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  12 August 2005 This weeks news | Past News  | Send news
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From the Director,

Seeing AFNA (Accordion Federation of North America) having their 50th Festival celebration brings back many fond memories for me personally. I remember one year, performing solo at the ANFA prize giving concert (about 1975) and having Charles Magnante, who was sitting at the front of the audience, be the first of the audience of over 1,000 people, to stand up giving me a standing ovation. A lovely memory. Other memories include two different tours by the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra, performing at the prize giving concerts to similar acclaim. Students also winning top classes there. A lovely event and many fond memories. I, and many thousands of accordonists who over the years have enjoyed this event, wish AFNA a further 50 years of success.

Harley Jones
Director
 

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  Free Metronome Gift by Renzo Ruggieri - Italy
A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Myron Floren - USA
Bishop On The Accordion - Ghana
AFNA 50th Annual Music Festival - USA

  New Accordion Record in St. John's - Canada
Stolen Accordion - Denmark
A New Type of 'Accordion' - Israel
Commedian Judy Tenuta and her Accordion - USA
  Le Carrefour Mondial de l'accordéon 2005
Mika Väyrynen to appear University of Göteborg - Sweden
Belgrade Tango Festival 2005 - Serbia
 
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Free Metronome Gift by Renzo Ruggieri - Italy

Famous jazz accordionist and tutor Renzo Ruggieri has made an electronic metronome that you can download free from Accordions Worldwide to your computer. This excellent metronome is a gift by Renzo Ruggieri to all accordionists and musicians. Download by clicking this link (705KB).
 
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A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Myron Floren - USA
Contributed by Faithe Deffner

An emotional memorial tribute "In loving remembrance of Myron Floren" took place on August 6, at the Ascension Lutheran Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, where the family has worshipped since the mid-60s. Myron died at home on July 23, 2005 at age of 85.

A near life-size picture of Myron, youthful grin on his face and accordion in his arms stood near the pulpit, looking out at family and friends who had assembled for this final farewell. Remembering the biblical enjoinder to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord," the Rev. Dr. Jan L. Womer told the congregants that this had been Myron's lifetime work.

Myron himself provided the music for the memorial from among the hundreds of titles he recorded over the years: Fughetta, Sentimental Journey, How Great Thou Art, The Lost Chord, and Battle Hymn of the Republic. Rev. Womer spoke of Myron's lifetime spent in delighting audiences. "We shall not look upon his like again."

A full report of this memorial service and the life of Myron Floren.
 

Gary Darven


Bishop On The Accordion - Ghana

Bishop Michael Osei Bonsu is no stranger on the Ghanaian music scene and his latest album Yebedi Nkunim (we shall be victorious) has become a favourite of many music lovers in the country. The title track has been listed among the top twenty songs on the local music chart.

What makes Bishop Osei Bonsu unique is his versatility, playing the accordion as he sings and the Biblical wording of his songs. The Biblical message is strong throughout the eight tracks of the album. The album opens with Nwom bi ahye makoma mu, a song of praise which he joyfully sings to thank God for all He has done for him.

The album title song, Yebedi nkunim, follows and it is reggae piece with a message - Christians will be victorious no matter the troubled times they go through. Bishop Michael Osei Bonsu is well known over the years for his numerous albums and his distinctive style of singing and playing the accordion.
 


AFNA 50th Annual Music Festival - USA

The Accordion Federation of North America will be hosting its 50th Annual Music Festival 12th to 14th August in Los Angeles. Special events include a Reunion Banquet on Friday for all former and present Queens & Kings for both Accordion and Piano. Also, jazz great Frank Marocco will offer a music seminar on Saturday at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, LAX in conjunction with the 50th Annual AFNA Music Festival.

The Seminar is scheduled to include a question and answer period at the end. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to ask Mr. Marocco about anything related to playing music in Hollywood movies, shows, commercials, etc... Find out what it takes, how to get started, and much more! The festival will end with a free concert on Sunday afternoon featuring top winners and accordion bands.

For further information e-mail afna@musician.org
 
Gary Dahl
Ferreira


New Accordion Record in St. John's - Canada

On Saturday 6th August, there was a new world record set, for the largest crowd to all play the accordion. Organizers, who needed 645 people to set the record, said 989 participants officially signed registration forms. The results will now be submitted to the Guinness World Records book. The previous record was set in July this year by 644 players Kimberley at the International Oldtime Accordion Championships.

Dubbed the "Accordion Revolution," the St Johns event drew participants from beyond Newfoundland and Labrador, including other provinces and the USA. The campaign became something of a summer phenomenon, with many people who had never even touched an accordion signing up to get involved.

The "Accordion Revolution" drew players of all ages and talent levels, from seasoned professionals to absolute amateurs, armed with accordions, concertinas and hand-me-down squeezeboxes. Starting as a slow waltz, the players picked up tempo, as thousands of onlookers clapped in time. Saturday's event attracted scores of children, teenagers and young adults.

Organizer Dave Penny said the biggest problem wasn't getting the musicians together. "We were all in different keys, and we had to get everyone in the same key," he told reporters. Penny admitted the whole thing started off as a bit of a joke to promote the festival, which became a tremendously successful promotion of the accordion.
 
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Stolen Accordion - Denmark

This Stolen Accordion site is steadily increasing in size as people send in information about their stolen accordion. It does not matter if the accordion was stolen some years ago. If it is listed here, there is a greater chance that one day your accordion will be found again.

All listings (including a photo) are free. New addition to the site this week is from Finalfred Larsen of Denmark who had his La Melodiosa accordion stolen in April this year. See Stolen Accordion site for more information.
 
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A New Type of 'Accordion' - Israel
Contributed by Harley Jones

Ever heard of 'Accordion Pill'? Finding ways to release drugs slowly is a major target of pharmaceutical companies. A Jerusalem startup, Intec Pharma, has developed an 'Accordion Pill' which looks like a conventional capsule, but once inside the stomach it unfolds like an accordion and positions itself as a controlled-release platform.

This new technology will allow drugs to be taken once a day instead of as many as five times and retains the active ingredients in the stomach for up to 24 hours, compared to the normal three hours. By the end of a day, the small accordion structure biodegrades and passes through the system. One day 'accordion pill' might be a household word.
   

Cali
Yehuda


Commedian Judy Tenuta and her Accordion - USA

Raised in Oak Park, Judy Tenuta of Illinois calls herself a "Goddess" and promotes her own religion, "Judyism." Her unique comedy -- punctuated with her trademark accordion - has made her a crowd favorite. Vogue Magazine declared, "Tenuta is to female stand-up comics what Carrie was to high-school girls."

 

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Tom


Le Carrefour Mondial de l'accordéon 2005

Each year, renowned accordionists captivate, amaze and fill with wonder an enthusiastic audience by delivering performances that rival each other in virtuosity and originality. This year is the 17th event and will take place from the 1st to the 5th of September.

Once again, the event promises great musical moments with performers from England, USA, France, Italy, Uruguay, Scotland and of course Canada who will rendezvous to make this event unique, original and unforgettable.

World music, comtemporary music, classical music, swing musette, jazz and light music, is part of the wide range of styles and genres. The audience can also try a few dance steps in the Bal Musette or join the quadrilles, waltzes and contredanses in the soirées dansantes du Québec. Conferences and exhibitions completes a program that explores the many-faceted aspects of this instrument.

For further information, email: accordeon@montmagny.com
 
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Mika Väyrynen to appear University of Göteborg - Sweden
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen will present a solo concert in Sweden on 25th August at the Music University of Göteborg, Sweden. Mika's concert program will include works by Bach and contemporary
composers, and will be structured as follows: Bach - Takahashi - Bach - Segerstam - Bach - Gubaidulina - Bach - Busseuil - Bach/Busoni.

Mika's repertoire is exceptionally broad, including contemporary accordion music and transcriptions from various periods and this concert will highlight both of these areas of expertise. To date, Mika Väyrynen has recorded thirteen CD's which include around 100 compositions.

For further information, please visit www.accordions.com/mika
 

Cali


Belgrade Tango Festival 2005 - Serbia
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The second Beogradski Tango Festival (International Belgrade Tango Festival 2005) will take place in Belgrade from the 8th to the 11th September. Featured are dancers from Argentina, Japan, Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria and other countries dancing. Also featured is the quintet Beltango of Serbia with Aleksandar Nikolic playing bandoneon and accordion.

For further information, email Aleksandar Nikolic dtango@verat.net

 

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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New site from the Italian accordion bellows producer Marconi from Castelfidardo.
 
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New site - South East Accordion Association, The: encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
 
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New site from french accordion shop (school/repair) Accordez...Accordéons in Paris lead by Gilles Brislance.
 
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New site of Håvard Svendsrud, formerly of Norway, has established himself as a professional performer of both classical and traditional entertainment music
 
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New site of Lidia Kaminska , Polish accordionist, energetic and captivating performer, now USA resident selling her new CD's.
   
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A site promoting the exciting new CD recording of Vladimir Sidorov, with repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary.
 
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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.
 
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A new site selling a CD titled Out Of His Tree with sound samples. Music performed by Sandy Brechin. Purchase online.
 
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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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New site of young Austrian accordion star and first prize 100/100 winning artist Nikolas Lazic.
 
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New Article: A detailed article about the 2005 Vivian Vivo Stolaruk Memorial International Entertainment Competition for Accordionists run by the AAA in July is now on line.
 
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Gary Dahl

New Article: An article by Bernadette Conlon about her recent tour to the USA is now on line.
 
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Edition Harmonia

New Article: An article by Bernadette Conlon about the Frosini Workshops she gave in Las Vegas.
 
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