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  International Festival of Accordion Music, Wroclaw - Poland
Stas Venglevski Concerts, Milwaukie - USA
Lisa-Lee Leslie's English Concert Tour, London - UK
Music China Warm Up Party, Shanghai - China

Francesco Pennese's Debut CD, Lanciano - Italy

  Salvatore Cauteruccio Concert, Scalea - Italy
Dr William Schimmel in New Opera Recording, New York - USA

  'Accordions of the World' Concerts, Brescia - Italy
Mazaika Duo in Concert, Ormskirk - UK
Viacheslav Semionov Concert, Hasengasse - Austria

 

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International Festival of Accordion Music, Wroclaw - Poland
Contributed by Rob Howard


Sponsored jointly by the regional government of Lower Silesia and the Austrian Consulate in Krakow, the first International Festival of Accordion Music takes place in Wroclaw from January 6th to 8th 2006.

The festival music covers everything from Baroque to Jazz, and there will be will be two categories of competition: for soloists and for chamber ensembles and accordion orchestras. The competitions are open to amateur and professional musicians, and there are no age limitations.

A special guest of the festival will be Yurij Shyshkin (Russia) - the winner of numerous international accordion competitions: Klingenthal (Germany 1988), Kansas City (USA - 1990), and Castelfidardo (Italy - 1991). The Festival Director is Olexiy Suslov.

For further information email: suslov@wp.pl
 
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Stas Venglevski Concerts, Milwaukie - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Moldovan-born accordionist Stas Venglevski, now resident in the USA, is to perform the following concerts:-

October 14th, 7.30pm - Russian Seasons in Minnesota - 5th Annual Festival 'Ship of Desire', at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St Catherine's College, St Paul, Minnesota.
October 20th, UWM - Milwaukie, Wisconsin.
November 12th - Classic Tango Show, with The Stas Venglevski Tango Ensemble and vocalist Laura Crotte at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
November 21st - Arizona Accordion Club, Phoenix, Arizona, with jazz accordionist John SimkusRussian.

For further information email: stas.venglevski@verizon.net
 
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Lisa-Lee Leslie's English Concert Tour, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Lisa-Lee Leslie has just completed a highly successful long run as an actor and musician in a modernised version of William Shakespeare's play 'As you like it', at the Wyndhams theatre in London's West End, alongside actress Sienna Miller. The historic play was updated and set in 1940s France, featuring an original score for accordion.

Lisa will shortly be undertaking a short UK tour of accordion clubs, and her tour itinerary to date is as follows:-

November 2nd - Fairtykes Accordion Club - Hornchurch, Essex
16th - Leyland Accordion Club, Lancashire.
18th - 'Accordion Workshop Group', 7.30pm, Stainton Memorial Hall, Stainton, Middlesborough; email thomasbaines@tiscali.co.uk
November 19th - Skipton Town Hall, North Yorkshire, 7.30pm - also featuring The Craven Orchestra and accordionist Rob Thorn; email r.smith@ukaccordions.com
November 22nd - Stockport Accordion Club, 8pm; email Rob Howard: robaccord5@hotmail.com

Any other accordion clubs or societies interested in booking Lisa-Lee on this tour please email: accordionfriends@aol.com
 
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Music China Warm Up Party, Shanghai - China
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl


Organist/TV & Radio Host Jon Hammond will be on hand to host Music China Warm Up Party on October 18th at 9pm, commemorating the beginning of 4th Music China together with Music Director Danny Woody and Band plus very special guests. Jon Hammond is a member of the American Federation of Musicians Union Local 802 and host and producer of the radio and television shows HammondCast and Jon Hammond Show for 22 years on Time Warner TV and Infinity Broadcasting Network.

Members of Media and Exhibitors of Music China will be joining Mr. Hammond and Mr. Woody for cocktails and live music in the warm and friendly atmosphere of the Portman Ritz - Carlton Jazz Bar to meet and greet the international participants of Music China international trade show event.

The Music China Warm Up Party event will be carried on a live MULTICAST courtesy of Apple Computers and sponsors: Hammond Suzuki, CASIO, Superlux and Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

For further more information email: jonhammond@jonhammond.com
 

Francesco Pennese's Debut CD, Lanciano - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Young accordionist Francesco Pennese, a student of Renzo Ruggieri, has just released his first CD, titled 'Io e la mia Fisarmonica'. The music includes everything from Radetsky to Zez Confrey, and Rimsky Korsakov to popular Italian pieces. The CD is published by Musicomania.

For further information email: info@renzoruggieri.it
  
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Salvatore Cauteruccio Concert, Scalea - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The final concert in a summer season at the Communal Library of Scalea, in the Southern Italy, featured a performance by accordionist Salvatore Cauteruccio, with Pietro Perrone (violin) and Enzo Campagna (guitar).
 
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William Schimmel in New Opera Recording, New York - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

New World Records has recently released a two CD, one hour and forty minute chamber opera: 'The Floating Box', by Jason Kao Hwang. It traces the history of Chinese immigrants and their settling in New York's Chinatown. The libretto is by Catherine Filloux. The opera features an elaborate accordion part performed by William Schimmel.

A recent review in the International Record Review states: "most inspired of all is his (Hwang's) use of the accordion to provide the harmonic filling: and in this he is served by the admirable William Schimmel, whose subtlety is in itself one of the highlights of the recording."

Jason Kao Huang worked closely with Schimmel in developing this intricate part and Mr. Huang uses it as a bridge between his scoring for western instruments as well as traditional Chinese instruments such as the erhu and the pipa. The International Record Review lists Schimmel as a character in the opera along with the singers. 'The Floating Box' had its world premiere in 2001 at Asia Society in New York. Juan Carlos Rivas conducted both the premiere and the recording.
 
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'Accordions of the World' Concerts, Brescia - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

A series of concerts at the Theater of San Giovanni in Brescia, organised by Davide Bonetti, includes the following:-

October 15th, at 9.30pm - tango, musette and jazz performed by Ermes Pirlo (accordion), Fabrizio Zappamilio (guitar), Giulio Corini (bass) and Emanuele Maniscalco (drums).
October 22nd, at 9.30pm - 'Etnikos - A Musical Journey from East to West', featuring Davide Bonetti (accordion), Beppe Gioacchini (percussion) and Marco Tiraboschi (oud, baglama, bouzuki and guitar).
October 29th, at 9.30pm - The Warsaw Duo, Grzergorz Toporowski (accordion) and Radoskav Topotowski (accordion) perform music from Poland and many other countries. Also on October 29th, from 9.30am to 12noon, and 3pm to 6pm, Davide Bonetti is to lead a day of accordion activities.

For further information email: chiostrosgiovanni@libero.it
 
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Mazaika Duo in Concert, Ormskirk - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Mazaika Duo - Igor Outkine (accordion) and Sarah Harrison (violin) perform a concert of Russian and Gypsy music plus Hot Club Jazz at The Beaufort Hotel, Burscough, Ormskirk, Lancashire on November 2nd, at 8.30pm. Andy Mackenzie (guitar) and Paul Roberts (double bass) will accompany the duo.

Igor Outkine (Russia) studied classical accordion in Elektrostal's music college and traditional singing in Gnessin Institute in Moscow. He performed extensively with top folk groups and with the Rozovsky Theatre of Moscow. He came to London in 1990 with the gypsy band Loyko and has continued to perform the music of his homeland in varies venues.

He is also in demand for film and recording sessions (he has played on several major film soundtracks) and has appeared several times on UK television. Igor's vocal and instrumental repertoire covers an extremely wide range of music such as Classical and Opera, Neapolitan song, Argentinean and Russian Tango, Jazz and Pop.

For further information email: paubdgn@aol.com
 
Viacheslav Semionov Concert, Hasengasse - Austria
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Viacheslav Semionov (accordion) and Natalie Semionov (domra), known as the Duo Semionov, will perform at Waldmüllerzentrum, 1100 Wien, Hasengasse 38, on November 21st at 7pm. The concert is organised by Hermi Kaleta.

For further information email: kaleta.hermi@aon.at
 
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A new CD Review:

of
Classical Accordion Recital.

Review by
Joan Cochran Sommers.
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Peter Piccini releases 5 compositions of 'Scampy’s Polka', 'Shade of Blue', 'Tango Tonight', 'Tango Alegra' and 'Waltz Musette'. 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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Yehuda Oppenheimer releases 2 new grade 3 arrangements 'Swiss Dance', 'Jugoslavian 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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