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Welcome to our first news for 2001. We hope you had successful Christmas and New Year celebrations. Accordions Worldwide staff are currently at an International Congress for the next week, planning new ideas, updates and improvements for the site. Thank you for sending us your valuable ideas and input. We look forward to bringing you helpful accordion information, news of concerts, festivals, CD releases and other events throughout the coming year.

Wayne Knights Webmaster

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New Year Concerts - Italy

The ensemble die Musiche PossibiliContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Ensemble die Musiche Possibili performed popular New Year concerts on January 5th and 6th in Silvano d'Orba and Gavi Ligure (AL). Their program included works by Piazzolla, Bach, Beatles, Metallica, Sakamoto, Verdi, John Reading (Adeste Fideles) and Vittorio Monti (Czardas). Their next concert will be held on January 19th at the Casa della Cultura in Valenza, AL. For details email:

Sir Jimmy Shand Passes Away - Scotland

Jimmy ShandContributed by Stuart Thomson

The world of Scottish dance music was saddened at news of the death of Sir Jimmy Shand M.B.E.; M.A. Knighted in 1999 at a Ceremony in Edinburgh for his services to Scottish Music, Sir Jimmy passed away on 23rd December 2000 at the age of 92. Jimmy not only played accordion, but he had the Hohner company build a "button" model to his specification, which would produce a sound better suited to Scottish Dance Music, the "Shand Morino". He also played the melodeon, mouth organ and violin.

Jimmy Shand and his Band were in the charts in 1955 playing "The Bluebell Polka", the one and only Scottish Dance Band to achieve chart success. During the 60's, they were also firm favorites on the BBC Scotland TV series "The White Heather Club", a show which also achieved worldwide acclaim on stage. In 1962, Jimmy was awarded an M.B.E. An honor of a different nature in 1985, was when British Rail named a Class 37 diesel - electric locomotive "Jimmy Shand". Later, in 1988, he was awarded an Honorary M.A. Degree by Dundee University.

Over a musical career that spanned an astonishing 70 years, Jimmy composed over three hundred tunes. They alone will ensure that Sir Jimmy Shand M.B.E.; M.A. will continue to do as he has always done - bring pleasure to people from all walks of life, from the most humble, right through to Royalty. Jimmy is survived by his wife Lady Anne Shand and sons Jimmy (Jnr) and David. Further information at Memorials.

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Chinese Accordionist Tours USA

Zhang GuoContributed by Li Cong

Chinese accordionist Zhang Guo is currently touring the USA until January 20th. During the tour he will play concerts in Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. For concert details email:

Successful Accordion Course and Concerts - Mexico

Claudio Jacomucci and Antonio BarberenaContributed by Brenda Anaya

A successful "Alexander Technique" accordion course was held in 2000 by Italian accordionist Claudio Jacomucci at the Sala Ollin Yoliztli in Mexico City. This was followed by a concert by Antonio Barberena and Victor Martinez who performed tangos to a full house at the Museo Nacional del Virreinato in Tepotzotlan Estado de Mexico. Their program included works by Gardel, Piazzolla and Mederos. In addition an Italian cultural gathering was held Plaza Loreto (Mexico City) which included an accordion exhibition and performances by Mirco Patarini.

Spanish Accordionist Tours Ireland

Accordionist Iñaki Alberdi toured Ireland at the end of the year 2000 performing concerts at the "Bank of Ireland Arts Center" in Dublín. His program included "Alone" (Erkki Jokinen), "Cuatro Diferencias" (Gabriel Erkoreka), "De Profundis" (Sofia Gubaidulina), "Tango" (Luis de Pablo), "Itzal" (Jesús Torres) and "Lluvia" (Sofía Martínez). Following this Iñaki performed the same program at the University of Kingston in London, England.

Pitocco Tours Italy and Sicily

Massimiliano Pitocco Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Massimiliano Pitocco began a tour of Italy on December 28th which finished in Sicily on January 5th. Playing concerts in Catania, Sicarucsa and Ragusa, his program included works by Piazzolla. Massimiliano also performed at the Verdi Concert Hall in Milan on January 14th. This concert was transmitted live on Radio 3.

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Accordionist Performs with Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra - USA

Contributed by Peter Soave

1996 Coupe Mondiale Winner (Virtuoso Entertainment Category) Julien Labro performed Kurt Weill's Little Threepenny Music with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra at the end of December, 2000. Labro was asked by the orchestra's music director, Felix Resnick, to perform the music on the bandoneon. The concert was held at Temple Beth-El in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and was attended by 800 people. Labro was recently awarded a double scholarship to study accordion and bandoneon at Wayne State University with Peter Soave.

Accordion Lover and Radio Announcer Retires - Belgium

Contributed by Joeri De Jongh, Accordo Magazine, Belgium

Belgian radio announcer Michel Follet retired from his National Radio career on December 30th. Michel was well known for his musical knowledge, promoting old music from the 1940's to the 1980's, accordion music and film themes. He was very keen on musette and music by composer Georges Dellerue. Michel was one of very few announcers in Belgium who helped to promote accordion music on the radio!

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"Misa Criolla" Featured in New Year Concert - Italy

Milonga QuintetContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Filottrano (Province of Ancona) became the venue of a new year concert, which included "Introducción, Cuatro Interludios y Final" (Paolo Picchio) for two accordions, bass and percussion and the renowned "Misa Criolla" by Ariel Ramirez. The performers were directed by Paolo Picchio and featured Augusto Celsi (tenor) and Serena Bernabei (soprano) together with the "Coletta" choir from Filottrano and several musicians including Christian Riganelli and Roberto Picchio on accordion, Maurizio Scocco on bass and Alessandro Polenta on percussion. The pieces which make up "Introducción, Cuatro Interludios y Final" were commissioned to Paolo Picchio by the Italian-Argentinean Festival entitled "One bridge, two cultures".

Accordion Festival - Russia

Contributed by Viatcheslav Semionov

On January 9th a Memorial Evening dedicated to composer Nikolai Tchaikin was held in Moscow. As part of this evening a concert of his music was held.

From January 9th to 13th an accordion festival was held in Volgograd. Solo recitals were given by Alexandr Sevastian (student of Friedrich Lips) who performed the Partita "Also sprach Zarathustra" (S. Berinsky) and Scherzo by (Mendelsohn) and Alexandr Poieluev (student of Viatcheslav Semionov) who played "Divertisment" (A. Kusiakov) and "Kalina Krasnaya" (Viatcheslav Semionov).

Accordion Book by Gotthard Richter - Germany

Accordion BookContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

A new year 2000 edition of the book "Akkordeon" for musicians and instrument manufacturers by Gotthard Richter is now available. The book, which is dedicated entirely to the accordion, features 260 pages of answers to your questions and over 200 pictures. For further information contact Florian Noetzel Verlag, email:

Duo CD Release - USA

A duo recording with Guy Klucevsek and Alan Bern entitled "Accordance" is now available on the Winter and Winter label. The CD features compositions by both players, including Scarlatti Fever, Dueling Dovidls, Life, Liberty and the Prosciutto Happiness and Bar Talk.

Guy is best known for his work in band recordings with Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Accordion Tribe and Laurie Anderson. Alan Bern has had a long association with the klezmer group, Brave Old World, for which he has served as composer, arranger, music director, accordionist and pianist. For information on obtaining the CD in Europe, please email:

USA National Accordion News
New French News Online

Grégory Frénard A new edition of the French national news "News Francais" is now online and can be seen at: If you would like to contribute an item for this news please email Grégory Frénard at:

Accordeon Melancolique Concert for Mayor - Netherlands

Accordionist Jean-Pierre Guiran performed with "Orkest Polytour" at the Concertgebouw on January 1st for the Mayor of Amsterdam, Mister Patijn.

Jean-Pierre will perform with "Accordeon Melancolique" at an afternoon concert at the NH Church in the small village of Cothen near Utrecht in Holland on March 11th. For further information phone: +31 343-513432

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Accordion Magazine "Acordeón Siglo XXI" - Spain

Contributed by Javier Ramos

"Acordeón Siglo XXI" (Accordion 21st Century), a magazine edited by Javier Ramos in Zumárraga (Gipuzkoa), Spain, will publish its 12th issue this month. The issue will offer a variety of information on accordion competitions in Spain, Spanish Composers, Spanish and foreign interpreters, recordings and history of the instrument etc. For further information email:

New CD by Janne Rättyä - Finland

Bach CDContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Janne Rättyä (lecturer at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki) has released his latest CD entitled "J. S. Bach" which includes Two-Part Inventions, Three-Part Sinfonia (BWV 772-801) and Prelude and Fugue A Major. For further information email:

Young Accordionists at Piermaria - France

Arnaud Guimard Marielle RoyMarielle Roy, Arnaud Guimard and Grégory Frénard are joining the ranks of Young Accordionists at Piermaria. Marielle Roy won the 2000 Castelfidardo Senior Variétés section and the National Cup 2000. Arnaud finished second at the World Cup 2000. Grégory came second in the Michèle Boudet competition and is currently preparing for a variety of 2001 International events.

New Year Concerts on Cruise Ship - Italy

Contributed by Wayne Knights

Accordionist Sylvia Pagni gave a number of concerts during December, culminating in a tour on board the "Moby Line" cruise liner headed for the island of Elba. Here she held a concert on December 31st for the benefit of the revelers, performing special requests for the captain like symphonic music.

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Charity Christmas Concert - USA

Contributed by Christine Adams

Jon Hammond Accordionist Jon Hammond played with a quartet (which included guitar, saxophone and percussion) at a charity Christmas concert for over 100 patients with a variety of illnesses sponsored by the California Medical Cannabis Society. Many of those who attended had cancer treatments and medication for AIDS. This is the second Christmas Jon has entertained at this event and participants thoroughly enjoyed the event.

Enthusiasm for Accordion Performer - Germany

Lydie Auvray Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Lydie Auvray concluded the year 2000 with a popular series of concerts with her band the "Auvrettes", which includes Adax Dörsam (guitar), Wolf Mazer (piano), Thomas Tscheschner (bass) and Harald Heinl (drums). Lydie has performed with the band for many years and has received excellent audience reaction and reviews from critics. Lydie is looking forward to an exciting concert schedule for 2001.

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Successful Tour of Japan

Contributed by Jan Lucas

"Swap" which includes accordionist Karen Tweed completed a successful tour of Japan at the end of 2000. During the tour the band also took part in a karaoke evening which was well received.

Poem Dedicated to the Accordion - Italy

Patrizia MerciariContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

This enchanting poem entitled "Dedicated to you the Accordion" was written by 11 year old Claudio Botto, dedicated to both the accordion and his teacher Patrizia Merciari. Last year Claudio won the following competitions: AcquiTerme, Montese and Genova, and studies cello and accordion at the Conservatorio of Genova with Patrizia Merciari.

"The accordion is a sweet melody,
Which enters your heart like a poem.
You need to learn how to treat it,
For that does not happen overnight, don't you think?
The accordion brings joy
To melancholy places of sadness.
I wish that in every country around the world,
The accordion could speak,
And tell everyone, Come, listen I am beautiful,
But they look at me in an odd way,
What have I done to deserve it?
I have never offended anyone,
I am a lady - I say this out right
Although we all have our little faults.
Therefore, dear fellow instruments, let's mend our ways,
Lest people look AT US ALL in that same odd way."

Gallery Lombardi Performance - USA

On January 11th accordionist Mike Maddux played at the opening of a show of paintings by artist Donna Yarrell at the Gallery Lombardi in Austin, Texas.

On January 21st Mike will perform with his group "Cerronato" at Manuel's Downtown for a music brunch. For further details email:

The Last Supper - England

Owen Murray On January 26th, accordionist Owen Murray will perform "The Last Supper" opera by Sir Harrison Birtwistle at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. The show will run seven more times in Glynbourne during the summer Period. For details email:

These performances are part of a very busy travel schedule for Professor Murray who now has a teaching position at the Carl Nielson Academy of Music in Odense, Denmark, as well as retaining his position at the Royal Academy in London.

USA National Accordion News
Owner of SIVA Accordion Reeds Passes Away - Italy

Vinicio Antonelli, owner of the company SIVA, manufacturer of accordion reeds passed away on January 1st 2001. Established in 1935, SIVA has a long tradition of producing Antonelli Reeds, which they supply to many accordion manufacturers in Italy and abroad. An obituary with further details will be published in Memorials soon.

New Sites Updated information on Fisitalia accordion manufacturer in Italy Updated information including new email address for Italian accordionist Sylvia Pagni Updated information including new address and telephone number for accordionist Daniele Ravaglia Updated information on music publisher ABC Edition who now have a site in English and German Updated information on the 26th International Accordion Competition in Castelfidardo, October 10th to 14th, 2001 and about the Astor Piazzolla Competition, July 6th to 8th, 2001. Updated information on the 7th Trofeo Internazionale International Accordion Competition held from June 2nd to 9th in Casarza Ligure. Updated information on accordionist Paolo Picchio including new contact email address. Updated information on the Prix Azzola competition held from June 2nd to 4th in Aubagne, France in French and English. Updated information on well known performer Giuliano Cameli.

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Antique Accordion Information

Settimio SopraniMike Oregan wants information about the gold finished Settimio Soprani (pictured) which he believes to be a pre-war model. If you can help email:

Details are requested about a "Ruatta Serenneli" chromatic 96 button accordion, 1920's vintage, with inlaid abalone and mother of pearl keys. Email:

Dany Carol requests information on a 120 bass Francini piano accordion, 41 keys, 3 switches and a chin bar, made in Italy. Email:

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