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The Piazzolla Caffe & Bar, partly owned by accordionist Joao Gentil, is soon to open in the Portuguese coastal city of Cantanhede. The following commentary sets the scene:
“In the European history, small cafès sometimes played a huge role. For example, at a Parisien cafe Rotonda at the beginning of the 20th Century, world-famous writers, poets, and painters (Picasso was one of them) discussed their ideas, made some drafts, and found sources of inspiration.
Piazzolla Caffè & Bar in Cantanhede, Portugal is going to be the place for those who love Piazzola's immortal music. It will feature music by a European celebrity - accordionist Joao Gentil, whose passionate performance of Piazzolla's compositions wins hearts throughout the world. And - who knows? - maybe that cafe will become Rotonda of 21 century?!”
Change in the Management Board of Matth. Hohner AG, Trossingen - Germany
a meeting of the Supervisory Board of Matth Hohner AG on September
7th 2007, Philippe Wuibout (57) was appointed Vice Chariman of the
Management Board of Matth. Hohner
AG, effective as of 30th October 2007. Philippe Wuibout will succeed
Horst Mucha (74), who steps down from his post at his own request
at the end of the shareholder meeting of the company on 30th October
Mucha (picture left) has worked for Hohner
for 57 years. Since 1982 he has been the President of the American
subsidiary and since 1996 he has been a member of the Management Board.
With his entrepreneurial instinct, Horst Mucha has contributed significantly
to making the Hohner brand famous and successful on the American continent.
After a commercial apprenticeship in Trossingen, he immediately started
in the export sales department at Hohner. After a short time, he went
to the Portuguese agency in order to be prepared for assignment in
In 1956, Horst Mucha became managing director of the Brazilian Hohner
agency and he built up the accordion business there very successfully.
Another assignment in Argentina followed. In 1960 his path led him
to his final domain, to the Hohner subsidiary in the USA. For 25 years
now, he has been responsible for the business there. The good profits
that Horst Mucha gained for the American subsidiary for most of the
years were always a safe anchor for the mother company during its
his retirement, Horst Mucha will devote himself to his family and
his hobbies, accompanied by the best wishes of the Management Board
and the Supervisory Board of the Hohner company.
Philippe Wuibout has been President of Hohner SA, the French subsidiary
of Matth. Hohner AG in Semur en Auxois, France, since 2003. He will
keep this position in the future. With the appointment of Philippe
Wuibout as Vice Chairman of the Management Board, the well-proven
tradition of the international allocation of the important company
positions is continued.
The Management Board of Matth. Hohner AG, in its new composition will
be: Dr. Horst Bräuning (Chairman - picture right), Stefan Althoff
(Vice-Chairman) and Philippe Wuibout (Vice-Chairman), and there aim
is to continue the profitable growth strategy of the Hohner group
that started two years ago.
A new CD: ‘The Trio Album’ showcases the talents of leading American jazz accordionist Eddie Monteiro, playing his Cavichord MIDI accordion with his trio partners, Joe Cocuzzo on drums and Lenny Argese on guitar.
‘The Trio Album’ is jazz performed in a Latin and Brazilian style, and with a high level of technical artistry. The pieces include: ‘Skylark’, ‘It Might as Well be Spring’, ‘Did It Really Happen?’, ‘Velas’, ‘The Man in the Moon’, ‘Only Trust Your Heart’, ‘Secret Love’, ‘Blusette’, ‘Agua De Berber’, and ‘Corcovado’.
The 58th All Scotland Accordion & Fiddle Championships, organized by Bill Wilkie MBE, took place in Perth, Scotland, on October 27th. The festival began with a ceilidh at The Queen’s Hotel on Friday October 26th, with music played by a band led by John Carmichael.
The Saturday evening variety concert starred accordionists Domi Emorine & Roman Jbanov – the Paris-Moscow Duo, whose performances of musette and Russian music made a nice contrast to the otherwise Scottish entertainment. Performers included the Bill Wilkie Accordion Orchestra, singer Donald Maxwell, comedian Eddie Rose, the Sandra Wright Dancers, solo accordionist Robert Black, the Dansarena Irish dancing troupe, and the show came to a rousing finale with the James Coutts Scottish Dance Band.
the 30th November Roland held a Press
Conference in Pesaro to announce the international solo and group
category finalists competing at the Roland Festival on the 9th and
10th November in Pesaro. The list of adjudicators was also announced
and a history of the development of the Roland
V-Accordion instruments made available.
Roland management announced that over 2,000 Roland
V-Accordions have now been built and a new model planned to sell
for around €1,700, will be available soon.
The Roland Central Europe Final which took place on the 26th of October
was discussed. The best accordionists of France and the Benelux gathered
to claim themselves as best V-accordionist of Central Europe. The
six finalists were: 1. Felicien Brut 2. Bereswinde Olland 3. Amelie
Castel 4. Pieter Bosma 5. Louis Triemstra 6. Jorind Josemans. Unfortunately,
Felicien Brut (the winner of the French semi-final) and Jorind Josemans
(the third of the Benelux semi-finale) couldn't make it to the final
which was of a very high level!
hearing the impressive performances, the jury had a hard time to come
to a verdict, but the winner of the Central Europe final was the French
accordionist Amelie Castel (left), 2nd was Bereswinde Olland (middle)
and 3rd Pieter Bosma (right). We are positive that Amelie Castel will
give the other international
contestants a hard time at the International Final in Italy!
The City of Loreto hosted a concert titled Fisa Story (Accordion Story) with narrator Beniamino Bugilacchi and performers La Damigiana folk group, Mirco Patarini (accordion), Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi (accordion and bandoneon), Vlentino Lorenzetti (accordion and midi).
small theatre had a good crowd for this an interesting concert. The
concert even included the very first type of record player with an
old disk of Diero Senior (USA) playing (picture right - Beniamino
The performers played music through the ages as part of the story
of the development of the accordion including mention of famous accordion
manufacturers of the area and short talks with the performers too.
Bugilacchi, a founder of the accordion
museum in Castelfidardo, made the concert something different
with his narration of accordion historical development.
Bosnia Express, formed in Gothenburg in 2001, play an original mixture of traditional music from the Balkans, gypsy improvisation and Rock and Blues. Featuring accordionists Mulio and Gane, they have performed at many weddings, private parties, rock festivals, jazz clubs and carnivals. Concert dates include:
November 3rd and 4th, 6pm – World Music Festival, Angered, Västra Götalands län
November 30th, 7pm – Varberg
December 26th, 8pm – Oslo, Norway
March 1st, 8pm – Kulturhuset, Unterjorden, Gothenburg
29th 9pm - Kulturhuset, Unterjorden, Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län
Guy's Klucevsek's new recording, ‘Song of Remembrance’ was released on the Tzadik label on October 23rd. It contains his compositions ‘Fallen Shadows’ for voice, violin, accordion and piano, and ‘My Walk with Ligeti’, for solo accordion.
Klucevsek's November activities include solo concerts at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, on November 6th, The Scottish Rite Center in Santa Fe, on November 9th, and the Outpost in Albuquerque, on November 10th.
Repertoire will include Guy’s own compositions, plus pieces written for him by John Zorn, Jerome Kitzke, Mary Ellen Childs, Alvin Lucier, and Fred Frith.
On November 8th, Guy will introduce a screening of Stephen Scwietert's documentary film, ‘Accordion Tribe: Music Travels’, at the Santa Fe Film Center.
Taraf de Haidouks are a troupe of Romanian Roma musicians, from the town of Clejani, the most prominent such group in Romania in the post-Communist era. The current line up has about 14 musicians, including three accordionists.
The group formed in 1989, shortly before the death of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, and were discovered by Romanian ethnomusicologist, Speranta Radulescu, who first recorded them in 1993 for the archive of The Institute for Ethnography and Folklore. Since then, the band has recorded 7 CDs and become commercially successful through international tours. In 2007 Taraf de Haidouks were awarded the BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music in London by the film actor Johnny Depp. In November, the band performs in England as follows:
November 26th – Queen Elizabeth hall, London
27th – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
28th – Birmingham Town Hall
29th – Anvil, Basingstoke
Also performing on these concerts are the Forty Thieves Orkestar, a band whose music is an eclectic mix of Balkan, Middle Eastern rhythms, and reggae, featuring accordionist Martin Green.
On November 15th, 8pm, Mark Bazeley - accordion, and Jason Rice - melodeon, perform English traditional dance music, song and step dancing from their home county of Dartmoor at the Royal Oak Folk Club, Station Street, Lewes, Sussex.
An Italian-style lunch party, with Italian cuisine and entertainment will be held at La Maison Folie de Wazemmes, 70 rue des Sarrazins, Lille, on Sunday December 9th, from 12.30pm – until approximately 7pm. The music will be performed by La Grappa Spumata: Thierry Montagno - accordion, Roberto Dossini – guitar/vocals, Paolo Dossini – drums, and Erich Pralat – bass.