Accordions Worldwide "The Squeeze"
15th October 1999
- Weekly news from around the world-
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This week we feature the major accordion competition "Città di Castelfidardo 24th Competition and Festival", held from October 6th to 10th. The competition included various solo classes, from classical/original concert music to light music and jazz programs. It also offered classes for groups and orchestras of different types and styles of music. The event was both a fully competitive atmosphere and a fun atmosphere. Such competitions and festivals are good for the accordion.

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Città di Castelfidardo 24th Competition and Festival - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl and Harley Jones

The Città di Castelfidardo 24th Competition and Festival held from October 6th to 10th in Italy included several full house concerts. Performers from many countries entertained in a variety of styles such as jazz, rock and classical. The accordion also featured with other instruments in dance music and with the famous singer "Milva".

For detailed information see the Città di Castelfidardo website.

Far East Tour

The Graham Geddes Band (Scotland) will travel to the Far East on November 24th. Their first concert will be held at the Shangri la Hotel, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia on November 27th, where they will play at a "St Andrews" night. Their program will include mostly "set dance" music such as "St Andrew of Brampton", "Cutty Sark" and "Reel of 51st". They will play the same program in Bangkok on December 3rd.

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Concerts, Radio and TV Appearances - Spain

Contributed by Harley Jones

Vladimir Zubitsky, guest artist and adjudicator at the Trophee Mondial in Ourense, Spain, performed at the final Gala Concert of the event as well as several other concerts. Zubitsky performed a concert at the University of Ourense Carballino which was recorded by radio and a CD release of this recording is planned. Zubitsky also performed a concert in the Catedral de Ourense which was attended by more than 400 people.

Additionally, Zubitsky was interviewed and performed on Radio Onda cero C.O.P.E. and parts of the Final Gala Concert plus an interview were recorded by TV Spain (T.V.G. and T.V.E.) for broadcast in Spain and Latin America.

Noton Performances - Spain and Italy

Jean-Louis NotonJean Louis Noton was also featured at the Trophee Mondial in Ourens, Spain. He performed two evening concerts on September 29th and 30th to enthusiastic audiences. The following week, he was performing again, this time at the Castelfidardo Festival demonstrating Cavagnolo products. Many times there was too many people for the room (near the City square) so they were standing in the street to listen.

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United States Champions to Preview World Championships Programs

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

On October 17th, the two contestants representing the United States at the upcoming C.I.A. World Accordion Championships will preview their entire programs at a Benefit concert in White Recital Hall at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

The current A.T.G. National Champion Cathy Sommers is competing in the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships, and Jason Stephen will be representing the United States in the Virtuoso Entertainment Category. Jason will be jointly representing the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International and the American Accordionists Association. Both are students of Joan Sommers.

For further information please contact Joan Sommers at: + 1 816 235-2743

Pitocco Tours Japan

Massimiliano PitoccoContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Well-known accordion and bandoneon player Massimiliano Pitocco is currently on tour in Japan until October 17th performing concerts in Niigata-ken with Yukari Nakayama (piano). Their program includes Corale No 2 B minor (Franck), Asturias (Albeniz) and many pieces by Piazzolla such as "Chiquiline de Bacin" and Los Sueños".

In November Pitocco will tour Austria with the "Haydn" Orchestra (Bolzano).

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Cajun Ball with "Balfa Toujours" - France

Contributed by Hervé Latapie

Cajun group "Balfa Toujours" will perform at a "Concert Ball" on October 28th at the "Boîte à Frissons" in Paris. The group consists of Dick Powell (accordion), Christine Balfa (vocals and guitar), Kevin Wimmer (violin) and Burke Balfa (triangle). "Balfa Toujours" bring cajun "tradition to life by constantly renewing it". This concert is the group's only appearance in Paris during their tour of France.

For further information phone: + 33 1-40-40-96-56

Academic Arts Theatre Concert - USA

Contributed by Mary Mancini

The second of two "Spectacular Accordion Shows" will be held on October 17th at the Academic Arts Theatre, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York, sponsored by Il Club Italiano of Westchester Community College. Accordionist Mario Tacca will perform with the "K" Accordion Trio (Walter Kasprzyk, Mary Tokarski and Julie Cardona), Kevin Friedrich, Mary Mancini (soprano) and Barry Mitterhoff (mandolin).

The first show was held on October 10th in New Britain, Connecticut before a delighted audience, who enjoyed the tremendous versatility of the accordion. Attendees were treated to a mix of classical items, show tunes, novelty items, solos, ensemble selections, right through to the latest in accordion technology featuring the new reedless accordion. For information on this weekend's concert, please contact Mario Tacca at: + 1 914 737-8872

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CD Release Concert - Denmark

Contributed by Arne Morsing

The Thisted Accordion Band will perform a concert in conjunction with the release of their third CD entitled "Skoda valsen", in the Thisted Theater on November 28th. The CD contains seven tracks composed by Thisted members including "Skoda valsen", "Ringe Træfmarch" and "Camilento". Other tracks include "When I´m Sixty Four" (Lennon/McCartney), "Mexican Hat Dance and "Semper Fidelis" (Sousa).

The group's next concert will be in Hurup Thy on October 20th. For further information email:

First Jazz Accordion Course - Italy

Renzo RuggieriAfter publishing the first "new-generation" jazz accordion method (Bèrben n.4190) and the first "total improvisation" CD ("Improvvisazioni Guidate" - Voglia d'Arte R1000-001), jazz musician Renzo Ruggieri was appointed lecturer of the first jazz accordion course (including modern/MIDI accordion) at the Pescara Music Academy. This is an important new project not only for the organizing institution, but also for its meticulous five-level structure (the course is open to absolute beginners) and the widely recognized diploma awarded to successful students. Ruggieri's students include Osvaldo Guarnieri, recent winner of the Castelfidardo competition both in the "Jazz: Soloists" and "Jazz - Groups" sections. For further information please phone the Pescara Music Academy: + 39 85 4510504

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Austrian Orchestra Tours France

Akkordeonorchester SalzkammergutContributed by Eva Gruber

The Akkordeonorchester Salzkammergut (Austria) conducted by Bernhard Baumgartner toured France in September, performing well received concerts in the Elsass region. Their varied program included pieces by Strauss and Brahms as well as "St. Louis Blues" and a Trini Lopez medley.

This was followed by a performance of the same program to over 900 people in Bad Füssing, Germany at a "Kurkonzert". On October 16th the orchestra will perform two concerts in Vienna.

Dan McGhee in concert with Myron Floren - USA

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

ATG Polka Champion Dan McGhee (student of Joan Sommers) performed to a capacity audience at the Welk Resort in Branson, Missouri, in duo with the master himself, Myron Floren. Dan's performance was the prize for winning the ATG Polka competition earlier in the year at the ATG Competition and Festival.

After enjoying the fantastic opportunity of being on stage with one of the most recognized names in the accordion world, Dan enjoyed the weekend of stardom, and was thrilled to be recognized during the weekend at both the Welk Resort and in Branson, as the accordionist who had performed with Myron.

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Entrance and Exit - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On October 22nd and 23rd Japanese actor Yosuke Mori will perform the accordion in the Polish play entitled "Entrance and Exit" held at the "Fukagawa Edo Museum" Theatre, Koto Ward, Tokyo. Mori will play a professor who performs the accordion at a dentist's hospital.

Celebrity Interviews

Our next "Celebrity Interview" is with Li Cong, Chinese teacher, President of The Shanghai Accordion Association and Webmaster of the Accordions Worldwide Chinese Internet site. Please send your questions to moderator Wallace Liggett by October 20th. The interview will be published on October 26th.

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Tauranga Festival - New Zealand
The Jews Brother Band (featuring accordionist Hershal) will perform at the Tauranga Arts Festival on November 2nd and 3rd. The event will feature the world famous "Spiegeltent" as the venue for many festival performances, which is lined completely with mirrors giving an amazing effect! Built during the 1920s, it is one of the few remaining original Belgian travelling dance tents.
"Burach" Perform at Scandinavian Festival

Popular Scottish group "Burach" (which includes accordionist Sandy Brechin) played recently at the Northlands Festival in Uddevalla, Sweden and Halden, Norway. Following this "Burach" performed at the Jersey World Music Festival on October 2nd and 3rd in St. Helier, Jersey.

The group has released two CD's "The Weird Set" and "Born Tired" and appeared on numerous TV and radio shows in the UK and abroad. Their next performance will be at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen on October 22nd.

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Publisher Required for Arrangements - Bulgaria

A Fifth of BeethovenContributed by Tsvetana Kojuharova, Accordion Magic

The "Bulgarian Edition for Accordion Culture and Arts" are looking for a publisher for accordion arrangements by Bulgarian musicians. Arranger Diana Stancheva, assistant Professor at the Plovdiv University and a doctorant of Professor Imhanitski at the Gnessin's Music Academy in Moscow is the author of a series of scientific articles concerning the methods of accordion teaching and has arranged a large number of well-known musical pieces for the accordion.

She currently has a number of arrangements for accordion duo, trio and quartet requiring publication including duos "Sevdana" (Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin), "A Fifth of Beethoven" (Murphy), trio "Fantasia in C" (Bach) and quartet "Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso" (Saint-Saens).

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UMKC Accordion Orchestra with 700 Voice Choir - USA

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

The UMKC Accordion Orchestra was spotlighted as it accompanied a spectacular 700 voice choir, during the finale concert to the Mid-America Vocal Arts Festival. In front of the thousand strong audience, the UMKC Accordion Orchestra accompanied "Not Unto Us, O Lord" by Roger Quilter, and a rousing arrangement of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

The UMKC Accordion Orchestra is directed by Joan C. Sommers, and is often fortunate to have such wonderful exposure with other musicians. The next concerts for the orchestra will be at the American Family Christmas on December 5th, at 2pm and 7pm. This show features the orchestra with their own selections, and also as they accompany the choral ensembles. Tickets for this Christmas Spectacular should be arranged in advance, as the performances are always sold out. For tickets please phone: + 1 816 235-2700

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Fontainebleau Theater Concert - France

French accordionist Bruno Maurice played on October 10th at the Fontainebleau Theater (near Paris). Bruno (a surprise guest) performed solo pieces including "Triple Fugue in E moll" (Bach) and his own composition "Saumur" (music about a very famous wine from the Loire Valley).

This was followed by duos with Jean-Pierre Chalet (pianist) including "Music in the Mood" (J.P. Chalet) and "One Day You Will See" and "La Foule" (Edith Piaf).

The duo are currently preparing a CD which will be recorded in December 1999 and released in April 2000. This CD will contain music with a "French flavour", with compositions by J. P. Chalet and modern arrangements of popular French standards.

Hangar Dance - USA

The Cafe Accordion OrchestraContributed by Erik Lillestol

The Cafe Accordion Orchestra (which includes accordionist Daniel Newton) will perform at a popular annual "Hangar Dance" on October 23rd. This fundraiser benefits the Southern Minnesota wing of the Confederate Air Force (SMW) and will take place in St. Paul, Minnesota at the SMW's authentic World War II hangar.

The group plays an eclectic mix of French musette, vintage swing, Latin and European music. For additional information email:

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Concert party - UK

Accordionist Karen Tweed will tour Great Britain with Ian Carr (guitar and vocals), Kate Rusby (vocals) and Roger Wilson from October 22nd to 31st. The quartet will perform in Cheltenham, East Grinstead, Lincoln, Beverley, and Leicester.

Karen and Kate are also members of "The Poozies" who have just completed a tour of the UK. For further information see Future Events.

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