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  16 September 2005 This weeks news | Past News  | Send news
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  Accordion Festival, Eastbourne - UK
Flaco Jimenez in Hurricane Katrina Fundraising Concert, Texas - USA
Angel Luis Castaño in Concert, Nancy - France
Emir Bosjnak's Accordion Activities, Copenhagen - Denmark
New Accordion Syllabus at Trinity College, London - UK

  International Montreux Accordion Camp, Les Avants - Switzerland
Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordeon, Quebec - Canada
25th Anniversary Accordion Festival, Geiranger - Norway
Young Accordionist's Success at International Eisteddfod, Wales - UK
  Festivals Acadiens, Louisiana - USA
Poozies October Tour - UK

 

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Accordion Festival, Eastbourne - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Eastbourne Accordion Festival takes place from February 17th to 20th 2006. The organiser, John Romero (picture right), comments:- "Four days of music the way only accordion players know how. Our programs include concerts by leading musicians such as Andy Anderson, Gary Blair, Paul Chamberlain, Sue Coppard, Gennaro Fiondella, Harry Hussey, Lisa Lee Leslie, John Romero, Romano Viazzani and Charlie Watkins.

We will, of course, have a full supporting cast of displays with Trevani Studios, Electronic Accordions Ltd and WEM. In addition Stan Mayhew will be on hand for advice with accordion tuning. Over six hours of classes will also run during the weekend and our guests are more than welcome to bring their accordions along for both these and to join in our guest concert"
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The festival takes place at The Cumberland Hotel, one of Eastbourne's premier hotels. Accommodation is limited, and early booking is advisable.

For further information email jr@carillonstudios.co.uk
 

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Flaco Jimenez in Hurricane Katrina Fundraising Concert, Texas - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez is to perform in a fund raising concert on September 25th, at the Alamo Stadium, San Antonio. The concert will also involve Cajun, Blues, Rock, Country and Western and Mariarchi artistes, who are all donating their time and talents for the victims of the recent disaster. Flaco Jimenez, a five times winner of Grammy awards, is one of the organisers of the concert.

For further information email flaco@flacojimenez.com
 

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Angel Luis Castaño in Concert, Nancy - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On the September 19th Professor Angel Luis Castaño will perform in a duo with cellist David Apellaniz in la Salle Poirel, Nancy at 8.30pm. Their program will include pieces by Kuusisto, Valpola, Piazzolla, Gubaidulina, Vivaldi, etc.

Angel Luis Castaño is presently accordion professor at the Superior Conservatorium of Music in Zaragoza, Spain, and David Apellaniz is the solo cello with the Queen Sofia Orchestra and the Plural Ensemble in Madrid. They have played together since 1996 when they performed their first concert in Madrid.
 

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Emir Bosjnak's Accordion Activities, Copenhagen - Denmark
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Emir Bosjnak was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he received a musical education to a high standard. He fled to Denmark during the war years, and in 1996 enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Professor Jytte von Rüden. In 2000, he graduated with a music teacher degree with accordion as his major subject, after which he did postgraduate studies focusing on performance. He obtained his postgraduate degree in 2001, with the highest possible marks.

Emir Bosjnak has performed with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the Aarhus Sinfonieta. He performs regularly with his own jazz quartet 'Orient á la Tino', and has recorded a solo CD. Emir has performed on Danish radio and television, and one of his radio broadcasts is available on the Internet until next February. He also has his own website.

Emir performs with Claude Chichon and his Orchestra on September 16th at Skørping Musikstation, 18th Grena Kulturhus, and 23rd Café "Karavanen" i Arhus. He also performs on two of the tracks on Claude Chichon's new CD.
 

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New Accordion Syllabus at Trinity College, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Trinity College, London, (also known as Trinity Guildhall) has introduced an accordion syllabus. Exams are offered from Grades 1 to 8, including First Concert and Performance Certificates, and are available to take in the UK and overseas.

The syllabus includes assessments on free bass and stradella bass accordion, with separate repertoire lists for both. Trinity College has a network of managers and representatives worldwide and offers its examinations in over 60 countries.

For further information email Natalie.bleicher@trinitycollege.co.uk
 

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International Montreux Accordion Camp, Les Avants - Switzerland
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl



The 6th International Montreux Accordion Camp took place in August against the backdrop of the beautiful Swiss mountains. The 40 participants came from Canada, USA, Germany, Swiss, Italy and France, enjoying both the musical activities and the pleasant surroundings. The teachers were Mady and Peter Soave and Jean Louis Noton.
 
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Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordeon, Quebec - Canada
Contributed by Rob Howard

Scottish accordionist Gary Blair sent the following report on the recent Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordeon, held in Canada:-

"Having lost my accordion on travelling, it was a relief when it arrived a matter of hours before my first performance. For me, the festival was an outstanding success. There were accordionists from around the world. Scotland, England, France, Italy, South America and, of course, Canada were represented.

Throughout Montmagny, there were different stages and most performers played at least 4 or 5 times during the weekend. A huge crowd was present at the Mayor's Park in the center of town.
Some of the performers present included Gary Blair, Frederic Baldo, Giancarlo Caporrilli, Frederic Langlais, Sam Garcia, Mickaël Vigneau and Chris Parkinson".
 
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25th Anniversary Accordion Festival, Geiranger - Norway
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov, known as the Paris-Moscow Duo, performed at the recent Belgiaden I Geiranger Accordion Festival, and have sent the following report:-
"The host Ørskog Accordion Club celebrated 25 years with a festival in Geiranger this year. During the weekend the audience could see and hear 6 concerts and dances. The mood was great, and both professional and amateur performers were on the stages.

Belgiaden I Geiranger has been a success from the first festival in 1980 when Ebbe Jularbo and Lennart Wärmell were performers. This year the young recruits showed us that we will also be hearing great accordion music in the future. Every year big names from all over Scandinavia have visited the festival. This year the host had invited the Paris-Moscow Duo of Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov.
They played both solo and duets and received massive applause. The audience was thrilled listening to a mix of classical music, folk tunes and French variety music. The artistes communicated in Russian, French, English and Norwegian!

The hosts had also their own contributors in the program. The Junior Orchestra and the Club Orchestra were both on the stage several times, with Knut Ivar Bøe as conductor. Also performing were the youth group 'Optirock', Ingrid G. Hellen, and Oda K. Stenberg, from Vestnes, and Miquel and Daniel Falcón from Engesetdal. Another local artiste was Kristina B. Farstad, who also played solo with the club's own orchestra. Linda Gytri and Vidar Skrede played traditional folk music. The concert opened with Carl Jularbo's 'Life in the Finland Woods', in which almost every accordion player present participated. From Sweden, the famous accordionist Alf Hågedal was successful both as concert player and as a dance musician. This festival was a great artistic and commercial success"
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Young Accordionist's Success at International Eisteddfod, Wales - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Faye Ventre, aged 12, from Sawbridgeworth in England, recently achieved great success being placed 2nd in the Under 16 Instrumental Solo section at the 59th Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod. Faye, a pupil of accordion teacher Stella Hughes, played a bayan button accordion, and competed against instrumentalists from many other countries to reach the final.

In the final, which was televised by Sky Television and BBC Wales, Faye played two contrasting pieces from the 'Children's Suite No 1', by Valdislav Zolatariev.

Competing against players of the cello, violin, clarinet and piano, the adjudicators praised Faye for the maturity, musicality and sensitivity of her playing.
 
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Festivals Acadiens, Louisiana - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The annual Festivals Acadiens takes place from September 16th to 18th, at Girard Park and Downtown in Lafayette. This large scale Cajun festival involves such accordionists as Ray Abshire (picture right), Wayne Toups (picture far right), Jeffery Broussard and DL Menard, plus many other musicians and bands.

The festival is in the State of Louisiana, which has, of course, been badly affected by Hurricane Katrina. One consequence is that hotel accommodation is scarce due the re-location of people made homeless.
 
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Poozies October Tour - UK
Contributed by Christine Adams

The all-female folk band The Poozies, featuring Karen Tweed on accordion, tour concert venues around the British Isles in October and November. The dates and venues are;-

October
19th - Lakeside, Nottingham
20th - Courthouse, Otley, West Yorkshire
21st - Courtyard, Hereford
22nd - Village Hall, Llandinam, Wales
23rd - Musicport Festival, Whitby
24th - Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven
25th - Tollbooth, Stirling
26th - Queen's Hall, Hexam
27th - Playhouse, Alnwick
28th - Arts Centre, Southport
29th - Centenary Hall, Peel, Isle of Man
30th - Norwegian Church, Cardiff, Wales
31st - Arts Center, Dartington
November
1st - 'Folk in the Fall', Purcell Room, London
 
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A new CD Review of Nicola Campogrande. Review by Paolo Picchio

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Peter Piccini releases 6 compositions of 'Accordion Powerhouse', 'Accordion Fantasy', 'Accordion Caprice', 'Blue Night', 'Classical Groove' and 'Gentle Breeze'. 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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Alexander Selivanov, first prizewinner of international competitions and teacher at the Gnesin's Academy of Music in Russia
 
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A new site selling a CD titled Adagio, Romance And Beyond with sound samples. Music performed by Stas Venglevski. Purchase online.
 
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Yehuda Oppenheimer releases 6 new grade 3 arrangements 'The Wild Horseman', 'Old Dance', 'Troika', 'Song Of Mirele', 'Tiritomba', and 'Landler'. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
Yehuda Oppenheimer
   
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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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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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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.
 
Gary Dahl

A new site selling a CD titled My Main Squeeze with sound samples. Music performed by Stas Venglevski. Purchase online.
 

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