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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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NAO Southern Area Festival - Saturday 22nd November 2008
Oct., 31, 2008

NAO Southern Area Festival
Allendale Centre
Wimborne Dorset
Saturday 22nd November

Adjudicator - Colin Whitfield

Adjudicator - Douglas Ward

Contact Info:
Bob Downer Tel: 01202 - 885192

There will be many NAO & Non NAO Sections
Something for everybody!
Plse give Bob a call to ask about new sections!

If you wish to be a sponsor for this festival plse call Bob Downer on 01202-885192

Festival Organiser - Bob Downer


Or perhaps place a full page advert in their festival programme from just £20/page
 plse give Bob Downer a call on 01202 - 885192

Plenty of parking available at the Allendale Centre Wimborne- for driving directions plse click this URL link!


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Putting the Accordion on the Map
Oct., 31, 2008
I’ve always loved maps; as a kid, I spent hours poring over National Geographic maps at my grandparents’ house. So I’ve combined two of my favorite hobbies into our new map of accordion events across North America. The map includes all of the events currently listed on our accordion events calendar, from Arcata to Wausau. Just zoom in on your area and click on a pin to get details about a particular event.

Of course, some squeezebox hotspots (New York, San Francisco, New Orleans) have more activities listed than others, and that’s where you come in. If there’s an event in your area missing from our list — your band is touring, your accordion club is meeting, etc. — let us know. With your help, we can build the most complete list of accordion events anywhere!

Grandpa’s Magical Accordion
Oct., 31, 2008
For some reason, we find ourselves reading an awful lot of children’s books these days. So we’ll have to pick up a copy of Grandpa’s Magical Accordion, written by Jessica Cherie Errico and illustrated by Brenda Star. It’s the story of two children who, as their grandfather plays his accordion, are magically transported to the countries mentioned in the songs he plays. This picture book aimed at ages 5 to 9 includes a CD with narration and renditions of such accordion classics as “Roll Out The Barrel” and “Cielito Lindo.” Sounds like the perfect holiday gift for the little squeezers in your life.

Name That Accordion: Old Wurlitzer
Oct., 31, 2008
Grab your accordion identification toolkit… it’s time for another round of “Name That Accordion.” Today, reader Sherri B. has sent us some photos of an old Wurlitzer that once belonged to her great-grandfather. It’s an ornately decorated 120 bass, with a “Made in Germany” label on the back. Sherri thinks it’s from the turn of the (last) century, but that’s about all the information we have to go on. Have you seen a Wurlitzer like this one? How old is it really?

Name That Accordion

Accordion Noir Festival in Vancouver
Oct., 31, 2008
A heads-up for accordion fans north of the border — Vancouver’s all-accordion radio show Accordion Noir presents its first annual festival this Thursday and Friday. The two-day squeezebox-o-rama includes live performances from Geoff Berner, Amy Denio, and more, as well as a special screening of the Accordion Tribe documentary. Check our calendar for more information.

Broadcast every Friday night from 9:30 to 10:30 on Vancouver’s CFRO: Co-op Radio 102.7 FM, Accordion Noir is “ruthlessly pursuing the idea that the accordion is just another instrument” by playing an eclectic brew of punk, folk, rock, zydeco, klezmer, jazz, and everything in-between. The brainchild of Bruce Triggs and Rowan Lipkovits, you can listen online live or download episodes directly from the Accordion Noir website. It’s the perfect companion to an evening of browsing the Let’s Polka archives.

Houston, "Road to the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards" Celebration Concert
Oct., 31, 2008
 
 HOUSTON ES MUSICAHouston es Musica, the official host committee for the 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards has programmed a series of FREE concerts all over the city!  Below you will find the Music in the Park Concert Series, produced by the Mayor's Office of Special Events. Go to http://www.houstontx.gov/specialevents/houstonesmusica.html for more information and maps. Sunday, Oct 19 - Live Performances by Grupo Energia and Grupo Alazzan
@ Moody Park (3725 Fulton) from 4 pm - 7 pm
Genre - Mexican Regional / Conjunto / Banda / Norteño
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm ... DJ music 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm ... Live performance / Grupo Energia,http://www.elgrupoenergia.com5:30 pm - 5:45 pm ... Sponsor/presentation/DJ Music 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm ... Live performance / Grupo Alazzan, http://www.grupoalazzan.com6:45 pm - 7:00 pm ... DJ music
Grupo Energia
Grupo Alazzan
Sunday, Oct 26 - Live performances by Norma Zenteno and Avizio
Mason Park (541 South 75th/Tipps St.) from 4 pm - 7 pm
Genre - Tejano
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm ... DJ music 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm ... Live performance / Norma Zenteno, http://www.zenteno.com/norma5:30 pm - 5:45 pm ... Sponsor/presentation/DJ music 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm ... Live performance / Avizo,http://www.avizoband.com6:45 pm - 7:00 pm ... DJ music
Norma Zenteno
Avizio

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Roberto Riojas- Houston Sept 14
Oct., 31, 2008
Sunday Sept 14 5PM-10PM tardeada  (Hurricane Ike willing)

Mak's Ice House
McKinney @ Cullen
Houston

Roberto Riojas y Nosotros (puro Corpus Christi)




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Steve Jordan, Oskar Hernandez headline Narciso Martinez Conjunto Fest Sept 12-14
Oct., 31, 2008
17th Annual Narciso Martinez Conjunto FestivalAugust 20th, 2008An announcement from Cristina BalliFriday September 12, 2008 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday Sept. 13, 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Sunday September 14, 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Narciso Martinez Conjunto Cultural Arts Center
225 E. Stenger Street
San Benito, Texas
The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, with the help of Miller Lite and the City of San Benito, is proud to announce the 17th Annual Conjunto Festival. This three-day event has become a staple event for the community, attracting over 3,500 people for a celebration of live Texas-Mexico Conjunto music.The caliber of this festival has garnered national attention. This year marks a special milestone for the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center as it celebrates the 10th year anniversary of the release of the Festival’s CD entitled “Taquachito Nights” produced in 1998 by the Smithsonian Institution’s Folkway Recordings label produced which is now available for sale world-wide.This year will feature a reunion of the 1998 musical line-up which included Gilberto Perez, Ernesto Guerra, Ricardo Guzman, Freddy Gonzalez, Martin Zapata, Los Fantasmas del Valle, Beto Martinez and Conjunto Aztlan. Two conjunto greats that are no longer living will be represented by their offspring and family: Valerio Longoria will be represented by his son, Flavio Longoria and Tony de la Rosa will be represented by his nephews, Los D Boyz.Other featured bands this year will include some Festival regulars such as Conjunto Heritage Taller of San Antonio, Juan Lugo y su Conjunto and Los Angeles del Sur. Highlighting the Festival will be two conjunto legends - Oscar Hernandez and the headliner, Esteban Jordan.“We’re happy to be celebrating another milestone,” says NMCAC co-founder and Festival artistic director, Ramon de Leon. “We’ve done a lot of work over the years to celebrate our music and our people and we’ve had good results, like Taquachito Nights.”
The three-day celebration includes live music, dancing, and food and beverage for the entire family. General admission is $2.00 each day; children under 12 receive free admission.
NMCAC invites interested parties to join the three-day Conjunto celebration as volunteers or as food or crafts vendors. Fourteen booths are available for rent to the public and will be rented on a first-come, first-serve basis. Booth rental fees are $175 for three days. For more information on booth rentals, please call Yolanda Lopez at (956) 571-3325.
For more information on the “Taquachito Nights” CD visit http://www.folkways.si.edu. For all other information on the Narciso Martinez Conjunto Festival, please contact Rogelio Nuñez at (956) 361-0110 or (956) 425-9555.
The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center preserves, promotes and develops the rich cultural heritage of the “Mexicano” community through programs in the visual arts, music, theater, dance and literature.

Esteban "Steve" Jordan
Oskar Hernandez
Los D Boyz
Valerio Longoria y Los Conjunto Kingz
Ricardo Guzman
Beto Martinez
Conjunto Aztlan
Los Fantasmas del Valle
Martin Zapata
Los Angeles del Sur
Freddy Gonzales
Ernesto Guerra
Gilberto Perez
Juan Lugo
Conjunto Heritage Taller

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Cuatro Rosas
Oct., 31, 2008
Cuatro Rosas will be at the Pan Am In San Antonio Texas Saturday Sept 13th and will be In Monterrey on Monday Sept 15th at the Volcan ballroom celabrating el dia del grito with Los Dos Gilbertos and the Hometownboys.
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"Pearl Power" at Uxbridge A/C - Monday October 13th @ 8pm
Sep., 24, 2008
Pearl-Fawcett Adriano at Uxbridge A/C
Uxbridge Accordion Club
Anglers Retreat
Cricketfield Road
West Drayton
Middlesex
UB7 7HG
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Pearl-Fawcett Adriano at Uxbridge A/C


Pearl-Fawcett Adriano is the very special guest artiste at The Uxbridge Accordion Club on Monday 13th October, this will be Pearl's first visit to our club.
 A large attendance is expected so do please arrive a little earlier.
There will still be plenty of opportunities to perform your party pieces
 or join in with the accordion play-along sessions led by David & Angie.

Admission is £5.00  -  Licensed Bar & Club Raffle  -  Ample Car Parking

Always a very friendly atmosphere and all are made welcome at this busy & successful accordion club!

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start!

Chartres Accordion Festival 2008 - Report by Paul Elliott
Sep., 24, 2008
André Verchuren
  The 7-8th June marked the 20th anniversary of this event and it was planned to be honoured by the presence of André Verchuren, Yvette Horner and Eugenia Lima. Sadly, Yvette Horner who is 87 could not attend through illness but André who is 88 continues to put us youngsters to shame by playing into the early hours of the morning during the Saturday night ‘bal musette’ and I say this as one of those that missed his performance having to get my head down for a night’s sleep. It was in fact a young Jean Hanger who watched his performance.Eugenia Lima is the ‘grand lady’ of the accordion in Portugal and gave us a taste of her style from this country which has a strong following of the accordion. The festival to date has seen 1200 accordionists from 26 countries, such is it’s international importance. For Claudine Aucher, the organiser, the celebrations were dampened by the recent loss through cancer at the age of 61 of close friend Pascal Sevran who was a French TV celebrity and fervent supporter of the accordion in his TV variety shows and references to him during her speeches clearly had a marked effect on her. As always, French accordion lover Jean and her husband Peter were great company throughout the weekend. Jean’s face glows all weekend at Chartres very much like the usual weather and the threatening storms failed to materialize and as always, Chartres seems to announce the arrival of summertime. Tom and Lillian Patterson flew in from Newcastle for the first time and I hope their time and expense were rewarded. Their company was certainly very much appreciated along with the other 14 Brits who attended. As usual, in an effort to cram in the activities during the weekend it is impossible to see everything, so the spectator has to make choices. Turning now to the artists themselves, there is always something for everybody and being the 20th edition, there were definitely more artists invited this year especially for the Bal Musette scene. As always Belgium is well represented by the ever present André Loppe and Laurent Pire who was last at Chartes many years back. The north of France which has it’s own unique accordion tradition was well represented by Dorothée Lhoir, Carine Vigny and Claude Caron. For the record, the dancers were kept on their toes by a host of other top players such as Emmanuel Rolland, Stéphanie Moreaux, Matilde Royet, Bertrand Hembert, Delphine Lemoine, Jean-Marc Torchy, Frank Vilain, René Grolier, René Guy, Nelson, Didier Couturier and Gabriel Chantrieux. Three other surprise artists who turned up on the Sunday were two young virtuoso players Julien Gonzales and Benoît Nortier and their ‘prof’ Frédéric Deschamps who may be familier to some readers. Many accordionists in France, young and old, are being attracted to more ‘modern’ and ‘cool’ images for the accordion and in doing so introducing the instrument to a younger audience who feel the ‘bal musette’ scene is probably ‘dated’. One such player is Gabriel Chantrieux from the famous town of Le Mans. We caught him expressing himself as part of the ‘Kerar’s World’ group. Plenty of noise, smoke and provocatively dressed young girls around him on stage playing to a young audience in Place Marceau well into the night and no trouble whatsoever. The ‘Bal Musette’ clearly no longer has that ‘Sex Appeal’ with the young. It makes you feel old! Next we come to the ‘Prestige Concert’ which was held in the town hall. This is my world. It was nice to see a young Sabrina Rivière again from the south west of France who is a hard worker but always seems to struggle with her confidence on stage. Nevertheless, an attractive girl with an attractive repertoire who’s mother never had the real chance to play the accordion when she was younger. Another fine player is Carine Vigny who is a pupil of Frédéric Deschamps and now is a fully qualified music teacher. Another fine accordionist playing in the concert was Stéphanie Moreaux from La Rochelle on the west coast of France. She was part of ‘Trio Tango Argentin’ and no surprise they concentrated on tangos bringing the bandoneon, keyboard and clarinet together. I have left the best till last and for me this was a group of two guitarists and a drummer with Jean-Pièrre Ménager on the accordion. The swing style is attractive to me and this group had perfect balance and they were really enjoying themselves, especially the drummer and Jean-Pièrre on the accordion playing standing up with his ‘Victoria’ just like Richard Galliano. As part of their programme they played ‘Libertango’ as hommage to Astor Piazzolla, a waltz in the swing style as hommage to Jo Privat and a Bossa Nova with improvisation not too overdone. I complimented him on his fantastic music afterwards and he pointed me to a Web site http://www.jazzmenko.com/ where more info and pictures of the group can be found. Needless to say, they were my latest discovery. Through Jean Hanger who has struck up a friendship with Claudine Aucher, all the Brits were invited to a cocktail party with all the artists including André Verchuren in attendance. What an honour to be in the same room as the great man. He has had a tough life and a blessed one too. Probably the most recorded accordionist in France, if not the world who has been associated with many of the greatest singers of ‘French Chanson’ over the years. His popularity with the people of France will not be repeated as an accordionist and he will remain symbolic of Frenchness long after he dies. It was such a pity that Yvette Horner was not able to make it to the event which would have made for an extraordinary meeting of two great personalities. To make the annual trip to France more cost effective, I have travelled onto Tulle each year in the department of Corrèze with my father Fred to visit the Maugein accordion factory and the director Mr René Lachèze who always has a warm welcome and a cup of coffee ready and you never know who you might meet by chance. This year we discovered a Daniel Westwood from Hastings in Kent who has been working at the factory for 9 months on work experience in woodcraft. This year I chose to make some changes to the left hand registers on my accordion which would take two days to complete. This gave us the chance to relax in the area which is one of the remoter parts of France where the accordion tradition is strong. But don’t expect to find any accordion shops in town! Tulle is by the way the location for another week long festival of accordion in September called ‘Nuits de Nacre’. I haven’t been yet but it is fast becoming an important meeting place and cultural centre for the accordion and accordionists. Report by Paul Elliott
Accordion Teaching Week at St Audries Bay - 8th/13th September 2008 - Report
Sep., 24, 2008
Gennaro Fiondella - Pear-Fawcett Adriano - Harry Hussey at St Audries Bay
 
TheAccordion Shop was there for three days with a wonderful selection of instruments and accessories. There was a large range of music available from Trevani who was there until Tuesday evening. We appreciated the opportunity to browse and buy. 
Gary Blair was at St Audries Bay
Daily seminars covered a range of styles and techniques.  Gary Blair gave two Scottish workshops full of hints and tips on ornaments, bellows shakes and repeated notes which helped us appreciate why we do not sound like Gary! This was a chance to play a few good tunes, especially the beautiful Heidi’s Waltz – I wish I'd written that. Angie Lukins led four jolly Folk and Barn Dance seminars putting us through our paces with a good selection of tunes which culminated in an entertaining concert on Thursday evening.  Gennaro Fiondella worked hard with the mixed ability orchestra.  He had just four sessions and yet managed to achieve a polished performance of three pieces – well done Gerry. The wonderful Harry Hussey led three jazz seminars which were much enjoyed.  Harry explained how the basic elements of jazz can be changed and demonstrated with simple tunes; how to get from A to B using riffs, how to construct a 12 bar blues and worked towards improvising a blues.  He also led the guest busking sessions every evening in the bar, but it never stops there as Harry can almost always be found in the bar jamming with anyone willing or playing requests.  He did mysteriously disappear for a short time on Wednesday evening. Suffice to say I have classified information but will keep it to myself (FOR NOW). Be nice to me Harry or I will spill the beans and reveal the secrets of what went on in Shed No 108!!  John Romero kept busy with four Electronic and Midi workshops.  Too technical for me but in the first session he described midi channels and gave an overview of the various systems available. It soon became obvious that people have different requirements and so subsequent sessions were geared to individual needs.  Boxes were ‘operated’ on, knobs fiddled with, wires tangled and a lot of muttering went on. A number of technical problems were sorted and everyone was happy. Pearl Adrianoarrived on Wednesday evening and if anyone was flagging her arrival lifted spirits to thesky.   Pearl gave two excellent seminars which were useful for all standards and abilities.  She covered manyaspects of technique all underpinned by correct use and control of the bellows and ended each session with a funplay that everyone could join in.  Now we can all boast that we have ‘performed’ part of The William Tell Overture with Pearl. I had to include the definition of a musical snob – one who hears this overture without thinking of "The Lone Ranger" Every evening there were concerts given by the artists plus a guest concert.  Gary, Gerry, John and Pearl were all fantastic. The list of repertoire played is too long to write here but it was ambitious, demanding and varied – and very well received.  Two birthdays were celebrated during the week.  Alex reached the grand old age of five and there was, of course, cake and a rollicking game of Pass the Parcel.  Then Harry reached the grand old age of many, many fives (and a four) which meant more cake and another game of Pass the Parcel. A cause for concern is that we all thoroughly enjoyed this competitive game; there was even a spot of foul play!    To sum up, a week of music and laughter with friends and a chance to indulge in our favourite hobby. My only personal disappointment was that Ron would not let me scrub his back! John has promised to run the event next year and has many exciting plans.  All he needs is YOUR support. See you there! Report by Rene Mairis - Isle of Wight
Rene Mairis - Accordionist & Composer
      
Box & Fiddle Night @ Uxbridge Accordion Club - Monday 14th July 8pm
Sep., 24, 2008
David Lukins

Diana Mitchell (Fiddle) & David Lukins(Accordion)
Uxbridge Accordion Club
Anglers Retreat
Cricketfield Road
West Drayton
Middlesex
UB7 7HG
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David & Angie Lukins 01895 - 235601
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It's the popular Box & Fiddle Night this month with lots of fun
 and plenty of opportunities to perform your party pieces
 or join in with the accordion play-along sessions led by David & Angie.

Admission is £4.00  -  Licensed Bar & Club Raffle  -  Ample Car Parking

Very friendly atmosphere - All are made welcome at this busy & successful accordion club!

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start!
Jack Emblow and Tony Compton - Mini Scottish Tour!
Sep., 24, 2008
Jack Emblow & Tony Compton
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Jack Emblow & Tony Compton - Mini Scottish Tour.
 
Sunday September 21st - Haddington
 70, Court St,
Haddington,
East Lothian,
EH41 3AF
3-00/6-00pm
Tel: 01620-823529   
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Monday September 22nd -  Lennoxtown
Campsie Accordion Club - 7.30pm
Glazert Country House Hotel
25 Milton Rd,
Lennoxtown,
Glasgow,
Lanarkshire
 G66 7DJ
Tel: 01417-762344 
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Tuesday September 23rd - Balmullo Fife
Balmullo Inn.
8, Main Rd,
Balmullo,
St. Andrews,
 Fife
KY16 0AE
Tel: 01334-870281 
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Further Information/Booking Enquiries
Please contact:  Tony Compton  - Tel: 01702 - 341257   
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“Kilburn Summer Festival” Sunday 13th July from 1:00p.m.
Sep., 24, 2008
“Just The Ticket” will be performing at the “Kilburn Summer Festival” which is to be held at Grange Park, Kilburn on Sunday 13th July from 1:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Jascha Heifetz Cheats on Violin With Accordion
Sep., 24, 2008
Before Rolling Stone, before Spin, even before Let’s Polka, there was Accordion World magazine — keeping its finger on the pulse of America’s hottest up-and-coming instrument. Zevy Zions sent us this fantastic piece from the November 1936 issue which excitedly discusses violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz’s interest in the accordion and what it means for the instrument:“THE EMINENT VIOLINIST, JASCHA HEIFETZ, is shown in the above photograph, apparently taking his accordion very seriously. It has become now, not a fad, but a matter of real interest with some of our most prominent musicians in other fields, to take to their bosom our beloved instrument. Mr. Heifetz is studying the accordion and may soon surprise some of our best players.A few years ago a photograph like this would have appeared preposterous. Today our Symphony orchestras are accepting the accordion one by one. Three or four of our universities are already admitting the instrument and giving credit for it. A great many of our high schools have their own accordion bands. Our great name orchestras are not only including but featuring the accordion. And now our greatest musicians are taking it up. That is progress.”Progress!
Let’s Polka in the Palo Alto Weekly
Sep., 24, 2008
We often link to profiles of accordionists in newspapers around the globe, but today we’re linking to something a bit closer to home. In our own house, actually. This weekend’s issue of the Palo Alto Weekly has a very flattering cover story on our family and how accordion music brought Anna and I together (and inspired this site):“Fast forward to 2003… A girl named Anna messaged Saccheri on Friendster. She said she liked accordions too, that she’d been playing since high school. After exchanging a few e-mails, the couple started dating. The end of the story is the stuff of fairy tales: They’re now living happily ever after in accordion-playing bliss with their 6-month-old daughter Sarah in a little house near the Stanford campus.”Thanks to Jill Kimball, Marjan Sadoughi, Karla Kane, and everyone else at the Weekly for the excellent article!
Henry Doktorski’s Historic Records on CD
Aug., 5, 2008
Today I was going through my record collection, wondering if any of my old accordion records were available on CD. Sadly, many of them have not been remastered to CD. However, in my search I discovered that accordionist Henry Doktorski has taken the time to remaster some of his historic accordion records to CD! He sells copies of the CDs from his website for $15 each plus extra for shipping, handling and (optional) insurance. He has several albums by Myron Floren and Charles Magnante, as well as others. Take a look! While the recordings are not perfect (there are unavoidable hisses and skips), this is definitely a great resource for fans of the accordion.
Richard Galliano and Tangaria Quartet
Aug., 5, 2008
The annual Ottawa International Jazz Festival just wrapped up and one of the biggest hits was French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano. Performing with his Tangaria Quartet, Galliano’s concert was “as thrilling a performance as was heard” throughout the entire festival, according to a review in the Ottawa Citizen. Galliano “reeled off one exhilarating song after another,” allowing the audience “to lose themselves in his brilliance.” Not a bad review, I’d say.Born in Cannes in 1950, Richard Galliano studied at a conservatory as a youth, but quickly changed his musical devotion to jazz after hearing (and memorizing the solos of) jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown. Galliano set out to establish the accordion’s reputation in jazz, becoming a sought-after accompanist and soloist. Astor Piazzolla invited him to be the bandoneon soloist at the Comdie Franaise production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” starting a close friendship that lasted until Piazzolla’s death in 1992.More recently, Galliano has become known for a style he calls “New Musette” — a fusion of styles ranging from samba and salsa to waltz and tango. Regardless of what he’s playing, though, it’s always with unparalleled skill and passion. Here’s a fantastic video of Galliano performing Piazzolla’s “Libertango” solo:
Julieta Venegas Goes Unplugged
Aug., 5, 2008
I thought MTV gave up on music years ago, opting instead to corner the market on inane reality shows for 16 year olds. Despite their best efforts, however, some music manages to occasionally escape onto their airwaves. Thankfully, one example is Mexican singer/songwriter/accordionist Julieta Venegas’ recent performance on MTV Unplugged, which was released this month as both an album and DVD.Trained as a classical musician on piano and cello before rising to fame with the accordion, Venegas decided to take a fresh approach for her Unplugged performance, including instruments like the ukelele, banjo, xylophone, and tuba. And in addition to hits from her four albums, she unveiled a handful of new tunes, including “Ilusin,” a Spanish/Portuguese duet with Marisa Monte, and the bouncy “El Presente,” which you can watch over at YouTube:Julieta Venegas: El Presente
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