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  • Peoples Artist of Russia Award for Viktor Romanko – Russia
  • Viva Band Future Performances - Australia, Taiwan
  • Chemainus Accordion Fest 2004 – Canada
  • Daily News Updates of the Sata-Hame Soi Accordion Festival - Finland
  • Box and Fiddle on Grampian TV - Scotland
  • Colchester Young Children's Accordion Festival - UK
  • New Celebrity Interview, Vladimir Zubitsky - Ukraine, Italy
  • Salomón Canelo Concerts in Querétaro - Mexico
  • French Cafe Accordion Music - USA
  • Alexander Korbakov in Concert - UK
  • 17th NBN Newcastle Jazz Festival - Australia
  • The Victoria Accordion Club Beer Garden Accordion Fest - Canada
  • Accordion Player Spreads Music and Laughs - USA
  • Hieb Accordion Sisters Bring a Family Flavor - USA
  • Quote of the Week
  • CD Review
  • New and Updated Sites
  • Fisitalia

    "Peoples Artist of Russia" Award for Viktor Romanko – Russia

    Bayan artist and professor at the Ural Conservatory of Jekaterinburg, Viktor Romanko was honored in the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin by Governor Eduar Rossel (Jekaterinburg / Ural) with the highest Russian award for
    artists the "People's Artist of Russia " on June 11th. At the following Galaconcert, Romanko performed with the Folkinstrumentenorchestra the work " Russian Phantasy" of Victor Gridin.

    Viktor Romanko is a very successful concert artist performing numerous concerts in Russia and many other countries over many years. The autumn-tour 2004 will bring the well-known artist to Switzerland and to Germany.

    Viva Band Future Performances - Australia, Taiwan

    The Australian band, Viva with Marie Rappolit on accordion has been booked to perform in Taiwan from 11th to 26th August at a series of Jazz Festivals. When they return, the Melbourne based band will perform at the Newcastle Jazz Festival.

    Marie Rappolit is attracting a lot of attention with her inspiration, cabaret style accordion performances. The band usually performs show tunes like Czardas and D'ans la Rue D'antibes. Marie plays using amplified accordion (treble) and Midi (bass) which is also the bass for the band.

    Chemainus Accordion Fest 2004 – Canada

    The Chemainus Accordion Fest will be held at the Chemainus United Church from 13th to 15th August. The Tempo Trend Studios have been invited to again to set up their display/sales area during the Accordion Fest. Highlights of the program include a Jam session on 13th August and a Youth Music Awards presentation featuring performers like Dan (accordion) and Josh Jaklich (percussion), Cowichan Valley Accordion Club Quartet playing music of the 1930’s and 1940’s and a performance by strolling accordionist Mary Ross on 14th August.

    The Festival ends on 15 August with a performance by the Victoria Accordion Club and a closing ceremony concert by Daniel and Josh Jaklich.

    For further information, email

    Daily News Updates of the Sata-Hame Soi Accordion Festival - Finland

    News is being updated daily by Accordions Worldwide's Kevin Friendrich in Finland at the Sata-Hame Soi Accordion Festival. Enjoy daily information about one of the largest accordion festivals by logging on to


    Box and Fiddle on Grampian TV - Scotland

    A new television series gets underway later tonight on Grampian featuring Scotland's Accordion and Fiddle Clubs. The series showcases up and coming players as well some of the best established names in the business. Five club's were visited by camera crews over the course of the winter and spring and the program is nearly ready to go on air.

    The first box and fiddle club was started in 1964 in Dumfries. There are now 74 clubs affiliated to the National Association including one in Ireland, another in Kent as well as an associate club in New Zealand. That international interest was endorsed at the recent Box and Fiddle's recent event in Perth, where Australians greatly enjoyed the performances of those who are helping keep this style of music popular. For further information contact Grampian TV
    Ángel Luis Castaño

    Colchester Young Children's Accordion Festival - UK

    Hundreds of people enjoyed a day of fun in Colchester Castle Park, England at the annual Colchester Young Children's Accordion Festival. The festival, was blessed with good weather which had families flocking to the park.

    There was music, entertainment and plenty of fun under a pair of large marquees, which housed accordion exhibition stands of local and national organizations and businesses. Education and more fun was provided through workshops.

    Performances in the main arena by local children proved so popular that organizers had to limit the amount of time each group performed.These included the Colchester Accordion Elementary Band run by Elaine Beecham who were joined by the Tiny Tots (5 to 7 years) group who played ten pieces on their own.

    The Colchester Accordion Elementary Band is also a school which is helping in the resurgance of the accordion in England. The Colchester Accordion Showband, 10 times UK champions will perform next at the Colchester Castle Park Bandstand on 25th July from 3pm to 5pm.

    For further information, email

    New Celebrity Interview, Vladimir Zubitsky - Ukraine, Italy

    A new Celebrity Interview of Vladimir Zubitsky is now online at Some very interesting reading about the fromative years of bayan development in Russia and the Ukraine and the life of this great composer and artist.

    Salomón Canelo Concerts in Querétaro - Mexico

    There is to be a series of concerts by Salomón Canelo in Querétaro at 8 different locations. The concerts, to be based around the works of this Mexican musician will be titled "Cuadros”. The venues range from the historical center of the city to the surrounding suburbs and are on the 8th and 21st July, 4th and 18th August, 31st August to 8th September and 22nd to 30th September.

    For further information, email

    French Cafe Accordion Music – USA

    Popular musette band Cafe Accordion Orchestra have released their latest recording, a CD titled, “Le Disque Français.” CAO have described this CD as a tribute to the band’s “love affair with French music, its passion, romance, and beauty.”

    The new CD named
    “Le Disque Français” contains a lot more French music than their 5 previous recordings having a total of 12 French music tracks.

    For more information, email

    Alexander Korbakov in Concert - UK
    Contributed by Mike O'Regan

    A capacity audience witnessed a true virtuoso performance by Alexander Korbakov on 3rd July at Soar Valley. The concert was one of those occasions where everything just "gelled". Everything being, a knowledgeable audience and a player at the top of his form.

    Alex played a varied program, from Chopin to Rimsky-Korsakov, via Leroy Anderson and Michel LeGrand on his custom built bayan plus interludes on his old concertina (complete with bells!). The accompanying program was provided by the Leicester Accordion Orchestra led by Karolyn Broadhead.

    17th NBN Newcastle Jazz Festival - Australia

    The 17th Newcastle Jazz Festival will be held in Newcastle, approximately 2 hours drive from Sydney. The festival has become a 'must visit' for Jazz fans, considered one of the most important ‘mainly traditional’ Jazz festivals held in Australia. The festival begins with a pre-festival Jazz offering on the 27th of August at the Clarendon Hotel and Finnegans Hotel. The festival proper is on the 28th and 29th August and one of the main accordionists to be featured is Marie Rappolt of Viva.

    An added attraction of the event is the beautiful nearby beaches of the Port Stephens area and the nearby world famous Hunter Valley wineries.

    For further information, email


    The Victoria Accordion Club Beer Garden Accordion Fest - Canada

    The Victoria Accordion Club is going to have a Beer Garden Accordion Fest on July 18 from 12 noon to 7pm at the Victoria Edelweiss Club. The Victoria Accordion Club recently announced the induction of a new executive to the club ranks. The new executive is Australian accordionist and teacher Bernadette Conlon. The Victoria Accordion meets the first Sunday of every month at the Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara in James Bay.

    For more information, email


    Accordion Player Spreads Music and Laughs - USA
    Contributed by Karen Heinselman

    She doesn't have CDs or T-shirts to peddle, but when Judy Fasse comes to play, it typically draws an audience. She sings, she tells jokes and of course, there's her accordion which has made Judy Fasse the center of attention at the Community Nursing Home in Clarksville.

    Her eyes sparkle as she clutches her accordion. For two decades, the Waverly retiree has volunteered her musical talents in nearby towns including Waverly, Shell Rock, Denver and Cedar Falls. Besides nursing homes, she also plays at church and hires out for birthdays and anniversaries. "I can't say it is a profession. It's not. It is a gift of love," she says. "I have so much fun I think that is kind of catching."

    Hieb Accordion Sisters Bring a Family Flavor - USA

    It started at a family reunion about 10 years ago in Rapid City, South Dakota. "We picked up the accordions and started playing together and liked what we did," said Martha Reichert, the oldest of five instrument-playing sisters between the ages of 65 and 80. Even though the sisters had all played piano and accordion since they were young -- growing up on a farm in Hague, North Dakota - the family reunion marked the birth of the Hieb Accordion Sisters as a music group. Recently, the sisters played together at an event celebrating Hague's centennial year. "We played four hours that night for a big dance," Holy said.

    The Hieb family moved to Rupert in 1941. Their father began farming with his eldest sons. "We come from Lawrence Welk Country" Reichert said of their hometown, which was a few miles away from Strasburg where Lawrence Welk was born.

    The Hieb sisters' parents -- August and Anna Maria Hieb -- who had 11 children, were acquainted with the Welk family, but the children did not know Lawrence Welk personally. "He was a big shot," Reichert said. "We liked his music and wanted to play it, too," she added. The Hieb family still makes music when they get together. Older brothers Leonard and Art join the sisters with musical instruments at the reunions. "Our family reunions are one big jam session and never lack for music," Holy said. Story by y Lorraine Cavener, Times-News correspondent.

    Quote of the Week

    Did You Know? by Willoughby Walshe

    "American Accordionists’ Association has been organizing the International Accordion Festival and Competitions each year since 1938 at rotating venues throughout the United States. This event honours celebrated musicians, features concerts by outstanding performers, and presents a massed band (composed of all participants) performance. AAA is especially proud of its list of music commissions written for accordion. The full list can be found on the association’s Website."

    Find out More…"Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events"

    CD Review

    A new CD titled, "Origini" from Marco Fratantonio. Reviewed by Musicologist Paolo Picchio.


    New & Updated Sites - check daily for information about the 2004 Sata-Häme Soi - Accordion Festival at Ikaalinen, Finland. A new Celebrity Interview of Vladimir Zubitsky

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