12th March 1999
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Awards - USA
Contributed by Heather Smith
Four albums and artists nominated for the 41st
Grammy Awards took advantage of accordionist Joey Miskulin's musicianship.
Joey embellished tracks on "Best Female Country Vocal Performance"
winner Shania Twain's latest album "Come On Over", which was also
an "Album of the Year" and "Best Country Album" nominee. He also
played on "Love Still Remains" (Emmylou Harris) "Best female country
vocal Performance" nominee and "Mission" (Carman) "Best pop/contemporary
gospel performance" nominee.
Recently, Joey won the Wrangler Award for "Outstanding
Original Music Composition". The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and
Western Heritage Center will present Joey this award on April 24th
for his production of Michael Martin Murphey's "Summer Ranges" (from
the album "Cowboy Songs Four").
It's great to see the accordion being a part
of such high profile successes. Congratulations to Joey Miskulin
Festival - Scotland
Contributed by Gary
The Musselburgh Accordion Festival took place on
March 6th in Musselburgh. This is one of the most popular accordion
festivals in Scotland and this year a large number of entries was
received. Competition sections ranged from solo, duet, trio, Scottish
Dance Band to polka, musette and own composition. Many of Scotland's
top accordionists attended this event as competitors, adjudicators
or spectators. The event finale included a concert followed by a
Senior Traditional Solo: Michael Phillip
Junior Traditional Solo: Liam Stuart
Scottish Dance Band: Colin Brown
Open Classical Solo: David Nesbit
Open Polka: Lindsay Ann Allen
Opening - Spain
by Raquel Ruiz
Spanish accordionist Angel Luis Castaño, gave a
concert to celebrate the opening of the new Conservatory Auditorium
in Langreo, North Spain. Over 200 people enjoyed Castaño's performance
with the "Ensemble Ciudad de Segovia" conducted by Cuban Flores
Chaviano. The program included works by Astor Piazzolla such as
Preludio, Fuga e Divertimento, Suite Troileana, Oblivion, Adios
Nonino, Soledad and Ave Maria.
This successful event will be followed by solo
concerts in the Auditorium by Castaño over the next few months.
Stolen Accordions - France
Contributed by Marie-Odile Chantran
Two diatonic accordions were stolen from Marc Perrone
on Saturday February 27th in front of the building at 4, Avenue
Parmentier, 75001 Paris. Both are Castagnari accordions, one with
two rows of twelve basses, the other one very small in size. Any
information which could lead to their recovery is welcome. Please
phone: + 33 1 43 79 64 43
Madame X - USA
Contributed by Kevin
New York accordionist, Will Holshouser will be
appearing solo at the Brecht Forum on March 13th and at Madame X's
on March 14th with the Will Holshouser Trio.
Will Holshouser is well known accordionist in New
York and is a student of William Schimmel, who was on the popular
movie "Scent of a Women" soundtrack and also recorded the best selling
Take a Rest - Japan
Contributed by Toru Katou
On April 10th a "Let's Take a Rest Concert 1999"
will be held at Izumi Hall, JR Nishi Kokubunji Station, Tokyo, at
6:30 pm. Students from the "Santama Accordion Class" at the Ongaku
Center will perform solos and ensemble music. For further information
phone the Ongaku Center: + 81 3-3208-8377
Dance Party - Germany
On March 27th the Hohnerklang Orchestra will hold
their annual traditional dance party at the Dr-Ernst-Hohner-Konzerthaus.
This popular event will include music by well known Trossingen bands
including the "Blue Sharks", the Hohnerklang Orchestra and the Hohnerklang
For further information and tickets phone: + 49
Summer Camp - China
Over 200 accordionists are expected to attend the
4th Children's Summer Camp in July organised by the Beijing office
of the Chinese Accordion Society.
The 5-day camp will be held in a beautiful mountain
area 200 km from Beijing. The camp program will include 3 to 5 hours
of daily accordion practice, basic music and accordion theory courses,
accordion band rehearsals, concerts and a campfire evening.
Over 20 accordion teachers will attend the camp,
which will also include lessons and exam preparation, with participants
able to sit their examinations at the completion of the camp.
For further information phone Xu Zhi Jie: + 86
Accordionist Passes Away - USA
by Dennis Gurwell
Joe Simien, one of Southern California's favorite
Creole/Cajun accordionists was laid to rest in Palmdale, California,
on March 3rd. Joe passed away on February 24th after a long bout
with stomach cancer. He had colon cancer a few years ago and was
out of the music scene for about a year. He bounced back for several
years and performed with as much energy as ever almost up until
Joe was a 3rd generation accordion player in the
Simien family, having learned from his father at the age of five.
He played for dances, parties, and festivals in California and other
parts of the U.S. for many years. He was always ready to play and
invariably had a smile and a joke for everyone who came into contact
Joe had a loving family and many friends and fans
who will greatly miss him and his music.
Accordion Night - Canada
Contributed by Mario
Didier Dumoutier and Mario
Bruneau are currently organising an exciting accordion night
at the "Le Lion D'or" club, Montreal on May 23rd. Québec accordionists
have been booked to perform including French musette specialists
Didier Dumoutier, Mario Bruneau, Walter Palmieri and Bernard Farraire.
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from Around the World - Germany
Contributed by Guenther
Over 80 accordionists are expected to perform at
the March 20th entertainment concert at the Schwabenlandhalle, Nufringen.
Orchestras and soloists will perform a variety of pieces including
Beauty and the Beast, Rhapsody in Blue, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Libertango
(Astor Piazzolla), Y.M.C.A., Pop Kids Techno Time and Melodien aus
aller Welt (melodies from round the world).
For further information email: Guenther.Stoll@t-online.de
Paier on tour in Austria
Contributed by Dr Herbert
Well-known Austrian accordionist Klaus Paier started
the project "Jazz & Tango Nuevo" with Gerald Preinfalk (saxophone,
clarinet, bass clarinet). The duo are currently touring Austria
performing in Graz, Klagenfurt, Neunkirchen and other cities. Their
program includes many different elements of both jazz and tango
Klaus Paier founded "Accordion Project" in 1993,
was a first prize winner at international competitions and was invited
to concerts all over Europe. Gerald Preinfalk studied in Vienna,
Boston and Paris and has played with famous groups including Klangforum
Vienna, RSO-Symphony Orchestra and the ViennaArt Orchestra.
For further information phone: + 43 4355-3318
Club on BBC TV - England
Contributed by David Batty
Leyland Accordion Club will feature on a BBC program,
which was recorded at their March 10th club night. The program which
includes interviews with the players and performances will be broadcast
in three weeks.
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Area Benefit Concert - USA
Contributed by Blair Kilpatrick
On March 6th a benefit concert was held for accordionist
Dick Richard in San Francisco. Accordionist Dick makes hand-built
Cajun accordions. Sadly, he has suffered a stroke and now needs
round-the-clock care. Performers Included the "California Cajun
Orchestra" (including accordionist Danny Poullard), "Frog Legs",
"Billy Wilson and Friends", the Zydeco Flames Duo and "DP & the
Rhythm Riders". Over 150 people attended the concert, which raised
Fund-raising efforts have also been taking place
in Dick's home town of Church Point, Louisiana. The March newsletter
of "The California Friends of Louisiana French Music" included several
tributes to Dick.
Wables - Denmark
by Helle Duedahl Pedersen
Danish group "White Wables" featuring Mette Duedahl
Pedersen (accordion), Kristina Friis Hansen (accordion), Helle Duedahl
Pedersen (bass) and Maria Uhrenholt Klavsen (guitar) are currently
working on a CD "Dansetakt" (dance beat) which is due for release
Their music is inspired by Norwegian folk music
including waltzes and polkas. Pieces include "Brandbilen" (fire
engine by M. D. Pedersen) and "Trædballehus Polka" (Frederik Iversen).
The all female group play at many Scandinavian
festivals. Their next performance will be on March 27th in Skagen
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harmonika 99 - Russia
The Baltika Harmonika 99 will be held in St Petersburg,
Russia from April 10th to 17th. The main event will be the International
Accordion Competition organised by the St Petersburg State Conservatory
with participants invited from all over the world. Prizes include
a P. I. Govorushko Diploma, an A. I. Kuznetzov Diploma and a Boris
Other events include a concert by competition guests
of honour, which will include Laureates of famous competitions and
festivals; informal seminars to exchange experience and repertoire,
videos and discussions concerning prospects of accordion playing.
Tradition in the Big Apple - USA
Contributed by Kevin
CJ Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band appeared
at "Tramps" in New York last weekend, the show being preceded by
a Zydeco Dance workshop.
CJ's father, Clifton Chenier was one of the pioneers
and masters of zydeco music, which draws from diverse musical influences
such as jazz, blues, country, Cajun and pop.
In 1987 when Chenier senior's health faltered,
his son took over the band and has now led it for 12 years.
you know Dermot O`Brien? - South Africa
Contributed by Sergio Zampolli
A South African accordionist would like to receive
information on accordionist Dermot O`Brien. He thinks Dermot plays
a I Busilacchio 13 treble coupler, 7 bass coupler instrument With
a double cassotto, which is similar to his own model. It is possible
that Dermot is now in the USA.
If you can assist with any information please
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