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 "My life with the Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson - Chapters 1,2 & 3

"My Life With The Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson Ron Hodgson - 1958 Ron Hodgson - 2008I began playing the accordion when I was seven years old. I received an accordion for Christmas 1935.

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Dmitry Manchuk & Miroslav Leliukh - Musical Fantasy

Art Van Damme - Deep Purple

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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

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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

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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

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Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - Blue Moon

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Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

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J. Rid - 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

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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 (waltz for solo accordion)

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes (for solo accordion)

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

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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

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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

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S.E.Cornwall Accordion Club with special guest Harry Hussey
Aug., 10, 2009
 S.E.Cornwall Accordion Club - July Meeting
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Special Guest is Harry Hussey
Christmas Newsletter from Emily Smith - Scots Singer of the Year!
Aug., 10, 2009

Seasons Greetings from Emily Smith!

BBC Hogmanay Show.
I’m very excited to let you know that I will be performing on BBC Scotland’s Programme ‘Hogmanay Live’ this year.  I’ll be playing accordion in the house band under the musical direction of Phil Cunningham, also playing in the band is my regular band mate Duncan Lyall on double bass, Alyn Cosker who played drums on my new album and fellow pals John McCusker, Jenn Butterworth and Jarleth Henderson.
I’ll also be singing Auld Lang Syne with 2007’s UK X Factor winner Leon Jackson.

The show starts at 23:50 on BBC 1 Scotland.  (Sky Channel 971 at 23.50hrs)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/hogmanay/

 If you’re out and about to see in the bells or, if you’re like me and live in a remote area where the weather often goes a bit daft and cuts the electricity off on Hogmanay, then you can watch again on BBC iplayer: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

http://www.emilysmith.org/

Seasons Greetings Everyone!

Thought I’d fit in one last newsletter before the year is out….

Scots Singer of the Year
A HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for me in this year's Scots Trad Music Awards - I was chuffed to bits to be awarded as Scots Singer of the Year at the awards held in Glasgow on 6th December.
With every year that passes these awards are helping to raise awareness of Scottish music at home and abroad and I was really impressed by how well the evening was put together. Well done to Simon Thoumire and all at 'Hands up for Trad' and their supporters for having the drive and enthusiasm to make this event happen.
There is so much good music coming out of Scotland that each of the nominees would have been a worthy winner, but I can't deny it was a real treat to have won!

BBC Hogmanay Show
I’m very excited to let you know that I will be performing on BBC Scotland’s Programme ‘Hogmanay Live’ this year.  I’ll be playing accordion in the house band under the musical direction of Phil Cunningham, also playing in the band is my regular band mate Duncan Lyall on double bass, Alyn Cosker who played drums on my new album and fellow pals John McCusker, Jenn Butterworth and Jarleth Henderson.
I’ll also be singing Auld Lang Syne with 2007’s UK X Factor winner Leon Jackson.
The show starts at 23:50 on BBC 1 Scotland.  If you’re out and about to see in the bells or, if you’re like me and live in a remote area where the weather often goes a bit daft and cuts the electricity off on Hogmanay, then you can watch again on BBC iplayer: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

Winners Concert on BBC ALBA
By the magic of television I’ll be featured in a Scots Trad Music Award Winners concert over on digital channel BBC ALBA at 7pm, also 31st December.  The show features many of the award winners performing at a concert recently held in Glasgow and is presented by Julie Fowlis.

Happy Christmas
So, that’s all for 2008 folks.  This has been a fantastic year for me and I’m looking forward to plans we have in place for 2009, there’s lots of shows to be played and recordings to be made!  Celtic Connections kicks off on the 17th January for me and I have three shows at the festival this year.  Full details to the side and on my site.
 
Thanks as always for reading and for your continued support and encouragement throughout the year, it really is much appreciated.  None of us knows what 2009 holds, for those of us working in entertainment industry we hope that no matter how hard times get economically people will always want to listen to music.
If you’re facing a tough time ahead then I hope you can still manage to find a blessing to count, I wish you all a happy, peaceful and restful Christmas and New Year.

Lots of love
Emily x
 
 
UPCOMING GIGS

January 2009

Saturday 17th Jan
‘Seaquins’
Celtic Connections Festival
The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Emily performs as part of international female folk collaboration 'Seaquins'.
For more info click here:
Celtic Connections - Seaquins



Thursday 22nd January
Emily Smith with Bella Hardy
Celtic Connections Festival
St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow
.Emily Smith with Jamie McClennan, Ross Milligan & Duncan Lyall.
Also on the bill is English fiddler and singer Bella Hardy.
For more info click here:
Celtic Connections - Emily Smith



Saturday 24th January
Auld Lang Syne
Celtic Connections Festival
Main Auditorium - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan as part of 'Auld Lang Syne' alongside Eddi Reader, Dick Gaughan,
 Karen Matheson, Michael Marra, Dougie MacLean, Mairi Campbell, David Francis, John McCusker and Phil Cunningham.
For more info click here:
Celtic Connections - Auld Lang Syne
                                      
David Price - Accordionist Leicester UK.
Aug., 10, 2009

Here is a video of professional accordionist, David Price from Leicester UK, playing his treasured 1955 USA "double cassotto" Excelsior.This video was taken at  a concert he did in early 2008 with Tom Alexander (The Alexander Brothers Fame).

MP3 Monday: Pezzettino
Aug., 10, 2009
Classically trained on piano, Margaret Stutt of Pezzettino picked up her father’s accordion in 2008 and has been writing songs nonstop ever since. Alternating between accordion and piano, her music is moody and restless while her lyrics are intensely personal. She’s also a textbook example of the do-it-yourself independent musician in the digital age, using tools like Twitter to connect with her audience and even filming custom videos on YouTube for fans who support her music. After recording her debut album solo on a laptop, she’s been slowly adding to her band and released her second album, Lion, in April.

Pezzettino: Parasitemp3

Buy Lion by Pezzettino

MP3 Monday: Bowerbirds
Aug., 10, 2009
You would expect a band living and writing music off the grid in an Airstream trailer in the woods outside of Raleigh, NC, to play some lo-fi acoustic folk. But that’s just a tiny part of what Bowerbirds are all about. The duo of Phil Moore (guitar) and Beth Tacular (accordion) won over critics with their beautiful 2007 debut, Hymns for a Dark Horse and have just released their follow-up, Upper Air. Sparse, subtle arrangements incorporating violin, percussion, and more set the stage for beguiling harmonies and unabashedly pastoral lyrics. Currently touring the US, you can find most of their upcoming shows on our accordion events calendar.

Bowerbirds: Teethmp3

Buy Upper Air by Bowerbirds

MP3 Monday: Chango Spasiuk
Apr., 19, 2009
Yesterday’s New York Times had a rave review for a recent performance by Chango Spasiuk, one of our favorite Argentine accordionists. Spasiuk is best known as an innovator of chamam, a folk music from northeast Argentina which blends native Guarani, Creole and European traditions. But Spasiuk’s music goes beyond the traditional, incorporating rock, jazz and even avant-garde references. He’s drawn comparisons to his fellow countryman, the legendary Astor Piazzolla, and indeed, Spasiuk may well be doing for chamam what Piazzolla did for tango.Chango Spasiuk: Governor Virasoromp3
Pearl Fawcett-Adriano @ Chester Accordion Club - Tuesday March 31st - 7.30pm
Mar., 29, 2009
Pearl Power @ Chester Accordion Club
31st March at 7.30 pm

Chester Accordion Club
Castrol Sports & Social Club
Chester Road (A5032)
Whitby
ELLESMERE PORT
Cheshire

Contact Tel: 0151 339 9850 (Lyn)
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UK - Roland V-Accordion Festival - Entries are now closed!
Mar., 29, 2009
Entries are now closed for this year's UK leg of the V-Accordion Festival:
 
Romano
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24th April 2009 at Blackpool Lancashire.The sound of an accordion is timeless, romantic and beautiful. Incredibly tactile in nature, the instrument lies close to the heart of the player, and touches the hearts of those who cherish its evocative call. We’re inviting accordion players from every corner of the country to enter the third Roland V-Accordion Championship. Pick up the instrument you love and start playing - you could represent the UK in the international final in Italy as well as winning 5,000 euros and a Roland V-Accordion.This year’s V-Accordion takes place as part of the NAO Blackpool Festival in April. The national final will feature junior and senior categories, each with a V-Accordion as a prize. The senior winner will also qualify for the international final in Italy, held during November 2009, with a first prize of 5,000 euros.To enter, read the rules and then download an entry form, fill it in and return to us. Good luck and happy playing!
Claudio Allodi at The Uxbridge Accordion Club - Monday 6th April 2009 @ 8.00pm
Mar., 29, 2009
Claudio Allodi
 (Doors open at 7.30pm)West Drayton,Information: 01895-235601 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Very friendly atmosphere - a
Name That Accordion: C10?
Mar., 29, 2009
Okay, accordion sleuths: reader Diane has sent us a few photos of an accordion with two notable features: a small V and “C10″ on the front grille and a “Made in Italy” nameplate on the back. Thinking the V might be a clue to the manufacturer’s name, Diane contacted Victoria Accordions in Italy, but they didn’t recognize it. Any ideas? Click here for more photos.
Blair Kilpatrick Answers More Questions
Mar., 29, 2009
Today we’re closing the book, so to speak, on our Q&A series with Blair Kilpatrick, author of Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music. In her last set of responses, Blair discusses her accordion collection, the SF Bay Area Cajun/Zydeco scene, and her dream “accordion lunch.”If you could have lunch with the accordion player of your choice, who would it be and why?That’s a difficult one. There are two Louisiana legends from the past I’d love to meet: Creole accordionist Amde Ardoin (1896-1941) and Cajun accordionist Iry LeJeune (1928-1955). Iry, who recorded much of the core Cajun repertoire, was heavily influenced by Amede, so I imagine they’d enjoy getting together. That would be a wonderful fantasy lunch—even though I’d have a hard time keeping up, since the conversation would be all in French.But if I had to choose, I’d share one more meal with Creole accordionist Danny Poullard, my friend and teacher, who died in April of 2001. He was the guiding spirit of the Bay Area’s Cajun-zydeco scene. He gave away his music so freely—he had weekly jam sessions at his house, and he was so proud of his many protg’s who went on to play in bands of their own. He also taught at music camps all over the country. My band was the final one to be shaped by his garage jam sessions. He even suggested our name, Sauce Piquante. He heard us perform as a full band just once, five days before he died.So I’d love to bring him back to let him know how things are going—and to tell him he’s not forgotten. I hope he’d like my book. So much of Accordion Dreams is about my time with Danny. He was a tough but loving mentor—so I’m sure he’d offer a few tips about my accordion playing—and maybe even about the book, too!What do you think makes the SF Bay Area Cajun/Zydeco scene so vibrant?When I moved here in 1997 from Chicago, I felt like a kid in a candy shop. There were at least twenty local bands playing Cajun and zydeco music, any number of venues, and regular appearances by touring out-of-state bands. You could go out dancing every night of the week and often you’d have more than one choice. These days, things have slowed down a little. But it’s still the most active and vibrant Cajun-zydeco scene outside the Gulf Coast. Just check the online calendar. (We still have twenty homegrown bands listed!)The Bay Area is unique because of the presence of such a large number of people with roots in Louisiana—Cajuns, but especially Creoles, who began to migrate to California in the 1940’s. They left Louisiana and East Texas in search of economic opportunities and a more open social climate. In the San Francisco Bay Area, these Louisiana transplants tried to keep their culture alive through music—at house parties and Catholic Church dances, and eventually in more commercial venues. The local Creole community produced a number of musicians, including famed zydeco accordionist Queen Ida Guillory, as well as my late friend and mentor Danny Poullard (see below) who had a hand in shaping most of the Bay Area bands playing today.Most people agree that the Creole community provided the foundation for the local music scene. But the other important piece is the strong tradition of folk and world music in the Bay Area. Fiddlers, especially, were drawn to Cajun music—many spent time in Louisiana studying the music. But they also discovered a thriving Louisiana French community right here.So the current scene represents the coming together of two groups: Creoles, as well as some Cajuns, with roots in Louisiana; and then the outsiders—people like me—who have been drawn to the music and culture. It’s a unique community of musicians and dancers—and a pretty wonderful one.How many accordions do you have? Which is your favorite and why?The accordion head count currently stands at eight—if you include my two toy accordions, a “starter” Hohner on permanent loan to my rock guitarist son in NYC, and the piano accordion I’ve never learned to play.It’s tough to pick a favorite. I’m attached to them all—and there is a story behind each one.I have three beautiful handmade Cajun accordions. For those who don’t know: a Cajun accordion is a single row diatonic instrument, with ten buttons on the treble side, two on the bass side, and four stops corresponding to four banks of reeds. Cajun accordions tend to be “dry-tuned”—which creates less of a tremolo sound. The first two were made by Larry Miller, a well-known builder, now retired, who lives in Iota, Louisiana. The first one, in the key of C, was crafted from a piece of driftwood Larry found on the shores of Holly Beach, a Gulf Coast resort. A few years later, I discovered singing was easier for me in a higher key. So then I asked Larry to make a D. He used an unusual reddish South American wood whose name escapes me at the moment.A few years ago, I had a second D accordion made by Jude Moreau, a Cajun musician friend and instrument maker who lives in Texas. At my request, this one was slightly “wet-tuned.” It has a few other custom touches and a personal inscription inside. Unlike the other two, which have a natural wood finish, this one is a bright shiny red. (Like a candy apple, as one friend observed.) I think of this one as my “flashy” accordion—the one I use most often for performing. (You can also see it in my photo.) If have to pick a favorite, I guess this is it!The first accordion I tried to play was an oddball little number I found in a music store in Chicago. The owners, an elderly German couple, told me it had been in storage for just a few years. It turned out to be an antique—probably going back to the 1920s-30s! It is a very primitive single row diatonic accordion made by the Eagle Company in Germany. Very flimsy, weighing about two pounds, two banks of reeds on a single plate, high pitched, key of G. Basically, it’s a glorified harmonica. As famed Louisiana accordion builder Marc Savoy explained to me, it is an unplayable instrument—though it could have some value as a collector’s item. So now it sits on display in our dining room, in an old china cabinet—also an antique, from my Slovenian grandparents’ house in Cleveland.(Cajun accordion fans may recognize the Eagle name: this is the same company that made the famed Monarch and Sterling accordions, the preferred choice in Louisiana until the German-made accordions became unavailable during World War II.)When I gave up on my crazy little Eagle accordion, my husband Steve bought me my first decent Cajun-style accordion. It was factory made: a Hohner 114, the so-called “Hohner Cajun C.” This was an adaptation of the standard single row diatonic instrument Hohner had made for years. It was designed to resemble the much loved “tit noirs”—the black Monarch and Sterling accordions that had been favored in Louisiana. At the time, it was considered the best alternative to the hand built Louisiana accordions: more affordable, but still a very solid instrument for a beginner. (Note: the is not the same thing as the less expensive Ariette Cajun-style model currently made by Hohner.) The two toy accordions, both in the key of C, have seven treble buttons, two stops—and surprisingly decent reeds. I bought the first one at a gas station in Louisiana for about $14, on one of our first family trips there, as a gift for our kids. The second one I bought more recently, at a discount store, to take along as a practice instrument on a trip to the Balkans.The piano accordion? It was another gift from Steve. It’s made by Francini. It’s considered a “ladies’ accordion” because it is built on a slightly smaller scale. (It’s also a very ladylike pearly white!) But otherwise, it’s full size, with 24 white treble keys and 120 basses. I tried to play it a little when I first got it, but I couldn’t get the hang of it. I kept thinking I had to change the bellows direction when it wasn’t necessary. So I gave up.Thanks again to Blair for answering all our questions. Be sure to check out her new book, Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music.
MP3 Monday: Irish Punk for St. Patrick’s Day
Mar., 29, 2009
After two weeks of shuffling boxes back and forth between our old and new homes, we’re back and ready to squeeze. And since we’ve left you high and dry for so long, we’ll make up for it with not one, but two tracks to add to your St. Patrick’s Day party playlist.Metromix Denver put together a fun field guide to Irish punk bands and, of course, all such lists begin with the genre’s creators: The Pogues. Mixing traditional Irish instruments like the accordion and tin whistle with punk rock attitude and politically-charged lyrics, The Pogues are the blueprint that all other Irish/Celtic punk bands follow. This track features some nice accordion work by The Pogues’ accordionist, James Fearnley:The Pogues: Streams of Whiskeymp3Buy Red Roses for Me by The PoguesFlogging Molly approaches the Irish punk sound by melding old and new world — leader Dave King grew up in Dublin, but has spent most of his adulthood in Los Angeles. Named in honor of the L.A. club where the band cut its teeth, Flogging Molly have built a strong following over the years and their latest album, Float, cracked the top 5 in Billboard’s album chart last year. Skateboarder turned accordion player Matt Hensley squeezes the box for Flogging Molly:Flogging Molly: Tobacco Islandmp3Buy Within a Mile of Home by Flogging Molly
London Concertante returns to Wigmore Hall - SUNDAY 22 MARCH, 7.30pm
Mar., 15, 2009
 
London Concertante returns to The Wigmore Hall
  
SUNDAY 22 MARCH, 7.30pm
WIGMORE HALL, Wigmore Street, London
 
 
ZUM's fiery fiddle player (Adam Summerhayes) and supreme cellist (Chris Grist) can be seen wearing their rather more serious and somewhat more sedate hats as they perform with the highly acclaimed chamber ensemble, London Concertante, at London's Wigmore Hall.
 
Strauss - Till Eulenspiegel, einmal anders
Francaix - Octet
Schubert - Octet

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London Concertante returns to Wigmore Hall with a stunning programme including one of the finest pieces of chamber music – Schubert’s magnificent Octet, together with Strauss’s playful Till Eulenspiegel – einmal anders and Françaix’s wonderfully exuberant ‘A Huit’ written to be performed with the Schubert.
 
London Concertante
Adam Summerhayes (violin)
Judith Templeman (violin)
Matthew Quenby (viola)
Chris Grist (cello)
Benjamin Griffiths (double bass)
Mark Smith (horn)
Elizabeth Drew (clarinet)
Benjamin Hudson (bassoon)


Strauss Till Eulenspiegel – einmal anders
Françaix Octet
Schubert Octet in F D. 803
 
An absolutely superb performance'  The Strad
‘Thrilling virtuoso playing’  Gramophone 
 



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ALERT!!! - ACCORDION STOLEN - LONDON (Update).
Mar., 15, 2009
ACCORDION STOLEN - LONDON - Thursday 5th March 2009
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Dear UKAO,

Just to advise everyone that a Black Fantini-Allodi CP11 Double Cassotto 120 Bass accordion was stolen from me today, Thursday 5 January.
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Black Fantini-Allodi CP11 Double Cassotto 120 Bass Accordion
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Above is a photo of a similar instrument of the same model.
(I cannot recall exactly if this one had the Fantini or Allodi name but whichever it was, it was written in chrome lettering).The serial number (marked inside the accordion) is either 789 or 790.
 
The "customers" were 3 Romanians including a female, who hid the instrument under her skirt.
 
It is my asumption that they will try to sell this instrument on, and therefore I want you all to be warned & also to guard against them trying to steal from you as well. 
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Should they come to you or phone you to ask if you'd buy it, please contact the police.
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With thanks for your help!
 
Emilio
 
Allodi Accordions
Dear All,
 
Thanks first of all for all your responses of support.
 
Just remembered something else that might be useful in identifying these thieves - they also own a Hohner Atlantic T accordion, double octave tuned I believe, and some of the keys in the middle of the keyboard have been damaged so they could feasibly come in to request repair quotes on this instrument, or in a ruse to be in your shop to steal something else. For your protection in case they try it with you, the player of the three may be a Polish gypsy rather than Romanian, but it's difficult to say for sure.  He has quite a dark complexion.  The two men are quite tall approx 6 foot in my opinion, around the 30s age but the woman looked older, and was dressed in a black voluminous pleated long skirt.
 
There is half a chance that they sent someone different to the shop yesterday, Tuesday 10 March, to buy a case for it.  I have no way of knowing for sure, but it makes sense if they are planning to try to sell it on to any of you to look as bonafide as possible.  The case is a deluxe Italian square hard case in a lightish grey colour with dimple effect on the outside with plush grey fabric interior. Photo above.
 
Thank you all again.
 
Emilio
Accordionist Ksenija Siderova at Sussex University
Mar., 1, 2009
 
Ksenija Siderova
CROMT production of Stefano Gervasoni's Pas si, Sussex University.CROMT's production of Pas si was shown at the 4th symposium of the Dramaturgie Musicale Contemporaine en Europe project, held in Paris in November 2008. Stefano Gervasoni's short music-theatre work (1998/revised 2008), is based on a non-theatrical text by Samuel Beckett from his collection entitled Mirlitonnades of 1978, and is described by the composer as "Teatrino ambulante" for accordionist and two singers.The piece is directed by Nick Till, and is presented in association with Electric Voice Theatre (Frances M. Lynch and Margaret Cameron), with accordionist Ksenija Siderova, projections by Lorna Heavey and costumes by Tina Waugh. http://www.electricvoicetheatre.co.uk/The production will be shown at the "Beckett and Music" symposum at the University of Sussex, February 26th and 27th 2009.
Alan Young at The Black Country Accordion Club
Mar., 1, 2009
Alan Young
B65 9AT
A brand new accordion club, the Black Country Accordion and Music Club, based at the Rowley Regis Disability Centre, Rowley Village, Rowley Regis, Birmingham B65 9AT

The organiser is professional accordionist Barry Smith, and meetings will be held on the fourth Monday of the month. The guest artistes booked to date include:

February 23rd – Alan Young
March 23rd – North Staffs Accordion Band
April 27th – Pearl Fawcett-Adriano

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Black Country Accordion & Music Club and our meetings will normally be held at Rowley Regis Disability Centre, Rowley Village, Rowley Regis, B65 9AT. on the fourth Monday of the Month.

Monday February 23rd we have Alan Young entertaining from the Isle of Wight.

Monday March 23rd March we have the North Staffs Accordion Band

Monday April 27th Pearl Fawcett - Adriano will be entertaining us.

We are trying to get a cross section of players to please all musical tastes and to try to encourage youngsters to take up the accordion, any help that you can give us to publicise the club would be very much appreciated.

Thanks for your help!

Yours faithfully ,

Barry Smith - Chairman
 
How Many Hippies? 17 Hippies
Mar., 1, 2009
They aren’t really hippies. In fact, there aren’t even 17 of them (13 at last count). But that hasn’t stopped Berlin’s 17 Hippies from rolling dozens of genres — Eastern European folk, French chanson, Cajun/zydeco, and more — into a unique pop style all their own. Lyrics sung in German, French, and English somehow all feel at home when layered over accordion, ukulele, banjo, clarinet, bouzouki, and trombone. When the band first started, members intentionally chose instruments they had never touched; twelve years and 1200 concerts later, they’re still playing traditional tunes and instruments in an entirely untraditional way.Last year, 17 Hippies played at Mountain Stage in West Virginia; you can listen that entire, high-energy appearance online at the NPR website. And if I haven’t sold you enough, here’s a track off their excellent 2007 album, Heimlich:17 Hippies: Rustemulmp3
MP3 Monday: La Strada
Mar., 1, 2009
Without releasing a record, Brooklyn’s La Strada has already built a loyal New York City following; so their fanbase should balloon after the release of their self-titled debut EP next Tuesday, February 24th. With swelling strings, soaring harmonies, and (of course) plenty of accordion, this passionate seven-piece is well on their way to removing the word “next” from their “next big thing” promise. To me, their sound is somewhere between Beirut and DeVotchKa — marrying old-world folk/Balkan stylings with modern American rock and then running away with it to join the circus.La Strada: The Sun Songmp3Buy La Strada by La Strada
Blair Kilpatrick Answers Your Questions
Mar., 1, 2009
Recently, we asked readers to send in their questions for Blair Kilpatrick, author of Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music. Thanks to everyone who responded — and congratulations to Mister Anchovy, who won our drawing for a free copy of the book. Today, in her first set of responses, Blair describes how she was drawn to the accordion and the musical life that she and her husband share.What inspired you to choose the accordion, as opposed to another Cajun instrument?Good question. But I never did choose the accordion. It chose me.It came to me in a dream. Literally. A series of recurring dreams, strange and vivid. I was at one with the instrument, almost dancing with it. It felt like the accordion was playing me. I’d wake up in the morning with the sensation still lingering in my hands. This was peculiar, since I wasn’t a musician and had no memory of ever laying my hands on an accordion.My unlikely passion for Cajun music had begun on a birthday trip to New Orleans, when I heard some recorded music — it was a Beausoleil tape — on a swamp tour. After that, I became consumed with the sound: buying up cassette tapes, listening constantly, going to monthly dances put on by Chicago’s one and only homegrown Cajun band. After nine months of listening, dancing, and dreaming music, I finally gave in: I had to find an accordion.So it didn’t feel like a choice or decision — it was more like succumbing to a consuming passion. A sensible person would have stuck to Cajun dancing, or maybe picked up the guitar or triangle as a first instrument. (Later on, I did learn to play them both, along with some very basic fiddle.) After the fact, I’ve tried to analyze what it is about the particular sound of the Cajun accordion that appeals so strongly to me. My first teacher at music camp, a very young Steve Riley, described it this way: loud and crude. It is, in some ways. Cajun accordion also has a very percussive quality, because of the inherent nature of a single row diatonic instrument. It’s like the wild skirl of the bagpipes or the wail of a blues harmonica — it moves you. Or it doesn’t.More recently, I’ve begun to suspect the accordion resonated so strongly for me because of my Slovenian roots, which were mostly discounted when I was growing up. But that’s another story.If your husband was not already in the music / performance field, would you have had the same passion and devotion to accordion music?I read this question to my husband. Here’s his short answer, after he got done laughing:“And what music/performance field was that?”Here’s my longer answer: It was the other way around. My passion and devotion to Cajun music pulled Steve back into an active music life. But I do know this: I would not have been able to pursue my music — or my writing — without his love and support. That’s why Accordion Dreams is dedicated to him. He opened the door — by taking me on that fateful birthday trip to New Orleans. (Our older son later wisecracked: “Lucky thing Dad didn’t take you to Milwaukee on your birthday. You might be playing polkas.”)A little more about Steve: Like me, he wasn’t musically inclined in his early years. But when he was in his twenties, he fell into playing mandolin with a ragtag bluegrass band called The Foggy Headed Boys. (We had moved to North Carolina, where I pursued a Ph.D. at Duke.) The band played mostly for college parties and the occasional coffeehouse gig. Steve enjoyed it, but when we returned to Chicago he left it all behind. His mandolin playing became a casual solo affair—around the house for our own kids, or for the students at the school where he worked.Thirteen years later, when I fell in love with Cajun music, Steve had only recently started to get back to bluegrass. I was the one, in fact, who pushed him into taking a bluegrass ensemble class. At first, he was slow to warm up to Cajun music, although he completely supported my interest in it, and he was happy to accompany me to music events. (He wasn’t too crazy about the dance lessons, though!)Then, about a year after I got my first accordion, I bought Steve a fiddle. Little by little, he got more involved. Today, he is as committed to Cajun and Creole music as I am. Along with fiddle and mandolin, he plays a fine rhythm guitar. He draws the line at the accordion — he considers it an “impossible” instrument! I think every couple should play music together. We’ve shared some wonderful adventures. We’re never bored. I never have to worry about where to find a fiddler or a dance partner. And we keep each other out of trouble.Blair will answer more reader questions in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, check out her new book, Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music.
The Big Squeeze Accordion Throwdown
Mar., 1, 2009
Are you ready to put your squeezebox skills to the test? Texas Folklife is looking for the most amazing young accordion players in Texas and Louisiana for its annual Big Squeeze accordion contest. You could win cash, a trip for two to play in Germany (courtesy of Hohner), and a day of recording at SugarHill Studios in Houston. Finalists will battle it out before a huge crowd on June 6th at the 20th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens festival. Contestants must be age 25 or younger and the entry deadline is March 1st; check the Texas Folklife site for details.
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