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March 12th - 15th Frankfurt will again be the most important
venue for the global music industry. For more than 25 years,
the Musikmesse in Frankfurt has been the largest international
trade fair for musical instruments.
The Musikmesse offers a uniquely comprehensive overview
of all types of musical instruments with a selection of
over 30,000 instruments and products from electric guitars,
mixing software to classical instruments. A unique programme
of shows and events with numerous concerts, workshops and
award ceremonies including: live performances at the Agora
Stage, Acoustic Stage and Musikbiz Stage, talk, discussions
and presentations, school jams, Trendsetting awards, Music4kids.
can be found in the Hall 3.1., where most of the accordion
manufacturers from Italy and around the world exhibit their
products and where you will be able to meet leading artistes
from around the world. Don't miss this important event.
For a full report upon the Musikmesse - please visit our
follow-up news editions.
competitors for the 2008 Coupe Mondiale and CMA Trophée
Mondial competitions must take part in the French qualification
contest to be held on July 20th at La Selle sur le Bied,
100 kms south of Paris.
To simplify procedures, the one performance will enable
qualification for these two international competitions
of the highest international level. The Qualifications
are organized by Frédéric
Deschamps (picture left).
The 2008 National
Accordion Association Convention takes place from March
13th to 15th, at the Richardson Hotel, Dallas, Texas. The
festival will feature concerts, a Polka Dance, a wide range
of workshops and a festival orchestra. This year's event
includes an accordion raffle, with the prize being a new
Baffetti accordion that is being donated by Golden Age
Accordion, based in Dallas.
The NAA Convention always includes many workshops, and
the training focus this year is: 'Knowing how to entertain
with the accordion!'
performers include Tony Lovello, Sylvia Marie, Nick Ballarini,
Jim Rommel, Accordion All-Stars, Accordion Dance Orchestra,
Brave Combo, Texas Polka Cruisers, Harold Strand and the
Polka Cruise, Dee
Langley (left), Janne Silfverberg, Gail Overly, Erica
Silfverberg, Dee Siglar and Sarrah Cantrell. A concert
starring the MECA Party involves: Shelia Lee (Wijnberg
and Witte), Carol & Debra's 'Hank Williams' Gospel
Sing-a-Long! Zydeco Stingrays, MECA: Debra's Accordion
Band, Tangos by Tom Visentin, Tex/Mex music with Pancho
Martinez & Eleanor Martinez, and Polish Dance Music
by Gene Neyer.
trade show includes: Golden Age Accordions, Roland
Accordion Company, Accordion-O-Rama,
Ballarini / Petosa, Mel Bay Publishing Company, Kohl Music
Company, Accordion Embroidery by Carol Willenberg, Accordion
Stuff - Debra Peters, and MECA.
known Cleveland-style American polka band leader and accordionist
Johnny Vadnal passed away on February 25th at the age of
84. Vadnal was the first polka band leader to have his
own major market television show, performing every Sunday
afternoon on WEWS Channel 5 in Cleveland from 1949 to 1961.
In 1949, Vadnal won the title of 'Cleveland's Polka King'
in a vote held by a local radio station.
Vadnal's Orchestra had a unique sound, due to Vadnal's
highly individual accordion style. Vadnal's accordion had
a contemporary, modern sound, considered by many to be
ahead of its time. Though rooted in the Slovenian style,
Vadnal's music also had a wide appeal to other ethnic audiences.
A prolific songwriter, Vadnal penned such polka classics
as 'Yes, My Dear', 'No Beer on Sunday', 'Wayside Polka',
and many others. He was inducted into the Polka Hall of
Fame in 1987.
Performance of 'Winterreise', Kristiandsand
Contributed by Jörgen Sundeqvist
February 14th the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, conducted
by Rolf Gupta, and featuring Swedish accordionist Jörgen
Sundeqvist and German tenor, Lothar Odinius, performed
a modern interpretation by Hans Zender of Franz Schubert`s
Hans Zender's arrangement of Franz Schubert`s song cycle
'Winterreise' is a highly praised work where Hans Zender
produces a completely new, modern and unique version of
Schubert`s work, originally written for written for piano
and orchestra. Zender`s version is much more than just
orchestrating the piano part. Zender expands upon it, deconstructs
it, and weaves new intros, outros, and newly composed counterpoints
into the mix. Zender gives the music a new dimension and
accordion has a very important part in the orchestra, which
also includes 4 percussionists, 3 wind machines, 3 harmonicas,
harp, guitar as well as the traditional strings, woodwind
and brass instruments.
Hans Zender (born 1936) is one of Germany's leading composers
and conductors, and has written for orchestras, voice,
and many instruments, including the accordion.
Presentation of Accordion in the Children's
TV show 'Pet plus' - Macedonia
Contributed by Anica Karakutovska
Last Friday, the accordion trio: Aleksandar Kolovski, Boban
Peric and Bojan Volcevski, together with their professor
Zorica Karakutovska, were guests on the children's television
show 'Five plus' on the TV channel TELMA.
'Five plus' is educational programme for children, part
of the public educative campaigns for raising the awareness
of protecting the environment. With the host Mina and the
dog Petko as moderator this show provides a lot of useful
information from different fields with many very interesting
Friday's episode presented and promoted the accordion,
and was very well received by all in the auditorium, including
1st Accords des Montagnes Festival, La
Bresse - France
The bars and restaurants rang to the sound of accordions
during the week long Accords des Montagnes Festival, providing
great entertainment for listeners and dancers. Accordion
artistes performing everywhere included the colourful Jean-Louis
Noton, Jean-Marc Torchy, Frédéric Buch,
Sylvie Pulles, Franck Villain, Denys Gigot, Magali etc
29th February at the Music School "Bonamici"
in Pisa at 5.30pm there is a meeting with Massimo
Signorni, composer of: "five compositions-Stile
Bachiano William/Edition ETS 2007" and "the free-reed
instruments/Edition IL CAMPANO 2007" .
That will be followed by an evening concert at 9.15 pm
"Tango" by Piazzolla with Patrizia Angeloni (accordion)
and Sabrina Paoli (pianoforte). Also present will be Andrea
Pellegrini, Director of the Music School "Bonamici".
On Sunday the 2nd March Massimo Signorini will be at the
Conservatorio Statale L. Cherubini in Florenze
at 5 pm meeting with the author of the volumes "Analisi
strutturale di "WINTER SEEDS of Klaus Huber and Semiografia
of the accordion" by Massimo Signorini Edition IL
CAMPANO, 2007. Lecturer is Massimo Signorini, and accordionist
tutor Ivano Battiston of the Conservatorio Statale L.
Cherubini di Firenze.
The Torneo Internazionale di Musica is an international
competition for singers and instrumentalists, which includes
a section for accordion.
The TIM consists of 4 Rounds: Audition, Qualifying Concert,
Semi-final and Final. Candidates who passed the 2007 pre-selection
have direct access to the second or third round. Past TIM
winners and other international competitions winners may
apply to skip the first rounds when applying.
The qualifying contests are presently taking place in various
European cities, including Cologne, Como, Florence, Madrid,
Paris, Rome, Verona and Zaragoza. The semi-final and final
rounds will take place in Verona from June 2nd to 9th 2008.
Composer and accordionist Howard Skempton performs his
own compositions and other works of his choice in concert
at the Royal Academy of Music, London, on March 4th, 6pm.
The program includes two solo works by Skempton, 'Twin
Set and Pearls', 'Musette'. 'May Pole' - open score for
guitar, accordion and piano, and 'Semi'-Attached' - for
guitar and accordion.
The concert will be in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall.
Admission is free
American Irish punk-folk band Flogging Molly, featuring
Matt Hemsley on accordion and concertina, are about to
tour various countries, as follows:
March 1st, 7pm - Ram's Head Live, Baltimore, USA
March 2nd, 7pm - The National, Richmond, Virginia
March 3rd, 7pm - The Norva, Norfolk, Virginia
March 5th, 7pm - Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, North Carolina
March 6th, 7pm - Tabernacle, Atlanta, Georgia
March 7th, 7pm - House of Blues, Orlando, Florida
March 8th, 7pm - Jannus Landing, St Petersburg, Florida
March 9th, 8pm - House of Blues, New Orleans
March 11th, 7pm - Warehouse Live, Houston, Texas
March 13th, 8pm - Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Oregon
March14th and 15th, 5pm - House of Blues, Las Vegas
March 16th, 7pm, Marquee Theatre, Tempe, Arizona
March17th, 5pm - St Patrick's Day, Temple Town Lake, Arizona
April 5th, 2pm - Punkspring Festival, Osaka, Japan
April 6th, 11am - Punkspring Festival, Tokyo, Japan
April 9th, 8.30pm - Night Train, Adelaide, Australia
April 10th and 11th, 8.30pm - The Corner, Melbourne, Australia
April 12th, 8pm - The Forum, Sydney, Australia
April 13th - The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
April 26th, 11am - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival,
Amor Quintet will perform in an Astor Piazzolla Gala Concert
on March 8th, 7.30pm, at St Stephen's Church, Gloucester
Road, London SW7 4RL. The programme includes: 'Libertango',
'Milonga Del Angel', 'Triunfal', 'Otono Porteno', 'Invierno
Porteno', 'Primavera Porteno', 'Verano Porteno', 'Oblivion',
'Ressureccion Del Angel', 'La Muerte Del Angel', 'Concierto
Para Quintetto', and 'Michelangelo 70'.
The Amor Quintet are: Nikolai Ryskov (accordion), Anahit
Chaushyan (piano), Orpheous Papafilippou (violin), Hideo
Morii (electric guitar), and Enrique Galassi (double bass).
by The Groanbox Boys
and Michael Ward-Bergeman
Peter Piccini - accordionist, composer, arranger, performer,
releases 4 new works for accordion available for purchase
Latin Feel', 'Waving
For Bella' and 'Pete's
Music Bug'. Samples of theses music are available on
the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed
to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
Gary Dahl - accordionist as well as a composer, arranger,
recording artist and music educator,updates 3 of his works
and release 1 new work for accordion available for purchase
Street Rag' and 'You
Can't Be True Dear'. 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.