will perform the premiere of Paavo Korpijaakko's new Sonata 'Ultra'
on June 26th at 8pm in the Ikaalinen Church as part of the annual
Sata-Häme Soi International Accordion Festival in Ikaalinen,
Finland. He will also perform the Finnish premiere of Kusjakov's last
work, the Sonata No. 7, which was dedicated to Mika.
On June 29th, he will perform at the ‘Music Ruovesi’ festival when he appears with the Virtuosi di Kuhmo, performing Chamber Music V – ‘Barabbas Variations’, by Aulis Sallinen, under the direction of Okko Kamu.
Accordions Worldwide will provide daily reports of the Sata-Häme
Soi International Accordion Festival at www.accordions.com/finland
beginning on Wednesday June 25th 2008.
4th Astor Piazzolla ‘Libertango’ Music Festival, Lanciano - Italy
4th ‘Libertango’ Festival takes place in Lanciano from
October 7th to 9th, and all test pieces are works composed by Astor
Piazzolla. The competition caters for soloists - piano, violin, violoncello,
flute, saxophone, guitar, domra, balalaika, bayan, accordion and bandoneon,
and ensembles of 2 to 8 persons, without any age restrictions. Participants
can play from music, but in the case of total marks equality preference
will be given for performers, who played from memory.
The President of the Jury is Vladimir
Zubitsky (right), and the guest of honour and a judge of competition
will be Laura Piazzolla (Argentina).
The festival founders are: Fundacion Astor Piazzolla (Argentina), the International association “Libertango”(Germany), the Music Competition Association of Russia, L’Associazione Gruppo Tradizioni Popolari Lanciano, Italy. Entries close September 18th.
Considered one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world, the JVC Jazz Festival New York is a two-week jazz celebration that fills New York City's premiere concert halls, intimate clubs, parks, schools and museums with some of the top musical talent in the world. Started in 1972 by George Wein as the Newport Jazz Festival New York, this festival has been sponsored by JVC since 1984 and has become a famous New York institution.
Performing in Zankel Hall of Carnegie Hall on Saturday, June 28th
at 8pm, Richard Galliano will perform with Tangaria. Taking the accordion
out from the ballroom and into the world of jazz, Richard Galliano
has created New Musette, a seductive fusion of styles ranging from
samba, salsa, and reggae to waltz, tango, and bolero.
His quartet, which recently recorded the CD ‘Tangaria Quartetin
Saõ Paulo, Brazil, features Venezuelans Alexis Cardenas and
Rafael Meijias on violin and percussion, Belgian Philippe Aerts on
double bass, and a special guest from Brazil, Hamilton de Holanda
Sata-Häme Soi International Accordion Festival, Ikaalinen – Finland
The annual Sata-Häme Soi International Accordion Festival will take place from June 24th to 29th in Ikaalinen, Finland, featuring a diverse variety of accordion styles during the weeklong extravaganza of concerts, competitions and fun.
Guest artistes include Quadro Nuevo Quartet, The Unelmavävyt Dance Orchestra, Veli-Matti Järvenpää Tex-Mex Band, Mika Väyrynen, Renzo Ruggieri and Mauro de Federicis, Ludovic Beier, Tiit Kalluste Jump Band, Viatcheslav Semionov Duo, Viva Tango Baltango Quintet featuring Alexandar Nikolic, and more.
Several competitions will take place at the festival including the
2 and 3 row Finnish diatonic accordion competitions, the Golden and
Silver Accordion National competitions broadcast on live TV, the Roland
V-Accordion Competition to decide the Finnish participant for
V Accordion Competition in Italy in November, and the IV International
Primus Ikaalinen live television show accordion competition.
Accordions Worldwide will provide daily reports of the event found
beginning on Wednesday June 25th 2008.
An Accordion built specially for National Football Team, Sint-Michielsgestel - Holland
The FVB-Music Store, Sint-Michielsgestel, has built a special accordion in their national colour orange in order to support Holland’s football team in Euro 2008, the EUFA European Championships. And so far this support is really helping .... as the Holland team is winning!
Holland were previously European Champions in 1988, and are currently through to the quarter finals. The final takes place in Vienna on June 29th.
Het succes naar Nederland van Accordeons Wereldwijd!
Doktorski recently performed with the Slee Sinfonietta, a professional
chamber orchestra in residence at the University at Buffalo, in the
world-premiere performance of ‘Opening Veins’ by the award-winning
American composer Andrew Rindfleisch. The concert, at the Drinko Recital
Hall at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, featured contemporary
works by composers David Felder, Morton Feldman, and Rindfleisch.
The Cleveland ‘Plain Dealer’ music critic Donald Rosenberg wrote about Rindfleisch's ‘Opening Veins’: “Composers often go to extremes as they explore expressive ideas and sonic colors…. The last work [Opening Veins] is a gripping journey into the high anxiety of the creative process. Piercing clarinet and saxophone riffs lead to frenetic rhythms, wind and brass screams and percussive clamor. The Varese-like din occasionally relaxes into troubled tranquillity, with an accordion adding mysterious shadings. Rindfleisch has a whale of a time teasing the listener with uproarious sonic gestures and rhythmic vivacity. Even when strings play soft harmonics, a flute ruminates and a double bass and trombones rumble, something is stirring. An ensemble exclamation point brings the piece to a brilliant close. The performance, led by the composer, was a thriller”.
Doktorski said, "I had a great time working with the Slee Sinfonietta
under the direction of conductor/composer Andrew Rindfleisch. Everything
was extraordinary: the musicians; the staff and the composer/conductor
and the audience response. I hope Andrew Rindfleisch will write more
music for accordion"
From June 3rd to 8th, in the town of Prienai, the event ‘Olimpo Musicale’ took place. This 2nd International Competition for Young Musicians is a unique event in Lithuania.
The headmaster of the Veiveriai A.Kucingis Art School of the Prienai region, Mindaugas Labanauskas, was Director of the competition. The piano teacher of the same school Rasa Blebaite acted as Artistic Director.
About 200 young musicians playing various musical instruments participated in the competition. Many came from abroad: Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia and Poland. The participants - from 6 to 17 year old - played 22 various different musical instruments: including accordion and bayan.
The international jury included: Professor Eugenijus Ignatonis (Chairman, Lithuania), Prof. Andris Baumanis (Latvia), Prof. Bohdan Lukaszevicz (Poland), Mirco Patarini (Italy) www.paolosoprani.com, and Vytautas Alenskas (Lithuania). The most important criteria were talent, musicianship and artistry.
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) 68th Annual Festival was
held in Nashville, TN and featured three days of concerts and workshops.
International guest artist Alexander
Shirunov, from Russia, received two standing ovations for his
spectacular performance, and he also presented an informative workshop
about his musical career and the various aspects of his musical education.
Also appearing at the ATG
festival were Nashville recording artiste and accordionist Jeff
Lisenby, who performed with the NashVegas Jazz Players with vocalists
Abby Burke and Jeff's daughter Jaclyn Brown (picture above).
Jo Simon (left) who performed the entire Galla-Rini ‘Concerto
No. 1 in G Minor’, by the late ATG President Emeritus Anthony
Galla-Rini, Jazz musician Murl Allen Sanders from Seattle,
Washington, Roland artiste Don McMahon and his wife Lesley, Alexandra,
Amy Jo Sawyer, Christine Jarquio, Mary
Tokarski, the ATG 2008 Festival Orchestra conducted by Joan
C. Sommers, Donna Dee Ray and Joanna Darrow.
ATG Historian Stanley Darrow received the ATG President's award for
his many years of service to the ATG at the Gala Banquet.
The annual Festival della Fisarmonica takes place on Saturday June 21st, with a concert at 9.15pm at the Parco Villa Bertoldi, featuring Marielle Roy – accordion, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi – bandoneon, Luca Lucini – guitar, and the ‘Citta di Verona’ accordion orchestra – directed by Luciano Bruti.
annual Ludlow Festival this year includes a production of ‘Richard
111’, by William Shakespeare, directed by Ben Crocker, and featuring
accordionist Lisa-Lee Leslie. This prestigious open air production
takes place at Ludlow Castle in Shropshire from June 21st to July
5th, 8.30pm, except Sundays; matinees on Wednesday 2.30pm and Saturday
Lisa-Lee Leslie often works in theatrical productions, with previous plays most notably including ‘Mirandolina’ at The Royal Exchange, Manchester, and Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’, at the Wyndhams Theatre in London.
Emir Bosnjak will play an entire opera on accordion: “I will be a one man symphonic orchestra!”, in a production of Donizetti’s ‘L'elisir d'amore’ at the Helsingør Theatre, Aarhus, from June 23rd to 27th. All 6 performances are already sold out! Emir has arranged the entire score for accordion.
The Festival International De L'Accordeon takes place from July 4th to 6th, and the guest artistes include Laurence Cavagnolo (France), Roman Jbanov (Russia), Tiziano Chiappeli (Italy), Giuseppe Grosso (Italy, Fred Bourland (Belgium), and the quintet Tutti (Belarus).
The Castelfidardo Folk Festival takes place from July 30th to August 2nd. This international event includes four evening concerts dedicated to traditional and folk music, performed by national and international guest artistes.
Wednesday July 30th, 9.15pm - Parco delle Rimembranze - concert by the Beltuner group in collaboration with the Festival Folk Concerto 11th edition – 2008, sponsored by the Centro Studi Oriente Occidente
Thursday 31st July 31st, 9.15pm - Piazza della Repubblica - concert featuring the Orchestra D’Accordéon de la Suisse Francophone, directed by Lionell Chapuis, in collaboration with the Festival Internazionale della fisarmonica “Guido Bogliolo”
Friday August 1st, 9.30pm - Piazza della Repubblica - Benni Madonia Blues Band in concert:
Saturday August 2nd, 9.30pm - Piazza della Repubblica – Roberto Lucanero Band
Peter Piccini - accordionist, composer, arranger, performer, release 1 new work for accordion available for purchase online. 'Romantic Nights'. Samples of theses music are available on the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.