The competition will feature six categories of competition including the 60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale, the International Competition for Piano Accordion, the Junior Coupe Mondiale, both the Senior and Junior International Competitions for Virtuoso Entertainment Music and the International Competition for Ensemble Music.
In addition to the CIA competitions, other highlights include nightly concerts, the performance of the World Accordion Orchestra directed by Joan C. Sommers, a massed band performance on the steps for US Capitol building, a sightseeing tour of Washington, DC, the 60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale Gala Banquet, performances by the US Army and the US Air Force Bands, each featuring an accordionist, the international competition for female accordionists, in honor of Maddalena Belfiore, the AAA and ATG festival competitions, and much more.
The famed Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will feature a weeklong series of accordion concerts on their Millennium Stage. All concerts are open to the public and broadcast live on their simultaneous webcast.
For the 8th time, the International Accordion Festival takes place on Viennas stages. In the Danube metropolis, accordion sounds - either experimental, traditional or both - will expel the winter and introduce the spring. The festival offers a forum for networking, communication, discussions and interaction, thus creating structures for relaxation, concentrated listening and socialising.
From February 24th to March 25th, 200 artistes from 27 countries will perform 30 concerts, including 12 double concerts!. Their list sounds like a ‘Who’s Who’ of the accordion: Otto Lechner, Krzysztof Dobrek, Martin Lubenov, Klaus Paier, Sascha Shevchenko, Renato Borghetti in duo with his idol Raúl Barboza, the legendary Ciro Perez, with his Trio P.S.P., Ulrich Kodjo Wendt, Renato Borghetti, Marinette Bonnert & Pere Romaní, Riccardo Tesi, Motion Trio, Richard Galliano, Beni Schmid, with Stian Carstensen and Georg Breinschmied, Chili Cheeps, Tini Trampler, Heinz Ditsch, Stefan Sterzinger, Attwenger and Roland Neuwirth, Madagascar All Stars and Zamballarana, to name just a few. Female artistes will be present more than ever: R. Garniez, E. Scollo & C.Pfeifer, T. Trampler, B. Faast, Fatima Spar, J. Neundlinger, M. Bonnert, D. Sadeh, A. Wiehmann, E. Petrova, A. Bennent, V. Pfeil, M. Rahmann, M. Jessa, Iva Nova and many more.
Accordion - this stands for more than one musical style, more than one individual type of artistic language - accordion, this is life-style!
Accordionist Zevy Zions’ new CD, ‘Olive Blossoms’ has been released. This recording is a compilation of some tunes and arrangements by Zevy’s teacher, Charles Nunzio, some Frosini tunes, and other solo pieces. The 18 tracks include ‘Coquette Polka’, ‘Florette’, ‘Bel Fiore’, ‘Olive Blossoms’, ‘Mozart Menuetto’, ‘Czardas’, ‘Elenita’, ‘Klezmer Suite’, ‘Serenata Primaverile’, ‘La Cumparsita’, ‘Lady of Spain’ and ‘The Carnival of Venice’.
On January 24th 2007 the well-known Russian musician and composer Aidar Gainullin made an extraordinary impression in the castle of Forges, near Paris, with his group of the following musicians: Elena Lutz - bayan, Andrey Glebov - double bass, and Phillip Bernhardt - percussion.
The concert has been dedicated to the opening of the yearly international linguistic exhibition ‘Expolang-2007’, where Russia was presented as the guest of honour. The First Lady of France, Bernadette Chirac, wife of French President Jacques Chirac, and other prominent people were overwhelmed by Aidar’s performance.
Dr William Schimmel appears with The Tango Project in the motion picture, ‘All the Kings Men’, starring Sean Penn, now available on DVD. He can also be heard on the soundtrack of the movie, ‘The Baker, to be released in May, and plays on the new CD release of ‘Pinsk and Blue’, by Alla Borzova, on Albany Records, to be released at the end of March.
Dr Schimmel’s diary includes the following appearances:
January 25th - Manhattan School of Music, New York - guest composer/performer at the Composers’ Forum - performed his own ‘Dean Martin Variations’ and ‘Pro But’, Luciano Berio’s ‘Sequenza 13 (Chanson)’ and Liam Robinson’s ‘In a China Shop’
February 12th - Nancy Lee’s Pig Heaven - Chinese New Year - guest artiste
February 14th to 18th - appearing in ‘A Musical Journey’, starring Vicki Phillips at the Mishler Theatre in Altoona, Pa. Performing the music of Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel and Charles Aznavour
February 22nd to 24th - Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theatre, New York - Jazz Orchestra at Lincoln Center - Wynton Marsalis, conducting - Jazz and Art - Mark O’Connor , violin - Wycliffe Gordon, trombone and tuba and Bill Schimmel, accordion - all guest artistes in a new work by Ted Nash – 8pm
March 13th – Modern works - Christ and St Stephen’s Church, New York - performing in the world premiere of ‘Spiral Jetty’, by Anthony Cornicello for accordion, violin, cello and electronics, as well as works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Judith Shatin
March 17th, 6pm – ‘Close Encounters with Music’ - St James’ Church - Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Performing in the world premiere of Jorge Martin’s ‘Ropa vieja - Cuban Suite No 2’ for accordion, cello and percussion
March 23rd - same concert as above - Theatre 4301, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona
March 24th - concert with Angelina Reaux, soprano – ‘The music of Kurt Weill’ - Napa Valley, California
May 5th, 3pm - same concert as March 13th - Eastern Connecticut University – Hartford, Connecticut
February 18th to 19th - Eastbourne Accordion Festival
March 31st, 7.30 pm - Middlesbrough Accordion Workshop, Stainton Village Hall, Stainton, near Middlesbrough
April 20th, 7.30 pm - Guildford Accordion Club, Ripley Village Hall, Surrey
April 22nd, 2pm - Whitehorse Accordion Club, Westbury Leigh Community Hall, Wiltshire
May 2nd, 7.30pm - Fairtykes Accordion Club, Fairkytes Arts Centre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex
May 15th, 7.30pm - North Staffs Accordion Club, Holditch Colliery Club, Chesterton, near Newcastle-Under-Lyme
June 21st, 7.30pm - Harlow Accordion Club, Links Social Club, Parsloe Road, Harlow, Essex
February 10th – Forlì, Sismica; program, involving the dancer Kathleen Delaney, includes ‘Aner & Xelda in Wonderland’ (premiere of Jacomucci’s new work), Igor Stravinsky – ‘Petrushka’, Maurice Ravel – ‘Ma Mere l’Oye’, and John Zorn – ‘Road Runner’.
26th – Lugano, Switzerland: broadcast on Radio Svizzera, the Italian language Swiss radio station
March 17th – Amsterdam (same program as on February 10th)
May 8th to 13th - La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland – Les Amplitudes Festival, dedicated to Salvatore Sciarrino ; program includes ‘Vagabonde Blu’ - S. Sciarrino, new work - D.Glaus *premiere Claudio Jacomucci, accordion solo
June 1st to 3rd - Bourges, France - Synthese Festival
On February 17th, 9pm, the Victor Prieto Trio, with vocalist Maria Cangiano, appear in concert at Night and Day, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Victor tells us: “My series of shows at Night and Day resumes in February until June, always the 3rd Saturday of each month”.
The Victor Prieto Trio includes Carlo deRosa - bass and Vince Cherico - drums.
The magazine ‘All About Jazz’ says "Spanish-born jazz accordionist Victor Prieto is the most exciting such player to come on the scene since Eddie Monteiro. Melding Argentine and Brazilian influences with a bop sensibility, Prieto gives the lie to all of the nasty things that have been said over the years about the much-maligned squeezebox."
Russian accordionist Nikolai Ryskov performs in a concert titled ‘ From Bach To Barynya’ on March 3rd at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, London SW7 4RL.
This concert is ‘Dedicated to 110 years of the invention of the Russian accordion – the Bayan, 1897-2007’, and includes classical music, tangos by Astor Piazzolla, popular Russian folk songs and dance music. Performing with Nikolai Ryskov are Elizabeth Levine – violin, Yury Veryyovkin – piano, guitar and vocals, Elena Vorotko – piano, Alexey Kiseliov – cello, Elena Grishina – vocals, Viktor Obsust – double bass, Darla Kulesh – vocals, Carlos Barcenas - Mexican tenor, Bibs Ekkel – balalaika, Alla Sirenko – composer, and the South East Russian Language Society Dancers.
The VAMÖ accordion competition takes place on February 25th in the Waldmüllersentrum, 1100 Vienna, 1100 Wien, Hasengasse 38, statt. The competition has a variety of age categories, and full details are now available.
Accordionists Karen Street and Tony Compton, on acoustic and midi instruments, will present a concert of standards and jazz at the Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, on February 21st, from 12.15 to 1pm.
Karen Street was the All Britain Virtuoso Champion in 1982 and 1983, and a competitor in the 1984 CIACoupe Mondiale held in Folkestone, England. Tony Compton is well known for his performances with Jack Emblow.