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  Hurricane Katrina Disaster Information Links - USA
Elsie Bennett passes away in New York - USA
Viktor Romanko Concert Tour of Germany and new CD - Russia
Accordion Featured Article on UHF, Montreal - Canada

  Piaf Connection Concert, Melbourne - Australia
  Peter Soave in Concert, Montreal - Canada
Accordion Concert, Oudenaarde - Belgium
Accordion Events, Wisconsin - USA
National Competition for Accordionists, Modena - Italy
Klaus Paier Trio European Tour Dates - Austria
Accordion Business Closed for Alterations, London - UK
Interview with Art Van Damme
Memorial Article about Mogens Ellegaard, London - UK
Help Required
 

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Hurricane Katrina Disaster Information Links - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The recent hurricane disaster that has devastated much of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the city of New Orleans in particular, is a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. Louisiana is the home of Cajun and Zydeco, and many accordion players will have been caught up in this unfolding story of horrors. New Orleans is, of course, the epicenter of traditional jazz and blues, and many musicians are doubtless similarly affected.

Making enquiries about musicians at this time is not easy, but the following contacts may be able to help:- The radio stations WWOZ, dedicated mainly to jazz, and KBON, which specialises in Zydeco & Cajun, are likely to report news of accordionists and other musicians. It is possible that the Manager of the Musicians' Union in New Orleans, J. Kim Foreman, may have information as the MU is currently attempting to create a database following the tragedy.

For further information email office@neworleansmusicans.org
 

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Elsie Bennett passes away in New York - USA
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

It is with sadness that the accordion world records the passing of Mrs Elsie Bennett. Elsie passed away on Saturday evening, September 3rd 2005. A member of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International since 1945 and long time Board of Director for the American Accordionists' Association, Elsie devoted her life to music and the accordion.

During her many years on the AAA Board of Directors she has served in many positions, however her biggest legacy was her work with the Commissioning Committee, where she was instrumental in commissioning many major works for the accordion by well-known American composers.

Still active on the AAA Board until her passing, the AAA commissioned a new by John Franceschina entitled 'For Elsie' to celebrate her recent 80th birthday and also her work on the Commissioning Committee. This work was premiered by Peter Soave at the recent AAA festival in Elsie's home town, Detroit.

Elsie's outstanding contributions to the International Accordion Movement were recognized when the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), honored her with the CIA Merit Award during its 1996 General Assembly in Dunajska Streda, Slovakia.
 

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Viktor Romanko Concert Tour of Germany and new CD - Russia
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Viktor Romanko has released a new CD, titled 'Espressivo', in time for his 2005 tour of Germany. The CD includes 'Toccata and Fugue' (J. S. Bach), ' Concert for Bayan and Orchestra' (I. Schamo), 'Oblivion' , 'Adios Nonino', ' Libertango' (A. Piazzolla), 'Lucie Ombre' (P. Pizzigoni), 'Gruß aus Rußland' (A. Byzov), 'Zigeuner Rhapsodie' (V. Gridin), and 'Rassipucha - Russische Fantasie' (V. Gridin).

Various Russian orchestras accompany Victor Romanko on this recording.
Romanko's tour dates in Germany include:-
October
21st, at 5pm - Ev. Margarethenkirche Kierspe
23rd, at 5pm - Ev. Kirche Siegen-Weidenau (Dautenbach)
30th - Kath Kirche Großenseebach
November
1st, at 7.30pm - Bad Wildbad, Haus des Gastes
4th, at 8pm - Metzingen, Dietrich-Bonhoeffer Secondary School
5th, at 7pm - Oberuhldingen (Bodensee) Ev. Gemeindehaus
6th, at 7.30pm - Ev. Kirche Bad Waldsee bei Ravensburg
11th - Musikschule Möchengladbach
12th, at 5pm - Ahlen/Westf. Christus-Kirche
13th, at 5pm - Ev. Kreuzkirche Hamm Bockum-Hövel

For further information email Jutta.Menn@t-online.de
 

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Accordion Featured Article on UHF, Montreal - Canada
Contributed by Rob Howard

UHF (Ultra High Fidelity) is a national and international music magazine. Though most of its readers are in Canada, UHF subscribers can be found in the US, South and Central America, Africa, Europe, Oceania Asia. Each issue features an article dedicated to an acoustic musical instrument, written by Reine Lessard. The next issue's musical instrument article, written in collaboration with French Canadian accordionist Mario Bruneau, will feature the accordion. You can read all about it on UHF's Newsletter at: http://www.uhfmag.com/Newsletter.html
 

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Piaf Connection Concert, Melbourne - Australia
Contributed by Rob Howard

Melbourne accordionist, Bernadette Conlon, in conjunction with one of Australia's most innovative, bilingual, French/English primary schools, Camberwell Primary, created a cabaret spectacular, which featured the music and life of Edith Piaf. The show was performed in the traditional setting of a cabaret, which set the gritty street urchins of Paris, beside the chic upper set of the 1930s.

The cabaret was accompanied by the solo accordion of Bernadette Conlon, who arranged the music for the elaborate choreography, which included the Can-Can, depicted scenes of Piaf's life, her acrobat father, her recordings and some of the many loves of her life. In particular, the cabaret focused on the love of Piaf's life, world middleweight champion boxer, Marcel Cerdan, who died in a plane crash in 1949, and for whom Piaf wrote Hymn to Love.

Marcel's great grand niece, Olivia Cerdan, who is a student at Camberwell Primary School, sang in this moving production, Piaf's two most famous songs La Vie En Rose and No Regrets, playing both Piaf and cabaret singer Juliette Greco.

The professional production was much more than simply a school play, with the accordion and Bernadette as its centrepiece. Three performances were given of this wonderful show.
 
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Peter Soave in Concert, Montreal - Canada
Contributed by Rob Howard

Peter Soave performs in Montreal on September 9th in a concert organised by L'association des accordéonistes de Montréal (A.D.A.M.).

Also performing in the concert are Dino Leone (piano-accordion, Canada), Roberto Lucanero (diatonic accordion, Italy) and Frank Sears (diatonic accordion, Canada). The concert begins at 8pm.

For further information email infoadam@videotron.ca
 
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Accordion Concert, Oudenaarde - Belgium
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Akorva Accordion Orchestra is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special concert at the Salons Mantovani, Doorn B- 9700, Oudenaarde, on September 24th, at 8pm. Appearing at the concert are solo accordionist Marino Punk, Akorva AO, Accordonesis Project, and special guest, Gianluca Bibiani, from Italy.

For further information email sta-dirigent@versateladsl.be
  
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Accordion Events, Wisconsin - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

A series of accordion events will be held be at the Harrington Arts Center, 1401 Belknap, Superior, Wisconsin 54880. These events include:-

September 24th, 7pm - Friedrich Lips (Moscow) and Stas Venglevski in Concert. In the afternoon, at 3pm there will be a Master Class.
September 30th, at 7pm - 'Give and Live' Benefit for Children of Thailand featuring 'Willowgreen' and Scott Jones.
October 2nd, at 7pm - Los Gauchos de Roldan (Uruguay) in concert
November 6th, at 3pm - Michelle Gribbon (violin) and Helmi Harrington (accordion) in concert at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Mt. Iron, MN
November 12th, at 7pm - Michelle Gribbon and Helmi Harrington in concert

For further information email accordion@sprynet.com
 
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National Competition for Accordionists, Modena - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The National Competition for Accordionsts takes place in Montese, Modena, on September 17th and 18th. The Chairman of the Adjudicators is Vladimir Zubitzky for classical music (free bass and standard), folk and a special category for non-Italian musicians. During these 2 days there will be international guests present from Greece, England and Eastern European countries.

For further information email fisa.armonica@libero.it
 
 
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Klaus Paier Trio European Tour Dates - Austria
Contributed by Rob Howard

In Autumn 2005 the Klaus Paier Trio release a new CD 'Tiempo', to coincide with a tour with nearly 40 concerts in 10 European countries. Details of the first stage of the Klaus Paier Trio's tour dates and venues are given below:-

September
22nd, at 8pm - Loisium Hotel, Langelois, Austria
23rd, at 8pm - Saal MS, Hermanger, Austria
24th, at 7.30pm - Gemeinschaftshaus, Bruckl/Karnton, Austria
26th, at 8pm - Centar za Kulturu, Cakovec, Croatia
27th, at 8pm - BP Club, Zagreb, Croatia
28th, at 9pm - Kud France Preseren, Ljubljana, Slovenia
29th, at 9pm - Jazz Club Satchmo, Maribor, Slovenia
30th, at 8.30pm - Rossstall, Lambach, Austria

For further information email klaus.paier@aon.at
 
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Accordion Business Closed for Alterations, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordions of London's shop premises is temporarily closed whilst undergoing alterations, but the owner, John Leslie, is available for consultations about instruments. When the shop re-opens, the business will also have its own website.

For further information email Accordions@John-Leslie.com
 
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Celebrity Interview with Art Van Damme
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

American jazz accordion legend Art Van Damme attended the recent Jazz Festival in Pineto, Italy. During his stay, Art Van Damme visited the Excelsior factory in Castelfidardo where Holda Paoletti-Kampl interviewed him. The Celebrity Interview of Art Van Damme is now online.

 

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Memorial Article about Mogens Ellegaard, London - UK
Contributed by Harley Jones

Royal Academy of Music, London, tutor and concert performer Owen Murray has written an article about Mogens Ellegaard titled 'Reflections on His Career and Achievements'. The article begins: "March 2005 is the tenth anniversary of the untimely death from leukaemia of Mogens Ellegaard, which is an appropriate time to look back on his career and achievements."

Thank you to Owen Murray for this very interesting article.
 
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Help Required

Mr. Gehring, who lives in 87544 Gunzesried, Germany, is looking for a teacher for the B-system button accordion. Email Hansjoerg.Gehring@t-online.de
 

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A new CD Review of Nicola Campogrande. Review by Paolo Picchio

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Gary Dahl's site is updated to include full length .mp3 sound files of music from 3 of his popular books. Please visit www.accordions.com/garydahl to enjoy these varied samples of music.
 

The United States National Accordion News has been updated with its September edition including news from around the United States and Canada.
   
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New products of Italian manufacturer ORLA of electronic accordions, arranger modules and special keyboards for accordion players.
   
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Yehuda Oppenheimer releases three grade 3 arrangements of 'Auld Lang Syne', 'Krakowiac', and 'Debka'. 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 CD titled Tango! Fado! Reality! with sound samples. Music performed by William Schimmel. Purchase online.
   
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A new site selling a CD titled Small Hotels with sound samples. Music performed by William Schimmel. Purchase online.
 
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Alexander Selivanov, first prizewinner of international competitions and teacher at the Gnesin's Academy of Music in Russia
 
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Douglas Ward releases three compositions, 'Abacus', 'Coming Home', and 'Serenity'. 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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