Accordion Weekly News
Dante Dies in his 91st Year, Barnsley - UK
Musikmesse/information - Germany.
a New Book by Gary Dahl and Mel Bay Publishing - USA
the Accordion Day', Petaluma - USA
from Copenhagen and London - Denmark, UK
Accordion Festival Report, Vienna - Austria
Degree Offered, Sydney - Australia
Chamberlain in Concert, Wiltshire - UK
Allen Sanders at the 13 Coins, Washington - USA
French Exchange Visit, Stockport - UK
Accordion Orchestra's 'Reunion Island' Tour - New Zealand
Heritage Festival, Ohio - USA
Accordion Courses, Scotland - UK
Concerts, New York and Washington DC - USA
and Updated Sites
Adrian Dante Dies
in his 91st Year, Barnsley - UK
Dante, one of the UK's most eminent authorities on accordion technique and also
one of his country's greatest accordion organisers, died peacefully on March 22nd,
aged 90. Dante, who was a UK subject but of Italian parentage, was a major force
in teaching and promoting the accordion in Great Britain. After a career as a
concert, recording and broadcasting accordionist, he became a teacher, composer,
arranger, writer, publisher and high profile organiser and impresario.
1946, Dante and Desmond A. Hart founded the British Association of Accordionists
and the monthly magazine 'Accordion Review', which, in 1950, evolved into 'World
Accordion Review'. Also, in 1946, Dante founded Modern Accordion Publications,
making available a wide range of compositions and arrangements for accordion.
Later, Dante founded Caravelle Records, personally producing many recordings of
In 1950, Dante led the BAA to resign from the CIA,
and helped to form the rival CMA. Dante's role in the formation of the CMA was
to make him a controversial figure in the accordion world. He was, nonetheless,
a major impresario who introduced many overseas accordionists to British audiences
from the late 1940s onwards.
taught many leading accordionists, including Pearl Fawcett, whom he later married.
His overall contribution to the accordion movement in Great Britain from 1930
onwards has few, if any, equals, and the UK accordion scene may never see his
like again. Full
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
April 6th to 9th the Musikmesse will bring together the worldwide musical instruments
industry at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre for the 26th time. 'Rhythm n'
Business' - the motto of Musikmesse 2005 - is the name of the game. More than
1,400 manufacturers and sales organisations from all around the globe have already
booked their booths. "All the signs are that we will have at least as many
exhibitors at Musikmesse 2005 as last year", says Cordelia von Gymnich, Vice
President, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH.
The industry has four days
in which to show its innovations and trademark products, as well as to place orders
for the subsequent months. Following last year's change from five to four days,
which was very well received by both exhibitors and trade visitors, the organisers
are continuing with the four-day run and rounding it off with an additional hour
on the daily opening times. Thus, Musikmesse now begins an hour earlier every
day, so that from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., guests have an extra hour for their business
and talks, as well as for events and workshops, not to mention the Musikmesse
Happy Hour in the 'Agora Stage' festival marquee every evening.
involved in this year's Frankfurt event include:-
Hammond - Excelsior
stand Pino Di Modugno / Beltuna
Vincenzo Abbracciante / Borsini
Stand 3.1 H 14
Louis Noton / Cavagnolo/
" RITTER FRANTZ " 3.1 H 16
Marc Fabiano/ Ballone
Michelantonio Norcia. / Musictech, PAD. 3.1 Stand H 24
Zeitung: Halle 3.1 Stand H 27
Accordions Worldwide: Holda
Paoletti-Kampl / Ancona Promuovo Stand
New Book by Gary
Dahl and Mel Bay Publishing - USA
available for ordering: Mel Bay Publications and author Gary Dahl proudly announce
the 'Chord Melody Method for Accordion and other Keyboards'.
Gary Dahl says:
"This is a BREAKTHROUGH course
that will teach you to quickly learn all of the chords used in todays music
and to apply their harmonic applications professionally to any lead sheet.
Imagine possessing the ability to develop and compose a professional sounding
arrangement on the spot while improvising confidently as needed!
dedicated student will become proficient in 6 to 12 months and will experience
a dramatic improvement in all areas of musicianship.
The Chord Melody Method
will enable you to achieve your ultimate music making goals. Im always available
to answer any questions so dont hesitate to ask...I want all purchasers
to be successful with this book".
Contents. Sample Pages: Page
7, Page 20, Page
for ordering information. US$19.95 plus shipping - 56 pages including instructional
Very excellent to see new books being published and widely promoted.
Congratulations to Gary Dahl for conceiving and writing this new publication for
accordion. We wish him and Mel Bay every success.
'Celebrate the Accordion Day', Petaluma - USA
by Christine Adams
Petaluma Downtown Association's 'Celebrate the Accordion Day' returns for its
third year on June 25th. The annual event will be held at two venues in Petaluma,
California. The venues will be: Putnam Plaza and The Petaluma Historical Library
& Museum. Times for the events are 11:00 am to 5:00pm. Admission is FREE.
further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival Report, Vienna - Austria
Friedrich Lips Productions,
has contributed another festival report:-
second week of Vienna's Accordion Festival started with Viennese group Café
Schmalz (MD Hannes Thanheiser) and the American Café Accordion Orchestra
(MD Daniel Newton): salon music, musette, chanson, Latin from both sides of the
Atlantic Ocean. "They had the Lincoln Center Plaza crowd dancing the night
away", commented Jonathan Cappel.
Junkera (pictured) presented his Trikitixa (the Basque name for the diatonic accordion)
to the Viennese crowd by mixing up elements of Celtic, Mediterranean, Latino,
Scandinavian and Bulgarian music.
After a short appearance of the youth
accordion orchestra from Polish town Humi, the well-known Klezmer group from Eastern
Europe, KROKE charmed the public with its fantastic arrangements, reflecting their
skills in classical music and jazz. François Castiello, well-known French
accordionist from the group 'Bratsch', once again proved his great musicianship
by combining musette, Klezmer, Balkan, gypsy swing, and Thelonius Monk jazz compositions
with his own interpretations.
Accordion Degree Offered, Sydney - Australia
by Harley Jones
Australian Institute of Music is to be the first tertiary institution in Australia
to offer accordion studies within their classical performance department, from
2006. Students will be able to study for a Bachelor of Music (Performance - Accordion),
a Diploma of Performance, be actively involved in ensembles or for younger school
members attend young AIMS for lessons, or attend the high school for years 11
and 12. Accordion will also be offered for individual private lessons.
who already hold a Bachelor of Music degree can also apply for postgraduate studies
at a Masters level. The accordion performance component of the course will be
headed by Elizabeth Jones, and students will participate in master classes and
performance practice on a weekly basis, in addition to having individual tuition.
Students will also actively participate in chamber music and pedagogical classes.
Accordion students will also be following the outline of the Bachelor
of Music course with studies in music history, harmony, aural skills and pedagogy.
For further details on course requirements for the Bachelor degree in Music, interested
accordionists are invited to go to the website www.aimusic.com.au At the moment
the accordion is not listed on the website, but the Institute is in the process
of updating and re-designing this site.
Any accordion students who would
like more information about studying at AIMS can send an email expressing their
interest to the Head of Classical Performance, Dr. Marina Phillips on email@example.com
your email please state whether you are interested in enrolling in the Bachelor
course, diploma course, and participation in ensembles, young AIMS or the high
important to email your interest to Marina Phillips as early as possible. For
further information you can also contact Elizabeth Jones on Fisbay@aol.com
Exchange Visit, Stockport - UK
Contributed by Rob
Fosbrooks Folk Education Trust, based in Stockport, England, will entertain a
team of French dancers from the Loire Valley, from April 16th to 21st. The Fosbrooks
musicians, dancers and singers include several accordionists, and are organised
and taught by accordionist Liza Austin-Strange MBE.
The itinery for the visit
April 17th - concert at The Finger Post Hotel, Offerton, commencing
at 7.30pm. Performers include accordionist Jamie Lyons.
April 21st - ceilidh
dance at Stockport Masonic Hall, at 7pm. The Pigeon English Dance Band provides
the music, and there will be various guest spots.
April 23rd - stage show at
Stockport College Theatre, at 7pm.
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Orchestra's 'Reunion Island' Tour - New Zealand
Christchurch Accordion Orchestra, conducted by Meg Fidler, will perform concerts
in Brisbane, Singapore and Reunion Island, which is near Mauritius in the Indian
Ocean, from April 15th to 28th. The orchestra is presently recording a CD that
will include music for the tour.
Polka Heritage Festival,
Ohio - USA
Polka Heritage Festival will take place on July 23rd, from 11.30am to 7.30pm,
in Akron, Ohio. The venue is Lock 3, an open air amphitheatre. The Bobby Timko
Band, Wayne Tomsic Band and Frank Moravcik Band will perform Slovenian style polkas.
New York and Washington DC - USA
David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble, a quintet featuring Ronn Yedidia on piano accordion,
have a series of concerts during April:-
April 3rd - Klezmer Brunch, Tribeca
Hebrew, NYC Two sets (one hour each): 10am and 11:30am.
5th - Washington DC, America-Israel Cultural Foundation Gala Event, at 6:30pm.April
10th - Great Neck Arts Center, Great Neck, NY, at 4pm.
April 17th - 20th
Century Music & On Concert Series, Merkin Concert Hall, New York City. Start
For further information email email@example.com
of our readers with a midi accordion is looking for instructions on connection
for a Ketron expander to p.c internet, required for music download plus sequencing.
Glubochenko - composer,
arranger, performer and scientist. A new site selling his compositions and arrangements,
esheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
Samples of the music are on the site.
Macdonald - Accordion recording artist, famous for his Scottish music. Over
48 previous CD and LP releases. His latest CD "Years Apart" is available
for purchase with credit card. Sound samples on the site. Enjoy his mastery of