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  10 June 2005 This weeks news | Past News  | Send news
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Great National Honour Conferred on Vyatcheslav
Art Van Damme endorses ‘Jazz Accordion Solos’ book and CD – USA
New CD of Viktor Romanko in Autumn 2005 – Germany
UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra in Concert, Missouri - USA
Mika Väyrynen performs for two Finnish Presidents, Naantali - Finland
Frank Busso Jnr. Selected as New United States Air Force Accordionist

  South Pacific Accordion Championships and Festival - New Zealand
 

Friedrich Lips Accordion Workshop, Imst - Austria
Zoltán Orosz on Television, Budapest – Hungary
Alexander Korbakov in Concert, Stockport – UK
Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra Concert, San Pedro – Spain
Pascal Contet Shows, Malakoff – France

 



Great National Honour Conferred on Vyatcheslav Semionov, Moscow – Russia
Contributed by Harley Jones

Leading accordionist Vyatcheslav Semionov has received the prestigious Order of Friendship from President Vladimir Putin in a ceremony in Moscow. This civil honour, instituted in 1972, was awarded for Vyatcheslav Semionov’s long-term and outstanding contribution to music by his concert performances,teaching and compositions.

The team at Accordions Worldwide would like to add their own congratulations to Vyatcheslav Semionov on his honor. It is both pleasing and gratifying to see an accordionist recognised for his achievements by a head of state. 
 

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Art Van Damme endorses ‘Jazz Accordion Solos’ book and CD – USA
Contributed by Harley Jones 
 

The Jazz Accordion Solos book with CD, written, arranged and recorded by Gary Dahl lets you hear each arrangement to facilitate faster learning.  The book has received the endorsement of famous Jazz accordionist Art Van Damme.  
 
Author Gary Dahl says: "This book is actually a music course by itself because of the large amount of reharmonization, rhythm and improvisation added to the original scores.  If you seriously want to learn how the RH and LH are used for swing, Dixie and jazz styles then study this book. Learning harmony, improvisation and rhythmic patterns can be realized quickly in the context of learning an exciting, useful arrangement. 
 
Visit: http://www.accordions.com/garydahl to purchase this book and other Gary Dahl books of various styles with a similar mission to the Jazz Accordion Solo book."
 
Gary Dahl is also running correspondence courses and he has some openings. The correspondence method is very rewarding because results are realized quickly; similar to private lessons but less costly.

For further information email garydahlmusic@msn.com
 
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New CD of Viktor Romanko in Autumn 2005 – Germany
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ontributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl


Professor Viktor Romanko has completed a new CD, produced by Juergen Bruch (j.b. music, Hilchenbach/Deutschland). The recording features ‘Concert’, composed by Igor Schamo, performed together with the wind orchestra from the Ural Conservatory. There are also two works by Viktor Gridin, recorded with the Philharmonic Accordion Orchestra of the city Nishnij Tagil. The other tracks are works by Bach, Piazzolla and Bysov. The CD is due to be published this autumn.
 

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UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra in Concert, Missouri - USA
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

The UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra announces the presentation of its annual Spring Concert, June 12th, at 2pm. This will take place on the UMKC campus at White Recital Hall, 4949 Cherry Street, in Kansas City, Missouri. The concert is open to the public and is a free event.

The one and a half hour concert will include classical transcriptions of Polovetsian Dances from ‘Prince Igor’, by Borodin, ‘Abduction’ from ‘The Seraglio Overture’, by Mozart, ‘Dornroschen Waltz’, by Tschaikowsky, and ‘Granada’, by Lara. Other arrangements to be performed will include Gershwin melodies, Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway Hits, Show Boat (Jerome Kern) selections, and a new exciting version of ‘Jalousie’. An original accordion orchestral composition, ‘Toccata Diavolesca’, by Jonas Tamulionis, will show the diversity the instrument has to offer. The group's concert master, Karen Fremar, will also be featured in a solo performance.

This performing group, conducted by Professor Emeritus, Joan Cochran Sommers, has members of all ages hailing from the general Kansas City area including Blue Springs, Independence, Smithville, and Overland Park. The group has performed worldwide in Italy, Germany, Russia and New Zealand.

The concert is a preview to performances that will take place in Dallas the following week at the Accordionist & Teachers Guild 2005 International Festival. Donations will be accepted at the concert on Sunday to help with the group's expenses.

For further information email: sommersjoanc@sbcglobal.net or visit: http://www.accordions.com/umkc
 

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Mika Väyrynen performs for two Finnish Presidents, Naantali - Finland
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Two Presidents of Finland, the current President Mrs. Tarja Halonen and former President, Mr. Martti Ahtisaari, were among an audience comprising celebrity politicians, conductors, composers and performers at the opening concert of the Naantali Music Festival where Finnish accordion virtuoso Mika Väyrynen was one of the featured guest artistes.  This was one of the very rare occasions when two Presidents have been in the audience during an accordionist’s performance with orchestra.  

Celebrating the 70th birthday of Professor Aulis Sallinen, Mika performed Sallinen's 'Chamber Music No. V (Barabbas Variations) for Accordion and String Orchestra', with the 'Virtuosi di Kuhmo' String Orchestra conducted by Professor Ralf Gothoni.

At the conclusion of the concert Mika was invited on stage with the other artistes, and was also joined by the guest of honor, Professor Aulis Sallinen.  The concert was followed by a VIP reception organized by Naantali City where Mika and the soloists were able to visit with the Presidents and other special guests.

Fellow performers at the festival included such artistes as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Barbara Hendricks, and Krzysztof Penderecki.
 
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Frank Busso Jnr. Selected as New United States Air Force Accordionist
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Frank Busso Junior, from Staten Island, New York, has been selected for the coveted accordion position in the United States Air Force Strolling Strings. The Air Force has been looking to replace the accordion player of its band’s Strolling Strings music ensemble since the musician retired two years ago and now after a long search, they have found just the person they are looking for.

"It is very hard to find the right person for this job, but it’s a great job for the right person", said Chief Master Sgt. Jane Bockenek, the Strolling Strings’ music director who plays the violin in the group. With little feedback after spreading the word accross the country to teachers, colleges and studios, the Air Force decided that since the accordion players were not coming to the Air Force, the Air Force was going to go to the accordion players.  Sgt. Bockenek attended the American Accordionists' Association Festival in Boston last year and set up several auditions, however the search proved fruitless.

Earlier this year Frank Busso Junior was at the right time in his career to audition for the position, and the Air Force knew right away they had found just the person they were looking for. They found someone that fit all their criteria musically, and also someone who fit the parameters of the United States Air Force.

First step for Frank before he begins performing with the 22-member group at the White House, State Functions and such, will be to endure six weeks of rigorous basic training. "They’ll have to go through boot camp like every other recruit, but they will also be entitled to all the benefits of being in the military," Sgt. Bockenek said.

Frank is the son of Frank Busso Senior, who owns and operates the Staten Island Music School in Staten Island, New York.
 
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South Pacific Accordion Championships and Festival - New Zealand
Contributed by Harley Jones
 
The South Pacific Accordion Championships and Festival is the largest annual accordion event in the Southern Hemisphere.  This year, the festival was at the newly built Raye Freedman Arts Centre at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, Auckland City.  This is a wonderful new Centre with first full lighting, excellent acoustics, soundproof practice areas and food facilities making the event most enjoyable for performers, audience and organisers.

The weekend began on Friday evening with a Wine and Cheese Reception, followed by the Welcome Concert in the new venue. Guests were the ASA New South Wales State Accordion Orchestra (Australia), conducted by Elizabeth Jones. Alexander Poeluev right (Russia), one of the world’s most exciting young accordion artistes, then performed and received a standing ovation for a superb performance from the enthusiastic audience. On Saturday and Sunday followed the competitions. A most successful competition event was held and the competitions ended with the Results and Prize-Giving Concert to a largely full hall.

The finale of the Festival was the Farewell Dinner on Sunday evening. The South Pacific Accordion Championship trophies are presented, and the evening is always a great party with lots of live music and dancing - great end to the 2005 event.
 
Results:-
South Pacific Solo Accordion Champions:- 
1. Ann-Elise Koerntjes (Australia), 
2. Campbell Hill (New Zealand), 
3. Kristina Panzic (New Zealand),
15 years and under South Pacific Solo Accordion Champions:-
1. Jessica Chen (New Zealand)
12 years and under South Pacific Solo Accordion Champions:-
1. Edward Giffney (New Zealand)
New Zealand Accordion Orchestra Champions:-
1. North Shore Accordion Orchestra, conductor Lionel Reekie
2. North Shore Musicale Accordion Orchestra, conductors Adam Thorpe and Carol Yan
 
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Friedrich Lips Accordion Workshop, Imst - Austria
Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif, of Friedrich Lips Productions

For the fifth time the city of Imst (located in Tyrol, near Innsbruck) will organize workshops for musicians and artistes of different styles from July 11th to 15th. Participants will have the opportunity to combine some relaxing days with artistic activity. Accordionists Friedrich Lips (from the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow) and Roman Pechmann (Conservatory of Klagenfurt, Austria) will give solo lessons and teach chamber music. Friedrich Lips will give also give a recital on Sunday, July 10th in the City Museum of Imst.

For further information email: herbert@accordion-cd.co.at or go to www.kulturlaub.at
 
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Zoltán Orosz on Television, Budapest – Hungary
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Zoltán Orosz will appear on the Hungarian TV channel Duna TV, on the 16th and 17th of June. Duna TV can be viewed in many countries all over the world, including the USA.

The program is a broadcast of the Zoran concert that was recorded in Hungary's biggest sports hall. Zoltan was the member of the accompanying band and he also played a solo piece (Piazzolla's ‘Libertango’).
 

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Alexander Korbakov in Concert, Stockport – UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Russia’s Alexander Korbakov is in concert at Stockport Accordion Club on June 14th. The concert begins at 8pm, and the venue is the St John Ambulance Brigade HQ, Edgeley Road, Cheadle Heath – close to junctions 1 or 2 on the M60.

This concert is Alexander Korbakov’s second concert at Stockport AC (his previous appearance was in 1997).

For further information email robaccord5@hotmail.com
 

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 Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra Concert, San Pedro – Spain
Contributed by Christine Adams

On June 19th, the Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra will perform a concert at 12.30pm in the RR.MM. Brígidas Church as part of the San Pedro Town Festivities.
 

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Pascal Contet Shows, Malakoff – France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On June 10th and 11th, at 8pm, there will be two shows, involving the accordion, followed by some jazz by a trio. The artistic director is Pascal Contet. The concert venue is Théâtre 71 de Malakoff.
 
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A new CD Review of Veli Kujala (accordion/bandoneon); Jarmo Julkunen (nylon & metal string guitars, mandolin, ukulele); Ricardo Pasdilla (percussion); Roi Ruottinen (violoncello); Timo Tuppurainen (bass). Review by Joan Cochran Sommers
 

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Spanish Accordionist and Alexander Technique teacher Anne Landa has an updated website
 
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 The United States National Accordion News June edition has been published, including news stories from around the United States, Mexico and Canada. The site includes feature articles, news stories, upcoming concerts and festivals and contact information for Clubs and Associations in the United States.
 
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Listed below are three updated websites:-
http://www.accordions.com/noton
http://www.accordions.com/nufringen
http://accordions.com/nufringen/gotz.htm
 

Raquel Ruiz, Spanish accordionist and co-collaborator for the AWW Spanish news is presenting her new website.
 
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Italian accordionist Gianfranco Foscoli has an updated website.

 

Yuri Medianik - Yuri Medianik site selling a new CD, "Resurecction del Angel" with sound samples. Purchase online with credit card.
 
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 Sebastiano Cali - accordionist, composer, piano tuner, harpsichord and other early instruments maker, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Cielito Lindo' (American South-Latin), 'Faust Waltz' (Classical), 'Tres Palabras' (American South-Latin), 'Valse C#-  Op.64 N.2'(Classical), 'Prelude No.7' (Classical), 'Prelude No.20' (Classical). The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
 
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James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Skip to My Lou' (traditional), 'Staten Island Hornpipe' (traditional), 'The Mudgee Waltz' (traditional), 'The Old Bullock Dray' (traditional), 'Vdol Pa Ulitzye' (traditional), 'The Village Tavern' (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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 Vassily Glubochenko - composer, arranger, performer and scientist, releases 1 new work titled 'In Spring' composed by Glubochenko, available for purchase online. A 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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