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  Yuri Medianik's Live National Radio Broadcast - Russia
Days of Macedonian Music 2006', Skopje - Macedonia
Guido Deiro 1928 Sound Film Available on DVD, Philadelphia - USA
Lips Accordion Workshop, Imst - Austria
  'The Guv'nor' meets 'The Governess', Leicester - UK
Concerto Premiere, Melbourne - Australia
Accordionist Steals the Show at Glasgow Music Festival, Scotland - UK
  Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra Tour, Extremadura - Spain
Martin Lubenov Perfoms in Porgy & Bess, Vienna - Austria
Accordion Concert, Vienna - Austria
Pascal Contet Performances, Paris - France
17th Harmonica and Accordion Meeting, Zuidlaren - Netherlands
International Accordion Competition, Klingenthal - Germany
15th International Accordion Prize 'S. Bizzari', Morro D'Oro - Italy
 

 
 

Yuri Medianik's Live National Radio Broadcast - Russia
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The grand Russian tour of the Russian bayanist and violinist Yuri Medianik, arranged by the Russian Art of Performance International Foundation, took place at the beginning of March. These were Yuri Medianik's first 'live' performances in West Siberia and Far East Russia.

Yuri performed in solo concerts as violinist (first part of concerts) and bayanist (second part). The program encompassed compositions by Locatelli - 'At the Tomb sonata', Ravel and Shnitke - 'Sonata 1 for violin and piano', as well as Yuri's own transcriptions of pieces by Couperin, Daquin, Ibert for bayan and compositions by Viacheslav Semionov.

The tour took Medianik to the cities of Ulan Ude, Buryatia, Irkutsk, Maryinsk, Novosibirsk, Novokuznetsk,Tomsk, and Bijsk,Branaul, and was crowned with a concert in Studio 5 of the Russian Radio Broadcasting Company 'Cultura' on March 20th.

This performance was broadcast across Russia and was also made available to the audience through the Radio Cultura website. Yuri Medianik is the first accordionist to broadcast live on this radio station. The listeners to Cultura number several million, from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg.

Yuri Medianik performs the following concerts later this month:-

April 26th - concert with the Sverdlovsk Chamber Orchestra, Ekaterinburg
28th - concert with the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Ekaterinburg
30th - solo concert (violin, bayan), Revda

For further information email: yuri@yurimedianik.com
 
eSheet music catalog - over 570 works

'Days of Macedonian Music 2006', Skopje - Macedonia
Contributed by Anica Karakutovska

The annual festival 'Days of Macedonian Music 2006', organised by the Composers' Association of Macedonia - SOCOM, and under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr Branko Crvenkovski, was held from March 29th to April 5th in Skopje.

In the concert of young composers held on April 1st in the 'Museum of Skopje', Macedonian composer Elizabeta Ilievska presented 2 of her new works: 'Twelve' for solo accordion, performed by Zoran Kirjakovski, accordion student of Prof. Zorica Karakutovska (left), and the composition 'Clowns' (2006) for chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet in B flat, violin, cello, accordion, xylophone, vibraphone and cymbals), dedicated "to all those who I love and respect so much".

The chamber ensemble was prepared by Professor Zorica Karakutovska and consists of: Vanco Arevski - flute, Sasko Temelkov - clarinet, Kliment Todorovski - violin, Ljupco Milevski - cello, Zoran Kirjakovski - accordion, Atanas Aleksov - xylophone, and Blagoja Antovski - vibraphone.

The composition is based on the characters of five circus clowns - sad, joyful, cynical, jocular and drunk, reflected in five different thematic materials.

The composition 'Clowns' was extremely well received by the large audience and received high praise from the music critics as an excellent new work. This was another successful cooperation between Zorica Karakutovska and this young composer, her ex-accordion student.
 

Guido Deiro 1928 Sound Film Available on DVD, Philadelphia - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Guido Deiro (1886-1950) was the first accordionist to be featured in a sound film. 'Guido Deiro: The World's Foremost Piano-Accordionist' was filmed in Burbank, California, at the Warner Brothers studio in 1928 and shown in movie houses throughout the United States to critical acclaim. If you click on the picture of Guido Deiro's accordion (left) you will go to a very interesting article about this accordion, including excellent pictures.

In this film Guido Deiro performs two pieces (1) the Overture from 'I Capuleti ei Montechhi' by the Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini, and (2) the Serenade from 'Les Millions D'Arlequin' by the Italian composer and conductor Riccardo Drigo.

This black and white film, which lasts six minutes, has been restored and made available on DVD by accordionist and musicologist Henry Doktorski. The film displays the great virtuosity, musicianship and stage presence of the first great star of the piano accordion at the height of his fame.
 

Karthause Schmuelling music catalog

Friedrich Lips Accordion Workshop, Imst - Austria
Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

For the sixth time the city of Imst (located in Tyrol, near Innsbruck) will organize workshops for musicians and artists of different styles from July 10th to 14th 2006. Participants will have the opportunity to combine some relaxing days with artistic activity.

Accordionists Friedrich Lips (from the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow) and Roman Pechmann (Conservatory of Klagenfurt, Austria) will give solo lessons and teach chamber music.

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

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'The Guv'nor' meets 'The Governess', Leicester - UK
Contributed by Mike O'Regan

Jack Emblow and Tony Compton performed a variety of great jazz improvisations, including many requests, in their concert on April 8th at the Soar Valley accordion Club, Leicester. Jack Emblow used his familiar American made Excelsior whilst Tony Compton played a MIDIfied Sonola attached to an Orla expander - a change from his more usual Syntaccordion.

In the audience was former CMA World Champion Pearl Adriano. Although these top players have been on the accordion scene for 40+ years, Jack Emblow (known in England as 'The Guv'nor') and Tony Compton had never met Pearl before. Pearl is resuming her concert career after some years' absence. She will be in concert at Soar Valley later this year, on October 7th. The concert was organised by David Price.
  
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Bernadette Conlon Concerto Premiere, Melbourne - Australia
Contributed by Rob Howard

Melbourne audiences were treated to the rare opportunity to hear the accordion with symphony orchestra, in a concert with the Frankston Symphony Orchestra. Visually impaired accordionist Bernadette Conlon performed the Australian premiere of Andrew Walter's newly resurrected 'Reflections' for accordion and symphony orchestra.

This work showcased both the lyrical properties of the accordion, its majestic, organ like tone, as well as flights of cascading technical runs, ably handled by the soloist.

Bernadette was also asked to accompany two of Australia's top young ballroom dancers, for two tangos, in specially crafted arrangements of 'La Cumpasita' and 'Blue Tango', before Bernadette was rejoined by the strings, for a soulful rendition of Piazzolla's 'Oblivion'.
 
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Accordionist Steals the Show at Glasgow Music Festival, Scotland - UK
Contributed by Gary Blair

Gary Blair Junior,aged 14 and a student at the Douglas Academy of Music in Milngavie, was picked with 5 others out of 7,000 musicians to compete at the last night concert of the Glasgow Music Festival, competing for the 'Ailie Cullen Memorial Prize.'

The other musicians included piano, vocalist, clarinet, guitar and cello. Gary stole the show with his brilliant performance and surprised many of the mainly classical audience. He performed 'Children's Suite' (Zolotariev - published Karthause-Schmuelling) and Monti's 'Czardas.' The winner was Scott Lygate playing the clarinet.
 
 

Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra Tour, Extremadura - Spain
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra, from the Basque region, is to tour the western region of Extremadura later this month. The tour is sponsored by Caja Duero, and lasts from the18th to 23rd of April, and includes three performances.

The first concert, on April 19th, at 8.30pm, is at the Las Vegas Theatre in Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz.
The second, on April 20th, 9.30pm, is at the Carolina Coronado Theatre of Almendralejo, Badajoz.
The third concert, on April 22nd, at 9.30pm, is at the Avenida Theatre of Jaraiz de la Vera, Cáceres.
At the end of this month, the Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra is to participate in the First Villa de Cedeira Accordion Festival in A Coruña, in Galicia, on April 29th and 30th.

For further information email: zerosette@euskalnet.net
 

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Martin Lubenov Perfoms in Porgy & Bess, Vienna - Austria
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Bulgarian accordionist Martin Lubenov, winner of the Austrian World Music Prize, was born in Sofia but is now based in Vienna.

Today his name stands for 'Balkan Tradition' - the popular sound of Macedonian-Bulgarian traditional music mixed with ethno-jazz, tango nuevo, Paris-musette, Serbian, Rumanian, Greek and Turkish styles. Martin has studied classical music and jazz in Sofia and Vienna.

His career begun in Vienna with the group 'Tschuschnkapelle', and on April 22nd he will be together with the accordionists Peter Ralchev and Stian Carstensen to perform at the well-known jazz club Porgy & Bess as 'The Rat Pack of Balkan Accordion'.
 
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Accordion Concert, Vienna - Austria
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

A concert performed by conservatory students from the classes of Grzegorz Stopa (left), Kathrin Thorack and Axana Wutscher will take place at Margareten, Bräuhausgasse 50,1050 Vienna on April 28th, at 6.30pm.

For further information email: kaleta.hermi@aon.at
 
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Pascal Contet Performances, Paris - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

French accordionist Pascal Contet performs on the following dates:-

April 14th, at 8.30pm - Les Instants Chavires
27th, 6pm until 9pm - National School of Music, Mobelliard
29th, 3pm until 6pm - Maison de la Radio, Paris

For further information email: pascalcontet@wanadoo.fr
 
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17th Harmonica and Accordion Meeting, Zuidlaren - Netherlands
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl


The 17th harmonica and accordion meeting in Zuidlaren is taking place on May 27th in the Café-Restaurant De Gouden Leeuw (Golden Lion). For musicians arriving already the day before (Friday), there is a relaxing evening with music from 8pm. There will be free camping and caravan space available behind 'De Gouden Leeuw'

For further information email: tuinman@xs4all.nl
 
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Klingenthal International Accordion Competition, - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The annual Klingenthal International Accordion Competition takes place from May 5th to 11th. Full program details.

This world level prestigious competition is open for soloists, duos and ensembles up to 5 musicians. The musical repertoire includes both classical and entertainment categories. Full details of this festival are now available. Contact Stellvertretender Vorsitzender: Manfred Gäbler (picture left).

For further information email: Intern.Akkordeonwettbewerb@t-online.de
 
An A to Z of the Accordion
15th International Accordion Prize 'S. Bizzari', Morro D'Oro - Italy
Contributed by Harley Jones


The 15th Stefano Bizzari accordion competition takes place in Morro D'Oro from July 27th to 29th, and the closing date for entries is June 30th. The competition has classical, variety and jazz sections, with cash prizes that includes a 10,000 Euros top prize. The organiser is Danilo D'Eugenio.

For further information email: info@premiobizzarri.com
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James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 7 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Butcher's Hornpipe' (traditional), 'J'ai Du Bon Tabac' (traditional), 'Morning Has Broken' (traditional), 'Still, Still, Still' (traditional), 'The Minstrel Boy' (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.

A new site selling a CD titled 'Adventure' with sound samples. Music performed by Mika Vayrynen. Purchase online.
 
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A new site selling a book titled 'L'Accordéon & SA Diversité Sonore'. Book in French language about the accordion reeds and the sound and how to tune and repair the reeds of the accordions. Author is Thierry Benetoux of France.

A new site selling the CD titled 'Faces' with sound samples. Music performed by Mika Vayrynen. Purchase online.
 
Accordion Jazz Chords book
James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 7 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'I Maccheroni' (traditional), 'Kalinka' (traditional), 'La Bamba' (traditional), 'La Tumba' (traditional), 'Las Mañanitas' (traditional), 'Laughing Polka' (traditional), 'O Du Lieber Augustine' (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.

A new site selling a CD titled 'Dialoghi' with sound samples. Music performed by Daniele Donadelli and his master Paolo Gandolfi. Purchase online.
 
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