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9 pm Thursday 20 September to 5 am Friday 21 September
12 midnight Friday 21 September to 8 am Friday 21 September
5 am Friday 21 September to 1 pm Friday 21 September
6 am Friday 21 September to 2 pm Friday 21 September
8 am Friday 21 September to 4 pm Friday 21 September
12 midday Friday 21 September to 8 pm Friday 21 September
1 pm Friday 21 September to 9 pm Friday 21 September
2 pm Friday 21 September to 10 pm Friday 21 September
‘Nuits de Nacre’ Accordion Festival, Tulle - France
The 19th festival “Nuit of Nacre” (Last Nights of Mother of Pearl) will be held 13-16th September 2007 in Tulle, France.
From its invention, the accordion was integrated into the music of the living room of the 19th century, it adapted its repertoire to that of popular singers and the various regional folklores. Accordionists of all styles will bring to the festival much freshness, of imagination sometimes strangeness which makes the instrument so phenomenal.
With numerous venues and over 40 different artistes/groups including
international stars Marcel Azzola, Jerome
Richard and his Orchestra (right), The National Orchestra of Jazz
and Cooperation Finland – the festival offers true variety and
diversity for all.
are also usually numerous 'unofficial' bands and artistes performing.
The festival takes place within easy travelling distance of the Maugein
The guest artistes include: AGGHIR, Amachao, Bad Blues Band, Blankass, Chantier chorégraphique, Christian Pierron, Christiane Courvoisier, Coopération Finlande, Délinquante, Duo Tras, Gérard Blanchard, Hugues Aufray, Jaal, Jean Corti, Kimmo Pohjonen, La belle vie, La Mainada, Le Band de Seilhac, Le Rancho, Les Becs Bien Zen, Les Maux de la Rue, Lés Revéilles, Manif des lames diatoniques, Mardigrâve, Michel Jonasz, Nino and Ninette, Orchestre Jerome Richard, Orchestre National de Jazz, Pusse, Saperlipopette, Scott Taylor, Targhi Nuschma, Tournée Générale, Trio Jacky Stéphane, Trio Vuelvo and Weepers Circus.
Mika Väyrynen will Teach at International Seminar, Plouay - France
Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen will be the guest instructor at the 9th International Accordion Seminar and Concert in Plouay, Morbihan, France, from October 29th to 31st.
Accordionists of all ages, levels and styles of music who can demonstrate sufficient interest and teachers who wish to maintain effective teaching skills are invited to attend. Accommodation with host families will be provided free to those under the age of 20, and if space is still available, also to adults, however hotel accommodation is also available. The fee for attending the seminar is 170 Euro.
Mika's debut recital took place in Tampere, Finland 1985. Since then he has given hundreds of recitals all over the world including in Austria, Belgium, Ukraine, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the USA, and he currently teaches at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
For more information on registering for this outstanding opportunity to study with one of the world's leading concert accordionists, please email Yves Martin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Report of the Hohner company 150th Anniversary Celebration in
Trossingen was a major success for the company, enjoying major political
support with several very important politicians speaking at the main
Additionally, there was major public support for the event, especially
the harmonica world record attempt where thousands of people turned
up to support the company and break the record. Over 3,300 harmonica’s
were registered. Celebration
reports of the event are online.
The dates of the Confédération
Mondiale L'Accordéon - CMA Trophée
Mondiale have been altered by one day from the 4th to 8th November
to now be on the 5th to 9th November. The event will be held in the
large city of Samara about 800 km east of Moscow. All those attending
are reminded that they need a Visa to travel to Russia, so do not
leave the application to the last moment.
The 8th International Music Accordion Camp took place in a hotel near the town of Sauris di Sotto, in the Dolomites mountain range. This was a small paradise where vacation and music combined themselves wonderfully.
In this atmosphere, learning and practising the accordion under the guidance of Jean-Louis Noton, Mady and Peter Soave was not work, but a real pleasure. The facilities available included massages, sauna, tennis, hiking and IMAC week included concerts given Mady, Peter and Jean-Louis in the cities of Pordenone, Piancavallo and Sauris.
Also available to the teachers and students were Jean-Pierre Andréani (Professor in the region of Chambéry), Ralf Bethke (Professor in Germany), and of Denis Tini, Director of the Department of Music (Professor of Jazz, Harmony, orchestra directio) at the university of Detroit. The 90 students came from France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Croatia, USA, and Canada. Those present enjoyed themselves so much they are already planning to return next year!
Music of Nihad Hrustanbegovic in New Heineken TV Commercial - Netherlands
première of the new commercial for Heineken Extra Cold took
place on Monday 23rd. Music for this advertisement is played and composed
by concert accordionist Nihad Hrustanbegovic and is called 'World
The clip is now to be seen on all Dutch public and commercial television.
Nihad wrote the ‘World Promenade’ in February 2007 and
it is the first part (also the introduction) of the ‘Stork Suite’.
This Suite is recorded on his first solo CD: ‘The best of Concert
Nihad performed on March 28th as a soloist in the Dutch TV program, 'De wereld draait door' of Matthijs van Nieuwkerk. This performance is the number 1 of the show's Top 11 since the end of May as the best artiste of last season. Nihad Hrustanbegovic will be performing from upcoming September on several Dutch music concert stages.
Leading jazz accordionist Harry Hussey was the guest at Stockport Accordion Club in the North west of England on September 12th, enthralling and amazing his audience with his improvisational skills. As is his custom, Harry had no prepared programme and took audience requests for the whole of his one and half hours spot.
His numbers included ‘Glenn Miller Medley’, ‘Tea for Two’, ‘Siboney’, ‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘Sway’, ‘Wave’, ‘Jealousy’, ‘Take Five’, Begin the Beguine’, and many more. He also did some unrehearsed duets with concertina player John Nixon, and these included ‘Fascinating Rhythm’, ‘As Time Goes By’, ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’ and ‘How High the Moon’. Also performing were Rob Howard, Ann Parker, Ray Peacock, Martina Hall and John Higham. The evening also saw the book launch of ‘An A to Z of the Accordion, Volume 3’, which sold lots of copies on the night.
During September a series of courses for various folk music instruments take place in Águeda. On September 15th (2pm until 5pm) and 16th (9.30am until 12.30pm) Artur Fernandes (picture left) will teach diatonic accordion. On Sunday September 23rd (9.30am until 12.30pm) Dulce Cruz will teach harmonica.
Guy Klucevsek will present an evening of his chamber music compositions at The Stone, New York City, on Sunday, September 16th, at 8pm.
The Stone is at the corner of Ave. C and 2nd Street, NYC. Featured performers will be Theo Bleckmann - voice, Steve Elson - clarinet/sax, Nurit Tilles - piano, and Klucevsek - accordion. Included will be the premiere of a suite called ‘Angels and Accordions’, for clarinet/sax and accordion.
MUSICÁLIA 2007 takes place in Lisbon from September 20th to 23rd. This exhibition of musical instruments and equipment manufacturers includes the Roland Virtual Accordion. On Saturday 22nd, João Gentil will be demonstrating the various Roland V Accordion models.
The musical show, Pennies From Heaven: The Life and Songs of Arthur Tracy, 'The Street Singer', returns to London, October 2nd to 7th, starring Internationally-known American cabaret star, Steve Ross, New York singer/writer, Gregory Moore, and London-based accordionist, Romano Viazzani.
America’s Arthur Tracy was one of the most famous singing accordionists of the 1930s, both in the U.S. and the U.K., in film, radio, recordings and live concert appearances. His hit records of the 1930s included ‘Marta’, (his theme song), ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, and ‘Pennies From Heaven’. Romano Viazzani will be playing these and many original and vintage arrangements of accordion tunes of that era.
The show takes place at the Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6ST. Performances are at 7.30pm on October 2nd to 6th, and there are 2 matinee performances at 4pm October 6th and 7th.
The Big National Ceilidh, a unique nationwide event staged in aid of charity, takes place on Thursday October 18th. The Big National Ceilidh is a night when, in cities, towns and villages all over the country, thousands of people will simultaneously be dancing to the music of live bands.
Each event will be locally organised and distinctive, but two main elements will bind them together:
1) the proceeds from all the events will be given to a single, hugely worthwhile charity, WaterAid;
2) and at 10pm all the bands will be playing the same tune (‘Jamie Allen’) and as many people as possible will be dancing ‘The Circassian Circle’.
A website www.bignationalceilidh.co.uk has been set up so that bands can register. Details of your ceilidh will then appear on the site, and you will soon be able to find out about other events taking place near you and across the country.
The website also includes more information about the event as a whole, on how to send your proceeds to WaterAid, and advice for running a successful evening. Further information, including suggestions and images for publicity materials, will be introduced in due course. There's already lots of interest in The Big National Ceilidh right across Britain. Make sure YOUR community is part of this fantastic night!