Accordions Worldwide "The Squeeze"
22nd October 1999
- Weekly news from around the world-
Click here to visit the Strasser Harmonikas site!

We often hear accordionists complaining that there are not enough music and books for the accordion. In comparison with other instruments like the violin and piano, the accordion is a "young" instrument and does not have a long history, so does not have a big original repertoire. However in the 20th century more and more composers are paying attention to the accordion as a professional solo instrument, and the original repertoire is gradually increasing. You can read in almost every AWW news about new publications of books or musical albums! This is great to see.

We also receive many emails from people who are looking for a particular style of accordion music. We suggest you to check the "Music Publishers" section in the Yellow Pages and contact them directly for any help you require.

Wayne Knights Webmaster

Click here to visit Rolston Accordions
Click here to visit the Strasser Harmonikas site!
"Sound Ways" Music Festival - Russia

The XI International "Sound Ways" festival and seminar of "New Music" will be held in St. Petersburg from November 14th to 21st. The event will include an opening concert in memory of Alfred Schnittke, a conference on "The Problems of New Music in New Russia", lectures, concerts and special "Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Sound Ways Festival" performances.

The festival program will consist of new music by both significant and young composers. Russian accordionist and composer Sergej Tchirkov (prizewinner of International competitions, class of Professor A. Dmitriev) will perform "Feria-iv" by Franco Donatoni.

For further information email Alexander Radvilovitch:

Kainuu Accordion Festival - Finland

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Friedrich Lips

The III Kainuu Accordion Festival will be held at the famous Kuhmo Arts Centre in North-East Finland from October 28th to 31st organized by the Kuhmo Music Institute. The Festival includes six concerts with such artists as Friedrich Lips, Lithuanian Duet Gabnys & Savkov, Allan Jakobi Trio, Marjut Tynkkynen, Kalle Välimaa, Henrik Sandas and Jukka-Pekka Kuusela. Festival artists will also give master classes. Concerts will be held in three separate venues: Kuhmo Arts Centre, Sotkamo Church and Suomussalmi.

For further information email Artistic Director, Jukka-Pekka Kuusela:

Click here to visit Rolston Accordions
Claudio Jacomucci Performs at International Book Fair - Germany

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On October 16th Claudio Jacomucci performed at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt together with Joel Rubin (clarinet), where Joel and Rita Ottens presented their latest book "Klezmer Muzik" (published by Barenreiter). Joel Rubin is a well known performer of klezmer music and his research on traditional performing of Eastern-European Jewish Music goes very deep into Jewish culture and music.

Claudio Jacomucci has collaborated with Rubin since 1994, presenting concerts all over the world and recording CD's.

Gelo Cordova Competition - Panama

Contributed by Marcela Alfaro

The "Gelo Cordova" competition for amateur accordionists was celebrated in Panama on September 23rd by performers from all over the country (as part of the Mejorana National Festival). Winner Abdiel Angulo received a Gabbanelli accordion, model Club 90, which was donated by Distribuidora Musical S.A. (Alfaro Company). The photo shows Abdiel receiving his award with Marcela Alfaro, Manager of the Alfaro Company, dressed in traditional Panamanian costume.

Click here to visit the Strasser Harmonikas site!
"Città di Lanciano" Competition - Italy

Vadym ScrypnkychenkoContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Mikail BourlakovThe 9th International Accordion and Keyboard Competition and the 1st International Concert Accordion Trophy were held from October 14th to 17th in the magnificent Fenaroli Theatre in Lanciano. The event featured an international jury including Vladimir Zubitsky (Ukraine, who wrote the test piece "Toccata"), Paolo Picchio (Italy), Peter Soave (USA), Jean-Marc Fabiano (France), Rocco Ronca (Italy), Anatoli Serneshko (Ukraine) and Angel Luis Castaño (Spain). The festival included performances by "Quartetto Nuevo Tango", Angel Luis Castano, J.M. Fabiano, "Quintetto Mezzanotte" and "Trio Zubitsky".


  • 1st equal - Vadym Scrypnkychenko and Mikail Bourlakov
  • 3rd - Alexander Gataullin.
Scottish Accordionist Features on CD's

Scottish accordionist Sandy Brechin features on the latest CD by Donnie Munro entitled "On The West Side", released by Vital Spark Records. Sandy plays a Gaelic song, "Chi Mi", "Kate Martin's Waltz" (Blair Douglas) and others.

Sandy also performs on "The Complete Songs of Robert Burns Vol 7", which will be released by Linn Records later this year or early 2000. He also appears on Vols 5 and 6, with a variety of Scottish traditional singers and musicians.

This month Sandy will teach a weekend workshop for "Folkworks" at the Darlington Arts Centre, Darlington, England from October 29th to 31st.

Click here to visit Rolston Accordions
Korbakov in Concert at Soar Valley - UK

Contributed by Mike O'Regan Alexander Korbakov

There was a full house at the Rothley Centre, near Leicester, on October 16th to hear Russian accordion virtuoso Alexander Korbakov. Alexander performed a varied program from Russian folk songs to light classics such as "The Flight of the Bumble-Bee" (Rimsky-Korsakov), Mussorgski's "Baba Yaga" (from Pictures at an Exhibition) and Leroy Anderson's "Fiddle-Faddle". His bubbling sense of humor was much appreciated by the audience throughout the concert. Alexander was supported by the Leicester Accordion Orchestra (conducted by Karolyn Broadhead), playing a program of both classical and popular music.

Alexander will continue his tour of England and Northern Ireland until November 5th performing in Lincs, Wetherby Yorks, Cambridge, Blackpool, Herts, Crumlin, Ballykelly, Larne and Ballymena. For further information see Future Events

"Accordion Bernadette" - Australia

Contributed by Christine Adams

Current South Pacific Solo Champion "Accordion Bernadette" (Bernadette Conlon) will perform as guest artist at the Bentleigh Organ Club, Bentleigh on November 1st. Bernadette will play a variety of pieces on the acoustic accordion followed by an hour of requests on the MIDI accordion. Her program will include all forms of music from classical to contemporary, rock, jazz, pop and pieces from musicals. This guest appearance has become an annual event for the organ club and attracts the biggest audience of all their monthly concerts.

Bernadette also appeared on the evening News on all television channels in Melbourne over the past week and received favorable reports on her performance.

Click here to visit the Strasser Harmonikas site!
"Tamagawa Bakustars" - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On October 30th the "Tamagawa Bakustars" will perform in Tokyo. The group includes accordionist Mitsuyo Sakamoto and a guitarist. Mitsuyo Sakamoto is also a member of the band "Tefuukindo". On November 7th this group will perform at the Hino Social Education Center, Hino, Tokyo. For further information on either of these concerts see Future Events.

"Pulaski Day" Performances - USA

Contributed by Bob Kowalski

Accordionist John Jeski & The John Jeski Band performed three 1 hour shows on October 10th at traditional "Pulaski Day" celebrations in the Ballroom of the "Polish National Home" in Connecticut to a capacity crowd.

The event began with a special "Polka Party" Radio Broadcast on WRYM 840AM. During this broadcast "The John Jeski Band" played "Incredible Accordion Polka" (from their latest CD "Thank Heaven For Polkas". This was followed by music and dancing in the ballroom with the guests requesting "Clarinet Polka".

Click here to visit Rolston Accordions
"Jazzcontreband" Festival - France

On November 6th French accordionist Marc Berthoumieux will perform with his quintet at the "Jazzcontreband" Festival held in Château Rouge, Annemasse. The event will include performances by over 60 musicians.

The "Jazzcontreband" program includes the following information about Marc: "Marc comes across with both a wonderful feeling for melody and as a remarkable composer. In order to make this night something exceptional, he will invite the Cat'Sax quartet, the singer Clarika and 60 musicians of the "Harmonie Municipale d'Annemasse". With Marc Berthoumieux, the closing concert of JAZZcontreBAND promises to be a colorful party, both entertaining and unpredictable."

For further information email:

Accordion Premieres - Finland

On October 21st, Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen performed a recital in the Kotka Concerthouse, Finland. His program included music by Grieg, Stravinsky, Kaipainen, Constant and Piazzolla. Mika also performed a world premiere of his arrangement of "Seven questions to infinity", by well known composer and conductor Leif Segerstam. Last year Segerstam personally suggested that Mika arrange the piece for accordion from the original piano piece.

On October 27th Mika will perform another interesting concert at the Tampere Concerthouse. This concert is part of a popular series with pianists Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andras Schiff, the Virtuosi di Kuhmo Orchestra and violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Mika will perform the world premiere of "Prelude and Toccata" by one of Scandinavia's leading composers Juhani Nuorvala. Mika's program will also include music by Grieg, Mehul, Rachmaninov, Moskowski, Kaipainen, Bruggemann, Piazzolla and Constant.

For further information see Future Events

Click here to visit the Strasser Harmonikas site!
Celebrity Interviews

Questions for the "Celebrity Interview" with Li Cong, Chinese teacher, President of The Shanghai Accordion Association and Webmaster of the Accordions Worldwide Chinese Internet site have now closed. The interview will be published on October 26th.

Ruggieri to Tour UK

"Renzo Ruggieri Group" with Gianni CosciaJazz accordionist Renzo Ruggieri will tour the UK from November 8th to 12th, playing concerts in Drogheda (Ireland) on the 8th and in Daminghton (England) on the 9th. He will also give two performances at the "Caister Festival" (Scotland) on the 11th and 12th. This concert series was promoted thanks to the collaboration of Fausto Fabi, sales manager of the Orla and Piermaria companies, which specialize respectively in electronic devices and accordions.

The picture shows the "Renzo Ruggieri Group" with special guest Gianni Coscia (well-known Italian jazz musician) at the "Fisarmoniae 99" seminar held in Baragiano (Italy) were they played during the final night of the event.

Click here to visit Rolston Accordions
New Song Book Released

"German Favorites For Accordion"A new book "German Favorites for Accordion" is now available, published by Santorella Publications and arranged by Gary Dahl. This book features 15 favorite songs including "In Munchen Steht En Hofbrauhaus" (Stimmungwalzer), "Muss i Denn Zum Stadtele Hinaus" and "Die Lorelei". Great for Oktoberfest events!

The degree of difficulty is intermediate level, with plenty of room for the advanced player to Add embellishments and variations. For further information email:

Concertina Concerts and Workshop in Canada and USA

Canadian group "Finest Kind" (including concertina player Ian Robb) have just released their latest CD. The group also includes Ann Downey (guitar and vocals) and (Shelley Posen (vocals).

Ian has also given solo performances at clubs, concerts and festivals throughout North America and abroad. His next concert will be in Ottawa, Canada on November 7th, followed by concerts and an English concertina workshop in Seattle, USA. For further information email:

Click here to visit the Strasser Harmonikas site!
Boer Music Meetings Popular - South Africa

November is a popular month for Boermusic meetings in South Africa. The meetings include performances of traditional Boer Music played on the concertina. Younger musicians are encouraged to play and receive the chance to perform in front of an audience. Club members are also given the opportunity to produce recordings of their music.

In November seven meetings will be held by Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Goudveld, Pietersburg, Hartswater and Karoo branches. For further information see Future Events.

Stolen accordion - Germany

A Hohner Morino V, Jubleemodell BJ' 91 (colored black, with one green and one blue stripe on the bass section) was stolen from Harxheim, Rheinhessen, Germany on October 7th. If you can help with any information on this accordion please phone: + 49 173-9522178 or email

Click here to visit Rolston Accordions
Hohner Junior Team Successes, Castelfidardo Competition - Italy

The Hohner Junior Artists team (teacher Frédéric Deschamps) enjoyed excellent success at their first international competition.

In the under 18 years Light Music category the team were awarded: 2nd - Benoit Chabod, 3rd - Guillaume Lopes, 4th - Greg Frenard, and 5th - Vincent Carenzi. The young players enjoyed their visit to beautiful Castelfidardo and returned home to France very pleased with their success.

Accordion on Radio Show - Australia

Robert Gesmundo has a radio program on a local Western Australian Community Radio Station 6CCR - Fremantle Radio 100.1 FM, which is operated and managed by volunteers. Every Tuesday night on the program "Voce Amica" (Friendly Voice) the accordion is featured in "The World of the Accordion", and includes performances by players from all over the world. Robert is pleased to receive CDs, cassettes or records from artists that he can include on the program. He currently receives support from Australian accordionist Peter Piccini and his local accordion fraternity

For further information email:

Click here to visit the Strasser Harmonikas site!
Y2K Song Release

Accordion duo "Samsonite and Delight-Ya" (Botielus and Cybele) have just released a CD single entitled "" a parody of the hit "YMCA". They sequenced all the backing music (so it sounds almost like the original disco hit) and added funny Y2K lyrics, sound effects and of course the accordion. The humorous lyrics send a message of all the possible things that may happen when the new year comes.

Interestingly "Botielus" gained his name when he couldn't find his bow tie for work one day! The duo are known as "the Cheesiest Accordion Duo in Portland" (USA) because they play TV theme songs, rock songs and a selection of most other types of music, and fling free slices of cheese to audience members who correctly guess the song they play! (Each cheese slice is actually a business card, because their contact information is on each slice).

For further information email:

Fucelli Plays to International Audience - Italy

Roberto FucelliContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

A magical atmosphere reigned in the chapel of the Villa di Monte Solare (Città della Pieve, Italy) during a concert featuring Roberto Fuccelli. Fuccelli played music by Pachelbel in front of an international audience from all over Europe. He was awarded a long and enthusiastic ovation.

Home | Yellow Pages | Sites Hosted | Services | General Info | Search AWW | Contact

to comment on these pages, e-mail the webmaster
© Copyright 1999 Accordions Worldwide. All rights reserved