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Contino at Cotati - USA

Dick ContinoContributed by Jon Hammond

The Cotati Accordion Festival was held on August 26th and 27th in Cotati, California and included a Jam Tent, workshops, Cajun Dance Party, Polka Dance Party and a variety of concerts. Guest performers included 70 year old Dick Contino, who performed a popular program including Quando Quando, Sentimental Journey, Let me call you Sweetheart, Beer Barrel Polka, Spanish Eyes, Flight of the Bumblebee, Mall Femina, Bamba Boogie and (of course) Lady of Spain. Dick also spent many hours signing CD's for fans and meeting with the people.

Fifteen year old button accordionist Renee Pena Govea and Los Compos were a very big hit. Renee sang and played with her group (including family members and Latin percussionist Edgardo Cambon). The crowd danced along with the entertainment and demanded an encore. Other entertainers included the Arizona Button Accordion band, Jon Hammond, Parlando, Polkacide, Roberto Rosa, Sourdough Slim and Steve Balich.

Dellarole Tours Nigeria

Giorgio DellaroleContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Italian accordionist Giorgio Dellarole has just completed a successful tour to Nigeria and Benin performing in Abuja, Cotonou and Lagos. His program included works by Bettinelli, Piazzolla, Pozzoli, Scappini and Scarlatti.

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CNIMA Masterclasses - France

Contributed by Roman Jbanov

Workshops took place during August at the CNIMA (Centre National et International de Musique et d'Accordéon - National and International Music and Accordion Centre) in Larodde, Auvergne region, central France, directed by Professor Jacques Mornet.

The first workshop included 65 students of all ages in an intensive 8 hour day learning experience. Tutors included Jacques Mornet, Roman Jbanov (Russian concert artist and 1997 Trophée Mondial winner), Domi Emorine (1999 Klingenthal Competition winner), Frank Angélis (French accordionist and composer), Olivier Urbano (French accordionist and composer) and Yves Busato (specialist in French entertainment music).

Subjects covered in the workshops included expression, balance of the bellows, how to work on a technically demanding passage, different touch techniques etc. A concert was held during the event with performances by the Duo Paris-Moscow (Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov) and Olivier Urbano (accordion) and Pierre Hamat (violin).

Eighty five students took part in the second workshop with tutors Jacques Mornet, Nathalie Boucheix (1994 Klingenthal Competition winner - Variété category), Stéphanie Méthot (Klingenthal Competition winner - Variété category), Roman Jbanov, Domi Emorine, Frank Angélis, Viacheslav Semionov (Russian concert artist and composer) and Yves Busato.

This workshop included a concert by Aude Giuliano and Dragan Vasilievic (Yugoslavia), and the Duo Semionov. Participants from both workshops played in concerts in the Larodde Celebration Hall.

Concertinas at Witney - England

Contributed by Dave Townsend

"Concertinas at Witney" will be held on September 23rd and 24th at the Henry Box School in Witney, Oxford, England for all concertina systems such as English, Anglo and Duet. Organized by Hands on Music, tutors include Iris Bishop, Jenny Cox (event co-ordinator), Robert Harbron, Ciaran O'Grady, Brian Peters and Dave Townsend. Twelve workshops will be held on a variety of subjects including "Creating arrangements for Concertina", "Introduction to Irish Music" and "Playing tunes for fun and for Dancing". For further information email:

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"Festkommers" Concert - Germany

Contributed by Christine Stiller

The Accordion-Orchestra 1960 Müllekoven e.V will perform at the "Festkommers" celebration concert in Müllekoven on September 2nd. The orchestra will play with the Müllekoven men's and women's choirs. For further details email:

Worts & All Celebration - Australia

The Wongawilli Band (featuring David De Santi on accordion and concertina) will play at a special theme concert entitled "Worts & All - A Celebration of Beer" on September 3rd at the Oxford Tavern, Wollongong, Australia. The event will include an afternoon of folksongs and tales about the glory of beer! Pieces include "Charlie Mopps" (the man who invented beer), "The Day the Pub Burnt Down", "Pub With No Beer", "All For Me Grog", "Shickered As He Could Be", "Coopers Ale" and more.

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European Accordion Orchestra Festival - Czech Republic

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The second European Accordion Orchestra Festival will take place from March 22nd to 25th 2002 in Prague, Czech Republic (the first festival was held this year). The international jury (including Czech composer Jindøich Feld, Walter Maurer - Austria, Mirco Patarini and Stefan Hippe - Germany) agreed that all of the 40 participating orchestras from 12 European countries had a very high musical standard. The audience was particularly fascinated by the 36 musicians from Moldova due to their musical talent and discipline, which was mentioned by critics on Czech television.

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Acordeones Norteños Orchestra - Mexico

Contributed by Natalia Tibets

The Accordion Orchestra Acordeones Norteños (directed by Serguei Tibets) performed recently in the Villa de García, a village 20 kilometres from Monterrey. Their program included a variety of polkas, huapangos and redovas such as "Ramones a Teran", "Circo" and "De China a Bravo".

Following this concert the orchestra performed in Aramberri (150 km from Monterrey). The concerts were open air events at town fairs in each of the villages.

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Musical September in Vaprio d'Adda - Italy

Eugenia MariniContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The prestigious concert season at the San Colombano Church in Vaprio d'Adda (Italy) will conclude with a series of 20th century classical performances in which the accordion plays a prominent role. Artistic direction of the festival is provided by the "Amici della Musica" (Friends of Music) Association.

On September 2nd the church will host a concert dedicated to the music of Astor Piazzolla, featuring the "Sensation Quintet" (with Eugenia Marini on accordion).

On September 10th the last concert of the summer season will be held by "Luna Quadrata" (an ensemble of musicians from the S.Carlo Theatre in Naples) who will present original arrangements of pieces by Schoenberg, Bartok, Copland, Stravinsky and Davis. The group includes accordionist Eugenia Marini.

Entry to these concerts is free of charge. For further information email:

Fair Concerts - USA

The John Jeski Band will perform three shows daily at the Four Town Fair in Somers, Connecticut on September 15th and 17th. The shows are free of charge with fair admission. For further details email:

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Open-air concerts with Lydie Auvray and the Auvrettes - Germany

Lydie AuvrayContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Lydie Auvray and the Auvrettes performed at two open-air concerts last month in Minden (Westfalen) and Leofels. Their next performance is an open air event and will be held in Tier "Brunnenhof" behind "Porta Nigra" (famous for its idyllic atmosphere) on September 2nd. For further information email:

Ilkeston Accordion Club Concert - England

Accordionist Heather Hawthorn will perform at the Ilkeston Accordion Club on September 14th. Performing on the MIDI accordion, Heather will also give a demonstration of the instrument's capabilities to club members. Her repertoire includes songs from the 1940's, Glen Miller pieces, film and show songs as well as sing-a-long songs.

Heather often visits various accordion clubs, giving talks about accordion playing or musical quizzes. For more details email:

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Lips Accordion Course - Netherlands

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

The Groningen Conservatory (Netherlands) has established an accordion course with masterclasses by Friedrich Lips. The classes, to be held quarterly, will begin in September 2000 and will finish in May 2001. Participating students will receive some inspiring input on such issues as bellows control, sound production and interpretation. For further information please contact: Hanzehogeschool, Faculteir der Kunsten, Hogeschool van Groningen, Veemarktstraat, 76, Groningen or phone: +31 50-3660660

Mickey Bisilia Passes Away - USA

Contributed by Joe Natoli, JANPress Publications

Accordion teacher, arranger and composer Mickey Bisilia (1918-2000) passed away in his sleep recently after several years of bad health. Mickey played regularly while in the Air Corp during the war and also began arranging pieces for army big bands. After leaving the service in 1945, he returned to his hometown Youngstown and began a teaching partnership with "Tee" Ross. His students gained many first placings in the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) state and national competitions. Two of Mickey's students Joseph Natoli and Anthony Rolando each won the AAA United States Open Virtuoso Competition and represented the United States in the Coupe Mondiale Competition, gaining second and third placings.

Later, Mickey performed with the Kenley Players Theatre Orchestra backing stars like Mickey Rooney, Jimmy Dean, and Bobby Vinton. He also performed with the Montovani Orchestra. Mickey created hundreds of big band and stage band arrangements for many different dance orchestras over the last 30 years.

Mickey will be sadly missed, as it would be difficult to find anyone who was more selflessly dedicated to the cause of the accordion and his students as Mickey was.

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Happyman's Concert - New Zealand

Auckland accordionist Tracey Collins performed at the Happyman's Restaurant in Orewa recently to an enthusiastic beer drinking crowd! Her program of German songs such as "Wooden Heart" and "Lily Marlane" and European music was well received. Tracey will return to the restaurant on September 1st. For further details phone: + 64 9 4735417

Tygerpoort Concert - South Africa

Duo 2000 held a successful concert at the Tygerpoort NG Church in Pretoria on August 28th with over 150 people in attendance. The duo performed works from their first CD and their new CD (which has been recorded and is now in the final stages of mixing and editing). Pieces included Waltz from the Nutcracker Suite (Tchaikovsky), Coriandoli Napoletani (Caporilli) and Amore Scusami (Mescoli).

The duo will repeat this program at their regular house concerts on September 2nd and 3rd in Emmarentia, Johannesburg. For details email:

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New Poozie - England

The PooziesPopular group "The Poozies" (featuring accordionist Karen Tweed) has a new member! Eilidh Shaw (vocals and violin) will join the group at their next concert, which will be held at the Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven on September 2nd.

Eilidh also plays with the traditional Scottish band "Keep It Up" which features concertina player Simon Thoumire. For further details email:

Accordionist with Symphony Orchestra - Finland

Accordionist Mika Väyrynen will perform with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra on September 26th. Their program will include works by Piazzolla. For further details email:

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Portland Brewing Concert - USA

Polka band "Polkacide" (including accordionist Maggie Martin) will perform at the Portland Brewing Company's 8th Annual Oktoberfest with "Those Darn Accordions" on September 16th in Portland, Oregon. For further details email:

Later in September Polkacide will play at the Gordon Biersch Oktoberfest in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Akkordeon-Big Band Druckluft - Germany

Contributed by Rainer Szech

The Akkordeon-Big Band Druckluft will perform in the Christuskirche (church) in Bochum-Langendreer on September 3rd. Their program will include entertainment music like "Tom Jones in concert" and "James Bond Theme". For further details email:

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Finnish accordionist in the Netherlands and Hungary

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Finnish accordionist Jukka-Pekka Kuusela (a former student of Friedrich Lips) will give recitals in Hungary and Netherlands during September, beginning at the Tarcal Gallery (synagogue) on September 7th, followed by a concert in Budapest on the 11th. Kuusela will then travel to the Netherlands to play in the Norwegian church, Rotterdam and Arnhem.

His program will consist mostly of contemporary music including works by Sergei Berinsky, Sofia Gubaidulina, Erkki Jokinen, Astor Piazzolla and Rodion Schedrin. He will also perform two world premieres, "5 for J.P.K." by famous Dutch composer Vladimir Mendelssohn and "Three miniatures" by Finnish composer Juha Jokelainen.

75th Birthday Tribute - Canada

Canadian accordionist Joseph Petric played at the Berio 75th Birthday Tribute recently at the Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood, Canada. The concert received positive reviews from the media including the New York Times who said "a valuable experience was the opening-night traversal of Mr Berio's 14 "Sequenzas". Petric's performance was strong, committed and particularly memorable" and the Boston Globe who said "the Sequenzas are an exploration of the furthest reaches of virtuosity and human possibility. Petric was eloquent in the most offbeat, moving and nostalgic Sequenza of all."

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Accordionist Performs at International Festival of Puppet Theatre - USA

Accordionist Guy Klucevsek will play at the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater from September 20th to 24th in New York. Guy wrote the music for the show, entitled "Everyday Uses for Sight: Nos. 3 and 7" (Dan Hurlin) and performs in No. 7, which is subtitled "The Heart of the Andes", playing the part of a blind accordionist. For further details email:

Accordion Workshop - Austria

Contributed by Eva Lugger

Klaus Paier will tutor an accordion workshop at the Liechtensteinische Musikschule in Vaduz on September 23rd and 24th. Klaus performs his own compositions, music by Astor Piazzolla and jazz and tango pieces regularly with his trio. For further workshop details email:

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Ludovic Beier Releases 2nd CD - France

Contributed by Marianne Mélodie

French group Ludovic Beier recently released their new CD entitled "Le Bal En Fete" which includes tracks such as "A fond la caisse", "Confidence musette" and "Le tango des anges". Their first CD "Le Bal Du Samedi Soir" was released in 1999. For details see CD's, Cassettes, LP's & Videos.

Akkordeon-Fruehschoppen - Germany

Contributed by Ludger Kosel

The Akkordeon-Fruehschoppen group celebrated the 850th anniversary of Essel at their weekly gathering in Recklinghausen on August 27th. The group, which holds regular open meetings just for fun so as many people as possible can enjoy the accordion, has some exciting guest performers planned for September and October meetings. For further information email:

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Fairhaven Library Concert - USA

Balkan group "Folkvoice" will perform at the Fairhaven Library in Bellingham on September 2nd. The group includes accordionist Birgit Teuwen, concertina player Phil Ages, violin, recorder, mandolin, guitar, vocals and dumbeck. They will play mostly Balkan line dances such as Cetvorno, Bavno Horo and Jovano Jovanke. For further details email:

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