Accordion Weekly News
meets Castelfidardo - Italy
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
During the recent Castelfidardo
International Accordion Competition, officials from the city of Klingenthal
in Germany paid a visit to their partnership twin town of Castelfidardo, where
they were taking part at the official celebration of the 20th anniversary of partnership
between Castelfidardo and
During this ceremony the Mayor of the city of Klingenthal presented
to the Mayor of Castelfidardo, Tersilio Marotta, 2 handharmonikas, one of which
dated from 1930. For
the anniversary celebrations the City of Castelfidardo prepared a gala dinner
for all invited guests, prepared by the Castelvetro School for Chefs.
The main event was planned for Sunday morning, where the Mayors of both
cities officially opened a park dedicated to the City of Klingenthal. This park,
overlooking the valley from Castelfidardo to the seaside, is suitable for all
disabled people and for anyone who wishes to learn about botany and gardening.
Klingenthal and Castelfidardo
have in common the fact that they are both venues for prestigious international
accordion competitions. The City of Klingenthal has planted a pine tree, dedicated
to the spirit of friendship that is growing steadily like the tree.
Väyrynen Awarded Grant from the Arts Council of Finland/Council of Music
Contributed by Kevin
accordionist Mika Väyrynen has
been awarded a prestigious arts grant from the Arts Council of Finland/Council
of Music. The Arts Council of Finland/Council of Music is a statutory body in
the field of arts that allocates annual grants, state awards and travel grants
to renowned musicians and artists.
Highly contested from musicians in
all fields, artist grants are the result of a lengthy application process, at
the conclusion of which Mika was awarded a monthly grant valid for two years from
July 2005 to July 2007, totalling approximately 30,000 Euros. On the concert scene,
Mika recently performed on bandoneon at the Gala Concert celebrating Victoria
Accordions' 85th Anniversary in Castelfiardo,
Upon returning to Finland, Mika
performed the complete 'Goldberg Variations', by J. S. Bach, in Tampere, and now
will travel to Sweden to present his final concert performance of this monumental
work. The concert will take place at The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm on
the 13th November, followed by a master class on the 14th November. Both activities
are being presented as part of the Accordion Festival of Stockholm.
Concert Dates - USA
Contributed by Rob
York-based Irish accordion entertainer Dermot O'Brien has several concert tour
dates in late November and early December, at which he will be promoting his new
CD 'Christmas' - a selection of seasonal songs and tunes. In mid December, he
will travel to Ireland for a tour that takes in Christmas and New Year, dates
and venues to be announced.
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27th - Helen Hayes Theater, Nyack, Rockland, New York. 'Farewell to America'
- a variety concert that also features other Irish musicians, singers and dancers.
(all concerts with singer Deirdre Reilly, The Nashville Showband plus Champion
4th - Gaelic American Club, Fairfield, Connecticut
Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, Holyoke, Massachusetts
6th - The Emerald
7th - Buckley's, Brooklyn, New York
8th - Pat Troy's
Ireland's Own Restaurant, Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.
Meets Voice', Stuttgart - Germany
November 6th The Stuttgart Accordion Orchestra presents a show titled 'Accordion
meets Voice', in which the fifty members of the SAO combine with four singers
known as Sound in Sound, whose repertoire includes choir-music from the Renaissance,
Gospel songs, Broadway show classics, pop and jazz. Many of the songs have been
specially arranged or composed for this concert. The concert will take place in
the Bethanien Festsall, Stuttgart-Möhringen.
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New Tutor Book for
Chromatic Accordion - Spain
by Dr. Herbert
Scheibenreif of Friedrich
new tutor book has recently been published, titled 'Pun Txan Txan', dedicated
to the learning of the standard bass chromatic accordion. This book, written in
English, Spanish and Basque, is a sequel to the publication 'Acordeón Divertido
/Akordeoi Alaia / Jolly Accordion' for free bass chromatic accordion.
new tutor covers the following: didactic progression based on the special arrangement
of the buttons, progressive and structured attainment of a basic technique (always
focussed on music) which allows access to more difficult works, and performance
of mainly traditional music. There is a flexible approach to the sequence of the
contents, enabling the order to be altered at the teacher's discretion.
tutor method includes detailed discussion of such technical topics as bellows
technique, the different types of articulations, the work of the depth and speed
of the articulation... plus there are also special subjects such as the history
of the accordion (with a wide discussion on the bibliographical sources inside
the methodological guide) and the functioning of the instrument.
included are a chapter and an appendix illustrating the combination of pre-established
chords of the standard bass to form other new ones (sevenths, ninths, elevenths,
etc), and a chapter concerning contemporary technical information and notation.
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Jazz Accordion Workshop,
Adelaide - Australia
jazz accordion workshop will be held at 7 pm on10th November, at Payneham Community
Facilities, Trinity Room, corner of O.G. Road and Turner Street, Felixstow. Jazz
accordionist and composer, Peter Piccini will conduct the session. The event is
organised by Ron Pearce Music who advise that: "All accordion enthusiasts
are welcome, including players and non-players, professionals, amateurs and students.
Bring your accordion, manuscript paper and pencil".
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Auvray on Television - Germany
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
All fans of Franco-German accordionist and composer Lydie
Auvray will enjoy the opportunity to see her live on television on November
6th, at about 10pm, on the German TV channel N3. Viewers will see her playing
a solo piece of her latest CD 'Pure' as well as 'Choco Flanel' from her other
recent album 'Tango
Toujours' , which has been reviewed on Accordions Worldwide by Paolo Picchio.
The show also features famous German singer Reinhard Mey, Max Herre, Götz
Allmann, Rosenstolz and many others during a big Gala Evening that celebrates
30 years of the program '3 after 9'.
Accordion Events Weekend,
Buenos Aires - Argentina
Argentinean Accordion Association, formed in 1993, is to hold a weekend of events
in mid-November in Buenos Aires. On November 13th, there is the 'Gran Cena Anniversario;'
the 14th is titled 'Almuerzo Dia Del;' and on the 15th, the event is titled 'Dia
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Shanghai - China
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
Music China event in Shanghai involved large scale participation from Italian
organisations such as Ancona Promuove/Regione Marche, and Italian accordion-midi
and reeds manufacturers Ballone Burini,
Bugari Armando, Cagnoni,
Tech, Excelsior and Pigini.
The 'Cutting Of the Ribbon' ceremony was carried out by representatives of
the Italian Delegation, including Benjamino
Bugiolacchi (together with the managers of the exhibitions Anhaim/Frankfurt/Shanghai
and the mayor of the Chinese City).
Orchestra was accompanied by the accordionists Giorgio
Dellarole, Jean Marc Fabiano,
Mirco Patarini, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi
One of the main events was the 'Marche Region In Concert'
at the Shanghai Concert Hall with the International Orchestra of Italy, directed
by Anthony Cipriani.and was an outstanding success
In the presence of teachers and students Benjamino
Bugiolacchi gave a lecture at the Shanghai Conservatory about the history
of the Italian accordion, and Mirco Patarini gave a short performance. In the
press room of the Shanghai Fair, Benjamino Bugiolacchi held a conference titled:
'Together for the Future of the Accordion', which was integrated into the official
events programme of Music China.
Orchester in Concerts - China
by Lian Jones of
Akkordeon Orchester, from Germany has recently toured China, performing concerts
at the Tianjin Music Conservatory at 24th October, and in Beijing on the 28th
and 29th. The LJAO has more than thirty playing members.
Andre Verchuren Concerts - France
'Bal Musette' era of the 1930s in Paris produced many highly talented accordionists,
but none has had the longevity of career of Andre Verchuren - a living legend
of the genre. Andre Verchuren, a flamboyant stage performer whose professional
career began in the days when when accordionists such as Emile Vacher, Tony Murena,
Gus Viseur and Emil Prud'homme were the leading players, has a series of concert
bookings in November and early December.
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These dates are:-
5th - Caen
7th - Amiens
23rd - Cournon
25th - Douai
4th - St Etienne
Pearl Fawcett Vinyl
Recordings on CD - UK
accordionist Pearl Fawcett (who now uses her married name Pearl Adriano) made
a series of recordings in the 1980s that were issued on vinyl LPs. Four of these
recordings - 'Accordion Tapestry', 'Musette Parisienne', 'Viva Frosini' and 'Pearl
Adriano' - are to be reissued on CD, and should be available in mid-November.
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Venice - Italy
an excursion on the way home from the Castelfdiardo
competition 2004, the accordionist Zoltan Migovics from Bulgaria had his Bayan
accordion stolen - a black Bayan with chrome grill.
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- Assistance Point is a new initiative to assist accordion business people doing
business in Castelfidardo. The Director is Avv Giovanni Ballone Burini, a lawyer
living and working in Castelfidardo, practising commercial law and fluent in English
- Dragan Vasiljevic, from Serbia and winner of numerous international competitions,
has been educated at Kragujevac Conservatory (Serbia) with Professors Radomir
Tomic and Vojin Vasovic, the International Accordion School of Larodde (France)
with Jacques Mornet, and is presently completing his studies with Professor Angel
Luis Castaño at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Zaragoza, Spain.