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This week we will have another CD Review by Tania Lukic-Marx online by Friday evening in English and German. These go online every two weeks and because of the many requests for details of CD's that are available or have been reviewed by Tania we began the Recordings For Sale section of the Yellow Pages. We have had good response to this new Yellow pages section. If you have a recording and would like to list it in this section or if you have a recording that you would like reviewed by Tania please email:

Wayne Knights Webmaster

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Lisebälg 2000 - Sweden

Contributed by Per-Olof Larsson

The Lisebälg 2000 Festival will be held in the Lisebälg Amusement Park in Göteborg, Sweden on August 19th. The park features different themes each weekend, with the accordion having been featured annually since 1978. Accordionists will play all over the park with concerts by guests Three Generations, The Lidqvist brothers, The Bertilsson brothers, Peter & Therese, Anders Larsson and accordionist of the year in Sweden - Annika Andersson. Any one with an accordion can enter the amusement park free of charge.

At last year's accordion weekend, over 30,000 people visited the park. For further details see Future Events

6th International Summer Festival - Lithuania

Contributed by Raimondas Sviackevicius

The 6th International Summer Festival will be held at the S. Vainiunas Music School in Palanga, Lithuania from August 7th to 16th organized by the Lithuanian Accordion Association, Lithuanian Music Academy and Lithuanian Musicians Society. Festival leaders are Professor Ricardas Sviackevicius and Eduardas Gabnys.

The event includes seminars, concerts, open lessons, displays of sheet music, CD's, LP's, instruments and other accordion items, and master classes with tutors from the Lithuanian Music Academy including Professor Eduardas Gabnys, Doc. Zita Abromaviciute, Professor Ricardas Sviackevicius, Genadijus Savkovas, Gintautas Smolskas, guest Professor Radjap Shaikhoutdinov (Russia) and performer and composer Professor Bogdan Dowlasz (Poland).

Every day the Republic United Accordion Teachers Orchestra will perform and all musicians are welcome to take part. Concerts will be held each evening with a final gala concert on August 15th. Performers include students from the Lithuanian Music Academy, students from the Vilnius, Kaunas, Siauliai and Panevezys Conservatories, and a teachers orchestra with soloist Zita Martinaviciute (soprano). For further details email:

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Coupe Nationale 2000 - France

Contributed by Gregory Frenard

The Coupe Nationale 2000 was held recently in Vincennes, France. Winners were chosen to compete in the Coupe Mondiale (including 19 students from Frédéric Deschamps' class), which will take place from October 25th to 30th in Kragujevac, Yugoslavia.

Magalie Boissier, who won the 1999 Junior Coupe Mondiale, was chosen to compete in the Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Music class.


Concert Music Category Senior Soloists

  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal and Unanimous Commendation - Frédéric Baldo
  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal and Commendation - Faris Diha
  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal - Céline Rivoal
  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal - Sébastien Authemayou

Concert Music Category Junior Soloists

  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal and Commendation - Mathilde Royet
  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal - Aude Giuliano

Light Music Category Senior Virtuosi

  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal and Unanimous Commendation - Marielle Roy
  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal and Commendation - Xavier Rollet Magalie Boissier
  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal - Gaenola Maheux
  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal - Arnaud Guimard

Light Music Category Junior Virtuosi

  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal and Unanimous Commendation - Maryline Menweg
  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal and Commendation - Amélie Castel
  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal and Commendation - Magalie Boissier
  • 1st Prize, Gold Medal - Johny Bionaz
Festival of Italian and Argentinean Culture - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The third Festival of Italian and Argentinean Culture known as "Un ponte, due culture" (A Bridge, Two Cultures) was characterised once again by the central role of the accordion. The organisers asked Paolo Picchio to compose a series of pieces especially devoted to this event, entitled "Introducción, Cuatro Interludios y Final" for two accordions, bass and percussion. This group of pieces, based on South American rhythms, was performed twice by Christian Riganelli and Roberto Picchio (Milonga Quintet) on accordion, Maurizio Scocco (bass) and Alessandro Polenta (percussion). The concerts took place in San Giuseppe da Copertino, Osimo, Ancona on July 9th, and in the Church of Santa Maria in Portonovo, Ancona on July 22nd. Their program also included "Misa criolla" by Ariel Ramirez.

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Cultural Contribution - Colombia
Lacides RomeroColombian accordionist Lacides Romero performed a successful concert at the "Raúl Gómez Jattin" Centro Cultural venue in Cereté on July 28th. In attendance was the Mayor of the city who thanked Lacides and his father Tiburcio Romero for their cultural contribution to the region. The concert was widely reviewed by the El Meridiano newspaper and recorded by the regional TV channel Telemeridiano who televised it on July 30th.

Lacides will perform in the "San Jose De Calazans" Church in Bogotá on September 10th. The following month he will travel to Italy to take part in the first Colombian Art Festival in Milan from October 7th to 11th. For further details email:

Toyonaka Aqua Concert - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On August 20th, accordionist Kanako Katou will perform at the Toyonaka Aqua Culture Hall in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture. Kanako won the standard bass class of the All France Accordion Contest in 1998. The "Cheerful French Accordion Mates" will also perform at this concert. For further information phone: + 81 6 6966-3050

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Accordionists on Television - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On August 3rd Italian television station "RAI 1 TV International" aired a special program dedicated to the accordion and accordionists. Three accordionists were interviewed and played different styles of music - Ermes Losi performed variety pieces, Vladimir Zubitsky played classical works and Carmine do Marco played the midi-accordion. Great publicity for the accordion in Italy!

Diatonikachromatic Performs in Zurich - Switzerland

Contributed by Jean-Claude Pouly

Swiss group Diatonikachromatic will perform in the Ballroom of the Theaterspektakel Landiwiese in Zurich on August 29th. The group, which includes three accordionists (Daniel Perrin, Marie Perny and Patrick Mamie), clarinet, violin, guitar, trombone, sousaphon and drums play a mix of swing, tango, gypsy and klezmer pieces as well as their own compositions. For further details phone: + 41 1 216 30 30

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Sebastopol Celtic Festival - USA

Contributed by Mitch Gordon

The 6th Sebastopol Celtic Festival, held annually in Sebastopol, Northern California will be held from September 22nd to 24th for Irish, Scottish and Welsh music enthusiasts. Events include workshops by Brendan Begley, John Whelan & Niall Vallely, displays, entertainment and concerts by the Karan Casey Trio (featuring Niall Vallely on concertina) and the John Whelan Band. The Sebastopol Inn Session Tent will run throughout the festival and musicians are encouraged to bring their instrument and join in. For further details email:

9th International Stefano Bizzarri Competition - Italy

The 9th International Stefano Bizzarri Competition was held recently in the San Salvatore Church, Morro D'oro, Teramo (organized by the Music Association "Stefano Bizzarri") with competitors from Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Russia, Serbia, Yugoslavia and USA.

LyraLithuanian accordionist Raimondas Sviackevicius won the first prize in the piano accordion section and the Exclusive Golden Lyra Award (highest prize of the competition), which was presented by the Minister of Teramo Province to the best competitor (chosen from the piano and button accordion sections).

Raimondas SviackeviciusThe jury, which included Gervasio Marcosignori (President), Filippo Maria Caramazza (composer and flutist), Bruno Bizzarri (pianist) and Roberto Fossemo judged a number of categories for accordionists aged under 12, 16, 18 years and open age limit as well as classes for classical and entertainment music.

Evening concerts included performances by the "Castellina-pasi" Accordion Orchestra, "Rondo Veneziano" Orchestra, "Citta di Recoaro terme" Accordion Orchestra and soloist Gervasio Marcosignori which were broadcast by The National Italian television station Raitre.

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Gomel Concerts - Belarus

Accordionist Dmitry Mironenko will perform a series of concerts in the suburbs of Gomel (south of Belarus) including Vetka, Chionki Village, Studionaya Guta and Duianovka Village.

His program includes Preludium & Fugue in G moll (Bach), Sonate 2 Basqueriade (Semionov), Spain Capricchio (Moshkovsky) plus works by Scarlatti, Shmidt, Repnikov, Gridin, Peshkov and Tikhonov. For further details email:

CD Launch Party - Scotland

Accordionist Archie MacFarlane has formed the duo Archie and Farquhar, who will release their CD "She's Good on the Croft" at a CD launch party on August 18th in Edinbane (a little village north of Skye). The CD features 12 tracks, many of which are new tunes based on the West Highland style including "The Tongadale", "Red Cuillin" and "Zurich Blues" (accordion with a hip hop beat and some gangster rap!).

The evening will include "mad lighting" by Smokedesign Ltd and performances by support acts. For further details email:

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New Compositions - Macedonia

Macedonian accordionist Toni Pecanov performed his own four part composition entitled Lamentoso, Dialogue, Crauing and Scherzzo at a concert recently.

Toni has also just completed a new work entitled "Smile Yourself" for accordion and strings and is currently looking for someone interested in publishing these works. If you can help please email:

Val Tidone International Competition - Italy
Contributed by Renzo Ruggieri

This year's Val Tidone International Music Competition confirmed the growing European reputation of this prestigious event, organized by the local councils of Pianello Val Tidone, Agazzano, Borgonovo Val Tidone and Nibbiano in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Emilia Romagna regional council and the Piacenza provincial council. Artistic director Livio Bollani will also oversee next year's event. The event, which featured concerts as well as various competitions, awarded over 25 million lira in prizes to 270 participants from over thirty countries.

The jury included well-known personalities such as pianist Lazar Berman, Jacques Grimbert, Andrea Talmelli, Tomislav Baynov, Natalia Tomic, Carlo Levi Minzi, Siro Saracino, Giuseppe Colardo, Jean-Marie Geiser, Jean-Marc Fabiano, Radjap Shaikhoutdinov, Ermanno Melato, Ricardas Sviackevicius, Renzo Ruggieri, Pierino Miretti, Luca Belcastro and Fiorenzo Marchionni.

Concerts featured the Florence Saxophone Quartet, R. Shaikhoutdinov (accordion), Renzo Ruggieri Group, Milonga Quintet and "Choros" (a dance company from Piacenza).

Equally impressive was the level of the participants who competed in three categories (accordion, piano and chamber music). The awards in the accordion category went to:

  • Variety: 1st Stefan Plouvin.
  • Classical: 1st Boban Nikolic
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Accordion, Bandoneon, Concertina - France

Contributed by Mady Dessimoulie

Accordionists have featured recently on a French television internet site called Canal Web, which has a show called "A.B.C (Accordion, Bandoneon & Concertina)" every Thursday. Performers have included Jean-Louis Noton (France), Peter Soave (USA) and Danielle Pauly (France).

Rick Langley Passes Away - USA

Rick LangleyContributed by Joanna Arnold

Rick Langley, 54, passed away unexpectedly on August 3rd at his home in Bradenton, Florida, USA. Rick was the owner of "Music, Music" in Bradenton, Florida and spent his life devoted to the accordion and his family through music. He is best known for his group, "The Poor Mon Steel Drum Band" which kept a steady performance calendar in the state of Florida for many years. Rick studied under Russ Nyberg and Larry Malmberg in Minneapolis, Minnesota and won top honors at the 1966 American Accordionists Association, United States Accordion Championship.

Rick's vibrant style and sense of humor will be missed by all. He is survived by his wife Glenda, professional accordionists Dee Langley (sister) and "Skeets" Langley (brother) and Ryan (son). For details on others who have passed away recently see Memorials.

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Accordionist at Bridal Show - New Zealand

Tracey CollinsContributed by Christine Adams

Auckland accordionist Tracey Collins performed at the New Zealand Bride and Groom Show in Ellerslie, Auckland recently. Over 12,000 people attended this prestigious event. Tracey played a variety of easy listening music such as "Can't help Falling in Love with You" and Theme from the movie Titanic.

Entertainment and Dance Music - Italy

New Fisorchestra LiberinaContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The New Fisorchestra Liberina (conducted by Pasquale De Marco) has a busy concert schedule in August playing dance music at a number of different venues. Beginning on the 14th, the orchestra will perform at a dance evening in Pontelatone, followed by dances in S. Gregorio, Falciano del Massico, Pignataro Maggiore, Solopaca and Pietramelara. For further details see Future Events.

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New Sites Information on French accordionist Dorothy Lhoir with sound files available.

Accordion Information Required

Robbin would like some information on a "Casino" (Mother of Pearl) brand of accordion. Please email:

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Antique Accordion Information

Del Idol would like information on a Bell accordion. She believes it is the same as the model owned by Myron Floren and may be the only other one of its type made.

A reader would like information on a Cav. M. Dallape & Figlio Stradella (Italia) button accordion, with mother-of-pearl and hand painted flowers and leaves, and four rows of bass buttons.

Angela Rentz would like some information on Stanelli accordions as she has some Ballerina & Pixie models which are over 45 years old.


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