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Editor's Note:

This week's Accordions Worldwide news is the last for 2005, and will next be published on January 13th. The team at Accordions Worldwide wish all our readers, clients and contributors, wherever you may be, all the very best for Christmas and New Year.

Rob Howard
 
Frankfurt Music Fair

 

4th International Competition of Bayanists and Accordionists, Moscow - Russia
Veli Kujala's Concert in the Sibelius-Academy, Helsinki - Finland
Suoni Takes Over Menghini, Castelfidardo - Italy
1st International Accordion Festival, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Paolo Picchio Becomes New President of Music Marches Accordions, Castelfidardo - Italy
The 4th European Festival of Accordion Orchestras, Prague - Czech Republic
Borsini's New Air Travel Friendly Accordions, Castelfidardo - Italy

 

Paris-Moscow Duo's European Travels, Paris - France
Jon Hammond Goes Behind Bars!, San Francisco - USA

  Lagunak Quintet Concert, Alava - Spain
Bilbao Symphonic Accordion Orchestra Concerts, Bilbao - Spain
Encore Tour Plan for USA, Melbourne - Australia
Zoltan Orosz Concerts, Budapest - Hungary
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4th International Competition of Bayanists and Accordionists, Moscow - Russia
Contributed by Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions


The 4th International Competition of Bayanists and Accordionists took place from December 11th to 18th in Russia's Gnessin Academy of Music with great success. The international jury included 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). Competitors from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China, Serbia and France took part in this event, which included three rounds of close competition with six finalists battling for first place.

Candidates could select from two concertos:
Viacheslav Semionov "Freski", Concerto for bayan, chamber orchestra and percussion E. Podgaits: Concerto for bayan and chamber orchestra.

A variety of concerts was 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), Stas Venglevski and John Simkus (USA). America's living jazz legend Art Van Damme made his debut in Moscow and received a special award for his lifetime achievements offered by the organizers of the event. The 'Silver Disk' (for special accomplishments in the accordion and bayan culture fields) was presented to maestro Sergey Barinov, accordionists Joseph Macerollo, Joan Sommers and Mie Miki, producer Massimo Pigini and composer Alexander Shurbin.

Results:
1st equal: Maria Vlassova (Russia) and Kirill Shtybin (Russia)
2nd: Alexander Selivanov (Russia)
3rd: Evgeny Kotchetov (Russia)

Finalists Sergey Kotkov and Andrey Sheliganov received dipolmas.
 
    
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Veli Kujala's Concert in the Sibelius-Academy, Helsinki - Finland
Contributed by Veli Kujala

The Finnish concert accordionist Veli Kujala is currently attaining his Doctor of Music degree in the Sibelius-Academy. The degree consists of five public concerts, studies supporting artistic work and thesis. Veli Kujala's entire concert series features contemporary Finnish accordion music. His second public concert was held on December 12th and featured premiere performances of works by Osmo-Tapio Räihälä (for accordion and string quartet) and Daping Qin (for accordion and viola), a Chinese composer living in Finland.

The other compositions were duo for accordion and violoncello by Uljas Pulkkis and solo works by Perttu Haapanen, Pasi Lyytikäinen, Tapio Tuomela and Olli Virtaperko, whose composition 'Devil's Lungs' is probably technically the most demanding piece ever written for accordion.

Finland's leading Swedish speaking newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet wrote: "The accordion is often an underestimated instrument in the world of art music. Perhaps it has suffered from the fact that it looks like the organ's little cousin. What the accordion needs are virtuosi who are able to use the instrument's complete possibilities and Kujala is exactly that kind of virtuoso: he doesn't only have perfect technical abilities but also artistic enthusiasm for experiments."

The concert was recorded by the Finnish National Broadcasting Company YLE and will be broadcast on December 29th.

For further information email: vkujala@siba.fi
     
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Scandalli - Paolo Soprani - Sem, Castelfidardo - Italy
Contributed by Mirco Patarini, Amministratore Menghini - Suoni srl

From the 1st January 2006 the Suoni srl company will receive control from Menghini srl of production, sales and marketing of the prestigious accordion brands Scandalli, Scandalli Conservatorio, Paolo Soprani and Paganini as well as SEM

This will not change anything for our customers, business contacts and personnel as already forseen by an agreement on the 1st January 2003 between the Menghini and SEM companies.

For further information e-mail: info@scandalli-soprani.it
  
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1st International Accordion Festival, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Contributed by Rob Howard

The 1st International Accordion Festival takes place in Buenos Aires from April 21st to 26th 2006, and invitations are extended to accordionists around the world. There will be competitions for solo, duet, trio, group and orchestra entries, and players of piano, chromatic and diatonic accordions are equally welcomed.

The various sections will be divided into three broad categories:-
Category A - competitors aged from 12 to 15 years
Category B - competitors should be over 16 years of age
Category C - open age, performing test pieces

Each category has prizes to the total value of US$2,500. The winners of each category will each receive a statuette called 'The Accordionist', and Diplomas of Honor will be issued to placed competitors.

For further information email: bemusica@infovia.com.ar
 

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Paolo Picchio Becomes New President of Music Marches Accordions, Castelfidardo - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

A change of presidency of the Consortium Music Marches Accordions took place during their assembly of associates on the 18th November. Beniamino Bugiolacchi handed over the leadership with a majority of votes to Paolo Picchio.

With this new assignment Paolo Picchio, is called to use his long experience in international accordion work, being the Artistic Director of the prestigious "Città di Castelfidardo" annual competitons since 1992, accordion teacher, laureate and still active as a musicologist. Through this work he has become well known for his worldwide relations.

Our best wishes to Paolo Picchio for success with this important new international responsibility from all the staff of Accordions Worldwide.
 
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The 4th European Festival of Accordion Orchestras, Prague - Czech Republic
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Czech Accordion Association and the concert and travel agency Club Tours Agentur Prague are together organising the 4th European Accordion Festival of Accordion Orchestras, in Prague. This international event takes place from April 20th to 23rd 2006. Applications to compete must be received by January 15th 2006.

The festival takes place in the impressive hall of the Vinohrady National House and in other halls in the city of Prague. All non-professional accordion orchestras may participate. Accordion orchestras and friends from all over the world are welcome to this great international music show.

The categories include:-
I) Junior Accordion Orchestras, under the age 16 years
2) Classical Music, no age limits, at least 10 accordions.
3) Light Music, no age limits, 12 or more players.

For further information email: CTA@IOL.CZ
 
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Borsini's New Air Travel Friendly Accordions, Castelfidardo - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Borsini company announces for 2006/2007 the introduction of a new line of accordions on the international market with the unique characteristics of special dimensions, which will allow an accordionist to transport their instruments easily in the cabins of passenger aeroplanes. Further details of this innovation will soon be revealed.
 
 

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Paris-Moscow Duo's European Travels, Paris - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Paris-Moscow Duo, Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov, never stop travelling to different regions, bringing their special mix of French and Russian music. The Duo can send any audience on a personal voyage without them moving from their seats.

Since September, they have made appearances in France:

- Doué la Fontaine (region Pays de la Loire) for celebrate the 10th festival organised by Jean-Luc AMIARD and 'Association musicale du sud saumurois';
- La Bourboule (region Auvergne) for the opening concert of World Trophy of the Accordion;
- Meyzieu (region Rhône Alpes ) for the annual festival organised by accordionist Stephanie Rodriguez;
- Saint Pol sur mer (region Nord-Pas de Calais ) for the big concert with a participation of different accordions orchestras and Quartet of Domi Emorine (guitar, bass guitar and drums) organised by Roland VERMET;
- Marcheprime (region Aquitaine) for the master class and concert organised by Regine PISIAUX and 'Association Crescendo'.
- After this, they went on to represent France and Russia in Morges (Switzerland) in the Boullard's Music Shop, then to Denmark and Norway, for some different style concerts. In Denmark many of the concerts took place in churches, and in Norway they played a three-day festival organized in a Hotel.

After 10 days abroad, they returned in France to perform a concert to the conservatoire of Reims, and to Aix les Bains to play for the local Accordion Society. They then went to Isle, near Limoges, to play for the birthday of 'L'Avenir musical du Limousin', organised by François Phillippe. In December, they travelled to Ortuella in the Spanish Basque country (close to Bilbao) for 2 concerts: one for the adults, the other for 250 children aged between 8 and 12 years.

It was an incredible experience, because after being exposed to the instrument all the children left grinning from ear to ear.

These concerts were the initiative of the concert performer Patricia Fernandez and the cultural services of Ortuella. The initiative of these concerts was taken by the performer Patricia Fernandez.

For further information email: roman.jbanov@libertysurf.fr
 

Yuri
Jon Hammond Goes Behind Bars!, San Francisco - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist, organist and broadcaster Jon Hammond writes as follows:-

"Yesterday I played an interesting solo accordion job in the morning, in the secure Psychiatric Ward at Laguna Honda Hospital. In the evening I played with my trio in 2 separate 'Pods' of San Francisco County Jail No 8 in the women's facility.

Both musicians on my trio are long-time friends of mine - Marc Baum (tenor sax) and I attended Kindergarten together in 1958 and Jon Otis (drums) went to high school with us in Berkeley, California, and it had been 35 years since the last time we played together. The response of the women was incredible. This was my 5th consecutive year to play the Prison Christmas show. So it was not a boring day! Tonight I'll be back over at Laguna Honda Hospital to play for about 75 patients in the main building"
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Lagunak Quintet Concert, Alava - Spain

On December 23rd, at 8.30pm, the Lagunak accordion quintet will perform a concert in the Fundación Caja Vital. Admission is free. The program includes 'Adeste Fidelis', 'Irish Suite' (Matyas Seiber), 'Kitolis', 'Miniature', 'Golden Samarkanda' (Víctor Gutiérrez), 'By a Head' (Carlos Gardel), 'The Fictitious Patriarch', and 'The Wedding of Luis Alonso'.

The Lagunak accordion quintet, from the Basque Region, perform compositions in many styles and also some own compositions. They formed in 2001, and were previously members of the Lagunak Accordion Orchestra.

For further information email: victor@akordeon.net
 
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Bilbao Symphonic Accordion Orchestra Concerts, Bilbao - Spain

The Bilbao Symphonic Accordion Orchestra perform Christmas concerts:-
December 22nd - Auditorium of the University del Pais Vasco (Leios Campus)
December 30th - Teatro Social Antzoki de Basauri (Bizkaia)

The orchestra has just issued its 8th CD, titled 'De Norte a Sur', on the record Label RTVE Musica

For further information email: orquesta@bilbaoacordeon.org
   
Gary Dahl
Encore Tour Plan for USA, Melbourne - Australia

Following the success of her first tour of the US and Canada, visually impaired Australian accordionist, Bernadette Conlon is thrilled to be able to accept invitations for a proposed tour in June and July 2006. Already, Bernadette has been asked to be part of the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention and the Leavenworth International Accordion Convention, bringing her formidable combination of great technique, quick wit and a huge repertoire, from which requests can be plucked, to the US.

The tour arrangements are in their infancy, and Bernadette hopes to be able to include some other cities, festivals and/or concerts to her schedule, which she hopes will take in the West Coast. A report on her concert at Salt Lake City 2005 is on line.

For further information email: accordionbernadette@bigpond.com
     
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Zoltan Orosz Concerts, Budapest - Hungary
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Zoltan Orosz studied at the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Music College in Budapest, then made his name internationally at the Klingenthal competition in Germany. He now pursues a career performing as a solo accordionist, and with various other musicians including his own orchestra. Listed below are Zoltan's performances at the beginning of 2006:-

1st January 1st, at 4pm, the Zoltan Orosz Orchestra will perform at Helyszín, Szekszárd2nd January 2nd, at 7pm, 'A New Year Message' - Zoltan Orosz performs as a guest at the New Year Concert of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra - Helyszín: Pécs - National Theatre of Pécs
13th January 13th, 7pm, 'I love Paris - French Chansons' - Zoltan Orosz Orchestra featuring Attila Bardoczy at Helyszí, Budapest
20th January 20th, 7pm - Zoltan Orosz Orchestra at Helyszín, Szombathely
 
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Francesco Palazzo wins the Compsosition Award "Frank Evangelisti" Rome - Italy

The Italian fisarmonicista Francesco Palazzo has won the eighth edition of the International Competition of Composition "Frank Evangelisti", by the "New Consonanza" of Rome, with the composition: "Perpetual Movement- Studio per Concerto for Classical Accordion" .

This years edition of the competition has been dedicated to the accordion "bajan". The jury was composed by: Azio Corghi, president; Bernard Cavanna (France), Pascal Contet (France), Kind Ada, Fausto Sebastiani, Mika Vayrynen(Finlandia), Vladimir Zubitsky(Russia). The regulations previewed two categories: accordion solo and accordion with chamber music, from trio to quintet.

22 works were performed in the category "soloist" and 18 in category "chamber music". All works have been introduced anonymously and 3 pieces of each category were been selected to be performed the evening of 10 th December in the Auditorium of the Saint Conservatory Cecilia of Rome in the presence of the jury and public. Two works were awarded: "Perpetual Movement" of Francesco Palazzo in the cat. Solo Accordion and "Clouds Gang III" of Salvatore Piras, cat. Accordion and chamber music.
 

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Dino Minnucci, from Tasmania, would like to know if anyone has a midi file of 'Jolly Cabellero' (composed by Pietro Frosini) or know where one could be obtained.

Email DINSUE@bigpond.com
 

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MusicForAccordion is publishing a new music of 'Cristina'. 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 'Pathes Of Centuries' with sound samples. Music performed by Alexander Dmitriev. Purchase online.
 
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A new site selling a CD titled 'Enigmatic Russain Soul' with sound samples. Music performed by Alexander Dmitriev. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled 'Fanfare' with sound samples. Music performed by Alexander Dmitriev. Purchase online.
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A new site selling a CD titled 'Divertimento' with sound samples. Music performed by Alexander Dmitriev. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled 'Images Contrasts Moods' with sound samples. Music performed by Alexander Dmitriev. Purchase online. 

A new site selling a DVD titled '50th Years Anniversary - Concert At Coupe Mondiale - London 26-10-2001' with sound samples. Music performed by Alexander Dmitriev. Purchase online.
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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.

A new site selling a CD titled 'Abandon' with sound samples. Music performed by Bernadette Conlon. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled 'Like A Water Buffalo' with sound samples. Music performed by Friedrich Lips, Mie Miki, Elsbeth Moser, Matti Rantanen. Purchase online.
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