(Some name changes as people did not come)
This is the largest accordion festival ever to be held in China. International
accordionists in performance include Peter
Soave (USA), Pavel Feniuk (Ukraine), Viktor Romanko (Russia),
Noton, Cyril Blanchard (France), and 2005 Coupe Mondiale Junior
Virtuoso Entertainment Champion Antonio Mancini (Italy).
Institute of Music, Sydney - Australia
Jones has recently been appointed Coordinator of Contemporary Performance
at the Australian Institute of Music. Elizabeth is currently combining
this work with her position of head of accordion studies, chamber
staff and keyboard skills tutor. Her concerts have included solo recitals
at the NSW Art Gallery and St. Andrew's Cathedral. With the orquestra
tipica 'Tiempo di Tango', Elizabeth has performed on bandoneon at
various Milongas festivals and has released a CD.
The Australian Institute of Music is the first Australian tertiary
institution to offer accordion as an instrumental major as part of
a Bachelors Degree. Within the Contemporary Department students can
study World Music, Jazz, Blues, Rock and join flourishing ensembles.
In addition to a weekly individual lesson, students study core subjects
such as theory, history and aural. Performance based subjects include
Performance Studies, Concert Practice and Ensemble. The Classical
department offers the same range of subjects.
Accordion can also be studied at a postgraduate within the Masters
Degree, or at a Diploma level for students wishing to spend a shorter
time studying. The Australian Institute of Music is the first Australian
Institute to offer a trimester year. As a result students can be actively
working on a professional level within two years (six trimesters).
new accordion class directed by the international renowned Polish
accordionist Grzegosz Stopa was opened at the Conservatory of Vienna
(Private University) recently. Entry exams for 2006/07 will be held
on June 9th 2006. Please send your application as soon as possible
Accordion Festival, Lancashire - UK
annual Blackpool Accordion Festival, held at the Norbreck Castle
Hotel, featured the incredible midi sounds and great musicianship
Noton (France), whose colourful performances of a truly global
repertoire amazed his audiences.
The other overseas guest accordionist, Ottar Johansen, from Norway,
was in sober contrast to the flamboyant Frenchman, but with an equal
level of technique and musicality. Ottar, who was taught by Toralf
Tollefsen, had a flawless technique and was adept at both the accordion
classics and with swing music. He had a vast repertoire of music,
all committed to memory, could take any requests, and was willing
to play virtually 'at the drop of a hat'.
Scotland's Ian Cruickshanks, a Shand Morino button accordionist,
was the other guest and workshop leader. His technique could also
be described as flawless, and his bright and bouncy playing of Scottish
dance music evoked memories of the great Jimmy Shand.
England's Rosemary Wright and Scotland's Walter Perrie were other
guests whose concert appearances added considerably to the festival,
as did the stage performances of teenage duo Lindsay Garvin (accordion)
and Auriol Evans (cello).
The quality and variety of the music heard during the weekend must
have satisfied most tastes, and was a credit to festival organiser
William Schimmel Performs in Rossini's Last Work, New York - USA
Contributed by Rob
April 30th, William
Schimmel took part in an historic performance of Rossini's 'Petite
Messe Solennelle' for chorus, soloists, piano and harmonium. In
this rarely performed work, Dr Schimmel realized and performed the
harmonium part on the accordion, as well as supplying a 'virtual
orchestration' spontaneously during the rehearsals and performance.
The Mass was written in 1863 and lasts about one and a half hours
and is designed to be performed in salon like settings due to its
accompanying small forces. Rossini died in 1868.
The performance took place at St George's Church, a New York City
landmark. It was performed by the St George Choral Society and conducted
by Matthew Lewis, who stated the following in the program notes:
"The use of the accordion in today's
performance, while a bit unconventional, is actually closer to Rossini's
intention, that of harmonium and piano alone.
The harmonium (a reed organ without a pedal board, but pumped by
the organist while playing) was a very popular instrument in the
19th century. Even today it is not difficult to come across these
antique, often ornate and beautiful cabinet instruments in antique
Many composers wrote music for the harmonium, including Frank, Faure
and Vierne. It made possible a whole range of chamber music, or
salon music, that was normally performed in more intimate settings.
The accordion and harmonium are, after all, pretty similar - both
operating on a wind supplied generated by the player, and their
sounds are very similar since their 'stops' are similar.
I hope you enjoy this performance, and that it gives you an idea
of the fresh whimsy and charm that are so prevalent in this wonderful
Matthew Lewis e-mailed
Schimmel after the first rehearsal: "It's a real pleasure
to work with you. It's a great feeling to just let someone do their
thing and know that it will be great".
Radio Scotland's 'Take the Floor', Perth - UK
Contributed by Rob
The BBC Radio Scotland program celebrated 70 years of
promoting Scottish dance music and the accordion with a live broadcast
on April 19th from the new Concert Hall in Perth. Artistes appearing
included The Occasionals (featuring accordionist Freeland Barbour),
The David Cunningham Scottish Dance Band, The Nicky McMichan Scottish
Dance Band, Old Blind Dogs and a very special appearance by vocalist
culture is being exported to China with the "2006 Hohner
Fun Tour". The participants include Frederic
Richard and Cyril Blanchard who return again to China from May
31 to 14 June, to
carry out a series of concerts and master classes at the universities
of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chengdu.
is Viktor Romanko of Russia, widely known for his concerts and his
popular improvisations. They have all been invited to China for this
tour which is sponsored by the Hohner
subsidiary Hohner China.
Doktorski Performs with Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, Pennsylvania
- USA Contributed
Howard Concert Accordionist Henry Doktorski will perform with the Pittsburgh
Live Chamber Orchestra at Synod Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(behind St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland) on May 6th at 8 pm. The program
includes a performance of 'Step,' a tango for chamber orchestra
by Pittsburgh composer Jeremy Sment.
Other works on the program are: 'Overture to L'Italiana in Algeri',
by G. Rossini, 'Concierto de Aranjuez' (Guitar Concerto) by J. Rodrigo,
'Claire de Lune', by Debussy, and 'Classical Symphony, op. 25',
by S. Prokofiev.
Emorine and Roman Jbanov (Paris
Moscou Duo) will conduct a master class, from July 30th to August
4th, in the town of La Bourbelle in the French region of the Auvergne.
The week is open for all styles, playing levels and ages.
Tàngheri will be in concert at the St Patrick jazz club, Barletta,
on May 7th. The music is provided by a quintet that includes accordionist
Zagoranski Concert, London - UK
Contributed by Rob
accordionist Borut Zagoranski, Post Graduate student at the Royal
Academy of Music in London, studying with Professor
Owen Murray, performs at the Wigmore Hall in London on 15th May
15th. The concert begins at 7.30pm, and also features Alexander Sitkovetsky
- violin; Kumiko Ito - piano, Etienne Cutajar - horn, John Reid -
piano, Clara Mouriz - mezzo-soprano, and Joseph Middleton - piano.
Sundance DVD Release, Hengelo - Netherlands
Contributed by Rob
Sundance, renowned as the most remarkable 'Hot Club de France' - style
jazz sextet in the Netherlands, featuring Bosnian-born accordionist
Nihad Hrustanbegovic, next week release a DVD. The tracks on the DVD
include 'Douce Ambiance', 'Moorea', 'Donna Lee', 'Libertango', 'Summertime',
and 'Sweet Georgia Brown'.
The ensemble Mediterranean Sundance plays not only the music of Django
Reinhardt, but also include the influence of flamenco, tango, Oriental
and world music to create an international musical mosaic.
The members of Mediterranean Sundance are: accordionist Nihad Hrustanbegovic
- accordion, Mozes Rosenberg - lead guitar, Harry Klunder - rhythm
guitar, Faifie Reinhardt - rhythm guitar, Watti Rosenberg - violin
and Fremdo Rosenberg - bass.
band Astoria releases a new CD 'Tiempo Del Angel' on May 11th, at
8pm, at the Hotel de Ville in Brussels. Astoria are a seven-piece
band, featuring Christophe Delporte on accordion, and their new CD
includes music by Astor Piazzolla.
Dance Theatre Celebrates and Honors Muslim Cultures with Music and
Dance, Minnesota - USA
Contributed by Rob
Ethnic Dance Theatre's mission is to foster understanding and awareness
of world cultures through the re-creation and presentation of traditional
ethnic dance and music. These shows invite the audience to "smell
the kabobs, see the minarets and graceful arabesques through the exotic,
exhilarating and romantic music and dance of Uzbekistan, Indonesia,
Bosnia, Albania, Iran, Tunisia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Tajikistan,
Egypt and Afghanistan". The EDT Folk Orchestra, including Dee
Langley on accordion, accompanies the EDT dancers.
The shows take place on June 2nd and 3rd at 8 pm, and on June 4th
at 2 pm at the E.M. Pearson Theater, Concordia University, 312 N.
Hamline Ave, St Paul.
Interview with Peppini Principe is now online, detailing some
of the important moments of this famous accordionist and composer's
life and his tremendous popular successes. It makes a most interesting
historical record and is published in English
A new site selling a CD titled "Oleg
Sharov Bayan Collage" with sound samples. Supplied by Karthause-Schmuelling
of Germany. Purchase online.
A new site selling a CD titled "Impromptu"
with sound samples. Supplied by Karthause-Schmuelling of Germany.
A new site for
Yuri Medianik selling a CD titled "Recollections
Of Piazzolla" with sound samples. Music performed by Yuri
medianik. Purchase online.
A new Celebrity
Interview of Peppini Principe is now online, detailing some of
the important moments of this famous acordionist and composers life
and his tremendous popular successes. It makes a most interesting
historical record, published in English
Landa/spanish accordionist - new information on her site.
Cameli/italian diatonic accordionist - new information on his
A new site
selling a CD titled 'Primus
Ikaalinen' with sound samples. Supplied by the Finnish Accordeon
Institute. Purchase online.
A new site selling a CD titled 'Muistojen
Harmonikka' with sound samples. Supplied by the Finnish Accordeon
Institute. Purchase online.