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Weekly News from Around the World - 29-Mar-2013
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Highlights

New Model Roland? - "A Lot of Curiosity and Rumors" - Frankfurt
‘Day of Bayan & Accordion & Harmonica 2013’, Moscow – Russia
XXI “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition, Arrasate-Mondragón - Spain
Marco Lo Russo’s Turin Shroud Concert, Turin - Italy
4th International Festival "Dani Harmonike" - Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

Video: Lahti Symphony Orchestra presents: Tüür: Accordion Concerto ‘Prophecy’
Video: Ketty Passa & Toxic Tuna - Ultimo Tango
Frédéric Guérouet Accordion Recital, Paris - France
Video: Ionica Minune and Group video clip
Petar Maric Concerts, Bratislava - Slovakia
Corrado Rojac Master Class, Pesaro - Italy
Video: Trio Czardus
Report of the National Accordion Association Convention, Texas - USA
Video: O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat in Waxahachie - USA
Prof. Li Cong Seminar, Shenzhen, World and Chinese Accordion Development - China

Future events

Stanislav Angelov’s Easter Dates, Western Cape – South Africa
Accordion Babes Revue, Oregon – USA
Vitaline plays for dancing, Sedan – France
‘Accordion 5’ Classical Revolution concert, London – UK
Forro do Praia, Brasilia – Brazil
Helen Rich @ Stockport Accordion Club, Cheshire – UK
Victor Prieto Concert, New York – USA
CT Tango Ensemble ‘Piazzolla & Beyond’, Cape Town – South Africa

CD Reviews

“Wing Span” – Contemporary Danish Accordion Music & Classical Works CD by Adam Ørvad

New and Updated Sites

Vincent Lhermet and Beatrice Berne Release New CD

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Deschamps Channel April – Web TV Show

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New Model Roland? - "A Lot of Curiosity and Rumors" - Frankfurt

Roland
There has been a "lot of curiosity and rumors" about the release of a new Roland V-Accordion. If you are curious and no longer have patience, visit the Roland V-Accordion Stand at the Frankfurt Messe Hall 4.1 C75 from 10th to 13th April 2013.

OR View HERE, the official announcement to be made at the opening of the Frankfurt Musikmesse on Tuesday 9th April afternoon.

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‘Day of Bayan & Accordion & Harmonica 2013’, Moscow – Russia

Friedrich Lips playing infront during his performance
Michail BurlakovBayan, accordion and harmonica were always popular in Russia. And on the fronts of the ‘great patriotic war’, at celebrations such as weddings, they were an irreplaceable companion in everyday Russian life.

In 1948, the folk instruments received a new impetus when a Chair was opened at the Gnessin Institute (now Academy) in Moscow. The former folk musician finally got the opportunity to train on a par with pianists and violinists.

In all parts of the large country, conservatories and high schools opened chairs for the new academic instrument, and since that time, Russian bayanists and accordionists have enjoyed tremendous successes at the most prestigious international competitions.

Nowadays the most important composers of Russia are writing for our instrument: S. Gubaidulina, A. Cholminov, R. Ledenyov, E. Podgaits, M. Bronner, A. Shurbin, etc.

Bayanists/accordionists are performing in the biggest concert halls in the world. Given the generally difficult economic situation in the country and the resulting problems for the cultural life, the Chair for bayan and accordion Prof Friedrich Lips has now invited all colleagues in this huge country, to create the All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica.

That event took place on Saturday March 16th, thus also launching the ‘World Accordion Day’, promoted by the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), held every year on May 6th.

The program of the Moscow concert included:
Friedrich Lips soloist (picture above) for ‘Seven Jewish songs’ by M. Bronner for bayan and chamber orchestra (Moscow Premiere). Moscow Chamber Orchestra (Vladislav Bulachov, conductor) – ‘The Seasons’ Michail Burlakov (bayan, picture left) and Swjetlana Furnik (organ) - K.Volkov: ‘Skladen’ for bayan and organ, Madina Zalojewa - Ossetian harmonica, Marat Sazajew - Douli, Jelena Radchenko - flute, Tsitsi Gioyeva – piano: Potpourri – ‘Themes of Caucasian melodies’ and F. Alborow: Fantasy on ‘Oh, my love’.

For the 70th birthday of Viktor Gridin (1943-1997): original works and arrangements. The State Academic Russian Folk Ensemble ‘Russia’ (picture lowest), Dmitry Dmitriyenko, conductor, Soloists: Nadezhda Krygina, Yuri Sidorov (picture, soloist below), Mikhail Chernov, Nikolaj Mironov, Alexander Nayunkin.
Yuri Sidorov playing infront Folk Ensemble “Russia” (pictured top) and The State Academic Russian Folk Ensemble ‘Russia’ (pictured top) and

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XXI “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition, Arrasate-Mondragón - Spain

XXI “Arrasate Hiria”“HAUSPOZ” Euskal Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea, the Town Hall of Arrasate and The County Council of Gipuzkoa announce the XXI “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition, that will take place in Arrasate-Mondragón (Basque Country) between the 5th and the 8th of december, 2013.

The competition is open to soloists of any age and nationality and the entry closing date is 30th September 2013.

Download the rules and regulations at: 2013Arrasate

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Marco Lo Russo’s Turin Shroud Concert, Turin - Italy

Marco Lo RussoAccordionist Marco Lo Russo performs in an extraordinary special event for Easter on March 30th at Turin Cathedral for the Exposition of the Shroud of Turin, the garment alleged to have been worn by Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. Only a few spectators will be admitted, though the event will be televised on RA1.

For further information email: stampa@marcolorusso.com

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4th International Festival "Dani Harmonike" - Bosnia and Herzegovina

The 4th International Festival "Dani Harmonike", takes place in Ugljevik and Bijeljina (Bosnia and Herzegowina) from 23rd to 29th of May. The festival consists of competitions, masterclasses, lectures and concerts. Artistic director is Slaviša Peric.

Famous performers include Aleksander Skliarov (Russia), Vladimir Murza (Ukraine), Alexander Poeluev (Russia) and Irina Serotyuk (Ukraine). The competition expects over 300 competitors from various countries such as BiH, Serbia, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Austria etc. and entries close 8th May 2013.

For further information and contact email: msks.festival@gmail.com
Guest Artists and Jury

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Video: Lahti Symphony Orchestra presents: Tüür: Accordion Concerto ‘Prophecy’

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Lahti Symphony Orchestra presents: Tüür: Accordion Concerto ‘Prophecy’

Mika Väyrynen performs the Accordion Concerto by Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür, the title of which, Prophecy, alludes to the “seers” familiar in various cultures and traditions. Following the concerto is an encore solo performance by Mika Väyrynen.

This video is only available online until the 2nd April so watch now, to avoid missing it.
http://www.classiclive.com/Concerts/2013/March/Accordion-Concerto-Prophecy/Player.aspx?full=1

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Video: Ketty Passa & Toxic Tuna - Ultimo Tango

Official video clip of Ketty Passa & Toxic Tuna - Ultimo Tango. From 02 April in all stores "# CANTAKETTYPASSA" the new album by Ketty Passa & Toxic Tuna.

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Frédéric Guérouet Accordion Recital, Paris - France

Frédéric GuérouetDuring his concert at Médiathèque Marguerite Duras, Paris on Saturday March 23rd, Frédéric Guérouet gave the first performance of Ida Gotkovsky’s ‘Rhapsody for Accordion’ in the presence of the composer.

Also performed were some major works of the contemporary accordion repertoire by Alain Abbott, Sofia Gubaidulina, Magnus Lindberg, Alain Margoni and others. An exhibition of CD's and scores of Ida Gotkovsky and works for accordion in collaboration with les éditions Gérard Billaudot was organized in the hall.
 
Frédéric Guérouet began his accordion studies at the age of six with his father and then with Médard Ferrero. At the age of 11, he performed in Salle Pleyel, the most prestigious concert hall of Paris.

After the death of his teacher, he continued his studies with Joe Rossi. In September 1975, he was admitted to the Conservatory of Music of Kiev in the Ukraine in the class of Vladimir Besfamilnov.

After winning numerous awards, he began a solo career, which led him throughout Europe and on to such places as Buenos Aires and Tokyo. Besides his solo career, he has accompanied many artists such as Barbara Hendricks, or young soloists such as Rachid Safir.

He played in the Quartet of Accordions of Paris with Richard Galliano, Valérie Guérouet and Joe Rossi. Today, Guérouet moves more and more towards creation and composition, encouraged by Philippe Hersant, Thierry Escaich and Henri Dutilleux.

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Video: Ionica Minune and Group video clip

A recently released video clip by Romanian Ionica Minune and his group.

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Petar Maric Concerts, Bratislava - Slovakia

Petar Maric playing in the orchestra
Petar Maric (Coupe Mondiale, Trophée Mondiale, Klingenthal and Castelfidardo winner) has, on March 22nd and 23rd, performed as a special guest for two successful concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra in the Slovak Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava. Petar played an orchestral arrangement of ‘Revelation’, an emotional and lyrical piece by Sergey Voitenko.

Early in 2014 Petar Maric will undertake a concert tour in the USA, with dates in New York, Denver, Washington, Chicago and Boston, performing both as a soloist and with famous philharmonic orchestras. 

For further information email: maestromaric@gmail.com

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Corrado Rojac Master Class, Pesaro - Italy

Corrado RojacVideo above: "Metric Expansion of Space" by Edgar-Barroso played by Corrado Rojac performed at Harvard University, USA. Program notes below.

On March 26th and 28th this year accordionist Corrado Rojac, from Trieste, gave a masterclass at the Conservatory "G. Rossini" in Pesaro.

Invited by Maestro Paolo Vignani, accordion teacher at the Institute of Pesaro, Corrado Rojac gave a lecture-concert about literature for accordion, with particular reference to the music of Giuseppe Greggiati, a Mantua musician to whom we owe much for our repertoire for accordion in Italy, and Donatoni, the famous Milanese composer who dedicated a song to the accordion, ‘Feria IV’, for which Corrado Rojac gave a short analysis.

The meeting also organised some lessons by Corrado Rojac to talented students, dealing with music by Berio, Lundquist, Trojan and Rendine.

For further information email: info@corradorojac.com

Video program notes: "Metric Expansion of Space" by Edgar-Barroso

The metric expansion of space is the increase of distance between distant objects in a space that is constantly expanding, like the universe. Even though the universe is expanding, is not expanding into anything outside of itself.

I imagine this expansion as very violent and extreme. The piece expands certain material into itself, a sort of a force that is trying to reach the unreachable, but has no place to go but to return to his own mass. With an obsessive obstinate rhythmic structure and with spasms of energy that revolves in its own velocity, range and capacity, the accordion becomes a machine which receives a non-stop stream of energy from the player.

These bursts of energy can be measured between several nearby points in space with a very precise compositional strategy. The piece uses amplification as a continuation of the idea of being continuing expanding.

I can't think of a better performer than Corrado Rojac, he is energetic, precise and yet sensitive to convey the beauty raised from an obsessive behavior. We are very lucky to have him with us.

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Video: Trio Czardus

Published on Mar 20, 2013. Performers are: Jérémy Vannereau (accordion & bandoneon), William Garcin (violin), Micha Khzizoff (guitar, balalaïka, vocals).

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Report of the National Accordion Association Convention, Texas - USA

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The 26th Annual National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention was held in Dallas, Texas from March 7th to 9th. Laura Niland has written a details report that you can view at: 2013Dallas

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Video: O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat in Waxahachie - USA

Video released 7th March 2013. The video is the instructors at the 2012 O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat in Waxahachie, Texas, who perform one final set, accompanied by Irish dancers.

Instructors in this video: (in left to right order)
Back row: Mairtin de Cogain - bodhran, John Whelan - accordion, Dave Curley - Irish song

Front row: Colm Delaney - concertina, Conal O Grada - flute, James Kelly - fiddle, Matt Cranitch - fiddle, Jackie Daly - accordion, Angelina Carberry - banjo, Oisin McAuley - fiddle, Fionan de Barra - guitar, Grainne Hambly - harp.

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Prof. Li Cong Seminar, Shenzhen, World and Chinese Accordion Development - China

Prof Li Cong seminar
In early January, Prof. Li Cong, President of the Chinese Accordion Association was invited by the Bureau of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Bao'an District, Shenzhen and Shenzhen Music Association Accordion Society to speak to accordion enthusiasts in the Shenzhen area.

The topic was "China and the world accordion status quo, future trends, and suggestions for diversified development of Chinese accordionists in both national and international context.

The lectures by Prof. Li Cong were greatly appreciated by the participants, as he put a clock on the development of Shenzhen accordion, and pointed out the direction for the next steps of the development of Shenzhen / China accordion.
Prof. Li Cong

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Future events


Stanislav Angelov’s Easter Dates, Western Cape – South Africa

Stanislav AngelovBulgarian-born Stanislav Angelov performs over the Easter period, as follows:

March 30th, 12 until 3pm – with violinist Petrus de Beer at Spice Route, Paarl, Western Cape
March 31st, 1pm until 3pm – restaurant, Delaire Graff Estate, Spellenbosch, Western Cape
April 1st, 12 until 3pm – with Petrus de Beer at Spice Route, Paarl, Western Cape

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Accordion Babes Revue, Oregon – USA

Accordion Babes posterThe Accordion Babes Revue takes place on Sunday March 31st, 9pm, at Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St, Portland, Oregon. The band line up includes accordionists Renee de la Prade, Skyler Fell, Amber Lee Baker, Lux Gaxiola, Joan Rueter, and Aharon Wheels Bolsta on drums.

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Vitaline plays for dancing, Sedan – France

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The musette accordionist Vitaline performs for dancing at L’Annex, Sedan, on March 31st, 3pm.

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‘Accordion 5’ Classical Revolution concert, London – UK

‘Accordion 5’
The quintet ‘Accordion 5’ perform in a Classical Revolution series of concerts on Tuesday April 2nd, 7.30pm, at The Green Carnation, 2-4 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DD.

The programme includes Piazzolla - ‘Libertango’, Vivaldi – ‘Summer’ from ‘4 Seasons’, and W. Kilar – ‘Orawa’. The performance is followed at 9pm by a ‘Chamber Jam’! 

Classical Revolution, which began in San Francisco in 2006, is a pioneer of the approachable classical music movement, and has since spread to over 25 cities worldwide. It offers a night that’s totally different from a standard classical music concert, taking classical music out of the symphonic halls and into local venues, where the audience can chat with the performers over a beer and enjoy informal ‘jam sessions’ with some of the world’s top singers and instrumental performers. The project is not for profit, and brings together music aficionados and newbies under one roof to celebrate excellent music and brilliant performances.

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

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Forro do Praia, Brasilia – Brazil

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Forro do Praia is a night of forro music and dancing involving several accordionists, 10.30pm until 5am on Monday April 6th, at Clube Italo, Ilha Do Boi, Brasilia.

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Helen Rich @ Stockport Accordion Club, Cheshire – UK

Helen RichHelen Rich performs as guest at Stockport Accordion Club on Wednesday April 10th. The concert begins at 8pm with a set from the Stockport AC Orchestra (MD Brian Jenkins), and the venue is Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF (J25, M60).

Helen Rich, originally from Cumbria and taught at the Ronmar School of Music, Carlisle, is a most accomplished accordionist, well versed in the accordion classics and various musical styles.

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com

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Victor Prieto Concert, New York – USA

Victor PrietoThe Victor Prieto Trio continue their long running jazz residency on Thursday April 11th, 10pm, at Terraza 7 Live Music, 40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst, New York.

From April 18th to 21st Victor Prieto will be in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, for the Galician Connection, holding a master class and performing in concerts.

For further information email: victorprieto2001@yahoo.com

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CT Tango Ensemble ‘Piazzolla & Beyond’, Cape Town – South Africa

CT Tango Ensemble
The CT Tango Ensemble perform a ‘Piazzolla & Beyond’ concert at UTC + 02, Cape Town, on Saturday April 20th, 8pm.

This program will explore many of Astor Piazzolla’s most important works and will also feature other music works inspired by him. The CT Tango Ensemble of Stanislav Anguelov (bandoneon), Albert Combrink (piano), Charles Lazar (bass) and Piet de Beer (violin) will be joined by guest Peter Narun on guitar.

Following the concert audience members are welcomed to join the band in the foyer for a Milonga.

For further information email Louise: info@ctconcerts.co.za

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CD Reviews

“Wing Span” – Contemporary Danish Accordion Music & Classical Works CD by Adam Ørvad

“Wing Span” – Contemporary Danish Accordion Music & Classical Works CD cover by AdamCD Reviews Index for the Review of “Wing Span” – Contemporary Danish Accordion Music & Classical Works CD by Adam Ørvad, in Italian language, reviewed by Alessandro Mugnoz.

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Vincent Lhermet and Beatrice Berne Release New CD

Vincent Lhermet and Beatrice Berne CD coverVincent Lhermet and Beatrice Berne release their new CD with eTracks titled:

'Winds from Ireland and Elsewhere - Vents d'Irlande et d'Ailleurs',
catalog: VB101 with sound samples.

Music performed by Vincent Lhermet and Beatrice Berne. Purchase online.

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Deschamps Channel April – Web TV Show

Wednesday April 3rd to Saturday April 6th, Live Accordion at the Hohner Trossingen Conservatory, Germany

Deschamps Channel 18th and 19th April – Web TV Show
Focus featuring Jerome Richard on April 18th.
The Culture featuring Viatcheslav Semionov on April 19th - live analysis of his 3 Caprices

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