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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

F. Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

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

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 (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

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

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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 Whiskeymp3

Buy Red Roses for Me by The Pogues

Flogging 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 Islandmp3

Buy 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

Tickets: £12 - £22

Box Office: 020 7935 2141
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 
 



For more information, go to:
 
 
 
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.

Start ‘Em Young: Pint Size Polkas
Mar., 1, 2009
We’re just starting to explore the vast world of children’s music, but Pint Size Polkas by Uncle Mike and his Polka Band already sounds like a must-have for our collection.Creator and Wisconsin polka musician Mike Schneider first heard polka music when he was five years old and, even then, the bouncy rhythms made a lasting impression. He recorded Pint Size Polkas “to help children and their families discover the good, clean fun that you will experience with polka music.” With songs like “Alphabet Polka,” “Numbers Schottische,” and “Tiny Bubbles in the Tub,” children will learn about the alphabet, numbers, and even hygiene while dancing to a polka beat.If you’re in the Midwest, keep an eye on your local news — Mike’s been doing a number of local TV appearances over the past few weeks. If you miss those appearances, you can catch the video for “Jolly Lumberjack Polka” on YouTube.Uncle Mike and his Polka Band: Jolly Lumberjack Polkamp3Buy Pint Size Polkas by Uncle Mike and his Polka Band
Rene Sopa - New CD
Mar., 1, 2009
New CD - Click Here!www.myspace.com/soparene         This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it http://www.renesopa.com          Tel : +33(0)6 16 53 26 35
Accordions at Morley College - News Update
Feb., 9, 2009
Accordions at Morley resumes on Friday (6 February)

We start again after the Christmas break next Friday, 6.30 for 7.00 as usual.  We'll be starting work on Rhapsody in Blue.

This term's meeting dates will be:

6th & 13th February, 6th & 13th March, 3rd April

Fees unchanged at £7 (£4 concessions) per session, or (preferably) join for the term at £28 (£16 concessions).

Look forward to seeing lots of you then!

Neil Sanders - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/
Eastbourne Accordion Festival is just a fortnight away!
Feb., 9, 2009
Eastbourne Accordion weekend at The Queens Hotel
Your Last Chance to book for this fabulous packed weekend of "Accordion Talent" (10 Artistes) and "Accordionistic Camaraderie"For information/bookings - please call: 01323-733700 (John or Jackie)Friday 20th February - Monday 23rd February 2009
Give John or Jackie a bell on 01323-733700
ArtistesSteve Roxton     Stefan Andrusyschyn    
Ian Watson      Julie North  Angie Lukins        Richard Adey     Harry Hussey     Antonio Spacccarotella   Gennaro Fiondella    John Romero
Teachers
Sue Bennett     Gennaro Fiondella     Harry Hussey     Angie Lukins     Julie North     Trevani     Ian WatsonOrganisations and Traders
The Accordion Shop     Carillon Studios      Stan Mayhew     Trevani Music & Gifts     UKAO
The PARIS - MOSCOW DUO announces the release of their new DVD
Feb., 9, 2009
http://www.accordions.com/duo/
 
Programme du DVD:
 
1) W. Mozart "Adagio" du concerto en La majeur                               
 
2) N. Risol "Kazachok" (variations sur un thème Ukrainien)                          
 
3) Arrgt. M. Larcange "Coucou"                                                    
 
4) G. Dittel "Fantaisie Russe"                                                           
 
5) J. Baselli / J. Rossi    "Boutade"                                                     
 
6) A. Shalayev  L'hiver                                                                        
 
7) A. Piazzolla "Ave Maria" 
                                                                
 8) J. S. Bach "Scherzo" (Badinerie) 
                                               
 
MP3 Monday: LynnMarie and the Boxhounds
Feb., 9, 2009
Today we’re featuring another Grammy-nominated track, this time from the polka side of the aisle. Although she’s been nominated five times for Best Polka Album — and was the first female nominee in that category — LynnMarie’s music stretches far beyond the boundaries of polka. Working with longtime collaborator, guitarist Charlie Kelley, Speechless is an instrumental record incorporating rock, country, Tex-Mex, and Cajun flavors. No matter what the style, though, LynnMarie’s bouncy button accordion is always at the center of the action.Like so many other great artists in the polka category, she’s been continually thwarted in her Grammy quest by 17-time winner Jimmy Sturr. Will this be the year she breaks through?LynnMarie and Charlie Kelley as the Boxhounds: Pinch the Tailsmp3Buy Speechless by LynnMarie and Charlie Kelley as the Boxhounds
Franz Nicolay’s Accordions
Feb., 9, 2009
I’m always curious to hear what gear “professional” accordion players are carrying around — and it’s even better to hear the stories behind their choices. Franz Nicolay, keyboard/accordion player for The Hold Steady, recently posted on the band’s message board in response to a question asking what kind of accordion he plays. Turns out he currently has three: a red 72-bass Hohner Concerto II, a full-size 120-bass Galanti, and a ladies-size 120-bass Iorio Candido. I liked the bittersweet story behind the Galanti:“The really good one is a full-size 120-bass Galanti, an Italian beast I bought off a Bulgarian fellow named Sergio in Forest Hills about five years ago. I found him on Yahoo Classifieds; it’s kind of a sad story: he’d emigrated with his brother fifty years earlier, and they’d always lived together, worked together, never married, and after work they’d play accordion duets in the basement. When his brother died, he couldn’t bring himself to play alone. So he gave me an incredible deal, because, he said, ‘I can tell you’re a musician and I want it to go to someone who’ll play it.’”In addition to The Hold Steady, Franz plays with a number of other groups, including the World/Inferno Friendship Society, Anti-Social Music, and Guignol, and he just released his solo debut, Major General.
MP3 Monday: Cedric Watson
Feb., 9, 2009
We’re two weeks away from the Grammys and, while you probably won’t see Cedric Watson on TV, he could walk away with the Best Cajun/Zydeco Album award. A skilled multi-instrumentalist — he plays both accordion and fiddle — Watson is part of the recent Cajun/Zydeco youth movement that includes his old band the Pine Leaf Boys, Feufollet, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and many others. On his self-titled solo debut, Cedric creates music with strong Creole roots, playing a variety of old-school zydeco styles, original material and Creole traditionals.Cedric Watson: Cedric Zydecomp3Buy Cedric Watson by Cedric Watson
Ask Blair Kilpatrick Contest
Feb., 9, 2009
Do you have a question for Blair Kilpatrick, author of Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music? Would you like to win a free, signed copy of her book? Read on!Blair has kindly offered to answer a handful of questions from our readers about her story, her music, or whatever else sparks your curiosity. Just submit your question here before next Monday (January 26th) and we’ll forward your questions to Blair for her to answer in a future post. Then we’ll choose one lucky, random question-asker and they’ll receive a free, signed copy of her excellent new book.In the meantime, Bay Area accordion aficionados can catch Blair at one of these upcoming author events:January 23: The Booksmith (San Francisco)February 8: Clayton Books (Clayton)February 10: Book signing/dance party at Ashkenaz (Berkeley)February 19: University Press Books (Berkeley)February 24: Stacey’s (San Francisco)In addition to a reading, book signing, and Q&A, these events will also include live Cajun-Creole music.
Charles Camilleri (1931-2009)
Jan., 20, 2009
  - Charles Camilleri (1931-2009)
In the 1950s and 60s, Charles Camilleri was one of the world's best-known and most admired international accordionists, and he performed in many countries worldwide. Camilleri was a familiar figure in Britain during these years, and was the chief guest artiste at the 1958 and 1966 'Accordion Day' All-Britain Championships concerts.
Born in Malta in 1931, Charles was immersed in the accordion and the piano from a young age. He formed a band whose members were all aged under sixteen, playing at local functions, and was also performing as a solo accordionist in concerts. At the age of twelve, Charles became the first accordionist to appear in concert at the Opera House in Malta, playing selections from La Traviata, accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra.
As a teenager, Charles played with every orchestra in Malta, on accordion and piano, and also played in small combos specialising in Continental style dance music. He was very versatile, equally at home in a range of genres, including classical music. After one such performance on the classical platform, Camilleri was encouraged to pursue a career in music by the tenor Tito Gobbi, of the New York Metropolitan Opera House.

In 1949, Camilleri's father took the family to Sydney, Australia, where he had secured a job as a tuner/repairer for Hohner. Charles formed a combo that played in nightclubs and jazz venues, and did many radio broadcasts. He also taught the accordion, founded his own Accordion Academy, and published his Studies for the Piano Accordion. In 1955, Camilleri attended the CIA Coupe Mondiale World Championships, held in Brighton, England, not as a competitor, but as the Australian representative.
In 1950s and 60s Camilleri lived variously in Toronto, New York and London. In Britain, Camilleri became a familiar and welcome figure at NAO and BCA accordion events – adjudicating, performing, teaching and holding master classes. He wrote The Camilleri Complete Accordion Method, published in 1958 by Francis, Day & Hunter Ltd. In 1960 he recorded an LP titled Spectacular Accordions. When Malcolm Gee organised his very first Autumn Accordion Festival, held at Pontins Sands Bay Holiday Camp in Somerset in November 1982, Camilleri was present.
Charles Camilleri, long acknowledged as Malta's national composer, composed hundreds of works for accordion, piano, organ, clarinet, violin, oboe, groups, orchestras and choirs. His compositions included the Malta Suite, Maltese Dances, A Maltese Overture - Din l-Art Helwa, operas in Maltese, a ballet based on the Knights of Malta and the oratorio Pawlu ta' Malta. As far back as 1949, a concert consisting entirely of Camilleri's works took place in Malta. Camilleri's compositions for accordion include Magic Fingers, Accordiana, Evening in Paris, Accordion Samba, June, Australiana, Corinne and Concerto for Accordion and Strings.
Camilleri also worked in films. In 1957 he played the accordion in Seven Thunders, a war film starring Stephen Boyd, James Robertson Justice and Kathleen Harrison, and in 1987 he had an acting role as a musician in the film High Tide, starring Judy Davis. He also composed music for films.
In 1965, Camilleri organised the CIA Coupe Mondiale, held in the Maltese capital Valetta. 1972 Camilleri's contribution to the worldwide accordion movement was recognised with the CIA Merit Award.
Camilleri was widely recognized as one of the major composers and orchestral conductors of his generation. He moved on from the accordion world to establish himself in classical music, and is one of a very few accordionists to make an even greater name for himself in a wider musical context.
Charles Camilleri suffered a stroke a couple of years ago, and died on January 3rd 2009 at the age of 77. His funeral took place on January 5th at Naxxar, his town of residence for a long time. The number of people who attended the service, as well as the fact that flags across Malta were flown at half-mast on the date of his death, is evidence of the great impact he had on the people of Malta
 Rob Howard
Yorkshire Accordion & Music Festival - 7th February 2009
Jan., 20, 2009
This year the annual Yorkshire Accordion and Music festival is being held on Saturday 7th February at the usual venue of Victoria Hall in Saltaire and features the NAO North Central Accordion Championships, Festival Championships, Trade stands and a family fun Ceilidh with the Rob Thorn Band.Competition adjudicators include Djordje Gajic, Ken Farren, Ray Bodell, Karolyn Broadhead, Graham Waterhouse and Andrew Fearnley and we are already looking at beating last years record number of 335 entries.Entry to come watch during the day is free and details/maps/acommodation details can be found on the Yorkshire Accordion and Music Festival website at www.yamf.co.uk.This year the Ceilidh is with the Rob Thorn Band - it's always really good fun, a great laugh and we get a great mixture of all ages coming to all our Ceilidhs. There will also be a guest spot from Thom Hardaker who is a local lad who is currently studying over in Russia.Tickets for the Ceilidh in advance are £5 for Adults, £3 for Concessions or £15 for a family ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children). On the door Adults £6, Concessions £4. The ticket price includes a late bar, some food, ceilidh dancing (with someone telling you how to do it!) and if you book early enough and live on route a free coach. Bargain!The coach will probably be going from Skipton - Cross Hills - Steeton - Keighley - Saltaire from about 7.15pm and coming back 12.15-12.30am. Coach booking is on a first come first served basis. Contact Danny Hinchcliffe to confirm coach booking ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )If you'd like tickets please contact Richard Smith ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it / 07910 280943) or Danny Hinchcliffe ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it / 07927 413681) or tickets can be purchased from Cross Hills Post Office or the Craven School of Music.It's going to be a great night and would be great to see you all, please invite all your friends/family - let them know if you think they'd be interested and let us know soon if you want tickets. 
Gary Blair - New CD - "A Chip off the Old Block" - Available from UKAO on 8th February 2009
Jan., 20, 2009
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Track 1 " Anna Polka " Track 2 " The Rose " Track 3 " Vacances Tyroliennes " Track 4 " Czardas "Track 5 " Tutto Pepe " Track 6 " The Hen's March to the midden and The Chicken reel" Track 7 " Marietta "Track 8 " Heidi's Waltz" and "The Levear Waltz" Track 9 " Dizzy Accordion " Track 10 " Retour des Hirondelles "Track 11 " Preludio" Track 12 " Minka" Track 13 " Carrickfergus" Track 14 " Clarinet Polka "Track 15 " Das Kufsteiner Lied "Gary Blair Jnr plays 1st accordion and solo on Tracks 1,,4,5,7,9,10Gary Blair Snr plays 1st Accordion and solo on Tracks 2, 3,6,8,12,13,14,15This new exciting CD @ £12.99 (Incl. UK Postage),features father and son for the very first time on disc, is available from the UKAO CD Shop - Click Here from Sunday 8th February 2009 and also will be for sale on:- Gary Blair's 10th "Tour Down South" - 8th - 15th February 2009.Information from: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Composer Charles Camilleri passes away in Malta on 3 January 2009 aged 77.
Jan., 20, 2009
Professor Charles Camilleri
Composer Charles Camilleri passes away. Long acknowledged Maltese composer Charles Camilleri died on Saturday morning, aged 77.Mro Camilleri, started his career in his teenage years composing a number of works based on Maltese folk tales and legends. Camilleri is today recognized as one of the major composers of his generation. He has moved from his early influences by Maltese folk music to a musical form in which nothing is fixed and his compositions evolve from themselves with a sense of fluency and inevitability.

He has composed over 100 works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, voice and solo instruments. Camilleri's work has been performed throughout the world and his research of folk music and improvisation, the influences of the sounds of Africa and Asia, together with the academic study of European music, have helped him create a universal style.  He has over 300 compositions, half of which are recorded on some 36 CDs, sold all over the world. 
   From Valerie Fenech   In 1949 at the age of 18 from Malta, Charles together with his parents Carl & Josephine and little sister Yvonne migrated to Australia. They settled in Sydney in the early 1950’s. Charles made a name for himself with the piano accordion. He made appearances on the Showboat, Tivoli, & Theatre weekly shows at Eden Park. His many concerts, radio shows etc. He taught music at Nicholson’s in the city and Gallaghers at Parramatta. He went to entertain the troops in Korea. At this time he was so very well known, together with Enzo Toppano, Gus Menzie, Tommy Tyco & Jeff Harvey etc. After achieving everything he possibly could in Australia, he ventured out in 1954 to try his luck overseas. There he became very well known not only in his birthplace Malta and all over Europe, but London, Canada & America.He leaves his wife Doris, son Charles, daughter Anya, 5 grandchildren in Malta and his only sister Yvonne Attard in Sydney Australia.From Yvonne Attard – sister of Professor Charles Camilleri who passed away in Malta on 3 January 2009 aged 77.
MP3 Monday: The Gourds
Jan., 20, 2009
It’s hard to believe we haven’t mentioned The Gourds before, but the release of their excellent new album, Haymaker!, is the perfect occasion to make amends. Hailing from the musical melting pot of Austin, the Gourds’ music runs the gamut from straight country to swamp rock to Cajun, with a few stops along the way. As the Gourds enter their second decade, they continue to extend their fanbase with a reputation built on clever, heavily-referential lyrics and high-energy live performances.Today’s download is “Country Love,” the opening track from Haymaker! In addition to Claude Bernard’s accordion, it features some of my favorite star-gazing lyrics since Wilco’s “California Stars.”The Gourds: Country Lovemp3Buy Haymaker! by The Gourds
Blair Kilpatrick’s Accordion Dreams
Jan., 20, 2009
I love hearing stories of how people fell in love with the accordion, so I’m really looking forward to Blair Kilpatrick’s new book, Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music. Kilpatrick was a happily settled psychologist, wife, and mother when a trip to New Orleans sparked a passion for Cajun music and the accordion. Today, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area — the largest Cajun/zydeco scene outside of Louisiana — and plays accordion in her own Cajun-Creole band, Sauce Piquante.The book details Kilpatrick’s pursuit of her unlikely obsession with Cajun culture and the accordion, from the Chicago’s Cajun dance scene to a folk music camp in West Virginia and trips to Louisiana and even France. But it’s really about embracing new experiences and how you can chase your dreams at any age.“… I moved the bellows just a little, my finger depressing a single white button, one of the low notes on the treble side. I bent my ear close. There—I heard it! A throaty whisper that promised to turn into the real thing once I really let go. I could already picture it, and I could practically feel it: bellows pumping, air rushing, all four reeds vibrating in the thrilling growl and wail of a Cajun accordion in full voice. The accordion of my dreams.”If you live in the Bay Area, there’ll be a release/dance party for the book on February 10th at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. The event will include a reading, book signing, and a performance by Sauce Piquante.
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