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14th June 2002 This weeks news | Past News | Send news

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62nd Annual ATG Competition and Festival - USA

Sheraton HotelThe 62nd Annual ATG Competition and Festival will be held at the Sheraton Safari Hotel in Orlando, Florida from June 27th to 30th. This year's event will feature guest artists Myron Floren and Frederic Baldo (France) and Myron will also conduct the festival orchestra. In addition there will be workshops, entertainment, displays, performance opportunities, awards and trade show displays.

The festival will also include a variety of competition categories including the US National Championship, Junior US National Championship, ATG Virtuoso category, ATG Junior Virtuoso category, Piano Accordion division, plus polka, pop, original, standard, championship, evaluation, duet, combo, ensemble and adult hobby solo & duet classes. For further details email:


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2nd International Accordion Music Festival Koszalin 2002 - Poland

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

The 2nd International Accordion Music Festival Koszalin will take place from September 19th to 22nd in Koszalin organized by the Local Culture Centre of Koszalin and the "Akord" Accordion Band and promoted by the Miejski Osrodek Kultury.

The aim of the event is to present the accordion as a band instrument, to introduce this form of making music, to integrate accordion societies and to exchange experiences and repertoires. In addition the accordion will be shown as an instrument which can present different types of music such as jazz, classic and others. Although the accordion is the feature instrument, other instruments will be allowed for accompaniment. The festival will also include a massed accordion orchestra performance.

Although the event is not a competition, there will still be a jury that will consist of instructors that will also be festival competitors. The Jury, guided by the main adviser, will consider the following criteria: selection of repertoire, interpretation of music formations, standard of band's artistic experience, discipline of band and general artistic outlook, technique of presentation. The best bands will receive diplomas and souvenirs sponsored by the promoters.

Applications close this month. For further details email the Artistic operator of the festival, Artur Zajkowski at:



Duo Zubitsky Concert Evening - Italy

Duo ZubitskyAn accordion and piano evening was held recently at the Concert Hall "A. Bergamas" in Gradisca, Gorizia organized by the "Rodolfo Lipizer" Association. Performers "Duo Zubitsky" entertained with a program of original music and transcriptions for accordion and piano by Vladimir Zubitsky such as "Rossiniana" & "Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla" and pieces "From Fancelli to Galliano", Flumen", "Carmen iucundum" etc.


Accordion Awareness Month - USA

June is National Accordion Awareness Month. The event was established in 1989 to promote the accordion, help spread the word about the resurgence in popularity of the accordion and to educate people about the accordion.

To help celebrate, there will be a special "Day of the Accordion" in San Francisco scheduled for June 16th at the historic Cannery at Fisherman's Wharf. In addition, RootsWorld have an online free-reed music festival featuring accordion music from all over the world. (See item later in this news edition).

For more information about National Accordion Awareness Month phone: +1 415 440-0800


Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

Klingenthal International Competition Results - Germany

Winners of the Klingenthal International Competition held from May 10th to 17th in Klingenthal, Germany are as follows:

Category I. (up to 12 years) Pavel Zyabko (Russia)
Category II. (12 to 15 years) Josif Puritz (Russia)
Category III. (15 to 18 years) Vladimir Tschernuk (Russia)
Category IV. (Open) Sergej Osokin (Russia)
Category Va. (Accordion duos) Duo Bobovych/Hlopin
Category Vb. (Accordion with ensemble) Duo Jugoria, Alexej Peresidly & Nikolai Siwitschuk
Category VI. (Virtuoso light music) Alexander Schuwalow


Accordionist Performs on Stage Show & Radio Show - France

Pascal ContetContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Pascal Contet will perform in a show which includes circus performers, actors, children, a rap dancer and four other musicians from June 17th to 22nd. "Mur-Murs" is directed by Gilles Zepfel and will be held at the Atelier du Plateau.

On June 19th Contet will perform on a live Radio France program in Paris, hosted by Anne Montaron. His program will include improvisations with Christophe Marguet (new generation drummer) in Studio 106 de la Maison de la Radio in Paris. The show will be aired on June 30th at 7pm on the France Musiques channel. For further details email:



Korbakov Performs to Capacity Crowds - England

Alexander KorbakovAccordion BandContributed by Mike O'Regan

A capacity crowd in the Village Centre, Rothley, Leicestershire enjoyed a wonderful three hour concert of classical and Russian folk music by bayanist Alexander Korbakov recently. Alexander was supported by the Burton-on-Trent Accordion Band (MD Stan Schofield), which is unusual (in the UK) in that 12 of the 15 players are female.

Alexander's program included "Turkish Rondo" (Mozart), "Grande Valse Brillante", op. 18. (Chopin), "Tritsch Tratsch Polka (Strauss) and "Sabre Dance" (Khachaturian). The Accordion Band played a variety of pieces such as Medley from "My Fair Lady", "Blue Tango", "Moonlight Serenade", finishing with an old-time sing-a-long medley.

Steve Roxton & Alexander KorbakovKorbakov was also the guest artist at the June meeting of "Les Amis de l'Accordeon de Jersey" in Jersey, Channel Isles, where he gave a popular concert which featured both classical works and Russian traditional music. He was invited to perform at this event by professional accordionist Steve Roxton and his wife Maggie, who run the accordion club. At the conclusion of the concert, members were treated to a duet by Steve and Alexander when they played "Sakkijarven Polka".

Both men are enjoying huge success in their separate fields. Alexander is continuing with his English and Irish tour through to June 21st. For further Korbakov concert details phone: +44 1564 776376 Steve is to take a break from entertaining Jersey holiday makers. On July 13th he will entertain French crowds on the winning line of the famous cycle race "The Tour de France" as it enters the Normandy town of Avranches. An event with massive media coverage.


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"New Orleans by the Bay" Food and Music Festival - USA

PosterThe "New Orleans by the Bay" Food and Music Festival will be held on June 22nd and 23rd at the Shoreline Ampitheatre, Mountain View in California. Accordionist Jon Hammond will perform at the festival for the third consecutive year. This year he will perform with the "Jon Hammond's Late Rent Session Men" as the opening band for "Taj Mahal" and "Delbert McClinton". For further details email:



Accordeon MelancoliqueOpen Air Concert - Netherlands

Accordéon Mélancolique performed an open air concert at the "Slottuintheater" on June 9th. Their program included pieces from their newest CD "Parade des Poules".

On June 17th, the duo will perform at the Tong Tong Podium, Pasar Malam in The Hague as part of the large annual Tropical Indonesian Market which is held in several huge tents. The theme of the concert is "The Journey from the Netherlands to Indonesia". For details phone: +31 343 513432



5th Annual RootsWorld Free Reed Festival

Contributed by Cliff Furnald

The 5th Annual RootsWorld Free Reed Festival began on June 8th in conjunction with Accordion Awareness Month. The festival began with performances of new music by Guy Klucevsek, Amy Denio and Afroscania Mix. Portuguese accordion quartet "Danças Ocultas" presented "Escalada", which was recorded live at a concert in Bordeaux, France on April 12th, 2002. This piece was composed by band member Artur Fernandes.

The festival also included a feature review of a remarkable work by Italian composers/musicians Gianluigi Trovesi (clarinet) and Gianni Coscia (accordion) with a song from their ECM recording In Cerca Di Cibo, "Celebre Mazurka Alterata" co-composed by the musicians.

For further festival details email:


Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

PosterI Concordeon International Joinville Accordion Concert - Brazil

The I Concordeon International Accordion Concert of Joinville will take place at the Teatro Juarez Machado in Joinville, Brazil on June 16th. Performers include Paolo Gandolfi, Regina Weissman, Orquestra de Acordeons, Toninho Ferragutti, Carlos Gallizin, Egno Zanelli Veschi, Edinho Lima and Jose A B de Mello. The event will also include an exhibition of accordions and photos. For details phone/fax: +55 11 5579 0638



Czech Band Entertains at Festival - USA

The Jodie Mikula Orchestra (accordion powered 6 piece Czech band) will play at the "Night in Old Fredericksburg" festival in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas on July 19th. The band will perform everything from Beer Barrel Polka to the Chicken Dance. In addition The Sauerkrauts will also entertain. The festival itself will begin on July 17th and include a variety of music from three other bands. For further details email:



Familie Popolzin Concerts - Germany

The Familie PopolzinContributed by Edmund Schwarz

The Familie Popolzin (Siberia) will entertain at the Kirche S. Markus/Odenw in Brensbach on June 21st. The group includes bayanists Wladimir and Irina, who perform with their daughter, Natascha (violin). The following day (22nd) the group will play at the Evangelische Talkirche in Eppstein Ts and on June 29th at the Evangelische Kirche, Rodgau-KJuegesheim. Their program includes a variety of classical and jazz pieces. For further details email:


Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

Accordionist Releases 4th CD - Australia

CD coverContributed by Peter Piccini

Accordionist Cathie Travers has just released her 4th CD entitled "Avant GRASS". The CD includes a mix of tracks featuring the accordion. Cathy also plays synths/sampler and acoustic guitar on the album. Tracks include "Renaissance", "Random Heavens" and "Latin Flutes". For further details email:



Central Market Concert - USA

"Cerronato" (which includes accordionist Mike Maddux) will perform at Central Market North in Austin, Texas on June 16th. This concert will be followed by two more on June 20th and 21st at Manuel's Great Hills and Miguel's La Bodega in Austin. For details email:


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:

Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

New Sites/Updated Sites Information on New Zealand concert accordionist Paula Harris Updated contact details for accordionist Martin Frey from Switzerland



Accordion Information Required

Maryann Price would like information on a 100 bass Melody or Harmony button accordion possibly over 50 years old, which is light pink colour. Email:

Barbara Harrigan would like information on a 120 bass "Frontalini" piano accordion, made in Italy. Email:



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