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30 January 2004 This weeks news | Past News | Send news

Editors Note

The TV broadcast of the Coupe Mondiale Gala concert (see news item below) is one of many professional TV productions happening each year that feature accordion excellently.

Sometimes the accordion is featured as a solo instrument. In recent years, the accordion is being featured much more in groups and bands - another sign of the continuing maturity of our beloved accordion and the fact it is becoming more closely integrated with other musical instruments and the mainstream world of music. The importance of chamber music and groups/bands containing an accordionist is growing steadily.

Harley Jones
Acccordions Worldwide Director
Texas Accordion Association

This Weeks News

TV Broadcast of 56th Coupe Mondiale Gala Concert - Hungary

The MTV2 Hungarian Public television broadcast the spectacular 56th Coupe Mondiale Gala Concert in the Budapest Concert hall of Pesti Vigadó on 24th January.

This Gala Concert organized by the President of the Hungarian Accordion Association Panna Grigoncza, was recorded by both National Hungarian TV and National Hungarian Radio.

Performers included: Tabanyi Mihaly, Budapest Klezmer Band, Alexander Poeluev - 2002 Coupe Mondiale winner, Alexey Peresidly - 2003 Coupe Mondiale Runner up and the 2003 CIA Coupe Mondiale Champion Nikolay Sivchuk.


Second “Jamberoo Fork Music School Classes - Australia

The Illawarra Folk Club is pleased to present the second Jamberoo Folk Music School to be held on the 6th to 11th July at Jamberoo Valley Lodge. The club also organizes since 1985 the annual Illawarra Folk Festival at Jamberoo, with many international guests and very large audiences.

This folk music school has five days of instrumental and vocal tuition, sessions, concerts, dances and great times. Classes on offer are piano accordion, fiddle (advanced), fiddle (beginner to intermediate), guitar, and voice. In addition to these classes will be: extra music focus sessions, concerts, dances and a good social time while developing musical skills. Musicians of all levels are welcome. The piano accordion tutor is Polly Garland,

Vivat Bayan - International Festival

26th Far West Button Accordion Jamboree - USA

The 26th Far West Button Accordion Jamboree willl be held on the 28th to 30th May in the Sons Of Italy Hall, Fontana, California. The Jamboree includes at least 3 days of music and dancing with at least two bands playing all the time. This event, organized by the Fontana Slovene Button Accordion Club also includes an accordion contest as part of the event. At the same venue is a Valentine’s Dance organized on February 15th.

For further datails email:

Mordern Accordion Exposition - France

Contributed By: Domi Emorine

On the 25th of January, near Reims was an exposition of modern accordion in many different styles. The event was the creation of Bernad Cavanna, well known composer and director of the Conservatory of Gennevilliers (near Paris).

There were musicians performing on several different stages at once. For example, in the hall, accordionists played to receive the public. In another side of the hall, it was "Tour de France" where the people can pedal on a bicycle and the quicker they pedal, the faster the accordionist plays. Also in the hall, the people can see different video about story of the accordion and a display of old instruments. On the main stage, some different artists, played, danced and sang.

The artists included: Pascal Contet, Franck Angelis, Isabelle Janvier, Paris Moscou Duo (Roman Jbanov and Domi Emorine), Nicolas Massoutie, Amélie Castel, Carmela, Corrinne (pianist), Deborah and Jeanne Sarah Deledicq (singers).

The styles of contemporary music performed were: techno, French musette, Argentine music, Russian folk, jazz. The public found the exposition very interesting and a real discovery of the versatility of the accordion. The sound and lights was also artistic with the big screens. It was a very good creation.

The Texas Accordion Association Show - USA

The Texas Accordion Association (TAA) announces its annual convention to be held in the Dallas area from 11 to 13 March 2004. The numerous workshops will feature folk through jazz with featured guests coming from across the USA and as far a field as New Zealand.

There will be numerous performance opportunities both solo and with the Festival Orchestra. This year, the Festival Orchestra will be conducted by composer and conductor Gary Daverne. Gary Daverne is the Musical Director of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra in New Zealand.

For further details e-mail:

Buyer Beware! Possible Internet Fraud

Here is the report by an accordionist in the USA. “Lately in a matter of a few days I've been bombarded with very very suspicious email offers for a reedless accordion after I had bid on a reedless accordion on eBay. I know that these guys are con artists. Certainly I didn't want to tell you about it from experience after losing money to a con man.

I was filled with "righteous anger" and I called the Police to ask them if we can launch a sting operation to catch these guys right in the act. The officer told me that he just spoke to a person who had lost US$30,000. The person wired the money to Europe for a car that doesn't exist! I know that we accordionists are just too sensible and intelligent to fall for such brazen frauds.
This is just a friendly reminder: Caveat Emptor - Buyer Beware!!!

Sata-Häme Accordion Festival - Finland

The Sata Häme Accordion Festival will be held on the 29th June to 4th July at Keturi, Ikaalinen. Set amidst the idyllic parks and wooden houses of lakeside Ikaalinen, this annual accordion festival attracts about 30,000 visitors and some 800 Finnish and foreign performers every year.

Annually at this huge event, Finnish accordion music is heard alongside styles from many other cultures, including French musette, Russian music, Argentine tango, accordion jazz, American Tex-Mex and zydeco, plus lots of Latin American rhythms.

For further details email:

The 31st Annual International Association of Jazz Educators Conference - USA

Contributed by Jon Hammond.

The 31st Annual International Association of Jazz Educators Conference concluded January 24th with presentation of the Jazz Education Hall of Fame Award to Sammy Nestico and concert by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra with special guest Slide Hampton. Ten thousand registrants attended the 4 day event which featured workshops, panels, concerts and exhibitions in two halls.

The National Endowment for the Arts' (director Dana Gioia) organized a luncheon and photo shoot for 25 living Jazz Legends. The event was filmed for network news and the Manhattan Cable TV show and the Jon Hammond Show. Jazz Masters Awards were presented to Nancy Wilson, Chico Hamilton, Jim Hall and jazz journalist/critic Nat Henthoff.

Texas Accordion Association

Guy Klucevsek in Concert - France

Composer and accordionist Guy Klucevsek will be performing solo in Bordeaux on the 31st of January at the Theater Jean Nilar-Eysines. The concert is sponsored by Musique de Nuit. His program will include his 12-piece collection, The Well-Tampered Accordion.
For further details email:


Masters of Mexican Music - Mexico

Masters of Mexican Music explores the musical traditions of an important and growing segment of the USA population. Master musicians from four distinct regional traditions - the mariachi of Jalisco, the Veracruz harp tradition ensemble, the accordion-based conjunto of the Texas-Mexican border area, and the marimba of southern Mexico will be performing on the 1st of April at Coolidge Auditorium.

Featured artists include Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, José Gutiérrez, Mingo Saldivar, and Marimba Chiapas. The national tour is produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Vivat Bayan - International Festival

Art Van Damme Quintet at Wayne State University - Michigan

The Art Van Damme Quintet will be performing on the 4th of May at Schaver Music Recital Hall, on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. The show will feature: Art Van Damme (accordion), Steve Carryer (guitar), Rob Pipho (vibraphone), Ray Tini (bass) and Dave Taylor (percussion). The presenter will be: Wayne State University College Of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts Department of Music

For further details email:



VIVO in Concert Tour - New Zealand

Tatiana Lanchtchikova will be touring New Zealand as part of the VIVO trio, performing at various locations from the 6th to 23rd of April. Vivo consists of three members when performing locally in Auckland, and when recording for CD's. They are: Miranda Adams - herself (violin), and Tatiana Lanchtchikova - (accordion), and Yevgey Lanchtchikov (bass). They are offering their acoustic trio to prestigious wine establishments throughout NZ. With their new CD "Jealousy - Tango Music" selling fast, and a weeks performing at the International Arts Festival in March, you won't want to miss out on Vivo.

Their recent tour of the South Island was a great success, with one critic writing: "Together they captured the hearts of the audience with wonderful, passionate tangos...they drew out all the sensuality and subtlety of the tango... the first half a well chosen selection of romantic and classical music for violin and piano"

Workshops at Balkanfolk 2004 - Bulgaria

Dance, Play, Sing, Have Fun!

We offer you this unique opportunity to attend practical seminars for Balkan folk music at Balkanfolk 2004 held annually in Bulgaria. For the 8th year, admirers of Balkan folk music will come to learn more about the customs, the culture and the traditions of the Balkans and the beauty of Bulgaria. Balkanfolk 2004, the only one of its kind in Europe is also a meeting of participants from all the continents. It is being held from 17th to 30th July in the resort town of Bankya situated on about 20 km from Sofia.

Quote of the Week

Teaching Quote of the Week edited by Willoughby Walshe
Play lightly as your fingers caress the keys; do not press the keys past the point of material resistance. Find out More… The Art of Bayan Playing and Playing the Accordion Artistically by Prof. Friedrich Lips
Another musical quote:
"Music is a universal language that speaks to everyone - granted some don't hear so well - the skill of the musician adds to the eloquence, but what comes from the heart is essential to the message."... Liz Smith

DVD Review

New DVD Review -“JAM SESSION” from Tony Dannon and Joe Cerrito

New and Updated Sites

New Sites: -
International Bayan Festival, held in Samara, Russia. Accordions Worldwide Russian news sponsor.
PANcordion Accordions: showing the four different models of PANcordion.

Updated sites: - Simone Zanchini - Pascal Contet

Vivat Bayan - International Festival

Accordion Information Required

Accordionist Kellner is trying to identify the make and model of the accordion his grandfather in Germany used to have (picture circa 1935). He is hoping to find one the same. If you have any information please email:

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