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28th April 2000
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Scandinavian Squeeze-In Success - Sweden

Contributed by Jim Lucas

The first Scandinavian Squeeze-In held on April 15th in Olserod, Sweden was a great success. Concertina players from Sweden, England, Russia and Denmark enjoyed a relaxed informal atmosphere listening to solo performances, group playing, discussions about music and techniques, learning music and playing skills from each other, as well as jamming.

Levels of concertina experience ranged from one to twenty-five years, with performing experience ranging from semi-professional to "once in public, by mistake"! They played a variety of music which included traditional tunes and songs from various countries, recently-composed music, classical music (Mozart) and even a little jazz. There was also some dancing and lots of singing.

Organizers are currently planning next year's event. For further details email:

Accordion Cruise - Malta, Greece and Corsica

Pascal Sevran & his teamContributed by Grégory Frénard

An accordion cruise will be held from May 12th to 19th on the "Costa Romantica", travelling to Malta, Greece and Corsica. Live entertainment will be provided by Pascal Sevran and his team who will make you "vibrate, sing and dance to yesterday's and today's rhythms!" For further information phone: +33 8 03 888 803

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Duo Attend Competition - Lithuania

Eduardas Gabnys & Gennady SavkovAccordionists Eduardas Gabnys & Gennady Savkov were jury members at the 4th Lithuanian competitions held recently in the Musical Academy Hall in Vilnius. Over 127 soloists and 49 ensembles from Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Finland, Poland and Lithuania took part. Other jury members included Kimmo Mattila (Finland), J. Pater (Poland), M. Bula (Belarus), V. Nikandrovs (Latvia), A. Baika and Raimondas Sviackevicius (Lithuania).

The duo of Eduardas & Gennady played at the recent International Accordion Festival Millennium "All Star" Show 2000" in Blackpool, England, followed by concerts in Lingfield and Warlingham organized by the East Surrey Accordion Society.

Professor Robert Davine Receives Distinguished Teaching Award - USA

Contributed by Faithe Deffner, Ernest Deffner Publications

Noted accordionist and educator Robert Davine received the "Distinguished Teaching Award" from the University of Denver where he is a faculty member. This prestigious annual award cites excellence in teaching. Davine recently returned from Budapest, where he completed arrangements for a Faculty Exchange Program between the Franz Liszt Music School (Budapest) and Lamont College of Music at the University of Denver.

Professor Davine is about to conclude his compilation "A Bibliography of Music for Accordion with Other Instruments," which will be published later this year in "The Free Reed Journal," edited by Professor Allan Atlas of the Music Department of City College of New York. This project required six years of intense research at the Indiana University and the University of Denver libraries, the Library of Congress, as well as libraries and music information centres in England, Sweden and Norway. The Bibliography will contain over 600 entries, which will assist accordionists who are searching for such literature.

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M_C_Cajun at Belper Festival - England

Contributed by Paul Asher

M_C_Cajun will play at the Belper Folk Festival in Derbys on May 21st. The festival will end with a "Bop" where the six piece band will play cajun and zydeco pieces from their recent CD "Hundred Up", along with new pieces such as "Cajun Princess", "Slowhand Harry" (blues piece) and "Lovers Gallop" (a high speed two step version of the Jay Ungar ballad Lovers Waltz). For further details email:

Memorial Concert - Russia

Contributed by Viatcheslav Semionov

A Memorial Concert was held in the Columned Hall of Union House, Moscow on April 4th, dedicated to the memory of Viktor Gridin, popular Russian bayanist and composer of many concert pieces for the bayan.

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Polish Accordionists' Association Meeting - Poland

On April 8th the Polish Accordionists' Association held their 14th General Assembly in Sanok to elect the new committee. Professor Lech Puchnowski, Dr Ph.M., founder of the Association (1959) and its President for the last 41 years was unanimously re-elected to fill the chair for the next 5 year term.

Poland is in a period where many basic changes are taking place. Professor Puchnowski, as Vice President of the National Council for University level Education in the Arts, holds a key position which gives him the opportunity to protect the interests of accordion education in Polish Music Schools.

Other positions are as follows: Vice Presidents - Professor B. Dowlasz (Music Academy in Lodz), Professor J. Jurek (Music Academy in Warsaw), Professor J. Kaszuba (President of the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz), Secretary General - J. Pater, (Music Academy in Kraków), Treasurer - J. Lukasiewicz (Music Academy in Warsaw) and committee members - K. Baran (Music Academy in Warsaw), Z. Ignaczewski (Music Academy in Lódz) and A. Smolik (Director of the Sanok Music School).

Accordion Masterclass in Florence - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The "Amici della Musica" (Friends of Music) Association based in Florence has organized an accordion masterclass from May 15th to 18th at the Grifoni Budini-Gattai Palace in Florence with tutor Stefan Hussong. The association will take note of students who distinguish themselves during the masterclass due to their artistic talent, and they will be recommended to other concert societies. For further information email:

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Five Encores at Concert - Germany

The First Cologne Accordion OrchestraContributed by Uli Ebner, Director of Creativ-Shop

The First Cologne Accordion Orchestra played a "brilliant" concert recently in the Waldshut Town Hall. Despite their long coach journey to the Black Forest, the musicians were well on form filling their expert audience with enthusiasm.

Conductor Mattias Hennecke gained much applause for his well selected programme and the orchestra was not allowed to leave the stage until they gave five encores! The concert was followed by a social "get together" with concert organizers, the Schlüchttal-Akkordeon Orchestra Gurtweil.

Peter Slominski Plays with Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra - Canada

Contributed by Verne Leven, Titano Accordion Co., International

Canadian accordionist Peter Slominski is scheduled for another performance with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Earl Stafford. This concert will be held in conjunction with the second annual Saskatoon New Music Festival and will feature five tangos by Astor Piazzolla, arranged by Stafford. Following the success of their tango ensemble's recent performances, their repertoire is being expanded and future appearances will include concerts in surrounding areas.

Peter received his Bachelor of Music degree in Accordion Performance in 1974 at the University of Missouri where he studied with Professor Joan Cochran Sommers.

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The Great Swoordale Squeeze - England

The Great Swoordale Squeeze will be held from May 19th to 21st in Low Row (near Reeth), Swaledale. Concertina players will enjoy a weekend of workshops, concerts, a church service and a buffet followed by a ceilidh.

Guests include Norman Chalmers (Scotland) who plays with ceilidh band "Jock Thompson's Bairns" and the "Cold Blast Orchestra". Norman will give a workshop on "Rhythm and Phrasing" and two workshops on Scottish tunes. David Cornell will tutor the Duet workshops and Allan Atlas (from the City University of New York's Graduate School of Music, USA) will take a workshop on "Polyphony and the English Concertina".

Local tutors Dave Ball will lead a "Partial Playing" workshop using early English music. Entertainers Carolyn Wade and Harry Scurfield will also attend. For details email:

Accordion Jamboree - USA

The 22nd annual Rudy Burkhalter Accordion Jamboree will be held on April 30th in Waunakee, Wisconsin. The event, which was started 22 years ago by the late accordionist and teacher Rudy Burkhalter is open to accordionists, concertina, button box and bayan players. Just bring your instrument and offer to play!!

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Accordionist with Jewish Music Ensemble - Germany

Claudio JaccomucciContributed by Sergej Tchirkov

Accordionist Claudio Jacomucci will perform a concert in Bremen, Germany with the Joel Rubin Jewish Ensemble on April 29th. Claudio is a member of the Accoland duo with fellow accordionist Anne Landa. For further concert details email Klaus Hoesselbart:

"The Groovemaker" in Waedenswil - Switzerland

Michel BessonContributed by Jean-Claude Pouly

Nicknamed "The Groovemaker", accordionist Michel Besson will perform solo at the Theater Ticino in Waedenswil, Zurich on May 5th. His program will include songs, polkas, tangos, reggae, Russian folk, rock & jazz standards and more. For further details phone: +41 1 780 93 58

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Art Van Damme, Performing at 80 Years Old - USA

Art Van Damme & his teamContributed by Larry Pope

After celebrating his 80th birthday in California recently, Art Van Damme performed a successful four night gig (from April 19th to 22nd) at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina. His group featured guitarist Fred Rundquist, Steve Hobbs (vibes), Lee Burrows (bass) and Steve Primatic (drums). At 80 Art is still as great as ever!

Amsterdam Concert - Netherlands

Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen

The FLO (Forzando Light Orchestra) will perform in Ebenhaezer huis, Amsterdam on May 14th. Their program will include favorites such as "Petite Fleur" (with clarinet soloist), "Que Sera, Sera" and "What a Wonderful World". For further details email:

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Accordion Spectacular - Scotland

Contributed by Gary Blair

On April 16th an "Accordion Spectacular" was held at the Motherwell Civic Centre, Scotland. Guest accordionists included Emil Johansen (Norway), Serge Duchesne (Canada), Burns Brothers (Scotland) and The Jim Macleod Scottish Dance Band (Scotland).

Emil showed the audience why he is one of Norway's top accordionists, with a dazzling display of pieces by Frosini and Deiro. Serge also entertained as only he could, playing tunes like Eviva Espana and the Love Story Theme. The Burns Bros proved why they are one of Scotland's top duos, playing a variety of tunes from Scotland and Norway, while The Jim Macleod band played their usual brand of "toe tapping" Scottish dance music.

American Bayanist Awarded University Scholarship - USA

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Nikolas Fehr (Oregon) has been awarded a full scholarship to study "Bayan Performance" at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, tutored by Peter Soave. Following an hour-long audition on March 21st which focused on bayan, but also included piano, voice, flute, theory, and ear training, sixteen year old Fehr was informed of the award which is the first ever given to an American bayanist.

Fehr began studying the piano accordion at age 12 and switched to the bayan just one year ago. Fehr is the recipient of some twenty awards and trophies from accordion competitions.

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Tivoli Concert - Denmark

Contributed by Mette Kathrine Jensen

The newly formed "Denmarkorchestra" will perform their first concert on May 21 in Tivoli. The 25 member orchestra will play a variety of classical and modern classical music such as "Orgelwalz" (Mozart). The aim of this group is to show people the accordion is a serious instrument. For further details email:

Town Hall Concert - Lithuania

Accordionist Raimondas Sviackevicius will play a solo recital at the Town Hall ("Rathouse") in Vilnius on May 4th, organized by the Lithuanian Musicians Society and Lithuanian Accordion Association. His program will include Prelude and Fugue (Bach), Scarlatti sonatas, "Alone" (by Finnish composer E. Jokinen), "Coral" (Astor Piazzolla) and "Dialogai" for accordion and bassoon by Lithuanian composer J. Tamulionis. For details email:

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Burach CD Launch - Scotland

Burach (accordionist Sandy Brechin) will launch their new CD "Deeper" on April 29th in Edinburgh, which includes some of the band's own compositions. Burach was formed in Edinburgh in 1994, and won the Scottish Folk Band competition the same year. Last year they toured the USA, Sweden, Turkey, U.K. and Norway, playing at festivals such as Gosport, Gatehouse of Fleet, Mull of Kintyre, Girvan, Edinburgh International, Vikedal Roots and Blues Festival (Norway) and the Cross Culture Music Festival in County Clare, Ireland.

This year they have already toured Bangkok, Hong Kong, the Middle East and North America, with upcoming tours to Holland, Belgium, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain, Germany, Italy, France and the U.K.

Orchestra Looking for New Venue - Germany

Contributed by Norbert Pietschmann

The Harmonikafreunde Marzahn e. V., conducted by Harald Weingärtner played a successful concert at the KulturGut Marzahn, Berlin on April 15th. The orchestra is currently looking for a new practise venue. If you can help please phone Horst Jäckel: + 49 5 12 01 85

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Celebrity Interview

The "Celebrity Interview" with Tania Lukic-Marx is now online. Tania prepares the Accordions Worldwide CD Reviews and is the President of the Australian Accordion Teachers Association (AATA).

Annual Spring Concert - USA

Contributed by Ray Haines

An "Annual Spring Concert" will be held in Bridgeton, New Jersey on May 21st. The event will include a tribute to Polish Music by the Westmont Philharmonic Accordion Orchestra. For further details phone: + 1 856-854-6628

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Tango Nuevo Trio Performs in Copenhagen - Denmark

Contributed by Vladimir Ushakov

Bandoneonist Walter Castro played with pianist Pablo Ziegler and Enrique Sinesi (guitar) at the "Jazz House", Copenhagen on April 18th as part of a two week tour to Germany, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Their popular program included works by Astor Piazzolla (Adios Nonino, La Muerte del Angel, Michelangelo 70, Decarissimo and Imagenes 676), and arrangements by group leader Pablo such as popular tangos "La Cumparsita" and "El Choklo". The audience was so impressed, they demanded four encores.

New Compositions - Macedonia

Accordionist and composer Toni Pecanov has composed four solo pieces for the accordion titled "Dilogue", "Lamentoso", "Scherzzo" and "Lamentoso 2". His newest composition "Glissando" experiments with the mixing of new ideas and the use of different registers to give interesting sound effects.

Toni (who believes he is the first accordion composer in Macedonia) has competed successfully in competitions in Macedonia, Yugoslavia and Castelfidardo, Italy. For further information email:

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"K" Trio Perform at Thornton Wilder Auditorium - USA

Contributed by Mary Tokarski

The "K" Trio will perform at the Thornton Wilder Auditorium in the Miller Library Complex in Hamden, Connecticut on April 30th sponsored by the Yale Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs. Their program will include a medley of Music from West Side Story and "premiere" their own version of The Fox and the Hound, by Frank Mucedola (who will be in attendance!)

The trio will perform with guest orchestra "Alphen Opus 2" (Holland) will perform "Fiddle Faddle' and 'The Typewriter" by Leroy Anderson (whose daughter will also be in attendance!).

For further details email:

New Software Package for Note Recognition - Italy

Accordion teacher Renzo Ruggieri makes ample use of computers for his activity, and has recently taken up the hobby of programming alongside his musical commitments. His latest achievement is a software package for PC that requires students to recognise a series of notes (which get progressively more difficult). The unique feature of the software is the inclusion of two keyboards (for piano and chromatic accordions) on which the student has to locate the notes. A second piece of software enables users of the ORLA XM600 expander to obtain the characteristic sounds produced by Hammond organs (Drawbars).

Both programs can be downloaded free of charge from the internet. For further details email:

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New CD Release - Germany

"Con Espressione"Contributed by Gunther Zeilinger

The Accordion orchestra Hof has just released their new CD entitled "Con Espressione". The CD includes ten popular tracks such as "Stars and Stripes Forever" (Sousa), "Starlight Express" (Webber) and "Asturia" (Albeniz).

On May 7th the orchestra will hold a CD presentation concert. For further details email:

Spring Concert - USA

Accordionist Jim Vandelly will play at the Washington Balalaika Orchestra's Spring Concert on May 13th. Jim will perform "Cossack Rides Along the Danube," (which includes triple bellows shake) on the Russian bayan, then accompany female vocalists on "The Lonely Accordion" with the full orchestra joining in for the final two verses. For further details email:

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New Sites Information on the "Grande Dame" of the accordion, Lydie Auvray. Updated information on Chinese accordionist Cao Xiao-Qing

Accordion Information Required

John McLean would like some information about "Eulenspiegeleien" composed by Jurgen Lochter. Apparently there is a story associated with this work, but he has been unable to source it. It is being performed in an accordion competition at Scarborough on April 29th. If you can help please email:

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Antique Accordion Information

Leander Schwan would like some information on a Quagliardi concertina, purchased in Livorno or Genoa in 1958. It has the name Castelfidardo on it. If you can help please email:

Glenn West would like some details on a Nobles accordion, made in Italy. Please email:

Eileen would like some information on a Wurlitzer Accordion she inherited. The instrument has no other markings. Please email:

Mrs Grach would like some information on an Anton Mervar accordion manufactured in Cleveland Ohio. Please email:

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