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  The Symphorine Duet Award Nomination, Moscow - Russia
Gary Daverne Honored, Takapuna - New Zealand
New CD Releases, Blackpool - UK
Orkestar Bez Ime's Dance Party and CD Release, Minneapolis - USA
7th National Accordion Festival, Ribeirao Preto - Brazil
  Salomon Canelo's Busy Concert Schedule - Mexico
Italian Accordionists in Scotland - UK
Box and Fiddle Fellowship Input Awards, Scotland - UK
  Bernadette Conlon Performances - USA, Canada and Australia
Accordion Showcase, London - UK
Rosemary Wright in Concert, Stockport - UK
Le petit festival des Dindes Folles 2005, Rivolet - France

Celebrity Interview
 
 



The Symphorine Duet Award Nomination, Moscow - Russia
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Symphorine Duet (Yuri Medianik and Jehanne Strepenne) has been awarded the Grand Prix (Duet Nomination) in the Open Europe Festival Competition held in Moscow. The close of the event and the Gala Concert by the competition winners with participation of the duet were held in the Big Hall of the Moscow State Philharmonic (Tchaikovsky Concert Hall).

The duet has performed since 2004. The distinguishing feature of its concerts is that Yuri Medianik's double talent as a bayan player and violinist allows the duet cover an amazingly extensive repertoire from baroque and unrenowned music by composers who wrote for two violins.

Another peculiarity is that all orchestration and transcriptions they play they make themselves. To date, the duet has played several concerts in Belgium, Russia and France (with participation of the Accordion Association of Arques), participation in the inauguration ceremony of an exhibition organized by Mr Francko, Head of the EU Representative Office in Moscow etc.

The mission of the Open Europe Festival Competition is to create opportunities to interact for the young, discover new talents and provide opportunities to see and appreciate national cultures and arts from various countries. The events of the festival were widely covered in the media, including ORT, TVC, Kultura and Stolitza TV channels and newspapers.

 

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Gary Daverne Honored, Takapuna - New Zealand
Contributed by Heather Masefield

On May 8th, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International named Gary Daverne, MD of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, a Paul Harris Fellow. The ceremony took place at the Rotary Centennial Celebration Concert, held at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.

The award to Takapuna born and Herne Bay resident, Gary Daverne, "In appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world". Rotary District Governor, Ken Linkhorn and Rotarian and Auckland Symphony Orchestra patron, John Eady presented the award, to a surprised Gary, at the closure of the concert, in front of a capacity audience.

Other awards that Gary has received include: Queen's Birthday Honours 1996 - Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) 'For services to Music'; Variety Club's Scroll of Honour, November 2000, 'For his dedication and skill in his craft and for bringing the joy of orchestral music to the people, acknowledging his achievements, and saluting his professionalism'. Gary Daverne has a number of accordion compositions and three CD's featuring his accordion music available online.
  
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New CD Releases, Blackpool - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Ken Astin, from Blackpool, has released two new CDs. 'Playing to Please' is a solo recording, containing a wide range of standards, Latin, French musette, a selection from the musical 'Oliver', and 'Brittania', composed by Frosini. Some tracks feature midi sounds, and others are played on acoustic accordion.

The other CD, 'Our Kind of Music', is a debut duet recording between Ken Astin and accordionist Harry Hussey (right), featuring a program of popular jazz standards by such composers as Harold Arlen, Jimmy Van Heusen, George Gershwin and Neal Hefti, involving acoustic accordions and midi accompaniment sounds.

Ken Astin returned to playing accordion two years ago after spending many years working as an organist in Blackpool. Harry Hussey is very popular at accordion clubs and festivals throughout England, and is probably best known as a jazz accordionist with a vast repertoire.

For further information email kastin@tiscali.co.uk

 

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Orkestar Bez Ime's Dance Party and CD Release, Minneapolis - USA

On May 13th, at 8pm, the mainly female Balkan band Orkestar Bez Ime will perform at a dance party at Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event also involves the release of OBI's new CD, 'Nice Driveway Vol. 1, Cheers from the Land of the Freeze'. Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), meaning "orchestra without a name" in Bulgarian, met in the Ethnic Dance Theatre and has grown to be one of the American Midwest's hottest and most sought-after international dance bands, specializing in Balkan and Eastern European dance music.

Using a mix of folk and modern instruments - including accordion, clarinet, dumbek, flute, guitar, kaval, tambura, violin and voice - the group stays close to traditional Eastern Europe. Featuring Dee Langley on accordion, OBI focuses mainly on Balkan music, but presents the full range of international folk dance interests from Scandinavia to Israel to French Canada and beyond.

For further information email obi@rogaria.com
 
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7th National Accordion Festival, Ribeirao Preto - Brazil
Contributed by Christine Adams

The 7th National Accordion Festival takes place on May 26th, from 12 mid-day, at Fazenda Santa Estela, Ribeirao Preto. This event is organised by The Brazilian Association of Accordionists, and is sponsored by LV Acordeos.
 
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Salomon Canelo's Busy Concert Schedule - Mexico

Mexican accordionist Salomon Canelo spent a very busy few weeks performing concerts in various venues throughout his country, including Mexico City. He used eight different programs, and his repertoire included various transcriptions of overtures to some of his own compositions, and his schedule also involved radio and television appearances. Salomon Canelo has made recordings on piano accordion, but is also a pianist, organist, singer and percussionist.

 

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Italian Accordionists in Scotland - UK
Contributed by Holda Paoloetti-Kampl

Italian accordionists Mirco Patarini (classic accordion) and Renzo Ruggieri (accordion jazz) recently went to Scotland on a promotional tour, demonstrating at hotels in Dumfries and Renfrew. Also involved were accordionist Nicol McLaren, and the brothers Brian and Graham Laurie, who were responsible for organising the events.
 

Box and Fiddle Fellowship Input Awards, Scotland - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The nominations for the annual Box and Fiddle Fellowship Input awards have been made, and two of the categories mainly feature accordionists. The winners will be chosen on June 19th, and the nominations include:- Guest Artist of the Year: Iain Anderson (fiddle), diatonic accordionists Bill Black, Ian Cruickshanks and Ian Hutson; piano accordion players Roya MacLean and Gordon Pattullo.

CD of the Year:
Iain Cathcart Scottish Dance Band - 'As if by magic...'
Ian Cruickshanks SDB - 'About Tyme'
Ian Hutson SDB - 'The Dashing White Sergeant'
Duncan McCallum - 'Naethin' Ower Fancy'
Gordon Pattullo - 'Hand Made in Scotland'
Wayne Robertson - 'Diversity'
 


Bernadette Conlon Performances - USA, Canada and Australia

Accordionist Bernadette Conlon is soon to visit the USA and Canada, and her forthcoming concert appearances are as follows:-

June 21st - Salt Lake City Accordion Club, Utah.
June 23rd to 25th - Leavenworth International Accordion Convention.
June 26th to 29th - Las Vegas International Accordion Convention.
July 3rd - Victoria Accordion Club, Canada.
July 4th to 9th - Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Convention, Canada (Kimberley is hoping to break the Guinness Book of Records for having the most accordionists playing at the one time. Last year they had enough accordionists but not enough accordions!)
September 6th - Camberwell Music Society Concert (French Cabaret); Camberwell Uniting Church (St. John's), Burke Road, Camberwell, Melbourne, Australia.
September 7th - Melbourne Musicians String Orchestra performing concertos with solo accordionist; St. John's Church, Southbank
October 31st - 8th Annual Bentleigh Organ Society Concert; Coatesville Bowling Club, corner of Mackie Rd and Tudor St, Bentleigh.

For further information email accordionbernadette@bigpond.com
 
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Accordion Showcase, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

On Monday May 16th there will be a concert in Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London, at 7.30pm. The performers include accordionists Milos Milivojevic, Borut Zagoranski, Zivorad Nicolic and Marcin Krzyzanowski and cellist Ashok Klouda. The program is to include solo and chamber works by Piazzolla, Davor Bobic, J S Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart, Magnus Lindberg and Jurgen Ganzer.

For ticket availability email box.office@ram.ac.uk
 
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Rosemary Wright in Concert, Stockport - UK Contributed by Rob Howard

Rosemary Wright, from Leicester, former Principal of the British College of Accordionists, is the guest at Stockport Accordion Club, Edgeley Road, Cheadle Heath, Stockport, on May 24th. Rosemary will perform a program of classical and lighter music, and this will be her first performance at Stockport AC. The concert begins at 8pm, and ends about 10.30pm.

For further information email robaccord5@hotmail.com
 
 

Le petit festival des Dindes Folles 2005, Rivolet - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Dindes Folles three-day music festival takes place from May 27th to 29th at Rivolet in the Rhone district. The festival takes place in the countryside, and offers activities for all ages.

Amongst the musicians involved is Casse Ponpon, a Jazz-musette band featuring accordionist Sébastien 'Seb' Cardona. Another band performing is Becs Bien Zen, from Lyon, who feature an accordionist. Music heard at this festival includes Celtic, Slavonic and Jazz.

For further information email dindesfolles@hotmail.com
 
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Celebrity Interview with Mirco Patarini

Now online, is a Celebrity Interview with Mirco Patarini, performer and a company director of Menghini s.r.l. the manfacturers of SEM, Scandalli and Paolo Soprani accordions. The Celebrity Interview is by famous Jazz accordionist Renzo Ruggieri in both English and Italian languages. Other languages will follow soon.

 
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A CD review written by Paolo Picchio of two CD's by Yuri Medianik. 'Images of Three Centuries' (solo accordion) and 'Resurrection of Angel' featuring music of Piazzolla with Yuri Medianik and other musicians such as Gnesin virtuosi soloists & chamber orchestra.
 
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The accordion manufacturer Ottavianelli, based in Castelfidardo, Italy, has produced a new website which includes some new models.
 
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United States National News - May edition of the United States National News is now online. Contains news of activities from across the United States, upcoming festivals, contact information for associations and clubs in the United States as well as the May feature article entitled The Brothers Deiro as Composers by Henry Doktorski.
 

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Iñaki Alberdi - accordionist performer, conducter and lecturer of Spain. A new site selling his CD, Música De Cámara Actual with sound samples. Purchase online with credit card.
 
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Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) - site has been updated to offer on-line registration for its upcoming 2005 Festival from June 15th to 19th in Richardson, Texas.
 
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Vassily Glubochenko - composer, arranger, performer and scientist, releases 1 new work titled 'Extinct Bougie' composed by Glubochenko, available for purchase online. A sample of this music is available on the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
 
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Rocky Mountain Accordion Celebration website has been updated with its 2005 festival information and schedule.
 
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The Rosita Lee Music Center featuring the celebrated Showstoppers Accordion Orchestra and Dancers summer concert dates have been added into the concert schedule.
 
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Practising Music - A new site selling this popular book, written by Tom De Vree.
 
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The Accordion Teachers' Association of Massachusetts (ATAM) - The Accordion Teachers' Association of Massachusetts (ATAM) site has been updated with a review of the 2005 festival as well as dates for the 2006 event to be held in Newton, MA (near Boston).
 
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The National Accordion Organization of the United Kingdom (NAO) site has been updated with the full results of the 2005, 70th Anniversary Festival held in Scarborough, UK.
 
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Sebastiano Cali - accordionist, composer, piano tuner, harpsichord and other early instruments maker, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Libiam Ne' Lieti Calici' (classical), 'Bridal March' (classical), 'Ave Maria' (classical), 'La Paloma ' (South American - Latin), 'Serenade' (classical), 'Blue Danube' (Strauss). The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
 

James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Auld Lang Syne' (traditional), 'Bridal Jig' (traditional), 'Come Back to Sorrento' (traditional), 'Drink to My Only With Thine Eyes' (traditional), 'Ductia' (traditional), 'East Boldon' (traditional). Samples of this music are available on the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
 

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