22nd January 1999
|- Weekly news from around the
Most accordion students through out the world have
started their new semester in preparation to perform in the many
concerts, competitions, festivals and seminars. For information
on all annual competitions and festivals worldwide, have a look
at the "Annual
Competitions and Festivals" page.
Also check the Future
Events section of the Accordion Yellow Pages for non-annual
events. If you have an event to advertise, you can do so there for
Over the past month, we have had a few technical
problems with the German
Yellow Pages, which have now been corrected. We apologise for
any inconvenience with this and thank you for your patience
|Last Weeks Question was:
|What is your favourite accordion CD?
|Results: Many popular CD's were submitted this week
including Peter Soave's "Pride and Passion" and "The Artistry of Peter
Soave", "Bilbao 00.00h" (Kepa Junkera), "Et Expecto" (Friedrich
Lips), "Accord Tonic" (Danielle Pauly), "Jeux a Trois" (Mogens
Ellegaard, Marta Bene & Gert Sorensen), "Paris Musette", "Suites de
Pieces Domenico Scarlatti" (Hugo Noth), "Manouche Party" (Jo Privat),
"French Touch" (Richard Galliano), "Mes 29 Ans" and "Special Gambille
2" (Eric Bouvelle), "Freedom Flight" (Frank Morocco), "Sous le ciel
Marseillais" (Rachid Bensoussan), "Robert Enzo Plays", "Brave Combo's
Polkas for a Gloomy World".
Festival in London - England
Contributed by Holda
Paoletti-Kampl and Owen Murray, Professor of Accordion at the
Royal Academy of Music
The Royal Academy of Music
in Marylebone Road, London has organised a Russian Festival beginning
on January 25th which will include performances by students of Professor
Owen Murray who is head of accordion studies. On January 27th accordionist
Ian Watson will premiere Sonata for accordion (Fragments and Elegies)
by Lubicia Cekovska. Following this Ingrid Kvale (accordion) and
Robin Michael (cello) will perform "In Croce for cello and accordion"
by Sofia Gubaidulina.
On the 26th accordionist Phuong Nguyen will perform
"Ibuki", a new work for accordion and piano by Noriko Motomatsu.
Year Concert - Netherlands
Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen
On Sunday, January 24th the Amsterdam Accordion
Club "Forzando" will hold its first concert of the new year at "Buurthuis
de Rietwijker", Amsterdam Noord. Four orchestras will perform a
variety of music, Accompanied by vocalist Anne Wirix including "The
Holy City" and "Du sollst die Kaiser meiner Seele sein".
Following this, over 45 orchestra members will
combine to perform music especially written for this occasion. They
will also perform a variety of songs from operettas accompanied
by Anne Wirix.
For further information email: H.J.Veen@net.HCC.nl
Cotati Accordion Festival - USA
Contributed by Clifton Buck-Kauffman
The ninth Cotati Accordion Festival (CAF) will
be held on August 28th and 29th, in La Plaza Park, Cotati. Festival
organisers would like to encourage accordionists and bands with
an accordionist to consider performing at the event. All musical
genres and traditions are welcome and they pride themselves on the
variety of acts presented. All performers are paid, set length varies
from 15 minutes to 55 minutes.
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accordionist Plans 1999 Tours
Contributed by Christine Pauly
French accordionist Danielle Pauly is currently
preparing for several tours during 1999. In early March, she will
be in Frankfurt, Germany, for the MusikMesse. Danielle will present
demonstrations for the firm "Accordéons de France Maugein", the
French accordion maker who are celebrating their 80th anniversary
this year (1919-1999).
Following this Danielle will tour England from
March 19th to 27th. For further information on this tour phone Bert
Santilly: + 44 1223 861261
From April 9th to 13th, Danielle will attend The
Paris Music Salon with "Maugein", then travel to the USA for a concert
tour of the east coast in June.
and Concertinas at Popular Concert - USA
Contributed by Billie Hockett
The 1999 Twice Upon A Squeezebox concert will be
held in Arlington, Massachusetts, on February 12th featuring Alistair
Anderson (concertina), Niall Vallely (concertina) and Sandy Brechin
(accordion). This event is the second in a series of annual concerts
on these instruments. Recently there has been a dramatic resurgence
in the popularity of the accordion and concertina.
Niall Vallely (concertina player in the Irish
band, Nomos) is currently working with Nomos on their third CD and
also on a solo album.
Sandy Brechin, in addition to leading his own band,
is a member of Seelyhoo, one of the hottest young bands of Scotland.
He is wonderfully different, making the accordion come alive, frenetic,
Alistair Anderson has been a supporter of traditional
music in Northumberland, Scotland, and Ireland for nearly 30 years.
He plays the concertina and Northumbrian pipes, and has performed
on TV and radio, with over 30 tours of North America and 6 to Australia.
He has recorded with artists ranging from Kate Bush to the Northern
Sinfonia Orchestra. His recent composition for quartet and concertina
was first performed last December.
For further information email: email@example.com
Accordion Week - Switzerland
Contributed by Tania
Lukic-Marx and Martin
An International Accordion Week will be held at
the Music Conservatory Biel, from March 8th to 12th in conjunction
with "Chain", an association of European Music High Schools.
Leading European accordionists will both teach
and give concerts at the event including Teodoro Anzellotti (Biel),
Edwin Buchholz (Dortmund), Professors Alexander
Dmitriev (St Petersburg), Bogdan Dowlasz (Lodz), Ivan Koval
(Weimar), Matti Rantanen (Helsinki) and Egbert Spelde (Enschede)
and Maurizio Spiridigliozzi (Luxembourg).
Notable composers who have written music for the
accordion have been invited to attend the event to assist with interpretation
and give lessons - an exciting opportunity for the participants.
Workshops will also be held on aspects of the accordion and musicologists
will give lectures. There will also be two concerts each day, in
which tutors and students will take part.
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
with Symphony Orchestra - Finland
accordionist Mika Väyrynen will perform "Concierto and Tres Tangos"
(Astor Piazzolla) with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra conducted by
Atso Almila on February 4th. During the first week of March they
will be recording these pieces for a new CD, which will be released
by Finlandia Records (division of Warner Co) and later by Warner
On February 18th Mika will perform for the first
time with the new quartet "Tango for Four" in Kanneltalo, Helsinki.
For further information email: email@example.com
Releases 36th Album - Australia
Australian accordionist John MacDonald recently
released his 36th album and currently has five albums released overseas.
His recordings are primarily popular Scottish melodies.
John will be honoured twice in 1999 by accordionists
in both Australia and New Zealand. In May John will be "Guest of
Honour" at the Australian
International Accordion Championships in Sydney and the following
week he will be special guest at the 1999
South Pacific Accordion Championships and Festival in Auckland,
at Charity Event - USA
|On January 30th, "Bennie & the Swamp Gators" with
accordionist Dennis Gurwell will perform zydeco and cajun dance music
at St. Joseph Parish Hall, Fontana, California. The event is a pre-Mardi
Gras dance and Mardi Gras costumes are encouraged. Proceeds from the
event will support Community Scholarships, Option House, and the United
Negro College Fund.
For further information phone: + 1 909-885-1357
Orchestra Looking for Accordion Clubs in Belgium
Contributed by Uli
Accordion Orchestra (SAO) has been invited to Brussels where
they will represent the federal state of Baden-Wuertemberg musically
at a Tourism Expo at the end of May. They would like to contact
an accordion club in the Brussels area for another performance or
even just to get to know some other musicians. Interested clubs
please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
on Television - UK
Contributed by David Batty
Leyland Accordion club member, Walter Perrie performed
on the "Discworld" television show in December. Walter also performed
recently with guest accordionist Steve Roxton at the Leyland club's
first birthday celebrations. The club currently has guest artists
booked until March 2000
Hotter, "HOTTEST" - USA
Contributed by Faithe
Deffner, President of the American
In the ongoing search for "America's Hottest Accordionist,"
press kits were issued to the top 250 newspaper entertainment editors,
syndicated writers and wire services. As a result of this aggressive
media contact, a number of papers have either covered the search
for the "Hottest Accordionist",
or completed interviews for upcoming features.
The search is to find the super entertainer who
plays accordion, for a career-launching campaign which will include
guest appearances, promotional opportunities, etc., aimed at popularising
the winner and the accordion.
The following article appeared this week in the
Lifeline section of "USA TODAY":
SQUEEZE PLAY: The Lawrence
Welk Resort in Branson, Missouri, and the American
Accordionists' Association are searching for the "hippest, sauciest"
accordionist in the USA. Five finalists (selected from videotaped
entries that must be sent by February 10) will get to show their
stuff March 25th in Branson. For details, call 800-505-9355 or check
the Web site for www.accordions.com
Club Meeting - Canada
Contributed by Lucio
The 26th meeting of the Canadian Accordion Club
will take place on February 7th at the Ramada Inn Hotel. Guest soloists
include Norma Fortino, Sylvia Carter and Pauline Perl.
Heinz Siemens will contribute accordion news,
videos, audio recordings, sheet music, as well as a wide variety
of accordion publications to entertain the members. In addition,
chairperson Sylvia Carter will supply "tasty" donuts too!!!
For further information email: email@example.com
from Myron Floren - USA
Contributed by Faithe
Deffner, President of the American
Myron Floren who is recuperating from a series
of health problems which now seem fully resolved has said "I'm getting
better every day and looking forward to returning to work in a few
months." Myron recently had a heart valve replacement, which he
originally had replaced more than a decade ago (10 year replacement
is not uncommon for this procedure). In his appearances, Floren
has often joked with audiences about the pig's valve he sports.
Myron Floren's doctors are pleased with his recovery
progress and the famous accordionist vows to be back at the job
in a few months, although he says, "I may do a few less than the
150 concerts I have been playing in recent years."
Ruggieri Plays Battisti - Italy
Contributed by Holda
An interesting musical event aimed at promoting
local musical groups took place in Roseto degli Abruzzi on December
11th. The evening was dedicated to Lucio Battisti, a very famous
Italian songwriter who recently passed away. Renzo
Ruggieri made a successful guest appearance, the only accordionist
in a concert devoted mainly to Rock and Pop music. The local magazine
"Qui Roseto" wrote in their review "Mr Ruggieri, with his piece
"Carnevale" and the interpretation of Battisti's "Emozioni" added
a moving touch to the evening."
Tango Features Accordion For Kids - USA
Contributed by Kevin
A new CD out called "Dinorock Dreamosaurus" is
for children, the latest musical adventure of "Dinorock", produced
by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer which features the accordion in the
musical score. "The Tina Titanosaurus Tango" is played by "Gypsy
Strings" (including accordionist Zoltan Racz). The CD is distributed
by Rounder Records.
Competition - Germany
Contributed by Günther
On February 7th a competition for accordion ensembles
(groups from 2 to 5 players) will be held at the Gottfried Müller
School, Filderstadt from 10.00am to 1pm. The jury will include Fritz
Dobler and Brent McCall.
For further information email Herbert Haase: firstname.lastname@example.org
Connections Festival - Scotland
Contributed by Gary Blair
The annual Celtic Connections Festival is currently
underway in Glasgow and will run for two weeks until January 29th.
This festival is now one of the biggest Celtic Festivals in the
world, with thousands of people expected to attend musical events
held throughout Glasgow and in the main venue, the Royal Concert
Hall. Accordion performances will be given by Freeland Barbour,
Kepa Junkera, Maria Kalanaemi, Sharon Shannon, Donald Shaw (Capercaillie),
Karen Tweed and Ceilidh bands.
In addition accordion master classes will be held
with Freeland Barbour, Maria Kalanemi, Sharon Shannon and Karen
& Swiss Folklore Mix - Switzerland
Contributed by Jean-Claude Pouly
The "Totschna" Quartet which includes Oleg Lips
on accordion and vocals will perform at the "Atelier Hinterruti"
Horgen, Zurich on January 31st. Their repertoire is a mix of Russian
and Swiss Folklore which promises to be a stimulating musical cocktail.
Oleg Lips also teaches the Accordion at the ACM (Academy of Contemporary
Music) in Zurich, Switzerland. For further information phone: +41
1 725 88 54
Venture - Russia
Ltd (who specialise in manufacturing bayan accordions) have
offered to create a joint venture with any Italian or German accordion
Ltd will present production and office rooms, materials and
equipment for manufacturing all elements, such as bellows, resonators,
voices etc. They would like to be contacted by Italian or German
companies with design ideas and material for production of this
For further information email Dmitry Suhanov: email@example.com
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