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Eurovision for Young Musicians, Warsaw - Poland
Contributed by Maciej Frackiewicz
February 5th, Polish accordionist Maciej Frackiewicz took part in
the national semi-finals of the '14th Eurovision Grand Prix for Young
He is one of 7 musicians who will play in the national final with
the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Lukasz Borowicz. Maciej
will perform 'Aconcagua Concerto for Bandoneon and Orchestra', by
national final will be on February 28th in S1 Studio at Polish Radio
in Warsaw. Maciej Frackiewicz studied at the Chopin Academy of Music
in Warsaw under Klaudiusz Baran.
He is a laureate of many of National and International Competitions,
including Klingenthal, Castelfidardo and Poprad. For further information
Sergio Zampolli Performs Deiro's 'Concerto in Am
- South Africa
mark the celebration of the Rand Symphony Orchestra's 20th year under
the baton of distinguished musician, Bernard Wozny, a special concert
is being hosted with a guest performance by the acclaimed accordionist,
Sergio Zampolli. They will be performing 'Concerto in A-Minor', by
in Italy, Zampolli started playing the accordion at the age of nine.
He came to South Africa when he was eleven and has since won numerous
awards for his performances. He is a member of the dynamic Duo 2000
group of MIDI accordion and acoustic harp, with Amarillie Ackermann,
and is the South African representative for the Confédédation
Mondiale de l'Accordéon.
The Rand Symphony Orchestra has been a vibrant contributor to classical
music in Johannesburg for nearly 30 years, and Bernard Wozny has been
Artistic Director since 1987. Under his leadership the orchestra has
grown from strength to strength in serving the community of Johannesburg,
and has 40 full-time members.
The concert will take place on March 2nd, 4pm, at the NG Randburg
South Church. For further information email: email@example.com
Mika Väyrynen to give World Premiere, Kokkola
accordionist Mika Väyrynen will perform the World Premiere of
the new 'Quintet for Accordion and Strings', by Finnish composer Matti
Murto, at the 10th Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival. The concert
titled 'Transitions' will take place on February 19th at the Central
Ostrobothnian Conservatory in Kokkola at 7pm. The concert will offer
'Four different viewpoints to Contemporary Music', by Murto, plus
compositions by Ginastera, Pärt, and Reich.
Born in 1947 in Tampere, Matti Murto graduated from the Sibelius Academy
with a degree in Music Theory. A member of the Finnish Composers Society,
Matti also studied Musicology at the University of Helsinki.
The annual Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival takes place from February
16th to 24th, and includes a very wide range of music - classical
to folk music, harmonicas to bandoneons, film shows featuring accordion
soundtracks, modern compositions to evergreens, and from church music
to hard rock. Concerts, dances and open-air events form a key part
of the festival.
This year's event also includes Finnish accordionists Markus Luomala,
Teija Niku, and Antti Purola, Sweden's Anders Larsson, Norwegian bandoneon
player Per Arne Glorvigen, and the 'Young virtuosos' from Ostrobothnia.
The festival even includes an invitation to participate in sculpturing
the largest accordion made from snow to get in the Guinness Book of
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Øivind Farmen's Latest Recordings, Oslo -
Contributed by Øivind Farmen
the last two weeks I have been recording Scandinavian music with a
'summer' theme as an accordion soloist with the Royal Norwegian Air
Force Band, conducted by the world famous trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen.
This project includes new arrangements on all time 'Summer Hits' from
Scandinavia and in addition to me as an accordion soloist, one of
the most popular singers in Norway, Bjarne Brøndbo, contributes
on several songs. The CD will be ready for sale in June.
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Coba Performs at Kennedy Center, Washington DC -
Renowned Japanese accordionist Yasuhiro 'Coba' Kobayashim performed
on a special concert 'A Tribute to Toru Takemitsu' at the famed Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Currated by his
daughter Maki Takemitsu, the concert featured Kazumi Watanabe and
Daisuke Suzuki on guitar, Coba on accordion, and Tomohiro Yahiro on
One of Japan's most famous and celebrated composers, Toru Takemitsu
(1930-1996) broke new ground by exploring principles of western classical
music and his native Japanese tradition. Largely self-taught, he experienced
a stroke of luck in the 1950s when Igor Stravinsky heard his work
by accident, greatly admired it, and helped bring him international
attention. Influenced by French music, particularly that of Debussy
and Messiaen, some of Takemitsu's most well known compositions encompasses
jazz and film music.
With his extremely unique, pop, accordion music, Coba has helped revolutionize
the image of the accordion. In 1995, the Icelandic singer Bjork saw
his concert performance in London and was instantly attracted to his
music. Immediately after the performance, he was asked to join her
on a world tour, which lasted three years and covered more than 60
countries reaching more than 3 million people.
Coba produces music for more than 10 regular nationwide TV and radio
programs. In addition to releasing his 29th CD, he is also engaged
in a variety of activities ranging from producing projects for various
other artistes to producing film music, which makes this popular accordionist
one of the busiest composers, performers and producers in Japan.
Joao Gentil performs most
evenings at the recently opened Piazzolla Caffe & Bar in Cantanhede.
The café is doing very well indeed, and is always full at weekends.
There are often other musicians guests present, including saxophones,
drums, double bass, flute, singers, etc
The music and dancing includes the tango, jazz and bossa nova. Recently
the milonga has also been introduced.
On the first day 650 people turned up, and the support has continued
to be excellent, always ensuring a party atmosphere.
Joao Gentil will soon be heading off for a short tour in Spain, which
includes playing at the amazing Plaza Mayor in Salamanca!
The 'Club des Accordéonistes' based in the town of Bulle, Switzerland,
have produced their second CD, titled 'Horizons'. The program includes
such diverse items as the 'Concerto for Trumpet' - Khatchatourian,
and 'Rhapsody in Blue' - Gershwin.
The Club des Accordéonistes, which has a history dating back
to 1935, has recently competed in competitions in Castelfidardo, Italy,
and Belfort, France.
Accordionist Victor Prieto and renowned bagpipes player Cristina Pato,
who are both Spanish born, will give demonstration concerts at the
The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments, Metropolitan
Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, on February
The concert is free with Museum admission. The Department of Musical
Instruments presents the event, with sponsorship from the General
Consulate of Spain in New York.
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Donna Maria Regis Performances, New Hampshire -
Maria Regis, well known as the manager of accordionist Tony Lovello,
also appears as a solo accordionist and as the Music Director of the
New Hampshire Accordion Association. Below are two of her upcoming
February 17th, 1pm until 4pm - solo concert at the February meeting
of the New Hampshire Accordion Association, Accordion Connection,
136 NH Route 106, Gilmanton NH 03237.
March 2nd, 12 noon until 5pm, American
Accordionists' Association, Magnanini Farm Winery, 172 Strawridge
Road, Wallkill, New York 12589. This function is in aid of the Carmen
Carrozza Scholarship Fund.
latest 'Accordion Showcase' concert takes place on Monday February
18th, 7.30pm, at the David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy
of Music, Marylebone Road, London. Academy students will perform works
for accordion, piano, violin and cello by Franck, Popper, Piazzolla,
Lundquist and Schnittke.
Dutch accordion duo Accordéon Mélancolique - Jean-Pierre
Guiran and Cherie de Boer - have concerts in venues across The Netherlands,
February 24th, 3pm - de Agnietenkapel, Nieuwe Markt 100, Gouda - information:
Marina de Horn: email@example.com
March 2nd, 3pm until 5pm - Hervormde kerk, de Kerkelaan, (close to
March 9th, 3pm until 5pm - Waalse kerk, St. Catharinaplaats 1, 6811
March 16th, 3pm until 5pm - Trinitaskapel, Vriesestraat 20-22, 3311
NR, Dordrecht; - information email: Paula.vdBerg@inter.nl.net
March 30th, 3pm until 5pm - De Zuidervermaning, Zuideinde 233, Westzaan
May 18th, 3pm until 5pm - Waalse Kerk, Breestraat, Leiden
September 2nd, 8pm - Oranjerie, Rosendael, near Arnhem
September 9th, 8pm to 10pm - Great Hall, Kasteel Cannenburch, Maarten
van Rossumplein 4, Vaassen
September 28th, 4.30pm to 6.30pm - Kasteel Doorwerth, Fonteinallee
4, 6865 ND, Doorwerth, near Oosterbeek
October 12th, 3pm - Waalse kerk, Catharinastraat 83 bis, 4811 XG,
October 26th, 8.30pm - De Toonzaal, 5211 HE. Prins Bernhardstraat
December 28th, 2pm to 4pm - Kasteel Ammersoyen, Kasteellaan 1, Ammerzoden
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'Two Accordions with Attitude', Staten Island -
Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory
Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10314, is presenting the event, 'Two Accordions
with Attitude', featuring accordionists Guy
Klucevsek and Alan Bern, on Saturday, February 23rd at 8pm.
On stage Guy
Klucevsek and Bern create an international tour-of-the-senses
with their soul-stirring gypsy melodies, riotous klezmer, and exotic
Combined with their interpretive jazz, deep blues, and innovative
new world sounds, they move around the continents and through time,
playing songs with ancient melodies as well as startlingly fresh 21st
Stephen Eddis from allmusicguide.com says, "The number of classical
accordion virtuosos is small, but Guy Klucevsek and Alan Bern are
among its brightest lights."
Sebastiano Zorza (accordion
Marko Feri (guitar)
Aleksander Pavnovic (drums)
Giorgio Fritsch (drums)
Thierry Benetoux is publishing a new book 'Sounding
Out The Accordion'. This book will be available at the end of
March and can be ordered in advance at a special price on the internet.
The book, about sound diversity in the accordion, is such that many
accordionists wish to explore the potential of their instruments to
the full. This book, with its DVD, offers an opportunity to explore
the varieties of sounds in various instruments. This incredible diversity
is little known by the general public and even to some musicians.
find out more:
A new updated site for Cavagnolo
Accordions in French language, soon to also be in English language.