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Weekly News from Around the World - 28-Oct-2011
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Pietro Adragna Wins 5th Roland International V-Accordion Competition, Rome - Italy
Las Vegas International Accordion Convention, Nevada – USA
Beltango Quintet Shows – Serbia, France
All Scotland Accordion & Fiddle Festival, Perth – UK

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

Paddy O'Brien CD ‘Mixing The Punch’, Offaly – Republic of Ireland
‘14 Years Ago’ – Busking in Singapore made legal in 1997

Future events

‘Piaf - the songs’ Further Tour Dates – UK
João Gentil Concerts, Cantanhede, Buenos Aires – Portugal & Argentina
Tony Kearney Gigs, Weybridge, Swindon,London – UK
Accordion Pops Concert, Enschede – Netherlands
BCA/LSM Annual Concert, Birkirkara – Malta
Zydeco @ Rock N’ Bowl, New Orleans – USA
Milos Milivojevic Concert, High Wycombe – UK
Semir Hasic Concert, Zagreb – Serbia
Akkordeonorchester Unterpfaffenhofen e.V. Concert, Munich – Germany
‘Accordion Samurai’ Concerts – Belgium, Netherlands, England

Paolo Soprani

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“Russian Favourites” CD by Alexander Sevastian

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Franco Cambareri releasing 2 of his new music
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Pietro Adragna Wins 5th Roland International V-Accordion Competition, Rome - Italy

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Pietro AdragnaItaly’s Pietro Adragna (picture left) won the 5th International V-Accordion Competition, organized by the Roland company on October 21st and 22nd. Daily Reports are online at 2011 Rome Festival. Read in detail about the competitors, the jury, guests and results.

There were competitors from 14 countries, including Italy, UK, USA, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Russia, France, Netherlands, Japan and China. Adjudication took into account the best technical skills, musical interpretation, and ability to exploit the potential of digital accordions.

The international jury included Raymond Bodell (UK), Sam Falcetti (USA), Graham Laurie (UK), Joseph Macerello (Canada), Kimmo Mattila (Finland), and Andreas Nebl (Germany). The winner was Pietro Adragna with 166.4 points, 2nd Matthias Matzke (Germany) with 165.8, and 3rd Qi Ma (China) with 164. The latter won the Ron Lankford Award, chosen by a panel of journalists.

The evening concert opened with the talented brothers Alessandro and Gabriele Guglielmi, 9 and 11 years of age, who performed a program of complex classical music for diatonic accordion. ‘Taranta’, a folk dance group, featuring Danilo Di Paolonicola on Roland V Accordion also performed, and the hostess was actress and singer Mascia Foschi, who was accompanied by Sergio Scappini.

Roland have confirmed that the 6th festival will again be held at the same venue in Rome.

Daily Reports are online at 2011 Rome Festival. Read in detail about the competitors, the jury, guests and results.

Picture below, left to right: Luigi Bruti Marketing Director of the Accordion Division Roland Europe; 3rd place Ma Qi (China); 1st place Pietro Adragna (Italy); Alfredo Maroni, Roland Europe President and 2nd place Matthias Matzke (Germany).
Luigi Bruti, Qi Ma, Pietro Adragna, Alfredo Maroni, Matthias Matzke (from left)

Las Vegas International Accordion Convention, Nevada – USA

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Frank MaroccoThis year’s Las Vegas International Accordion Convention, organized by Paul Pasquali, takes place from October 31st to November 3rd at the Gold Coast Casino Hotel, 4000 West Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas.

The event begins with a Masquerade Dinner Concert, featuring Peter and Mady Soave, Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini, and Bruce Gassman.  

There are more than 50 workshops and classes scheduled. Dr. Ian Blair Fries, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, is a new addition and will offer a unique workshop on the anatomy of the hand and the accordion.
 
Other concerts during the week involve Frank Marocco, Alexander Sevastian, the Soundscape Accordion Trio, Mary Tokarski, and Angelo Di Pippo with the Accordion Kings. The grand finale on Thursday evening will feature a 52 piece accordion orchestra with full symphony percussion, the Fourth Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra, conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers.
 
Registration is open until 5pm on October 26th, and there is still time to become part of this event. Registration options are online at www.accordionstars.com.

For further information visit the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention website.

Beltango Quintet Shows – Serbia, France

Beltango Quintet
Beltango QuintetThe Beltango Quintet (Serbia) are one of the most dynamic tango groups, renowned for their shows of fine music, song and dance, which have been so very popular, wherever in the world they have toured.

In the first week of November, Beltango perform in concert at the Belgrade Tango Festival 2011, followed by appearances at the Festival Du Tango Au Lazaret in France. Concert details are:

November 3rd, 8pm - Kolarac Concert Hall, Belgrade
November 5th, 8pm - Central Military Club, Belgrade
Hotel Royal, Music School "Dr Vojislav Vuckovic",
November 11th and 12th, 10pm - Festival Du Tango Au Lazaret, Strasbourg, France

“I am proud that the band such as Beltango exists in the world, and plays the music of my father the way it should be played. Obviously, my father’s music is completely universal, and Beltango proves it by their marvelous interpretations.” Daniel Piazzolla, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Pictured are Aleksandar Nikolic (bandoneon/accordion), Ivana Nikolic (piano/vocal), Jovan Bogosavljevic (violin), Bogdan Pejic (electric guitar) and Ljubinko Lazic (double bass).

For further information email: info@beltango.com
Trilogia Triple CD Pack available online at Beltango

All Scotland Accordion & Fiddle Festival, Perth – UK

The 62nd All Scotland Accordion & Fiddle Festival takes place at The Salutation Hotel, Perth, Scotland, on Saturday October 29th.

The festival begins with a welcome ceilidh during the evening of October 28th, to the music of the Iain Anderson Scottish Dance Band. The following day is a full day of competitions for accordion and fiddle, involving mainly solo sections, plus trio and band categories. The accordion adjudicators are Ian Muir, Scott Gordon, Tom Orr and James Coutts.

There will be a Grand Finale concert, 4.30 to 6pm, featuring accordion duo Gary Blair Senior and Junior, Bryan Gear (fiddle) accompanied by pianist Violet Tulloch, and Iain Cathcart and his Broadcasting Band. 

The Saturday evening final dance (run by Perth and District Accordion & Fiddle Club) will be to the music of the Neil Hardie SCDB.

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Paddy O'Brien CD ‘Mixing The Punch’, Offaly – Republic of Ireland

Paddy-O'Brien-Mixing-the-Punch CD CoverPaddy-O'Brien,-button-accordionPaddy O'Brien, from County Offaly, All Ireland diatonic button accordion champion in 1975, has just released ‘Mixing The Punch’, his second solo recording. Playing his 1947 Paolo Soprani accordion, Paddy is accompanied by Teresa Baker, a pianist from Portland, Oregon, USA. Fellow Offalyman, Felim Egan, from Cloghan, plays a selection of jigs on solo accordion as a guest artist.

The 17 tracks include - Reels: The Tinker's Occupation/The Rambling Reel; Jigs: The Hearty Boys of Ballymote/Young Tom Ennis; Reels: Tossing the Feathers in County Clare/The Shores of Donegal; Reels: Seán Ryan's/Bitin' Bread and Aitin' It; Jigs: The Trip to Galway/Mixing the Punch; Slow Air: The Flight of the Wild Geese; Reels: Arthur Darley's/The Glen of Aherlow; Jigs (Felim Egan solo): Michael Doherty's/The Western Road; Polkas: The Wooden City Polkas; Reels: Connemara Stockings/The Union Reel; Jigs: Apples in Winter/Sliabh Russell; Reels: The Fashion that the Ladies Wore/Cormac Lunny's; Hornpipes: Poll Ha'penny/Gerry Egan's; Jigs: The Humours of Rahey/The Rambling Pitchfork; Reels: Imelda Roland's/The Flags of Dublin/Paddy from Donegal; Jigs: The Boys of the Town/The Hag with the Money; Reels: The Crosses of Annagh/Tom Doherty's

For further information email: support@allcelticmusic.com

‘14 Years Ago’ – Busking in Singapore made legal in 1997

The Accordions Worldwide news for October 24th 1997 included a true story concerning Leo Lim Peng Hor, a disabled accordionist whose problems with the city authorities in Singapore about busking in public happily resulted in licenses being issued.

BLIND BUSKER AMONG FIRST TO SEEK LICENCE – SINGAPORE

Southeast Asian newspaper "Straits Times" featured an article in early October on a blind busker Leo Lim Peng Hor, 38, who has performed illegally for 11 years and was among the first to apply for his busking licence.

"I have three accordions and many harmonicas in the police station," he said of the times he was caught busking unlawfully in the Orchard Road underpass near the MRT station "Each time they only chased me away, but my instruments were confiscated.” He added: "I have been giving my feedback to the authorities since 1986 that busking should be legalised. I am glad they have finally acted. This is especially good news for me, as I am disabled."

He thinks it a good idea that licences will be given to buskers linked with arts organisations and that what they collect has to go to the arts. He said he had, in any case, been donating about S$15,000 a year to various charities such as the NAC, the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, and the Bishan Home for Intellectually Disabled.
He also runs an entertainment company, Extra Touch Live Entertainment and Productions, which employs disabled performers.

Future events


‘Piaf - the songs’ Further Tour Dates – UK

Eve Loiseau (Piaf)Eddy Jay (Piaf)The highly acclaimed theatre show ‘Piaf - the songs’, presented by vocalist Eve Loiseau, Fiona Barrow (violin) and Edward Jay (accordion) is on tour again. The new dates are:

October 28th – Shirley Hall, Canterbury Festival
November 9th - South Holland Centre, Spalding, Lincs
November11th - The Courthouse, Otley, Yorkshire
November 15th and 16th - Pavilion Theatre, Dome, Brighton
November17th - Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, Wales
November24th - The Forum Studio Theatre, Chester
November 25th - Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven
November 26th - The Rose Theatre, Ormskirk
December 8th - The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
December 17th - Civic Hall, Barnsley
January 21st, 2pm and 7.45pm - Festival Theatre, Chichester
January 28th - Theatre Royal, Wakefield
February 23rd – Playhouse, Alnwick, Northumberland
February 24th – Tolbooth, Stirling, Scotland
March 2nd – Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset

There is now a CD of the show available; the songs include ‘Mon Dieu’, ‘Bal dans ma rue’, ‘Les Feuilles Mortes/Autumn Leaves’, ‘Mon Manege à Moi’, ‘L'Accordeoniste’, ‘Padam Padam’, ‘La Goualante du Pauvre Jean’, ‘L'Hymne à l'Amour’, ‘Sous le Ciel de Paris’, ‘Non, Je ne Regrette Rien’, ‘Milord’, ‘La Vie en Rose’, ‘La Foule’, ‘Les Mots d'Amour’, and ‘Les Flons Flons du bal’.

For further information email: edward.jay@me.com

João Gentil Concerts, Cantanhede, Buenos Aires – Portugal & Argentina

Accordionist João Gentil performs in concert with a string quartet
Accordionist João Gentil performs in concert with a string quartet at the Auditório do Museu da Pedra, Cantanhede, Coimbra, Portugal, on Sunday October 29th, 9.30pm. The repertoire includes music by Astor Piazzolla, Ennio Morricone, Richard Galliano, JS Bach, and Johann Brahms.

João Gentil will visit Argentina, November 11th to 13th, where he will play accordion, bandoneon and accordina with a tango quartet at concerts in Buenos Aires and Rosario.

For further information email: joaogentil1@gmail.com

Tony Kearney Gigs, Weybridge, Swindon,London – UK

Tony KearneyIrish diatonic button accordionist Tony Kearney’s gigs for late October include:

October 28th – Set Dancing Ceili, Social Services Club, Weybridge, Surrey
October 29th – Bakers Arms, Swindon, Wiltshire
October 30th - Ceili, Irish Centre, Camden Town, London

For further information email: starr63@gmail.com

Accordion Pops Concert, Enschede – Netherlands

accordion orchestra with a long name from the NetherlandsOn Saturday October 29th, 8pm, the accordion orchestra Accordeonvereniging Animato (MD Rene Bogt) perform in concert at the Theater Prismare in Enschede, Netherlands.

The program will include music by ABBA, Simon & Garfunkle, and Michael Jackson, numbers associated with The Motion Trio, and ‘West Side Story’, by Leonard Bernstein.

For further information email: info@animatohengelo.nl

BCA/LSM Annual Concert, Birkirkara – Malta

Santa Maria Accordion Band (Malta)
The Santa Maria Accordion Band (MD Mrs. Marthese Busuttil Cassar L.B.C.A.) perform for the annual British College of Accordionists/Leicester School of Music concerts on October 29th and 30th, 5.30pm. These take place at St. Aloysius College, Birkirkara. The concerts will feature the music from Klaus Bodelt to Johann Strauss and Alexander Bodell (UK) has been invited as a guest performer.

The Santa Maria Accordion Band, formed in 1992, play at celebrations, community events, festivals, church services, and national events.

For further information email: josephpgrima@gmail.com
Santa Maria Accordion Band (Malta)

Zydeco @ Rock N’ Bowl, New Orleans – USA

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
Rosie LedetThe entertainment venue Rock N’ Bowl, 3000 South Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana LA 70118, has several Zydeco artists booked, including:

October 27th, 8.30pm - Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas
November 3rd, 8.30pm – Rosie Ledet
19th, 9.30pm – Rockin Dopsie Jr & the Zydeco Twisters
24th, 8.30pm – Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie

Milos Milivojevic Concert, High Wycombe – UK

Milos MilivojevicAccordionist Milos Milivojevic performs music by Vlasov, Piazzolla, Albeniz and others at All Saints' Church, High Street, High Wycombe, Bucks HP13 6RF on Tuesday November 1st, 1.10pm until 1.50pm. Admission is free.

All Saints' Church is a beautiful 11th Century church in the centre of High Wycombe – ideal for an accordion recital.
 
For further information email: jane.hunt06@gmail.com

Semir Hasic Concert, Zagreb – Serbia

Semir HasicAccordionist Semir Hasic
performs in a concert
titled ‘From Bach to Sevdaha’
on November 2nd
8pm
at MD V.Lisinski
Zagreb

For further information email: semir.sammy.hasic@gmail.com

Akkordeonorchester Unterpfaffenhofen e.V. Concert, Munich – Germany

Munich  Accordion Orchestra
The Akkordeonorchester Unterpfaffenhofen e.V. perform in concert at the Stadthalle Germering, Orlandosaa, Munich, on November 6th, 5pm.

For further information email: info@aou-ev.de

‘Accordion Samurai’ Concerts – Belgium, Netherlands, England

Accordion Samurai’ are five diatonic accordionists: Didier Laloy (Belgium), Bruno Le Tron (France), David Munnelly (Ireland), Riccardo Tesi (Italy), and Markku Lepistö (Finland), who get together and tour and record occasionally. Forthcoming dates include:

November 17th and 23rd, 8pm - ‘Accordion Samurai’ perform their international music at Toernee Mondial, Flanders, Belgium, Flanders. These concerts are part of a Womex festival.

November 27th - Oosterpoort, Trompsingel 27 9724 DA Groningen, Netherlands

December 11th – The Face Bar, Chatham St, Reading RG1 7JF, UK

For further information email: support@songkick.com

CD Reviews


“Russian Favourites” CD by Alexander Sevastian

“Russian Favourites” CD by Alexander SevastianCD Reviews Index for the Review of ““Russian Favourites" CD, reviewed by Joan Cochran Sommers. Artist is Alexander Sevastian.

New and Updated Sites


Franco Cambareri releasing 2 of his new music

Franco Cambareri - accordionist, composer, producer, releases 2 new composition for accordion available for purchase nline. 'Swing With Me', catalog:cfranco144 and 'Smooth Rockin', catalog:cfranco145. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

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Charnwood Publishing New Website

Charnwood Publishing New Website is now online with updated shopping basket system and multi currency online credit card capture through secure server international Worldpay system.

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Karthause Schmulling New Website

Karthause Schmülling New Website has now online with updated shopping basket system and multi currency online credit card capture through secure server international Worldpay system. The owner of this Website is Ulrich Schmülling.

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Live Streaming Video from the Roland 2011 5th International V-Accordion Festival and Competition in Rome at 2011 Rome Festival.

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I was gifted the above accordion many years ago.It is in good working order ,measures 27cms wide and 22cms high.my question is does it have any monetary value?

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Hi, I have inherited a piano accordian, and would love some information on it please. I would be very grateful for any details anyone may want to share.
The accordian is marked as follows;
STRODELLA COoPERATIVA C'ARMONICA ITALIA
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Many thanks in anticipation, Brian Eastwood.

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