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Weekly News from Around the World - 02-Nov-2012
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Highlights

6th Roland V-Accordion Festival, 1st-3rd November, Rome - Italy
‘Guardia Nueva’ Tour - Finland
International Accordion Music Festival, Przemyśl – Poland
Hohner Launches Simply Music Accordion Teachers Program

Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall Winter 2013 Ad Campaign Features Accordion - Italy, India & USA
Accordionists Honored at the 2012 Benny Awards, Auckland - New Zealand
Salvatore Cauteruccio Tango CD, Scalea (Cs) - Italy
New CD, ‘Twin Brothers’, Paris - France
Lou Coppola Trailblazes Again, George Mason University, Virginia - USA
2013 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar/CD is Available Now - USA
‘14 Years Ago’ – Accordionists on TV Talent Show in China in 1998

Future events

20th Anniversary Celebrations at the Conservatory, Florence - Italy
‘Wurstfest 2012’, Texas – USA
Alex Meixner Band – USA
Concert ‘Musica Italiana’, Wiesbaden – Germany
Klub Musette Accordion Festival, Stokkem – Belgium
Nick Ariondo and John Acevedo Concert, California – USA
Tony Compton @ Fairkytes Accordion Club, Essex – UK
Victor Prieto Trio Concert, New York – USA
Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra Ceilidh, Scotland – UK
Tiger Lillies Concert, Bucharest – Romania

CD Reviews

Johann Sebastian Bach – Volume 1 CD by Mika Väyrynen

New and Updated Sites

Karen Fremar new music
Charnwood Publications composer Sue Coppard has updated sites

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6th Roland V-Accordion Festival, 1st-3rd November, Rome - Italy

6th Roland V-Accordion Festival banner
Video of Images from the 2011 Roland International Festival
Luigi BrutiRESULTS ARE:
1st Place: Klavdia Tarabrina - Russia
2nd Place: Michael Rettig - Germany
3rd Place: Pawel Janes - Poland
Journalist Award: Netta Skog - Finland
Deschamps Channel Prize: Paolo Forte - Italy

From November 1st-3rd were the finals of the 6th Roland V-Accordion International Festival for Digital Accordions, sponsored by Roland Europe. Picture above, shows Roland EU event organisers Alessandra Curzi, Luigi Bruti, Marco Cinaglia and Roberto Gaetano.

Daily Reports of this superbly organized event, photos, information about the contestants, jury, live videos and results are at: 2012 Rome Festival All video courtesy of the Deschamps Channel. After the event, recorded video is available for viewing online at: 2012 Rome Festival.

Contestants in country alphabetical order are: Rafael Petry (Brazil), John Lettieri (Canada), Qian He (China), Netta Skog (Finland), Guillaume Clerget (France), Michael Rettig (Germany), Paolo Forte (Italy), Tsuyuko Mirin (Japan), Pawel Janas (Poland), Klavdia Tarabrina (Russia), Javier Arocena (Spain), Larysa Bodell (UK), Svetlana Ivanchenko (USA).

Photo Below: Contestants and Roland Team.
Roland Team and Competitors

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‘Guardia Nueva’ Tour - Finland

‘Guardia Nueva’
Raimo VertainenThe famous tango and entertainment orchestra ‘Guardia Nueva’ were on tour in Finland in October. Concerts were given in such places as the Sibelius Hall in Lahti, Logomo in Turku, and Tampere-talo in Tampere – some of the biggest concert halls in Finland.

The tour was a success, featuring the orchestra and four soloists from Finland. Music ranged from Finnish  and Argentinean tangos to electro tango and entertainment music – especially in the Latin style, for example a new arrangement of Barry Manilow’s ‘Copacabana’.

The leader and founder of the Guardia Nueva is Raimo Vertainen, who also organises the annual Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival.

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International Accordion Music Festival, Przemyśl – Poland

21st International Accordion Music Festival Banner
The 21st International Accordion Music Festival in Przemysl, Poland, takes place from December 12th to 15th. This year is its 21st birthday!

The Festival begins with a performance by Marcin Wyrostek, accompanied by an eminent Polish vocalist, Kayah, and the ensemble Coloriage.

This year also marks the 70th birthday of Wladyslaw Zolotariew. One of the concerts will be devoted to his work. Daniel Lis and Leszek Kolodziejski, highly regarded younger generation Polish accordionists will give a performance during the concert ‘Muzyka i Przeznaczenie’ (Music and Destination).

The Finale Concert will be an excellent event for accordion lovers. Wieslaw Przadka will give a performance of his newest project ‘Tres Tangueros’, presenting the many faces of tango. The Final Concert will be dedicated to Astor Piazolla, as the 20th anniversary of his death falls this year.

Traditionally, the accordion competition is organised for a wide group of players in five age categories and includes a light music category. The participants will be judged by an international jury.

For further information email: festiwal@akordeon.org.pl

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Hohner Launches Simply Music Accordion Teachers Program

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Simply MusicSimply MusicScott Emmerman, Hohner USA Director of Marketing and Sales press release of 31st October said:

Hohner announced the launch of the Simply Music/ Hohner Certified Teachers Program at the 2012 Trophee Mondial World Accordion Championships.

Simply Music/ Hohner’s new curriculum is a breakthrough in music education for anyone wanting to either teach or learn how to play the accordion.

Simply Music's world-renowned piano methodology has been adapted for the accordion. Accordion teachers can now become Hohner Certified and participate in a remarkable, new training program.

Students who study the accordion with Hohner Certified teachers will learn to play great-sounding contemporary, classical, accompaniment and blues pieces immediately, starting from their very first lessons.

Hohner will make entry-level accordions accessible at reasonable prices for all instructors who participate in the Simply Music/ Hohner certification process.

For more information email: semmerman@hohnerusa.com

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall Winter 2013 Ad Campaign Features Accordion - Italy, India & USA

Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & GabbanaThe Dolce & Gabbana Fall / Winter 2013 Advertizing Campaign Features Accordion.

Fashion Stylist and writer Khushboo of Mumbai, India writes: "I love this entire campaign, it is fun, interactive and super cute. All of them seem to be really enjoying the shoot and that works for me."

For the top picture: "Loving the lace detail on the black skirt and blouse. Love the grey and black translucent dress. The attention to detail is awesome: the checkered table cloth, the food and the vase. I love the metallic detail on the accordion which reflects the lace on all the women's garments."

For the side picture: "Cute pic but nothing except the bag (and the accordion - editor) is really standing out. It would have been nicer if there was something other than black in the entire picture."

For the picture below: "The baroque and gold detail on the dresses of the women and the jackets of the men is pretty. But I think it looks a little cluttered in the background. The carnival theme of this picture is nice but it still seems a little overcrowded. Love the chiffon or georgette material. The heavy gold baroque work on translucent fabric looks beautiful."

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have made a trademark of their surnames which is known throughout the world, easily recognizable thanks to its glamour and great versatility.

The two met in Milano in 1980 and worked for the same fashion house. In 1982 they established a designer consulting studio. In time it grew to become “Dolce & Gabbana”. They presented their first women’s collection in 1985 in Milan, and their first store opened in 1986. Their products took off internationally and today, their revenue is over 600 million dollars.

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Accordionists Honored at the 2012 Benny Awards, Auckland - New Zealand

Silvio De Pra
On Sunday October 28th Maurice JonesNZAA President Sonja Palinich and Heather Masefield attended the 2012 Benny Awards held at the Crowne Plaza in Auckland city. These awards are organized by the Variety Artists Club and are the highest award given to performers, musicians and artists in New Zealand.

With long time New Zealand accordion performers Silvio De Pra and Toni Savage both passing away recently, the NZ accordion scene has lost the 2 former Benny winners who were accordionists. It was very nice to see the photos of Silvio De Pra and Toni Savage winning their Benny Awards in the slide show presentation of previous winners.

The slide show of members that had passed away during the year also featured both Silvio and Toni and there was a big banner in honor of Silvio De Pra. Angelina & Gabriella Witten-Hannah sang 3 items during the evening, dressed as angels - and they sang like angels, too!  See the picture of them and the Silvio De Pra banner.

There were also several really nice tributes to Silvio De Pra during the evening. One of the organizers of this superb event was Gary Daverne, well known internationally to accordionists. The Mayor of Auckland sat briefly at our table and mentioned the New Zealand Accordion Association in his speech before presenting the 2012 Benny Award.
The Twins Angelina & Gabriella Witten-Hannah

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Salvatore Cauteruccio Tango CD, Scalea (Cs) - Italy

Salvatore Cauteruccio new CD of Tango music
Accordionist Salvatore Cauteruccio has recorded a CD of tango music, on the prestigious Picanto Records label and distributed by Egea Music. Accompaniment is provided by Sasà Calabrese – bass and Fabrzio La Fauci – drums, plus guest musicians Robertinho De Paula, Luca Aquino, Juan Carlos Zamora, Roberto Cherillo, Franco Marino,and Enzo D'Arco. The CD has 10 tracks plus a video, and the tangos include ‘Oblivion’, Libertango’, ‘La Cumparsita’, and some original compositions.

For further information email: info@salvatorecauteruccio.it

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New CD, ‘Twin Brothers’, Paris - France

New CD, ‘Twin Brothers’Ludovic Beier – accordion and accordina with Samson Schmitt - guitar - have released ‘Twin Brothers’, a new CD featuring their combined talents.

For further information email: dovicbe@gmail.com

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Lou Coppola Trailblazes Again, George Mason University, Virginia - USA

Lou CoppolaLou Coppola, he's at it again, acting in the role as trailblazer! At the age of 18, Lou was the first American accordionist to represent the AAA and enter the Coupe Mondiale competition, held in Brighton, England in 1955 (and at the same competition, Joan Sommers represented the ATG, another first). Now, years later, Lou is teaching the first and only course in strolling string music at an American college, George Mason University, Falls Church, Virginia.

Invited by music department chairman, Dr. Dennis Layendecker, to structure and teach this subject in a formal course setting, Lou Coppola eagerly accepted the challenge. With his decades of experience as accordionist for the United States Air Force Strolling Strings and his thousands of private engagements for civilian clients with his string groups, Lou has ample experience for the job.

It's a new world for these young people, previously playing only in classical ensembles. Learning the music is only one of the student’s responsibilities. There is chart memorization, choreography strategy and in addition, one must remember to smile, engage the audience one on one and execute ensemble elements as well.

While there is a lot of good humor and fun during the class time, there is also a lot of hard work. But we know it will pay off and give these young people the knowledge that will benefit them well in their future music careers.

It’s exciting for a person to bookend their professional life with projects that haven’t been tried before. This quest from the trailblazer Lou Coppola is an inspiration to us all.

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2013 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar/CD is Available Now - USA

Accordion Babes CalendarThis year there are heroes, villains and divas in the 5th Edition of the Accordion Babes Album & Pin-Up Calendar. It is a unique holiday gift.

The Accordion Babes CD gives you a chance to hear their music. Prepare to be amused, astonished and inspired! The beautiful women that grace these pages are also independent artists with wit, soul, and passion.

The 2013 Accordion Babes are:
Ms. January Diana Strong,
Ms February The Sansa and Shiri Show,
Ms. March Doodles LaRue,
Ms. April Salane Schultz,
Ms. May Luz Gaxiola,
Ms. June Joan Wilson Reuter,
Ms. July Onah Indigo,
Ms. August Amber Lee Baker,
Ms. September Maggie Martin,
Ms. October Mrs. Hobbs,
Ms. November Katheryn Petersen,
Ms.December Jet Black Pearl, Cover : Renée De La Prade

The 2013 Accordion Babes Calendars are $15 plus shipping, CD included.
For further information: accordionpinupcalendar@gmail.com

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‘14 Years Ago’ – Accordionists on TV Talent Show in China in 1998

Li CongThe Accordions Worldwide news for November 6th 1998 included a report by Prof. Li Cong (picture left) on a TV musical instrument talent show in China, which included a section for accordionists. Trophies and cash prizes were on offer. Is this show still on Chinese TV?

ACCORDIONISTS IN TELEVISION CONTEST - CHINA
Contributed by Li Cong

Shanghai Television Station's top rated television show "Five Stars Big Contests" will announce their show winner within the next few weeks.

The show has annual competitions for a variety of instruments, with the accordion section beginning in April this year. Each week a winner is chosen, who returns the following week to compete again.

The aim is to win ten times. Over 30 entrants aged from 9 to 12 years old have competed for the prize of a cup and US$1000. Two accordionists have now won 8 times, with many accordion enthusiasts watching for the final results.

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Future events


20th Anniversary Celebrations at the Conservatory, Florence - Italy

Ivano BattistonIvano Battiston, Professor of Accordion at the "Luigi Cherubini" Conservatory, Via di Rocca Tedalda 3, Florence, leads a 20th anniversary day there on November 10th, 2pm onwards. The timetable includes:

2pm – a lecture by Ivano Battiston about the work of the accordion faculty

4pm - Beniamino Bugiolacchi, Director of the Accordion Museum in Castelfidardo, and Ivano Battiston, discuss accordion education in Italy

6pm – concert with Gervasio Marcosignori, Paolo Gandolfi, Romano Benetello, Pietro Adragna, Ivano Battiston, David Bellugi, Alessandro Dei, Francesco Gesualdi and the Quartetto Italiano di fisarmoniche

For further information email: ivanobattiston@gmail.com

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‘Wurstfest 2012’, Texas – USA

Alex Meixner‘Wurstfest’ is an annual German music and culture festival held at Landa Park, along the Comal River, New Braunfels, Texas.

This year’s event takes place from November 2nd to 11th, using four stages for the various guests, including the all-female band, Die Bayrische 7, from Munich, the Jimmy Sturr Orchestra, Alex Meixner, Eurofest, Master Yodeler Kerry Christensen, Seven Dutchmen Orchestra, Cloverleaf Orchestra, Terry Cavanagh and Alpine Express, Alpenfest, Squeezebox, Spitze!, Gene Bartkiewicz (former accordion player for Jimmy Sturr Orchestra), Das ist Lustig, the Ed and Marlene Kadlecek Fun Bunch Band, and Die Schlauberger.

‘Wurstfest’ patrons can enjoy live music at Wursthalle, Das Grosse Zelt (The Big Tent), Das Kleine Zelt (The Little Tent) and Stelzenhaus (stilt house).

The Wurstfest 2012 Waltz Contest, now in its 8th year, takes place at 4.30pm on November 4th in the Wursthalle, and the 2012 Polka Contest, now in its 12th year, takes place at 3.30pm, November 11th.

The Wurstfest Association of New Braunfels is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to promote the local economy through tourism and promote and preserve the community's rich German heritage. Proceeds from the event benefit a wide variety of projects.

For further information email: info@wurstfest.com

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Alex Meixner Band – USA

Alex Meixner Band
The Alex Meixner Band, currently out and about during the season of Oktoberfest, have the following shows in their diary, with more to be announced:

November 2nd, 4pm - Wurstfest, New Braunfels, Texas
November 3rd, 3pm - Wurstfest, New Braunfels, Texas
November 4th, 12.45pm - Wurstfest, New Braunfels, Texas
November 5th, 7pm - Wurstfest, New Braunfels, Texas
November 6th, 5.30pm - Wurstfest, New Braunfels, Texas
November 7th, 12pm - Wurstfest, New Braunfels, Texas
November 8th, 5.30pm – Wurstfest, New Braunfels, Texas
November 9th – private function, Austin, Texas
November 11th, 2pm - RFD Theatre, Branson, Missouri – show to be recorded for Mollie B’s Christmas Special on RFD-TV
November 12th, 7.30pm - RFD Theatre, Branson, Missouri
November 17th - German American Society of the Treasure Coast, Port St. Lucie, Florida
December 12th – Village Lanterne, Lindenhurst, New York

For further information email: alex@alexmeixner.com

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Concert ‘Musica Italiana’, Wiesbaden – Germany

Mirjana PetercolA concert under the title of ‘Musica Italiana’ will be held on Saturday November 3rd, 5pm, at the Versöhnungsgemeinde, Wiesbaden.

Concert by the students of the accordion class of Mirjana Petercol (picture right), with compositions of ‘bella Italia’ by Frescobaldi, Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Donatoni and others.

For further information email: miripetercol@gmx.de

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Klub Musette Accordion Festival, Stokkem – Belgium

The Klub Musette Accordion Festival PosterThe Klub Musette Accordion Festival, featuring a variety of local accordion artists, takes place on November 4th, 1.30pm, at Zaal Nieuwenborgh, Stadsgraaf, Dilsen, Stokkem, Belgium.

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Nick Ariondo and John Acevedo Concert, California – USA

Glendale Noon Concert PosterNick Ariondo, accordionist and composer, performs in concert with viola virtuoso John Acevedo at The Sanctuary at First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N Louise St. (at Wilson), Glendale, CA 91206, on November 7th, 12.10 to 12.40pm. Free admission.

All music composed and arranged for viola and accordion by Nick Ariondo. 

For further information email: accomusic@nickariondo.com

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Tony Compton @ Fairkytes Accordion Club, Essex – UK

Tony Compton with Digby FairweatherOn November 7th, 7.30pm, jazz accordionist Tony Compton is the guest at Fairkytes Accordion Club, Fairkytes Arts Centre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex.

For further information email: tony@tonycompton.com

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Victor Prieto Trio Concert, New York – USA

Victor Prieto TrioThe Victor Prieto Trio continue their long running jazz residency on Thursday November 8th, 9.45pm, at Terraza 7 Live Music, 40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst, New York.

With accordionist Victor Prieto for this gig are Chris Cheek (sax), Pablo Aslan (bass), and Eric Doob (drums).

For further information email: victorprieto2001@yahoo.com

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Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra Ceilidh, Scotland – UK

Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra
Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra PosterThe Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra (MD Gary Blair) are holding a ceilidh on Friday November 9th, 7.30pm, at the Masonic Hall, Renfrew, near Glasgow. Entry is free, and all are welcome.

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Tiger Lillies Concert, Bucharest – Romania

Tiger Lillies ConcertThe accordion-led punk trio Tiger Lillies perform at the Odeon Theatre, Calea Victoriei nr. 40-42 Dst 1, Bucharest, on November 15th, 6pm.

The Tiger Lillies line up on stage will be Martyn Jacques - accordion, uke, piano, vocals, Mike Pickering - drums, Adrian Stout - contra bass, saw.

For further information email: sophieseashell@gmail.com

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CD Reviews


Johann Sebastian Bach – Volume 1 CD by Mika Väyrynen

Johann Sebastian Bach – Volume 1 CDCD Reviews Index for the Review of Johann Sebastian Bach – Volume 1 CD by Mika Väyrynen, in English language, reviewed by Joan Cochran Sommers.

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New and Updated Sites


Karen Fremar new music

Karen FremarKaren Fremar - accordionist, composer, releases 4 new composition for accordion with video available for purchase online.

'Sterling Illusions', catalog:kfremar-C-102,
'Encounter', catalog:kfremar-FB-804,
'Forever Free!', kfremar-A-101 and
'Skateboard Spree', kfremar-A-102

The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

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Charnwood Publications composer Sue Coppard has updated sites

Sue CoppardSue Coppard has updated her site with sound samples for each of her original compositions. Listen at: Sue Coppard

Sound Samples and PDF Music Samples of the music are available online. Purchase with credit card.

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Bob Cantin Web Site Features Van Damme, Marocco Interviews

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A multi-faceted web site debuted today featuring journalist-accordionist Bob Cantin and his Mid-Life Crisis Band. The site features 15 interviews with well known accordionists including Van Damme, Marocco, Contino, Lovello, Ballarini, Tacca, Venglevski and others. Featured is an interview with Joe Petosa, whose fine instrument Cantin has played since 1956. www.bobcantin.com

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