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  Note from the Director of Accordions Worldwide:-
San Francisco Accordion Festival, California - USA
New Book: 'Music While You Work', Kent - UK
Bruce Springsteen's Pete Seeger Tribute CD and European Tour - New Jersey, USA
Alexander Shirunov Concert, Frankfurt - Germany
  Charity Dance Event, Valledupar - Columbia
Classical Accordion Raises Over $300 for Classical Radio, Ohio - USA
  Musicians Going Back to School to Get Married, Toronto - Canada
Wazemmes Accordion Festival, Lille - France
Schrammelmusik Festival, Graz - Austria
John Romero Concert, Uxbridge - UK
Buffalo Jambalaya, Maryland - USA
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Note from the Director of Accordions Worldwide:-

In the next few days, I will have the great pleasure of returning to China for the Spring Shanghai International Accordion Festival (2 - 6 May) run by Professor Li Cong, Organization Director who has done so much for the accordion in China over many years. Many other famous accordionists from all over the world will attend this major event and we will bring you daily reports online.

My last tour to China was in 1988 as a Director of the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra and soloist, performing 'Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra' with famous composer/conductor Gary Daverne ONZM (recorded by me on CD with accordion orchestra and symphony orchestra). We were the first accordion orchestra to be invited to tour China and the tour included fully televised concerts in the Shanghai and Beijing Concert Halls. Also a guest on that tour, was the then AAA President Faithe Deffner.

Today, Chinese accordion orchestras follow the example of the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra, (which enjoyed standing ovations throughout Europe and North America on many different tours) playing their complete program from memory.

Wearing my hat as Vice President of the South Pacific Accordion Championships, I am also looking forward to meeting many Chinese friends who have attended this event in New Zealand in past years. It will be fun.

Harley Jones

Director, Accordions Worldwide
 
Yuri Medianik CD's
San Francisco Accordion Festival, California - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The 16th annual San Francisco Accordion Festival, a free event celebrating National Accordion Awareness Month as well as highlighting San Francisco's official musical instrument, will be held on June 4th in the Del Monte Square at the Cannery at Fisherman's Wharf. This event goes from 12 noon until 6:00 pm, featuring a wide variety of accordion-based bands and will include the San Francisco's Main Squeeze Pageant.

The San Francisco Accordion Festival, organised by Tom Torriglia, is also a fundraiser for 'Music in Schools Today' by selling raffle tickets for the chance to win fabulous prizes. Festival goers may also drop off unwanted instruments at the Festival and Music in Schools Today will recycle the instruments into Bay Area schools.

Accordion-based artistes appearing at the festival include The San Francisco Accordion Band, Kielbasia - The Polish Lunch Lady, Culann's Hounds (Fired-up Irish music), Conjunto Romero, Big Lou's Polka Casserole, Bella Ciao (Italiano swing and pop) and Those Darn Accordions.

For further information email: tom@ladyofspain.com
 
eSheet music catalog - over 570 works

New Book: 'Music While You Work', Kent - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

A new book that tells the story of the long running BBC radio program 'Music While You Work' has been published. Written by accordionist and broadcaster Brian Reynolds, the book includes information about most of the musicians, bands and orchestras that appeared over the years. This show was the idea of Prime Minister Winston Churchill in June 1940, who wanted a daily music program that would boost public morale and motivate the war effort.

The accordion featured significantly on 'Music While You Work', and the book includes biographies (with pictures) of regular performers Jack Emblow, Gerald Crossman, Primo Scala, and George Scott-Wood. Gerald Delmondi, Albert Delroy, Pearl Fawcett, Henry Krein and Billy Reid are other accordionists whose names occur in this well written and carefully documented story.


'Music While You Work' was broadcast daily until 1967, when programming changes at the BBC took it off the air. This nostalgic book, a fascinating look back in time, is in hardback, and its ISBN number for ordering purposes is 1-84624-004-2.


For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com
 

Bruce Springsteen's Pete Seeger Tribute CD and European Tour - New Jersey, USA
Contributed by
Rob Howard

Rock singer Bruce Springsteen's new CD 'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions' features songs written or made famous by the legendary American folk singer Pete Seeger. This recording is a departure from Springsteen's usual style, and the accompanying band for the recording and forthcoming European tour includes Charles Giordano on piano accordion, whose contribution is to add a Cajun and Zydeco feel to the overall sound.

The new CD makes its public debut when Springsteen appears at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 30th. The details of the European tour are as follows:-

May 2006
5th - Dublin, Ireland - The Point
7th - Manchester, England - The Manchester Evening News Arena
8th - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo Theatre
10th - Paris, France - Palais Bercy
12th - Milan, Italy - Forum Arena
14th - Barcelona, Spain - Badalona Arena
16th - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
17th - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
20th - Oslo, Norway - Spektrum Arena
21st - Stockholm, Sweden - Hovet Arena
  

Karthause Schmuelling music catalog

Alexander Shirunov Concert, Frankfurt - Germany
Contributed by Rob Howard

Russian accordionist Alexander Shirunov, from St Petersburg, is in concert at the University for Music and Art, Kunst, Frankfurt, on May 14th at 11am.

Alexander Shirunov has many contest successes to his credit, including winning the CIA Coupe Mondiale Piano Accordion title, and second prize in the CIA Coupe Mondiale Entertainment section, in November 2005 at Castelo Branco, Portugal.
 

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Charity Dance Event, Valledupar - Columbia
Contributed by Rob Howard

A number of traditional Vallenato dance teams, with accordion and other instrumental accompaniment, performed for several hours on April 27th to raise funds for Catholic Church agencies doing social work on behalf of the poor. Vallenato is an Afro-Caribbean dance style from northern Columbia, usually accompanied by accordionists.
  
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Classical Accordion Raises Over $300 for Classical Radio, Ohio - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard



The Classical Accordion was featured on Dayton Public FM Radio stations WDPR and WDPG on April 5th, from noon until one pm. Classical accordion aficionado (and mayor of Webster Station, Ohio) Charlie Campbell sponsored a $250 Challenge Grant during the station's Spring Fundraiser. He appeared on the air promoting the classical accordion and playing excerpts from Henry Doktorski's solo compact disc 'Classical Accordion Recital' in an effort to convince listeners to telephone the station and make a pledge. His theme was "Accordion, Yes!"

To make the broadcast more interesting, Campbell's partner on the show, Susie Weaver, acted as a foil and proclaimed "Accordion, No!" and played classical music without accordion.

However, Mr. Campbell had a slight edge, as the previous day he had sent an email message to Henry Doktorski announcing the event, and requested that Mr Doktorski send a message to the members of his classical accordion email list (over 200 people), including many overseas classical accordion lovers.

Tone C. Hundére, from Norway, was so excited about the event, that she publicized it by putting a prominent notice on the homepage of www.trekkspill.no, the largest and most popular website devoted to the accordion in the Norwegian language. It is possible that hundreds of accordionists worldwide tuned in to hear the broadcast.

The "Accordions Yes!" camp secured seven pledges worth over $300 while the "Accordions No!" camp only secured two pledges worth $90.
 
 

Musicians Going Back to School to Get Married, Toronto - Canada
Contributed by Rob Howard

On May 27th, at 1.30pm, Acclarion, Canada's premier classical accordion and clarinet duo, invites you to join them as they share their love for music and each other in a special Concert-Wedding to take place at the University of Toronto's Edward Johnson Building.

Becky Sajo and David Carovillano were two strangers with a common interest that would unite them in more ways than one. Having met at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, Becky with the clarinet, and David with the accordion, it was a chance opportunity to perform together in David's final year of his Master's degree that would change their lives forever.

"I asked Becky to perform Ray Leudeke's 'Serenity' for accordion and clarinet on my final recital based on someone's recommendation. She responded with a husky, business-like tone that she would 'think about it'. After agreeing to do it, we learned quickly in rehearsal that we had a lot more in common than just music. Soon, after school was complete, we were planning our future together, both musically and personally!" says David.

With their musical future looking bright, Becky and David are thrilled to share their special day with family, friends, and music enthusiasts. Joining them for the concert portion of the event will be harpist, Erica Goodman, and pianist, Angela Park debuting new compositions by David. Acclarion will perform a sixty-minute concert of 'ear tickling music' on stage at University of Toronto's Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, to be immediately followed by their wedding ceremony on the very same stage. A cocktail reception will follow and all are welcome to attend.

For further information email: acclarion@yahoo.ca
 

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Wazemmes Accordion Festival, Lille - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Wazemmes Accordion Festival takes place from May 4th to June 6th, featuring a large number of events including concerts, workshops and dances. Accordionists involved include Kimmo Pohjonen (Finland), Robert Santiago and his Orchestra, Maria Kalaniemi (Finland), Roger Danneels (Belgium), Rony Verbiest Trio (Belgium), Evelina Petrova (Russia) and Bert Von Laethem (Belgium), plus many others from France and other countries.

Full details are available about this month long festival.

For further information email: communication@wazemmeslaccordeon.com
 
Yehuda Oppenheimer CD's &  music catalog
Schrammelmusik Festival, Graz - Austria
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

A music festival takes place from the 31st of May 31st to June 5th in the Castle Plankenwarth, near Graz, featuring button accordion and zither playing Viennese Schrammelmusik music. The Schrammel brothers Johann and Joseph were violinists and prolific composers in the 19th Century, and contemporaries of Johann Strauss.

For further information email: info@harmonika.co.at
 
Peter Piccini - CD's & compositions
John Romero Concert, Uxbridge - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Uxbridge Accordion Club present John Romero as guest artiste on July 10th, at 8pm. Uxbridge AC meet at The Anglers Retreat, Cricketfield Road, off Swan Road, West Drayton, Middlesex, England - close to Heathrow Airport and J4 of the M4. The evening also includes a play along session led by accordionist Angie Lukins.

For further information email: david.lukins@btinternet.com
 
Sebastiano Cali music catalog
Buffalo Jambalaya, Maryland - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The annual Buffalo Jambalaya, a Cajun and Zydeco music and dance festival, takes place from August 10th to 13th in Darlington, Maryland, at Camp Ramblewood. Musicians involved include Rosie Ledet and The Zydeco Playboys, Brian Jack and The Zydeco Gamblers, and Kevin Naquin and The Ossun Playboys. The bandleaders, all accordionists, will lead workshops. The festival also includes dance tuition and great Cajun food.

For further information email: director@buffalojam.org
 
Deffner Music catalog
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Jamie Lyons, from Stockport, England, is a teenage accordionist who has performed in Sweden and China. His teacher, Liza Austin Strange MBE, asks: "If you were going to Paris would you know where to find the best Paris musette music venues and teachers? I want to send Jamie for a few days to Paris with my husband to listen and learn! Any ideas gratefully received."

Email: fosbrooks@thetidyhouse.fsnet.co.uk
 
Alexander Dmitriev - CD's &  DVD
Review by Renato Belardinelli

 
of Renzo Ruggieri Solo Accordion Project / Storie di Fisarmonica Vissuta


Anne Landa/spanish accordionist - new information on her site.

Giuliano Cameli/italian diatonic accordionist - new information on his site.
 
An A to Z of the Accordion
A new site selling a CD titled 'Primus Ikaalinen' with sound samples. Music recorded from Finnish Accordeon Institute in Finland. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled 'Muistojen Harmonikka' with sound samples. Music recorded from Finnish Accordeon Institute in Finland. Purchase online.
 
William Schimmel CD's
A new site selling a CD titled 'Kultainen Harmonikka Soi CD1 and CD2' with sound samples. Music recorded from Finnish Accordeon Institute in Finland. Purchase online.

Franco Cambareri - accordionist, composer, producer, releases 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Fiesta Spagnola', 'Fisarmonica Inamorata', 'Guitar Bolero', 'Lovers Waltz', 'Moonlight Cat', 'Mr Groovy'. 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.
 
The Art of Playing the Accordion Artistically - Lips

James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 5 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Die Latern'(traditional), 'Du, Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen' (traditional), 'La Cárcel de Cananea' (traditional), 'Le roi d-Yvetot' (traditional), 'Passacaglia in c minor for Accordion' (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.
 
Bernadette Conlon CD's
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.
 
Paulo Jorge Ferreira
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.
 
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