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9th November 2001 This weeks news | Past News | Send news

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Arrasate Hiria IX International Accordion Competition - Spain

Friedrich LipsContributed by Amaia Lizaso

The annual Arrasate Hiria IX International Accordion Competition for soloists will be held in Arrasate-Mondragon (Basque) from December 3rd to 8th organised by the "Hauspoz" Basque Association of Accordion, Euskal Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea, the Town Hall of Arrasate and the County Council of Gipuzkoa. Competitors from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Italy and Basque will take part in the event. The competition test piece "Aztarnak" (by Ramón Lazkano) will be premiered by Iñaki Alberdi in San Sebastian on November 16th.

Members of jury will include Iñaki Alberdi (Basque), Max Bonnay (France), Jon Faukstad (Norway), Friedrich Lips (Russia) and Vojin Vasovich (Yugoslavia).

In conjunction with this event, a National competition will be held for children, juniors and seniors. Twenty five entrants will compete in this competition, which will have the same jury as the international event. A children's festival will also be held, with over 300 little players taking part. For further details email:


AAA 2002 Festival in Minneapolis - USA

Contributed by Faithe Deffner

The American Accordionists' Association Festival will be held from July 10th to 14th, 2002 at the Holiday Inn, Minneapolis West Minnesota and will feature a day trip via bus on July 12th to Duluth where participants will visit A World of Accordions Museum for the ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of the gala opening of the Museum's "Charles Magnante Exhibit."

Magnante was one of the founding members of the American Accordionists' Association, the nation's oldest, most prestigious accordion fraternity which originated in 1938. He was world renowned as an outstanding accordionist, composer and arranger.

The museum, which has been affiliated with the American Accordionists' Association since 1999 as part of a movement to preserve and elaborate upon the history and development of accordion-family instruments, displays more than 1,000 unique instruments.

AAA President Carmelo Pino has appointed Vice-president Frank Busso and Past-President Faithe Deffner to co-chair the 2002 festival activities. Many accordion events have been planned including concerts, workshops and competitions, plus a Magnante Championship. Full details will be announced in the near future.

Dee Langley will serve a regional liaison for Minneapolis activities and Dr. Helmi Harrington (curator of A World of Accordions Museum) will coordinate the day in Duluth celebration. For further details email:


Memorial Concert - Italy

Contributed by Luigi Luoni

The Complesso Fisarmonicisti Città di Varese orchestra will perform at the Sala Napoleonica di Ville Ponti in Varese on November 15th. The 16 piece orchestra has performed over 200 concerts in Italy and abroad since being re-founded in 1984. Their program, which will include both classical and non-classical music will be in memory of the late Professor Laura Benizzi. For details email:

New Book on Astor Piazzolla

Book CoverContributed by Rebecca Ragain

A new book about famous bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla written by Natalio Gorin is now available through Amadeus Press. The book, entitled "Astor Piazzolla: A Memoir" is the long-awaited English edition of tango revolutionary Astor Piazzolla's earthy and passionate memoir, a revealing portrait of artist and man. Piazzolla has become a national hero in Argentina and a cult figure for classical and jazz lovers worldwide, but only after a lifetime of controversy and struggle. He dared to compose tangos that were not for dancing, tangos of such melodic and rhythmic complexity that both worlds, classical and popular, would ultimately claim him as their own. The outspoken, headstrong Piazzolla told his story to journalist and long time fan Natalio Gorin in the spring of 1990 in a series of frank interviews. The memoir quickly took its place as a key primary source on the life and loves of the composer and bandleader. For further details email:

Melodeons at Witney - England

"Melodeons at Witney" will be held on November 17th and 18th at Henry Box School in Witney (near Oxford) organized by Hands On Music Weekends under the direction of Dave Townsend. The event will include a variety of workshops (for the G/D melodeon), a special concert featuring the course leaders, a melodeon band performance and a Trade Fair for buying, selling and repairs.

Tutors include Ben Averis, Tim Edey, Emmanuel Pariselle, Brian Peters, Tim Van Eyken, Simon Wilde and Dave Townsend. For details email:

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Accordion Club Langenhagen 74 e.V. Concert - Germany

Contributed by Jan Hülsmann

The Accordion Club Langenhagen 74 e.V. held a successful concert recently in Langenhagen. Six club members in attendance now hold a "25 Year Membership". Special guests the Hof Accordion Quintet (Michael Will, Delia Zeilinger, Nicole Rauh, Eva Walter and Florian Weichert) performed "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Concertrondo".

The Langenhagen Orchestra played the USA National Anthem for the victims and their families of the September 11th New York disaster. They continued with "Rhapsodia Andalusia", "Les Humphries" and Star Wars.

Paris Moscow Duo Concert - France

Contributed by Bernard Leroy

The Paris Moscow Duo (which includes Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov) will perform at the Salle la Clef des Champs in Préaux, Seine Maritime on December 2nd. For further details email:


Accordions Worldwide 5th Anniversary Celebrations

"Flashback - 5 Years Ago"

Coupe Mondiale Welcome on Board Cruise Ship - Slovakia

The General Manager of the 1996 Coupe Mondiale in Slovakia, Prof. Tibor Racz, supported by the Conservatory of Bratislava and the City of Dunajska Streda worked hard and attracted a record number of entries to this well organised event.

From welcome drinks and reception on board the ship Zilnia cruising from Bratislava, the scene was set for three days of continuous accordion activity. The new Junior Coupe Mondiale class received great spectator interest. Also attracting crowds was the popular Virtuoso Entertainment class, which was run in one enjoyable afternoon session. The Coupe Mondiale itself was run in three sections. For results see Past News

Amicale Concert - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On November 18th, French accordionist Rene Michel will perform an "Amicale Concert" with pianist Hideo Kobori at the Kobe Culture Hall, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. Their program will include "Queen of Musette", "La Cumparsita" and "El Viva Espania". For further information phone: +81 78 576-3386.

First Accordion Meeting in Trento - Italy

Tiziano Chiappelli & Germano CampagnolaContributed by Carlo Fortunato

The first edition of the "Trento Inter-regional Accordion Meeting" was held on October 21st at the concert theatre of the Fly Music centre in Besenello di Trento. The event attracted several young performers from the regions of Trentino, Veneto and Friuli who played a variety of jazz, folk and classical music. Guests included Tiziano Chiappelli, winner of the Castelfidardo competition, Germano Campagnola, young accordionist Luigi Guerra and Romeo Aichino from Vercelli, whose performance had a distinct French flavour.

The meeting resulted (among other things) in the decision to open an accordion school, directed by Tiziano Chiappelli, which will cover both the basic and advanced stages and will revolve mainly around the jazz genre. The large and appreciative audience testimonied to the success of yet another initiative for the promotion of the accordion in Italy.

Pakefield Accordion Festival - England

Svetlana StavitskajaVladimir UshakovContributed by Heather Smith

The Pakefield Accordion Festival will take place from November 14th to 19th at Pontins Holiday Centre, Kessingland, nr. Lowestoft, Suffolk, organised by Heather Smith (Editor of the "Accordion Profile" Magazine). Performers include Vladimir Ushakov & Svetlana Stavitskaja (Russia & Latvia), Barbara Ann Martindale (Canada), Gregory Frenard (France), Djorje Gajic (Yugoslavia), David Lukins (UK), Norvic Concordia (UK), Colchester Accordion Showband (UK), Andy Anderson, Harry Hussey, Charlie Watkins, and Heather Smith.

Workshops and master classes will be held daily including Russian workshops conducted by Vladimir & Svetlana. Concerts and dancing will take place each evening, followed by late night jazz in the Queen Vic Pub with entertainment by Harry Hussey & friends. An accordion auction will also be held as well as trade stands with WEM, Accordions of London, Geoff Holter Accordions and Electronic Accordions attending. For further details email:

Young Accordionist in Concert with Monique Mead - Germany

Teresa BrunnmuellerTeresa Brunnmueller & Monique MeadContributed by Ralf Bethke

American violinist Monique Mead performed a concert entitled "Don't Laugh! - Haydn makes Jokes" with the Mainzer chamber orchestra (conducted by Michael Millard) in Ludwigshafen recently. The concert, which was designed to attract children, featured 11 year old Ludwigshafen accordionist Teresa Brunnmueller. Theresa has competed successfully in recent competitions winning a first placing at the "Youth Makes Music" event.

Her program included "Vallon d'Alsace" (waltz), "Two Guitars" (tango) and "Invention No. 13" (Bach). An enthusiastic audience of over 800 people showed their appreciation.

Fubinese Society Dinner Dance - USA

Contributed by Ronald Longo

The Fubinese Society will present an afternoon of Italian music featuring accordionists Dominic Karcic and Frank Toscano on November 11th at "Riccardo's" in Astoria, New York. For details phone: +1 718 767 4163


Auditorium del Villair Concert - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Giorgio Dellarole will perform at the Auditorium del Villair in Quart (AO) on November 17th. His program will include works by Scarlatti, Bach, Pozzoli, Piazzolla and Dellarole. For details email:

Folk Music Guests at Royal Oak - England

Guests Chris Wood and Andy Cutting will entertain at the "Royal Oak" in Lewes on November 15th. The duo play folk music on the violin and melodeon plus Chris provides the vocals. For further details phone: +44 1273 478124

Astorian World Manor Dinner Dance - USA

Contributed by Frank Forlini

A dinner/dance will be held at the Astorian World Manor in Astoria, New York on November 10th. The event will include entertainment by Val Taro Style accordionists Dominic Karcic and Frank Toscano. For details phone: +1 914 963 3602


New Accordion USA National News Online

A new edition of the Accordion USA, United States National Accordion News is now online. If you would like to contribute an item for this news either send it via the online submit form or email Kevin Friedrich at:

New Music Book by Colombian Accordionist

Colombian accordionist Lácides Romero recently published the second edition of his book "Introduction to Colombian Music". The book consists of technical exercises for accordion and piano, on the basis of Colombian folklore from Andina and Llanera Region. Colombian and Venezuelan Conservatories make use of this work. For further information email:

Accordionist Performs Song for Baseball Game - USA

Accordionist Jon Hammond performed two concerts for patients at Laguna Honda Hospital last week. One of patients especially requested "Take Me out to the Ball Game" in honor of the World Series baseball game just completed. Jon also played a diverse program of standards, originals and patriotic songs such as "America The Beautiful" and "The Star Spangled Banner". He also featured a new original composition "Soon I will be Free".

New Sites/Updated Sites Updated information on Ci and Emme accordion manufacturers including new contact email address Updated information on Italian accordionist Fabio Alderighi including new contact details Updated information on Friedrich Lips including new MP3 sound files Updated information on new Beltuna artists

Antique Accordion Information

Kristi Roper would like information on a full sized Bertini pearl accordion, believed to be made in the early 1900's. Email:

Ric Halstead would like information on an 80 bass Riosa piano accordion, made about 1930 in Italy. Email:


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