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Art Van Damme at 'Accordions International 2006', Caister - UK
Renzo Ruggieri 'Solo Accordion Project' - Italy
8th Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival Kokkola - Finland
New Accordion Company, Castelfidardo - Italy
CD Launch Raises Money for Cheshire Homes, Guernsey - Channel Islands

 

Igor Zavadtsky Birthday Concert, Kiev - Ukraine
Friedrich Lips Performs Piazzolla, Moscow - Russia

 Accordion Ensemble di Aosta Concert, Aosta - Italy
'Accordion Showcase' Concert, London - UK
Viktor Romanko's Concert Dates, Jekaterinburg - Russia
Fratres In Rock!, Burgerweeshuis - Holland
Dee Langley Appearances, Minnesota - USA
Aidar Gainullin Concert, Vienna - Austria
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Art Van Damme at 'Accordions International 2006', Caister - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard


American jazz accordion legend Art Van Damme is to make a long awaited return to the UK, appearing as the chief guest artiste at the Caister 'Accordions International' Festival, Haven Holiday Park Norfolk, England, November 2nd to 6th. Other accordion guests at the festival include Gary Blair, Jack Emblow and Tony Compton, and Romano Viazzani.

Brought up in Chicago, Art Van Damme took up the accordion at the age of nine, and was classically trained before discovering jazz as a teenager, and was initially inspired by the great clarinet player Benny Goodman. One musicologist made the following neat comment: "The hippest cat ever to swing an accordion, Art Van Damme dared go where no man had gone before: jazz accordion". Art Van Damme has toured the world numerous times, made scores of recordings, and is generally recognised as one of the great accordion legends of the post-World War Two era.

The festival includes concerts, workshops, master classes, 'free and easy' sessions, dancing and a trade show.
Bookings will take place from March 1st.

For further information email heather@accordions.karoo.co.uk
 

Renzo Ruggieri 'Solo Accordion Project' - Italy
Contributed by Rob Howard

Renzo Ruggieri's 'Solo Accordion Project', performed at many and varied events, is based on TOTAL IMPROVISATION. The effect is intense and spectacular due to its use of electronics (loops, digital effects and video projection). As well as jazz festivals, SAP is suitable for theatrical and academic environments because of its original and impromptu mixture of melodies, rhythms and sounds. It is something unique, ideal for the opening of festivals and concert seasons that seek alternative and fascinating sounds. Renzo CD's For Sale.

The new SAP CD titled 'Storie di Fisarmonica Vissuta' forms the first part of the program and is accompanied by professional background video images. Renzo was entered in the Top 20 best talent 2005 for all instruments, and at 1° place for accordionists in the referendum from the Italian magazine Musica Jazz.
 
 

8th Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival Kokkola - Finland
Contributed by Rob Howard

The 8th Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival takes place from February 18th to 26th. This festival features 16 concerts in various styles, including the duo Iñaki Alberdi & Iñigo Aizpiolea, from Spain, who will also be playing a concert for Finnish Radio. Other features of the festival include a tribute to Mozart performance of 'Figaro' involving an actor and solo accordionist, Kimmo Pohjonen, and the Finnish premiere with Guardia Nueva and Dance group of Astor Piazzolla's 'Four seasons'.

For further for information email: raimo.vertainen@pp.inet.fi
   

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New Accordion Company, Castelfidardo - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The FISMEN accordion company was founded in the year 2000. Though still a very young company, all of the 9 workers have a lot of experience in the accordion industry.

At the beginning FISMEN only produced accordions for famous brands, but since autumn 2005 they have designed and built their own models.

Led by Günther Lerch, the company is producing new instruments that are proving popular, and are available in a range of new colours. The South Tyrolean accordion builder Hans Lapper is working for FISMEN on more new models to extend the range currently on offer.

For further for information email: lerch.g@sbg.at
  
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CD Launch Raises Money for Cheshire Homes, Guernsey - Channel Islands
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Michael Kinnersly, known professionally as Michel, has recently released a double CD 'Michel Pour Vous' and Michel - La Collection'. At the CD launch in December, Michel raised £2, 500 in aid of the Cheshire Homes, and that total has since increased to over £3,000.

The Cheshire Homes, founded in 1948 by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, exist to provide long term residential support for the disabled and are found in 60 countries worldwide. Michel is resident accordion entertainer at the Atlantic Hotel, St Peter Port, Guernsey.

For further for information email: sarah.kinnersly@cwgsy.net
 

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Igor Zavadtsky Birthday Concert, Kiev - Ukraine
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

4000 people attended the to the birthday concert of Ukrainian accordionist Igor Zavadtsky, held in the largest Concert Hall in Kiev on January 20th. Igor Zavadtsky is one of the most well known musicians in the Ukraine.

The concert involved solo accordion, accordion with symphony orchestra, choir and dancers. Italy's Renzo Ruggieri appeared in the concert, and also at a function the following evening that was also dedicated to Igor Zavadtsky.
 

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Friedrich Lips Performs Piazzolla, Moscow - Russia
Contributed by Dr.Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

In a concert organized on the occasion of Astor Piazzolla's 85th anniversary, Friedrich Lips charmed his public in Moscow's famous 'Dom Muziky' (House of the Music) by performing a program including Piazzolla's concert 'Aconcagua' and 'Four seasons' in the first half and several tangos after the break. Sergey Kondrashov conducted the Orchestra of the Russian Philharmonic; piano soloist was Friedrich's son, Svjatoslav Lips.
 



Accordion Ensemble di Aosta Concert, Aosta - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On February 11th, at 9pm, the Accordion Ensemble di Aosta are in concert at the Biblioteca di Châtillon (AO) where they are performing pieces from Boellmann, Iturralde and Piazzolla.

For further for information email: cocodella@tim.it
 
      

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'Accordion Showcase' Concert, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

On February 13th, at 7pm, students of London's Royal Academy of Music will perform perform chamber music by Schnittke, Piazzolla, Saint-Saens, Boznic (UK Premiere), Gubaidulina and Repnikov. The concert takes places at the RAM, in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT. Admission is free.

For further information email: accordion@ram.ac.uk
 

Viktor Romanko's Concert Dates, Jekaterinburg - Russia
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Russian accordionist Viktor Romanko performs the following concerts in February:-
February 15th - Jekaterinburg (Urals/Russia) concert in the
Tschaikowsky music vocational school
16th to 18th - Tjumen (Sibieria/Russia) 'Competition for young instrumental soloists' - member of the jury and concert performance
27th - Ufa (Baschkortostan/Russia) concert in the University music department
  
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Fratres In Rock!, Burgerweeshuis - Holland
Contributed by Rob Howard

Fratres In Rock!, from Finland, will be performing in a show titled 'Het Accordeon' (The Accordion) in Netherlands on February 16th in Burgerweeshuis, at 9.30pm. Fratres has played in 14 countries including Japan, Mexico, Lebanon, and many parts of Europe. This successful group plays rock classics from Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Rainbow, Van Halen, Black Sabbath...

For further information email: raimo.vertainen@pp.inet.fi
 
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Dee Langley Appearances, Minnesota - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Orkestar Bez Ime, featuring accordionist Dee Langley, perform for a 'Balkan Mardi Gras Dance' at St Paul, Minnesota on February 18th. People are invited to "Celebrate and Rekindle that New Orleans Spirit in the middle of a Midwestern Winter!" The venue is CSPS SOKOL Hall, 383 Michigan Street.

On February 22nd and 23rd, 10am and 11:35am, Dee Langley performs with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, in a concert titled 'Viva Latino!'. The program will feature Latin and Hispanic music, plus a brand new work by Minnesota composer Daniel Kallman.

For further information email: squeezermn@yahoo.com

 
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Aidar Gainullin Concert, Vienna - Austria
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On February 26th, at 6pm, Russian accordionist Aidar Gainullin is in concert at the Waldmüllerzentrum, 1100 Wien, Hasengasse 38, Vienna. Aidar Gainullin, from Moscow, won the 2001 Coupe Mondiale, held in London.

For further information email: kaleta.hermi@aon.at
 
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Guy Petit is looking for an accordionist for his orchestra 'Rétro Musette', in the region 78 from France. Either tel: 06-61-81-01-99 -01-39-79-09-75 or e-mail guy.petit@neuf.fr
 


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 A new CD Review:

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The FISMEN, a new accordion company.

A new site selling a CD titled "Dúo de Acordeón Clásico" with sound samples. Music performed by Angel Luis Castaño and Raquel Ruiz. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled "Musika Kontenporaneoa Akordeoia" with sound samples. Music performed by Angel Luis Castaño. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled "Patrick Busseuil" with sound samples. Music performed by Angel Luis Castaño. Purchase online.
Yehuda Oppenheimer releases 3 arrangements of 'Portuguese Dance', 'Frailach' and 'Alexandrova'. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

Musicforaccordion.com is publishing five new eSheet music, ‘Dinty Miss’, 'El Cumbanchero', 'Blue Flash', 'La Rosita' and 'The North Western Blues'. Samples of the 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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James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online: 'Danse Deux'(traditional), 'John Peel' (traditional), 'March Of The Kings' (traditional), 'O Soldier, Soldier' (traditional), 'The Queensland Drover' (traditional), 'With My Swag All On My Shoulder' (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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Gary Dhal releases 3 arrangements of 'Les Bicyclettes De Belsize', 'Pigalle' and 'Under Paris Skies'. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
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Musicforaccordion.com is publishing seven new eSheet music, 'La Pachanga', 'Gypsy Mood', 'Waltz Piquante' 'A Calm Voyage', 'Spring Song', 'Summer Dance '. Samples of the music is 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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