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News from 24th January 1997

Editors note:
Again, thanks for the news sent in. What a great effort! This week we completed a site for the New Zealand Accordion Association. The domain name is

People are slowly beginning to realise that this is a free service, provided for you to promote you or your organisation. Be sure to look back next week, when we will have the release of the test music for the 1997 Coupe Mondiale, with contact details on how to get it.
Thanks again,
Wayne Knights, Editor

For information on upcoming concerts, competitions etc go to Future Events

This weeks titles:


Contributed by Tom Bellows

Bellows & Blades (Tom Bellows and Ron Blades) are America's only in-line skating, accordion playing and singing duo. Last week they performed for three straight days at the National Hockey League's Pinnacle Fantasy convention in San Jose, CA as part of the NHL's All-Star game events.

They entertained up to 15,000 people each day who came to the San Jose convention center, by skating through the crowds and performing. The response to this form of entertainment was greatly received, with nobody believing that you could skate and play the accordion at the same time.

They were also asked to perform and to play background music while local television stations broadcast from the event and were included in a segment shot by MTV.

The response was so positive that the event's producers have asked them to perform at the Major League Baseball convention being held in conjunction with the 1997 All-Star game in Cleveland, Ohio from 4th to 8th July and "In-Line" magazine's March issue will include an article on the duo.


Contributed by Zeljko Jembrih

From 8th to 12th January in Zagreb, an accordion teachers course was held in Croatia for teachers from Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The organiser was HDHP (Croatian Accordion Teachers Association) and the course instructors were Vjera Odak-Jembrih (Zagreb, Croatia), Vladimir Balyk (Astrakhan, Russia) and Slavk Magdic (Maribor, Slovenia).

During the course Vladimir Balyk performed a concert in the Europe House in Zagreb, together with sisters Bandalovic, who graduated from the Hohner Conservatorium in Trossingen, Germany. In the middle of next year the HDHP will organise the 4th International Summer School for accordion, clarinet and flute in the small town of Primosten on one of the most beautiful parts of the Adriatic coast.


Contributed by Wu Jie

On Friday 10th January at 7.30pm, Ms Jiang Hong, a young accordionist with the Tibet Song and Dance Troupe, gave a solo concert in the Lhasa Hall in Lhasa City (the capital of Tibet). This was the first accordion concert to be held in Tibet this year.

Ms Jiang Hong studied the accordion at the Sichuan Conservatory, in the Hebei Province of China under Professor Wu Shouzhi and is one of the best accordionists in Tibet.


Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association

"Ghostdance" was a USA - Mexico collaboration commissioned by New York's Lincoln Center with choreographer Paula Josa Jones, her American company, seven Mexican dancers and music by accordionist-composer Pauline Oliveros. This score, on CD with a special sound installation, was performed by Oliveros on accordion with vocalist Julie Lyon Rose and percussionist David Gamper in a studio with Expanded Instrument System processing. Two Lincoln Center performances were followed by a third showing at Radcliffe Yard in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Contributed by Petr Muzika and Tatiana Lanchtchikova

1997 has been declared "Ivan Panitski Year", in honour of him. He was a very famous accordionist, teacher, arranger and composer.

Ivan Panitski was born 14 January 1906 and from the age of five taught himself how to play the accordion. He was soon performing in Balakov, Russia. Ivan Panitski graduated from Saratov Music College as violinist, but through this time continued his studies on the accordion. He won the first ever accordion competition held in Russia, in 1927, won the Soviet Union Accordion Competition in 1939, and second place in the Russian Republican Competition of Concert performers in 1943.

From 1929 Ivan Panitski taught the accordion at the Saratov Music College in Saratov, Russia and performed with the Saratov Philarmonia. He premiered "Concerto No.1" by Nikolai Chaikon, which was performed in the Concert Hall of the Saratov Philarmonia, 1952.

Since 1973, an accordion competition devoted to Ivan Panitski, has been held annually in Saratov, Russia. He composed and arranged a lot of music for the accordion, mostly influenced by Russian folk music. Through this and his performances, he has contributed much to the development of the accordion in Russia. Ivan Panitski died in 1990. On January 14th 1997, Ivan Panitski would have been 91 years of age. In honour of this, Russian accordionists laid wreaths in memory.


Contributed by Harley Jones

Lionel Reekie is one of New Zealand's best know accordion entertainers, having also performed extensively in Europe, North America and Australasia. He has recently released a CD entitled "Starlight". The CD features Lionel on MIDI accordion with vocals and will appeal to a wide variety of tastes. Tracks include romantic songs to pop, Latin American and Rock 'n' Roll. Great interest has already been shown in New Zealand and "Starlight" is now available for purchase using the Order Form on his Publicity Site.

Tracks include:
Quando Quando, It's Now or Never, Cubanola, Love is all around, I Swear, Love is in the Air, Rave On, Unchained Melody, Lambada, My Way, Let's Twist Again


Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association

"Accordion Crimes," a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist E. Annie Proulx, connects the lives of a series of immigrants who each coax music from the same little green accordion, carrying it from Iowa to Texas, from Maine to Louisiana, as they search for the better life promised by their new land. "The music of the accordion is their last link with the past - a voice for their fantasies, sorrows and exuberance."

How fitting that the recorded audio version of "Accordion Crimes" should weave the strains of an accordion, played by Guy Kluscevsek, into the book reading. Kluscevsek is masterful in making his music, echoing the many moods of the story.

At the author's readings which took place in conjunction with book signings throughout the US, Proulx invariably insisted on including music by a local accordionist to bring excitement and realism to the event.


Contributed by Alexander Krupin and Tatiana Lanchtchikova

On 18th January 1997, a very successful concert was held in the Concert Hall of Novosibirsk State Glinka Conservatory. It was last exam of Evgueni Lozben and Igor Shmjirjev, who finished their post-graduate education as duet performers, under the tuition of Alexander Krupin.

Evgueni Lozben and Igor Shmjirjev graduated as soloists at the same conservatory with Prof Gennady Chernichka in 1991. Since this time, they have been teaching at the Novosibirsk Music College and began playing together in concerts in Novosibirsk (capital city of Siberia), Russia. In 1994 they started their post-graduated programme as duet performers and have been performing many times for local radio, TV programmes and concerts in various cities in Russia.

They take turns of displaying their high technical ability, with both playing the free bass bayan instruments. Their repertoire includes various style of music from classical music (Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Vivaldi, Mozart, Glinka, Mussorski) through to contemporary and original music for bayan and accordion (Derbenko, Repnikov, Gridin).


Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Last week, famous Italian Jazz and Blues vocalist, Paolo Conte was seen by many playing at the "Palazzo Reale Di Napoli". At the same time he was also featured on ARAI TV, one of Italy's largest TV stations. Prominently within his nine piece backing band was accordionist Massimo Pitzianti, playing a Pigini accordion.


Contributed by Tom Collins

As a result of the hard work by the West Texas Accordion Committee, the Texas Accordion Association has an organisation going in "West" (a city in Texas), a city is known for its Czech heritage. The committee has since organised a "Squeeze-Off" in the downtown Gazebo, which had an attendance of nearly 300 people, and in November a meeting was held where Ed Brem was elected President. For more information contact the West President, Ed Brem, +1 800-4583518.


Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association

A noted French painter of abstract art, Fernand Leger (1881-1955) demonstrated his ongoing fascination with the accordion in several important paintings which appeared in the course of his long career. The third leading painter among the Cubists, Leger's work often dealt with the sharp precision of machines, whose beauty and quality he was one of the first to discover, in contrast to Pablo Picasso's preoccupation with violence of form and expression, and differing from George Braque's characteristically lyrical, more French manner.

Among Leger's best known paintings which include an accordion are "Three Musicians" 1944, an oil at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; "The Three Sisters" 1952, an oil in the permanent collection of the Staatsgalerie of Stuttgart, Germany; and "The Accordion" 1926, an oil in the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.


Contributed by Herbert Scheibenreif

Peter Gerter has released his second CD (see tracks below). Peter was born in 1953 in Karaganda, Kazakstan and studied under Friedrich Lips in Moscow. After his graduation in 1976 he began teaching at the arts academy in Vladivostok, where he was made a professor in 1992. He has won prizes in national and international competitions in Moscow (1975), Pula (1975) and Klingenthal (1981) and has been living in Germany since September 1994, where he works at the music school Neu-Ulm. He has made concert tours to Russia, Finland, Sweden, Hungry, Denmark and Germany, (where he also recorded his first CD). He was a lecturer at many international seminars and took part in numerous accordion festivals.

Concerto in A-minor op.3, No. 8, Allegro - Adagio - Allegro, Phantasmagorien, "Winter" from the "Four Seasons", Like a water-buffalo., Two sonatas E-flat major, D minor, Flashing, Scherzo, Memory of a Waltz, Spring tunes Waltz


Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie, who follows the musical storytelling tradition of his father, the legendary Woody Guthrie, made his own mark as the creator of "Alice's Restaurant" which grew into a popular song and eventually, a movie. On November 25th and 26th 1996, Guthrie presented a revival in the form of "The First Annual Alice's Restaurant Thanksgiving Massacred Concert" at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The show spotlighted his band, featuring accordionist John Culpo, with Abe Guthrie on keyboard, guitarist David Grover, drummer Terry "A La Berry" Hall and Sean Hurley on bass.


Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association

The Concerto in A was conceived by its composer, the illustrious Pietro Deiro Sr, not merely as a bravura piece for the virtuoso accordionist, but as one which would demonstrate the tone colour possibilities of the modern multi-switch accordion. Equally suitable as an accordion solo, or with an orchestra comprised of flute, oboe, clarinets, bassoon, horns, trumpets, trombones, timpani, violins, viola, cello and bass, or with an accordion orchestra consisting of first, second, third, fourth and bass accordions, string bass and timpani. The concerto's three movements each stand independently and may be performed as individual concert numbers. The first movement makes a spectacular opening number, the second may be used as a Romanza in organ style and the third provides a brilliant program closer. The work has just been re-issued by Ernest Deffner Publications of Mineola, New York.


Contributed by Tom Collins

Recently, accordionist Mike Zampiceni was playing with other musicians at a local club when a fire broke out. Fortunately Mike saved his accordion by continuing to wear it while he escaped the fire. Unfortunately, however, the only other two items he had with him (his accordion case and jacket) were destroyed.


Contributed by Tom Collins

According to the November 1996 Sharps & Flats article the Hohner Company is currently producing 2 million harmonicas and over 200,000 accordions worldwide a year. Mr Wlassow, a Hohner sales representative, reported that the top model "Gola" accordion price starts at US$50,000 and takes over a year to make. Several are currently on back-order.


Contributed by Wu Jie

On Thursday 30th January, a morning concert will be held in the "Qianjiang Big Auditorium", in Qianjiang, a small city in the Jiangsu province.

The performers are forty students of Ms Ye Dan, the youngest accordion teacher in Qianjiang. They will perform in solo, duet and ensembles. The performers ages range from five years to fourteen years of age. Highlights of their performances will be: A Woodpecker, The Speeding Train, A Dancing Bear with a Doll, Feather Waltz, Guerilla's Song, Rhapsody in Blue.


Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association

Rosemary Coppola is the accordionist with the popular Continentals, a band whose happy music is favoured by music lovers throughout the Washington, DC area, where they play at dances, parties, club events and festivals. The group will celebrate their 25th anniversary shortly and they have just issued a new CD entitled "Apolkalyse."

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