at Musikmesse Frankfurt - Germany
Contributed by Harley
Musikmesse Frankfurt Fair takes places from March 29th to April
1st. The Suoni Company, from Castelfidardo, Italy, will be there
with their range of Scandalli,
and Paganini accordions. Suoni will have some new models on show
from Scandalli and Paolo Soprani. On Friday and Saturday their demonstrator
will be on the stand playing the famous Scandalli Super VI.
Many of these manufacturers take demonstrators to the event for
performances and demonstrations to the public of their product range
including new products often released for this event. Cavagnolo's
demonstrator will be French accordionist Jean-Louis
Paoletti-Kampl, Accordions Worldwide Europe Manager, will be
present as an exhibitor on behalf of Accordions Wordwide. Accordionist,
organist and broadcaster Jon Hammond, from New York, USA, will also
be present at the Musikmesse Fair demonstrating for Excelsior,
as well as hosting his annual 'Musikmesse Warm Up Party' on March
28th at the Jazzkeller.
Karthause-Schmülling Musik and Medien are a prominent high
quality music publishing house in all ranges of music (solo literature,
chamber music, orchestra works, educational instruction music, classical
and contemporary music) and vowel music. Their special emphasis
lies in literature for accordion, for concert, education, folklore,
including hundreds of works of important Soviet composers.
The site features various search options such as by composer, grade,
style of music, that help viewers quickly find the type of music
they want. The site also features text descriptions about many works.
Director Ulrich Schmülling
is also the owner and director of the Intermusik
Newspaper, a major German accordion news publication.
Accordion Factory - Italy
Jones, Director of the Accordions
Worldwide believes it has now given all parties involved a fair
opportunity to make a public statement. Several legal actions are
now before the courts and these will be reported at the appropriate
Concertina Concert, Stockport - UK
Contributed by Rob
John Nixon's demonstration concert of the midi concertina
at Stockport Accordion Club in the North of England proved to be a
most interesting evening, with John performing sounds and styles of
the Spanish guitar, clarinet, trumpet, panpipes, church organ, etc.
Using pre-recorded backing CDs, the audience heard a variety of sounds
for some numbers.
The tricky Benny Goodman composition 'Slipped Disc' was one of the
most memorable items, using clarinet backed by a rhythm section. John's
'string quartet' performance of Mozart's 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'
was a startling combination of 2 violins, viola and cello. Some of
the concertina purists in attendance seemed to be sceptical about
the uses and potential of midi, but we did have a most enjoyable performance
from John Nixon.
John Nixon is one of the UK's leading concertina players, and has
worked with the likes of Henry Mancini, Barbara Streisland, Paul McCartney,
and accordionists Frank Marocco, Jack Emblow, Harry Hussey and Marcel
Accordion Festival - Serbia and Montenegro
Contributed by Mirco
Belgrade Accordion Festival took place on March 12th and 13th, which
from this year has become an international event. The organization
was handled exceptionally well by Aleksandar Sasha Nikolic, accordion
and bandoneon concert artiste, teacher and Director of the Muzicka
Skola Vuckovic of Belgrade.
standard of the competitors was high throughout the proceedings.
The competition jury consisted of Mirco
Patarini (Italy), Alexander
Selivanov (Russia), Miroslav Jankech (Slovakia), Miljan Bjeletic
(Serbia), and Aleksandar Nikolic (Serbia). Mika
Vayrynen (Finland) was unable to attend due to illness.
An evening concert on March 10th opened the festival, featuring
a magnificent performance by Alexander Selivanov. The evening concert
on the 11th was an exceptional event based featuring the quintet
Beltango, featuring Alexandar Nicolic on bandoneon and the dancers
Joselito and Juanita, who produced a dazzling interpretation of
pieces by Astor Piazzolla.
Accordion students from the Muszicka Skola Vuckovic, known as Tango
Juventud, gave an after concert performance in the theatre foyer
of Argentinean tangos. The festival concluded with a concert featuring
the various section winners.
Salzburg Quintet, featuring Günther
Lerch on accordion, were at the recent Winter Olympics. They
stayed in the house of the Austrian skiing team for 4 days, playing
music and celebrating the successes of their national team's medal
tally of 9 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze medals. Austria finished
3rd in the medals table.
Picture 1 - olympic champion downhill Antonine Dereriaz from France.
Picture 2 - Michael Walchhofer und Günther
Lerch with his new Fismen
Picture 3 - the group with the Austrian skiers
Showcase, London - UK Contributed
students of the Royal Academy of Music will perform solo and chamber
works by Domenico Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Mozart, Luciano Berio, Timothy
Bowers and Sergej Berinski in a concert on March 24th, at 7.30pm.
The RAM is on Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT.
Premiere and Tango Concert, Melbourne - Australia Contributed by Rob
impaired, Melbourne accordionist, Bernadette
Conlon, will give what is believed to be the Australian premiere
of Andrew Walter's Reflections for Accordion and Symphony Orchestra,
in a concert with the Frankston Symphony Orchestra. The vibrant concert
will also include Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion, with strings, as well
as some specially crafted tangos, with tango dancers.
This concert will take place on Sunday, April 2nd, at 2:30pm at the
Frankston Arts Centre and is a unique opportunity to hear the accordion
in an orchestral setting.
Wallace Concerts, Ontario - Canada
Contributed by Rob
Len Wallace, from Windsor, Ontario, has the following concert appearances
in his diary:-
March 31st, (with The Bowsies) - Dick O'Dow's, Birmingham, Michigan,
April 14th, (with The Bowsies) - Dick O'Dow's, Birmingham, MI
April 21st, (with The Bowsies) - Fiddler's Hearth, South Bend, Indiana
April 28th - The Kildare House, Windsor, Ontario
April 29th - (with The Diggers), Scottish Club, Windsor
May 12th - (with The Bowsies) Dick O'Dow's, Birmingham, MI
May 13th - The Kildare House, Windsor, ON
May 19th - Lundy's Lane Folk Society, Midland, ON
May 26th - (with The Diggers), Baile Corcaigh, Detroit, MI
May 27th - (with The Bowsies) Fiddler's Hearth, South Bend, IN
also produces an interesting and amusing newsletter titled 'Squeezebox
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Korbakov UK Tour Contributed
Korbakov, from St Petersburg, Russia, is to tour the UK in June
and July. His concert dates are:-
June 3rd - South East Cornwall Accordion Club
7th - Sherborne, Dorset (with The Yetties)
8th - Stockland Church, Honiton, Devon
12th - Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster
16th - Guildford Accordion Club
17th - Youlgreave Methodist Church, Derbyshire
20th - Sheffield Accordion Club
21st - Lumsdale School, Matlock, Derbyshire
24th - Soar Valley Accordion Club, Leicestershire
29th - Harlow Accordion Club
30th - Cambridge Accordion Club
July 1st - Long Marston, Hertfordshire
5th - Christ Church, Southport, Lancashire
course focusing on jazz accordion takes place on April 13th and 14th,
from 9am to 1 pm and 2.30 to 7pm, at A.P.M. Music center, via Preturi
Collepero n°59 cap, 03012, Anagni. Professor Antonio Colagiovanni
leads the course.
Noton has been invited by Thierry Accard (Professor of Accordion)
to hold a Master Class in Saint Dizier. The scheduled dates are July
25th to 29th at the E.S.T.I.C. and the event is open to all levels
with individual and collective courses for individual needs. The cost
is 180 Euros.
Mondiale Selection, Rome - Italy Contributed
Paoletti-Kampl The selection of candidates to represent Italy in the CIA Coupe
Mondiale will soon take place, and full details are now available.
The selection process takes place on July 16th from 9am, in the town
of Santa Maria delle Mole, near Rome The 2006
Coupe Mondiale takes place in Asker, Norway from October 18th
accordionist Bert Santilly writes:- "I
am doing a gig for a couple getting married in July and they want
an accordionist to 'honour the grandmother`s memory'.
The grandmother was apparently a well-known accordionist in the 1930s
and 1940s in California, USA. Her name was either Teresa Robbiano
or Teresa Parcell. Her first husband, Joseph Parcell, was French-Italian
and they had a travelling trio comprising of accordion, banjo and
something else (not known). Apparently the husband was killed in an
accident and the grandmother never played again.
I would like
to fill in some of the gaps in the story for this couple if I can,
and I would be grateful for any info you might be able to find;
or failing that, for any help you can offer in pointing me in the
direction of someone who might have that sort of info".
Free of Charge
- Advertising Theme of the Eurovision Song Contest, Athens 2006. Israeli
arranger, composer and performer Yehuda
Oppenheimer has just released in cooperation with MusicForAccordion.com
an arrangement of the Te
Deum Prelude, which was written by M.A.Charpentier (1643-1704).
This melody is the advertising theme of the Eurovision Song Contests,
which is next being held in Athens.
This year the Eurovision Semi Final is being run on 18 May and the
Final on 20 May. As a promotional gift, the new arrangement is being
sent free of charge to all MusicForAccordion.com February and March
2006 clients. So buy any music, book or CD from MusicForAccordion.com
in March 2006 and you will receive free of charge, this new arrangement
by Yehuda Oppenheimer. Listen to the sample
tracks of the beautiful Oppenheimer CD now online as well as view
samples of his fine compositions
The Coupe Mondiale
International Accordion Competition website has been updated with
all the information pertaining to the 59th Coupe Mondiale World Accordion
Championships to be held in Asker, Norway from October 18-22, 2006.
Information includes a tentative schedule of events, accommodation,
competition categories, guidelines for participants and general information
Accordionists' Association (AAA) site has been updated to show
current competition information for 2006 including the national festival
comeptitions and the $10,000 first prize 'Vivian Vivio Stolaruk International
Entertainment Competition for Accordionists' which will be held from
July 12-14, 2006 at the Adams Mark Hotel, Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY.
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of accordion and electronic keyboards assemblage. Mechanical assemblage
of all kind of accordions. Constituent elements of accordion assemblage.
Accordion repairing. Revisione generale per fisarmonica. Accordion
International des Accordéonistes (CIA) website has been
updated with a complete review of the 2006 Winter Congress and official
opening of the CIA Archives which took place in Ikaalinen, Finland,
and onboard the Silja Europa Finnish Accordion Association Cruise
to Sweden and back.
James O' Brien
- composer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for
accordion available for purchase online. 'Talk
To Me' (traditional), 'Tarantella-Napolitana'
Sul Mar' (traditional), 'Wild
Mountain Thyme' (traditional), 'Windmiller
Polka' (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.
Glubochenko releases a new composition of 'Walk
With the Mops'. Sample of the music is available online.
The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer.
Purchase with credit card.