22 February 2008
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Friedrich Lips' CD Releases, Moscow - Russia

ATG Festival to Feature Alexander Shirunov, Nashville - USA
Angel Luis Castaño in Sacred Art Festival, Madrid - Spain
Alexander Shirunov plays at the Frankfurt Musikmesse - Germany
Reports of Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals etc
Hohner Artistes' Concert, Alsace - France
Eastbourne Accordion Festival, England - UK
Julian 'Speedy' Gonzales in 2008 - France
Future Events
Emily Smith Concerts, England - UK
Victor Prieto Performances, New York - USA
Workshop with Lars Holm, London - UK
Carnival Press Conference, Wazemmes - France
Foster & Allen Tour Dates - UK
Jon Hammond Invites You to 'HammondCast Show KYOU Radio', New York - USA

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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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Friedrich Lips' CD Releases, Moscow - Russia
Contributed by Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

Friedrich Lips' two recent CD releases 'LA CUMPARSITA' and '¡BUENOS DIAS; ASTOR!' are dedicated to the work of Astor Piazzolla.

When Friedrich Lips started to discover Piazzolla's music in the 1970s, it was an experience of overwhelming splendour, of powerful, emotional colours as well as of penetrating recitatives in oeuvres full of glowing rhythm.

At once he included some of his tangos in his solo program, and in September 1993 the first concert of Lips' quintet 'Piazzolla-Studio' took place in the little hall of the Moscow Conservatory: 'Argentinean Tangos by Astor Piazolla'.

Musicians who took part in this ensemble in different years were Friedrich Lips - bayan, Vladislav Igolinsky - violin, Kirill Rodin - cello, Svjatoslav Lips - piano, Mark Pekarsky - percussion, Nikolay Lgovsky - percussion, and Vladimir Toncha - cello.

Lips does not think that Piazzolla has left us. He just passed on to another dimension, and has stayed with us through his unique creations. With these CDs containing his wonderful tangos Lips wants to tell him "Buenos Dias, Astor!"

All Friedrich Lips CD's are available for purchase online via secure server site.  
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ATG Festival to Feature Alexander Shirunov, Nashville - USA
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

The 68th Annual Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) Competition and Festival will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, from June 12th to 15th, at the Hotel Preston at 733 Briley Parkway, Nashville.

This year's festival will featured the outstanding Hohner sponsored young Russian accordionist Alexander Shirunov, a recent winner of the CIA Coupe Mondiale International Competition for Piano Accordion as well as numerous other International awards. This dynamic and captivating young accordion sensation will present a concert as the featured International Guest Artiste, as well as giving a Master Class. He will also be publicising his CD titled "Absolute".

In addition to Alexander, the ATG festival will feature local accordionist and internationally renowned recording artist Jeff Lisenby in concert, as well as many activities such as many workshops, concerts, the popular Festival Orchestra, various social events, and many other accordion activities of interest to everyone who likes the accordion.

For information, please contact ATG President Joan C. Sommers at: Sommersj@umkc.edu or visit
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Angel Luis Castaño in Sacred Art Festival, Madrid - Spain
Contributed by Alio Modo Música

The Sacred Art Festival of Madrid will include this year three concerts featuring Dúo Alio Modo (Angel Luis Castaño - accordion and David Apellániz - cello). This duo will perform concerts in Madrid on February 19th, 23rd and 24th, and the program includes music by S. Gubaidulina, S. Kaufmann, J.S. Bach, I. Kuusisto and L. de Pablo. Some of these pieces are included in this duo´s last CD titled 'Perspectivas'.

Last week Angel Luis Castaño was broadcast twice on the National Spanish Radio (RNE). The RNE Channel 5 recorded a program about accordion and Angel Luis Castaño´s last CD 'Encore!', and the RNE Channel 2 (for classical music) gave one interview to David del Puerto (Spanish composer, National Music Award 2005) about promotion of his last CD 'Alio Modo' (music for piano, soprano and accordion played by A. Sukarlan, C. Gurriarán and Angel Luis Castaño).

The Spanish radio audience could listen 'Diario' for piano and accordion, and 'Sobre la noche' for soprano and accordion, by Del Puerto, played by Angel Luis Castaño.

For further information email: infoaliomodo@gmail.com

Alexander Shirunov Performs at the Frankfurt Musikmesse - Germany
Contributed by Horst Fausel, Hohner Accordion Product Manager

After his performances at the NAMM Show, USA, Alexander Shirunov will be performing at the Frankfurt Musikmesse from 12th to 15th March.

Renowned for his captivating and charismatic performances of both classical and entertainment music, Alexander Shirunov will play daily at the Hohner Stand and twice at the Acoustic Stage. He performs on both his Hohner FUN FLASH piano accordion (picture right) and his Morino IV 120 C45 de Luxe free bass accordion.

His performance dates are:
Hohner Stand, Hall 3.1 G25:
Wednesday 12noon and 3pm
Thursday 12noon and 4pm
Friday 12noon and 3pm
Saturday 10am, 1pm and 4pm

Acoustic Stage Hall 3.Via, Raum Facette:
Wednesday 5pm
Friday 10am

For further information email: HFausel@hohner.de
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Hohner Artistes' Concert, Alsace - France
Contributed by Frédéric Deschamps

On January 27th, teacher Frédéric Deschamps (left), and Hohner artistes Julian Gonzales and Jérémy Buirette, were invited to perform at the music store 'Alsace Accordion Center' of Colmar, by the owner Pascal Didelot. Julian Gonzales and Jérémy Buirette performed classical and variety pieces, both solo and as a duo. Frédéric Deschamps held a master class, with local accordionist tutored through 'Libertango', by Astor Piazzolla.

In attendance were local teachers Philippe Brousse, Jean-Martin Meyer, Christine Parmentier, Philippe Ray, Andrzej Rytwinski, Patrick Keller, Adrien Bonnard, Président de l'A.P.H (Association des Professeurs Hohner), and Daniel Jurquet.

For further information email: Accordéon.centre.alsace@wanadoo.fr

Eastbourne Accordion Festival, England - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Last weekend's Eastbourne Accordion Festival, organised by John Romero from February 15th to 18th, featured the talents of Scotland's Gary Blair Senior and Junior, Italy's Romeo Aichino and Giuseppe Grosso, Swiss-based Londoner Johnny-Lee Leslie, and the English-based Harry Hussey, Gennaro Fiondella, Romano Viazzani, and the jazz quartet Café Noir.

There were concerts featuring jazz, tango, classical, Continental and Scottish music, plus a series of technique based workshops and orchestral rehearsals. The performance of the festival was probably Giuseppe Grosso's brilliant rendition of Rossini's 'Barber of Seville', which received the only standing ovation of the weekend.
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Julian 'Speedy' Gonzales in 2008 - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

Julian 'Speedy' Gonzales, student of Frédéric Deschamps and winner of five international competitions, visited in Tunisia, the Palestinian cities of Jerusalem, Ramala and Gaza, and Israel during February. In Tel Aviv, 'Speedy' attended a specially arranged 'French Night' function.

On March 1st, 'Speedy' performs in a variety concert in Belgrade, Serbia, and the next day is on the jury for a competition. He then performs a series of concerts in Kuwait and the United Arabic Emirates, from March 10th to 15th.

Julian 'Speedy' Gonzales will also be spending time with his teacher Frédéric Deschamps, preparing for the competitions in Klingenthal and Castelfidardo, follwed by the CMA Trophée Mondiale, October 1st to 5th in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and the CIA Coupe Mondiale, October 21st to 26th, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Julian's other performances are as a duo with clarinet player Cyril Carbonne. Known together as the 'Duo Syrius', they have won 2nd prize at the 2007 Coupe Mondiale in Norway and performed concerts in Finland, England and Spain.

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Emily Smith Concerts, England - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Scottish singer and accordionist Emily Smith is performing the following concerts dates around England:

February 23rd, 7.30pm - The Davy Lamp Folk Club, Washington Arts Centre, Washington, Tyne & Wear
February 24th, 8pm - Twickfolk, Cabbage Patch Pub, 67 London Road, Twickenham, Middlesex
February 27th, 8.30pm - Faversham Folk Club, The Chimney Boy, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent
February 28th, 8pm - Topic Folk Club, The Cock & Bottle, 93 Barkerend Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire
February 29th, 8pm - Carlisle Folk & Blues Club, The Sunset Suite, Carlisle United Football Ground
March 7th, 7.15pm - Otley Court House, Otley, West Yorkshire
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Victor Prieto Performances, New York - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Victor Prieto performs as follows - some dates are solo concerts, NY Tango Project gigs are with Emilio Solla, others are as the Victor Prieto Trio as a trio with Alexis Cuadro - bass, and Vince Cherico - drums:

February 27th, 8pm - solo at Olea, Brooklyn
29th, 9pm - Victor Prieto Trio at La Lanterna, New York
March 6th, 8pm - Victor Prieto Trio,Tea Lounge, Brooklyn
7th, 10pm - NY Tango Project, Smalls, New York
8th, 10pm - NY Tango Project, Smalls, New York
10th, 10pm - NY Tango Project, Fat Cat, New York
13th, 8pm - La Lanterna, New York
20th, 8pm - Kitano, New York
29th, 9pm - Victor Prieto Trio, Bar Next Door, New York

For further information email: victorprieto2001@yahoo.com

Workshop with Lars Holm, London - UK
Contributed by Ownen Murray

Swedish accordionist Lars Holm has been teaching children for 40 years and is held in the highest esteem throughout the international accordion world. His brilliant pedagogical literature has inspired thousands of teachers and children and he is in constant demand holding workshops all over the world.

Teachers and students are welcome to attend his workshop on Sunday March 9th at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT. The day will begin at 10.30am and finish at 5.30pm and is free of charge. Please bring your accordion with you! This is a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by a great teacher.

For further information email: murray@post.tele.dk

Carnival Press Conference, Wazemmes - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

A press conference to announce details of the next Wazemmes Carnival takes place on Tuesday February 26th, 6.30pm, at Maison Folie Wazemmes, 70 rue des Sarrazins, near Lille.

The Carnival is a festival including a parade, dances and concerts, and takes place on March 14th, 15th and 16th. Last year's event involved 2,000 participants, including many accordionists.

For further information email: communication@wazemmeslaccordeon.com

Foster & Allen Tour Dates - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Irish singing and accordion duo Foster & Allen are one of the most commercially successful accordion-based acts in recent years with worldwide record sales in excess of 20 million. Their latest UK tour begins in March, and dates announced to date include:

March 16th - Grand Opera House, Belfast
April 1st - Llandudno
5th - Grand Opera House, York
9th - Beck Theatre, Hayes
13th - The Anvil & The Forge, Basingstoke
19th - Beck Theatre, Hayes
November 11th - Newcastle City Hall
12th - Southport Theatre and Hall Complex
13th - Grimsby Auditorium
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Jon Hammond Invites You to 'HammondCast Show KYOU Radio', New York - USA
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

American accordionist, organist and media personality Jon Hammond has made available highlights from many of his daily radio shows, going back as far as 1969, on KYOU Radio available via podcast: 'HammondCast Show KYOU Radio'.

For further information email: jonhammond@jonhammondband.com

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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:

A new updated site for Cavagnolo Accordions in French language, soon to also be in English language.
Alexander Shirunov CD forsale
A new site selling a CD titled "La Cumparsita" with sound samples. Music performed by Friedrich Lips. Purchase online.

A new site selling a CD titled "Buenos Dias, Astor!" with sound samples. Music performed by Friedrich Lips. Purchase online.
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