25 January 2008
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CIA Winter Congress, Skopje - Macedonia

Portraits of the Musette Greats, Montpellier - France
Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival - Australia
Twentieth Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival' DVD , Scotland - UK
Reports of Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals etc
Félicien Brut, Winner of 3 International Competitions - France
Jeff Lisenby Concert, Kansas City - USA
Future Events
Dolci Romori Jazz Festival, Pineto - Italy
Ramon Ayala Concert, California - USA
Gary Blair - 9th Annual Tour "Down South" - UK
'CNIMA Training Courses - France
AAMS Festival, Pennsylvania - USA
Wongawilli to Perform in Denmark

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Contributed by Harley Jones

The Accordion Yellow Pages has now been completely redesigned by Webmaster Roberto Zambelli to allow each person to add information or to 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. For an enquiry please contact our webmaster: webmaster@accordion-search.com
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CIA Winter Congress, Skopje - Macedonia
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) held its 119th General Assembly of Delegates 'Winter Congress' in Skopje, Macedonia, hosted by the Association of Accordionists from the Republic of Macedonia.

Picture of Congress participants above.

In addition to the General Assembly, association President Zorica Karakutovska, Vice President Elizabeta Ilievska, Public Relations Manager Anica Karakutovska and Secretary Biljana Mladenovska provided an exciting array of activities including meetings, sightseeing, a reception with the Mayor of Skopje Mr. Trifun Kostovski, visits and meetings at the school and university, a formal concert of Professor Karakutovska's students, as well as an evening of Macedonian entertainment.

Nineteen Delegates from around the world traveled to Skopje to attend this first CIA function held in Macedonia. During the Congress, two new associations were accepted for CIA membership including the Associação dos Acordeonistas do Brasil (AAB) - President: Lauro Valerio, and the Italian Accordion Culture (IAC) - President: Federica Celesti.

The CIA Merit Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the International accordion movement were accepted to be awarded to renowned concert artist and teacher Friedrich Lips (Russia - picture above left) and to Manfred Gäbler (Germany) the organizer of the Klingenthal International Accordion Competition for more than 40 years. The Honored Friend of the Accordion Award was accepted to be awarded to Friedl Preisl and Herwig Peychär (Austria), Silvio De Pra (New Zealand - picture above right) and Sylvia Prior (USA - photo below), recognizing their lifelong work on behalf of the accordion in their respective countries.

Members of the Music Committee worked in person and via electronic communication to finalize competition guidelines for the 2008 Coupe Mondiale to be held in Glasgow, Scotland (poster left) from the October 22nd to 27th, and all information can be found at www.coupemondiale.org
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Portraits of the Musette Greats, Montpellier - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

Artists Robert Crumb and Dominique Cravic have produced portraits of 12 French accordionists from the 1930s, including Gus Viseur, Médard Ferero,Tony Murena, and Jo Privat. Each picture is signed, measures 33cm x 33cm, and is in six colours.

For further information email: lesfrereslumineux@hotmail.com

Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival - Australia
Contributed by AATA President Tania Lukic-Marx

The Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival will be held on June 7th and 8th 2008 (Queen's birthday long weekend) at Sydney's Club Marconi.

The event is run one week after the New Zealand South Pacific Accordion Championships and has the same music requirements. The Australian International Accordion Championships offers a wide variety of competition classes including international classes and features no test pieces.

Competition categories are open to citizens of all countries and performers of any kind of instrument (piano accordion, bayan, diatonic etc). Previous international championships attracted interest from New Zealand, China, Croatia, Russia and Australia.

Master Classes are held during the event, where you will have an opportunity to get accordion advice from the internationally renowned accordion tutors that are attending.

Traditionally, the most popular part of the event is the Gala Concert on June 8th. Poseter left - click to enlarge. Guest artistes include 2007 Piano Accordion Coupe Mondiale World Champion Stanislav Jusufovic (Serbia), Lionel Reekie (NZ), Grayson Masefield (NZ - 3rd place 2007 Coupe Mondiale Piano Accordion category) plus two Sydney based accordion ensembles: Australian Concert Ensemble (Australia) and 'FunAccord'.

For detailed competition and festival information, please visit our web site: www.accordions.com/aata
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'Twentieth Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival' DVD - Scotland
Contributed by Rob Howard

A DVD has been issued featuring several bands performing at a Grand Dance on October 13th in Lerwick at the 2007 Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival. The bands include Cullivoe Dance Band, Gordon Shand Scottish Dance Band, Alan Nicolson Dance Band, Sandy Nixon Scottish Dance Band, Jimmy Burgess Dance Band, Roy Hendrie Scottish Dance Band, Da Fustra Dance Band, Susan McFadyen Scottish Dance Band, James Leask Dance Band, Pentlands Ceilidh Band, Leeshinat, Sandy Legget and the Carseloch Ceilidh Band. The comperes are Nicol McLaren and Robert Lovie, and the running time is 115 minutes.

For further information email: info@concordemusic.com
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Félicien Brut, Winner of 3 International Competitions! - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

At only 21 years, Félicien Brut has won the Variety categories at the 2007 international competitions in Klingenthal, Castelfidardo and CMA Trophée Mondiale in Samara, Russia.

Four students of the music school CNIMA J.MORNET took part in the CMA Trophée Mondiale:
2nd: Eric Allard-Jacquin (Junior Variety)
3rd: Yves Moulin (Senior Variety)
Pierre Laval (Junior Variety)
and Felicien Brut won the 1st place (Senior Variety).

The talent of Félicien has been combined wiith the prestige of this school founded by Jacques Mornet and directed by Nathalie Boucheix. Félicien entered the school CNIMA J.MORNET, thanks to an uncle, while he was only seven years old and is a "pure product" of the successful training available. Since 2001 Félicien Brut has been winning competitions.

His next ambition is to acquire the DEM (Certificate of Studies Musical) and to teach in Conservatories. Félicien Brut has now founded a trio with Pascal Meurgé - keyboard and vocals, and Amélie Castel - drums and vocals. They will make their public debut on Saturday, January 19th, 9.30pm, in the Casino of Bourboule (free entrance).

Jeff Lisenby Concert, Kansas City - USA
Contributed by Joan Sommers

On Thursday, January 17th, Jeff Lisenby's jazz accordion concert at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Performing Arts Center with his talented daughter Jaclyn Brown, as guest vocalist. This was a wonderful concert, featuring an outstanding accordionist and a superb vocalist and also promoting the newly released CD "A Spy In Tortuga".

Doug Auwarter -drums, Danny Embry - guitar, and Greg Whitfield - bass accompanied accordionist Jeff Lisenby for a concert no one wanted to leave. For full version of the concert report by Joan Sommers….....
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Dolci Romori Jazz Festival, Pineto - Italy
Contributed by Renzo Ruggieri

Accordionist and Festival Director has written a jazz orientated musical play titled 'Opera?', which will be performed at the Teatro Polifunzionale, Pineto, on January 26th, at 9.30pm. The accompanying orchestra includes Renzo Ruggieri on accordion and melodica. Entrance is free.

For further information email: info@dolciromorijazzfestival.com
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Ramon Ayala Concert, California - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Ramon Ayala, one of the leading norteño accordionists, singers and songwriters is in concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City on Saturday, January 26th, 8.15pm. 

Gary Blair - 9th Annual Tour "Down South" - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

In February Glasgow accordionist goes on his 9th consecutive tour of the South of England, and his dates are as follows:

February 6th - Fairkytes Accordion Club, The Fairkytes Arts Centre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex; email: MJBuckingham4422@aol.com
8th - private ceilidh, Essex
9th - Annual Ceilidh, Ovingdean Village Hall, Brighton
10th, 4-7pm - Manor Field School "Family Fun Ceilidh", Junction Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex
11th, 7.30pm - Uxbridge Accordion Club, The Anglers Retreat, West Drayton, Middlesex; email: david.lukins@btinternet.com
12th, 7.30pm - Verwood Memorial Hall, Dorset
14th, 7.30pm - Harlow Accordion Club, Essex; also featuring the Harlow Accordion Band, Romeo Aichino (Italy) and Gary Blair Junior; email: jeanhanger@aol.com
15th to 18th - Eastbourne Accordion Festival; also featuring Harry Hussey, Cafe Noir, Gary Blair Junior, John Romero, Gennaro Fiondella, Sue Bennett, Angie Lukins, Trevani, Charlie Watkins.(Watkins Electrical Music); email: jr@carillonstudios.co.uk
18th, 7.30pm - Club Accord, Catshill Working Men's Club, Bromsgrove, Birmingham, with Gary Blair Junior; email: Tracey.Middleton@uk.ngrid.com

CNIMA Training Courses, St Sauves d'Auvergne - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

Dates of the next training courses at the CNIMA J.MORNET music school, St Sauves d'Auvergne, open to all ages, all styles, are listed below:

February 18th to 23rd
February 25th to March 1st
April 14th to 19th
April 21st to 26th
July 14th to 19th
July 21st to 26th
August 11th to 16th
August 18th to 23rd

Picture right of Jacques Mornet. For further information email: cnima@wanadoo.fr

AAMS Festival, Pennsylvania - USA
Contributed by Lenny Feldmann

The annual festival and competition sponsored by the American Accordion Musicological Society (AAMS) takes place from March 7th to 9th, and once again held at the Dolce Valley Forge Hotel, King of Prussia, Pennslyvania.

The program of guest performers this year includes Mario Tacca (left), Mary Mancini, Stanley and Joanna Darrow (right) Richard DiBlassio, Ron Onda, Ed Touchstone, Bobby Raye (picture below) Jim Vandelly, and Lenny Feldmann, known as 'The CordeenMan'.

The festivities begin with a Cajun/Zydeco concert on the opening night. Saturday will feature the competitions and a range of accordion workshops.

The Annual Dinner takes place at 5.30pm on Saturday evening where this year's Honoree, Rik Kaplan, will be recognized. An Accordion Spectacular Concert, featuring guest artistes Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini, and supporting acts, will follow the dinner.

On Sunday, the morning will continue with more competitions and more workshops. After lunch will be the Awards Concert featuring the Festival Massed Band, guest artistes, and the presentation of awards and trophies.

The festival also includes a trade display, accordion repair seminars, accordion memorabilia, recordings and sheet music.
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Wongawilli to Perform in Denmark
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Australian folk band Wongawilli are to visit Denmark, performing at the Tuno Festival, July 2nd and 3rd, and at the Skagen Festival, July 4th to 6th. From July 8th to 15th, they are available for functions anywhere in Europe.

Wongawilli plays traditional and contemporary Australian folk songs, dances and music. They play a range of instruments featuring accordion, concertina, piano, violin, guitar, lagerphone, banjo, whistle and mandolin.

For further information email: desanti@bigpond.com
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