Das internationale Sata-Häme Soi Akkordeonfestival wurde in Ikaalinen vom 26.Juni bis zum 02(park picture). Juli abgehalten. Das diesjährige Festivalprogramm war deutlich internationaler als bisher. 220 der 1270 Festivalperformer (der Jüngste unter ihnen Sami Salonen) kamen aus Übersee, aus 13 verschiedenen Ländern. Der am weitesten angereiste Performer kam aus Argentinien. Geschätzte 30 000 Menschen besuchten das Festival. Dieses Jahr performte eine rekordbrechende Anzahl an Akkordeonorchestern aus ganz Finnland.
Der internationale Wettbewerb "Primus Ikaalinen" wurde im Finnischen Fernsehen an 30(finalists picture). Juni "live" übertragen und von dem Franzosen Dimitri Saussard gewonnen. Talentierte Musiker und unterhaltsame Persönlichkeiten wurden aus aller Welt dazu eingeladen. (Joao Frade und Netta Skog abgebildet). In der Jury: Jacques Mornet (Frankreich), Mario Pietrodarchi (Italien), Raymond Bodell (GB), Henn Rebane (Estonien) und Mika Vayrynen (Finnland).
Der Wettbewerb und das Festival des American Accordionists’ Association 2006 findet in Buffalo, New York, vom 12. Juli bis zum 16. Juli statt. Das Event wird im Adam’s Markt Hotel, 120 Church Street, Buffalo (Niagara Wasserfälle), NY 14202 abgehalten werden. Das Festival wird durch Wettbewerbe, Workshops, Vorstellungen, Konzerten und vieles mehr gekennzeichnet. Besondere Vorstellungen des diesjährigen Events sind:
- Der Vivian Vivio Stolaruk internationale Entertainment Wettbewerb für Akkordeonisten 2006 – 1. Preis $10 000
- Polka Band Wettbewerb 2006 – 1. Preis $1500
- Singen und Spielen, für Akkordeonisten die auch singen!
- Gary Daverne (Neuseeland) Festival Orchesterdirigent
- Unter den Artisten sind das Busso Trio
- Ein Besuch der Niagara Wasserfälle einschließlich eines Auftrittes des AAA Massenchors
Neue CD von Jean-Robert Chappelet, Grignon - Frankreich
Der Akkordeonist Jean-Robert Chappelet hat eine neue CD mit dem Titel „Jazzy“ herausgebracht. Dadurch, dass er seit Anfang der 80-er Jahre aktiv ist, hat er einen guten Ruf in Frankreich, in den Bereichen Musette, Jazz und Tanzmusik.
'Accordion Gems by Kevin Friedrich - A Master Collection of Accordions through Time' is slated to be the anchor display at the forthcoming Music Wing, the newest addition to the Dargaville Museum in Dargaville, New Zealand.
On recent visits to his hometown of Dargaville, located 2 hours north of Auckland, New York-based accordionist Kevin Friedrich has been working in collaboration with the Dargaville Museum to establish a permanent accordion display, the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
The accordion exhibition will start with 80 plus instruments of various members of the accordion family with the oldest dating to approximately 1830. The collection follows the evolution of the accordion to more recent times, and includes examples of instruments such as the Sheng, Flutina, Melodeon, Concertina, Bandoneon, Diatonic, Button and Piano Accordions and the various hybrid variations that occurred over the years.
In addition to his 60 plus personal instruments, other significant donations have been made to Kevin's 'Accordion Gems' collection from Ernest Deffner Inc. in New York, The Graham Romani Collection from London, United Kingdom, and Titano Accordions and Accordion House in Auckland, New Zealand as well as from individuals from USA, New Zealand, Norway and Europe. It is anticipated that the number of accordions on display will increase in size with further donations of instruments being added as time goes on.
It is very fitting that the Dargaville Museum will house this international collection, as the accordion used to be a major part of this small rural community. Many people are surprised to learn that at one time, the small country town of Dargaville (population 4,000) boasted at least eight accordion orchestras/bands spread over four sizable accordion studios. With such a strong accordion background it is exciting that the Museum has welcomed this important project with open arms, as not only does it bring prestige to the Museum to have this one of a kind display in the Pacific, but it also pays tribute to the rich accordion heritage of the area.
The official opening is to be conducted at a ribbon cutting reception to be held at the Lighthouse Reception Center (adjoined to the Dargaville Museum) at the conclusion of a grand concert in the Dargaville Town Hall on December 3rd 2006, which will be held by Kevin as a tribute to the 30th anniversary of the passing away of his former teacher Mr. Ben Emmett.
Anyone wishing to donate an instrument(s) to this collection or interested in further information.
‘Wolmer Beltrami’ Award to Rossano Mancini, Verona - Italy
Accordionist and composer Angiari (Verona Italy) Rossano Mancini is the winner of the prestigious ‘Wolmer Beltrami Special Award’ for the best interpretation during the 15th National Accordion Festival –National and European Competition held in Erbezzo (VR) Italy on June 24th and 25th.
Rossano Mancini performed two of his compositions,d ‘Viento’ jazz waltz and ‘City Traffic Tango’. His performance was described as spectacular, combining artistic personality and very original style jazz compositions.
On July 1st accordionist Alexander Shirunov performed at one of the best and the most prestigious concert halls in Russia - the St. Petersburg Grand Philharmonic Hall, for the gala-concert of the international music festival named ‘The White Night of Romantic Music’.
This superb festival of several concerts, featured such famous musicians such as Polina Osetinskaya (piano), Alena Baeva (violin), the legendary Russian ensemble ‘Terem-quartet’, and others. Alexander Shirunov was the first accordionist ever invited to perform at this annual event.
The final concert of the ‘S. Cauteruccio’ Music Academy took place on July 5th in the Salone S. Ciriaco Abate, Buonvicino. A large audience was present in support of these young musicians, where the best performer of a piece from Salvatore Presta was awarded a prize. The jury consisted of Maestri Donato Santoianni, Salvatore Barbuscio and Riccardo Galimi.
In the afternoon Donato Santoianni held a seminar about the History of the Accordion and its entertainment music. A teacher's concert closed the event.
The first International Accordion Festival takes place in Durango from July 14th to 29th, organised by Carlos Guillermo Terrazas Caballero. Concerts and other events take place in several venues, but the principal concert venue is the Ricardo Castro Theater in Durango. The festival includes:-
July 14th – Guatapurí, an accordion group from Colombia, performing Colombian folk music
July 18th - ‘Zur Trio’, from México, featuring accordion, marimba and percussion in concert
July 20th - Alexander Sevastian (Russia) and Fermin Ramirez (México), in concert together for the first time
July 25th - Guy Giuliano (France), Renzo Ruggieri (Italy) and the ensemble Saudade (México) – a concert in the city of Zacatecas
July 26th - Edmar Castañeda and his quartet (New York, USA), - accordion and harp playing Latin Jazz
The Toques do Caramulo music festival takes place from July 14th to August 26th in various towns. The event features different instruments and ensembles, including Luis Fernandes and other accordionists.
On July 15th, accordionist and organist Jon Hammond will be performing as part of an all-day fundraiser and Antique Radio Auction event at studios of KRE Radio to benefit ‘CHRS’ (California Historical Radio Society) at KRE Radio, Berkeley, California. Jon is also soon to be interviewed on the SF Cafe ‘Caffe Trieste’ website. Accordion music is featured every weekend in the cafe program with the family and special guests.
Werke von A.Vivaldi, G. Rossini, N.Paganini
Für die Musikliebhaber sind die Jauerschen Friedenskonzerte bereits seit 11 Jahren ein besonderer Genuß und zugleich ein geistiges Erlebnis. Die Konzerte der Kammermusik organisiert das Regionalmuseum Jawor ; sie finden im einzigartigen Inneren der im 17. Jahrhundert errichteten Friedenskirche statt. Die Kirche selbst wurde 2001 in die UNESCO-Liste des Weltkulturerbes eingetragen. Selbstverständlich ist auch die Werbung für die Friedenskirche - eine Perle sakraler Architektur von Weltrang- und im weitesten Sinne für die Stadt und die Region selbst nicht zu unterschätzen. Insgesamt wurden bis jetzt 67 Konzerte organisiert, darunter 29 mit Teilnahme ausländischer Künstler. Die Zuhörer lernen Werke der bedeutenden Komponisten kennen, die von hervorragenden Kammerorchestern, Chören und Solisten von Weltrang vorgetragen werden. In der Friedenskirche zu Jawor traten bis jetzt u.a.auf: Windsbacher Knabenchor, Spirituals Singers Band, Folksgruppe "Sierra Manta", Brandenburgischer Kammerchor, Ledl Jazz Quintett sowie Solisten: ... Joachim Grubich, Wies?aw Ochman, Albrecht Breuninger, Peter Meyer, Lindsay Davidson, u.v.a. Im letzten Jahr nahmen über 240 Künstler und über 4200 Zuhörer an den Konzerten teil. Die Organisation der Friedenskonzerte ist u.a. der engen Zusammenarbeit zwischen den kulturellen Institutionen und Privatpersonen in Polen und in Deutschland zu verdanken.
The Reykjavik Accordion Festival 2006 will be held from July 15th to 16th. The program for this year’s festival includes
Ottar Johansen, from Norway, a student of the late Toralf Tollefsen. Ottar has a large repertoire of accordion classics and swing music. Ottar’s accompanist is the guitarist Ivar Th. Dagenborg, a guitar player and the publisher of ‘Nygammmalt’, the Norwegian accordion magazine, and the biggest magazine of its kind in Scandinavia. Ottar and Ivar will perform at Árbæjarsafn (The Reykjavík Museum), along with some of Iceland’s best accordionists, during the afternoon of July 16th. Later that evening, at 8pm, will give a concert in the Nordic House in Reykjavík.
Musicians, including several accordionists, from the Fosbrook Folk Education Trust are holding their summer term concert at Chadkirk Chapel, Stockport, at 7pm on July 22nd. The Fosbrooks are taught and organised by accordionist Liza Austin Strange MBE.
The Fosbrooks perform the traditional music of the British Isles and beyond to accompany their unique clog dancing routines, featuring some very talented soloists and ensembles. Their members play accordions, fiddles, flutes, and other instruments. They step dance as well as jigs, reels and hornpipes, play haunting airs, and also perform some particularly tricky simultaneous dancing and playing. This concert is the opening night of the annual Chadkirk Festival.
Accordionist Anne Landa presents on August the project ‘Loving Mozart’, directed by Manolo Gómez and the theatre company TESS. ‘Loving Mozart’ is based on Mozart´s compositions and adapted by Anne Landa for solo accordion. The premiére will be presented at Miramar Palace, San Sebastián, on 24th August.
Mr. Peppino Principe was born in Monte Sant'Angeloon the 5 september 1927. In the prestigious school of the Michele father and since childhood he filled Foggia's little roads with notes on the accoridon. Although its extraordinary talent has endured him far away from his hometown he has always maintained a strong feeling with Monte Sant'Angelo thanks to his frequent visits, beyond constant enriching his music with typical elements of of his original region.
The local administration has decided to dedicate to his great Maestro an entire manifestation in two events:
Trophy of the Accordion: a competition for the diffusion of the accordion and the music of the Mr. Peppino Principe;
Festival of the Accordion: accordionists and guests of international great will present their music in evening concerts to Monte Sant'Angelo the hometown of its Maestro. President of the jury with be one of the greatest exponent of the accordion: Mr. Gervasio Marcosignori who will also be in concert on the 10th of August. The artistic direction is under control of the jazzist Renzo Ruggieri that has been very close to the Maestro since he was a child. Ruggieri will be in concert on the 11th of August with his prestigious Trio.
“I am trying to find out some history of my accordion, if you can help please let me know. My father bought the accordion new about 50 years ago, brand name Stanelle (picture)".
Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) site has been updated to include a review of their 2006 festival and basic information on the upcoming 2007 Coupe Mondiale to be held in Washington DC in conjunction with the American Accordionists Association (AAA).
Gary Dahl site has been updated to include pdf samples of many of his outstanding arrangements available from the website.
American Accordionists' Association (AAA) site has been updated to include full festival schedule and basic information on the upcoming 2007 Coupe Mondiale to be held in Washington DC in conjunction with the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG).
Site updated to include information on the 'Accordion Gems by Kevin Friedrich - A Master Collection of Accordions Through Time' exhibition that is being established at the Dargaville Museum, New Zealand and offically opened on December 3rd 2006. Information includes contact information for those who might be interested in donating an instrument to this display, the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.