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Weekly News from Around the World - 05-Nov-2010
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Editors Note: Accordions Worldwide 14th Anniversary
Coupe Mondiale 2011 in Shanghai - China
Coupe Mondiale International Competition for Digital Accordion - Croatia
Miloš Milivojević to Perform for Royalty, London – UK
Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival‏ - Australia

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

Alexander Sheykin’s Debut CD, Seoul - South Korea
Mika Väyrynen in Concert with Cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson - Azores
Classic CD: ‘An Island Heritage’, by Iain McLachlan, Scotland – UK
‘14 Years Ago’ – Accordions on the Television, Linz - Austria

Future events

Skei-Treffen Accordion Festival, Skei Jolster – Norway
Roy Hendrie Limex Products Demonstration, Ayrshire – UK
New Accordion Club Opens With Festival, New Jersey – USA
Pascal Contet - When and Where!‏ - France
Cuarteto del Angel Concert, Vilnius – Lithuania
Die Orchester des HHC Akkordeon Concert, Nufringen - Germany
Guy Klucevsek’s Two Solo Concerts, San Diego – USA
Richard Galliano Concert, Paris – France
Miloš Milivojević November Concerts - UK

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New and Updated Sites

Amy Jennings Releases Two New Compositions
Yehuda Oppenheimer Updates Two Arrangements
Franco Cambareri Releases One New Composition
Updated Coupe Mondiale Website, 2011 Coupe Mondiale Information - China
Zevy Zions Releases 3 New Arrangements

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Editors Note: Accordions Worldwide 14th Anniversary

Rob Howard, Editor, Weekly NewsTo celebrate the 14th anniversary of Accordions Worldwide, we have made a redesign of most sites and published these updated sites in the last few days.

We hope you find the new design more spacious, easier to navigate and more enjoyable to read.

Also, we have dipped into the news from November 8th 1996, and the item selected is a humorous true story from the Austrian TV news about a farmer who discovered that his cows yielded more milk yield when he played folk music on his accordion.

This item was certainly different to everything else in the news that week. I wonder if he is still playing to his cows?

Rob Howard - Editor

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Coupe Mondiale 2011 in Shanghai - China

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CAA 2011 Coupe Mondiale posterAt the 124th Congress of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes held last week in Varazdin, Croatia, the Chinese delegation announced the exciting details of the 2011 Coupe Mondiale to be held in Shanghai, 2nd to 6th October 2011.

The Chinese delegation of Professor Li Cong (CIA Delegate and 2011 CIA Honorary Vice President), Mr. Yu Zhen (Vice President and General Secretary of the Shanghai Musicians Association) and Cyrstal Wang (Vice President of the Shanghai Accordion Association), took part in a ceremonial signing of the 2011 Coupe Mondiale hosting contract. See photographs of this at 2011 Signing. Picture above of signing: Li Cong, Yu Zhen, Kimmo Mattila (CIA Secretary General), Raymond Bodell (CIA President).

Some of the details announced by the China Accordion Association were:
- Record Coupe Mondiale prize money;
- Important airfare subsidies for 50 Coupe Mondiale competitors;
- Accommodation and board for 50 Coupe Mondiale competitors;
- Good priced accommodation for teachers and competitors;
Click to view the full 2010 CAA Announcement released at the 124th CIA Congress.

The Coupe Mondiale 2011 promises to be one of the most important competitions and festivals ever held with record entries very likely with such tremendous support for competitors. Initial information about this event is now on the Coupe Mondiale website and this will be updated as new announcements are made during the next 12 months.

Below is a photo of the handover of the World Trophy from 2010 Coupe Mondiale organizers Vjera Odak-Jembrih, President Croatian Accordion Teachers Association (CATA) to 2011 Coupe Mondiale organizers Professor Li Cong, Vice-President, China Accordion Association, CIA Delegate and 2011 CIA Honorary Vice President.
Vjera Odak-Jembrih and Prof. Li Cong

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Coupe Mondiale International Competition for Digital Accordion - Croatia

Coupe Mondiale Digital Accordion Category sponsored by Roland graphic
2010 Digital category winner Pavel Janas (Poland)The Coupe Mondiale International Competition for Digital Accordion category sponsored by Roland was held for the second year with great success. The excellent level of performance and the audience enjoyment vindicated the decision to add this Coupe Mondiale category two years ago.

Six competed in the 2nd CIA International Competition for Digital Accordion. Three contestants qualified from their home countries, while three contestants were sponsored by Roland Europe after competing in the 4th Roland Digital Accordion Competition in Rome. Roland also sponsored the prize money for this category in support of digital accordion technology. Online 2010 Digital Category Report

The contestants peformed an enormously diverse range of music and the jury marks were in a close range with individual jury members placing 4 different candidates first. Picture left, is winner Pavel Janas (Poland). To conclude the event, Roland presented two of their most renowned artists, Sergio Scappini from Italy and Ludovic Beier from France.

This new competition category is showing very exciting future promise and I am confident, more countries will include the Digital Accordion category in their national Coupe Mondiale qualifications for the 2011 Coupe Mondiale.

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Miloš Milivojević to Perform for Royalty, London – UK

Miloš MilivojevićSerbian-born, London-based accordionist Miloš Milivojevic is to perform in the presence of HRH Prince Charles on Friday November 19th at the Banqueting House, London, in a function organized by the Peace and Prosperity Trust and British Lebanese Association.

Miloš Milivojevic is a first prizewinner at international competitions in Germany, France, Italy and Denmark. In July 2007 he became the first accordionist ever to win the RAM Club Prize at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Other notable performances in the UK include venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields Church, St James Piccadilly, University of London Senate House, National Portrait Gallery, Keble College Oxford, in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal.

For further information email: milosmusic@hotmail.com

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Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival‏ - Australia

AATA logoThe 2011 Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival? takes place on June 11th and 12th in Sydney, organized by the Australian Accordion Teachers Association (AATA) led by highly regarded President Tania Lukic-Marx.

Major international categories are:
• International Open Accordion Championships - 12 years and under solo;
• International Open Accordion Championships - 15 years and under solo;
• International Junior Virtuoso Accordion Championships - 20 years and under solo;
• International Open Accordion Solo Championships;
plus other international categories and all rules are on online at: www.aata.org.au

In addition to the national and international competitions, the weekend includes concerts involving outstanding Australian and international performers, Australian International and South Pacific Accordion Champions, and master classes.

The 2011 event includes a ‘Roland interactive’ session and the popular Sunday afternoon Gala Concert and Trophy Presentation. The closing dates for entries is May 1st 2011.

Daily Reports of Past Events: Australian International Championships

For further information email: tats64@gmail.com

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Alexander Sheykin’s Debut CD, Seoul - South Korea

Here and There CDAlexander Sheykin, Russian-born accordionist based in Seoul, South Korea, for the last eight years has released his first CD, titled ‘Here and There’.

The tracks on ‘Here and There’ include: Arirang, Libertango, Besame Mucho, La Cumparsita, Falling Snow, The Moment, Lara’s Theme, Indifference, La Vie En Rose, Chanson Triste, Carousel

Conservatory trained in Kazakhstan and Russia, Alex has played in rock bands and with a tango ensemble, but now plays mostly as a soloist. “l jumped on a plan? the da? after my graduation from the ?ons?rvatory. I didn’t really know what to expe?t, but the experien?e has been fant?sti?”. Alex began his time in playing for tourists at Lotte World, an Asian theme park, then moved on to play for private functions and concerts in Seoul. He also performs at music festivals around Europe.

For further information email: alexacco@gmail.com

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Mika Väyrynen in Concert with Cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson - Azores

Mika Vayrynen
Renowned Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen presented several concerts in the Azores while on tour with cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson. Concerts included November 3rd in the Centro Cultural da Graciosa on the Island of Graciosa and November 5th at Horta, Igreja Matrix da Horta, and on November 7th at the Teatro Micalese, Ponta Delgada.

Dr. Väyrynen completed his studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and is the winner of numerous international competitions, including the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships. With 17 CD recordings to his credit, Mika performs throughout the world as a soloist as well as with chamber groups and Symphony Orchestras.

Fellow Finnish musician Jan-Erik Gustafsson, is also a winner of several international competitions and performs regularly through Europe and the United States.

The concert included works by Handel, Sibelius, Melartin, Gubaidulina, Piazzolla and Segerstam.

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Classic CD: ‘An Island Heritage’, by Iain McLachlan, Scotland – UK

Iain McLachlanIain MacLachlan (1928-95) was a 3-row diatonic button accordionist and composer from the Highlands of Scotland who achieved lasting fame as the composer of the haunting and beautiful melody ‘The Dark Island’. Originally composed in 1958 as a pipe lament for a local doctor under the title ‘Dr. Mackay's Farewell to Creagorry’, the tune later achieved worldwide popularity when it was used by BBC television as the theme for the series thriller ‘The Dark Island’, filmed on the island of Uist in the Outer Hebrides in 1963. Countless recordings of this tune have since appeared, but no one played the tune better than Iain MacLachlan himself.

On the re-released CD ‘An Island Heritage’, Iain McLachlan's music comes as fresh as the sea breezes wafting over the Uist machair - Highland and Gaelic as his island heritage. Iain, from Benbecula in the Western Isles, played the accordion, melodeon and fiddle, and is joined by Calum Iain MacCorquodale on accordion and fiddle, and by Calum Campbell on goose and jaws harp. The CD includes the players in various combinations, peforming marches, strathspeys, jigs, reels, and hornpipes. Iain McLachlan's accordion solo performance of ‘The Dark Island’ is, of course, the highlight.

For further information email: info@footstompin.com

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‘14 Years Ago’ – Accordions on the Television, Linz - Austria

The following humorous article appeared 14 years ago on Accordions Worldwide, then known as ‘The Squeeze’, published on November 8th 1996…

ACCORDION ON THE TELEVISION
As heard on CNN Broadcast, 26th October

Joseph Kerschbaumer, a farmer from Linz in northern Austria, has found a new way of getting a better milk yield from his cows, by playing traditional Austrian folk music on his accordion!! He says by doing this he can get up to two more litres per cow, because they are stimulated milk is released a lot easier.

He says the cows enjoy most music, but the they have a preference for traditional Austrian polkas. He explains they get a glaze in their eyes, and become curious, and have fun.

Joseph's children are following in their father's footsteps. His six year old son Oliver practices his accordion to the pigs. They seem to find it fun also. It will be interesting to hear whether or not these pigs will produce better tasting pork!!

The announcer of this item even ended with the pun "The Sound of Mooosic!!"

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Future events


Skei-Treffen Accordion Festival, Skei Jolster – Norway

Zoltan Orosz
The 36th Skei-Treffen Accordion Festival will start on Friday November 5th and ends on Sunday November 7th, to which all "old and new" guests are warmly welcome! The venue is the Best Western Skei Hotel, Postboks 23, N-6841 Skei Jolster, Norway.

The first Skei-Treffen event started in 1974 in collaboration with the Ford Accordion Club. From 1983 the meeting continued – with Henry Haagenrud as Musical Director and anchor man, guiding the meeting for 10 years in a row! From 1992 Frode Haltli took over the lead as Musical Coordinator, from 1992 to today, with the exception of 2008 when he was busy with a several missions in Cairo.

This year musicians from Hungary, Italy and Norway are the highlights of this long lasting festival, including accordionists Frode Haltli, Havard Svendsrud, Kjell Harald Langhaug, Mario D'Amario, and Zoltan Orosz (picture above). Hungary’s Zoltan Orosz appears with his bassist Csaba Pengo and guitarist Zoltan Balogh, perfomorming some pieces of his new CD, being released in December of this year. Bjorn Breilid (guitar / sound and voice) and Bjorn Frederiksberg (bass) also will be performing. All artistes have made their mark far beyond our borders and are highly considered musicians - ensuring all guests will have a fabulous and memorable weekend with music and dancing.

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Roy Hendrie Limex Products Demonstration, Ayrshire – UK

Roy HendrieScottish accordionist Roy Hendrie will give a demonstration of products made by Limex, an Austrian company specializing in Midi, microphones, sound modules and wireless systems for the accordion. This takes place on Saturday, November 6th, 7pm - 10pm, at the South Beach Hotel, 73 South Beach, Troon Ayrshire KA10 6EG, Scotland.

For further information email: royster@royhendrie.co.uk

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New Accordion Club Opens With Festival, New Jersey – USA

Dee LangleyOn Sunday November 7th the Acme Button Box Club in Westmont, New Jersey, opens in grand style with a one day festival. Throughout the day, from 9am to 4pm, there will be performances and an accordion market where anyone who has an instrument they would like to display for sale may do so, by prior arrangement. All festival events are free.

The new Acme Button Club will meet each Friday evening beginning at 8pm, and all meetings – including the festival on November 7th - will be held at the Acme Accordion School & Musikgarten, 322 Haddon Ave, Westmont, NJ 08108.

The festival begins at 10am with a workshop presented by Stanley & Joanna Darrow on the ‘Art of Practicing a Musical Instrument’. Benefits derived from musical involvement will be discussed. These include the long term physical, emotional, and social skills.

There will be a group photograph taken at 12 noon, and all attendees are requested to participate, preferably with an accordion. At 1pm there will be a concert featuring
the Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra, Westmont Accordion Clubs, the ACME Accordion School Junior Band, Preparatory Band, and Musikgarten Ensembles.

There will also be performances by Cajun/Zydeco button accordionist Rik Kaplan, from Washington DC, and Dee Langley, from Minneapolis, who will present specialty ethnic music of the Balkan countries.

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Pascal Contet - When and Where!‏ - France

Pascal ContetFrench accordionist Pascal Contet performs as follows:

November 9th, 10th, 8.30pm - Le Theatre (Scènes du Jura), Lons-Le-Saunier
November 16th, 8.30pm - Theatre Couvert, Chateauvallon (Ollioules)
November 19th, 8.30pm - Theatre De Photograhie Et De L’Image, Nice Festival Manca
November 25th to 27th, 8.30pm – Theatre De L’Ouest Parisien, Boulogne-Billancourt
November 26th, 8pm - Theatre De Cornouailles (scène nationale), Quimper
November 27th, 6pm - Auditorium de l’Ecole de Musique, Trappes

For further information email: paulochien@orange.fr

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Cuarteto del Angel Concert, Vilnius – Lithuania

Cuarteto del AngelThe tango nuevo quartet Cuarteto del Angel, from Italy, perform at at Šv.Kotrynos bažnycia, Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sunday November 14th, 7pm – 8.30pm.

Cuarteto del Angel are Cesare Chiacchiaretta (bandoneon), Paolo Angelucci (violin), Marco Colacioppo (piano), and Nicola di Camillo (double bass).

For further information email: cesaremagnum@hotmail.com

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Die Orchester des HHC Akkordeon Concert, Nufringen - Germany

Günther StollThe accordion orchestra Die Handharmonika-Club Nufringen, conducted by Günther Stoll, and its junior orchestra members perform in concert on November 14th, 7pm, at Wiesengrundhalle, Nufringen.

The programme includes:
‘Nabucco’ – G. Verdi,
‘Trilogie No 1’ – Rolf Ehme,
‘Overture’ – Rudolf Wurthner,
‘Kontraste’ - Herrmann Illenberger,
‘Contretanze No 1’ – Beethoven,
‘Rondo’ - Franz Reinl,
‘Vegelin Suite’ - Jacob de Haan,
‘Abschied von Camelot’ - Hansjörg Staudacher,
‘Sedona’ - Steven Reineke.

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Guy Klucevsek’s Two Solo Concerts, San Diego – USA

Guy KlucevsekComposer/accordionist Guy Klucevsek will present 2 solo concerts in the San Diego area on November 19th and 20th.

On Friday November 19th Guy performs at the Sushi Contemporary Performance and Visual Arts, 390 11th Ave, (at J Street), San Diego, California, in the ‘Fresh Sound’ series. Highlights of this concert will include the premiere of ‘Nights in the Gardens of Maine’, by Peter Garland, commissioned by Cold Blue Records. Guy will record the piece for Cold Blue in December; and ‘Inside Score’, with a wonderful and hilarious video by Victoria Marks, which imagines the thoughts running through his head as he plays his original score. The video is projected inside a cartoon-like ‘thought bubble’. The piece was created in 1999 for ‘Squeeze Play’, an evening of collaborations that Guy Klucevsek presented at the Kitchen in New York City in 2000.

On Saturday November 20th, 8pm, Guy will present a concert of his works at The Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad 92008, CA.

For further information email: gklucevsek@si.rr.com

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Richard Galliano Concert, Paris – France

Richard Galliano
On December 13th, 8.30pm, to celebrate his 60th birthday, French accordion virtuoso performs in a special concert at the Olympia, Paris. Appearing with Richard Galliano are his Sextet, the New Meeting Quartet, the Tangaria Quartet, and a distinguished guest, Richard’s Italian-born father, the accordionist Lucien Galliano. The music will include everything from JS Bach, Piazzolla, Latin to jazz.

On November 29th Galliano will release a new CD + bonus DVD.

For further information email: Valerie.MAUGE@futur-acoustic.fr

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Miloš Milivojević November Concerts - UK

Miloš MilivojevićMiloš Milivojevic who is reported in this news playing for Royalty has a busy November ahead.

His also a member of the London Tango quintet, Kosmos Ensemble and AccordDuo. Internationally, he performed in Russia, Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain, Canary Islands, Malta, Australia and New Zealand. He has also done live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, and the Serbian National Radio and TV network.

His November concerts include:
November 7th, 3pm - solo recital at the Marden House, 101 Oxford Road, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 8AQ

November 16th/17th, 7.30pm – with the Kosmos Ensemble, Kingsley School Hall, Beauchamp Road, Leamington Spa CV32 5RG. Programme will include Klezmer, gypsy, tango, East Mediterranean, Middle Eastern music plus works by Howard Skempton, Bach and Bartok

November 19th, 1pm - performance with the members of the Chelsea Music Academy, Banqueting House, London; Guest of Honour, HRH Prince Charles

November 26th, 7.30pm – with the Eastern European group Paprika will be performing concert at the Red Hedgehog, 255-257 Archway Road, Highgate, London N6 5BS

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Corpus CDCD Reviews Index for the Review of "acCORPUS simulacrum" by Joan Cochran Sommers. Performer is Raimondas Sviackevicius.

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Amy Jennings Releases Two New Compositions

Amy Jennings releases two new compositions, 'Dance With You', catalog:jamy03 and 'Disjointed Moods', catalog:jamy04. Samples of the music are available online. The music are in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

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Yehuda Oppenheimer Updates Two Arrangements

Yehuda Oppenheimer updates two of his arrangements for acccordion - 'Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring' - Bach, catalog:OY599 and 'Toccata - Boellmann, catalog:OY603. Sample of the music is available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

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Franco Cambareri Releases One New Composition

Franco Cambareri - accordionist, composer, producer, releases one new composition for accordion available for purchase online. 'Tango De Rua', catalog:cfranco131. Samples of this music are available on the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

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Updated Coupe Mondiale Website, 2011 Coupe Mondiale Information - China

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The Coupe Mondiale website has been updated with information about the 2011 Coupe Mondiale to be held in Shanghai, 2nd to 6th October, China. Information includes competitor airfare subsidies, competitor hotel and board subsidies as well as more general information about the event.

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Zevy Zions Releases 3 New Arrangements

Zevy Zions releases 3 new arrangements, 'Schön Rosmarin', catalog:zzions010, 'Tziviele's Bulgar', catalog:zzions011 and 'Voi Che Sapete', catalog:zzions012. Samples of the music are available online. The music are in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

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