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Roland Organizes 2nd V-Accordion Festival 2008 – France/Italy
Contributed by Vincent Riviale/Manager Products & Communications
An opportunity for all those that are tempted to live an unique adventure: to play on stage to the public and to compete with other artists coming from different countries.
It is not only about judging the virtuosity of the musicians but also: the manner in which they use the incredible resources of the V-Accordions, to the greatest artistic originality.
These criteria permit and make accessible the event to a big number of accordionists. For the pre-selections, the video or audio performances must be sent to Roland Central Europe, acoustic or numeric accordions of any make and all musical types and styles are accepted.
The competition includes two categories and repartees on two linguistic zones:
The Juniors (under 18 years) and the Seniors (over 18 years) French-speaking (France, Luxemburg, Belgium) or of Dutch language (Netherlands, Flanders). The final of the Junior and the semi-final of the Seniors, organized by Roland Central Europe, will take place on Saturday September 27th in Paris on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower.
This contest is endowed with fabulous prizes with the competitors able to take back a V-Accordion, other Roland products and also a €5000 first prize and a trip to the international final in Rome, on November 7th and 8th 2008.
To participate, simply send to Roland Central Europe a recording performance with a registration form available in the network of Roland dealers or on the site: www.rolandce.com
Zoltan Orosz and his band formations, the Zoltan Orosz Trio (Zoltan Orosz - accordion, Gabor Ursu - guitar, Csaba Pengo - bass) had a one-week, 4-station tour in Russia with huge success and several standing ovations in fully crowded concert halls.
Their concerts took them to the citties of Kirov, Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Tagil and Asbest.
Due to the great success a longer tour is in discussion.
The 2008 NAO UK Championships, this year in Blackpool on the North West Coast of England is to be held next weekend. The Traditional opening gala will take place in the Metropole Hotel Ballroom and will include artists from France, CIA and CMA Virtuoso Entertainment World Champion Julien “Speedy” Gonzales, from New Zealand CIA prizewinner Grayson Masefield as well as popular UK Duo Romany Rye.
On Saturday evening in the Carousel on the North Pier, Gary Blair and his band will host the Traditional Scottish Celidh.
During the days a record 450 plus entries will be contesting in a variety of solo, duo and ensemble categories promising a wonderful weekend of accordion music.
From March 22nd to 29th 2008 an international competition of young bayanists and accordionists and a festival called ‘Spring Voices’ took place in Moscow. The competition was open for musicians (9 to 23 years) from Russia and other countries. The competition included: solo bayan/accordion categories; entertainment music; ensembles - chamber music; bayan/accordion duet or as a trio with other instruments.
The Festival Director was Andrey Ledenev, Professor at the A. Shnitke-College. The adjudicators panel included: Chairman: Friedrich Lips (Russia), Vice-President: Andrey Ledenev (Russia) Alexander Dmitriev (Russia) Natalia Purits (Russia) Aidar Gainullin (Russia) Sergey Osokin (Russia) Anastasya Shkinderova (Belorussia), Vladimir Murza (Ukraine), Christine Bonnay (Monaco), and Grzegorz Stopa (Poland).
During the competition several concerts took place with participation of prize-winners of international competitions: Aidar Gainullin, Sergey Osokin, Anastasya Shkinderova, Maria Vlassova, Grzegorz Stopa, Simeon Shmelkov, and Olga Zmanovskaja.
(The photo above shows Andrey Ledenev during his speech and behind him the international jury.)
Benno Mitterlehner, music and steirisch harmonica teacher from Perg, Austria presents on his newest CD the complete "German Messe from Franz Schubert" and other church songs (CD cover left).
The steirisch harmonica, is generally known to people as an instrument for folk/traditional music and popular hits – yet this time, the popular steirisch harmonica is used with great success in a completely different environment!
On the 5th and 6th and 13th of April a large and inspired public enjoyed this new interpretation in the Stadtpfarrkirche/Perg as well as in Enns in Germany.
For further information about the new CD Benno Mitterlehner "Die Deutsche Messe von Franz Schubert" email email@example.com
New Book: ‘The Complete Works of Guido Deiro’, Pennsylvania – USA
‘The Complete Works of Guido Deiro’ is a 192-page music book, edited by Henry Doktorski and published with the permission of Count Guido Roberto Deiro by Mel Bay – a collector's item. The book contains 45 pieces, including marches, waltzes, polkas, foxtrots, mazurkas, tangos, etc, and edited exactly as Guido Deiro played on his records. Also included are 54 historic photographs, 8 historic sheet music covers, facsimiles of two early Deiro pieces, and an 11-page biography of Guido Deiro.
A project five years in preparation, this book is a beautiful, handsome, engraved, scholarly urtext edition, measuring 11.75 tall x 8.75 wide x 0.5 inches thick. Published April 2008.
Frédéric Deschamps was invited to appear on the French television program ‘Fait le Plein‘, shown on the channel TVLM, presented by the dynamic Vincent Cerutti.
Also appearing were Pascal Savard, Armand Meigna, Director of the European Jazz Festival in Le Mans, and Dojima Ounei, musical columnist.
Frédéric Deschamps discussed the music to be played at the 2008 Coupe Mondiale world accordion championships. On this subject, Dojima Ounei intervened to say that the only accordion player he knew that had a chance was Vincent Peirani, who just happens to be a student of Frédéric Deschamps.
Accordionist Stefan Hiss and trumpet player Ralf Groher, together as the duo Los Gigantes, have made a new CD titled ‘Highway Patrol’. The music on this CD is in Tex-Mex style, and the sleeve notes tell us that: “Los Gigantes travel along the Rio Grande, from Chihuahua to Arizona, from rural Mexico to the metropolitan America.
Armed with trumpet and accordion, they sing about the bars in Mexicali, life at the Mississippi, cockfights in Aguascalientes, about smuggling and treason, addiction, love and violence. With true frontier spirit, Los Gigantes push open the swinging door to the world. Let’s follow them outside”.
The students of the Accademia Cauteruccio (a music school associated with the Club Nazionale Voglia d'Arte) in Teramo have won prizes during the recent Premio Internazionale Di Musica ‘Citta Di Castrovillari – Pollino’.
Fedele Astorino, Andrea Germano, Gianfranco Fancellu and Adriana Cauteruccio came first in their categories. Antonio Truscelli, 10 years of age, second playing traditional music in his category. They have between them won prizes, scholarships and have appeared in concert at important events. The competition jury members came from Italy, Bulgaria, Mexico and Japan.
Well-known New Zealand conductor and composer Gary Daverne ONZM (Order of Merit, New Zealand) was in the Czech Republic conducting the Moravian Symphony Orchestra for two concerts.
He is pictured here with Günther Zeilinger (left), conductor of the widely travelled Hof Akkordeonorchester (tours include USA, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, China, South Africa, Mauritius and Réunion Island discussing upcoming concerts and new arrangements.
For the eighth time the city of Imst (located in Tyrol, near Innsbruck) will organize a workshop for musicians and artistes of different styles from July 7th to 11th. Participants will have the opportunity to combine some relaxing days with artistic activity. Bayanist/accordionist Friedrich Lips (from the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow) will give solo lessons to participants giving his view of how to solve musical and technical problems, performance on stage, etc.
On Friday April 18th, 6pm, the accordion students Dejan Vujcic (Musikakademie, Kassel) und Nikola Glavas (Musikakademie, Wiesbaden) of Professor Mirjana Petercol will hold a concert at the Evangelische Martinuskirche in Frankfurt-Schwanheim, Martinskirchstraße 52. They will perform music from Musik von Angelis, Padros, Schmidt, Rojko, Albenis and others.
Entrance is free, and the event is organised by the Evangelische Martinusgemeinde Frankfurt-Schwanheim, Martinskirchstraße 53Tel.: 069 -35 55 86.
The Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna on the North Shore of Auckland, the venue for the 2009 Coupe Mondiale, will also host on April 20th a competition titled ‘Shore Got Talent’, which is a competition in search of the best of young North Shore Entertainers.
There have been a number of preliminary events and from those competitions, two accordionists, Jessica Chen and George Xu have been chosen for the Finals. Jessica and George represented New Zealand at the 2007 Coupe Mondiale in Washington in the Junior Coupe Mondiale category, with George achieving 6th and Jessica 9th placing.
This North Shore event is sponsored by Pub Charity and The Lions Foundation, and is presented by North Shore Performing Arts Competitions Society (Inc), which annually holds competitions for all instruments and voice including accordion categories.
A Polka Dance, one of a regular series featuring different bands, takes place on April 20th, 1pm until 7pm, at the Withrow Ballroom & Event Center, 12169 Keystone Avenue North, Minnesota. The bands featured on April 20th are Doctor Kielbasa, from Minnesota, and The Polish Connection, from Wisconsin. The latter band features Mike Schumacher on accordion and Paul Schulfer on concertina and vocals.
A concert styled the ‘Accordion Art Festival’ takes place on may 2nd, 9.30pm, at the Teatro Acquaviva, Mosciano. The event involves different styles of music, and features various free reed instruments, including accordion, harmonica, melodica, bandoneon and harmonica. Artistes appearing include Veronika Todorova, Danilo Di Paolonicola and Gionny Di Clemente Duo, and Claudio Azzaro and Strings Quartet.
The festival is organised by Renzo Ruggieri and Claudio Azzaro, and admission is free.
Spanish-born but New York-based jazz accordionist Victor Prieto has just recorded with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, for the latter’s new CD. Soon, Prieto will be in Spain, performing on the national radio and TV, and also performing and recording with guitarist Joan Sanmarti. Also, preparations are underway for the Victor Prieto Trio’s European Tour in March 2009.
The Victor Prieto Trio + One perform at La Lanterna the Bar Next Door, 29 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012,on May 16th.
João Pedro Oliveira - accordionist, composer,
performer, release his new work for accordion
available for purchase online. 'L'Accordéon du Diable
(Devil's Accordion)'. Samples of this music is
available on the site. The music is in eSheet format,
able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with