Tous les membres de la Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), du Commite Executif, du Commite Musical, les delegues et les Invites se sont reunis sur l’ile de Nagiga, FIJI, pour preparer la 117eme assemblee generale des delegues du commite.
Toutes les delegations etaient representees y compris la Nouvelle Zelande, le Royaume Uni, la Finlande, les Etats Unis, la Chine, l’Allemagne et la France lors des differentes reunions durant ce tout premier Congres d’Hiver dans l’Hemisphere sud.
Le correpondant public de la CIA Harley Jones a coordonne les evenements ainsi que la preparation des futurs evenements de la New Zeeland Accordion Association(ZNAA) ainsi que l’accueil des hotes pour la Coupe Mondiale d’Accordeon 2009 a Auckland en Nouvelle Zelande.
Les invites de ce Congres d’Hiver 2007 ont eu l’occasion de vivre une experience culturelle unique avec les villages voisins de l’ile de Nagiga, avec la visite des ecoles locales accompagnee des celebrations Meke(Dances et Musiques).
Plusieurs candidats des Coupes Mondiales precedentes ont ete invites comme Benoit Chabod et Cyril Blanchard ainsi que deux vainqueurs de la Coupe du Monde(CIA), Phil Bouvier(2004) et Julien Gonzales(2006) pour une serie de concert aux iles Fiji.
L’ile de Nagigia est l’un des quatre representants mondiaux d’Accordion Worldwilde et de l’Accordeon en general, prouvant qu’avec les technologies d’aujourd’hui celle ci peut rassembler le Monde entier.
L`accordeoniste francais de 19 ans Vincent Lhermet vient de metre fin a 7 ans de victoire consecutive russe en remportant le concours de Harasate dans la ville de Hiria dans la region basque du nord de l`espagne. Etudiant au CNIMA de Jacques Mornet, Vincent Lhermet, originaire de Clermont-ferrand, a interprete des pieces de Bach, Angelis, Kusiakov, Scarlatti, Tuchowsky, L de Pablo, Urbano et Weber.
Les participants qui etaient tous d`un excellent niveau venaient de Russie, Serbie, Finland, Autriche, Ukraine, Chine et France.
A la 2eme place: Rade Mijatovic (Serbia) et a la 3eme place : Maria Vlasova (Russia). Les membres du jury etaient: Jose Antonio Hontoria (Spain), Stefan Hussong (Germany), Jacques Mornet (France), Matti Rantanen (Finland) et Vojin Vasovic (Serbia).
Le premier concours d`Harasate a eu lieu en 1993 et a ete organisee par Hauspoz, l`association basque d`accordeon.
Les deux nouveaux cds du celebre concertiste espagnol Angel Luis Castaño sont desormais disponibles. Le cd “Encore!” contient 22 morceaux pour accordeon solo et quelques transcriptions qu`il joues en concert telle que le morceau “Encore”. Des co;positions de Rossini, Granados, Solotarew, Ligeti, Piazzolla, Semyonov, Lecuona, Tarrega, Schmith, Ibert, Albeniz, Busseuil, etc…sont inclus dans ce nouveau cd.
Le dernier cd de Castano “perspectivas” contient sept oeuvres pour violoncelle et accordeon composees par Fallas, Piazzolla, Faure, Kaufmann, Part et Kuusisto, interprete par David Apellaniz au violoncelle. Tous les deux sont professeurs au conservatoire superieur de Sarragosse (Espagne).
Angel Luis Castaño a plus de 10 cds a son actif et cette derniere annee, il avait deja presente le le cd : Spanish music for solo accordion” dont toutes les compositions lui etaient dediees et composees par des compositeurs espagnols qui ont, pour la plupart d`entre eux, recus le prix national de musique d`espagne: Jesus Rueda (2004), David del Puerto (2005) et Cesar Camarero (2006).
New York-based accordionist, organist and media personality writes: “I went to see Richard Galliano at the IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) event in New York on January 13th, when he ‘blew the roof off the house’ at the Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom final concert. This was an incredible evening of French jazz with Richard Galliano honoring Michel Legrand.
We (Jennifer) and I went to the NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants), which ran from January 18th to 21st in Ahaheim, California. I would say that this year accordion manufacturers attendance was down. Gabannelli Accordions, Bafetti and Roland were there, and Fuselli accordion straps and bags. We were expecting to meet other friends of ours from Italy who cancelled. I saw more Chinese accordions than Italians I would say. My guess is that most accordion companies have opted to do Musikmesse this year. The next NAMM show takes place from July 27th to 29th in Austin, Texas.
I'll be here in the Bay Area playing some hospital shows and working on my radio program for the next 2 weeks”.
On January 10th Stockport Accordion Club presented Julie Best, lead accordionist with the Ronmar Accordion Orchestra, as guest artiste, and her very polished performance and extensive repertoire certainly kept everybody entertained throughout her two lengthy spots. Julie played ‘Zingarella’, ‘Under Paris Skies’, ‘Maigret’, ‘Come Back to Sorrento’ (the Charles Magnante arrangement), ‘Cubanola’, ‘Sway’, ‘Triste Sourire’, ‘Gay Gordons Medley’, ‘Is this the Way to Amarillo?’, ‘The Cuckoo Waltz’, ‘Simonetta’, ‘Highland Cathedral’, ‘Gin & It’, and several other pieces.
Julie’s second half spot included some accordion duets with Jean Corrighan, her chauffeur for the long trip from Carlisle, which included a sparkling performance of the ‘Jacqueline Waltz’. Towards the end, Julie also did a duet with concertina player John Nixon, and they romped through a set of Al Jolson numbers in fine style.
The NAO Regional Festival season continued again last Sunday 21st January 2007 with the NAO Midlands Area Festival held in Leicester and organised by NAO Secretariat Pauline Noon. An excellent number of entries were received and adjudicator for the day Graham Laurie, NAO Deputy Chairperson was impressed with overall standard of the contestants.
He awarded the trophy for the most promising performance of the day to 8 year old Alexander Bodell for his performances in two categories.
The season of festivals continues in the forthcoming weeks with festivals to be held in Northern Ireland (27th January), South Scotland (4th February), North Yorkshire (24th February) and London (4th March) and culminating in the UK Championships to be held on the weekend of 4th – 6th May 2007.
The 2007 Celtic Connections Festival takes place from January 17th to February 4th, and is one of the world’s largest winter music festivals. The venues of the festival include Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The National Piping Centre, The Tron Theatre and St Andrews in the Square. Bands featuring accordion include the Scott Harvey Ceilidh Band, Session 9 (Scotland), Four Men and a Dog (Ireland), Dervish (Ireland), Na h-Oganaich (Scotland), Lau (Scotland), Eddie Reader and band (featuring accordionist Alan Kelly), Moishe’s Bagel; concertina player Simon Thoumire, and accordionists Sandy Brechin, Alan Kelly, David Munnelly, and Angus Lyon. Accordionist Donald Shaw is the festival’s Artistic Director.
On January 27th, at 7pm, BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Take the Floor’ visits the festival for a live broadcast with presenter Robbie Shepherd, the Ian Muir Scottish Dance Band and special guests.
The festival incorporates the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Final, which takes oplace on January 28th, at 5pm, at the City Halls Grand Hall. The finalists include accordionist Martin Hunter.
This festival includes a wide variety of events. On February 3rd, in the Clyde Foyer at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, there will be a workshop titled 'Come and Try: Accordion', at 11am, and 'Accordion Techniques', Sandy Brechin at 2pm.
After a successful Italian Evening on December 2nd 2006 at Athenaeum in Cape Town, the Bulgarian - born accordionist Stanislav Angelov is returning with the same team: Violina Anguelov – mezzo soprano and Nicolas Cenchele – tenor, to present a Viennese Evening on January 27th. The program will include music by J. Strauss, F. Lehar, E. Kalman, J. Schrammel and others – some instrumental and some arias and duets from operettas.
London-based Milos Milivojevic performs two concerts in January. These are:
January 27th, at 8pm - St Mary's Church, Horsefair Street, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. The program includes music by Berio, Skempton and Lindberg, and the UK premieres of ‘Partita Piccola’, by Zoran Bozanic, and ‘Toccata’, by Matti Murto.
January 31st,1.10pm - St James Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL. The Program includes Bach, Mendelssohn, Scarlatti, Tchaikovsky, Skempton and Lindberg.
The annual Fundacion Festival, also known as ExpoFestival 2007, takes place in Vallenata from April April 26th to 30th. The Fundacion Festival is a large-scale music, song and dance festival that incorporates an accordion festival. The competition includes categories for amateur and professional players of various ages and styles, and attracts mainly diatonic accordionists.
In Columbia, diatonic button instruments are the norm with accordionists, especially the 3-row, and are used extensively within the country's traditional music, song and dance. The diatonic button accordion has been popular in Columbia since the late 19th Century.
“A friend of mine has had her accordion stolen from her digs just yesterday. Could be anywhere in the country by now. The police have been notified but should you be offered a black Excelsior 41 key/120bass Piano accordion with Russian B system convertor (series B41), it is stolen.
The man who stole it was caught on camera. He is a tall, athletically built Caucasian. He has dark/black hair wears a dark coat and was wearing white trousers/jeans. This instrument is quite a rarity so if someone approaches you offering you this instrument please call the police. Feel free to contact me if you manage to keep hold of it. It belongs to Ksenija Sidorova and she is a promising student at the Royal Academy of Music. She has quite a few concerts booked and needs it”.