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Accordion of 21-st century

Richard Galliano - French touch

Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events

«Harmonica forever!»

Modest Mussorgsky «Pictures at an Exhibition»

«Skomorokhi»: Music of the 20'th Century

Richard Galliano - 15 Titres Originaux

Pietro Frosini - Mariposita (Bolero)

Eugeny Derbenko - Cabman

Melodies Which Are Always With You

Concert musette for accordion

Richard Galliano quartet «New Musette»

Astor Piazzolla - Soundtracks

Boris Kovac and Ladaaba Orchestra «Ballads at the End of Time», «La Danza Apocalypsa Balcanica»

Yury Kazakov «The portrait of the great Bayanist»

A Gotan Project DJ set Espiracion

Accordion in Jazz

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto para Quinteto

Accordion in concert - Part I

Accordion Reader Trilogy

L. Desyatnikov - Tracing Astor

Russian music of the 19 - 20-th centuries

Igor Tsvetkov - Two Pieces for Russian Folk Orchestra

Popular Latin American tunes for chromatic or piano accordion

Terem-Quartet meets friends

Richard Galliano - Viaggio

Richard Galliano & Michel Portal – Concerts

Valery Kovtun - «Tango»

Richard Galliano – New York Tango

Friedrich Lips - Pictures at an Exhibition

Astor Piazzolla - Fugata

Dmitry Manchuk & Miroslav Leliukh - Musical Fantasy

Art Van Damme - Deep Purple

Richard Galliano - Fou Rire

George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (for piano and accordion orchestra)

Andrew Petrov - Marathon in the Fall

Luciano Fancelli - Acquarelli Cubani

Happy Skvett - Kulturprisen

M. Kazhlaev - Scerzo

Michael van Delft - Angel Rocks a Stone Away

Jacques Reuaux, Claude Francois - My Way - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Parts

Richard Galliano - Tango pour Claude

''Resurrecion'' tango-quartet - Obsessed by the Sun

Richard Galliano - La Valse a Margaux

Bogdan Precz - Fusion

Jazz Accordion Book - Vol. I

Jazz Theory And Improvisation Studies for Accordion

Che, bandoneon - 10 essential tango arrangements - Vol. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Tangus Dei

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Score

Accordion orchestra of 3-d municipal music school (Kishinev, Moldova)

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet "Concertino" (video live concert)

Pablo Ziegler - Bajo Cero

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - Accordion virtuosos from St. Petersburg

Albin Repnikov - Concerto ¹3 for accordion, chamber orchestra and percussions - Score

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - My Saint Petersburg

M. Blanter - In The Gardens

Astor Piazzolla - Yo Soy Maria

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet «Concertino» - Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 2

B. Martjanov - Moldova Fantasy

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 2

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 1

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 3

Jacques Reuaux, Claude Francois - My Way - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Score

Anatoly Lyadov - Musical Snuffbox

Yu. Peshkov - Black Eyes - Russian romance arranged as a concert piece

Charlie Shavers - Breeze in a Waste

Christine Boll – Partita Piccola

Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein - Going Out of My Head - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Score and Parts

Victor Vlasov - Bossa Nova

Pietro Frosini - Carnival of Venice

Victor Vlasov - I Like this Rhythm

Thomas Fundora & Morris Albert - Feelings

Mikis Theodorakis - Quarter of Angels

George Hammel - Pantoufle de Vair (concert polka for accordion)

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla

In the Footlights

The Beatles Potpourri

Jacob Gade - Tango Jalousie

Lasse Pihlajamaa - Harmonikkasävellyksiä

Eddy Flecijn – Capriccio

Pascual Marquina - Spanish Gipsy Dance

Popular Waltzes

Libertango tango hits

Moon Serenade

History of Musicals

Astor Piazzolla – 10 tangos

From Bach till Offenbach

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - Blue Moon

Beny Rehmann - Schiffsfeger-Polka

Francisco Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

Les Rid - The Last Waltz

Yann Tiersen - Le Moulin

Yann Tiersen - Naomi

Bert Kaempfert - Strangers in The Night

Luiz Bonfa - Manha de Carnival

Cajun of Luisiana State (for banjo and accordions)

George Boulanger - Da Capo

Eugene Derbenko - Rythm of Time

I. Panitski - Snowball Tree

A. Murena and J. Colombo - Indifference

Hubert Giraud - Sous le Ciel de Paris

Toto Cutugno - Soli

Fermo Marchetti - Fascination

Victor Vlasov - Boogie-Woogie

J McHugh - Black Birds (Black spiritual arranged for accordion)

S. Scott - Jungle

Tikhon Khrennikov - Moscow Windows (jazz song arranged for accordion duo)

Paul Norrback - Happy Moments

Charlie Chaplin - Limelight (waltz arranged for accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Silent Films

Victor Vlasov - Good Afternoon

Victor Vlasov - Cartoon

20 Tiny Fingers - English folk song

A. Joys - Autumn Dream

Jazz-Legato - Lerov Andersson (for accordion duo)

Vladimir Popolzin - In The Saloon

S. Scott - Ballade

Victor Vlasov – Jazz Miniatures

Victor Vlasov - Disco (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Let us Swing (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Siamese (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - This Rythm (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Step (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Unto Jutila - French Visit

Renzo Ruggieri - Carnevale

Jimmy Giordanengo - La Huette

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes

Unto Jutila - Samba

Pietro Frosini - Jolly Caballero

Karl Noack - Parade of Dwarves (for ensemble or orchestra)

Valery Kovtun - Brilliant Waltz (for solo accordion)

Pintin Castellanos - La Punalada

Finish Polka

Anne Dudley - Jeeves and Wooster

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Parts

Luciano Fancelli - 10 km. al Finestrino

Luciano Fancelli - Pupazzetti

Georgy Mushel - Toccata

Albin Repnikov - Capriccio

Paolo Pizzigoni - Light and Shadow

Grigoras Dinicu - Hora Stacatto

Eduardo di Capua - O Sole Mio!

Ernesto Lecuona - Malaguena from «Andalucia» Suite

Andre Astier - Grande Valse De Concert

Andre Astier - Divertissement

Andre Astier - Fantaisie En Mi Mineur

Andre Astier, Marcel Azzola - Systeme «A»

Andre Astier, Maurice Larcange - Accordeon Steeple

Andre Astier, Yvette Horner - Polka Satellite

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Ti Amo, Pesaro

Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto f-moll from The Four Seasons

Arnstein Johansen - Cornelli (polka)

Medard Ferrero - Averse

Polka Favorites

Latin Favorites

Joey Miskulin - Accordion Styles and Techniques (DVD)

Paris Musette - Freddy Balta and his Accordion

Teach Yourself To Play Accordion

Waltz Favorites

Metodo Per Fisarmonica (Accordion)

Latin American Dances

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Parts

Vladimir Chernikov - Lonely Harmonica - Yablochko

Niccolo Paganini - Caprice No. 24 in A minor

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Memory

John A. Dallas - Helen Waltz

Maurice Larcange & Michel Mercier - Javaccordeon

Franck Angelis - Valse du Cloun

Franck Angelis - Impasse

Ole Schmidt - Toccata no. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Contrabajissimo - Score

Yann Tiersen - La Noyee

Jack Fina - Bumblebee Boogie

Vl. Zolotarev - Conteplating The Dionisian Frescoes of St. Ferapontov Monastery

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Dance of The White Indian

Filippo Marino - Cristina

Tony Murena & Louis Peguri - Joyeux Vagabond

Pietro Frosini - Spic and Span

Hans Brehme - Divertimento in F

Pietro Frosini - Accordion Jitters

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto Aconcagua for bandoneon, chamber orchestra and percussions - Score

Oscar Peterson - Laurentide Waltz (from The “Canadiana” suite)

Con Conrad & Herb Magidson - Midnight in Paris (bolero)

Samuel Barber - Adagio from String Quartet No. 1

Pietro Frosini - Love Smiles

Albin Repnikov - Concertino

Victor Vlasov - The Fest In Moldavanka

Art Van Damme - Boogie-Woogie

Albert Vossen - Brusseles Laces

Yann Tiersen - Les Quatre Pieces

Frank Marocco - Appassionato

Che, bandoneon - 10 essential tango arrangements - Vol. 2

Astor Piazzolla - Cite Tango

Astor Piazzolla - Meditango

Astor Piazzolla - Un dia de paz

Astor Piazzolla - Libertango

Astor Piazzolla - Tres Tangos

Astor Piazzolla - Ave Maria

Astor Piazzolla - Concierto de Nacar - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Tangata del Alba

Accordion in Concert - Part II

Astor Piazzolla - Double Concerto - Score

Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Accordion: 36 Traditional Pieces

Jean Francaix - Concerto for accordion and orchestra

Isang Yun - Concertino for accordion and string quartet

Darius Milhaud - Suite Anglaise

Astor Piazzolla - Adios Nonino for accordion orchestra and piano

Klezmer and Sephardic Tunes

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto Aconcagua for bandoneon, chamber orchestra and percussions - Parts

Astor Piazzolla - Cuatro Estaciones Portenas - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Cuatro Estaciones Portenas - Parts

Carlos Gardel - Soledad y Volver - Score

Carlos Gardel - Soledad y Volver - Parts

Angel Villoldo - El Choclo

Mariano Mores - Tanguera

Julian Plaza - Nocturna

Hector Stamponi - Un Momento

Julio Pane - Un vals para Martita

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Owen Murray
Feb., 27, 2007

On  January 15th, an evening concert with Owen Murray is scheduled including a performance of ‘Seven words’ for bayan, violoncello and chamber orchestra.
Friedrich Lips will perform Gubaidulina's concert ‘Under the sign of Scorpio’, with the BBC SymphonyOrchestra - V.Gergie, conductor, at the Barbican Centre, London on January 14th, at 8pm. On the following two days,Friedrich Lips will also have a master class at the Royal Academy of Music in London, which will be dedicated first of all to the works of Sofia Gubaidulina who may also attend this event.
Royal Academy of Music
Marylebone Road
London NW1 5HT
Tel. 0044 (0)207 873 7373
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Egidio Spadaccini (Sussex)
Feb., 27, 2007

Egidio Spadaccini

Egidio Spadaccini
(A star accordion performer at the monthly Guildford Accordion Club)
Egidio was honoured recently to be selected to perform in the Horsham Bandstand from those musicians
who had played earlier in the day in the Forum in Horsham's first Folk/Arts Festival.
The Horsham Festival was held to raise awareness of the proposal to make
the old Town Hall into a Community Arts Centre.
Red Hot & Blonde
Feb., 27, 2007

Red Hot & Blondeare a unique and dynamic trio who inject jazz, razamatazz and crazy comedy into their toe-tapping tunes. Since forming Red Hot & Blonde in 1999, 
Lynda Styne, AndyEastwood & Janet Beale
 have been very much in demand for corporate functions and parties,
and they released their debut album Running Wild in 2002.
Gary is to the Accordion what David Beckham is to Football !
Feb., 27, 2007

Meet the modest dad-of-two from Renfrew whose talents have made him one of the worlds’ most famous musicians

FOR a man who has been immortalised as a musical legend, rubbed shoulders with Royalty and film stars and headlined festivals across the globe, Gary Blair is a shockingly modest man.

“I suppose you just never see yourself as one of the very best, even when people you admire are telling you so,” he said, sitting in his home, cluttered by gleaming trophies.

“The cast of my hand has been placed in a wall in Italy with the 60 greatest accordionists of all time and two years ago I was one of three players in the world to receive an honour from the world governing body.

“But every single time I receive an award I’m gobsmacked – honestly shocked.”

Please click the link below to view Gary's online photo album!  

Whether he believes it or not, Gary is a world class accordion player, known for his talent in more countries than he’d care to mention.

He practices, teaches and plays with the nine valued instruments in his collection, including a custom made £6,500 accordion which was given to him as a present from an Italian manufacturer.

The globe-trotting father of two, who lives in Renfrew, caught the bug at the tender age of eight, as he watched his famous dad, Jimmy, perform weekly on popular Scottish TV show Jigtime back in the 60s.

As Jimmy Blair and the Scotia Players strutted their stuff on the box in the corner of the living room, Gary’s young mind was plotting dreams of his own.

At 46 years old, he now admits there’s little else for him to achieve with his beloved accordion in his arms.

He enrolled in his father’s music school and practiced nightly before entering his first major competitions as a teenager.

At 13 he was playing at clubhouses on Paisley Road West for visiting high-spirited highlanders who “were quick to tell you if you weren’t good enough or had done something wrong” after pubs had closed at night.

With the double whammy of contrasting learning curves Gary was quick to rise from the local scene and gain recognition at a national level.

By 17 he was crowned the UK accordion champion with medals in the classic, traditional and polka sections, and lifted the sought-after Bell Trophy.

A blossoming career in teaching music to young students put an end to Gary’s competing days.

He joked: “It just didn’t look right to have a teacher and his pupils entering into competitions, so I backed out before I got beat!

“Anyway, it was taking a year just to learn the classical pieces by heart before paying them in competition so it was good to free up time to learn some more continental classics.

“Accordionists usually give up competing by their early 20s anyway, so I just stopped a little sooner.”

As his reputation grew, so did the prestige of the shows Gary was invited to. However, as he has found out throughout his glittering career, some events are best left well alone.

He said: “My band was invited over to the Cannes Film Festival in France to play a promotional gig for a Scottish movie that was being shown but it turned out to be a nightmare.

“All the big actors where there but if you weren’t a film director in that industry, they just weren’t interested.

“The only good thing about that trip was the fact that we were paid in bottles of whisky. They gave us six bottles each but we weren’t allowed to bring it back into the United Kingdom at that time so we gave bottles to the taxi driver, chamber maid, receptionist and obviously had a couple ourselves – it was a lot of fun.

“After that I did the Scottish BAFTA awards for a couple of years and then the British BAFTA awards came to Scotland as well.

“Princess Anne and the entire casts from EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and all those other soaps were all in the audience but it never matters to me if there’s one person or 25,000 people there, I just enjoy playing.”

Major tours of America, Germany, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Iceland, Dubai, four T In The Park festival shows and a New Year special at George Square, Glasgow, in front of 25,000 frozen revellers have all cemented Gary’s position as one of the world’s greatest accordion players.

But it’s the memories of the globe’s biggest accordion music gathering in Quebec, Canada, which he recalls as his favourite times playing live.

He added: “Headlining in Las Vegas with a guy from the Jay Leno show trying to take the mickey out of me, or collecting my small envelope of cash at T In The Park, in line between the likes of Oasis and Travis who are getting suitcases of cash stand out as funny moments in my career.

“But playing at the Montemangey Festival in Quebec is truly a great, great honour.

“The world’s finest players are lucky to be asked to play once and I have somehow managed to get an invite twice – a third time would be incredible.”

The jovial dad has vowed to continue playing live and teaching the accordion to young upstarts, including his own son, also Gary, who has already started picking up trophies at national level.

Marcosignori , Gary Blair and Danille Ravaglia.

As well as having his hand print cast in stone in the birthplace of the accordion, Italy, Gary also proudly boasts a prestigious “Honoured Friend to the Accordion” salver awarded by the world governing body CIA.

He is only one of three players ever to receive such an award.

“At one show I did, the promoter put in the programme that ‘Gary Blair is to the accordion what David Beckham is to football,” he recalled.

“I thought it was a lot of nonsense myself!”

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Club Accord February 2007 Newsletter
Feb., 27, 2007

Our first guest of 2007 was John Romero from Eastbourne, who certainly livened up the evening with some very interesting music. It was a complete change from the normal sounds that we hear at the club. He showed us just what wonderful things the accordion is capable of nowadays, a complete orchestra, all on its own.

The evening began with Tracey playing some nice Jigs and Polkas and then "Carte Postale." This led straight into our guest John, who began by playing his acoustic accordion with some fine pieces including "Lolita"- a Spanish waltz "Mariouska" and three French waltz pieces, "Under Paris Skies" and "Under the Bridges of Paris," rounded off with "The Maigret Theme" (this medley being his own arrangement). John then explained all about his marvellous personalised midi accordion, a completely new concept of equipping out an accordion by using optical sensing electronics within the accordion. This special midi rig allows not only for initial and after touch but the ability to change the tonal characteristics of the notes played from the keyboard. It was interesting to know that none of his music was pre-recorded. He entertained us with pieces in a Mantovani style with versions of "Limelight," "Charmaine" and "Edelweiss" and other easy listening standards such as Richard Clayderman's "Ballade Pour Adelaine."He also delved into Eighties pop classics such as Jean Michel Jarre's "Oxygene" and back to Latin standards like "Return to Me" and "I will wait for you," yet another complete contrast finished the first half with "Bridge over the River Kwai." Now midi is not everyone's cup of tea, but its good to hear a variety.

During the interval Alf played two nice tunes and was followed by Neil who played a Scottish Hornpipe, a Strathspey and a March. Terry charmed us with "Radetzky March","Amapola" and "I'll Stay with You." Andy was next with "A Hundred Pipers" and a folk song. Finally it was the turn of Ingrid and Richard to play "Libainlea"and "La Cumparsita."

John began the second half using "organ" sounds with a few singalongs including a Flannagan and Allen song "Underneath the Arches" which the audience enjoyed singing along to. Then came a beautiful modern piece - "The Wind Beneath my Wings." A rendition of "River Dance" followed. This started with "Lament for Matthew" a piece he wrote himself and led to the main" The Lord of the Dance Theme" Also included in the second set was a truly amazing version of "The Dr Who Theme" and the night was finished off with a major arrangement of "The Dark Isle." Bravo!! It was an extremely entertaining evening!!Being a professional organist/keyboard player, John understands the full capabilities of midi, splitting keyboards into several parts with the lower or upper parts playing single notes of one instrument and chords or single notes of other instruments underneath or above. He also made use of organ/keyboard specialities such as pre-programmed musical patterns based on the chords, or keys you press. This included with rhythmic drum patterns provides endless possibilities, well worth the very highly expensive setup. I doubt that other superb accordionists who are also aufay with an organ/keyboard to the same extent as John could obtain such an excellent use of the full midi possibilities of his setup.

Next month we are at a different venue for one month only. Just 1.5 miles down the road, the DDS&S Club at Bromsgrove, with free parking at the back, pay parking at the front. Go in the club up 6 steps and turn left into the large concert room - please come and sit close up! We have another great Entertainer in the Jersey Professional - Steve Roxton who entertains most nights of the week at various hotels in and around St. Helier. Don't forget to bring your accordions along to entertain the "crowd" during the interval, or at the start of the evening.

Tameside Junior Accordion Band
Feb., 27, 2007
Tameside Junior Accordion Band
Hello UKAO,
 
Our new website can be found at:  www.accordionsuk.com   
 
Best Wishes, Betty Pollard -   0161 339 9250 
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NEW BEGINNERS CLASS.  Names are now being taken for children aged 7 to  15yrs who would like to learn the accordion and play in a band.  Instruments and tuition are free. Weekly subs of £1.25 covers the cost of the hire of the venue, music and small items.  Fund raising by members and Parents, donations from the public and grants from various bodies fund the band.  
Practice venue: Waterloo Community Centre (in the park) Store Street, off Oldham Road, Ashton-u-Lyne. Meet every Tuesday 6.00pm to 7.00pm Beginners 7.00pm to 8.45pm Band practice.   New beginners class will start November on Thursdays from 6.00pm  Telephone for more info 0161 339 9250 or email This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it " href="http://www.ukaccordions.com/mailto:"> This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it "> This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it   Check out our web site www.accordionsuk.com
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
Gary Blair plays American Express
Feb., 27, 2007
Watch Gary Blair performing his arrangement of  " American Express" - Please Click Here!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFaMVDWw5VY
Jason Webley - Accordionist Extraordinaire!
Feb., 27, 2007
Jason Webley
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!
 Rima Staines
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.
Gary Blair music is now available online!
Feb., 27, 2007
Still Steamin' now available for download!
 Napster  or  Rhapsody OnlineTry it now and listen to 15 sampleGary Blair tracks online before you buy !
Jack Emblow @ Uxbridge A/C 12th March
Feb., 27, 2007
Jack Emblow & Tony Compton
Jack Emblow & Tony ComptonWe are pleased to announce that the one and only Jack Emblow and the inimitable Tony Compton will be returning to the Uxbridge Accordion Club for a special club night on:- Monday 12th March 2007Also featured will be the fabulous "Angie Lukins Accordion Band"The Anglers Retreat (Rear Function Room)Cricketfield Road - Swan Road - West Drayton - Middx UB7 7HG Close to J4/M4Doors Open @ 7.30pm - Admission is just £4.00Licensed Bar & Club Raffle & Club ShopInformation from David & Angie Lukins on 01895 - 235601Further information available via email @ This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it "> This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it All are welcome at this friendly accordion club, please bring along your accordion as there will be opportunities during the evening to join in with the mass accordion orchestra led by David & Angie Lukins.All musicians are welcome - any instrument!
Charity Concert 17th April @ Shire Hall
Feb., 27, 2007
Dear UKAO,Hi my name is Harry Kipling , of Kingston upon Hull Accordion Club  , We have in this area 5 accordion clubs,LIncoln {lindum] - Hull - Sheffield - Barnsley - Wetherby ,,,but never seem to get together , so Ive found a venue more or less in the middle, HOWDEN  J37 M62 . and I have booked the SHIRE HALL  1 mile from J32 M62 ,,,,  very easy,,,,,its a very large hall for upto 200 and has a very big stage ,,,,,, I've already got: the following artists for the concert on tuesday 17th April 2007.  Harry Hussey..........George Syrett...........Pearl  Fawcett-Adriano............. Sam PirtAlso a really fantastic Banjo player called Bill Fables , hes just come back from New Zeland, playing,,,and,a few local groups,  a good cross section of instuments and players.  and already some interest from the clubs themselves     . The charity is :-CANCER RESERCH -ALL THE PROFIT WILL GO TO THEM I hope to have a good turnout from these clubs . It is mainly to get together these local clubs ,, but if any one else is interested please let me know,  the show starts at 7 pm, but I am opening about 4.30 pm,,, Harry and George said they would come early to give imformal tuition and sort out your problems, people can have a go on a big stage , if they want.There will be a buffet & bar ,trade stands, music for sale ,a place to show old accordions ,a raffle.Admission is  just  £6 Put this date in your diary please!TUES 17 APRIL 2007    Doors open at 4.30pm for a 7pm start.Do your best !Many Thanks,   Harry Kipling This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it " onclick="return HandleAddressClick(msgContext.fromAddrList.list[0]);" href="http://r03.webmail.aol.com/23546/aol/en-us/mail/display-message.aspx#"> This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it Tel 01430 860300
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
Milos Milivojevic
February 16th, 1.10pm

Kosmos & Milos perform in St James Church, Piccadilly, London.
http://www.st-james-piccadilly.org/html/lunchtime.html

 
Sunday 18th FebruaryBush Hall
310 Uxbridge Road
London
W12 7LJ

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.


http://www.royalalberthall.com/ignite/ignite.aspx
Kind Regards to all at UKAO!Milos Milivojevic This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it "> This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
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
  
Accordéon et Accordéonistes’ Magazine, Paris – France
Contributed by Frédéric Deschamps

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: frederic.deschamps@wanadoo.fr
Training Courses, CNFA Qualifications – France
Feb., 27, 2007
On return from the very successful journey to the peaceful Southern Hemisphere (Fiji Islands and New Zealand), for the CIA Congress, concerts and master classes, Frédéric Deschamps (picture left) is again very busy with training courses preparing students for the French Coupe Mondiale qualifications which will take place in La Selle sur le Bied on March 3rd and 4th.

From February 18th to March 2nd, the elite of young French accordionists as well as the international players from Scandinavia, New Zealand, China, Spain, etc, will be in Chevannes in the ideal pastoral atmosphere for serious concentration and powerful musical creativity, that is required to enjoy success at international level competitions today.

These French national qualifications will be highly international since the jury will be composed in addition to traditional juries of the CNFA (Confédération National Française de l’Accordéon – Lydie Kotala, Frédéric Deschamps, Phil Bouvier and Max Bonnay), of the President of the CIA Kevin Friedrich (USA - picture right), and Vice President of the CIA and also Vice-Président of the CMA (Confédération Mondiale de l’Accordéon), and Raymond Bodell (picture left) of the UK.

An exceptional Festival will be organized during these qualifications: with the program including French prizewinners such as Jerome Richard, Domi Emorine, etc. Full details will be available very soon.
10th Balkanfolk Workshop, Bankya – Bulgaria
Feb., 27, 2007
Hungarian accordionist Zoltan Orosz, with guitarist Gabor Ursu and bass player Csaba Pengo were invited to perform at the ‘Winter Days of Accordion in Nizhny Tagil’ Festival.

This competition for young accordionists that took place from February 16th to 18th. Nizhny Tagil is a town 150 km north from the city of Yekaterinburg. Zoltan Orosz took part in the jury, (Zoltan Orosz pictured on the right).

The Zoltan Orosz Trio received a very warm welcome from local audience, especially as the outside temperature was below -30°C. Their program included: ‘La Foule’, ‘Carioca’, ‘Dark Eyes’, ‘French Touch’, ‘Lark’, ‘Laurita’, ‘Fou Rire’, ‘Tico-Tico’, ‘Idu Svati’, and ‘Libertango’.

For further information email: benko.balazs@kentimpex.t-online.hu
International Accordion Festival, Vienna - Austria
Feb., 27, 2007
The 8th International Accordion Festival takes place in several venues in Vienna from February 24th to March 25th. 200 artistes from 27 countries will perform 30 concerts. The guest list includes: Raúl Barboza, Renato Borghetti, Marinette Bonnert & Pere Romaní, Chili Cheeps, Heinz Ditsch, Krzysztof Dobrek, Richard Galliano, Otto Lechner, Martin Lubenov, Madagascar All Stars, Motion Trio, Klaus Paier, Ciro Perez, with his Trio P.S.P., Sascha Shevchenko, Beni Schmid, with Stian Carstensen and Georg Breinschmied, Stefan Sterzinger, Riccardo Tesi, Tini Trampler, Attwenger and Roland Neuwirth, Ulrich Kodjo Wendt, and Zamballarana, and many others.

For further information email: herbert@accordion-cd.co.at
Jon Hammond’s ‘Musikmesse Warm Up Party’, Frankfurt – Germany
Feb., 27, 2007
Accordionist and organist Jon Hammond and his quartet, including the great Hungarian tenor sax star Tony Lakatos, will be performing his annual ‘Musikmesse Warm Up Party’ at the Jazzkeller in Frankfurt on the evening of March 27th. The Jazzkeller is located in the middle of Frankfurt very close to the big Alte Oper building on Kleine Bockenheimerstr.

For further information email: jonhammond@jonhammondband.com
‘Land of Legends’, Minneapolis – USA
Feb., 27, 2007
‘Land of Legends: A Journey through the Carpathian Mountains’ is the title of a show presenting Polish, Hungarian and other mid-European music and dance, to be held at the Ritz Theater, Northeast Minneapolis, April 19th to 22nd. Performances are at 8pm each night, with a matinee at 2pm on Sunday 22nd.

The EDT Folk Orchestra, featuring Dee Langley on accordion, will perform the music. According to Colleen Bertsch, music director, "The orchestra is incredibly excited to play the music that Liszt, Brahms, Dvorak, and Bartok found worthy of using as their creative muse. Once you hear traditional music from the Carpathians, you will understand why the great masters depended on this deep well of material: it's earthy, sexy, passionate, and real.”

For further information email: info@ethnicdancetheatre.com
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