American Accordionists' Association
Annual Convention - USA
Association (AAA) hosted
their annual competition and festival at the Quincy Marriott in
Boston from 11th to 15th July with aims to promote high standards
in all aspects of the accordion community.
featured competitions for all ages and abilities, workshops, exhibits
and other accordion related features, which included a display by
Dr. Helmi Harrington from A World of Accordions Museum in Superior,
Wisconsin. A highlight of the festival was the Vivian Vivio Stolaruk
Memorial International Entertainment Competition for accordionists
offering both Junior and Senior categories.
The results of the competition was;
Vivian Vivio Stolaruk Memorial Senior Entertainment:
- 1st-Havard Svendsrud - Norway $5,000 first prize
- 2nd-Andrea Caruso - Dearborn Heights, Michigan - USA
- 3rd-Sammy Thomas - Cheney. Washington - USA
Vivian Vivio Stolaruk Memorial Junior Entertainment:
- 1st-Andrea Caruso - Dearborn Heights, Michigan - USA $1,000 first
- 2nd-Sammy Thomas - Cheney. Washington - USA
- 3rd-Anthony Falco - Johnston, Rhode Island - USA
The Festival Massed Band under the direction of Frank Busso performed
the home-town "Theme from Cheers" outside the famous downtown
Boston Quincy Market, while the festival orchestra under the direction
of Lana Gore performed at the Gala Banquet and Concert.
The 2002 Coupe Mondiale winner of both the Coupe
Mondiale World Accordion Championships and the International
Competition for Piano Accordion - Alexander
Poeluev from Russia, brought the house down with his outstanding
performance at the Gala Concert. He received a total of five standing
ovations and his trip to the USA was sponsored by the American
Accordionists' Association (AAA)
and its sister CIA member
the Accordionists and Teachers
Guild International (ATG)
. Alexander Poeluev is also performing at the ATG Festival in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin this weekend.
performers included the family ensemble The Busso Trio (Frank Sn.,
Frank Jr., and Christina Busso), Tony
Dannon and Joe
Cerrito, Dee Langley and Greg Dagoumas, Janet Todd, John Culpo,
Jazz great - Frank Marocco, Eddie Monteiro, John Scaffeo, Tony Lovello,
Ray Battani, Phoebe Legere and others.
Workshops were provided by AAA Officers, members and guests such
as Manny Bobenrieth
, Sam Falcetti, Dr. Helmi Harrington, Robin Hodson, Joan Grauman,
Frank Marocco, Joe
Cerrito Karen Adam and Tony Lovello.
here for pictures from the AAA Festival in Milwaukee.
Petersburg Musette Ensemble - Russia
St. Petersburg Musette Ensemble are performing regularly promoting
the accordion. The Ensemble began as a duet of Vladimir Ushakov
and Sergei Likhachov in 1984 in Leningrad at the M. Mousorgsky Music
College. Since 1989, the ensemble has performed with a rhythm-section
consisting of guitar, bass-guitar and drums and became known as
Petersburg Musette Ensemble after the inclusion of new soloist
Svetlana Stavitskaya from Daugavpils (Latvia).
The St. Petersburg Musette Ensemble are available to organize and
participate in variety concerts, New Year and National celebrations
for French, German and Finnish events amongst others. The group's
soloists have toured France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Morocco,
Western Sahara, Gibraltar, Italy, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway,
Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, USA and Great Britain.
1998 the Ensemble has been organizing concerts that educate its
audiences. They also offer seminars, masterclasses, workshops, conferences
and lectures. The St. Petersburg Musette Ensemble have a full catalog
of music and other items for accordion enthusiasts.
information, email email@example.com
Accordion Club - UK
The Stockport Accordion Club's July Club Night could best be described
as a concert of music for a summer evening, club members reported
The evening included a variety of music including Latin, continental
and jazzy flavour performances by Rob Howard, Rocky Howard/Derek
Hulme, John Adams, Betty Molloy/Peter Whiteley and SAC President
Johnny Coleclough. The guest artist was Ken Astin
Ken with his well-practiced brilliance performed such numbers as
Espana, History of Love, This Masquerade, Luci E Ombre, a foxtrot
medley, Laura and The Girl From Ipanema - the last piece in duet
with club Vice President John Nixon on the English concertina. By
the end of the evening, Ken had sold quite a few copies of his debut
CD "My Accordion Favourites."