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Tsunami Relief Accordion
Concert, Oregon - USA
Rose City Accordion Club has organised a concert in aid of the Tsunami relief
funds. Top accordionists from around the Greater Portland area will contribute
their talents for this important event, which takes place on January 16th, commencing
at 2pm. This concert takes place at The Milwaukie Center, 54440 SE Kellogg Creek
Drive, Milwaukie, Oregon. Suggested donations of $5 will be distributed between
the American Red Cross and the Mercy Corps.
For further information email
to Sir Jimmy
Shand, Scotland - UK
Contributed by Rob
annual 'Tribute to Sir Jimmy Shand' concert takes place on January 30th at St
Andrews' Town Hall in Fife, Scotland, from 1.30pm to 5pm. The very extensive list
of players on the bill includes John Carmichael, Jim Crawford, David Cunningham,
Dugald Jenkins, Ian Holmes, Jimmy Shand Junior, Dr Sandy Tulloch, plus many others.
All proceeds from this concert, for which all tickets have already been
sold, will go to Chas (a charity for terminally ill children) and Rymonth House,
which caters for people with learning disabilities.
Jimmy Shand (1908 - 2001) had a prolific and highly successful recording career
that lasted over seventy years, and was Britain's most well-known accordionist
as far as the general public were concerned. His name was and is synonymous worldwide
with Scottish music and culture.
Diary Dates of Friedrich
Contributed by Dr
Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich
4th - Solo Concert in Philharmony of Jaroslavl
12th - Efrem Podgaitz: 'LIPS-Concert'
for bayan and symphony orchestra in Nischny Novgorod
15th to 25th - concerts
and masterclasses in Monaco, Paris and Dijon (France)
March 26th to April
2nd - Head of jury at the international youth competition 'Spring Voices' in Moscow
3rd to 8th - Jury at the international 'Petro-Pawlowskije Assamblei Garmoniki'
in St. Petersburg, Russia
April 12th - Efrem Podgaitz: 'LIPS-Concert'
for bayan and symphony orchestra in Uljanovsk
April 13th to 18th - Head of
Jury at the international youth competition in Uljanovsk
July 11th to 15th
- masterclass in Imst (Austria)
August 20th to 25th - jury at the international
competition in Tianjin (China)
opens at the Reykjavik Conservatory - Iceland
by Vadim Fedorov
class for accordion is set to open at the Reykjavik Conservatory. The accordion
teacher is Vadim
Fedorov, a winner of international accordion competitions.
information email email@example.com
before February 10th 2005.
Band Play For Dancing, California - USA
Menagerie, an eight-piece band featuring Randy Trigg on accordion, play for dancing
at Cabrillo College, San Francisco, on January 21st. Dance teaching is from 7.30pm
to 8pm, and music and dancing is from 8 until 11pm.
Known as the Bay Area's
leading Balkan band, Brass Menagerie's repertoire includes dance music from Serbia,
Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and other parts of the Balkans.
Festival, Glasgow - Scotland, UK
2005 Celtic Connections Festival, a three-week long festival of music, song and
dance, takes place from January 12th to 30th. An extensive list of national and
international guest artistes includes many accordionists and players of other
free reed instruments.
include Cherish the Ladies, an all-female band of Irish American musicians, concertina
player Simon Thoumire, melodeon player Andy Cutting, Irish traditional musicians
'The Young Tradition - Comhaltas', The Emily Smith Band, and accordionists Phil
Cunningham (pictured), Karen Tweed (pictured), Sharon Shannon and Fergie MacDonald.
Eleven Days of the
Accordion Festival, Valladolid - Spain
by Raúl Álvarez
Spanish city of Valladolid, during the month of December, celebrated 'The 11 Days
of the Accordion', with a series of concerts and activities related to the accordion.
The festival began on December 1st with a magnificent concert featuring the German
accordionist Stefan Hussong (pictured), who performed a program of Baroque transcriptions
and contemporary works.
Hussong also gave a seminar for accordionists,
many of whom had travelled from distant parts of the country. Another of the concerts
involved the Chiaroscuros Accordion Orchestra, and also accordion students from
the conservatories of Valladolid and Segovia. On two of the days, the accordionist
and analyst Angel Huidobro gave master classes in which the work 'De Profundis',
by Sofia Gubaidulina, was studied in depth.
The closing concert featured
accordionist Javier Lopéz Jaso, from Navarre, whose program included works
by JS Bach, Franck, Piazzolla, Lorentzen, Lopéz Jaso, and Zubitsky.
The festival, which had brought together participants from many places to play
and discuss music, was deemed to be a great success by the organisers.
by Dr William Schimmel, Tucson, Arizona - USA
William Schimmel has been commissioned to devise a new seventy-minute work, which
he calls 'Club Parusia'. Parusia means 'presence' - pertaining to past, present
and future - existing as now. This work will contain music composed by Dr Schimmel
as well as familiar secular and sacred works set in a subterranean context (unlikely
work will be premiered at the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Biennial
Conference, which will take place at the University Marriot Hotel in Tucson, Arizona
from January 12th to 16th. Joining Dr Schimmel in this performance will be Allyssa
Lamb on vocals and melodica; Andre Solomon-Glover, baritone and piano; Phillip
Creech, tenor, and the Rev. Robert L. Brashear, who is President of the organisation.
Dr Schimmel will perform on classical and Cajun accordion, piano and vocals.
piece will deal with such issues as violence, oppression, capital punishment,
border concerns, refuge, sanctuary, revitalisation and hope. Club Parusia will
evoke archetypical characters of past, present and future all meeting together:
an Irish 19th Century potato famine worker is joined by a child of the 1960s;
Piaf, Bach, Ravel, Landini and Mozart share a conversation; a homeless person
evokes the spirit of Ray Charles; Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are at peace at Club
Parusia; A Mexican woman sings a polka to the Virgin of Guadaloupe; an ominous
black pianist seems to recall the pianist Sam in the movie Casablanca, and much
more. The conference will deal with border issues, the sanctuary movement, liberation
theology, concerns of violence, oppression towards women, aids and numerous other
socio and political concerns.
Schimmel has been active in creating innovative liturgy as far back as the early
1970s, with his three-hour Mass for Chorus and Orchestra (which was his Juilliard
doctoral dissertation), experimental liturgies with the Woodstock Jesuit community
in New York, his Tango Mass, Reality Mass, Ol' Man River Mass, his opera David
and Bathsheba and Hail Mary (libretto - Ronald Sarno), Acting Director of Arts
and Worship (with the Rev. Robert Brashear), and the performance, video and film
collaborations with his wife, Micki Goodman - their most recent: The Unforgivable
Sin - a full length video film. Many of Bill and Micki's collaboration also include
their niece, actress Kathleen Tipton, and their son, Michael Schimmel - a 24-year-old
artist with Down Syndrome.
Medianik to Perform in France
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
accordionist and violinist Yuri Medianik is to perform two concerts in France,
alongside violinist J. Strepenne, in Saint-Omer and Arcques, on the 28th and 30th
January respectively. Their program will include works by Boccerini, Massnet,
Franck, Debussy and Prokofiev
Väyrynen to appear with Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Kuopio - Finland
by Kevin Friedrich
January 20th, Finnish accordionist Mika
Väyrynen will perform 'Barabbas Variations', by Aulis Sallinen, in Kuopio,
Finland at the Kuopio Music Center. The performance will be with the Kuopio Symphony
Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Vello Pähn. Mika
has previously appeared with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, when he recorded the
'Concerto' by Astor Piazzolla.
For further information on Mika Väyrynen,
please visit www.accordions.com/mika
Manufacturers, former Czechoslovakia
Worldwide has received an email from Janet Jeffries, USA. "Has anyone been
studying the accordion manufacturing companies in the former Czechoslovakia? Some
brand names are Hlavacek, Kebrdle and Kuchar. I live in an area settled heavily
by Bohemian and Moravian immigrants in the 19th century and many of us play button
accordion and collect old accordions -- mostly Czech and German made. We would
like to find information on these."
We invite an accordionist to
submit an article for publication in Accordions Worldwide about the history of
accordion manufacturers in the Czech and Slovakia regions. We will also link the
article from the General
History pages that we already have online.
Antonio Verseti Italie
Liperi is looking for information about his accordion: Gallo Antonio Verseti ITALIE,
purchased in Courbevois, France. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org