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  Stas Venglevski to appear with Jerome Kitzke, Chicago - USA
39th Fundación Festival, Vallenata - Columbia
International Accordion Museum's Silver Jubilee, Castelfidardo - Italy
7th International Accordion Festival, Vienna - Austria
Dr Sandy Tulloch (1918 - 2006), Dundee - UK
 
  Mika Väyrynen Premieres New Accordion Concerto, Helsinki - Finland
Swiss Teachers' Meeting Sunk Down in the Snow! - Switzerland
 
  National Accordion Association Festival, Texas - USA
Donostiako Akordeoi Orkestra Sinfonikoa, San Sebastien - Spain
Paris - Moscow Duo on Television, Paris - France
Milos Milivojevic Recital, London - UK
Pascal Contet's Diary Dates, Paris - Francey
Borut Zagoranski Competition Success, London - UK
Val Tidone International Music Events, Stradella - Italy
Frankfurt Music Fair
 
 

Stas Venglevski to appear with Jerome Kitzke, Chicago - USA
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich


Stas Venglevski will perform with well-known composer from New York, Jerome Kitzke, on March 14th at 7.30pm as part of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project in Chicago, Illinois. They will perform Kitzke's original composition 'Breath and Bone' for vocalist and accordion, which was originally premiered and recorded by New York accordionist Guy Klucevsek.

His artistry, dazzling technical command, and sensitivity have brought Stas, a native of the Republic of Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union, increasing acclaim as a virtuoso of the bayan. A two-time first prize winner of bayan competitions 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 the famed Russian bayanist, Friedrich Lips. In 1992 he immigrated to the United States. Stas recordings and music publications.

Marking Stas's second appearance with Jerome Kitzke, the concert is organized by Artistic Director Stephen Burns and will be held at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 East Randolph, Chicago, IL. Tickets are $20/$10. For further information, email: stas.venglevski@verizon.net
  

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39th Fundación Festival, Vallenata - Columbia
Contributed by Rob Howard


The annual Fundacion Festival takes place in Vallenata from April 26th to 30th. In Columbia, diatonic button instruments are the norm with accordionists, especially the 3-row, and are used extensively in the country's music, song and dance traditions. Visiting sailors introduced one and two row diatonic button accordions to Columbia in the late 19th Century from Europe, but three row accordions superseded these instruments by the 1930s.

The Fundacion Festival, held annually in Valleneta, Columbia, since 1968, is one of the largest accordion festivals in South America, and is part of a large-scale celebration of national music, song and dance. The festival includes a competition, with categories for amateur and professional players of various ages and styles.

There are prizes of $15,000 (Columbian) - 1st place, $10,000 - 2nd place, and $7,000 - 3rd place for the Professional Accordionists' Section, and lesser monetary prizes for the various other sections. The closing date for entries is April 8th. This festival attracts large crowds, including many holidaymakers who are attracted by the colourful spectacle of the parades and outdoors events.

For further information email: prensa@festivalvallenato.com
 
  

International Accordion Museum's Silver Jubilee, Castelfidardo - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On occasion of the 25th anniversary of the opening of the International Accordion Museum in Castelfidardo, the City Hall of Castelfidardo has published a new volume by Beniamino Bugiolacchi: 'Castelfidardo e la storia della Fisarmonica di Castelfidardo'.

The book can also be used as a Guide for the Museum, being an up-date of the edition 2002, and is available at the museum. Upon request it can be ordered for the price of 8 Euro plus postage costs.
 

7th International Accordion Festival, Vienna - Austria
Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif, of Friedrich Lips Productions


For the 7th time, the International Accordion Festival is taking place on Vienna's stages. In the Danube metropolis, it has become an institution - and a secret international tip. The warm and hot accordion sounds - either experimental, traditional or both - will expel the winter and introduce the spring. With individual, thrilling and innovative projects, the festival offers a forum for networking, communication, discussions and interaction, thus creating structures for relaxation, concentrated listening and socialization. An international class meeting - familiar and opened to the world: these are the characteristics of the Accordion Festival. From February 25th to March 26th, 160 artistes from 28 countries will perform 26 concerts.

The special ambience of the Jugendstil Theatre was the background for the opening concert, which featured local hero Otto Lechner and Arnaud Methivier in the first part, and Bratko Bibic and The Madleys after the break. Maria Kalaniemi, from Finland, a true icon of so-called world music, joined with Martin Lubenov's Balkan folk for the next evening.

During the years, Klaus Paier organized different successful projects (Trio, Trio + String Quartet, and Gerald Preinfalk). In the meantime Klaus Paier has enlarged his tango repertoire with elements of musette or Southeast-European music.

This time he teamed up with American jazz accordionist Frank Marocco (picture right), who showed his versatility by playing different kinds of music but incorporating jazz into each arrangement. Other artistes of the first week were Lizzie Cook (New Zealand), Talisman (Russia-Ukraine), Geoff Berner (Canada), Bern-Brody-Rodach-Trio (USA, Germany), and Landluft from Austria.
 
 

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Dr Sandy Tulloch (1918 - 2006), Dundee - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Dr Sandy Tulloch, one of the best-known personalities of the Scottish accordion scene, died on January 19th at the age of 86. Sandy played the Shand Morino button accordion and was a long time close friend of the late Sir Jimmy Shand. He was a great supporter of clubs and festivals, and was particularly well known as a collector of Scottish dance tunes. Many dance band leaders relied on Sandy's great knowledge, and he was frequently called on for advice.

During a distinguished career in medicine, Dr Sandy Tulloch was one of the UK's leading eye specialists. He was also a violinmaker, and also an expert model maker. As an accordionist, Sandy was a great exponent of the British chromatic button accordion, and played on an occasional basis with such bands as Sir Jimmy Shand, Jimmy Shand Junior, Bruce Lindsay, Ian Holmes, Fergie MacDonald, to name just a few.
 
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Mika Väyrynen Premieres New Accordion Concerto, Helsinki - Finland
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen premiered the Concerto by Pehr Henrik Nordgren on March 8th, with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mr. Sakari Oramo. The concert was called 'Focus Pehr Henrik Nordgren' and was part of the 'Musica Nova' festival in Helsinki. The concerto, which was dedicated to Mika, is a commissioned work by the NBC, and is first time they have commissioned such a big work for accordion.

Mika is the recipient of the prestigious artiste grant from the Arts Council of Finland/Council of Music.
 
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Swiss Teachers' Meeting Sunk Down in the Snow! - Switzerland
Contributed by Martin Frey


The annual meeting of the Swiss Accordion Teachers' Association was seriously disrupted by heavy snowfalls, with only 6 teachers able to arrive at the venue in Rorschach. Swiss teacher and Pigini Accordion Importer Martin Frey was one of those "sunk in the snow", so he took the time to send us a photo.
 
 


 

National Accordion Association Festival, Texas - USA
Contributed by Harley Jones

The National Accordion Association (formerly known as the Texas Accordion Association) will hold its annual festival in, Texas from March 9th to 12th at the Richardson Hotel, Richardson. The festival will feature concerts, a Polka Dance, a wide range of workshops and a festival orchestra. The workshop leaders include Gordon Kohl, Joe Brikha, Jim Bezdek, 'Professor' Dick Albreski, John Simkus, Joel Guzman, Alex Meixner, Fred Ziwich, Ron Pivover, Randy McPeck, Kay Hickman, Pete Nalda, Tom Sullivan, Mark Kenneth, Frances Brougher, and Denis Novato.

For a full schedule of events and workshops please visit www.accordions.com/naa and for further information email President Norman Seaton: NatlAccordion@SBCGlobal.net
 
 

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Donostiako Akordeoi Orkestra Sinfonikoa, San Sebastien - Spain
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Donostiako Akordeoi Orkestra Sinfonikoa, from San Sebastien, are in concert on March 11th, at Teatro de la Casa Cultura de Okend, San Sebastien. The concert begins at 7pm. Currently directed by Mikel Bikondoa Elizegi, the Donostiako Akordeoi Orkestra Sinfonikoa has a long history of competition successes. In 1984 the orchestra won 1st place in the orchestra competition held concurrently with the CIA Coupe Mondiale in Folkestone, England.

For further information email: bikondoa@wanadoo.es
     

Paris - Moscow Duo on Television, Paris - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov, known as the Paris-Moscow Duo, are to perform on the French television program 'la nuit de l'accordéon', on Channel MEZZO. The programs will be screened on March 11th, at 1am; March 13th, at 1.50am; and March 16th, at 1am.

For further information email: domi.emorine@libertysurf.fr
 
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Milos Milivojevic Recital, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Milos Milivojevic performs at the Catholic Centre, 2, Dukes Avenue, London W4 (opposite Chiswick Library) on March 12th. The concert is organised by the Blenheim Music Circle.

Milos Milivojevic is a First Prize winner of International Competitions in Germany, France, Italy and Denmark, Second Prize winner of the Arrasate International Competition in Spain, and has given numerous recitals in Serbia, Russia, Slovenia and England. He has also given an interview and live performance on Radio BBC 3.
 

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Pascal Contet's Diary Dates, Paris - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Pascal Contet's appearances during March are as follows:-

March 10th - Nanterre, 8.30pm - Maison de la Musique
11th - Montbeliard, ENM accordion workshop, 2pm to 4pm
Macon - March 12th, 5pm - Le Théâtre - Scène Nationale
Paris - March 13th, 8pm - Maison de la Radio
France - March 14th, 11pm - radio broadcast
Paris - March 18th, France Musique Oratoire du Louvre 145 rue de Rivoli, 6pm to 7pm and 8pm to 10.30pm
Quimper - March 21st, 8.30pm - Théâtre de Cornouailles
Auxerre - March 22nd, 7pm Theater Exodus with Eric Lamoureux- Héla Fattoumi, (National Center of Choreography, Caen)
Arsac - March 24th, 8.30pm - Le Carré des Jalles - duet with Wu Wei (sheng)
Blois - March 25th, 6pm - Médiathèque-Bibliothèque Abbé Grégoire - concert and lecture: 'The Accordion Today'
Bordeaux - March 27th and 28th - CNR Training for the accordion class of Bruno Maurice
Montbeliard - March 30th and 31st - ALLAN - Scène Nationale
Rencontres in high schools

For further information email: pascalcontet@wanadoo.fr
 
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Borut Zagoranski Competition Success, London - UK
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Borut Zagoranski, Post Graduate student at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Professor Owen Murray has been successful in the Friends of the Royal Academy of Music 'Wigmore Award'. The competition selected 4 winners who will play in the famous Wigmore Hall in London on 15th May.
    
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Val Tidone International Music Events, Stradella - Italy
Contributed by Harley Jones

Full details of the 2006 Val Tidone International Music Events are now available. These events include:-

Val Tidone International Music Competitions (June, 4th - 11th)
Val Tidone Summer Camp (July, 25h - August, 6th)
Val Tidone Festival (June - October)

For further information email: info@valtidone-competitions.com
 
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  A new CD Review:

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"Daniele Donadelli".

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Fismen - a new accordion company producing accordions and harmonicas in Castelfidardo/Italy
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New site of Marco Lo Russo accordion musician and composer, graduated in accordion at “ G. Rossini” in Pesaro, and now living in Rome.
Musicforaccordion.com is publishing four new eSheet music, 'Jumping Jack Polka', 'Jenny's Waltz', 'Minuet' 'Granada'. 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 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Die Musica'(traditional), 'Muss I Denn' (traditional), 'On the Bridge of Avignon' (traditional), 'Samiotissa' (traditional), 'Schwesterlein' (traditional), 'Vive la compagnie' (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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