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  Highly Successful 2006 Hohner Fun Tour – China
New CD "Absolute" by Alexander Shirunov
43rd International Competition, Klingenthal - Germany

  Marie Walsh’s Debut CD, Galway – Ireland
Hohner Accordion Orchestra 1927 Concerts, Trossingen – Gerrmany
Eastbourne Accordion Festival, Sussex – UK
International Accordion Cruise, Larvik – Norway
Borut Zagoranski’s Performance, London - UK

  Brendan Shine Concerts, England, Scotland – UK
Marco Lo Russo Concerts - Italy
Pascal Contet Concerts – France
4th International Mediterraneon - Europe Accordion Contest, Palgianello – Italy
Accordionists Wanted, Paris – France
Swing 41 Festival, Salbris - France
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Highly Successful 2006 Hohner Fun Tour – China
Contributed by Horst Fausel, Hohner Accordion Product Manager

Hohner Fun Tour 2006, workshop at Chinese conservatoryThe ‘2006 Hohner Fun Tour’ to the universities and conservatories of the major cities of Shanghai, Chengdu and Tianjin, was received with tremendous enthusiasm by the Chinese audiences.

Cyril BlanchardThe performers were Jerome Richard, Cyril Blanchard (picture right) of France who perform on the specially designed ‘Hohner Fun Line’ accordions. Viktor Romanko of Russia on the new ‘Hohner Genius’ bayan accordion.


The Hohner artistes performed music from classical through to pop-style including improvisations of famous Chinese folk songs and Chinese pop-songs.  These exciting performers were demonstrating a new way of performing accordion music and all the audiences were enthusiastically impressed.

Frederic Deschamps and Professor Viktor Romanko (picture left) held workshops at the conservatories. The Chinese students were eager and showed a lot of talent and ability to learn from the masters. All participants asked for more concerts in this style and for implementation of the popular music style at the conservatories. This tour was sponsored by the Hohner distributor in China ‘KTS’.
 

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New CD "Absolute" by Alexander Shirunov

Alexander Shirunov CD coverThis dynamic young performer has really hit the world stage in recent months with a string of competition successes and a music style that really excites his audiences. Born in Russia and taught by Alexander Dmitriev, young Shirunov has really made an impact on the accordion competition scene during the last 12 months.

Ulrich Schmuelling, Director of Karthause-SchmuellingThe CD “Absolute” is produced by Karthause-Schmuelling Germany and the company director (picture right) Ulrich Schmuelling writes that "we have created a unique and sensational sounding CD with a cover of blue combined with fluorescent light green in keeping with the sensational music. I may even forecast, Shirunov will receive the nick name The Blue Shirunov for this wonderful new CD".

To release this CD, “there was a big premiere and gala concert at the famous Frankfurter Musikhochschule on Sunday 14 May which was a trendmous success.” Shirunov is without doubt, a star in the making and this, his first CD, is another step on his way to a great future.
 
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43rd International Competition, Klingenthal - Germany
Contributed by
Dr.Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

Klingenthal International Accordion Competition LogoFrom May 5th to 11th, the 43rd International Accordion Competition was held in Klingenthal (Germany). This year’s Jury consisted of famous teachers and performers: Jürgen Ganzer, Fritz Dobler, Stefan Fraas, Tobias Morgenstern, Gudrun Wall, Ulf Seifert (Germany), Professor Wang Yu Ping (China), Professor Matti Rantanen (Finland), Professor Friedrich Lips (Russia), Elsbeth Moser (Switzerland), Jacques Mornet (France), Professor Dr Lech Puchnowski (Poland), Tibor Racz (Slovakia), Ivan Kjoval (Czech Republic), Jeanette Dyremose (Denmark), Claudio Jaccomucci (Italy), Professor Radomir Tomic and Alexander Nicolic (Serbia and Montenegro).

The opening concert saw a performance of the Vogtland Philharmonic Orchestra (Stefan Fraas, conductor) with soloist Per Arne Glovigen (bandoneon) and Niko Kumpuvaara from Finland (accordion), winner of the 2005 Klingenthal competition. On May 8th, Ivan Koval (accordion) showed his abilities in performing contemporary music together with Christiane Apel (violin) and Thomas Müller-Pering (guitar).

On Wednesday, May 10th the concert with Per Arne Glovigen, Sveinung Lillebjerka (violin) and the vocal ensemble ‘Amarcord’ was surely one of the highlights of this event.

Competition Results:
Category I (Soloists up to 12 years old):-
1st – Tian Jia Nan ( China)
2nd – Eliasson Victor-Daniel (Sweden)
3rd – Nikolic Aleksandar (Serbia and Montenegro)

Category II (Soloists up to 15 years old):-
1st – Wang Han Zhi (China)
2nd – Pekovic Nikola (Serbia and Montenegro)
3rd - Zivanovic Nikola (Serbia and Montenegro)
Category III (Soloists up to 18 years old):-
1st – Jiang Bo Long (China)
2nd – Puritz Iosif (Russia)
3rd – Projovic Nevena (Serbia and Montenegro)
Category IV (Soloists without age limit):-
1st – Vlasova Maria (Russia)
2nd – Pakarinen Petra (Finland)
3rd – Kotkov Sergey (Russia)
Category VA:-
1st – Duo Reflections (Spain)
2nd – Akkordeonduo (Russia/China)
3rd - Akkordeon Duo Exprompt (Bielorussia)
Category VB:-
1st – Duo Galuszka/Wolynczyk (Poland)
2nd – Luosujärvi/Vaahtoranta (Finland)
3rd - Con Abbandono (Germany)
Category VI (Virtuosic light music for soloists);-
1st – Saussard Dimitri (France)
2nd – Adragna Pietro (Italy)
3rd – Vonau Sarah (France)
 
Category VII (Bandoneon):-
1st – Sabatier William (France)
2nd – Mercadé Marisa Laura (Argentine)
3rd - Rokseth Andreas (Norway)

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Marie Walsh’s Debut CD, Galway – Ireland
Contributed by Rob Howard

Marie Walsh new CD cover The Red BoxDiatonic two-row button accordionist Marie Walsh, from Clifden, Galway, has released her debut CD, ‘The Red Box’, a recording of Irish dance music. Marie Walsh won All Ireland titles on button accordion and piano in 2003 and 2004, and is much in demand as an accordion teacher and performer.

For further information email:
mariewalsh82@yahoo.com
 
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Hohner Accordion Orchestra 1927 Concerts, Trossingen – Gerrmany
Contributed by Horst Fausel, Hohner Accordion Product Manager

Hohner Accordions logoOn May 13th the Hohner Accordion Orchestra 1927 performed a very successful concert in the Dr Ernst Hohner Concert Hall in Trossingen, resulting in a standing ovations from a very enthusiastic audience. The orchestra dedicated this evening to the works of the composer and arranger Werner Niehues, who was present at this concert.

The audience gave much applause for arrangements such as ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and ‘Porgy and Bess’, but also for the announcement of the Managing Director of the Hohner company who declared that Hohner in future will fund the ‘Werner Niehues Scholarship’ for students of the Hohner Conservatory in Trossingen.

On May 25th the orchestra (MD Johannes Baumann) travelled to Bavaria, where they will perform three concerts over the weekend in health resort villages in the Werdenfelser countryside. These performances involve an open-air concert in front of the beautiful scenery of the mountains ‘Waxensteine’ and ‘Zugspitze’ – the highest mountains in Germany. The next day the players will perform in the evening in the Austrian holiday village Ehrwald. The final concert will be on May 27th at Mittenwald, near Innsbruck.

The musicians also will use some of the newest instruments of the Hohner company and present to interested people information about the development of Hohner accordions and about the Conservatory.
  
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Eastbourne Accordion Festival, Sussex – UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The next Eastbourne Accordion Festival, organised by former All Britain Champion John Romero, takes place at the Cumberland Hotel, Eastbourne, from October 13th to 16th.

The guest artistes include former CMA World Champion Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, David Lukins, Angie Lukins, Harry Hussey, and Charlie Watkins. Also present will be the leading accordion technician Alan Young, and the trade show includes The Accordion Shop, Trevani Studios, and WEM.

For further information email:
jr@carillonstudios.ndirect.co.uk
  
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International Accordion Cruise, Larvik – Norway
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl


Sweden, France, Russia, Denmark and Norway were all represented in Norilds ‘Accordion-Cruise’, on the boat ‘Peter Wessel’, on April 22nd and 23rd.  The tour went from Larvik in Norway to Hitshals in Denmark, and back. During the 6-hour stop in Denmark, all the accordionists went to the local inn, ‘The Skipperkroen’, to entertain, along with members of the accordion club ‘Ørskog and Omegn Trekkspillklubb’.

picture of Domi Emorine and Roman JbanovThe travelling passengers were met with beautiful weather and accordion music featuring many different performers and styles throughout the trip, ensuring a great atmosphere.

Accordionists included Kjetil Skaslien, Anders Larsson, who played in the style of the great Carl Jularbo, Henrik Larsson, Tor Bekkelund, Trond Lönstad, Reidar Opsal and Kjetil Skaslien and The Paris-Moscow Duo - Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov (picture above).

Members of the accordion club from Örskog in Norway were also on board and, with Linda Nygaard as MD, performed a program that included Frosini, Andrew Walter, Egil Hauge, Ebbe Jularbo, Leroy Anderson, Skjalg Bjørstad, and Wetesse.

Sigmund’s Orchestra’ with Sigmund Saeter, Wenche Eikeland, Paal Steinar Flakne, Olav Hunnes, Kaj Endresen and Elin SaeterAlso performing were ‘Sigmund’s Orchestra’ with Sigmund Saeter, Wenche Eikeland, Paal Steinar Flakne, Olav Hunnes, Kaj Endresen and Elin Saeter. Sigmund’s daughter Elin also joined in some of the tunes on diatonic accordion, to good effect.

The trip featured classical, French, Russian, and Scandinavian music that was greatly enjoyed by all on board. The next ‘rendezvous’ with some of these artistes will be in the Swedish festival of Ransäter, from July 6th to 9th.
 

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Borut Zagoranski’s Performance, London - UK
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Borut ZagoranskiBorut Zagoranski, post-graduate student of Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music in London, gave an outstanding performance at the 'Friends of the Royal Academy of Music Wigmore Award 2006' in the famous Wigmore Hall on May 15th.

In attendance were many distinguished musicians who were unanimous in their praise for Borut's performance.

Borut also performed with the London Sinfonietta on May 21st in St. Luke's Church, London, and is to perform at the Aldeburgh Festival on June 21st.
 

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Brendan Shine Concerts, England, Scotland – UK
Contributed by Rob Howard


Irish singer and accordionist Brendan Shine appears at the Springfields Exhibition Centre, Spalding, Lincolnshire, on May 28th, and at the Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow on October 31st.
 
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Marco Lo Russo Concerts - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Marco Lo RussoMarco Lo Russo – accordion, with Andrea Giuffredi - trumpet, Joe Alessi - trombone (from the New York Philharmonic), Tiziano Zanotti - bass, Luca Colombo - guitar, Lele Veronesi – drums, performs I the following concerts:-

Speciale parteciapazione di Tarabuk.
June 12th, at 9pm - Romano Lombardia, Bergamo
15th, at 9pm - Desenzano sul Garda, Brescia
23rd, at 9pm - Comune di Cupello, near Vasto, Chieti

See the excellent CD Review of the Marco Lo Russo CD named Tarabuk.
 
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Pascal Contet Concerts – France
Contributed by
Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Pascal ContetFrench accordionist Pascal Contet performs the following dates:-

June 1st to 8th – Festival in China
11th - Pique-Nique bavard, Fort de Montbard, Montbeliard
13th and 14th – Festival, Clermont-Ferrand
16th to 18th – Toulouse
20th - Mende
 
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4th International Mediterraneon - Europe Accordion Contest, Palgianello – Italy
Contributed by
Harley Jones

International Mediterraneon-Europe accordion contest , ItalyThe 4th International Mediterraneon-Europe accordion contest takes place on August 26th and 27th in the town of Palgianello. Accordion players of all nationalities can take part, with instruments of all types and brands.

There are money prizes and diplomas available for the winners, and full details of the competition are now available. The closing date for registration is July 30th.

For further information email: tannoya@libero.it
 
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Accordionists Wanted, Paris – France
Contributed by Rob Howard

Pascal ContetPascal Contet is the artistic director of a 2-day event in Le parc de la Villette, Paris on August 26th and 27th. For this event the organisation is looking for accordionists from all over the world, of any age, style or experience to participate on August 26th, from 3pm to 6 pm. All participants are offered food and beverage and entrance for the special cabaret evening in Sauvage on the August 26th.
 

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Swing 41  Festival, Salbris, FranceSwing 41 Festival, Salbris - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The festival Swing 41, from June 2nd to 5th, is a festival of gypsy jazz music and one of the most important in France, involving a significant number of professional and amateur players, and enthusiasts for this style of music. Most of the ensembles performing this kind of music include an accordionist.  Gilles Briselance will exhibit Fisitalia Accordions during the festival.
 

Gary Dahl Arrangements
 

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Accordionist Stefaan Walraet, from Belgium, would like to contact Russian bayan player Valery Petrov in connection with purchasing some bayan music. Stefaan is also interested in many other Russian sheet music books for solo accordion, with variations on Russian Folksongs for solo accordion. Email: stefaan.walraet@fe-bi.org
 

Alexander Dmitriev - CD's &  DVD

    Review by Renato Belardinelli
Tarabuk by Marco Lo Russo (accordion) and Tiziano Zanotti (double bass)

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A new site selling a CD titled ‘Alexander Shirunov – ‘Absolute’’, with sound samples.  Music  from Karthause Schmuelling of Germany.  Purchase online.
 
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A new site selling a CD titled ‘Quadro Nuevo - Luna Rossa’, with sound samples.  Music  from Karthause Schmuelling of Germany.  Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled ‘Quadro Nuevo - Buongiorno Tristezza’, with sound samples. Music from Karthause Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online.
 
William Schimmel CD's
A new site selling a CD titled ‘Quadro Nuevo – CinePassion’, with sound samples.  Music  from Karthause Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled ‘Quadro Nuevo - Canzone Della Strada’, with sound samples. Music  from Karthause Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online.
 
The Ins and Outs of the Accordion
A new site selling a CD titled ‘Quadro Nuevo – Moccaflor’, with sound samples. Music  from Karthause Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online.

Franco Cambareri - accordionist, composer, producer, releases 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Don't Boogie Me', 'El Pistolero', 'Paris en Fete', 'Rumba Indiavolata', 'Souvenir de Paris' and 'Tango de la Noche'. 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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A new site selling a CD titled 'No Comment', with sound samples. Music performed by Friedrich Lips. Purchase online.
 
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A new site selling a CD titled "Lars Karlsson Band" with sound samples. Music from Karthause Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled "Lars Karlsson Band" with sound samples. Music from Karthause Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online.
 
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A new site selling a CD titled "Durspelsduell" with sound samples. Music from Karthause Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled "Lars Karlsson "Inspiration" with sound samples. Music from Karthause Schmuelling of Germany. Purchase online.
 
Paulo Jorge Ferreira
A new site selling a CD titled "Jörgen Sundeqvist In Concert Behind Accordion" with sound samples. Music from Karthause Schmuelling of Germany.

Peter Piccini releases 7 new compositions of 'Frontier Tango', 'Two Key Rag', 'Dreams Of Love', 'Take A Chance With Me', 'Only For You', 'Polka Allegro', 'Remember Portofino'. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
 

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