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Weekly News from Around the World - 15-Jul-2011
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Highlights

AAA Master Classes and Concerts with Moderator William Schimmel – USA
Entries Close, July 15th for 4th Strumenti & Musica Festival, Spoleto – Italy
71st ATG Annual Competition and Festival, Florida - USA
New York Times Article - An Accordion Epicenter Shrinks and Thrives - USA
Ian Watson’s July Accordion Activities - UK‏

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

Kimberley International Oldtime Accordion Championships‏, BC - Canada
Mario Mosti Passed Away, Jeannette, PA - USA
“Weird Al” Yankovic New App - USA
Maurice Jones Performs with ‘Operatunity’ Daytime Concerts – New Zealand
Paris Moscou Duo Training Course, Seurrois – France
Natalya Chesnova’s New CD ‘Quadri di Musica Russa’ – Italy
‘14 Years Ago’ – Gary Blair Ceilidh Band Performing at Pop Festival in Scotland

Future events

‘The Great American Squeeze Off’, Detroit – USA
Festival Internacional de Acordeones, Salto – Uruguay
2011 Summer Concert Schedule for Rita Davidson - USA
Marco Lo Russo Concerts, Castello Caetani, Treia – Italy
Celtic Fusion Festival, Castlewellan – Ireland
Milos Miliojevic’s July Engagements – UK
Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini @ Feinstein’s Nightclub, New York – USA
Historic Wallace Accordion Festival, Idaho - USA
Mexico’s Celso Piña in Concert, Paris – France

CD Reviews

Breathbox CD by Antti Paalanene

New and Updated Sites

Confédération Mondiale de l’Accordéon (CMA) Site Update
Franco Cambareri Releases a New Composition
Peter Piccini Releases a New Composition
Alexander Selivanov Updated Site

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AAA Master Classes and Concerts with Moderator William Schimmel – USA

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Dr William SchimmelThe American Accordionists' Association (AAA) annual Masser Classes and Concerts Series, titled "Walton the Imperial: Crowned" with Dr William Schimmel as Moderator/Curator takes place on July 29th, 30th and 31st at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue), New York.

Full press and program information for all three days: 2011AAA_MClass

Dr William Schimmel is one of the important figures in the resurgence of the accordion in the USA. He performs music in many genres, has commissioned and premiered hundreds of new works, has written a number of books and articles, and has made very popular recordings and videos. His music has been featured in a number of films and TV shows.

Full information is also on the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) website.

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Entries Close, July 15th for 4th Strumenti & Musica Festival, Spoleto – Italy

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Mirco Patarini, Davide FabriziEntries are closing on July 15th for the 4th Strumenti & Musica Festival, Spoleto.

The Cultural Association (IAC - Italian Accordion Culture) in collaboration with publisher Ars Spoletium (Strumenti & Musica) are organising the 4th Strumenti & Musica Festival in Spoleto from Sunday 21st August to 28th August.

Regulations online: 2011 Spoleto
Entry closing date is July 15th 2011.

Picture right: Mirco Patarini (Artistic Director), Davide Fabrizi (Strumenti & Musica Direttore)

The IAC will sponsor the two best Italian accordionists selected by the international jury for the trip and accommodation to the 2011 Coupe Mondiale, Shanghai, October 1st to 6th 2011.

The list of artists includes: Danilo di Paolonicola, Antonio Spaccarotella, Petar Maric 2010 Coupe Mondiale winner, Fisorchestra Libertango director Robert Fuccelli and Cesare Chiacchiaretta (tribute to Astor Piazzolla). Full program: 2011_S&M_Program

For further information email: info@strumentiemusica.com

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71st ATG Annual Competition and Festival, Florida - USA

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Roland graphicThe Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) welcomes all to their 71st Annual Competition and Festival at the Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel, Florida, July 27th to 31st.

The ATG Competition includes the following categories: Open Solo, Free Bass Solo, Ethnic/Folk Solo, Polka Solo, Jazz Solo, Diatonic/Button Box, Pop Solo, Digital Accordion Solo, Evaluation, Duets, Ensembles, Accordion Orchestra, and Accordions with Other Instruments Orchestra.

The Florida event includes the 2011 Roland-USA V-Accordion Festival finals, which will be held on July 29th. There will be three competition categories: Senior (age 18 and older), Junior (age 17 and younger), and Diatonic (age 18 and older).

Concert performers and descriptions are listed at
http://www.accordions.com/atg/2011_guests.htm
and include: Sergio Scappini (Italy), Oleg Sharov (Russia), seven-time diatonic accordion champion Danilo Di Paolonicola, 2010 Roland-USA V-Accordion Festival winner Chris Gorton, father and son Alex and Peter Chudolij of Music Magic USA, Grammy nominee Alex Meixner, Steve Albini of Roland-USA, Jeff Lisenby, The Brian Laurie Accordion Showband (Scotland), Rock n Roll accordionist, Bruce Gassman, and Gordon Kohl.

The ATG Festival workshops will include:
•Teaching the Accordion - with panel of leading teachers from around the globe
•Conducting and Rehearsing Ensembles: hands-on experience with the professionals!
•‘Perform Confidently’ - workshops to enhance your performance, led by national educator
and expert, Helen Spielman
•Playing Rock and Roll, Pop Styles
•Digital Accordion Workshop
•Ethnic & Folk Dance Styles

For further information email ATG Festival Coordinator: Liz Finch Lizeef@aol.com

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New York Times Article - An Accordion Epicenter Shrinks and Thrives - USA

Francesca Pigini
An article published in the New York Times newspaper, 1st July 2011. Photo Francesca Pigini. Read the full article at: NYTimes_01July2011

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Ian Watson’s July Accordion Activities - UK‏

Ian WatsonAccordionist and teacher Ian Watson has been very active of late, with performances all over the country. Ian premiered a new piece called 'Schiller', by Peter Eotvos, with the London Sinfonietta at Snape Maltings Concert Hall - a great piece for accordion, small ensemble and 8 voices. This performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s 'Hear and Now' on July 9th. 

Ian also premiered a piece called 'Sit, Stand, Walk', by Rolf Hind, at the Spitalfields Festival with the chamber group CHROMA, which he considered to be a really interesting piece. This will be broadcast on 'Hear and Now', BBC Radio 3, on August 13th.

During July Ian also was Musical Director for 'The Opera Group' premiere performances of a short 'street' opera by Julian Phillips called 'Save the Diva', performed on the streets of Glasgow, Cardiff, Birmingham, Brighton and London - very much fun but challenging in all the recent wet weather! 

On July 16th - Soundwaves Festival, Brighton, with CHROMA. 6 premieres of trios for accordion, viola, clarinet and electronics by composition students and graduates of the Royal Academy of Music.

For further information email: i.watson99@googlemail.com

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Kimberley International Oldtime Accordion Championships‏, BC - Canada

Jeany Irvin and Alicia Baker
The 38th Kimberley International Oldtime Accordion Championships took place in ?the Civic Centre, Kimberley, British Colombia, from July 4th to 9th.

The population of Kimberley is 6,000 but for one week each year almost doubles during this event, which is filled with competitions, concerts and dances. Competitors and visitors came from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, from many of the Northwest US States, Nevada, Maryland, and Florida. Thee were also visitors Australia, Scotland, Norway and the Ukraine.

Alicia Baker, from Milwaukie, USA, for the second year in a row, won the ‘Happy Hans Open’ major title, with Michael Bridge, from Calgary, Alberta, coming second, and Austin Kawa, from Edmonton, Alberta, in third place.

All competition results 2011Kimberley

For further information email: info@kiotac.ca

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Mario Mosti Passed Away, Jeannette, PA - USA

Mario Mosti
Mosti musicMario Mosti well known accordionist, composer and accordion music publisher passed away on Wednesday 29 June 2011 in the nursing home he was in for approximately the last two years. He was 87 years of age.

This information was provided by his daughter Kathryn Mosti and a full obituary will be published soon. His publications are available from Deffner Music Publications.

Messages of condolence to the Mosti family can be emailed to: robertpollick@hotmail.com
Pittsburgh Post Gazette Obituary of Mario  Mosti

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“Weird Al” Yankovic New App - USA

Weird Al ‘When I Grow Up’ app
"Weird Al" Yankovic the three-time Grammy Award-winner and accordion aficionado has been making us laugh since the 1980s — but the singer-songwriter-accordionist-actor can now add ‘author’ to his resume with ‘When I Grow Up’, a children's book that was released in February.

‘When I Grow Up’ — the app, just released — takes the book and adds some extra fun and interactivity. Yankovic said "It's one of the more dynamic and interactive books apps available, because not only could you read the book or have it read to you — and by me — but there is so much to do, play and explore — such as massaging a gorilla, racing snails, rolling crayons or touching Mrs. Krupp so bugs will fly out of her hair," Yankovic adds with a laugh.

Yankovic is probably the world’s most internet savvy accordionist with more than 2 million followers on Twitter. "Many of my songs are tech- and Internet-related," he adds.

His latest album, Alpocalypse, made its debut in the Billboard Top 10, and the lead video from that album, Perform This Way — a parody of Lady Gaga's Born This Way —  was viewed on the Internet more than 6 million times in its first week.

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Maurice Jones Performs with ‘Operatunity’ Daytime Concerts – New Zealand

Maurice JonesDuring June and July, Maurice Jones (picture right) has been performing 18 concerts covering most of the North Island of New Zealand. The “Vive la France!” concert series organized by ‘Operatunity’ has featured the accordion strongly with Maurice Jones being regarded as a star of the show.

The series provides quality, fun, concerts in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere with the chance to meet with singers at lunch afterwards. This pre-lunch series of themed concerts is popular with folks who prefer to go out during the day rather than at night.

This concept of daytime lunchtime concerts might be a very good idea for accordion soloists and groups to consider.

Photo below, Left to Right: Alex Wiltshire (piano), Elisha Fai, Paul Chappory, Stuart Coats, Susan Boland (Director) & Maurice Jones
Left to Right: Alex Wiltshire (piano), Elisha Fai, Paul Chappory, Stuart Coats, Susan Boland & Maurice Jones

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Paris Moscou Duo Training Course, Seurrois – France

Paris Moscou DuoThe Paris Moscou Duo (Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov) recently completed a week of master classes in Chamblanc, France. This was the second time that Professor Jean-Marc Beche, of the accordion association Seurrois, had organized this week, which involved his pupils, members of the local accordion club, and others from around France.

They shared the week in order to perfect musical performances with their accordions in a friendly and especially studious atmosphere. Everybody appreciated the benefits of this training course from watching the video  of the first and last day. To close this training course, a concert was organized in the church of Seurre.

The accordion club ‘Les Accordéonistes Seurrois’, supervised by Jean Marc Beche, opened this concert with an eclectic and good quality program. Then the trainees interpreted their pieces worked during the week, followed by Paris Moscou Duo, who performed pieces of their new album presenting the compositions of Franck Angelis.

The audience included many members of the public, most of whom were watching and listening to the accordion from a new angle, and seeing the instrument interpret music in different ways.

Another master class will be arranged in the future, and for information email either: michel.leveque0691@orange.fr or daniel.coulon00@orange.fr

The next training course, from July 31st to August 5th, is already fully subscribed, with applicants coming from France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, and Kazakhstan. To follow the news re training courses of Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov, see the website: Paris Moscou

For further information email: duopm@sfr.fr

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Natalya Chesnova’s New CD ‘Quadri di Musica Russa’ – Italy

Natalya ChesnovaAccordionist Natalya Chesnova has released her first CD, ‘Quadri di Musica Russa’. The tracks include: ‘Gil sviatoslav’, ‘Danza delle spade’, ‘Javoronok’, ‘Bublichky’, ‘Shagi’, ‘Boogie del calabrone’, ‘Staroe banjo’, ‘Odinokaya’, ‘Jablochka’, ‘Nesnakomy vals’, ‘Rassipuha’, ‘Dubynushka’, and ‘Oseniy son’.

Natalya Chesnova, from Minsk, Belarus, now teaches accordion at the Scuola Musicale in Milan, Italy.

For further information email: nataliabajan@libero.it

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‘14 Years Ago’ – Gary Blair Ceilidh Band Performing at Pop Festival in Scotland

Gary BlairScottish accordionist Gary Blair, still very active today as a player, teacher and MD of the Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra, broke new ground in 1997 by appearing at a pop festival.The report below, written by Gary Blair, was reported in the Accordions Worldwide news for July 11th 1997.

The Gary Blair Ceilidh Band consists of Gary Blair (1st accordion), Richard Wong (2nd accordion), and Steve Mills (drums). On July 12th and 13th they will be performing at one of the UK's biggest Pop festivals, ("T In The Park") which will be held at Kinross, Fife in Scotland. It is expected that there will be approximately 65,000 people attending this festival over the two days.

There will be two stages and three tents, all having performers constantly playing throughout the day. The Gary Blair band will be performing in the ceilidh tent, on Saturday 12th from 1 to 2pm and 3 to 4pm playing mainly Scottish dance music. Some of the other bands booked for the Festival are The Charlatans, Kula Shaker, Gun, Ocean colour scheme, Paul Weller, Texas, Bush, Bjorn Again, Neneh Cherry, and a host of others!

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‘The Great American Squeeze Off’, Detroit – USA

Great American Squeeze Off
‘The Great American Squeeze Off’ accordion festival takes place at the beautiful Best Western Concorde Inn, 44315 N. Gratiot Ave, Clinton Township, Detroit area, on July 27th and 28th.

The chief guests are Dick Contino, Corky Bennett and Cory Pesaturo. Also featured are Detroit accordionists Walt Lipiec, Joe Recchia, John Shollack, Chet Wisnoski and ‘Made in Italy’, a fabulous Italian trio! Joining us, too, will be Las Vegas artist and former Detroiter Joe Cairo, and Al Battistelli from Lorain, Ohio.

Corky Bennett, wishing to do something special, has decided to have a draw. Anyone who has purchased a 2 day ticket, will be included in a draw to win a personal dinner date with the fabulous Dick Contino on the evening of July 26th, the night before the start of the festival. The last day to be included in the draw will be July 20th.

The festival includes a tribute for the late, great Tony Dannon, who passed away on April 12th 2011 at the age of 87. This will include never released music by Tony Dannon and Lillian Dimara, along with a special feature "Growing up with an Accordion Legend", with music arranged by both Tony Dannon and his nephew, performed by Joe Recchia.

The Concorde Inn has offered a discount, if you mention ‘Accordion Festival’, when making reservations. This discount will make your hotel room rate $89 per night!

For further information email: monica@cbproductions.net

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Festival Internacional de Acordeones, Salto – Uruguay

The 4th Festival Internacional de Acordeones takes place in Salto, Uruguay, on Thursday July 21st. This bi-annual non-profit making festival is organized by Silvio Previale (jr), and carries the name of Silvio B. Maeestra Previale, who died in 2007, accordion teacher and father of the director of the event.

There will be accordionists coming from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Italy and Greece. All are welcome, and opportunities to perform are assured for all visiting accordion soloists and ensembles.

For further information email: silviopre@hotmail.com

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2011 Summer Concert Schedule for Rita Davidson - USA

Rita DavidsonRita Davidson has a busy summer of promoting and performing the music of composer Eugene Ettore commemorating his 90th birthday.

Rita Davidson concerts/workshops "A 90th Anniversary Appreciation of Life and Music of Eugene Ettore (1921-1985)" showcase his unique compositions many of which are published by Deffner Music Publications and those yet to be published, to soon be available on the MusicForAccordion website.

Her concert schedule is:
1. June 27 West Orange,NJ, AABJ&D
2. July 10 WMAS, Maryland
3. July 14 AAA Festival, Charleston, SC
4. July 18th Senior Citizens, JCC, West Orange, NJ
5. July 31st AAA Master Class and Concert Series, NYC
6. August 13th ACCORDIONS NOW! Nashua, New Hampshire

For further information email: Ritabelll@aol.com

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Marco Lo Russo Concerts, Castello Caetani, Treia – Italy

Leading Italian accordionist Marco Lo Russo performs this weekend, as follows:

July 15th, 9pm - International festival of contemporary music, premiere of new composition by Marco Lo Russo, ‘Scena’, also featuring Laura Catrani - vox solo, Castello Caetani, Sermoneta, Italy

July 17th, 9pm – solo performance of music by Frescobaldi, Bach, Satie', Rossini, Piazzolla, Lo Russo, Treia, Macerata, Italy

For further information email: stampa@marcolorusso.com

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Celtic Fusion Festival, Castlewellan – Ireland

The Celtic Fusion Festival takes place from July 14th to 17th in Castlewellan, County Down. The main guests are Scottish singer and accordionist Emily Smith, the folk band Altan, featuring accordionist Dermot Byrne, singer Andy Irvine, folk band At First Light, and singer/guitarist Brian Houston.

For further information email: info@celticfusion.co.uk

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Milos Miliojevic’s July Engagements – UK

Milos MiliojevicHighly accomplished Milos Miliojevic has been busy during July, including an appearance with the Kosmos Ensemble at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, recording sessions of pieces by post-grad composers with the Chroma Ensemble at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and an evening concert at the Hitchin Festival.

Forthcoming appearances include:

July 18th - Kosmos Ensemble, concert and workshop at the Oundle Music Festival
July 24th, 1pm - AccordDuo perform at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival
July 27th, 1pm – solo concert for the Oystermouth Music Society, All Saint's Church, Oystermouth

For further information email: milosmusic@hotmail.com

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Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini @ Feinstein’s Nightclub, New York – USA

Mario Tacca and Mary ManciniOn Thursday July 28th, 8.30pm, accordionists Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini perform as the guests of the well-known tenor Rinaldo Toglia at the legendary Feinstein's nightclub in the Loews Regency Hotel, 540 Park Avenue at 51st St, New York City. 

eSheet music available from Mario Tacca.

For further information email: mariobtacca@hotmail.com

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Historic Wallace Accordion Festival, Idaho - USA

Historic Wallace AccordionThe first Historic Wallace Accordion Festival takes place from August 11th to 14th at Wallace High School and The Gazebo, in the town of Wallace, Idaho. Guest performers include Bruce Gassman, Cory Pesatoro, Andy Mirkovich, Big Lou, and Eileen Webber.

The festival begins with an Accordion Celebration Parade, followed by three days of star studded evening concerts, workshops, daytime playing in the town gazebo, jam sessions, and more. All festival proceeds go to the Wallace High School Music Department.

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Mexico’s Celso Piña in Concert, Paris – France

Celso PiñaMexican accordionist Celso Piña and his band perform at La Plage Glazart 7/15, Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, Paris, on Friday August 5th.

Celso Piña (born 1953), aka ‘El Rebelde del Acordeón’ (‘The Accordion Rebel’), who has just celebrated his 30 years career, started by playing traditional music. In the early 1980s, he turned to playing cumbia, a ‘tropical’ style, that includes elements of norteña, sonidero, ska, reggae, rap/hip-hop, R&B, etc.

Celso Piña y su Ronda Bogotá includes: Celso Piña Arvizu (accordion, vocals), Ruben Piña Arvizu (drums), Eduardo Piña Arvizu (bass), Juan Jose Quiroz Dominguez (vocals), Enrique Alejandro Rosales Granados (guitar), and Alejandro Zea Cavazos (congas).

From late July until October Celso Piña will be on a tour of Europe.

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Breathbox CD by Antti Paalanene

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CD Reviews Index for the review of “Breathbox" CD, reviewed by Alessandro Mugnoz. Artist is Antti Paalanene.

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New and Updated Sites


Confédération Mondiale de l’Accordéon (CMA) Site Update

CMA logoThe Confédération Mondiale de l’Accordéon (CMA) has updated its site with a new look and full information for the upcoming 2011 Trophée Mondial, 13-18th September in Pineto, Italy.

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Franco Cambareri Releases a New Composition

Franco Cambareri - accordionist, composer, producer, releases 1 new composition for accordion available for purchase online. 'El Gato Negro', catalog:cfranco143. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

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Peter Piccini Releases a New Composition

Peter Piccini - accordionist, composer, arranger, performer, releases 1 new composition for accordion, 'French Lace', catalog:pp291. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

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Alexander Selivanov Updated Site

Alexander SelivanovAlexander Selivanov, classical accordionist, 2004 World Accordion Champion and
Professor of “Gnessins” Russian Academy of Music site is updated in both English and Russian.

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