National Button Accordion Festival, Oklahoma - USA
Contributed by Norman Seaton
National Button Accordion Festival, a ‘first’ for the
National Accordion Association, had attendees’ from young children
to 90 years plus, over 250 people!
Saturday visitors included the Alaska Polka Chips, the Alaska Button Box Band, the Fontana Button Accordion Band, from California, and the St Louis Button Box Club, from Missouri. When not playing or dancing, festival participants feasted on Czech food, Oklahoma barbeque, and/or fish with all the trimmings.
A unique feature of this festival under the leadership of Ron Pivovar,
Dick Albreski, and Michele Young, was the “You Are the Entertainer”
philosophy. Two large stages were available for participants to perform
during 30-minute intervals.
morning started with a Polka Mass, followed with a Memorial Day concert.
Norman Seaton (President, National Accordion Association, Inc. - picture
left) served as the Master of Ceremonies, performers included the
Bohemian Knights, Bob Ohnoutka, Pancho and Eleanor Martinez, Sharon
Seaton, Leonard Trinka, the Alaska Polka Chips (Marge Ford and Patti
Gersich), Nick Ballarini, Ed and Bev Neubaum, Jonathan Conner, the
Fontana Slovene Button Box Club, Josef Villager, Jim Loncar, Mike
Stoops, the Alaska Button Box Gang, Bohumil Knittich, Micaiah Elliot,
Tim Laine, Joshua Pelton, Jameson Pelton, and the Pivovar Trio.
At approximately 4pm, the regularly scheduled “open mike”
and dance floor opened again and continued until midnight.
semi-final of the first European Championships for players of the
Virtual Accordion takes place on October 6th in the Casino in
the French town of Bourboule. The finals of this new competition will
take place in Italy in November. There is a prize of 5,000 Euros for
Competitors need to fill in entry forms and submit an audio or video
recording, and the closing date for entries is July 15th. Send to
Roland Central Europe, V-Accordeon Festival, 4 rue Paul-Henri St Thibault
des Vignes, Lagny, Cedex, France.
Music, the UK’s oldest accordion publishing company
(established 1958), announces that Ledgerline Publications,
established in the 1970s by the late Cyril Pasby, will now be included
within Charnwood Music and known as the Charnwood Music ‘Ledgerline
This follows the launch in 2006 of the Charnwood Music ‘Romany
Rye Series’ and the Charnwood Music ‘Farran Series’.
Music ‘Ledgerline Series’ is immediately available
from Charnwood Music direct, and will shortly be available online.
The series includes some 48 accordion works for solo, duet and ensemble
by eminent UK accordion composers including Graham Romani, Cyril Pasby,
Jimmy Blair, Eddie Harris, George Barton, Albert Delroy and Gerald
Me - The Jazz and Swing Accordion Story’ is the title of a
mammoth 101 track 4 CD box set that includes rare and historic recordings
by many of the leading European and US jazz accordionists of the
20th Century. Accordionists featured include Art
Van Damme, Mat Mathews, Tito Burns Gus Viseur, Tito Guidotti,
Tony Murena, Michel Warlop, Rolf Syverson, Charles Verstraete, Cornell
Smelser, Joe Mooney, Johnny Meier, Tommy Gumina and George Shearing.
The CD package also includes a fully illustrated 42-page booklet that contains extensive details of the careers and music of the many accordionists featured, and as such makes a unique historical record of a sub-genre that has been hitherto otherwise largely ignored by the jazz world.
has released a new CD, which will be premiered at a concert on June
15th, 7.30pm, at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main Street,
Branford, CT 06405. Admission is free.
Included on the CD are: ‘Musical Party’ (Daverne)
recorded with the Moravian Symphony Orchestra, ‘Rondo, from
Concerto in E’ (Deiro), ‘Remembering A Legend: Charles
‘Gentilezza’ (Tacca), ‘Pioneer Concerto’ (Ettore),
‘Dance of the Demon’ (Holst), ‘Three Songs Without
recorded with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, ‘Flat The
Fifth’ (Mucedola), ‘Concerto in E flat Major, excerpts’
(Liszt), recorded in 1963!, ‘Mexican Carnival’ (Desiderio),
and ‘The Fox & The Hound’ (Mucedola) recorded ‘live’
with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
Here they could see, how the top model Hohner accordions are built.
As thanks for the friendly visit, these three performers gave a spontaneous
concert for the manufacturing workshop staff. Picture of Cyril and
‘Speedy’ performing to workers, and Grayson with Dr Braeuning
The Hohner workers were inspired by the fine music and Dr. Braeuning,
Manager of Musikinstrumente GmbH & Co. KG, thanked them cordially.
Picture below, left to right: Dr. Braeuning, Speedy Gonzales, Grayson
Masefield, Cyril Blanchard, Frédéric Deschamps.
Frances Brougher Dies, Texas – USA
Contributed by Norman Seaton
Frances Brougher, long time friend of the National Accordion Association,
died on Monday May 28th at the age of 89. She played accordion, organ,
piano and sang for many years, and was instrumental in starting the
Central Texas Accordion Association (NAA).
She also sponsored touring groups such as the International
Trio, Jason, Betty
Jo Simon, Leo Aquino, Gary
Daverne, and others.
‘Art of Accordion’ 9th World Music Festival, Innsbruck – Austria
Contributed by Erik Hörenberg, Manager of the
World Music Festival was another large-scale event, involving
musicians from many different countries. The festival of over 10,000
bellows players included accordion and harmonica contests for solo,
duet, group and orchestral entries.
The Hohner Conservatory Orchestra, under the direction of Andreas
Nebl, gave outstanding concert performances, and there were competition
successes for Michaela Hepp, Sarah Staiger, Ralf Brendle, Alexander
Cargnelli and Clemens Tschallener. A report
and photographs and results of the Innsbruck World Music Festival
is the thirteenth smash year for this prestigious series of master
classes led by William
Schimmel. The three day event will take place at: The Tenri Cultural
Institute of New York - 43A West 13th St - between 5th and 6th Ave.
The dates are: July 27th, 28th and 29th. Master Classes are at 3pm,
Concerts are at 7pm.
Each Master Class will begin with about four or five performers who
will receive advice, encouragement and tools for improvement from
the audience, the participants and William
‘Mundharmonika, Tango und andere Kurzweil’ Graz – Austria
Contributed by Hermi Kaleta
A concert titled 'Harmonica, Tango and other Kurzweil' takes place in Graz on June 1st, organised for the Harmonikazentrum Graz, and sponsored by Kulturreferat der Stadt Voitsberg, Â Harmonikazentrum Graz and the Â Weststeirisch Â Kammerorchester. Artistes performing include Josef Fürpass – bandoneon, Isabella Krapf – harmonica, Lothar Lässer – accordion (picture), and the Weststeirisches Kammerorchester, conducted by Selma Trefflinger.
A chamber music concert involving accordionist Owen Murray takes place at the prestigious Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP, on June 8th, at 7.30pm. The program includes Mozart - ‘Adagio and Rondo K617’, Arnold Schoenberg – ‘Second String Quartet’, and Poul Ruders – ‘On the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean’, the latter being a London premiere dedicated to Owen Murray.
Pineto Jazz Accordion Festival, which takes place from July 20th to
22nd, seeks to encourage the spread of the jazz accordion. Performers
Principe, Luciano Biondini, Renato Borghetti (Brazil), Sergio
Caputo (USA), and the the Dixieland Brass Band, directed by Pine Mannello.
Entrance to all concerts is entirely free.
The French based Bandzydeco, featuring accordionist/vocalist Roger Morand, perform as follows:
June 9th, 9pm - Les berges, Laroque
22nd – Feu de la St Jean, Sauve
July 5th, 9pm – Avoine Zone Blues Festival
18th - Les berges, Laroque
29th – Gramat Country Festival
August 11th, 9pm – 31st ‘Ete à Goult’, Goult
18th - Rencontres de la vaire, Annot
21st - Festival Mondial Folk, Plozevet
Australian Accordion Teachers Association competition timetable is now online. From next weekend will be Daily Reports and Results from the Australian International Accordion Championships & Festival run by the AATA.