Accordions Worldwide "The Squeeze"
18th June 1999
- Weekly news from around the world-
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More and more, we receive news items of accordionists performing with other instrumentalists and singers. The accordion in the last two years appears to be integrating a lot more now with other musicians than in the past, both for recordings and for concerts, which is a very positive development. It is even better when the accordion is being played in concert with such famous singers as Luciano Pavarotti. (Pavarotti & Friends article in this weeks news). That makes wonderful PR (public relations) for our instrument.

Wayne Knights Webmaster

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Celebration Festival - Iceland

Contributed by Ólafur Th Ólafsson

The Icelandic Accordion Association Festival will be held from July 2nd to 4th in an old famous herring village Siglufjörður, in north Iceland. The event will include concerts with orchestra performances, dances and demonstrations of the "salting of the herring" that was done in the old days. In the evenings accordionists will gather in large tents and old herring barracks to play together and dance.

Guest performers "Twins" (Yuri & Vadim Fjodorovs from Russia) will entertain at the Saturday night concert. The event finale will include all accordionists playing together in the village open square, followed by a celebration ball.

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Pavarotti & Friends - Italy

Luciano PavarottiContributed by Andrea Ravizza Renacero

On June 1st accordionist Ugo Viola took part (with the Italian Symphony Orchestra) in the major international event "Pavarotti & Friends for Guatemala and Kosovo". Ugo's collaboration with Luciano Pavarotti began last year when he appeared in the "Pavarotti & Friends for Liberia" concert with the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra. This was followed by two concerts with the famous tenor in Mantua and Alba in January 1999.

Ugo Viola and his brother Marco play together in the group "Renacerò", which has recently released their first CD, "Libertango". For further information email:


Saint John Celebrations - Brazil

Contributed by Teotonio Barbosa de Santana

June is a very important month for Brazilian accordionists, as they celebrate "Saint John" with many forró shows all around the country especially in Northeast region. Popular accordionist and singer Flávio José will perform on June 18th in Salvador and famous Brazilian accordionist, singer and composer Dominguinhos will perform a "Show" on June 19th.

For further information email:


Pauly in Concert - France

Accordionist Danielle Pauly performed a May concert in memory of Jo Privat entitled "Hommage à Jo Privat". The concert was held at the "Centre Culturel de Saint Thibault des Vignes" near Paris. Performers included Jo Privat Jr and François Parisi who accompanied "Muriel" (vocalist with Jo Privat before he died).

Over 150 people enjoyed the program, which included Danielle Pauly's performance of "Accord'Tonic", "La Ritale", "Poussin Bleu" and "Sa Préférée" (composed by Privat).


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Kunming International Festival - China

Contributed by Li Cong

The Kunming International Festival was held in Kunming from June 1st to 5th organized by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and the Canadian International Art Department. The festival program included an opening performance of "Radetzky March" by Italian accordionist Mario Tacca and sixty young players from the Kunming Children's Accordion Orchestra. Their performance received thunderous applause from the Governor of Kunming Province and Chinese and overseas guests.

Members of the Kunming Children's Accordion Orchestra, aged from 11 to 15 years old are from the Kunming Chenzhong Art Training Center. The orchestra was formed by Chenzhong in February 1999. Its aim is to promote accordion music and to help develop Chinese accordionists.


Charity Folk Festival - England

The Caversham Charity Folk Festival was held from June 4th to 6th at Thameside Promenade, Caversham Bridge, Berkshire. The event included a weekend of concerts, dance displays and music sessions, a Ceilidh Extravaganza, children's events and concertina workshops. Performers included duo Chris Sherburn (concertina) & Denny Bartley (guitar).

The festival supports a number of charitable organizations including autistic, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis societies.


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Traditional Sessions - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On June 19th a mini-concert entitled "Traditional Sessions at Middle House" will be held at the Middle House, Nakano-Station of JR-Chuo-Line from 2pm featuring Eiichi Yoneyama (melodeon). The event will feature traditional music such as Celtic and English folk tunes on concertina, melodeon, violin and flute. Admission is free.

For further information email Mr Kikuchi:


Bulgarian Accordionist Guest Performer - USA

Contributed by Sandie Merrill Milen Slavov

Bulgarian accordionist and composer Milen Slavov was guest artist with the UCLA Balkan Music Ensemble at a concert on June 4th which was part of the "Spring Festival of World Music" presented by the Department of Ethnomusicology of the University of California, Los Angeles. The Concert featured Milen's "Compositions for Keyboards".

The concert program included the following information about Milen: "Milen composes his own music on the basis of traditional material in a style that mixes influences from classical and popular music and jazz. Milen Slavov is known in Bulgaria as a composer with a unique sense of the essence of its musical heritage. He is praised by his colleagues for his talent to interpret Bulgarian music as a player and composer, and his original compositions remain in the repertoire of the Koutev Music School as well as in each of the ensembles he has worked with. Since coming to the US in 1997, he has performed throughout the West Coast and released two recordings ("Steep Path" and "Richness of Music")."


Admittance Exams in Progress - Poland

Contributed by Lech Puchnowski

Admittance Exams are currently in progress in eight Poland State Universities and will continue throughout June. The academies accept graduates from high schools with professional accordion diplomas. Each candidate is required to play one D. Scarlatti Sonata, Prelude and Fugue (Bach), one cyclic work (sonata), two virtuoso pieces (such as Schmidt toccata or Paganiniana by Brehme etc). Candidates must also pass other exams such as foreign language, music history, solfeggio, piano (Bach inventions, Czerny, Haydn sonatas).

Only 20 new accordion students will be accepted in all eight academies in Poland. These examinations take place twice yearly in February and June.


Celebrity Interviews

The next "Celebrity Interview" is with accordion manufacturer Peter (Stormy) Hyde from Hyde Accordions in Australia. Please submit your questions by June 22nd to Moderator Wallace Liggett. The interview will be published on June 29th.

The "Celebrity Interview" with Massimo Pigini (Manager of the Pigini Accordion Factory) is now on line in Italian language. An English language version will follow in a few days.


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Stolen Accordion - Canada

Contributed by Silvio Camilleri

Silvio's prized possession has been stolen from Hamilton, Ontario Canada. It's a Hohner Gola 120 bass stradella accordion with tone Chamber, ivory treble keys and electronic pick ups. The serial number: 428551410 is inscribed on the back and on the inside.

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32nd International Argenteuil Competition - France

Contributed by Frédéric Deschamps

The 32nd International Argenteuil Competition will be held in Paris on June 20th organized by the French Federal and Pedagogical Centre for the Organ and the Accordion, with President Guy Vivier.

The jury will be made up of Xu Wan Yi (China), Jiang Gui Ehe (China), Guy Vivier, Genc Tuqiqui (Albania), and Emmanuel Raucci (Italy).

The instruments represented will be the accordion (in 12 graded categories) and also the piano, guitar, organ and keyboard. Test music for this competition includes pieces from the Chinese repertoire, which is a first for France.

For further information on this event phone: +33 1 3961-4949


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San Francisco Folk Festival - USA

Contributed by Daniel Hersh

The 23rd Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival was held on June 12th and 13th in Richmond, San Francisco. This year's event included workshops held by Paul Kostka (accordion) and Ricky Rackin (Anglo and English concertina).

Jack Gilder, a local Irish style concertina player, provided the music for the Irish set dancing workshop and played with the band "Cronan".


Accordion Feature on BBC Radio - Scotland

Scottish accordionist Gary Blair was interviewed on the BBC Radio Scotland program ''Take the floor'', which was broadcast on June 12th. Gary chose some favorite tracks to be played including "Florette" (performed by Carlo Venturi), "Super TGV" (Eric Bouvelle), "Good old Summertime/Tiger Rag" (Dermot O'Brien), "Foxtrot" (St Petersburg Musette Ensemble) and "Beer Barrell Polka" (Mighty Accordion Band). They also played a track from Gary's CD "Missing time".


Exhibition Opening - Mexico

Contributed by Serguei Tibets

On June 2nd the "Norteños" accordion ensemble performed at the Mesto-Unidad Cultural County in Noterrey de Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The concert was held to celebrate the opening of the Art and Photo exhibition "Tres Formas de Expresión Artistica". Their program consisted of polkas and Huapangos music with dancers performing among the audience.

"Norteños" performed again on June 10th in Guadalupe. This concert was held at the end of a series of musical courses. Participants included classical musicians and folk dancers.


May Day Marching - England

USA accordionist Len Wallace recently returned from a trip to England. While there he participated in the May Day parade, marching with the York Area branch of the National Union of Miners. Len also played at Callaghan's Irish House in Brunswick Square and in the International Hall, University of London.

Len's next performances back in the USA will be on June 23rd and 30th at Conor O'Neill's, Ann Arbor, Michigan. For further information email:


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UMKC Accordion Orchestra gets grand send off - USA

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

The UMKC Accordion Orchestra played to a capacity audience for their "Bon Voyage" Concert last weekend. Presenting the "Italian Concert Tour" program, the orchestra, received numerous standing ovations from an enthusiastic audience.

The UMKC Accordion Orchestra under the direction of Joan Sommers will present concerts in Parma, Venice, Florence, Castelfidardo, Terracina and Rome during their two week tour.


French Candidates Chosen

Trophée Mondial qualifying trials were held recently, organized by Frédéric Deschamps. Frédéric is a member of the International Jury representing France at the Trophée Mondial, which will take place from September 30th to October 3rd in Spain. Frédéric is also a member of the organizing team of the Chartres Festival. Jerome Richard

Chosen candidates are:

Senior Classical Category:

Junior Classical Category

  • 1st: Magalie Boissier

Light Music Category:

In addition, qualifying trials for the Coupe Mondiale were held in Vincennes on June 8th organized by the National French Accordion Confederation. The Coupe Mondiale will take place in November in Trossingen, Germany. Results:

Senior Solo Category:

Junior Solo Category

  • 1st: Magalie Boissier

Light Music Category:

This is a double success for Jérôme Richard, who at only 18 years old, not only won every International Competition he entered in 1998 in the Light Music Category, but also managed a National Double on Chromatic Bass, after only 5 months of experience.


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Music For All Concert - New Zealand

Contributed by Wayne Knights

On June 13th over 40 accordionists in three orchestras participated in the popular bi-annual "Music for All" concert in Auckland. The North Shore Orchestra (conducted by Lionel Reekie and Heather Masefield), North Shore Music Makers Orchestra (conducted by Christine Adams) and the current New Zealand Senior Orchestra champions, North Shore Musicale (conducted by Sarah Langley) played to an audience of over 150 people. Their one hour program included "Marriage of Figaro", "Spanish Flea", "Czardas" and "Hungarian Dance No 5".


Icelandic Accordionists Visit Faroe Islands

Contributed by Ingi Karlsson

The Reykjavik Accordion Club (Iceland) has just returned from a 6 day trip to the Faroe Islands, where they received a terrific welcome from the Faroe Islands Accordion Association. The Faroe Islands are situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, 430 km south-east of Iceland. The visitors performed at daily concerts and dances and made many friends on these small Islands.


Day of the Accordion - USA

Contributed by Tom Torriglia

A "Day of the Accordion" will be held on June 27th from 12 noon to 5pm at the Cannery in San Francisco organized by "All Things Accordion" and "Lark in the Morning". This free accordion extravaganza celebrates and commemorates San Francisco's official musical instrument in honor of National Accordion Awareness Month (June).

"Day of the Accordion" will feature a variety of music including blues, jazz, pop, polkas and ethnic music on the Cannery's main stage. CDs and tapes of many of the artists will be on sale.

Artists scheduled to appear include Bob Berta, Ross Bogert, Ron Borelli, Doug Collins, DiMaggio duo, Jim Firpo, Arnie Kren, Frank Lima, Don Nurisso, Dominic Palmisano, Ruth Peckham, Lou Soper, Dennis Stoscher, Tom Torriglia, Valarie Morris quartet and many more.

For further information phone: + 1 415 440 0800


"Divine Hymns for Accordion" Book

Accordionist Gary Dahl has just released a new book "Divine Hymns for Accordion", published by Santorella Publications. Tunes and lyrics are by Helene Criscio, arranged and edited by Gary for the intermediate recreational accordionist and features many of the most popular hymns.

The book includes "Abide with Me", "Amazing Grace" and "Just a closer walk with Thee".


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Summer Accordion Courses in Larodde - France

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif

The "Centre National et International de Musique et Accordéon" (National and International Centre of Music and the Accordion) have organized summer accordion courses for accordionists of all ages and levels. The courses will cover a variety of styles such as musette, classical, jazz and contemporary music, as well as accordion pedagogy for teachers.

Course director Jacques Mornet has taught prizewinners of international competitions such as Frédéric Deschamps, Jean-Marc Marroni, Alain Musichini and Christine Rossi. His current students have been very successful in the recent Klingenthal competition.

This year's team is formed by composer Franck Angelis, Nathalie Boucheix (who won Trophée Mondiale Variété in 1994), Claude Thomain (course for accordion orchestra from July 26th to 31st) and Russian bayanist Viatcheslav Semionov (course from August 16th to 21st).

Course dates are:

July 19th to 24th
July 26th to July 31st
August 16th to 21st
August 23rd to 28th

For further information please phone: + 33 4 73222745 or fax + 33 4 73222746

Silver Falls Camp - USA

Contributed by Geof Levear

The Rose City Accordion Club held its annual camp at the Silver Falls Conference Center, Portland, Oregon from June 10th to 13th. Thirty accordionists from the US and Canada came together under the musical direction of Joe Morelli and worked on some new arrangements written by Joe especially for this camp. These works were performed in the end of camp concert. The campers, who ranged in age from 11 to 83, also attended workshops given by Joe Baccellieri, Justin Franzino and Karl Kment.

Each evening was devoted to providing opportunities for participants to perform. The participants excelled themselves with a great variety of music styles. Classics, jazz, polkas and waltzes were all heard during each evening's program. Workshop leaders also contributed to the concert evenings.


Antique Accordion Information

Elizabeth Duvert would like some information on an old wooden accordion stamped "Novitat" and "Germany". Information she requires includes where it was made, who made it, and how it might have come to South Texas. Could it have been one of the accordions imported from Germany that Sears Roebuck offered in its early 20th century catalogs?
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Paul Sheppard has inherited two piano accordions. One is a Hohner Arietta Im - Switzerland and the other is a Scandalli - Camerano Italia - No. 2869. Paul would like some information and possible value of these instruments. They are believed to have been purchased in London in the 1930's. If you can help please email:


New Sites Information on the accordion event "Autour de l'accordéon" in France. Information on the New Fisorchestra Liberina from Italy


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