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This week we have featured a news item on a competition for composers - PanAccordion 2000 held recently in Finland. It was wonderful to see that over 65 entries were received, from fifteen countries. This shows the increasing popularity for our beloved instrument. Please support these composers by playing their compositions.

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Las Vegas International Accordion Convention a Huge Success - USA

Art Van DammeContributed by Paul Pasquali

The Las Vegas International Accordion Convention was an "overwhelming success" according to both Art Van Damme and Peter Soave. Attendees gave the event an "outstanding" rating and are looking forward to next year's event, which is already in the planning stages.

This years festival featured guest accordionist Art Van Damme who received the Honorary Conductors Award. Art also gave a master class to over 200 people and provided a rare performance which included bass and drums and drew a standing ovation from everyone in attendance.

PeterSoave & Julien LabroGina & Romany RayPeter Soave and Julien Labro received a standing ovation for their performance. Peter played both the bayan and the bandoneon and also presented informative workshops and a master class. Gina & Romany Rye (England) who were the Master of Ceremonies, gave workshops and offered a well attended master class with some fun and laughs included. They also provided entertainment at the Sunday evening social and Gina took the microphone around the entire room to introduce everyone.

Other performers included the Aman Family, Herbie, Gina Brannelli, Tony Lovello, Jane Christison, Steve Albini, Steve Balich, Gordon Kohl, Marian Kelly, Murl Allan Sanders and song writer Max Carl.

PanAccordion 2000 - Finland

Contributed by Vladimir Zubitsky

The first PanAccordion 2000 competition for accordion composers was held recently in Oulu, Finland organized by Kimmo Mattila, Director of the Finnish Accordion Institute. Over 65 compositions were received from 15 countries including Argentina, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Yugoslavia, Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Poland, China, Norway, Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland.

The most popular instrumentation was accordion & string quartet. Compositions were of a very high standard with judges awarding two first equal, second equal and third equal placings!


First equal:

  • Composer: Mario Marcelo Mary (Argentina/France), Work: "Las intuiciones de Galileo" (for accordion and guitar)
  • Composer: Marcin Bortnowski (Poland), Work: "Music in Lent" (accordion and string quartet)

Vladimir ZubitskySecond equal:

  • Composer: Vladimir Zubitsky (Ukraine/Italy), Work: "Fatum" Sonata (three accordions)
  • Composer: Daping Qin (China/Finland), Work: "Acoprano" (accordion and soprano singer)

Third equal:

  • Composer: Edward Boguskawski (Poland), Work: Impromptu III (accordion and string quartet)
  • Composer: Asko Hyvärinen, Work: Ehiknosdeux (accordion and string quartet)

Ivano BattistonHonor awards:

  • Composer: John Gould (England), Work: "Flying" (accordion & vibr)
  • Composer: Mari Amor (Estonia), Work: "Charleston" (accordion, clarinet, tuba, piatto & woodblock)
  • Composer: Ivano Battiston (Italy), Works: "Paganiniana" (2 accordions) and "Two Mandalas" (4 accordions)
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2nd National Accordion and Keyboard Competition in Broccostella - Italy

Serena Lupo, Claudia De Ciantis, Palmino AngeloniThe 2nd National Accordion and Keyboard Competition took place in Broccostella in August organized by the "Amici della Musica" (Friends of music) association. Auditions took place on August 5th in Broccostella with the jury selecting 130 candidates to compete in eleven sections. Best performers included Matteo Fratarcangeli, Stefano Fiore, Claudia De Ciantis, Alessio Gizzi, Massimo Cardinali, Cristian di Battista, Antonio Simeone, Roberto Capricci, Serena Lupo, Giorgio Sarra, Franco Mirko and Roberto Marcato.

The event showcased some great talents during the gala evening hosted by Fabiola Sarda which included a concert by the "Renzo Ruggieri Trio" along with performances by the winners.

Milwaukee Irish Festival - USA

The Milwaukee Irish Festival was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from August 17th to 20th. Accordion performers included Jim and Mary Coogan who played with the ensemble "Fathers and Daughters - Music to Cherish".

The annual festival, which is one of the world's largest Irish culture festivals, showcases Irish music, history, dance, drama and sports and hosts over 100,000 guests from around the world. This years events included concerts, cultural exhibits, displays, theatre, poetry readings and demonstrations.

USA National Accordion News
Nottingham Main Square Concert - England

Accordionist Heather Hawthorn will perform at a "Back to the Forties" free charity concert in Nottingham Main Square on September 8th on behalf of Age Concern. Her program will include pieces from the 1940's including war time songs such as "Beer Barrel Polka" and "Run rabbit Run", Glenn Miller pieces like "In the Mood" and "Moonlight Serenade" and songs from films and shows of that era. For further information email:

"Bundessozialwerks" Anniversary Concert - Germany

Contributed by Christine Stiller

The Accordion-Orchestra 1960 Müllekoven e.V will perform at a 40th anniversary concert of the "Bundessozialwerks" (Federal Social Works) on August 27th. Their program will include a variety of classical pieces, folk music, popular pieces, and rock and pop. For details email:

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Donatoni Passes Away

Contributed by Sergej Tchirkov

World famous composer Franco Donatoni (born 1927) passed away on August 18th in Milano, Italy. Donatoni was one of the most important composers of the post war period. His music has very close relations with some mathematical models; sometimes it represents so called "post-serialism". His last work entitled 'ESA' had been written with the help of some of his students, and is dedicated to Esa Pekka Salonen. Franco Donatoni composed FERIA IV for solo accordion (dedicated to Claudio Jacomucci) and FERIA III for two accordions (transcribed by Claudio Jacomucci). The second part of FERIA IV was chosen as a test piece at the Premio di Castelfidardo 1998 international competition.

Momarkedet Festival - Norway

Contributed by Trond Sundby

The Momarkedet Festival will be held from August 25th to September 3rd in Mysen, Norway featuring a variety of Norwegian and Swedish folk music. Entertainers include Norwegian band "D.D.E" (including accordionist Jens Bjørneboe). For further information email Claes-Tommy Herland:

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Trio Manaste Plays at Cennina Castle - Italy

The Cennina Summer Festival 2000 took place recently in the magnificent castle of Cennina, a fortification dating back to the end of the 10th century. Guest artists included "Cameristi Toscani", "Solisten der Kammerphilarmonie Berlin Skb" (Berlin), the Hohenloher Quartet and the Trio Manaste. The trio, formed by singer Cinzia Genderian with Guido Arbonelli (clarinet) and accordionist Renzo Ruggieri, played pieces by Gershwin, Galliano, Piazzolla and Bernstein. The event also included a seminar by Guido Arbonelli, who asked Renzo Ruggieri to demonstrate his particular brand of "musica d'insieme" (ensemble music).

Bush Dance - Australia

The Wongawilli BandThe Wongawilli Band will perform a variety of Australian bush dances at a "Bush Dance" in Dapto on August 25th. The following day the band will be kept busy playing at a National Folk Week workshop as part of "Learn A Folk Instrument Day" in Wongawilli. Band members will give introductory workshops on the whistle, percussion including lagerphone and bodhran, fiddle, music arranging, accordion, piano vamping and harmonica.

That evening they will play at an "Old Time Bush Dance" for the Albion Park Show Society in Albion Park. Their repertoire will also include old time music featuring traditional and collected tunes from Australian bush musicians.

Band members include David De Santi (piano accordion and concertina), Graeme Murray, Reg Murray, Chloe Roweth, Jason Roweth, Jane Brownlee and Tania De Santi. Other instruments played include lagerphone (stick with bottle tops), snare drum, spoons, whistle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin, viola and piano.

For further details email:

USA National Accordion News
Crystal Frosini Award Presentation - USA

Contributed by Paul Pasquali

On August 10th the prestigious Crystal Frosini Award was presented to the Texas Accordion Association (TAA). Barbara Scott (President of the San Antonio chapter) accepted the award in the absence of TAA President Norman Seaton. Fifteen clubs and accordion organizations competed in this year's award. Judges Art Van Damme, Peter Soave, Arlene Boddicker and Marian Kelly stated that the choice was difficult as several of the clubs were very close.

The award is presented to the club or organization that has done the most to help promote the accordion. Norman Seaton has stated that TAA will encourage its individual chapters to run for the award next year and he encourages all clubs to compete in the awards process.

For more information on next years award and how your club may enter email:

Open Air Concert - Netherlands

Contributed by Johan Laffra

On September 2nd the Eerste Hoornse Accordeon Vereniging '33 will give an open air concert near the Westerkerk in Enkhuizen (Netherlands). Conducted by Ati Lust the A-orchestra will give a 45 minute program, including "Tiger Rag" (by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, arranged by H.G. Kölz) and Barry Manilow's Copacabana. For further details email:

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Chester Bandstand Concert - England

Contributed by Dugald McCallum

The Weaver Valley Accordion Band (led by MD Ken Farran) will play afternoon and evening concerts at the Chester Bandstand, The Groves, Chester on September 3rd. Their program will include some of Ken's own compositions (Arnbach March and Tirol Suite) and also his arrangement of MacNamara's Band, which he blends sections of other marches such as Blaze Away, Semper Fidelis, and "The Dambusters" March, without losing the original tune! For booking information phone: + 44 151 339 9850

Klezmos at Contra Dance - USA

KlezmosUS group "Klezmos" played at the Annapolis Contra Dance in Crownsville, Maryland on August 19th organized by The Annapolis Traditional Dance Society. The group includes Wendy Morrison (piano accordion, vocals), Marc Glickman (dumbek, guitar, vocals), Jonah Blaustein (clarinet, sax), Ralph Gordon (bass) and Alexander Mitchell (violin, mandolin, percussion, vocals).

Klezmos played a variety of dance tune medleys for the contradance such as Sideways Glance / Ruthie's Hungarian Tune and Boulevard Garibaldi as well as klezmer tunes, music from Eastern Europe, traditional New England contradance tunes, Irish, French, and other international dance tunes.

The evening was well attended with enthusiastic dancers enjoying the music and dance lessons.

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Lorenzo Munaro Plays with Cameli and Zubitsky - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The concert schedule of accordionist Lorenzo Munari so far this year has included a series of successful solo performances at Teatro Afieri (Turin), Teatro Comunale Ruggeri (Guastalla, near Reggio Emilia), Sala Convegni M. Luigia (Fontevivo di Parma) and Teatro Manzoni (Reggio Emilia). Lorenzo has also been busy conducting the Fisorchestra Luigi Valcavi, an orchestra formed by the students of the Music School by the same name. Munari's future projects include an evening concert with well-known organist Giuliano Cameli and a performance at Canolo di Correggio (Reggio Emilia Province) on September 16th with famous Ukrainian accordionist Vladimir Zubitsky, who used to be his teacher.

2nd Birthday Celebrations - Australia

Birthday CakePerth Accordion OrchestraContributed by John Dickson

The Perth Accordion Club celebrated its second birthday on August 20th. Over 150 club members and visitors enjoyed Spanish music, which was the theme for the day. Entertainers included Peter Piccini, Nick Pepe and the Perth Accordion Orchestra who played paso dobles, waltz's, tangos and marches.

USA National Accordion News
Accordion Festival Rescheduled - USA

Contributed by Tom Sullivan

The Northeast Minneapolis Accordion Festival has been rescheduled for November 11th at Kramarczuk's Deli, Minneapolis Minnesota, sponsored by the Minnesota Accordion Club. The entire event is free to the public with workshops and performances by a number of local and national accordionists. A repair workshop is also being planned for the afternoon.

For further information about attending or performing email:

New CD: River of Love

CD coverContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Friedrich Lips has just released a new CD "River of Love". Tracks include "Il dolce dolore" (Sweet Pain) by Sergej Berinsky who wrote this romantic and extremely beautiful oeuvre for cello and bayan, and "The River of Love" (Capriccio for bayan) by Vladimir Rjabov who dedicated this work to Lips. Other tracks include "Dream Garden" by Mikhail Bronner, who dedicated this piece to Vladimir Toncha and Friedrich Lips, "Russian Landscape in the Back" (Roman Ledenjov) also dedicated to Lips and "Seaworld" (poem for violin and bayan) by Sergej Berinsky.

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Duo Concertante Release CD - Netherlands

Duo Concertante (consisting of accordionist Carlo Plaum and saxophonist Ton Verhiel), released their CD "Just for Fun" recently. The CD contains pieces by Jean Seegers, Jean Absil, Giuseppe Sammartini, Michael Glinka, Rudolph Zwartjes, Graham Lyons, Irving Glick, Ton Verhiel and Carlo Plaum. It is a collection of compositions in a variety of styles aimed to suit the enjoyment of many people. The duo believe this may be the only CD of its kind currently on the market. For further information email:

Antique Accordion Information

Eddie Moore would like some information on a Bertini accordion Model 63, purchased from Buegeleisen & Jacobson Inc. in New York in 1948 as he is trying to establish a value for insurance purposes. Email:


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