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Successful Music Seminar in Barisciano - Italy

From July 29th to August 2nd in Barisciano (AQ), a large number of participants sealed the success of this year's "Modern Music Workshops", organized by the "Amadeus" Academy and the "Associazione Contemporanea" and directed by Luigi Candelori and Toni Fidanza.

Accordion jazz tutor Renzo Ruggieri was joined by Ellade Bandini (drums), Gianluca Caporale (saxophone), Luigi Candelori (guitar), Toni Fidanza (piano) and Marco Di Natale (bass).

A number of accordion students performed at the final concert much to the delight of the audience.




Scots Traditional Music Awards - Scotland

The first Scots Traditional Music Awards were held recently at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh to a packed audience. Special guests included Frank McAveety, the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. The event included a variety of entertainment including Simon Thoumire (concertina) and Hands Up Fort Trad.

Many awards were presented including:
Best Scottish Dance Band (sponsored by the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs): Alasdair MacCuish and the Black Rose Ceilidh Band
Best Club (sponsored by Foot Stompin' Celtic Music): Shetland Accordion Club



Colon Theater Concert - Argentina

Accordionist Amadeo Eduardo Menduiña will perform in the Golden Hall of the Colon Theater on October 8th. Amadeo will perform pieces from the album "Los Valses Criollos" by Eduardo Tejeda, and will be accompanied by Beatriz Pedrini and Nestor Schiavone (piano), Alberto Devoto (flute), Melo Villagra (guitar), Miguel Angel de Caro (saxophone) and Arauco Yepes (percussion). The event is sponsored by the Academia Argentina de Música y Danza (Argentinean Academy of Music and Dance).



New Recording Contract for Accordionist - USA

American concert accordionist Henry Doktorski has signed a contract with Bridge Records, Inc., of New Rochelle, New York, to authorize them to release a double compact disc of his recently completed recordings of the complete works of the great vaudeville accordionist, composer, recording artist and educator, Guido Deiro (1886-1950). The anthology, consisting of over 145 minutes of music, is scheduled to be released in November 2003, and will include extensive liner notes with a detailed biography of the composer and many photographs.

Bridge Records, Inc., is a well-known internationally-distributed label specializing in classical and early twentieth-century American popular music.

Doktorski said, "It has been almost 2½ years to the day when I first met Guido Deiro's son, Count Guido Roberto Deiro, at the March 2001 accordion recital at CUNY Graduate Center and he commissioned me to record the complete works of his father".

The CD's will include a variety of tracks such as "Temperamental Rag", "Royal Flying Corps March" and "Light & Shadow Waltz".


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Marble Palace Concert - Russia

On September 16th, accordionist Sergej Tchirkov performed with "Raduga-Ensemble" (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the only Dutch chamber orchestra that consists of women musicians. The concert was a part of the "Femina Music Festival" (Women in Music) and included music by Dutch and Petersburg women composers.

Tchirkov was invited to join the orchestra for a performance of the concerto "Formula of Spring" (2001), composed by Sofya Levkovskaya for accordion, bells, trumpet and string orchestra. The concert took place in the Marble Palace, St. Petersburg and was conducted by (Jeroen Vejerink (Netherlands).


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Romanko Tours Germany

Contributed by Jutta Menn

Accordionist Viktor Romanko will tour Germany from October 3rd to 26th beginning with a concert in the Erndtebrück Church. This will be followed by a variety of church concerts in Munich, Ahlen, Cologne, Trossingen, Hamburg and Berlin. For concert details email:


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The Stationary Billberries Concert - Isle of Man

The Stationary Billberries will perform on the Isle of Man on October 17th. The band, which includes Alan Hess (accordion), plus guitar, mandolin, vocals and piano play a variety of folk, Rock 'n Roll, country, blues, Cajun, jigs and reels. For details email:



Accordion Tango Music Workshop - Netherlands

Accordéon Mélancolique which includes accordionists Jean-Pierre Guiran and Cherie de Boer will take part in a Tango Music Workshop in Concordia on October 5th as part of the Tango Festival "Fiebre del Tango". After the workshop, Accordeon Melancolique will give a concert, which will include a final performance of all workshop participants playing with the duo. For further information phone: +31 53-4772542


Stas Venglevski with Doc Severinsen - USA

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Although originally from the Republic of Moldova (now living in Wisconsin), the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Doc Severinsen was eager to claim Stas Venglevski as one of their residents, as he was selected as a participant in the orchestra's recent series of concerts which paid tribute to 'Wisconsin' Talent.

Effervescent Principal Pops Conductor, Doc Severinsen, lit up the stage with the Pops season opener as he shared the stage with local stars that celebrate Wisconsin's rich heritage.

Stas, a most talented accordionist and entertaining personality, who has performed with Doc and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in the past, was again a favorite of the many thousands who attended the concerts.



Lips Fund Founded

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Recently, Friedrich Lips has founded a fund with the following aims:

  • Support of the Moscow festival "Bayan and Bayanists" founded by Lips in 1989
  • Support of young bayanists with scores and instruments
  • Publication of contemporary works for bayan/accordion

Sponsors of the Lips fund are welcome any time. For further details email:


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National Accordion Competition "Note d'oro" - Italy

The 2nd National Accordion Competition "Note d'oro" (Golden notes) was held in Soro on September 21st. The jury included Vladimir Zubitsky (President), A. Capuano, R. Tepore, P. Rozzi and G. Pica.


Classical Music Category: Emanuela Lombardozzi and Pasqualino Bao
Variety Category: Natalino Narchetti


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Accordionist Performs in Opera - Norway

Accordionist Frode Haltli will perform in the opera "No Title Performance and Sparkling Water" by Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje and Siw Merete Mikalsen. The performance is part of the Ultima Festival in Henie-Onstad, Oslo from October 2nd to 5th.

On October 9th Haltli will perform a Concerto for accordion and orchestra (by Joyce Bee Tuan Koh) with the Stavanger Symfoniorkester, conducted by Susanna Melki.

For further details on these events email:


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Accordionist in Television Show - France

French accordionist Frederic Deschamps took part in the recording of a popular television show with a group of vocalists, which was a tribute to Edith Piaf. The show will be aired on French prime time television on October 11th with Johnny Haliday, Charles Aznavour and Laetitia Casta (top model and actress). For further details email:



2003 Kolo Festival - USA

The 2003 Kolo Festival will be held at the San Francisco Russian Center from November 27th to 29th. The event will include a variety of folkdance classes, folkdance parties with continuous live music, Culture Corners, and entertainment.

Performers include "Anoush" (South Balkan & Greek music), "Top Dog Run" (accordionist Lisa Ekstrom), and "Edessa" (accordionist Lise Liepman). For further details email Asha Goldberg at:



1st Prague Harmonica and Accordion Days 2003 - Czech Republic

Contributed by Pavel Svarc

The 1st Prague Harmonica and Accordion Days 2003 began on October 2nd in Prague and will run until October 5th. The event will include entertainment by a variety of international and national amateur ensembles, orchestras and soloists. For details email:


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New Article Online

A new article entitled "The Story of a Work (It seems like yesterday, Part 3)" by Friedrich Lips is now online in English and German.


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Lina's Return - Argentina

Vocalist Lina Avellaneda will perform at "La Revuelta" in Buenos Aires, Argentina every Thursday during September, October and November. Lina will be accompanied by Horacio Romo (bandoneon), Nicolás Ledesma (piano and musical director), and Enrique Guerra (bass) playing the best and most select tangos. Lina has had outstanding performances in 2003, starting in Argentina's Atlantic coast, then Chile, Spain and planning to complete the year in Argentina and the USA with two literary editions of her works.

The group have performed in a variety of popular shows in the past and this particular show is recommended. 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:


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Photographic Material Concerning the Accordion Required

Beppe Turletti is writing the history of Italian emigration throughout the world using photos and images of accordionists. Beppe would appreciate receiving copy of this kind of material in .jpg format from around the world. Email:


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