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When Friedrich Lips started to discover Piazzolla's music
in the 1970s, it was an experience of overwhelming splendour,
of powerful, emotional colours as well as of penetrating
recitatives in oeuvres full of glowing rhythm.
At once he included some of his tangos in his solo program,
and in September 1993 the first concert of Lips' quintet
'Piazzolla-Studio' took place in the little hall of the
Moscow Conservatory: 'Argentinean Tangos by Astor Piazolla'.
Musicians who took part in this ensemble in different years
Lips - bayan, Vladislav Igolinsky - violin, Kirill
Rodin - cello, Svjatoslav Lips - piano, Mark Pekarsky -
percussion, Nikolay Lgovsky - percussion, and Vladimir
Toncha - cello.
does not think that Piazzolla has left us. He just passed
on to another dimension, and has stayed with us through
his unique creations. With these CDs containing his wonderful
tangos Lips wants to tell him "Buenos Dias, Astor!"
year's festival will featured the outstanding Hohner
sponsored young Russian accordionist Alexander
Shirunov, a recent winner of the CIA Coupe Mondiale
International Competition for Piano Accordion as well as
numerous other International awards. This dynamic and captivating
young accordion sensation will present a concert as the
featured International Guest Artiste, as well as giving
a Master Class. He will also be publicising his CD titled
addition to Alexander, the ATG festival will feature local
accordionist and internationally renowned recording artist
Lisenby in concert, as well as many activities such
as many workshops, concerts, the popular Festival Orchestra,
various social events, and many other accordion activities
of interest to everyone who likes the accordion.
Sacred Art Festival of Madrid will include this year three
concerts featuring Dúo Alio Modo (Angel
Luis Castaño - accordion and David Apellániz
- cello). This duo will perform concerts in Madrid on February
19th, 23rd and 24th, and the program includes music by
S. Gubaidulina, S. Kaufmann, J.S. Bach, I. Kuusisto and
L. de Pablo. Some of these pieces are included in this
duo´s last CD titled 'Perspectivas'.
Last week Angel Luis Castaño was broadcast twice
on the National Spanish Radio (RNE). The RNE Channel 5
recorded a program about accordion and Angel Luis Castaño´s
last CD 'Encore!', and the RNE Channel 2 (for classical
music) gave one interview to David del Puerto (Spanish
composer, National Music Award 2005) about promotion of
his last CD 'Alio Modo' (music for piano, soprano and accordion
played by A. Sukarlan, C. Gurriarán and Angel Luis
The Spanish radio audience could listen 'Diario' for piano
and accordion, and 'Sobre la noche' for soprano and accordion,
by Del Puerto, played by Angel Luis Castaño.
Alexander Shirunov Performs at the Frankfurt
Musikmesse - Germany
Contributed by Horst Fausel, Hohner
Accordion Product Manager
After his performances at the NAMM Show, USA, Alexander
Shirunov will be performing at the Frankfurt Musikmesse
from 12th to 15th March.
for his captivating and charismatic performances of both
classical and entertainment music, Alexander
Shirunov will play daily at the Hohner
Stand and twice at the Acoustic Stage. He performs
on both his Hohner FUN FLASH piano accordion (picture right)
and his Morino IV 120 C45 de Luxe free bass accordion.
performance dates are: Hohner
Stand, Hall 3.1 G25:
Wednesday 12noon and 3pm
Thursday 12noon and 4pm
Friday 12noon and 3pm
Saturday 10am, 1pm and 4pm
Acoustic Stage Hall 3.Via, Raum Facette:
January 27th, teacher Frédéric
Deschamps (left), and Hohner
artistes Julian Gonzales
and Jérémy Buirette, were invited to perform
at the music store 'Alsace Accordion Center' of Colmar,
by the owner Pascal Didelot. Julian
Gonzales and Jérémy Buirette performed
classical and variety pieces, both solo and as a duo. Frédéric
Deschamps held a master class, with local accordionist
tutored through 'Libertango', by Astor Piazzolla.
In attendance were local teachers Philippe Brousse, Jean-Martin
Meyer, Christine Parmentier, Philippe Ray, Andrzej Rytwinski,
Patrick Keller, Adrien Bonnard, Président de l'A.P.H
(Association des Professeurs Hohner), and Daniel Jurquet.
Last weekend's Eastbourne Accordion Festival, organised
by John Romero from February 15th to 18th, featured the
talents of Scotland's Gary Blair Senior and Junior, Italy's
Romeo Aichino and Giuseppe Grosso, Swiss-based Londoner
Johnny-Lee Leslie, and the English-based Harry Hussey,
Gennaro Fiondella, Romano
Viazzani, and the jazz quartet Café Noir.
There were concerts featuring jazz, tango, classical, Continental
and Scottish music, plus a series of technique based workshops
and orchestral rehearsals. The performance of the festival
was probably Giuseppe Grosso's brilliant rendition of Rossini's
'Barber of Seville', which received the only standing ovation
of the weekend.
'Speedy' Gonzales, student of Frédéric
Deschamps and winner of five international competitions,
visited in Tunisia, the Palestinian cities of Jerusalem,
Ramala and Gaza, and Israel during February. In Tel Aviv,
'Speedy' attended a specially arranged 'French Night' function.
On March 1st, 'Speedy'
performs in a variety concert in Belgrade, Serbia, and
the next day is on the jury for a competition. He then
performs a series of concerts in Kuwait and the United
Arabic Emirates, from March 10th to 15th.
Julian's other performances are as a duo with clarinet
player Cyril Carbonne. Known together as the 'Duo Syrius',
they have won 2nd prize at the 2007 Coupe Mondiale in Norway
and performed concerts in Finland, England and Spain.
singer and accordionist Emily Smith is performing the following
concerts dates around England:
February 23rd, 7.30pm - The Davy Lamp Folk Club, Washington
Arts Centre, Washington, Tyne & Wear
February 24th, 8pm - Twickfolk, Cabbage Patch Pub, 67 London
Road, Twickenham, Middlesex
February 27th, 8.30pm - Faversham Folk Club, The Chimney
Boy, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent
February 28th, 8pm - Topic Folk Club, The Cock & Bottle,
93 Barkerend Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire
February 29th, 8pm - Carlisle Folk & Blues Club, The
Sunset Suite, Carlisle United Football Ground
March 7th, 7.15pm - Otley Court House, Otley, West Yorkshire
Accordionist Victor Prieto performs as follows - some dates
are solo concerts, NY Tango Project gigs are with Emilio
Solla, others are as the Victor Prieto Trio as a trio with
Alexis Cuadro - bass, and Vince Cherico - drums:
February 27th, 8pm - solo at Olea, Brooklyn
29th, 9pm - Victor Prieto Trio at La Lanterna, New York
March 6th, 8pm - Victor Prieto Trio,Tea Lounge, Brooklyn
7th, 10pm - NY Tango Project, Smalls, New York
8th, 10pm - NY Tango Project, Smalls, New York
10th, 10pm - NY Tango Project, Fat Cat, New York
13th, 8pm - La Lanterna, New York
20th, 8pm - Kitano, New York
29th, 9pm - Victor Prieto Trio, Bar Next Door, New York
accordionist Lars Holm has been teaching children for 40
years and is held in the highest esteem throughout the
international accordion world. His brilliant pedagogical
literature has inspired thousands of teachers and children
and he is in constant demand holding workshops all over
Teachers and students are welcome to attend his workshop
on Sunday March 9th at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone
Road, London NW1 5HT. The day will begin at 10.30am and
finish at 5.30pm and is free of charge. Please bring your
accordion with you! This is a wonderful opportunity to
be inspired by a great teacher.
Irish singing and accordion duo Foster & Allen are
one of the most commercially successful accordion-based
acts in recent years with worldwide record sales in excess
of 20 million. Their latest UK tour begins in March, and
dates announced to date include:
March 16th - Grand Opera House, Belfast
April 1st - Llandudno
5th - Grand Opera House, York
9th - Beck Theatre, Hayes
13th - The Anvil & The Forge, Basingstoke
19th - Beck Theatre, Hayes
November 11th - Newcastle City Hall
12th - Southport Theatre and Hall Complex
13th - Grimsby Auditorium
Hammond Invites You to 'HammondCast Show KYOU Radio',
New York - USA
American accordionist, organist and media personality Jon
Hammond has made available highlights from many of his
daily radio shows, going back as far as 1969, on KYOU Radio
available via podcast: 'HammondCast Show KYOU Radio'.
by The Groanbox Boys
and Michael Ward-Bergeman
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.