Accordionist and composer, Dr. William Schimmel will release a new Cyber Symphony, which will be available in MP3 format for downloading. Autographed hard copies will be available on special request. Its title is ‘Vienna Genesis/Accordion Culture’, and it is in eight parts: ‘A Bach Reality’, ‘Stratta/Matta - Lehar's Widow not so merry’, ‘Hava Nagila’, ‘Von Suppe's Morning’, ‘Noon and Nite in Vienna’, ‘W.A.’, ‘Fur Elise’, ‘A Portrait of Harry Lime’, and ‘Danny Decon in Wildwood New Jersey 1953-67 (The Genesis of a Culture)’.
‘Vienna Genesis’ is a series of illustrated manuscripts on fragments of the Book of Genesis. They go back to the 6th Century in Syria and are housed in Vienna at the Osterreichische Nationalbibliotheck. A link will be provided to view these manuscripts on line while listening to the Symphony. Vienna is also the birthplace or ‘genesis’ of the accordion, hence the title: ‘Vienna Genesis/Accordion Culture’.
The fifty minute symphony is performed by Dr. Schimmel on accordion, bass accordion, piano and some vocals; Allyssa Lamb (vocals, melodica); Kamala Sankaram (vocals, accordion) and Dragica Banic-Curcic (accordion). These performers have been recipients of the Order of the Shield Diploma under the tutelage of Dr. Schimmel.
The Symphony will be ready for download at the end of December, around Christmas time.
Accordion virtuoso Helmut C. Jacobs has recorded a program of compositions by Giulio Regondi (1823-1872). Regondi wrote some original music for the concertina, and on this CD these compositions have been transcribed for the accordion.
Angels and Accordions was a site-specific performance/walking tour of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. In this show, a cast of 30 angels, 10 accordions and a classical music ensemble guided visitors through Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood Cemetery. The music by Todd Reynolds and Bob Goldberg for ‘Angels and Accordions’, featuring Guy Klucevsek, was set in this famous cemetery, now designated a National Historic Landmark by the USA Government.
An article has been published, written by Ed Gawlinski who happened upon this exciting event when visiting his father's grave at the Green-Wood Cemetery. ’Angels and Accordions’.
MusicForAccordion.com as a way of increasing world awareness of original accordion music compositions is making some special offers with the support of the composers, to promote excellent quality original accordion music.
The Dargaville Town Hall was filled to capacity for the concert entitled ‘A Moment in Time’, held by CIA President Kevin Friedrich in his home town of Dargaville, New Zealand to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the passing of his former accordion teacher, the late Mr. Ben Emmett.
A spectacular success, the concert featured both local artists as well as guest soloists and orchestras from Auckland including NZ Champion Campbell Hill, Entertainment Champion Grayson Masefield, the Starlight Duo (Lionel Reekie and Maurice Jones), the North Shore Accordion Orchestra and Musicale Accordion Orchestra. Seven members of the former Ben Emmett Accordion (BEA) Orchestra joined Kevin to form a reunion group who performed some of their favorite orchestra pieces from 30 years ago.
A highlight of the concert came when all accordionists combined to form a 45-piece orchestra to accompany soloist Kevin Friedrich on ‘Gem of the Kaipara’, composed by Gary Daverne, conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by the composer, the work was commissioned for accordion and orchestra in honor of the late Jenny Cocurullo, and was the second performance of this work in Dargaville. As a grand finale to the concert, the concert hosts, the Kauri Chorus joined all the musicians including the three accordion orchestras, soloists, concert performers and the audience for a grand Proms style Sing-a-Long conducted by Gary Daverne with Kevin playing an 1835 French Flutina. (Gary Daverne accordion recordings and accordion music.)
At the conclusion of the concert, musicians, guests and dignitaries travelled to the Dargaville Museum for a formal reception and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony where Kevin Friedrich officially dedicated and opened his accordion exhibition entitled ‘Accordion Gems, A Master Collection of Accordions Through Time’. The fascinating collection of almost 100 instruments from the early 1800s to today, is the only such exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere, and will serve as the anchor display at the new Music Wing at the Dargaville Museum.
Kevin invited the three daughters of the three dedicatees (picture right), Fiona Managh (daughter of Jenny Cocurullo), Heather Masefield, (daughter of Allan Jones) and Joan Brown (daughter of Ben Emmett), to join him in cutting the ribbon, signifying the official opening of the exhibition and the exciting journey ahead in the efforts to preserve and enjoy the rich and colourful history of the accordion. More Photos.
Russian accordionist Aidar Gainullin toured venues in Austria between November 12th to 22nd, performing with great success in Vienna, Graz, St. Andrä, Klagenfurt, Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Salzburg, Hochegg, Neunkirchen, and conducting a master class at the conservatory in Klagenfurt. His program included works by J.S. Bach, A. Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, S. Prokofjev, A. Borodin, A. Schnittke, A. Piazzolla, and others.
Having studied at the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow, Aidar Gainullin is now lives and works in Berlin. After Austria, Aidar went back home to Russia, performing in various venues, and on December 22nd will perform in Moscow as prizewinner of the Rostropovitch Foundation, before the sponsors. A ceremony takes place in the Government House on December 25th, at which festival laureates will be awarded, including Aidar Gainullin’s government award.
Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli will present a series of concerts in the USA, from 8th to 18th December, as part the trio POING, accompanying vocalist/composer Maja Ratkje.
Frode Haltli, from Oslo, studied the accordion at The Norwegian State Academy of Music and The Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. He has won prizes in several competitions, and has played at music festivals and concerts in most European countries, Russia, USA, Asian countries including Japan, Singapore, India and China. Frode’s debut CD ‘Looking on Darkness’ received the Norwegian Grammy ‘Spellemannprisen’ for best contemporary music album.
Frode’s American appearances include:-
December 8th and 9th - Other Minds Festival: JCC Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St., San Francisco, California
December 11th - Hotcakes Gallery, 3379 N. Pierce St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
12th - Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois(University of Chicago campus)
December 14th - Issue Project Room, 400 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, New York
15th - Tonic, 107 Norfolk PST, New York
17th - National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC
‘New ARTrio’ Concerts, Klaipeda, Vilnius - Lithuania
Lithuanian accordionist Raimondas Sviackevicius member of ‘New ARTrio’ together with Andre Pabarciute (vocals) and Tomas Dobrovolskis (percussion, electronics) will present a new project ‘The Trip or Inner Emigration’ at Klaipeda Concert Hall on December 9th at 7pm, and at the Lithuanian National Philarmonic Concert Hall in Vilnius on December 10th at 7pm.
Also performing with the New ARTrio is the singer Saikho Namchylak, from Tuva.
December 15th, 3pm and 8.30pm – Salle du Vox, Bourg-en-Bresse
19th, 2.30pm and 8.30pm - Auditorium Michel Petrucciani, Montelimar
January 9th - Cité de la Musique, Folie Musique, Paris
12th – National Conservatory, Paris
16th to 18th – Franco-German event, Music School, Paris
The quintet ZUM, featuring Eddie Hession on accordion, will be performing live on the BBC Radio 3 program ‘In Tune’ on Tuesday 19th December, from 5pm.
ZUM will perform at the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, on 20th December at 7.45pm.
Zum’s music is a stunning fusion of Eastern European gypsy music and Argentinean tango: nuevo tango masterpieces by Astor Piazzolla, music from the golden era of tango, addictive traditional gypsy melodies and dazzling virtuoso fiddling. Zum's unique fusion is spiced with a host of influences from bluegrass to klezmer and Celtic to salsa.
Diatonic accordionist and folk singer John Kirkpatrick has released a new CD ‘Carolling & Crumpets’, and this is also the title of his seasonal touring Christmas show, featuring traditional and original seasonal music. Tour dates are as follows:-
December 8th, 7.30pm - Peatling Magna Village Hall, Main Street, Peatling Magna, Leicester
9th, 7.30pm - Dec Prestwold Church, Burton-on-the-Wolds, Leicestershire
14th, 7.30pm - Harvington Village Hall, Village Street, Harvington, Evesham, Worcestershire
15th, 8pm - Abbots Morton Village Hall, Abbots Morton, Worcestershire
16th, 8pm - Rubery Community & Leisure Centre, Holywell Lane, Rubery, Birmingham.
17th 7.30pm - Martley Village Hall, Martley, Worcs
20th, 8pm - Wymondham Village Hall, 4 Church Lane, Wymondham, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
21st, 7.30pm - Tallington Village Hall, Main Road, Tallington, Stamford, Linconshire
22nd, 7.30pm - South Luffenham Village Hall, Hall Lane, South Luffenham, Oakham, Rutland
Christmas Music Releases by Yehuda Oppenheimer - Israel. For the Christmas season, Yehuda Oppenheimer is releasing an impressive arrangement of an Aria by J. S. Bach. When this is performed, the music creates an organ-like atmosphere and the arrangement is designed to have the accordion sound with the distinctive style of Bach's choral music. Also for the New Year, Oppenheimer publishs the world famous New Year Hymn, "Auld Lang Syne", a famous hymn sung all over the world at the time of the new year.
Yehuda Oppenheimer updated 2 arrangements of 'Prayer', and ‘Aria’. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.