12th February 1999
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|Last Weeks Question:
|Who do you believe is the most famous French
Accordionist of all time?
|Readers voted for Marcel Azzola, Jo Basile, Eric
Bouvelle, Frederic Deschamps,
Jean-Marc Fabiano, Richard Galliano, Yvette Horner, Maurice Larcange,
Cyril Mollaire, Jo Privat, Nick Tamere, Emile Vacher, Andre Verchuren
and Gus Viseur.
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with famous accordionists and accordion personalities and we are
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The first Interview will be the famous Russian
concert artist and teacher Friedrich
Lips. Please email your questions before February 24th for publication
on March 2nd.
The second interview will be with 95 year old Anthony
Galla-Rini. Please email your questions by March 10th for publication
on March 16th.
The Moderator Wallace
Liggett is a well known New Zealand accordionist and author
of the book "The
History of the Accordion In New Zealand".
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Millennium - Scotland
Contributed by Graham Geddes
Hogmonay Millennium fever has hit Scotland. Large
amounts of money are already being offered for bands to play Hogmonay
in Scotland. "Hogmonay" is the Scottish name given to New Years
Eve. The fee for a professional Scottish band ranges from 2000 pounds
upwards with some being offered as high as 4000 pounds including
"The Graham Geddes Band" (with accordionist Graham).
This year the band will record a CD with the Royal
Scot's Guard's in a joint venture mixing "Pipes and Drums with a
Scottish dance band"
For further information email: Gizasong@aol.com
Lecture - UK
Contributed by Neil Wayne
On May 20th Dr Brian Bowers will give a lecture
on Sir Charles Wheatstone at the Institute of Physics (South Western
Branch), Stroud, Gloucestershire. Dr Bowers is a biographer of Wheatstone
and is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Science Museum.
He intends to pursue the question of a new edition
of his Wheatstone book in the near future. For further information
Concerts - Germany
by Winfried Haushalter
The 1st Cologne Accordion Orchestra performed two
3½ hour surprise concerts to honour Heinz Gengler at his 85th birthday
in his Swabian hometown of Reutlingen. The first concert took place
on January 23rd in Goenningen. The second was held the following
day with the "Marienkameradschaft Ebingen" Shanty Choir. Heinz Gengler
was thrilled when he arrived at the Reutlingen train station and
was welcomed by the choir who have been close friends for many years.
The concert audience of over 1000 people included
many well known members of the accordion movement, including Ernst
Pfister (DHV German Harmonica Club) and Günther Hecht. Among the
special guests were a number of vice presidents, conductors, composers,
and arrangers from Baden Würtemberg. Former members of the Cologne
Orchestra traveled in order to attend the anniversary celebration.
The concert program included "William Tell Overture"
(Rossini), Tritsch-Tratsch Polka (Strauss), Waltz No 2 (Shostakovitch)
and several "Heinz Gengler Highlights" that were especially arranged
by Matthias Hennecke (orchestra leader) to honour the conductor
at his anniversary. Heinz Gengler also took the baton and conducted
some of his famous musical pieces. The concert finale included the
choir and orchestra performing "Dankeschoen und Aufwiederseh'n."
with a Difference - USA
Contributed by Lynda Griffith
The Accordion Concertina Music Ensemble will perform
concerts on February 20th in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and on the
21st in Staples, Minnesota. Romantic, classical and contemporary
music will be performed. A variety of unique and historic accordion
family instruments will be used during the concerts, including piano
accordion, button chromatic accordion, French musette accordions,
button diatonic accordion, English concertinas, Chemnitz style concertina
Members of Accordion Concertina Music Ensemble
include Helmi Harrington, Ph.D. (Director), Carolyn Carver, Lynda
Griffith, Gary Harvell, Tony Lutzkanov (Bulgaria) and guest performer
Beijing Cup Competition - China
Contributed by Li
The 1st Beijing Cup accordion competition was held
in the Chao Yang Culture Hall, Beijing from February 2nd to 5th.
Over 480 accordionists from Beijing, Haerbin, Xian, Kunming, Xizang
and provinces all over China competed in the event. President of
the Jury was accordionist Yang Wentao, and the competition organizer
was Wang Xiaoping. Cen Shihuan, (Chairman of the Beijing Accordion
Association) planned the whole event.
A prizegiving concert was held on the final day
with class winners entertaining the audience of over 500 people.
Cups and certificates were presented by Shi Lemeng, Gu Chunyu, Zhang
ZiQiang, Ren Shirong and Zhang Guoping.
of Prussia Festival - USA
|The 12th Annual Accordion Festival and Symposium
sponsored by the American Accordion Musicological Society will be
held from March 5th to 7th in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
The 3 day festival will include competitive and
non-competitive events for adults and children as well as workshops,
demonstrations, displays, and accordion and music-related items
For further information phone
Joanna Arnold or Stanley Darrow at: +1 609 854-6628 or + 1 609
Demanded - Finland
On February 4th, accordionist Mika Väyrynen performed
Piazzolla´s "Concerto" and "Tres Tangos" with the Kuopio Symphony
Orchestra (conducted by Atso Almila). The audience of over 500 people
enjoyed the concert so much they demanded an encore.
Mika is also a member of the quartet "Tango For
Four" which will perform a live concert on Finnish television on
Saturday February 13th. Following this, they will perform in Kanneltalo,
Helsinki on the 18th.
Band Weekend - UK
Contributed by Hilly Edwards
A concertina band weekend was held at the Henry
Box School, Witney, Oxfordshire on January 23rd and 24th. Over 30
players took part in the event led by Dave Townsend and Jenny Cox
which included music of early 20th Century Northern Concertina bands,
new arrangements, marches, minuets and lively tangos.
Throughout the weekend the music was professionally
recorded by Doc Rowe, and edited highlights will be sent to all
participants. The event was enjoyable, professionally run and a
good opportunity to make new friends in the concertina world.
The weekend concluded with a variety concert in
aid of the British Red Cross. Dave Townsend and Jenny Cox played
solo pieces and guest performers were the "Yorkshire Concertina
Band" and the "Push Button Band".
Performers - Italy
Professor Patrizia Miceliis presided over the final
accordion and keyboard exams at the CDMI in Mottola, near Taranto.
The young candidates gave solo and ensemble performances to an enthusiastic
audience. The event included guest performances by Renzo
Ruggieri (on MIDI accordion) and Pino Di Modugno.
Appearances - France
Contributed by Accordéon
Klingenthal is rapidly approaching (May 7th to
13th) and the Hohner musicians' team between two TV appearances
is already hard at work preparing. Group members led by Frédéric
Deschamps divide their time between practicing for International
Competitions and relaxing with Pascal Sevran, the "benefactor of
the French accordion", and star host of a national TV program of
French songs. This show is one of the few to promote accordionists,
who are given the opportunity to present the results of their work.
On February 6th and 7th (as well as February 21st
and 22nd) the Hohner team (Jérôme
Baldo, Marielle Roy,
Arnaud Guimard, Vincent Peirani, Vincent Carenzi, Xavier Rollet,
Mickael Richard, Alexandre
Leauthaud and Benoit Chabod) met under the direction of their
teacher Frédéric Deschamps
to prepare for Klingenthal.
Firms at Trade Show - USA
Contributed by Oliver Dutt and Christine
1500 firms showed every imaginable musical instrument
and accessory to thousands of visitors who attended NAMM '99 in
Los Angeles. The trade show is sponsored by the National Association
of Musical Merchants and ran from January 28th to 31st.
Accordions were included in national displays
from Italy and the Orient, and from Germany, the Hohner display
and the Weltmeister display. Players and retailers from many parts
of the world attended the event.
Trio in North Africa
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
The "Rodrigues" Trio (with accordionist Simone
Zanchini) recently gave a series of concerts in North Africa.
The tour was organized by the "Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Tunisi"
(Italian Cultural Institute of Tunisia) and the concerts took place
in the most important theatres in northern Tunisia. The performers
were acclaimed both by the public and critics for their original
mix of different musical styles, a unique blend that marks the trio
as one of the most innovative groups in Italian jazz.
Anniversary Souvenir Day - Holland
Contributed by Henny and Wim Tuinman
On May 29th accordionists will celebrate the 10th
anniversary of their Zuidlaren club with a special day of performances.
Over 125 musicians are expected to play at the concert, which is
scheduled to start at 10am and continue until midnight. Performers
include "Harmonika Freunde" (Oldenburg, Germany), "Alpenländische
Volksmusik" (Duisburg), Wilhelm Rocker (Esens), folk music groups
and a variety of soloists.
Every player will receive a souvenir, which is
a small sculpture of men wearing accordions, engraved with the date.
Over 800 people are expected to attend the event. For further information
Floren Recuperating Well - USA
Contributed by Faithe
Deffner, President of the American
Myron Floren sends his greetings to his many friends
and thanks them for their prayers, cards and good wishes during
his illness. His recuperation is progressing well and he plans to
be back to his music making by the end of May. At that time, Myron's
concessions to his past illness will be to use a back strap for
his accordion and cut back to a few less than the 150 concerts a
year which he has been scheduling in recent years. It may be hard
to do so, but audiences can help a little by asking for fewer encores.
Music Prize - Thailand
Contributed by Li
The 2nd International Chinese Art Meeting was held
in Bangkok recently. This event was held for Chinese people around
Accordionist Chang Baoyu (Qiqihaer) won the Gold
Music Prize with his performance of his own composition "Running
by the Neng River". He was invited to read his composition thesis
before performing the music.
& Violin Recital - UK
Contributed by David Batty
On February 17th an accordion recital will take
place at Leeds College of Music featuring Nigel Waterhouse (accordion)
and Stephen Shulman (violin). The concert will feature a medley
of music including Eastern European folk, contemporary music and
classical styles including works by Piazzolla, Messiaen and Saraste.
For tickets and further information phone: + 44
113 222 3400
Honoured - Russia
Contributed by Vladimir Ushakov
An evening devoted to accordion orchestra founder
Pavel Smirnov was held on February 4th in St. Petersburg. Pavel
Smirnov was the founder and conductor of an accordion orchestra
in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) during the Second World War. The
orchestra helped lift people's spirits during this terrible period.
After the war the orchestra gained popularity in
the former Soviet Union and overseas with concert tours in over
60 countries. Nowadays, Youry Smirnov is the orchestra director
and Vladimir Smirnov the conductor. Both are sons of Pavel Smirnov.
The evening began with a memorial story by Vladimir
Smirnov about his father, with several fragments from a documented
film. This was followed by a concert program with junior and senior
groups of the orchestra performing several compositions by Vladimir
Smirnov. The evening finished with the orchestra performing "Bogatyrskie
Vorota" by Musorgsky to an excited audience of over 400.
With Mr Lachenal" on USA Tour
duo Chris Timson and Anne Gregson will tour the USA from May 5th
to 24th. They will perform in New Bedford, Boston, Amherst, Springfield
and Worcester (Massachusetts), Washington, and Annapolis and Pittsburgh
The duo play a variety of concertinas for song
accompaniment and instrumental pieces. Their program includes "Peaceful
Harbour" (from their CD), "All In Harmony", Anne's own compositions,
plus an instrumental "Groovin' With Mr Lachenal".
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and Computers - France
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
Jean-Marc Fabiano, accordion professor at the Marseille
Conservatory, organized a MIDI workshop for his students held by
Students were given the opportunity to learn all the latest musical
computing techniques, programming for accordion with free bass,
as well as the use of a computer in composing and editing scores.
This first-time experiment in the Conservatory
was a success and proved that computer-enhanced music can exist
side by side with classical music.
and Art - Bulgaria
Contributed by Peter Stanchev
The first issue of a new magazine "Akordeonna magia"
(Accordion Magic) was released in December 1998 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
The 20 page magazine will be released monthly and is believed to
be the first of its kind in Bulgaria.
The accordion is a very popular instrument in Bulgaria,
taught in Musical Academies since 1968. At present it is part of
the curriculum in 2 Musical Academies, 6 Universities, High Schools
and Music schools. "Akordeonna magia" caters for accordionists in
Bulgaria and all over the world.
For further information email: email@example.com
Warms Up Crowd - UK
Contributed by David Batty
The Leyland Accordion Club's December meeting was
held in cold conditions as the heating system had broken down. Local
accordionists did their best to warm up the crowd with a variety
of popular pieces which included Christmas Carols and old favorites.
New players are also encouraged to perform for the first time at
these events. This year the club has a different "look" with new
carpet, dance floor and new seating.
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