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8th March 2002 This weeks news | Past News | Send news

Editors Note
Accordions Worldwide Europe Manager Holda Paoletti-Kampl will be present at the Frankfurt Musikmesse ICE (Italian Institute of Commerce for Export) stand in Hall 3.1 Stand G51. Attendees will be able to get tickets for the Richard Galliano concert on March 14th. Entrance to the concert is free, however tickets must be reserved.

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Richard Galliano live in Concert at Frankfurt Music Fair - Germany

Richard GallianoContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On March 14th jazz accordionist Richard Galliano will entertain with Jean Marie Ecay (guitar), Remi Vignolo (bass) and Jean Luc Danna (percussion) at the Palmengarten during the Frankfurt Music Fair. The concert is offered to the City of Frankfurt and to visitors of the MusikMesse 2002 by Ancona Promuove, the special department of the Chamber of Commerce of Ancona and by the Town of Castelfidardo "home of Italian accordion", with a grant in aid of the Marches Region. Richard Galliano said (smiling) his greatest joy is "that of making people love the accordion. When I started playing it, it was a handicap, now it is an advantage!".

Richard Galliano obtained his first professional engagement at the age of 13. At 16 he participated in various world championships and in 1966 he won the Junior Championship in Valencia, in 1967 in Calais and in 1968 he obtained a Prize from the President of the Republic with a program ranging over many fields: from accordion excerpts to Bach and Tchaikovsky. In the 1980's Galliano finally embraced the music he loved when he was a boy, but never actually played - Jazz. Since that time he has performed many successful concerts internationally and recorded on a number of CD's.

Famous French accordionist Jean Louis Noton will be at the Cavagnolo stand, G21A in Hall 3 to present their new products.


Viennese Accordion Festival - Austria

Otto Lechner & Luisa CottifogliContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Friedrich Lips & Vladimir TonchaThe Viennese Accordion Festival opened last week with a terrific concert featuring Austrian accordionist Otto Lechner and Luisa Cottifogli & Band at the Schuberetsaal Concert Hall. The following evening concert was dedicated to Barbara Faast-Kallinger (Austria) and the Canadian group "Transatlantik Schrammeln". Performers also included the Kollegium Kalksburg.

Inaki Alberdi & Ananda SukarlanThe third concert of the festival saw a performance by bayanist Friedrich Lips together with cellist Vladimir Toncha. Their program included works by Gubaidulina, Bronner and Berinsky. At this concert the Austrian quartet "Amarcord" performed a program of Piazzolla works. This was followed by a fourth concert which included a world premiere performance by the Duo Anaki (Iñaki Alberdi & Ananda Sukarlan). The duo also played compositions especially written for them plus some solos.

Future exciting concerts include international accordionists Richard Galliano and Guy Klucevsek (USA). Guy will play a program of compositions by John Cage and Dave Douglas, as well as his own music, including the European premiere of "Return of the Microids" on March 9th at the Kunstlerhaus Theatre.



Brazilian Accordionist at Festival - Portugal

Renato BorghettiRenato BorghettiThe Cimeira do Fole Festival will present Brazilian diatonic and chromatic accordionist Renato Borghetti at the Auditoria do Cefas in Agueda on March 23rd organized by the d¹Orfeu - Associação Cultural. Borghetti is well known in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.

Borghetti performs in the typical broad "gaúcha" trousers and string slippers giving the mixed appearance of rocker and vagabond. His performance at this event is part of a European tour which includes concerts in Austria and Portugal with Daniel Sá (guitar), Hilton Vacari (violin) and Pedro Figueiredo (saxophone and flute). For details email:


World Music Fest - USA

The "World Music Fest" will be held at the Ballroom, Holiday Inn West, Minneapolis on July 11th organized by the American Accordionists Association. The event will include an ensemble competition for ethnic, rock, polka, klezmer, continental, Scandinavian, swing, ceilidh, jazz or any other style of music. Each group must consist of a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 players. The accordion must be featured but other instruments may be used. Prizes of US$1,750 will be awarded and audiotape entries must be received by June 1st, 2002. This event is part of the AAA's annual festival held from July 10th to 14th in Minneapolis. For further details email:

Festival "Airs de Musette" en Valenciennois - France

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Festival "Airs de Musette" en Valenciennois will be held at the Place de la République in Hergnies on July 7th. Over 3,000 people are expected to attend this event which will be held in a covered podium. For further details email Jacky Hoogers at:


Cantus Quintet at "Maestros del Tango" - Lithuania

The Cantus Quintet will perform at "Maestros del Tango" in Vilnius on March 16th. The concert will be held in the 1,000 seat Vilnius Congress Concert Hall (the biggest symphony hall in the city) and is dedicated to 20th century legendary composer Astor Piazzolla and his music. Cantus Quintet will perform with Danielius Rubinas (double bass) and dancers from the Juan Eduardo Gimenez "Tango Academy".

The quintet began their collaboration with Juan Eduardo Gimenez and his "Tango Academy" in autumn 2001, when they decided to combine both Astor Piazzolla's tangos and original Argentinean tango dance. Performances so far have gained appreciation from both the public and critics.

Their program will include "Kicho", "Contrabajissimo", "Meditango", "Tristango" and "Undertango" and "Chiquilin de Bachin" with vocalist Juan Eduardo Gimenez. The quintet will also perform "La Mufa", "Bandoneon" and "Adios Nonino" without accompaniment. For further details email:


"Mucho Tango" - Guatemala

Contributed by Luis González

The "Mucho Tango" spectacle will be held at the Hotel Real Inter-Continental, Guatemala City on April 4th organized by the duo "Surreal" which includes Luis González (accordion) and Cacho López (guitar - Argentinian living in Guatemala). In addition to accordion and guitar, guest performers include Roberto Estrada (piano), the renowned Igor Sarmientos (cello) and Luis González Jr (bass). The program will include a variety of old and new tangos accompanied by 4 vocalists and 5 dance couples. An important audience is expected for this concert which was performed last year in the city of Antigua. For further information email Luis Gonzalez at:

28th Annual Accordion and Fiddle Championship - Scotland

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Over 170 competitors took part in this years Accordion and Fiddle Championships held in Brunton Halls, Musselburgh, Scotland on March 2nd. The jury included Jim Berry (accordion), Ian Cathcart (accordion), Andrew Knight (Fiddle), Gus Miller (rhythm), Michael Paton (accordion), Gordon Pattullo (accordion), Alan Preston (accordion) and Gordon Simpson (fiddle).


12 & Under Solo: Jim Gold
Junior Solo (Pipe Music): Tom Orr
Senior Solo (Pipe Music): Janette Morrison
Junior Accordion Champion: David Mackenzie
Senior Accordion Champion: Graeme Mackay
Open Champion: Susan MacFadyen
Open Button Accordion: Graeme MacKay
Overall Accordion Champion: Graeme MacKay

The event concluded with a Festival-Dance with music by Jim Johnston and his Scottish Dance Band. Participants were filled with good music, memories and renewed friendships and acquaintances.



Devonport Food and Wine Festival - New Zealand

Accordions Worldwide Office Manager Tatiana Lanchtchikova performed at the Devonport Food and Wine Festival in Auckland on February 23rd with Ross Mullins (singer & song-writer) plus other group members on double-bass, piano and drums. Their program included songs composed by Ross.

Auckland accordionist Tracey Collins also entertained at this event. Her program included a variety of Latino music such as "Fiesta", "Tico Tico" and "Caramba". Over 30,000 people attended this event.


Orchestra Tours Slovenia

The Akkordeon-Club LangenhagenContributed by Jan Hülsmann

The Akkordeon-club Langenhagen 74 e.V. will tour Slovenia from March 23rd to 28th. Mayors from Langenhagen (Germany) and Novo Mesto (Slovenia) have organized the concert tour, which will include visits to Novo Mesto, the Adria Coast and Lubljana. For details email:


25th Anniversary Concerts - Mexico

Jose Alfonso Valadez AlanisJosé Alfonso Valadez Alanis is currently performing a 25th anniversary concert series in Mexico. In February José played a recital in a Cultural Bar in downtown Monterrey, followed by two performances on March 6th at the Music School of the Universidad de Nuevo León and at the Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León. His program included a variety of works by Verdi, von Suppe, Bizet and Grieg ("Danza de Anitra" & Suite Peer Gynt No. I Op.46).


8th Annual Arcata Folk Dance Festival - USA

Contributed by Joyce Clyde

The 8th Annual Arcata Folk Dance Festival will be held at Bayside Grange in Bayside, California from April 12th to 14th. The event will include workshops, concerts, live music party and jam sessions. An accordion workshop will be held by Kalin Kirilov. For details email:


House of Composers Concert - Russia

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

On February 25th a very important performance took place in the Moscow House of Composers. Friedrich Lips (bayan) played Michail Bronner's "Judas-Passion" with the chamber orchestra of the famous Nathalia Sats Musical Theatre under the direction of Victor Jakovlev. A recording for a future CD production was made also.

Training Courses Underway - France

The first accordion Training Course by Frederic Deschamps, held during February at their new venue, Gateway Office in Boisset Saint Priest was a great success. Eric Pisani joined the teaching staff for this course. The next courses will be held from March 31st to April 5th (for adults) with two additional courses from April 7th to 12th for adults and April 15th to 19th for basic training courses.

A Master class will also be held on April 13 and 14th with a professional artistic director in order to assist young performers in their stage approach. For details email:



New Edition of the United States National Accordion News

The March edition of the United States National Accordion News is now online with stories and articles pertaining to the United States. This month includes stories covering new Lawrence Welk Star Tim Padilla to Bare Naked Ladies and much more. If you would like to contribute an item for this news either send it via the online submit form or email Kevin Friedrich at:


Brazil da Sanfona Festival - Brazil

The Brazil da Sanfona FestivalThe Brazil da Sanfona Festival began on March 7th and will run until March 31st. The opening concert held in Sao Paulo included a performance by popular accordionists Dominguinhos, Camarao, Sivuca and Ze Calixto. On March 14th and 15th performances will be given by Elias FIlho, Zino Prado, Lenilde Ramos and Dino Rocha. For details email:

"Accordion Works" Annual Concert - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On March 22nd, accordionist Mie Miki and percussionist Sumire Yoshiwara will perform at an annual concert entitled "Accordion Works". This event will be held at Casals Hall, Ochanomizu Square, Tokyo. For further details phone: +81 3 3239-5491



Ethnographic Museum Display - Italy

Athos BassissiGiancarlo SalarisContributed by Carlo Fortunato

The "FisAlMuseo" event, an initiative which marks 2002 as the year of the accordion in Alessandria, continues at the local Ethnographic Museum. Future concerts will be held following the success of the "Antique Accordions" exhibition organised by Carlo Fortunato and of the many events over the last few months (including performances by concert accordionists Gianluca Campi and Emilio Cervetto).

Giancarlo Salaris will take centre stage on March 12th during a "variety" evening at the Museum's auditorium. On March 19th Athos Bassissi (accordion and bandoneon) and Mr. Scolari (piano) will hold a tango concert at the theatre in Volpedo (province of Alessandria). For further information please email:


New Sites/Updated Sites Updated pages on the UMKC Accordion Orchestra under the direction of Joan C. Sommers, including details and ordering information on their 6 new CD recordings. Updated information including biography of the composer of the 2002 Coupe Mondiale Test Piece "Circus" - Danish Composer Bent Lorentzen and pictures of the Coupe Mondiale venue, the National Museum in Copenhagen. Updated information on Pasco Italia accordion manufacturers

Accordion Information Required

Mathieu Texier would like information on a 24 bass "B Silvio" chromatic accordion. Email:

Candelario Aguilar would like an accordion manual for a three row accordion. Email: candesr@swbell

Rob Delisa would like information on a 3-row diatonic accordion with the following information etched in the metal emblem "harmonikafabrik", "Gubas & Sohn", "Klagenfurt" and "Made in Austria". Email:


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