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John Molinari and Veikko Ahvenainen - The Historic Recordings (cd review)
Mar., 1, 2007
CD Review: John Molinari and Veikko Ahvenainen
The Historic Recordings
John Molinari and Veikko Ahvenainen, Accordions
Total time: 93:32
Produced by Accordia
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Program: Mozart: Marriage of Figaro OvertureChopin: Waltz in EmPonchielli: Dance of the HourstItalian MedleyCanadian Capers Fagerlahden Hambo Finnish Polka Medley Daquin: The Cuckoo My Sweetheart Kenonen's Polka The Nightingale Sakkijarvi Polka Gounod: Waltz from Faust Sibelius: Finlandia Adamo Volpi: Preludio Galuppi: Presto Bach: Toccata in Dm Smetana: Dance of the Comedians Paganini: La Campanella Liszt: Liebestraum Godzinsky: Hungarian Fantasy Manuel de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance Katchaturian: Sabre Dance Fancelli: Aquarelli Cubani Grieg: March of the Dwarves Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee Merikanto: Midsummer Night Waltz Finnish Polka Medley Finnish Folk Dance Magnante: Accordion Boogie
Carmen Carrozza, Accordion (cd review)
Mar., 1, 2007
CD Review: Carmen Carrozza, Accordion
Carmen Carrozza, Accordion
Total time: 36:06
Produced by Dr. Joseph A. Ciccone
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Program: Jack Walters, New York Story Live Radio BroadcastP. Creston: Prelude and DanceF. Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto in Gm, first movementF. Chopin: Fantasie ImpromptuA. Tcherepnin: Partita W. Riegger: Cooper Square C. Carrozza: Themes from A. Hovhaness' Rubaiyat J.S. Bach: Adagio from Toccata in C Major
Ensemble Draj: Kinderjorn-Aufwachsen im Ghetto (cd review)
Mar., 1, 2007
CD Review: Kinderjorn-Aufwachsen im Ghetto
Ensemble Draj Web Site: www.draj.de total time: 49:40
review date: January 2006
Kinderjorn-Aufwachsen im Ghetto
(Childhood Years--Growing up in the Ghetto)
Song List a jingele, a mejdeleun a jingele wet sej firnwer der erschter wet lachnoifn pripetschikawremele un joselekinderjornunter di grinike bojmelechjisrolekpapir is doch wajss schlof, majn feijgeleballade funm hajsla jingele, a mejdeleManuela Weichenrieder: Voice
Ralf Kaupenjohann: Accordion
Ludger Schmidt: Cello
Review by: Robert Stead
As the title "Kinderjorn-Growing up in the Ghetto" suggests, this album is thematically unified. Within the poverty and confines of the ghetto, life rich in emotions, passions, hopes, and dreams exist. The paucity of instruments mirrors the objective poverty of the ghetto. Or, stated another way, the constriction of instrumentation reflects the constraints of the ghetto. But just as the ghetto cannot contain the human spirit, these three instruments, voice, accordion, and cello, combine to display the rich texture of life in the midst of poverty. I intentionally refer to the voice of Manuela Weichenrieder as an instrument due to the way she uses it to blend and complement the accordion and cello. Using only their respective instruments without any overdubbing or looping and with either no or very limited reverberation, the Ensemble Draj brings these Yiddish songs to life.
The songs presented here are a combination of traditional Yiddish pieces and songs composed in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Ensemble Draj mixes jazz, new music, blues, and classical forms in order to draw out the emotions latent in each piece. Vocalist Manuela Weichenrieder states: "These songs are an unbelievable emotional challenge." Using the full power of their respective instruments, this group more than meets the challenge.
The first piece, a jingele, a mejdele (a boy and a girl), presents Manuela in an unaccompanied solo. As mentioned earlier, her voice is an instrument in its own right. The absence of any reverb puts her voice directly in your presence. And what a presence! Her alto voice is amazing clear and very powerful. Our entrance to this ghetto world is not the pain of isolation and rejection, but rather the joy of life through the joining of a boy and a girl. As the program notes explain, this song is "a fairly straightforward song: a boy and a girl, they've found each other, so let's all dance, parents and children, old and young!"
Un a jingele wet sej firn (and a boy will be leader) begins with the wail of Ludger Schmidt's cello with Ralf Kaupenjohann moments later adding full chords double forte. You immediately realize that this collection of traditional songs will not be constrained by any traditional settings. The passion of the introduction gives way to a subdued cello plucking a counterpoint to the lyrics sung by Manuela. The accordion then re-enters playing pianissimo tonal clusters using the piccolo reeds. These clusters work their way down the keyboard and then blend with the alto voice and the cello. The passion of the introduction is restated and then we return to the subdued lyric section. The return, however, brings the accordion back playing new thematic material--a motif that is light and childlike. This song is based on Prophet Isaiah's claim that "there will come a time when the wolf and the lamb, the leopard an the kid, the cow and the bear will live together in peace" (from the program notes).
Wer der erschter wet lachn (who will laugh first) tells the story of two boys: Awremel and Schlojmele. Awremel bets that he can make Schlojmele laugh. Schlojmele has no reason to laugh. He is hungry, his father is unemployed, the rabbi is a harsh teacher. Awremel persists and wins. The piece begins as a duet between voice and cello with cello providing counterpoint. The accordion then joins providing a rhythmic background to the continued interplay of voice and cello. The trio is followed by a jazz duet played by the accordion and cello. The cello provided a "walking bass" with the accordion improvising on the melody. Manuela then re-enters with the lyrics with support from a playful cello and and rhythmic pulse of the accordion. Another jazz duet appears--this time we have the bowed cello improvising while the accordion provides the rhythmic and harmonic background. The trio then returns to end this delightfully playful piece--a piece that provides a wonderful interplay of jazz and folk.
Oifn pripetschik (by the fireplace): the warmth of the fireplace; the teaching of the rabbi. The rabbi teaches the children those lessons that will give them strength to meet the harsh future ahead of them. The accordion opens this selection joined by voice and cello. An un metered section gives way to a light and playful 2/4 section that quickly turns into a 3/4 waltz effect. This then gives way to an accordion-cello duet that takes the piece into a bizarre world. The duet begins with a "Satie-esque" theme and then morphs into a rather macabre waltz theme which ends with a glissando in the cello. The meter dissolves as Manuela returns us to the lesson and a reprise of the opening section. Light and dark, lightness and heaviness are effective combined.
Awremele un josele (i.e little Abraham and little Joseph) gives us a story about skipping school. Josele wants to skip, but Awremele is pious and does not want to miss any instruction. The two debate the issue and then part their ways: Awremele to school and Josele to the fields. This piece has a swing feel to it. Manuela is supported by a walking "bass" on the cello with the accordion once again providing the harmony and rhythm. Manuela's beautifully clear voice is in the foreground. This piece mixes meters. It opens in a rather free meter and then settles into 5/4 with the cello providing a solid foundation for the 5/4. In fact, what Ludger does with the cello reminds me of Dave Brubeck's piano in Take 5. The meter then changes to 6/4 as Manuela begins a playful scat in rhythmic union with the cello and accordion. We return to 5/4 with the cello repeating its previous motif and the accordion in the background while Manuela continues her scat. The accordion then picks up the cello's motif while Ludger presents a wonderful improvisation on bowed cello. They then return to the 6/4 unified voice, cello, and accordion and finally leave meter behind returning to a short reprise of the initial theme. In a word, this piece is brilliant!
Kinderjorn (childhood years). An old man looks back on his life. The carefree days of youth are gone. Sadness and melancholy have taken their place. The accordion begins this piece with a simple and recurring motif in a very measured 4/4 that sets the stage for the old man's monochromatic life. Manuela then tells the sad story. An accordion solo interlude follows using a very simple bass line (no chords) and a simple and forlorn melody based on a variation of the main melody. The piece ends with a lone whistler who fades into the distance. The cello remains silent throughout the piece.
Schmidt handling his cello like a guitar sets the stage for a flamingo-esque flavor in Unter di grinike bojmelech (beneath the green trees)--a song of children playing in innocence. With the cello providing the rhythmic pulse, accordion and voice trade flights of fantasy. This fanciful piece gives way to Jisrolek--a tale of a tradesman in the ghetto who struggles to eke out a living while hungry, lonely, and sad. All that remains is his pride. We are introduced to this tale by a plaintive call from the cello in a klezmer style. Manuela follows reciting a portion of the story and then breaks into the song. Ensemble Draj uses several different styles in this one piece not the least is a very impressive jazz duet between the cello and accordion. As in earlier pieces, several different meters are used in order to bring this "drama" to life.
Papir is doch wajss (but paper is white) takes us back to the Renaissance. Papir is a story of young love ("just as paper is white and ink is black, my heart is yours alone"). The voice, cello, and accordion work in independent lines creating delightful polyphony reminiscent of music from the Renaissance. Schlof, majn feijgele (sleep, my little bird) begins as a slow and melancholy duet between cello and accordion and then breaks into a rather raucous dance with the entry of Manuela. Before a reprise of a jingele, a mejdele (this time with Ludger and Ralf joining Manuela), Ensemble Draj gives us ballade funm hajsl (the ballad of a cottage)--a sad story of lose. A father lives with his daughter in the deep woods near a lake. The daughter sees her reflection in the water, reaches for it, and drowns. Alternating between solo voice, duets, and trio we enter the drama of the drowned daughter. The piece ends with an eerie feel as the accordion plays clusters using the upper treble piccolo reeds and Manuela intones the last phrases of the story. As with earlier pieces, Ensemble Draj make effective use of meter to present the story.
In should be noted that in the last piece, a jingele, a mejdele, Ludger and Ralf break into a very impressive jazz improvisation which temporary breaks completely with the melody and then abruptly and effortlessly returns to the main theme. Thus the album ends very playfully -- one could say ecstatically!
I find this CD captivating. The level of musicianship is outstanding. Ensemble Draj have very creatively and effectively blended several different styles to tell stories that reflect the struggle and joy of life that is forced to live within predetermined boundaries. Kaupenjohann and Schmidt have done some excellent work arranging these pieces. The effective way that Ensemble Draj combines styles reminds me of The Tin Hat Trio--another small ensemble that includes accordion and that experiments with multiple styles. The only criticism that I have does not regard the music, but rather the marketing. The CD that I received did not have an English translation for the program notes and lyrics. While there is a short English synopsis for each piece, I would have preferred to read a translation of the lyrics. I found the program notes for the album on the Internet through a Google search and I had Google do its quite literal translation. Although the Google translation gave me the overall sense of the notes, I would prefer to have a good English translation provided.
Feb., 27, 2007
Shona Holmes - Accordionist/Conductor/Teacher
Shona Holmes ABCA(TD) LBCA
Born in 1963 she began accordion lessons at the age of 9 years thanks to the encouragement of her accordionist mother Aileen Holmes (formerly Shand) who played in Scottish Dance Bands in Aberdeen in the 1950’s. Living in Harwich, Essex studied under Pearl Watson ABCA(TD) from 1973-1988. During that time Shona won many prizes at National and Regional Competitions, becoming runner-up at the "Accordion Times Festival" in Leicester in 1985, as well as at the NAO UK Championships (Advanced Solo) in 1984,1986 & 1987. With her duet partner Susan Gosling they became the UK Premier Duet Champions in 1986.
Shona worked her way through all the grades of the British College of Accordionists - Practical, Theory & Duet Exams and followed these up with the Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in 1986.
The same year she was invited onto the Teachers Advisory Council of the British College of Accordionists and the Board of Governors of the National Accordion Organisation. From 1988-1993 Shona held various posts within the NAO Executive including Festival Headquarters and Trophy Manager.
One of her main loves is orchestral playing and joined her first orchestra the "Pearl Foote Accordion Orchestra Junior Band " in 1973 and quickly progressed to the Senior Band in 1975. When Shona moved from Harwich to Watford she was invited to become the Leader of the East Surrey Accordion Society in 1989-1993 under the Baton of Graham Romani.
Shona formed her own music school in 1990, " Watford Accordion School " (formerly Holmes-Bodell Musicians) and since that time has guided many of her pupils successfully through preparation for competitions, examinations & concerts.
Shona has been the local representative of the "British College of Accordionists" since 1991 and organises the examinations for the Watford Centre.
Shona now concentrates her time in juggling family life with running "Watford Accordion School & Band" and also findstime to perform in a barndance & ceilidh band.
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Gary Blair at The San Benedetto Belbo Festival Italy June 25th-26th
Feb., 27, 2007
Gary Blair pictured during his recent visit to Italy and The San Benedetto Belbo Festival.
Please click the link below to view Gary's photo album!
Gary's report is printed below!
I was booked by Cooperfisa Accordions to perform at two concerts in and around Verona Italy.
On arrival at Turin airport I was once again greeted with the familiar news that my accordion and luggage were
still in London and weren't due to arrive until the following night!
My dear friend Romeo Aichino (Cooperfisa) made a detour back to Vercelli and to the Cooperfisa factory and after a guided tour of this magnificent accordion factory we went to the local superstore (Bennets) to purchase some necessary clothing.
We then headed into the hills (a four hour drive from Vercelli) above Verona to a place called '' Erbrezzo'' where the
"15th Festa Nazionale Della Fisarmonica" was due to take place the next day.
Any hope of a long peaceful lie in bed were dashed at 6 am when the local photographer decided it
was time to start proceedings as he opened up both car doors and commenced to play accordion music at a decibel level that "Black Sabbath" would have been most proud of!!
I was really delighted to find out that my dear old friend Gervasio Marcosignori was the president of the music jury and that he, like me, would be playing at the concert on saturday night. (I sadly missed his performance as we had to travel back to Vercelli).
The other members of the Judges panel were Tiziano Chapelli, Vanio Testi, Cesare Tronel and the Ukrainian accordionist Eugena Cercassova. Cooperfisa were very kind in lending me a brand new accordion prototype model called a '' Superballo '' which I simply loved to play.
The whole festival was just superb with some amazing performances by students from as far away as Croatia.
Next day we had a two hour car journey to a festival in San Benedetto Belbo, again well up in the hills.
This festival was packed to the gunnels with talent and I was once again delighted to meet up with my good friend Mauro Carra whom I first met at the LondonAccordion Festival back in 2001. We both performed on the same stage (I'm glad that I was on before this musical genius!!)
to a very enthusiastic audience who would clap and cheer showing their appreciation throughout our performances.
All in all it was quite a tiring weekend which I would gladly do again and again.
I have to thank all of the staff at Cooperfisa, Vercelli especially
'' My Family''Romeo, Paolo and the simply wonderful Emiliana, for their outstanding kind hospitality and friendship.
The Accordion Profile Magazine
Feb., 27, 2007
Watford Accordion School of Music
Feb., 27, 2007
Accordionist Jacob Hilton (16years old - recently won the Junior Section of the National Composer's Competition held at Caister & Grade 8 Practical & Theory with Merit) & on Keyboard is Charllote Gamble (recently passed Accordion Grade 5 Practical with Merit & Grade 5 Theory with Distinction).
Stockport Nov/Dec Newsletter
Feb., 27, 2007
Hi & G’Day,
On November 22nd, our Club Night concert features the legendary
Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, one of this country’s most brilliant professional
accordionists. Admission is £5, there are no advance tickets, and we are
anticipating yet another great night for the accordion. All are welcome.
And, yes, we do need players for supporting spots.
Pearl Fawcett-Adriano has achieved international recognition as
an outstanding accordion virtuoso, and she has done much to raise the
standing of the accordion as a 'musical' instrument, both in Britain and
abroad. Pearl (as Pearl Fawcett) won every major national competition run
by the British Association of Accordionists, and then became Junior and
Senior World Champion in successive years.
Pearl's vast repertoire ranges from the classics to light music,
French musette and continental, and no matter what kind of music she plays,
her marvellous technique and control of the instrument ensures that the
music is interpreted to the full. Specialising on the acoustic/electronic
accordion, she brings a completely new dimension to the instrument, and she
has such a command of this instrument that she utilises it to its full
orchestral and musical extent. Her subtle use of the expression pedal,
split-second changes of registers and perfect bellows control produce a
musical tapestry of multicoloured sounds and effects.
Pearl has appeared on radio and television many times, and many
of you will remember her regular weekly spot playing French musette solos on
the BBC Radio 2 Charlie Chester Show on Sunday afternoons. I also remember
watching Pearl play on BBC television’s The Good Old Days, before TV was
taken over by ‘celebrity’ shows and soaps.
Pearl was the first to teach accordion at a Conservatoire of
Music in Great Britain, and she was the first to give accordion recitals of
classical music at a British Conservatoire, and also on TV. She was the
first British accordionist and the first Western female accordionist to do a
solo concert tour of the former USSR. She has many superb recordings
Stockport Accordion Club is now based at Woodley Methodist
Church, Chapel St, left off the main A560 Hyde-Stockport Road. From the
M60, take J25, follow the Bredbury signs, and then turn left at the traffic
lights just after MacDonalds/Morrisons. Woodley Methodist Church is on the
left, next to the Health Centre, not far after the Waggon & Horses pub and
opposite a road named Smithy Green. The 330 Bus from Hyde or Stockport
stops at the Precinct and is only a few minutes away. There are two car
At our first band practice at Woodley we were visited by a
photographer from the Stockport Express and by Simon, a presenter from local
radio station Pure Radio, whose frequency is FM107.8. Peter Whiteley and I
were interviewed, and some of the SAC Band’s music was recorded for
broadcast on Simon’s afternoon show the following day.
On October 18th, our first Club Night concert at the new venue
starred John Kirkpatrick & Chris Parkinson a.k.a. The Sultans of Squeeze.
Their programme included Under Paris Skies, El Choclo, The African Waltz,
Genevieve (harmonica/3 row accordion duet) and Squeezebox, The Who’s 1975
chart hit song, and English folk songs and dance tunes. John and Chris used
different combinations of instruments, with some startling results, most
notably on The Liberty Bell, the old Sousa tune played on bass accordion and
bass concertina. No wonder that the Monty Python team used to say “And now
for something completely different”!! All in all, a great show from two
very talented musicians.
Our club trip to the North Staffs AC 21stBirthday Concert on Sept
29th was a most enjoyable evening. And what an amazing ‘accordion’ cake -
looked much too good to eat!
People often ask about local accordion dealers, and within the
Greater Manchester area there are two shops. The Accordion Shop (a.k.a.
Electronic Accordions Ltd), 54 Drake St, Rochdale; tel 01706 658 283. This
shop promotes Cooperativa and the Roland V Accordion, but also stocks other
makes, and pianos. Hobgoblin, based at Johnny Roadhouse Music on Oxford
Road, M/C, sells all sorts of piano and button accordions, including
melodeons, plus other instruments; tel (0161) 273 1000. Support your local
Seamus Shannon is playing at St Richard’s Social Club, Sutcliffe
Avenue, Longsight, on Tuesday afternoon, November 21st, from 1pm to 3pm.
Johnny Coleclough and I will be there, so if you fancy seeing, hearing and
meeting our old friend Seamus, please join us.
On Friday December 8th, at 8pm, we perform our annual charity
Stockport AC Band & Orchestra concert at Broken Cross Club (formerly Henbury
& Broken Cross Institute), Macclesfield. This is always a good night out,
and all money raised goes to the East Cheshire Hospice, so it’s in a very
worthy cause. Contact John Jones on 01625 618 691.
Justin Ryan has left the club – for the time being, at least – and
has gone to New Zealand to train as an airline pilot. So, if in the future
you are flying away on holiday and hear the sound of an accordion playing in
the captain’s cabin, it’ll probably be Justin!
The NAO North West Area Championships take place on Sunday December
3rd at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood. This is the festival we used to organise
at Stockport Town Hall.
The club’s Christmas party takes place on December 20th, at our new
home. Due to catering and space, the party is only for playing members,
families and club officials.
The first Club Night concert in 2007 will be on Wednesday January
10th, and the guest will be the fabulous Julie Best. What a fantastic start
to the New Year!
Looking a little further into next year, Foster & Allen are
playing at the Plaza in Stockport on Tuesday April 3rd, at 7.30pm; booking
number - 0161 477 7779.
I hope to see you at our new home at Woodley Methodist Church for
the debut of Pearl Fawcett-Adriano on November 22nd – this will be quite an
occasion. If you can’t make it, may I be the first to wish you and yours a
very happy Christmas & New Year (“Get out of here,” I can hear you
saying!!). In the meantime, keep on squeezin’.
South East Cornwall A/C Newsletter
Feb., 27, 2007
South East Cornwall Accordion Club
If anyone is heading to Cornwall for holidays we meet every first Saturday of each month except January, from 2pm - 5/5.30pm. We meet at the Guides HQ in the grounds of Liskeard Community School and College which is situated next door to the police station and behind the Vetinary Surgery at Liskeard.
Best Wishes from Chris & Brenda Webster
Our latest newsletter is printed below:
South East Cornwall Accordion Club Newsletter Aug/Sep 2006
It is good to be attending the accordion club’s monthly meetings again. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Maureen Harvey for putting together the June newsletter for me as my hand and arm was still in plaster and I was unable to type, even worse, my computer was also out of action. We have now had the computer replaced and without the weight of the plaster cast I’m able to continue as normal and also drive to the club meetings. I would also like to thank everyone in the club who sent their best wishes to Chris whilst he was in hospital. He is still recuperating at home but is very much better than he’s been in a long while. To those of you who are attending St Audries Bay Accordion Week in Somerset, have a good time. Chris and I will see you there. To those not attending St Audries Bay, we’ll see you at the next Club meeting on Saturday, 5th August 2006 at 2pm. Annual General MeetingOur August meeting commences with our AGM. Where necessary new officers and committee members are appointed and any changes in the running order etc., of our club can be made – everyone can have their say. If you would like to try something new during the afternoon meetings don’t be afraid to put your view forward, this is where we can improve the meetings and go from strength to strength. Once everything has been discussed and decided upon, we will carry on as normal with our afternoon meeting. If you would like to be on the Committee or be one of the officers, please let Jim McMullin, Chairman; or Maureen Harvey, Secretary know before the meeting takes place. Equally, if you would like to step down from your role, contact Jim (01752 401763) or Maureen (01579 382151). Next MeetingThe next Club Meeting will take place on Saturday 5th August at 2pm prompt in the Guide Hall, Liskeard School and Community College Grounds. The afternoon programme will be: 1. AGM2. Playing together (bring along the music given at the July meeting)3. Play-a-round 14. Refreshments and Raffle5. Play-a-round 2 – Something Russian6 Playing together – new music for this meeting to be placed in your folder.Alexander Korbakov In Cornwall (SE Cornwall Accordion Club) - Jim McMullinAlexander Korbakov, the virtuoso accordionist from St Petersburg, Russia began his 2006 UK tour by visiting our club for a Master Class and Concert.He arrived in typical Cornish weather, blue skies and warm sunshine and at the meeting was greeted by a club member, Albert Ridgeley, who gave a welcome in Russian. Jim McMullin, the Club Chairman, then presented Alexander with a book of Cornish Folk Tunes called Racca 2 from the Club and also gave him a copy of his own composition “Korbakov In Cornwall”, a mixture of Cornish and Russian tunes. Jim then played it to everyone and Alexander seemed delighted.Members of the Master class were from the SE Cornwall Accordion Club, the Kernow Kordions and the Atlantic Accordionaires. The music selected was “Pizzicato Polka” by Johanne Strauss II. Everyone had the music well in advance of the class so had almost “cracked it” by the time Alexander began. He spent his time showing us how to phrase the music, how to handle the dynamics and generally how to make the notes sound like music from Vienna.After a buffet tea supplied by club members, Alexander began his hour-long concert. He devoted the first half entirely to classical pieces played on his new “professional” accordion. Everyone was spellbound. His pieces include Prelude and Fugue (G min) by J.S. Bach; Trisch Trasch Polka by J. Strauss; Ave Maria by G. Caccini; Winter from the Four Seasons by A. Vivaldi and The Sabre Dance by A Khachaturian.After the classical pieces Alexander changed into his Russian costume and began with a stunning performance on his vintage Saratov concertina. All the pieces were pure Russian Folk tunes. He then went back to his Russian built “Jupiter” accordion and played, among others, The Steppe is All Around by V. Belov; Fiddle Faddle by L. Anderson; and Kalinka, a folk tune.After a standing ovation he gave us his usual encore – The Flight of the Bumble Bee and we all left the meeting feeling really happy!In the evening some of us went to a pub for a meal with Alexander and Mr & Mrs Sherman. Alexander likes Real Ale by the way! We waved them on their way at about 8.30pm and wished them well for the rest of their UK tour. – Jim.John Leslies Folk/Accordion Week – St Audries Bay, SomersetSaturday 2nd – Sat 9th September – This is an opportunity to have excellent, concentrated tuition at all levels of playing by John Leslie (Accordions of London) and his team with the option of playing folk and/or accordion music as you wish during the day and enjoy listening to Harry Hussey in the bar area or doing your own entertainment during the evening. The cost for this week is: Half board including tuition £255/week or £37/day; Self-catering from £270/week (excluding tuition fee); touring pitch just £17/day. Details: Mary Randle Tel: 01984 632515.Eastbourne Autumn Accordion Festival and Winter Accordion Festival I have been forwarded details of a relatively new Accordion Festival that takes place twice a year at Eastbourne. Fri 13th – Mon 16th October 2006 and Fri 16th – Mon 19th Feb 2007. Cost for each festival is £189 per person with a deposit of £69 pp. I have been informed that this is a very good accordion festival with plenty to do throughout the day and evening. Please see attached flyer for information. OUR NEW BABY – Jim ClarkeAfter celebrating our 50th.Wedding Anniversary on Jan.28th. 2006 with a trip to Tenerife, we decided that we would like to have another baby in the house.The conventional way could be out of the question, but of course there is always I.V.F. where it seems - according to the National Newspapers - possible at almost any age!Anyway, we decided to adopt a baby, and the one we chose was born on 12th.Feb.2006. She was welcomed into our home when she was 8 weeks old. Our new baby has beautiful brown eyes and a dark complexion ranging from light brown to very dark brown. Her origins lie in the Bradford district of Yorkshire in the valley of Aire, where her ancestors were hunters of most anything that run on four legs - especially otters.Of course that’s all in the past, but I hope she has inherited strong swimming genes as it may come in useful living at Westward Ho! If I can train her she may be O.K. for the 2012 Olympics!Like all youngsters she likes playing with her toys, and at present her favourite seems to be a small lamb with a squeak inside. She’s quite musical too as she howls and wags her tail when Pat plays the accordion and hides when I get the trombone out.Touch wood we have not had one bad night with her but we are quite knack………(whoops).. tired by the evenings!Oh! I nearly forgot - we call her Molly -- Molly Clarke. What do you do on a dull, drizzly Saturday in May? – Jim McMullinWell, you go to Brixham and play your accordion in the Fish Market!Some time ago Mark and I were invited to join the Cober Valley Accordion Band on their long journey to play at the Brixham Heritage Festival on Saturday 27th May.The coach picked up Mark at Bodmin (an hour late due to the Bank Holiday traffic) and Barbara and I were picked up at the B&Q car park, Coypool at 11.45am.We arrived in a damp and quite cool Brixham at 1 o’clock and by the time chairs were found and everyone set up we began playing at 1.45. Soon a large crowd gathered to hear, for the first time, an accordion band. They applauded everything and were left wanting more at 2.45 when we ended our first ‘spot’. Mark, Barbara and I then had time to ‘do the town’ and get lunch. We found, on the recommendation of one of the spectators, a fish and chip restaurant run by a Pakistani family and so we went there. Our fish and chips were excellent, eaten overlooking the huge marina. When we had finished we were entertained by a team of Morris dancers from Oxford whose accordion players said they were itching to play in with us!At 4.30 we were due to play the second half of our programme. We had to follow a very, very loud Rock Band and I think a sigh of relief went up when we started again.The band was so popular that they have been invited to play next year and Mark and I have been asked to join them again!The journey home was much easier as the fog had lifted and the holidaymakers must have completed their journeys. We were home by 7.30pm, but those from Helston still had another 3 hours to go. It was a long day for them as they left at 8am. - JimInsurance for Accordion – Brenda WebsterHave you got your accordion insured or thinking about it? I’ve always had my accordions insured under our Household Insurance as separate, named items, which worked out fine until I bought my Giulietti. When Chris telephoned the insurance company, (Abbey National General Insurance) to add it to the policy, he was told by a young lady after speaking to various underwriters in the company that we must be professionals to have musical instruments of this value. You all know new accordions don’t cost pennies. Anyway they decided there and then over the phone to not only not cover my new Giulietti but also cancel within 7 days the other accordions covered on the policy. Being a little shocked at their reaction and wondering what to do, I phoned a friend who is a professional musician with his own band etc. He told me not to worry and put me in touch with Brass Band Insurance Services (BBIS). The cost of insurance is just £1.05 per £100 cover and applies to any type of instrument except electronic or “pop” group instruments used in dance bands or “pop” groups of which a separate policy is available. This worked out a lot cheaper than what I had been paying, and covers my accordions for loss or damage by any accident or misfortune and the company will schedule the cost of (i) repair if an item is partially damaged or (ii) replacement as new if an item is totally lost or destroyed. This is covered anywhere in or in transit between the British Isles, Europe, Madeira, Canary Islands, Mediterranean Islands, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. It goes without saying that our previous insurers lost a long standing customer, their attitude made us look elsewhere for all insurance covers and guess what – we’ve saved ourselves some money as well! I know a couple of club members have asked for details of insurance for accordions and are now also covered by BBIS. The details if you are interested are: Brass Band Insurance Services, Bryan James & Co. Ltd., 312 High Street, Harlington, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 5BT. Tel: 020-8759 0825.Diary of Coming Events 200615th-22nd July Accordion Week, St Audries Bay, Somerset. Contact: Mary Randle, Tel: 01984 6325155th Aug Club Meeting and AGM2nd Sept Club Meeting2nd-9th Sept John Leslie’s Accordion & Folk Autumn Break, St Audries Bay, Somerset -Contact: Mary Randle, Tel: 01984 632515 (incl. Tuition groups from absolute beginners to advance except for Folk Section).7th Oct Club MeetingFri 13th – Mon 16th October 2006 – Eastbourne Autumn Accordion Festival28th Oct – Club Social Evening at Pelynt with Harry Hussey4th Nov Club Meeting2nd – 6th Nov Accordion International Festival, Caister2nd Dec Club Meeting Christmas PartyFOR SALEWEST TONE THUNDER II BASS GUITARExcellent condition £200 or nearest offerFor more details contact:Marianne Willcocks Tel: 01579 343538
Jason Webley - Accordionist Extraordinaire!
Feb., 27, 2007
Hello UKAO Friends and Music Lovers..
I am forwarding details to you of these upcoming and exciting concerts in London for JASON WEBLEY
... Accordionist Extraordinaire!
You'd be mad to miss him!...
"It's his voice – a sandpaper baritone swelling at once with desolation and intoxicated goofiness – that keeps'em coming back." - Seattle Times
"Insightful and earnest songs bring you to tears. Make you sob like your mother died. Then, with his genius showing like toilet paper on the shoe of a priest,Webley turns his music into a drunken bar fight." - Pop Culture Press
March 4 - London, UK - Favela Chic - 91-93 Great Eastern St - 9 pm
March 7 - London, UK - Green Note - 106 Parkway
...see you there!
Jason Webley 2007 European Tour:
Feb 26 - Montpelier, FR
Feb 27 - Bordeaux, FR
Feb 28 - Paris, FR
March 1 - Paris, FR
March 2 - Southampton, UK
March 3 - Exeter, UK
March 4 - London, UK
March 6 - Lampeter, UK
March 7 - London, UK
March 8 - Manchester, UK
March 9 - Brighton, UK
March 10 - Copsdale, UK More complete details about these dates.
Charity Concert 17th April @ Shire Hall
Feb., 27, 2007
Hi, please add to the charity Get together at Howden, that the trade stand will be by THE MUSIC ROOM shop , and that Murry Grainger will demonstrate Roland accordions and also play on stage as a guest. He,s going to bring a good selection of accordions and related goods and sheet music . If any thing else to report ,I will let you know tickets will be printed soon Harry
Milos Milivojevic - February Events
Feb., 27, 2007
February 16th, 1.10pm
Kosmos & Milos perform in St James Church, Piccadilly, London.
Sunday 18th FebruaryBush Hall
310 Uxbridge Road
London Tango Quintet featuring:
David Juritz, Craig Ogden, Timothy Carey, Mary Sculley & Milos Milivojevic, £12 (concessions £10.00)www.bushhallmusic.co.uk
19th of February
Royal Academy of Music
Marylebone Road, NW1 5HT, London
Classical Accordion Showcase Concert
The programme will include Astor Piazzolla’s wonderful concerto, Aconcagua
and works by Scarlatti and Mendelssohn.
February 23rd, 12 - 1.30pm
Kosmos & Milos Milivojevic performs in the Royal Albert Hall's 'Ignite' Series.
Playing their own compositions, arrangements and improvisations inspired by
Jewish, Gypsy, Balkan, Contemporary and Tango music in the relaxed
atmosphere of the Cafe Consort.
AAMS Accordion Festival 2007, Philadelphia – USA
Feb., 27, 2007
The American Accordion Musicological Society Accordion Festival takes place from March 2nd to 4th at the Valley Forge Inn in Valley Forge, Philadelphia.
The festivities begin with an exciting Cajun/Zydeco concert on Friday night featuring Ric Kaplan. Concert accordionist Lidia Kaminska will also appear on the concert. Saturday will feature the competition categories and various accordion workshops of great interest. On Sunday there is the presentation of awards and trophies, a performance by the Festival Massed Band, and performances by Mary Tokarski, Jim Vandelly, Rita Davidson, Tony Lovello, and Bobby Raye.
The Annual Dinner takes place at 5.30pm on Saturday evening where this year’s Honorees Stanley Darrow and Lenny Feldmann, known as ‘The Cordeen Man’ will be recognized. Following the dinner, this year’s featured guest artistes Tony Lovello and Vitaliy Pirog will take the stage. The festival also includes accordion displays, accordion repair seminars, accordion memorabilia, CDs, cassettes, videos, and sheet music.
For further information email: Lenny Feldmann
The monthly French accordion magazine ‘Accordéon et Accordéonistes’ offers a wide variety of fully illustrated articles and information of interest to all accordion enthusiasts.
The cover for the February issue shows Pascal Hamard, one of the current stars of the French accordion scene. In the center of the magazine are detachable teaching articles in which Frédéric Deschamps and Jacques Mornet reveal each month the basis of their teaching methods, which constantly develop brilliant pupils. This month, the article is by Frederic Deschamps.
The 5 last pages of the magazine are entirely devoted to reviews of CDs, videos, DVDs, books, music, etc.
For further information email: email@example.com
Jun., 21, 2018
Dear collegues, see our latest updates: Hector Villa-Lobos, Samuel Barber, Astor Piazzolla, Pietro Frosini, Hans Brehme, Oscar Peterson, Art Van Damme, Jack Fina, Luiz Bonfa, Yann Tiersen etc. Accordionist.Net is extending its special offer “50+” until end of the summer.
Besides some very special tango arrangements for bandoneon (accordion) and strings published:
A. Piazzolla - Cuatro estaciones portenas →
C. Gardel - Volver y Soledad →
M. Mores - Tanguera →
H. Stamponi - Un Momento →
J. Plaza - Nocturna →
A. Villoldo - El Choclo →
J. Pane - Un vals para Martita →
Feb., 22, 2018
see our latest updates on Accordionist.Net: H. Villa-Lobos, Samuel Barber, Astor Piazzolla, Pietro Frosini, Hans Brehme, A. Piazzolla, Oscar Peterson etc.