5. März trat das kroatische Kammerorchester, unter der Leitung
von Maestro Tomislav Facini in der Konzerthalle des kroatischen Musikinstituts
von Zagreb auf und präsentierte die Premiere des ersten Akkordeonkonzerts
der kroatischen Musikgeschichte vor das Eshaton Konzert für
Bayan und Orchester, komponiert von Davor Bobic.
Der Solist war Miran Vaupotic aus Kroatien. Der 1982 in Zagreb geboren
Künstler gewann zahlreiche Wettbewerbe und tourte weitgehend
in West- und Osteuropa als Solist.
ist ein dreiteiliges Stück, welches die Vorteile des Konzertakkordeons
besonders hervorhebt. Der Name Eshaton" ist biblischen
Ursprungs und dem Thema Johannes Offenbarung". Der Komponist
Davor Bobic hat über 100 Arbeiten geschrieben und promovierte
in Komposition, Musiktheorie und Akkordeon am staatlichen Konservatorium
P.I. Tchaikowsky" in Kiev, Ukraine.
Gewinner des Confédération
Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Coupe
Mondiale 2006 Vladimir Vladimirovich Chernykh aus Russland war
in Portugal vom 22. Bis zum 27. Februar auf Konzerttour, die vom CIA
Mitglied, dem Conservatório Regional de Castelo Branco, als
Teil seines Preises des 59. Coupe Mondiale, der in Asker, Norwegen
Vladimir spielte in ausverkauften Konzerthallen im Civil Governors
House in Castelo Branco (23. Februar), Vila Velha de Rodão
Art Centre Hall (25. Februar) und er gab auch ein Konzert und eine
Lehrstunden für Musikstudenten an der Arts Polytechnic Schule
gewann Vladimir den 1. Preis beim internationalen
Wettbewerb in Klingenthal (Deutschland) in der Kategorie "Unter
18" und 2005 gewann er den 1. Preis beim Internationalen Wettbewerb
in Arrasate (Spanien), der vom CIA Mitglied Hauspoz" Euskal
Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea gesponsert wurde.
Der Tourmanager Carlos Semedo freut sich, dass er die Konzerttour
mit einem Minimum an 3 Konzerten in Portugal für den Gewinner
des 60. Coupe Mondiale, der vom 13. bis zum 18. August 2007 in den
USA stattfindet, ebenfalls bestätigen kann.
Marine Hall, die Esplanade, Fleetwood in Lancashire ist erneut der
Austragungsort für dieses Festival, welches am Ostersonntag,
08. April stattfindet.
Dieses traditionsreiche Osterakkordeonfestival, welches nun seit über
20 Jahren von der NAO Vorsitzenden Gina Brannelli organisiert wird,
zieht immer viele junge Akkordeonisten in den Kategorien Solisten,
Duett und Ensembles an.
Die Juroren des Festivals sind Raymond
Bodell und Frederick Parnell. Das Festival endet mit einem Konzert.
Parnell. The festival will conclude with a Prize Presentation concert.
Jon Hammond writes: “The 19th annual Russian Festival took place in San Francisco from February 9th to 11th, including much really fantastic accordion music. I know that Limpopo played again and they have a fantastic accordionist, Yuri Fedorko (picture below), who dances the gopak while playing the accordion, it is amazing!”
The festival also featured Medovyi Spas, a vocal and instrumental ensemble directly from Moscow, who included a bayanist in their ensemble. Also appearing was Vladimir Riazantsev, a former principal dancer from the Moiseyev Dance Ensemble in Moscow, and a fine bayan player.
The Russian Festival presented 3 days of entertainment including Russian dancers, singers, and musicians in colorful and dynamic costumes. There was lots of Russian food and drink, and numerous vendors selling Russian arts and crafts, an incredible art exhibit and fun for the entire family. It was like being in Russia without leaving the Bay Area.
The selection of Miss Beaujolais 2007 on March 3rd during a gala evening in Villefranche on Saône took place to the sound of dynamic accordionist Jean-Louis Noton. The 800 guests were entertained by the amazing facilities of the midi Cavagnolo in the hands of a wonderful musician, all having a great time.
The composition by Astor Paizzola is also very celebrated – Adios Nonino. Equally celebrated but in a different style (using free bass) is the recent composition of Viatcheslav Semionov, his Caprice N°3 - Polar Lights performed in france by the accordionist Jean Ribeiro.
Yet a different style is a composition by Jérôme Richard, Frédéric Deschamps and the winner of the Variety category at the Coupe Mondiale 2004 Phil Bouvier entitled “Violons espagnols”.
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The annual St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 12 noon, and starts at Parnell Square in the centre of Dublin. This involves all kinds of musicians and bands, including many accordionists.
At 2pm, accordionist Sharon Shannon performs in a unique concert for children, joined by Irish dancer Colin Dunne in a performance that won’t leave anyone sitting in their seats for long! This takes place at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, 11 A Eustace Street, Temple Bar.
At Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, the Kilfenora Ceili Band play for ceili dancing.
In the evening, Sharon Shannon performs in a special St Patrick’s Day concert at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin.
On March 17th, legendary American accordionist Dick Contino joins with Tony-winning Broadway star singer, Melba Moore for two shows (4.30pm and 7.30pm) at the Sun City Sierra Ballroom, 38180 Del Webb Blvd, Palm Desert, California.
Dick Contino achieved nationwide stardom after performing ‘Lady of Spain’ on Horace Heidt's ‘Youth Opportunity Talent Show’ in 1946. Contino went on to make frequent TV appearances, including 48 on the Ed Sullivan Show alone. He still performs regularly throughout the US and remains one of the most famous accordionists in history.
8th International Accordion Festival, Vienna - Austria
The 8th International Accordion Festival is taking place in different venues in Vienna from February 24th until March 25th. 200 accordion artistes from around the world have been performing in a series of concerts.
The guest list has included Raúl Barboza, Renato Borghetti, Heinz Ditsch, Krzysztof Dobrek, Richard Galliano, Otto Lechner, Martin Lubenov (picture right), Madagascar All Stars, Motion Trio, Klaus Paier, Stefan Sterzinger, Riccardo Tesi, Ulrich Kodjo Wendt, and Zamballarana, and many others.
Seminars were held from February 18th to 2nd March in Chevannes, a small town of Loiret. There were two seminars, both directed by Frédéric Deschamps.
Senior students, children, beginners and professionals, accordionists with buttons or piano keyboards, as well as bandoneonists participated since there is no division of our instrument since we all share the same passion: music.
When Frédéric is the organiser - there are never any social barriers or limitations whatever your level – since all levels have a place. All involved in these seminars evolves and move in perfect harmony.
Adults listen to the performances of the young virtuosos preparing the world competitions, the young dream to imitate their elders of Gonzales, Chabod, Blanchard, Vinckier, Belleville, Nortier, Buirette, Durafour, Sauvain, Dehier, Teppaz, Sanfaute, Ballandier, Legrand, Théault, Blocher, Bonnot, and all improve from listening to each other.
All these young artistes duly qualified at the CIA Coupe Mondiale qualifying festival which followed these seminars.
On March 18th, at 2pm, Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra perform at the Bayway Polish Club, 625 Pulaski St, Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Accordionist Jimmy Sturr’s big band polka sound is popular across the USA, and has recorded with pop, rock, and country artistes such as Willie Nelson, Bobby Vinton and Delbert McClinton. One of polka's most popular artistes, 16-time Grammy winners Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra have recorded over 100 albums, play over 150 functions a year, and have a regular show on RFD-TV.
On March 30th, at 12 noon, the London-based band She’koyokh perform at the Royal Albert Hall, as part of the Ignite series of lunchtime concerts.
She’koyokh is a group of young British musicians, including an accordionist, who bring a fresh and infectious energy to Balkan folk music from Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, as well as an extensive repertoire of Askenazi Jewish melodies once played in the streets of Poland, Romania and the Ukraine.
Since premiering Kriwaczek’s ‘Concerto for Klezmer Ensemble’ at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2004, She’koyokh has toured the UK and Europe.
Jef De Haes, from Belgium, is looking for the ‘1st Concerto for Bayan and Orchestra in F’, by K. Myaskov.
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