des Accordeonistes (CIA) Elections
were held at the 108th General Assembly of the Confederation Internationale des
for the Executive Committee and the Music Committee. Elected officers will hold
their position for a term of four years.
results of the CIA Elections are as follows:
Friedrich (election for office of the President was held last year)
President: Raymond Bodell, United Kingdom
Vice President: Kimmo
Vice President: Tibor Racz, Slovakia
Jones, New Zealand
President of the Music Committee: Frederic
Honorary Vice President for 2003: Panna Grigoncza,
Vice President: Joan
C. Sommers, USA
Member: Max Bonnay, France
Member: Jacques Mornet, France
John Leslie, United Kingdom
Jones, New Zealand
Secretary of the Music Committee: Raymond Bodell,
25th Anniversary Celebrations
by Dr Herbert
Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich
Lips Productions and Raimondas
Anniversary accordion celebrations were held recently at the Sibelius Academy
in Helsinki, where Matti Rantanen has been teaching since 1977. Rantanen developed
a new teaching process in Finland together with Heidi Velamo (his wife) and Helka
Kymäläinen. Nowadays Finnish accordionists are very successful at international
competitions, for example Mika
Väyrynen is making a world career on his accordion.
the festival there were solo performances by Matti Rantanen, Mika
Väyrynen, Marjut Tynkkynen, Petri Makkonen (Finland), Margit
Kern (Germany), Raimondas
Sviackevicius (Lithuania) and Iñaki Alberdi (Spain).
These artists presented a large range of contemporary accordion
music from around the world.
October 27th, an "Accordion Marathon" took place where former and current
students performed. This event featured the world premiere of "Out of crooked
timber..." by American composer Paul Rudy, which included 25 accordionists
with soloist and conductor. The accordionists sat around the concert hall (on
the stage, on the sides of hall, behind the audience and up on the balcony) so
the surrounding sound effect made a huge impression.
Universal Accordion Day - Argentina
by Angel Russo and Agustin Anibal Gomez
Universal Accordion Day will be celebrated with lots of enthusiasm on Friday 15th
in many Argentinean towns and cities. Vice President of the International Association
of Accordionists, Agustín Anibal Gomez, invites all accordionists to participate
in this day, which will include accordionists strolling the streets playing a
variety of traditional music.
has been organized in Federal Capital, which will begin in Calle Florida and Av.
Córdoba, and will end in Av. De Mayo. The day will end with a dancing show
in the "Rincón de Anibal" in the Capital's Floresta district,
Admission is free.
The "Universal Day of
the Accordion" is celebrated every year throughout Argentina and many other
countries. To celebrate this day accordionists go out to the streets and perform
for their respective towns, as has been done before in Buenos Aires, San Miguel,
Córdoba, Bahía Blanca, Parana, Rafaela, Osborno (Chile), Vigo (Spain),
Ravenna (Italy) and others.
For further details
Pitocco Directs an Opera - Switzerland
by Holda Paoletti-Kamp
Pitocco (who has held over 200 concerts in Europe), recently performed and
directed the opera "Maria de Buenos Aires" in four concerts held in
Schwyz (Switzerland). Massimiliano's recent commitments also included concerts
in Bari (Italy) with the Collegium Musicum (performing Piazzolla's double concerto
for guitar, band and strings), solo accordion concerts in Pescara and Foggia,
and finally a concert with the Four for Tango quartet in the castle of Avezzano
(province of l'Aquila).
Young Accordionist Performs at Gala Event
- New Zealand
by Karen Selman
Alex Selman (14 year old member
of the North Shore Accordion Orchestra), was recently invited to perform his own
composition for piano and strings at the Auckland Town Hall, for the 2002 National
Business Review Sponsorship of the Arts Awards Gala evening and dinner.
As a winner of the "Tower Young Composer Competition", Alex was chosen
from the prize winners to profile this competition, which was a finalist for the
"Sponsor of the Year" award. Alex played "Kaingaroa" accompanied
by members of the Auckland Philharmonia in front of an audience of 600 people
including New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark. Tower received a Special Merit
award for their sponsorship.
Second Colombian Cultural Week
October the Contrastes Duet, which includes Colombian accordionist
Lácides Romero and Venezuelan pianist Arnaldo García
performed concerts at the Salamanca University in Spain. The concerts
were held in conjunction with the Second Colombian Cultural Week,
celebrated by the "Caro y Cuervo" Institute from Colombia.
addition Lácides performed as part of the Nuevo Mundo Quartet, which also
included Jorge Ariza (flute), Francisco Rivera (clarinet) and Leonardo Guevara
Their well received program included
works by Colombian and Latin American composers such as Piazzolla, Cervantes,
Nazareth and Romero.
Dolly Galla-Rini Passes Away
accordion world is saddened by the recent passing of Dolly Galla-Rini,
the loved wife of Maestro Anthony Galla-Rini. Dolly passed away
on October 29th, 2002 at the age of 101.
is pictured above with husband Anthony Galla-Rini and son Bud during a recent
visit from Val Keisser from San Francisco. Val stopped in to visit Tony and Dolly
only days earlier and at Dolly's request, brought in her accordion and entertained
the family for quite some time.
For many of us
in the accordion family, the love story of Tony and Dolly has been the inspiration
of a lifetime.
The family is kindly requesting
that no flowers are to be sent, but cards may be sent to:
500 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025, USA.
at Autumn Concert - Germany
Four orchestras including
the Akkordeon-Orchesters 1938 Rossdorf, will perform at an Autumn Concert in the
Rehberghalle in Rossdorf, Hessen on November16th. For details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Rock Soup Café" Performance
The Pickpocket Ensemble will perform at
the "Rock Soup Café" in San Francisco on November 9th. The group
which includes Rick Corrigan (accordion), Marguerite Ostrovski (violin), Tim Fox
(guitar) and Will High (bass) play a variety of European folk and cafe music with
"a modern sensibility and a street-wise edge". Their mix of American
folk, early jazz and swing plus rock has given them a unique blend that is truly
Following this concert, the group will
entertain at the Bazaar Café on November 16th.
For concert information
CD in Honour of Pietro Deiro -
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
its twentieth anniversary (celebrated last year), the International
Accordion Museum of Castelfidardo (director Beniamino
Bugiolacchi) has released a series of CDs dedicated to the "fathers of
the accordion" in order to bring to light the historical recordings that
have shaped the development of the instrument.
journey into the past begins with the undisputed father of the accordion in the
United States, namely Pietro Deiro. The Deiro CD includes many of his recordings
for the Victor label on 78 rpm discs made in the Twenties and Thirties and donated
to the museum by his family. This selection of the artist's vast musical output
(more than five-hundred published works) includes original compositions, medleys
and transcriptions of operatic pieces by Rossini, Verdi and Gounod. The last track
is a real gem: a simple but sophisticated rendition of the Blue Danube Waltz by
Strauss, which, according to our current knowledge, is the first accordion recording
on disc ever (1910). The exclusive use of original recordings, which are not always
in an ideal state of conservation, increases the historical and cultural value
of this initiative.
The second CD in the series
features the fathers of the accordion movement in Italy, including "Gallo"
and Kramer, Principe
and Beltrami. The project takes advantage of the contributions of art director
sound restorer Roberto Morbidoni and graphic designer Andrea Vaccarini. The Castelfidardo
Accordion Museum wishes to extend its special thanks to Claudio Sabbatini's Musictech,
which has kindly and intelligently chosen to support and finance this initiative.
Accordionist Releases Solo Album - Germany
by Jenny Findeis
Stefan Hiss has just released his first solo album entitled "König der
Schmerzen" (King Of Pain). The CD includes tracks sung in German, Spanish
and English. Stefan is a member of the popular group "HISS".
CD presentation evening will be held at Club Hi in Stuttgart on November 27th.
For further information email: email@example.com
Gary Dahl Releases Eight New Arrangements
Dahl has released eight new arrangements in digital format. The digital Acrobat
pdf format allows the pieces to be emailed to you and printed by your own computer.
The Acrobat software is free and is now included with most computers.
arrangements add to the list of highly acclaimed Gary
Dahl arrangements and compositions being published on the MusicForAccordion.com
site. The titles include such famous pieces as Mattinata, O Mio Babbino Caro,
O Solo Mio, Santa Lucia and others. There is now a total of 74 Gary Dahl arrangements
plus many works from other arrangers and composers on this relatively new site.
New selections are being steadily added.