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International Palanga Accordion Seminar - Lithuania

Pavel FenyukContributed by Raimondas Sviackevicius

The 9th International Summer Accordionists Palanga Seminar was held at the S. Vainiunas Music School from August 1st to 10th. As usual many accordion friends came to meet each other to learn new methods and combine accordion art with relaxation at the beautiful beach of the most popular health resort in Lithuania.

Andrius BalachoviciusAna IvasenkoThe event included ten days of intensive music. Each morning accordion teachers, enthusiasts and students had lessons, forming the United Republican Accordion Orchestra conducted by seminar chiefs Professor Ricardas Sviackevicius and Professor Eduardas Gabnys as well as guest Professor from Germany, Elisabeth Glauber. Elisabeth worked with her own modern compositions and other German works. The Orchestra prepared 9 compositions (3 with each conductor), which were performed at the final Gala Concert. One of the compositions was composed by Modestas Jukna, an accordion student from the Lithuanian Academy of Music. The work for solo accordion and orchestra was well received with the audience giving it three encores.

String QuartetTutors included Professor Pavel Fenyuk (Ukraine), Professor Viktor Dukaltetenko (Russia), Vladimir Ushakov (Russia) as well as teachers from the Lithuanian Academy of Music including Professor Eduardas Gabnys, Assistant Professor Zita Abromaviciute, Professor Ricardas Sviackevicius, Lecturer Gintautas Smolskas and Raimondas Sviackevicius who held "open lessons" and "Master classes".

Each day two concerts were held, one for younger musicians and pupils of music schools, and an evening concert for concert performers and groups. In total 15 concerts and 2 methodical reports were held.

Eduardas Gabnys, Vladimir Ushakov, Pavel Fenyuk, Victor Dukaltetenko, Zita Abromaviciute, Ricardas Sviackevicius, Gintautas SmolskasPerformers included Pavel Fenyuk (Ukraine), Viktor Dukaltetenko (Russia), Piotr Biazik (accordion) with string quartet (Poland), Jurij Peshkov (Latvia), Quintet "Concertino", Musette Ensemble (Russia), Accordion quintet "Modus", Accordion Quintet of Siauliai City and students of LMA teachers: Tomas Vaise, Neringa Kacinskaite, Vilma Miliute, Andrius Balachovicius, Gintare Strazdaite, Modestas Jukna, Povilas Velikis, Marius Laurynaitis, Martynas Norvilas, Sailius Subacius, and students and pupils of Kaunas and Siauliai Conservatories.

The final Gala Concert, attended by citizens and tourists included successful performances by all members of the seminar and united orchestra.

The 10th seminar will be held from August 1st to 8th, 2004.



AFNA Annual Festival - USA

The Accordion Federation of North America (AFNA) will celebrate their annual festival from August 22nd to 24th at the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The event will feature a free Saturday evening concert open to accordion and piano enthusiasts in the Grand Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel.

The AFNA has hosted many events in addition to its annual Competition and Festival, such as the Spring Concerts and the International Grand Prix. For further details email:



Day of Romantic Music - Netherlands

Accordéon Mélancolique which includes accordionists Jean-Pierre Guiran and Cherie de Boer entertained at the "Day of Romantic Music" festival at Het Park (near Euromast -the Euro tower and the River "de Maas") in Rotterdam on August 10th. Their program included pieces from their CD's such as "Helena" and "Parade des Poules".


Paris Concert - France

On August 24th Pascal Contet will perform a free concert at Parc De La Villette in Paris. His program will include compositions for electronic accordion by Inge Morgenroth (Germany), François Couperin and some of his compositions plus improvisation.

On August 27th Contet will perform an improvisation concert in duo with Joelle Léandre at the Mulhouse Jazz Festival in Mulhouse. For further details on these concerts email:


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Mirco Patarini Tours the USA

Mirco PatariniContributed by Renzo Ruggieri

Italian accordionist Mirco Patarini traveled to the USA recently to take part in two prestigious events. From June 22nd to 25th he performed at the International Accordion Festival in Las Vegas, then at the ATG Festival in Chicago. In both events Mirco's personal repertoire was very well received by the public, who voted him among the best artists at the festivals.

Mirco began studying the accordion at a very young age and has won several national and international competitions, including the prestigious "World Trophy" at Caux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) in 1985, when he was only 18. The artist is also active outside of the world of performance, and is manager or partner of several important accordion makers (Scandalli, SEM, Paolo Soprani).

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Labatt Blues Festival 2003 - Canada

Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones will entertain at the Labatt Blues Festival 2003 in Edmonton, Alberta on August 24th. The festival will run from August 22nd to 24th at Hawrelak Park and the Heritage Amphitheatre. The Squeezetones features accordionist Ponty Bone and their new guitarist Gabe Rhodes.

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"La Bottine Souriante" Rock - Scotland

"La Bottine Souriante" performed at a packed hall in Edinburgh on August 8th, where the excited audience rocked to the fantastic rhythms of this Quebec (Canada) nine piece group. The band includes Michel Bordeleau (foot-tapping, drum, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, vocals), André Brunet (fiddle, guitar), Régent Archambault (acoustic and electric bass),Denis Fréchette (piano, piano accordion), Jean Fréchette (saxophone and arrangements), Robert "Bob" Ellis (bass trombone), André Verreault (trombone) and Jocelyn Lapointe (trumpet). The group performs music with a "pulsating rhythm, breathtaking sound, and exuberant spirit".



2003 Val Tidone International Master Classes - Italy

The 2003 Val Tidone I.M.C. Project (International Master Classes) will be held at the Val Tidone Castles from August 25th to 31st. The project is organized by Comune di Pianello Val Tidone, Comune di Agazzano, Comune di Borgonovo Val Tidone, Comune di Calendasco, Comune di Castel San Giovanni, Comune di Gragnano Trebbiense, Comune di Nibbiano, Comune di Rottofreno, Comune di Sarmato, Fondazione di Piacenza e Vigevano and Associazione Culturale Tetracordo.

The Master Classes will cover the interaction between the solo and chamber music repertoire and are divided into two sections: lessons and thematic seminars. A student's concert will take place at the end of any course with all musicians receiving a participation diploma. For details email:


Whitby Folk Week 2003 - UK

The annual Whitby Folk Week will take place in Whitby, North Yorkshire from August 16th to 22nd. Accordionist Karen Tweed will perform solo at the event. In addition she will entertain with Roger Wilson plus students from the Degree Course in Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University. Their program will include "Delia" (Wilson) and "Moonbeam Passage" (by Karen Tweed). Karen will also tutor a "slow tunes session" and 2 workshop for intermediate accordionists.

The main emphasis of the festival is the traditional dance, music and song of the British Isles and Ireland which is presented in over 20 indoor venues as well as on the streets and open spaces around the town. Over 600 different events are scheduled including dance displays, processions, street entertainment, formal and informal concerts, workshops, lectures, audio/video presentations, sessions, barn dances, interviews, storytelling, children's entertainment and special events.

Other accordion performers include Dave Townsend and John Kirkpatrick. For further details email:



Sommerfest Day of Music - USA

The Minnesota Accordion Orchestra with ATG & AAA members Dee Langley & Greg Dagoumas performed at the recent Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest Day of Music sponsored by Marshall Fields on Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis.

This event is internationally recognized as a summer music festival that features a variety of orchestral and chamber music concerts as well a 24-hour music marathon which features classical, folk, pop, rock, jazz, and gospel performances. The Minnesota Accordion Orchestra was a favorite among the 2,000+ audience that enjoyed their vibrant and heartfelt eclectic program featuring everything from Classical to Cajun music. For more information on the Minnesota Accordion Orchestra email Dee Langley:


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9th Acco Land Seminar - Spain

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The 9th Acco Land seminar was held from July 8th to 14th in San Sebastian with students from a variety of Spanish cities attending, such as Huesca, Santander, Madrid, Barcelona, Gipuzkoa, Alava, Bizkaia, Cuenca and Albacete.

Attendees included 22 active students and enthusiasts from the accordion class directed by Stefan Hussong and students from the Alexander Technique directed by Anne Landa. On July 11th they participated in a Master Class with Stefan Hussong on the evolution of the accordion based on his studies of the roots of the instrument followed by another Master Class by Kepa Junkera about music and its development.

On July 14th the Acco Land Seminar closed with a concert held in the Town Hall of San Sebastian.


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Colombian Accordionist Performs in Dominican Republic

On July 16th, Colombian accordionist Lácides Romero performed at The House of the Theater in the Dominican Republic in order to celebrate Colombia's independence holy day. Romero played pieces from four folkloric regions from his country. This concert was organized by the Colombian Embassy in the Dominican Republic. Over 400 people attended the event.


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Renzo Ruggieri & Giancarlo CaporilliRenzo Ruggieri Performs in Holland

Renzo Ruggieri held a series of concerts recently in Apeldoorn (Holland) alongside fellow artists such as Giancarlo Caporilli, Anton & Rolus, Johan Kleine and Tony Roèl. The performances, organized by Gert Nijkamp (one of the most important accordion importers in Holland) and sponsored by Suoni (representing SEM, Scandalli and Paolo Soprani accordions), were very well received by the public.



Texas Folklife Resources Fundraiser - USA

Texas Folklife Resources will hold a fundraising concert evening at La Zona Rosa in Austin, Texas on August 26th. Entertainers include Mingo Saldivar, The Gulf Coast Playboys and Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters.

Texas Folklife Resources is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, interpreting and presenting the many cultures of Texas. Their funding has been cut significantly, so this concert is to raise funds to help keep the organization running. For details phone: +1 512-441 9255


Concert Series in Belarus

Accordionist Dmitry Mironenko will hold six concerts in Belarus during August. Beginning on August 20th he will play in Dobryn and Mlynok (Kalinkovichi district) followed by concerts in Vetka District and Oktiabrsky District. For concert details email:


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Malcolm GeeSt Audries Bay Summer Accordion Festival - England

Contributed by Ron Bennett

John Leslie & Margaret MitchellThe St Audries Bay Summer Accordion Festival, held from July 19th to 26th, was again well attended with over 250 accordionists and friends making their annual pilgrimage to St Audries Bay amidst the beautiful Quantock Hills of Somerset in England. The annual event is where musicians (no matter what standard) will get many opportunities to play their instruments as a solo artist, duetist, in a group or orchestra or at one of the many busking sessions often lasting into the early hours of the morning. This is a very popular Accordion Festival that has evolved over the years to become a relaxed fun filled musical week where "we entertain ourselves".

The late Malcolm Gee set up this festival many years ago. We are already looking forward to next years event!


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"Bad Renaissance People" Master Class and Concert Series - USA

Three consecutive days of seminars, workshops, lectures, discussions and performances entitled "Bad Renaissance People" will be held at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York from August 29th to 31st.

"Bad Renaissance People" are people who are bad for good reason, people who are possessed by more than one vision, charmingly unfocused people who like to "see in the dark," people whose journeys are dictated by the whims of the accordion, constantly re-inventing the wheel and themselves, to be there for the show, yet to be seen at the same time, serious people, party people, healthy minds, sick souls, burned out bodies yet still moving on, moving on in every unpromising direction, loving every excruciating moment.

Composer/author/philosopher/accordionist Dr. William Schimmel will curate and moderate the ninth smash year of this esteemed Master Class and Concert Series sponsored by the American Accordionists' Association.

For workshop and concert details see the AAA site.


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Updated Sites Updated information on the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International, (ATG) including new slate of officers for the 2003-2005 season and information on the ATG representatives to the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships.



Antique Accordion Information

Wendy would like information on the small button accordion (pictured). The instrument is marked in all corners with a picture of M. Hohner and underneath it says "Hohner Accordeon Best Made". Email:



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