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17 September 2004This weeks news | Past News  | Send news
Ángel Luis Castaño

This Weeks News

  • Two Russian Bayan Masters' Visit Shanghai - China
  • Polish Trio Visit Vienna - Austria
  • Cajun Festival, Louisiana - USA
  • Californian Accordionist's New Website - USA
  • Autumn Accordion Festival, Bridlington - UK
  • Jason Webley's Concert Dates - USA
  • Accordion Concert, Sheffield - UK
  • UK Accordionists Appear at Italian Festival
  • Lecture on Harmonica Development - Austria
  • Oktoberfest Accordion Competition, Texas - USA
  • Accordion Teacher Amongst Dead in Beslan Siege Tragedy - Russia
  • Pascal Contet, Concerts and Updated Website - France
  • Victoria Accordions Celebrate 85th Anniversary - Italy
  • New CD from Mark Roberts - Canada
  • Quote of the Week
  • CD Review
  • New and Updated Sites
  • Fisitalia

    Two Russian Bayan Masters' Visit Shanghai - China
    Contributed by Li Cong, President, Shanghai Accordion Association

    Two Russian bayan accordionists, Professors Albin Repnikow and Vladimir Solovyev, from the Petrozavodsk State Conservatory, will be visiting China during September. Their visit is at the invitation of the Music Department of Shanghai Normal University and the Shanghai Accordion Association. There will be a concert on 18th September, commencing at 7.15pm, at Huangpu District Teenagers Centre. They will give a workshop, plus introduce the Accordion Course in Russia and information on studying in their homeland. Two other concerts are also planned, at venues in the cities of Zian and Xiamen. For further information, please contact Mr Hu Yunyun on 0086-13601721604
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    Polish Trio Visit Vienna - Austria
    Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

    The Motion Trio from Poland (Janusz Wojtarowicz, Marcin Galazyn and Pawel Baranek), are performing at Joe Zawinul's 'Birdland' from September 21st to 25th. Their repertoire largely consists of compositions by Janusz Wojtarowicz, and their style is an exciting fusion of jazz, rock and original music. The Motion Trio have a new CD ready for release on October 25th, titled 'Pictures from the Street'.

    For further information email


    Cajun Festival, Louisiana - USA

    The 30th annual Festival de Musique Acadienne takes place on September 18th/19th at Girard Park, Lafayette, Louisiana. Artistes appearing include accordionists Ray Abshire, Don Montoucet, Marc Savoy, Bois Sec Ardoin, plus the Jambalaya Cajun Band, Balfa Festival De Cajun, Luisiana - los E.E.U.U


    Californian Accordionist's New Website - USA
    Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

    Accordionist Bob Fantone started his musical adventure when he was twelve years old. While shopping in downtown Long Beach, California with his mother he stopped in front of a music store where he spied a12 bass accordion. He signed up for accordion lessons and from that day in 1948, he has been totally committed to every aspect of learning, playing and performing accordion music.

    From playing in "The Mello Accordions", to 3rd place in the Western Accordion Festival, to the Long Beach City College Jazz Band, Bob has enjoyed a lifelong career with the accordion.Today, he is active as an entertainer performing a wide variety of accordion music for a large variety of events. His performances include casual music gigs for events such as weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, store grand openings and special events, wine tasting parties and holiday events. He works mostly within a 50-mile radius from Long Beach, California.

    For further information and to hear a sample of his playing, please visit Bob's new website:

    Autumn Accordion Festival, Bridlington - UK

    This year's Autumn Accordion Festival at The Spa, Bridlington, is set for 13th to 17th October. The first Autumn Accordion Festival took place in November 1982, in Weston-Super-Mare, organised by the late Malcolm Gee. The festival moved to Seaton in Devon, then to a holiday center at Caister where it established a permanent presence until moving to Bridlington in 2001.

    The 2004 Bridlington event features Mikael Vigneau (France), The Fleurs Brothers (Argentina), David Vernon (Scotland), plus English-based accordionists Harry Hussey, Me & Im (George Syrett & award winning drummer Rodney McNamara), Gina Brannelli, Fiona Titterington, Jennifer Maxwell, Ann Wilson, the Burton Ensemble, and the Ronmar Accordion Orchestra.

    Mikael Vigneau, who won 3rd place in the Coupe Mondiale Junior Virtuoso Section in 2002, made his British debut earlier this year at the inaugural Rhyll Accordion Camp to great popular acclaim. Still a teenager, he has recorded a CD titled 'Descente Infernale' - a selection of French musette music, at which he excels.

    The festival offers concerts, dancing and workshops. There is also a trade show. The workshops include Intermediate Orchestra (Ron Hodgson), Elementary Orchestra (Michael Irving), Beginners' Orchestra (Brenda Webster), Scottish Orchestra (Alistair Cameron), Vintage Orchestra (Jean Hanger), Playford music (Tracey Middleton), Songs of Praise (Rev John Robinson), 'Anything Goes' (George Syrett & Rodney McNamara) - plus others to be confirmed.

    For further information, email organiser Loretta Rolston - website


    Jason Webley's Concert Dates - USA

    Seattle-based rock singer/accordionist Jason Webley has a busy schedule during late September. He appears on September 18th at the 2nd Annual Rock Summit in New York City, after which he heads off to California to appear on the 20th at the Caffeine Den, Stockton; 21st, Scripps College; 22nd, Redlands College; 24th, Che Café, San Diego; 26th, Henry Miller Library, Big Sur.Webley's new CD, 'Only Just Beginning', is now on sale in record stores.

    For further information, email

    Accordion Concert, Sheffield - UK
    Contributed by Rob Howard

    On October 2nd, the annual accordion concert in aid of charity, organised by local accordionist Ray Burgon, takes place at St Mary's Church, Bramhall Lane, Sheffield (7.00pm start). The artistes appearing this year include The Stockport Accordion Club Band (MD Peter Whiteley) and Orchestra (MD Brian Jenkins), The Burton Four Ensemble, The Strings and Reeds Three, solo accordionists George Syrett, Margaret Mitchell, Andrew and Rachel Hesslewood. The MC is Stockport AC President, Johnny Coleclough.

    For further information, email
    Gary Dahl

    UK Accordionists Appear at Italian Festival
    nformation supplied by Heather Smith

    UK accordionists Gary Blair (left), Heather Smith, Bert Santilly and David Lukins are toappear at a festival called: '13th Raduno Nationale Veterani della Fisarmonica (The 13th National Meeting of the Veterans of the Accordion). The festival - which runs from October 8th to 10th - is organised by Elio Bertolini (right), head of the Recoaro Terme Music School.

    As part of the festival, certain accordionists are honoured for their artistic achievements by having imprints made of their hands for display in the Accordion Museum in Recoare Terme. On the recommendation of Giancarlo Caporilli, the four British guest accordionists have been selected for the honour this year, to be included with more than 50 imprints. This is the only accordion museum of its kind in the world, and the first time UK Accordionists have been honoured.


    Lecture on Harmonica Development - Austria

    On September 24th, Wolfram Märzendorfer will lecture on the history and development of the various types of the harmonica. The lecture begins at 7pm, and the venue is the Harmonikazentrum, Griegasse 24, Graz.

    For further information, email


    Oktoberfest Accordion Competition, Texas - USA

    The Texas town of Addison bids "Willkommen Y'All!" to the Oktoberfest Accordion Competition on September 19th, at 2.30pm. A total of $1675 prize money awaits the top five contestants, and the venue is the Stage Bowl, Addison. There is a strict 4 minute time limit and music entries must be 'Oktoberfest' related i.e. polka, waltz, mazurka or march.

    For further information email Greg Klugiewicz at


    Accordion Teacher Amongst Dead in Beslan Siege Tragedy - Russia

    The recent siege of the school in the Russian town of Beslan is a tragedy that has shocked the world. A report in the New Scotsman revealed that amongst the death toll of over three hundred children and adults, local accordion teacher Sima Alikova and her young daughter were among the victims.

    The news report begins: "The accordion Sima Alikova once played lies mute on a bed in her family's living room, amid a pile of clothes, pictures, toys and even a toothbrush that her nine-year old daughter, Irena, once used…'I still don't believe this situation - it's like a bad dream', says Sima's husband, Vladimir Beryozov, aged 45". The report also adds: "Alikova, 45, worked at the town's Palace of Culture, where she played accordion and gave lessons, and was remembered as one of Beslan's best musicians".

    Pascal Contet, Concerts and Updated Website - France

    Pascal Contet, regarded by many critics as a leading figure in the renaissance of the accordion in France, has a number of concerts in his diary. On October 15th, he performs at the Castelfidardo 29th Premio e Concorso Internazionale, Italy; on October 20th he is in concert at St Etienne du Rouvary, near Rouen; and on the 30th he performs at Bescancon.

    For further information, email

    Victoria Accordions Celebrate 85th Anniversary - Italy
    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    From October 15th to 20th, the Victoria Accordion Company will celebrate their 85thanniversary with a week long program that includes a guided factory tour, concert, buffet, dinner and Master Classes involving Richard Galliano (France - picture left), Coba (Japan - picture right), Gil Goldstein (USA) and Luciano Biondini (Italy).

    For further information email


    New CD from Mark Roberts - Canada

    Canadian accordionist Mark Robert began studying the accordion at the age of six, and by the time he was 12 had attained 2nd place in the World Junior Championships, and had also given a solo recital at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. At 13 he achieved the distinction of becoming the youngest ever competitor at the senior Coupe Mondiale in Helsinki, Finland. Mark later trained to become a doctor, but maintained his interest in music, and has now produced his first solo recording, a CD titled 'Beneath the Stars', featuring many of his own compositions.

    For further information email

    Quote of the Week

    Did You Know? by Willoughby Walshe

    Two outstanding Cajun and Zydeco music events in Europe take place in France and Germany. The Cajun & Zydeco Nights Festival at Saulieu, France, (in August each year) is billed as one of the most cheerful festivals in the world with outdoor balls, Cajun-Creole restaurant, and film festival. The Cajun and Zydeco Festival in Germany is held at two towns, Baasem and Unna - where, in September, performing bands play the same sets on succeeding evenings.

    Find out more….. "Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events" link

    CD Review

    A new CD by Lydie Auvray titled "Tango Tojours". Review done by Musicologist, Paolo Picchio


    New & Updated Sites - Updated information on music and books available from composer and arranger Gary Dahl. The updated site includes some new .mp3 sound files offering examples of his work. Site contains information on ordering books and music as well as other services such as correspondence courses and biographical information. - Active entertainer Bob Fantone performs a wide variety of accordion music for a large variety of events within a 50 mile radius from Long Beach, Califor
    nia. - Updated Finland site and Celebrity Interview with Lasse Pihlajamaa contributed by Kevin Friedrich. - United States National News September edition is now online with news and upcoming concerts in the United States.

    Article titled 'Craig's Excellent Accordion Adventure' - "This year, my band, the Gypsy Wranglers, was hired to play at Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordeon in Montmagny, Quebec".
    Gary Dahl

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