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Editors Note

It is always sad when accordion friends and family pass away. Accordions Worldwide has created an easy and personal way for you to remember and honor accordionists located throughout the world who have touched us with their music. A permanent memorial can be kept in our Memorials section.

This section has a list of Obituaries which then link to the memorial, which is a much more extensive tribute for your loved one.

Wayne Knights Webmaster


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Lips World Premier - Sweden

Sofia Gubaidulina & Friedrich LipsContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Friedrich Lips will perform the world premier of a special new work by Sofia Gubaidulina in Stockholm, Sweden on October 10th. The work entitled "Under the sign of the Scorpion" is a concerto for bayan and symphony orchestra, dedicated to Friedrich Lips who is born under this sign of the zodiac (November 18th).

A second performance of this work is scheduled in Rotterdam, Netherlands on November 6th. For further details email:



Jérôme Richard to make his USA Debut at 2004 ATG Festival - USA

Jerome RichardContributed by Kevin Friedrich

The Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International, (ATG) is proud to present, for the very first time in the USA, six-time World Champion Jérôme Richard (France). Jérôme will be making his USA debut as international guest artist at the 2004 ATG International Competition and Festival, which will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from July 21st to 25th, 2004.

Art Van DammeJérôme is undoubtedly one of the most talented virtuoso entertainers of the new Millennium and has performed at major festivals and events all over Europe. In addition to Jérôme, the ATG is extremely pleased to be able to present for the first time as an ATG Guest, jazz legend Art Van Damme. Art, a legendary American jazz musician has given the accordion a whole new unique sound that is internationally recognized. He has combined the accordion with guitar and vibes, and a rhythm section of bass and drums, thus creating a unique sound, and with the harmonic melodies and jazz rhythms they produce, truly separated them from any other musical group.

ATG Convention Committee Chairperson Faithe Deffner has announced that she has negotiated a great room rate for attendees wishing to stay at the Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel. For more information, please visit ATG.



Klangspuren Festival 2003 - Austria

The Klangspuren Festival 2003 will be held in Schwaz, Tirol from September 4th to 20th. This year the festival will feature music from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia, which are home to an exhilarating and innovative New Music scene that has developed over the years.

During the event accordionist Frode Haltli will premiere a new piece by composer Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje entitled "Passing Images". This performance will take place on September 6th.
Frode will also perform this piece at a number of concerts in Norway during October and November. For Klangspuren Festival details email:


Burton Accordion Orchestra Charity Concert - England

Contributed by Mike O'Regan

The Burton Accordion Orchestra will perform at a Charity Concert in aid of the Derbyshire Children's Home in Skegness on September 27th. The concert, which will take place at the Cobden Club, Long Eaton, Derbyshire will include a program of popular music. For details email:


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Accordion Concerts in Madrid - Spain

Accordionist Gorka Hermosa Sánchez will perform in Madrid on September 6th with the Rao Trío. This will be followed by a performance in Salamanca on September 11th. On September 12th Sánchez will entertain with the saxophone quartet "Clásica-Música de Cámara" at the Rápita in Tarragona. For further details email:

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Pascal ContetRoyaumont Concerts - France

Accordionist Pascal Contet will perform two afternoon concerts in Royaumont (Abbay - near Paris) on September 20th. His program will include "Madria" for bass clarinet, double bass and accordion by German composer Johannes Schollhorn. Entry is free. For details email:


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Dr. Schimmel Moderates "Bad Renaissance People" in New York City - USA

Benjamin IckiesContributed by Kevin Friedrich

Composer/author/philosopher/accordionist Dr. William Schimmel moderated the ninth annual three day series of seminars, workshops, lectures, discussions and performances in New York City. This year the series was entitled "Bad Renaissance People" and drew a capacity audience to both afternoon and evening sessions. This esteemed annual Master Class and Concert Series is sponsored by the American Accordionists' Association.

The Saturday evening concert featured an eclectic array of accordion items ranging from the performance of Otto Luening's 'Rondo' to selections from the show 'Failure' featuring accordionist Benjamin Ickies to the Main Squeeze Orchestra directed by Walter Kuhr.

Other performances included popular New York accordionist Will Holshouser (also a student of Dr. William Schimmel) who performed an original Jazz Renaissance Suite written specifically for the concert, accordionist Paul Stein presented a series of 'Songs of Loss' (Twin Towers Fell-Stein, Not in our Name (lamenting the war in Iraq) and Love Lost-Stein, while accordionist and entertainer Ray Rue presented 'Bones' - An Osteopathic Fantasy.

Moderator of the series Dr. William Schimmel was joined by Micki and Kathleen Goodman for two numbers, 'The Dolls' and 'Holbein in New York' (a seantic drama) as well as a number with Kamala Sankram entitled 'How to play Goth Accordion in one Terrifying Lesson'. The evening came to a close with the 10 member, all female 'Main Squeeze Accordion Orchestra'. Opening with a chant based piece composed and directed by Dr. Schimmel entitled 'Virtue', the orchestra played standing during the entire work. The orchestra was then joined by conductor Walter Kuhr for the remaining works. Next year will celebrate the 10th annual series sponsored by the American Accordionists Association.



Klezmer and Eastern European Folklore Workshop - Italy

Contributed by Ursula Mehling

A Klezmer and Eastern European Folklore accordion workshop will be held in Toskana on September 13th. The workshop will be tutored by well known Klezmer professional Alan Bern. In addition another Klezmer workshop will be held for mixed instruments. For details email:


Cape Town EnsembleWine Farm Concert - South Africa

On September 19th the Cape Town Tango Ensemble will perform in the Bertram Cellar at the Groot Constantia Wine Farm in Cape Town. The ensemble includes Stanislav Angelov (accordion), Jacek Domagala (violin), Albert Combrink (piano) and Basil Heald (double bass). For details email:



"Stephan Langenberg Group" Concerts - Germany

The "Stephan Langenberg Group" will perform a number of concerts in Germany from September 9th to 15th. Their first concert will be held at the "Five-O-One" in Cologne on September 9th. This will be followed by performances at the Kulturzentrum Goldne Sonne in Schneeberg (10th), the Kulturforum Hs Dacheröden in Erfurt (11th), Nicolaikirche in Auerbach (12th), PIK in Memmingen (13th), Kath. Pfarrsaal (14th) and back to the "Five-O-One" in Cologne on the 15th.

The group, which features bandoneon and accordion, play a mix of Ethno jazz from Brazil and Argentina. For further concert information see Future Events.


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New Zealand Accordionist Marries

Campbell Bettridge & Han LiuContributed by Wayne Knights

Three time New Zealand accordion champion Campbell Bettridge has married long time girlfriend Han Liu On August 30th, they exchanged vows in a private ceremony held in Auckland, New Zealand for which Campbell wrote the music.

There were many accordionists in attendance, so it seemed natural that a party-like atmosphere followed, with entertainment by Lionel Reekie, Maurice Jones and Brendan Healy. Accordionists living overseas were not able to make it, including CIA President Kevin Friedrich and Accordions Worldwide director Harley Jones.

The happy couple are spending their week long honeymoon in the snow.

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7th Annual Monterey World Music Festival - USA

The 7th Annual Monterey World Music Festival will be held in and around the Monterey Peninsula from September 25th to 28th. The Festival aims to promote cultural understanding and awareness, celebrate humankind's differences, and transcend cultural boundaries through the universal language of music.

This year's performers include "Dervish" (includes accordionist Shane Mitchell) and "Solas" (includes Mick McAuley on button accordion, concertina and piano accordion). For further details email:


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4th Tango Festival - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The 4th Tango Festival will take place in Udine (North East Italy) from October 2nd to 5th, organized by the Cultural Association Artemedia. This renowned festival is dedicated to the culture of Tango and includes music, dance, films, performances, conferences and gastronomic events.

Festival organizers are interested in hearing from musicians who would like to take perform at the event. If interested, you can send you CV, program, demo and availability to Artemedia President, Elisabetta Minen. For further details email:



New Edition of 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 Information on the Stereo Strings, directed by accordionist Louis F. Coppola Updated 2004 Festival information including bios of guest artists
Jérôme Richard and Art Van Damme.


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Accordion Information Required

Tom Levin would like information on a 120 bass, "Bincipe" exportation piano accordion. Other identifying names on this instrument are "Emmanuelle de fazio" and "Castlelfidardo", the model appears to be a "special 322". Email:

A reader is looking for replacement screws for a Lira 120 bass accordion. The screw is silver with a round, approximately 1" long and about 5-40 thread. Email:



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