Festival of Accordion Music, Wroclaw - Poland
Contributed by Rob
jointly by the regional government of Lower Silesia and the Austrian
Consulate in Krakow, the first International Festival of Accordion
Music takes place in Wroclaw from January 6th to 8th 2006.
The festival music covers everything from Baroque to Jazz, and
there will be will be two categories of competition: for soloists
and for chamber ensembles and accordion orchestras. The competitions
are open to amateur and professional musicians, and there are
no age limitations.
A special guest of the festival will be Yurij Shyshkin (Russia)
- the winner of numerous international accordion competitions:
(Germany 1988), Kansas City (USA - 1990), and Castelfidardo
(Italy - 1991). The Festival Director is Olexiy Suslov.
Venglevski, now resident in the USA, is to perform the following
October 14th, 7.30pm - Russian Seasons in Minnesota - 5th Annual
Festival 'Ship of Desire', at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St
Catherine's College, St Paul, Minnesota.
October 20th, UWM - Milwaukie, Wisconsin.
November 12th - Classic Tango Show, with The Stas Venglevski Tango
Ensemble and vocalist Laura Crotte at the Cedarburg Cultural Center,
November 21st - Arizona Accordion Club, Phoenix, Arizona, with
jazz accordionist John SimkusRussian.
Leslie's English Concert Tour, London - UK
Contributed by Rob
Lisa-Lee Leslie has just completed a highly successful long run
as an actor and musician in a modernised version of William Shakespeare's
play 'As you like it', at the Wyndhams theatre in London's West
End, alongside actress Sienna Miller. The historic play was updated
and set in 1940s France, featuring an original score for accordion.
Lisa will shortly be undertaking a short UK tour of accordion clubs,
and her tour itinerary to date is as follows:-
November 2nd - Fairtykes Accordion Club - Hornchurch, Essex
16th - Leyland Accordion Club, Lancashire.
- 'Accordion Workshop Group', 7.30pm, Stainton Memorial Hall, Stainton,
Middlesborough; email email@example.com November 19th - Skipton Town Hall, North Yorkshire, 7.30pm
- also featuring The Craven Orchestra and accordionist Rob Thorn;
email firstname.lastname@example.org November 22nd - Stockport Accordion Club, 8pm; email Rob
accordion clubs or societies interested in booking Lisa-Lee on this
tour please email: email@example.com
& Radio Host Jon Hammond will be on hand to host Music China
Warm Up Party on October 18th at 9pm, commemorating the beginning
of 4th Music China together with Music Director Danny Woody and
Band plus very special guests. Jon Hammond is a member of the
American Federation of Musicians Union Local 802 and host and
producer of the radio and television shows HammondCast and Jon
Hammond Show for 22 years on Time Warner TV and Infinity Broadcasting
Members of Media and Exhibitors of Music China will be joining
Mr. Hammond and Mr. Woody for cocktails and live music in the
warm and friendly atmosphere of the Portman Ritz - Carlton Jazz
Bar to meet and greet the international participants of Music
China international trade show event.
The Music China Warm Up Party event will be carried on a live
MULTICAST courtesy of Apple Computers and sponsors: Hammond Suzuki,
CASIO, Superlux and Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
accordionist Francesco Pennese, a student of Renzo
Ruggieri, has just released his first CD, titled 'Io e la mia
Fisarmonica'. The music includes everything from Radetsky to Zez
Confrey, and Rimsky Korsakov to popular Italian pieces. The CD is
published by Musicomania.
final concert in a summer season at the Communal Library of Scalea,
in the Southern Italy, featured a performance by accordionist Salvatore
Cauteruccio, with Pietro Perrone (violin) and Enzo Campagna (guitar).
World Records has recently released a two CD, one hour and forty
minute chamber opera: 'The Floating Box', by Jason Kao Hwang. It
traces the history of Chinese immigrants and their settling in New
York's Chinatown. The libretto is by Catherine Filloux. The opera
features an elaborate accordion part performed by William Schimmel.
A recent review in the International Record Review states: "most
inspired of all is his (Hwang's) use of the accordion to provide
the harmonic filling: and in this he is served by the admirable
William Schimmel, whose subtlety is in itself one of the highlights
of the recording."
Kao Huang worked closely with Schimmel
in developing this intricate part and Mr. Huang uses it as a bridge
between his scoring for western instruments as well as traditional
Chinese instruments such as the erhu and the pipa. The International
Record Review lists Schimmel as a character in the opera along with
the singers. 'The Floating Box' had its world premiere in 2001 at
Asia Society in New York. Juan Carlos Rivas conducted both the premiere
and the recording.
series of concerts at the Theater of San Giovanni in Brescia, organised
by Davide Bonetti, includes the following:-
October 15th, at 9.30pm - tango, musette and jazz performed by Ermes
Pirlo (accordion), Fabrizio Zappamilio (guitar), Giulio Corini (bass)
and Emanuele Maniscalco (drums).
October 22nd, at 9.30pm - 'Etnikos - A Musical Journey from East
to West', featuring Davide Bonetti (accordion), Beppe Gioacchini
(percussion) and Marco Tiraboschi (oud, baglama, bouzuki and guitar).
October 29th, at 9.30pm - The Warsaw Duo, Grzergorz Toporowski (accordion)
and Radoskav Topotowski (accordion) perform music from Poland and
many other countries. Also on October 29th, from 9.30am to 12noon,
and 3pm to 6pm, Davide Bonetti is to lead a day of accordion activities.
Mazaika Duo in Concert, Ormskirk - UK
Contributed by Rob
Mazaika Duo - Igor Outkine (accordion) and Sarah Harrison (violin)
perform a concert of Russian and Gypsy music plus Hot Club Jazz
at The Beaufort Hotel, Burscough, Ormskirk, Lancashire on November
2nd, at 8.30pm. Andy Mackenzie (guitar) and Paul Roberts (double
bass) will accompany the duo.
Igor Outkine (Russia) studied classical accordion in Elektrostal's
music college and traditional singing in Gnessin Institute in Moscow.
He performed extensively with top folk groups and with the Rozovsky
Theatre of Moscow. He came to London in 1990 with the gypsy band
Loyko and has continued to perform the music of his homeland in
He is also in demand for film and recording sessions (he has played
on several major film soundtracks) and has appeared several times
on UK television. Igor's vocal and instrumental repertoire covers
an extremely wide range of music such as Classical and Opera, Neapolitan
song, Argentinean and Russian Tango, Jazz and Pop.
Semionov (accordion) and Natalie Semionov (domra), known as
the Duo Semionov, will perform at Waldmüllerzentrum, 1100 Wien,
Hasengasse 38, on November 21st at 7pm. The concert is organised
by Hermi Kaleta.