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Editor's Note

This month sees the publication of 'Accordion Jazz Chords', written by Norbert Seidel. New additions to accordion literature are always to be welcomed, and as books concerned with jazz technique are few and far between, this one should cause a lot of interest around the worldwide accordion scene.

Rob Howard


This Weeks News


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New Book: 'Accordion Jazz Chords' by Norbert Seidel - Germany
Contributed by Karthause-Schmülling

German publisher Karthause-Schmülling is releasing a new book titled 'Accordion Jazz Chords' - about improvising freely on the standard bass accordion, and written by Norbert Seidel. The 120-page book is written in English and in German languages, high quality print and will be premiered at the Frankfurt Musik Messe. This is an easily understandable instruction book for beginning and advanced players:-

Part 1: Theory (basics, numerous practical examples, interval position charts, chord tables). Part 2: Practice (15 new music pieces from easy to intermediate difficulty).

The author shows, in an astonishingly simple manner, how a person can evolve from the stereotyped major, minor, and seventh chords of accompaniment harmony to achieve quite new, even exotic sounding chords in order to play jazz music and lively accompaniment masterfully, or improvise to one's heart's content.

Beginners, as well as advanced players, will receive much value from this instruction book. If you order before March 31st, there is a special subscription price of only 19 Euro. Normal price - Euro 24.90. For further information.

Accordion Orchestra in Concert, Bilbao - Spain

The San Sebastián Accordion Symphonic Orchestra are in concert on March 5th in Bilbao, Spain, in the Palacio Euskalduna. The concert begins at 5pm. For details of the program and further information email Mikel Bikondoa at

Edition Harmonia

NAO Thames Area Festival, England - UK
Contributed by Raymond Bodell of Charnwood Publishing

Another successful National Accordion Organisation Area Festival was held on the 19th February in North West London. A large number of the entries were from young players who competed in this qualifying competition for the NAO UK Championships, set for April 22nd to 24th. The adjudicator, from Scotland, Mr Graham Laurie (sitting left) was impressed with the very promising standard shown with highest marks for the day being shared by six year old Alexander Bodell and Advanced Orchestra Jenny's Accordionists (pictured), from Colchester, under their MD Jenny Neal.

Russian Festival, San Francisco - USA
Contributed by Jon Hammond

New York based accordionist Jon Hammond recently visited California, where he played eight gigs in hospitals, visited three trade fairs and attended the annual Russian Festival in San Francisco. Jon has written the following report:-

"I have just attended the 17th annual Russian Festival, held at the Russian Center, San Francisco, at 2460 Sutter St, from February 11th to 13th. It was a fantastic celebration of Russian music, food and art. There was plenty of Bayan accordion music. Yuri Fedorko, bayanist of Limpopo, really knocked me out. He could play with accuracy while doing the Kazatsky dance all the way down to the floor! I have never seen that done before.

The food was fantastic and I especially enjoyed the Vodka Tasting Bar serving in several fruity flavors or straight from the bottle. It was like going to Russia without ever leaving San Francisco! I'll be sure to attend again next year".
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Argentine Bandoneonist in Brass Festival - Germany

Argentinean bandoneonist Norberto Vogel will participate in a brass festival at Biberach, Germany. The concert will be on March 5th, and Vogel will play with the Vienna Brass Ensemble in a program titled 'Buenos Aires Hora Tango'. This will be a selection of Astor Piazzolla`s music and other new contemporary tangos.

For more information email

BBC Radio Two Folk Awards - Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

On February 16th, Fiddle player Aly Bain and accordionist Phil Cunningham were named 'Best Duo' at the 2005 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards. The live radio broadcast, hosted by comedian Mike Harding (also an accordionist), was later also shown twice on the cable television channel, BBC 4.

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham first played together in 1988 when they collaborated together on a series for Channel 4 Television, and since then their spirited playing of dance tunes and sensitive interpretations of airs has earned them many admirers and critical accolades worldwide. They have made several recordings together, and have recently released 'The Best of Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham', a compilation of tracks from previous CDs.

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Piazzolla Quintet Concerts, Moscow - Russia
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Piazzolla Quintet will perform two concerts in Moscow: on March 3rd the Radisson Hotel Concert Hall, and on April 14th at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center. The Piazzolla Quintet members have prepared a new program, including pieces by Astor Piazzolla in their individual interpretation. The new project includes: the 'Four Seasons', the 'History of Tango' and a number of rarely performed, early Piazzolla.

The Piazzolla Quintet features Yuri Medianik on bayan and violin (pictured). An unique aspect of the Piazzolla Quintet is that in addition to the usual instruments associated with Piazzolla's work such as bayan, violin and piano, the members often also use such unlikely instruments as marimbaphone or vibraphone, unusual Tibet musical instruments and Brazilian percussions.

For further information email


The Accordion Award Concert, Shanghai - China
Contributed by Lian Jones of Accordion House

2004 Golden Cup Shanghai Accordion Grades Competition Award Concert was held before the recent Chinese Lunar Festival. Over 800 accordion students and teachers attended the event. The competition attracted nearly 500 competitors. It had 1st and 2nd rounds for 10 different solo and ensemble classes. The adjudicators for the final rounds were: Mr Zhang Ziqiang, the President of Chinese Accordion Association, Li Weiming, Wang Xiaoping, Yang Guoli, Chen Jun, the Vice Presidents of the association; and Chen Yiming, Guo Yuguang and Chen Jianyi.

Yu Zheng, the Vice President of Shanghai Musicians Association and Guo Qianghui, the Vice Secretary of SMA awarded the prizes.
Zhu Yiqing, the winner of Grade 10; 1st and second competitors of Ensemble Class; and guest artists from Music Department of Shanghai Normal University showed their talents to the audience. Complete prize list (chinese).



Milos Milivojavic in Concert, London - UK

Accordionist Milos Milivojavic (pictured) is in concert with Naomi Williams - cello and Alasdair Beatson - piano, at the Wigmore Hall, London on February 28th. The concert begins at 7.30pm. Their program of classical music includes works by JS Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Magnus Lindberg, Igor Stravinsky, Anthony Gilbert and Astor Piazzolla. For booking email Milos Milivojavic is a graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music, and is steadily becoming known and respected for his concert appearances.


'Arrasante - Hiria' Accordion Competition - Spain

The Basque Association of Accordion Players has organised events since 1974, and the 'Arrasante - Hiria' International Accordion Competition since 1993. At the 2004 festival the adjudicating panel decided to leave empty its First Prize. Although the musical level of the nine participants was considered to be quite good, none of them was deemed to have the excellent standard required of a First Prize winner.

The competition results were as follows:-
2nd - Primoz Parovel (Serbia)
3rd - Cheng Feng (China)
3rd - Semen Shmelkov (Russia)

For further information email



Doktorski Plays Piazzolla, Pennsylvania - USA
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

On February 12th, accordionist Henry Doktorski performed as soloist with the Butler County (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra in a performance of 'Tres Tangos' by the Argentinean-born composer and bandoneonist, Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992). Elisabeth Heath-Charles conducted the concert.

'Tres Tangos' was written in 1962 and premiered under the direction of Paul Klecky in 1963. The piece won the Hirsch Prize in the same year. It is scored for bandonoen, harp, piano, percussion, and strings. The three movements are titled 'Allegro tranquillo', 'Moderato mistico', and 'Allegro molto marcato'.

After the 'Tres Tangos' performance, Doktorski returned to the stage and performed as an encore his own 'Theme and Variation' on Richard Rodgers' 'Edelweiss,' following which he accompanied soprano soloist and Butler native, Evie Barnes, in a medley of four love songs to commemorate Valentine's Day: Irving Gordon's 'Unforgettable', Burt Bacharach's 'I Long to be Close to You', and 'I'll Never Fall in Love Again', and Dolly Parton's 'I Will Always Love You'.

The Butler County Symphony manager, Virginia Netchi, wrote, "The Piazzolla was mesmerizing and Henry's playing introduced many people to the sublime possibilities of the accordion. We hope other orchestras will invite him to play it with them also."
Ángel Luis Castaño

Demonstration Concert, Scotland - UK

Squeezebox Scotland Ltd (Scotland's newest accordion retail business) is holding a Display and Demonstration Day on March 10th, from 2.00pm until 11.00pm, for anyone wanting to view and try accordions by Scandalli, Paolo Soprani and SEM. The venue is the Normandy Hotel, Inchinnan Road, Renfrew. Commencing at 8pm, there will be a fee demonstration concert by Mirco Patarini and Renzo Ruggieri, from Italy, and Scotland's Nicol McLaren.

For further information email
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Paris-Moscow Duo, Bulle - Switzerland
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Paris-Moscow Duo, Domi Emorine and Roman Ibanov, were in Bulle in Switzerland, from the 7th to the 11th of February, for a master class event, which was organized by accordionist Madame Chantal Genillour. The master class had 14 participants and was a great success for all concerned. The facilities were excellent, and the eight hours of study, although intensive, also proved to be very satisfying.

The Paris-Moscow Duo's next master classes are:
April 25th to 29th and 4th to 8th July, Saint Cast le Guildo in Brittany
August 2nd to 7th in Bourboule en Auvergne (center of France)
These master clases are open for all levels.

For further information email
Gary Dahl

New CD 'Chamber Music Today' - Spain

Accordionist Iñarki Alberdi has recently released a critically acclaimed CD of works by the composers G. Erkoreka, Z.F. Gerenbarrena, R. Lazkano, D. Del Puerto, J.M. Sanchez-Verdu and J. Torres. Accompanying Alberdi are David Apellániz - cello, Miguel Ituarte - piano, Pilar Jurado - soprano, and Josetxo Silguero - saxophone.

For further information email
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Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society's 2nd Anniversary Celebrations - USA

The Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society celebrated its second anniversary on February 8th 2005 with a big Polka Night. The festivities drew an audience of 70 people, including the twenty accordionists who played solos and duets to the delight of the many participants who attended just to dance.

At each monthly meeting, a member of the WMAS offers a one-hour workshop or presentation on various aspects of the instruments (accordion, bayan, concertina, button-box) or music (ethnic, regional, or by a composer) played on the accordions. Upcoming presentations will be 'Bellows Techniques' (Jim Vandelly), and Playing By Ear' (Peter DiGiovanni). The second annual Spring Concert will be held in May.

For further information about the WMAS, email Jim Vandelly
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Celebrity Interview with Paolo Picchio - Italy
Contributed by Harley Jones

A Celebrity Interview with Paolo Picchio, conducted by Holda Paoletti-Kampl, on the occasion of the presentation of his book titled 'la fisarmonica da concerto ed is suo repertorio' is now online. Information about ordering the new book is also on this page.


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Radio Broadcast - France

There will be a radio broadcast from the November 2004 'Folk-Night' at the 'Prisme' de Seyssin, France. The 'Folk-Night' involved music and dance from several European countries and included several accordionists representing different traditions. The broadcast is on March 2nd at 11.20 pm, on France 3 Rhone-Alpes Auvergne


CD Review

A new CD Review of David Carovillano (accordion) and Becky Sajo (clarinets). Review by Paolo Picchio.

New & Updated Sites

Paolo Picchio, Celebrity Interview added to site, which includes information about his new book 'la fisarmonica da concerto ed il suo repertorio'.

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 Accordion Jazz Chords' written by Norbert Seidel is a new book by German publisher Karthause-Schmülling


4th International Competition of Bayan and Accordion rules and regulations, entry form, to be held in Moscow from 11th to 18th December 2005.

Edition Harmonia web site update including a page about the owner Prof. Walter Maurer of Austria.

Mogens Ellegaard Memorial Site, for the 10th Anniversary of his death.
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Paolo Ferreira of Portugal, advertising his CD 'Percursos'. Order by credit card in Euro or US$, using a secure server bank system.

Dr Herbert Scheibenreif's website, available in English, German and Spanish, has been updated.

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Yuri Medianik, Bayan and violin player , prize-winner of international contests and festivals, with a new site selling his recently released CD "Images of Three Centuries".

Frankfurt Music Fair

Coupe Mondiale site - The 2005 Rules and Regulations are now online.

Gary Dahl
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