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  2006 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival - China
Australian Institute of Music, Sydney - Australia
Bachelor and Master studies in Vienna, Austria
  Blackpool Accordion Festival, Lancashire - UK
Dr William Schimmel Performs in Rossini's Last Work, New York - USA
BBC Radio Scotland's 'Take the Floor', Perth - UK
  2006 Hohner Fun Tour - China
Henry Doktorski Performs with Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, Pennsylvania - USA
Accordion Week Masterclass, La Bourboule - France
Summer Courses - Italy
I Tàngheri Concert, Barletta - Italy
Borut Zagoranski Concert, London - UK
Mediterranean Sundance DVD Release, Hengelo - Netherlands
Astoria's New CD Release, Brussels - Belgium
Ethnic Dance Theatre Celebrates, Minnesota - USA
Celebrity Interview: Peppini Principe
 

 
 

2006 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival - China
Contributed by Harley Jones

This is the first time that accordion has been included in the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival and this large event has been running since Tuesday, finishing on Saturday night (2 - 6 May). Daily reports of the event are online.

(Some name changes as people did not come)
This is the largest accordion festival ever to be held in China. International accordionists in performance include Peter Soave (USA), Pavel Feniuk (Ukraine), Viktor Romanko (Russia), Jerome Richard, Jean-Louis Noton, Cyril Blanchard (France), and 2005 Coupe Mondiale Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Champion Antonio Mancini (Italy).

The competition involves hundreds of competitors, including players from numerous countries worldwide. The jury includes Alexander Dmitriev, Nizovskiy Gennady, Viatcheslav Semionov (Russia), Vladimir Solov¡yev, Vojin Vasovic, Frederic Deschamps (France), Jon Faukstad (Norway), Mady Soave and Joan Cochran Sommers (USA). CIA President Kevin Friedrich will be present as VIP guest and international observer.

The Shanghai Festival also includes an International Accordion Forum involving Li Cong, Harley Jones, Kevin Friedrich and Viatcheslav Semionov.

For further information, view the daily reports.
 
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Australian Institute of Music, Sydney - Australia
Contributed by Rob Howard

Elizabeth Jones has recently been appointed Coordinator of Contemporary Performance at the Australian Institute of Music. Elizabeth is currently combining this work with her position of head of accordion studies, chamber staff and keyboard skills tutor. Her concerts have included solo recitals at the NSW Art Gallery and St. Andrew's Cathedral. With the orquestra tipica 'Tiempo di Tango', Elizabeth has performed on bandoneon at various Milongas festivals and has released a CD.

The Australian Institute of Music is the first Australian tertiary institution to offer accordion as an instrumental major as part of a Bachelors Degree. Within the Contemporary Department students can study World Music, Jazz, Blues, Rock and join flourishing ensembles. In addition to a weekly individual lesson, students study core subjects such as theory, history and aural. Performance based subjects include Performance Studies, Concert Practice and Ensemble. The Classical department offers the same range of subjects.

Accordion can also be studied at a postgraduate within the Masters Degree, or at a Diploma level for students wishing to spend a shorter time studying. The Australian Institute of Music is the first Australian Institute to offer a trimester year. As a result students can be actively working on a professional level within two years (six trimesters).

For further information email: ejones@aim.edu.au
 
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Bachelor and Master studies in Vienna, Austria
Contributed by Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

A new accordion class directed by the international renowned Polish accordionist Grzegosz Stopa was opened at the Conservatory of Vienna (Private University) recently. Entry exams for 2006/07 will be held on June 9th 2006. Please send your application as soon as possible to:

For further information email: studieninfo@konswien.at or g.stopa@konswien.at
 


 

Blackpool Accordion Festival, Lancashire - UK
Contributed by
Rob Howard

The annual Blackpool Accordion Festival, held at the Norbreck Castle Hotel, featured the incredible midi sounds and great musicianship of Jean-Louis Noton (France), whose colourful performances of a truly global repertoire amazed his audiences.

The other overseas guest accordionist, Ottar Johansen, from Norway, was in sober contrast to the flamboyant Frenchman, but with an equal level of technique and musicality. Ottar, who was taught by Toralf Tollefsen, had a flawless technique and was adept at both the accordion classics and with swing music. He had a vast repertoire of music, all committed to memory, could take any requests, and was willing to play virtually 'at the drop of a hat'.

Scotland's Ian Cruickshanks, a Shand Morino button accordionist, was the other guest and workshop leader. His technique could also be described as flawless, and his bright and bouncy playing of Scottish dance music evoked memories of the great Jimmy Shand.

England's Rosemary Wright and Scotland's Walter Perrie were other guests whose concert appearances added considerably to the festival, as did the stage performances of teenage duo Lindsay Garvin (accordion) and Auriol Evans (cello).

The quality and variety of the music heard during the weekend must have satisfied most tastes, and was a credit to festival organiser Tom Duncan.
  

Karthause Schmuelling music catalog

Dr William Schimmel Performs in Rossini's Last Work, New York - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

On April 30th, William Schimmel took part in an historic performance of Rossini's 'Petite Messe Solennelle' for chorus, soloists, piano and harmonium. In this rarely performed work, Dr Schimmel realized and performed the harmonium part on the accordion, as well as supplying a 'virtual orchestration' spontaneously during the rehearsals and performance.

The Mass was written in 1863 and lasts about one and a half hours and is designed to be performed in salon like settings due to its accompanying small forces. Rossini died in 1868.

The performance took place at St George's Church, a New York City landmark. It was performed by the St George Choral Society and conducted by Matthew Lewis, who stated the following in the program notes: "The use of the accordion in today's performance, while a bit unconventional, is actually closer to Rossini's intention, that of harmonium and piano alone.

The harmonium (a reed organ without a pedal board, but pumped by the organist while playing) was a very popular instrument in the 19th century. Even today it is not difficult to come across these antique, often ornate and beautiful cabinet instruments in antique stores.

Many composers wrote music for the harmonium, including Frank, Faure and Vierne. It made possible a whole range of chamber music, or salon music, that was normally performed in more intimate settings. The accordion and harmonium are, after all, pretty similar - both operating on a wind supplied generated by the player, and their sounds are very similar since their 'stops' are similar.

I hope you enjoy this performance, and that it gives you an idea of the fresh whimsy and charm that are so prevalent in this wonderful piece
".

Matthew Lewis e-mailed Schimmel after the first rehearsal: "It's a real pleasure to work with you. It's a great feeling to just let someone do their thing and know that it will be great".
 

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BBC Radio Scotland's 'Take the Floor', Perth - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The BBC Radio Scotland program celebrated 70 years of promoting Scottish dance music and the accordion with a live broadcast on April 19th from the new Concert Hall in Perth. Artistes appearing included The Occasionals (featuring accordionist Freeland Barbour), The David Cunningham Scottish Dance Band, The Nicky McMichan Scottish Dance Band, Old Blind Dogs and a very special appearance by vocalist Moira Anderson.
  



2006 Hohner Fun Tour - China
Contributed by Harley Jones

French culture is being exported to China with the "2006 Hohner Fun Tour". The participants include Frederic Deschamps, Jerome Richard and Cyril Blanchard who return again to China from May 31 to 14 June, to carry out a series of concerts and master classes at the universities of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chengdu.

Also touring is Viktor Romanko of Russia, widely known for his concerts and his popular improvisations. They have all been invited to China for this tour which is sponsored by the Hohner subsidiary Hohner China.
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Henry Doktorski Performs with Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, Pennsylvania - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Concert Accordionist Henry Doktorski will perform with the Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra at Synod Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (behind St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland) on May 6th at 8 pm. The program includes a performance of 'Step,' a tango for chamber orchestra by Pittsburgh composer Jeremy Sment.

Other works on the program are: 'Overture to L'Italiana in Algeri', by G. Rossini, 'Concierto de Aranjuez' (Guitar Concerto) by J. Rodrigo, 'Claire de Lune', by Debussy, and 'Classical Symphony, op. 25', by S. Prokofiev.
 

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Accordion Week Masterclass, La Bourboule - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov (Paris Moscou Duo) will conduct a master class, from July 30th to August 4th, in the town of La Bourbelle in the French region of the Auvergne. The week is open for all styles, playing levels and ages.

For further information email: domi.emorine@libertysurf.fr
 
Yehuda Oppenheimer CD's &  music catalog
Summer Courses - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Giorgio Dellarole is to lead courses from July 17th to 22nd and July 21st to 22nd, with concerts by the course participants

Email: giorgio@giorgiodellarole.net
 
Peter Piccini - CD's & compositions
I Tàngheri Concert, Barletta - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

I Tàngheri will be in concert at the St Patrick jazz club, Barletta, on May 7th. The music is provided by a quintet that includes accordionist Vincente Abbracciante.
 
Sebastiano Cali music catalog
Borut Zagoranski Concert, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Slovenian-born accordionist Borut Zagoranski, Post Graduate student at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Professor Owen Murray, performs at the Wigmore Hall in London on 15th May 15th. The concert begins at 7.30pm, and also features Alexander Sitkovetsky - violin; Kumiko Ito - piano, Etienne Cutajar - horn, John Reid - piano, Clara Mouriz - mezzo-soprano, and Joseph Middleton - piano.

For further information email: info@wigmore-hall.org.uk
 
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Mediterranean Sundance DVD Release, Hengelo - Netherlands
Contributed by Rob Howard

Mediterranean Sundance, renowned as the most remarkable 'Hot Club de France' - style jazz sextet in the Netherlands, featuring Bosnian-born accordionist Nihad Hrustanbegovic, next week release a DVD. The tracks on the DVD include 'Douce Ambiance', 'Moorea', 'Donna Lee', 'Libertango', 'Summertime', and 'Sweet Georgia Brown'.

The ensemble Mediterranean Sundance plays not only the music of Django Reinhardt, but also include the influence of flamenco, tango, Oriental and world music to create an international musical mosaic.

The members of Mediterranean Sundance are: accordionist Nihad Hrustanbegovic - accordion, Mozes Rosenberg - lead guitar, Harry Klunder - rhythm guitar, Faifie Reinhardt - rhythm guitar, Watti Rosenberg - violin and Fremdo Rosenberg - bass.

For further information email: info@nihad-accordeon.com
 
An A to Z of the Accordion
Astoria's New CD Release, Brussels - Belgium
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The band Astoria releases a new CD 'Tiempo Del Angel' on May 11th, at 8pm, at the Hotel de Ville in Brussels. Astoria are a seven-piece band, featuring Christophe Delporte on accordion, and their new CD includes music by Astor Piazzolla.

For further information email: production@e-astoria.be
 
Bernadette Conlon CD's
Ethnic Dance Theatre Celebrates and Honors Muslim Cultures with Music and Dance, Minnesota - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Ethnic Dance Theatre's mission is to foster understanding and awareness of world cultures through the re-creation and presentation of traditional ethnic dance and music. These shows invite the audience to "smell the kabobs, see the minarets and graceful arabesques through the exotic, exhilarating and romantic music and dance of Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Bosnia, Albania, Iran, Tunisia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Tajikistan, Egypt and Afghanistan". The EDT Folk Orchestra, including Dee Langley on accordion, accompanies the EDT dancers.

The shows take place on June 2nd and 3rd at 8 pm, and on June 4th at 2 pm at the E.M. Pearson Theater, Concordia University, 312 N. Hamline Ave, St Paul.
 
Gary Daverne, CD's & compositions
Celebrity Interview: Peppini Principe
Contributed by Renzo Ruggieri

A new Celebrity Interview with Peppini Principe is now online, detailing some of the important moments of this famous accordionist and composer's life and his tremendous popular successes. It makes a most interesting historical record and is published in English and Italian.
 
Alexander Dmitriev - CD's &  DVD
Review by Alessandro Mugnoz

Pathes of Centuries by Alexander Dmitriev

Franco Cambareri - accordionist, composer, producer, releases 7 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Café Arabesque', 'Play 'n' Simple', 'Cielo Azul (Blue Sky)', 'Accordion Magic', 'Corrida de Toros (The Bullring)', 'A La Francois' and 'Papa's Blues'. 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 "Zhang Guoping" with sound samples. Supplied by Karthause-Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled "Trio Moskua" with sound samples. Supplied by Karthause-Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online. 
John MacDonald CD's
A new site selling a CD titled "Les Virtuoses Du Baiane Moskva" with sound samples. Supplied by Karthause-Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled "Oleg Sharov Bayan Collage" with sound samples. Supplied by Karthause-Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled "Impromptu" with sound samples. Supplied by Karthause-Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online.
 
William Schimmel CD's
A new site for Yuri Medianik selling a CD titled "Recollections Of Piazzolla" with sound samples. Music performed by Yuri medianik. Purchase online.

A new Celebrity Interview of Peppini Principe is now online, detailing some of the important moments of this famous acordionist and composers life and his tremendous popular successes. It makes a most interesting historical record, published in English and Italian.
 
Edition Harmonia music catalog
Anne Landa/spanish accordionist - new information on her site.

Giuliano Cameli/italian diatonic accordionist - new information on his site.
 
The Art of Playing the Accordion Artistically - Lips
A new site selling a CD titled 'Primus Ikaalinen' with sound samples. Supplied by the Finnish Accordeon Institute. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled 'Muistojen Harmonikka' with sound samples. Supplied by the Finnish Accordeon Institute. Purchase online.
 
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A new site selling a CD titled 'Kultainen Harmonikka Soi CD1 and CD2' with sound samples. Supplied by the Finnish Accordeon Institute. 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.
 
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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.
 
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