22 December 2006
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Editors Note
Accordions Worldwide 10th Christmas Anniversary
Frédéric Deschamps’ Cinema Debut - France
Popular Accordionist and Composer Sivuca Dies at 76, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Voci Armoniche is online with their new web site
Martin Lubenov Wins Prix Gus Viseur Award, Vienna – Austria
Aydar Gainullin Award, Moscow – Russia
Veronika Todorova Band’s CD, Pleven - Bulgaria
Reports of Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals etc
18th International Moscow Festival ‘Bayan and Bayanists’, Moscow – Russia
Vincent L'Hermet Wins ‘Arrasate Hiria’ Competition, Arrasate – Spain
Future Events
Jon Hammond in Jail!, San Francisco – USA
Accordion Festival, Castel Bolognese – Italy
Julie Best Concert, Stockport – UK
Marco Lo Russo’s Activities - Italy
Russia’s Friedrich Lips Visits London
Iñaki Alberdi Solo Concert, Bayonne – France
VAMÖ Accordion Competition, Vienna – Austria
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Editors Note:
Another year of great accordion activity in all parts of the world has passed, and Christmas and the New Year are upon us once again. Please note that the next Accordions Worldwide news will be published on January 19th, and we thank all those who have contributed to our columns during 2006. The team at Accordions Worldwide wish all our many readers, wherever you may be, a very merry Christmas, great happiness and good health for 2007.

Rob Howard
Weekly News Editor 
The Ins and Outs of the Accordion
Accordions Worldwide 10th Christmas Anniversary
Contributed by Harley Jones
Director, Accordions Worldwide

This is the 10th Christmas Anniversary since Accordions Worldwide began and what an exciting 10 years it has been.

It is a measure of just how fast technology has changed the world, that when we started, only one Italian factory had email and none had an internet site. What an enormous change in the world of the accordion in just 10 years!

I would like to particularly thank: Holda Paoletti-Kampl - Europe Manager, Kevin Friedrich for the United States National Accordion News and USA office, Li Cong for the Chinese site and office, Tatiana Lanchtchikova - Office Manager, our News Editor Rob Howard and all our other staff.

Accordions Worldwide is enjoying readership of over 55,000 interested accordionists per week, a figure that was only a dream 10 years ago and the numbers continue growing strongly.

Mostly, thank you to all our advertisers, readers and friends for all your encouragement and support over the last 10 years, as without you, it would not be possible. We look forward to providing popular free services for accordionists around the world for the next 10 exciting years.

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Frédéric Deschamps’ Cinema Debut - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

In the first week of December, accordionist Frédéric Deschamps, has been filming scenes for ‘Basile’, a film for the French cinema which involves him participating in his second passion: horse riding.

Since last year Frédéric has entered several international riding competitions. In this film he doubled for the hero of the film…where he had to jump over the cameras, into rivers and ride furiously through the countryside in the costume of Dartagnan. Details of the release of ‘Basile’ will be announced when known.
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Popular Accordionist and Composer Sivuca Dies at 76, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Contributed by Rob Howard

Severino Dias de Oliveira, the white-maned accordionist, guitarist and composer known as Sivuca, has died of throat cancer at the age of 76.

Rooted in the accordion-driven ‘Forro’ style of Brazil's northeast, Sivuca played with a wide range of musicians around the world, including jazz harmonica star Toots Thielmans and South African singer Miriam Makeba. He was widely credited with arranging her most famous recording, ‘Pata Pata’.

Sivuca died on December 14th at the Sao Francisco Memorial hospital in his home state of Paraiba, and was buried in Joao Pessoa, the state capital, at the Parque Das Acacias cemetery.

Sivuca was born on May 26th 1930, to a farm family in Itabaiana. An albino who had to avoid the sun, he was allowed to spend less time on farm chores and more working on his music.

He began playing accordion at fairs and parties at age nine, and at 15 he began playing on the radio in the northeastern city of Recife. He made his first LP in 1950, which included the hit ‘Adeus Maria Fulo’.

Sivuca later moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he worked in radio and television, and lived in Lisbon and Paris for a number of years before moving in 1964 to New York City, where he played with Makeba, playing guitar, until 1969.

He also worked with Thielmans, Airto Moreira and Hermeto Pascoal and later played with several Scandanavian jazz musicians. Sivuca was married to the composer Gloria Gadelha.
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Voci Armoniche is online with their new web site
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The well-known Italian company Voci Armoniche, manufacturer of reeds for accordions, is now present on the Internet with a new website, unique in its field with detailed contents, information and news.

The site is mainly directed at accordion manufacturers, but is also of interest to musicians and accordion enthusiasts. There is general as well as technical information: the first pages show the origins of the company, and the tradition of Italian craftsmanship and quality (Antonelli and Salpa).

Very interesting are the pages dedicated to the wide range of products, the technical charts explain clearly the working process for each type of reeds. A reeds comparison summary chart helps to understand the different types of reeds.

Of great novelty is the page with certificates of origin and quality as well as the production mark, which is, together with the engraved production year, a seal of authenticity.
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Martin Lubenov Wins Prix Gus Viseur Award, Vienna – Austria
Contributed by Rob Howard

Vienna-based Bulgarian accordionist Martin Lubenov has won the prestigious French accordion award Prix Gus Viseur, category Jazz/World. The prize-winning ceremony took place on November 13th at the Café de la Danse in Paris.

The award was founded three years ago by the French magazine ‘Accordéon & Accordéonistes’ and is named after the famous musette accordionist and composer Gus Viseur.

Martin Lubenov’s first concerts of 2007 are:-
January 25th – Graz, Austria
26th – Verona, Italy
27th – Turin, Italy
February 24th – Istanbul, Turkey
25th – Vienna, Austria

For further information email: cultureworks@aon.at
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Aidar Gainullin Award, Moscow – Russia

On December 19th 2006, Aidar Gainullin, one of the finest young players, winner of more than 18 international competitions, among others the Coupe Mondiale in London 2001, composer of film music (‘Euphoria’) has received the government award ‘Young Talent of Russia’, and became winner of the prize ‘Best of the Best’!

The award ceremony took place in Moscow’s town hall where the city government of Moscow awarded winners of this high award! Winners of the prize ‘Best of the Best’ were well-known artistes, art workers, the best sportsmen, businessmen, politicians, and others.

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Veronika Todorova Band’s CD, Pleven - Bulgaria
Contributed by Rob Howard

Veronika Todorova, the 19-year-old Bulgarian accordionist, has entered many major competitions since she took up the accordion in 1993. She now leads the Veronika Todorova Band, which has now made its first CD ‘Rosso’.

The CD includes ‘Tarantella, ‘Quick Silver’, ‘Monsieur Ferrero’, ‘Valse a Margaux’, ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk’, ‘Balkani’, ‘Caramel Auction’, ‘Misty’, ‘Devoiko Mary’, and ‘Libertango’.

For further information email: detlef.goerke@gmx.de
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18th International Moscow Festival ‘Bayan and Bayanists’, Moscow – Russia

With the participation of the Federal Agency of Culture and Cinematography of Russia, the Gnessin Academy of Music, and the Friedrich Lips Fund, the traditional XVIII International Festival ‘Bayan and Bayanists’ took place in the concert hall of the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow from December 13th to 17th.

The festival has become a world-class event. The idea of creating such a festival came from Friedrich Lips (picture right), People’s Artist of Russia, Chairman of the Bayan and Accordion Department at the Gnessin Academy of Music.

Nowadays the bayan is the most popular musical instrument in Russia, and Moscow’s school is the origin of the latest developments in the art of playing the bayan, the accordion and the diatonic in the world. Outstanding contemporary composers, such as A. Cholminov, S. Gubaidulina, E. Denisov, R. Ledenev, K. Volkov, A. Shurbin, Y. Podgaits, M. Bronner, created a number of significant chamber compositions for the accordion, whose premiere performance, as a rule, was timed to one of the festivals.

The festival seeks to publicise and develop the Russian bayan and accordion, support young talented musicians, and revise and improve the performer’s repertoire. The acknowledged masters and the gifted young people - winners of prestigious international world competitions - appear on stage.

XVIII International Festival ‘Bayan and Bayanists’ presented:
• An anniversary concert of Sofia Gubaidulina ‘Under the Sign of the Scorpion’, soloist People’s Artist of Russia, Friedrich Lips, and the ‘Russian Philharmonic Society Orchestra’.
• The winners of international competitions in 2006 (International Competition of Bayanists and Accordionists in Moscow, ‘Coupe Mondiale’ (Norway), ‘Trophée Mondiale’ (Portugal), ‘Grand Prix’ (France), ‘Citta Di Castelfidardo’ (Italy), Klingenthal (Germany), ‘Arrasate’ (Spain): M. Vlasova, S. Shmelkov, S. Kotkov, V. Tchernich, V. Tchol, I. Salakhov, S. Pashkov, E. Kochetov.
• Solo and composers’ concerts of the ‘masters’ of the art of bayan playing: Professor Friedrich Lips, Professor and composer Viacheslav Semionov (picture right), and the outstanding Finnish composer Petri Makkonen
• Gala concert with the characteristic name "On The Stage - Diatonic!’, where popular diatonic players presented their extra-ordinary skills: the trio of ‘Amran’ - Caucases, Vladimir Seznev – Moscow, and Christoph Blatzer - Styrian diatonic, from Austria.

Chamber ensembles and orchestras participated in the concerts of the festival: Glinka-State String Quartet and the Gnessin Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments. According to tradition (since 1993), ‘Silver Disks’ were conferred on Sofia Gubaidulina, Petri Makkonen, Michail Imchanitsky and Viktor Kusovlev, for merits in the bayan art.

During the festival, a conference, dedicated to the problems of the development of the performing arts on the bayan and the accordion, and also a ‘round table’ – was held. Exhibitions and presentations of musical instruments of chief world producers took place throughout the festival in the foyer of the concert hall.
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Vincent L'Hermet Wins ‘Arrasate Hiria’ Competition, Arrasate – Spain
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

French accordionist Vincent L'Hermet won 1st Prize at the XIV ‘Arrasate Hiria’ International Accordion Competition for classical music, which took place in Arrasate-Mondragón, in the Basque Country, Northern Spain, from December 6th to 9th. Vincent L'Hermet is from the CNIMA J.Mornet music school in France.
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Jon Hammond in Jail!, San Francisco – USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

On December 22nd, accordionist and organist Jon Hammond will be doing his 6th annual concert inside San Francisco County Jail Number 8, entertaining the women prisoners.
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Accordion Festival, Castel Bolognese – Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

An Accordion Festival, promoted by the association Di Cuori and with the collaboration of the town council of, takes place in Castel Bolognese, in the Province of Ravenna on January 5th and 6th. This competitive festival includes sections for classical and folk music, and has excellent prizes. The President of the Jury is accordionist Daniele Ravaglia.

For further information email: info@associazionedicuori.it
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Julie Best Concert, Stockport – UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Julie Best, lead accordionist with the Ronmar Accordion Orchestra from Carlisle, is the guest at Stockport Accordion Club on January 10th, at 8pm. Stockport AC is based at Woodley Methodist Church, Stockport – Junction 25 on the M60.

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com
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Marco Lo Russo’s Activities - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Marco Lo Russo is on tour with Nicholas Piovani’s musical ‘Concha Bonita’ all over Italy from December 2006 until April 2007. He will also teach the accordion at Il Trillo, Florence.

Marco lo Russo’s latest CD ‘Tarabuk – a dialogue between accordion and double bass’ was recently released.

During February, Marco Lo Russo will be engaged in a production for the Theatre of the Roman Opera of a play by Kurt Weill, in which he will perform the solo accordion part.

For further information email: fisa@marcolorusso.com
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Russia’s Friedrich Lips Visits London

Friedrich Lips (picture right) will perform Gubaidulina's concert ‘Under the sign of Scorpio’, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra - V.Gergiev, conductor, at the Barbican Centre, London on January 14th, at 8pm. On the following two days, Lips will be busy with a master class at the Royal Academy of Music in London, which will be dedicated first of all to the works of Sofia Gubaidulina, who may be present at this event.

On the evening of January 15th, a concert of Professor Owen Murray's class is scheduled, including a performance of ‘Seven words’ for bayan, violoncello and chamber orchestra. Owen Murray picture left.

The BBC publicity says: “After many years writing for the accordion and its close relative, the bayan, Sofia Gubaidulina crafted a majestic concerto for the latter, entitled ‘Under the Sign of Scorpio’. Friedrich Lips gave the 40-minute work's premiere in 2003 and shares the scorpion's zodiac sign with the composer, hence the concerto's title if not its character”.

For further information email: herbert@accordion-cd.co.at
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Iñaki Alberdi Solo Concert, Bayonne – France

Spanish accordionist Iñaki Alberdi performs in concert at the Teatro de Bayona, Bayonne, on January 28th.

For further information email: akoncert@ya.com
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VAMÖ Accordion Competition, Vienna – Austria
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The VAMÖ accordion competition takes place on February 25th in the Waldmüllersentrum, 1100 Vienna, 1100 Wien, Hasengasse 38, statt. Full details are now available.

For further information email: kaleta.hermi@aon.at
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The new composition by Yehuda Oppenheimer Perpetum Mobile is now published. Yehuda writes, "I would like to dedicate this piece to (Accordions Worldwide Europe Manager) Holda Paoletti-Kampl, because she reminds me of a real perpetum mobile, never resting and always busy."
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The Chanukka Celebration is under way and one of the most famous Chanukka songs, Maos-Tzur has been arranged in the style of Bach's Choral music by Yehuda Oppenheimer. This arrangement is not difficult yet has the effect of organ style music.
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Updated page about the CIA Winter Congress, January 2007, held for the first time ever in the Southern Hemisphere and first time ever in Fiji.
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