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Weekly News from Around the World - 22-Oct-2010
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Coupe Mondiale Daily Reports, Varaždin – Croatia
4th Roland International Festival for Digital Accordions, Rome - Italy
Charles Nunzio (1912-2010), New Jersey - USA
Bill Wilkie Steps Down After 60 Years!, Perth – UK
Arlene Boddicker Passes Away

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

Vladimir Fonin at Stockport Accordion Club, Cheshire – UK
Accordion Noir Festival!, Vancouver – Canada

Future events

X11 International Accordion Festival, Vilnius – Lithuania
Gorka Hermosa’s News and Performances – Spain
OBI at Tapestry Fall Dance Workshop, Minneapolis – USA
‘Concert in Tribute to Professor Vitorino Matono’, Cartaxo – Portugal
A Tribute to Eugene Ettore by Rita Davidson, New Jersey – USA
Cirque Tzigane Romanes, Paris - France
European Music Competition, Vibo Valentia - Italy

CD Reviews

acCORPUS simulacrum

New and Updated Sites

North Shore Accordion Orchestra releasing a new CD
Zevy Zions Releases 3 New Arrangements
Yuri Shishkin releasing a new CD
Amy Jennings releases 2 of her new works
Yuri Shishkin releases another new CD

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Coupe Mondiale Daily Reports, Varaždin – Croatia

CIA Coupe Mondiale Daily Reports
Daily Reports for the Coupe Mondiale in Varaždin Croatia from the 19th - 25th of October, 2010 are online at Coupe Mondiale.

Organised by the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) IMC - UNESCO and the national host, the Croatian Accordion Teachers Association (HDHP) headed by President Vjera Odak and Organizing Committee Kristijan Potocnjak, Valentina Basnec and Sasa Bastalec.

Daily Reports are online at Coupe Mondiale.

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4th Roland International Festival for Digital Accordions, Rome - Italy

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Roland Streaming Video graphicRead in detail about the 4th Roland International Festival and International competition. Daily Reports are online at: 2010 Rome Festival.

Recorded video is also available for viewing online at: 2010 Rome Festival.

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Charles Nunzio (1912-2010), New Jersey - USA

Charles NunzioCharles Nunzio, the last of the famous accordionists from a great era of the accordion, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 20th. There will be a visitation and a memorial service in Basking Ridge on October 29th and 30th (tentative). Arrangements are through Gallaway and Crane, Basking Ridge, NJ (908-766-0250).

Details will be available in a few days once they are firm.

Charles Nunzio Jr. is preparing an obituary for The Star Ledger and would like to ask for donations in lieu of flowers to be made to the AAA or the Alzheimer's Association in his Dad’s name.

Charles Nunzio had a long and stellar history with the accordion. Born in Cattafi, Sicily, in 1912, he was eight years old when he came to the USA. A student and friend of Pietro Frosini, Charles would often fill in for him during his many radio broadcasts. He also was a regular substitute for Joe Biviano and Charles Magnante.

Charles Nunzio was the only surviving founding member of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA), and a past President of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG).

Charles was active as a teacher, performer, composer and businessman throughout his distinguished career and was the teacher of Donald Hulme, the winner of the 1961 Coupe Mondiale in Pallanza, Italy.

A prolific composer and arranger, Charles Nunzio’s output includes ‘Accordion Rhapsody’, ‘American Eagle March’, ‘American Victory March’, ‘Boogie Moderne’, ‘Carnival of Venice (Variations)’, ‘Hungaria Mazurka’, ‘Valse Elena’, ‘World's Fair March’, and many more.

Charles Nunzio was well-loved and will be missed.

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Bill Wilkie Steps Down After 60 Years!, Perth – UK

Bill Wilkie and Pearl Fawcett-Adriano
Bill Wilkie MBE (picture left) has stepped down after a record breaking 60 years (1949 to 2009) as organizer of the prestigious All Scotland Accordion & Fiddle Festival in Perth. This festival has produced countless champions who have progressed to successful careers as professional accordionists or bandleaders, and Bill Wilkie’s contribution to the accordion in Scotland cannot be over stated.

The 2009 event featured, for the first time, two all star evening variety shows. The Saturday concert was headlined by Pearl Fawcett-Adriano (picture right), and the Sunday night show starred The Alexander Brothers. The 2-disc DVD of the complete Saturday evening concert is available, featuring accordionists Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Jimmy Cassidy, John Carmichael, Gary Sutherland, Neil Copland, The Bill Wilkie Accordion Orchestra, plus singers, dancers, comedians and musicians. The DVD is available from Wilkie’s Music House in Perth.

The 2010 festival takes place on October 30th, in a new format and venue at The Salutation Hotel in Perth. The festival is now run by a committee, whose chairman is former All Scotland Champion Peter Bruce. The accordion adjudicators are Alastair MacCuish, Wayne Robertson and Gordon Shand, and Claire Telford adjudicates the fiddle sections. The festival begins with a dance on Friday evening to the music of the Graeme Mitchell Scottish Dance Band, and ends on the Saturday night with music from accordionist Robert Black, the Michael Philip SCDB, and fiddler Claire Telford.

For further information email: Audrey.Fenton@perthaccordionfestival.co.uk

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Arlene Boddicker Passes Away

Arlene BoddickerArlene Boddicker, accordion teacher, conductor, accordion orchestra director and former President of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International passed away on October 17, aged 81.

Arlene began teaching accordion in 1946, and in 1948 she and her husband, Jerry, established the Boddicker Schools of Accordion throughout Iowa. Later, the name was changed to Boddicker School of Music and offered instruction on all instruments. Teaching more than 1,600 students a year, the music schools employed more than 60 teachers and staff.

During her career, Arlene taught many accordionists, toured in both the USA and many times abroad with her accordion orchestras (Cedar Rapids Accordion Aces) which at that time, were very well known within the USA and abroad.

Additionally, she adjudicated nationally and internationally and presented workshops and seminars at many accordion festivals.

A memorial Mass will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday, November 21, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 120 Fifth St. SW, Cedar Rapids. A celebration of life will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. November 21 at the Ponderosa Ballroom in Walford.

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Vladimir Fonin at Stockport Accordion Club, Cheshire – UK

Vladimir FoninRussian accordionist Vladimir Fonin, from the St Petersburg Conservatory, visited Stockport Accordion Club in North West England on October 20th to hold a master class and perform a short recital.

The visit was part of a cultural visit to the NW region, along with Mikhail Senchurov - balalaika, Natalya Gorbenko – piano, and singers Anna Voronina and Sergei Kochetov.

The evening began with a club members’ play around, with pieces played by Chris Green, Diana Ainscough, Betty Molloy, Helen Berta, Gordon Porter, John Jones, Tony Wynroe and Rob Howard. After a tea break, Vladimir Fonin conducted a master class with Justin Ryan, with Natalya Gorbenko acting as his translator.

The piece Justin played was ‘Asturias’, a Spanish composition for guitar, arranged for accordion. Justin – and the audience – assimilated Vladimir Fonin’s comments and suggestions, and the master class (the first one held at Stockport AC) was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. The evening concluded with Vladimir Fonin performing some Russian folk dance pieces, ending with an exciting version of the ‘Carnival of Venice’ (arranged by P. Frosini).

Vladimir Fonin commented that he was interested and delighted to visit an accordion club, where players meet socially and to play together, as he said there is nothing comparable in Russia. He was presented with a copy of ‘An A to Z of the Accordion’, written by Rob Howard, and signed by all those present at the master class.

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com

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Accordion Noir Festival!, Vancouver – Canada

Geoff BernerThe third annual Accordion Noir Festival! took place from September 19th to 26th in Vancouver, Canada. The festival is organized by the CFRO Co-op Community Radio show and podcast Accordion Noir, together with the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle and local accordionist Geoff Berner.

The following report came to Accordions Worldwide from Rowan Lipkovits …

For the past three years with assistance from Geoff Berner, an autumn festival has been organized. Starting as a one night event, it has grown into eight continuous nights' of concerts.

Opening night's accordion parade was rained out by a torrential downpour, but a dozen stalwarts nonetheless wrapped their accordions in garbage bags and squeezed out tunes.

Fortunately, the rest of the performances were inside and the festival was enjoyed over the days, by an enthusiastic audience.

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Future events


X11 International Accordion Festival, Vilnius – Lithuania

Raimondas SviackeviciusThe 12th International Accordion Festival Vilnius, Lithuania, takes place on November 9th at venues in Vilnius, organised by the Lithuanian Accordion Association. The Artistic Director is Raimondas Sviackevicius.

This is a non-competitive festival, based around performance events involving leading national and international accordionists and ensembles.

The guest artistes this year include:
- Bester Quartet (Poland),
- Kimmo Pohjonen (Finland),
- Luciano Biondini (Italy)
- Steffan Hussong (Germany)
- Primoz Parovel (Slovenia)
- 4TANGO (Lithuania)
- Viktor Novikov (Russia)
- Chordos (Lithuania)
- Consona (Lithuania)
- AccID Orchestra (Lithuania),
and numerous others.

For further information email: raimondas@akordeonofestivalis.lt

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Gorka Hermosa’s News and Performances – Spain

Gorka HermosaSpanish accordionist Gorka Hermosa has the following concerts and news:

October 23rd - Competition Jury member at ‘Jeunesses Musicales of Spain’, for piano, organ, harpsichord and accordion.

October 24th, 12noon - 'Fantangueando' (duet with the clavecinista Silvia Márquez), Auditorio 'Victor Villegas', Murcia.

November 14th – ‘María of Buenos Aires’ (opera-tango), by Astor Piazzolla that Gorka Hermosa will perform with the Orchestra 'Cambra XX' (MD Pablo Zinger, former pianist of Astor Piazzolla) in Gandía, Alicante.

In November 2010 (date to be announced), there will be a presentation and press conference of the CD tribute to the Basque singer Imanol, involving Gorka Hermosa, along with Luis Eduardo Aute, Ismael Serrano, Carmen París, Marina Rossell, Luis Pastor, Eliseo Parra, Xabier Euskitze, Nacho Campillo, Uxía, María Berasarte, Odei Lizaso, and José Luis Montón.

For further information email: gorka@gorkahermosa.com

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OBI at Tapestry Fall Dance Workshop, Minneapolis – USA

Dee LangleyThe Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), featuring accordionist Dee Langley, perform at the Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Saturday October 23rd, 8pm - 11pm.

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‘Concert in Tribute to Professor Vitorino Matono’, Cartaxo – Portugal

Ludo MarienA ‘Concert in Tribute to Professor Vitorino Matono’ with the SFC Accordion Orchestra, directed by Professor Maria Joao Sousa, takes place on Sunday October 24th, 5pm, at the Centro Cultural do Cartaxo.

Special guests include the Belgian concert accordionist Ludo Marien (picture right), and three students of the Institute Matono, Bianca and Marlon Francis, and Eugenia Lima.

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A Tribute to Eugene Ettore by Rita Davidson, New Jersey – USA

Rita Davidson‘A Tribute to Eugene Ettore’ by Rita Davidson takes place on Saturday November 6th, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, at Menzel's, 4260 Town Center Way, Livingston, NJ. Admission free.

This special event is a concert in which Rita Davidson will perform the entire ‘Manhattan Concerto’ and other virtuoso solos composed by Eugene Ettore, noted composer and accordionist.

This is the first in a series of concerts to celebrate the life and music of Eugene Ettore, on what would have been his 90th birthday had he still been alive. Rita Davidson is also recording a CD of Eugene Ettore’s compositions, which will be available at this event.

For further information email: Ritabelll@aol.com

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Cirque Tzigane Romanes, Paris - France

Cirque Tzigane RomanesThe circus show, involving accordion music, Cirque Tzigane Romanes perform at Pte Champerret, 42-44 bd de Reims (angle rue Courcelles), Paris, from November 7th, 3.30 pm until January 31st. Back from performing in China and Russia, their new show is titled ‘Gypsies Falling Sky’.

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European Music Competition, Vibo Valentia - Italy

The European Music Competition is open to young musicians of any nationality provided they have not been awarded the overall first prize in previous editions of this competition in the same category for which they are applying.

The competition will be held at the Town Auditorium, Piazza M.Serrao Filadelfia, Vibo Valentia, Italy, from May 1st to 8th 2011. Prizes on offer total 20,000 Euro, and the competition includes accordion, pianoforte, strings, woodwind, guitar, percussion, chamber-music, opera singing, Lower Secondary school instrument classes: choirs, bands and wind bands.

For further information email: associazione.melody@libero.it

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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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North Shore Accordion Orchestra releasing a new CD

North Shore Accordion Orchestra selling a new CD titled 'Musical Party', catalog:nsao1109 with sound samples. Music performed by North Shore Accordion
Orchestra. Purchase online.

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Zevy Zions Releases 3 New Arrangements

Zevy Zions releases 3 new arrangements, 'Malagueña', catalog:zzions07, 'Mozart Menuetto', catalog:zzions08 and 'Alla Turca', catalog:zzions09. 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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Yuri Shishkin releasing a new CD

Yuri Shishkin selling a new CD titled 'Shishkin Plays Semionov', catalog:yshishkin04 with sound samples. Music performed by Yuri Shishkin. Purchase online.

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Amy Jennings releases 2 of her new works

Amy Jennings releases 2 new works, 'Cinaty', catalog:jamy01 and 'Magenta', catalog:jamy02. 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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Yuri Shishkin releases another new CD

Yuri Shishkin selling a new CD titled 'Yuri Shishkin Bajan', catalog:yshishkin05 with sound samples. Music performed by Yuri Shishkin. Purchase online.

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