14 March 2008
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Public Visitors Day, Frankfurt Musik Messe - Germany
Vladimir Mollov at 'Django in June', Massachusetts - USA
Mika Vayrynen to perform with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn - Estonia
'They Might Be Giants' CD Release, Georgia - USA
'2009 Coupe Mondiale in Auckland - New Zealand
Reports of Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals etc
Those Darn Accordions Project, Washington - USA
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Lisa Lee Leslie in Touring Play 'Spies', England - UK
Marco Lo Russo Concerts Cancelled, Pristina - Kosovo
Danças Ocultas on Tour - Austria, Germany and Italy
Richard Galliano Concerts - Switzerland, Sweden, France, Italy
Marianske Accordion Orchestra Concert, Meath -Republic of Ireland
Festival de Accordeonslag - Netherlands

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Public Visitors Day, Frankfurt Musik Messe - Germany
Contributed by Harley Jones

The Frankfurt Musik Messe is currently underway at the Messe Frankfurt. There is a strong accordion presence at this huge musical trade fair with many manufacturers from many different countries exhibiting.

Public Visitors Day is Saturday 15th March and this day is an excellent opportunity to hear many superb accordionists. It is also a good opportunity to see a large variety of all types of bellows instruments from various accordion manufacturers displaying at this huge musical event.

There will be a full report of the Frankfurt Musik Messe in next weeks news.
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Vladimir Mollov at 'Django in June', Massachusetts - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Leading Bulgarian accordion virtuoso Vladimir Mollov will be teaching at this year's 'Django in June', New England's premier occasion to celebrate the 'Gypsy jazz' musical tradition unwittingly launched in France in the early 1930s by Django Reinhardt. In 2008, the event will be held between June 10th and 15th on the campus of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Musicians from all over North America attend, including accordionists, as well as lots of guitars, violins, mandolins and basses. The instruction is top-notch and the evening concerts and jam sessions are fantastic.

The accordion has a long and interesting association with Gypsy jazz. Django Reinhardt's first gigs as a young professional were as an accompanist playing musette dance music in dance halls in Paris.

Vladimir Mollov began studying the accordion at age seven, later studying with Nadejda Nicheva in Kazanluk, Bulgaria, Peter Marinov, who is a Professor in the National Music Academy, with Hristina Danova, and with Nedelcho Dimitrov. At the age of 13 he was placed 4th in an international accordion competition held in Vladivistok, Russia. Throughout his teens he was to either win or rank among the top contestants at a series of competitions in Russia, Bulgaria and Italy, winning accolades and awards for his playing of both folk music and jazz.

Vladimir Mollov is currently working on composing, arranging and recording a solo accordion album featuring folklore, jazz and some new experimental fusion styles.

For further information email: chollingsworth@umext.umass.edu

Mika Vayrynen to perform with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn - Estonia
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Finnish accordionist Mika Vayrynen will perform 'Seven Words' by Sofia Gubaidulina in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, on March 22nd. Mika will join cellist Ramon Jaffe in this performance with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Andres Mustonen.

In addition to this concerto performance, Mika is making final preparations for the much-anticipated World Premiere performance of the last composition of the late Anatoli Kusjakov, his Sonata No. 7 - 'Misterium'. Details will be announced soon.
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'They Might Be Giants' CD Release, Georgia - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Alternative rock legends and Grammy winners 'They Might Be Giants', accordionist John Linnell and guitarist John Flansburgh, have released a new CD 'The Else'. They celebrate the release of their latest album with a concert on March 15th, 6.30pm, at the Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia.

Formed as a duo in 1982, 'They Might Be Giants' enjoyed an amazing run of breakthrough videos on MTV in the late 80s and early 90s. Their album 'Flood' was a best seller. The duo expanded to a five piece band, and developed a reputation as a "must see" live show.

In the late 1990s the band began expanding their horizons into television, movies, and the internet, notably contributing the opening theme to an 'Austin Powers' movie, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart', and the Grammy winning song 'Boss of Me' for 'Malcolm in the Middle'.

2009 Coupe Mondiale in Auckland - New Zealand
Contributed by Harley Jones

The Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) and the New Zealand Accordion Assoc. announce online the venue, dates and other important information about the 2009 Coupe Mondiale, 25th to 30th August, Takapuna, New Zealand.

The 2009 Coupe Mondiale will also include "World Accordion Orchestra III" to be conducted by famous conductors Fritz Dobler (Germany), Joan Sommers (USA) and Gary Daverne (NZ). The superb Bruce Mason Centre venue has a large stage able to fit over 130 players from around the world, ideal for orchestral concerts and has excellent live acoustics that enables solo accordionists to be easily heard throughout the 1,000 seat venue.

Normally the Coupe Mondiale information is released about one year before the event but with New Zealand being a more distant destination, the information is being released earlier to help planning by potential competitors and accordion orchestras. Many accordionists and enthusiasts are already planning this "chance of a lifetime" trip to New Zealand, who hosted the Coupe Mondiale last in 1980, to excellent acclaim.
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Those Darn Accordions Project, Washington - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Those Darn Accordions, an eccentric accordion sextet who describe themselves as "America's favorite rock 'n' roll band", want to put together the top 20 TDA tracks of all time and make them available as a custom "best of" iMix for download on iTunes.

TDA would like to know what numbers their fans like the most, and are asking their fans to select their favorite numbers from the band's various CDs.

TDA say: "So, whip out your iPod or your TDA CDs and cassettes, and give 'em a listen. Then e-mail us a list of your favorite 20 TDA songs of all time, along with your snail-mail address, and we'll send you a free bumper sticker for your help.

For further information email: tdapublicity@yahoo.com
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Lisa Lee Leslie in Touring Play 'Spies', England - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Lisa-Lee Leslie will be touring with the play 'Spies', by Michael Frayn, from March 11th to May 31st 2008. 'Spies', an adaptation by Michael Frayn from his best selling novel, is a psychological drama set in wartime Britain, and its many neat touches include live cello and accordion accompaniment. 'Spies' is a Theatre Alibi and Oxford Playhouse co-production. The dates are as follows:

March 11th to 15th - Greenwich Theatre, London
18th to 20th - Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
April 1st to 5th - The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
8th to 12th - New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
15th to 19th - Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
22nd to 26th - Northcott Theatre, Exeter
29th to May 3rd - Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
May 6th to 10th - The Lowry, Salford Quays
13th to 17th - Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke
27th to 31st - Lighthouse Theatre, Poole

For further information email: lisasaccordion@hotmail.com
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Marco Lo Russo Concerts Cancelled, Pristina - Kosovo
Contributed by Rob Howard

Concerts featuring Italian accordionist Marco Lo Russo scheduled for March 14th at the French Consulate in Pristina, Kosovo, and on board a ship on the 15th have been cancelled due to contractual difficulties.

For further information email: fisa@marcolorusso.com
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Danças Ocultas on Tour - Austria, Germany and Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The art-level accordion quartet Danças Ocultas, from Portugal, are on a short tour of Europe in late March, with dates as follows:

March 23rd - Arge Kultur, Salzburg, Austria
24th - International Accordion Festival, Vienna
28th - Spielboden, Dornbirn
29th - Treibhaus, Innsbruck
30th - Harmonie, Bonn, Gerrmany
31st - Stanser Musiktage, Stans, Switzerland

For further information email: sabina@cultureworks.at
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Richard Galliano Concerts - Switzerland, Sweden, France, Italy
Contributed by Rob Howard

French accordionist Richard Galliano is in concert during March as follows:

March 14th - Mare Nostrum, Genèva, Switzerland
15th - Mare Nostrum, Basel
16th Mare Nostrum, Ystad, Sweden
17th - Mare Nostrum, Salle Gaveau, Paris
20th - Concert with Delphine Haidan, Auditorium du Petit Palais, Paris
20th - Mare Nostrum, Poggibonsi, Florence, Italy

For further information email: ginga@wanadoo.fr
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Marianske Accordion Orchestra Concert, Meath - Republic of Ireland
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Marianske Accordion Orchestra, from the city of Marianske Lazne in the Czech Republic are in concert in the town of Ratoath, County Meath, on April 19th. Sharing the concert are the K & S Accordion Band, who have won various All Ireland and Irish Marching Band Association competitions.

For further information email: kandsaccordionband@yahoo.ie
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Festival de Accordeonslag - Netherlands
Contributed by Rob Howard

The second Festival de Accordeonslag is a series of 60 concerts, workshops, etc, in ten cities in the Netherlands throughout March 2008. Artistes include Appollo'77, Raúl Barboza - Argentina, Carel Kraayenhof, Lady Angelina, Deux Accords Diront, Oleg Fateev Trio Kruis en Mol, Chango Spasiuk - Brazil, Lerner Mogluievski Dúo, TOEAC, and many others.

For further information email: albert@accordeonslag.nl
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Charnwood Graded Music

New information upon artists on the website of accordion manufacturer Fisitalia

New information on the website of the accordion producer Beltuna/Castelfidaro/Italy

Gary Dahl - accordionist as well as a composer, arranger, recording artist and music educator,updates 3 of his works and release 1 new work for accordion available for purchase online, ‘Maria Elena’, '12th Street Rag' and 'You Can't Be True Dear'. 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.

Alexander Shirunov CD forsale

New concert information for Pascal Contet of France.

New CD/information regarding Anne Landa of Spain.

William Schimmel CD's
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Cavagnolo have a new website, which will also soon be available in English.
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