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  Accordionists Perform in Circus Theatre Spectacular, California – USA
Alexander Sevastian Releases New CD, Toronto - Canada
Friedrich Lips performs in Red Square, Moscow Russia
Pineto Jazz Accordion Festival, Pineto - Italy
Second Edition of Jazz Book for Accordion, New Jersey – USA
Re-Issue of Classic Bobby MacLeod Recordings, Scotland – UK
Ivano Battiston New Concerto for Accordion, San Lorenzo – Italy
New Music Book and CD, New York – USA
65th ATG Competition and Festival, Texas - USA

 

Accordion Orchestra’s Contest Success, Kammeltal - Germany

 

Accordion and  Alexander Technique for Musicians Seminar, San Sebastián – Spain
Concert Guests at Derwentside Accordion Club, Durham – UK
Pascal Contet Accompanies Silent Movie, Bois d’Arcy - France
Accordance Concerts – Italy and Switzerland

 
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Accordionists Perform in Circus Theatre Spectacular, California – USA Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionists Guy Klucevsek and Jean-Francois Baez will perform in ‘Cirque Lili’ at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California, July 1 st to 27 t. ‘Cirque Lili’ features French circus artiste, Jerome Thomas, with a commissioned score composed by Klucevsek.

The advance publicity reveals that: “ Two virtuoso jazz accordionists provide live musical accompaniment and create a magical atmosphere throughout the performance”. This extraordinary theatre piece has been performed over 200 times throughout Europe since 2001, always with live music, and will be making its North American premiere at the Barclay.

For further information email: gklucevsek@si.rr.com

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Alexander Sevastian Releases New CD, Toronto - Canada
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich
 

Accordionist Alexander Sevastian has just released a new CD highlighting his extensive concert program. Entitled 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', the CD includes works by Bach, Scarlatti, Schubert, Goubaidulina, Repnikov, Berinski, Derbenko, Kachaturian, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov. Born in Belarus and a graduate of the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his Masters in Performance degree studying with renowned concert artist and teacher Friedrich Lips, Alexander Sevastian now makes his home in Toronto, Canada.  

A winner of three International competitions including the 'Oslofjoird' in Norway, the 'Cup of the North' in Russia, and the ATG 'Anthony Galla-Rini International Competition for Classical Accordion' in the USA, Alexander has performed in Belarus, Russia, Canada, Ukraine, Italy, France, Germany and the USA. In addition to his solo career, since 2002, Alexander has been a member of the internationally recognized group Quartetto Gelato. He has toured with this group to over a hundred cities in the USA, Canada , Italy, Korea and Japan.

For information, please visit www.accordions.com/sevastian or email: sevastian2004@yahoo.com

 
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Friedrich Lips performs in Red Square , Moscow Russia
Contributed by Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, Friedrich Lips will perform with a Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yuri Bashmet, in Moscow 's famous Red Square on June 24th.

For further information email herbert@accordion-cd.co.at

   




Pineto Jazz Accordion Festival, Pineto  - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Pineto Jazz Accordion Festival takes place from July 15th to 17th, in the Adriatic town of Pineto On July 15th, the guest performers are Linen Patruno and his Blue Four, and solo jazz accordionist Renzo Ruggieri. American jazz accordion legend Art Van Damme, accompanied by the Massimo Di Rocco Quartet, perform on the 16th, and on the 17th Peppino Principe performs with the Big Band of Foggia, directed by Ninni Maina.

During the three days of the festival, the Dixieland Brass Band will perform in the streets of the town. The idea for a jazz accordion festival came from Peppino Principe, supported by the Pineto City Council, and Filippo D' Augustin in particular. The festival’s artistic director is famous jazz accordionist Renzo Ruggieri.

For further information email info@pinetoaccordionjazzfestival.com

 
 

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Second Edition of Jazz Book for Accordion, New Jersey – USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

A second edition of the popular book ‘Jazz Theory and Improvisation Studies for Accordion’, by Ralph Stricker, has recently been published.  The new edition has been rewritten and re-engraved and has been expanded to 164 pages, including special arrangements and compositions by Frank Marocco and Eddie Montiero. 

The book is available from: www.accordions.com/deffnermusic

 
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Re-Issue of Classic Bobby MacLeod Recordings, Scotland – UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

A number of classic recordings of Scottish dance music made in the 1940s and 50s by Bobby MacLeod, from the Isle of Mull, have been digitally remastered and issued on two CDs, titled ‘Bobby MacLeod – Vintage 78s’, Volumes I and 2. Some of the tracks on Volume 2 are previously unissued private recordings made at informal late night playing sessions.

Bobby MacLeod played the bagpipes before taking up the accordion, and this is evident in his style of performing Scottish music. He played and recorded with both piano accordion and 5-row Continental chromatic button accordion, and his style and sound is regarded as hugely influential in the development of Scottish dance music playing since the late 1940s.
 

Ivano Battiston New Concerto for Accordion, San Lorenzo – Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Ivano Battiston has written a ‘Double B Concerto’, described as a musical self-portrait, written for flute, accordion and string orchestra. Ivano says:
"In recent years, I have had the fortune to often play with David Bellugi, a wonderful flute virtuoso and a very good friend. Unfortunately, we do not often perform together, so we had the idea to collaborate and compose this double concerto with string orchestra to enjoy more concerts together.”
The premiere performance took place in the Concert Hall in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on 2nd June.

For further information email ivanbattiston@tin.it
 
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New Music Book and CD, New York - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Mario Tacca has just published a book titled ‘Mario Tacca – Original Compositions for Accordion, Solos and Duets’. Each of the 10 pieces in the book reflects a distinct musical style and ethnic background.

The book also comes with a CD of Mario playing each of the works; in addition he has recorded separate tracks for the second accordion in the four duet pieces in order to provide the player with the duet accompaniment. 

For further information email: mario.tacca@gioiaprod.com
 

65th ATG Competition and Festival, Texas - USA
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Jazz was in the air when the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) held its 65 th Annual Competition and Festival in Richardson , Texas (Dallas). Featuring jazz legends Art Van Damme and Frank Marocco, the festival also featured an International Jazz Competition for Accordion, which attracted contestants from the United States and Europe.

Julien Labro from Detroit, Michigan won the $3,000.00 First Prize in the Art Van Damme International Competition for Jazz Accordion. Originally from France, Julien is student of multi World Champion Peter Soave, now tutor at Wayne State University.

The 2nd Prize was won by Peter Martin from California .  In addition to the Art Van Damme International Jazz Competition, there was a special International Jazz Competition category honoring Frank Marocco, which was won by Jérôme Richard from France.  

In addition to Art Van Damme and Frank Marocco, the festival concerts featured artistes such as Mirco Patarini (Italy), ATG President Stas Venglevski, Dee Langley, Dr. Karen Fremar, the UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra, Jim Rommel, John Simkus, Gordon Kohl, Sharon Seaton and popular Texas artiste Ginny Mac. 

The 2005 Festival Accordion Orchestra under the direction of Joan C. Sommers performed at several concerts during the festival including the Taste of Musical Excellence Press Concert, an appearance accompanying Frank Marocco and closing the Saturday night Gala concert.  

Workshop presenters included Frederic Deschamps (France), Art Van Damme, Frank Marocco, Ginny Mac, Jim Rommel, Dr. Sharon Seaton, Gordon Kohl, Jeff Crilley, Misha Litvin and Dee Langley.   Joan C. Sommers was inducted as the new ATG President at the conclusion of the festival with Dee Langley re-elected First Vice President and Stas Venglevski Second Vice President.   

Plans are already underway for the 2006 Festival in Minneapolis , Minnesota , which will include workshops, displays, concerts and competitions.   In 2007 the ATG will join forces with its sister organization and fellow CIA member - the American Accordionists Association (AAA) to co-host the 60 th Anniversary Confédération Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships in the United States.
 
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Accordion Orchestra’s Contest Success, Kammeltal - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Kammeltal Accordion Orchestra were rewarded with First Prize in the recent International Competition in Castelfidardo , Italy . The orchestra (MD Marianne Baldauf) and the youth orchestra led by her daughter Anja both returned home with prizes, presented by the Jury President Vladimir Zubitzky. Second placed in this section, known as Category A, was the Hof Accordion Orchestra, from Germany . The Kammelthal Orchestra played the ‘Divertimento Ritmico’, from W. Russ, and ‘Krakatao’, by Stefan Hippe. The members of the Kammetal Orchestra and Youth Orchestra combined the festival with a holiday in Castelfidardo and in nearby Fano, enjoying the beautiful scenery and the sea.

The Kammeltal Orchestras received the Prize donated by Multimedia Schmuelling, publisher of the Intermusik newspaper and Karthause Schmuelling , and the Special Award Prize from Accordions Worldwide, presented by Holda Paoletti Kampl. The Youth Orchestra had participated for the first time in an international competition.

The young musicians had prepared purposefully and presented the four movements from the ‘Maerchensinfonietta’, by Rudolf Wuerthner, by heart. At their first attempt they achieved the 3 rd Place. First in this section, known as Category C, were the Cvrak Harmonikaski Orkester, (from Pula , Croatia ), and second were the Hof Youth Accordion Orchestra. As a prize, the Kammeltal Youth Orchestra was rewarded with the Cup of the City of Castelfidardo, and a money prize presented by the Jury Chairman, Paolo Picchio.

 
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Accordion and  Alexander Technique for Musicians Seminar, San Sebastián – Spain
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist and Alexander Technique teacher Anne Land is to lead a seminar in San Sebastián , from August 1 st to 6 th. Basque accordion professor Iñaki Alberdi will also be involved. The course is suitable for both musicians and non-musicians.

For further information, see the website: www.accordions.com/annelanda

 
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Concert Guests at Derwentside Accordion Club, Durham – UK

Contributed by Rob Howard

The long-running Derwentside Accordion Club in North-East England has been presenting concerts by accordion artistes continuously since 1977. Their guest list for the remainder of 2005 includes:-

June 30th – Deirdre Adamson
July 28th – Willie McFarlane
August 25th – Scott Leslie
September 29th – David Vernon
October 27th – Robert Whitehead
November 24th – John Morgan

Derwentside Accordion Club meets at The Workingmens Club, Rowley Bank, Castleside, near Consett, County Durham . All concerts begin at 7.30pm.
 

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Pascal Contet Accompanies Silent Movie, Bois d’Arcy - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

L'aurore' is a silent movie melodrama made in 1927 starring George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor and Margaret Livingstone, and directed by FW Murnau.

This classic film is to be shown at Centre Culturel de Bois d’Arcy, Rue Baragué, 78390 Bois d’Arcy, on June 24 th, at 8.30pm . Accordionist Pascal Contet provides live accompaniment throughout the film.

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Accordance Concerts – Italy and Switzerland
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The group Accordance, featuring accordionist Alisia Fragassi, have a series of concerts in various parts of Italy . Details are given below:-

July 4 th – in Chieti, at 9pm, performing a concert of WA Mozart
13 th – Laterina, at 9pm, a performance of works by Astor Piazzolla by ‘Solotango’, a duet featuring Alisia Fragassi (accordion) and Mario Stefano (bandoneon).
18 th – Atri, at 9pm, concert by Accordance at the Teatro comunale.
21 st – Brescia, at 9pm, a solo concert by Alisia Fragassi; music by J.S. Bach, D. Scarlatti, F. Angelis, V. Zubitsky, E. Derbenko, V. Semionov and A. Piazzolla.
22 nd – Riva del Garda Festival, at 9pm . August 4 th – Monfalcone, at 9pm
7th – Lugano, Switzerland, at 11pm, a solo concert by Alisia Fragassi; music by J.S.Bach, D. Scarlatti, F.Angelis, Zubitsky E.Derbenko, V.Semionow and A.Piazzolla
11 th - S.Stefano di Camastra, at 9pm – Accordance concert

For further information email: accordance@unaltradimensione.net

 

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A new CD Review of Jörgen Sundeqvist (accordion) and Håkan Dahlén (organ). Review by Joan Cochran Sommers
 

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Silvia Pagni has new contact information and contact details.
 
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Bugari Armando - Finland/suoni contact details have been updated.
 
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Website update with new concert schedule for French accordionist Pascal Contet.
 
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A new site selling a CD titled Harmonika-Spielring Boeblingen E.V. with sound samples. Music composed by Hugo Herrmann, Brent McCall, Rudolf Bruci, Gary Daverne, Fritz Dobler and Adolf Götz. Purchase online.
 

MusicForAccordion.com is publishing a grade 2 arrangement of ‘Lady Of Spain’. 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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Sebastiano Cali - accordionist, composer, piano tuner, harpsichord and other early instruments maker, releases another 7 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Valse Op.70 N. 2' (Classical), 'Waltz in Ab' (Classical), 'I Prelude from Well Tempered Clavier' (Classical), 'Danza Ungherese N. 5'(Classical), 'Air on the G String' (Classical), 'Adagio' (Classical), 'Tico Tico' (American South-Latin). The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
 
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James O' Briencomposer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Brandoliña' (traditional), 'Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella' (traditional), 'Cielito Lindo' (traditional), 'Country Garden' (traditional), 'Dance from Hessen' (traditional), 'Danse' (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 'Pot-pourri on themes of the Soviet songs' 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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