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The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes
(CIA) held its 119th General Assembly of Delegates 'Winter Congress'
in Skopje, Macedonia, hosted by the Association of Accordionists
from the Republic of Macedonia.
Picture of Congress participants above.
In addition to the General Assembly, association President Zorica
Karakutovska, Vice President Elizabeta Ilievska, Public Relations
Manager Anica Karakutovska and Secretary Biljana Mladenovska provided
an exciting array of activities including meetings, sightseeing,
a reception with the Mayor of Skopje Mr. Trifun Kostovski, visits
and meetings at the school and university, a formal concert of Professor
Karakutovska's students, as well as an evening of Macedonian entertainment.
Delegates from around the world traveled to Skopje to attend this
first CIA function held in Macedonia. During the Congress, two new
associations were accepted for CIA membership including the Associação
dos Acordeonistas do Brasil (AAB) - President: Lauro Valerio, and
the Italian Accordion Culture (IAC) - President: Federica Celesti.
Merit Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to
the International accordion movement were accepted to be awarded
to renowned concert artist and teacher Friedrich
Lips (Russia - picture above left) and to Manfred Gäbler
(Germany) the organizer of the Klingenthal
International Accordion Competition for more than 40 years.
Friend of the Accordion Award was accepted to be awarded to
Friedl Preisl and Herwig Peychär (Austria), Silvio
De Pra (New Zealand - picture above right) and Sylvia Prior
(USA - photo below), recognizing their lifelong work on behalf of
the accordion in their respective countries.
of the Music Committee worked in person and via electronic communication
to finalize competition guidelines for the 2008 Coupe Mondiale to
be held in Glasgow, Scotland (poster left) from the October 22nd
to 27th, and all information can be found at www.coupemondiale.org
Portraits of the Musette Greats, Montpellier - France
Artists Robert Crumb and Dominique Cravic have produced portraits
of 12 French accordionists from the 1930s, including Gus Viseur, Médard
Ferero,Tony Murena, and Jo Privat. Each picture is signed, measures
33cm x 33cm, and is in six colours.
Competition categories are open to citizens of all countries and performers
of any kind of instrument (piano accordion, bayan, diatonic etc).
Previous international championships attracted interest from New Zealand,
China, Croatia, Russia and Australia.
Master Classes are held during the event, where you will have an opportunity
to get accordion advice from the internationally renowned accordion
tutors that are attending.
Traditionally, the most popular part of the event is the Gala Concert
on June 8th. Poseter left - click to enlarge. Guest artistes include
2007 Piano Accordion Coupe Mondiale World Champion Stanislav Jusufovic
(Serbia), Lionel Reekie (NZ), Grayson
Masefield (NZ - 3rd place 2007 Coupe Mondiale Piano Accordion
category) plus two Sydney based accordion ensembles: Australian Concert
Ensemble (Australia) and 'FunAccord'.
A DVD has been issued featuring several bands performing at a Grand
Dance on October 13th in Lerwick at the 2007 Shetland Accordion &
Fiddle Festival. The bands include Cullivoe Dance Band, Gordon Shand
Scottish Dance Band, Alan Nicolson Dance Band, Sandy Nixon Scottish
Dance Band, Jimmy Burgess Dance Band, Roy Hendrie Scottish Dance Band,
Da Fustra Dance Band, Susan McFadyen Scottish Dance Band, James Leask
Dance Band, Pentlands Ceilidh Band, Leeshinat, Sandy Legget and the
Carseloch Ceilidh Band. The comperes are Nicol McLaren and Robert
Lovie, and the running time is 115 minutes.
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Félicien Brut, Winner of 3 International
Competitions! - France
Four students of the music school CNIMA
J.MORNET took part in the CMA Trophée Mondiale:
2nd: Eric Allard-Jacquin (Junior Variety)
3rd: Yves Moulin (Senior Variety)
Pierre Laval (Junior Variety)
and Felicien Brut won the 1st place (Senior Variety).
The talent of Félicien has been combined wiith the prestige
of this school founded by Jacques Mornet and directed by Nathalie
entered the school CNIMA
J.MORNET, thanks to an uncle, while he was only seven years old
and is a "pure product" of the successful training available.
Since 2001 Félicien Brut has been winning competitions.
His next ambition is to acquire the DEM (Certificate of Studies Musical)
and to teach in Conservatories. Félicien Brut has now founded
a trio with Pascal Meurgé - keyboard and vocals, and Amélie
Castel - drums and vocals. They will make their public debut on Saturday,
January 19th, 9.30pm, in the Casino of Bourboule (free entrance).
Thursday, January 17th, Jeff
Lisenby's jazz accordion concert at the University of Missouri
at Kansas City Performing Arts Center with his talented daughter Jaclyn
Brown, as guest vocalist. This was a wonderful concert, featuring
an outstanding accordionist and a superb vocalist and also promoting
the newly released CD "A
Spy In Tortuga".
Doug Auwarter -drums, Danny Embry - guitar, and Greg Whitfield - bass
accompanied accordionist Jeff Lisenby for a concert no one wanted
to leave. For full version of the concert
report by Joan Sommers .....
Accordionist and Festival Director has written a jazz orientated musical
play titled 'Opera?', which will be performed at the Teatro Polifunzionale,
Pineto, on January 26th, at 9.30pm. The accompanying orchestra includes
Renzo Ruggieri on accordion
and melodica. Entrance is free.
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February Glasgow accordionist goes on his 9th consecutive tour of
the South of England, and his dates are as follows:
February 6th - Fairkytes Accordion Club, The Fairkytes Arts Centre,
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex; email: MJBuckingham4422@aol.com
8th - private ceilidh, Essex
9th - Annual Ceilidh, Ovingdean Village Hall, Brighton
10th, 4-7pm - Manor Field School "Family Fun Ceilidh", Junction
Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex
11th, 7.30pm - Uxbridge Accordion Club, The Anglers Retreat, West
Drayton, Middlesex; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
12th, 7.30pm - Verwood Memorial Hall, Dorset
14th, 7.30pm - Harlow Accordion Club, Essex; also featuring the Harlow
Accordion Band, Romeo Aichino (Italy) and Gary Blair Junior; email:
15th to 18th - Eastbourne Accordion Festival; also featuring Harry
Hussey, Cafe Noir, Gary Blair Junior, John Romero, Gennaro Fiondella,
Sue Bennett, Angie Lukins, Trevani, Charlie Watkins.(Watkins Electrical
Music); email: email@example.com
18th, 7.30pm - Club Accord, Catshill Working Men's Club, Bromsgrove,
Birmingham, with Gary Blair Junior; email: Tracey.Middleton@uk.ngrid.com
CNIMA Training Courses, St Sauves d'Auvergne - France
of the next training courses at the CNIMA
J.MORNET music school, St Sauves d'Auvergne, open to all ages,
all styles, are listed below:
February 18th to 23rd
February 25th to March 1st
April 14th to 19th
April 21st to 26th
July 14th to 19th
July 21st to 26th
August 11th to 16th August
18th to 23rd
Picture right of Jacques Mornet. For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AAMS Festival, Pennsylvania - USA
Contributed by Lenny Feldmann
The annual festival and competition sponsored by the American Accordion
Musicological Society (AAMS) takes place from March 7th to 9th, and
once again held at the Dolce Valley Forge Hotel, King of Prussia,
program of guest performers this year includes Mario Tacca (left),
Mary Mancini, Stanley and Joanna
Darrow (right) Richard DiBlassio, Ron Onda, Ed Touchstone, Bobby
Raye (picture below) Jim Vandelly, and Lenny Feldmann, known as
The festivities begin with a Cajun/Zydeco concert on the opening night.
Saturday will feature the competitions and a range of accordion workshops.
Annual Dinner takes place at 5.30pm on Saturday evening where this
year's Honoree, Rik Kaplan, will be recognized. An Accordion Spectacular
Concert, featuring guest artistes Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini, and
supporting acts, will follow the dinner.
On Sunday, the morning will continue with more competitions and more
workshops. After lunch will be the Awards Concert featuring the Festival
Massed Band, guest artistes, and the presentation of awards and trophies.
The festival also includes a trade display, accordion repair seminars,
accordion memorabilia, recordings and sheet music.
Australian folk band Wongawilli are to visit Denmark, performing at
the Tuno Festival, July 2nd and 3rd, and at the Skagen Festival, July
4th to 6th. From July 8th to 15th, they are available for functions
anywhere in Europe.
Wongawilli plays traditional and contemporary Australian folk songs,
dances and music. They play a range of instruments featuring accordion,
concertina, piano, violin, guitar, lagerphone, banjo, whistle and