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"Skeitreffen" Accordion Festival - Norway

Jon SkredeThe Paris-Moscou Duo (includes Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov) performed at the "Skeitreffen" Accordion Festival held at the Skei Hotel in Skei from November 1st to 3rd. Players also included Stian Carstensen (accordion and banjo), Jon Faukstad and Frode Haltli.

Organised by accordionist and director of the Skei Hotel, Jon Skrede, the event included music for dances in addition to the concerts. The crowd enjoyed the variety of French musette pieces performed by Domi. The duo entertained with Russian and French music plus a piece composed by Franck Angelis entitled "Paris-Moscou", which includes pieces arranged for concert accordions.

In addition the duo were joined by Laurent Fline (drums), Bjorn Fredriksberg (bass) and Bjorn Breilid (guitar) to entertain with French musette pieces.


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Noton Master Classes and Concerts - Greece and Senegal

Jean-Louis Noton on accordionContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Jean-Louis Noton will hold a Master class and concert at the National Academy of Music in Athens from December 6th to 10th.

He will then travel to Africa to perform from December 18th to 28th at the French Arts Centre of Saint Louis in Senegal.

For further information email Christos Lilis: celton@otenet.grensuite

 

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Top Italian Accordionists in Holland

Contributed by Fausto Fabbi, Sem Accordions

Two of Italy's most prominent accordion players, Mirco Patarini and Renzo Ruggieri, were guests of honour at a recent weekend accordion festival held at Muziekhuis Gert Nijkamp in Apeldoorn, Holland.

The event was held to promote the enlargement of the shop, which only sells accordions. As well as an extensive showroom, the premises boasts a concert room, service center and warehouse all under one roof! It claims to be one of the largest accordion shops in Europe.

Over 300 hundred visitors were treated to a series of mini-concerts throughout the weekend by Mirco, Renzo and Dutch duo Tony Roel and Rolus.

 


Carmelo Pino with Washington Opera & National Symphony - USA

Contributed by Ann Bargou, Titano Accordion Co., International

Noted accordionist & composer Carmelo Pino recently played in eight performances of a new version of the Samuel Barber opera, "Vanessa," staged at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa (New Zealand) starred in the title role of this Washington Opera production. Barber's opera includes a prominent part for the accordion within the backstage "banda," a chamber ensemble.

In July, Pino performed in a concert with the National Symphony Orchestra at its summer residence, Wolf Trap, Washington DC's National Park for Performing Arts. Leonard Slatkin conducted and Ute Lemper was the featured international singing star. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin Cabaret Songs, the works of Kurt Weill, French chanson, as well as her portrayals on Broadway and in London's West End. Her program featured Pino on accordion in five numbers. The Washington Post critic stated that "L'Accordeoniste" (the Edith Piaf hit), which was her finale, "spiralled into an almost hypnotic fervour." Maestro Slatkin called on Dr. Pino to take a bow at the end of the concert.

 

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Modern Music Seminars in Barisciano - Italy

Accordionists with a small modern ensembleThe Modern Music/Jazz Seminars organised by the Amadeus Music Association of Teramo took place in the beautiful town of Barisciano (province of L'Aquila) recently. The courses were held by tutors including Umberto Fiorentino, Ellade Bandini, Dario Deidda, Luigi Candelori, Toni Fidanza, Marco Di Natale, Fulvio Fuina and Franco Pellegrino. The contemporary accordion was represented by a jazz course held by Renzo Ruggieri.

Young accordionists in attendance profited from a busy and stimulating week of practical as well as theoretical lessons. Jam sessions were held in the evening which enabled the students to practice together with the tutors what they had learnt during the day. Accordionist Osvaldo Guarnieri distinguished himself by winning one of the scholarships awarded to the seminar's best students.

 

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International Festival of Vienna Music - Poland

Olexiy SuslovThe International Festival of Vienna Music was held in several Polish cities recently. Performers included accordionist Olexiy Suslov and his group S-ART, which consists of V. Suslov (violin), M. Ozug (bass) and G. Szomanski (percussion).

Concerts were held in Wroclaw, at the 17th Century castle in Brzeg, Milicz and Zary (Lubuskie). Suslov played "Die Fledermaus", Voices of Spring (Strauss - transcribed by J. Yashevich) plus compositions from his CD.

 

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Premiers by Claudio Jacomucci - Italy & Switzerland

Claudio JacomucciContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Following the release of his "Road Runner" CD, Claudio Jacomucci presented a new version of John Zorn's classic at the Contemporary Dance Festival held in Bari from November 1st to 3rd. Along with dancer Kathleen Delaney (who created an ironic choreography inspired by Road Runner and by
Basquiat's masterworks), Claudio also performed the premier of Madame Sosostris, an improvisation on poetry by T.S. Eliot. The event received very positive reviews in the press.

On November 8th, at the Contemporary Art Museum of La Chaux de Fonds in Switzerland, Jacomucci took part in the premiere performance of "Auftakt" by Giorgio Tedde for accordion, violin (Egidius Streiff) and guitar (Marco Cappelli). This concert-portrait dedicated to the art of Giorgio Tedde included performances of "Feria IV" (Franco Donatoni) and Tedde's "Ballu".

 

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Dietmar Fink Re-elected - Germany

Dietmar FinkContributed by Uli Ebner

Dietmar Fink was recently unanimously re-elected to the position of District Chairman of the Hamonikaverband Dreiländerecke (Accordion Association "Three Countries Corner" - the area where France, Switzerland and Germany border). At this meeting Fink delivered an extensive report on the work the accordion association has completed over the last year, thanking the team for their efforts.

The positions of secretary and two representatives of the chairman for the area of Waldshut are still to be filled.

 

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Concert and CD Launch - Australia

CD coverAccordionist Bernadette Conlon held a concert and CD launch on November 5th at the Coatesville Bowling Club in Melbourne. The venue was decorated with the French and Australian flags plus red, white and blue streamers in keeping with the style of the CD entitled "Absolutely French".

Bernadette performed on the flutina (which is featured on the CD) to demonstrate the differences in sounds. The crowd, which included people from many different countries including Greece, China, Italy, Malta, Iceland, Israel, Poland, Russia, Croatia, USA, Japan, Austria, Germany, Ireland, France, England, Netherlands and Australia, also enjoyed a performance by the Melbourne Accordion Orchestra conducted by Bernadette, which includes accordionists aged from 7 to 70 years old.

The CD has already enjoyed great sales, following a promotion on Melbourne's leading radio station 3AW, where the recording was awarded "CD of the week". Bernadette believes this could be the first time ever in Melbourne that an accordion CD has received this award. For further CD information email: accordionbernadette@bigpond.com

 

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Accordeon Melancolique Perform at De Zuidervermaning - Netherlands

Accordeon MelancoliqueAccordeon Melancolique (which includes Cherie de Boer and Jean-Pierre Guiran) will perform at the De Zuidervermaning (a beautiful wooden church, with white sand on the floor) in Westzaan on December 1st. The duo will perform original compositions, Italian folk tunes, Antillian waltzes, Indonesian kronchong melodies, Argentinean tangos and more. For details phone: +31 343-513432



 

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"Flex-It" Aerobics Studio Entertainment - USA

"Bill & Friends" entertained at the "Flex-It" Aerobics Studio in Mountain View on November 8th hosted by the Stanford International Dancers. The versatile group includes Bill Cope (accordion, tambura, bouzouki, baglama &gajda), Mary Farris (clarinet & sax), Tom Farris (tambura, guitar & percussion), Ryan Francesconi (tambura, guitar, bouzouki & baglama) and Bill Lanphier (bass).

Their program included International zweifaches, polkas, waltzes, hambos, kolos etc., plus Greek, Bulgarian and Macedonian pieces.

 

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Accordionist Tours Thailand

The Graham Geddes Scottish Band will tour Thailand at the end of November performing a variety of pieces with a Shetland violinist and drummer. During the tour they will perform at various functions in Bangkok and also a VIP concert in Rayong, which is sponsored by KLM Airlines. For details email: Gizasong@aol.com

 

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Accordion Masterclass in Ikaalinen - Finland

Mika Vayrynen will conduct an accordion masterclass at the Finnish Accordion Institute in Ikaalinen from June 11th to 15th, 2003. This masterclass is open to Finnish and foreign accordionists at an advanced level, conservatory or university students or equal level and will give international students the opportunity to have tuition from Mika. For further information email Kimmo Mattila at: toimisto@harmonikkainstituutti.net

 


Teenagers Entertain at Keyboard Club - New Zealand

North Shore Junior Accordion OrchestraNorth Shore Accordion OrchestraContributed by Christine Adams

The North Shore Accordion Orchestra (conducted by Lionel Reekie) and the North Shore Junior Orchestra (conducted by Linley Hawkes) entertained at the Creative Keyboard Club in Auckland on November 10th. The Junior group began the program with "Deck the Halls", which was followed by a variety of solos and trios. The teenagers completed the program with "Baby Elephant Walk", "Menuett"
(Boccherini), the theme from the TV show "Mission Impossible" and "It's Christmas Again" (Christmas pieces arranged especially for accordion orchestra).

 

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Festival "Açor das Ilhas" - Portugal

"Dancas Ocultas", which includes accordionists Artur Fernandes, Filipe Ricardo, Filipe Cal and Francisco Miguel will perform at the Festival "Açor das Ilhas" in Ponta Delgada, Azores on November 22nd. Their program will include "Queda d'Água", "Escalada" and "La Danse Idéale". For details email: afernandes@viseu.ipiaget.pt

 

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Concertina Meeting - Germany

A Concertina Meeting will be held near Wasserburg, Pfaffenhofen (South Germany) from November 15th to 17th. Organizer Jochen Riemer has been running the autumn meeting since 2000 with the emphasis on groups "making music". Instruments include the German concertina, anglos plus the Chemnitzer. Beginners are welcome! For details email: riemers.musizierschule@gmx.de

 

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3rd Annual Django Reinhardt Festival - USA

Accordionist Ludovic Beier will take part in the 3rd Annual Django Reinhardt Festival held from November 19th to 24th at Birdland in New York. The festival's aim is "to bring the best of the Django style of music to New York so that the public can see and enjoy the passion and excitement of 'gypsy swing jazz'."

Shows will be held each evening which will include European and American jazz performers.
Ludovic will play with Angélo Debarre (guitar) and Michel Delacroix (guitar). For further information contact event promoter Pat Philips at: +1 212 744-8836

 

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Rosa d'Oro Renzo Ruggieri wins the "Golden Rose" - Italy

Accordionist Renzo Ruggieri was recently awarded the "Rosa d'Oro" (Golden Rose) prize offered by the town of Roseto degli Abruzzi. This prize goes to personalities of the Abruzzi region who accomplish the most in their respective fields of endeavour.


 

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New Sites/Updated Sites

www.accordions.com/cagnoni Updated contact information for Cagnoni & Co reed manufacturers

www.accordions.com/lionel Updated information on New Zealand accordion entertainer Lionel Reekie

 

 

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