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  International Press Conference for 2005 CIA Coupe Mondiale, Castelo Branco - Portugal
644 Accordionists Smash Guinness World Record, Kimberley - Canada
Sultans of Squeeze Release New CD, Shropshire - UK
Mario Bruneau Musette Evenings, Montreal - Canada
Chango Spasiuk Wins BBC Award, London - UK

  Accordion Orchestra's 70th Anniversary Concert, Cologne - Germany
AAA Announces $10,000 Winner in 2005 Festival, Michigan - USA
Accordion Orchestra of Puerto Rico Tours South America
  Giorgio Dellarole Concerts -Italy
Kammeltal Accordion Orchestra, Munich - Germany
Competition for Diatonic Accordions, Castelfidardo - Italy
Accordion Course, Saint Dizier - France
Franco Evangelisti International Composition Competition 2005, Rome - Italy
Stories Involving Accordions, Newfoundland - Canada
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International Press Conference for 2005 CIA Coupe Mondiale, Castelo Branco - Portugal
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

The City of Castelo Branco in Portugal is about to open its door to the world, when the finest accordionists including delegates, international jury, contestants and distinguished visitors from around the world will convene for the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) 58th Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships and 114th General Assembly of Delegates.


At a recent Press Conference in Castelo Branco, members of the Press met with the President of the Local Council, Mr. Joquin Morão, the 2005 CIA Honorary Vice President and Artistic Councillor Mr. Paulo Ferreira, 2005 Coupe Mondiale Organizer, Mr. Carlos Semedo, and CIA President Kevin Friedrich as they discussed the exciting plans for the Coupe Mondiale, which will be hosted by CIA member - Conservatorio Regional de Castelo Branco.

Since its inception in 1938, the CIA Coupe Mondiale has established itself as one of the most important accordion events. The CIA is excited to be in Portugal for the very first time as they celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the CIA.

The excellent cooperation and gracious hospitality of the Conservatorio, city officials and business leaders will ensure that the Coupe Mondiale week full of concerts, competitions, General Assembly meetings as well as other important educational and social activities, will be a truly inspiring and memorable event.

The 2005 Coupe Mondiale offers six categories including Coupe Mondiale, Junior Coupe Mondiale, International Competition for Piano Accordion, Virtuoso Entertainment, Junior Entertainment, and International Competition for Chamber Music. The Test Piece for the 2005 Coupe Mondiale 'O Medo Do Ritmo', by the renowned Portuguese composer Carlos Marecos, was commissioned for the event, and is already being circulated around the world.

For complete Coupe Mondiale festival information, on-line entry forms, schedule, free Test Piece download and travel information on Castelo Branco, please visit www.coupemondiale.org
 
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644 Accordionists Smash Guinness World Record, Kimberley - Canada
Contributed by Rob Howard

644 Accordionists set a new world record, verified by the Guinness Book of Records, at the Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships. The 644 accordionists included Bernadette Conlon, right, (Australia), Gary Blair (Scotland), Igor Zavadsky (Ukraine), Janet Todd (USA) and Serge Duchesne (Canada) played together to a sell out audience in the Kimberley Civic Centre for 29 minutes and 30 seconds to topple the previous world record held by the Stedeker Dansers. The old record consisted of 566 musicians playing the accordion for 22 minutes, during the International Folklore Festival in Diepenheim, The Netherlands, on June 1st 2000.

In an interview with Anders Johnson, Jeany Irvin said: "I think a lot of the people who came last year, came this year and brought friends with them, and brought more accordions with them, so we did not have the problem of running out of accordions. Last year we had enough people, and not enough accordions".

For more details and pictures from this exciting event, please visit www.kiotac.ca
 
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Sultans of Squeeze Release New CD, Shropshire - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

John Kirkpatrick (3-row BCC# diatonic button accordion, treble & bass Anglo concertinas, and 1 and 2 row melodeons, plus vocals) and Chris Parkinson (piano accordion, bass accordion, two-row melodeon, vocals) are highly experienced solo performers who have recently joined forces as The Sultans of Squeeze. Their repertoire is very broad, including folk, musette, swing, blues, tango, rock and Zydeco, using various combinations of accordions and concertinas, with some vocals.

The duo's first CD, 'The Sultans of Squeeze', includes such varied pieces as 'Under Paris Skies', 'Squeeze Box' (a hit record for The Who in 1975), JP Sousa's 'Liberty Bell', 'African Waltz' (a swing band hit for Johnny Dankworth in 1957), 'El Choclo', and Clifton Chenier's Zydeco song 'I'm A Hog For You Baby'.

For further information email mail@johnkirkpatrick.co.uk
 

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Mario Bruneau Musette Evenings, Montreal - Canada
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Mario Bruneau, together with the singer Hélène Cardinal, presents musette dance entertainment evenings at the vineyard Les Blancs Coteaux, Quebec City, on July 16th and 30th, and on August 13th, from 8pm to midnight.

This is an opportunity to hear musette and Edith Piaf classics, drink fine wines, and enjoy a French atmosphere.

The venue is 1046, Bruce, Route 202, Dunham, Quebec.
 

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Chango Spasiuk Wins BBC Award, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Argentinean accordionist Chango Spasiuk recently won a BBC World Music Award. An Argentinean of Ukrainian extraction, Spasiuk is an exponent of the folk music style of North Eastern Argentina called Chamamé. Spasiuk and his band, including Juan Nunez on bandoneon and violinist Victor Renaudeau, plus percussion, a double bass and two acoustic guitarists, are leaders in their field.

Chamamé is a music that has evolved, with influences of the native Argentinean Guarani and successive waves of new migrants, from African slaves to Russians, Ukranians, Poles, Italians and Basques. Chango Spasiuk, in attempting to distinguish the rural-based Chamamé from the urban originated Tango, says: " Chamamé is music from the country, a place where the earth is red, the temperature is always high and there are jungles and big rivers".

Along with fellow Argentinean accordionist Raúl Barboza, Chango Spasiuk is Chamamé's leading contemporary exponent, but he is by no means stuck in tradition; his Chamamé is richly spiced with rock, jazz and avant-garde references. Born into a musical family in 1968, Spasiuk began playing accordion at the age of 11, and has released six albums in Argentina, three of which have been compiled for international release on 'The Charm of Chamamé' (2003). His latest CD is 'Tarefero de mis Pagos' (2004).
 



Accordion Orchestra's 70th Anniversary Concert, Cologne - Germany
Contributed by Rob Howard

Cologne Accordion Orchestra's first 70 years were celebrated in fine style with a sell-out concert, before an audience of 2,000 people. The Willy Ketzer Trio's swing music got the evening off to a lively start, followed by the Blaeck Foeoess band.

The Cologne Accordion Orchestra, with fifty members, was conducted by Matthias Hennecke, who also played a little 48-bass accordion on an arrangement of 'Orpheus of the Underworld'. The concert finished with the audience out of their seats as all the musicians came on stage for a grand finale.

The whole event was a fitting tribute to the CAO's founder conductor, Heinz Gengler, who is still with the orchestra. All concerned are now already looking forward to the presentations and surprises in the anniversary concerts on the December 3rd and 4th in the University of Cologne.
 
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AAA Announces $10,000 Winner in 2005 Festival, Michigan - USA
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Dearborn, Michigan was the venue for the American Accordionists' Association annual Competition and Festival, which sponsored one of the biggest prize pools for any accordion competition, with an impressive $10,000.00 First Prize, $3,000.00 Second Prize and $2,000.00 Third Prize.

Home town accordionist Julien Labro (originally from France) took the top honors with Alexander Poeluev (Russia) close behind and French accordionist Phil Bouvier (France) taking 3rd Place. The top three contestants were separated by less than one point!

The distinguished Jury for the competition included: Louis Coppola, Dick Contino, Jeff Lisenby, Michal Shapiro and Dave Westerskov. After hearing 19 contestants over the course of almost 10 hours, many of them already international champions, the jury was extremely impressed with the superior standard of the contestants and stated that it was almost impossible to choose three prize winners, when the playing level was so high.

The competition was made possible, under the auspices of the American Accordionists' Association through the generous donation of the prize money by Mr. Steve Stolaruk, who offered the competition funds to host the competition in the memory of his wife, the late Vivian Vivio Stolaruk. Mr. Stolaruk was so impressed with the standard of the competition, that in addition to the top three prizes totalling $15,000.00 he gave each of the other 16 contestants $250.00 each in appreciation of their efforts.


Pictured left, Alexander Poeluev - Russia, Phil Bouvier - France, Julien Labro - USA/France, Steve Stolaruk and competition organizer Faithe Deffner with a portrait of the late Vivian Stolaruk. At the conclusion of the final contestants program, when recognized for his magnificent financial support of the competition, the 300 strong audience who had been listening all day long to the various programs, gave Mr. Stolaruk a moving five minute standing ovation in appreciation of his efforts.

Below are the top 3 places in the competition. For a full list of results, please visit www.ameraccord.com

1st - Julien Labro (USA-France) 94.05
('Besame Mucho', 'Migliavacca', 'Russian Dance', 'Autumn Leaves' & 'Pick Pocket')

2nd - Alexander Poeluev (Russia) 93.38
('Oblivion', Medley of Waltzes, 'Bassanova' & 'The Bee')

3rd - Phil Bouvier (France) 93.25
('Tanguango', 'Le Parrain'/'La List de Shindler', 'Tendre Mystere' & 'Besame Mucho')
  

Accordion Orchestra of Puerto Rico Tours South America
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

The Accordion Orchestra of Puerto Rico recently returned from a successful tour of South America, where they were welcomed by Anibal Gomez, President of the AIDA (Accordiones International de Argentina).

They presented workshops and concerts in Colonia Caroya, Buenos Aires, Enstancia Bonita, San Andres as well as a sightseeing visit to Iguazu Falls. Their concert in San Andres was in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Red Cross.

For a full diary of the tour to South America, please visit www.accordionusa.com
 
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Giorgio Dellarole Concerts -Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Giorgio Dellarole's forthcoming concert dates are as follows:-
July 20th - Castello di Sarre (Aosta) 'Incoerente Duo' (Alessandro Tampier - Baroque violin and Giorgio Dellarole)
Program: Bach, Vivaldi, Castello...
July 26th - Cervinia (Aosta)
Giorgio Dellarole - solo concert
Program: Bach, Scarlatti, Campogrande, Tschaikin

August 2nd - La Thuile (Aosta)
Akkordeon Ensemble di Aosta
Program: Seiber, Iturralde, Piazzolla

August 3rd - Saint-Pierre (Aosta)
Aosta Accordion Ensemble
Program: Seiber, Iturralde, Piazzolla...

August 4th - Dolonne-Courmayeur (Aosta)
Giorgio Dellarole - solo concert
Program: Bach, Scarlatti, Campogrande, Tschaikin

August 5th - Valtornenche (Aosta)
Trio Corelli (Antonio Sacco (violin), Massimiliano Limonetti (clarinet),Giorgio Dellarole)
Program: Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli

August 6th - Torgnon (Aosta)
Aosta Accordion Ensemble
Program: Seiber, Iturralde, Piazzolla...

August 13th - Ceres (Torino)
Klezmer Trio (Antonio Sacco (violin), Massimiliano Limonetti (clarinet), Giorgio Dellarole)
Program: traditional Hebrew music
 
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Kammeltal Accordion Orchestra, Munich - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On July 23rd, the 'Layman's Music Day' will be celebrated during the BUGA (Bundesgartenschau) in Munich. The Kammeltal Youth Accordion Orchestra, under the direction of Anja Balduaf, will perform during the opening ceremony and present a program of entertainment music with Tangos from Astor Piazzolla, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', by Queen, and other works.

For further information contact Marianne Baldauf - email: akkordeon.baldauf@gmx.de
 
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Competition for Diatonic Accordions, Castelfidardo - Italy
Contributed by Rob Howard

A competition for diatonic accordions, the 1st Concorso International 'Citta di Castelfidardo', takes place from July 15th to 17th. Appearing at the festival are the duo Tombesi and Ciuma, from Padua, and the group 'Spaccapaese', from Naples.
 

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Accordion Course, Saint Dizier - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

An accordion tuition course is to take place in St Dizier, from July 25th to 29th. This course makes provision for individual tuition and ensemble playing, and the organiser is Thierry Accard.

For further information email ecolemusiquesaintdizier@wanadoo.fr
 

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Franco Evangelisti International Composition Competition 2005, Rome - Italy
Contributed by Harley Jones

The Franco Evangelisti International Composition Competition is restricted to compositions for the Bayan accordion by composers of any nationality.

There are two categories:-
o compositions for solo bayan accordion
o compositions for bayan accordion in ensemble (trio to quintet)

Entries may have already been performed but must not have won a prize in any other competition. The closing date for entries is September 15th 2005.

Members of the Jury include Azio Corghi (Chairman - Italy), Bernard Cavanna (France), Pascal Contet (France), Ada Gentile (Italy), Fausto Sebastiani (Italy), Mika Väyrynen (Finland), and Vladimir Zubitsky (Ukraine).

For further information email info@nuovaconsonanza.it

 

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Stories Involving Accordions, Newfoundland - Canada
Contributed by Harley Jones

Dale Jarvis is a storyteller living and working in St John's Newfoundland, and is looking for any sort of traditional stories or folktales that involve accordion or an accordionist! Dale Jarvis is involved with a group called the St. John's Storytelling Circle, and their next meetings are on August 11th and September 1st.

If you can help, or for further information, email: hauntedhike@nf.sympatico.ca
 

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Johnny Cassidy, who is registered blind, lives in Chichester, West Sussex, and is looking for an accordion teacher.

Email john@cassidy2754.wanadoo.co.uk
 
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A new CD Review of Francesco Palazzo. Review by Paolo Picchio

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United States National Accordion News July edition is now online, featuring the latest news and information about accordion activities across the USA.
 
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Updated contact details from the Italian accordion and bandoneon concert artiste Eugenia Marini are on his website.
 
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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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A new site selling a book titled Book 2 Illusions Duets. Original Compositions for Accordion by Stas Venglevski. Purchase online with credit card.
 
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James O' Briencomposer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Oh No, John. No!' (traditional), 'Petite Russie' (traditional), 'Rocka My Soul' (traditional), 'Soldier's Joy' (traditional), 'St. Patrick's Day' (traditional), 'Streets of Laredo' (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.
 

A new site selling a CD titled Francesco Palazzo Fisarmonica Classica with sound samples. Music performed by Francesco Palazzo. Purchase online.
 

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