Le 23 Mars aura lieu la première mondiale de ‘Perpetual Pulsing Transience’ une composition pour six accordéons et Orchestre de Chambre écrite par le compositeur Russe Zibuokle Martinaityte. Le concert avec l’Orchestre de Chambre du Conservatoire de Mons – MD Daniel Gazon, commencera à 20h00 et aura lieu au Conservatoire Royal de Mons.
Il y aura une répétition générale le 24 Mars, à 16h00, à l’Eglise des Dominicains, 40, Avenue de la Renaissance, B-1000 Bruxelles (Brussels).
Le „Harmonikafest“ est un festival d’accordéon de trois jours qui aura lieu du 23 au 25 Mars à Stainz. L’évènement inclus des activités pour les musiciens de tous les niveaux, des débutants aux professionnels.
Le duo Nuevo Mundo – l’Accordéoniste Lácides Romero Meza, Professeur à l’Université Nationale de Pédagogie de Bogota, et le Clarinettiste Francisco Javier Rivera – a remporté le concours de musique organisé par le ‘Bogota Philarmonic Orchestra’ qui a eu lieu le 21 Février.
Le duo a obtenu un score maximum et unanime de la part du Jury : 100 points sur 100. Il y avait 22 autres candidats dans la catégorie. Ce prix représente un grand triomphe pour l’accordéon en Colombie, là où l’accordéon est trop souvent associé à la musique ethnique traditionnelle.
Le nouveau CD de l’accordéoniste Classique Bosniaque basé aux Pays-Bas Nihad Hrustanbegovic est en fait son premier CD solo ‘The Best of Concert Accordion’ qui sortira le 27 Mars 2007.
La présentation de ce CD se fera le 28 Mars sur la chaîne de TV National des Pays-Bas dans un Show TV très regardé aux Pays-Bas - ‘De wereld draait door’.
‘The Best of Concert Accordion’, un enregistrement autoproduit, incluant des transcriptions classiques (Bach, Scarlatti, Grieg, Paganini), des oeuvres contemporaines originales pour accordéon solo (Gubaidulina, Schmidt), et des compositions de ‘‘Musique du Monde’’ (Semionov, Hrustanbegovic).
The annual National Accordion Association Convention (Norman Seaton - President, picture left) took place, March 7th to 11th, at the Richardson Hotel, Richardson in Texas, attracting approximately 250 players for a weekend of non-stop music that involved a variety of genres. A happy atmosphere prevailed throughout the Convention, and accordionist Dee Langley (right) spoke for many when she declared that she wished the event had lasted for a full week!
The Convention included workshops, orchestras, seminars, concerts and jam sessions. Other features of the festival were the ‘Swap Shop’ and the ‘Polka Festival’. Participants included Dick Albreski, Alice Aman, Joe Brikha, Jessica Faltot, Marge Ford, Patti Gersich, Joel Guzman, Daniel Kott, Louise Kucera, Dee Langley, Don Lipovac, Daniel Orza, Debra Peters, Ron Pivovar, Norman Seaton, Becky Simmons, Trio Bez Ime, Dale Wise, and Fred Ziwich.
The trade show included Accordion-O-Rama, Ballarini/Petosa, Castle Accordions, Kohl Music Company, Monarch Accordions, Accordions Plus, Accordions by Fry, Accordion Stuff, Mr. E's Music and a swap shop. The NAA Convention received widespread media coverage (218KB).
In Kiev (Ukraine), at the age of 88, legendary Soviet Bayan Artists and Professor, peoples Artists of Ukraine Nikolai Rizol has passed away. Picture left shows three generation. Nikolai Rizol who taught Vladimir Besfamilnov who taught Tania Lukic-Marx photographed in 2003 in Kiev.
Nikolai Rizol was a founder and music director of the famous “Bayan Quartet of Kiev”.
With its original members (picture below, left to right: I. Zhuromski, M. Belickaia, R. Belickaia, Nikolai Rizol) the quartet existed from 1939 to 1978. Reputedly the first professional accordion quartet in Russia and maybe the world. The Quartet still exists and was renamed the “Rizol Quartet”. Its musical director is a former student of Rizol, Sergey Grinchenko.
Since its inception until today – the quartet is employed by the official government concert agency in Ukraine - “Kiev Philharmonic” and has performed all around the Soviet Union and internationally.
Together with Ivan Yashkevich, Rizol was one of the founders of the early bayan school in this part of the former Soviet Union – Ukraine. He taught bayan at the Kiev National Music Academy since 1948. He retired from his teaching position late last year at the age of 87. Amongst his students are the winners of the international accordion competitions: Vladimir Besfamilnov, Sergey Grinchenko, A. Tihonchuk, V. Bulavko.
In 1999 during the Moscow Bayan Festival “Bayan and Bayanists” Rizol was awarded the “Silver Disc” award for his enormous contribution to the bayan in his country. He was a performer, composer, arranger and an author of many accordion books.
Adrian Stieglitz and Simon Zimmerling, two accordionists of the Hof Accordion Society, Germany were invited together with their teacher Günther Zeilinger for a concert in Lefke, Northern Cyprus by festival organisor Yilmaz Taner. He is also the organizer of the world famous "Bellapaisfestival" in Girne, Northern Cyprus.
The program of both players included "Romanze in Am (Reger), "Tango Prism" (Ishii), "Sonata No.3" (Zolatariev) and many more original compositions and as well as interesting duet titles like "Tarantella" (Trojan), "Ballad" (Lundquist) and transcriptions from Soler. The performance of the two accordionists was very successful and Yilmaz Taner has invited the Akkordeonorchester Hof to the next years festival.
Picture, left to the right: Yilmaz Taner, two piano players from Lefke with Günther Zeilinger behind, Adrian Stieglitz, Simon Zimmerling, Mayoress and Mayor Zafer.
Since the closing of "Ring of Fire", the Broadway show which featured Jeff Lisenbyon accordion in the story of Johnny Cash, Jeff has been working on his home turf in Nashville, Tennessee where he appears regularly with high profile groups.
Lisenby will return to New York City on Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, to provide the musical accompaniment for
Cindy Marchionda in a beautiful one-woman show called "Early One Morning," at 8:00 pm at Theatre 315, 315 West 47th St. This is a well-crafted musical about the Biblical character, Mary Magdalene, the show's music is by Ron Melrose, the Music Director of the current hit "Jersey Boys."
A performance of Sofia Gubaidulina’s ‘Seven Words’, by Owen Murray – accordion, Tamas Varga – cello, and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ivan Fischer, takes place at The Liszt Ferenc Academy, Budapest, on April 5th.
The annual ‘Box & Fiddle’ Festival takes place at the Haven Holiday Park, Craig Tara, Ayr, Scotland, from April 23rd to 27th. The event includes concerts, dances, dance workshops and playing sessions. The guest artistes include accordionists Dick Black, Sandy Nixon, Fraser MacLean, John Carmichael, James Coutts, and their Scottish dance bands, and the Lomond Ceilidh Band.
The sixth international competition of young musicians “Ohrid Pearls” will take place in Ohrid, Macedonia from 16th – 20th June 2007 under the auspices of “Music And Ballet Pedagogues Association Of Republic Of Macedonia”.
There are three Classical Accordion categories, born 1992 or later, born 1988 or later and born 1982 or later with prize money in each – the closing date for entries is 20th May 2007.
Full details are available from well known Macedonian teacher: Zorica Karakutovska, picture left - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Steirische Volksliedwerk are organising two days of folk music workshops. The first is on Saturday April 28th, from 10am to 6.30pm, at the Zezula Inn, 8761 Pöls, and the second on October 20th, 10am to 6.30pm.
On Saturday September 29th, at 7.30pm, in the Manuel Lekuona CultureHouse, Lasarte-Oria, the 4th Lasarte-Oria Accordion Festival Concert takes place. The artistes performing are Enrike Zelaia, Nathalie Boucheix (France), the Elsene Accordion Orchestra (Holland), and the Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra.
“I have seen photos of Santa Marsala diatonic accordions, circa 1960s-80s. I know they are no longer made, but I was wondering if there is some store in Europe that still has some on hand. Can you please help? I live in Chicago, USA.”