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Editors Note

Accordions Worldwide Director Harley Jones is currently in Europe to attend the Città di Castelfidardo International Competition in Italy from October 8th to 12th and the Coupe Mondiale in Štúrovo, Slovakia and Esztergom, Hungary from October 20th to 25th. Harley welcomes this opportunity to meet many old friends and make new acquaintances at these festivals, as well as hearing a lot of wonderful music.

Wayne Knights Webmaster


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Music China 2003

Contributed by Beniamino Bugiolacchi

The Music China 2003 event will be held from October 15th to 18th at the Shanghaimart in Shanghai organized by the Frankfurt MusikMesse.

Eight well known Italian accordion manufacturers (including Ballone Burini, Bugari Armando, Cagnoni, Cemex, Menghini, MPM Music, Musictech and Pigini) will be present. The event is sponsored by the Marche Region and Ancona Promuove, with the sponsorship of the Ministry for Productive Activities and the ICE. It will be a rare occasion for the Chinese musical instrument market to have a direct contact with these famous Italian companies, who will introduce their most recent innovations.

On October 16th a special concert will be held at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in the Peoples Square, Shanghai. Performers include the International Orchestra of Italy (conducted by Antonio Cipriani), who will play a program of works by Rossini, Piazzolla and Mendelssohn. Guest soloist will be accordionist the Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi. Hosts for the evening will be Mirco Patarini and Jean Marc Fabiano. For information email:



Concert in Honour of Aulis Sallinen - Finland

Mika Väyrynen will perform at a concert entitled "Portrait of Aulis Sallinen" at the STOA Cultural Center in Helsinki on October 11th. Sallinen is one of the most famous Finnish composers and has written several operas, chamber music and music for different instruments. Mika will perform his work entitled "Chamber Music V- Barabbas Variations" with the Jean Sibelius Quartet (Yoshiko Arai & Jukka Pohjola - violin, Matti Hirvikangas - viola, Prof. Seppo Kimanen - cello) and double bass player Jiri Parviainen. The composer himself will talk about his music during the concert.

This concert is part of a series entitled "Kuhmo Chamber Music concerts", held in a variety of locations during the autumn and winter seasons. For further information email:


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"Piazzolla Studio" Celebrates 10th anniversary - Russia

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

The "Piazzolla Studio" Quintet founded by Friedrich Lips celebrated its 10th anniversary with a brilliant concert in Moscow's Rachmaninov-Hall recently. The quintet consists of Wladislaw Igolinskij (violin), Kirill Rodin (cello), Friedrich Lips (bayan), Sviatoslav Lips (piano) and Mark Pekarsky (percussion).

The quintet has been invited to perform concerts in many countries. Their most successful concert in Japan was recorded on the CD "Tango Piazzollata" and is also available on the internet. There are plans to release another Piazzolla CD in the future.


Accordion in "Matchstick Men" and "Under the Tuscan Sun" - USA

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Los Angeles based Frank Marocco has been busy recently working on four major films which have been recently released.

His accordion work can be heard in Hans Zimmer's score to the feature film "Matchstick Men" starring Nicolas Cage. Zimmer featured the accordion throughout the score.

In another major feature film just released called "Under the Tuscan Sun" starring Diane Lane, the accordion is also an integral part of the sound track which features music by Christopher Beck. On both films, Frank is given end title credits, an honor which is rarely given to musicians.

Frank also played on the soundtracks of recent releases including "Seabiscuit" (Randy Newman) and the hit film "Finding Nemo" (Thomas Newman).


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3rd "Day of the Accordion" - A Memorable Event - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On September 28th and 29th the 3rd "Day of the Accordion" was held in Bari, organized by Francesco Palazzo, accordion professor at the "N. Piccinni" Conservatory. This year was a special one due to the participation of well known accordionist, Stefan Hussong.

After the usual non-stop performance given by Professor Palazzo's students at "Casa Piccinni" (the former house of Niccolò Piccinni), Hussong gave an extraordinary performance in an 11th century church, "La Vallisa". His program included a variety of music belonging to very different ages such as Japanese traditional music, modern compositions by Bone and Keyko Harada, plus chorales by Bach and works by Adriana Hoelszky, Frescobaldi, Gubaidulina and Soler. The encore was the famous "Fantango" by Finnish composer Tiensuu. The audience gave a standing ovation. The next day Hussong spent some time with the most promising of Palazzo's students and gave them some precious advice - it was a memorable moment full of kindness and humanity.


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Successful Concert Series - Spain

Contributed by Manel López

The Associació Catalana d'Acordionistes (ACDA) organized a free concert tour through Catalonia in September featuring accordionist Philippe De Ezcurra from the French Basque country. Philippe performed at the Centre Cívic Casa Groga in Barcelona on September 26th, at the Museu del Vi de Vilafranca del Penedès on the 27th, and at the Pallars Sobirà on the 28th.

His program included transcriptions by Bach and Albèniz plus original accordion music by Astier, Holminov and Zolotarev. The concerts were well received by the public.


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Hohner Musical Shows - France

Matt Hohner AG organized a series of musical shows in various areas of France during September with the aim of educating the public in the versatility of the accordion and the wide range of Hohner accordions available including several new models - the "Bravo" piano accordion, the Diato Galaad and the "Michel Pruvot" button accordion.

Jerome RichardA successful concert included performances by accordionist Jérôme Richard, Greg Slapinsky (harmonica), Pierre Durand and Jeff Rossi (guitar). The group presented pieces from their new album. They also featured the new 5 CD set "Le Grand Bal" which has over 100 tracks recorded by the team of Hohner artists and directed by Frédéric Deschamps. For further information on this CD set see Marianne Mélodie.



The Klaus Paier TrioKlaus Paier Trio Tours Austria

The Klaus Paier Trio will tour Austria from October 10th to 27th, presenting their new CD "Live". The group includes Klaus Paier (accordion & bandoneon), Stefan Gfrerer (bass) and Roman Werni (drums). Concerts will be held in Wolkersdorf, Feldkirchen, Salzburg, Graz, Hartberg, Molln, Lambach, Klagenfurt and Karlsruhe (Germany). For further details email:


CapriceParnell Festival of Roses - New Zealand

Popular group "Caprice" will entertain at the Parnell Festival of Roses in the Parnell Rose Gardens, Auckland on November 15th. The festival is an annual event organized by Auckland City and celebrates the rose amidst the historic charm of Parnell. Thousands of people attend to view the competition exhibits and floral rose displays. Craft stalls, seminars, workshops, and a variety of musicians are also a feature of the rose gardens making them a great place to picnic with the family.

Caprice will play a varied program such as "Winter" from the Four Seasons (Vivaldi), Brazilia Medley, Canon (Pachabel) and Entry to the Queen of Sheeba (Handel). For further details email:



Live Television Appearance - USA

Contributed by Paul Alexander

The Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble (which includes accordionist Sonia Tubridy) will appear live on Pentaluma Public Access TV on October 10th during The Tillman Bussey Show. The show will include interviews with the group about klezmer music and a number of live selections.

On November 2nd, the ensemble will perform at Copperfield's in Petaluma. They will be joined by guest vocalist, Werner Berg who will sing in Yiddish.

On November 16th they will play at an interesting new location in Petaluma - Wayne Morgenthaller's Jungle Vibes, a popular toy and hobby shop for people of all ages. This event will be a gala affair with dancing. Guest vocalist Alby Kass will join the ensemble. For further details email:


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Accordionist Nominated Accordion Professor at Superior Conservatory of Music - Spain

Angel Luis CastanoContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Angel Luis Castaño has been nominated Accordion Professor at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Zaragoza. This conservatory teaches students at advanced levels. Up until now, Castaño has been teaching at the Professional Conservatory of Music in Segovia.

On October 19th Castaño will perform "Noche de Tango" (Piazzolla) with the Assai String Quartet from Madrid in Segovia. This will be followed by a master class and concert in Plouay, France from October 23rd to 26th.

Castaño will then travel back to Spain to perform new music by Vallejo, Mayo, Perón, Del Puerto and Camarero with Ananda Sukarlan (piano) on October 31st in Segovia. For further concert information email:


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"Blowzabella" Celebrates 25th Anniversary - England

2003 is the 25th anniversary of "Blowzabella". To celebrate, they are reforming their classic line-up of Andy Cutting (melodeon), Nigel Eaton (hurdy-gurdy), Jo Freya (saxophone & clarinet), Paul James (bagpipes, saxophone & schawm), Ian Luff (cittern & bass), David Shepherd (violin & viola) and Jon Swayne (bagpipes, saxophone & whistles). At some of their shows there will also be guest appearances by various members from the early years of the band.

The group will play at De Montfort Hall in Leicester on November 21st, in Bath on November 29th and in Norwich on December 6th. For ticket information phone: +44 1603 443942


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Turin Museum of Modern Art Concert - Italy

On October 11th, accordionist Beppe Turletti will perform at the Turin Museum of Modern Art accompanied by Alberto Agliotti (violin).

The concert is entitled "A me piace lo swing" and includes works by Gorni Kramer, Natalino Otto, Lelio Luttazzi, and other musette pieces performed in the swing style. For further details email:



Fun With Music - France

Last week in the small village of Cordelle (near Roanne) well known French accordion repairer Philippe Imbert organized an accordion get-together in a new hall built at his home. Attendees included Marcel Azzola, Marcel Loefler, Philippe & Nathalie Bourlois, Olivier Urbano, Jaques Mornet, Christine & Sacha Rossi-Shmykov, Domi Emorine, Roman Jbanov, Delphine Bouscot, Claude Sauvage, Aude Guiliano, Angel Luis Castaño, Patric Lacasale, Bruno Maurice and other friends & musicians. A lot of fun and music was presented during this event. Duo "Paris-Moscow" and other accordionists entertained in the new hall.

Duo Paris-MoscowThe event, which lasted three days, included displays of accordion brands such as Pigini, Bugari, Piermaria, Maugein, Ballone Burini, Mengascini and Jupiter as Philippe Imbert is also the official representative of Jupiter" in France.

In addition a conference about the life of Mogens Ellegard (a Danish accordionist, who was one of the pioneers of the choice of original programs for the accordion) was presented. Hans Hassler (Switzerland) showed two antique accordions of Mogens (the first Pigini Mythos & Jupiter), and also showed his master class by video. For further information email:


Cultural Expressions World Music Evening Series - USA

Contributed by Sandie Merrill

MS Music Agency has announced an innovative world music series to be presented in the historic district of Portland. The event will feature the moods, colors, and emotions of East European and Balkan music at the Cultural Expressions Arts Center. Performers include bayanist Leonid Nosov and the Slavov Bulgarian Duo which includes Milen Slavov (piano accordion) and Zhivka Papancheva (vocals).

The series begins on October 17th with a "Cultural Expressions Opening". The next show will be held on November 14th entitled "Happiness - East European & Balkan music expressing joy".

On January 23, 2004 the concert will be entitled "Lyric - East European & Balkan music expressing sentimentality, longing, and sadness", followed on February 24th by "Contemporary Energy - East European & Balkan music expressing excitement and discovery through world music fusion". The finale in the series will take place on March 19th. For more information email:


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Stolen Accordion - Argentina

On September 22nd, accordionist Alcides Maretto had his accordion stolen from his home in San Francisco, Córdoba Province. This accordion is a 120 bass Armando Bugari. A reward is offered for any information which leads directly to the recovery of the instrument. If you have any information please phone: +54 3564-422911


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Trio FratresTrio Fratres New CD - Finland

The Trio Fratres have just released their new recording entitled "Pictures at an Exhibition" (Mussorgsky), which is the world premiere of this recording arranged for accordion trio.

The trio celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a tour of Finland this month. The tour will end with a concert in Kokkola on October 22nd. The trio has played in 13 countries around the world and commissioned many works from Finnish composers. For tour details email:



New CD by HISS - Germany

Contributed by Jenny Findeis

Popular group "HISS" which features accordionist Stefan Hiss will present their latest CD "Polka für die Welt" (Polka for the world) at the Theaterhaus in Stuttgart on November 20th. The event will feature musical guests.

This is the 4th CD by HISS and contains 15 songs from different countries (Finland, Romania, Mexico, USA, Uruguay) as well as 4 songs in German. For further CD information email:


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New Celebrity Interview Online

A new Celebrity Interview with Inaki Alberdi (Spain) is now online in English.


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