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Editor's Note:

AWW is honoured and delighted to have secured the services of the famous cartoonist Roberto Mangosi, whose brilliant and humorous work has appeared frequently in newspapers and magazines in Italy. Roberto's witty and often satirical cartoons have won him numerous awards, and the world of the accordion is now subject to his unique powers of observation.

Rob Howard

 

Accordion Concert and CD Launch, Melbourne - Australia
4th International Competition for Bayan and Accordion Players, Moscow - Russia
New Memorial Article About the Life of Elsie Bennett - USA
Jean Louis Noton Records DVD, Casamance - Senegal
International Festival of Accordion Music, Wroclaw - Poland
Martin Lubenov's New CD 'Veselina' and World Music Prize, Vienna - Austria
Predicted Web Sales Increase of 22% for 2005 - USA

 

NAO North West Area Festival, Fleetwood - UK
Jean-Louis Noton at Music Fair, Shanghai - China
Battiston Plays the Concert of Molique, San Remo - Italy
WMAS Christmas Concert, Washington - USA 

  Dade Bonetti Concert, Manerbio - Italy
Saw Doctors UK and Ireland Tour
Accordion Technique Course, Rimini - Italy


Lips
Accordion Concert and 'Abandon' CD Launch, Melbourne - Australia
Contributed by Rob Howard

Melbourne's main accordion event of the year took place, when visually impaired accordionist, Bernadette Conlon, gave her eighth annual Melbourne Cup Eve concert, as guest artiste of the Bentleigh Organ Club. This much-anticipated concert began with a performance by the Accordion Orchestra of Melbourne, conducted by Bernadette. Bernadette formed this orchestra, after an absence of an accordion orchestra in Melbourne for over twenty-five years.

A two and a half hour concert followed, which included an hour and half of her very popular unrehearsed audience requests. The concert also coincided with the launch of Bernadette's latest CD, 'Abandon'.

"This is my most honest and introspective, yet intensively passionate album yet," she says. "It was a pleasure to record some of my favourite songs and I believe it showcases the accordion's timeless quality, in the richness of its many tonal colours - an ability to mix the music of yesteryear, with some of today's everlasting hits, such as 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'.
It was a journey of discovery for me, on which I hope the listener will also embark and enjoy it as much as I did recording it."
 
Edition Harmonia
4th International Competition for Bayan and Accordion Players, Moscow - Russia
Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

The international jury at the 4th Competition of Bayan and Accordion Players at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow from December 11th to 18th has been confirmed as follows: Chairman - Friedrich Lips (Russia), Sergey Kolobkov (Russia), Viacheslav Semionov (Russia), Joan Sommers (USA), Owen Murray (Great Britain), Vojin Vasovic (Serbia & Montenegro), Max Bonnay (France), Mie Miki (Japan), Joseph Macerollo (Canada), Matti Rantanen (Finland), Pavel Fenyuk (Ukraine), Cao Xiao-Qing (China) and Claudio Jacomucci (Italy). 40 competitors from 8 countries will take part in this event, which includes three rounds of competition with six finalists battling for first place.

A variety of concerts will be held during the festival (including opening and closing concerts) with performances by the Orchestra of Bayanists of the Gnessin Academy of Music (Vladimir Shkurovsky, conductor), Aidar Gainullin and Yuri Medianik (both winners of the 3rd Competition for Bayanists and Accordionists in 2000), Mie Miki (Professor at the University of Music in Essen, Germany), Claudio Jacomucci (Italy), Pavel Fenjuk (Ukraine), Joseph Macerollo (Canada), Art Van Damme, Stas Venglevski and John Simkus (USA).

For further information at www.accordion-cd.co.at or email: herbert@accordion-cd.co.at
 
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Memorial About the Life of Elsie Bennett - USA
Contributed by Faithe Deffner

A Memorial about the life of Elsie Bennett and her considerable contribution to original accordion literature is now online. Elsie Bennett helped to launch the AAA's Composers Commissioning Committee about 1953, and she chaired this committee until 2004, during which time over 50 original works were commissioned.

Elsie Bennett was one of the earliest USA university graduates majoring in accordion, and was an AAA Board member since 1953. She was a music school director, and she devoted a lifetime of personality and energy towards the instrument she loved - the accordion. She will be sadly missed.
 
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Jean Louis Noton Records DVD, Casamance - Senegal
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl



Jean Michel Legros (KIWI productions) and French accordionist Jean-Louis Noton will travel on December 16th to Cape Skirring in Casamance to complete a music video, on the theme of peace. After 20 years of war a peace agreement was signed on December 29th 2004 between the Senegalese authorities and insurgents. Jean-Louis Noton was present on the occasion of this historic event.

For the last 15 years Jean-Louis Noton has spent his vacations in this heavenly region and has done much to activate interest in the accordion in the schools. The accordion fascinates the young Senegalese, and the accordion and African instruments such as balafon and djembé choras blend well together. Jean-Louis Noton has composed and recorded music using Senegalese themes and instruments.
 
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International Festival of Accordion Music, Wroclaw - Poland
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

2006 begins in Poland with a major international accordion festival, held from January 6th to 8th in Wroclaw. The festival covers a wide range of music, including everything from Baroque to Jazz.

There will be two categories of competition: for soloists, and for chamber ensembles and accordion orchestras. Both categories of the competition are open to amateur and professional musicians, and there are no age restrictions.

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

For further information email: suslov@wp.pl
 
Karthause
Martin Lubenov's New CD 'Veselina' and World Music Prize, Vienna - Austria
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Martin Lubenov, at the age of 29 years, is already established as one of the foremost contemporary virtuosos, arrangers and composers for Balkan accordion. The Bulgarian virtuoso combines Balkan Roma music with shades of swing, modern jazz, tango nuevo, salsa and musette and, in doing so, pays honour to it like Astor Piazzolla did to tango and Richard Galliano did to musette.

After the success of Martin's debut album 'Dui Droma', by the Martin Lubenov Orkestar, a second album 'Veselina', by Martin and the Jazzta Prasta Band has been released. Jazzta Prasta are the jazzier mini-version of the Martin Lubenov Orkestar. The members of this unorthodox balkan quartet flavour their unconventional fusion of Bulgarian folk and jazz, and also with tremendous vitality. On December 3rd Martin Lubenov's Jazzta Prasta were awarded the Austrian World Music Music Prize at Vienna's Porgy & Bess Club.

For further information email: aon.912776574@aon.at
  

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Predicted Web Sales Increase of 22% for 2005 - USA
Contributed by Harley Jones

Forrester Research and Shop.org of the USA, predicts that general web sales will increase by 22% this year with the coming holiday season likely to set new online sales records. E-commerce currently accounts for about 7% of all retails sales and by 2010, that figure is expected to rise to 12% of all retail sales.

That is nearly doubling online sales in the next five years. The accordion industry will enjoy an even greater increase in internet sales due to the huge numbers of accordionists in China, Russia and Eastern European countries, who will have credit cards in the future.
 
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NAO North West Area Festival, Fleetwood - UK
Contributed by Gina Brannelli

The National Accordion Organisation North West Area Festival was held at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood, Lancashire on November 27th. A perfect location for this event, with 229 entries, it was a very busy day for adjudicators NAO Chairman Raymond Bodell, together with his clerk William Langton, and Fred Parnell, together with his clerk Mrs Mavis Parnell. The day began at 7am for the Organising Committee, and the Festival was off to a prompt 9am start. It was a fantastic day, with many remarkable performances from soloists, groups and orchestras.

The presentations commenced with a summary of the competition from the adjudicators. Raymond Bodell and Fred Parnell were delighted with the event, and remarked on the high level of performance offered by all the competitors. They were asked to choose the awards for the outstanding performances of the day. Santana O'Connor, Hannah Heaney, Julie Langton, Daizilee Pattison and Alexander Bodell were the recipients.

The Accordion Times
International Challenge Award was presented to Harry Hinchcliffe for his support and valuable assistance at the North West Area Festival. His orchestras and groups set a very high standard and senior competitors included Janet Etherington, who won the Advanced Section. Ann Parker and John Smith were also successful senior contestants.

The New Petulengros won the Entertainment section with an exciting selection of music. Hannah Heaney, brother Kieran Heaney, sisters Philomena and Jody made up "The 4 Aces", and did really well for the first time in competition, plus individually achieving excellent placings.

Thanks must go to the committee of the North West Area: William Langton, John Fairclough, Stage Managers Jean Southern and Betty Pollard, Room Managers Tom Sharples, Christy O'Connor and Mark Langton, and photographer David Batty. The Charnwood Publications stand was a popular spot in the trade area, thanks to representative Anna Bodell. Rob Howard was present with his new book 'An A to Z of the Accordion, Volume 2', signing copies. The Committee thanked all the teachers and accordion clubs who supported the North West Festival 2005, and also the Wyre Borough Council for providing the superb venue.
   
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Jean-Louis Noton at Music Fair, Shanghai - China
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl


First picture shows Jean Louis being mobbed by fans. Second picture, first left is Chinese Vice-President Chen Jun, next is Roberto Ottavianelli of accordion manufacturer Bugari Armando, Jean Louis, then far right is Chinese Vice-President Prof. Li Cong who is also the President of the Shangai Accordion Association.

The well travelled French accordionist Jean-Louis Noton was recently in China at the International Musicfair in Shanghai, demonstrating the Odyssey OPTIMA, made by the French accordion producer Cavagnolo at the at the stand of the Chinese producer Golden Lion. As always during his performances of French and international tunes, Jean-Louis drew a large crowd of enthusiastic fans.
 
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Battiston Plays the Concert of Molique, San Remo - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Ivano Battiston has just concluded a series of concerts with the Symphonic orchestra of San Remo, directed by the Japanese conductor Tsutsumi Shunshaku. This prestigious orchestra, appearing for the first time in Italy, performed the 'Concerto Sol minore opus 46', by Bernhard Molique. This concerto was written originally for English concertina and adapted for the accordion by Ivano Battiston.

German-born composer Bernhard Molique (1802-1869) studied in Nuremberg, worked in Vienna, and then moved to London where he met the Swiss-born guitarist and concertina player Giulio Regondi at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1853, Molique wrote 'Concerto Sol minore opus 46' for Giulio Regondi, and the piece was critically acclaimed. Ivano Battiston has now revived the concerto for modern audiences.
 
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WMAS Christmas Concert, Washington - USA
Contributed by
Rob Howard

The Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS) held its 2005 Christmas Holiday concert on December 4th. Joan Grauman (right picture), an accordionist from Potomac Maryland, conducted the WMAS orchestra and the Potomac Ensemble. Dale E. Wise of Virginia, accordionist and teacher, acted as Master-of-Ceremonies.

The program included Christmas songs, Channukah songs, international songs from France, Germany, Israel, Russia, plus some folk music. Soloists included Elise Malouf, Czarina Attipoe, Silvia Eberly, Daniel McCharen, Phil Fox, Ronald Charvet, Dan Grauman, Rick Nunno, Adam Carter-Nafziger, Mara Cherkasky, Peter Di Giovanni, Leone Monticone, Clare Cherkasky, Michael B. Rubin, Jim Vandelly, Vladimir Titarenko, Merv Conn, Joan Grauman, and Dale Wise.

The WMAS orchestra and the Potomac Ensemble also performed several American and international Christmas songs. The Potomac Ensemble will also be the guest artistes at the Dale E. Wise Christmas Holiday Concert on December 14th.
 
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Dade Bonetti Concert, Manerbio - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On December 9th, at 9.30pm, accordionist Dade Bonetti performs a solo concert of popular favourites at the Narmada Equo Café, close to the railway station in Manerbia.

For further information email: dade@lelastiko.it
  
Tom
Saw Doctors UK and Ireland Tour
Contributed by Rob Howard

The popular Irish folk-rock band The Saw Doctors, featuring Derek Murray on accordion, are performing at the following venues:-

December 9th - Liverpool University
10th - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
11th - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
13th - Cambridge Junction
14th - De Montfort Hall, Leicester
16th - Barrowlands, Glasgow
17th - Islington Academy, London
18th - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
29th - Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick
30th - Royal Theatre, Castlebar
31st - Black Box, Galway
January 1st - Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney

The Saw Doctors' new CD 'The Cure' has been released in the UK and Ireland, and will be released in the USA to coincide with the band's American tour in March 2006.

For further information email: sawdoc@eircom.net
  
Gary Dahl
Accordion Technique Course, Rimini - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

A course for improving accordion playing technique, led by Claudio Jacomucci, will be held at the Istituto Pareggiato in Rimini. The eight sessions run from November 2005 until June 2006, and the remaining dates are: January 14th, February 18th, 18 March 18th, April 15th, May 13th and June 3rd.

The program includes working on transcriptions of classical music (from JS Bach to Stravinsky) and the contemporary repertoire (from Berio to Zorn). Many points of technique, including bellows shake, will be covered.

For further information email: info@claudiojacomucci.com
  
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James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Sweet Maid of Glendaruel' (traditional), 'The Wild Colonial Boy' (traditional), 'Tinker Polka' (traditional), 'Troika' (traditional), 'Valse è Delsay' (traditional), 'What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor' (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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A new site selling a CD titled 'Abandon' with sound samples. Music performed by Bernadette Conlon. Purchase online.
Yehuda
Paul Chamberlain has released a new composition of 'Once more for the last time'. Sample of the music is online in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
Vassily
A new site selling a CD titled 'Accordion Fantasy' with sound samples. Music performed by Peter Piccini. Purchase online.
Ferreira
A new site selling a CD titled 'Like A Water Buffalo' with sound samples. Music performed by Friedrich Lips. Purchase online.  
Cali
A new site selling a CD titled 'Echoes Of Europe' with sound samples. Music performed by Peter Piccini. Purchase online.
Inaki
A new site selling a CD titled 'Cool Change' with sound samples. Music performed by Peter Piccini. Purchase online.
Gary Darven
A new site selling a CD titled 'Sounds Italian' with sound samples. Music performed by Peter Piccini. Purchase online.
Benetoux
A new site selling a CD titled 'Accordion Powerhouse' with sound samples. Music performed by Peter Piccini. Purchase online.
A new site selling a book titled Young Music Book 1 for Accordion by Karthause Schmuelling.
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A new site selling a book titled Young Music Book 2 for Accordion by Karthause Schmuelling.
Lips
A new site selling a book titled Young Music Book 3 for Accordion by Karthause Schmuelling
Tom
A new site selling a book titled Young Music Book 4 for Accordion by Karthause Schmuelling.
Karthause
A new site selling a book titled Entertainment Accordion Book 1 by Karthause Schmuelling.
Charnwood
A new site selling a book titled Entertainment Accordion Book 2 by Karthause Schmuelling.
Zubitsky
A new site selling a book titled Entertainment Accordion Book 3 by Karthause Schmuelling.

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