Attracting participants from more than 25 countries, the event will
feature competitions, concerts, workshops, displays as well as the
166 member World Accordion Orchestra. Conducted by Joan
Sommers, the orchestra will be performing three pieces including
the World Premiere of 'Lest We Forget', by Leonard Stack, a well-
known composer based in Los Angeles.
will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the company
by former clockmaker Matthias Hohner on September 8th and 9th 2007
with a 'Big Town Party'. Hohner began by making harmonicas, later
producing accordions, and more recently diversified into manufacturing
other instruments such as guitars, keyboards and pianos.
A comprehensive music program, a display of musical instruments, a
market, an attempt at a world record in playing the harmonica, and
many more attractions await the visitors to Trossingen.
the theme of 'The Music Plays in Trossingen', the Hohner
Company - led by Dr. Horst Braeuning, the city of Trossingen,
the trade association, the Volksbank Trossingen, the promotional community,
the Hirsch brewery and numerous local institutions and clubs celebrate
together with a proper town party.
Performers involved during the celebrations include the 'Feldberger'
with Frau Waeber, 'BB & the Blues Shacks, 'Triple Sweet' and Manfred
Leuchter, 'Dr. Quincy and the Lemonshakers', 'Blues Delivery', ' Abi
Wallenstein & Blues Culture', including Steve Baker,the 'Hohner
Akkordeonorchester 1927 e.V.', the ensemble 'Art of Accordion', and
the harmonica World Champion, from Trossingen, Kathrin Gass, accompanied
by Hans-Guenther Koelz.
A highlight is the opening of a special exhibition of the harmonica
museum in the 'Bau V' in a former Hohner premises. In addition, there
will be an open day in the music school and in the Conservatory.
The attempt at breaking the number of players the existing world record
for the 'largest harmonica orchestra in the world' takes place on
Sunday afternoon, September 9th, 4pm, and as many players as possible
are needed. A practice will take place the day before. 1,706 players
in Seattle, Washington, USA, set the current record in 2005.
5th International Accordion Competition, Trieste
The 5th Fisa armonie International Accordion Competition takes
place in Trieste, Italy, from September 28th to 30th. This festival
is jointly organised by the Glasbena Matica School of Music, the cultural
associations Altamarea and Cluster, and the accordion orchestra 'GM
event includes concerts given by Renzo
Ruggieri (left) Igor Zobin, the duo Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi
and Andrea di Paolo, the Nata Bene Trio, the duo Ivano Battiston (right)
and Ivano Paterno, the duo Alessandro Ipavec and Paola Chiabudini,
and the accordion orchestra 'GM Synthesis 4'.
This event has several age categories, open to solo players, concert
performers, chamber groups and accordion orchestras. The final festival
concert will be broadcast live on radio or television.
The competition categories include:
Soloists: Category A - Under 10 years Category; B - Under 12 years;
Category C - Under 14; Category D - Under 17 years; Concert soloists:
Category F - no age limits; various Ensemble categories and Orchestra
categories. The closing date for entries is September 7th.
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The Locandina Folk Festival took place in Castelfidardo, from July
26th to August 5th. This colourful event featured bands, singers and
dance teams, including several performers from other countries. The
many musicians involved included melodeon players - Tim Edey (England),
Filippo Gambetta, Clara Graziano, and Brendan Power (New Zealand)
trained accordionist Lorenzo
Munari performed at the first Savignano Festival, organized
by the Commune of Savignano in collaboration with Art & Show
Productions. He played three concert evenings on July 12th, 19th
and 26th, all in the piazza Falcone. The concert on July 19th, titled
'From Bach to Piazzola', was performed with vocalist Marina Coli.
also performs with clarinet player Andrea Medici, and their repertoire
includes classical music to ethnic music, jazz and tango.
'Accordions by the Sea' Festival, Victoria BC -
The first 'Accordions by the Sea' Festival takes places from August
10th to 12th at the Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara Street, British
Colombia. This event is organised by the Victoria Accordion Club
The guest artistes include S. Bahn, Mario Pedone, Marc Wald, Ron Lankford,
David Mazoff, Bertram Levy, Ries Vink, Irv Lang, Mary Ross, and the
Victoria Accordion Club Band. Activities include concerts, jam sessions,
dancing, workshops, private lessons (by arrangement), and a bandoneon
Leicester accordionist David Price, well known as a player of electronic
and midi instruments, makes his debut as the guest at Club Accord
on Monday August 13th, at 8pm. Club Accord meets at the Catshill WMC,
near Bromsgrove, Birmingham - near the junction of the M42 and M5.
David Price has just released a new CD of 'easy listening' music,
'Accordion Mix', which includes 'My Way', 'Charmaine', 'Alley Cat
Song', 'Maigret', James Bond Theme', 'Charade', 'New York, New York',
Väyrynen will perform with the Kymi Sinfonietta in Kotka
on August 15th. This concert is held to celebrate the 90th anniversary
of the independence of Finland. Exclusively featuring Finnish music,
Mika will perform the 1st and 2nd movements of the 'Baltic' Concerto
for accordion and chamber orchestra by Veikko Huuskonen as well as
other Finnish works. This concert will be repeated on 17th August
in Kouvola, Finland.
Mexican accordionist Sergio Robledo Acevedo and his tango quintet
'Entretango' perform in concert on August 18th, 6pm, in the room Carlos
Chávez room at the University Arts Center. The program will
include the works of Ástor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel, Angel
Villoldo and Michel Colombier.
Entretango was formed in 2003, and comprises Sergio Robledo Acevedo
- accordion, Luis Felipe Gutiérrez Zermeño - violin,
Rodrigo Rivera Espinosa de los Monteros - electric guitar, Víctor
Hernández Stumpfhauser - piano, and Carlos Rangel Terrazas
For four years, this ensemble has performed in important cultural
centres in Mexico, and released its first CD 'Entretango' at the beginning
of 2007, containing the works of Ástor Piazzolla.
The 2007 All Ireland Flead Cheoil takes place in Tullamore, County
Offaly, in the Republic of Ireland, from August 19th to 26th. Organised
by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the Flead Cheoil
is the largest Irish traditional music event in the world, attracting
over 250,000 people, including 10,000 competitors and performers annually.
Apart from the competitions, the festival includes a wide selection
of outdoor and indoor concerts, ceili dances, parades, workshops,
street sessions and events throughout the week. Ceili bands performing
include the Glenside, Sean Norman, Fodlha, Matt Cunningham, James
Hogan & Colin McGill, and St Colmcille.
The competitions include age-graded sections for piano accordion,
2-row diatonic button accordion, concertinas, harmonicas and ceili
bands. 3-row diatonic and Continental chromatic accordionists are
also catered for, competing in mixed instrument sections.
Milos Milivojevic appears at the Burton Bradstock Festival of Music
and Art, Dorset, which takes place from August 14th to 19th.
August 16th, St Mary's Church, 7.30pm
London Tango Quintet featuring: David Juritz, Milos Milivojevic Craig
Ogden, Mary Sculley and Timothy Carey
August 17th, 7.30pm - St Mary's Church
Programme includes works by Brouwer, Grieg, Brahms, Albinoni
and Schnittke's 'Suite in the Old Style' for violin and accordion.
August 18th, 7.30pm - St Mary's Church
Programme includes works by Elgar, Purcell, Vivaldi, JS Bach, Schubert,
Piazzolla and Mozart - 'Adagio and Rondo K617' - accordion and string
Performers: David Juritz, Milos Milivojevic, Craig Ogden, Neil Black,
Martin Kegelmann, Adrian Bradbury, Caroline Dowdle, Mary Scully, Tim
Gary Dahl - accordionist as well as a composer, arranger, recording artist and music educator, releases 3 new works for accordion available for purchase online, ‘Beer Barrel Polka’, ‘Fascination’, 'The Music Of The Night'. 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.