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A Proud Night for Accordion at Carnegie Hall, New
York - USA
January 13th, Zankel Auditorium in Carnegie Hall was filled to capacity
for the renowned Polish group 'Motion Trio'. Performing their own
compositions and arrangements, their program was a diverse array
of cutting edge performances including the World Premiere of the
accordion version of Krzysztof Penderecki's 'Ciaccona' in Memory
of Pope John Paul II.
Having worked with the Motion Trio, Penderecki himself calls them
an exceptional accordion trio!
Utilizing every dimension of their instruments, the Motion Trio
comprising Janusz Wojtarowicz, Pawel Baranek and Marcin Galazyn,
brought the house down leaving the audience calling for several
encores. Each a skilled artist with superb technical and musical
ability, the three combined to capture and ignite the imagination
of the enthusiastic audience.
Formed in 1996, the Motion Trio has performed in 29 countries and
continues to explore the boundaries of their instrument while drawing
inspiration from all forms of music including contemporary, classical
and baroque, through to rock, metal and techno.
concert was held in the memory of the famous Polish composer Andrzej
Krzanowski (1951-1990), and his wife and son (pictured) were in
attendance at the concert. A renowned composer, Krzanowski was himself
a skilled accordionist who studied in Katowice with Joachim Pichura.
Among his hundreds of compositions for many instruments, Krzanowski
composed the Test Piece for the 1978 CIA Coupe Mondiale held in
A press conference for all journalists takes place on January 23rd
at 6pm in the Aktionsradius Wien, 1200 Wien, Gaußplatz 11, organised
by the new Akkordeon Festival, Vienna, which takes place from February
23rd until March 24th. This evening includes a buffet, with live music
by the group Flic-Flac.
of the true greats of French musette, Maurice Larcange passed away
in October at the age of 80. Maurice Larcange (1927-2007) was not
only one of France's best known and greatest accordionists but was
also was one the most influential figures in his country's present
day accordion scene.
Born in the northern town of Trith St Leger, Maurice Larcange's father
ran an accordion school in nearby Valenciennes. Maurice - known to
his friends as 'Momo' - began playing professionally in cafes and
bars in Brittany in the mid-1940s before being called up for National
Service in the army. Once de-mobbed, he moved to Paris where he was
helped by the already established accordionist Aimable, an old friend
of his father's. Larcange became a star name in Paris, and was a contemporary
of the likes of Yvette Horner, Joss Baselli, Marcel Azzola and Jo
From the 1950s onwards Larcange became well known both nationally
and internationally through his many recordings, arrangements and
compositions, and his exuberant and joyful playing was much admired
and imitated. He was also a prolific composer, and is believed to
have written about 2,000 pieces, of which 'Pistonette' was the most
In 1987 Maurice Larcange founded his own accordion school, 'Les Petits
Prodiges de l'Accordeon', which proved overwhelmingly successful and
will doubtless prove to be his real legacy. Larcange's teaching involved
developing both musical skills and the art of stage presentation,
and helped to launch the playing careers of such present day accordionists
as Eric Bouvelle, Jerome Richard, Domi Emorine, Alexandra Paris, and
Despite his stage flamboyance and fame in a highly successful career
dating back to the late 1940s, Maurice Larcange remained essentially
a private person whose greatest happiness came from the progress and
achievements of his innumerable accordion students. He will indeed
be greatly missed.
The Poozies Recruit New Accordionist, England -
all female folk band The Poozies are delighted to announce the addition
of the amazing young accordionist and piper Mairearad Green to their
line-up. This follows on from the sad departure of original member
Karen Tweed to pursue her solo career.
The band were due to take a break as Eilidh is having another baby
in March but from July onwards will be back on the road, out in force
at festivals throughout the summer and, when Mairearad has settled
in, will record that much promised new album!
accordion teacher Frédéric
Deschamps has four separate tuition courses in the next few weeks.
These are set for:
February 17th to 22nd
February 24th to March 1st
April 14th to 19th
April 21st to 26th
The courses are each for a maximum of 14 people, cover a wide variety
of playing techniques and musical styles, and cater for any kind of
accordion, including diatonic accordion and bandonéon.
On Wednesday January 9th Stockport Accordion Club, based in the North
West of England, began 2008 in fine style with Gordon Glenn making
a long awaited return to the concert stage as our Club Night guest
Gordon's sophisticated skills certainly went down very well with the
audience, and his programme included 'Strauss Selection', 'Serenata',
'What A Difference A Day Made' (arr. Magnante), 'Yours' (arr. Charles
Magnante), 'Air on a G String', 'The Umbrella Man in Paris', 'La Mariposita',
'Tango in D', 'Don't Blame Me' (arr. Magnante), 'Concierto de Aranjuez',
'I Will Say Goodbye', and 'Dance of the Comedians'. Gordon also played
'Autumn Leaves' and 'Pennies From Heaven' in duet with concertina
maestro and Stockport AC Vice President John Nixon.
The concert also included supporting spots from Rob
Howard, John Jones, Betty Molloy and Chris Green, Ray Peacock,
Ann Parker, Johnny Coleclough and John Higham. Stockport AC President
Johnny Coleclough gave a world premiere performance of his new song,
which was a pastiche of Parisian sights and sounds, and made very
good entertainment. All it lacked was a title!
Gordon Glenn has been a leading professional accordionist since the
1950s, and has worked with many of the UK's best accordionists and
Finnish Accordionist Mika
Väyrynen performs with Orchestra - Finland
Väyrynen will perform Aulis Sallinen's "Camber Music
V - Barabbas Variations Op. 80" with two different orchestras
in January. On the 24th he will perform with the Lohja Orchestra (Juha
Nikkola-conductor) in the Lohja Church and on the 28th with Sinfonietta
Lentua (Jukka-Pekka Kuusela - conductor) in the Lentua Hall, in Kuhmo.
This spring, Mika will give the World Premiere of Anatoli Kusjakov's
last work before he passed away, 'Sonata No. 7 - Misterium'.
Improvisation Ensemble performs mainly in churches in Northern France,
featuring a repertoire of classical and sacred music. Led by accordionist
and composer Eric Blin, the line up of the Improvisation Ensemble
varies from duo, trio to quartet, including clarinet, violin and/or
cello. Admission to all their concerts is free.
The Improvisation Ensemble, who are available for concerts and festivals
anywhere in Europe, is sponsored by a non-profit making organisation
called Original Music From The Great Europe.
Their concert programme includes:
January 20th, 4pm - l'Eglise de Champagne
26th, 8.30pm l'Eglise Saint-Denis d'Amboise
27th, 4pm - l'Eglise St Georges de Salbris
February 3rd, 4pm - l'Eglise de Mettray
10th, 4pm - l'Eglise de la Suze, Sarthe
17th, 4pm - l'Eglise Sainr-Lubin de Brou
23rd, 8.30pm - l'Eglise St-Medard de Cinq Mars la Pile
24th, 4pm - l'Eglise St-Nicolas de Châteraubriant
Landa presents on the 19th January at Principal Theater of Vitoria
(Spain), the opera "Blé Noir" with the Ballet Biarritz.
The performance, organized by the Symphonic Orchestra from Basque
Country, is included in the Family Concerts 2008, together with didactic
workshops for children based on the performances.
Related to didactical and pedagogical performances, Anne Landa presented
last 3rd January at Victoria Eugenia Theater of San Sebastián,
the performance "The little Prince" together with Txotxongillo
Ensemble and musical direction by Anne Landa.
These events were part of the family concerts organized by the Symphony
orchestra of Euskadi; with special emphasis for small children.
René Sopa (accordion)
Stefan Patry (Hammond Organ)
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.