21 December 2007
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19th International Festival 'Bayan and Bayanists' - Russia
Premiere of New Version of Piazzolla`s The Seasons - Croatia
Frank Morocco 'Master Class & Concert' DVD, California - USA
2nd International Competition, Begunje - Slovenia
Reports of Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals etc
'FunAccord' Helps Celebrate Christmas, Sydney - Australia
Further Broadcasts of Nativity Story - UK
Future Events
Alexandra Paris New Year's Eve Concert, Paris - France
Gordon Glenn Concert, Stockport - UK
'Cruise of Irish Stars' - Caribbean
Schlüchttal-Akkordeon-Orchester Gurtweil - Germany
Concerts with Salvatore Cauteruccio - Italy
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This week's Accordions Worldwide news is the last for 2007, and will next be online on 11th January 2008.

The team at Accordions Worldwide wish all our readers, clients and contributors, wherever you may be, a very merry Christmas, great happiness, wonderful music and, above all, good health for 2008.

Editor: Rob Howard
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The Accordion Yellow Pages has now been completely redesigned by Webmaster Roberto Zambelli to allow each person to add information or change their own information directly to the site. You are then asked to authenticate the information using your own email address for verification and your information is instantly online.

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19th International Festival 'Bayan and Bayanists' - Russia
Contributed by Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

Each small picture below
links to a large picture.

Friedrich Lips - click to enlarge

Stefan Hussong - click to enlarge

Angel L. Castaño click to enlarge

Yuri Shisckin click to enlarge

White Day click to enlarge
Each small picture links to a large picture.

With participation of the federal agency of culture and cinematography of Russia, Russian Gnessin Academy of Music and the Friedrich Lips Fund, the traditional XVIII International Festival 'Bayan and Bayanists' took place in the concert hall of the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow from December 5th to 9th.

Part of the festival tradition is to honor special milestones in the history of the bayan/accordion. This years festival, celebrated the 100th birthday of the construction of the first bayan in Russia. Also celebrated was the famous master Y. Volkovitsh, who was responsible for some further important steps in the development of the instrument. His 80th birthday was celebrated.

History of Bayan Development.

The first part of the opening concert was arranged by the accordion orchestra 'Vivat, accordion!' conducted by Valentina Bobisheva of the Schnittke-Music College and the chamber orchestra of the Gnessin Music Academy conducted by Timur Mynbajev.

Soloists were pianist Svjatoslav Lips (Ephrem Podgaits: 'Rondo' for piano and orchestra) as well as bayanist People's Artist Friedrich Lips (picture left - Astor Piazzolla: 'Aconcagua', concert for bandoneon and chamber orchestra).

For the second part, young Russian prize-winners of international competitions of 2007 were acclaimed by the public: Victor-Daniel Eliasson, J. Puriz, D. Stadnjuk, I. Salachov, Semjion Shmelkov (bayan) with flautist O. Somanovskaya.

The following three evenings were dedicated to artists from different countries: S. Najko, Yuri Shisckin, Oleg Scharov (Russia), Max Bonnay (France), Angel L. Castaño (picture left - Spain), as well as 'Trio Mobile' (J.Gurevitsh, bayan; A.Groshev, flute; N.Telminova, violoncello) from Nischny Novgorod. All performers emphasized the different facets of the bayan in their way.

The Gala concert brought an absolute musical highlight with the appearance of Stefan Hussong (Germany). The large musical range from a traditional Gagaku of 10th century Japan to the musical avant-garde of John Cage or Adriana Hoelszky was very impressive. With V. Osipov (Concertino and xylophon), accompanied on the piano by Svjatoslav Lips, as well as the group of 'Bely Den' (White Day) the concert ended in lively fashion.

'Silver Discs' were conferred on accordionists/bayanists Stefan Hussong, Yuri Shisckin, Vatcheslav Galkin, Sergey Najko and to the masters V. Vassiliev, A. Tshernov und S. Kashinzev for merits in the bayan art.

Exhibitions and presentations of musical instruments of chief world producers took place in the foyer of the concert hall Russian Gnessin Academy of Music throughout the festival.
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Premiere of New Version of Piazzolla`s The Seasons - Croatia
Contributed by Rob Howard

Croatian concert accordionist Miran Vaupotic has finished a series of concerts with well-known guitarist Robert Belinic and one of the most famous Croatian classical ensembles, 'Zagreb Soloists', with whom he debuted on bandoneon in a special, new arrangement of 'The Seasons', by Astor Piazzolla, for bandoneon, guitar and orchestra.

Concerts have recently taken place in Spain at the VIII Festival de Otono in Jaen at Aula Magna de la Universidad and in Croatia at concert halls in Velika Gorica, and the Croatian Music Institute Concert Hall in Zagreb.

Performances were very successful, with soloists and ensemble thrilling their audiences with extraordinary musicality, imaginative interpretations, refined technique and very engaging playing. They have received standing ovations, which resulted in encores.

Miran has also collaborated with important composers, whose works he has premiered including A. Markovic, T. Uhlik, D. Palanovic and D. Bobic. He performed Croatian premiere of Eshaton Concerto by Davor Bobic, which is first bayan concerto in history of Croatian music.

Miran intends to record this new arrangement of 'The Seasons', by Piazzolla, and also publish the sheet music.

For further information email: artagent.vjeran@hi.t-com.hr  
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Frank Morocco 'Master Class & Concert' DVD, California - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Frank Marocco has released DVD that features a live 'master class workshop', in which this leading accordionist goes into great detail to explain and demonstrate how to learn to play jazz and play improvisations as well as how to create bass lines for the great music standards. The DVD also includes a complete live concert with Frank performing with bass, drums and guitar.

For further information email: frankmarocco@yahoo.com
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2nd International Competition, Begunje - Slovenia
Contributed by Rob Howard

The 2nd International Accordion Competition, for the Avsenik Award, takes place on January 25th and 26th 2008 in Begunje. The competition will take place in two following categories:
piano accordion, diatonic accordion. Both categories will be divided into age groups:

A - up to 12 years (born until 1997)
B - from 13 to 15 years (born from 1994 to 1992)
C - from 16 to 19 years (born from 1997 to 1988)
D - from 20 to 35 years (born from 1987 to 1972)
E - from 36 years and older (born in 1971 and older)

The 55th Avsenik Festival, which presents Slovenian accordion and folk music, takes place in Begunje from 20th to 24th August 2008. Begunje is also locally known for restaurant Pri Jožovcu, where one is able to try many native Slovenian dishes. The restaurant is run by the well-known Avsenik accordion playing brothers.

For further information email: avsenik@avsenik.com
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'FunAccord' Helps Celebrate Christmas, Sydney - Australia
Contributed by Melissa She, AATA committee

The Sydney based Accordion Ensemble 'FunAccord', whose members are Ivan Liashenko, Atila Fadi, Zhiyuan Ma, Richard She and Nick Shcherbakov, helped celebrate Christmas and performed at various Sydney venues including 'Scalabrini Village' and the ' Christmas Café Concert' in Petersham last week.

The accordion ensemble was formed a year ago and enjoys fine music making.
Finland Recordings
Further Broadcasts of Xmas Nativity Story - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Liverpool's modern take on the Christmas story reported in last weeks news, was played out in the streets of the city centre, and televised by the BBC told the story of Mary, a pregnant teenager and Joseph, an asylum seeker. .

A cast of 300 and 150 crew were involved in the event, and the hour-long production used songs from Liverpool's great pop legacy to bring the story to life. Accordionist Mark Bousie was seen and heard in various scenes and locations, featured often in close up as he accompanied vocal numbers.

Presented by actor (and melodeon player) Geoffrey Hughes, the music included songs by The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Teardrop Explodes, Echo & The Bunnymen, the Icicle Works, Dead Or Alive and The Las. Stars included Cathy Tyson and Jennifer Ellison. Local actors Jodie McNee and Kenny Thompson played Mary and Joseph.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra also performed at the event at William Brown Street. The Nativity was broadcast live on BBC Radio Merseyside and is going to have two further broadcasts.

The hour-long programme will be shown again on:
Sunday December 23rd, 10.45pm - BBC1
Tuesday December 25th, 7pm - BBC3

Further information on the BBC website.

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Alexandra Paris New Year's Eve Concert, Paris - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

Musette accordionist Alexandra Paris performs at Noisy le Grand in the eastern suburbs of Paris on December 31st.

Alexandra Paris has won competitions on the accordion in France, and also plays piano and bandoneon. 

Gordon Glenn Concert, Stockport - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

On Wednesday January 9th, 8pm, accordionist Gordon Glenn is the guest at Stockport Accordion Club. Gordon Glenn is a veteran of the accordion scene in the UK, having been active as a professional since the 1950s. His repertoire includes music by Strauss, Cole Porter, Leroy Anderson, Pietro Frosini, to name but a few, and his silky skills are always well received by his audiences.

The venue is Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Woodley, Stockport, Cheshire.
For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com
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'Cruise of Irish Stars' - Caribbean

Two 7-night Caribbean cruises, on board the Costa Mediterranea, take place in the New Year, featuring Irish singers, dancers and musicians. The first cruise covers the western Caribbean, from January 26th to February 2nd, and the second sails around the eastern Caribbean, from February 2nd to 9th.

These cruises include much accordion entertainment, involving piano accordion players Paddy Noonan, Martin Doyle (of the duo Stephen's Green), and Jimmy McPhail, and button accordionist Fintan Stanley (picture left). The organiser is the singer Andy Cooney.

For further information email: andycooney@aol.com
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Schlüchttal-Akkordeon-Orchester Gurtweil - Germany
Contributed by Harley Jones

The Schlüchttal-Akkordeon-Orchester Gurtweil Germany has been busy prior to Christmas under conductor Roland Schaaf. On Saturday the 15th December was a large concert. On Sunday 16th the youth orchestra of 17 players between 8 and 16 years performed.

For the first time the early music education group will appear on the stage to perform especially for their guests, from the kindergarten Gurtweil. Naturally the Santa Claus can not be missing with a gift for all the children there.
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Concerts with Salvatore Cauteruccio - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Several concert dates with Salvatore Cauteruccio during Christmas festivities:
- Sunday 23th December at 6 pm Piazza Caloprese (Scalea, Cs) con il NOVA 4TET & Pietro Perrone.
- Monday 24th December at 8.30 pm on TV Articolo 21 / Telespazio TV, Salvatore together with NOVA 4TET & Pietro Perrone.
- Thursday 27th December at 7 pm Concert with Acoustic Music Ensemble at the Aula Magna del I Circolo Didattico di Sala Consilina (Salerno)
- Sunday 30th December at 9 pm Hotel Parco dei Principi di Scalea (Cs) in Solo
- Monday 31st Decemberat 9 pm Hotel Parco dei Principi di Scalea (Cs) with Acoustic Music Ensemble
- Thursday 3rd Jannuary 2008 - at 6 pm Piazza Italia (Praia a Mare,Cs)
- Wedenesday 9th january concert at the l'I.T.I.S di Sala Consilina
For information emaili: info@salvatorecauteruccio.it
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The famous Beltango group directed by Alexander Nikolic were stars at the 2007 Castelfidardo Festival in Italy and this new site selling is selling their pack of 3 CDs titled "Tradicional", "Piazzollando" and "Balkango". Sound samples are online. Music performed by Alexander Nikolic (bandoneon, accordion), Jovan Bogosavljevic (violin), Ivana Nikolic (piano, vocal), Bogdan Pejic (el.guitar) and Ljubinko Lazic (double bass) of Serbia. Purchase online using bank secure server system.
Alexander Shirunov CD forsale
Yehuda Oppenheimer release 1 arrangement of 'Souvenir d'amour'. Sample of the music is available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
Sebastiano Cali
A new site selling three CDs titled "Viazzani Takes Stok" "Encore" and "Piazzolla Angel Suite - Bobic Liturgical Suite" with sound samples. Music recorded by Romano Viazzani of UK. Purchase online with credit card.

Franco Cambareri - accordionist, composer, producer, releases 2 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Gigolino', 'La Giostra', . Samples of this music are available on the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
Peter Piccini music
Peter Piccini - accordionist, composer, arranger, performer, release 1 new work for accordion available for purchase online. 'Feelin Blue'. Samples of these music are available on the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

History of Bayan Development: This article on the History of Bayan Development was written by Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions. The importance of the development of the bayan has had far reaching significance for all concert accordion design, manufacture and performances throughout the world.
Visit Viatcheslav Semionov site for xmas special.

Visit Friedrich Lips site for xmas special.
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