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  New Book: 'An A to Z of the Accordion, Volume 2', Stockport - UK
Theater Premiere Featuring Accordionist, Plovdiv - Bulgaria
Angel Luis Castaño Premiere, Nancy - France
Victor Prieto Concerts and Clinics, New York - USA
Tribute to Bobby Coghill CD Release, Scotland - UK

  Vallenato Festival Youth Concert, Barrancabermeja - Columbia

  Melodeons at Witney, Oxford - UK
Brendan Shine Concerts, Scotland and England - UK
Christmas Concert, Alsace - France
Vina Loscar, New South Wales - Australia
Wanted: An Accordionist or Bandoneonist for Professional Tango Group - Chicago, USA

 

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New Book: 'An A to Z of the Accordion, Volume 2', Stockport - UK
Contributed by Harley Jones

A new book, dedicated to the accordion and accordionists, has been published in the UK. Written by accordionist Rob Howard, 'An A to Z of the Accordion and related instruments, Volume 2' is a reference book that is also a celebration of the achievements of accordionists, past and present. There are over 200 articles and short biographies, and about 250 photographs and illustrations.

Most of the material is new, though there are also some archive articles, written by eminent accordion authorities such as Charles Camilleri, Gerald Crossman, Dave Davani, Keith Harling, John Kirkpatrick, Graham Romani and Rosemary Wright, reproduced for the benefit of present and future generations. There are also contributions from accordionists Gary Blair, Jack Emblow, Shirley Evans, Pete Fitzpatrick, Jon Hammond, Dermot O'Brien, Mike O'Regan and John Trigg.

The articles include The Story of the Accordion Bands; Accordion Heritage; Which Accordion - Button or Piano?; Accordion Tales and Trivia; The Art of Accompaniment; Bellows Control; Playing the British Chromatic Accordion; Diatonics and Dancing; English Country Dance Playing; French Musette Stars, Past and Present - The Kings and Queens of Musette; Gerald Crossman meets Pietro Frosini; A History of the Accordion Magazines; Inside Your Accordion; Instrument Reviews; Ireland's Accordion Heritage; Jazz on the Accordion; Landmark Recordings; Looking After Your Accordion; Making the Most of Your Practice Sessions; Memorising; Memory; Musette and Java; Playing for Scottish Country Dancing; Scottish Scene; Some Hints On Sight Reading; Tango; Technique; Toralf Tollefsen's Last UK Appearance and World Champions…plus much more. This book is a sequel to 'An A to Z of the Accordion and related instruments' published two years ago. Both books retail at £15
(plus £4 postage and packing in the UK; p/p £8.50 overseas). As a special offer, both books can be ordered together for £25 plus postage and packing. Equivalent rates apply in Euros or dollars.

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com
   
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Theater Premiere Featuring Accordionist, Plovdiv - Bulgaria
Contributed by Tsvetana Kojuharova, Bulgarian Organization of Accordionists

On November 24th, the stage of the Drama Theatre in Plovdiv will host the premiere of one of the most popular plays in Europe - 'The Sexual Neurosis of Our Parents' ('Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern'). The author of the play is Lukas Bärfuss, announced in Germany as playwright of the year 2005. The guest director Georg Genoux will stage the play for the first time in Bulgaria. Georg is a student of the famous Russian director Mark Zaharov.

The music will be played live by the young accordionist from the Music School in Plovdiv, Ventsislav Kolev. Ventsislav is a student of Diana Stancheva and has won 6 First Prizes and 2 Special Prizes at National and International Accordion Competitions. The music selection in the play is from different modern American bands and Johann Sebastian Bach, and is arranged for accordion by Diana Stancheva. Using the language of music, Ventsislav Kolev will act the role of a guiding angel of the central character Dora, performed by the young actress Alexandra Vassileva.
  
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Angel Luis Castaño Premiere, Nancy - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Angel Luis Castaño played in October at the Auditorium of Nancy and premiered 'Fantasia para acordeón', by David del Puerto, who has been awarded with National Prize of Music in Composition by the Spanish Government this week, with a prize of 30,000 €.

This is the most important prize for composers in our country, and it recognizes the work of a composer during his life. 'Fantasia' was also performed by Angel last week on November 3rd in Paris in the Cervantes Auditorium at a concert with Ananda Sukarlan (piano) and Miguel Bernat (percussion).

In December Angel Luis Castaño is scheduled to perform with the Salamanca Chamber Orchestra, David Apellaniz (cello), and Gerard Caussé (conductor), performing 'Seven Words for Accordion, Cello and String Orchestra', by Sofia Gubaidulina, in Salamanca, Medina del Campo, Zamora and Ciudad Rodrigo.
On January 5th Angel performs concerts with the Aragon String Quartet in the Canary Islands Music Festival. Angel has recently been adjudicating at the Coupe Mondiale in Castelo Branco, Portugal.

For further information: www.alcastano.com  
 
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Victor Prieto Concerts and Clinics, New York - USA
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Victor Prieto, whose new CD 'Persitencia' will soon be released by Foxhaven records, has the following dates in his diary:-

November
2nd - Charlie's Club, Philadelphia: Victor Priero Trio (Carlo De Rosa, bass, and Allison Miller, drums)
5th - Thishman Auditorium, New School University, New York:
Concert and Clinics - 'Tango and Beyond'
5th - Cafe Moto, New York: Victor Prieto Trio
9th - Maggie Brown Club, New York - solo performance
12th - Miami(with Kerry Willson)
15th - Talle Latinoamericano, New York - 'Tango and Beyond'
16th - Maggie Brown Club, New York - solo performance
19th - Cafe Moto, New York - solo performance
26th - Cafe Moto, New York - solo performance

For further information email: victorprieto2001@yahoo.com
     

Tribute to Bobby Coghill CD Release, Scotland - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Ross Records have released three CDs featuring the music of diatonic button accordionist Bobby Coghill, a well-known figure at music events in Scotland, who died suddenly in January 2005. Bobby Coghill, also a noted fiddle and bagpipes player, was highly regarded as an accordionist and as a composer in Scotland. For more than twenty years Coghill recorded a vast number of tracks of Scottish music for Ross Records, including many of his own compositions.

For further information email: gibson@rossrecords.com
  
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Vallenato Festival Youth Concert, Barrancabermeja - Columbia

A concert took place during the recent Vallenato Accordion Festival, featuring many of the younger accordionists, who were notable for their great enthusiasm. The event was organised by Erwin Quintero, Professor of Music and Vallenato Festival Director. Amongst the participants were Mauricio de Santis, the 2005 Columbia Youth Accordion Champion, Jairo de la Ossa Otero, Romario Munive, Walter Muegues and Víctor Cuello.
  
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Melodeons at Witney, Oxford - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

'Melodeons at Witney' is a weekend dedicated to all styles of melodeon playing, involving workshops and concerts. Tutors include Issy Emeney, Katie Howson, John Kirkpatrick, Emmanuel Pariselle, Tim Van Eyken and Rees Wesson.

Topics covered include 'Exploring Chords', 'Morris', 'Fast or Furious?', 'Keyboard, Chords and Rhythm', 'All Over France', 'Breaking the Habit', 'Playing Together', and 'Swamp Fever'. This course is one of a regular series for free reed instruments organised at Witney by 'Hands On Music Weekends'.

For further information email: info@handsonmusic.org.uk
 
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Brendan Shine Concerts, Scotland and England - UK

Irish singer and accordionist Brendan Shine is to perform at the following venues in November:-

15th - Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow
22nd - Woodville Halls Theatre, Gravesend, Kent
23rd - The Stables, Milton Keynes
25th - St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, Wigan

Brendan Shine, who regularly uses a 5-row button accordion in his shows, has 35 international hit singles to his credit. His repertoire includes Irish ballads, humorous songs, Country and Western songs, and easy listening music.
   
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Christmas Concert, Alsace - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

As part of the events known as 'Christmas in Alsace', the Sundgau Accordion Orchestra, conducted by Philippe Rey, welcomes Alexander and Vitali Dmitriev for an exceptional concert on December 11th at 5 pm in the church of Altkirch. The concert will include works by Glynka, Piazzola, Vivaldi, and others. One of the concert items is 'Winter', from Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons', performed by the orchestra with Alexander Dmitriev as soloist.

For further information email: info@jas-accordeon.com
  
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Vina Loscar, New South Wales - Australia
Contributed by Jack Beecroft

Jack Beecroft writes: "Can any one help me please? The White-Horse Accordion Club from the South West of England are trying to find out any information about an Australian accordion player whose stage name was Vina Loscar. She left Australia for England in the 1970s when she was in her 'thirties', and was at that time living at 47 Burnell Street, Fivedock, New South Wales.

Her real name was Heather Gabrielle Brown. Sadly Heather died recently aged about 64 years. Amongst her treasured possessions is a Settimio Soprani accordion, also a stock of accordion music and accordion memorabilia. Any memories of Heather (Vina Loscar) and her involvement with the accordion would be very much appreciated. Thank you".

Email: jackbeecroft@blueyonder.co.uk
 
   
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Wanted: An Accordionist or Bandoneonist for Professional Tango Group - Chicago, USA

"My Chicago-based tango quartet (plus singer) is looking for a professional accordionist - or better yet - bandoneonist - to play with our group. Must be able to read well. Charts include written-out as well as lead-sheet format.

If interested please reply to: bossanovasit@yahoo.com for more information".
    

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A new CD Review:

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Italian Favorites Monterey Style.

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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