5th March 1999
|- Weekly news from around the
Our first "Celebrity
Interview" is online! The interview of Friedrich
Lips made fascinating reading, as it helped to get closer to
this famous artist, as well as to find out about his hobbies and
thinking. If you haven't already done so, I recommend reading it,
I'm sure you will find it equally interesting.
The day for announcing the Survey prize winners
is March 19th. If you would like to participate, simply complete
Worldwide Survey form.
and Soave in Hull - UK
Contributed by Heather Smith
After performing at the International Accordion
Festival, Blackpool, (March 18th to 22nd), Peter Soave & Jean-Louis
Noton will perform at the Dorchester Hotel, Kingston upon Hull.
This March 23rd concert is believed to be the first of its kind
The event will begin with a performance by the
newly formed Kingston upon Hull Accordion Club ensemble followed
by soloist Heather Smith (former British Accordion Champion & runner
up in the
On March 25th, Jean-Louis
Noton will travel to the Harlow Accordion Club to perform with
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Festival - Iceland
Contributed by Ingi
The International Reykjavik Accordion Festival
will take place from July 16th to 18th at Lake Reynisvatn, Reykjavik.
Foreign accordion enthusiasts are especially welcome.
Event organizers Have an exciting program planned to cater for attending
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Lips in Concert - England
by Kevin Friedrich
The Royal Academy of Music in London was proud
to present the debut London recital by one of the world's leading
The concert which drew a capacity audience was
held in Duke's Hall, and drew such dignitaries as the Russian Ambassador
to the UK, members of the CIA
Congress and the Principal of the Academy.
Lips presented his program in two sections, the
first consisting of newer works for the accordion including compositions
by Berinsky, Gubaidulina and Rjabov, while the last section was
made up of works by composers such as Mozart, Schubert, Piazzolla
His outstanding performance drew several encores
from the audience, which had traveled from various parts of the
UK to take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear one of the
most recognized names in the industry in concert.
As part of his week long stay in London, Lips took
part in the Accordions Worldwide "Celebrity
Interview" which is now on line and also presented a series
of Masterclasses at the Royal Academy, where Professor Owen Murray
is the director of Accordion Studies.
Three candidates performed before an interested
audience, and received some inspiring input on such issues as bellows
control, sound production and interpretation.
& Teller's Sin City Spectacular - USA
Contributed by Paul Rogers
Those Darn Accordions will appear on Penn & Teller's
Sin City Spectacular show on March 5th performing "Deathbed Confession".
The program will be repeated on March 7th at 10pm and March 13th
The show will also include appearances by Weird
Al Yankovic, Pamela Anderson and rap music star Ice T.
TDA's next performance will be on March 13th at
the Freight & Salvage show in Berkeley.
Research & Resources - England
Contributed by Neil Wayne
Alistair Anderson is well known for his work in
teaching and popularizing the English concertina. He has also played
a major role in FolkWorks, the study, performance and teaching center
for Folk Music and Folk Arts based in the North East of England.
One of Alistair`s concerns has always been the
lack of good quality, affordable concertinas. "The potential interest
in the instrument is considerable, especially amongst youngsters",
he says, "but the lack of affordable and suitable instruments has
always held things back."
Now, FolkWorks may shortly be in a position to
commission the manufacture and purchase of a substantial number
of "student grade" concertinas. These will form part of Folkworks'
FolkWorks is interested in commissioning a first
order of between 50 and 100 instruments. Alistair would like to
hear ideas and then begin to move towards a design brief, a guide
to potential costs, and then finalize a detailed design and cost
For further information email: Neil_Wayne@freedmus.demon.co.uk
Guest - Japan
Contributed by Toru Katou
On March 31st Finnish accordionist Janne Raettyae
will perform at Voris Hall, Ochanomizu Square, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
at 3 pm. Janne will perform works by J.S.Bach as well as Finnish
accordion works, most of which will be played for the first time
For further information phone Casals Hall Ticket
Center: + 81 3 3291 2525
Weekend - Denmark
Contributed by Kresten Storgaard
On March 14th Danish KDN Cajun Band (with Karen
Munkholm on accordion and vocals) will perform at Det Bruunske Pakhus
in the old Military garrison town "Fredericia", Eastern Jutland.
The weekend leading up to this concert will include a series of
accordion Workshops. Accordionists from all over Denmark are expected
to attend the event.
Open Day - England
Contributed by David Batty
An "Accordion Open Day" will be held at The Chethams
School of Music, Manchester on March 7th. Many exciting events are
planned including masterclasses, concerts and opportunities for
everyone to play. Professor Owen Murray (Royal Academy of Music)
and Murray Graigner (accordion tutor at Chetham's), will each take
a public masterclass. Participants will be given the opportunity
to play in a lunchtime concert.
Performances will also be given by Chethams music
school students and the "Sostenuto" chamber duo (flute and accordion).
There will also be two open sessions: "Come and Play" and a folk
music session, where everyone can participate.
A final concert will be held by students from the
Royal Academy of Music which will include solo and chamber music.
For further information phone: + 44 161 834 9644
Council Meeting - China
Contributed by Li
The Beijing Accordion Association held their council
meeting recently in the Kailai Hotel, Beijing to discuss 1998 and
1999 plans. The Beijing Accordion Association (founded in May 1987)
is now nearly 12 years old. Current President Jiang Jie, Vice President
Yang Guo Li, Secretary Li Yan Sheng with help from Chinese accordion
artists such as Li Yu Qiu, Zhang Zi Qiang and Yang Wen Tao have
successfully organized the 5th Chinese International Accordion Festival.
They have also invited artists from Russia, Germany and USA to hold
concerts and workshops in China.
During the meeting Yang Guo Li and Li Yang Sheng
presented 1998 summaries. After the meeting, association members
were entertained by Jiang Jie, Yang Guo Li, Guo Yu Guang, Li Yan
Sheng and Chen Wei Liang.
Music & Dance Festival - USA
Contributed by Mickie Zekley
The "Lark In The Morning" 3rd Annual San Francisco
Traditional Music & Dance Festival will be held on May 15th & 16th
at The Cannery, Fishermans Wharf, Leavenworth. The festival will
include concerts, bands, workshops and dances and all events are
free. Accordion performances will be given by Sylvester Lee.
For further information phone: + 1 707 964-5569
Group Tours Germany and Switzerland
Contributed by Eric Mercanton
The Bayan Orchester from the University of Brest,
Belarus will perform concerts in Germany and Switzerland during
July and August. The 25 member ensemble will be guests of the "Les
Sittelles" Accordion Club, Oron-la-Ville, conducted by Claudine
The Brest orchestra still have some free days available
for concerts and would like to hear from accordion groups in Germany
and Switzerland. For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CD by Jérôme Richard - France
by Frédéric Deschamps
French accordionist Jérôme
Richard has just released his first CD, "Touch of Fancy" which
was recorded and produced in only 15 days.
In 1998 Jérôme Richard won the World
Cup, the International Klingenthal Competition, the World Trophy
and the International
Castelfidardo Competition as well as other prizes at national
Excerpts from the CD will soon be available on
Jérôme's website. The CD contains music by Richard, Larcange, Astier,
Piazzolla, Deschamps and Sevran.
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Winter Congress - England
by Kevin Friedrich
Internationale des Accordeonistes held their annual Winter Congress
in London, at the Royal Academy of Music, in London on February
serves as the umbrella organization for all the national member
organizations, and the CIA is the only accordion organization to
be accepted into the International Music Council (IMC) and UNESCO.
Each year the CIA hosts the Coupe
Mondiale World Accordion Championships, which is contested by
candidates from around the world. This year the World Accordion
Championships will be held in Kragujevac, Yugoslavia from October
27th to 31st. Two other classes, the Virtuoso Entertainment Category
and the Junior Coupe Mondiale are held at the same time.
Dollar Performance - USA
Contributed by Peter Stanchev
Accordionist and yodeler Kerry Christensen will
perform in Silver Dollar from April 8th to May 8th. Kerry performs,
sings and yodels everything from polka, classical, cajun cowboy,
Australian and New Zealand music, plus tiajana brass trumpet renditions.
For further information email:
Mathews in Concert - Netherlands
Contributed by Jac
Accordionist Mat Mathews (Mathieu Mathijsen) played
in concert on February 20th at the Beachclub Lutjestrand, Westerland,
Netherlands. Over 175 visitors from The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany
and England attended the concert.
Mathews performed a varied program which included
"Lady be Good" and pieces from his latest CD, accompanied by a bassist
and drummer. His next concert will be on March 28th at the "Wapen
van Zijpe" Concert Hall, Schagerbrug.
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Country Concertina Event - UK
Contributed by John Wild
The West Country Concertina Club will hold their
annual event at Kilve, Somerset, England from March 19th to 21st.
For further information phone Pauline Wallace: + 44 1823 673021
Music Fair - Germany
Contributed by Kevin
The Annual Frankfurt Music Fair will conclude this
weekend at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt. This huge 5 day event for
all instruments includes many accordion manufacturers exhibiting
their latest in accordion related technology and new instrument
designs. Accordion business representatives and the public have
the opportunity to visit these exhibits and also hear live performances
by Frederic Deschamps,
Frederic Baldo, Pasquale
Coviello, Pino di Modugno, Sylvia
Pagni, Jean Louis
Noton and many other famous accordionists.
in Royal Overseas League Competition - England
Contributed by Kevin
London based accordionist Phuong Nguyon was one
of four finalists selected to compete in the Royal Overseas League
Competition in London, on February 26th, providing excellent exposure
of the accordion among some of the finest musicians in the UK.
A series of eliminations during the week had led
to this showdown which required a 30 minute own choice program.
Open to all UK based competitors, Phuong competed in the Keyboard
Section Final against 3 outstanding pianists. This is the third
time an accordionist has made it into the final round, and two years
ago, the accordionist was awarded first prize.
Phuong, the 1997 British Accordion Champion, is
currently in the final year of Postgraduate Advanced Study at the
Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studies with Professor
Birthday - New Zealand
Contributed by Christine
Auckland accordionist Tracey
Collins performed recently at a 40th birthday party with an
interesting nautical theme. The venue, which overlooked Auckland
Harbour was nautically decorated with a dinghy (see photo) other
boating regalia and a large mast which had been built especially
for the America's Cup Regatta. Tracey's program included "Sailing"
(Rod Stewart), Under the Sea and the Theme from the Titanic. While
the audience of over 80 people were having a great time, Tracy was
having a nightmare performance that all professionals dread. A sudden
downpour of rain meant she had to quickly shift all her sound equipment
and that was just after she suffered several wasp stings (no mention
of where!) whilst playing. Tracey definitely hopes for better luck
Concert - Netherlands
Contributed by Chris Breeuwer
On March 13th the "Amsterdamse Accordeon Club Insulinde"
will perform at the Flevo Theater, Amsterdam at 8pm. Three orchestras
from the club will perform a varied program which will include a
selection from "Miss Saigon".
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Concert - Canada
Contributed by Laurie Rosewarne
On February 21st, the "Norteño" ensemble (including
bandoneonist Pierre-Paul Provencher), performed as guests at the
Bel Canto Wind Quintet concert series in Ottawa.
Their program included works by Piazzolla such
as "Romance del Diablo", "Tanguedia", "Soledad" and "Verano Porteno"
and pieces by Provencher such as "Verano 93" and "Le dernier tango
Performance - USA
Ponty Bone and his group The Squeezetones performed recently at
Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, Austin to a record crowd. Following
this they performed at the Cibolo Creek Country Club. San Antonio.
The band consists of Ponty Bone (accordion), Spencer
Jarmon (guitar), Wash Hamilton (bass) and Justin Hess (drums).
For further information see Future
Area Festival - England
Kevin Friedrich adjudicated
at the Thames Accordion Festival, held by the National Accordion
Organisation in Middlesex, directed by their chairperson Raymond
Competitions were held in various categories including
solos, duets and orchestras with age categories represented from
beginners to adult hobby.
The highest solo class was won by Sarah Diggens,
and the top orchestra from the festival was the Kennet Accordion
Orchestra, directed by David Watson, who was also awarded the Phil
Clapcott Challenge Shield for receiving the highest mark of the
day. The Accordion Profile Challenge Cup was presented to Stefan
Andrusyschyn in recognition for being the most promising performer
under 16 years of age in any solo section.
Concert - Germany
On March 14th a concert will be held at the Bürgerhaus
Bruchköbel at 5pm. Accordion orchestras will perform a popular program
including "Light Cavalry", "Glenn Miller Medley" and "Time to say
For further information phone: + 49 6106-76585
Sherry Davis is looking for information on a LaCosca
Accordion made in Italy possibly in the 1950's or earlier. For further
information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marianne Bradley recently purchased a used Galant
Accordion. She would Like to obtain a book on this particular model.
It has a full key board, model # B5703 and is made in Italy. Please
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