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Editors Note

Technology and the world of the accordion. This week, the Confederation Interationale des Accordeonistes announces its new Coupe Mondiale website with online entry submit forms, payment by credit card, test piece music sent by email. The impact of modern technology and how it may benefit our beloved family of bellows instruments in the future, has often been discussed by accordionists. Incredible future changes may be possible.

Next week, we will make a readers poll to find what existing accordion related technologies our readers like, what do they not like, what future technologies excite and interest them and where they think technology will benefit the accordion in future. Please send me any questions you consider should be included in this "Technology and the Accordion" poll to

Harley Jones
Acccordions Worldwide Director 
Texas Accordion Association

This Weeks News

"Arrasate Hiria" XII International Accordion Competition – Spain

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The "Arrasate Hiria" XII International Accordion Competition will be held from the 3rd to 8th December in Mondragón, Basque, Spain. The rules and entry conditions of the competition are now available. Entries close by the 30th of September. The organizers will confirm in writing by the 3rd of November the contestants accepted into the competition.

For further details email:

CIA Unveils New Website for annual Coupe Mondiale Competition

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich - President

The Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) member of the International Music Council (IMC-UNESCO) has opened a new site specific to its annual Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships.

The site lists the information and rules for the Coupe Mondiale's six categories, a detailed schedule for the event plus information about the host city of Pontarlier, France. Exciting new site features enable contestants to:
- Order the Coupe Mondiale Test Piece on-line.
- Have the Coupe Mondiale Test Piece sent to your e-mail address.
- Enter each category using the new on-line entry forms with email confirmation of entry.

This year the Coupe Mondiale will be held in Pontarlier, France from the 19 to 24 October, 2004 and offers six categories:
- Coupe Mondiale
- Junior Coupe Mondiale
- International Competition for Piano Accordion
- Virtuoso Entertainment Competition
- Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Comeptition
- International Competition for Chamber Music
All other information regarding the CIA, past winners, CIA history and past events will continue to be found at the CIA website at


The Music of Astor Piazzolla - Richard Galliano Ensemble - England

The Music of Astor Piazzolla – Richard Galliano Ensemble. This concert, sponsored by St George Bristol, will be held on 11 March at the St. George Bristol Hall in London. The concert features compositions by Astor Piazzolla, the father of modern tango, whose 'tango nuevo' brought the sensual rhythms of the street into the international limelight.

Richard Galliano, one of France's most famous accordionists and his ensemble, pay tribute with their intoxicating and seductive program for accordion and small chamber orchestra. An interesting feature of the concert is that there will be no amplification, acoustic instruments only.

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Galla-Rini Centennial International Competition for Accordion

Contributed by Faithe Deffner

Top classical accordionists from all over the world will assemble in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from July 22 to 25, 2004 to participate in The Galla-Rini Centennial Competition. The event, sponsored by the Accordionists and Teachers Guild (ATG) to honor the Maestro's 100th birthday celebrated in 2004, offers US $5000 in cash prizes.
FIRST PRIZE - $3,000
Promotional Web Site for First Place winner
Festival Trophies for all prize winners.
One-year ATG membership for all prize winners

The Competition for Classical Accordionists will be held in two rounds, consisting of the following program requirements:
One complete original work for the accordion (in form of a Sonata, Suite, or similar work). Time Limit: none.
Own choice program consisting of three (3) pieces of different styles and characters. Time Limit: Minimum of 20 minutes to a maximum of 30 minutes playing time.

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Accordion and Fiddle Course, University of Stirling - Scotland

The Accordion and Fiddle Workshop will be held on the 13 and 14 March at the University of Stirling. The course will feature tutors Ian Lowthian and Iain Fraser. Course Reference SO4MDAF. The tutors will work together to create some exciting new arrangements of traditional tunes for fiddles and accordions and will explore with participants the many possibilities/partnerships these instruments have.

Whether you are a member of a fiddle/accordion orchestra, a Scottish dance/ceilidh/folk band, a soloist, classical/jazz musician or just play at home for your own enjoyment, you are all welcome to come, aim to learn some new skills and offer your ideas to the musical arrangements.

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Concert of the Trio Corlen with Angel Luis Castaño - Spain

Concert artist Angel Luis Castaño is a member of the Trio Corlen and they will perform in concert in Segovia on the 27th of February. Members of theTrio Corlen are: Miguel Borrego, violin and concertino player in the RTVE Orchestra; David Apellaniz, cello and Professor in Zaragoza and Valencia; Angel Luis Castaño, accordion and Professor at the Superior Conservatorio of Music in Zaragoza. They will perform music by Piazzolla, Dvorak, Murto, Falla...

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Renato Borghetti Spring Tour - Austria

"A wonderful accordion player of all times and also one of the best." is a recent newspaper quote about Renato Borghetti who will touring with his quartet, Daniel Sá (guitar), Hilton Vaccari (guitar) and Pedro Figueiredo (saxophone, flute).
Concert dates are:
20.March – Molln, National parkzentrum Kalkalpen
21 March - Vienna, Metropol, Grande Finale of the Vienna Accordion Festival
23 March - Melk, Hotel Teufner
24 March - Budapest, Hungary, Kulturschiff A38
25 March – Puerbach, Waldviertler Hoftheater
26 March - Voecklabruck Stadtsaal
27 March - St. Johann at the Wimberg "In der Tischlerei"
28 March - Freistadt, Salzhof
30 March – Ljubljana, Slovakia
31 March – Graz,, Die Brücke
01 April – Spielberg, Kultur im Zentrum
02 April – Innsbruck, Treibhaus
03 April - Kitzbuehel, Café Praxmair

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Yuri and Ludmila FEDOROV in Concert - France

Yuri Fedorov (accordion) and Ludmila Fedorov (soprano), soloists of Philharmonic of Kiev, invite you to their concert on 07 March. The concert will be held at Eglise Sainte Rosalie, Boulevard Auguste Blanqui, Paris. They will perform the traditional music and songs of Ukraine.

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The 8th Accordion Jazz Weekend Workshop - UK

The 8th Annual Weekend Workshop will be held on the 4th, 5th, and 6th June at Grafham Water Centre, Perry, Huntingdon. The course tutor will be Bert Santilly. It is a weekend of workshop sessions culminating in a recording of some of the work covered during the weekend. There are eight 90 minute teaching sessions starting on Friday evening, a concert on Saturday night, and late night jam sessions for those with enough stamina!

Working from a large repertoire of pieces and studies, subjects to be covered include rhythm studies, using limited scales, pitch studies, understanding chords and chord symbols, modulation, improvising, accordion bass in a jazz setting, introductions/endings/arrangements, developing jazz style. There will be a maximum of twelve places to ensure that there is enough time for everyone to work individually as well as in the ensemble.

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Accordion Harmonists Meeting Calendar - Germany

The Accordion Harmonists of Dresden have published their calendar of meetings for 2004. All accordion loving friends are invited to come along and enjoy their events. The Accordion Harmonists aim to make the accordion popular in Germany and in nearby countries.

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Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration - USA

The Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration will be held on the 15th to 19th June at the Leavenworth Chamber. LIAC is quickly approaching! The event has grown each year - with more cash awards, events, competitors and world-class entertainment.

This year, LIAC will compliment the musical interests of their international competitors by building on their Bavarian theme and adding real international flavor with other ethnic music in both their featured performances and workshops. This year we will feature even more top artists! Gary Blair, well known peformer and former UK Accoridon Champion will be at LIAC as adjudicator, performer and workshop instructor. Sylvia’s Fjordsong Polka Band will be back this year with lots of fun music, and of course the Polka! So get out your dancing shoes!

Joe Smiell, internationally recognized performer on the accordion, bassoon and clarinet, will be returning to LIAC as an adjudicator and as a performer with his Family Band. The events features other performers like The Ulster Accordion Band from Canada, The Mexican Roots Trio, Murl Allen Sanders and many others

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Ireland accordionists at Big Grey Concerts - USA

Accordionists Sean Quinn, Louis Quinn, Patty Furlong are renowned for their playing. They will be performing in the Big Grey Concerts that will be held on 8th May in The Searing-Roslyn United Methodist Church, New York. Sean and Louis are one half of Long Island’s own musical Quinn family.

Sean plays fiddle, guitar, bass, and will provide vocals. Louis plays fiddle and tenor banjo, often touring with Sean as a fiddle duo. Patty Furlong, is an All-Ireland champion, renowned for her accordion playing and no stranger to Big Grey, is Brendan Dolan playing keyboards.

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Folk Music in Ojai - USA

A great high-energy group “The Bills” (formerly The Bill Hilly Band) will be perfoming in a folk music concert that will be held on 27th April in Ojai.

Five exceptional musicians from Victoria, British Columbia, with a passionate flair for timeless acoustic music, The Bills will offer a musical melange on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, accordion, and first-class vocals. You'll be captivated by bluegrass, ballads, virtuosic two-fiddle flights, Sicilian Tarantellas, Ukrainian dance music, Cole Porter songs, blistering Brazilian mandolin melodies-and more! Their unique combination of artistry, enthusiasm, irresistible entertainment, and down-home music all their own will take you on a joyous musical ride.

For further details email:

Texas Accordion Association

Chuirua Irish Concert - Ireland

The Irish Concert featuring Chulrua will be held on 12th March at Crooked Trees Arts Center, Petoskey. Chulrua (pronounced cool-ROO-ah), translates from the Irish as "red back," and was the name and distinguishing feature of the favorite wolfhound belonging to ancient Irish hero Fionn MacCumhaill.

Chulrua (cool-ROO-ah) embodies the heart and soul of Irish traditional music. Button accordion icon Paddy O’Brien is a walking encyclopedia of tunes and stories from decades spent with older musicians throughout Ireland. Patrick Ourceau is a virtuoso on fiddle and a great interpreter of the old Clare music and Pat Eagan’s emotive guitar suits new songs and respected standards alike.

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 Quote of the Week

Teaching Quote of the Week Edited Willoughby Walshe
Physical exertion cramps the hand, neck muscles, and body. Learn to recuperate while playing.

Find out More… The Art of Bayan Playing or Playing the Accordion Artistically by Friedrich Lips


CD Review

New CD of "California Accordion Recitals" by Henry Doktorski


New and Updated Sites

New Sites: The Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) site specific to its annual Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships

Updated Sites new contact details new concert dates

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