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Accordion Jass Chord
  "Enjoy music - play Hohner!", Frankfurt - Germany
New Accordion Shop, Bordeau - France
Chango Spasiuk's European Tour - Argentina
John Moceo appears on Ellen Degeneres Show - USA
Accordionist in Shakespearian Production, London - UK
  UK Championships Celebrate 70th Anniversary, Scarborough - UK
Tango Porteño, Frauenfeld - Switzerland
43rd National Music Competition, Bitola - Macedonia
Successful Charity Concert, Paisley - UK
  San Sebastien Accordion Orchestra Tour of Portugal
Accordionists Celebrate Composer's Birthday, London - UK
Accordion Masterclass, London - UK
New Accordion Club, Worthing - UK
Cologne Accordion Orchestra's 70th Anniversary Concert, Cologne - Germany
International Accordion Seminar, Warsaw - Poland

Celebrity Interview
 
 



Enjoy music - play Hohner!", Frankfurt - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

"Enjoy music - play Hohner!" was the slogan used by Hohner from Trossingen, Germany. A completely new series of Hohner converter accordions were recently presented at the Music Fair in Frankfurt.

All Morino converter models have a newly developed chin button mechanism and original Bayan composite reed plates, the button accordion Gola series, extended models in the Series 'Bravo' (suitable for children) and 'Nova, three-voice button accordion. The Hohner models were demonstrated by French accordion player Jerome Richard.
 

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New Accordion Shop, Bordeau - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On the 16th of April a new shop PRIMA MUSICA has opened its doors, with a special focus on the accordion. Director of this new business is Michel Brochard and his collaborator Michel Gonda (accordion specialist, tuner) who will assist all clients as technical advisor.

Bruno Tairura (official demonstrator for the accordion brand SEM) was the attraction of the day. The shop is situated - Prima Musica, Hangar 19, Quai Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux.
 
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Chango Spasiuk's European Tour - Argentina
Contributed by Rob Howard

Argentinean accordion player and composer Chango Spasiuk is widely acknowledged as his country's leading exponent of the Chamamé, a traditional folk dance music that has been developed into a highly elaborated artform presented mainly in concert settings. His role is often compared to that of his compatriot Astor Piazzolla who added jazz elements and a classical note to the Tango. Recently, Chango Spasiuk won the 2005 BBC Radio 3 World Music award for his outstanding contribution to Chamamé.

Chango Spasiuk and his ensemble will tour Europe during July, and the concert dates are as follows (with more dates yet to be announced):-
July 1st - Palacio de Cristal, Porto, Portugal
July 3rd - MusicMeeting Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 5th - Bremen, Germany
July 7th - Festival Pirineos Sur, Spain
July 12th - Festival de Arles, France
July 21st - Brussels, Belgium
July 31st - Womad Festival, England

For further information email mely@ciudad.com.ar

 

Ángel Luis Castaño


John Moceo appears on Ellen Degeneres Show - USA
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

John Moceo, a 12 year-old accordion student of Frank Busso, of Staten Island, New York was a featured guest on the No. 1 NBC talk show in the United States, the popular 'Ellen Degeneres Show.' After the American Accordionists' Association was contacted last year to have an accordionist appear on the daytime talk show, John was chosen from a video submitted to the show.

Ellen said his passion for the instrument impressed her and was delighted to have him appear on the show. When the comedian host asked John if he chose the accordion because the piano was too heavy to carry, John laughed and said that no, it was his teacher Frank Busso who inspired him to take up the instrument after a performance at his school.

Playing a piece from the popular group 'Green Day', Ellen presented John with a signed CD of his favorite group for his efforts. John also provided the musical interludes for the show's regular feature 'Celebrity Pets' and closed the show out with the audience on their feet clapping along to his performance of 'In the Mood.' John has competed with much success in competitions around the United States, including those organized by the American Accordionists Association.
 

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Accordionist in Shakespearian Production, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Lisa-Lee Leslie is to join the musicians involved in a forthcoming Young Vic production of William Shakespeare' 'As You Like It', at the Wyndham's Theatre, London. This version is updated, set in France in the 1940s, and features songs and music in the style of Yves Montand and Edith Piaf.The production runs from June 4th to September 25th.

For further information email lisasaccordion@hotmail.com

 

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UK Championships Celebrate 70th Anniversary, Scarborough - UK
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

The National Accordion Organization of the United Kingdom celebrated the 70th Anniversary of their National annual competition and festival from April 22nd to 24th in the lovely northern seaside Spa resort in Scarborough, UK. The weekend featured an official reception to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the UK Championships, which began as the All-Britain Championships, known affectionately as 'Accordion Day', in London in November 1935.

The festival began with a welcoming concert, hosted by NAO Chairperson Gina Brannelli (pictured with student William Langton), followed by a weekend of competitions for all levels including solo, duo, ensemble and orchestra, as well as trade shows with music and instruments. A highlight of the weekend is the annual Ceilidh dance with accordionist Gary Blair and his Ceilidh Dance band. Among the jury were international Jury members Mirco Patarini - Italy, Joan Cochran Sommers - USA, Kevin Friedrich - USA (President of the CIA), Ulrich Schmuelling - Germany (Intermusik-Schmuelling) and Sergei Tikanov - Belarus. Also on the Jury were Raymond Bodell (CIA Vice President), Karolyn Broadhead, Neil Copland, Sarah Diggens, Colin Hardy, Graham O'Connor and Margaret Venables.

With over 400 entries in the various classes, the competition has established itself as the premier competitive accordion festival in the United Kingdom. It was particularly encouraging to see the numbers of beginning accordionists, such as those pictured here with the Colchester Tiny Tots conducted by Elaine Beecham, where the average age of the 10 accordionists is only 5 years old!

Pictured here are several of the winners all from Morran family from Paisley, Scotland: Neil-Joseph Morran (1st in Higher Prepatory Solo), Erin Morran (1st in Introductory Solo) teacher Lyndsey Ann Allen, Liam Morran (1st in elementary Solo). During the prize presentation, Gary Blair was honored with the CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion Award for his outstanding work for the accordion both nationally and internationally, particularly in the field of promoting traditional Scottish Music. At the Annual General Meeting at the conclusion of the festival, Raymond Bodell was elected as the new Chairperson of the NAO, with Graham Laurie as Deputy Chairperson.

For a complete list of results in all categories, please visit www.accordions.com/nao
 
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Tango Porteño, Frauenfeld - Switzerland
Contributed by Lisa Goetz and Martin Frey of Pigini Schweiz

A memorable concert took place at the Eisenwerk in Frauenfeld, Switzerland. The second in a series of three with music by the famous Argentine composer and musician Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), it was a concert in a class of its own. Pieces like 'Tres Tango Sensations', 'Oblivión', 'Piazzolleana Nr.3', 'Tango Nr.6', 'Adiós Nonino', 'Verano Porteño', 'Todo Corazón', etc, were presented. Two instruments and their soloists were at the centre of attention: the bandoneon, excellently played by the young and very talented bandoneoist, composer and arranger Michael Zisman (born in Buenes Aires, living in Berne) and the violin, outstandingly well played by his famous father Daniel Zisman (Buenes Aires).

Besides solos played by the pair and the orchestra the programme also included duets: bandoneon - violin, bandoneon - orchestra, violin - orchestra. The chamber orchestra of the county of Thurgau, excellently guided by its conductor Claude Villaret (he used to live in Argentina himself), rose to a peak and presented the typical characteristics of Piazzolla's music most accurately and to the point. The audience was captured by the concert and paid the artistes tribute with ongoing applause, which in return was rewarded with three encores, - a combination with the orchestra, a bandoneon solo and a piece with bandoneon and violin.
Next and last in the concert in the series: April 30th, ZKO-Haus Zurich.

For further information email akkdino@yetnet.ch
 


43rd National Music Competition, Bitola - Macedonia
Contributed by Anica Karakutovska

The 43rd National Music Competition was held from April 15th to 16th in Bitola, organized by the Association of Music and Ballet pedagogues from the Republic of Macedonia (member of EMCY - European Union of Music Competitions for Youth).

The competition included classes for chamber music, choir and orchestra, and more then 500 participants in all categories. The chamber ensembles from the class of accordion Professor Zorica Karakutovska were the clear winners in their categories and received the highest marks (special prizes) from the juries, consisting of eminent professors of different instruments.

The closing concert, held on April 16th at the concert hall of the Music High School in Bitola, included performances of 13 ensembles - winners of special and first prizes in all competition categories. A special jury declared an accordion trio consisting of Zoran Kirjakovski, Filip Stamevski and Kosto Todorovski, class Professor Zorica Karakutovska from the Faculty of Music-Skopje, the LAUREATE of the whole competition. They will represent the Republic of Macedonia at the upcoming European Music Competition for Youth.
 


Successful Charity Concert, Paisley - UK
Contributed by Graham Laurie

A Charity Concert starring the two Graham Laurie Accordion Orchestras, along with folk singer Alastair McDonald and the Tartan Lads, featuring Ray Carse on accordion, was recently held in Paisley Town Hall. All 650 seats were sold, and all the proceeds - £4,500 - were donated to CHAS, a children's hospice.

The two orchestras played two 40 minute spots (one each), and their programs included City Express (Bui), Urchige Polka Bui), Festliche Overture, Intercity (Gotz), Washington Post, My Way, Go West, Italian Suite, Old Comrades, Trans Atlantic Medley, along with various Scottish arrangements.
 

Ángel Luis Castaño



San Sebastien Accordion Orchestra Tour of Portugal
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The San Sebastien Accordion Orchestra (MD Mikel Bikondoa), from Spain, will perform five concerts at venues in Portugal, from April 28th. The concert program includes 'Sonatina' by Moreno Torroba and 'Concierto de Aranjuez' by Rodrigo. The soloist will be the Professor of Guitar, Eduardo Baranzano.

For further information email bikondoa@wanadoo.es
 

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Accordionists Celebrate Composer's Birthday, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Yura Chubarenko (piano accordion), Marcin Krzyzanowski (button accordion), and Milos Milivojevic (button accordion) will perform in a concert on May 6th at the David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music. The concert, which begins at 7.45pm, is a celebration for the 50th birthday of
Timothy Bowers, composer and undergraduate tutor at the Royal Academy of Music. Other performers involved in the concert include Nicholas Walker – piano, Aya Sanada and Gabriel Painter – violins, and Colin Huehns - erhu.

The concert program includes Timothy Bowers’ ‘Piano Sonata no 2’ (2003); ‘Triplum for Classical Accordion (Prelude and Fugue no 3)’ (1994); ‘Metamorphosis of a Sigh: Sonata in one movement for Classical Accordion’; ‘Calmo for Erhu’ (2002); Yura Chubarenko and violinist Aya Sanada will perform ‘Two Paganini Fantasies for Violin and Classical Accordion’ (2004, UK première); ‘Sonata for Violin and Piano’ (1999). Admission is free, and no tickets are required.
 
 
 

Accordion Masterclass, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

On May 19th, from 10am to 5pm, there will be a public master class at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road London NW1 5HT, given by visiting professor Friedrich Lips from the Gnessin Institute in Moscow. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

For further information email o.murray@ram.ac.uk
 
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New Accordion Club, Worthing - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

A new accordion club - The Worthing Accordion Club - has been formed by accordionist/teacher Gennaro Fiondella in West Sussex, to provide a regular monthly social and informal meeting place for the many accordionists in the Sussex and Surrey areas. Meetings will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

The first meeting will be held on Saturday 21st May at 12.00 midday. The monthly club will be held at 24, Gannon Road, Worthing.All accordion players will be welcome at this friendly, informal & relaxed monthly gathering. Players will be encouraged to bring along their accordions for an 'Accordionistic Social'. There will also be a welcoming cup of tea or coffee for everyone!

For further information email gennaro@fiondella3573.fsbusiness.co.uk
 

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Cologne Accordion Orchestra's 70th Anniversary Concert, Cologne - Germany

The year 2005 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Cologne Accordion Orchestra, and one of the events in celebration is a concert at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall on July 2nd, at 8pm. The Cologne Accordion Orchestra was founded in 1935 by Heinz Gengler (picture), but was forced to dissolve during the latter stages of World War Two. Re-formed in 1955, the Orchestra has maintained a playing membership of about 50 players ever since. Heinz Gengler is still active as the Cologne AO's MD - a remarkable feat of service within the accordion movement.

Peformances in Belgium, Denmark, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Australia, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Germany have received critical acclaim, contributing to the popularity of the Orchestra both at home and abroad. Visits to the United States of America in 1967, and to South Africa and Namibia in 1969 were among the greatest artistic challenges. Other musical highlights were concert tours to Prague, Warsaw, Vilnius and Kaunas (Lithuania), Daugavpils (Latvia), and St. Petersburg in 1991.
 

Gary Darven


International Accordion Seminar, Warsaw - Poland
Contributed by Harley Jones

An International Accordion Seminar will take place from 4th to 16th July in Mietne, approximately 70 kilometres from Warsaw, an event organised by the Chopin Academy of Music. There will be individual, chamber music and jazz classes, and all participants are expected to perform in concerts.

The teachers include Professors Lech Puchnowski, Klaudiusz Baran, Wladimir Mursa, Jerzy Jurek, Jerzy Lukasiewicz, Elwira Sliwkiewicz - Cisak, and Marcin Janiszewski (improvisation and jazz). The closing date for applications is June 15th.

For further information email accpuch@chopin.edu.pl
 


Celebrity Interview with Mirco Patarini

Now online, is a Celebrity Interview with Mirco Patarini, performer and a company director of Menghini s.r.l. the manfacturers of SEM, Scandalli and Paolo Soprani accordions. The Celebrity Interview is by famous Jazz accordionist Renzo Ruggieri in both English and Italian languages. Other languages will follow soon.

 

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CD Reviews by Paolo Picchio.
 
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Wurzburger - New information/volumes of sheet music by the German publishers Wurzburger.
 

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Music Marche - New site in 4 languages of the accordion manufacturer-consortium of Castelfidardo/Marche.
 
La Damigiana - Italian Folklore Group with tradional songs, dances, music from the region Marche/Italy
 

Vassily Glubochenko - composer, arranger, performer and scientist, release 1 new work for accordion available for purchase online. 'From military lyric' (original). Sample of this music is available on the site. The music is in Esheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
 
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Sebastiano Cali - accordionist, composer, piano tuner, harpsichord and other early instruments maker. A new site selling his accordion compositions and arrangements, esheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card. Samples of the music are on the site.
 
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James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Tiritomba' (traditional), 'Erinaki' (traditional), 'Karapiet' (traditional), 'The Wabash Cannonball' (traditional), 'Dance' (traditional), 'The Lover's Knot' (traditional). Samples of this music are available on the site. The music is in Esheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
 

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