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  14 January 2005This weeks news | Past News  | Send news

Editor's Note:

The recent great natural disaster known as the Tsunami cannot pass without comment on this website. I am sure that each and every one of you was moved by the terrible tragedy that happened on Boxing Day affecting those countries surrounding the Indian Ocean. To the best of our knowledge, no accordionists lost their life in this tragedy. Sadly, millions of people have been affected and are in great need of help and support. We at Accordions Worldwide can only urge you to be generous in donating whatever you can to the many Tsunami appeals that have been set up around the world.

Rob Howard

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Tsunami Relief Accordion Concert, Oregon - USA

The Rose City Accordion Club has organised a concert in aid of the Tsunami relief funds. Top accordionists from around the Greater Portland area will contribute their talents for this important event, which takes place on January 16th, commencing at 2pm. This concert takes place at The Milwaukie Center, 54440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, Oregon. Suggested donations of $5 will be distributed between the American Red Cross and the Mercy Corps.

For further information email

Tribute Concert to Sir Jimmy Shand, Scotland - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The annual 'Tribute to Sir Jimmy Shand' concert takes place on January 30th at St Andrews' Town Hall in Fife, Scotland, from 1.30pm to 5pm. The very extensive list of players on the bill includes John Carmichael, Jim Crawford, David Cunningham, Dugald Jenkins, Ian Holmes, Jimmy Shand Junior, Dr Sandy Tulloch, plus many others.

All proceeds from this concert, for which all tickets have already been sold, will go to Chas (a charity for terminally ill children) and Rymonth House, which caters for people with learning disabilities.

Sir Jimmy Shand (1908 - 2001) had a prolific and highly successful recording career that lasted over seventy years, and was Britain's most well-known accordionist as far as the general public were concerned. His name was and is synonymous worldwide with Scottish music and culture.



Diary Dates of Friedrich Lips
Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

March 4th - Solo Concert in Philharmony of Jaroslavl
12th - Efrem Podgaitz: 'LIPS-Concert' for bayan and symphony orchestra in Nischny Novgorod
15th to 25th - concerts and masterclasses in Monaco, Paris and Dijon (France)
March 26th to April 2nd - Head of jury at the international youth competition 'Spring Voices' in Moscow
April 3rd to 8th - Jury at the international 'Petro-Pawlowskije Assamblei Garmoniki' in St. Petersburg, Russia
April 12th - Efrem Podgaitz: 'LIPS-Concert' for bayan and symphony orchestra in Uljanovsk
April 13th to 18th - Head of Jury at the international youth competition in Uljanovsk
July 11th to 15th - masterclass in Imst (Austria)
August 20th to 25th - jury at the international competition in Tianjin (China)

Accordion Class opens at the Reykjavik Conservatory - Iceland
Contributed by Vadim Fedorov

A class for accordion is set to open at the Reykjavik Conservatory. The accordion teacher is Vadim Fedorov, a winner of international accordion competitions.

For further information email before February 10th 2005.

Friedrich Lips

Balkan Band Play For Dancing, California - USA

Brass Menagerie, an eight-piece band featuring Randy Trigg on accordion, play for dancing at Cabrillo College, San Francisco, on January 21st. Dance teaching is from 7.30pm to 8pm, and music and dancing is from 8 until 11pm.

Known as the Bay Area's leading Balkan band, Brass Menagerie's repertoire includes dance music from Serbia, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and other parts of the Balkans.

Gary Dahl

Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow - Scotland, UK

The 2005 Celtic Connections Festival, a three-week long festival of music, song and dance, takes place from January 12th to 30th. An extensive list of national and international guest artistes includes many accordionists and players of other free reed instruments.

These include Cherish the Ladies, an all-female band of Irish American musicians, concertina player Simon Thoumire, melodeon player Andy Cutting, Irish traditional musicians 'The Young Tradition - Comhaltas', The Emily Smith Band, and accordionists Phil Cunningham (pictured), Karen Tweed (pictured), Sharon Shannon and Fergie MacDonald.

Eleven Days of the Accordion Festival, Valladolid - Spain
Contributed by Raúl Álvarez

The Spanish city of Valladolid, during the month of December, celebrated 'The 11 Days of the Accordion', with a series of concerts and activities related to the accordion. The festival began on December 1st with a magnificent concert featuring the German accordionist Stefan Hussong (pictured), who performed a program of Baroque transcriptions and contemporary works.

Hussong also gave a seminar for accordionists, many of whom had travelled from distant parts of the country. Another of the concerts involved the Chiaroscuros Accordion Orchestra, and also accordion students from the conservatories of Valladolid and Segovia. On two of the days, the accordionist and analyst Angel Huidobro gave master classes in which the work 'De Profundis', by Sofia Gubaidulina, was studied in depth.

The closing concert featured accordionist Javier Lopéz Jaso, from Navarre, whose program included works by JS Bach, Franck, Piazzolla, Lorentzen, Lopéz Jaso, and Zubitsky. The festival, which had brought together participants from many places to play and discuss music, was deemed to be a great success by the organisers.

Gary Blair and Romano Viazzani in Concert, Essex -UK

Harlow Accordion Club present a concert featuring Gary Blair picture left (Scotland) and Romano Viazzani picture right (London) on February 17th. Also appearing is the Harlow Accordion Band, directed by Jean Hanger.The concert, which begins at 7.30pm, takes place at The Links Social Club, Parsloe Road, Harlow, Essex.

For further information email


Marcello Maio's Activities - Australia

In 2004 accordionist Marcello Maio was chosen to perform at the Sydney Opera House in 'Encore' - a showcase for the outstanding Higher School Certificate performances in 2003. Marcello also performed in the Charles Aznavour tribute show 'Aznavour…. From Today', on piano accordion and keyboard. There was also an accordion performance with woodwind player Greg Gibson at the Enmore Theatre Café, featuring music from modern tangos, jazz to Brazilian classics.

Marcello Maio plays accordion in a Brazilian forro band 'Pisa na fulo' and gypsy band 'Monsieur Camembert'. He plays keyboard in his own jazz-fusion group 'SEXION', and Latin house band 'The Word'. In addition to all this, Marcello is currently studying for a Bachelor of Jazz Performance degree at the Sydney Conservatorium. Marcello Maio (solo accordionist) is also known as 'The House Band' in the offbeat show 'In Siberia Tonight'.

He performed in the ten-week series for SBS Television Australia commencing on September 9th through to November 12th. On December 23rd an 'In Siberia Tonight' Holiday Special was broadcast. For this program, Marcello was joined by his brother Lukas and their dad, Ross Maio (one of Australia's best-known accordion entertainers), to form 'The 3 Maios'. They presented Ross Maio's accordion trio arrangement of Astor Piazzolla's 'Libertango'.

Innovative Liturgy by Dr William Schimmel, Tucson, Arizona - USA

Dr William Schimmel has been commissioned to devise a new seventy-minute work, which he calls 'Club Parusia'. Parusia means 'presence' - pertaining to past, present and future - existing as now. This work will contain music composed by Dr Schimmel as well as familiar secular and sacred works set in a subterranean context (unlikely connections).

This work will be premiered at the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Biennial Conference, which will take place at the University Marriot Hotel in Tucson, Arizona from January 12th to 16th. Joining Dr Schimmel in this performance will be Allyssa Lamb on vocals and melodica; Andre Solomon-Glover, baritone and piano; Phillip Creech, tenor, and the Rev. Robert L. Brashear, who is President of the organisation. Dr Schimmel will perform on classical and Cajun accordion, piano and vocals.

The piece will deal with such issues as violence, oppression, capital punishment, border concerns, refuge, sanctuary, revitalisation and hope. Club Parusia will evoke archetypical characters of past, present and future all meeting together: an Irish 19th Century potato famine worker is joined by a child of the 1960s; Piaf, Bach, Ravel, Landini and Mozart share a conversation; a homeless person evokes the spirit of Ray Charles; Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are at peace at Club Parusia; A Mexican woman sings a polka to the Virgin of Guadaloupe; an ominous black pianist seems to recall the pianist Sam in the movie Casablanca, and much more. The conference will deal with border issues, the sanctuary movement, liberation theology, concerns of violence, oppression towards women, aids and numerous other socio and political concerns.

Dr Schimmel has been active in creating innovative liturgy as far back as the early 1970s, with his three-hour Mass for Chorus and Orchestra (which was his Juilliard doctoral dissertation), experimental liturgies with the Woodstock Jesuit community in New York, his Tango Mass, Reality Mass, Ol' Man River Mass, his opera David and Bathsheba and Hail Mary (libretto - Ronald Sarno), Acting Director of Arts and Worship (with the Rev. Robert Brashear), and the performance, video and film collaborations with his wife, Micki Goodman - their most recent: The Unforgivable Sin - a full length video film. Many of Bill and Micki's collaboration also include their niece, actress Kathleen Tipton, and their son, Michael Schimmel - a 24-year-old artist with Down Syndrome.

A to Z of the Accordion

Yuri Medianik to Perform in France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Russian accordionist and violinist Yuri Medianik is to perform two concerts in France, alongside violinist J. Strepenne, in Saint-Omer and Arcques, on the 28th and 30th January respectively. Their program will include works by Boccerini, Massnet, Franck, Debussy and Prokofiev
Ángel Luis Castaño

Mika Väyrynen to appear with Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Kuopio - Finland
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

On January 20th, Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen will perform 'Barabbas Variations', by Aulis Sallinen, in Kuopio, Finland at the Kuopio Music Center. The performance will be with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Vello Pähn. Mika has previously appeared with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, when he recorded the 'Concerto' by Astor Piazzolla.

For further information on Mika Väyrynen, please visit

Information Required

Accordion Manufacturers, former Czechoslovakia

Accordions Worldwide has received an email from Janet Jeffries, USA. "Has anyone been studying the accordion manufacturing companies in the former Czechoslovakia? Some brand names are Hlavacek, Kebrdle and Kuchar. I live in an area settled heavily by Bohemian and Moravian immigrants in the 19th century and many of us play button accordion and collect old accordions -- mostly Czech and German made. We would like to find information on these."

We invite an accordionist to submit an article for publication in Accordions Worldwide about the history of accordion manufacturers in the Czech and Slovakia regions. We will also link the article from the General History pages that we already have online.

Gallo Antonio Verseti Italie

Walter Liperi is looking for information about his accordion: Gallo Antonio Verseti ITALIE, purchased in Courbevois, France. For further information email

CD Review

A new CD Review of Yehuda Oppenheimer. Review by Paolo Picchio

New & Updated Sites The United States National Accordion News January edition is now online. The January news marks the 5th Anniversary of the US Accordion News site, which receives in excess of 10,000 visitors per month, as readers search for USA accordion news, accordion articles, festival, calendar and updated listings and contact information for accordion clubs and associations across the United States.

Gary Dahl - Italian accordionist and 2nd prize winner at the Castelfidardo Competition updates.

Friedrich Lips twin brothers and concert accordionists, Vadim and Yuri Fedorov new site.

SilvioDePra - new concert schedule.

Charnwood - new information on their site.

Benetoux - updated site with new information.

Yuri & Vadim Fjodorov

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