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19th July 2002 This weeks news | Past News | Send news

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This Weeks News


International Festival Concerts - Poland

Accordionist Olexiy Suslov gave a number of successful concerts this month with the group "S-ART" at the International Festival in Polanica Zdrˇj (Poland). This is the third year that Olexiy has taken part in this festival. Their program included some original compositions by K. Myaskov & Jo Alex as well as pieces by Brahms & Khachaturian arranged for the accordion.

Other performers included Wieslaw Ochman (Poland), Brass in the Fife (Budapest) & Pedro de Guevara (Kostaryka). For future concert details email:


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Orchestra Tours New Zealand

Contributed by Pierre Varo

The RÚunion Island Accordion Orchestra will tour New Zealand from July 24th to 31st. The group, which includes 38 musicians have a repertoire of 40 pieces and will give a number of concerts in the South Island of New Zealand, beginning in Christchurch. There they will entertain pupils of Christchurch schools plus give a concert at the Christchurch Teachers College of Education Auditorium.

From there the orchestra will give a concert in Twizel on July 27th, before travelling to Dunedin to perform a free concert at the Dunedin Art Gallery on the 28th.

Prior to visiting New Zealand the orchestra will take part in the Accordion Society of Australia International competition in the Bankstown Pacific International, Bankstown, Sydney.

For concert details phone: +64 3 347 4599



Master Class and Concert Series - USA

Three consecutive days of seminars, workshops, lectures, discussions and performances with accordionist/composer/author/philosopher Dr. William Schimmel as moderator/curator will be held from August 23rd to 25th at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York. The event, which is sponsored by the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) is entitled "The Existential Accordion".

Included will be the performance of a Piaf Concerto, performances of AAA commissioned works such as "Lamentations" (Virgil Thompson) and "Prelude and Sarabande" (George Kleinsinger), a French chanson set by Marni Rice; a Gainsbourg Tribute plus numerous other interesting performances.

Guests include Elsie M. Bennett, Faithe Deffner, Dr. Carmelo Pino, Frank Busso, Linda Reed, Lee McClure, Michael Schimmel, Allyssa Lamb, Will Holshouser, Andre Solomon-Glover, "K" Trio, Carmen Carrozza, Martin Kuuskman, Walter Kuhr, Godfrey Nelson, Lorraine Nelson-Wolf, Dr. Thomas Massucci, Mark Birnbaum, David First, Rita Davidson and David Stoler.

For further details email:


German Orchestra Tours China

The Hof Accordion Orchestra will tour China from August 10th to 30th performing concerts in Beijing, Chengdu and Hong Kong.

Before they leave Germany the group will perform an open air concert to over 800 people at the Theresienstein in Hof on July 28th. Their program will include Moldau (Smetana), Keniade (Dobler), a newly arranged ABBA medley (Gary Daverne) and "Marriage of the Figaro". For further details email:


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Modern Music Workshop in Barisciano - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The second Barisciano Instrumental Course Programme will be structured in three levels, according to the technical skills of the participants, and will include 17 hours of classes from July 23rd to 27th. Each evening the participants will have the opportunity to take part in jam sessions. Renzo Ruggieri will take care of the accordion courses. For further information please phone +39 0861 250335.



A.I.D.A. Accordionists Close Celebrations - Argentina

accordionContributed by Angel Russo

The Secretary of Culture of the city of Buenos Aires invited A.I.D.A. (International Accordionists Association) accordionists to perform at a recent party to celebrate the closing of the marquee in Chacabuco Park, Capital Federal. The celebrations included a variety of accordion performances and popular songs for the public to dance to. A.I.D.A. would like to thank Nito D'Alessio (Head of Culture) for the invitation.



Dutch Reformed Church Concert - South Africa

Duo 2000 will entertain at the Dutch Reformed Church in Randburg, together with guest artist Antoinette Olivier (from the Black Tie Ensemble) on July 28th. Their program will include pieces such as "Ballad for Adeline" (Senneville/Toussaint), "Warblings at Eve" (Richards) and "Gold and Silver Waltz" (LÚhar). For further details email:


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Death of Two Italian Accordionists

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

It was with great sadness that the Italian accordion movement received the news of the sudden death of pianist, accordionist, conservatory teacher, composer and publisher Luigi Lombardi. Lombardi, who was 77 years old, dedicated his whole life to music, composed hundreds of pieces and received the SIAE gold medal for artistic merits in 1981.

Well-known accordionist and trumpet player Learco Gianferrari recently died in Cavriago, at the age of 63, after a long illness. In the year 2000, this artist was included among some of the world greatest accordionists at the "Footprint museum" of Recoaro Terme.



Bulgarian Artist Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant - USA

Milen SlavovContributed by Sandie Merrill, MS Music Agency

The Mississippi Arts Commission recently honoured accordionist Milen Slavov with a Performing Arts Fellowship in Music Composition from their Arts Industry Program. Accordionist/composer Slavov will use the grant to create new works, expand and educate audiences, and pursue collaborative efforts with other musicians.

The fellowship selection involves evaluation by a panel made up of artists and arts professionals from outside the state of Mississippi. This shows that the work of Slavov has been recognized on a truly national level. For full details on the announcement email:



"Arrasate Hiria" X International Accordion Competition - Spain

The "Arrasate Hiria" X International Accordion Competition will be held in Arrasate-Mondragˇn (Basque) from December 3rd to8th organized by "Hauspoz" Euskal Herriko Akordoei Elkartea, the Town Hall of Arrasate and The County Council of Gipuzkoa. The competition is open to soloists of any age and nationality.

The competition will consist of two rounds; a qualifying round and a final round. The final round will consist of a 25 to 35 minute free program, which will include one piece from a preselected list and at least one original piece for the accordion.

Prizes include certificates, trophies and cash. The winner of the competition will be invited by the organizers to give a series of concerts at the "Arrasate Hiria" Nazioarteko XI. Akordeoi Lehiaketa (XI "Arrasate Hiria" International Accordion Competition) plus the organizers of the Kragujevac International Accordion Festival will invite the winner of the "Arrasate Hiria" to take part in their festival in Yugoslavia during July 2003. Entries close on September 30th 2002. For further information email:


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"Friends of Music" Recital - Italy

Francesco Palazzo will give a recital for the "Amici della musica" (Friends of Music) Association in Catanzaro on July 19th. His program will include works by Bach, Ferrari-Trecate, Lattuada, Bennett, Gubaidulina, Piazzolla and Rota. For details email:



"Non Stop Quartet" Perform at Festival - Russia

Contributed by Olga Kopylova

The "Non Stop Quartet" took part in a recent series of concerts in the picturesque lake, Mostrukovskie area (near Samara). Over 240,000 people attended the concerts, which celebrated the 29th festival of songwriters.

Their final concert followed the tradition of being held on a special platform on water. This concert was broadcast on Samara TV and on the Internet. "Non Stop Quartet" performed some improvisations on well known author's songs and received popular applause.

The quartet and Sergei Voitenko will continue the final stages of their upcoming CD, which was recorded in concert with the Samara Philarmonic Orchestra on May 16th, 2002. For further details email:



Concertina Player Entertains in Portugal

Riccardo Tesi & his groupOn July 18th, concertina player Riccardo Tesi performed a concert with Maurizio Geri (guitar), Claudio Carboni (saxophone) and Ettore BonafŔ (percussion) in ┴gueda. Their program included a variety of pieces influenced by the tarantella and jazz.


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Scotbox Ceilidh Band Tour Moscow - Russia

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Scotbox Ceilidh BandThe Scotbox Ceilidh band (which features accordionist Paul Chamberlain) have just returned from a two-week tour in Russia. The group played for various events around Moscow as part of the 6th Festival of Scottish Culture, which took place from June 25th to July 5th. The band performed at several clubs in Moscow as well as a concert in the Central House of Artists and an open air concert in Sokolniki Park.

Other performers from Scotland were the Merchiston Castle School pipe band, and a group from Glasgow called "Clann an Drumma". The Ceilidh band travelled to Lipetsk for three days as guests of the city council there, performing three concerts. These attracted large audiences and for many it was the first time that they had experienced Scottish music played live. There was an amazing enthusiasm for the Scottish music and requests have been made for the band to return.



Accordion Workshop - Italy

Claudio Jacomucci will hold a workshop on tango, klezmer and accordion techniques at Agriturismo I Poggetti, a country house in the beautiful area close to Bolsena's lake in Castelgiorgio from July 23rd to 27th. For details email:


26th Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival - Canada

The 26th Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival will be held in Bannerman Park, downtown, St. John's from August 2nd to 4th, presented by the St. John's Folk Arts Council. Their mandate is to "Promote and preserve the folk arts in Newfoundland and Labrador and throughout Canada".

Performers include accordionists Allan Ricketts, Vince & Glen Collins, "Crowd of Bold Sharemen" (includes Fergus O'Byrne - concertina, Jim Payne - accordion & concertina, and Graham Wells - accordion & and vocals), "Shanneyganock" (includes accordionist Mark Hiscock), and Nicole and Sarah Squires (violin and accordion).

The event will also include an "Accordion Session" with Dave Penny, Stan Pickett, Art Stoyles, & Bob Rutherford who will take turns demonstrating their unique brand of accordion playing. For further details email:

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"Carpineti in Musica" Competition - Italy

The 1st National Music Competition "Carpineti in Musica" was held recently in Carpineti (province of Reggio Emilia). Accordionist Marco Martellini reached the final of the variety section of the "Bione Franchini" competition, which included a cash prize. The top spot in this competition went to flute player Simone Ginanneschi, but Marco's performance was appreciated for its virtuosity and expressive qualities. Next year's competition will be held in July 2003.



Chinese Accordion Book Published - China

Contributed by Li Cong

Accordionist and composer Li Yuqiu has written numerous works such as "Tian Nu San Hua", "Beijing Opera Facial Makeups" and "Cuzhi Fantasy", which are well known pieces in China. His work "Changzheng - 1st Sonata" has won the "Wenhua Prize", which is the top cultural award from the government.

Recently Li has read and revised his works and republished his compositions in a book entitled "Li Yuqiu Accordion Solo Fine Works". The book includes the above mentioned works plus three sonatas. For further information phone Li Yuqiu at: +86 10 88132282



Celebrity Interview Online

A new Celebrity Interview on concert accordionist Alexander Skliarov is now online. Skliarov was interviewed by Li Yan Sheng & Wang Yan in Beijing, China in March this year.


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Dellarole Entertains - Italy

Giorgio DellaroleContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Giorgio Dellarole will perform two concerts organized by Giovent¨ Musicale d'Italia this month. The first will be held in Grottammare on July 24th and the second in Tonadico on the 26th. His program will include works by Scarlatti, Pachelbel, Tschaikin, Piazzolla and Pozzoli. For concert details email:



Lark In The Morning Music Celebration - USA

The Lark In The Morning Music Celebration 22nd annual Lark Camp will be held from August 2nd to 10th in California. The 8 day camp is for people of all ages with over 75 instructors teaching music and dance workshops from all over the world.

Tutors include Joel Bernstein (English concertina), Evo Bluestein (cajun/zydeco button accordion), Jack Gilder (Anglo system concertina), Miguel Govea (Tex Mex button accordion & Mexican songs), Rene Pe˝a Govea (Tex Mex/Colombian button accordion), John Paul (button accordion), Simo Tesla (piano accordion & Serbian music) and Vickie Yancy (French music & button accordion).

Special events include "The Worst Song in the World Contest" which returns with a vengeance! This year it will be presided over by a team of judges who are open to bribes!! Special prize this year for the "Worst Patriotic Song".

For camp information email:



New Sites/Updated Sites Updated information on the Civic Accordion Museum in Stradella, Italy including new opening hours Updated contact details for the Intermusik monthly accordion newspaper which features news from Europe and around the world



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