15 February 2008
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Eurovision for Young Musicians, Warsaw - Poland

Sergio Zampolli Performs Deiro's 'Concerto in A-Minor', Blairgowrie - South Africa
Mika Väyrynen to give World Premiere, Kokkola - Finland
Øivind Farmen's Latest Recordings, Oslo - Norway
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Accordionist Coba Performs at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC - USA
Piazzolla Caffe & Bar, Cantanhede - Portugal
'Club des Accordéonistes' New CD, Bulle - Switzerland
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Victor Prieto at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York - USA
Donna Maria Regis Performances, New Hampshire - USA
Accordion Showcase, London - UK
Accordéon Mélancolique Concert Schedule - The Netherlands
'Two Accordions with Attitude', Staten Island - USA
International Accordion Forum - Italy

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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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Eurovision for Young Musicians, Warsaw - Poland
Contributed by Maciej Frackiewicz

On February 5th, Polish accordionist Maciej Frackiewicz took part in the national semi-finals of the '14th Eurovision Grand Prix for Young Musicians'.

He is one of 7 musicians who will play in the national final with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Lukasz Borowicz. Maciej will perform 'Aconcagua Concerto for Bandoneon and Orchestra', by Piazzolla.

The national final will be on February 28th in S1 Studio at Polish Radio in Warsaw. Maciej Frackiewicz studied at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw under Klaudiusz Baran.

He is a laureate of many of National and International Competitions, including Klingenthal, Castelfidardo and Poprad. For further information email: fracek88@wp.pl
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Sergio Zampolli Performs Deiro's 'Concerto in Am - South Africa
Contributed by Rob Howard

To mark the celebration of the Rand Symphony Orchestra's 20th year under the baton of distinguished musician, Bernard Wozny, a special concert is being hosted with a guest performance by the acclaimed accordionist, Sergio Zampolli. They will be performing 'Concerto in A-Minor', by Pietro Deiro.

Born in Italy, Zampolli started playing the accordion at the age of nine. He came to South Africa when he was eleven and has since won numerous awards for his performances. He is a member of the dynamic Duo 2000 group of MIDI accordion and acoustic harp, with Amarillie Ackermann, and is the South African representative for the Confédédation Mondiale de l'Accordéon.

The Rand Symphony Orchestra has been a vibrant contributor to classical music in Johannesburg for nearly 30 years, and Bernard Wozny has been Artistic Director since 1987. Under his leadership the orchestra has grown from strength to strength in serving the community of Johannesburg, and has 40 full-time members.

The concert will take place on March 2nd, 4pm, at the NG Randburg South Church. For further information email: duo2000@discoverymail.co.za
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Mika Väyrynen to give World Premiere, Kokkola - Finland
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen will perform the World Premiere of the new 'Quintet for Accordion and Strings', by Finnish composer Matti Murto, at the 10th Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival. The concert titled 'Transitions' will take place on February 19th at the Central Ostrobothnian Conservatory in Kokkola at 7pm. The concert will offer 'Four different viewpoints to Contemporary Music', by Murto, plus compositions by Ginastera, Pärt, and Reich.
Born in 1947 in Tampere, Matti Murto graduated from the Sibelius Academy with a degree in Music Theory. A member of the Finnish Composers Society, Matti also studied Musicology at the University of Helsinki.

The annual Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival takes place from February 16th to 24th, and includes a very wide range of music - classical to folk music, harmonicas to bandoneons, film shows featuring accordion soundtracks, modern compositions to evergreens, and from church music to hard rock. Concerts, dances and open-air events form a key part of the festival.

This year's event also includes Finnish accordionists Markus Luomala, Teija Niku, and Antti Purola, Sweden's Anders Larsson, Norwegian bandoneon player Per Arne Glorvigen, and the 'Young virtuosos' from Ostrobothnia.

The festival even includes an invitation to participate in sculpturing the largest accordion made from snow to get in the Guinness Book of Records!

For ticket information, please contact: raimo.vertainen@pp.inet.fi

Øivind Farmen's Latest Recordings, Oslo - Norway
Contributed by Øivind Farmen

For the last two weeks I have been recording Scandinavian music with a 'summer' theme as an accordion soloist with the Royal Norwegian Air Force Band, conducted by the world famous trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen.

This project includes new arrangements on all time 'Summer Hits' from Scandinavia and in addition to me as an accordion soloist, one of the most popular singers in Norway, Bjarne Brøndbo, contributes on several songs. The CD will be ready for sale in June.
For further information email: farmen@farmen.net
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Coba Performs at Kennedy Center, Washington DC - USA
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Renowned Japanese accordionist Yasuhiro 'Coba' Kobayashim performed on a special concert 'A Tribute to Toru Takemitsu' at the famed Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Currated by his daughter Maki Takemitsu, the concert featured Kazumi Watanabe and Daisuke Suzuki on guitar, Coba on accordion, and Tomohiro Yahiro on percussion.
One of Japan's most famous and celebrated composers, Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) broke new ground by exploring principles of western classical music and his native Japanese tradition. Largely self-taught, he experienced a stroke of luck in the 1950s when Igor Stravinsky heard his work by accident, greatly admired it, and helped bring him international attention. Influenced by French music, particularly that of Debussy and Messiaen, some of Takemitsu's most well known compositions encompasses jazz and film music.

With his extremely unique, pop, accordion music, Coba has helped revolutionize the image of the accordion. In 1995, the Icelandic singer Bjork saw his concert performance in London and was instantly attracted to his music. Immediately after the performance, he was asked to join her on a world tour, which lasted three years and covered more than 60 countries reaching more than 3 million people.

Coba produces music for more than 10 regular nationwide TV and radio programs. In addition to releasing his 29th CD, he is also engaged in a variety of activities ranging from producing projects for various other artistes to producing film music, which makes this popular accordionist one of the busiest composers, performers and producers in Japan.

Piazzolla Caffe & Bar, Cantanhede - Portugal
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Joao Gentil performs most evenings at the recently opened Piazzolla Caffe & Bar in Cantanhede. The café is doing very well indeed, and is always full at weekends. There are often other musicians guests present, including saxophones, drums, double bass, flute, singers, etc…

The music and dancing includes the tango, jazz and bossa nova. Recently the milonga has also been introduced.

On the first day 650 people turned up, and the support has continued to be excellent, always ensuring a party atmosphere.

Joao Gentil will soon be heading off for a short tour in Spain, which includes playing at the amazing Plaza Mayor in Salamanca!

For further information email: joaogentil1@gmail.com
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'Club des Accordéonistes' New CD, Bulle - Switzerland
Contributed by Rob Howard

The 'Club des Accordéonistes' based in the town of Bulle, Switzerland, have produced their second CD, titled 'Horizons'. The program includes such diverse items as the 'Concerto for Trumpet' - Khatchatourian, and 'Rhapsody in Blue' - Gershwin.

The Club des Accordéonistes, which has a history dating back to 1935, has recently competed in competitions in Castelfidardo, Italy, and Belfort, France.

For further information email: sylvain77@bluewin.ch

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Victor Prieto at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Victor Prieto and renowned bagpipes player Cristina Pato, who are both Spanish born, will give demonstration concerts at the The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, on February 13th, 3.30pm.

The concert is free with Museum admission. The Department of Musical Instruments presents the event, with sponsorship from the General Consulate of Spain in New York.

For further information email: victorprieto2001@yahoo.com
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Donna Maria Regis Performances, New Hampshire - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Donna Maria Regis, well known as the manager of accordionist Tony Lovello, also appears as a solo accordionist and as the Music Director of the New Hampshire Accordion Association. Below are two of her upcoming performances:

February 17th, 1pm until 4pm - solo concert at the February meeting of the New Hampshire Accordion Association, Accordion Connection, 136 NH Route 106, Gilmanton NH 03237.

March 2nd, 12 noon until 5pm, American Accordionists' Association, Magnanini Farm Winery, 172 Strawridge Road, Wallkill, New York 12589. This function is in aid of the Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Fund.

For further information email: regisdonna@yahoo.com

Accordion Showcase, London - UK
Contributed by Romano Viazzani

The latest 'Accordion Showcase' concert takes place on Monday February 18th, 7.30pm, at the David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London. Academy students will perform works for accordion, piano, violin and cello by Franck, Popper, Piazzolla, Lundquist and Schnittke.

For further information email: box.office@ram.ac.uk

Accordéon Mélancolique Concert Schedule - The Netherlands
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Dutch accordion duo Accordéon Mélancolique - Jean-Pierre Guiran and Cherie de Boer - have concerts in venues across The Netherlands, as follows:

February 24th, 3pm - de Agnietenkapel, Nieuwe Markt 100, Gouda - information: Marina de Horn: marina@vhn-office.nl
March 2nd, 3pm until 5pm - Hervormde kerk, de Kerkelaan, (close to Heerenveen), Katlijk

March 9th, 3pm until 5pm - Waalse kerk, St. Catharinaplaats 1, 6811 BS, Arnhem

March 16th, 3pm until 5pm - Trinitaskapel, Vriesestraat 20-22, 3311 NR, Dordrecht; - information email: Paula.vdBerg@inter.nl.net
March 30th, 3pm until 5pm - De Zuidervermaning, Zuideinde 233, Westzaan
May 18th, 3pm until 5pm - Waalse Kerk, Breestraat, Leiden
September 2nd, 8pm - Oranjerie, Rosendael, near Arnhem
September 9th, 8pm to 10pm - Great Hall, Kasteel Cannenburch, Maarten van Rossumplein 4, Vaassen
September 28th, 4.30pm to 6.30pm - Kasteel Doorwerth, Fonteinallee 4, 6865 ND, Doorwerth, near Oosterbeek
October 12th, 3pm - Waalse kerk, Catharinastraat 83 bis, 4811 XG, Breda
October 26th, 8.30pm - De Toonzaal, 5211 HE. Prins Bernhardstraat 4-6, Hertogenbosch
December 28th, 2pm to 4pm - Kasteel Ammersoyen, Kasteellaan 1, Ammerzoden

For further information email: info@acmel.nl

'Two Accordions with Attitude', Staten Island - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10314, is presenting the event, 'Two Accordions with Attitude', featuring accordionists Guy Klucevsek and Alan Bern, on Saturday, February 23rd at 8pm.

On stage Guy Klucevsek and Bern create an international tour-of-the-senses with their soul-stirring gypsy melodies, riotous klezmer, and exotic arabesque airs.

Combined with their interpretive jazz, deep blues, and innovative new world sounds, they move around the continents and through time, playing songs with ancient melodies as well as startlingly fresh 21st century compositions.

Stephen Eddis from allmusicguide.com says, "The number of classical accordion virtuosos is small, but Guy Klucevsek and Alan Bern are among its brightest lights."

For further information email: maglio@mail.csi.cuny.edu
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International Accordion Forum - Italy
Contributed by Rob Howard

International Accordion Forum, a new Italian-language Internet forum for accordion enthusiasts to share ideas is now up and running. The Forum Director is Michelangelo, to whom enquiries can be made.

For further information email: accordionplanet@libero.it
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Thierry Benetoux is publishing a new book 'Sounding Out The Accordion'. This book will be available at the end of March and can be ordered in advance at a special price on the internet. The book, about sound diversity in the accordion, is such that many accordionists wish to explore the potential of their instruments to the full. This book, with its DVD, offers an opportunity to explore the varieties of sounds in various instruments. This incredible diversity is little known by the general public and even to some musicians. To find out more:

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