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  Frank Marocco Tours - Austria, Germany
Daily CIA Congress and Ships Cruise Reports - Finland
The Complete Works of Pietro Deiro, Volume 1: Celebrated Polkas - USA
World Premiere Performance of the Midi Concertina, Stockport - UK
AAMS Accordion Festival, Philadelphia - USA
 

Gyorgy Kurtag 80th Birthday Celebration, Budapest - Hungary
Eastbourne Accordion Festival, Sussex - UK

  Luca Ciarla and Renzo Ruggieri Concerts in Scotland and England - UK
Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham UK Tour Dates
Zero Sette Akordion Orchestra, Ttopara - Spain
Orkestar Bez Ime Concert, Broadcast and CD, Minneapolis - USA
50 Years HHC Waldhausen forest houses, Baden, Württemberg - Germany
Marie and Viva's 10th year Hotel Residency - Australia
Viktor Romanko at Music Fair, Frankfurt - Germany
Klingende Tasten 2006 Accordion Festival and LEGOLAND, Günzburg - Germany
Stas Venglevski's Concert Schedule, Milwaukee - USA
Stolen Accordion
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Frankfurt Music Fair



Frank Marocco Tours - Austria, Germany
Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif, of Friedrich Lips Productions

From the beginning of March, American accordionist Frank Marocco will be touring Austria for about two weeks. Concerts will take place in Salzburg, Graz, Leibnitz, Spittal, Feldkirchen, Lavamünd, and in Vienna at the Accordion Festival in Neunkirchen. Afterwards Frank will go to Germany to perform in Trossingen and Schönaich. To conclude his European tour, Frank will record a CD with Simone Zanchini in Italy.

Frank Marocco is the most recorded accordionist in America (and, possibly, the world), having played on a vast number of movie soundtracks, television scores, commercial jingles and record albums, in the studios of Hollywood and beyond. He has recorded for and/or worked with artistes ranging from Brian Wilson, Pink Floyd and Madonna to Luciano Pavarotti, conductor Maxim Shostakovich and composer John Williams. He was twice awarded the Most Valuable Player Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (N.A.R.A.S).

Frank is also a consummate jazz artiste and composer, with several albums to his credit. His recently released CD 'Appassionato' is a departure from any of his previous recordings. It is more of an eclectic collection of music from various cultures, and has everything from an Italian pop ballad to a Cuban jazz salsa original. This CD features the accordion in a variety of settings, most with an ethnic world music feel, much jazz improvisation, and many original songs with different rhythmic grooves.

For further information email: herbert@accordion-cd.co.at
 
     

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Daily CIA Congress and Ships Cruise Reports - Finland
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Members of the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) have arrived in Ikaalinen, Finland for their annual Winter Congress. Hosted by our CIA member in Finland 'Suomen Harmonikkaliitto' (Finnish Accordion Association), in addition to conducting their business meetings at the 115th General Assembly of Delegates, the CIA will conduct the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the CIA Archives, be treated to an extraordinary program of traditional Finnish Winter activities and partake in the annual Finnish Accordion Association Cruise to Sweden and back.

The important establishment of the CIA archives enables an opportunity to put together in one place, the rich history of this international organization. In addition, the importance of this work reaches far beyond as it also allows us to profile the development of the accordion and its repertoire in general. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at the Hanuritalo (Accordion House) in Ikaalinen at an International Press Conference on Friday, February 24.

The Winter Congress concludes the yearlong celebration of the CIA’s 70th anniversary year.
For daily reports of the Winter Congress and the Finnish Accordion Association Ships Cruise with over 2,600 2,600 accordion fans involved, please visit www.accordions.com/cia/winter_06.htm
 

The Complete Works of Pietro Deiro, Volume 1: Celebrated Polkas, Philadelphia - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist and musicologist Henry Doktorski has begun recording the complete works of Pietro Diero and has finished Volume One: 'Pietro's Celebrated Polkas'. Henry Doktorski writes that: "Pietro's 18 polkas exhibit great variety, musical interest and humor, and are exceedingly suited to the accordion. They tickle our ears with beguiling melodies and fancy finger work".

Pietro Deiro (1888-1954) - known as "The Daddy of the Accordion" - was one of the greatest and most influential accordionists of the first half of the 20th century. He became a celebrity on the vaudeville stage by 1912, and achieved renown by his performing, recording, teaching, composing, arranging and publishing.

This CD is presented as both a historical recreation of the works of one of the accordion world's great luminaries, and also as entertainment on its own merits. The CD includes a 12-page booklet, complete with historic Pietro Deiro photographs.

 

World Premiere Performance of the Midi Concertina, Stockport - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

On Tuesday February 28th Stockport Accordion Club hosts a special concert, at which John Nixon will demonstrate the extensive possibilities of a concertina with MIDI facilities. Using a concertina made in 1859 by the great Charles Wheatstone, this is an historic meeting of original and modern technology! The midi concertina can faithfully reproduce 48 instrumental sounds.

John Nixon is one of the world's finest concertina players, and has recorded with Frank Marocco, Jack Emblow, Harry Hussey, Marcel Azzola, Henry Mancini, Barbara Streisland, Paul McCartney, and many more. The concert begins at 8pm, and is at the St John Ambulance Brigade HQ, Edgeley Road, Cheadle Heath - close to junctions 1 and 2 of the M60.

For further information email: aeola@msn.com
 
     

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AAMS Accordion Festival - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The American Accordion Musicological Society Accordion Festival and Symposium will be held from March 3rd to 5th at the Wyndham Valley Forge Suites Hotel in Wayne, Philadelphia. Accordion enthusiasts from the United States and Canada will gather together for a great weekend of concerts, workshops, and competitions.

This year's Honored Guest is Lou Persic, and the featured guest artiste is concert accordionist Henry Doktorski.

New features of this year's festival include 'Open Mic Performances' at the Friday Night Concert - open to anybody who would like to perform a 10 to 15 minute spot (contact Joanna Darrow before March 3rd to register). Another new feature is the Festival Orchestra, which rehearses on Saturday 2.30 to 4.30pm, and performs on Sunday at the Awards Concert. Music will be available Friday Evening and Saturday morning at the Registration Desk.

For further information email: accordionfest@optonline.net
 
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Gyorgy Kurtag 80th Birthday Celebration, Budapest - Hungary
Contributed by Harley Jones

Four accordionists from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Professor Owen Murray, Borut Zagoranski, Milos Milivojeviæ and Zivorad Nikoliæ performed in the 80th birthday celebration of György Kurtág. The festival, which ran from February 15th to 19th, at the Ference Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, celebrated the 80th birthday of the Maestro. The performance of 'Songs of Sorrow and Despair' (Hungarian Premiere) will be the highlight of the festival and take place on his birthday, February 19th.

György Kurtág was born in 1926 at Lugos, Romania. As a composer, teacher, pianist and multi linguist, Kurtág has worked with orchestras, chamber groups and soloists in many parts of Europe, including Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Vienna. Professor Kurtág has had a particularly intensive career involvement with the works of Beethoven, and many musicians and singers, including numerous accordionists and accordion ensembles, have interpreted his many and various own works.
  
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Eastbourne Accordion Festival, Sussex - UK
Contributed by Ron Bennett

The 2006 Eastbourne Accordion Festival place at the Cumberland Hotel from February 17th to 20th. A happy atmosphere prevailed throughout this well supported, sell out event. The event was a credit to the hard work and preparation by John and Jackie Romero (Carillon Studios). Their expertise in organising organ and keyboard festivals was apparent throughout this magical weekend dedicated to the accordion.

Little touches from John and Jackie made the difference here, for instance, a personalised welcome pack for everyone on arrival including a detailed program of events, a free chocolate bar and a magazine. Also included were complimentary afternoon tea, coffee biscuits and cakes served in the comfort of the ballroom daily at 4pm with musical accompaniment provided by George Bennett (keyboard) and Harry Hussey (accordion).

10 hours of seminars & tuition were slotted into the weekend (covering all standards from beginners, advanced to jazz), and in the evenings over 12 hours of concerts were included in the ballroom, and a Gary Blair ceilidh was enjoyed by all on the Saturday night as the chairs were quickly pushed aside to accommodate the many dancers and to test the sprung dance floor.

Artistes included: Charlie Watkins, Gary Blair, Gennaro Fiondella, Harry Hussey, John Leslie, Lisa-Lee Leslie, Romeo Aichino, John Romero, Trevani, and George Bennett, with a guest appearance by Alan Young. Teachers at the festival were Sue Bennett, Gary Blair, Gennaro Fiondella, Harry Hussey, John Leslie and Trevani. The traders show included: Accordions of London, W.E.M, Trevani Studios, repair technician Stan Mayhew, Cooperativa, Carillon Studios, UKAO, Roland UK, and The Accordion Shop.
 



Luca Ciarla and Renzo Ruggieri Concerts in Scotland and England - UK
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Renzo Ruggieri and violinist Luca Ciarla, from Italy, perform lyrical jazz standards, Romanian gypsy music and colourful original compositions, all with a contemporary flavour in concerts at:-

February 24th, 8.30pm - The Jazz Centre, Edinburgh
25th - Orange St. Music Club, Canterbury

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Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham UK Tour Dates
Contributed by Rob Howard

Fiddle player Aly Bain and accordionist Phil Cunningham, one of Scotland's most successful duos in recent years, are on tour during March, as follows:-

3rd - Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury
5th - Hitchin Folk Club, The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, Bedfordshire
6th - Nettlebed Folk Song Club, The Village Club, High Street, Henley on Thames
8th - Loughborough Town Hall
10th - The Last Inn, Hengoed, Oswestry, Shropshire
11th - Aerial Centre, King Edward VI Community Centre, Ashburton Road, Totnes, Devon
14th - The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
16th - Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate, Newcastle Upon Tyne
17th - The Roses Theatre, Edgehill College of Further Education, St Helen's Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire
18th - Borough Theatre, Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
19th - Lichfield Arts Centre, The Guildhall, Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire
20th - Kendal Town Hall, Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria
21st - Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland
22nd - National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York
23rd - The Barrington Theatre, Ferndown Community Centre, Pennys Walk, Ferndown, Bournemouth
24th - Farnham maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey
25th - Walberton Village Hall, Arundel, West Sussex
28th - Theatr Mwldan, Bathouse Street, Cardigan, Wales

For further information email: DonnasAgency@aol.com
   

Zero Sette Akordion Orchestra, Ttopara - Spain
Contributed by Rob Howard

On March 4th, at 8pm, the Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra, bands of Txistularis from Andoain and Hernani, Chorus of Lasarte-Oria (Alboka), Andoain (Alberto Agirre), Astigarraga (Aitzondo), Hernani (Kantuz), Orio (Salatxo), and the Basque Dance Group Erketz from Lasarte-Oria are to perform at Lasarte-Oria's Culture House Manuel, Lekuona, at the Ttopara 2006 festival.

For further information email: zerosette@euskalnet.net
    
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Orkestar Bez Ime Concert, Broadcast and CD, Minneapolis - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

On March 8th, the Orkestar Bez Ime, featuring Dee Langley on accordion, perform at an International Women's Day Event at the Cedar Cultural Center, 7-10 pm KFAI FM Radio hosts the concert, which will be a live broadcast as part of the radio station's 24 hours of special women's programming.

Orkestar Bez Ime release a new CD, on March 18th, titled 'Nice Driveway Vol. 2, Lake Aquanyet Days'. The CD release will be at a concert/dance at the Cedar Cultural Center.

For further information email: squeezermn@yahoo.com
 

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50 Years HHC Waldhausen forest houses, Baden, Württemberg - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The H. H. C. Forest houses celebrates its 50 years' existence with a concert featuring Russian accordionist Alexander Skljarov and French accordionists Jeremy Vannereau and Dimitri Saussard on March 25th in the Remstalhalle, 73547 Lorch-Waldhausen place.

For further information email: Heiko.Cammerer@hhc-waldhausen.de
  
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Marie and Viva's 10th year Hotel Residency - Australia
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Marie Rappolt with her band, Viva, will be returning for their 10th year of performances at the Settlers Arms Inn, a delightful 'Australiana bush' hotel situated outside Sydney. The band will appear at the hotel on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. The band usually performs on a stage located on a large expanse of lawn at the rear of the building. There is bench type seating and tables located under shady trees for patrons to enjoy the wonderful and renowned food and entertainment. The Settlers Arms Inn is an historic stone and timber hotel located in the St Alban's Valley. The inn, one of the oldest hotels in Australia, was built by convict labour in 1836.

Marie and Viva provide entertainment in an informal cabaret style performing a repertoire of jazz, Latin, salsa, French and Spanish songs and stunning feature tunes. The romantic sounds of musette accordion (with midi bass), Spanish guitar, congas, percussion plus two vocalists harmonizing beautiful songs waft through the village of St Alban's valley drawing visitors and local residents to the Settlers Arms Inn.

For further information email: rappolt@optushome.com.au
  
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Viktor Romanko at Music Fair, Frankfurt - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Russian accordionist Viktor Romanko will be demonstrating the new Hohner 'Genius' model accordion during the Music Fair in Frankfurt, held from March 29th to April 1st. Professor Romanko will be demonstrating each day at the state of Hohner Hall, and on March 30rd, at 4pm, and on the 31st, at 12noon, on Acoustic Stage 3.

For further information email: HFausel@hohner.de
   
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Klingende Tasten 2006 Accordion Festival and LEGOLAND, Günzburg - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Klingende Tasten 2006 Accordion Festival takes place from May 26th to 28th at Günzburg. This large-scale festival, which features the Zydeco Playboys, and accordionist Cathrin Pfeifer and her band, includes The Bavarian Accordion Competition for accordion orchestras and ensembles, catering for all ages. All participants get free entry to LEGOLAND on May 28th, where an impromptu orchestra will perform, under the direction of Stefan Hippe.

For further information email: akkordeon.baldauf@gmx.de
   
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Stas Venglevski's Concert Schedule, Milwaukee - USA
Contributed by Harley Jones

Stas Venglevski, from the Republic of Moldova but now resident in the USA, is recognised as a virtuoso of the bayan. A two-time first prize winner of the bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova, Stas is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his Masters Degree in Music under the tutelage of Friedrich Lips.

During March, Stas Venglevski will perform the following concerts:-
March 10th to 12th - Texas Accordion Association

13th - Skokie, Illinois: a performance of the Galla-Rini Concerto No 2, with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra
14th to 20th, Vienna, Austria
23rd - Berlin, Germany

For further information email: stas.venglevski@verizon.net
 

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Stolen Accordion

A Piermaria electronic piano accordion has been stolen from Robert Beecroft, proprietor of the Birmingham Accordion Centre, England. The accordion is black, musette tuned, has 6 treble couplers, and has 5 bass couplers. The instrument, made about 1986, has some damage. It was stolen on February 10th by a group of Romanians who came into the shop, and is one of several similar incidents in the UK in recent times. A list of other stolen accordions can be found on the Stolen Accordion List

Anyone who has information email: accordion131@tiscali.co.uk
 

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Bettina Stumpf, from Germany, is looking for an accordion orchestra or accordion group to take part in. She is now living in Cento (FE) Italy where she hopes to be able to also play the accordion. She has previously been a member of an accordion orchestra. Her contact: BettinaSt1978@aol.com

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The United States National Accordion News has been updated with the February edition. Please visit to find out the latest US news, contact information for the various accordion clubs and associations across the country and upcoming events. Please use the submit form on the site to send your news for publication.

Updated site for the Milwaukee Accordion Club, featuring upcoming 2006 concerts for their 15th Anniversary year. Among the star studded lineup include visiting artists Copper Box, World Champion Peter Soave, Mariya Vlasovva & Kirill Shytbin (winners of the 2005 Moscow Bayan Competition), entertainer Robin Pluer, the Milwaukee Accordion Club Ensemble, Grammy Nominee Kevin Solecki, Country Swing accordionist Ginny Mac, Dr. Lidia Kaminska, Chicago Jazz accordionist John Simkus and immediate past president of the ATG and concert accordionist Stas Venglevski.

Updated concert schedule of concert accordionist and recording artist Stas Venglevski

Updated information on the American Accordionists Association (AAA) including detailed information on events such as the July 12th to 16th Annual Competition and Festival, the March 19th Open Meeting featuring guest artist Peter Soave, the April 2nd 2006 Winery Scholarship Afternoon, and the 12th annual Master Class and Concert series, moderated by Dr. William Schimmel.

Information about the upcoming Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) festival from June 29 - July 2nd, 2006 at the Ramada Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN.
Musicforaccordion.com is publishing ten new eSheet music, 'Famous Butterflies In The Rain', 'Blue Skies', 'The Gay Gordons' 'Famous Marching Airs Of Scotland', 'The Three Bears', 'Children's Dance', 'Tango', 'Fox Trot', 'Blues', 'Tulip Time', . 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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James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 7 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Garryowen'(traditional), 'Irish Washerwoman' (traditional), 'Kesh Jig' (traditional), 'The Sailor’s Hornpipe' (traditional), 'Scottish Whistle' (traditional), 'St. Patrick’s Day' (traditional), 'Wearing of the Green'(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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