21 March 2008
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Musikmesse, Frankfurt - Germany
Trophée Mondial 2008 Information - Bosnia Herzegovina
AWW Proudly Announces Milestone of 250th CD Review
Alexander Shirunov Live on the Internet - Germany
Marie Jones Now Out of Hospital - New Zealand
Reports of Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals etc
Lars Holm Teachers/Students Workshop, London - UK
Father of Martin Frey Passes Away - Switzerland
Future Events
Jason Webley Concerts - USA and Mexico
Marc Berthoumieux Concert, Bullion - France
Dikanda Performances - Germany, Austria
'Pennies from Heaven' Revival, St Albans - UK
Gorka Hermosa Concerts and Master Classes - Spain
IMAC, Sauris - Italy
Pearl Fawcett-Adriano Concert, Stockport - UK

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Musikmesse, Frankfurt - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

After four days from the 12th -15th of March, the International Musikmesse and the Prolight + Sound trade fair closed their doors and counted 112,000 visitors from 126 countries!These are the excellent figures given by the organisers. The best-represented European visitor nations after Germany were Belgium,

The Netherlands, Sweden, France, Italy, Great Britain, Switzerland, Spain, Austria and Greece. From overseas, the most visitors travelled from the USA, South Korea, Japan, Israel, China, Australia, Brazil and Canada.

Orientation for the trade, internationality and over 250 events for music lovers at Musikmesse 2008 were turning these days into an outstanding event. Exhibitors, Musicians, Visitors, Friends ... from the A-Z Accordion and Music World gave themselves a rendezvous in Frankfurt to present-to see-to hear everything "NEW" on the market and to meet accordion enthusiasts and musicians from around the world!

Next year's event will take place in April from the 1st - 4th

Please see our detailed picture report - click here
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Trophée Mondial 2008 Information - Bosnia Herzegovina
Contributed by Frederic Deschamps

The Trophée Mondial 2008 will be organized in Bosnia Herzegovina (Republic of Srpska) in Sarajevo (Eastern Sarajevo) from 1st to 5th October by the "Academy of Music - University" and organizer Zoran Rakic and the Confédération Mondiale de l'Accordéon.

Full information including the rules, regulations and music requirements for the Trophée Mondial are now online.

For 2008, the Trophée Mondial no longer requires any test pieces following a similar change by the CIA Coupe Mondiale to enable the greatest participation by contestants wishing to enter multiple international competitions.

Other international accordion competitions are expected to follow this trend in the future as the workload required to learn multiple test pieces is often excessive for contestants when the competition dates are close to each other.

A feature of the Trophée Mondial 2008 in Sarajevo is the hotel for delegates and officials is located only 2 kms from the airport and only 300 metres from the competition venue. Transport will be provided for competitors from their hotel to the competition venue.

Competitions categories are:
Senior and Junior Variete
Senior and Junior Classical

AWW Proudly Announces Milestone of 250th CD Review
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Now in its twelfth year, Accordions Worldwide began its popular CD Review section back on 4 July 1997 when Tania Lukic-Marx started an impressive seven year run producing 163 CD Reviews. As she transitioned out of her role as the exclusive CD Reviewer, Tania was joined by Paolo Picchio in 2003, Joan Cochran Sommers in 2004, and more recently Alessandro Mugnoz and Renato Belardinelli in 2006.
The CD Review writers have covered a diverse range of musical genres from some of the most well known accordion artists in the world, as well as a cross section of other artists performing classical, original, pop, folk music, ensemble, orchestral and chamber music.
This milestone 250th CD Review by renowned accordionist, teacher, arranger and conductor Joan C. Sommers, retired professor of accordion at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) features a new CD 'Accordion Chamber' by Norwegian accordionist Jon Faukstadt performing with an array of other musicians.

This permanent archive of CD Reviews serves as a valuable resource for accordionists searching for accordion recordings, and added to on a regular basis as new recordings are submitted.

Thanks also to all the translators who have helped with so many CD Reviews particularly Holda Paoletti-Kampl and Fausto Farbi of Menghini srl.
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Alexander Shirunov Live on the Internet - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On Thursday March 27th at 8 pm of Central European Time (CET), Russian accordionist Alexander Shirunov will give a concert in Trossingen, Germany. It is possible to watch this concert live on the Internet on the homepage: www.hohner-konservatorium.de

Alexander Shirunov plays at the accordion festival 'Akkordeon grenzenlos 2008', which is organized once a year in Trossingen by the Hohner-Conservatory. This festival includes lots of concerts and workshops and is supported and sponsored by the Hohner Company.

Marie Jones Now Out of Hospital - New Zealand
Contributed by Harley Jones

Marie Jones, Secretary of the New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) since 1971 and the first recipient of the CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion Award in 2003 suffered a serious stroke just over 6 weeks ago that left her incapacitated outside overnight until found some 18 hours later.

Marie Jones was in hospital in critical condition for some days and doctors held little hope for her survival. Miraculously after several day in intensive care, she defied doctors concerns and began to improve quickly. Now, she is out of hospital and has moved to Heather Masefield's house with full speech recovered and able to walk, and continues to improve.

Marie Jones is the mother of accordionists Maurice Jones, Harley Jones and Heather Masefield and grandmother of successful international accordion competitor Grayson Masefield.

Marie Jones and family wish to thank all those accordionists from around the world who have sent messages of goodwill and made prayers for her recovery. We are very grateful to all and so happy to see Marie Jones making such a great recovery.
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Lars Holm Teachers/Students Workshop, London - UK
Contributed by Romano Viazzani

About 10 teachers, from around the UK, attended this terrific workshop by Lars Holm, held at the Royal Academy of Music on March 9th.

There were students from 4 years old right up to university age. There were also a handful of mature adult students at varying stages of their musical development as well as other people just taking a keen interest.

The aim of the workshop was to help teachers in the UK with keeping their student's interest so that they don't get bored and hopefully become the next generation of professional UK-reared accordionists……...

Editor: A very interesting complete article about this very interesting workshop, written by Romano Viazzani. Recommended reading for every accordion teacher.

Father of Martin Frey Passes Away - Switzerland
Contributed by Harley Jones

On the 15th March after a short illness of only a few hours at the hospital in Aarau, Eduard Frey-Wernli passed peacefully away.

He is survived by his wife Rosmarie Frey-Wernli who took long term care of him. Eduard Frey-Wernli is the father of Martin Frey, well known accordionist and Pigini and Excelsior importer for Switzerland. The funeral was held on Thursday 20th March.

Our condolensces to Martin Frey and the family at this sad time.

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Jason Webley Concerts - USA and Mexico
Contributed by Rob Howard

Rock singer, composer and accordionist Jason Webley, from Seattle, Washington, performs as follows:

March 21st, 8pm - Skinless Productions Gallery, 504 East 18th St, Kansas City
22nd, 7.30pm - Pops Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison Ave, St Louis, Missouri
April 4th, 12.30pm - Teatro Carlos Lazo, University, Mexico City
4th, 10pm - Pasagüero, Motolinía 33 Col, Centro Histórico, Mexico City
5th - San Diablo Av., Revolucion 1331, Tlacopac San Angel, Mexico City
6th, 12.30pm - performance with ballet company, Teatro Miguel Coverrubias, Centro Cultural Universitario, Mexico City
11th, 6pm - Downhill House, Central District, Seattle, Washington
18th, 7.30pm - Fremont Abbey Arts Center, Seattle
19th - details to be announced - Portland, Oregon
20th, 8.30pm - WOW Hall, 291 West 8th Ave, Portland, Oregon

Jason Webley has achieved international fame, especially in Russia where he has played to large audiences and great acclaim in both Moscow and St Petersburg. He has also performed at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK, alongside the cream of British rock stars in high profile concerts. Webley has demonstrated that it is possible in this day and age for a rock singer to use an accordion on stage to entertain young audiences.

For further information email: jason@jasonwebley.com
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Marc Berthoumieux Concert, Bullion - France
Contributed by Rob Howard

French accordionist Marc Berthoumieux, with his jazz quartet, is in concert at the Salle Robert Paragot, Bullion on April 4th, 8.30pm.

Marc Berthoumieux accompanies the singer Mélanie Dahan on April 10th in Mureaux, and on April 13th in Ducs des Lombards, Paris.

For further information email: muriel@muvdb.com
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Dikanda Performances - Germany, Austria
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Polish quintet Dikanda was founded in 1997 in Szczecin, Poland. Passion for the traditional music and hard work let them create their own style and original sound. Their acoustic songs have been inspired by Oriental culture, Balkan folklore - Macedonian and Romanian.

To date they have won prizes at festivals, performed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, India, Greece, and Russia and at the Montreux Jazz Festival. They have also released three CDs. The Polish quintet Dikanda, featuring accordionist Ania Witczak, perform as follows:

April 12th, 11am - live interview on RBB Radio Multkulti, Berlin
12th, 9pm - concert in Lindenpark, Potsdam
May 14th, 9pm - Gerhard Hauptmann Theater, Zittau, Germany
16th, 8pm - Kulturgasthaus Bierstindl, Innsbruck, Austria
18th, 12 noon - Erdbeerhof Funk, Eisenberg, Germany
30th, 8pm - 'Wilde Töne' Festival, Braunschweig

For further information email: dikanda1@poczta.onet.pl
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'Pennies from Heaven' Revival, St Albans - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Romano Viazzani is to play the accordion part in another stage production revival of 'Pennies From Heaven', a musical that celebrates the life and songs of Arthur Tracy. Steve Ross and Greg Moore repeat their starring roles, with support from Romano Viazzani - the team that performed together last year in London.

The performances takes place on April 18th - 7.30pm, and 19th - 2.30pm and 7.30pm, at the St. Albans Organ Theatre, 320 Camp Road, St Albans AL1 5PE.

Arthur Tracy (1899-1997), known as 'The Street Singer', was a hugely popular singer and accordionist in the 1930s and 40s. His tenor voice and clear diction was perfect for radio and recordings, and 'Here Lies Love', 'When I Grow Too Old to Dream', 'I'll See You Again', 'Red Sails in the Sunset', and his theme song, 'Marta', were all big hits.

Tracy also appeared in several Hollywood films, co-starring with Bing Crosby. Although Tracy used the accordion in his stage performances, it is believed that Charles Magnante played most of the accordion backings on his recordings. After Tracy left show business in the late 1940s, he was largely forgotten, until the 1981 film 'Pennies From Heaven' was released. Arthur Tracy's 1937 recording of the title song was used on the soundtrack, bringing him back to the public spotlight, and inspiring a brief stage comeback.

For further information email: romanoviazzani@btconnect.com
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Gorka Hermosa Concerts and Master Classes - Spain
Contributed by Harley Jones

Gorka Hermosa, from the Basque region of northern Spain, is Professor of Accordion at the Jesús de Monasterio Conservatory in Santander. His upcoming engagements include:

April 24th and 25th - Madrid, 'Tangosophy': with clarinet player Josep Sancho
May 14th - classical accordion concert, Sabadell Conservatory, Barcelona
15th - Master Class, Sabadell Conservatory, Barcelona
18th - classical accordion concert, Figueres, Girona

For further information email: gorka@gorkahermosa.com
Alexander Shirunov CD forsale
IMAC, Sauris - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Jean-Louis Noton, Mady and Peter Soave will present their annual International Music Accordion Camp in Sauris, Italy, from July 27th to August 3rd, and from August 3rd to 10th.

IMAC welcomes accordionists and music lovers of all levels and all ages, and encourages all styles of music. IMAC offers 7 days of master-classes, seminars, lectures, group playing and private instruction in a professional setting that harmonizes nature and learning. Participants can anticipate a healthy musical environment full of friendship and learning in a 3 star hotel and will enjoy the breathtaking panorama of Italian Dolomites!
Sebastiano Cali
Pearl Fawcett-Adriano Concert, Stockport - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

On Thursday March 27th, 8pm, accordionist Pearl Fawcett-Adriano is the guest at Stockport Organ & Keyboard Club, based at The Guildhall (Stockport Masonic Hall), Wellington Rd South (A6), near the centre of Stockport, Cheshire.

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com
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  Review by Joan C Sommers

Accordion Chamber

by Jon Faukstadt (accordion) with assisting artists
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Charnwood Graded Music

The Celebrity Interview page of Accordions Worldwide has been updated to include an extremely interesting interview with the President of the Accordion Association of Chinese Musicians Association (CAA). The interview covers a lot of accordion history in China and the developments of the accordion in China over recent decades.

William Schimmel CD's
CD Reviews and DVD Reviews index page updated. See over 250 reviews of recordings since 1997 to 2008 by Renato Belardinelli, Tania Lukic-Marx, Alessandro Mugnoz, Paolo Picchio and Joan C. Sommers - a huge resource of information for those interested in accordion recordings.
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