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16th International Festival of Accordion Music - Russia

Alexander DmitrievThe 16th International festival of accordion music organized by Professor Alexander Dmitriev and the Cultural Committee of St. Petersburg was held from November 3rd to 5th. The event opened with a press conference (at a recently opened restaurant in the very heart of St. Petersburg at which over 15 journalists were invited) with Professor Alexander Dmitriev, Konstantin Ischenko, Sergej Tchirkov, Aidar Gainulin, Juri Shishkin and Alexander Vasic in attendance.

Festival performances were given by Alexander Vasic (Yugoslavia), Juri Shishkin, "Ural Duo", "Moscow Duo", Aidar Gainulin, Sergej Osokin and winners of recent international competitions such as "Coupe Mondiale", "Citta di Castelfidardo" and "Citta di Lanciano". There were numerous TV and Radio broadcasts during the festival.

A full report will be available soon on the East European Accordion News at:

Traditional Accordion Concert - Germany

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

A Traditional Accordion Concert by the Nufringen Accordion Club will be held on November 19th at the Wiesengrundhalle in Nufringen. The First Orchestra (conducted by Günther Stoll) will perform works such as "Rondo" (Franz Reinl), "Reisebilder vom Balkan" (Hans Boll) and a new work by Fritz Dobler entitled "Jahreszeiten" (seasons) which includes "Novembernebel" (fogs in November) and "Sonntagmorgen im Mai" (Sunday Morning in May).

The Youth Orchestra will also perform "Kleines Märchenbuch" (Small Fairytale Book - Hans Hauswirth), "Jugendfest-Ouvertüre" (Youth Party Overture - Josef Sadil) and a Russian Choral work.

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"Etnikos" Performs at Jazz Festivals - Italy

Renzo RuggieriThe Etnikos Ensemble, a group of musicians dedicated to the study and performance of Italian popular music filtered through jazz, performed at two recent jazz festivals: "Interamnia", held in Teramo and "Suoni Mediterranei", held in Atri. The ensemble is led by guitarist Giovanni Finizii and includes important personalities of the Italian jazz scene such as Ares Tavolazzi (double bass), Renzo Ruggieri (accordion), Ada Montellanico (vocals) and Massimo Manzi (drums).

Renzo Ruggieri (who also wrote some arrangements for the ensemble) received the following review from Jazz Convention's critic Carlo Costantin: "Renzo shows energy and virtuosity in a vibrant style which really captures the audience".

Kansai Tango Festival 2000 - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

Accordionist Hisaji Sugimura will perform at the annual "Kansai Tango Festival 2000" in Meruparuku, Osaka on November 14th. The concert is entitled "Cumparsita Night". For further information phone: + 81 6-6622-4445

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Accordion and Cello Concerts - Finland

Accordionist Mika Väyrynen will perform a program of works by Bartok, Gubaidulina, Kuusisto, Händel, Melartin, Tchaikovsky, Piazzolla and Kchatsaturjan with cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson in Finland this month. The duo will play in Kanneltalo, Helsinki on the 14th, in Loviisa the next day and a final concert at the "Lux Musicae" festival in Siuntio on the 18th. On the 17th they will record their program for the NBC (National Radio). For further details email:

Holiday Polka Party - USA

Contributed by Tom Torriglia

The Squeegees' Holiday Polka Party will be held on December 15th at the New College Auditorium in California. The event will include a free dance lesson, great music and show. A local TV station will film the show for a "Squeegeementary"! For more information phone: + 1 415 440 0800

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Accordion and Organ Concert - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Ivano Battiston will perform with Andrea Trovato (organ) at the "Folco Portinari" Hall in Florence on November 28th organized by Europa Musica. Their program will feature works by J.S. Bach and contemporary music. For further details email:

Accordion Orchestra Performs for Disabled - Netherlands

Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen

The Forzando Light Orchestra performed two well received concerts for the elderly in De Keern, Landsmeer on November 5th and for the mentally disabled in Westerkoog, Zaandam on the 8th. The orchestra, which consists of accordionists, keyboard, synthesizer, french horn, clarinet, saxophone and percussion played a variety of popular songs like "Que Sera, Sera", and "What a Wonderful World".

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Celtic Band Performs in Japan

Caledonia BandContributed by Toru Katou

On November 3rd, celtic band "Caledonia" (Tokyo), which features accordionist Jim Ediger, performed at the "Hiroshima Prefectural Culture Festival" in Hiroshima. The audience enjoyed their program of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes which were played on the violin, accordion, bag-pipes, uillean-pipes, guitar and tin whistles.

Accordion Teacher Passes Away - Bulgaria

Contributed by Peter Stanchev

Bulgarian accordion teacher Mihail Mihailov passed away on October 28th aged 75. Mihail, a former student of the "Misho" French College in Plovdiv, was believed to be the oldest accordion teacher in Bulgaria. At the beginning of the communist terror in Bulgaria, Mihail was forced to leave his home and forbidden to teach for a 10-year period. He settled down in a small mountain village and worked for a living as a docker, driver and car-repairer. After the teaching ban was removed, he returned to his favourite instrument, the accordion.

Mihail has taught over 300 students, who will never forget him. Coincidentally, at the very moment that Mihail died in Bulgaria his student, Ventsislav Kolev (13 years old) was playing at the Coupe Mondiale 2000 in Kragujevac, Yugoslavia.

For information about other deaths in the accordion community, see Memorials

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Netherlands Ensemble Visits Canada

The Torkest Accordion Ensemble (from the Music school Veghel) toured Canada in October, performing concerts in Toronto, Hamilton, Waterdown, Erin and Carisle. The ensemble consists of 25 members aged from 15 to 20 years old. Their varied program included works from Baroque to the Beatles!

The ensemble have enjoyed past tours to youth festivals in Barcelona and Budapest as well as to the music school in Humenne, East Slovakia.

The Veghel Music School also has a youth orchestra named 'd Accord Weekly with 40 members aged from 10 to 14 years old as well as over 100 accordion students. Good news for the popularity of the accordion in that part of the Netherlands!

Concert Rescheduled - Australia

Bernadette ConlonAustralian accordionist Bernadette Conlon has had her concert at the Methodist Ladies' College in Kew, rescheduled to November 13th. Bernadette will begin with a performance on the acoustic accordion, then demonstrate the MIDI accordion by playing a range of pieces from classical through to pop and rock 'n' roll.

Bernadette recently performed successful concerts for the elderly in Brunswick, at a charity evening for the Rotary Club of Richmond, at Melbourne University and at the Lygon Street Festa (Melbourne) with a group of opera singers. Over 300,000 people attend this festival each year!

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Polka Casserole on West Coast Live Show - USA

Polka Casserole (which includes vocalist & accordionist "Big Lou") will appear on West Coast Live on November 11th. West Coast Live is a syndicated radio show that airs on over 50 US stations nationwide. The show will be recorded in front of a live audience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The group will perform "Norman", "El Chango Negro", and "Hotsy Totsy Girl" (all tracks from their self titled album).

The following day the group will perform at Schroeder's Restaurant in San Francisco. Polka Casserole is a 5-piece band, which includes bass, drums, trombone, accordion, saxophone and clarinet, dedicated to the proposition that polka is rock music in 2/4 time! For concert details email:

Glistening Waters Storytelling Festival - New Zealand

Accordionists Bill & Kath Worsfold performed at the Glistening Waters Storytelling Festival in Masterton recently. The duo's program included a song called "Russian Jack", which is about the last of the swagmen in New Zealand, who was still walking the roads of Manuwatu and Wairarapa well into the 1960's. Ironically, when they arrived at the venue they were to play right beside a statue of Russian Jack himself!

Bill & Kath also played a family show at the festival, a concert of NZ songs for the "Portrait of New Zealand" series, and backing for a performance by storyteller, Tanya Batt. Guest performers were present from the United States, Ireland and Australia.

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Ludovic Beier Orchestra Concert - France

The Ludovic Beier Orchestra will perform at "La Taverne Beaumontoise" in Beaumont sur Oise (near Paris) on November 11th. Their program will include jazz pieces and "Bal à la Française". For further details email:

Swap Tours Japan

Popular group "Swap" which includes accordionist Karen Tweed will tour Japan from November 15th to 26th. The quartet will play concerts in Tenri, Hyogo Takarazuka, Hyogo Kobe, Mie Matsusaka, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya with a final concert entitled "Tribute To The Love Generation" in Tokyo. For details email:

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Charms of The Night Sky - USA

Accordionist Guy Klucevsek will perform at a "Charms of The Night Sky" evening in New York on November 10th and 11th. The event, which also features Dave Douglas (trumpet), Mark Feldman (violin) and Greg Cohen (bass), is a celebration of their new CD release "A Thousand Evenings" on RCA/BMG. For details email:

Marini in Rome - Italy

Eugenia MariniContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Eugenia Marini performed Hindemith's "Kammermusik N° 1" in the main hall of the "La Sapienza" University in Rome on November 4th. Eugenia was accompanied by the "Novecento e Oltre" ensemble (conducted by Antonio Ballista). The concert was organized by the University Concert Institute.

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New Sites Updated information on classical accordionist Gianluca Pica Updated information with in depth results of the 2000 Coupe Mondiale organized by the CIA and rules for the 2001 event.

Antique Accordion Information

Maddes would like information on a "Hohner Liliput" accordion believed to be over 60 years old. Email:

Martin Jenning has an accordion with no indication of the manufacturer. It has a firm coat of arms attached on the front, which contains 2 crossed torches/flares coloured blue and red. Over these torches is the year 1872. If you can help with manufacturer information please email:

Eli 'tHart" would like information on a white Paolo Soprani Italia button accordion. Email:

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Galizie SordoniA reader would like some information on an Excelsior Chromatic B system 5 Row button accordion such as its history, tutor books etc. email:

Eddie would like information on a Galizie Sordoni piano accordion. Email:

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