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London Accordion Festival - England

Contributed by Romano Viazzani

The London Accordion Festival will be held on December 8th and 9th in Wembley, London. The event will include two Gala Concerts featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra accompanying various accordionists playing everything from newly commissioned works to Piazzolla and soloists Vladimir Zubitsky, Gervasio Marcosignori and Simone Zanchini with Hallo Mr Sax (a 12-piece saxophone ensemble with percussion). "Jazz After Hours" will follow the two gala concerts with Jack Emblow and Frank Marocco.

Other events include daytime mini concerts, an afternoon Tea Dance, Trade Fair, competitions for players and composers, masterclasses and workshops. Performers include Romano Viazzani, Owen Murray, Frederic Deschamps, Corrado Medioli, Gary Blair, David Lukins, David Farmer, Jean Pierre Goncalves Lima, Veli Kujala, Susanne Kohler, Mauro Carra, Vincenzo Abbracciante, Djordje Gajic, Jerome Richard, Marielle Roy, KODA, The Czardas Duo, The High Society Dance Orchestra and students of the Royal Academy of Music. For further information email:

Concert with Lydie Auvray at School for Blind - Austria

Lydie AuvrayContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Once again Lydie Auvray impressed her audience with "World Music". This time she performed at an event in Feldkirchen that was organised by the Association for the care of blind and visually impaired children. For a number of years, this virtuoso musician has shown how much fun one can have with the old "ship's piano" and she has developed her very own style when playing it.

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Duo Paris-Moscou Master Class - France

Duo Paris-Moscou (Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov) have just returned from Knutange (a little French city in the Meurthe et Moselle), where they featured in a three day Master Class organized by Professor François Amadéo. This is the fourth year the successful master class had been held and tutors have witnessed the great progress participants have achieved. The three-day workshop (for students aged from 7 years to adults) included the in depth study of a piece chosen by both pupils and the professor, "Balancing the bellows", handling and musicality and concluded with a concert by the trainees and a performance by the Paris-Moscou Duo.

Suolahti Music Course - Finland

The Suolahti Music Course will take place in Suolahti from June 11th to 21st with famous teachers of a variety of different instruments tutoring students for 11 days. Accordion tutors include famous soloists Mika Väyrynen and Vladimir Dolgopolov as well as Michael Sanderling (cello) and Araijk Resjan (violin).

The course is for international students so accordionists from abroad are warmly welcomed. For further details email Vladimir Dolgopolov at:

State Championships -Australia

The NSW Division of the Accordion Society of Australia will hold their State Championships at the St. George Leagues Club in Kogarah on April 29th. Accordionists Paula Harris, Milica Obradovic and David Stannizo will compete for the State title. For further details on this event email the NSW State President, June Jones at:

Argentinean Accordionist Performs in New Play - Argentina

AmadeoArgentinean accordionist "Amadeo" is currently performing in a play in Buenos Aires entitled "Coco de Paris", which is about the life of Coco Chanell. Amadeo will play pieces such as "Sous le ciel de Paris", "Coco", "Sonata" (Stravinsky), "Lili Marlene", "La Marseillaise" and many others. The play has been well accepted by the public with good audience attendance. For details email:

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Festival Concerts - USA

Accordionists Joe Cerrito and Tony Dannon gave a concert and seminar at the recent American Accordion Musicological Society (A.A.M.S.) Accordion festival in Pennsylvania. The duo plan a future concert and recording in Detroit for the Michigan Association during June. This concert will also feature Peter Soave. For further details email:

Arbroath Accordion & Fiddle Club Meeting - Scotland

Contributed by Sheona Smith

The Arbroath Accordion & Fiddle Club will hold their next meeting at the Viewfield Hotel, Arbroath, Angus on May 6th. The meeting will feature special guests the Michael Philip Trio. Members, non-members and musicians are all very welcome to attend. For further details email:

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Harrison Hot Springs Concert - Canada

Canadian celtic band "Mad Pudding" (which features accordionist Amy Stephen) will perform at the Harrison Memorial Hall, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia on April 28th. This will also be the venue for the July 7th to 15th Harrison Festival of the Arts, a nine day festival of world music, theatre, dance and visual arts. For further information email:

Traditional Boer Music Gatherings - South Africa

Contributed by Séan Minnie

Three traditional Boer Music gatherings will be held on May 5th in South Africa. The Bloemfontein Branch will hold their gathering in the Posduif Hall (phone Jasper Vlok: + 27 51 522 1839), the West Rand Branch will meet at the Roodepoort Town Hall (phone Oom Ben Low: +27 11 764 2205) and the Goudveld Branch will meet at the Flamingo Hall in Welkom (phone Hennie Ferreira: + 27 57 217 3214).

25th Anniversary Celebrations - Austria

Contributed by Franz Hochwimmer

The Salzburger Akkordeonverein Saalfelden will celebrate their 25th anniversary from May 10th to 12th. The celebrations will begin with an exhibition of photos and videos of concert tours made by the orchestra in the "Festsaal Saalfelden" in Saalfelden. Guests Kellerer Hubert & Roman Pechmann will perform duets at this function. The following evening a concert will be given by the Klaus Paier Trio (which includes accordionist Klaus Paier, Stefan Gfrerrer on bass and drummer Roman Werni).

The final gala concert will include a performance by guest-orchestra "SCALA-Rotterdam". For further information, please contact Jacob Noordzij at:

Tokyo Young Accordion Mates Concert - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On April 14th TYAM (Tokyo Young Accordion Mates) will hold an event entitled "Running around the World with Accordions, Part II", at the "Music Special Space Clemonia" in Tokyo. This event will feature a lecture by Yoshiya Watanabe (author of "Book of Accordions") and entertainment by TYAM members such as Ryo Fukushima, Masahiro Ogawa, Yoshiaki Sato, Tatsuzo Sato and Kyoko Ogawa. For further details phone or fax: + 81 42 563-5774

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2nd International Accordion Festival - Lithuania

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The 2nd International Accordion Festival was held in March in Sauliaj organized by the Conservatory and City Hall of Siauliaj and Professor J. Markevicus. Many guests took part in the event including the Duo Zubitsky, Quintetto "Concertino" and Duo Gabnis/Savkov.

Following this event the 3rd International Accordion Competition was held in Riga Stato, Latvia on March 23rd and 24th. Over 30 participants from juniors to 15 years old took part in the event with the following winners: Nikolaj Mohnatkin (Russia), Irina Serotiuk (Ukraine) and Alexej Masliaov (Latvia). Jury members included Raimondas Sviazkevicius, Vladimir Zubitsky (Italy), J. P. Kuusela (Finland), J. Rizov (Latvia) and O. Bloh (Russia).

The competition and festival began in the famous concert hall "Ave Sol" in Riga, and continued in other cities of the republic.

Washington Balalaika Society Spring Concerts - USA

The Washington Balalaika Society will present its 2001 Spring Concerts on May 12th at the Ernst Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia and 13th at the Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland. Jim Vandelly (bayanist), Judy Meyers, and Tawnya Stone (accordionists) are members of the orchestra. For further details email:

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Burach Tours Russia

Scottish group Burach (which includes accordionist Sandy Brechin) will tour Russia from April 19th to 24th performing concerts in Moscow. Their program will include "Deep Blue Sea" (a new piece written by bass player Roy Waterston) as well as "Sweet Thing". The trip, which has been organised by Vitaly Moronov, President of the Moscow Caledonian Club, will include 19 musicians from Scotland performing a "Scottish Music Festival" in Moscow. For further details email:

New Compositions - France

French accordionist Guy Vivier has just composed 30 pieces of French musette music. Guy plans to publish this material as soon as possible, but he is also busy working on three other projects: poetry, a novel and humour.

Multitalented Guy (an impassioned composer and novelist) has already composed 15 pieces of different styles. For further details email:

16th Illawarra Folk Festival - Australia

The successful 16th Illawarra Folk Festival was held at Jamberoo from March 14th to 18th presented by the Illawarra Folk Club Inc. The festival saw over 4,000 people who enjoyed performances by over 260 performers and over 130 events. Canadian celtic funk band "Mad Pudding" performed at the festival as part of their current tour of Australia. Prior to this event they played at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in Port Fairy, Victoria.

Plans are already underway for the 17th Illawarra Folk Festival which will be held from September 12th to 16th. Highlights for this festival include a special St. Patrick's Day concert, a World Dance Fiesta and a Minnamurra Rainforest concert. Performer applications close on April 30th, 2001. For further details email:

Day of the Accordion - USA

The "Day of the Accordion" event will be held on June 17th at "The Cannery", Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Admission to this event is free. If you are interested in performing or selling accordion-related items, contact Tom Torriglia at:

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Klaus Paier Trio Concerts - Austria and Germany

The Klaus Paier Trio held concerts in Leopoldshafen and Leverkusen (Germany) earlier this month. The trio, which includes Klaus Paier (accordion), Stefan Gfrerrer (bass) and Roman Werni (drums) will hold another concert in Saalfelden (Austria) on May 11th. For further details email:

Lunchtime Entertainment - New Zealand

The North Shore Accordion Orchestra (conducted by Lionel Reekie) entertained the Glenfield Evergreen's Club at the Glenfield Baptist Church, Auckland on April 10th. The enthusiastic audience enjoyed a program of modern pieces and old favourites by soloists and the orchestra.

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New Sites Updated information on French accordionist Pascal Contet Information on the Accordion-Symposium in St.Gallen, Switzerland from 23rd to 25th May 2001 organised by Musikakademie, Jürgen Schmid

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George Burns is looking for a CD by one of his favourite accordionist's Armand Lassagne (France). Email:

Timothy Alexander has a large collection of old music including "Cigarette (La Spagnoletta) Waltz" (Pietro Deiro Copyright 1924), "One Word Will Make You Mine" (Music by Jack Hudgens - advance artist copy - Signed by him), "Carousel" (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein 1945), "The Gem Folio" (Galla-Rini) and many more. He would like to know how to find the value of this collection. Email:

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