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30th National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention…. Big Success! - USAby Rita Davidson Barnea
|Dr. Norman Seaton, President of the National Accordion Association (NAA), and the Board of Directors Nick Ballarini, Nancy Bernstein, Rebecca Ratcliff and Sharon Seaton organized the 2017 NAA 30th Anniversary Convention. |
The very successful convention included a variety of excellent workshops and concerts with unique talent which intrigued, educated, and entertained the first timer and seasoned conventioneer alike.
The feeling throughout the convention was one of great warmth and acceptance of all levels of playing.
Read the full report with photos by USA News Editor Rita Barnea at: 2017NAAReport
Beltango Quintet Extensive 2017 Tours - Europeby Harley Jones
|Video: Beltango & AGBU Sofia Chamber Orchestra conducted by Bedros Papazyan perform Balkango (composed by Nikolic), June 5, 2015, Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria. Published 16 January 2017.|
The very popular Beltango Quintet is touring extensively in the coming months to many countries.
Beltango is led by Aleksandar Nikolic (bandoneon & Artistic Director - picture left) with other members being: Ivana Nikolica (piano & vocal), Antonija Barna & Vladimir Nikolic (Violin), Bogdan Pejic (guitar), Petar Holik & Ljubinko Lazic (double bass).
Beltango are passionate musicians and tango lovers from Serbia, who love their music and have played together for almost 20 years.
17 March Ljubljana (Slovenia)
18 March Maribor (Slovenia)
20 March Belgrade (Serbia)
14 April Basel (Switzerland)
16 April Bregenz (Austria)
19 April Bologna (Italy)
21 April Varese (Italy)
22 April Brunico (Italy)
13 May Toulouse (France)
24 May Mannheim (Germany)
25-26 May Eindhoven (Holland)
28 May Dortmund (Germany)
31 May Milano (Italy)
02 June Torino (Italy)
04 June Bonn (Germany)
19 July Zurich (Switzerland)
28-29 July Bad Waldsee (Germany)
23 August Novi Sad (Serbia)
08 September Zuelenroda (Germany)
09 September Hannover (Germany)
10 September Viersen (Germany)
01 October Rovinj (Croatia)
CD's are available online at: Beltango
Jon Persson Accordion Classes for Chinese Seafarers – Pacific Oceanby Rob Howard
|Video above: Londonderry Air ("Danny Boy") by Jon Perssson with The MiniSymphony (Accordion/String Quintet).|
Beginner accordion classes were recently conducted for Chinese passengers on a 3,000-passenger ship in the fleet of the Princess Cruise Line, one of the largest cruise lines in the world.
The classes were limited to 20 students, open to people aged 8-88, and were conducted by American pianist/accordionist, and long-time Princess Cruises musician Jon Persson (picture left). As the classes were only 30 minutes long, and held twice during each 5 day cruise, there was not a lot of time to delve deeply into accordion technique.
The lessons focused on a very easy tune that was familiar in many countries, and to the Chinese people, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’. Moreover, the accordions purchased by the cruise line were basically toy accordions, but were perfectly fine for this purpose. Persson is not a speaker of Mandarin, so it was necessary for the lessons to be translated by another member of the ships staff, which sometimes made the lessons move a bit more slowly than normal.
Nevertheless, the sessions were light-hearted and enjoyed by all, and well-attended, so that the 20 accordions provided were snapped up quickly by the early arrivals.
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2018 March Guinness World Record Attempt, London – UKby Rob Howard
|London-based Russian accordionist Nikolai Ryskov (picture left) is organizing an accordion world record attempt next year. The intention is to gather together accordionists all playing an easy version of ‘Libertango’ by Astor Piazzolla. |
This event will take place on Ryskovs birthday, March 11th 2018 in a central London location to be announced.
There will be a whole program of music and dance with food and drinks available and accordion displays.
The world record attempt will monitored for the Guinness Book of Records and is not an easy record to achieve.
On the 20th July 2014 a new Guiness record total of 1,361 accordionists all playing together was set in Shenzhen, China (picture below). 2014HohnerReport
Then in 20 August 2016 in Tacheng China, a new Guiness record of 1517 accordionists all playing together (picture above). Report at: 2016Tacheng
A fun event is planned, aiming to raise the profile of our instrument.
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Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.
Video: Matthias Matzke Performs "La Campanella" - Germanyby Harley Jones
|Matthias Matzke performs the Paganini/Liszt - Etude No3 "La Campanella" by Rudolph Wurthner on the Bugari EVO digital accordion.|
Tamburitzans Celebrate 80th Season – USAby Joan Grauman AAA Historian
|Since 1973, I have been annually attending the mesmerizing performances of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, the longest continuously running multicultural song and dance company in the United States. |
All of the members are full-time students who receive scholarships for their participation in this highly regarded troupe whose mission is to provide deserving students an education and to perpetuate the varying folk cultures and traditions of Eastern Europe.
Picture left: Joan Grauman, Marko Maslakovic and Joe Cerrito.
These young highly skilled musicians, dancers and singers have delighted audiences all over the world with beautifully choreographed dance sets, hauntingly beautiful music and intricately embroidered costumes for 80 years.
On July 1, 2016, the Tamburitzans became an independent nonprofit organization, the “Pittsburgh International Folk Arts Institute”. Duquesne University gave the troupe their buildings, vehicles, instruments, costumes, equipment, as well as funding to help ensure their future success. Students may now attend other Pittsburgh-based universities as well as Duquesne.
Each year, the Tamburitzans create a new program which they bring to appreciative audiences all over the country. This year, being their 80th anniversary, they “went all out” and the program is truly spectacular!
It features the music and dances of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Armenia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, as well as sets from France and India. There is still time to see the Tamburitzans perform during the current season, which ends on June 9 (see downloadable schedule below).
Of course, we all took notice of the excellent and very personable accordionist, Marko Maslakovic from Belgrade, Serbia, who is studying for his Master’s degree in corporate communications. The entire ensemble is superb, as are the dancers and singers. A must see!!
Picture below: Tamburitzan clarinetist & accordionist Marko Maslakovic.
Future Performances. Full details at: 2017Tamburitzan.pdf
Sunday 19 March Munster, IN
Sunday 26 March Detroit, MI
Saturday 1 April, Toms River, NJ
Sunday 2 April Allentown, PA
Sunday 9 April Ellwood City, PA
Saturday 22 April Erie, PA
Sunday 23 April Cleveland, OH
Saturday 29 April Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday May 20 – Dayton OH
Sunday May 21 – Greendale WI
Sunday May 28 – Mountain View CA
Tuesday May 30 – Los Angeles CA
Wednesday May 31 – Las Vegas NV
Thursday June 1 – Mesa AZ
Friday June 2 – Las Cruces NM
Sunday June 4 – Pueblo CO
Monday June 5 – Kansas City KS
Tuesday June 6 – Indianapolis IN
Friday June 9 – Pittsburgh PA
Video: Claudio Constantini Performing With Bandoneon & Piano - Spainby Holda Paoletti-Kampl
|Piano and bandoneon player Claudio Constantini performs both parts of the Brahms Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Sonata op.120 no.1, II. Andante un poco Adagio using his bandoneon to perform the clariinet part.|
This work was composed in 1894 by the Romantic composer Johannes Brahms. Claudio Constantini writes that: Video and audio production is (humbly) made by myself... I am no pro but I enjoy doing it! I hope you enjoy watching and listening! Published on Mar 12, 2017
20th Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships, Carrickfergus – UKby Clyde Johnston
|The 20th Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships took place at the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus, on February 25th. This festival was another huge success with reaction from spectators and competitors alike being very favourable towards the festival which ran like clockwork in a very relaxed and friendly spirit.|
The NI Championships are run under the rules of the National Accordion Organisation (NAO) of the United Kingdom and are a qualifying heat for the 2017 NAO UK Championships, held at The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, April 21st to 24th.
Organised by Clyde Johnston (picture right) it is the largest accordion festival in Northern Ireland and again attracted a good entry. Clyde was delighted to again welcome competitors from the Chilton School of Music in County Cavan and Gerry Kelly’s Accordion School from County Meath as well as other entries from County Meath, County Dublin, Southern England and Glasgow in addition to the local competitors.
There were also trade stands on display by Alan Shute, Sean O'Neill, Rob Howard, Glitterbug Bagz, Frazer Mclellan, and Scotland Accordions, which added great interest and atmosphere to the festival.
Clyde was also delighted to welcome surprise guests to the festival in the form of top UK duettists Nigel Pasby and Helen Newton, from Hungerford, Berkshire. They only decided to attend at the last minute but enthralled the audience by performing, on borrowed accordions, a few delightful duets in the afternoon.
The adjudicators, Ivan Black, and Sarah McEvoy were greatly impressed not only by the high standard of playing but also with the smooth and efficient manner in which the Championships were run.
Read the full report at: 2017NIreland
Video: Stas Venglevski & Tatyana Krasnobaeva Perform - USAby Harley Jones
|Stas Venglevski & Tatyana Krasnobaeva perform Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint Saens on March 5, 2017 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Milwaukee, WI. |
Presented by Accordion XXI, the video features virtuoso Stas Venglevski, blending his talent with Tatyana Krasnobaeva, cimbalom (dulcimer). Published on Mar 15, 2017.
The Irish Examiner Newspaper Featured Jackie Daly - Irelandby Harley Jones
|Video: Jackie Daly and Seamus Creagh Sullivan's, Britches Full of Stitches.|
Some excerpts from the article about his 6 decades of music making.
In Jackie Daly’s case, the title of laoch, or hero, is added to that of Gradam Ceoil winner, All-Ireland senior accordion champion — the only Corkman to win either award — and doyen of Sliabh Luachra box-playing.
His anecdotes are as much a tradition of his performances as the tunes.
He tells another anecdote about Galway accordion maestro Joe Burke, who visited Jackie in hospital in Cork after he suffered a brain haemorrhage.
“The doctor was testing me and Joe said ‘Doctor I know what’s wrong with him. His head is full of slides and polkas rather than decent jigs and reels’. I said ‘Joe, thank you for visiting me. I’m going to compose a tune in your honour’. I did, and it’s Joe Burke’s polka. People say to him Joe, play your polka, so I definitely got my own back. He’s never played it.”
Paris Moscou Duo Concert, Montreuil-sur-Mer - Franceby Rob Howard
|The Paris Moscou Duo – Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov - performs in concert on Saturday March 18th, 8.30pm, at the Conservatoire Marin Marais, La Licorne, Olonne-Sur-Mer, France. Free admission.|
Roman Jbanov and Domi Emorine began performing together in 1998, and have performed in France, Russia, Denmark, Italy, Poland, China, Portugal, Lithuania, Canada, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. Domi Emorine’s achievements include winning the CIA Coupe Mondiale, CMA Trophée Mondial, Concours International de Klingenthal, and the Prix de la Sacem. Roman Jbanov achievements include Grand Prize Beloborodov in Tula (Russia), Scholarship of the President of the Russian Republic, and the CMA Trophée Mondial.
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5th Concurso Nacional de Acordeon, Santiago - Chileby Rob Howard
|The 5th Concurso Nacional de Acordeon – the national accordion championships – take place on Saturday March 18th, 5.30pm, at the Centro Cultural, Escuela Moderna de Musica, Santiago, Chile. Entrance is free. |
The adjudicators include Frederic Deschamps (France), Kristap Ginters (Latvia), Byron Angel (Chile), Mario Braun (Argentina), Enrique Baeza (Chile), Bernardo Mosqueira (Chile), and Alfonso Mancisidor (Chile).
The competition winners will be eligible to take part in the Torneo Sudamericano in Argentina and the CMA Trophee Mondiale 2017 in France.
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Eric Bouvelle and Sandra Concert, Fontenay-sur-Loing – Franceby Rob Howard
|Accordionist Eric Bouvelle and vocalist Sandra perform in concert together on Sunday March 19th, 2.30pm, at Theatro Montargis, ZA de la Foret, 54210 Fontenay-sur-Loing, France.|
Eric Bouvelle (b 1972), and married to Sandra, had many competition successes, including becoming CIA World Entertainment Champion in 1988 in Trossingen, Germany. He has since become one of the leading French dance music accordionists, and has many recordings and compositions to his name.
Amaryllis @ North Staffs Accordion Club, Stoke-on-Trent – UKby Rob Howard
|The accordion duo Amaryllis perform at the North Staffs Accordion Club, Goldenhill Workingmens Club, Kidsgrove Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 5SH, on Tuesday March 21st, 8pm. Admission is £4.|
Amaryllis - Tracey Middleton and David Garwood – have been performing at accordion clubs and festivals since the 1980s, and have a repertoire that includes various types of folk dance music ranging from Playford to ceilidh tunes, and other kinds of music, including arrangements of popular music.
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‘Acordeones del Mundo’, Rosario – Argentinaby Rob Howard
|On Thursday March 23rd, 8pm, an international event titled ‘Acordeones del Mundo’ takes place at the Auditorio AMR, Espana y Tucaman, Rosario, Argentina. |
This event includes a master class led by French accordionist Frederic Deschamps, and a concert featuring Kristap Ginters (Latvia) and Ignacio Hernandez (Chile). Entrance is free but donations are invited.
Shareena Sol Orchestra Concert, Cape Town – South Africaby Rob Howard
|On Thursday March 23rd, 8pm, the Shareena Sol Orchestra performs their programme of Gypsy Jazz, Balkan Swing, Klezmer and more, at The Crypt Restaurant in Cape Town.|
The members of the Shareena Sol Orchestra are Stanislav Angelov – accordion, Petrus de Beer – violin, Dave Ledbetter – guitar, Dave Ridgeway - double bass.
Stanislav Angelov studied the accordion in his native Bulgaria, and received a degree in accordion in 1991, after which he taught at the ‘Constantine Preslavsky’ University, Shumen. In 1992 he moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where he performs, records and teaches.
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XXV1 Grande Gala Internacional do Acordeo, Algarve - Portugalby Rob Howard
|The XXV1 Grande Gala Internacional do Acordeo takes place from March 24th to April 2nd at venues in the Algrave, Portugal.|
Portuguese accordionists performing include Francisco Saboia, Pedro Goncalves, Jorge Alves, Rodrigo Maurício, Henido Goncalves, Joao Tomas, Concalo Justo, and Francisco Monteiro. Overseas guests include Pietro Adragna (Italy), Jeremu Lafon (France), and Michel Sapateado (France).
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Blackpool Accordion Festival, Lancashire – UKby Rob Howard
|The Blackpool Accordion Festival, organised by John Romero, takes place at The Carousel Hotel, South Shore, Blackpool, from Friday March 31st to Monday April 3rd. The guests include Gary Blair, Harry Hussey, Caroline Hussey, Thom Hardacre, and John Romero. The trade show includes The Accordion Shop, Acorn Accordions, Birmingham Accordion Centre, Harry Kipling's ‘Accordion Treasures’, Robaccord Publications, and Carillon Music. |
£225 per person (half-board, £80 deposit) - balance to be paid on arrival. Day passes are available. Further details, including the daily programme, are on the Carillon Studios website.
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New and Updated Sites
Updated Site: Franco Cambareri Two New Works Released - Australiaby Harley Jones
|Franco Cambareri has released two new compositions:|
cfranco220 - Bahian Samba
Grade 3, 2 pages, Bahian Samba is a melodic Samba.
cfranco221 - Danza Vittoriosa - mp3 sound file available
Grade 4, 4 pages, Danza Vittoriosa (Victory Dance) is a Paso Doble with a Victory Marching Dance.
These works are eSheet (pdf file, able to be emailed to you) and can be purchased online with secure server credit card.
Gary Dahl Releases My Melancholy Baby - USAby Gary Dahl
|Gary Dahl has released "something new for solos...an educational lead sheet, Catalog: DH0258 My Melancholy Baby composed by Ernie Burnett".|
View the sample pages of over 200 plus high quality arrangements at: Gary Dahl
New Site: Lars Ek Original Compositions - Swedenby Harley Jones
|Lars Ek, composer, arranger, performer and teacher of Sweden has now released his original compositions on the MusicForAccordion.com site. See samples of the music and further information at:|
ek151 - Ulla Martas Dance
ek152 - Waltz from Drefviken
ek153 - Waltz to Helmer Grundstrom
ek154 - The Westerly Mountain
ek155 - Visa till Ann-Marie
ek156 - Voss on the Rocks
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