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  58th Coupe Mondiale, Castelo Branco - Portugal
Important Success for Italian Accordions in Shanghai - China
Accordion Open Day, Aberdeen - UK
Jon Hammond's Appearance as CNN Guest Anchorman, San Francisco - USA
Job Vacancy: Scottish Traditional Music Grade Exams Project Manager, Glasgow - UK

  Quartet Concert with Accordion at Biarritz Forum, Bogota - Columbia

  Orkestar Bez Ime Dance Party, Minneapolis - USA
Gus Viseur Special Tribute Concert, Paris - France
Fintan Stanley Concerts, Maine - USA
Lisa-Lee Leslie Concert, Stockport - UK
NAO North West Accordion Festival, Fleetwood - UK
Bohola Concerts - USA

 

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58th Coupe Mondiale, Castelo Branco - Portugal
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich, USA

The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) celebrated its 70th Anniversary while meeting in Castelo Branco, Portugal, for its 114th General Assembly of Delegates and 58th Coupe Mondiale. Organized by CIA member Carlos Semedo and hosted by the Conservatório Regional de Castelo Branco, the 58th Coupe Mondiale attracted entries from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Scandinavia and many countries throughout Europe.

Three additional prizes were offered, including two concert tours. One to New Zealand, offered by the New Zealand Accordion Association; a tour to Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic, offered by the Methodical Centre of Accordion 'Marta Szokeová' (MCA); and the production of a CD recording offered by Intermusik. The recipient of all three prizes was the winner of the International Competition for Piano Accordion, Alexander Shirunov.

Teacher Miljan BJELETIC with student and 2005 Coupe Mondiale Champion Rade MIJATOVIC from Serbia and Montenegro (picture right)

As part of the Coupe Mondiale, competitors were required to perform the new work by Portuguese composer Carlos Marecos, 'O Medo Do Ritmo'. Mr Marecos served as one of the jury members for this section of the competition and was impressed with the standard of the performances. At the Awards Ceremony candidates received diplomas, prize money and trophies for each category, as well as members of the International Jury, International Delegates and Guests receiving diplomas signifying participation in the 2005 Coupe Mondiale.

Three additional prizes were offered, including two concert tours. One to New Zealand, offered by the New Zealand Accordion Association; a tour to Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic, offered by the Methodical Centre of Accordion 'Marta Szokeová' (MCA); and the production of a CD recording offered by Intermusik.

2005 Coupe Mondiale Honorary Vice President Paulo Jorge Ferreira after his performance with Esart Ensemble, directed by Cesario Costa. Paulo performedhis own composition Improvisata with String Orchestra (picture below).
The recipient of all three prizes was the winner of the International Competition for Piano Accordion, Alexander Shirunov. The Closing Concert featured each of the winners from the Coupe Mondiale as well as the 2005 Honorary Vice President Paolo Ferreira performing his own composition 'Improvisata' with the String Orchestra Esart Ensemble, directed by Cesario Costa, and the popular group Lusotango.

The winner of the 2005 Coupe Mondilae was Rade Miljatovic, from Serbia and Montenegro. A student of Miljan Bjeletic, Rade has previously won the Junior Coupe Mondiale.

Coupe Mondiale
1st - Rade MIJATOVIC, Serbia and Montenegro
2nd - Rinat VALIEV, Russia
3rd - Danil STADNYUK, Russia
Junior Coupe Mondiale
1st - Dimitri BOUCHLIER, France
2nd - Marko MILETIC, Serbia and Montenegro
3rd - Milovan CIKIC, Serbia and Montenegro
International Competition for Piano Accordions
1st - Alexander SHIRUNOV, Russia
2nd - Ivica DJOKIC , Serbia & Montenegro
3rd - Anastasiya SHKINDZERAVA, Belarus

French contestant Julien Gonzales (left) peforms, as the International Jury (shown in the mirror reflection) listened intently (picture above)

Virtuoso Entertainment
1st - Guy GUILIANO, France
2nd - Alexander SHIRUNOV, Russia
3rd - Mickael VIGNEAU, France
Junior Virtuoso Entertainment
1st - Julian GONZALES, France
1st - Antonio MANCINI, Italy
3rd - Simon GACHET-MAUROZ, France
International Competition for Chamber Music
1st - CAPRICE, Russia

CIA Music Committee Vice Chairperson Joan C. Sommers with Composer Carlos Marecos
(picture above)

For a full list of results and daily reports from the 2005 Coupe Mondiale, please visit www.coupemondiale.org. The 59th Coupe Mondiale will be held in Asker, (Oslo) Norway from October 18th - 22nd 2006.
 
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Important Success for Italian Accordions in Shanghai - China
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Music China event in Shanghai was a great success, and involved the participation of several Italian companies. There were approximately 40,000 visitors and 900 companies from around the world presenting musical products. The Ancona and Macerata districts of Italy supplied accordions, saxophones and accessories in large quantities.

The event included a concert with the International Orchestra of Italy, directed by Antonio Cipriani, and the soloists for accordion, sax and bandoneon included Pascal Contet, Fulvio Falleri, Peter Soave and Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi. This took place at the theater in Shanghai, with an audience of 1,500. Many private lessons were given by the artistes in the following days at the Conservatory of Shanghai.

Also present at the Concert was the Italian Consul, the director of the ICE. Maurizio Forte, the cultural attaché of the Consulate Signor Barbieri, the Mayor of Shanghai (who is particularly fond of Italian music and accordions), and the Italian delegation with Frank Francalancia, Paola Bellabona (Marche Region) Antonio Agostinelli and Beniamino Bugiolacchi (Ancona Promuove). At the stand Ancona Promuove were present the Italian companies: Ballone Burini/Bugari Armando/Nello, Mengascini/Pigini/Cagnoni, Voci/Orfeo Borgani and also Fratelli GVG.


 
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Accordion Open Day, Aberdeen - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The long established, family-run music shop, Bruce Millers, Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, is holding an Accordion Open Day, from 10am to 8pm, on November 10th. The shop stocks a wide range of accordion brands, all of which will be on display. There will be continuous demonstrations given throughout the day by Claudio Beltrami, Romano Viazzani and the department manager, Norman English.

For further information email: norman.english@brucemillers.co.uk
  
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Jon Hammond's Appearance as CNN Guest Anchorman, San Francisco - USA
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl


Accordionist and organist Jon Hammond was a guest presenter for CNN at a huge event in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park at Speedway Meadows. The event was a memorial function for Chet Helms, the rock promoter who is responsible for bringing Janis Joplin to San Francisco during the 1960s.

He also presented hundreds of shows over the years with very big bands including Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blue Cheer, Cold Blood, Dan Hicks & the Hotlicks, Charlatans, Sons of Champlin, Moby Grape, Country Joe and the Fish, Jefferson Airplane, and many more. Many of the bands who played for Chet were onhand to play for approximately 50,000 people. The event was broadcast over the Internet in Quicktime format.
    

Job Vacancy: Scottish Traditional Music Grade Exams Project Manager, Glasgow - UK
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama is looking for an exceptional individual to lead, manage and develop its flagship Scottish Traditional Music Grade examinations. Working with the finest Scottish music performing and educational talent, the Project Manager will be responsible for delivering and developing every aspect of the RSAMD's examinations, and establishing the Academy's position as the foremost provider of Scottish traditional music education both in this country and overseas. Candidates should have a detailed knowledge of Scottish music education and the traditional music scene as well as a high level of organisational, management and interpersonal skills.

A job description and application form can be obtained from: The Human Resources Department, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3DB.Tel: 0141 270 8303. Application packs also available on the RSAMD website or www.rsamd.ac.uk or visit www.scottishjobs.com. Closing date for applications: 18th November 2005
 
 
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Quartet Concert with Accordion at Biarritz Forum, Bogota - Columbia
Contributed by Rob Howard

The 6th International Forum of Biarritz, Bogota, celebrated in October, was attended by mayors of various European cities, among them that of the French city of Biarritz. The Quartet New World, whose members are Felipe Liano (flute), Francisco Rivera (clarinet), Ever Barbosa (Bassoon), and the Colombian accordionist Lácides Romero, offered a Concert of Welcome for the 300 guests at the forum, in a formal dinner, offered by the Mayor of Bogota, Luis Waiter, in the National Museum. The Quartet performed Swedish, French, Cuban and Colombian music.

 
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Orkestar Bez Ime Dance Party, Minneapolis - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Orkestar Bez Ime play for a dance at the California Building Gallery, 2205 California St NE, Minneapolis on November 5th, at 9pm. Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), meaning "orchestra without a name" in Bulgarian, has grown to be the Midwest's most popular international dance bands, specializing in Balkan and eastern European dance music. OBI's line up includes accordionist Dee Langley, Colleen Bertsch (violin), Katrina Mundinger (clarinet), Natalie Nowytski (vocals and percussion) and Tim Wahl (kaval, tambura, kitchen sink).

For further information email: colleenfiddle@yahoo.com


The five Orkestar Bez Ime musicians met as members of the Twin Cities-based Ethnic Dance Theater. Back row, accordianist Dee Langley, guitarist Tim Wahl. Front left to right, vocalist Natalie Nowytski, violinist Colleen Bertsch, clarinetist Katrina Mundinger (photo courtesy Orkestar Bez Ime)
    
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Gus Viseur Special Tribute Concert, Paris - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

A special musette and jazz accordion tribute concert to the memory of Gus Viseur takes place on November 7th, 9pm, at The Archipelago, 17 boulevard Strasbourg, 75010 Paris. Musicians participating in the concert include Marcel Azzola (accordion), Daniel Colin (accordion, bandoneon), Jean Corti (accordion), Dominique Cravic (vocals, guitar), Armand Lassagne (accordion) and Jean-Philippe Viret (double-bass). The occasion marks the re-issue of the classic recording 'Gus Viseur à Bruxelles' on CD.

Gus Viseur (1916-1974) was one of the musette players most closely associated with jazz guitarists such as Django Reinhardt and the brothers Matio, Baro and Challain Ferret. Viseur's jazz and swing style of musette anticipated the later development of jazz on the accordion. For some years, in the late 1930s and early 40s, Viseur accompanied Edith Piaf on stage and on records, including her first recording of L'Accordeonist. The compositions of Gus Viseur include Soir de Dispute, Flambée Montalbanaise, Matelotte, Jeannette and Swing Valse.
  
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Fintan Stanley Concerts, Maine - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Boston-based Irish accordionist Fintan Stanley appears in concert at Cape Cod Irish Village, 512 Main Street, West Yarmouth, on November 11th and 12th, and also on December 30th and 31st. Born in County Louth in 1941, in 1955 Fintan Stanley was the first player to become an All-Ireland Champion using a Continental button accordion. He immigrated to the USA in the 1970s, and has since performed in many European countries and Australia.
 
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Lisa-Lee Leslie Concert, Stockport - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

On November 22nd, Lisa-Lee Leslie is the Club Night guest at Stockport Accordion Club. Lisa plays the Continental button accordion, and uses two instruments - straight and musette tuned. The concert begins at 8pm, and the venue is the St John Ambulance Brigade HQ, Edgeley Road, Cheadle Heath, Stockport, close to Junctions 1 or 2 on the M60.

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com
   
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NAO North West Accordion Festival, Fleetwood - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The NAO North West Festival takes place at The Marine Hall, Fleetwood, on Sunday November 27th, from 9am onwards, followed by an evening concert featuring the various section winners. The festival organiser is Gina Brannelli. The festival includes a large number of competitive sections, including Polka, Musette, Scottish, Frosini, Virtuoso Entertainment, Late Starters, Solo, Duet, Group and Orchestra.

For further information email: accordions@btinternet.com
   
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Bohola Concerts - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Irish-American trio Bohola, featuring Jimmy Keane on piano accordion, perform at the following venues:-

November 30th, 8pm - Hawkeye College, 1501 E. Orange Road, Waterloo, Iowa
December 2nd, 8pm - University Theater, Washington County, Wisconsin
December 4th, 8pm - Legion Arts, 1103 3rd Street S.E.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
December 5th, 7pm - The Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue, South
Nashville, Tennessee
December 6th, 8pm - Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee
December 7th, 8pm - Eddie's Attic, 515-B North McDonough St, Decatur, Tennessee
December 8th, 8pm - Down Home, 300 W. Main Street, Johnson City, Tennessee
December 9th, 8pm - Carnegie Hall, 105 Church St, Lewisburg, West Virginia
December 10th, 8pm - State Theater, West Virginia Cultural Center, Charleston
December 11th - Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Avenue,
Asheville, North Carolina
December 16th, 8pm - Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 500 West Streetsboro, Boston Heights, Ohio
December 18th, 8pm - The Ark, 316 S. Main,
Ann Arbor, Michigan
December 24th, - The Midnight Special @ WFMT. This is a 'Live radio broadcast of Nollaig: A Celtic Celebration of Winter', with Bohola on "The Midnight Special", 5400 N. St. Louis,
Chicago, Illinois

Bohola play a vibrant and driving yet very emotive style of Irish music, both vocal and instrumental, and are one of the leading Irish-American bands, with four CDs to their credit. Born in London of Irish-speaking parents, Jimmy Keane was All Ireland accordion champion for five consecutive years. He is a composer and arranger of Irish music and has produced and recorded numerous albums. Many regard Keane as the premier exponent of Irish music on the piano accordion. Noted University of Limerick Professor, composer, and musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin praised Keane as the "savior of the piano accordion." Keane has performed and recorded with some of the best musicians in Irish music over the years including Liz Carroll, Michael Flatley, Mick Moloney, Eileen Ivers, and Seamus Egan.
  
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A new CD Review:

of
Todd Hildreth Accordion Trio.

Review by
Joan Cochran Sommers.
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The November edition of the United States National Accordion News is now online featuring news and concerts, as well as an article on the issue of copyright law.

Yehuda
Yehuda Oppenheimer releases 4 arrangements of 'Soldiers March', 'French Song', 'Turkish March' and 'Rasba'. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

Cali
Musicforaccordion is publishing two new music, mfa6003 'Josephine Waltz' and mfa6008 'Jeanette - Valse Musette'. Samples of the music is available on the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card

Inaki
Peter Piccini releases 3 compositions of 'Soft Summer Breeze', 'Soft As Velvet' and 'Tarantella Serafina'. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, and can be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

Benetoux
Paul Chamberlain releases 2 new compositions: 'Neva' and 'La Meije'. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

A new site selling a CD titled 'Accordion Voyage', with sound samples. Music performed by Renzo Ruggieri. Purchase online.

Gary Darven
A new site selling a CD titled 'Bends', with sound samples. Music performed by Renzo Ruggieri. Purchase online.
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