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Editor's Note

The Accordions Worldwide news enters its tenth year, having covered a vast number and range of accordion events from around the world since 1996. Anyone who reads our news coverage will know that there are many interesting and exciting things happening all the time. Our news publicity is free, so if you know of anything newsworthy that relates to accordion or any of its close relatives, please let us know the details. Have a good 2006.

Rob Howard
 
Frankfurt Music Fair

 

Gaylord Klancnik Dies in Car Accident, Detroit - USA
Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow - UK
Anthony Ettore Passes Away, New Jersey - USA
Claude Caron's New CD, Lille - France

 

55th Trophée Mondiale, La Bourbele - France
BubeSapràvie Duet Concert, Strada - Italy
Alex's Accordion Center Expansion, New York - USA

  Marie and Viva's Performances, Sydney - Australia
Classical Accordion Duo, London - UK
Accordion Broadcasts on French Speaking Radio, Lausanne - Switzerland
North Central Area Accordion Festival, Yorkshire - UK
Paris - Moscow Duo Master Classes, Gruyère - Switzerland
Music and Dance Course, Brescia - Italy


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Gaylord Klancnik Dies in Car Accident, Detroit - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Gaylord Klancnik, a well-known accordion player in the polka field in Michigan, died following a car accident on December 19th. He was nominated for a Polka Grammy in 2005. He was a great accordion player and human being and I know he will be missed at the polka festivals. Influenced by Frank Yankovic, Gaylord Klancnik was one of the leaders in the Slovenian style of polka playing, and was nominated for a Polka Grammy in 2005.

Joe Dannon, Rudy Bernick and Matt Pink, the latter who was perhaps the biggest influence, taught Gaylord Klancnik the accordion. In 1976, the Klancnik Brothers Orchestra was born, featuring Gaylord on accordion and brother Ken on saxophone. The Klancnik Brothers Orchestra enjoyed immense popularity throughout the years and was awarded trophies proclaiming them 'Michigan's Best Polka Band' and Gaylord as 'Michigan's Polka King'.

In 1983, the forerunner of today's Cleveland Polka Hall of Fame also honored Gaylord. The KBO performed all over the USA, including Hawaii. They also took their music to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and to Brazil. Gaylord Klancnik, a well-known figure at festivals and with many recordings and radio and television appearances to his credit, will be remembered as one of the most acclaimed polka performers of his era

Evening News Photo by KARI COLLINS A car sits sandwiched between another car and a garbage truck after an accident on Newport Rd. Monday. Gaylord A. Klancnik of Carleton was killed in the crash.
 
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Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow - UK
Contributed by
Rob Howard

The Celtic Connections Festival takes place from 11th - 29th January 11th to 29th. This annual event is one of the largest winter music festivals in the world. The main venues of the festival are Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Piping Centre, The Barrowlands, the Tron Theatre and Glasgow Cathedral. Bands featuring accordion include the Scott Harvey Ceilidh Band, Session 9 (Scotland), Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies (England), Le Vent du Nord (Quebec), Cherish the Ladies (USA), and Les Yeux Noirs (France); accordionists appearing at the festival include Sandy Brechin, Phil Cunningham, Mairearad Green, Gary Innes, Donald Shaw, and Angus Lyon.

This festival includes concert performances, talks, debates, master classes, workshops, the annual finals of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Awards, a Showcase Scotland weekend for promoters, a legendary Festival club and much more. On January 28th, in the Clyde Foyer at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, there will be a workshop titled 'Come and Try: Accordion', at 11am, and 'Accordion Techniques', at 2pm.
 
 
    
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Anthony Ettore Passes Away, New Jersey - USA

Anthony P. Ettore, of Montville, New Jersey passed away on December 20th. Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, he lived in Newark and Parsippany for 13 years before moving to Montville in 1977. He was secretary/treasurer of the Thomas J. O' Beirne Co., Roseland, New Jersey, since 1994. A Marine Corps veteran, Tony served during World War II.

He studied accordion from the age of five and in 1952 established the Ettore School of Music in Staten Island, New York. Many of his students won awards in solo, duet, combo and accordion orchestra divisions in state and national competitions. Mr. Ettore performed at Carnegie Hall, New York City, with his Virtuoso Accordion Orchestra.

He was a member of the American Accordionists' Association Board of Governors for more than 50 years and served two terms as president. In March of 2005, Anthony Ettore was honored as 'Man of the Year' by the Accordion Musicological Society and in November of 2005, he was presented with the key to Roseland by Roseland Mayor, Michael Paolo. Additionally, Mr. Ettore was a charter member of the Lions Club of Staten Island.

He is survived by his wife, Marie, and a brother, Raymond.
   
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Claude Caron's New CD, Lille - France
Contributed by Rob Howard


Accordionist Claude Caron has released a new CD of musette and Latin dance music titled 'Bienvenue au ch'ti bal'. Claude Caron has appeared on French television several times, most notably the show compered by fellow accordionist Michel Pruvot.

For further information email: c.caron4@libertysurf.fr
 
 

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55th Trophée Mondiale, La Bourbele - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

The 55th Trophée Mondiale competition was held in the spa town of La Bourbele in the Auvergne region from October 5th to 9th. The chief organisers, on behalf of the Confédération Mondiale de l´Accordéon (C.M.A.), were Jacques Mornet and Frédéric Deschamps. The Trophée Mondiale began in grand style with an evening concert featuring Jerome Richard, Alain Musichini, Roman Jbanov and Domi Emorine. The competition involved sixty candidates (France, England, Switzerland, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain, Portugal, Italy), pre-selected during the summer by the various national associations affiliated with the C.M.A.

The adjudicators were: Franck Angelis (France), Gina Brannelli (UK), Andreas Nebl (Germany), Cintas Claudine (Switzerland), Sabrina Guislain (Belgium), Nevio Prenc (Croatia), Vojin Vasovic (Serbia and Montenegro), Sergei Voitenko (Russia), Nikolai Seyrukov (Belorussia), Gianluca Pica (Italy), Tomassetti Renzo (San Marino), Jaroslav Vlach (Czech Republic) and Daniel Rodriguez (Spain).

The competition results were:-
Senior Classical
1) Sergei Osokin (Russia)
2) Ivan Sverko (Croatia)
3) Konstantin Tarasenko (Belorussia)

Junior Classical
1) Dimitri Bouelier (France)
2) Marko Stojanovic (Serbia-Montenegro)
3) Marko Sevarlic (Serbia-Montenegro)

Senior Variety
1) Julien Gonzales (France)
2) Felicien Brut (France)
3) Guy Guiliano (France)

Junior Variety
1) Antonio Mancini (Italy)
2) Simon Gachet-Mauroz (France)
3) Sarah Vonau (France)

For further information email: frederic.deschamps@wanadoo.fr
 
 
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BubeSapràvie Duet Concert, Strada - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Nereo Flowers (accordion) and Riccardo Marogna (clarinet), known as the Bube Sapràvie Duet, recently presented a program of songs based on the impressions of Venetian emigrants to South America in times gone past. The concert was part of an International festival held at the Theater in Strada, near Venice.
 
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Alex's Accordion Center Expansion, New York - USA
Contributed by Jon Hammond

Alex's Accordion Center will soon be expanding by opening a 2 full floors, full-service accordion facility for sales, repairs, tuning and testing on New York City's famous 'Music Row', 165 W.48th St. The extended premises will include a specially equipped 'Back Room' for players to try out and compare instruments.

Alex has been a shop owner on 48th St., working with accordions, for over 35 years. He has 2 veteran repairmen/accordion builders from Castelfidardo, Italy, on the premises, who specialize in customer modifications and are especially noted for repairing numerous sad cases of smashed bass-mechanisms from rough airline handling.

Alex carries a number of brands of new and used accordions, from Italy, France and several other countries. He recently took over the 2nd floor, which was previously occupied by Roberto's Woodwinds, and is now constructing an in-house 'Accordion Museum' from his extensive personal collection.

For further information email: musicalalex@hotmail.com
 
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Marie and Viva's Performances, Sydney - Australia
Contributed by Rob Howard

Marie Rappolt, with her Fisitalia accordion, leads her band Viva for a series of performances at South Sydney Leagues Club, known as 'South Sydney Rabbitohs', every Friday evening at 7.30pm, commencing on January 13th until March 8th. The club is located at 265 Chalmers Street Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales.

Marie and Viva the band are one of Sydney's most popular bands in the cabaret, Latin and jazz genres. Performances in Sydney include: Sydney Olympic Park, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross Festival, Manly International Jazz festival and Jazz in the City at QVB. The band also performs regularly at festivals at: Thredo, Gold coast, Newcastle and Kiama. The band is also popular at Local Council's functions, multicultural events and a host of corporate events.

Marie and the band are well known for their many international performances throughout Asia, most recently including appearances at festivals in Taiwan. The music that Marie and Viva the band perform is highly entertaining, presented in a delightful cabaret style from a diverse repertoire of: Jazz, Swing, Latin, Salsa, French, Spanish, Gypsy Jazz and classic show tunes.

For further information email: rappolt@optushome.com.au
 

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Classical Accordion Duo, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Spanish accordionists Iñigo Aizpiolea and Iñaki Alberdi perform at the David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London, on January 20th at 7.30pm. Their program includes 'Tierkreis' (Karlheinz Stockhausen), 'Imago Interior' (Carlos Satué), 'Three Pieces' (Luis de Pablo), 'Trencadis' (Joan Guinjoan), 'Trama de Aire y de Sombras' (Antonio Lauzurika), and 'Petrushka' (Stravinsky).

Iñigo Aizpiolea, visiting on an Erasmus exchange, and Iñaki Alberdi, Professor of Accordion at the conservatory in San Sebastian and Barcelona, perform a recital to complete their two days working with Academy students on Spanish accordion repertoire.

For further information email: box.office@ram.ac.uk
 
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Accordion Broadcasts on French Speaking Radio, Lausanne - Switzerland
Contributed by Rob Howard

The French-speaking Swiss radio station Espace 2 will broadcast for one week, from January 16th to 20th, a series of programs presenting classical and contemporary accordion. The program presenters are:Sophie Valceschini, Christophe Dufaux, Stéphane Chapuis, Nikita Pfister and Sylvain Tissot.

Radio Espace 2 broadcasts on 32.4 Kbps. The radio station will, from January 16th, offer recordings of these programs for sale, and from February 20th, these transmissions will also be available on the Internet.

For further information email: mickoulet@swissonline.ch
  
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North Central Area Accordion Festival, Yorkshire - UK
Contributed by Richard Smith

This year's NAO North Central Area Accordion Festival takes place on February 26th at the Glusburn Institute, just outside the village of Cross Hills in West Yorkshire, in the North of England. The competition also includes keyboard, piano and guitar sections, which take place on February 25th, whilst the Accordion and Ensemble sections take place on the Sunday.

All competitors, jury and visitors to the competition are invited to a welcome evening event, which will take place at approximately 8.00pm in a local pub, the Kings Arms in Sutton-in-Craven after the awards presentation on the Saturday evening.

There will be plenty of food, drink and music to keep visitors entertained. The competition will include prize money for the accordion, piano/keyboard and guitar entertainment sections, and also for the highest mark of the competition.
The closing date for entries is January 31st.

For further information including entry forms, rules, accommodation details, email: northcentral@ukaccordions.com

 
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Paris - Moscow Duo Master Classes, Gruyère - Switzerland
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Paris - Moscow Duo, Roman Jbanov and Domi Emorine are to hold a series of master classes in Gruyère from February 27th to March 3rd. The master classes are open to all, and there are no age restrictions. The series ends with a concert at 8pm on March 3rd.

For further information email: chantal65@bluewin.ch
   
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Music and Dance Course, Brescia - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Davide Bonetti and dance teacher and choreographer Marina Rossi are to run a joint course, lasting 8 sessions, from February 28th, in Brescia.

For further information email: marina@lelastiko.it
 
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  A new CD Review:

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Review by
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Pascal Contet's website has been recently updated, with a new page of his repertoire as well as all index pages and concert dates.

James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'A Bushman’s Song'(traditional), 'As I Went Out' (traditional), 'Bagpiper’s Carol' (traditional), 'Bielbie’s Hornpipe' (traditional), 'Björnborgarnes Marsch' (traditional), 'Carnival of Venice' (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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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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