year's Premio e Concorso Internazionale per Fisarmonica, the 30th
event, takes place in Castelfidardo, Ancona area, from the 11th
to 16th October. The actual competition - for soloists and bands
- begins on the 13th, ending on the 16th, and the program also contains
daily concerts and other activities.
The competitions include classical, light music, jazz, Astor Piazzolla
sections, with band sections and categories for different ages for
solo players. There is a range of prizes available
Artistes appearing in concert during the week of the festival include
Gervasio Marcosignori (Italy), Rassegna National Accordion Orchestra
(Italy), Quintetto Roland (Italy), Quartet Maulus (France), Quadro
Nuevo (Germany), Quartetto Meridies (Italy), Renato Borghetti Quartet
(Brazil), Lelo Nika (Yugoslavia), Accordeon Ensemble D'Acht (Netherlands),
Münke Mareike (Germany), and Fritzsching Markus (Germany).
Contet has a series of concerts in France during October, followed
by a tour of China. Details below:-
October 8th, at 8pm - broadcast on Paris Radio France.
11th, at 8pm - Magadur Theater, Paris.
15th, at 8pm - Pane Centers Cultural.
From October 18th to 30th, Pascal Contet tours China, beginning
with appearances, in association with Ballone
Burini accordions, at the Music China international trade show
held annually in Shanghai. His appearances in China are as follows:-
October 20th, at 7pm - Shanghai Theater, with the International
Orchestra of Italy.
October 21st, at 3pm - Master Class at the Shanghai Conservatoire;
recital at 7pm.
October 22nd, at 7pm - Nanking Arts and Cultural Center
October 25th, at 7pm - Chengdu Room, Shanghai University
October 28th, at 7pm - French Alliance
October 30th, at 3pm and 7pm - Peking French Alliance
17th international accordion festival of Mans will take place on
October 7th and 8th in la Maison des Loisirs and Culture des Saulnieres,
Avenue Rhine and Danube "Route d'Alencon". On the 7th,
there will be a concert with Michel Macias followed by a Folk Dancing
performance, and on the 8th, dancing from noon to 6.30 pm, and from
7.30 pm until 2.30 am.
Appearing at the festival are accordionists Franck Vilain, Dorothee
Lhoir, Carine Vigni, Francois Boissonnade, Gabriel Chantrieux and
Alain Veron, and famous TV presenter Pascal Savard will present
the evening. Two orchestras - 'Pascal Hammard' (from Paris) and
'Pascal Rabigot' (from Bourgoigne) will be present throughout the
Festival, Dieselstrasse - Germany
Contributed by Rob
Dieselstrasse Accordion Festival takes place from October 7th to
23rd, and involves concerts, workshops, photographic exhibition,
the Accordion Café Diesel (where players can perform in public)
and the showing of the film 'Accordion Tribe'. Performers involved
include Luciano Biondini (Italy), Jean Louis Matinier (France),
Lars Holmer (Sweden), Mike Adcock (UK), Christoph Wagner (Germany),
Lydie Auvrey and the Auvrettes (Germany), Riccardo Tesi (Italy),
Stefan Hussong (Germany), Das Motion Trio, and the accordion orchestras
from Baden-Würtenberg, Rommelshausen and Baltmannsweiler.
Grand Soufflet' Accordion Festival, Rennes - France
Grand Soufflet' is an accordion festival that takes place in Rennes,
Brittany, from October 13th to 22nd. This festival presents music
from France and around the world. The guests include Pascal
Contet, Trio Felix Belleau, Roberto de Brasov, Urs Karpatz (Romania),
the Renato Borghetti Quartet (Brazil), Jasmine Vegas (USA), The
Klezmatics (USA), Trio Flor de Mandacau (Brazil), Duo Ciapolino
and Da Silva (Portugal), Silverio Pessoa (Brazil) and the Bahtalo
Band (Macedonia), plus many local accordionists.
annual summer music festival at Nieder-Mooser features concerts
on the pipe organ in the town church, and this year's event included
a performance by Prof. Viktor Romanko, on bayan accordion, with
organist Herbert Manfred Hoffmann. Viktor Romanko, from Jekaterinburg
in Russia, and Herbert Hoffman, from Frankfurt, performed a program
of solo and duet pieces. In the first half of the concert, the organ
was predominantly featured, and the second half, Viktor Romanko
was the lead player.
were highly sensitive toward each other, and their playing together
brought the best out of both instruments. The dynamics of the bayan
and organ were heard to very good effect on a range of classical
transcriptions. Highlights included JS Bach's 'Toccatta and Fugue
in D Minor', in which the organ took the lead part, and Vivaldi's
'Four Seasons', brought fully to life by Viktor
Romanko's ability to bring out the tonal colors of the composition.
The program also included Schumann's 'Sonata for Organ in A-Minor',
and music composed by Tschernikov, Pizzigoni and Astor Piazzolla.
The Piazzolla pieces were 'Adios Nonino', 'Oblivion' and 'Libertango'.
The concert ended with some improvised traditional German and Russian
folk tunes, featuring both players.
Concert was held at the Rose Centre in Auckland New Zealand on 18th
September, and this event included the presentation of awards and
de Pra, the Chairman of the Accordion
Examination Board of New Zealand Inc presented the Merit Award
in recognition of 'Outstanding Services to the Accordion Movement'
to Heather Gladstone from Christchurch.
Scholarships were awarded to Campbell Thwaites of Hawera, Jacob
Wills and Jessica Chen, of Auckland. The Rosebowl, awarded to the
highest mark received in an examination, was presented to Calum
Allen Sanders at the 13 Coins, Washington State - USA
Allen Sanders will be playing at the 13 Coins SeaTac Restaurant
from September 27th to October 1st, 7:30 pm until midnight. The
13 Coins is located directly across from SeaTac airport, Washington.
Every Wednesday, Murl plays at the noon Jazz service at Plymouth
Congregational Church, near Seattle.
From November 10th to 14th, Murl Sanders will be performing and
teaching at the Caister Accordion Festival, England. On December
30th Murl will be performing with the Everett Symphony Orchestra.
Murl now has a DVD, featuring solo performances and as a trio with
fellow accordionists Frank Marocco and Ken Olendorf
Greatest Hits' Concert, Kent - UK
Contributed by Rob
accordionist Nikolai Ryskov, now living in London, performs a concert
on October 1st at St James' Church, Beckenham, Kent. Ryskov's program
includes a selection of Astor Piazzolla's compositions, called 'Piazzolla's
Greatest Hits'. The concert begins at 7.30pm.
Lubenov Orchestra Concerts, Vienna - Austria
Contributed by Rob
Lubenov is one of the top Balkan accordionists. He has developed
a style of Balkan traditional music that incorporates swing, modern
jazz, tango nuevo, salsa and musette. His influence on Balkan music
has been compared to the contributions of Astor Piazzolla to tango
and Richard Galliano to musette. Originally from Bulgaria, Martin
Lubenov was trained in both classical music and jazz before moving
to Vienna in 2000. In Vienna he founded the Martin Lubenov Orkestar,
which includes many of the best traditional musicians from Bulgaria.
Lubenov Orkestar is in concert as follows:-
September 30th - Technisches Museum, Festival Wean Hean, Vienna
October 1st - Foyer des Stadtsaals, Vöcklabruck
4th - Jazzta Prasta Neumarkt am Wallersee, Gasthof Gerbl
23rd - Black Box Balkan Festival, Pfefferberg, Berlin
Anniversary of Accordion Club, Wiltshire - UK Contributed
The White Horse Accordion Club, based in the West of England,
celebrates its 10th Anniversary on October 8th with a concert starring
Harry Hussey, and featuring the North Somerset Accordion Band. The
concert takes place at Westbury Leigh Hall, Wiltshire, and the celebrations
begin at 11am until 5pm, including a Ploughman's Lunch and a busking
session with Harry Hussey.
Marco Ambrosio, with Davide Cassina (vocals, guitar), Davide Bosa
(vocals, guitar, keyboard), Silvia Poglio (vocals) and Annalisa
Bianco (vocals) perform concerts at the Teatro Italia in Poirino
on October 21st and 22nd. The concerts, which begin at 9pm, are
a tribute evening to the late singer and composer Fabrizio de Andrè
(1940 - 1999).
Festival Namurois de l'Accordéon, Floreffe - Belgium
Contributed by Christine
7th Festival Namurois de l'Accordéon takes place at the l'abbaye
de Floreffe on October 16th, beginning with a dinner at 11am, followed
by the festival itself at 12 noon. Guest accordionists include musette
stars Jo Sony, Guy Denis, Laurent Pire, Denys Gigot, Erika (known
as 'The Princess of the Accordion') and Patrick Sengers.
The concerts take place at the San Giovanni Theater, at 9.30pm,
with free entrance:-
15 October 15th - Ermes Pirlo Quartet (Brescia, Italy) - featuring
a program of jazz and tango music
22 October 22nd - Etnikòs (Italy) - presenting the music
of Greece, Armenia, Turkey and the Balkans
October 29th - Toporowski Duo (Warsaw, Poland) - accordionists Grzergorz
Toporowski and Radoskav Toporowski perform music from Poland and
Burke is among the greatest exponents of traditional Irish music.
His sheer musical brilliance, his knowledge and love of his land,
its music and culture had earned him an immortal place in the history
of Irish music and Folklore. Resident in the USA for many years,
Joe Burke has now returned to Ireland, and now lives in Galway,
where he performs, records and teaches.
Glubochenko - composer, arranger, performer and scientist, releases
1 new work titled 'Grandfather's
Krutch' 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