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 04 March 2005This weeks news | Past News  | Send news
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Editor's Note

This year marks the centenary of Matyas Seiber (1905-60), Hungarian-born composer and cellist, who fled the Nazi persecution of Jews in the 1930s to become a very important and influential figure in the development of the accordion - especially in the UK, where he lived after 1936. Already very well known in the world of classical music, Seiber became closely associated with the newly founded British College of Accordionists, and wrote many works and teaching materials for the accordion. Seiber's life and works are celebrated in an exhibition and series of events in London - see below for further details.

Rob Howard



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Matyas Seiber Centenery Celebrations, London - UK

London accordionist Neil Sanders writes as follows:-

"This is the centenary year of Matyas Seiber (1905-1960) who taught composition at Morley College and also at the British College of Accordionists, where he taught Graham Romani. Most of his works for accordion were published under the pseudonym of GS Mathis. His pieces for accordion orchestra are still widely played, his solos less so.

Morley College, in London, is organising a series of events, and there is an exhibition about Matyas Seiber in the Morley gallery, which is open until 19th March. This is well worth a visit.
'Accordions at Morley' will be contributing to a concert on Saturday 12th March at 7.30 pm in St Stephen's Church, Rochester Row, Victoria. We will be playing part of Seiber's 'Irish Suite' as an ensemble, and accordionist Julie North will be playing solos by Seiber and Romani.

The College's Chamber Choir, conducted by the Director of Music, Dr Robert Hanson, will provide the rest of the programme for the evening. As a composer and teacher, Matyas Seiber was remarkable for the wide range of musical traditions he brought together. He was widely respected in academic musical circles, but his work also drew on jazz and folk influences, which would have been far less usual then than now".

For further information about these and other events re Matyas Seiber email


Semionov Premieres "Divertimento" in Concert Tour - USA

One of Russia's foremost accordionists and composers, Viacheslav Semionov is widely considered 'The founder of the modern performance school of bayan' (the Russian term for accordion). He was awarded the Silver Disk at the 1994 International Festival of Bayan and Bayanists and in 1995, he received Russia's highest performance distinction, 'People's Artist of Russia', as decreed by President Boris Yeltsin.

Semionov has taught at the Rostov Musical Pedagogical Institute and at the Gnessin Musical Institute in Moscow. Among his student roster are both chromatic and piano accordion virtuosi who have been awarded top honors at international accordion competitions. One such recent winner, piano accordionist Alexander Poeleuv, delighted audiences with many of Semionov's compositions during his US concerts in 2004. This US tour will take Semionov to the following places for lectures, master classes and concert performances:

March 11th - World premiere of "Divertimento" at CUNY (City University of New York) commissioned by the American Accordionists' Association in tribute to Faithe Deffner, President from January 1995 to December 2000.

March 12th - American Accordionists' Association Master Class and Concert, NYC
March 13th - Recital and Master Class, Washington, DC
March 14th - Michigan Accordion Society Recital and Master Class, Detroit
March 15th - Millikin University School of Music Lecture and Recital, Champaign, University of Illinois Concert, Urbana
March 16th to 18th - University of Missouri - Kansas City Lectures, Workshops, and Recitals
March 19th - Harrington Arts Center, World of Accordions Museum, Master classes and Concert, Superior, WI

Edition Harmonia

Stas Vengelvski Tours Austria Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif

During his tour in Austria from March16th to 22nd, Moldovian accordionist Stas Venglevski will appear in cities like Hochegg, Neunkirchen, Vienna (on March 17th he performs Gubaidulina's 'Seven words' together cellist Orfeo Mandozzi and the Kadesh Chamber Orchestra, directed by Sang-Hwan Lee; on March 19th he appears as a soloist at the Viennese Accordion Festival), Perg and Bad Tatzmannsdorf.

His artistry, dazzling technical command, and sensitivity have brought Stas Venglevski, a native of the Republic of Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union, increasing acclaim as a virtuoso of the bayan. A two-time first prize winner of bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova, Stas is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his Masters Degree in Music under the tutelage of the famed Russian bayanist, Friedrich Lips. In 1992 he emigrated to the United States.

Stas' repertoire includes his original compositions, a broad range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music. Stas also performs as a member of the 'A Sta_Sera Duo' where he combines talents with accordionist, John Simkus, known primarily for his smooth jazz renditions. Their musical partnership has resulted in a unique repertoire and as a duo they have toured the United States and Europe extensively and collaborated on a CD of original compositions, 'Seasonings'.

Giancarlo Caporilli Concert, Rome - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Giancarlo Caporilli is in concert at the Teatro Don Bosco, Rome, on March 12th, at 5pm. His extensive program includes works by such composers as Gorni Kramer, Luciano Fancelli, Richard Galliano, Andre Astier and Claude Thomain.

For further information email
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British College of Accordionists' Governing Council Meeting, Leicester - UK
Contributed by Raymond Bodell of Charnwood Publishing

A meeting of the British College of Accordionists' Governing Council will take place on Sunday 6th March in Leicester under its Chairman Colin Cook. This accordion Examination Board, founded in 1936, has undertaken thousands of accordion examinations both in Great Britain as well as a number of other countries including Malta, Ireland and New Zealand during its history.

Today the BCA continues to promote a specialist examination system for beginners up to Diploma status (both performers and teachers). A new syllabus for both standard bass (stradella) and free bass accordion is going to be released soon. New initiatives with young children undertaken in primary schools promoting the accordion and a teachers' reunion are all planned as part of the college's 70th anniversary celebrations.

Lydie Auvray Concerts and new CD - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Lydie Auvray, together with her band 'les Auvrettes', has released a new CD titled 'Pure'. She will soon be playing concerts in the following venues in Germany:-
March 10th - Datteln, Stadthalle 11th - Georgsmarienhütte, Ratssaal 12th - Soest, Alter Schlachthof 13th -Aachen, Jakobshoftel 14th - Köln, Senftöpfchen

For further information email

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Vladimir Zubitsky Concert Tour - Russia

From January 27th 2005 to February 13th, Vladimir Zubitsky undertook a concert tour of Russia with chamber orchestras. His program included 'Rossiniana', 'Omaggio a Astor Piazzolla' and the world premiere performance of 'Express-tango' for accordion, cello, violin, piano and chamber orchestra). The concerts passed with great success in the philharmonic halls of Velikiy Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Cherepovets, Vologda, Tambov and Krasnodar.

During the tour Vladimir Zubitsky gave master classes for accordions students in colleges, conservatories and universities. In the photo: V.Zubitsky and chamber orchestra of Kaliningrad Philharnonic, conductor - Alexander Anreyev.

For further information email

Jamie Schofield and Nicola Lyons Concert, Stockport - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Jamie Schofield and fiddle player Nicola Lyons both school age teenagers - have gained quite a reputation since getting together two years ago. They have appeared at the Sidmouth and Whitby folk festivals, London's Royal Albert Hall, and have recently performed in Sweden and China.

They are both multi-instrumentalists and young composers. Their sets feature fast and furious fiddling, intricate accordion music, song, step dance, neat piano backing, and harmony singing too. On March 4th they are appearing in concert at The Finger Post, Hempshaw Lane, Stockport, with the backing of other young musicians. The concert begins at 7.30om.

For further information email organiser Liza Austin-Strange



'From Frosini to Foss' Concert, New York - USA
Contributed by Faithe Deffner

A concert titled, 'From Frosini to Foss: A Half Century of Music for the Accordion' will take place on March 11th at 7.30pm at the Elebash Recital Hall, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Ave at 34th St, Manhattan. The performers will include accordionists Carmen Carrozza, Beverly Roberts Curnow, Rita Davidson, Robert McMahan, William Schimmel and Viacheslav Semionov, with cellist Madeleine Shapiro, violinist Airi Yoshioka and soprano/melodica player Allysa Lamb.

The composers whose work will be represented in this music review are David Diamond, Eugene Ettore, Nicholas Flagello, Lukas Foss, John Franceschina, Pietro Frosini, John Gart, Sofia Gubaidulina, Robert McMahan, William Schimmel and Viacheslav Semionov. Four world premieres are scheduled - a newly discovered work by the late Eugene Ettore, and compositions by Lukas Foss, William Schimmel and Vyacheslav Semionov.

Celebrating Sandra Deiro Catani's recent contributions to the CUNY archives, of historic papers left by her father and grandfather, the late Pietro Deiro, Jr. and Sr, the concert will feature accordion virtuoso Carmen Carrozza performing works by Pietro Deiro. A pre-concert panel discussion is planned for 6.30pm, when Lukas Foss, Robert McMahan, William Schimmel and Viacheslav Semionov will provide insights at a Composers' Round Table. This event is a collaboration between The American Accordionists' Association and The Graduate Center of City University of New York.


Demonstration Concert, Scotland - UK

John Douglas Music, based in the Scottish town of Dumfries, is hosting a demonstration evening of the SEM range of instruments - including the reedless model - on March 9th, at 7.30pm. The venue is the Woodlands House Hotel, Dumfries, and the demonstrators are Mirco Patarini and Renzo Ruggieri, from Italy.

For further information email



6th National Competition, River Etrusca - Italy

The 6th National Competition, River Etrusca in Italy, takes place from April 8th to 17th at the Castello di Piombino. This is a general music festival, with accordion sections. The closing date for entries is March 21st.

For further information email

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Padilla Spotlights Accordion on Welk Orchestra Tour - USA

Accordionist Tim Padilla, will be featured with the Lawrence Welk 'Champagne Music Makers' on their 2005 United States Spring Tour in March. The famous group leaves their home base in Branson, Missouri, to appear in live shows across the country.

Tim, who was one of the finalists in 'The Search for the Hottest Accordionist' contest in 1999, co-sponsored by the American Accordionists' Association and Welk Resorts, has become the spotlighted accordionist of the Welk Orchestra, which has featured the accordion legend, Myron Floren, since the late 1940s. The original Lawrence Welk Show is still seen PBS TV.

The 2005 Spring Tour will bring Welk's 'Champagne Music Makers' and their young accordion star to the venues listed below:

March 3rd to 6th - Las Vegas, Nevada Orleans Hotel and Casino
March 8th - Dearborn, Michigan Fort Center
March 9th - Hershey, Pennsylvania The Forum Center
March 10th - to be announced
March 12th - Savannah, Georgia Savannah Civic Center
March 13th - Clearwater, Florida Ruth Eckard Hall
March 15th - to be announced
March 16th - Toledo, Ohio The Stranahan Theatre
March 17th - Elgin, Illinois Hemmens Cultural Center
March 18th - Green Bay, Wisconsin Meyer Theatre
March 19th - Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin The Crystal Music Theatre
March 20th - Peoria, Illinois The Civic Center
March 21st - Lincoln, Nebraska The Leid Center
March 23rd - Rapid City, South Dakota The Rushmore Center
March 24th - Denver Colorado Paramount Theater
March 26th - Sun City, Arizona Sundome
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Angel Luis Castano Visits Finland and Indonesia - Spain
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

After his master class seminar in Ikaalinen, Finland, at the end of January, which was organized by the Finnish Accordion Institute, with music by Bach, Scarlatti, contemporary music by Ole Schmidt, A. Kusjakov, V. Zubitsky, J. Nuorvala, etc, and a public concert with a repertoire of Ligeti, Granados, Zubitsky etc, the Spanish concert artiste performed in Spain before heading off to Indonesia for more concerts.

In Indonesia, Angel performed in the capital Jakarta, with the Nusantra National Orchestra.
In the pictures we see Angel teaching Petra Pakarinen from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and also fixing a new pin where all international guests from the Sata-Häme Soi Festival and Finnish Accordion Institute indicate their hometown of origin
Gary Dahl

2005 AAMS Accordion Festival, Philadelphia, - USA

The AAMS 2005 Accordion Festival, organised by the American Accordion Musicological Society, takes place from March 4th to 6th, 2005 at the Wyndham Valley Forge Suites Hotel, Wayne, Philadelphia.
The festival includes three concerts, competitions, activities, workshops, on-going accordion repairs and trade show - catering for a very wide range of accordion interests. On March 4th, at 7.30pm, there will be concert featuring the Westmont Philadelphia Accordion Orchestra, Polka Aces, Lenn Feldmann, Kraig B. Griff and the Crawdaddies, and the Philadephia String Band.

The 2005 Honoree into the AAMS Accordion Hall of Fame is Mr Anthony Ettore, accordionist, teacher, conductor and past-president of the American Accordionists' Association. A dinner will be held in his honor on Saturday evening, March 5th, at 5.30pm. On March 5th, at 7.30pm, there is Gala Concert featuring Tony Ettore, Betty Jo Simon, the Westmont Philadelphia Accordion Orchestra, Carmen Carrozza, plus a 'Parade of Stars'. The festival closes on March 6th with an 'Awards Concert', at 2pm, in which Tony Ettore conducts the AAMS Massed Bands. Also featured are the Westmont Philadelphia Accordion Orchestra and the Bobby Ray Show.

For further information email


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New Composition for Accordion - Germany

The composer Peter Machajdik in 1997 wrote a piece of contemporary tonal music titled 'Five Mirrors', of approximately ten minutes duration. He is looking for an accordionist who would be interested in performing this composition. 'Five Mirrors' is published by Musica Slovaca, in Bratislava.

For further information email

CD Review

A new CD Review of Trio Solotarev (accordion) and Francisco Dillon (cello). Review by Paolo Picchio.

New & Updated Sites

Wurzburger German Music-Sheets Editor's New Information/Musicsheets

A to Z of the Accordion

 Accordion Jazz Chords' written by Norbert Seidel is a new book by German publisher Karthause-Schmülling


Fisitalia - New Information/Accordion Colours

Pascal Contet - new concert dates for French accordionist Pascal Contet are on his web-site
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United States National Accordion News March edition is now online, with news and future events from around the USA. Site also offers a listing of accordion Clubs and Association found in the United States.

4th International Competition of Bayan and Accordion rules and regulations, entry form, to be held in Moscow from 11th to 18th December 2005.

Edition Harmonia web site update including a page about the owner Prof. Walter Maurer of Austria.

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Mogens Ellegaard Memorial Site, for the 10th Anniversary of his death.

Frankfurt Music Fair

Paolo Picchio, Celebrity Interview added to site, which includes information about his new book 'la fisarmonica da concerto ed il suo repertorio'.

Gary Dahl
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