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  Duo Semionov On Tour in Austria, Moscow - Russia
Guy Klucevsek Works With Steven Spielberg, Los Angeles - USA
Friedrich Lips - Music School for Gifted Children, Chelyabinsk - Russia
Karen Tweed Workshops - UK
Sergei Osokin Opens New Music School, Mühlacker - Germany
Andre Verchuren Recordings, Paris - France

  Mary Tokarski's Visit to the Czech Republic

  Inaki Alberdi Concert, Metz - France
Chango Spasiuk's European Tour, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Tango Nuevo Concert, Paris - France
Nikolai Ryskov Performs Astor Piazzolla, London - UK
Folk Festival, Telde - Canary Islands
Vincenzo Abbracciante Concert, Vienna - Austria
42nd Festival di Nuova Consonanza, Rome - Italy

 

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Duo Semionov On Tour in Austria, Moscow - Russia
Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

As part of the concert series '25 years of international accordion concerts in Neunkirchen', Herbert Scheibenreif invited the world-famous 'Duo Semionov' for a tour of Austria involving 10 concerts - Gloggnitz, Graz, Klagenfurt, Neunkirchen, Hochegg, Rottenmann, Salzburg, Perg, Vienna and Bad Tatzmannsdorf. In addition, two workshops were held dealing with 'Russian bayan literature' at the conservatory in Klagenfurt, and 'Russian accordion pedagogics', in Rottenmann.

In 1977 Viatcheslav Semionov was awarded the title 'Merited Artist of Russia', and in 1988 he became a Professor at the Russian 'Gnessin' Academy of Music. In 1995 he received the high honor of 'People's Artist of Russia' from President Boris Yeltsin.

Since 1991, he has been playing in duo with his wife Nathalia Semionov (Domra). Together they have given many concerts in the USA, China and in many European countries. Semionov is well known also as a composer for bayan. His compositions 'First Sonata', 'Four rhapsodies: Ukraine, Belo-Russia, Lithuania and Latvia', 'Don Rhapsody' and others feature in the standard repertoire of many accordionists around the world and its works are often used as test pieces at international accordion competitions. He has recorded several vinyl records and cassettes, and his first CD 'Semionov Plays His Transcriptions' was released in 1996.

Afterwards, other CDs followed such as 'Duo Semionov' and 'Kalina Krasnaja', which feature his original compositions. His concert 'Freski' for bayan, orchestra and percussion, also released on CD, was selected as the test piece for the final round of this year's bayan competition in Moscow.
    
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Guy Klucevsek Works With Steven Spielberg, Los Angeles - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

In early November accordionist Guy Klucevsek worked on the Sony Sound Stage in Los Angeles, recording as part of the orchestra for John Williams' score for Steven Spielberg's new film, 'Munich'. Guy played both free bass accordion and bass accordion for the sessions. 'Munich', based on the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Olympics and the aftermath, opens in theaters across the USA on December 26th 2005.
 
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Friedrich Lips - Music School for Gifted Children, Chelyabinsk - Russia
Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

Dr Herbert Scheibenreif writes: "A special honour was assigned to Friedrich Lips recently. Friedrich Lips was born on November 18th 1948, in the city of Yemanzhelinsk near Chelyabinsk - around 2.000 kilometres east of Moscow on the eastern side of the Ural Mountains, bordering the Asian part of the Soviet Union - to Russian parents of German descent.

In the context of the 'Friedrich Lips - Cup for the Young Generation' held in Yemanshelinsk from October 28th to 30th, according to a resolution of the regional parliament of Chelyabinsk, his former music school where he received his first music instruction during the 1950s, was re-named after him: 'Friedrich Lips - Music School for Gifted Children'. Thus, Friedrich Lips ranks among the few artistes who have actually received such an honor during their lifetime!
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Karen Tweed Workshops - UK
Contributed by Christine Adams

Accordionist Karen Tweed has plans to hold workshops in Gloucester, London, Cardiff, Derbyshire and Leeds early in 2006. These workshops are also likely to include fiddle, voice and dance or to be ensemble workshops. She welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in organising an accordion workshop. On January 7th and 8th, Karen is to appear at an accordion weekend in Edinburgh.

For further information email: kstweed@yahoo.co.uk
      
Sergei Osokin Opens New Music School, Mühlacker - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Russian virtuoso accordionist Sergei Osokin, winner of many international competitions, will perform a solo concert to mark the official opening of the Glock Music School in Mühlacker. The concert will start at 6pm and tickets are available at the cash desk the same evening. The Glock Music School is situtated at Bahnhofstr 119, 75417 Mühlacker.
 
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Andre Verchuren Recordings, Paris - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

French accordionist Andre Verchuren began his career in the 1930s, and his career uniquely bridges the gap between the pre-war 'Golden Era' of the musette accordion era in Paris and today. Verchuren's flamboyant performances have made him a greatly admired and much imitated accordionist.

One of the most prolific French recording artistes, Verchuren has produced many vinyl records, cassettes, videos and CDs since the mid-1940s. Several of his CDs of musette, Latin and classical music have recently been re-issued, and made widely available.

For further information email: mss@organ.co.uk
 
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Mary Tokarski's Visit to the Czech Republic
Contributed by Rob Howard

American accordionist Mary Tokarski recently visited the Czech Republic, performing two concerts with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra at the City Concert Hall in Olomouc. During her visit to Olomouc, Mary also recorded a composition by Gary Daverne entitled 'A Musical Party', with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mary has won many trophies and awards as a competitive player in State, Regional and National competitions in the USA. In 1971 and 1973 she represented the USA in the Coupe Mondiale, in Belgium and France respectively. She usually performs with her brother Walter Kasprzyk and sister Julie Kasprzyk Cardona as The "K" Trio, but occasionally also performs as a solo accordionist.
   
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Inaki Alberdi Concert, Metz - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Spanish accordionist Inaki Alberdi is in concert at the Grand Salle, L'Arsenal, Metz on November 18th. He will be performing the 'Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra', by Jesús Torres, with ORCAM, an orchestra from Madrid. The concert begins at 8.30pm. In 2006 Inaki Alberdi has plans to write and perform a musical version of the stories of Hans Christian Anderson.
 
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Chango Spasiuk's European Tour, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Contributed by Rob Howard

Argentinean accordionist Chango Spasiuk is currently on a tour of Europe, taking his chamame music, a genre from the north east of Argentina and south of Brazil, to new audiences. His tour dates and details are:-

November 18th, at 9pm - Teatro Federico García Lorca, Calle Ramón y Cajal, 22, Getafe, Spain
19th - venue to be confirmed in Madrid
20th - Theatre of Comedy, Brighton, England
22nd - Arts Chapter, Cardiff, Wales
23rd - The Sage, Newcastle, England
24th - Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, England
25th - De Spiegel, St Nicholas, Belgium
26th - Rataplan, Borgerhout, Belgium
27th - Oosterport, Groningen, Netherlands
29th - Moliere Theatre, Galerie de la Porte de Namur, Square du Bastion 5, Brussels, Belgium
     
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Tango Nuevo Concert, Paris - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The quartet Tango Nuevo, featuring Jérémy Vannereau on bandoneon, perform a concert on November 22nd at Canal Opus, 167 Qual de Valmy, Paris. The performance begins at 9.30pm.

For further information email: jvannereau@hotmail.com
   
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Nikolai Ryskov Performs Astor Piazzolla, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

London-based Russian accordionist Nikolai Ryskov is to perform three concerts of music composed by Astor Piazzolla. The details are:-

November 29th, from 6pm to 7.20pm, at The National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX. Free admission.
December 4th, at 4pm, at Holy Innocents Church, Paddenswick Road, London W6.
December 18th, at 3pm, at the Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2 PA.

For further information email: nikolai.ryskov@ntlworld.com
      
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Folk Festival, Telde - Canary Islands
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Canary Islands Folk festival takes place from November 23rd to 26th. Amongst the many artistes appearing is local accordionist Miguel Afonso, who appears in concert on the 26th, sharing the bill with the local band band Luética and Radio Tarifa, from Madrid. The concert in the town of Telde, and begins at 9pm.

For further information email: organizacion@folkcanarias.com
 
    

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Vincenzo Abbracciante Concert, Vienna - Austria
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Vincenzo Abbracciante Trio from Italy, featuring accordion, bass and drums, will perform a concert at the Stadttheater, Wiener Neustadt, on December 8th, at 7.30pm. Their program includes tango and jazz.
 
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42nd Festival di Nuova Consonanza, Rome - Italy
Contributed by Harley Jones

The 42nd Festival di Nuova Consonanza is a music festival that takes place from November 10th to December 17th at venues in Rome, involving students from the Conservatory and outside musicians. This year's festival includes the following two accordion concerts:-

November 19th, at 9pm at the Accademia di Francia Villa Medici - a concert by Pascal Contet (France) on bayan, playing music by Runchack, Dusapin, Tsepkolenko, Polyeva and Cardi.
December 10th, at 6.30pm - at the Conservatory of Music, Germano Scurti performs on the bayan.

For further information email: info@nuovaconsonanza.it
 

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A new CD Review:

of
Italian Favorites Monterey Style.

Review by
Joan Cochran Sommers.
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Peter Piccini releases 3 compositions of 'Waltz For Fina', 'Cool Shade' and 'Valse Pour Vouse'. 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
A new site selling a CD titled "Semionov Plays His Transcriptions" with sound samples. Music performed by Viatcheslav Semionov. Purchase online.

Cali
A new site selling a CD titled " Kpachar" with sound samples. Music performed by Viatcheslav Semionov. Purchase online.

Inaki
A new site selling a CD titled "Duo Semionov - 01" with sound samples. Music performed by Viatcheslav Semionov. Purchase online.

Gary Darven
A new site selling a CD titled "Frescos" with sound samples. Music performed by Viatcheslav Semionov. Purchase online.

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A new site selling a CD titled "Duo Semionov - 02" with sound samples. Music performed by Viatcheslav Semionov. Purchase online.

James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Every Night When The Sun Goes In '(traditional), 'Foggy Dew' (traditional), 'Greensleeves' (traditional), 'Helena Polka' (traditional), 'La Golondrina' (traditional), 'Le Chat à Jeannette' (traditional). Samples of this music are available on the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
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