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  11th Annual Master Class and Concert Series, New York - USA
Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordéon de Montmagny, Québec - Canada
Death of Nick Perito, Los Angeles - USA
Jon Hammond Shows Accessible Via Podcast, New York - USA

  Gary Innes Appears at Interceltic Festival, Lorient - France
Richard Galliano at Jazz Festival, Valetta - Malta
Ballyshannon Folk Festival, Ballyshannon - Ireland
  'Seven Words' at the Goetheanum, Dornach - Switzerland
Jimmy Shand Junior Old Tyme Dance Dates, Fife - UK
Blackpool Accordion Festival, Blackpool - UK
 
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11th Annual Master Class and Concert Series, New York - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The American Accordionists' Association is to sponsor the 11th Annual Master Class and Concert Series, organized and led by Dr William Schimmel. These events take place from August 26th to 28th, and the venue is The Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue, New York.

The Master Classes begin at 3pm, and the concerts begin at 7pm each day. The events are intriguingly titled 'At Least You Get your Eats', and the food-linked advertising advises "Arrive hungry and we will take you to Hungary"!

For further information email billschimmel@billschimmel.com
 
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Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordéon de Montmagny, Québec - Canada
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordéon de Montmagny is an annual large-scale accordion festival, instituted in 1989, and attracts visitors and players from many countries. This year's festival takes place from September 1st to 5th, and the guests include Paul Grollier (France), Raynald Ouellet (Quebec), Rock Schryer Band (Ontario) and the Oblivion Jazz Trio (France). The festival includes folk, classical, rock, jazz and popular music styles, and there are concerts, dancing and workshops.

An important feature of this festival is a visit to the Accordion Museum, founded in 1992, and situated in the Manoir Couillard-Dupois. The Accordion Museum includes 130 instruments, 800 pictures and 1,500 sound recordings. There is also a shop, selling CDs, books, and numerous accordion-related items.

For further information email accordeon@montmagny.com
 

Gary Darven


Death of Nick Perito, Los Angeles - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Pianist and accordionist Nick Perito, an Emmy-nominated Hollywood composer and arranger who worked for more than three decades with Perry Como, has died at the age of 81. Born in America to Italian parents, Perito's musical career began by playing accordion at parties and restaurants. He later studied piano at university in Denver, after which he spent the war years as an arranger and pianist for the US army band.

Nick Perito began working as an arranger on Perry Como's television show in 1963. In 1964 he became a conductor for all Como's shows, studio recordings and tours. In all, Nick Perito was nominated 12 times for awards for his musical direction and arrangements for the long running Perry Como television shows.
 


Ramon Ayala's Long Run of Success, Texas - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Mexican-born accordionist Ramon Ayala has had a career that must be the envy of many others. He has recorded no less than 103 albums, composed songs that have been covered by other artistes, won three Grammy awards, and is often referred to within the Norteño and Tejano genres as the 'King of the Accordion'.

Based in Hidalgo, Texas, since 1980, Ayala began his music career performing at small cantinas in Mexico in the early 1960s. "I'd like to believe that I have done my part to help the city's growth," he said. "Hidalgo has been wonderful to me. They are so supportive and proud of me. … The whole (Rio Grande) Valley, to me, is super special. … It's my home."

When asked recently about his longevity, Ayala replied: "I have to give credit where credit is due. It's the fans. My first fans in the early 1960s introduced my music to their children and grandchildren. I've survived through many eras, from the Beatles craze, John Travolta (in the 1970s), to now".

Ramon Ayala could soon be on his way to The Guinness Book of World Records, who are researching his claim that his 103 albums is the most for any Mexican-born recording artiste. Ayala also was nominated recently for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a motion picture about his life story is also a possibility. Ramon's attitude to music was summed up: "Even if I'm in a wheelchair, I'll keep playing my accordion. As long as my fingers don't give out, I'm going to be playing my music."
 
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Jon Hammond Shows Accessible Via Podcast, New York - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist, organist and presenter Jon Hammond has archive tapes of his television show, dating back over the last 22 years, now available for listening via podcast technology. Jon's guests have included accordionists Art Van Damme, Dick Contino and Tommy Gumina, plus other great musicians such as Les Paul, Lionel Hampton and Sammy Davis Junior, to name but three.

Podcasting is a method of publishing audio broadcasts via the Internet, allowing users to hear previously recorded programmes. Any digital audio player or computer with audio-playing software can play podcasts.

For further information email laterent@webtv.net
 
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Gary Innes Appears at Interceltic Festival, Lorient - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Gary Innes, from the Highlands of Scotland, appeared with his band at the Lorient Interceltic Festival in Brittany, held from 1st to 10th August. He performed the repertoire on his debut CD 'How's the Craic?', and was given a great reception.

The Interceltic Festival is the world's largest annual gathering for the creative artists of the Celtic countries. Each year in August 4,500 of them converge to the Breton port of Lorient. They come from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Asturias, Galicia and Brittany, as well as from other parts of the world.

On stage, in the street or under big tents, 260 events were played out in front of 300,000 spectators and the players were as diverse, including traditional, classical, folk, rock and jazz musicians, singers, dancers, painters, sculpters, writers, film makers and lecturers. There was even a Welsh band specialising in Cajun and Zydeco, whose accordionist switched between one row melodeon and piano accordion depending on the style required. The accordion plays a significant part in much of the music, with all types of accordions, melodeons and concertinas in evidence everywhere.
 
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Richard Galliano at Jazz Festival, Valetta - Malta
Contributed by Rob Howard

French accordionist Richard Galliano and his trio, featuring Scott Colley on bass and Clarence Penn on drums, combined Parisian and Mediterranean influences with bebop in their appearances at the recent Malta Jazz Festival. This festival, held in mid-July, featured musicians from France, Germany, Portugal, Brazil and the USA.
 
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Ballyshannon Folk Festival, Ballyshannon - Ireland
Contributed by Rob Howard

The following report appeared in the Belfast Telegraph, written by Neil Johnston:-
"My annual pilgrimage to the recent Ballyshannon Folk Festival - this was its 28th year, no less - also yielded some great music, both in the session pubs and at the three official concerts in the Rory Gallagher Theatre. Altan were in great form, before heading off to Cambridge, accordion legend Joe Burke did the business, as he always does, and was cheered, as he always is, and there was an immaculate set by the velvet-voiced Galwegian songstress Mary McPartlan.

Crowd numbers around the town over the festival weekend were down on previous years, but those of us who were there thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe some of the regulars were saving themselves for the mega-meeting, coming up in Letterkenny, in a fortnight's time - its first ever All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, at which some 250,000 musicians and fans are expected".
   

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'Seven Words' at the Goetheanum, Dornach - Switzerland
Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif, of Friedrich Lips Productions

The performance of Sofia Gubaidulina's 'Seven Words' at the Goetheanum stage in Dornach, by Friedrich Lips (bayan), Vladimir Toncha (violoncello), together with the Moscovite Gnessin Orchestra, directed by Mikhail Khokhlov, brought a completely new approach to this work, which was received enthusiastically by the large audience.

The score represents a conversation between God the Son (bayan), God the Father (violoncello) and the Holy Spirit (orchestra), including much dramatic expression. Further performances are scheduled in Den Haag on September 25th, in Witten on 27th, in Evinghausen on 28th, in Kassel on 29th, in Mannheim on 30th, in Saarbrücken on October 1st, and in Dornach on 2nd.
 

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Jimmy Shand Junior Old Tyme Dance Dates, Fife - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Jimmy Shand Junior Trio will play for another series of Old Tyme Dance evenings at Letham Village Hall, Fife, Scotland, from 7.30pm to10.30pm. The dates are:-
September 14th
October 12th
November 9th
December 14th
December 24th - Christmas Eve Old Tyme Dance

For further information email jimmyshand@tiscali.co.uk
 
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Blackpool Accordion Festival, Blackpool - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Preliminary plans for the 2006 Blackpool Accordion Festival have been announced. The venue is the Norbreck Castle Hotel, and the festival takes place from April 28th to May 1st. The guests booked so far are Ottar Johansen (a former student of the late Toralf Tollefsen) and Ivarth Dagenborg, both from Norway, Scotland's Ian Cruickshanks, and Lindsay Garvin, from Blackpool.

For further information email thomasduncan@compuserve.com
 

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

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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.
 

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

A new site selling a CD titled Twilight Time with sound samples. Music performed by William Schimmel. Purchase online.
 
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A new site selling a CD titled Archipelago with sound samples. Music performed by William Schimmel. Purchase online.
   
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New Zealand Accordion Association Presidents Report has been updated.
 
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Yehuda Oppenheimer releases seven grade 3 arrangement of ''Serenade' by Tosselli, 'Serenade' by W.A.Mozart, 'Serenade' by Heykens, 'Waltz', 'Let My People Go', 'Home on The Range' and 'Greek Dance' . 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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