11 January 2008
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"Arrasate Hiria" XV Certámen Internacional Competition - Spain

New Teaching Association 'Club Voglia D'Arte' - Italy
Novel: 'Sights', by Susannah Vance - USA
Reports of Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals etc
Veronika Todorova Wins Competition, Rimini - Italy
Russian Parade, London - UK
British College of Accordionists award the Sir James Anderton Award - UK
Future Events
Martin Lubenov Orchestra Tour Dates - Austria, France
Alexander Shirunov to appear at NAMM Convention - USA
Marco Lo Russo Concert Dates, Rome - Italy
Frank Marocco Accordion Event Orchestra Concert, Arizona - USA
International Reunion
RAM Master Class and Recital, London - UK
Roberto Lucanero Performs at Festival Concert, Versutta - Italy
NAO North Central Area Accordion Championships, Yorkshire - UK
Renato Borghetti Quartet's European Tour
Riccardo Tesi's 30th Anniversary Tour - Austria

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An A to Z of the Accordion
Editors Note

A Happy New Year to you all. This week's Accordions Worldwide news is the first for 2008. We look forward to another great year of accordion music, with concerts, contests and festivals happening everywhere. Accordions Worldwide will gladly publicise your events, so please send us your news. I now have a new email address: accordion2rob@hotmail.co.uk

Editor: Rob Howard

The Accordion Yellow Pages has now been completely redesigned by Webmaster Roberto Zambelli to allow each person to add information or change their own information directly to the site. You are then asked to authenticate the information using your own email address for verification and your information is instantly online.

The Accordion Yellow Pages offers free of charge listing for every type of service for accordion businesses and individuals. So please check your own information online that to make sure it is correct and updated.
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"Arrasate Hiria" XV Certámen Internacional Competition - Spain
Contributed by Harley Jones

The 15th Arrasate Hiria International Competition was held from December 6th to 9th 2007 in Arrasate, Mondragon, Spain.

Results were Ari Lethonen (Finland) - 1st, Harald Oeler (Germany) - 2nd and Ivan Talanin (Russia) - 3rd.

The jury for 2007 was Jose Antonio Hontoria (Euskadi), Jacques Mornet (Francia), Matti Rantanen (Finlandia), Vojin Vasovic (Serbia), Claudio Jacomucci (Italia).

The event is organised by the Hauspoz Accordion Association of Spain.
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New Teaching Association 'Club Voglia D'Arte' - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Renzo Ruggieri founded 'Club Voglia D'Arte', a new association of private schools on September 27th, with 10 schools actively participating to date.

The method of CVA is based on direct lessons with the student and offer a modern and practical vision of teaching; at the same time it is an alternative to courses at a conservatory. All the programs (Jazz, Modern, Popular) are original and developed by the same teachers and therefore always in review. The approach for individual lessons (in 5 sequences) is identical for the entire courses.

The courses for beginners allow students to choose according to their inclination, eliminating the hitherto used conception of only learning traditional music, and are based on principles used successfully for over 15 years.

For further information email: info@renzoruggieri.it

Novel: 'Sights', by Susannah Vance - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

'Sights' is a novel that tells the story of 13-year old teenage girl who has had a difficult childhood, moves to a new school and makes friends with some other misfits and forms a band, playing the accordion.

The girl has an extraordinary gift in that she can see into other people's futures, though not her own.

The book, which is based on fantasy, is set in the 1950s. Published by Delacorte Press.
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Veronika Todorova Wins Competition, Rimini - Italy
Contributed by Detlef görke

The year 2008 brought victory for "magician" accordionist Veronika Todorova. She won the 2nd Premio Leo Ceroni accordion competition in Riolo Terme near Rimini on January 4th and 5th in two rounds in front of two different juries.

Accompanied by the orchestra 'String International', under the direction of Italian jazz accordion star Renzo Ruggieri, Veronika presented her jazzy 'Tarantella Versopm', which is on her current CD 'Rosso'.

Public and jury were both enthusiastic, and awarded the 20-year old with the first place. During the prize giving concert, Veronika, together with the string orchestra, showed further skills that she is both a solo and an ensemble artiste.

For further information email: detlef.goerke@gmx.de
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Russian Parade, London - UK
Contributed by Nikolai Ryskov

For the second year running, accordionists Nikolai Ryskov and Igor Outkine performed in the annual Parade through London with the South East Russian Language Society.

The members of the society are teachers and parents of the Russian School 'Druzhba'. The accordionists accompanied the dancers, all members of the society, during the parade-procession, and were number 69 in the parade order.

The musicians and dancers represented the Russian community in London, performing such popular Russian dances and songs as 'Moscow Nights', 'Kalinka', 'Dark Eyes', 'Chyornye', 'Barynya', Quadrilles, Polkas, etc.

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British College of Accordionists Sir James Anderton Award - UK
Contributed by Anna Bodell - Charnwood Music

The BCA has awarded its auspicious Sir James Anderton Award for 2007 to Guy Wiley from Scotland. The award is made to the person who obtained the highest mark in Grade Six practical examinations during the year. Guy obtained a good Distinction mark in June of the year.

Guy has played the accordion for several years before taking it up seriously and enrolling with the Graham Laurie School of Music in 2001, where he has studied Classical, Continental and Scottish traditional styles of music under the guidance of his teacher Graham Laurie.

Guy seen here receiving the shield from BCA Senior Examiner, Alistair Gillespie (right) and Teacher Graham Laurie (left) currently plays lead accordion with the Ayrshire based Loudon Celidh Band.
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Martin Lubenov Orchestra Tour Dates - Austria, France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

After a pre-Christmas international tour that included performing at a world music festival in Lahore, Pakistan, accordionist Martin Lubenov (http://www.martinlubenov.com/orkestar_en.htm) now goes out on the road again with his band, the MLO. This time he performs mainly in Austria, with one concert in Strasbourg, France.

January concert dates include:
January 22nd - Akzent Theater, Vienna - also involving saxopohonist Wolfgang Puschnig
24th Arge Kultur, Salzburg
25th - Théatre Pole Sud, Strasbourg, France
26th - Spielboden, Dornbirn, Austria
27th - Kulturschloss Traun, Traun, Austria
March 4th - Armutskonferenz, Bildungshaus St. Virgil, Salzburg
17th - Akkordeonfestival Literatursalon, Vienna

For further information email: sabina@cultureworks.at

Alexander Shirunov to appear at NAMM Convention - USA
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Renowned Russian accordionist Alexander Shirunov will appear at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, CA in January from January 17-20, 2008.

Renowned for his captivating performances displaying dazzling technical skills and musical renderings of both classical and entertainment music, Hohner Inc. invited Alexander to the NAMM Convention, as their artist in residence.

As part of his prize package for his competition success at the CIA Coupe Mondiale, Alexander Shirunov has been invited to perform several concert tours, including appearances in New Zealand, Australia, Hungary, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Finland and the Czech Republic.

Alexander has recently recorded his first CD - 'Absolute Shirunov.' This project was sponsored by the German based company 'Intermusik' who arranged the prize after Alexander's stunning performance at the 2005 CIA Coupe Mondiale International Competition for Accordionists in Portugal.

The NAMM Show is the largest music products trade show in United States. Held every January in Anaheim, California, USA the show brings together all facets of the music products industry. More than 80,000 NAMM Members and guests attended the January 2007 show.

Marco Lo Russo Concert Dates, Rome - Italy
Contributed by Rob Howard

Italian accordionist and composer Marco Lo Russo performs as follows:
January 12th, 7.30pm - Teatro di Arsoli, Rome
13th, 9pm - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome
31st, 4pm - Museo Diocesano, Velletri

For further information email: barbara.montanari@email.it
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Frank Marocco Accordion Event Orchestra Concert, Arizona - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Frank Marocco Accordion Event Orchestra, conducted by the maestro Frank Marocco, consisting of 54 accordionists from 15 states and 2 Canadian provinces plus a drummer and bass guitarist, will present a concert on Sunday, January 27th at 7.30pm at the Best Western Dobson Ranch Inn, 1666 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, Arizona.

The concert, which is free to the public, will include the music of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, John Philip Sousa, and others. In addition to the orchestral music, some of which was arranged by Frank Marocco, there will be solo and duet performances by some of the orchestra members.

For further information email: frank-marocco-accordion-event@comcast.net
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International Winter Reunion - Macedonia
Contributed by Harley Jones

The CIA Winter Congress is to be held next week (17th - 20th January 2008) in Skopje Macedonia under the auspices of CIA members "Ljubiteli na Klasicnata Muzika"- Skopje". Among those attending the Congress are CIA President Kevin Friedrich (USA), Vice Presidents Raymond Bodell (UK), and Herbert Scheibenreif (Austria), Officers Kimmo Mattila (Finland), Frederic Deschamps (France), as well as delegates from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom and Macedonia.

This is the first time a CIA Congress has been held in Macedonia. Topics to be discussed include the promotion of young accordionists around the world and future CIA Coupe Mondiale events which are to be held in Scotland (2008), New Zealand (2009), Croatia (2010) and China (2011).
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RAM Master Class and Recital, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

On Thursday January 17th an Accordion Master Class by Vojin Vasovic, Professor of Accordion at the Kragujevac School of Music in Serbia and teacher of many international prize winners, will be held at the Royal Academy of Music, 10am to 1pm, and 2pm until 5pm at York Gate. Admission is free.

In the evening there will be the RAM Club Prize Winner's Recital, 7.30pm, at the Duke's Hall. Performing will be Milos Milivojevic - accordion, Zivorad Nikolic - accordion, Katherine Sharp - violin, David O'Leary - violin, Ian Anderson - viola, and Jessica Hayes -cello.

The program includes music by Scarlatti, Berio, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Lindberg, Angelis, Grieg, Foskett, Piazzolla, and Sarasate.

For further information email: accordion@ram.ac.uk

Roberto Lucanero Performs at Festival Concert, Versutta - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Diatonic accordionist Roberto Lucanero performs in concert on the occasion of the 1st 'Trophy of the Accordion' competition, in Versutta. The show will take place on Sunday January 20th in Versutta of San Giovanni of Casarsa, Pordenone. Leandro Scocco - bass, and Maurizio Scalzo - drums, will accompany Roberto Lucanero.

The trio of musicians, who come from Porto Recanati, will perform folk music of the Marche region and original compositions by Lucanero.

For further information email: roberto.lucanero@excelsior-accordions.it

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NAO North Central Area Accordion Championships, Yorkshire - UK
Contributed by Richard Smith

The 11th NAO North Central Area Accordion Championships / Yorkshire Accordion and Music Festival take place at the splendid Victoria Hall in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, on Saturday February 2nd.

During the day there will be a selection of trade stands, with food and refreshments also available throughout the day.

There will be a lunchtime prize presentation for some of the junior sections, and one at the end of the festival, with trophies being awarded in both, to those gaining 1st 2nd and 3rd in their sections.

In the evening, Gary Blair from Scotland will be playing for our gala ceilidh.

For further information email: committee@yamf.co.uk
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Renato Borghetti Quartet's European Tour - EU
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Brazilian diatonic button accordionist and composer Renato Borghetti is now on his latest European tour, fronting his Quartet. Borghetti works in many genres, including traditional styles from his home state of Rio Grande do Sol, samba, jazz and classical music. Borghetti won a Latin Grammy award in 2005 for his CD 'Gaita Ponto Com'. The Renato Borghetto Quartet have now released a new CD 'Fandango'!, in conjunction with the tour.

Tour dates include:
February 6th - UFA Fabrik , Berkin, Germany
7th - Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands
9th - Festival Het Accordeon, Deventer, Netherlands
10th - Harmonie, Bonn, Germany
10th - Die Fabrik , Frankfurt, Germany
12th - Theater Laboratorium , Oldenburg, Gerrmany
13th - Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
14th - Spielboden, Dornbirn, Austria
15th - Kammgarn, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
16th - Teatro SOMS, Sannazzaro de' Burgondi PV, Italy
19th - Altes Brauhaus Breznik, Bleiburg, Austria 20th - Die Brücke, Graz, Austria
21st - Foyer des Arts, Vöcklabruck, Austria
22nd - Jazz im Sägewerk, Bad Gastein, Austria
23rd - Salzhof, Freistadt, Austria
24th - Akkordonfestival, Haus der Begegnung Floridsdorf, Vienna, Austria

For further information email: sabina@cultureworks.at

Riccardo Tesi's 30th Anniversary Tour - Austria
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

To the celebrate 30 years as a professional musician, Italian diatonic button accordionist Riccardo Tesi has released two new CDs - one solo and the other with Banditaliana. These CDs are available in conjunction with a short tour of Austria with Banditalia.

Tour dates:
March 11th - Treibhaus, Innsbruck
12th - Brucknerhaus, Linz
13th - Akkordeonfestival, Vienna
14th - Haus der Regionen, Krems

For further information email: sabina@cultureworks.at

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The famous Beltango group directed by Alexander Nikolic were stars at the 2007 Castelfidardo Festival in Italy and this new site selling is selling their pack of 3 CDs titled "Tradicional", "Piazzollando" and "Balkango". Sound samples are online. Music performed by Alexander Nikolic (bandoneon, accordion), Jovan Bogosavljevic (violin), Ivana Nikolic (piano, vocal), Bogdan Pejic (el.guitar) and Ljubinko Lazic (double bass) of Serbia. Purchase online using bank secure server system.
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Yehuda Oppenheimer release 1 arrangement of 'Souvenir d'amour'. Sample of the music is available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
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A new site selling three CDs titled "Viazzani Takes Stok" "Encore" and "Piazzolla Angel Suite - Bobic Liturgical Suite" with sound samples. Music recorded by Romano Viazzani of UK. Purchase online with credit card.

Franco Cambareri - accordionist, composer, producer, releases 2 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Gigolino', 'La Giostra', . 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 - accordionist, composer, arranger, performer, release 1 new work for accordion available for purchase online. 'Feelin Blue'. Samples of these music are available on the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

History of Bayan Development: This article on the History of Bayan Development was written by Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions. The importance of the development of the bayan has had far reaching significance for all concert accordion design, manufacture and performances throughout the world.
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