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Tango Festival During Easter Week - Switzerland

The Oster Tango FestivalSexteto CanyenqueContributed by Rolf E. Wittich

The "OsterTango" Festival will take place in Basel from March 28th to April 1st. A festival highlight will include the "Tango Maxima" concert to be given by the tango orchestra "Sexteto Canyengue" (Amsterdam) with two bandoneon players Carel Kraayenhof and Rocco Boness. This concert will be staged in the Volkshaus in Basel on March 30th. Other events include tango dance shows, a tango ball, the film "Tango" by Carlos Saura and dancing lessons with famous dance pairs from Argentina. For further information phone: +41 61 981 6996

Concert to Honour Sir Charles Wheatstone - USA

A concert to honour Sir Charles Wheatstone entitled "The Incredible Concertina" will be held at the Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall in New York City on April 12th organized by the Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments. Guest performers include concertina players Allan Atlas, David Cornell, Jody Kruskal, Tom Kruskal, Séan Minnie (South Africa), Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Wim Wakker, and Stephaan van Zyl. For further details email:


17th International Workshop of Acoustic Music of Virton - Belgium

Contributed by Jean-Marie Giltaire

The 17th International Workshop of Acoustic Music of Virton will be held at the Institut de la Sainte Famille in Virton from April 1st to 6th. The event will include a diatonic accordion workshop by Filippo Gambetta, which will include "Individual and Group Exercises", "Introduction to Italian, Irish and Balkanise Music", "Technical and Artistic Work" and "Improvisation". Registrations close March 26th. For details email:


Cathie Travers Explosive Performance of Piazzolla Compositions - Australia

Cathie TraversContributed by Peter Piccini

Cathie Travers performed to a packed house of over 240 people at the famous Jazz Club at the Hyde Park Hotel on the West Coast of Australia. Her program included a variety of works by Piazzolla such as "Tanguedia", "Vuelvo al Sur", Oblivion", "Fugata", "Knife Fight" and many others.

Cathie also performed a variety of other works such as "Soft as Velvet" (Peter Piccini), "New York Tango" (Richard Galliano), "Accordeon Samba" (Jean Peyronin) and some of her own works like "Motion Algorithm.2" and "Flame".

"Keep it Up" - Scotland

"Keep it Up", which features Simon Thoumire (concertina), Eilidh Shaw (violin), Kevin MacKenzie (guitar) and Malcolm Stitt (bouzouki), played a popular concert at the Edinburgh Folk Club last month. Simon invited his Feis class to play the opening set at the concert and the audience were treated to a fine selection of reels and jigs from the youthful fiddlers, guitarists and keyboard players as well as a beautiful Gaelic song from Rachel Newton.


St Patrick's Day Performance - USA

American concert accordionist Henry Doktorski performed at the Midway United Methodist Church (Midway, Pennsylvania) on March 17th for their "St. Patrick's Day Great Commission" service. In addition to leading the congregation during the standard hymns, Henry played the "Pastoral Symphonie" from Handel's "Messiah" as well as his own "Theme and Variations on Danny Boy."

Church Director David Sims said, "We wanted to do something extraordinary this year for our St. Patrick's Day Service, so we thought about having our regular organist take the day off and have an accordionist take her place. Henry was just the person we were looking for. His concert accordion filled our church with magnificent music which enlivened our congregation. We hope to have him again next year."


Theatre Concerts - Holland

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist and Alexander Technique teacher, Anne Landa performed at the Korzo Theater, The Hague (Holland) from March 7th to 9th. The project entitled "Dag nacht, dag dag" included Mar-Lin Schut (Holland) and Jadenir Lacorte (viola player from Brazil), directed by Pauline Haakma (Holland). The musicians presented poems and movement with original music written for viola and accordion plus classical music arrangements by Dutch composer Hans Riphagen. The project finished with performances at the Crea Theater in Amsterdam on March 15th and 16th.

Duo 2000 House Concert - South Africa

Duo 2000 will perform their next House Concerts from April 5th to 7th in Robindale. Their program will include pieces from their new repertoire such as "The Elephant" (from The Carnival of the Animals - Camille Saint-Saëns), "Moonlight Sonata" (Beethoven) and "Warblings at Eve" (Richards). For details email:


Noton in Concert - Germany

Jean-Louis NotonContributed by Ralf Bethke

On April 21st Jean Louis Noton will perform at the Community Centre in Ludwigshafen Ruchheim with the HC North 1934 Ludwigshafen e.V. Orchestra (member of the DHV).

Prior to this concert, there will be a demonstration of MIDI accordions by the Cavagnolo company. For further details phone Uwe Brunner at: +49 6237 5603.


International Festival - New Zealand

The 2002 New Zealand International Festival was held from February 22nd to March 17th in Wellington and presented New Zealand's best, alongside some of the most brilliant, challenging and exhilarating international performing, literary and visual arts from around the globe. Attendees were given the chance to taste the culture of Cuba, Canada, Sweden and Singapore; to meet Dutch musicians, Brazilian dancers and many more of the world's most wonderful artists.

This year the festival's program included bandoneon players, Nestor Marconi and the Marconi Quintet (Argentina) who played an entertaining program of tango music, plus Cesar Olguin with Cuarteto Latino Americano (Argentina) who performed Piazzolla tangos.

Accordions Worldwide Office Manager Tatiana Lanchtchikova played the accordion in two shows with Don McGlashan (one of New Zealand's leading composers and songwriters). His show was the first one to be sold out almost 3 months before the festival began. Their program included a variety of Don's new and old songs.

Tatiana also performed with the group "Bravura", which includes Miranda Adams (violin), Nigel Gavin (guitar), Peter Scott (bass) and pianist & composer Jonathan Besser (leader of the group). They gave 5 performances including two "sold out" shows. Their program included music written by Jonathan Besser such as pieces from classical to sea shanties, from contemporary music to Jewish Tango, and from jazz to late night cabaret. "Bravura" has released two CDs - "Mr Darwin's Dance" (suite on sea shanty theme) and "You Got Your Wish" (Jewish Tangos & classical and contemporary style pieces).


Jazz Concerts in Cremona - Italy

The network of theatres in and around the city of Cremona will host a series of jazz concerts in April and May, two of which will feature the accordion. The project, entitled "Le Musiche", is organised by the Cremona City Council (along with several towns in the province) in collaboration with the Ponchielli theatre, the local Concert Society, the Lombardy Regional Council and the National Ministry of Culture. The artistic consultant is Emanuela Casale.

On April 13th, the Tin Hat Trio featuring Bob Burger (accordion, piano, harmonica and organ) alongside Carla Kihlstedt (viola & violin) and Mark Orton (guitar, dobro and tenor) will perform at the Ponchielli theatre in Cremona. On April 20th, Enzo Gragnaniello and the Neapolis Mantra group with Sasa Mendoza (accordion and piano) will play with special guest Tony Esposito at the Bellini theatre in Castelbuttano.

For further information phone: +39 0372407274


International Guests at Viennese Accordion Festival - Austria

Ars HarmonikaGuy KlucevsekContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

The 3rd week of the Viennese Accordion Festival has continued with performances from international guests. Since the early 80s Guy Klucevsek (USA) has been an inspiration for all accordionists who were looking for new forms of expression for their accordions. He was one of the first outside the folk scene to make use of the rhythmically complex music of the South Balkans and Jewish Klezmer music. In his concert he proved to be a magician of the unexpected, always using familiar forms in an unfamiliar way.

Quinteto AccentoPrimavera del TangoQuintetto Accento together with singer Norina Angelini combined formal discipline and personal concepts for new arrangements with technical brilliance. They enjoy looking for new horizons to extend their repertoire and play a variety of their own compositions. Primavera del Tango (Germany) have dedicated themselves to the Argentinean tango with heart and soul. Vocalist Franziska Dannheim (who joined the ensemble in 1998) "compels the audience" to follow her into the loneliness of the big city and the dark alleys of Buenos Aires, with her seductive voice.

Regis GizavoThe "Alpine Super-Fusion" with the family band "3 Falkner" and the "Clubbing-Institution" Attwenger was a folk orchestra with a somewhat different touch. Arnaud Méthivier performed with one of Madagascar's most innovative accordionists Regis Gizavo, who is rooted in the multicultural world of the East African island (with Malayan, South African, Portuguese and French influences).

After performing some jazz tunes, accordionist Alexander Shevchenko joined Elena Abolmazova (domra) to entertain with some delightful Russian folk tunes. "Ars Harmonica" played a repertoire beyond the classical conservatory programme. Pieces ranged from J.S. Bach, Ethno Folk to Piazzolla. What made their concept so appealing was their unusual arrangements and the harmony of three different types of accordion.


University of Stirling Scottish Summer School - Scotland

Contributed by Margery Stirling

The University of Stirling will hold their Scottish Summer School accordion weekend on April 27th and 28th with tutors Colin Dewar and Ian Muir. The course will cater for piano and continental chromatic accordions and will feature tutorials in playing music for Scottish Country and ceilidh dances, fingering techniques, accompaniment skill, chord formation and pipe music interpretation. It will suit players of all levels excluding beginners. For details email:

Accordionist on Roots Reunion Radio Show - USA

Contributed by Sandie Merrill

Accordionist Milen Slavov will perform on the Roots Reunion Radio Show (88.5 WUSM-FM) on March 23rd. Prior to this event on March 20th, Milen played at the Fourth Annual VSA Arts Regional Festival at Point Cadet Plaza, Biloxi, MS. This event was hosted by the New Hope Center, a program of the O'Keefe Foundation. For further information on the radio show email:



Forzando Light Orchestra Concert - Netherlands

Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen

The Forzando Light Orchestra will perform in Schinkelkade, Amsterdam on March 24th. The group, which includes six accordionists, keyboard, synthesizer, French horn, clarinet, saxophone, drums and percussion play popular songs such as "Que Sera, Sera" and "What a wonderful world". For further details email:


"Let's Take a Rest" Concert - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On March 31st, accordion teacher Yuushi Kawaguchi and the San-Tama Accordion Class will hold their annual concert entitled "Chotto Hito-Iki Concert 2002" (Let's Take a Rest) at the Kokubunji Izumi Hall, just in front of the Nishi-Kokubunji Station, Tokyo. For further information phone the Ongaku Center at: +81 3 3208-8377

Accordion Featured on Radio Show - Australia

James CrabbThe accordion featured on ABC Radio in Australia on March 12th when a live hookup was arranged between Professor James Crabb in Sydney, and two Melbourne accordionists, Bernadette Conlon and Anthony Shultz. James, who is in Australia performing in a concert tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, spoke of and demonstrated his bayan and the music styles he performs.

Bernadette spoke on the French musette accordion, and Anthony spoke of his interest in jazz improvisation. Each speaker also gave a demonstration of their instruments.


New CD of Pieces by Pietro Deiro - Brazil

CD coverA new CD entitled "Pura Arte" (Pure Art) was released recently by accordionist Lauro Valerio and Regina Weissmann. Brazil rarely has the opportunity to appreciate works for the accordion and with this CD Regina Weissmann gives a special shine to pieces written especially for the accordion by Pietro Deiro, an Italian resident in the US since 1917 who died in 1954. The CD is produced and directed by Lauro Valerio.


New CD by Accordeon Melancolique - Netherlands

CD coverA new CD entitled "Parade des Poules" was released recently by "Accordeon Melancolique" which includes accordionists Jean-Pierre Guiran and Cherie de Boer. The CD includes a variety of tracks such as "Parade des Poules", "Zemir Atik", "Tarantella" and "Highland Reel". For further details email:

New Sites/Updated Sites Kansas City based accordionist Brett Gibson with fellow "Cavan" band members Frank Blair, Sean Patrick Hayes and Lance Zimmerman perform an astonishing variety of music drawn from and inspired by the ancient Celtic traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Galicia, to which they add a little spice from the Middle East. This site offers further information such as concert dates and recordings for sale. Information on accordion manufacturer, Accordiola from Belgium Contains updated information on two newly released CD recordings: Tango for Four, No. 2 and Pictures at an Exhibition with Yoko Hasegawa (cello) Newly updated site with latest information on the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention, including star line-up and festival information. Updated information on Italian accordionist Giuliano Cameli


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