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7th Vienna Accordion Festival from February 25th to March 26th will
exceed all past ones: 160 artistes from 28 countries in 26 concerts
(16 double concerts).
This year's festival includes the following new features:-
" the literature salon in the 'film casino' : literature with
accordion (5 times)
" film brunch in the 'film casino' : the accordion in films
" a night adventure for kids
" 'Squeeze-box Friday': each Friday concert meetings with rising
Once again multi-colored and exciting meetings around the accordion
may be expected. If certain stylistic directions appeared in the
past festivals, this time they will join together: art music, fusions
crosswise by time and area from the Mediterranean, Eastern and Alpine
regions, Latin America, Celtic, Scandinavia, Klezmer, Musette, Tango,
Gypsy, jazz, Cajun, Zydeco, Chamamé, Rock, Rhythm & Reel,
Swing, Latin... Special highlights of the festival will be the appearances
of Geoff Berner (Canada), Jason Webley (USA), Croft NR. 5 (Scotland),
Rehom (Ireland), Bavan (Ireland), Frank Marocco (USA), Raùl
Barboza (Argentina), C.J. Chenier (USA), Chango Spasiuk (Argentina),
Kimmo Pohjonen (Finland), plus the actors Erika Pluhar, Anne Bennent
and Willi Resetarits. During these 4 weeks the accordion will mean
more than just a musical style, more than an individual kind of
artistic self-development - the accordion will be a way of life!
accordion world was saddened to learn of the loss of well-known
accordionist, teacher and conductor Lana Gore, who passed away on
January 29th 2006 after losing her battle with cancer. Lana studied
accordion under the tutelage of jazz artiste Tony
Dannon at the Modern Accordion School in Dearborn, Michigan.
She attended Wayne State University's School of Music and the Detroit
Institute of Musical Arts, later earning a Bachelor of Arts degree
from the University of Michigan with a major in music history and
theory. In 1981 she opened her own private music school in Dearborn
Heights, The Music Centre Conservatory, where there is currently
has a teaching staff of ten instructors and over 300 students.
Lana's students have won major titles in all of the most prestigious
music competitions throughout the USA and Europe. Her most decorated
Soave, won the CIACoupe Mondiale, as well
as several other international titles. Her other students have won
awards in many national and international competitions and her prize
winning accordion orchestra has performed throughout the metropolitan
Detroit area and made two European concert tours performing in Austria,
France, Germany, Italy, the Republic of San Marino and Switzerland.
was appointed as an adjunct faculty member teaching Accordion and
Bayan studies at the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Wayne
State University in Detroit in 1985, and was also affiliated with
the Applied Music Faculty at the University of Michigan, Dearborn
Campus.In addition to teaching, giving seminars and adjudicating
in international festivals around the world, Lana supported the
local accordion scene by serving as President of the Michigan Accordion
Society as well as supporting the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG), and the
American Accordionists Association (AAA).
Her funeral was held on February 2nd, and in lieu of flowers, Lana's
friends are suggesting donations be made to the Vivian Vivio Stolaruk
& Steve Stolaruk Foundation, 1928 Star Batt Drive, Rochester
Hills, Michigan 48309. Steve Stolaruk has generously offered to
assist in paying the portion of Lana's enormous medical expenses
that were not covered by insurance. Additionally, the Stolaruk Foundation
is also hosting an Italian Dinner-Dance to benefit Lana on February
12th at 3pm. The Al Battistelli Orchestra, with Tony
Dannon, will provide music. All proceeds will benefit Lana's
medical expenses. The event will be held at the Best Western ConCorde
Inn located at 44315 Gratiot (just south of M-59) in Clinton Township,
Michigan. Tickets are $25.00 per person and may be ordered by calling
the hotel at 586-493-7300 or at Star-Batt, 248-853-1500. Recently
Lana was nominated as one of the ten 2005 Michiganians of the Year
sponsored by The Detroit News.
first CD of the Acoustic Music Ensemble has been released. ACM is
a trio consisting of Savior Cauteruccio (accordion), Pietro Perrone
(violin) and Enzo Campagna (guitar). The CD attempts to recreate the
atmosphere of 'live' performances given in ACM's concerts last summer,
hence the title 'Live in Studio'. The music includes Morricone, Piazzolla,
Carpi, Girotto and Galliano. Savior Cauteruccio at present studies
jazz accordion with Renzo
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Australian accordion teacher and performer Tania
Lukic-Marx visited Auckland to work with advanced accordion teachers
and students as part of an ongoing development program aimed at elevating
the awareness and standard of teachers and students in New Zealand.
During the three day session sponsored by the New Zealand
Accordion Association (NZAA), Tania assisted teachers in the selection
of international competition repertoire, presented videos of recent
international competition winners, advised them on current tools available
to teachers as well as working with some of the students on specific
aspects of improving technique.
Tania, a former Yugoslavian National Accordion Champion, studied for
seven years at the Kiev Conservatory of Music in the Ukraine with
Besfamilnov, where she completed her Master of Arts, majoring
in accordion. Now an Australian citizen residing in Sydney, Tania
is the President of the Australian
Accordion Teachers' Association and is often invited to join international
adjudication panels at various International Accordion Competitions
as well as to hold seminars and master classes.
The visit to New Zealand launches the beginning of a new drive by
the NZAA to support accordion teachers and students, which will also
include hosting the 2009 CIACoupe Mondiale.
Suslov's Concerts, Wroclaw - Poland Contributed
concerts featuring accordionist Olexiy Suslov, at the Wroclaw Philharmonic
Hall, attracted an audience totalling1,500 and were part of the
recent Accordion Music International Festival. The program included
the works of Brahms, Strauss, and Sarasate.
The Victorian Connection, Melbourne - Australia Contributed
Melbourne Accordion Orchestra, under the baton of Bernadette
Conlon, played host to an international sextet with a difference.
Melbourne is situated in the Australian state of Victoria, and the
Italian group from Trento, Italy is titled Ensemble Victoria. The
sextet comprises Michelangelo Felicetti, Attilio Amitrano, Margherita
Berlanda, Alessandrio Zambaldi, Matreo Paoli and Stefano Bragagna.
The Victorian connection was further increased, with a visit from
Ries Vilk, of the Victorian Accordion Club in Victoria, Canada, who
as he was in Melbourne for an extended visit and joined the Melbourne
Accordion Orchestra for rehearsals for this very special private concert.
The program included performances of music ranging from Chinese and
Korean traditional songs, to a vocal performance by bass accordionist
Merrin Torpy, a professional tango singer, as well as traditional
accordion standards by Guido Diero, marches and film music.
The visiting guests brought a new light to the accordion world in
Melbourne, with arrangements of Galliano, Piazzolla, Scarlatti, Fancielli
and Schiamo. The Melbourne City Council invited the Ensemble Victoria
to Melbourne for the Grand Opening of the Plaza Italia in Lygon St
- Melbourne's Italian quarter. Whilst in Melbourne they performed
several other concerts including one in the Melbourne City Square.
This very multi-cultural evening, which featured performers of at
least a dozen nationalities, (including Scotsman Scott McDonald, a
resident of Australia for less than 2 weeks), further forged relations
between Melbourne and Italy in the strengthening of the accordion
network between the newly revived and developing accordion world in
Melbourne and the rest of the accordion world.
Concert, London - UK Contributed
After the great
success of the Mazaika Quartet at the Russian Winter Festival at
Trafalgar Square, London, on 14th Jan 14th, Mazaika's next performance
is on February 3rd at the Polish Centre (Posk), 238-246 King Street,
London, W6, nearest tube, Hammersmith. The performance starts at
The Mazaika Quartet consists of Igor Outkine (accordion, vocals),
Sarah Harrison (violin, domr), Simon Moore (guitar), and Bernard
O'Neill (double bass). Their performances have been described as:
"A magical and exhilarating evening of colourful music, guaranteed
to transport you from the fairytale snow-covered Russian steppe
to the glow of the gypsy campfire, from Opera House to a Parisian
café. With Igor's powerful and expressive tenor voice and
Sarah's dynamic playing, expect an evening of passion and fun".
Contet, well known for his work in theatrical productions and
with orchestras, is to perform at the following venues in February:-
5th, at 5pm - Maison de la Culture, Amiens
6th, at 8.30pm - Le Théâtre, Poitiers
10th, at 8pm - Atelier du Plateau, Paris
23rd, 24th and 25th, La Fenice Theatre, Venice, Italy
27th, at 9pm - Péniche-Opéra, Paris
Italian folk-rock band Yo Yo Mundi, featuring Fabio Martino on accordion,
have released on CD the soundtrack music to the 1925 silent movie
classic 'Stachka', a film made in the USSR and directed by Sergei
Eisenstein. The film is on release at a select number of venues in
the UK and Ireland, and Yo Yo Mundi are providing live musical accompaniment
wherever the film is being screened.
is the Italian word for Stachka, which in English means Strike. Eisenstein's
film features historic experiments in the art of montage, and is ideal
for musicians to add sound patterns to fit the visual images. Publicity
for the film states that: "Yo Yo Mundi create an all round musical
and visual atmosphere, with their guitars swinging from ethereal to
punk rock and their gorgeous, swirly accordion sounds along with tinkling
percussion. Waltz-time keyboard tunes and pounding folk-rock complete
the opera, placing the band at the apex among the Italian masters
of silent film soundtracks".
Yo Mundi's tour dates, all in February, are as follows:-
5th - London, Barbican Centre
6th - Petersfield, The Studio TPS
7th - Dartington, The Barn
8th - Norwich, NAC Norwich Arts Centre
9th - Chichester University - The Showroom
10th - Sheffield, Showroom
11th - Edinburgh, Filmhouse
12th - Manchester, Cornerhouse
20th - Dublin, Sugar Club
Torriglia's Valentine's Day Media Performances, San Francisco - USA Contributed
the morning of February 11th, accordionist Tom Torriglia is scheduled
to appear on KRON TV (a local san Francisco TV station) between 8
-10 am, as part of the station's news broadcast. He will be performing
as part of scheduled activities about Valentine's Day.
On February 14th, Tom will be performing on KFOG Radio (104.5 FM in
San Francisco-also available on the web at KFOG.com) at approximately
6:50 am Pacific Time, for Valentine's Day. Tom Torriglia's latest
CD 'Legends of the Italian Lounge', made with his band Bella Ciao,
has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
of Venue for NAO
North Central Festival, Yorkshire - UK Contributed
Central Festival, one of the qualifying regional area festivals in
the UK championships, has had to change its venue from the Glusburn
Institute to the Aireville School in Skipton. The festival has moved
to a bigger venue due to the record number of entries, and takes place
on February 25th.
Ryskov Plays Piazzolla, London - UK Contributed
March 4th, at 7.30pm, Russian accordionist Nikolai Ryskov performs
a concert titled 'The Most Celebrated 21 Tangos of Astor Piazzolla'.
The concert takes place at The Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street,
Mayfair London W1K 2 PA. Nikolai Ryskov's program includes 'Oblivion',
'Milonga Sin Palabras', 'Revirado', 'Jeanne Y Paul', 'Che Tango Che',
'Decarisimo', 'El Penultimo', 'Adios Nonino', 'Bando', 'Chiquilin
De Bachin', 'Otono Porteno', 'La muerte Del Angel', 'Invierno Porteno',
'Milonga Del Angel', 'Escualo', 'Verano Porteno', 'Triunfal', 'Primavera
Porteno', and 'Libertango'.