Myron Floren,
since the late 1940s. The original Lawrence Welk Show is still seen PBS TV.
2005 Spring Tour will bring Welk's 'Champagne Music Makers' and their young accordion
star to the venues listed below:
3rd to 6th - Las Vegas, Nevada Orleans Hotel and Casino
March 8th - Dearborn,
Michigan Fort Center
March 9th - Hershey, Pennsylvania The Forum Center
10th - to be announced
March 12th - Savannah, Georgia Savannah Civic Center
13th - Clearwater, Florida Ruth Eckard Hall
March 15th - to be announced
16th - Toledo, Ohio The Stranahan Theatre
March 17th - Elgin, Illinois Hemmens
March 18th - Green Bay, Wisconsin Meyer Theatre
- Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin The Crystal Music Theatre
March 20th - Peoria,
Illinois The Civic Center
March 21st - Lincoln, Nebraska The Leid Center
23rd - Rapid City, South Dakota The Rushmore Center
March 24th - Denver Colorado
March 26th - Sun City, Arizona Sundome
Luis Castano Visits Finland and Indonesia - Spain
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
his master class seminar in Ikaalinen, Finland, at the end of January, which was
organized by the Finnish Accordion Institute, with music by Bach, Scarlatti, contemporary
music by Ole Schmidt, A. Kusjakov, V.
Zubitsky, J. Nuorvala, etc, and a public concert with a repertoire of Ligeti,
Granados, Zubitsky etc, the Spanish concert artiste performed in Spain before
heading off to Indonesia for more concerts.
Indonesia, Angel performed in the capital Jakarta, with the Nusantra National
the pictures we see Angel teaching Petra Pakarinen from the Sibelius Academy in
Helsinki, and also fixing a new pin where all international guests from the Sata-Häme
Soi Festival and Finnish Accordion Institute indicate their hometown of origin
2005 AAMS Accordion
Festival, Philadelphia, - USA
The AAMS 2005
Accordion Festival, organised by the American Accordion Musicological Society,
takes place from March 4th to 6th, 2005 at the Wyndham Valley Forge Suites Hotel,
Wayne, Philadelphia. The
festival includes three concerts, competitions, activities, workshops, on-going
accordion repairs and trade show - catering for a very wide range of accordion
interests. On March 4th, at 7.30pm, there will be concert featuring the Westmont
Philadelphia Accordion Orchestra, Polka Aces, Lenn Feldmann, Kraig B. Griff and
the Crawdaddies, and the Philadephia String Band.
2005 Honoree into the AAMS Accordion Hall of Fame is Mr Anthony Ettore, accordionist,
teacher, conductor and past-president of the American Accordionists' Association.
A dinner will be held in his honor on Saturday evening, March 5th, at 5.30pm.
On March 5th, at 7.30pm, there is Gala Concert featuring Tony Ettore, Betty
Jo Simon, the Westmont Philadelphia Accordion Orchestra, Carmen Carrozza,
plus a 'Parade of Stars'. The festival closes on March 6th with an 'Awards Concert',
at 2pm, in which Tony Ettore conducts the AAMS Massed Bands. Also featured are
the Westmont Philadelphia Accordion Orchestra and the Bobby Ray Show.
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Composition for Accordion - Germany
composer Peter Machajdik in 1997 wrote a piece of contemporary tonal music titled
'Five Mirrors', of approximately ten minutes duration. He is looking for an accordionist
who would be interested in performing this composition. 'Five Mirrors' is published
by Musica Slovaca, in Bratislava.
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Review of Trio
Solotarev (accordion) and Francisco Dillon (cello).
Review by Paolo
- New Information/Accordion Colours
Contet - new concert dates for French accordionist Pascal Contet are on his
States National Accordion News March edition is now online, with news and
future events from around the USA. Site also offers a listing of accordion Clubs
and Association found in the United States.