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  The 2006 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival Schedule - China
World Music Festival 2007 - Innsbruck, Austria
Colombian Music Radio Show, New York - USA
Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar, Struga - Macedonia
  Russian Accordionist's Greek Concerts, Athens - Greece
'Tango Fire' Tours South Africa, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Coen Van Orsouw Music Books, Amsterdam - Holland
  French Quarter Festival, Louisiana - USA
Victor Prieto Concerts, New York City - USA
William Langton Concert, Chester - UK
Ian Watson's Concert Schedule - Israel, Europe, UK
 

 
 

The 2006 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival Schedule - China
Contributed by Organisation Director Prof. Li Cong

Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival


The Shanghai Spring, International Accordion Festival from May 2nd to 6th, is shaping up to be the largest accordion pageant ever in China. By April 12, over 500 applications have been registered, among which are 28 competitors from outside China: Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, German, Vietnam etc.

The international jurors are: Viatcheslav Semionov, Alexander Dmitriev, Vojin Vasovic, Vladimir Solov¡yev, Semenenko Viatcheslav, Nizovskiy Gennady (Russia), Luu Quang Minh (Vietnam), Frederic Deschamps (France), Owen Murray (Scotland), Jon Faukstad (Norway), Joan Cochran Sommers and Mady Soave (USA). Kevin Friedrich (CIA President) will be present as VIP guest and international observer.

Schedule for the week includes the competitions and:
May 1st 18:00 Welcome Dinner
May 2nd 10:00 Opening Ceremony and Concert
  14:00 Competitions begin
May 3rd 14:30 Open-Air Concert (Jean-Louis Noton)
  19:15 Concert (Peter Soave)
May 4th 9:00 International Accordion Forum Kevin Friedrich, Viatschelav Semionov, Harley Jones, Li Cong
  14:00 Concert (Ensemble from German and Russia)
  19:15 Concert (Antonio Mancini)
May 5th 19:15 Concert (Pavel Feniuk)
May 6th 19:15 Closing Ceremony and Concert (Viktor Romanko, Jerome Richard)
  21:30 Celebration

For further information email: www.accordions.com/licong 
 
eSheet music catalog - over 570 works

World Music Festival 2007 - Innsbruck, Austria
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The World Music Festival takes place in Innsbruck from May 17th to 20th, 2007. This large-scale event has competitive sections for accordion orchestras, accordion chamber music groups, mixed instrument groups, harmonica solo, groups and orchestras. The various categories cover all age groups. Registration needs to be made by December 11th 2006. The festival organiser is Arnold Kutzli, who is based in Trossingen, Germany. This festival is held every 3 years and in 2004, included nearly 10,000 participants, probably being the world's largest accordion event.

Apart from the competition, the World Music Festival also includes concerts in venues in and around Innsbruck. Artistes appearing include 'Operapassion', a bandoneon-led quintet from Argentina, whose repertoire includes Piazzolla, Verdi, Mozart, Liszt, Gardel and Wagner. Entertainer and composer Frank Golischewski will present a musical review titled "Around the world on the trace on an accordion." The Nuremberg Accordion Orchestra, the Hohner Conservatory Orchestra (MD Fritz Dobler), Landes-Akkordeon-Bigband Hessen (MD Wolfgang Russ), Orchester Hohnerkland (MD Hans-Günther Kölz), Anika and friends, and Global Kryner will also give performances.

English brochure - Acrobat pdf file 2.9MB
English Registration - Acrobat pdf file 137KB

For further information email: steinhilber@dhv-ev.de
 

Colombian Music Radio Show, New York - USA
Contributed by Harley Jones

The radio program Sonidos Colombianos broadcasts on Friday nights from 10pm-11pm on WKCR 89.9FM. WKCR 89.9FM is Columbia University's student run, and listener-supported radio station presenting non-commercial programming to the New York metropolitan area. This station often showcases the accordion music of Colombia in its folkloric and popular forms with rarely heard recordings of accordion greats such as Alfredo Gutierrez, Alejandro Duran, and Emiliano Zuleta; and featuring some live recordings from the some of the Vallenato festivals held in Valledupar, Colombia.

Although WKCR 89.9FM is based at Columbia University in New York City, listeners can tune in from all over the globe by logging on to our website or for further information email: sr2@law.columbia.edu
 

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Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar, Struga - Macedonia
Contributed by Harley Jones

The first annual Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar takes place in Struga, on the shores of Lake Ohrid, from July 5th to 16th, under the direction of accordionist Goran Alacki and LjupcoManevski, dance director of Tanec. These directors have recently organised similar folk camp events in Bulgaria and the USA with great success.

There will be beginning and advanced levels of Macedonian dance, and a special optional choreography class for advanced students; in music, there will be teachers of accordion (including Goran Alacki), kaval, gaida, zurla, tapan, darbouka, and clarinet. At the end of the course, there will be an opportunity for the advanced students to perform in the ancient Greek amphitheater in Lake Ohrid! In addition, there will be nightly dance parties, daily lectures a boat trip with music and singing to see the ancient church of Sveta Naum.

Accommodation will be in the Hotel Biser at Struga. And if you have not yet had the pleasure of swimming in the crystal clear waters of Lake Ohrid - well, you are in for a treat!

For further information email: Jatila@jatiladance.com
  

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Russian Accordionist's Greek Concerts, Athens - Greece

With the purpose of popularising the accordion in the north of Greece, Alexander Tchuev with his pupils Vasiliki Noutsou, Dimitris Bisiris, Heodora Siginou and Hristos Bazakas have recently given concerts in the cities of Trikala, Grevena, Kozani and Ptolemaida. The concert in Trikala also involved Dimitris Arabatzis (Thessaloniki). The concert in Ptolemaida also involved Stefanos Taskaris and the Orchestra Pikilis Musikis, from the city of Ptolemaida, conducted by Valentinos Patrikidis.

Alexander Tchuev's next solo concert will be on May 6th in the Koventario Hall in Kozani.

For further information email: alexandertchuev@yahoo.gr
  
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'Tango Fire' Tours South Africa, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Contributed by Rob Howard

'Tango Fire' is a show that has recently toured South Africa, performing in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

'Tango Fire', presented by Estampas Portenas, stars 10 dancers accompanied by the band Quatrotango (featuring Hugo Satorre on bandoneon), as well as Diego Fama who portrays the role of poet and singer of lyrical songs. This slick production is performed to live music and consists of fusing jazz, classical and traditional South American sounds.

The music has been described as being 'twisty, dissonant and kicky' as the dance steps, and faster than seems possible, with notes chasing each other. Dressed in high split cocktail dresses, feather boas and fishnet stockings, five couples representing the young company, Estampas Portenas, perform the tango, Argentina's gift to the dance world.

Estampas Portenas was founded in Buenos Aires in 1996 by the distinguished Argentine ballerina and choreographer, Carolina Soler. They have performed at festivals worldwide and have toured Australia and New Zealand several times.
 
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Coen Van Orsouw Music Books, Amsterdam - Holland
Contributed by Rob Howard

Coen Van Orsouw has been one of Holland's most popular and accomplished accordionists for several decades, and has made countless recordings, radio and television broadcasts. He is equally well known for his compositions and arrangements of Dutch songs and tunes.

Many of Coen Van Orsouw's compositions and arrangements are now available in a three volume series of books titled 'Unforgettable Accordion Successes.'

For further information email: info@reba.nl
 
 

French Quarter Festival, Louisiana - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The French Quarter Festival takes place from April 21st to 23rd. This event offers 250 hours of free entertainment featuring more than 150 musical performances, including many Cajun and zydeco artistes, on fifteen stages throughout the French Quarter of Louisiana over a three-day weekend. Nearly 60 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square and Woldenberg Riverfront Park will make up the 'World's Largest Jazz Brunch,' a signature event, featuring authentic local cuisine from renowned area restaurants.
 

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Victor Prieto Concerts, New York City - USA
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Spanish-born, New York-based, accordionist Victor Prieto performs the following dates:-
April 22nd, at 8pm - Café Moto, Brooklyn
26th, at 8pm - Olea
28th, at 8pm - La Lanterna

Victor Prieto will be featured in the May issue of the magazine 'All About Jazz NY', with a review of his April 1st performance at Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club at the Lincoln Center

For further information email: victorprieto2001@yahoo.com
 
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William Langton Concert, Chester - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Teenage accordionist William Langton and his younger sisters, from Blackpool, Lancashire, perform at Chester Accordion Club on April 25th. William has won many competitions and has represented the UK in the CMA World Championships. He and his accordion playing sisters form a unique family act, and are all taught by Gina Brannelli.

Chester Accordion Club have also introduced monthly Tuesday afternoon playing sessions (1.30 to 4pm), on the 2nd Tuesday afternoon in the month, to which all are welcome. Chester AC meet at the Castrol Sports & Social Club, Chester Rd, Whitby, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

For further information email: limccallum@dsl.pipex.com
 
Sebastiano Cali music catalog
Ian Watson's Concert Schedule - Israel, Europe, UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

UK accordionist Ian Watson will be performing internationally during May, and the basic details are as below. The concerts in Israel and Europe are with violinist Sophie Solomon.

May 5th - 'Friday Night is Music Night', BBC Radio 2
11th - Barby, Tel Aviv, Israel
12th - Barby
13th - Lab, Jerusalem
15th - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland
16th - Botanique/Witloofbar, Brussels, Belgium
18th - la scene, Paris, France
19th - Harmonie, Bonn, Germany
20th - Karlstorb, Heidelberg
21st - Brotfabrik, Frankfurt
22nd - Ampere, Münich
23rd - Kesselha, Berlin
24th - Logo, Hamburg
25th - German Radio Show
30th - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London - with London Sinfonietta

For further information email: ianwatson99@btopenworld.com
 
Alexander Dmitriev - CD's &  DVD
Review by Renato Belardinelli

 
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A new site selling a CD titled "Historiallisia Harmonikkalevytyksia 2" with sound samples. Music recorded from Finnish Accordeon Institute in Finland. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled "Historiallisia Harmonikkalevytyksia 3" with sound samples. Music recorded from Finnish Accordeon Institute in Finland. Purchase online.
 
An A to Z of the Accordion
A new site selling a CD titled "Paljetti" with sound samples. Music recorded from Finnish Accordeon Institute in Finland. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled "Klaveeritranskriptioita" with sound samples. Music recorded from Finnish Accordeon Institute in Finland. Purchase online.
 
William Schimmel CD's
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.
 
The Art of Playing the Accordion Artistically - Lips

A new site selling the CD titled 'Faces' with sound samples. Music performed by Mika Vayrynen. Purchase online.
 
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