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This week we have a new Accordions Worldwide homepage, which I hope you like the look of! I would like to extend an opportunity to everyone to submit non-commercial articles. These need to free of any copyright and may be on any topic including pedagogy, bellows, reeds, teaching etc. We will be happy to receive them in any language and will publish them free in our "Articles" section.
Contributed by Paolo Picchio
On January 9th Massimiliano Pitocco (bandoneon) and Rosario Mastroserio (piano) appeared on the television show "The Flying Carpet" hosted by Luciano Rispoli and broadcast by Telemontecarlo. They performed pieces by Astor Piazzolla (including Jeanne, Paul and Libertango) and took part in a talk show discussing Astor Piazzolla and the history of the bandoneon.
Contributed by Joeri De Jongh
Jazzband Trio "Rony Verbiest" celebrates its 4th anniversary with the launch of the group's debut CD " Ah boa jo‚t ". The CD is mainly jazztinted including classic numbers and new songs, written by Rony, guitarist Hendrik Braeckman and bassist Mario Vermandel.
41 year old accordionist (Rony) has built a firm reputation as accompanist of famous Belgian artists like Johan Verminnen, Koen De Cauter and Les petits belges. He experiments with different music styles and emphasises this in his accordion music strongly as he believes that the instrument still suffers from the one-sided reputation of being suitable for corny tunes.
Contributed by Wu Jie
French accordionist Guy Vivier has been invited to Chengdu, China in July to give lectures on traditional French accordion music and perform concerts. Mr Wu Shouzhi assisted Vivier to publish his French accordion music works "Jazz Accordion" and tapes in China which have been very well received.
Contributed by Peter Soave
On Saturday January 17th, Jean-Louis Noton arrived in Detroit, Michigan to commence his 18 day tour of the United States. He performed his first concert on January 18th to an enthusiastic audience of 350 in Detroit, sponsored by the Michigan Accordion Society.
January 19th Noton performed at the Chicago Accordion Club, attended by 200 members and guests. This was the first time a French accordionist had performed for the Chicago club and members from the neighbouring Milwaukee Accordion Club also attended.
The following day Noton began a 7 concert tour for the Detroit public school system which was organised to demonstrate to children (aged 5 to 17) the versatility of the accordion. Audiences ranged in number from 300 to 800 and a great majority of children had never heard nor seen an accordion played close-up.
On January 27th Noton traveled to Los Angeles to join Montreal accordionist Serge Duschene and team Cavagnolo from France at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAAM) Convention. Performances and product demonstrations were offered nonstop to interested accordionists and dealers from around the world.
The tour ended in San Francisco with a formal concert on February 2nd and a workshop the following day, both sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Accordion Club.
Contributed by Harley Jones
Grant "Yogi" Martin will be performing at Civic functions in Beijing and Yantai from February 11th to 14th as part of a Trade Mission led by the Right Honourable Winston Peters, Minister of Finance and the Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Highlights for Yogi will be his performance at the banquet following the Yantai Trade Fair Opening. Important government officials from many parts of Asia will be attending and Yogi hopes that his performances will lead to other concert invitations in Asia.
Contributed by Wu Jie
A new kind of button accordion has been produced by the Tianjing Musical Instrument Manufacturers recently which is a first for this company who have previously produced only piano accordions. The first one is 96 bass with 120 bass accordions planned for production next year. The price is 3,000 Chinese Yuan.
Contributed by Craig Hollingsworth
The movie "Back to Oklahoma" starring Tex Ritter with Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys features a concertina playing cowboy. Tex is in a bind and wires Bob and the Playboys to help him out. They arrive by stagecoach, then Tex drives the coach, with Bob and the boys sitting on top singing and playing their instruments. Arkansas Slim (Tex's sidekick) gallops behind the coach on his mule, while singing and playing his concertina. Later he accompanies them all in the song "You are my Sunshine". Then as he heads off to town with Tex to help ensnare the villains, he hands Bob Willis his concertina and says "Here, hold my wrinkle-box!!!"
Contributed by Silvia Schouppe
In Schoten, Belgium, the head editor of the Belgian wing of the Accordeonkrant Magazine (Joeri De Jongh) has resigned. The Accordeonkrant is published by the Dutch Organisation for the promotion of the Accordion (SNAP). Mr De Jongh has worked three years for the Accordeonkrant and during this period he has made some impressive reports on national and international accordion events.
A new Belgian accordion magazine will be published every two months at the end of 1998 and will be organised by Joeri De Jongh, Ludo MariŽn (music teacher at the Antwerp Academy) and Mike Smeulders (accordionist).
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributed by Jean-Claude Pouly and Guy Klucevsek
The quartet Accordion Tribe II (4 Accordions of the Apocalypse) featuring Guy Klucevsek, Pauline Oliveros, Amy Denio and Alan Bern will perform on Tuesday April 21st, 8.30 pm at the "Rote Fabrik" Kulturzentrum in Zurich, Switzerland as part of their European tour in April.
The tour includes performances in Ljubljana, Salzburg, Cologne, and Brussels. For further information, contact Lutz Engelhardt in Kassel, Germany Phone: + 49 561-710166 or email Guy Klucevsek: email@example.com
Contributed by Billie Hockett
The "Once upon an Accordion" Concert tour began on January 10th in Massachusetts, USA with accordionists John Whelan, Chris Parkinson, Daniel Thonon and Susie Petrov (accordionist and pianist) and Robon Bullock (guitar). These concerts are mostly Celtic and French music and have been so successful that a new tour "Twice Upon a Squeezebox" is planned for January 1999. The concert organiser is Nancy Carlin in California, USA. For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributed by Harley Jones
Nine Chinese accordionists from Shanghai are expected to compete in the New Zealand South Pacific Accordion Championships from May 29th to 31st in Auckland.
The International Championship Solo Class entrants compete for the honour of winning a South Pacific Accordion Championship title plus NZ$1,000 prize money and NZ$2,000 travel subsidies.
The closing date for entries is April 24th. For further information see www.accordion.co.nz
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
Massimiliano Pitocco and Yukary Nakayama recently gave two concerts in Japan, on January 18th at the Yabakey Sunny Hall, Oita, and January 28th at the Tokamachi Town Hall, Niigata. Both concerts received warm praise by the critics and audience. On the day of the second concert, even a heavy snowfall couldn't prevent a large audience attending and enjoying the performance of the two musicians.
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich
The 11th Accordion Festival and Accordion Symposium will be held on March 6th to 8th at the Holiday Inn, 260 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA, sponsored by the American Accordion Musicological Society.
The theme of the festival is Cajun/Zydeco and Button Box Styles. Guest artists include: Don Lipovac (Kansas City) and Carmen Carrozza (New York). There will be workshops, demonstrations, displays, seminars, prizes, and cash awards.
For further information, phone: Sherrie Darrow + 1 609 854-6628
Contributed by Wu Jie
Mr Oleg Sharov, Russian bayanist and Professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music has been invited by the Chinese Accordion Society to perform concerts in China in May. This will be his second concert tour to China, where his 1997 performances were very well received. Concert dates have yet to be confirmed.
At the completion of the tour, Professor Wu Shouzhi will assist him to publish his accordion recording tapes and CD's in China.
Oleg Sharov will also be invited to adjudicate at the International Accordion Competition which will be held in China in the near future.
I was browsing accordionists, Ireland, and noticed that my friend Sue Coppard is listed there. Her address is correctly listed as Wiltshire, but that is in ENGLAND, near Bristol.
I really rate your site; most professional, and very useful! Thanks.
Thank you for the nice comments about Accordions Worldwide! I apologise for the incorrect listing and will have it changed within the week.