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Daily Reports Online 7-10 August for 2010 Harbin International - Chinaby Harley Jones
|Daily Reports of the Harbin 2010 China Summer International Accordion Art Week, August 7th to 10th, 2010, will be online on the Harbin 2010 website from tomorrow.|
This major international accordion festival including competitions has had enormous support from its sponsors and the organizing team headed by Professor Wang Hongyu who is the Head of Keyboard department, Music College, Harbin Normal University.
Read the Daily Reports on the Harbin 2010 website from tomorrow.
70th Anniversary ATG Festival, California - USAby Kevin Friedrich
|ATG President Dee Langley welcomed members and guests to the 70th Anniversary of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG), which was held in Santa Clara, California, attracting people from across the United States as well as countries such as China, Lithuania, Austria, Canada and New Zealand. |
Held for the first time in California, in honor of ATG President Emeritus the late Anthony Galla-Rini, the festival featured meetings, concerts, national and international competitions, trade show and social events such as Gala Banquets, Receptions and the new after-hours Bootleg Lounge Jam Sessions.
Numerous workshops were held on topics such as ‘The Life of Galla-Rini’ (Esther Lanting), ‘Music Notation Software’ (Liz Finch), ‘World of French Musette’ (Bernard Metais), Book Release – ‘What is an Accordion?’ (Mary Tokarski & Karen Malan-Uribe), ‘Music of the Professional Musician’ (Gordon Kohl), Film Documentary: screening of ‘Behind the Bellows’ (Steve Mobia), ‘Understanding and Playing Balkan Rhythms’ (Dee Langley), ‘Bass Patterns’ (Betty Jo Simon), ‘50s & 60s Music’ (Bruce Gassman) and ‘Developing Technique’ (Alexander Sevastian).
The 3rd edition of the Anthony Galla-Rini International Competition for Classical Accordion was won by Gao Yi Cheng from China, a student of Chen Jun. Performing a series of three rounds, the competition was of such a high standard that the judges and ATG unanimously decided to award a previously unannounced 4th prize, with results as follows:
1st: Gao Yi Cheng – China ($5,000)
2nd: Martynas Livickis – Lithuania ($3,000)
3rd: Jelena Milojevic – Serbia/Canada ($1500)
4th: Michael Bridge – Canada ($500)
Featured guest artists included CIA World Champions Alexander Sevastian (Coupe Mondiale) and Cory Pesaturo (International Competition for Digital Accordion). Alexander was also the winner of the first edition of the Anthony Galla-Rini International competition for Classical Accordion held in 2001. Other guest artists included the Accordion Chamber Ensemble (MD Joe Smiell, Jr.), The Great Morgani, Patricia Bartell, Ron Borelli, Steve Albini Duo, Stas Venglevski, Lionel Reekie (New Zealand), Peter Di Bono Trio, Bruce Gassman, William Cosby, Betty Jo Simon, AbsolutAccord, and Amy Jo Sawyer.
Two Festival Orchestras were presented in concert, including the Galla-Rini Festival Orchestra conducted by Esther Lanting, which performed at both the ATG Festival and at the Great America Theme Park, and the ATG Executive and Friends Orchestra, conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers.
Hailed as a tremendous success by all who attended, ATG President Dee Langley announced that plans are already well underway for the 71st ATG Competition and Festival to be held in Orlando, Florida from July 19th to 23rd 2011. Details will be available soon on the ATG Website at www.accordions.com/ATG
Italian Final of the Roland V-Accordion Festival - Italyby Holda Paoletti-Kampl
|Over 300 people attended the final of the Italian V-Accordion Festival held in Soverato (CZ) Saturday, July 17 th and crowned its winner George Albanian from Ostuni. He began studying the accordion at the age of eight years winning very quickly many national and international competitions.|
On the second and third place Simon Mannarino and Gianluigi Cardelli classified themselves.
The evening was held in the amphitheater on the waterfront of Soverato and has been followed with great participation by the public.
In the highly qualified jury were: Renzo Ruggieri, internationally renowned professional accordionist (president of the jury), Gianluca Bibiana, composer and arranger, Antonio Spaccarotella, one of the best accordionists of the new generation, Piero Chianura, active music journalist and director of the magazin Insound, Danilo Paolonicola, accordionist winner of many national and international awards, and Joseph Scigliano, professional accordionist. The evening was conducted by Rino Rhodium.
This year has also introduced the junior category won by Alexei of Saints from the province of Teramo being awarded with a V-Accordion FR-1. George Albanian instead received a FR-7X, flagship of the new series of V-Accordion.
Appointment in Rome on 15 and 16 October at the Auditorium Parco della Musica for the international final, with the hope that Italian winners may prevail even then.
All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, Cavan – Republic of Irelandby Rob Howard
|The 2010 All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is a large scale festival of Irish culture, taking place in Cavan Town, County Cavan in the Irish Republic from August 15th to 22nd. Organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE), the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil involves hundreds of solo, do, groups and bands in its competitions for the top prizes in its Irish music, song and dance categories. The competitions take place on August 20th to 22nd. |
The festival, which includes concerts, dances, workshops and playing sessions, always attracts large numbers of spectators and participants, including many visitors from around the world. One of the concerts is ‘A Tribute to Paddy O’Brien’, in which various accordionists pay homage to the buton accordionist Paddy O’Brien now living in the USA. This takes place on August 20th, 9pm, at the Cavan Crystal Hotel.
Solo competitions are held for the following instruments: fiddle; 2-row accordion; concert flute; whistle; piano accordion; concertina; uilleann pipes; harp; mouth organ; banjo; mandolin; piano; old-style melodeon; bodhrán; war pipes; miscellaneous such as 3 and 5- row button accordion, piccolo, (chromatic) harmonica and other stringed instruments; céilí band drums; accompaniment – confined to piano, harp, guitar and bouzouki-type instruments; solo traditional singing in Irish and English; whistling; lilting; newly composed ballads and amhráin nua-cheaptha (newly composed songs in Irish).
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2010 Harbin Summer International Accordion Art Week - Chinaby Harley Jones
|The Harbin 2010 China Summer International Accordion Art Week, August 7th to 10th, 2010, has announced the Schedule for the event on their website. |
International accordion artists performing include Yuri Shishkin, Grayson Masefield and the French Bayan Accordion Duo. Yuri Shishkin and Vladimir Zubitsky also present accordion seminars. There will be accordion competitions spread over the 4 days event and there is an exhibition of accordions from various countries.
Guests and Jury include (alpahbetical order): Raymond Bodell, Andrey Chugunov, Li Cong, Xu Dawei, Sun Delun, Frederic Deschamps, Kevin Friedrich, Zhang Guoping, Wang Hongyu, Harley Jones, Chen Jun, Jiang Jie, Alexander Kapitan, Andreas Nebl, Gennady Nizovskiy, Boris Pankov, Viatcheslav Semenenko, Viatcheslav Semionov, Yuri Shishkin, Wang Shusheng, Radomir Tomic, Li Wei Ming, Lui Wenlin, Cao Xiao-Qing, Chen Yiming, Wang Yuping, Vladimir Zubitsky.
The Harbin 2010 chief organiser of the event is Professor Wang Hongyu, the Head of Keyboard department, Music College, Harbin Normal University.
Jacques Pellarin’s New CD ‘Sound of Philadelphia’, Paris - Franceby Rob Howard
|French accordionist Jacques Pellarin recently performed in the USA, where he recorded the CD ‘Sound of Philadelphia’. Performing as a trio with Diego Fano - soprano and alto saxophones, clarinet, and Yann Pajean – percussion, Jacques Pellarin is described by US jazz reviewer Raul d’Gama Rose as “a bold innovator and blessed with a rare genius. |
His music is vivid, changing and surprising, awakening the once whispered suggestion that the French introduced jazz to America. This is a stellar record filled with emotion that reaches parts of the soul where much music fails to go.”.
Track listing: ‘Laguna de Perlas’, ‘Blues Sur Nacre’, ‘The Groove Maker’, ‘Junior Valse’, ‘Free Tango’, ‘Jamais Dire Jamais’, ‘Patchinko’, ‘Koloriages’, ‘Accordeason’, ‘Recuerdos de La Macha’, ‘A Perdre Haleine’, ‘Sotaviento’
Jacques Pellarin, originally a classical accordionist well known for his long collaboration with accordionist Jean-Luc Brunetti as the ‘Baikal Duo’, now performs an eclectic repertoire that derives from traditional musette, but has jazz, tango, Latin, swing, and other international influences.
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Last Chance to View Primus Ikaalinen VI Accordion Competition Onlineby Kevin Friedrich
|The 6th staging of the popular Primus Ikaalinen (Finland) is available for viewing for one month after the competition, so this week is your last chance to view this magnificent International TV Show competition online.|
To see the show, simply visit: http://areena.yle.fi/video/1114364 and when the video loads, click the play arrow on the screen. For more information about this and the Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival, please visit the Sata-Häme Soi website.
‘Jump at the Sun’ - the John Kirkpatrick Tune Book, East Sussex – UKby Rob Howard
|‘Jump at the Sun’ - the long anticipated John Kirkpatrick Tune Book – has now been published by Quarry House Publishing, East Sussex TN5 7LJ. It is available from the publishers or through John K’s website.|
John Kirkpatrick has long been widely recognised as the British folk scene’s leading player of the 3-row British chromatic button accordion, 1 and 2 row melodeons, and Anglo concertina. He is also well known as a folk singer and composer, and has a particular interest in English folk songs and country dance music, and Morris dance music. Most of his compositions are based in the English folk dance or Morris genres, and all have been worked out on diatonic instruments, but are playable on almost any kind of instrument.
With 138 titles, this superb book has all John Kirkpatrick’s tunes, with chords, notes, and discography. They range in difficulty from easy to ‘challenging’, and some have found their way into the folk tradition – especially the title tune, the bouncy and well known jig ‘Jump at the Sun’. The inside covers are full of photos from his career dating back to the late 1960s. The tunes rejoice under such colourful titles as ‘The Dance of the Demon Daffodils’, ‘The Three Piece Suite’, ‘Leaping Jack’, ‘Living in Sin’, March Hare Mazurka’, ‘Pepper in the Brandy’, ‘Puddleglum's Misery’, ‘Accordionism’, ‘Jump At The Sun’, ‘Unchristmas’, and ‘Fishing on a Bicycle’. There are also arrangements, with variations, of a few traditional tunes such as ‘Bobby Shafto Gone Bonkers’ and the ‘Devil Among the Tailors’.
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Lorraine Parnell Accordion Academy Concert, Auckland - New Zealandby Heather Masefield
|On Sunday July 25th at the Hawkins Theatre in Papakura, Auckland, a concert titled ‘Accordiana’ was held by the Lorraine Parnell Accordion Academy. Following on from the 3rd placing of ‘Noteable Soundz’ in the Ensemble category at the 2009 Coupe Mondiale, the group had reformed with four players: Martin Meyer, Daniel Robinson, Bradley Williams and Tamba Young.|
They were also the basis for another group of nine players called ‘Noteable Soundz Plus’, led by teacher Lorraine Parnell. In support, with entertaining vaudeville acts, were soloists and duettists Cherise Barry, Amanda Aschebrock, James Curach, Ellie Archer, Chanelle Carron, Josh Helm, Daniel Klinac, Ella Klinac, Patrick Liu and the Cordaires Ensemble.
National competition "City of the Sun" - Siracusa/Italyby Holda Paoletti-Kampl
|Sunday, July 25, 2010 the first edition of the National Competition "City of the Sun" was held in Portopalo of Capopassero (Syracuse) sponsored by the Cooperative System The sea-RAIS, the City of Portopalo Capo Passero, the Sicilian Cultural Association in collaboration with the Bel Canto.|
The competition was open to all instruments. The young accordionist Thomas Arena could convinced the jury with his performance and repertoire of original literature for accordion and was proclaimed winner of the event.
Kyiv Duo at Stockport Accordion Club, Cheshire – UKby Rob Howard
|Stockport Accordion Club’s ‘Club Night’ concert on July 14th starred the Kyiv Duo, Igor Sayenko and Oleksiy Kolomoiets, on tour from Kiev, in the Ukraine. These visiting players gave an amazing performance, displaying a level of musicality and understanding that few accordion duos could match, earning a well deserved standing ovation. |
Their programme included ‘Morning Mood’, ‘Anitra’s Dance’, ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ (from ‘Peer Gynt’, E. Grieg); ‘Summer’ (from the ‘Four Seasons’, A. Vivaldi), ‘Adagio’ (Albinoni), ‘Carmen-Fantasy’ (G. Bizet/arr. F. Waksman), ‘Kozachok’ (Ukrainian traditional dance), ‘Czardas’ (V. Monti), ‘Dancing Violinist’ (D. Kramer), ‘Ave Maria’ (A. Piazzolla), ‘Bossa-Nova’ (V. Vlasov), ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ (N. Rimsky-Korsakov), ‘Romanian Spring Hora’ (Traditional), and ‘Rassipuha’ (V. Gridin). The concert opened with sets from the Stockport AC Band (MD Derek Stubbs) and Orchestra (MD Brian Jenkins), followed by John Trigg, Chris Green and Derek Pritchard playing as a trio.
João Gentil Concert, Figueira – Portugalby Rob Howard
|João Gentil performs with guitarist Ni Ferreirinha at the Casino Figueira, in the district of Coimbra, on August 1st, 9pm until 11.30pm. Their program includes music by Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf, Astor Piazzolla, Richard Galliano, Carlos Gardel, and others.|
James Crabb at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland – UKby Rob Howard
|Accordionist James Crabb and classical guitarist George Vassilev peform at The Hub, a restaurant on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, August 29th, 9.30pm. The program includes music by US composers John Zorn and Aaron Copland, Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla and Tomas Gubitsch, and Brazilian Sergio Assad. This concert is an Edinburgh Festival event.|
Born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1967, James Crabb has been Professor of Classical Accordion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen since 1995, and held a guest professorship at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria, from 1995-2002. He has also given master-classes at music institutions including the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Rotterdam Conservatorium and Toronto University.
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Jana Bezpalcová Concert, Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou – Czech Republicby Rob Howard
|‘Paris, Paris...’ is the title of a concert for the lovers of French chanson and the accordion, taking place at the Castle Park, Jaromerice nad Rokytnou, on Saturday August 14th, 8.30pm. This event is part of the 12th ‘Peter Dvorský International Music Festival’.|
Accompanied by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, conducted by Leoš Svárovský, vocalist Radka Fišarová will perform her favourite compositions, mostly chansons from the repertoire of Édith Piaf, Charles Aznavour and Mireille Mathieu. The orchestra will be augmented by Jana Bezpalcová – accordion, and Vlastimil Bicík – piano.
Jana Bezpalcová, born 1979, studied at Hude Conservatory and VŠMU (College of Musical Arts) Bratislava with professors Lubomír Žovic and Rajmund Kákoni. She competed successfully in many national and international contests, and regularly performs concerts in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.
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Knockagh Accordion Band Concert, Northern Ireland – UKby Rob Howard
|The Knockagh Accordion Band perform in concert at Jordanstown Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey, Antrim BT37 0PY, Northern Ireland, on August 1st, 3pm until 4pm.|
Gianni Mirizzi in Concert, Pescasseroli - Italyby Rob Howard
|Leading accordionist Gianni Mirizzi performs in ‘Fisarmoniche nel parco’, Pescasseroli, on August 3rd, 9pm until 11.30pm.|
Gianni Mirizzi was many years ago inspired by Pino do Modugno to take the accordion seriously, and studied in Rome with Giancarlo Caporilli, entering many contests and winning numerous prizes.
His international appearances include performing at ‘Accordions International 2009’ at Seacroft, UK, and for MusicTech at the Musikmesse Frankfurt, Germany.
Summer Band Concert, Northern Ireland - UKby Rob Howard
|The East Antrim Seniors Accordion Orchestra perform in concert on August 15th, 4pm, at Dixon Park, Larne, Northern Ireland.|
Formed in 2006 the East Antrim Seniors Accordion Orchestra consists mainly of adult and former adult students of East Antrim Accordion School. They play for fun with the music consisting of light entertaining pieces. At the All Ireland Accordion Championships held in Virginia, Co Cavan, on March 27th 2010 the EASO were placed first in the Late Starters Orchestral Section and the Orchestral Entertainment Section.
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Accordion Summer Course, La Roche – Switzerlandby Holda Paoletti-Kampl
|After the success of the 2009 Accordion summer course in France, a new course is proposed to all ages, all levels (from beginner to advanced) and for all accordion styles, August 16th to 20th, in La Raoche, Switzerland. The applications deadline is May 30th 2010.|
The course teachers include Fanny Vicens, Marie-Andrée Joerger, Vincent Lhermet, and Sylvain Tissot.
Individual tuition, approach to chamber music in small groups focusing on one specific theme (the fugue, contemporary music, tango, folk music…), accordion ensemble.
The course is also suitable for English, German, Italian and Finnish speakers.
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Ksenija Sidorova Recitals, Morcote, Wädenswil, Burgdorf - Switzerlandby Rob Howard
|Accordionist Ksenija Sidorova performs in Switzerland during late August. Two of the recitals are with the guitarist Milos Karadaglic, and the third is a solo concert dates.|
August 26th - with Milos Karadaglic (guitar) in Chiesa Santa Maria del Sasso, Morcote
29th, 11am - with Milos Karadaglic (guitar) in Wädenswil
30th, 7.30pm - solo recital in Burgdorf
Ksenija Sidorova, born in Latvia, is now London-based, having studied at the Royal Academy of Music, with Professor Owen Murray. She has won international competitions in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Italy, and has performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, and UK recitals in the Colston Hall (Bristol), the Spitalfields Festival, and at London’s Wigmore Hall.
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Elimo Calatafimi Segesta play in Castelfidardo - Italyby Holda Paoletti-Kampl
|On August the 4th the group-folk Elimo Calatafimi Segesta will perform at 9 pm on the Piazza della Repubblica in the centre of Castelfidaro.|
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Donald E Grzanna releases new musicby
|Donald E. Grzanna releases 6 new pieces, 'Waltz In D', catalog:grza140, 'Italian Waltz', catalog:grza141, 'Ladybird Waltz', catalog:grza142, 'Hog Polka', catalog:grza143, 'Happy Time Polka' catalog:grza144 and 'Hotel De Ville Waltz', catalog:grza137. Samples of the music are available online. The music are in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.|
Herbert Scheibenreif Production releases new musicsby Herbert Scheibenreif
|Herbert Scheibenreif Production releases 6 new music of 'By The Gateway, By Our Gate', catalog:hs401, 'The Wind May Not Bend The Branch', catalog:hs402, 'Ducky-Duck From The Grassland', catalog:hs403, 'Barynya', catalog:hs404, 'In The Field A Birch Stood In Beauty', catalog:hs405 and 'In The Coppice', catalog:hs406. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.|
Donald E Grzanna releases new musicby
|Donald E. Grzanna releases 6 new pieces, 'Swiss Waltz', catalog:grza133, 'Paris Lives', catalog:grza134, 'Princess Waltz', catalog:grza135, 'Moonlight Tango', catalog:grza136, |
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|Good day, I hope you can help me. I am not so young any more but still play the Piano accordion. I cannot find the sheet music of Tzigane Overture and the Saber Dance in South Africa and will really appreciate if you know where I can get it from. |
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|I recently acquired a samll accordeon. the only marking I see on it are Adolphus Professional Accordeon, Made in Germany. How/where can I get more info on Adolphus and this instrument?|
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