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  CIA Archives Receive Further Donations, Ikaalinen - Finland
Dr William Schimmel to Unveil Cyber Symphony, New York - USA
KODA's New CD, Scotland - UK
Hohner Ltd Company Progress Report, Trossingen - Germany
  'Accordions International' 2005, Caister -UK
Accordion Orchestra's 40th Anniversary Concert, Wesseling - Germany
Veterans' Day Concert, New York - USA
  Friday Folk at the Finger Post, Stockport - UK
Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra Festival Appearance, Cantabria - Spain
Duophonies Concerts, Paris and Marseilles - France
John Kirkpatrick Christmas Shows, Lincolnshire - UK
Nutcracker Ethnic Music and Dance Show, Minnesota - USA

CIA Archives Receive Further Donations, Ikaalinen - Finland
Contributed by Harley Jones, CIA Public Relations Manager

The archives of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), a member of the International Music Council (IMC-UNESCO), are beginning to take shape with a recent donation of material from the New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) and a substantial donation from former CIA Vice President Maddalena Belfiore, who has kindly donated all her material pertaining to the CIA to the archives center. A Vice President for 16 years and recipient of the CIA Merit Award, Maddalena Belfiore has donated all of her material including CIA News Books from as early as 1954, CIA Program Books dating to 1961 and minutes and general correspondence spanning several decades.

The archives are housed at the Hanuritalo (Accordion House) in Ikaalinen, Finland, which is also the home of the Finnish Accordion Association, a CIA member. Many other accordion activities are centered in Ikaalinen, including the Finnish Accordion Institute, an accordion museum, an accordion factory and repair center, and the Sata-Häme Soi International Accordion Festival. With so many accordion activities in Ikaalinen, it is not surprising that even this bird (picture on the accordion bellows) checks into an accordion birdhouse located outside the Hanuritalo.

The archives will collect all materials pertaining to the CIA such as all Test Pieces, program books, information such as recordings and biographies of all CIA winners, Merit and Honored Friend award recipients, press coverage, mark sheets and results from previous competitions, minutes of General Assembly Meetings, News Books, correspondence and much more. Not only does it profile the history of the CIA, but also the important evolution of the accordion and the accordion movement in each country.

Making his second trip to Finland with material for the archives, CIA President Kevin Friedrich travelled to Ikaalinen on November 14th to16th 2005 to personally hand deliver the material from Maddelena Belfiore and the New Zealand Accordion Association, make preliminary inventory reports as well as conduct a Press conference with CIA Vice President and President of the Finnish Accordion Association, Kimmo Mattila. With the archive center creating considerable interest in Finland, the press conference attracted some of the largest newspapers in Finland which each featured stories and pictures of the work being done.

The first archive donation of many CIA Test Piece scores was made by Ernest Deffner, Inc, the parent company of Ernest Deffner Publications, commemorating the firm's own 70th anniversary. The president of the firm, Faithe Deffner, is a long time friend of the CIA and has been a United States delegate to the CIA for more than 32 years.

Anyone interested in donating their material pertaining to the CIA to the Archives is invited to do so, by sending the material to:

CIA Archives - Hanuritalo
Kyrösselänkatu 3, Ikaalinen, 39500, Finland
Tel: 358 3 4400221 Fax: 358 3 4509071
E-mail: cia.archives@harmonikkaliitto.net

To conclude the CIA 70th Anniversary year, an official CIA Archive ribbon cutting ceremony will officially open the archives during the CIA Winter Congress meeting in Ikaalinen from February 24th to 27th 2006.
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William Schimmel to Unveil Cyber Symphony, New York - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist and composer William Schimmel will release a new recording entitled: 'IN THE SHADOW - where the Symphonies of Beethoven meet the Fado Bar'. Due to its concept, it will be available as an MP3 album - although a limited amount of autographed hard copies will be made available. It will be available for download at the end of December 2005.
Dr. Schimmel refers to this work as 'A Cyber Symphony in Six parts'. It is 53 minutes in length and the titles of the parts are as follows: 'Raga and Rondo', 'Shoo-Bert', 'In the Shadow', 'The Absinthe of Something', 'Capriccio Brasilia' and 'Reality en Rose'.

It is scored for Solo Accordion, which is played by Schimmel. The work also features the vocals and melodica of Allyssa Lamb and the assistance of Dragica Banic-Curcic on accordion.
Both Allyssa Lamb and Dragica Banic-Curcic are recipients of the Neupauer Conservatory Order of the Shield Diploma, in 1986 and 2001 respectively.

On November 11th,
William Schimmel performed the 'Sequenza 13 (Chanson)', by Luciano Berio, at Christ and St Stephen's Church in New York. Dr Schimmel studied with Luciano Berio in the 1960s at the Juilliard School and appears on an early recording of Berio's arrangements of Kurt Weill songs with singer Cathy Berberian in the newly formed Juilliard Ensemble. The RCA recording was released 30 years later in 1999. The concert was sponsored by Composers' Concordance. It's co-director Patrick Hardish has composed a number of works for Dr. Schimmel and studied composition with Schimmel in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

On Dec 9th, Schimmel will perform his 'Civil War Tangos for solo accordion, dancer and interactive video'. The choreography for dance and video is by Micki Goodman. It will take place at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr Schimmel will end 2005 and move into 2006 with performances of Alban Berg's 'Wozzeck', with the Metropolitan Opera at the Lincoln Center, New York.

For further information email: billschimmel@billschimmel.com
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KODA's New CD, Scotland - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Scottish accordion orchestra KODA, based in Biggar, have released a new CD. The notes on this new recording state: "They're back with a third CD, …this high energy Scottish band release another variety of Traditional Music and Song with a contemporary edge".

The band has developed considerably since its early years as a conventional accordion orchestra, and now includes singers, dancers, fiddles, bagpipes, keyboards and percussion alongside accordionists. KODA offers a varied programme of traditional instrumental compositions as well as modern 'alternative' arrangements of Scottish songs. Recent band performance highlights have included appearing at the Ceilidh Stage at Scotland's biggest Music Festival 'T in the Park' in July, and a short tour to Hanover, Germany, in September.

For further information email: k.j.dickson@btinternet.com
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Hohner Ltd Company Progress Report, Trossingen - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

M. Hohner AG, based in Trossingen, has announced that its German sales operation is in profit for the last financial year, despite otherwise negative trends in the music industry. This success is the result of the introduction of several new products including the E-piano, a new range of guitars, and a new harmonica 'Marine and Deluxe'. The worldwide sales of Hohner instruments, however has done less well. This is attributed, at least in part, to the unfavourable US Dollar rate. Dr Horst Bräuning, retiring member of the managing board says: "One aim of the company is to inspire people to make music, true to our motto: 'Enjoy music - play Hohner'".
'Accordions International' 2005, Caister - UK
Contributed by Heather Smith

Organised by Heather Smith, Editor of the 'Accordion Profile' magazine, this festival took place from 10th to 14th November. Over 400 accordion enthusiasts booked into the event. Many more also attended, who had bought day/evening passes. Workshops and Masterclasses took place throughout each day in three venues and every evening a Dance and Cabaret was presented in the Carousel Club.

International guest performers included Giancarlo Caporilli (Italy), Murl Allen Sanders (USA) and Oivind Farmen (Norway), who between them played such a wide range of musical styles that there was indeed 'something for everyone'. UK performers included: Norvic Concordia, Charlie Watkins, Gary Blair, Stockport Accordion Orchestra, Crawley accordion Orchestra, Bert Santilly and Johnny Coleclough. Dance music was provided by Gary Blair (Scottish) and Adrienne Sharpe and Peter Whiteley (Ballroom). Performers on the first evening were Charlie Watkins (WEM) and Murl Allen Sanders (his UK debut performance) whose unique style of playing and singing completely captivated the audience.

The Friday evening was taken over with a superb 'Party Night', which was sponsored by the Crawley Accordion Orchestra. Accordeon Club des Flandres de Lambersart were invited to the event by Crawley AO and both orchestras played during the evening, as did Peter Ayers and Margaret Ledger (from Norvic Concordia) and Giancarlo Caporilli (who also performed on Sunday evening). Halfway through the evening, Gary Blair played for Scottish dancing and immediately the dance floor was packed with hoards of excited dancers, including many of the French guests. At the end of the evening several accordionists had a mass busk, and were joined by Harry Hussey (UK) and Giancarlo Caporilli. It was indeed a 'fun-packed' night to remember!!

The Stockport Accordion Orchestra, under the baton of MD Brian Jenkins, gave a performance on the Saturday evening. Oivind Farmen's repertoire, which ranged from classical to 'lighter' music by Frosini and Tollefsen, was played with great sensitivity and incredible virtuosity, and Murl Allen Sanders again wowed the audience with a very entertaining performance. A surprise of the evening was a superb set of music for dancing played by eight members from the French orchestra, resulting in a fabulous time for the dancers who packed the floor.

'Songs of Praise' took place on the Sunday evening before the concert began, featuring Norvic Concordia, a sextet who play pure acoustic accordions (no mikes etc), all the music arranged by their leader Peter Ayers. Giancarlo Caporilli, the incredible accordionist from Rome whose vast repertoire from memory amazes everyone, playing as always with such feeling and incredible ease, his instrument appears to be a natural part of himself and even the most intricate composition looks like a five-finger exercise. Following Caporilli were short performances from Oivind Farmen, Gary Blair and Murl Allen Sanders, which led into the Grand delight of the audience they played together 'Bel Viso', 'Spanish Eyes' and 'Auld Lang Syne', with everyone present joining hands and singing.

The daily workshops were very well attended, with over 50 players taking part in each of the Elementary (MD Peter Whiteley) and Intermediate (MD Brian Jenkins) Orchestral workshops. Other well attended workshops included: Scottish (Gary Blair), Jazz (Bert Santilly), Vintage Accordions (Heather Smith), Buskers (Johnny Coleclough) and Free & Easy (Adrienne Sharpe). Masterclasses were conducted by Murl Allen Sanders (USA), Oivind Farmen (Norway), Trevani and Geoff Holter presented a very interesting question and answer workshop on 'How to Look After Your Accordion'. The trade show included: WEM, Trevani, Geoff Holter Accordions and The Accordion Shop. There was a superb 'Antique Accordion Display' by Caroline Hunt, who travelled many hundreds of miles from the Highlands of Scotland to present some rare instruments from her vast collection.

The festival also had nostalgic memories for many who attended because this was the venue chosen by the late Malcolm Gee, who for many years organised a very successful annual event there and Heather Smith, who had previously organised four successful annual events (2001/4) at Pakefield, Suffolk, and had attended many of Malcolm Gee's festivals herself, felt Caister was the rightful 'home' for UK Accordion festivals. This 'new' Caister accordion festival was a huge success and Heather hopes to present another in 2006.
Accordion Orchestra's 40th Anniversary Concert, Wesseling - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On November 19th, the 40th anniversary concert of the Wesseling Accordion Orchestra took place. The orchestra, directed by Gottfried Weaver, performed 'Rhapsodia Andaluisa' (Adolf Götz), 'Czardas' (Vittorio Monti), 'Take Five' (Paul Desmond), 'Eloise' (Paul Ryan), and other pieces. The Wesseling Accordion Orchestra is sponsored by the city council in recognition of its exceptional contribution to the musical and cultural life of the city of Wesseling.

Herbert Bolduan and Gottfried Weaver founded the orchestra in 1965, which originally was formed with children aged of 9 to 14 years. Over the years, the orchestra has competed successfully in many national and international competitions For the anniversary, the orchestra brought out the 'Anniversary CD 2005'. The CD includes 'Czardas' (Vittorio Monti), 'The Glenn Miller story', 'Eloise' (Paul Ryan), and 'Music' (Elton John), and many other pieces.

For further information email: a.brandtstaeter@netcologne.de
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Veterans' Day Concert, New York - USA
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

US service musicians took place in a large-scale celebration of Veterans' Day, previously known as Armistice Day, on November 11th. A large number of musicians and singers performed a program of music in Trinity Church, Wall St. The orchestra opened the concert with 'Fanfare for the Common Man' (Aaron Copland).

Sgt. Major Manuel Bobenrieth, one of only two active duty accordionists in the U.S. Armed Forces, was featured on his own arrangement of 'Milonga del Angel', written by Astor Piazzolla. The orchestra performed a Haydn symphony before rounding out an enjoyable afternoon concert with 'America the Beautiful'. The perfect ending to the Veterans' Day concert culminated with service members -- past and present -- standing to be recognized during the Armed Forces 'Service Medley'.
Friday Folk at the Finger Post, Stockport - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

An evening of entertainment organised by Liza Austin Strange MBE features accordionist Jamie Schofield, fiddle players Nicola Lyons and Thomas Fairbairn, are at the Finger Post Hotel, Hempshaw Lane, Offerton, Stockport from 7.15pm on November 25th. The concert also includes support acts and community singing.

For further information email: fosbrooks@thetidyhouse.fsnet.co.uk
Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra Festival Appearance, Cantabria - Spain
Contributed by Rob Howard

On November 26th, the Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra perform a concert at the Marqués de Santillana Theatre, Torrelevega. The concert is part of the 14th Cantabria International Accordion Festival.

For further information email: zerosette@euskalnet.net
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Duophonies Concerts, Paris and Marseilles - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

A series of concerts of music by contemporary composers takes place in the next few weeks, and two of the shows highlight collaboration between composer Marc Monnet and guitarist Marc Ducret. These shows also involve the participation of accordionist Germano Scurti. The basic details are as follows:-

November 27th, at 8.30pm - La Maroquinerie, Paris
December 15th, at 9pm - Théâtre de la Criée, Marseilles
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John Kirkpatrick Christmas Shows, Lincolnshire - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Folk singer, button accordionist and concertina player John Kirkpatrick performs a series of one man Christmas shows in Lincolnshire on the following dates:-

November 30th - St James' Church, Aslackby
December 1st - Greatford Village Hall, near Stamford
2nd - St Mary's Church, Fotherby, near Louth
3rd - Frampton Village Hall, near Boston
4th - Morton Village Hall, Bourne
Nutcracker Ethnic Music and Dance Show, Minnesota - USA
Contributed by Dee Langley

On December 16th to 18th, there are four performances of a show with the intriguing title 'THIS IS YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S NUTCRACKER!'

Accordionist Dee Langley writes: "Producing the only all-traditional Nutcracker in town, Ethnic Dance Theatre presents authentic ethnic dance and music from cultures all over the world, and ties them together with strands of the original Tchaikovsky score. Klara is delighted with Drosselmeyer's gifts of dancing dolls: Ukrainian tin soldiers, an Appalachian clogging rag doll, Austrian music box, and a Hungarian nutcracker. Twin City-based EDT Folk Orchestra provides the all-live, all-authentic music soundtrack from Tchaikovsky, Hungary, China, Egypt, Mexico, Bulgaria, Germany, Russia, and more".

The performances are on December 16th and 17th at 7.30pm, and 17th and 18th at 2pm. The venue is Concordia University, E.M. Pearson Theatre, 312 N. Hamline Ave, St. Paul, Minnesota.

For further information email: info@ethnicdancetheatre.com
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  A new CD Review:

Italian Favorites Monterey Style.

Review by
Joan Cochran Sommers.

James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Little Brown Jug' (traditional), 'Marianina' (traditional), 'Mi Tormento' (traditional), 'Midnight in Moscow' (traditional), 'O Du Lieber Augustine' (traditional), 'Pentozalis' (traditional). 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.
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Peter Piccini releases 3 compositions of 'Waltz For Fina', 'Cool Shade' and 'Valse Pour Vouse'. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
A new site selling a CD titled "Scottish Christmas & New Year " with sound samples. Music performed by John MacDonald. Purchase online.
A new site selling a CD titled "Semionov Plays His Transcriptions" with sound samples. Music performed by Viatcheslav Semionov. Purchase online.
A new site selling a CD titled " Kpachar" with sound samples. Music performed by Viatcheslav Semionov. Purchase online.
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A new site selling a CD titled "Duo Semionov - 01" with sound samples. Music performed by Viatcheslav Semionov. Purchase online.
A new site selling a CD titled "Frescos" with sound samples. Music performed by Viatcheslav Semionov. Purchase online.
A new site selling a CD titled "Duo Semionov - 02" with sound samples. Music performed by Viatcheslav Semionov. Purchase online.
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