It was April 1948 when, with some impetus from the Farfisa company,a
new music magazine began its formidable editorial ascent. The magazine,
simply entitled FISARMONICA, had the objective of linking together
musicians, enthusiasts, teachers and manufacturers of an instrument
that was rapidly becoming popular. Following the trend of its readers
it evolved in January 1965 into STRUMENTI E MUSICA and stayed that
way until 2003 when the unforgettable Maestro Bio Boccosi (picture
above), director and driving force of the magazine stopped working
at the age of 92.
that moment a great void was created, even if partly filled by the
fine efforts of certain artists and intellectuals. The disappearance
of a periodical magazine which provided news, published results of
competitions and reviews of festivals, told of the schools of the
CDMI, publicized instruments and artists, made known new talents;
was particularly sad for me.
Friends and colleagues know that I have always wanted to revive the
publication, increasing its possibilities and inserting some multilingual
articles. For this aim, I have searched for, proposed to, insisted
and in the end, found a committed and qualified editorial staff. The
friendship of great artists and teachers has done the rest.
The editorial office is already independent, although I will always
take it upon myself to ask them for creativity and at the same time
will do my best to facilitate contacts and connections especially
those outside of Italy.
My heartfelt thanks go to Fabio Boccosi who has allowed Strumenti
e Musica to start again. We will always be thankful to him and his
father Bio who created it. Mirco
Patarini (pictured above)
The annual Fleadh from August 19th to 26th is the worlds largest festival
of Irish music, song and dance with 10,000 plus performers and over
250,000 people gathering from all over the world for this week of
The accordion is prominent in the many duets, groups and bands, with
Irish music being featured everywhere at a huge selection of outdoor
and indoor concerts, céilithe, parades, workshops, competitions,
on street sessions and events throughout the week.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of the Fleadh is the huge numbers
of musicians participating “with music everywhere” creating
a wonderful atmosphere for the event, a feature many accordion festivals
could imitate more.
As part of the Fleadh, there are also 131 music competitions including
categories for: button accordion, piano accordion, concertina, one
row melodeon, accordion bands, plus duet, group and band classes which
frequently featured accordion too. Accordion
Results. If you love accordion and Irish music, this is an event
not to be missed.
Updated information about the Trophée
Mondial 2007 de l'Accordéon to be held in Samara Russia
from the 4th to 8th of November, 2007 is now on the website of the
Confédération Mondiale L'Accordéon - CMA.
Information updates include the Program of the event, the music requirements of each category and the entry forms.
years of Hohner, and 150
years of Trossingen as a town of music is a special cause for celebration!
I will be attending the event at Trossingen City where so much history
of the accordion has been initiated. Hohner have made a complete website
about the 150th Anniversary event in English
and in German
I will be making a Special
Report of the event including some history of the Hohner Company
and the accordion activities of the weekend. Hohner
150th Anniversary Celebration Report - Germany.
Contributed by Samantha Albuquerque, Marketing Dep, Roland Brazil
More than 800 people attended the 1st Roland V-Accordion Festival in South America on the 1st September at the Elis Regina Auditorium in Sao Paulo. The event was an absolute success and the audience very impressed from beginning to the end.
Bruno Moritz Neto (picture left) is the winner of the Brazilian final and finalist for the International final. He is 24 years old, from Santa Catarina city and he studies music at University of Sao Paulo (USP). He played Chick Corea´s Spain and Astor Piazzola´s Oblivion with the Roland FR-7.
There were 5 contestants:
Bruno Moritz Neto (from Santa Catarina, played FR-7)
Franscisco das Chagas Gomes da Silva (from Rio de Janeiro, played FR-7)
Joao Roberto de Santana Alves (from Pernambuco, played FR-7)
Jorge Trautmann dos Santos (from ParanÃ¡, played FR-7)
Olivio Souza Filho (from SÃo Paulo, played FR-3)
The jury (picture left to right) were:
Takao Shirahata, CEO of Roland Brazil.
Oswaldinho do Acordeon, one of the most famous accordionists in Brazil;
Miguel Briamonte, teacher and musical director;
Nilton Corazza, pianist, keyboardist and journalist
Gabriel Levy, teacher of acordion at the Tom Jobim Conservatory;
The jury evaluated on the basis of playing skill, musicality, creativity, as well as capability to utilise the unique characteristics and potential of the V-Accordion models. There was only one point between Bruno in 1st place and Franscisco Chagas, 2nd place (picture right) with Jorge Trautmann dos Santos 3rd (picture left).
The successful evening closed with a concert by Oswaldinho do Acordeon and Band.
Patricia Holloway, one half of the marimba and accordion duo The Holloways, played all over the world on cruise ships, in theatres and concert halls in summer seasons, pantomimes and cabaret, along with husband Guy. They have worked alongside Des O’Connor, Ken Dodd, Harry Hill, Jimmy Cricket, Roy Hudd, Norman Vaughan, Frankie Vaughan, Shirley Bassey and Bruce Forsyth to name but a few.
Born in Chingford, Essex in 1939, Pat began her musical career at the age of 12 with her older brother Johnny, playing accordions, violins, singing and dancing. They toured variety theatres as The Pantellas for many years and Pat went solo whilst Johnny set up a successful business and later became general manager of The Mermaid Theatre on the banks of the Thames.
Pat and Guy met while playing in Grin and Splash, a touring revue for Foster’s Agency. Guy spotted the talent in Pat and asked her to form a double act and, after touring together for five years, decided to make the partnership a permanent one by getting married. They had been married for almost 45 years.
A dear friend and colleague, Pat was known by almost every pro in the business as being kind, caring and having a wicked sense of humour. She died quietly on July 6, aged 68 of cancer.
Some of the future concerts by Pascal Contet.
Next musical appointment and first event as a artist-associate:
Avant-première “Le VENT DES ANCHES” for professionals by invitation 12 September 6:30 pm
Montbeliard. Reserve Phone 0805 710 700
Music improvised with European, Chinese, of Central Asian influence. Also creations of miniature electroacoustics with David Jissewith Carol Robinson, clarinetes, Byrbyne, Wu Wei, Sheng, Ehru, Tom Mays, sound and visual treatment, Xavier Lazarini, lumières, Christina Clar, son of Pascal Contet, conception et accordéon.
17 NOVEMBRE METZ ARSENAL 22H00
20 NOVEMBRE MONTBELIARD 20H00 L’ALLAN
21 NOVEMBRE MACON-Scène nationale (Festival Why Note)
Veronika Todorova Band Concerts – Germany
Contributed by Detlef Görke
The following major concerts on tour for the Veronika Todorova Band.
Saturday, 22.9.07, Meudt Gangolfushalle, 20.00 Uhr
Sunday, 23.9.07, Diez, SO-Theater, 20.00 Uhr
Friday 26.10.07, Limburg, Ev. Church near the railway station, Benefit Concert sexually abused children and women in the district Limburg.
Chango Spasiuk is appearing at the Skirball Cultural Center on September 23 for the Los Angeles premiere of his accordion chamamé music.
The Skirball Cultural Center is a Jewish museum that has
come to include a variety of cultural programming including film
screenings, art exhibitions, music concerts, comedy shows, lectures,
classes, and the recently opened exhibition Noah's Ark at the Skirball.
They welcome people from all backgrounds and strive to make
connections between people, cultures, and communities.
The concert is titled Chango Spasiuk: The art of the Chamame. Argentina's Chango Spasiuk is a virtuoso of the accordion and a leading performer of chamamé. This powerful, accordion-based folk genre of northeast Argentina blends complex African and Creole-Spanish rhythms with the sounds and styles of the indigenous Mbya-Guaraní Indians and of Central and Eastern European immigrants. The award-winning Spasiuk has revitalized chamamé, much in the way that fellow Argentine Astor Piazzolla bred new life into the tango.