08 February 2008
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Milos Milivojevic's Solo Recital, London - UK

Røyseng/Aase CD Release, Oslo - Norway
Borsini “La bottega D’Arte” – Italy
'Jimmy Shand Vs 50 Cent', New York - USA
Reports of Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals etc
'Accordion Hell', Glasgow - UK
Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra's 20th Anniversary CD, - Spain
Viktor Romanko at 'Accordion is Cool 2008', Bisamberg - Austria
Accords des Montagnes' Festival, La Bresse - France
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Renato Borghetti Quartet Concert, Pedemontana - Italy
Alabama Accordionists Association Concert, Birmingham - USA
International Accordion Competition, Paris - France
International Music Festival, Arandjelovac - Serbia
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David Keen Passes Away

David Keen ABCA(TD), LBCA, (1955 to 2008)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Keen ABCA (TD), LBCA, Editor of the magazine "Accordion World" which he started in 1998 and continued until today. David Keen is a past NAO Chairman for the years 1985, 87, 88 and 89, accordionist, and an adjudicator.

David passed away this morning 9th February 2008 at 07.30am, aged 52, at The Michael Sobell House, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex after a long battle with cancer.

Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly

David will be sadly missed, our thoughts are with his mother Elsie at this very sad time. A truly memorable person and supporter of the accordion.
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Milos Milivojevic's Solo Recital, London - UK
Contributed by Roland Williams

Milos Milivojevic gave an outstanding solo recital at the Royal Academy of Music on January 17th. Accordion tutor is Owen Murray. Milos' program demonstrated not only his skill and dexterity but his obvious delight in what can be done with his instrument with music from Scarlatti to contemporary composers Luciano Berio and Magnus Lindberg.

Before a presentation of 'Jeux D'Anches', by Lindberg, Milos introduced a movement from Mendelssohn's rarely heard 'Organ Sonata No 6' to which he gave a majestic fully rounded organ-like sound appropriate to this music. Another fine performance came from playing movements from Greig's 'Holberg Suite'.

Milos was joined in the second half by The Brooks Quartet for a performance of 3 movements from Astor Piazzolla's 'Five Tango Sensations'. The group produced an elegant and beautifully tonally balanced performance. Milos concluded his recital with an amazing virtuosic display of Pablo de Sarasate's 'Introduction and Tarantella'. Click to read the full concert review by Roland Williams.
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Røyseng/Aase CD Release, Oslo - Norway
Contributed by Harley Jones

On February 12th the accordion duo Royseng/Aase will release the CD 'The Journeyman's Test'.

Royseng/Aase Lars Røyseng and Stian Aase are leading Norwegian accordionists, who studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music 10 years ago, where they formed the Røyseng/Aase duo.

The duo has toured most of Norway. They have held over 300 school concerts for the Norwegian 'Rikskonsertene', and have performed in Bulgaria, Iceland, Italy, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Germany. Twice, the duo received prizes in the International Accordion Competition in Castelfidardo, Italy. Røyseng/Aase have also been Norwegian Champions three times.

In autumn of 2006, they participated in the television talent show 'Kjempesjansen' on NRK1 that had almost 1 million viewers. The duo received much praise for their performance, and for the great publicity they gave the accordion.

The music on this CD is typical of the program that Røyseng/Aase perform in concert. The composer Jo Asgeir Lie arranged the opening track 'The Journeyman's Test', for the duo. The CD also includes music by Vivaldi, Bach and Grieg, plus virtuoso Russian arrangements, flaming Argentinean tango, and Finnish jenka.

For further information email: stianaase@gmail.com
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Borsini “La bottega D’Arte” – Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

From the 1st January 2008 the Borsini Accordion Factory will be operating as “Bottega D'Arte” (Art Workshop): each model, every type and price will be manufactured with the greatest care to detail as an instrument for artists produced by artists.

Carlo Borsini, son of Giancarlo, has joined the Borsini s.r.l. Accordion Factory which means a "new generation - working for quality".

Giancarlo Borsini says: "Words, slogans and material values alone are not however sufficient to work as a “Bottega D'Arte” (Art Workshop). What we need are above all, is ethical, professional and artistic values."

Carlo has a mix of commercial and technical experience gained in the past within the Borsini Accordion Factory which means that he knows the production process from A to Z. This is why he, together with Vincenzo, will be responsible for tuning and the final control stage. Through Carlo, Borsini s.r.l. intends to ensure the continuity of the process of consolidation and improvement of its already very high quality standards.

The “Bottega D'Arte” / Borsini e Carlo will be attending the next Frankfurt Musik Messe (Music Fair) where they will be happy to meet you in HALL 3.1 - STAND 13F to discuss new ideas and proposals for the future.

'Jimmy Shand Vs 50 Cent', New York - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The late Sir Jimmy Shand, the legendary Scottish accordionist, born 100 years ago this year, has had his famous 'Bluebell Polka' recording bootlegged with the American rap star 50 Cent 'In Da Club' in a novelty release titled 'Jimmy Shand Vs 50 Cent'. The track '50 Bluebells' refers to the splicing of 'In DA Club' over the top of the Jimmy Shand recording of 'Bluebell Polka'.

Rapper 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) dons a kilt to duet with Sir Jimmy Shand and his accordion, whilst singers Glen Cambell and Britney Spears are amongst various others whose recordings have been mixed with rap music. This limited edition release, titled 'Cowboy Boots', sold out in record time after being nominated as LP vinyl release of the week in London's flagship HMV store, prompting further interest via youtube on the Internet.
This recording, apart from being artistically unconventional, has also made news as it infringes copyright. The Internet release uses a copyrighted picture of renowned Australian-based Scottish accordionist John Macdonald with Sir Jimmy Shand taken in 1976, which was digitally altered to remove John Macdonald's head and replace it with the head of rapper 50 Cent.

Anyone wishing to view the release, can do so at: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=QBpcIw9lLE4&feature=related
To see the original Jimmy Shand track and picture please visit: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=PIG9evq2RqM

Quite what Sir Jimmy Shand would have made of this eccentric rap version of his 'Bluebell Polka' recording is anyone's guess! One thing is for certain - the accordion has now been introduced to a generation of rappers.
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'Accordion Hell', Glasgow - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Inspired by Gary Larson's infamous cartoon: "Welcome to heaven. Here's your harp. Welcome to hell. Here's your accordion", the 2008 Celtic connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland, featured concerts in the Royal Concert Hall on consecutive evenings: 'Harp Heaven' and 'Accordion Hell'. Both concerts entered into the spirit of the cartoon, with the harpists making jokes about the accordion, and the accordionists wearing horns and carrying tridents!

'Accordion Hell', featured the diverse talents and instruments of Karen Tweed - piano accordion, Phil Cunningham - piano accordion, Maria Kalaniemi - 5 row button accordion, Sandy Brechin - piano accordion, Angus Lyon - piano accordion, Dermot Byrne - 2 row diatonic button accordion, Andy Cutting - Club Model diatonic accordion, and Mick McAuley - 2 row melodeon.

"Welcome to Hell! We believe it's the best place to be. And it's the full moon, so anything could happen...", was how the concert was introduced by Karen Tweed. All eight played, backed by guitar and bodhran, launched into an exuberant rendition of 'The Bluebell Polka', after which the players took turns to perform music from many genres, with accompanying guitarist Tim Edey wearing a vampire's silk cape.

Wearing a large set of pink horns, Finland's Maria Kalaniemi declared herself at home, reminding the audience that she comes from HELsinki! The Irish players Dermot Byrne and Mick McAuley played jigs and reels, both solo and as a duo. Dermot Byrne joined forces with guitarist Tim Edey to perform 'Tico Tico', one of the show's highlights.

The concert finished with all players together for a grand finale, joined onstage by Celtic Connections director Donald Shaw on piano, earning tumultuous applause as the jammed 'The Atholl Highlanders'.

Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra's 20th Anniversary CD, - Spain
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2007 with a series of events that includes the release of a commemorative CD.

The tracks include: 'Sabre Dance', 'Tritsch Tratsch Polka', 'El Bateo', 'Pozik', 'Txori Saltaria', 'Alaitasun Gogoa', 'Brasilia', 'Honky Tonk Train Blues', 'Russian Fantasia', 'Fantasia Jazz', 'Light Cavalry Overture', 'Luis Alonso's Wedding', and 'Eusko Irudiak'.

For further information email: 07ao@zerosette.es
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Viktor Romanko at 'Accordion is cool 2008', Bisamberg - Austria
Contributed by Jutta Menn

A concert by Prof. Viktor Romanko, from Jekaterinburg, Russia, and arranged by Hohner, proved to one of the main highlights of the festival 'Accordion is cool 2008', held recently in Bisamberg.

A program of well-known classics included 'Winter', from Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons', and 'Oblivion' and 'Libertango', by Astor Piazzolla. In addition, Victor Romanko performed original literature for accordion by Russian composers, such as the 'Carpathian Mountains' suite.

His impressive two handed finger dexterity on the Hohner bayan was particularly impressive. Romanko, who speaks excellent German, afterwards answered many questions about the accordion and his repertoire, also showing a great sense of humour.

'Accords des Montagnes' Festival - France
Contributed by Jean Louis Noton

For a week in late January/early February the bars and restaurants of the French ski resort La Bresse were animated to the sound of accordions.

Around fifteen accordion artistes, including Jean-Marc Torchy, Sylvie Pulles, Denys Gigot, Jean-Louis Noton and Franck Villain, also played for dancing in the party room.

A public of about 500 persons were able to dance continuously to musette music.

For further information email: jl.noton@wanadoo.fr
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Renato Borghetti Quartet Concert, Pedemontana - Italy
Contributed by Danilo Tassan

The Renato Borghetti Quartet, on a European tour from Brazil, perform in concert at L'istituto di Musica Della Pedemontana, Aviano, on February 17th, 8.45, in the Theater Pileo.

Borghetti's program will include material from his recent CD 'Fandango!'.

For further information email: danilotassan@alice.it


Alabama Accordionists Association Concert, Birmingham - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Alabama Accordionists Association will host guest artistes Peter and Mady Soave in a special concert on Saturday February 23rd in Birmingham, Alabama. Peter Soave is one of the greatest accordionists in the history of the USA with many international competition successes, and today, an accordion and bandoneon virtuoso who is performing regularly all over the world with symphony orchestras, solo and duo.

The concert will take place at the Bluff Park United Methodist Church, beginning at 1pm.

For further information email: wadowick@troycable.net

International Accordion Competition, Paris - France
Contributed by Harley Jones

An International Accordion Competition takes place at the Conservatoire Slave de Musique, rue Victor Hugo 59, Bagnolet, near Paris, on March 8th, 9th and 10th. The closing date for entries is February 29th. For further information email: depart.conserslave@gmail.com

International Music Festival, Arandjelovac - Serbia
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The music school 'Petar Ilic' in Arandjelovac, Serbia, is the organizer of the International Music Festival for primary music school students. This piano, accordion and guitar festival will be held in Arandjelovac, from March 19th to March 23rd. The accordion competition takes place on March 21st. Full details are now available, and the final date for entries is February 20th.

For further information email: mspetarilic@gmail.com
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Paris- Moscow Duo Course, La Bourboule - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov, known as the Paris- Moscow Duo lead a course for developing accordion playing techniques at La Bourboule, from August 9th to 14th. The course concludes with a performance by the Paris-Moscow Duo on August 14th, at 9pm.

For further information email: duopm@orange.fr
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