|Maddalena Belfiore Donates to the CIA|
|Brett Gibson Wows the Crowd in Kansas City|
|Dr. Schimmel and the Cyber Symphony|
||Manny Bobenrieth Performs in NY|
||Nutcracker Ethnic Music and Dance Show|
||Guy Klucevsik plays on John Williams Score|
||Jon Hammond Anchors CNN Show|
|Fintan Stanley Performs in Maine|
||Bohola offers December Concerts|
|Cherish the Ladies Symphony Performances|
|Peter Soave performs in Vietnam|
|Maddalena Belfiore Donates Collection to CIA Archives|
Former CIA Vice President Maddalena Belfiore has kindly donated all of her material pertaining to the CIA to the newly established CIA archives center. A Vice President of the CIA for 16 years and recipient of the CIA Merit Award, Maddalena Belfiore has donated her entire collection including CIA News Books from as early as 1954, CIA Program Books dating to 1961 and minutes and general correspondence spanning several decades. The archives of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), a member of the International Music Council (IMC-UNESCO), also received a donation of material from the New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA), the first CIA member nation to officially make a donation. (Picutred left to right are Maddalena Belfiore and NZAA Committee member, Heather Masefield.)
The archives are housed at the Hanuritalo (Accordion House) in Ikaalinen, Finland, which is also the home of the Finnish Accordion Association, a CIA member. Many other accordion activities are centered in Ikaalinen, including the Finnish Accordion Institute, an accordion museum, an accordion factory and repair center, and the Sata-Häme Soi International Accordion Festival. With so many accordion activities in Ikaalinen, it is not surprising that even this bird checks into an accordion birdhouse located outside the Hanuritalo.
The archives will collect all materials pertaining to the CIA such as all Test Pieces, program books, information such as recordings and biographies of all CIA winners, Merit and Honored Friend award recipients, press coverage, mark sheets and results from previous competitions, minutes of General Assembly Meetings, News Books, correspondence and much more. Not only does it profile the history of the CIA, but also the important evolution of the accordion and the accordion movement in each country.
Making his second trip to Finland with material for the archives, CIA President Kevin Friedrich travelled to Ikaalinen on November 14th to16th 2005 to personally hand deliver the material from Mrs. Belfiore and the New Zealand Accordion Association, make preliminary inventory reports as well as conduct a Press conference with CIA Vice President and President of the Finnish Accordion Association, Kimmo Mattila. With the archive center creating considerable interest in Finland, the press conference attracted some of the largest newspapers in Finland which each featured stories and pictures of the work being done.
The first archive donation of many CIA Test Piece scores was made by Ernest Deffner, Inc, the parent company of Ernest Deffner Publications, commemorating the firm's own 70th anniversary. The president of the firm, Faithe Deffner, is a long time friend of the CIA and has been a United States delegate to the CIA for more than 32 years.
Anyone interested in donating their material pertaining to the CIA to the Archives is invited to do so. Former CIA contestants are invited to send items such as program books, newspaper articles from both the United States and the competition country, photopgraphs and any other material that pertains to the CIA. Donors are invited to send their material to CIA President:
To conclude the CIA 70th Anniversary year, an official CIA Archive ribbon cutting ceremony will officially open the archives during the CIA Winter Congress meeting in Ikaalinen from February 24th to 27th 2006.
|The Elders Bring in the Crowds in Kansas City|
just returning from a successful tour to Ireland, popular Kansas City based Irish
Rock Group "The Elders" performed to a packed house at The Record Bar,
a live music venue in the Westport area of Kansas City.
|Dr. William Schimmel to Unveil Cyber Symphony|
and composer Dr. William Schimmel will release a new recording entitled: 'IN THE
SHADOW - where the Symphonies of Beethoven meet the Fado Bar'.
refers to this work as 'A Cyber Symphony in Six parts'. It is 53 minutes in length
and the titles of the parts are as follows: 'Raga and Rondo', 'Shoo-Bert', 'In
the Shadow', 'The Absinthe of Something', 'Capriccio Brasilia' and 'Reality en
Dr Schimmel will end 2005 and move into 2006 with performances of Alban Berg's 'Wozzeck', with the Metropolitan Opera at the Lincoln Center, New York.
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|Manny Bobenrieth Performs in New York|
service musicians took place in a large-scale celebration of Veterans' Day, previously
known as Armistice Day, on November 11th. A large number of musicians and singers
performed a program of music in Trinity Church, Wall Street.
|Nutcracker Ethnic Music and Dance Show|
On December 16th to 18th, there are four performances of a show with the intriguing title 'THIS IS YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S NUTCRACKER!'
Accordionist Dee Langley writes: "Producing the only all-traditional Nutcracker in town, Ethnic Dance Theatre presents authentic ethnic dance and music from cultures all over the world, and ties them together with strands of the original Tchaikovsky score. Klara is delighted with Drosselmeyer's gifts of dancing dolls: Ukrainian tin soldiers, an Appalachian clogging rag doll, Austrian music box, and a Hungarian nutcracker. Twin City-based EDT Folk Orchestra provides the all-live, all-authentic music soundtrack from Tchaikovsky, Hungary, China, Egypt, Mexico, Bulgaria, Germany, Russia, and more".
are on December 16th and 17th at 7.30pm, and 17th and 18th at 2pm. The venue is
Concordia University, E.M. Pearson Theatre, 312 N. Hamline Ave, St. Paul, Minnesota.
|Guy Klucevsek Works on John Williams Score|
early November accordionist Guy
Klucevsek worked on the Sony Sound Stage in Los Angeles, recording as part
of the orchestra for John Williams' score for Steven Spielberg's new film 'Munich'.
|Jon Hammond is CNN Guest Anchorman|
Accordionist and organist Jon Hammond was a guest presenter for CNN at a huge event in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park at Speedway Meadows. The event was a memorial function for Chet Helms, the rock promoter who is responsible for bringing Janis Joplin to San Francisco during the 1960s.
He also presented hundreds of shows over the years with very big bands including Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blue Cheer, Cold Blood, Dan Hicks & the Hotlicks, Charlatans, Sons of Champlin, Moby Grape, Country Joe and the Fish, Jefferson Airplane, and many more. Many of the bands who played for Chet were onhand to play for approximately 50,000 people. The event was broadcast over the Internet in Quicktime format.
|Fintan Stanley Concerts in Maine|
Irish accordionist Fintan Stanley appears in concert at Cape Cod Irish Village,
512 Main Street, West Yarmouth, on November 11th and 12th, and will also appear
on December 30th and 31st.
|Bohola Concerts in the USA|
Irish-American trio Bohola, featuring Jimmy Keane on piano accordion, will perform at the following venues in December:
play a vibrant and driving yet very emotive style of Irish music, both vocal and
instrumental, and are one of the leading Irish-American bands, with four CDs to
Keane has performed and
recorded with some of the best musicians in Irish music over the years including
Liz Carroll, Michael Flatley, Mick Moloney, Eileen Ivers, and Seamus Egan. However,
it was not until he started playing with Pat Broaders and Sean Cleland that the
style of Irish music that Keane plays really started to jell and this big
huge raw and powerful sound came out of nowhere, reflected Keane. We
were like a three-handed glove instinctively darting in and out of the
music as if we were as-one playing the same big instrument.
has performed and recorded with some of the best musicians in Irish music over
the years including Liz Carroll, Michael Flatley, Mick Moloney, Eileen Ivers,
and Seamus Egan.
The Chicago Tribune wrote, bohola plays 300-year-old jigs and reels as if they were trying to tear the house down. Keane's rippling accordion and Sean Cleland's darting fiddle play rapid, swirling melodies, while Pat Broaders accents the rhythm with his staccato bouzouki strumming. Broaders also takes the spotlight to sing plaintive ballads.
We try to always play from the heart, said Keane, and bring to the audience the core and the spirit of what the music we play and sing is about.
In concert, bohola perform music selections that weave in and out between tunes and songs that can continue for twenty minutes or so, ever evolving and flowing. They play tunes that range from hundred-year-old harp pieces, reels, jigs, slides, polkas and barndances to newly composed pieces in the traditional idiom. And the songs run the gamut from the ancient melodies of Ireland, to songs brought to North America by immigrants, to newly composed songs from here and abroad. All played with a freshness and subtlety of approach that is unique in Irish music today.
|Cherish the Laides with Symphony Orchestra|
describing Cherish the Ladies the critics say it best
simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldnt enjoy what they do,
the Boston Globe, An astonishing array of virtuosity, the Washington
Post, Expands the annals of Irish music in America
the music is passionate,
tender and rambunctious, The New York Times and for the past eighteen years,
Cherish the Ladies have proven themselves worthy to live up to these accolades
and in doing so have become one of the most engaging ensembles in the history
of Irish music.
They have been named Best Musical Group of the Year by the BBC, Entertainment Group of the Year by the Irish Voice Newspaper, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's International Group of the Year Award at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and voted the Top North American Celtic act by NPR Radios Thistle and Shamrock.
have shared the stage with such noted entertainers as James Taylor, Joan Baez,
Emmy Lou Harris, The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, The Chieftains and dozens of
symphony orchestras. The "Celtic Album", their collaboration with the
Boston Pops Symphony led to a 1999 Grammy nomination.
Cherish the Ladies have appeared on CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Evening at Pops, C-Span, PBS and National Public Radio in the United States and on BBC and RTE radio and television overseas. At the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, they were chosen to represent Irish music and culture at the Official Cultural Olympiad.
girls continue to blaze forward and continue to enchant audiences worldwide. They
are releasing their second Rounder Records Release Woman of the House
in the fall of 05
|Peter Soave performs in Hanoi, Vietnam|
On November 3rd, concert accordionist and multi World Accordion Champion Peter Soave gave a recital in the Concert Hall of the Hanoi Conservatory. His program included music by Astor Piazzola and some his own improvisational pieces and transcriptions.
Peter Soave's playing (on both bayan
and bandoneon) impressed the Hanoi audience with his tremendously refined musical
taste and virtuosity, brilliant and breathtaking technical skills.
of the accordion department Dr. Luu Quang Minh (below left) reports that at the
beginning of the 1920's of the 20th Century, together with other European music
instruments, the French and western missioners introduced the accordion into Vietnam
in three different ways including with catholic missionaries, military ensembles
and multi-media (Films, LP Disks and Radio).
1956 to 1986, the accordion was very strong. Accordionists took part in many art
programs on both small and large scales. Accordionists presented various kinds
of performances such as: solo, duo and chamber ensembles with the participation
of different musical instruments.
However, from 1994 to the present, thanks to the open policy of the government, the movement of accordion playing has been revived and has since developed up to higher professional level.
The Accordion Department of the Hanoi National Conservatory of MusicVietnam became a Voting Member of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) in 2003.
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