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Pakefield International Accordion Festival Success - England

Gary Blair & Djorde GajicGary Blair, Johny Coleclough & Ginacarlo CaoprilliContributed by Gary Blair and Heather Smith

The Pakefield International Accordion Festival, held at Pontins Holiday Centre, Kessingland, near Lowestoft from September 12th to 16th was an outstanding success. The event, which was presented by "Accordion Profile" magazine and organized by the Co-Editor Heather Smith was given the name "The Friendly Festival'" by 2001 attendees and this year lived up to its name.

Gary Blair & Alexander DmitrievA variety of workshops were held including Scottish (Gary Blair), Jazz (Bert Santilly), Adult Beginners (Heather Smith), Elementary Orchestra (Peter Whiteley), Intermediate Orchestra (Brian Jenkins), Buskers (Johnny Coleclough), Vintage Accordions (Heather Smith), "Free & Easy" Sessions (Adrienne Sharpe) and Latin American (David Lukins).

There were trade stand displays by WEM and Electronic Accordions, an auction organized by Frank Swindell and Johnny Coleclough and "Songs of Praise" (organized by Adrienne Sharpe and conducted by Brian Jenkins) was held on Sunday (15th).

Dance/Cabarets took place each evening with performances by Giancarlo Caporilli (sponsored by Fisart-Vignoni, Italy), Alexander Dmitriev (Russia), Djordje Gajic (Yugoslavia), David Lukins, Norvic Concordia, Peter Ayers, Gary Blair (Scotland), Johnny Coleclough, Charlie Watkins and Heather Smith. Ballroom dance music was played by Adrienne Sharpe and Peter Whiteley, with Gary Blair playing for Scottish dancing. A late night "Jazz & Jam" session was led by David Lukins (England), who was joined by Bert Santilly and Johnny Coleclough, plus other performers.

At the event finale, compere Heather Smith invited all the performers and festival team onto the stage with their accordions and to the delight of the audience, they all joined together to play "Spanish Eyes". Amid calls for an encore, Heather shouted "Bel Viso" and those who could play this piece stayed on the stage and joined in. Many players then took their accordions into the Queen Victoria lounge for a final "party night" session.

Next year's festival will be held from September 11th to 15th, 2003.



52nd Trophée Mondial International Competition - Italy

Renzo RuggieriJoao FradeContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The 52nd Trophée Mondial International Competition was held in Belluno from September 25th to 29th. Participants from Croatia, Republic of S. Marino, Spain, Russia, Switzerland, England, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Belgium and Portugal attended the event.

Patrizia FernandezSemion SchmelkovThree extraordinary concerts were held with standing ovations for Renzo Ruggieri (jazz), Ivano Battiston and performances by competition winners with the Rossini Orchestra from Belluno.


Junior Category:
1st: Semion Schmelkov (Russia)
Senior Category:
1st: Patrizia Fernandez (Spain)
Variété Category:
1st: Joao Frade (Portugal)


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2nd Annual Florida Accordion Association "Smash" - USA

Tony LovelloContributed by Karen Adam

The Florida Accordion Association will hold their 2nd annual "Accordion Smash" at the Holiday Inn Select in Orlando, Florida on November 15th and 16th.

The event will begin with an evening of non stop accordion entertainment on the 15th. The following day (16th), performances will be given by Tony Lovello, known as the "Liberace of the Accordion" and the "King of the Bellow Shake". Tony is flying his camera crew to Orlando to professionally video tape this live performance. Tony will also give a workshop that you won't want to miss!!

Other performers include Tony Dannon and Joe Cerrito (International jazz accordion duo), Jimmy Bubaloni, Vince Aleandri, Carmen Vitanza, Maricarmen Vazquez, Jess 'n Joan, Mirko Roknich, Tony Klepec and more!

In addition there will be an accordion exhibit and accordion videos, CD's and cassettes for sale. Vice President of the American Accordionists Association, Linda Soley Reed will conduct the "Accordion Smash" band.

For further details email:


"Le Grand Soufflet" Festival - France

Portuguese group Dancas Ocultas, which includes accordionists Artur Fernandes, Filipe Ricardo, Filipe Cal and Francisco Miguel will perform at the "Le Grand Soufflet" Festival next week. The event will be held at the Auditorium Mozart in Rennes on October 12th. The group will play a variety of pieces from their CD entitled "Danças Ocultas", such as "Queda d'Água", "Ar" and "Escalada", plus 1 or 2 pieces from their upcoming CD such as "La Danse Idéale". For further details email:


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27th Annual Citta di Castelfidardo International Competition - Italy

The 27th Annual Citta di Castelfidardo International Competition for accordion concert performers, soloists and groups will be held in Castelfidardo, Ancona from October 9th to 13th.

The event will include a variety of concerts by the Emanuele Rastelli Quintet, Blue Time Group (includes accordionist Tiziano Chiapelli), Trio "Innova" (accordionist Jean-Marc Fabiano), Claudio Jacomucci, Lorenzo The Piper Morales & The Craíc (accordionist Cristiano Lui), Tino Costa & Marco Poeta Trio (accordionist Tino Costa), Duo Malastrana (accordionist Luciano Biondini), Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana (accordionist Riccardo Tesi) and Gianmaria Testa.

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Prior to the competition, Castelfidardo will host the first "Città di Castelfidardo" International Accordion Seminar from October 7th to 9th, with local tutors Cesare Chiacchiaretta, Roberto Fuccelli, Paolo Rozzi, and guest tutor Mika Väyrynen (Finland). The seminars will be coordinated by Paolo Picchio and are open to a limited number of English speaking participants and listeners.

Guest Mika Väyrynen was born in Helsinki (Finland) in 1967. He studied under Timo Kinnunen, Matti Rantanen, Max Bonnay and Friedrich Lips at the conservatories of Tampere and Paris and at the "Sibelius" Academy of Helsinki. A winner of several important international competitions, Väyrynen is a very active concert accordionist. He has performed in numerous countries as a soloist, in chamber ensembles and orchestras, and has recorded 11 albums with prestigious labels such as Finlandia Records/Warner Classics, JVC Victor Japan and Naxos, containing over 80 different tracks, among which include a series of world premieres dedicated to him by contemporary composers. Mika Väyrynen currently teaches accordion at the "Sibelius" Academy of Helsinki.



10th Beijing International Accordion Competition - China

Contributed by Li Cong

The 10th Beijing International Accordion Competition will be held in Beijing from August 10th to 14th, 2003. This competition is for musicians of any nationality from any country, who may participate in a variety of age classes for soloists, duos, trios, quartets and orchestras.

Registrations open on January 1st, 2003 and will close on June 30th, 2003. For information phone: +86 10 6708 3018 or fax: +86 10 6708 3015


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ExpoMusic 2002 - Brazil

Contributed by Lauro Henrique

ExpoMusic 2002 was held in São Paulo, Brazil from September 25th to 29th organized by Valerio Acordeões and Ancona Promuove as part of the 19th International Music Fair (exposition of musical instruments, audio, lighting, and related items). The Expo, which was promoted by Francal Feiras e Empreendimentos, included over 170 displays at the Azul e Branco (Blue and White) Pavillion. A variety of accordions made in Castelfidardo, Ancona (Italy) were displayed at the event.



Guest Orchestra from Germany Entertains - Scotland

Contributed by Judy Brunton

An evening of accordion music will be held at the Town Hall in Johnstone, Renfrewshire on October 18th. Performers include the Brian Laurie Junior and Senior Accordion Showbands and specials guests the Akkordeon-Club Niederkassel (Germany), conducted by Peter Nebhover. The program will include "Lord of the Dance", "Highland Cathedral" and "Sister Act".

The Akkordeon-Club Niederkassel will also perform in Cardross on October 16th. For further concert details phone: +44 141 887 9827


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75th Birthday Celebrations - Russia

Sergei KolobkovContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Sergei Michailovitch Kolobkov celebrates his 75th birthday on October 4th. A special concert was to be held in the concert hall of the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow on October 25th to honour Kolobkov. Unfortunately this concert is now cancelled due to works in the Gnessin concert hall. It is hoped the concert will be rescheduled for February or March 2003.

Kolobkov finished his studies at the Gnessin Institute in 1953 (bayan in the class of V. G. Gorochov, and conducting in the class of A. P. Ivanov-Radkevitch).

From 1945 to 1958: he was a soloist, concert master of bayan ensembles and conductor of the Russian folk orchestra "Ossipov".
From 1953: he has been a teacher of bayan classes
1963 to 1966: head of the chair for folk instruments
1968: Docent
1979: Professor and Rector of the Gnessin Institute
1981 to 1984: Vice Minister of Culture in Russia
1984 to 1999: Rector of Gnessin Institute (which became Russia's Gnessin Academy of Music in 1994).

Among Kolobkov's students were J. Vostrjelov, F. Lips and A. Skljarov. He took part in the CIA international accordion confederation events several times. He recorded the First Concert for Bayan and Orchestra by F. Rubzov, is the author of transcriptions for bayan and bayan ensembles and was editor of "Bayan and Bayanists" with scientific articles dealing with the bayan.

For concert details email:



Paris Moscou Duo Tours Denmark

The Paris Moscou Duo (Roman Jbanov and Domi Emorine) will tour Denmark from October 8th to 12th. Concerts will be given in churches in Rise, Sorring, Viby, Solbjere and Horsens. For details phone Jacobsen Vang at: +45 97 17 51 27


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"The New Beppe Band" at the Gorni Kramer Biennale - Italy

Mirko & LucianoContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Following their three consecutive victories at the Gorni Kramer Biennale, Mirko and Luciano (who together form the "New Beppe Band") took part in this year's event not as competitors but as guests of honour. The performance of the accordion & sax duo was very well received by the audience, which gave them several ovations.

Here's an excerpt from the review by the Gazzetta di Mantova newspaper: "Mirko on accordion and Luciano on saxophone gave an outstanding and enthusiastically received performance of a selection of jazz pieces by the great Gorni Kramer."

The duo played jazz arrangements for saxophone and accordion such as "Buonanotte al Mare", "Amore Fermati", "Un bacio a Mezzanotte" and "Domenica è Sempre Domenica". Mirko and Luciano began playing as a duo 12 years ago, at a time when the combination between their instruments wasn't yet common.

Their concert was appreciated also by the attending authorities and by the daughters of Gorni Kramer, who gave the two performers a special award.



Remembrance Concert - France

Christian DiMaccioContributed by Kevin Friedrich

Well known international accordionist Christian DiMaccio (1941-1993) (in Europe spelled in the original way - DiMaggio) was remembered during a special tribute evening held at the "New Morning" in Paris. Born in Algiers, Christian was already playing the accordion by the age of three. This early beginning led to a very successful musical life which included a performance for Igor Stravinsky who afterwards declared that "The accordion has found its genius at last!" Christian was considered by many to be "the accordionist of the century!"

Several CIA Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Champions were among the performers who paid tribute the accordionist including Aurélien Noel (CIA Virtuoso Entertainment), Nicolas Massoutie (Winner: CIA Virtuoso Entertainment), Frédéric Langlais (Winner: CIA Virtuoso Entertainment) and Domi Emorine (Winner: CIA Virtuoso Entertainment & III Place: CIA Coupe Mondiale).

Other accordionists paying tribute to Christian were Jacques Bolognesi, Daniel Colin, Maurice Larcange, Samuel Garcia, Roman Jbanov and Marcel Azzola.


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Noton Performs at Anniversary Concert - Italy

Jean_Louis NotonContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

French accordionist Jean-Louis Noton performed solo at the Theatre F. Giuliani in Castel Del Monte (AQ) on September 29th, in memory of the 20th anniversary of the death of famous accordionist Joss Baselli (native of Castel Del Monte). The event was organised by Sergio Petronio, a cousin of Joss.

On October 5th and 6th, artists Valérie and Frédéric Guérouet will also honour the famous artist with their performance.



Friedrich Lips in Concert in the USA

Friedrich Lips, Faithe Deffner & Kevin FriedrichContributed by Kevin Friedrich

Bayanist Friedrich Lips has just completed his United States concert tour. Appearing in New Jersey as a guest of the American Accordionists Association, Lips presented a varied and challenging program.

One of the most outstanding and important bayan accordionists in the world, Lips has distinguished himself as a legendary virtuoso, author, music professor at the world famous Gnessin Institute for Music Education in Moscow, educator and musicologist. He is esteemed as one of the most significant accordionists of our time.

In addition to the AAA concert, Friedrich also performed several concerts in the midwestern United States with former student Stas Venglevski.


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"Bucharest Blues" Concert - New Zealand

Dunedin band "Bucharest Blues" will perform at the Carnegie Centre on October 6th. The group includes Greg Waite (concertina & percussion), Jenny Barnett (accordion) as well as flute, ocarina, kaval, clarinet, guitar, bouzouki, violin and tzoura. They enjoy playing exciting music from the Balkans, other Eastern European countries and the Jewish "Klezmer" repertoire, which evolved in North America in the early 20th Century. For details email:


Music Weekend - Netherlands

Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen

The Amsterdam Accordion Club Forzando will hold a Muziekstudieweekend (music study weekend) from October 11th to 13th in Groepsverblijf De Wildwal, Lunteren. Participants will take their accordions and participate in an entertaining weekend of accordion music. An orchestra will be formed on the Friday evening for accordionists of all playing levels. Following a practise session there will be "party time". For further details email:

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Ichihara Accordion Circle Concert - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

The Ichihara Accordion Circle will hold a concert at the U Hall in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture on October12th. Admission to this event is free. For details phone: +81 436-74 8751

On the same day accordionist Hajime Yoshikawa will perform at the Yao Prism Hall in Osaka Prefecture. For details on this concert phone: +81 723-36-4892



Beppe Turletti Plays at Mori Festival - Italy

Beppe TurlettiBeppe Turletti will play in Mori (province of Rovereto) during a festival organised by the local tourism organization on October 4th. The artist will take his accordion for a walk in the small squares of the town between 8.30 and 10.30 pm.


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French National Accordion Festival - France

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The French National Accordion Festival will begin on October 13th in the Salle Michel Berger in Savigne L'Eveque. Performers include Hervé Renimel & his orchestra, Gwenola Maheux, Isabelle Janvier, Bernard Dubos and Aurélie Tribondeau. Pascal Savard will be the event compeer. For details phone: +33 2 43 02 06 74



Melodeon Guest at "Folk At The Royal Oak" - England

Jim Bainbridge (melodeon and vocals) will entertain at the "Folk At The Royal Oak" in Lewes on October 10th. Jim lives in the Canary Islands and this concert is part of a short British tour. For details phone/fax: +44 1273 478124

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Accordion "Journey from Italy to France" - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Giancarlo Caporilli will play during the "Premio Musica Roma" festival at the Sala degli Angeli in Palazzo Barberini, Rome on October 25th. On this occasion he will present a musical journey from Italy to France through the accordion. For further details email:


CD Reviews

Contributed by Accordions Worldwide CD reviewer Tania Lukic-Marx

My policy is to review recordings where the accordion is the main solo instrument or where the accordion is the predominant instrument. Just recently I was going through the large number of CD's, which have been sent to me for review. You wouldn't believe what people send. CD's with NO accordion on it whatsoever, or with the accordion somewhere remotely in the background, barely existing. For example, I just came across a violin recording where the accordion is used for 2 tracks only as accompaniment.

So please send CD's that fulfill my requirements of the accordion being the main solo instrument or where the accordion is the predominant instrument.

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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:


New Sites/Updated Sites Updated information on future concerts by French accordionist Pascal Contet Updated information on the Florida Accordion Association and their second annual "Accordion Smash" Updated information and results of the 52nd Trophée Mondial International Competition held in Belluno, Italy from September 25th to 29th.

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Darra Suresky would like information on an accordion made in Italy, stamped "73", with the name "Marcia" and "Andante" on the front panel, possible made in the 1950's. Email:

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