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  Sata Häme Soi Festival, Ikaalinen - Finland
Biography of Guido and Pietro Deiro, Pennsylvania - USA
New Accordion Museum, Hønefoss - Norway
Tradlab Perform in the Lake District, England - UK
Tonino Alessandrini gets married to Lucia, Castelfidardo - Italy

  4th International Competition for Young Musicians, Ohrid - Macedonia
KlezMORE Festival, Vienna - Austria
Viktor Romanko's Magdeburg Concerts and new CD, Jekaterinburg - Russia
  ACCORDEON 2000 Workshops, Bercy - France
Accordionists at the Chadkirk Festival, Stockport - UK
Anna Landa Performs in 'Algunas Caras', Madrid - Spain
Richard Galliano at the Chichester Festival - UK
Accordion Course, Rimini - Italy
Rob Thorn performs at Ceilidh, Yorkshire - UK
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Sata Häme Soi Festival, Ikaalinen - Finland
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Sata Häme Soi Festival in Ikaalinen was held last week from June 28th until July 3rd, and featured traditional Finnish accordion music, classical music and high-quality international light entertainment music. This international festival, featuring guests and artistes from all around the world, is attracting thousands of visitors each year. Special occasion for all guests and inhabitants of the city was, when the Finnish President Mrs. Tarja Halonen came to their city to participate and honour the closing ceremony. with her presence.


This year's edition was the 33rd, with 25,000 tickets sold. Plenty of accordion events are scheduled during their long days of midsummer, where the sunset is about 1 am in the morning. One can listen to all and every kind of accordion music at almost every corner of the city. A large variety of events took place in the Ikaalinen Park, where open-air performances are took place as well as performances in intimate concerts halls. Several competitions were organised, including also folk music on diatonic accordions.
The light entertainment music National Accordion Championship competition, the Golden Accordion Award (held since 1983), and the Silver Accordion Award for children (since 1986) are major public highlights of the Sata-Häme Soi Festival. And now, The Primus Ikaalinen Competition, which was held for the first time this year, was a big success. (picutre right: Anne-Mari and Joni / Gold & Silver Award)

Participating in this event were 8 chosen artistes from different countries: Alexander Shirunov (Russia), Anne-Mari Kanniainen (Finland), Idoia Laburu (Spain), Mickaël Vigneau (France), Jean Ribeiro (Portugal), Paul Chamberlain (Scotland), Nemanja Drazic, (Serbia), and Petra Stump-Hofer (Switzerland). (picture lef: the winner Idoia from Spain)

The international jury comprised: Richard Galliano (France) and Chairman of the jury - Tiit Kalluste (Estonia), Pavel Fenjuk (Ukraine), Kevin Friedrich (USA), Mika Väyrynen (Finland), and Klaus Järvinen (Finland). Prize money for the awards: 1st prize 3,000 Euros, 2nd prize 2,000 Euros, 3rd prize 1,000 Euros, 4th prize 500 Euros, 5th prize 500 Euros. The winner of the first Primus Ikaalinen was the Spanish artiste, Idoia Lauburo. All three competitions were broadcast live on the 2nd national TV Channel, with large audiences during the show and for sure also at home watching TV, as the accordion is Finland's national folk instrument. From a population of about 5 million there are 5,000 well-established accordionists.

A spectacular evening was held on Thursday, when Richard Galliano and his septet 'Piazzolla Forever' transformed a packed Oma Tupa Concert Hall into live-action with heartbreaking feelings and standing ovations for perfectly executed tangos. Most of the Sata Hàme Soi budget of about 450,000 Euros comes from the sales of tickets, a quarter from the accordion cruise ship, which is organized for 3 days during the winter, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from the City Hall of Ikaalinen, and sales of the trade stands during the Festival.

All festival visitors will find excellent music and musicians, friendly people, as well as wonderful landscapes with thousands of lakes surrounded by endless shades of green.
Please visit the www.accordions.com/finland website for full information of the festival, pictures of artistes and information about Finland.
 

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Biography of Guido and Pietro Deiro, Pennsylvania - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

In the first two decades of the twentieth century, the Italian-American brothers, Guido (1886-1950) and Pietro (1888-1954) Deiro introduced and popularised the piano accordion to millions of people throughout North America by their many vaudeville performances, recordings and published music.

Accordionist Henry Doktorski has written 'The Brothers Deiro and Their Accordions', a book that describes in detail the fascinating lives and enduring musical accomplishments of Guido and Pietro Deiro. This landmark work is the first definitive and authoritative Fbiography of the two pioneer piano-accordionists of the early twentieth-century.

In this new work, the author investigates the lives, careers and music of the Deiros, uncovering several facts and stories that give a unique insight into these now legendary figures. The book also includes a detailed description of the brothers' Guerrini accordions (now on display at A World of Accordions Museum in Superior, Wisconsin) built in 1917 and 1926, and includes twenty beautiful full-page photographs of the two instruments.
 
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New Accordion Museum, Hønefoss - Norway
Contributed by Rob Howard



The last accordion produced in Norway left the production line in the small city of Hønefoss in the year 1960, twenty-four years after its modest beginning in 1936. Although an estimate of more than 100,000 people of a small population of 4.5 million can play the instrument, it proved too hard to compete with cheaper products from Italy, Germany and China.

In the wake of the Henschien Factory, many fine accordion stars, some of whom became world famous, were educated at the factory's accordion school that over the years educated 12,000 students! These included Toralf Tollefsen, Frank Andersen, Sigmund Dehli, Steinar Eriksen and the factory owner himself, Harald Henschien (he died 1968 only 66 years old). Mr.

Jan Heggelien has gathered close to one hundred old instruments, contributed by accordionists from all over Scandinavia. About one third of them originate from the factory in Hønefoss. Many of the instruments are real collectors' items.

Mr. Heggelien is administrating the accordion museum that also contents old pictures, films and other interesting memorabilia.

Jan Heggelien would like to make contact with other collectors world wide - email: steinar@datasvar.no

   

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Tradlab Perform in the Lake District, England - UK
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl


The accordion-led trio Tradlab perform at the Furness Tradition Festival in the English Lake District, from July 15th to 17th. Tradlab is a dynamic young trio from the south east of Scotland and the line-up consists of David Nisbet (accordion), Paul Murray (fiddle) and Paul Chamberlain (piano). They combine to produce a unique style and have a large repertoire of Scottish traditional and folk music, with modern and jazz influences, and very popular for Ceilidh dancing and concerts.

Also appearing at the Furness Tradition Festival are Scottish accordionist and vocalist Emily Smith, English melodeon player Brian Peters, the local ceilidh bands Mawkin and Striding Edge, and the Morris dance team, Flag and Bone Gang.

For further information email trad@hartown.demon.co.uk

 

Gary Dahl


Tonino Alessandrini gets married to Lucia, Castelfidardo - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl


On June 25th Tonino Alessandrini (manufacturer, together with sister Daniela, of Alessandrini accordions) married Lucia Terbonetti in the St Antony's Church of Padova in Castelfidardo. The couple's child Elisa, born on September 22nd last year, participated 'sonorously' during the ceremony.

Together with Elisa, responsible for the sound were Andrea Vaccarini and the singer Eleonora Alesandrini. Diego Trivelline was the accordionist during the evening ceremony.

Not only did the happy couple celebrate their wedding ceremony, there was also the baptism, of their daughter Elisa. Accordions Worldwide, Paolo Picchio and all the staff of the company F.lli Alessandrini wishes this new family all the best for their future.

 



4th International Competition for Young Musicians, Ohrid - Macedonia
Contributed by Anica Karakutovska

Aleksandar Kolovski, from Macedonia, was a competition winner at the 4th International Competition for Young Musicians, known as 'Ohrid Pearls 2005'. The competition was held from June 22nd to 27th, and organised by the Music and Ballet pedagogues Association of the Republic of Macedonia (a member of EMCY - European Union of Music Competitions for Youth). The competition included classes for woodwinds, brass instruments and accordion. The class for accordion was in 3 categories, and included entries from Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bulgaria, Croatia and Albania.

The winners are:-Aleksandar Kolovski (Macedonia) - category under 15 years;Mirko Jevtovic (Serbia and Montenegro) - category under 18 years.The closing concert held on June 26th at the concert hall in Ohrid, included performances of 13 players - winners of first prizes in all competition categories, including 2 accordionists.After the concert, Dr. Eckart Rohlfs, Secretary General of EMCY, awarded Aleksandar Kolovski, an accordion student of Professor Zorica Karakutovska, the EMCY Art for Music Prize, a special prize for excellent performance.
 
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KlezMORE Festival, Vienna - Austria
Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

The 2nd KlezMORE festival Vienna 2005 was officially opened with a brilliant gala in Vienna's Porgy & Bess on July 3rd. This Klezmer festival offers Klezmer music and much more. The aim is to combine entertainment with high levels of musical standards - to communicate, apart from music, high artistic levels with its cultural surroundings.

In an era of the growing together of European states, it represents a wonderful opportunity and a challenge to present the different aspects of the Klezmer music in a festival. In the course of the 8-day festival, there are ensembles from 7 countries and well-known accordionists such as Hubert Kellerer, Alan
Berne, Jacek Grekow and Alexander Shevchenko making their appearance.
 

Viktor Romanko's Magdeburg Concerts and new CD, Jekaterinburg - Russia
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Viktor Romanko visited Germany in June to perform concerts on two consecutive days in Magdeburg. He returned to Russia, performing a concert in Jekaterinburg, at the Urals Conservatory, in the presence of Boris Yeltsin, former President of Russia. Viktor Romanko will release a new CD in the autumn.
 
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ACCORDEON 2000 Workshops, Bercy - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm, during July and August, accordion workshops are held in the town of Bercy, close to Paris. These workshops are intended for children aged from 4 to 12 years, and are free of charge.

For further information email beafontaine@wanadoo.fr
 
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Accordionists at the Chadkirk Festival, Stockport - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Jamie Schofield and fiddle player Nicola Lyons star in the opening concert on June 23rd, 7.30pm, at the annual Chadkirk Festival. Jamie and Nicola are members of the Fosbrooks Educational Trust, an organisation that involves the teaching of the accordion and other instruments. On July 30th and 31st, from 1pm to 5pm, accordionist Rob Howard will be performing in the open air, raising funds for Francis House, a children's hospice.
 
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Anna Landa Performs in 'Algunas Caras', Madrid - Spain
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl


Spanish accordionist Anne Landa is again collaborating in a new theatre piece with live music. This is the first opera/theater piece 'Algunas Caras' written and directed by Luis Cantarell Gregori. The first performance was held in Madrid during June and will be repeated again in the same city during the month of September.

For further information email alanda@musikene.com
 

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Richard Galliano at the Chichester Festival - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard


The Richard Galliano New York Jazz Trio, featuring Richard Galliano, accordion, with American jazz musicians Scott Collery, string bass and Clarence Penn, drums, is to perform at the Chichester Festival, England, on July 10th, at 8pm. The concert takes place in the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Also appearing at the Chichester Festival is the unique Australian entertainer Rolf Harris, who plays piano accordion amongst his many and varied talents. Rolf Harris performs in the Cathedral on July 11th at 8.00pm.

Another talented act appearing at the festival are folk musicians Tom Napper and Tom Bliss, on July 9th, at 8pm, at the Old Kitchen, Bishop's Palace. Tom Napper (vocals, banjo and mandolin) and Tom Bliss (vocals, concertina and guitar) are great entertainers, and are back by popular demand.

For further information email info@chichfest.org.uk

 

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Accordion Course, Rimini - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl


Claudio Jacomucci is to lead an in-depth tuition course, covering a range of technical aspects of treble and bass playing, and uses of the bellows. The course also involves playing transcriptions of music by classical composers from J S Bach to Stravinsky, through to modern compositions and the repertoire of the bandoneon.

The course consists of seven monthly sessions, and takes place in Rimini, from October 2005 to May 2006.

For further information email info@claudiojacomucci.com

 

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Rob Thorn performs at Ceilidh, Yorkshire - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Following the fantastic success of the Accordion Showcase at Skipton Town Hall in May, the Craven Accordion Orchestra have once again decided to host another event with local recording artiste Rob Thorn.

This will be hosting a fundraising Ceilidh at Sutton-in-Craven Village Hall on October 15th, at 8.30pm. Rob Thorn won the Virtuoso Entertainment section at the 2005 NAO UK Championships, and has been selected to represent the UK in the Coupe Mondiale World Championships to be held in Portugal in October this year.

For further information email r.smith@ukaccordions.com
 

Gary Dahl

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Christine Brown is looking for a copy of Sedlon Book 3A (now out of print), for her son who is learning the accordion.

Email christine.brown17@btopenworld.com
 
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A new CD Review of Peter Piccini (Accordion); Christopher Peraldini (Bass); Dennis Bird (Drums). Review by Joan Cochran Sommers.
 

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A new site selling a CD titled Christchurch Accordion Orchestra of New Zealand, with sound samples. The orchestra is conducted by Meg Fidler and performers include: Jun Norrell, Merle Kershaw, Lynette Kelcher, Rosalie Taylor, Faye Lawrence, John Dooley, Paula Turnbull, Ryan Hawes, Heather McCausland, Karl Barrett, Jill Voss, Max Powell, Mark Perry, Bernie Holtmark-Vandijkerhof (drums), Jack Joslen (bass). Purchase online.
 
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MusicForAccordion.com is publishing a grade 2 arrangement of 'Sailing'. The music is composed by Yehuda Oppenheimer. 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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MusicForAccordion.com is publishing a grade 2 arrangement of 'Longing', a grade 3 arrangement of 'Oh-Leh' and a grade 3 arrrangement of 'Liberty'. This music is composed by Yehuda Oppenheimer. Samples of the 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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A new site selling a book titled Book 1 Romantic Solos. Original Compositions for Accordion by Stas Venglevski.
 
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James O' Briencomposer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Kato Sto Ghialo' (traditional), 'Lads of Dunse' (traditional), 'Leeds Polka' (traditional), 'Love Song' (traditional), 'Moreton Bay' (traditional), 'O Sole Mio' (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.
 

Vassily Glubochenko - Vassily Glubochenko - composer, arranger, performer and scientist,
releases 1 new work titled 'Walk With the Mops' 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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