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This Weeks News

World Harmonica Festival 2001 - Germany

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The World Harmonica Festival 2001 will be held in Trossingen from October 24th to 28th, organised by the FIH (Federation Internationale de L'Harmonica) and sponsored by Matth. Hohner AG, Musik Meyer GmbH, Trossingen Kultur GmbH and the German Accordion Association (DHV).

The event will include competitions (for soloists, trios, groups, school orchestras and harmonica-orchestras), concerts, workshops and a special exhibition at the Harmonica Museum Trossingen. An "Opening Ceremony" will be held at the Dr. Ernst-Hohner-Konzerthaus with entertainment by the Hohnerklang Orchestra (conducted by Hans-Günther Kölz).

Other performers include the Harmonica quartett "Fata Morgana" (Netherlands), Franz Chmel (Austria), Hendrik Meurkens & Band (Germany and USA), Sigmund Groven (Netherlands), Gary Primich (USA), Joe Filisko (USA), The Mudsliders Feat (UK & USA), Greg Szlapczynski (Poland), Michael Arlt (Germany), Picca Trio (Germany), Brendan Power, Mick Kinsella & Rick Epping (New Zealand, Ireland & USA), Harmonica quartett Austria and Eyachtaler Harmonica Ensemble (Germany).

Eleven workshops will also be held on a variety of subjects with tutors Joe Filisko, Gary Primich, Greg Szlapczynski, Walter Buchinger, Andreas Hecke, Jens Bunge, Fata Morgana, Rick Epping, Sigmund Groven, Mick Kinsella and Brendan Power.


Top TV Program on Accordion - France and Switzerland

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Each week in France and in Genova, Switzerland, the TV channel TV8 Mont-Blanc will run a 30 minute program on a wide variety of musical styles, with strong emphasis on "Bal Musette" and variety for accordions. Presenter and accordionist Jean-Robert Chappelet will introduce the show with Carole and Sebastien on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. Many accordionists have already appeared on the show including Jean Louis Noton, Peter Soave, Verchuren and Lorenzoni.

Emanuele Rastelli Performs to Over 4,000 People - Italy

Emanuele RastelliContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Three concerts featuring Emanuele Rastelli were held on August 9th in the main square of Lido Adriano (in the province of Ravenna). Rastelli played a programme that included some of his own compositions as well as his arrangements of famous swing and jazz pieces, to over 4,000 people, including top public officials.

This was followed by a duo concert with well known jazz musician Gaspare Tirincanti (clarinet) at the Scala in Milan on August 11th. Their program included solo pieces followed by an exciting jam session. Two days later Rastelli gave a solo concert at the "Festival dell'Unità" of Secchiano (province of Pesaro), where he performed original compositions.

On August 30th Rastelli will chair the jury of the 3rd National Competition held in Alimena (near Palermo). As the guest of honour of this event, he will also give a solo concert in the evening.

"Texas Accordion Legacy" Exhibition - USA

The New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music is hosting a one month exhibit entitled "The Texas Accordion Legacy" which will feature a host of musical events. The "Grand Opening" was held on August 17th with performances by Bradley Williams and Los Pinkys, The Gulf Coast Playboys and the Omas and Oompahs who entertained with a variety of zydeco, conjunto and German pieces.

The event will include exhibits of historical significance to the accordion in Texas and numerous musical and cultural evenings. For more information phone: +1 830-625-5636

Alden Biesen Castle Concert - Belgium

Sandy BrechinAccordionist Sandy Brechin and his group "Burach" will perform at Alden Biesen Castle in Rijkhoven, Bilzen in Belgium on September 8th and 9th. For further details email:

Argentinean Music at Tokyo Station - Japan

Yuki MakitaContributed by Toru Katou and Yoshiya Watanabe

On August 26th, the "Makita Yuki Chamame Trio", which features accordionist Yuki Makita, will perform Chamame tunes (Argentinean music) at the newly opened JR-Break Station Media Court, Tokyo Station. This free concert is one of many organised by "JR East", the largest railway company in Japan. The "Makita Yuki Chamame Trio" is one of 41 bands selected from over 1360 applicants from all over Japan. Future concerts will be held weekly. For further details email:

Grand Charity Concert - England

Contributed by Mike O'Regan

A Grand Charity Concert will be held at St Mary's Church in Sheffield on September 15th presented by Ray Burgon and the Sheffield Junior accordionists. Performers include Harry Hussey, George Syrett, Larysa & Stefan Bodell, The Wong Family, Ryan Bright, Philip Brown and Charlie Watkins. Proceeds will go to "Accordion Aid", a charity to help the homeless. For further details phone Ray Burgon at: +44 114 2311495

Hamburg Festival - Germany

Two compositions by Dr William Schimmel will be performed at the prestigious Hamburg Festival which will take place during September. The compositions entitled "Archipelago" and "Stairway to Honey/A Taste of Heaven" are scored for accordion, bassoon and chamber ensemble and will be performed by the "Absolute Ensemble" (conducted by Kristyan Jarvi), an international array of musicians based in New York.

This ensemble performed these works last June at the World Trade Center in an outdoor summer stage concert, with Dr. Schimmel on accordion and Estonian bassoonist, Martin Kuuskmann.

The works first appeared on the critically acclaimed CD "Archipelago" on the German CCNC label, which features Dr Schimmel, Martin Kuuskmann and Russian percussionist David Rosenblatt. The CD has received much airplay both in Europe and America. For further information email:


World Concertina Congress 2001 - USA

The World Concertina Congress 2001 will be held in Wausau, Wisconsin from September 21st to 23rd. The event will include a banquet held at the Wausau Labor Temple and a concert honoring Dan Gruetzmacher with guests "Cletus Goblirsch Band". For more information phone: +1 715 675-2455

Eigse Mrs Crotty Concertina Festival - Ireland

Contributed by Daire Bracken

The Eigse Mrs Crotty Concertina Festival was held in Kilrush, Co. Clare from August 16th to 19th. The event is a weekend festival dedicated to concertinas and a celebration of the life and music of Eigse Mrs. Crotty, one of the outstanding figures of traditional Irish music. Festival goers were treated to a variety of workshops, open air music sessions, open air "Céilí's" and concerts. Performers included the group "Slide" which features Aogán Lynch (concertina & whistles), Éamonn de Barra (flute, vocals & keyboard), Daire Bracken (violin, vocals & guitar) and Mick Broderick (bouzoukis).

Accordion Gala Concert - Argentina

Contributed by Florencia Herrera

Professor Gasparin (Julio Erman) has organized a piano accordion concert entitled "Galas de Acordeon" (Accordion Galas) presents "Gasparin y sus Amigos" (Gasparin and his friends) to be held in Buenos Aires on September 7th.

The concert will feature a "Tribute to the Accordion" which is a presentation by Gasparin that will cover the history of the accordion, its development and accordionists. The second half of this event will feature "Actuacion de los Amigos" (the Role of Friends) will performances by Antonieta Zeballos and Gasparin, Marcelo Domenichini and Chicho Santise. For further information email:

Festival Concert - France

Paris-Moscow DuoThe duo "Paris-Moscou" performed at the 7th "Festival de Poche" in Hédé, Brittany last week. This festival is organised by the "Compagnie de l'écho" under the direction of Brigitte Fontaine and is an accordion festival and an arts festival for a variety of different arts such as theatre, singing , poetry, musical discussions, etc. The duo played in the church of Hédé in front of a diverse audience keen to learn more about the accordion.

Finnish Accordionists Perform in Tokyo - Japan

Contributed by Yoshiya Watanabe

On August 11th and 12th, Finnish accordionists Maria Kalaniemi and Kimmo Pohjonen performed at the fashionable TLG (Tribute to the Love Generation) live house in Odaiba, Tokyo. The Japanese public seldom have the opportunity to experience Finnish accordion music and the audience enjoyed the varied program, which ranged from traditional to avant-garde style. Maria played elegant melodies on both stradella and free-bass accordions, plus Kimmo gave a unique performance utilizing real-time techniques.

Cinema in Concert - Italy

Massimiliano PitoccoContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Two "not-to-be missed" concerts will give music lovers a chance to listen to excerpts from famous film soundtracks. The concerts, which are sponsored by newspapers "Il mattino di Padova", "La Nuova Venezia" and "La Tribuna di Treviso", the Padua Provincial Council, Monselice City Council, "Santa Maria delle Grazie" Cultural Centre, Salv.a.t.i. Association, Stravinskij Musical Association, Velui Luna and ArteMedia, will feature the Stravinskij Chamber Orchestra (directed by Marco Tezza) and Massimiliano Pitocco (accordion and bandoneon).

Their program will include well-known pieces such as "Oblivion" (from "Henry IV"), "Moonriver" (from "Breakfast at Tiffany's") and others from "Beauty and the Beast, "Once Upon a Time in America" (soundtrack by Ennio Morricone), "Schindler's List", "Forrest Gump" and "The Lion King". The first of these concerts will be held at the Pollini Auditorium in Padua on August 30th, and the second at Duomo, Monselice on September 2nd. Entry is free of charge. For further details email:


Fehring Festival - Austria

The Klaus Paier Trio will perform jazz & tango nuevo pieces at the Fehring Festival in Austria on September 16th. The trio includes Klaus Paier (accordion), Stefan Gfrerrer (bass) and Roman Werni (drums). For further details email:

New Work Premiered at Missenden Festival - England

Contributed by Owen Murray

The Czardas Duo (Matthew Forbes - cello & Ian Watson - accordion) will perform a private premiere of a new work by John Webb at the British Music Information Centre (BMIC) in London on September 4th. The public premiere will be held at the Missenden Festival in London on October 13th.

A limited number of free tickets to the September 4th premiere are available to Accordions Worldwide readers. For further details email:


Tears, Tobacco and Tequila - Germany

Contributed by Jenny Findeis

German group "Hiss" will release their new CD "Tränen, Tabak und Tequila" (Tears, Tobacco and Tequila) next month. The CD includes tracks such as "Polkakönigin", "Tanz mit der Dor", "Für Dich" and the title track "Tränen, Tabak und Tequila". For details email:


Klucevsek at Tonic - USA

Accordionist Guy Klucevsek will perform at "Tonic" in Manhattan on August 26th in a double bill with the Kevin Norton Ensemble. His program will include works by Shostakovich, Cage, Dave Douglas and Phillip Johnston as well as his own compositions. For further details email:

Viktor Romanko Tours Switzerland

Contributed by Jutta Menn

Accordionist Viktor Romanko will tour Switzerland during September, beginning with a concert at the Galerie "Juri", Winterthur on September 17th. This will be followed by concerts at the Kloten Church in Kloten, Dübendorf, Dietlikon, at the "Zentrum am Obertor" in Winterthur and in the Sonnenhof Restaurant in Brütten. For further details email:

Euterphon Accordion Trio Concert - Italy

The Euterphon Accordion Trio will perform three concerts at the Museo degli Uffizi in Firenze from September 19th to 21st. Their program will include works by Bach, Battiston, Bacalov, Galliano, Mascagni, Mainerio, Piovani and Piazzolla. For further details email:

Orchestra Entertains at Church Concert - New Zealand

Contributed by Christine Adams

The North Shore Accordion Orchestra (conducted by Lionel Reekie) entertained over 200 people at a concert at St George's Church in Takapuna on August 19th. This concert was part of the "Outreach" concert series organized by the church. The group played a program of solos and orchestral pieces such as "Czardas" and "Perfidia".

Harmonia at Ashkenaz - USA

Contributed by Joyce Clyde

Popular band "Harmonia" will perform traditional folk music from Hungary, Ukraine, Romania and Croatia at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on August 26th. The group includes Walt Mahovlich (accordion & clarinet), Beata Begeniova (vocals), Marko Dreher (violin), Alexander Fedoriouk (cimbalom & nai - panflute) and Adam Good (bass). For details email:

New Article

This week we have a new Article by Paolo Picchio entitled Notazione "actual pitch" e notazione "loco tastature" online in Italian.

New Sites/Updated Sites Updated information on jazz accordionist Shane Brogan from Scotland.


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