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The Squeeze
21st November 1997

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Editors note:
Hi everyone,

This weekend I'm going on a fishing holiday, which I'll need before two weekends of full-on rehearsals and concerts. In two weeks time the orchestra I direct will perform three concerts over the weekend, which will be the second time they have performed in general public as the New Zealand Champions. We have been working hard on a new program, with some great Christmas and modern pieces such as Sleigh Ride and the theme to Mission Impossible. It has been interesting to get them playing in 5/4 for the first time!

Wayne Knights

This weeks titles:

  • Peter Soave in Concert – USA
  • Acco Land Concert in Bilbao, Spain
  • Contemporary Art Festival '97, Ukraine
  • Accordion Concert in Puerto Rico
  • 4th Astor Piazzolla International Prize, Italy
  • Accordion and Concertina Figurine Collection - USA
  • 5th International Accordion Competition in Arrasate-Mondragon, Spain
  • Norwich Accordion Club Concert – UK
  • ATG 1998 Festival – USA
  • 1998 Adelaide Festival – Australia
  • New Video on Zydeco and Cajun Accordion
  • Accordionist featured in Pittsburgh Post Gazette - USA
  • Lørenskog Accordion Club Activities - Norway
  • Accordion Jamboree in Massachusetts - USA
  • Accordion-Orchestra Rheinhausen in Concert - Germany
  • Polish National Accordion Competition
  • Accordion Competition in Russia


    Contributed by Peter Soave

    On November 9th, Peter Soave performed the Accordion Concerto by Paul Creston at the Orchestra Hall in Detroit, Michigan, to an audience of about 1,000. Ironically, Paul Creston passed away (aged 72) in 1984, the same year that Soave was crowned Coupe Mondiale champion.

    Paul Creston was commissioned by the AAA in 1959 to compose a major work for accordion & orchestra. This piece, Opus 75, was given it's world premier in May 1960 at the New York Town Hall with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. The accordion soloist was Carmen Carrozza. To this day, Creston remains one of the most respected American composers of 20th Century Music to have written for the accordion. This Concerto is considered to be one of the most technically demanding works in the accordion repertoire. It is rarely performed and has never been recorded.

    Peter Soave is currently reviewing some European requests to perform the Creston Concerto with major symphony orchestras there. He is also preparing a recording of this great work to be released in 1998.


    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    On Tuesday November 11th, Acco Land was a guest at the XVII Contemporary Music Festival in Bilbao, Spain. At the concert which was held in the "Museo de Bellas Artes", Claudio Jacomucci & Anne Landa presented works by Luciano Berio (Sequenza XIII), Boris Porena (Quasi), Franco Donatoni (Feria III), Miguel Ruiz (Endimion y la luna), Luis De Pablo (Retratos y Transcripciones), Mario Pagliarani (Apparizione di Franz Schubert fra le onde), for solo and duet. The event was very successful and was broadcast by "Radio Nacional de España".


    Contributed by Vladimir Besfamilnov

    The Contemporary Art Festival was held from November 13th to 16th at the Composers House in Kiev, Ukraine. The Festival was dedicated to the contemporary arts presented in three areas, of music, poetry and art.

    There was an exhibition hall where artists were able to show their works, and the concert program ran every day of the festival presenting many interesting and unusual ensemble items.

    There were several compositions performed by ensembles with various instruments, including bayan such as:

    • "Cactus' Greenhouse" by Sergei Yarunski for bayan, violin and guitar
    • "Vilene" By Sergei Yarunski, for bayan, 2 voices, flute, clarinet, trombone, alt, piano, contrabass and percussion.
    • "Samori" by Andrei Konrak for bayan, violin and guitar
    • "Music for 3" by Aleksei Kireli for bayan, violin and guitar

    Performers were students and teachers of the Ukrainien National Academy of Music.


    Contributed by Juan Casanas

    The Puerto Rico Accordionists Association Orchestra will be holding its pre-Christmas concert on November 21st, at 1 pm. The concert will take place at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music under the direction of its Director Esther Eugenia Bertieaux and guest Director Joan Cochran Sommers.

    During November Professor Joan Cochran Sommers will be giving master classes for interested members.

    For further information write to: Asociación de Acordeonistas de Puerto Rico, P.O. Box 195373, San Juan, Puerto Rico or email:


    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    From November 13th to 15th, the 4th "Astor Piazzolla" International Prize, dedicated to the music of the famous Argentinean maestro who died in 1992, took place in Castelfidardo (Italy). It featured soloists and ensembles that played Piazzolla's works (original scores or transcriptions with improvisations). Because of the very high level of the participants, the jury thought that the final test should be performed at the Centro degli Spettacoli (Show Centre) in front of a large and attentive audience who had the chance to listen to extraordinary performances with very unique arrangements of the music of Piazzolla.

    On Friday November 14th, an impressive performance was given by drummer Tullio de Piscopo. De Piscopo is currently teaching drums at the Nuova Accademia di Musica Moderna in 10 Via Savona, Milan, Italy and accompanied Astor Piazzolla on tour throughout the world, recording 6 LPs with him.

    Competition winners are:

    1. The Saexphones (Italy)
    2. Libertango Ensemble (Germany)

    Winners of Accordions Worldwide Special Award:

    1. Ar and Ar Duo (Russia)


    Contributed by Bob Jarlenski

    About eight years ago I picked up a few accordion figurine pieces in the U.S., got the bug and started to collect them. In fact, you might say I'm now obsessed. One whole bedroom is now devoted to the collection!

    Over the last eight years no antique dealers have any knowledge of other collectors and to our knowledge there is no book on the subject of collecting accordion/concertina statues and figurines. The collection now exceeds 500 pieces, some of which go back to the 1880's and many are "turn of the century" pieces including an interesting statue of Mickey Mouse playing an accordion that goes back to the 1930's.

    I would like to hear from others about their collections or if you know of any others. If you have any pieces you think I may be interested in please contact me at: . The collection brings much joy, and reminds me of the great many times I've had entertaining people.


    Contributed by Hartmut Lange from the Newspaper Intermusik

    The 5th International Accordion Competition for Soloists will be held from December 3rd to 8th in Arrasate-Mondragon, Spain with 850.000 Pesetas in prize money for the first three placings, diplomas and trophies. The competitors must perform "Cinema" (by Sergej Berinski) and an original work for accordion in the qualifying round.

    In the final soloists are required to present a program of their own choice (between 25 and 35 minutes) with at least one contemporary work.


    Contributed by Warren King

    On Friday November 28th at 7.30pm, the Norwich Accordion Club will present a concert in the Music Room of The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, UK. The Music Room has recently been restored following a major fire. The concert program will include well known waltzes, marches, arrangements of music hall favourites, Scottish tunes, songs from musicals, classical pieces and individual performances.

    The Musical Director is Royston Herbert, who retired a few years ago from a career as a BBC music producer and who has a lifetime's experience of accordion playing and teaching.

    This concert is a new venture for the Norwich Accordion Club. They often entertain at concerts and events arranged by other people, but this time have decided to present their own concert at a very pleasant venue in Norwich which has the capacity for an audience of over 200 people.

    The Club was formed 27 years ago and now consists of two groups, a main band and an elementary band. The concert will be presented by the main band of fifteen players.

    Tickets are 3.50 UKP and are available at the door or in advance from The Assembly House, Guildhall Ticket Shop in Norwich.

    For further information please email Warren King at:


    Contributed by Keith N. Sawyer

    The Accordion Teachers' Guild, International's 1998 Festival will be held from July 17th to 19th, 1998 at the Lisle/Naperville Hilton Hotel, Chicago, USA. Hotel reservations are available. For information check your quarterly ATG Bulletin or contact ATG President, Amy Jo Sawyer: 813 W. Lakeshore Dr, O'Fallon, Illinois 62269-1216, USA. Ph. + 1 618 632-2859; FAX + 1 618 632-0599; Email:


    On October 28th the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) featured an article by Angela Bennie on the 1998 Adelaide Festival which will open with an opera and a fire requiem and close with accordion performances.

    Accordions will be all over the place, playing everything from zydeco to the cafe music of Paris in the '20s, from Bulgarian wedding music to the Mexican music of Texicali Rose. "At this festival, we will play everything from the great, high passion of Bach and Haydn and Messaien down to the apparent profanity of the accordion. At this festival we will feature the accordion."


    Contributed by Evo Bluestein

    A new video on beginning Zydeco and Cajun accordion by Evo Bluestein for 1 row diatonic accordion (key Of C) & 2 row diatonic accordion (CF) has recently been released. The lessons in this video start with a repertoire common to both zydeco and cajun accordion styles such as Colinda, Bosco Stomp, Allons A Lafayette, Jolie Blon and continue with songs more specific to zydeco and blues such as Baby Please Don't Go, Grand Bosco Blues, Les Zydeco Sont Pas Sale´, and Rather Be The Devil. Most lessons are taught on a C 1-row button accordion; the last two lessons use a CF 2-row button accordion.

    Evo Bluestein plays the accordion with the Bad Boys Zydeco band. Other instructional videos by Evo include Beginning Autoharp, Beginning Clawhammer Banjo, Beginning Folk Guitar, Beginning Oldtime Fiddle, and Advanced Autoharp.

    The video costs US$45. Please send cheque or money order to: Doghill Productions 10691 N. Madsen, Clovis, CA 93611, USA. International orders please add $4 for the first item and $1 for each additional item. Videos are VHS only.


    Contributed by Henry Doktorski

    Henry Doktorski was recently featured in a quarter page article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, which was entitled - Move Over "Lady of Spain": Bach on Accordion.

    The following are some excerpts from the article: "Free reeds might be called the Rodney Dangerfield of musical instruments-- they get no respect. The free-reed family, which includes accordions, harmonicas, harmoniums and concertinas, are often thought of as "fun" instruments.

    Musician Henry Doktorski of Hampton, who has played accordion since he was 7, discovered there is a wealth of classical music written for free reeds. Now, he's trying to spread the word about these misunderstood instruments.

    Doktorski, 41, has written a book called "The Classical Squeezebox," due to be published early next year.

    Henry Doktorski will be performing a benefit concert at the Community of Reconciliation Church in Oakland at 2 pm on November 23rd.


    Contributed by Steinar Holm

    The Lørenskog Accordion Club was founded in 1981 and has 22 current active members including bass and rhythm guitar and drums. Lørenskog is a community located just outside Oslo, the capital of Norway with a population of approximately 35,000.

    The youngest member is 15 years old, the oldest about eighty and they play a variety of music from traditional folk and dance pieces to more modern rhythms.

    Practice is each Wednesday and they arrange eight dance evenings for people in the community during the year as well as taking part in community festivals. Every alternate year they travel abroad to get some new inspiration and meet people that like the accordion. They perform about 15 to 20 times annually including old folks homes and for pensioners.

    For further information please write to:
    Lørenskog Trekkspillklubb
    Boks 482
    1473 Skårer

    or email Steinar Holm at:


    Contributed by Nils Lundin

    On November 23rd from 3 to 7pm, an Accordion Jamboree will be held at the Masonic Temple, 1170 Hancock Street, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA.

    Over 20 accordionists will be performing including Nils Lundin, Bert Stromholm and Warren Johnson. Proceeds will be donated to the Faith Lutheran Church roof replacement fund. Entrance fees are US$8 per person, US$15 per couple; and children under 12 are free.

    For bookings please phone: +1 617-6592206


    Contributed by Birgit Huesken

    The club concert of the Rheinhausen Accordion Orchestra will be held at the Rheinhausenhalle on November 23rd at 5 pm. The three orchestras of the club will contribute to the program with the children's choir from the Municipal Music School, Krefeld as guest performers.

    The hobby orchestra will perform the "Heimatfest-Ouvertuere" by G. Wagner; the program of the youth orchestra contains works by A. Holzschuh and H. Naef and the No 1 orchestra will present their wide musical repertoire which includes works like "Leichte Kavallerie" by Fr.v.Suppé to "Music" by J.Miles (arr. H.-G.Koelz). A highlight will be "La Campanella" by R.Wuerthner, performed with soloist Norbert Schneider.


    Contributed by Alexandra Koppel Intermusik Newspaper

    The annual Polish National Accordion Competition will be held from December 16th to 20th at the Breslau Conservatory. During the competition a commemorative concert will be held in tribute to Professor Iriniusz Wrobel (accordion educator and winner of many international competitions), who died in 1996. Accordion virtuoso Piotr Rangno will perform works by Bach and Piazzolla including "Chaconne, d-moll" and "Ave Maria" (Tutti anni prima) arranged by Peter Soave.


    Contributed by Wu Jie

    Mr Yue Wei (President of Chongqing Art College), is planning a trip to Russia with his accordion students to participate in the 5th Baltica-Harmonica ' 98 International Accordion Competition to be held in St Petersburg, Russia in April next year. This is the second time Mr Yue Wei has been to Russia for this event.

    "Our contestants won several prizes in the competition in 1995 and next year, we will dispatch our best students to Russia, and we hope to win more prizes in this competition. Russian accordionists are some of the best in the world and the most important thing is that our students get an opportunity to better themselves by participating in the event." said Mr Yue Wei.


    Subject: Accordion search


    I am trying to locate an accordion. I started taking lessons when I was 5 years old but lost interest in my early teens. I had an accordion for years, but when I went to play it last year, the reeds fell out, so I've been looking for a used accordion. I hope you can help me in my search.


    Hi Chris,

    Accordions Worldwide are home of the Accordion Yellow Pages. Included as a part of that is a place for people to buy and sell used accordions. If this is of interest to you, follow this link:

    If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.

    Wayne Knights
    Accordions Worldwide

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