Bio Boccosi, born 1912, who turned 94 in April this year has sadly passed away on 28 June 2006.
Bio Boccosi was an honorary citizen of the towns of Castelfidardo, Osimo and Recoaro Terme, and founder and director of several branches of the Italian Music Teaching Centre. He was widely celebrated for his life which was dedicated to music and to the accordion in particular.
Bio Boccosi was the Secretary General of the Confederation Mondiale de l'Accordeon for over 50 years. He was also a founder of the Italian Pianists' Trophy held in Osimo, Accordion World Oscar recipient, founder of the National Accordion Meeting of Recoaro, and winner of several awards including the Giuseppe Verde award granted by DISMA (Milano), the Gorni Kramer award (Stradella), the Applauso d'Oro award (Clivio), the SIAE prize for his 50 years in the music industry, and the Nota d'Oro award (Santa Giustina).
Bio Boccosi was also involved in the start of the Premio Internazionale di Fisarmonica, Citt di Castelfidardo with Beniamino Bugiolacchi in 1964 which later changed from a national event to an international event in 1987. He was also the founder and editor of Strumenti e Musica for many years, which did so much to promote Italian musical instruments generally and in particular, the accordion.
His enormous contribution to the accordion and its development will continue long beyond his lifetime.
Le 18 Juillet William Schimmel présentera »l’Andy Arcari Accordion Concerto" (Concerto en Do mineur) en plein air, pendant le célèbre «Festival Washington Square Music de New York ». Ce Concerto, composé en1942 est considéré comme une des premières pièces écrites pour l’accordéon, comme ceux de Galla- Rini et de Pietro Deiro. Schimmel a reécrit un arrangement de la pièce avec Allyssa Lamb (chant), melodica, métallophone, kazoo et whistling - pour lui donner un nouveau caractère musical.
Andy Arcari est un des grands pionniers de l'accordéon. Il est devenu célèbre comme membre de "Gary Cooper's USO troupes" pendant la seconde guerre mondiale. Il a fondé le collège de Musique à Philadelphie, la fondation Arcari et les éditions Arcari. En outre il a écrit la pièce "Classical Sonnée". Ce concert aura lieu à 19heures30 dans le Washington Square Park a Greenwich Village/New York, entrée gratuite. Le festival Washington Square Music fut fondé en 1953 et il est un des plus anciens Festival de Musique de New York.
Accordéoniste, Bandleader, Compositeur et Arrangeur Martin Lubenov a maintenant son site (www.martinlubenov.com) sur Accordions Worldwide. Vous pouvez trouver beaucoup d'informations, extraits musicaux sur cet artiste extraordinaire. Martin Lubenov est né en 1976 à Sofia, en Bulgarie.
En 1998 il part à Vienne, en Autriche pour étudier la musique et devient rapidement un compositeur important du monde musical balcano européen.
Martin Lubenov a étudié la musique classique et le jazz à Sofia et Vienne mais ses origines balkaniques l'ont empéché de devenir un pur "musicien académique".
Les autres formations de l'artiste sont le "Martin Lubenov Orkestar" et la "Jazzta Prasta Quartet"
Les morceaux imposés pour le Trophée Mondial sont :
Cat - Classiquel Senior : choix de 3 movements de ` Painting of Autumn'd'Anatoli Kusjakov.
Cat - Classique Junior : choix de 2 movements de ` The Frosted Trees'de Sergei Voitenko.
Pour informations sur les morceaux imposés : email Jacques Mornet : email@example.com
L'Association Culturelle "la Famille Marchigiana" a l’honneur de présenter la conférence "Accordéon, Histoire et Musique" qui se tiendra le 3 Juillet 2006 à 19,30 près du centre Leonard de Vinci 8370 Lacordaire, St. Leonard QC, H1R 3Y6 Canada.
La conférence proposera d’étudier en détail la culture musicale marchigian et l’histoire et la culture de l'accordéon. La conférence sera tenue par Beniamino Bugiolachi, directeur du "Musée International de l'Accordéon".
Elle recevra même le talentueux accordéoniste/jazziste Renzo Ruggieri qui présentera un exposé sur la beauté du son et la magie de l'accordéon.
Scottish accordionist Gary Blair visited Italy over the weekend of June 23rd to 26th, in a trip organised by Cooperfisa Accordions to perform at two concerts in the Verona area. Due to his luggage and accordion not arriving from London, Gary had to use a borrowed instrument and to hastily buy some clothes!
The '15th Festa Nazionale Della Fisarmonica', (Gary & poster picture) was held in Erbrezzo the next day. The festival included a competition, (stage photo) and Gervasio Marcosignori was the President of the Jury, whose other members were Tiziano Chapelli, Vanio Testi, Cesare Tronel, and the Ukrainian accordionist Eugena Cercassova. Gary Blair and Marcosignori performed in the evening concert (pictured). Gary thought that "The whole festival was just superb with some amazing performances by students from as far away as Croatia".
The next day Gary Blair travelled to perform at a festival in San Benedetto Belbo, (Gary on stage) where he met his good friend Mauro Carra, whom he had first met at the London Accordion Festival in 2001. They both performed to a very very enthusiastic audience to finish an exciting and most enjoyable weekend.
The annual Montreux Jazz Festival takes place from June 30th to July 15th, and involves a large number of artistes. On June 30th, at the Casino Barriere at 9pm, the pianist/singer Paolo Conte is in concert, fronting a band that includes Massimo Pitzianti on accordion and bandoneon.
Accordionist Lisa-Lee Leslie is Musical Director and solo accompanist for the play Mirandolina, staged at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, from July 5th to August 5th. The play - comedy, set in Italy, is written by Carlo Goldoni, and stars Raquel Cassidy as Mirandolina and Matthew Kelly as Ripafratta.
Giorgio Dellarole accordion and Alessandro Tampieri violin perform in concert together at the Sala Ghislieri on July 7th at 9.15pm. Their program includes music by Corelli, Bach and Scarlatti. The concert is part of the Armoniche Fantasie - XIII Festival di Musica Antica dell'Academia Montis Regalis.
Those Darn Accordions, from San Francisco, California, describe themselves as ‘America's favorite rock 'n' roll accordion band’. Their style, concerts and recordings have made them one of the most original accordion bands in the world. Their concerts in July include:-
July 5th - Abbey Pub, Chicago - with The Polkaholics
6th - Waterfest, Oshkosh, Wisconsin - with David Lee Roth and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
July 7th - Turner Hall, Monroe, Wisconsin
8th - Summer Breeze Concert Series: Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg, Illinois
The success of the first event has convinced the town council in Pineto to organise the second Pineto Jazz Accordion Festival, set for July 21st to 23rd. On July 21st, the Germano Mazzocchetti Ensemble perform, and will be promoting a new CD release. The Frank Morocco Quartet (USA), is in concert on July 22nd, and on the 23rd singer Antonella Ruggiero, with the Renzo Ruggieri Group, performs music from the war years between 1915 to1945. The Dixieland Brass Band, directed by Mannello Pine, open each of the concerts. Admission to all concerts is free.
The annual Carrefour Mondial de l’Accordion takes place from August 31st to September 4th in the beautiful town of Montmagny situated on the St Lawrence River, near Quebec City. Apart from the festival, there is the accordion museum, plus kayaking, biking, fishing and bird watching. Camping is available within walking distance to the festival.
The artistes this year include: Stephan Portelli (Marilou Emerial), Vincenzo Abbracciante (Italy), Martin Reilly, Marcel Loeffler, Ludovic Beir, Z? Mulato, David Corovillano, Alexandra Paris (France), Myriam Added, Emmanuelle Pariselle (concertina), Roberto Brasaov, and Mahers Bathers.
The Carrefour Mondial de l’Accordéon, founded in 1989, offers a unique opportunity to enjoy folk, classic, rock, jazz and popular repertoires. The event also highlights the cultural heritage of Quebec, while at the same time opening the door to the discovery of world music!
On September 23rd and 24th the bi-annual competition dedicated to the memory of Gorni Kramer will take place in Poggio Rusco. The categories are for variety and classical, and with one special category dedicated to the jazz of the great Kramer.
Gorni Kramer (1913 – 1995) was one of Italy’s greatest and most influential accordionists and composers, and his work was widely acknowledged in the general music world, including the jazz fraternity.
Gregory Warner writes: “I'm an American citizen (and accordion player) planning a vacation from July 15th to July 23rd. I was thinking of going to Romania to try to hear some accordion music there. But I see there's a festival in Estonia that same week. Can you give me some advice if I want to do some cultural tourism, and I'm particularly interested in Roma music?” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Lubenov - Balkan-accordionist who has at his young age already found his own style. With breathtaking virtuosity and playful elegance he combines Balkan Roma music with shades of swing, modern jazz, tango nuevo, salsa and musette. There is also the Martin Lubenov Orkestar and the Jazzta Prasta Quartet - Lubenov's unorthodox balkan quartet, all with recordings for sale.
A new site selling a CD titled "Akkordeonorchester Hof" with sound samples. Music conduct by Günther Zeilinger of German. Purchase online.
A new site selling a CD titled "Allegria Continentale" with sound samples. Music performed by Pearl Fawcett-Adriano of England. Purchase online.
A new site selling a CD titled "Ettore Fantasia" with sound samples. Music performed by Pearl Fawcett-Adriano of England. Purchase online.
A new site selling a CD titled ‘Tarabuk’, with sound samples. Music performed by Marco Lo Russo of Italy. Purchase online.
Gary Dahl - accordionist as well as a composer, arranger, recording artist and music educator, releases 3 replacements of his works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Les Bicyclettes De Belsize', 'Pigalle', 'Under Paris Skies'. Samples of this music are available on the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.