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  Sofia Gubaidulina in China for the first time, Moscow - Russia
Orosz Zoltán Concert Appearances, Budapest - Hungary
Roland Unveil Virtual Button Accordion, Osaka - Japan
'La Boite d'accordeon' to distribute leading German Bandoneons, Montreuil - France'
Accordion Times International, Blackpool - UK

Alejandro Paredes Competition Success, Buenos Aires - Argentina

  Renzo Ruggieri's Tour of Iceland, Castelfidardo - ItalyAllan
Veli Kujala's recital at Usedomer Musikfestival - Germany
Golden Accordion Competition, Benevento - Italy

  Deirdre Adamson Concert, Stockport - UK
Viktor Romanko's German Concert Tour, Moscow - Russia
Dermot O'Brien and Fintan Stanley in Concert, Drogheda - Ireland
Louisianathon Cajun and Zydeco Festival, Washington State - USA
Accordion Bear, New Hampshire - USA

 

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Sofia Gubaidulina in China for the first time - China, Russia
Contributed by Dr.Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

Thanks to an initiative of Professor Cao Xiao Qing (picture right), a master class and a concert with works by Sofia Gubaidulina will take place at the Central University of Music in Beijing and at the conservatory in Tianjin (China) from October 11th to 14th. Dr.Herbert Scheibenreif comments "It is really a remarkable fact that one of the most outstanding composers of our days could be invited to China for the first time by an accordionist. Up to now, Cao Xiao Qing is the only Chinese musician who has studied and played the music of Gubaidulina, and who is co-operating with her now. Thus, it's an important step not only for the development of the Chinese avant-garde, but also for the acceptance of Gubaidulina's music in China".

During a three-day workshop Gubaidulina will present her works and demonstrate her techniques of composition. By a fortunate coincidence, two of her Chinese colleagues (professor Du Mingxin and professor Wu Zuqiang) are teaching in Tianjin. Together they will remember their common past at the conservatory in Moscow in the 1950s and try to discuss the development of composition in the future. To conclude the meeting, Gubaidulina will answer questions of students and professors on the last day.

The main highlight of the whole event is a concert including not only some of her works for bayan, but also contemporary works of young Chinese composers. It is a particular fact that the works by Jia Guo Ping ('Auf der Stille', for bayan, violin and violoncello) and Qin whom Chen ('Five songs on the horizon, for violoncello, bayan and strings) have similar contents and orchestration compared to Gubaidulina's 'Silenzio' for bayan, violin and violoncello as well as 'Seven words' for violoncello, bayan and strings.
 

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Orosz Zoltán Concert Appearances, Budapest - Hungary
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Orosz Zoltán is on tour with Hungary's most famous singer, Zoran. The concert dates are as follows:-
October 9th - Szolnok
10th - Kecskemet
11th - Gyor
16th - Kaposvar
16th - Debrecen
18th - Tököl
19th - Pecs
26th - Tata
November 7th - Nyiregyhaza
8th - Miskolc

In addition, Zoltan and his orchestra will appear as guests on October 23rd at the evening concert at a South-Slavonic Accordion Festival in Pecsudvard,

For further information email lelovicsdora@harmonika.hu
 
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Roland Unveil Virtual Button Accordion, Osaka - Japan
Contributed by Rob Howard

Roland have introduced the FR-7b, a five-row chromatic button version of their successful Virtual piano accordion. This model is programmable to include both B and C system keyboards, and as such is the first accordion to incorporate both systems. The FR-7b includes all the features of the piano accordion models, including the facility to use free bass.
 
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'La Boite d'accordeon' to distribute leading German Bandoneons, Montreuil - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Instruments made by the German bandoneon producer Uwe Hartenhauer are now being distributed in France by Laurent Jarry, Managing Director of 'La boîte d'accordéon'.

These instruments have a long tradition and are manufactured in Germany, inspired by the famous brand du Alfred Arnold. The models produced include: Bandonéon diatonique bi-sonore, système argentin, and the Bandonéon chromatique uni-sonore, système Péguri.

For further information email: boite-accordeon@wanadoo.fr
 


Accordion Times International, Blackpool - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The UK's longest established accordion magazine, the monthly Accordion Times and News has recently undergone some changes and, is now known as the Accordion Times International. Accordionist and teacher Gina Brannelli has now become Co-Editor with Loretta Rolston, and the magazine now has an enhanced format. The editors welcome contributions, information, comments and questions.

The Accordion Times was first published in 1935, and apart from the Second World War years and a period in the 1970s, has a line of continuity that covers almost all the period of the accordion's history in the UK.

For further information email Accordions@BTInternet.com
 
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Alejandro Paredes Competition Success, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Contributed by Rob Howard

On August 13th, Alejandro Paredes won the main trophy at the 5th San Jorge Accordion Festival, held in the province of Santa Fe. His prize included a trip to Italy, to compete in the Premio e Concorso Internazionale per Fisarmonica, in Castelfidardo, from the 11th to 16th October. His friend Florencia Herrera wishes Alejandro the best of luck on his trip to Castelfidardo.
 
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Renzo Ruggieri's Tour of Iceland, Castelfidardo - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Renzo Ruggieri has just returned from a successful concert tour in Iceland, where he performed on September 23rd in Hella, the 24th in Akureyri, and the 26th in the prestigious Salurin Theatre in Reykjavik. At times he was playing together with other famous accordionists and musicians such as Eythor Gunnarsson, piano, Robert Phorhalsson, bass, Erik Quick, drums and violinist Matthias Stefansson.

Now back in Italy, Renzo Ruggieri will be conducting a Master Class for jazz accordion at the PIMS Studio in Vasto on October 21st at 4 pm, and perform in a solo evening concert in the Enoteca Due Archi in Vasto.
 
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Veli Kujala's recital at Usedomer Musikfestival - Germany
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Finnish concert accordionist Veli Kujala gave a solo recital on September 26th featuring exclusively Finnish and German contemporary works. The recital was a part of the internationally respected Usedomer Musikfestival, located in the northern Germany. His program included compositions by Kalevi Aho, Sampo Haapamäki, Klaus Huber, György Ligeti, Magnus Lindberg, Jukka Tiensuu, Vesa Valkama and Helmut Zapf.

A special feature was the succesful premiere performance of Pasi Lyytikäinen's new composition 'Vuo'. This two hour concert was very positively reviewed in the newspapers Nordkurier and Ostsee-Zeitung: "Unbelievable how sophisticated he mastered the versatile demands of the compositions" and "Veli Kujala belongs to the absolute top class of accordionists."
 
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Golden Accordion Competition, Benevento - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Golden Accordion Competition in Benevento, the 5th time the festival was held, featured an excellent standard of participants, and also prestigious evening concerts. Luigi Febbraro and Renzo Ruggieri directed the event, with famous artistes such as Mario Balestra, Walter Giannarelli, Massilmiliano Pitocco and the B.B. Orkestra. Renzo Ruggieri was the Head of the Jury. A special award has been assigned to Massimiliano Pitocco.

The winners of the competition were:-
'Fisarmonica D'Oro 2005' - Guy Giuliano (left picture)
'Jury Award' for best performance - Igor Zavatskj
Classic Student - Belfiore Gilles
Variété Composition - Donato Santoianni
Variété Junior - Mario D'Amario
Variété Senior - Guy Giuliano
Jazz - Antonio Spaccarotella Group

The next Golden Accordion Competition will be in July 2006
 
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Deirdre Adamson Concert, Stockport - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Scottish accordionist Deirdre Adamson is the guest artiste at Stockport Accordion Club on October 11th. The concert begins at 8pm, and the venue is the St John Ambulance Brigade HQ, Edgeley Road, Cheadle Heath, Stockport.

For further information email robaccord5@hotmail.com
 
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Viktor Romanko's German Concert Tour, Moscow - Russia
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Russian accordionist Viktor Romanko begins his Autumn tour of Germany on October 21st. The itinery was published in the AWW news last month, but a few of the concert start times were either not published or were incorrect. The list below contains correct details:-

October
21st, at 8pm - Ev. Margarethenkirche Kierspe
23rd, at 5pm - Ev. Kirche Siegen-Weidenau (Dautenbach)
30th, at 8pm - 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, near Ravensburg
11th, at 5pm - 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
 
Dermot O'Brien and Fintan Stanley in Concert, Drogheda - Ireland
Contributed by Rob Howard

Dermot O'Brien (left) and Fintan Stanley (right), two of Ireland's most popular and enduring accordion entertainers, perform together at the Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda, County Louth on October 24th.

Dermot O'Brien, who once had a television show in Ireland that ran for seven years, moved to New York in the 1970s, but has continued to regularly tour Britain and Ireland. Fintan Stanley also moved to the USA in the 1970s, and lives in Boston. Their concert in Drogheda is one of rare occasions they have performed together.

For further information email: admin@boyne-valley-hotel.ie
 
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Louisianathon Cajun and Zydeco Festival, Washington State - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The second annual Louisianathon Cajun and Zydeco Festival takes place on October 29th and 30th at Mercer Island VFW, close to Seattle. The chief guests are accordionist Ray Abshire and fiddle player Courtney Granger, and local bands include Capuchon, Cayenne, How's Bayou, Kingbees of the Bayou and Swamp Soul. The festival MC is Gator Man, and the concert begins on the evening of the 29th, and from noon until 10pm on October 30th.
 
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Accordion Bear, New Hampshire - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Laurie and Peter Widmark are accordion enthusiasts, and own no less than nine instruments. They are also members of the Rotary club of Dover, New Hampshire. A fundraising event for the Club commences on October 14th and involves the auction of three one-foot high 'cast' bears being painted by artists.

One of the artists submitted a fabulous design for 'Uncle Walter' - the accordion bear. Uncle Walter, the accordion bear is to be auctioned and can be viewed via the Rotary Club of Dover's website.

For further information email lauriewidmark@comcast.net or tedgranger@juno.com
 
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