26th February 1999
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Hottest "Hots" - USA
by Faithe Deffner,
President of the American Accordionists'
Finalists have been announced in the "Search
for the Hottest Accordionist" competition organized by The Lawrence
Welk Resort Center and the American Accordionists' Association.
Terri Conti, New Jersey
Dwayne Dopsie, Louisiana
Phoebe Legere, New York
Tim Padilla, California
Jason Stephen, Missouri
Finalists will be judged according to overall talent,
charisma, professionalism and ability to entertain in an accordion
showdown on March 25th during Branson Fest, a three-day preview
of Branson entertainment held at the Welk Resort Center.
Gallery Recital - South Africa
Contributed by Amarillie Ackermann
Accordionist Sergio Zampolli will perform a solo
recital on March 12th at the Sandton Art Gallery in Johannesburg.
This performance will introduce a broad spectrum of the accordion
repertoire, from acoustic accordion to MIDI accordion, and serious
to light music.
Club Concert - Netherlands
Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen
On Sunday, April 18th the Amsterdam Accordion Club
"Forzando" will hold their annual club concert at the "Buurthuis
de Rietwijker", Amsterdam Noord. The event will include performances
by the four Club orchestras.
The program includes dance music, music by Dutch
composers and popular pieces like "Sweet Georgia Brown", South American
Rhythms and Rhapsody in Swing.
For further information email: H.J.Veen@net.HCC.nl
Ceilidh - Scotland
Gary Blair Ceilidh Band had a rather unusual gig last week when
they were booked to perform at a Ceilidh in Cardross. Upon arriving
at the venue, they found that there had been a power cut. Fortunately
there was an ample supply of gas lighting and candles and since
the event was for the Scout movement, it seemed only fitting for
the concert to proceed although the band had to perform without
amplification. They were relieved that the power was restored during
the interval! Despite this setback, a wonderful night was had by
Works - Japan
Contributed by Toru Katou
On March 26th the annual "Mie Miki's Accordion
Works 1999" will be held at Casals Hall, Ochanomizu, Tokyo at 7pm.
For further information phone Casals Hall Ticket Center: + 81 3-3291-2525
The following day an "Accordion Master Class"
will be held by Mie Miki at Voris Hall, Ochanomizu Square, Chiyoda
Ward, Tokyo at 3 pm. Young accordionists Tomomi Ota, Waka Shibata,
and Janne Raettyae (Finland) will be taking part in the masterclass,
in open lesson format. Admission free. For further information phone:
+ 81 3 3324 3653
Accordion Association Meeting - China
by Li Cong
On February 9th, members of the Shanghai Accordion
Association held a meeting at the Meixin Restaurant, Shanghai. The
executive committee reported updates on plans for 1999 and welcomed
the Chinese Spring Festival.
Over 100 members attended the meeting as well as
representatives from the Shanghai Music Society, Shanghai Music
Conservatory and Shanghai Art Education Community. Li Cong, (President
of the Shanghai Accordion Association) spoke to the meeting about
the many positive ways teachers can encourage children to learn
and enjoy the accordion.
at Tarbes - France
and Gisèle Médaillon and Danielle Laurens organised a workshop with
from February 16th to 20th. Twenty students spent their school holidays
practising their favourite instrument, and applying in practice
the pedagogical articles published each month in "Accordéon
The last (and by far the most lively) day of the
workshop was devoted to stage presentation in competitions and other
appearances: stage attitude, bows, etc.
All the students are preparing for the APH competition
which will take place at Hayerres, near Biarritz, on April 18th.
This event was so successful that another educational workshop with
has been scheduled.
Chamber Music - Austria
Contributed by Dr
Georg Schulz (accordion teacher at the University
of Music in Graz) gave a well received recital of contemporary music
with Ruth Straub (violoncello) at "Alte Schmiede" in Vienna recently.
Their program consisted of pieces by young Austrian composers and
internationally known composers such as Gubaidulina, Penderecki
Georg Schulz plays contemporary music in several
ensembles including "Klangforum Wien", "Ensemble of the 20th Century",
"Ensemble Kontrapunkte" and the "Austrian Art Ensemble".
Accordion Seminar - Spain
The 6th Accordion Seminar in San Sebastián from
July 9th to 18th will include concerts, workshops, meetings and
lectures. Tutors Claudio
Jacomucci (Italy) and Anne
Landa (Spain) will hold accordion and contemporary music workshops
for students and teachers.
The workshops will cover technical skills with
special application to original music (bellows shake, ricochet,
vibrato, impulses, glissandos, microtonal techniques, etc.). At
the end of the course, students will perform a public concert where
participation diplomas will be awarded.
The contemporary music workshop entitled "Practical
Approach to Contemporary Music" is expected to be popular. New music
is very important to the accordion world and this workshop is aimed
at those who wish to investigate new forms of musical expression.
It will cover: Pre & Postwar Music, New Ways of Listening - Change
in Listener Perception, New Concepts, New Aesthetic Approaches,
Notation-Improvisation-Composition with practical exercises, listening
and analysis of works.
Workshops will be held in Spanish, Basque, Italian,
English and French.
Enrolments must be received by June 15th. For further information
Gras - Denmark
Contributed by Kresten Storgaard
On February 27th, Danish KDN Cajun Band (with accordionist
Karen Munkholm) will perform at the Bal de Mardi Gras. This event
will take place at the Town Theater, Nivaa, North Sealand, Denmark.
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and Compositions" - Italy
Contributed by Holda
Jazz accordionist Renzo
Ruggieri recently gave a concert for the Music and Culture Association
at the "Villa Comunale" concert hall, Roseto degli Abruzzi. His
program included a series of "Guided Improvisations" (a special
technique that aims to create musical atmospheres, soon to be featured
on CD) followed by works of Fancelli, Piazzolla, and Kosma performed
in tonal jazz style. The full house concert was well received by
the local media who gave ample press coverage of the event.
Ruggieri will take part in the Frankfurt Fair (Germany)
in March, performing at the Piermaria,
Orla and Logic System
your Heart Out! - USA
Iowa accordionist Jim Wangemann is now in his sixtieth
year playing the squeezebox and loving it! Jim plays on a regular
basis at the Austrian Restaurant "Cafe Salzburg" in Altoona, on
Friday and Saturday nights. Jim has also performed at international
food nights on Wednesdays including Italian and French evenings
and was recently featured in a television commercial for the restaurant.
Kept Secret - UK
by Paul Asher
"M_C_cajun" an accordion driven cajun/zydeco band
from Derby have played monthly at the Crown Inn, Heather (near Coalville)
for the past year. The group (consisting of accordion, violin, guitars,
rubboard and percussion) has been described as the 'Best Kept Music
Secret in the Area'. But word is now out, as last Friday a record
number of people crammed into the Crown Inn English village pub,
to listen and dance to this lively and entertaining local band.
The group perform tunes including "Flammes D'Enfer"
and "Cherokee Waltz". Popular zydeco tunes include "Jolie Catin",
"I Hear You Knocking" and a Zydeco version of Creedence Clearwater's
"Bad Moon Rising".
M_C_Cajun have a full concert schedule. For further
information email: email@example.com
Magic - Bulgaria
Contributed by Peter Stanchev
The Accordion Magic Newspaper included an article
recently on Bulgarian Accordionist Vladimir Minchev. From January
4th to 9th Vladimir played with the Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted
by Harold Farberman) in Russe, Bulgaria. They recorded "Symphony
No 6" (Irwin Bazelon) on CD.
Six months ago, Vladimir graduated from the Music
School, Russe, tutored by Alexander Vassilev.
Night of Midsummer - China
Contributed by Li
Well known accordionist Yang Yi recently took part
in the traditional Chinese Spring Festival Music & Dance program.
He performed "The Night of Midsummer" which is a special dance that
describes the active part of life in army barracks. The music was
composed by Liu Gang Bao.
to tour Scotland
The USA Music Makars Trio (Meadville, Pennsylvania)
will tour Scotland in June. The trio, which features accordion,
violin and piano were chosen to accompany a group of Scottish country
dancers on tour. They will perform in Scottish townships including
Borthwick Castle, Stirling-Pitlochry, Blair Castle, Castle Menzies,
Tulloch Castle, Aberdeen and a final concert at the Edinburgh Assembly
Hall on June 12th. The trio released their second recording last
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparations for Accordion Extravaganza - USA
Contributed by Kevin
The annual American Accordion Musicological Society
Competition and Festival will be held from March 5th to 7th, at
the Holiday Inn, King of Prussia, PA. The weekend will feature a
special Cajun Concert on Friday evening, workshops, competitions,
mass band, awards concert and accordion displays.
Among the long list of guests are Lenny Feldman,
Monsigneur Kloskowski, Dr. Robert McMahon, Henry Doktorski, Joanna
Arnold, Bobby Ray,
Ron Onda, Joe Soprani
and Carmen Carrozza.
For further information, please phone publicity
chairman, Joanna Arnold:
+ 1 609 854-6628
Hope - England
Contributed by David Batty
The Leyland Accordion Club's first meeting for
1999 opened with a performance of "Whispering Hope". Following this,
guest performer Jan Zukowski played a popular program which included
"Trieste Overture" (Deiro), "Preludio" (Volpi) and "Air on a G String"
(Bach). Jan has been rebooked to play for the club again in March
Club members also performed pieces by Jimmy Shand
as a tribute to his recent Knighthood, including "Francis Wright
Waltz" and "Bluebell Polka".
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Workshops - France
Accordionists are busy running workshops, masterclasses
and seminars in France. On February 12th & 19thAndre Thepaz held
accordion workshops in Chambery, Rhone-Alpes.
On March 7th a workshop will be held in Ploemeur,
Breagne, with Pascal Mursic. For further information phone: +33
Series - Germany
A series of accordion concerts entitled the "Gogol
& Max" concerts have been running in Germany during February. Concerts
have been held in Laumgen, Staufener Fastnacht and Heidelberg.
Future concerts will be held in Hannover and Heppenheim.
For further information see Future
Years in the Music World - USA
Contributed by Jim Wangemann
Accordionist Duane Pichelman from Des Moines, Iowa
has performed at the "Bavarian Haus" Restaurant consistently for
the last twenty five years. This has got to be a testament to the
popularity of accordion in ethnic restaurants. Duane will celebrate
50 years in the music business next month.
Paul Miller has an antique accordion with the brand
name "Ruatta & Crucianelli" made in Italy possibly in the late 1800's.
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