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19th International Festival
'Bayan and Bayanists' - Russia
With participation of the federal agency of culture and cinematography
of Russia, Russian Gnessin Academy of Music and the Friedrich
Lips Fund, the traditional XVIII International Festival
'Bayan and Bayanists' took place in the concert hall of the
Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow from December 5th to 9th.
Part of the festival tradition is to honor special milestones
in the history of the bayan/accordion. This years festival,
celebrated the 100th birthday of the construction of the first
bayan in Russia. Also celebrated was the famous master Y. Volkovitsh,
who was responsible for some further important steps in the
development of the instrument. His 80th birthday was celebrated.
The first part of the opening concert was arranged by the accordion
orchestra 'Vivat, accordion!' conducted by Valentina Bobisheva
of the Schnittke-Music College and the chamber orchestra of
the Gnessin Music Academy conducted by Timur Mynbajev.
Soloists were pianist Svjatoslav Lips (Ephrem Podgaits: 'Rondo'
for piano and orchestra) as well as bayanist People's Artist
Lips (picture left - Astor Piazzolla: 'Aconcagua', concert
for bandoneon and chamber orchestra).
For the second part, young Russian prize-winners of international
competitions of 2007 were acclaimed by the public: Victor-Daniel
Eliasson, J. Puriz, D. Stadnjuk, I. Salachov, Semjion Shmelkov
(bayan) with flautist O. Somanovskaya.
The following three evenings were dedicated to artists from
different countries: S. Najko, Yuri
Scharov (Russia), Max Bonnay (France), Angel
L. Castaño (picture left - Spain), as well as 'Trio
Mobile' (J.Gurevitsh, bayan; A.Groshev, flute; N.Telminova,
violoncello) from Nischny Novgorod. All performers emphasized
the different facets of the bayan in their way.
The Gala concert brought an absolute musical highlight with
the appearance of Stefan Hussong (Germany). The large musical
range from a traditional Gagaku of 10th century Japan to the
musical avant-garde of John Cage or Adriana Hoelszky was very
impressive. With V. Osipov (Concertino and xylophon), accompanied
on the piano by Svjatoslav Lips, as well as the group of 'Bely
Den' (White Day) the concert ended in lively fashion.
'Silver Discs' were conferred on accordionists/bayanists Stefan
Shisckin, Vatcheslav Galkin, Sergey Najko and to the masters
V. Vassiliev, A. Tshernov und S. Kashinzev
for merits in the bayan art.
Exhibitions and presentations of musical instruments of chief
world producers took place in the foyer of the concert hall
Russian Gnessin Academy of Music throughout the festival.
Premiere of New Version of Piazzolla`s The Seasons
concert accordionist Miran Vaupotic has finished a series of concerts
with well-known guitarist Robert Belinic and one of the most famous
Croatian classical ensembles, 'Zagreb Soloists', with whom he debuted
on bandoneon in a special, new arrangement of 'The Seasons', by Astor
Piazzolla, for bandoneon, guitar and orchestra.
Concerts have recently taken place in Spain at the VIII Festival de
Otono in Jaen at Aula Magna de la Universidad and in Croatia at concert
halls in Velika Gorica, and the Croatian Music Institute Concert Hall
were very successful, with soloists and ensemble thrilling their audiences
with extraordinary musicality, imaginative interpretations, refined
technique and very engaging playing. They have received standing ovations,
which resulted in encores.
Miran has also collaborated with important composers, whose works
he has premiered including A. Markovic, T. Uhlik, D. Palanovic and
D. Bobic. He performed Croatian premiere of Eshaton Concerto by Davor
Bobic, which is first bayan concerto in history of Croatian music.
Miran intends to record this new arrangement of 'The Seasons', by
Piazzolla, and also publish the sheet music.
Frank Marocco has released DVD that features a live 'master class
workshop', in which this leading accordionist goes into great detail
to explain and demonstrate how to learn to play jazz and play improvisations
as well as how to create bass lines for the great music standards.
The DVD also includes a complete live concert with Frank performing
with bass, drums and guitar.
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2nd International Accordion Competition, for the Avsenik Award, takes
place on January 25th and 26th 2008 in Begunje. The competition will
take place in two following categories:
piano accordion, diatonic accordion. Both categories will be divided
into age groups:
A - up to 12 years (born until 1997)
B - from 13 to 15 years (born from 1994 to 1992)
C - from 16 to 19 years (born from 1997 to 1988)
D - from 20 to 35 years (born from 1987 to 1972)
E - from 36 years and older
(born in 1971 and older)
The 55th Avsenik Festival, which presents Slovenian accordion and
folk music, takes place in Begunje from 20th to 24th August 2008.
Begunje is also locally known for restaurant Pri Joovcu, where
one is able to try many native Slovenian dishes. The restaurant is
run by the well-known Avsenik accordion playing brothers.
Sydney based Accordion Ensemble 'FunAccord', whose members are Ivan
Liashenko, Atila Fadi, Zhiyuan Ma, Richard She and Nick Shcherbakov,
helped celebrate Christmas and performed at various Sydney venues
including 'Scalabrini Village' and the ' Christmas Café Concert'
in Petersham last week.
The accordion ensemble was formed a year ago and enjoys fine music
modern take on the Christmas story reported in last weeks news, was
played out in the streets of the city centre, and televised by the
BBC told the story of Mary, a pregnant teenager and Joseph, an asylum
A cast of 300 and 150 crew were involved in the event, and the hour-long
production used songs from Liverpool's great pop legacy to bring the
story to life. Accordionist Mark Bousie was seen and heard in various
scenes and locations, featured often in close up as he accompanied
Presented by actor (and melodeon player) Geoffrey Hughes, the music
included songs by The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Teardrop
Explodes, Echo & The Bunnymen, the Icicle Works, Dead Or Alive
and The Las. Stars included Cathy Tyson and Jennifer Ellison. Local
actors Jodie McNee and Kenny Thompson played Mary and Joseph.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra also performed at the
event at William Brown Street. The Nativity was broadcast live on
BBC Radio Merseyside and is going to have two further broadcasts.
hour-long programme will be shown again on:
Sunday December 23rd, 10.45pm - BBC1
Tuesday December 25th, 7pm - BBC3
Further information on the BBC website.
Paris New Year's Eve Concert, Paris - France
On Wednesday January 9th, 8pm, accordionist Gordon Glenn is the guest
at Stockport Accordion Club. Gordon Glenn is a veteran of the accordion
scene in the UK, having been active as a professional since the 1950s.
His repertoire includes music by Strauss, Cole Porter, Leroy Anderson,
Pietro Frosini, to name but a few, and his silky skills are always
well received by his audiences.
The venue is Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Woodley, Stockport,
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'Cruise of Irish Stars' - Caribbean
7-night Caribbean cruises, on board the Costa Mediterranea, take place
in the New Year, featuring Irish singers, dancers and musicians. The
first cruise covers the western Caribbean, from January 26th to February
2nd, and the second sails around the eastern Caribbean, from February
2nd to 9th.
These cruises include much accordion entertainment, involving piano
accordion players Paddy Noonan, Martin Doyle (of the duo Stephen's
Green), and Jimmy McPhail, and button accordionist Fintan Stanley
(picture left). The organiser is the singer Andy Cooney.
Schlüchttal-Akkordeon-Orchester Gurtweil Germany has been busy
prior to Christmas under conductor Roland Schaaf. On Saturday the
15th December was a large concert. On Sunday 16th the youth orchestra
of 17 players between 8 and 16 years performed.
For the first time the early music education group will appear on
the stage to perform especially for their guests, from the kindergarten
Gurtweil. Naturally the Santa Claus can not be missing with a gift
for all the children there.
concert dates with Salvatore Cauteruccio during Christmas festivities:
- Sunday 23th December at 6 pm Piazza Caloprese (Scalea, Cs) con il
NOVA 4TET & Pietro Perrone.
- Monday 24th December at 8.30 pm on TV Articolo 21 / Telespazio TV,
Salvatore together with NOVA 4TET & Pietro Perrone.
- Thursday 27th December at 7 pm Concert with Acoustic Music Ensemble
at the Aula Magna del I Circolo Didattico di Sala Consilina (Salerno)
- Sunday 30th December at 9 pm Hotel Parco dei Principi di Scalea
(Cs) in Solo
- Monday 31st Decemberat 9 pm Hotel Parco dei Principi di Scalea (Cs)
with Acoustic Music Ensemble
- Thursday 3rd Jannuary 2008 - at 6 pm Piazza Italia (Praia a Mare,Cs)
- Wedenesday 9th january concert at the l'I.T.I.S di Sala Consilina
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The famous Beltango group directed by Alexander Nikolic were stars
at the 2007 Castelfidardo Festival in Italy and this new
site selling is selling their pack of 3 CDs titled "Tradicional",
Sound samples are online. Music performed by Alexander Nikolic (bandoneon,
accordion), Jovan Bogosavljevic (violin), Ivana Nikolic (piano, vocal),
Bogdan Pejic (el.guitar) and Ljubinko Lazic (double bass) of Serbia.
online using bank secure server system.
Yehuda Oppenheimer release 1 arrangement of 'Souvenir
d'amour'. Sample of the music is available online. The music is
in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with
Franco Cambareri - accordionist, composer, producer, releases 2 new
works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Gigolino',
Giostra', . 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.
Peter Piccini - accordionist, composer, arranger, performer, release
1 new work for accordion available
for purchase online. 'Feelin
Blue'. Samples of these music are available on the site. The music
is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase
with credit card.
of Bayan Development: This article on the History of Bayan Development
was written by Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions.
The importance of the development of the bayan has had far reaching
significance for all concert accordion design, manufacture and performances
throughout the world.