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15th March 2002 This weeks news | Past News | Send news

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Viennese Accordion Festival Continues to Entertain - Austria

Richard GallianoSandy BrechinContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

The Viennese Accordion Festival continued with its 2nd successful week. Richard Galliano can be called the founder of "New Musette" by adding elements of cool jazz, bebop, gypsy swing, bossa and of course tango to the traditional music of his country. Richard was joined by Michel Portal (saxophone & bass clarinet) who is also known for his enormous versatility when changing easily from Mozart to Stockhausen or Argentine bandoneon fantasies.

Renato BorghettiThe Ensemble Klesmer (from Ukraine/Austria/Bulgaria) performed with "Kohelet" (from Slovenia/Ukraine/USA/Austria) showing the accordion's versatility in wonderful Jewish folk traditional music. "Deishovida" (Austria) and Sandy Brechin & Band (Scotland) created new sounds with the accordion without neglecting their traditional roots. Another highlight of the week were Renato Borghetti & Band (Brazil) and the Klaus Paier Trio performing with a string quartet.

Accordionist Tours Southern England

Gary BlairGary Blair completed a 6 day tour of six southern counties of England during February. The tour was an outstanding success with performances at Burgess Hill (West Sussex), Uxbridge Accordion Club (Middlesex), Wimborne (Dorset), Bromley Box and Fiddle Club (Kent) and Guildford Accordion Club (Surrey). In addition Gary performed at the Harlow Accordion club (Essex) with Nikolai Ryskov. Plans are underway for a third successive tour next year.



CIA Winter Congress in Copenhagen - Denmark

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

The Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) recently held its 107th General Assembly in Copenhagen the site of the 55th Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships from October 16th to 20th, 2002.

During this time the Executive Committee and delegates were treated to a preview of the contest venue, which will be primarily in the National Museum. During a concert at the Museum, the delegates heard Geir Draugsvoll present the first performance of the Test Piece "Circus" by Bent Lorentzen, who was in attendance at the concert. Also in attendance was publisher Klaus Jorgensen from Samfundet which is offering a 10,000 Danish Kroner prize for the best performance of this work at the Coupe Mondiale.

The concert also featured the Allerod Accordeonorkester under the direction of Peter Anders, which featured two works for accordion orchestra and two violins. One of the violinists was Christian Ellegaard, son of the late accordion exponent, Mogens Ellegaard.

For full details on all the categories, prizes and further information, please visit the CIA site.


Portland Polka Party 2002 - USA

The PolkaDoubtsThe Portland Polka Party 2002 will be held on April 6th at Norse Hall in Portland Oregon. The event will include entertainment by "Polkacide", "Samsonite & Delight-Ya" and "The PolkaDoubts".

Samsonite & Delight-Ya, which includes accordionists Botielus & Cybele, will perform polkatized versions of rock tunes. Special guests Steve "Cheese" Fritz & Mark "Sparkle" Spangler will join them on guitars. "The Polkadoubts", which includes accordionists Polkadot, Cybele, and Botielus plus Dennis Godfrey (tambura) and Wm Leler (mandolin), will provide pre-show polkatainment while roving through the gathering crowd.

The party will also include fun events such as a Polka Slalom (Polka dance through a Polkalympic course), Cabbage Passing, Biggest Hair Competition, Best Bowling Shirt Competition, Polka Makeovers (hairdos, clothing, & accessories!), Photo-Booth in the Alps and assorted surprises too unplanned to mention! For further details phone Ted Eugenis: +1 503 635-2805

Accordion Training Course - Switzerland

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

An Accordion Training Course will be held from August 19th to 25th in Grimentz, Valais Region. Tutors include Jean-Louis Noton (France) concert artist and music teacher specializing in computer music, and Peter Soave (USA) concert artist and music teacher.

The goal of this training course is to enable participants to deepen, discover and to explore the possibilities of their instrument. Tutors will cover MIDI accordion, chamber music, bandoneon, jazz, and advanced work with preparation for international contests. For further details email Mady Dessimoulie at:


Brazil da Sanfona Festival Continues - Brazil

The "O Brasil da Sanfona" festival continues this week with concerts in various cities of Brazil. On March 21st and 22nd a concert entitled "Nights of Sao Paulo" will be held in Sao Paulo with performers Moçambique de Bastão de São Benedito de Guaratinguetá, Mestre Aristeu, Regina Weissmann, Caçulinha, Gilda Montains & Meire Genaro and Toninho Ferragutti.

On March 28th and 29th Rio Grande will hold their "Nights of Rio Grande" concert with guests Acordeão e Orquestra (directed by Radamés Gnatalli), Orquestra de Câmara da UNESP, Carlos Kaminski, Oscar dos Reis, Luciano Maia, Gilberto Monteiro and Renato Borghetti.

As part of the festival an exhibition "O Brasil da Sanfona" will be held in the Theater Hall from March 7th to 31st.


Contemporary Bayan Performing School Concert - Russia

Viacheslav SemionovContributed by Vladimir Ushakov

On February 28th, a concert was held at the Concert Hall of State Chapel of St. Petersburg entitled "Contemporary Bayan Performing School" dedicated to the well known professor and People's Artist of Russia Viacheslav Semionov and his famous students Yuri Shishkin and Yuri Medianik. The concert was organized by the St. Petersburg ensemble of Russian folk instruments "Skomorokhi" and its conductor and artistic director Victor Akulovich.

Yuri Shishkin (Rostov-on-Don) opened the concert with Suite No.3 "Spring Pictures" from the cycle "The Year Seasons - the Seasons of Life" (Kusiakov), followed by "Lullaby" (Agunenko). His program finished with "Concerto for Bandoneon, Strings and Percussion" (Piazzolla) accompanied by the "Skomorokhi" ensemble. The fresh sound of the Russian folk instruments, balalaika and domra, gave a new listening experience to enthusiasts of Astor Piazzolla music.

The concert continued with a performance by Yuri Medianik of "Vocalize" (Rakhmaninov - transcription by Semionov) and two new compositions by Semionov "Predictive Dream" and Caprice No.2. At the end of his performance Medianik played the Sonate for Bayan (Semionov) with the orchestra "Baskariada" accompanied by the "Skomorokhi" ensemble.

Viacheslav Semionov then played his compositions "Initiation" (to the memory of Astor Piazzolla), "Bulgarian Suite" and "Brahmsiana" Rhapsody for bayan with orchestra. The final concert item was "Don Rhapsody" (Semionov) performed by the three bayanists and the "Skomorokhi" ensemble conducted by Victor Akulovich. The enthusiastic public showed their appreciation with a long ovation, demanding an encore!

Holda Paoletti-Kampl Visits Scotland

Robert & George Lambie and Holda Paoletti-KamplAccordions Worldwide Europe Manager Holda Paoletti-Kampl visited Scotland last week. Holda was kindly hosted by Loretta and Robert Rolston during her short visit. Highlights of the 3 day visit included the 28th Accordion Championship in Musselburgh and a sightseeing tour of Glasgow and Edinburgh with Robert and George Lambie (Rolston Accordions). Holda would like to thank her hosts very much and hopes she will get the opportunity in the future for a longer stay.



Lithuanian Accordion Competition - Lithuania

Contributed by Raimondas Sviackevicius

The Lithuanian Accordion Competition will be held in Vilnius from March 22nd to 24th organized by the Lithuanian Accordion Association. The event, which is held every two years, will include evening concerts, a National competition with various categories from early age to adults for soloists, groups and orchestras, plus an International competition class.

Guests include Trio Ars Harmonica and Accordion Quintet (Poland). For further information email:


Burach Tours Australia

BurachContributed by David De Santi

Scottish group "Burach" which features accordionist Sandy Brechin began a tour of Australia this week. Last year the band performed at the Illawarra Folk Festival at Jamberoo and now they have returned to play at major folk festivals around the country such as the Port Fairy Folk Festival in Victoria, Adelaide Arts festival, Brunswick Music Festival and the Blue Mountains Folk Festival. The group will also entertain at a variety of other venues. For further details see Future Events


Owen Murray to perform in Royal Festival Hall - England

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Owen Murray (Professor of Accordion at the Royal Academy of Music in London) will perform the popular Sofia Gubaidulina work "Seven Words" with cellist David Cohen and the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall in London. This concert will be held on March 16th and will be repeated again at The Corn Exchange in Bedford on April 18th.

This 38 minute work was written for Gubaidulina's friend Friedrich Lips who premiered the work in Moscow with cellist Vladimir Tonka. This London concert will be the fifth time Owen has performed the work, having had two performances in Moscow, one in Wales and two other performances in London.


Scandinavian Squeeze-In - Sweden

This year's Scandinavian Squeeze-In will be held in the village of Torna Hallestad near Lund in Southern Sweden from April 26th to 28th. The event includes a weekend of fun concertina jam sessions, group playing and informal concerts. Performers of other types of free reed instruments are welcome to attend. For further details email Jim Lucas:


Russian Bayanist Concert - Netherlands

Russian bayanist, Anatoli Senine will perform at the Het Gebouw Zang & Vriendschap in Haarlem, Zuid-Holland on March 23rd. Senine is now a resident of the Netherlands and performs a broad and varied repertoire. He is a teacher at music institutes in Maastricht, Haarlem and Zoeterwoude and also at a private Delft music school. For booking information phone: +31 15 285 39 75

Complesso Fisarmonicisti Città di Varese Concert - Italy

Contributed by Luigi Luoni

The Complesso Fisarmonicisti Città di Varese orchestra will perform at the Teatro in Castellanza, Varese Province on June 1st. The orchestra which includes 17 accordionists will perform a varied program of classical and non-classical music. For details email:



Lips Tours Austria

Friedrich Lips & Friedl PreislFriedrich LipsContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Following his chamber music concert during the Viennese Accordion Festival, Friedrich Lips toured Austria playing concerts and holding master classes at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Neunkirchen, St. Paul, the Conservatory of Klagenfurt and Hochegg. His concert program included original works by Cholminov, Podgaits, Gubaidulina, Bronner, Berinsky, Shenderjov and Derbenko plus transcriptions of pieces by Mozart, Chatschaturjan, Schumann, Strauß, Schubert, Gershwin and Rossini. Concerts were well acclaimed by the public who demanded encores! Lips also held a workshop during the Viennese festival.


"Exile" Performs Live - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On March29th, the band Exile (which features accordionist Norimichi Nagasaka) will hold a live concert at the "Live & Sake Nega Posi", Chukyo ward in Kyoto. The concert will be held to celebrate their CD release. For details phone/fax: +81 78 251-7049

Wedding Accordion Wedding - Italy

The wedding of Simone Franchi and Milena Mengascini (daughter of Beltuna S.r.l owner) was held recently. Accordionist Pino Di Modugno performed with vocalist Mina Grossi. Accordions Worldwide wish them a happy life together.



Accordionists Perform with Halle Orchestra - England

On March 7th, accordionists Neil Varley, David Farmer, Nigel Waterhouse, Phuong Nguyen, Yao Yi & Li Nan took part in a performance of Prokofiev's epic "Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution" with the Halle Orchestra. This concert was held at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester under the baton of Mark Elder CBE. The successful performance, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, was the third time the work has been played in Britain in the last 5 years.


ACE Concert - USA

The ACE (Accordion Chamber Ensemble) will perform at the Slavonic Cultural Center in San Francisco on March 15th. The ten member acoustic accordion ensemble will play music ranging from Mozart & Strauss to Czech waltzes and polkas arranged for the group by member Joe Smiell.

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