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"Arrasate Hiria" XV Certámen Internacional
Competition - Spain
founded 'Club Voglia D'Arte', a new association of private schools
on September 27th, with 10 schools actively participating to date.
The method of CVA is based on direct lessons with the student and
offer a modern and practical vision of teaching; at the same time
it is an alternative to courses at a conservatory. All the programs
(Jazz, Modern, Popular) are original and developed by the same teachers
and therefore always in review. The approach for individual lessons
(in 5 sequences) is identical for the entire courses.
The courses for beginners allow students to choose according to their
inclination, eliminating the hitherto used conception of only learning
traditional music, and are based on principles used successfully for
over 15 years.
'Sights' is a novel that tells the story of 13-year old teenage girl
who has had a difficult childhood, moves to a new school and makes
friends with some other misfits and forms a band, playing the accordion.
The girl has an extraordinary gift in that she can see into other
people's futures, though not her own.
The book, which is based on fantasy, is set in the 1950s. Published
by Delacorte Press.
year 2008 brought victory for "magician" accordionist Veronika
Todorova. She won the 2nd Premio Leo Ceroni accordion competition
in Riolo Terme near Rimini on January 4th and 5th in two rounds in
front of two different juries.
Accompanied by the orchestra 'String International', under the direction
of Italian jazz accordion star Renzo
Ruggieri, Veronika presented her jazzy 'Tarantella Versopm', which
is on her current CD 'Rosso'.
Public and jury were both enthusiastic, and awarded the 20-year old
with the first place. During the prize giving concert, Veronika, together
with the string orchestra, showed further skills that she is both
a solo and an ensemble artiste.
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Parade, London - UK
Contributed by Nikolai Ryskov
For the second year running, accordionists Nikolai Ryskov and Igor
Outkine performed in the annual Parade through London with the South
East Russian Language Society.
The members of the society are teachers and parents of the Russian
School 'Druzhba'. The accordionists accompanied the dancers, all members
of the society, during the parade-procession, and were number 69 in
the parade order.
musicians and dancers represented the Russian community in London,
performing such popular Russian dances and songs as 'Moscow Nights',
'Kalinka', 'Dark Eyes', 'Chyornye', 'Barynya', Quadrilles, Polkas,
British College of Accordionists Sir James Anderton
Award - UK
Contributed by Anna Bodell - Charnwood Music
BCA has awarded its auspicious Sir James Anderton Award for 2007 to
Guy Wiley from Scotland. The award is made to the person who obtained
the highest mark in Grade Six practical examinations during the year.
Guy obtained a good Distinction mark in June of the year.
Guy has played the accordion for several years before taking it up
seriously and enrolling with the Graham
Laurie School of Music in 2001, where he has studied Classical,
Continental and Scottish traditional styles of music under the guidance
of his teacher Graham
Guy seen here receiving the shield from BCA Senior Examiner, Alistair
Gillespie (right) and Teacher Graham Laurie (left) currently plays
lead accordion with the Ayrshire based Loudon Celidh Band.
Martin Lubenov Orchestra Tour Dates - Austria, France
a pre-Christmas international tour that included performing at a world
music festival in Lahore, Pakistan, accordionist Martin Lubenov (http://www.martinlubenov.com/orkestar_en.htm)
now goes out on the road again with his band, the MLO. This time he
performs mainly in Austria, with one concert in Strasbourg, France.
January concert dates include:
January 22nd - Akzent Theater, Vienna - also involving saxopohonist
24th Arge Kultur, Salzburg
25th - Théatre Pole Sud, Strasbourg, France
26th - Spielboden, Dornbirn, Austria
27th - Kulturschloss Traun, Traun, Austria
March 4th - Armutskonferenz, Bildungshaus St. Virgil, Salzburg
17th - Akkordeonfestival Literatursalon, Vienna
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Alexander Shirunov to appear at NAMM Convention
Russian accordionist Alexander
Shirunov will appear at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, CA in
January from January 17-20, 2008.
Renowned for his captivating performances displaying dazzling technical
skills and musical renderings of both classical and entertainment
music, Hohner Inc.
invited Alexander to the NAMM Convention, as their artist in residence.
part of his prize package for his competition success at the CIA Coupe
Shirunov has been invited to perform several concert tours, including
appearances in New Zealand, Australia, Hungary, Slovakia, Norway,
Denmark, Finland and the Czech Republic.
Alexander has recently recorded his first CD - 'Absolute
Shirunov.' This project was sponsored by the German based company
'Intermusik' who arranged the prize after Alexander's stunning performance
at the 2005 CIA Coupe Mondiale International Competition for Accordionists
The NAMM Show is the largest music products trade show in United States.
Held every January in Anaheim, California, USA the show brings together
all facets of the music products industry. More than 80,000 NAMM Members
and guests attended the January 2007 show.
Italian accordionist and composer Marco
Lo Russo performs as follows:
January 12th, 7.30pm - Teatro di Arsoli, Rome
13th, 9pm - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome
31st, 4pm - Museo Diocesano, Velletri
Frank Marocco Accordion Event Orchestra, conducted by the maestro
Frank Marocco, consisting of 54 accordionists from 15 states and 2
Canadian provinces plus a drummer and bass guitarist, will present
a concert on Sunday, January 27th at 7.30pm at the Best Western Dobson
Ranch Inn, 1666 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, Arizona.
The concert, which is free to the public, will include the music of
George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, John Philip Sousa, and others. In
addition to the orchestral music, some of which was arranged by Frank
Marocco, there will be solo and duet performances by some of the orchestra
Congress is to be held next week (17th - 20th January 2008) in
Skopje Macedonia under the auspices of CIA members "Ljubiteli
na Klasicnata Muzika"- Skopje". Among those attending the
Congress are CIA President Kevin
Friedrich (USA), Vice Presidents Raymond
Bodell (UK), and Herbert Scheibenreif
(Austria), Officers Kimmo Mattila (Finland), Frederic
Deschamps (France), as well as delegates from Austria, Bosnia
and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, United
Kingdom and Macedonia.
This is the first time a CIA Congress has been held in Macedonia.
Topics to be discussed include the promotion of young accordionists
around the world and future CIA Coupe Mondiale events which are to
be held in Scotland
(2008), New Zealand (2009), Croatia (2010) and China (2011).
Thursday January 17th an Accordion Master Class by Vojin Vasovic,
Professor of Accordion at the Kragujevac School of Music in Serbia
and teacher of many international prize winners, will be held at the
Royal Academy of Music, 10am to 1pm, and 2pm until 5pm at York Gate.
Admission is free.
In the evening there will be the RAM Club Prize Winner's Recital,
7.30pm, at the Duke's Hall. Performing will be Milos Milivojevic -
accordion, Zivorad Nikolic - accordion, Katherine Sharp - violin,
David O'Leary - violin, Ian Anderson - viola, and Jessica Hayes -cello.
The program includes music by Scarlatti, Berio, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn,
Lindberg, Angelis, Grieg, Foskett, Piazzolla, and Sarasate.
accordionist Roberto Lucanero performs in concert on the occasion
of the 1st 'Trophy of the Accordion' competition, in Versutta. The
show will take place on Sunday January 20th in Versutta of San Giovanni
of Casarsa, Pordenone. Leandro Scocco - bass, and Maurizio Scalzo
- drums, will accompany Roberto Lucanero.
The trio of musicians, who come from Porto Recanati, will perform
folk music of the Marche region and original compositions by Lucanero.
North Central Area Accordion Championships, Yorkshire - UK
Contributed by Richard Smith
North Central Area Accordion Championships / Yorkshire Accordion and
Music Festival take place at the splendid Victoria Hall in Saltaire,
West Yorkshire, on Saturday February 2nd.
During the day there will be a selection of trade stands, with food
and refreshments also available throughout the day.
There will be a lunchtime prize presentation for some of the junior
sections, and one at the end of the festival, with trophies being
awarded in both, to those gaining 1st 2nd and 3rd in their sections.
In the evening, Gary Blair from Scotland will be playing for our gala
diatonic button accordionist and composer Renato Borghetti is now
on his latest European tour, fronting his Quartet. Borghetti works
in many genres, including traditional styles from his home state of
Rio Grande do Sol, samba, jazz and classical music. Borghetti won
a Latin Grammy award in 2005 for his CD 'Gaita Ponto Com'. The Renato
Borghetto Quartet have now released a new CD 'Fandango'!, in conjunction
with the tour.
Tour dates include:
February 6th - UFA Fabrik , Berkin, Germany
7th - Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands
9th - Festival Het Accordeon, Deventer, Netherlands
10th - Harmonie, Bonn, Germany
10th - Die Fabrik , Frankfurt, Germany
12th - Theater Laboratorium , Oldenburg, Gerrmany
13th - Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
14th - Spielboden, Dornbirn, Austria
15th - Kammgarn, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
16th - Teatro SOMS, Sannazzaro de' Burgondi PV, Italy
19th - Altes Brauhaus Breznik, Bleiburg, Austria 20th - Die Brücke,
21st - Foyer des Arts, Vöcklabruck, Austria
22nd - Jazz im Sägewerk, Bad Gastein, Austria
23rd - Salzhof, Freistadt, Austria
24th - Akkordonfestival, Haus der Begegnung Floridsdorf, Vienna, Austria
To the celebrate 30 years as a professional musician, Italian diatonic
button accordionist Riccardo Tesi has released two new CDs - one solo
and the other with Banditaliana. These CDs are available in conjunction
with a short tour of Austria with Banditalia.
March 11th - Treibhaus, Innsbruck
12th - Brucknerhaus, Linz
13th - Akkordeonfestival, Vienna
14th - Haus der Regionen, Krems
René Sopa (accordion)
Stefan Patry (Hammond Organ)
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",
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.
online using bank secure server system.
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
Franco Cambareri - accordionist, composer, producer, releases 2 new
works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Gigolino',
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 - 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.
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.