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  16 June 2006 This weeks news | Past News  | Send news
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  Ron Beecham Passes Away, 20 June 2006 - UK
Friedrich Lips' European Visits, Moscow - Russia
Jon Hammond’s New CD, New York – USA
Cirque du Soleil Require an Accordionist, Montreal – Canada
Johnny Grande (1930-2006), Tennessee - USA

  Zoran Kirjakovski Concert, Skopje - Macedonia
Gary Dahl Releases New and Revised Arrangements – USA
International Accordion Orchestra Competition, Castelfidardo – Italy

 

Mazaika Concerts, London, Edinburgh – UK
Davide Bonetti Peformances, Brescia – Italy
Renato Borghetti Quartet’s European Tour, Porto Alegre - Brazil
NZ Tango Festival, Wellington – New Zealand
KlezMORE Festival, Vienna - Austria
Masterclass for Accordion and Bandoneon in Sauris, Friuli Venezia Giulia - Italy
Stefano Bizzari International Accordion Competition, Morro D'Oro – Italy




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Ronald Beecham Passes Away, 1936 to 20 June 2006 - UK
Contributed by Raymond Bodell, Chairperson, NAO of the UK

Born in Birmingham in 13 July 1936, Ron Beecham taught there for many years before his marriage to Elaine. They continued with teaching both in Birmingham and establishing the renowned Accordion School in Colchester where he and Elaine settled and raised their 2 sons Craig and Lloyd and one daughter Tara.

In 1972 he was elected Chairman of the National Accordion Organisation of the UK – an office he served for the following three years before becoming General Secretary from 1975-1983. He was elected an NAO Deputy President in 1985. Ron attended the CIA Coupe Mondiale as an adjudicator in 1979 when the event was held in Cannes France and later hosted the CIA winter congress in Colchester.

Together with Elaine he has travelled throughout the world with the renowned Colchester Accordion Orchestra.

He passed away, suffering from an extremely aggressive cancer of the bladder and liver, in hospital with his family at his bedside on the 20th June 2006. The funeral will be held on Monday 3rd July 1.15pm at Colchester Crematorium.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Elaine, his three children Craig, Lloyd and Tara, son-in –law Darren, grand daughter Darcy and all that knew him.

A truly memorable and devoted man.
 

Friedrich Lips' European Visits, Moscow - Russia
Contributed by Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif, of Friedrich Lips Productions

Friedrich Lips had a very successful week recently. After performing E. Podgaits ‘LIPS CONCERT’ with the Beethoven Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Roman Kofman, in Bonn he went to Tilburg in the Netherlands where he was invited to give a master class and concert at the conservatory. The visit to Tilburg was followed by two well-acclaimed solo recitals, organized by Gabriel and Michel Veit, near Mulhouse, and in the Protestant Church of Bischwiller, north of Strasbourg in France.

Friedrich Lips’ concert program included works by L. Boellmann, S. Gubaidulina, A. Khatchaturian, E. Derbenko, F. Schubert, G. Gershwin, A. Piazzolla, J. Strauss, and others.


In July Lips will be visiting Austria to give a master class in Imst - application still possible! and a recital in Graz.

For further information email: herbert@accordion-cd.co.at
 



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Jon Hammond’s New CD, New York – USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Musician and broadcaster Jon Hammond’s new CD ‘NDR SESSIONS Projekt’ features the soulful sound of his custom-made Excelsior model AC/R tone chamber accordion and Hammond organ. The repertoire is jazz standards plus some original pieces written by Jon, and the recording was made during a recent trip to Germany. The tracks include: ‘My One and Only Love’, ‘Satin Doll, ‘Theme from Black Orpheus’, ‘Blues in the Night’, ‘Skylark’, ‘Polka Dots and Moonbeams’, ‘Besame Mucho’, ‘Easy Living’, ‘No X-Cess Baggage Blues’, ‘Our Day Will Come’, ‘The More I See You’ and ‘Payphone Johnny’.

Jon Hammond will be performing with his trio at a fund raising event on July 15th for CHRS (California Historical Radio Society), between 10am and 2pm, in the parking lot of the original studios of KRE Radio on the wetlands of Berkeley California. The well-known radio broadcaster Wolfman Jack was filmed there in the 1973 movie ‘American Graffiti’, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard, and it has been a working transmitter since the 1930s. In between the live musical performances there will be an auction of collectable antique radios.

For further information email: jonhammond@jonhammondband.com
 
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Cirque du Soleil Require an Accordionist, Montreal – Canada
Contributed by
Rob Howard

Cirque du Soleil, the international circus company founded in Montreal in 1984, is looking for a professional standard accordionist to work as an accompanist.

Cirque du Soleil employs several large-scale touring and resident troupes, operating in most parts of the world. Founded by accordionist Guy Laliberté and a small group of other street performers – jugglers, acrobats and mime artistes.

Cirque du Soleil was a new concept in circus entertainment, with no animals or ringmaster, but a fast-moving choreographed show incorporating gymnastic-type acts, dancers and clowns, with a musical backdrop featuring original music.

For further information email: Alexia.Bhereur-Lagounaris@cirquedusoleil.com.
 

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Johnny Grande (1930-2006), Tennessee - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Johnny Grande was a founder member of Bill Haley and the Comets, playing accordion or piano on a string of singles: ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’, ‘See You Later, Alligator’ and, most famous of all, ‘Rock Around the Clock’ that changed the face of popular music in the mid-1950s.

Johnny Grande was born of Italian parentage in South Philadelphia, and initially pursued non-musical careers driving coal wagons and as a detective agency clerk. In his spare time, he played the accordion with country or polka bands performing at Pennsylvania's Sleepy Hollow Ranch.

In the late 1940s he joined Bill Haley’s backing band, the Four Aces of Western Swing, soon to be renamed the Saddlemen. At this point Haley was a Country & Western singer, but in the early 1950s the singer and band introduced a swing style that became known as ‘Rock 'n Roll’. In 1954 Bill Haley and the Comets, as they were then known, began a brief but spectacular period as best selling recording artistes. In 1956 Haley and the Comets starred in the film ‘Rock Around the Clock’, in which Grande appears playing accordion in the band.

The arrival of Elvis Presley in 1956 saw Bill Haley quickly eclipsed from the pop music scene, and Grande left the band in 1962 to teach music, and later become a restaurateur. In the late 1980s, after Haley’s death in 1981, Johnny Grande reformed the band as ‘Bill Haley’s Comets’, and began touring and recording once more.
 
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Zoran Kirjakovski Concert, Skopje - Macedonia
Contributed by Anica Karakutovska

On May 23rd, at Salon 19.19 in Skopje, as part of a series of concerts named ‘Search for New Stars’, the Culture and Information Centre presented accordionist Zoran Kirjakovski and his guests.

Zoran Kirjakovski, a student at the Faculty of Music-Skopje, in the accordion class of Professor Zorica Karakutovska, is the winner of a several international and national prizes. Zoran's solo program included works by Scarlatti, Weber, Zubitski, Derbenko and Malih. His special quests on the concert were his friends the accordion trio Kirjakovski-Stamevski-Todorovski, winners of the national competition for chamber music in 2005. The chamber ensemble performed ‘Clowns’, by Elizabeta Ilievska, as the last work at the concert and this was extremely well received by the audience.

The chamber ensemble, directed by Professor Zorica Karakutovska, consisted of Zoran Kirjakovski - accordion, Vanco Arevski - flute, Sasko Temelkov - clarinet, Kliment Todorovski - violin, Ljupco Milevski - cello, Atanas Aleksov - xylophone, and Blagoja Antovski - vibraphone. For this work Elizabeta Ilievska had received an award in the second ‘Pre-art competition for young composers 2006’, held in Zurich, Switzerland. ‘Clowns’ will be performed by pre-art soloists and by the ensemble Sonemus during September and October in Zurich, Basel, Geneva, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Pristina and Skopje.
  
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Gary Dahl Releases New and Revised Arrangements – USA
Contributed by Harley Jones

Gary Dahl has released 5 new arrangements this week - 'Can't Help Falling In Love', 'La Vie En Rose', 'Lille Marlene', 'Silent Night', 'Tulips from Amsterdam'. This eSheet music is available for purchase by credit card on MusicForAccordion.com and is emailed to your computer. These new pieces join over 150 other eSheet works previously released by Gary Dahl that have been very popular with accordionists.

Additionally this week, Gary Dahl has updated three arrangements - Les Bicyclettes De Belsize, Pigalle, Under Paris Skies. Gary is offering free of charge, these updated arrangements to anyone who has purchased the earlier version. To get an updated arrangement, email harleyaccordion@yahoo.com and put in the subject MusicForAccordion.com updated arrangement and you will receive the arrangement free of charge.
  
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International Accordion Orchestra Competition, Castelfidardo – Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl


Castelfidardo - Thunder and lightning, but also... showers and beautiful music. The second Springtime international competition ‘Citta di Castelfidardo’ for accordion orchestras took place recently. The accordion orchestra ‘Citta di Verona’ consisting of 20 players and directed by Maestro Luciano Brutti, won Category B (orchestras of medium level composed of young people or adults) with 18 marks out of 20, having made a strong impression on the judges.  In Category A, for advanced level orchestras, who had to perform a longer program (total 40 minutes), the Accordion Orquestra de Sabadell, directed by Miguel Angel, (winner of the special AWW-Award) was placed first with   18 marks, with against 17 marks awarded to the 32 German players of the Harmonica-Orchester of Uhingen. All placed orchestras have been awarded with trophies, money scholarships and diplomas.

Paolo Picchio - the artistic director comments: "The fact that the jury has decided to assign two first prizes and a second was not due to generosity, but was based on the artistic qualities”. The jury: President Maestro Riccardo Serenelli, originally from Castelfidardo, very active on an international level as accordion orchestra director, particularly in classical music; Maestro Ernesto Bellus, director of orchestras and founder of the Rossini Academy of Belluno; Maestro Rinaldo Strappati, teacher of brass at the conservatory Pergolesi di Fermo and teacher of advanced level courses, and director of ensembles and orchestras; Maestro Mirjana Petercol, Croatian by birth, concert artiste and accordion teacher in Germany, and Paolo Picchio, musicologist, publicist and composer.  The next event in Castelfidardo is planned for July 7th and 8th when the international diatonic accordion festival will take place.

For further information email: infocastelfidardo@tiscali.it
 

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Mazaika Concerts, London, Edinburgh – UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The duo Mazaika – Russian accordionist Igor Outkine and violinist Sarah Harrison, augmented by Simon Moore (guitar) and Bernard O’Neill (double bass), perform at the Purcell Room, South Bank, London on July 6th at 7.45pm.

Mazaika perform a dazzling mix of Russian folk songs, gypsy fiddle music, Tangos from Russia and Argentina, Neapolitan songs, Hot Club jazz and evocative original material.

Mazaika will perform as a duo in cabaret at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on August 28th at 3.45pm.

For further information email: igor.outkine@ntlworld.com
 

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Davide Bonetti Peformances, Brescia – Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Davide Bonetti and Daniela Savoldi (cello), will perform together in Brescia on July 26th at 9pm.
 

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Renato Borghetti Quartet’s European Tour, Porto Alegre - Brazil
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl


Accordionist Renato Borghetti is from Rio Grande do Sul in Southern Brazil. Borghetti has revised, adapted and modernized many of the native sounds of his home country. His fast and playful tunes combine the sounds of the Argentinian pampas with central European, Italian and French elements into a sparkling, contemporary mixture of Tango, Polka, Tex Mex and Musette.

He also adapts elements of Brazilian and global pop, samba and jazz into his unique style of accordion playing. And in spite of all experiments he remains 100% gaucho – with hat, long hair and wide trousers.

‘Borghettinho’, as his fans like to call him, has been recording for 20 years. He has shared the stage with Stephane Grapelli, Ron Carter and Hermeto Pascoal, and is the first Brazilian musician to achieve a golden record with purely instrumental music. ‘Gauchos’, his first European CD, was released in 2005, nominated for the ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’. In 2006 Borghetti will be back in Europe – for the first time with renowned Brazilian pianist Vitor Peixoto in the line up of the band.

Tour Dates:-
June 18th to 19th – United Islands Festival Prague, Czech Republic
23rd - Gallneukirchen (A), Gallnsteine, Austria
24th - Donauinselfest, Vienna
27th - Verona Jazz Festival, Italy
July 21st – Muziekpublique, Brussels, Belgium
22nd – Sehwirt, Pressbaum, Austria
25th - Xong Festival, Sent, Switzerland
26th - Seelax Festival, Bregenz, Austria
28th - Folkest Festival, Spilimbergo, Italy
29th - Schlossalm Bergstation, Bad Gastein, Austria
30th - Festival del Mondo, Reggio Emilia, Italy
31st - Mundus Festival, Italy
August 1st - Festival Trento Estate, Trento, Italy 3rd - Itinerari Musicali, Serravalle, Italy
4th - Festival Val Tidone, Val Tidone, Italy

For further information email: cultureworks@aon.at
 
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Tango Festival – New Zealand
Contributed by Rob Howard

The 5th New Zealand Tango Festival takes place from June 29th to July 2nd, involving a range of dance tuition classes. The Funyi Tango Tro, from Argentina, featuring Norberto Vogel on bandoneon, will be performing throughout the festival. The trio have recently released a CD titled ‘Tangos paros Beunos Aires’, and are making their second visit to this festival.

For further information email: info@nztangofestival.co.nz
 
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KlezMORE Festival, Vienna - Austria
Contributed by Friedl Preisl


The annual KlezMORE Festival, an international klezmer music, song and dance event, takes place at various venues in Vienna from July 2nd to 16th.

Most of the bands involved feature accordion, including the Klezmatics (USA), Duo Lerner Y Moguilevsky (Argentina), Pressburger Klezmer Band (Slovakia), Ensemble Klesmer Wien unplugged (Austria), Konsonans Retro (Moldova), Khupe Trio (Netherlands/Germany/UK), Budowitz (USA/Hungary), the Amsterdam Klezmer Band (Netherlands), and the Kohelet 3 (Germany/Austria).

For further information email: friedl.preisl@aon.at
 
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Masterclass for Accordion and Bandoneon in Sauris, Friuli Venezia Giulia - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The city Hall of Sauris in collaboration with Zaharmonte and the association Lillium organize a masterclass from July 19th to the 23rd for accordion and bandoneon in Sauris, Friuli Venezia Giulia, with Peter Soave (USA) and his wife Mady Soave (France). The master classes are offered on both instruments to enthusiasts as well as for professionals in a most beautiful setting where you can combine studies with meditation.

For further information email: info@biasin.com
 
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Stefano Bizzari International Accordion Competition, Morro D'Oro – Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The 15th annual ‘S. Bizzari’ International Accordion Competition takes place in Morro D'Oro from July 27th to 29th. The competition includes classical, variety and jazz sections, with numerous cash prizes including a 10,000 Euros top prize. The organiser is Danilo D'Eugenio. The closing date for entries is June 30th.

For further information email: info@premiobizzarri.com
 

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