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  World Harmonica Festival 2005, Trossingen - Germany
Accordion and Harpsichord Duet Concert - Colombia
"Accordion Calls Tune" headline - UK
Myron Floren Remembered Fondly - USA
Kids Fair 2005 - New Zealand

  Koda Return To "T In The Park" Festival - Scotland
Buckwheat Zydeco new CD, appears in Kansas City - USA
Argentine Chango Spasiuk at Womad Rivermead Festival - UK
Stolen Paolo Soprani Accordion, Catskils Irish Arts Week - USA

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  "Hohner Das Musical", Trossingen - Germany
 
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World Harmonica Festival 2005, Trossingen - Germany

Watch out harmonica fans! Soon, it will happen again. The World Harmonica Festival, held every 4 years, will happen for the 5th time in Trossingen in the Black Forest from the 2nd to 6th November 2005. The event is organized by the Fédération Internationale de l'Harmonica (FIH).

Apart from concerts and seminars, the festival will also offer competitions, workshops and various master classes. An extensive Workshop program will cover all aspects of modern harmonica. As in the past, this event will feature many different harmonica music styles. Another feature is the legendary "Late Night session" offering the opportunity to everyone to appear on the stage with the professionals and not least, the opportunity to celebrate with new and old friends at this giant party.
 
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Accordion and Harpsichord Duet Concert - Colombia

Last month, at the Cultural Center of Universidad Pedagògica Nacional in Bogotà, Colombian accordionist Làcide Romero and harpsichord player Liliana Hernàndez, performed a duet concert.

During the first part of the concert, they performed various Baroque works, like the Handel Concert in FM Op.4 #5. For the second part of the concert they played Serenata Española (Oliver Metra), and three compositions by accordionist Lacides Romero, entitled Catalina, Marcela and Adriana. The public enjoyed this unusual pairing of instruments, make a beautiful sound together.

For further information lacidesromero@yahoo.com
 

Gary Darven


"Accordion Calls Tune" headline - UK

The recent headline "Accordion Calls Tune" in the Sunday Times, UK is not about accordion at all, but is about a horse called "Accordion Etoile" own by Paul Nolan which has received considerable publicity with frequent horse racing successes. Pictured in foreground.

Earlier in his career six-year-old "Accordion Etoile" had to overcome cancer from a wart on his fetlock joint turning malignant. He recovered to become good enough to be one of the eight star Irish hurdlers who contested last season's Championships. So, if you play the accordion and like to place a bet on the horses, maybe Accordion Etoile could be a lucky result!!!!
 


Myron Floren Remembered Fondly - USA

There have been numerous newspaper articles and accordion organization publicity about the recent passing away of Myron Floren, a hugely popular accordionist remembered fondly throughout the USA. An expanded obituary has been provided by long time friend Faithe Deffner containing lots of interesting information about this very famous, highly regarded and much loved accordionist.
 
Gary Dahl

Kids Fair 2005 - New Zealand
Contributed by Heather Masefield

The New Zealand Accordion Association in its efforts to promote accordion to young people made a substantial promotion at the Kids Fair 2005 in Auckland, on the 9th to 11th July. The promotion was done in conjunction with the Music Education Centre, New Zealands largest private music teaching studio (Directors Lionel Reekie and Marcel Riethmann) and it was aimed at getting new students beginning to learn the accordion.

Over 1,000 flyers were distributed and over 100 mini accordion lessons with children strapped into accordions, happened at the event. Additionally there was a display of different children's sized accordions as a backdrop.

 
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Koda Return To "T In The Park" Festival - Scotland
Contributed by Keith Dickson

KODA were invited again this year to perform at Scotland's biggest Music Festival "T in the Park" held in Balado near Kinross.

Band member Keith Dickson writes: "Once again, the sun was shining, with several members of KODA travelling on Saturday to experience great bands such as Keane, Embrace, the Killers and the Foo Fighters. However, it was our performance in the Ceilidh Tent on Sunday that we were most looking forward to.

Sunday was a fantastic day; the sun was again glorious, with some people getting a bit too much of it! The crowds were enormous with the Main Stage and the NME Stage packed out with big names such as Green Day, Razorlight, Travis and Athlete really enjoying playing their recent hits to the lively Scottish audience.

Situated between these stages was the Ceilidh Tent where KODA were performing. We attracted a large and passionate crowd, performing a wide selection of old favorites and new tracks such as Blair's 21st, Alternative Frequency and Jock the Box.

KODA's version of Dignity and Loch Lomond had the crowd singing, waving flags and sitting on each others shoulders, much to the security guards displeasure!. All the band had such a brilliant time with some members signing autographs (some in strange places!) and receiving tremendous encouragement from this great festival audience.
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Vassily

Buckwheat Zydeco new CD, appears in Kansas City - USA

Buckwheat Zydeco, is back with their first CD in eight years and were appearing in Kansas City on August 3 at Knuckleheads. The album, titled Jackpot!, combines soulful original tunes, inspired playing and singing, and the trademark exuberance that's made Buckwheat Zydeco one of the best-loved zydeco artists. There is a string of great new songs showcasing Grammy nominee and Emmy winner Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. and his long-time touring band.

"It was great to get back in the studio with a batch of new song ideas and my band," Dural notes. The record is Dural's third on his own Tomorrow Recordings label, which is distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance.
 
 
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Argentine Chango Spasiuk at Womad Rivermead Festival - UK

One of the stars at Womad Rivermead Festival in Reading, 29-31 July was Argentinian accordionist Chango Spasiuk. A dashing figure with flashing eyes and a long red-gold mane, the 36-year-old accordion virtuoso is the musical figurehead of Argentina's Misiones province.

It's a place where life, culture and even music have been moulded by back-breaking agricultural labour - cultivating the leaves for the national beverage mate. "Imagine a pot that's been bubbling for 400 years," says Chango Spasiuk, "with different musical influences being thrown in - African, baroque, Indian, Eastern European - but everything going on simmering together. That's the way music has developed in the tierra colorada - the red land." Certainly the musical style of popular accordionist Chango Spasiuk has traveled far beyond the shores of Argentina.
 

Yehuda


Stolen Paolo Soprani Accordion, Catskils Irish Arts Week - USA
Contributed by Harley Jones

Accordionist Jim Coogan had several accordions on the porch of the Weldon House, East Durham, NY during Catskills Irish Arts week. On the 14th July, Jim was approached by a man who said he was a friend of a friend and that he wanted to try out a new Burke whistle with a Castagnari accordion.

He asked Jim to play a few tunes with him - and when he left, Jim noticed that the brand new Paolo Soprani Jubilee Grey Box BC (with a funky F# in the high register) was gone. Jim is not sure if it was a ploy to get his attention diverted or a coincidence, but Jim has not been able to locate the man since. For further information, look at the Stolen Accordions page.

 

Cali


New Articles

A detailed article about the 2005 Vivian Vivo Stolaruk Memorial International Entertainment Competition for Accordionists run by the American Accordionists' Association in July is now on line.

An article by Bernadette Conlon about her recent tour to the USA, titled "American Accordion Scene -
A Tour Through The Eyes of Bernadette
" is now on line.
 

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Tom


"Hohner Das Musical", Trossingen - Germany

The musical titled "Hohner Das Musical" will appear at the Konzerthaus Trossingen from the 25 to 31 December 2005. Trossingen is known far and wide as the home of the Hohner companies and is the ideal place to experience "Hohner The Musical." at the original scene. With a true history, 25 actors and a large musical orchestra, this musical should be an unforgettable event in the hometown of the Hohner company..

For further information, contact the Trossingen Cultural Office.
 
Yuri
Charnwood



A new CD Review of Francesco Palazzo. Review by Paolo Picchio

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Entirely updated site with new products and information of the italian accordion/harmonica manufacturer Beltuna of Castelfidardo.
 
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Accordionist Jimmy Bubaloni has just released a new CD. His website has been updated to provide information and sound file samples of several of the tracks.
 
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Comprising former CIA World Champion Iona Reed (accordion), Ron Kelly(guitar) and Bill Tuttle (drums/percussion), The Iona Reed Trio performs a blend of dance music that reaches out to music lovers of all ages. The Iona Reed Trio is one of the very few dance bands on the music scene today that performs Continental, Latin American and Broadway standards.
 
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New site from the Italian accordion bellows producer Marconi from Castelfidardo.
 
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New site from french accordion shop (school/repair) Accordez...Accordéons in Paris lead by Gilles Brislance.
 
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The Coupe Mondiale website by the Confédération International des Accordéonistes (CIA) offers updated information about the 58th Coupe Mondiale to be held in Castelo Branco, Portugal from October 25th to 30th. Site includes on-line entry and registration forms, competition venue and hotel accommodation information, schedule and details on the 70th CIA Anniversary Banquet.
 
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Accordionist Gary Morin now provides sound files featuring samples from the three CD recordings he has for sale on his website.
 
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Accordionist and Composer Stas Venglevski has released a new CD entitled 'Russian Fantasy'. His website offers information about this new CD as well as a printable order form.
 
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James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 4 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'The Dying Stockman' (traditional), 'Twa Sisters o Binnorie' (traditional), 'Vo Polye Berioza Stoyala' (traditional), 'With Sounds of Pipes' (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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A new site selling a CD titled Out Of His Box with sound samples. Music performed by Sandy Brechin. Purchase online.
 
Yehuda

A new site selling a CD titled Out Of His Tree with sound samples. Music performed by Sandy Brechin. Purchase online.
 
Vassily

The Accordion Teachers Association of Massachusetts (ATAM) now provides a list of Member Schools offering accordion instruction.
 
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Accordion Teacher Heather Masefield, site has updated text and contact information.
 
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Yehuda Oppenheimer releases a grade 3 arrangement of 'Serenade' and a grade 3 arrrangement of 'Contredance'. This is music composed by Yehuda Oppenheimer. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card
 
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A new site selling a book titled Book 3 Seasoning Solos. Original Compositions for Accordion by Stas Venglevski.
 
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A new site selling a book titled Book 4 Seasoning Duets. Original Compositions for Accordion by Stas Venglevski.
 
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New site of young Austrian accordion star and first prize 100/100 winning artist Nikolas Lazic.
 
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