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13th June 1997

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Editors note:
We have a great variety of news from all over the world this week - including our first ever article from Japan! Personally, the accordion events seem never-ending at the moment. I am taking part in a series of three accordion concerts this weekend, both playing and as a director of an orchestra. Later in the week, its off to a night of planning the orchestra's activities for the rest of the year!

Keep those emails pouring in, it's great to hear what's happening all over the world. If we all let each other know what we are doing through this free news page, surely it is to the benefit of the accordion!

Wayne Knights

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This weeks titles:

  • 7th German Accordion Music Prize 97
  • Accordion Festival in Japan
  • Accordion Evolution Seminar - Terni, Italy
  • French Jazz Accordionist to Tour Carribean Islands
  • International Competition in Serbia
  • The Day of the Accordion Presents Many Artists - USA
  • Accordionists Feature in World's Longest Concert - Germany
  • A Film Star and 12 Accordion Accompanists - China
  • USA Accordionist Peter Soave in Hot Demand
  • Accordion Summer Courses in Larodde, France
  • An Accordion Picnic - China
  • Accordion Concert, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Lithuanian Accordionist Tours Holland
  • Lindy Kao in Concert, USA
  • Cassette Release - "Continental Serenades"
  • New CD Released - Ukraine


    Contributed by Arnold Kutzli, Vice President of the German Harmonica Association

    The top class 7th German Accordion Music Price 97 is held from the 13th to 15th June in Baden-Baden, Germany. This year sees a record number of participants, with 502 young talents entering the competition. They will compete in six different categories:

    • Solo with standard bass
    • Solo with free bass
    • Duet
    • Virtuoso entertainment music
    • Chamber music amateurs (offered this year for the first time)
    • Solo - professionals

    The most popular category with the highest number of entries is "solo with standard bass", which has so far attracted 180 entries. Due to the huge number of competitors, extra rooms have had to be rented to accommodate everyone, with 25 jurors needed to judge the players.

    The many guests that are expected to come to Baden-Baden will not only be offered an exciting competition, but will also be surprised with a high-quality entertainment program and supporting acts. On Friday June 13th at 8.15pm there will be an accordion gala, which will offer a program that is guaranteed to make the heart of every accordionist beat faster. The Russian music revue "Ivushka" , featuring a choir, ballet, orchestra and accordion solo, will offer a fascination for the ear and the eye on Saturday night and the Hohner accordion orchestra from Trossingen will provide the musical background for the presentation of awards on Sunday.

    The organiser of the competition is the German Harmonica Association (DHV) in Trossingen together with the German Accordion Teacher Association (DALV) and many others. Responsible for the organisation of the competition is Arnold Kutzli, Vice President of the German Harmonica Association. Prizes as well as DM 10,000 in prize money will be awarded.


    Contributed by Mika Takayama

    The accordion festival "Viva, Accordion", with performances by amateur and professional accordionists, was held on the 1st of June at the Matsubara City Culture Hall in Osaka. The Festival is organised by the Japan Accordion Association and takes place once a year in Osaka.

    Mr Shoji Mikami played the local folk song "The River Konogawa, Paper Artisar's Song". Miss Midon Wakinaka, the President of the Hiroshima Accordion Kyohshitsu, performed "Like the Wind", which was written in memory of the late Mrs Wataki, who was a member of the Japan Accordion Association. Mr Toru Katou, an accordion fan in Japan, played "18th Goldberg Variations", by Bach


    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    A seminar on the theme "The history of accordion: a parallel between the development and construction techniques of the instrument and its musical evolution" was held on Sunday 8th of June, in the Auditorium S.Maria del Carmine in Terni (Italy).

    Participating at this event were:

    • Beniamino Bugiolacchi (Entrepreneur, scholar in History of the Accordion and History of the Città di Castelfidardo, Founder of the Castelfidardo International Museum of the Accordion)
    • Paolo Picchio (Accordion Teacher, Musicologist, Artist Director of the International Award "Città di Castelfidardo")
    • Adelchi Severini (Craftman, Specialist in the construction of "Voices" for accordion made entirely by hand)

    The seminar dealt with the following topics:

    • Organological definition of the accordion instrument
    • Development of the fonic principle of the free reed
    • The primordial stage of the construction of the instrument
    • The arrival in Italy of the instrument; the Paolo Soprani "legend"
    • The artisan families of Castelfidardo and the development of the Italian Accordion Industry
    • Other production centres in Italy and in the world
    • Construction evolution and evolution of the musical literature: a constant parallel
    • The instrument and its literature today
    • Making an accordion: materials employed, construction practice and production organisation in the past
    • The accordion "Voices": a closer look at the sound "Heart" of the instrument


    Contributed by Claude Cavagnolo of Europe Musique Instruments

    Born in Grenoble, Daniel Mille studied in National Region Conservatory, then in Paris Musical School. He moved to Paris in 1985, where he worked with Richard Galliano at the C.I.M. (Paris Jazz School) where he has also taught since 1988. In December 1993, his first album "Sur les Quais" was released, and received the "Django d'Or", an international jazz trophy.

    With a quartet of guitar, drums and contrabass or a quintet also including saxophone, he has participated in many festivals throughout France. He has a busy concert schedule ahead.

    From the 11th of June he will tour with the quartet for three weeks through the Carribean Islands and later in July will participate in more Jazz festivals in France. These include the "Francofolies de la Rochelle" on July 13th and the Parthenay Festival on July 17th. At the end of July, he will accompany Jean-Louis Trintignant in the reading of Baudelaire, before leaving for Canada for eight concert days on the Madeleine islands.


    Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif

    An international accordion competition "First Accordion of Serbia" will be held in Beograd on the 28th and 29th of June. There will be six categories in the following age groups:

    • 10 years & under
    • 11 & 12 years
    • 13 & 14 years
    • 15 & 16 years
    • 17 & 18 years
    • 19 years and over

    Competitors have to play between 6 and 20 minutes (depending on the category), a minimum of two own choice pieces. There are further restrictions on the higher classes, as in having to play one original composition for the accordion and a piece written before 1800.

    The jury will comprise of some of Yugoslavia's best accordion teachers. Prize money will be awarded to the winners of each category, ranging from 100 to 500 DEM

    Competitors will arrange their own travel, board and living expenses. Further information and entry forms are available from: Muzicka Skola, Boze Petrovica 1, 34000 Kragujevac, Yugoslavia. Fax: 00 381 34 62-732.


    Contributed by Tom Collins

    In addition to featured artists at "The Day of the Accordion" including Frank Marocco, Peter Soave, Ken Olendorf, Horace Lazzari, and Murl Allen Sanders, it is now reported that renowned British jazz accordionists Tony Compton and Jack Emblow will also be in attendance. Special honoured guest will be Art Van Damme. The program will continue for the full day of Sunday, June 29th, from 9am to 6pm in the Seattle Center House. Come and hear these living legends of the accordion world. Open to the public.


    Contributed by Manfred Grichnik, writer for the Intermusik Newspaper

    In the course of the "4th Accordion Holidays Bottrop" of the municipal music school, organiser Rolf Donner and his young musicians (not only accordionists) managed to play for 148 hours day and night in the Kulturzentrum (centre for culture).

    "The record was not the main aim. The motivation resulting from the common efforts was important". Donner focused on team dynamism. "All supported each other, all were enthusiastic. The way was the goal." The input from seminar leaders Rolf Donner and Hans-Günther Kölz was certainly a main reason for the mastering of the marathon-stress of the young participants. By the way there was no record to break because there was no registration in that discipline yet. The measuring staff was intentionally set on a high level to keep the record for a longer time.


    Contributed by Wu Shou Zhi, President of the China Accordion Society

    On the 11th of June at 8.00 pm, a large evening show - "Sichuan's Stars" will be held in the Sichuan Gymnasium of Chengdu city. About 11 Chinese film stars and well-known singers who were born and raised in Sichuan province will perform at the show. Among these film stars and singers will be Ms. Liu Xiaoqing, (one of the most famous film stars in China), who will sing a Sichuan folk song "Sunrise".

    Ms. Liu Xiaoqing studied at Sichuan Conservatory also, and she asked to be accompanied by accordions. It is expected that her performance will be spectacular because this is the first time that 12 accordionists have performed in concert with her. An audience of more than 10,000 is expected.


    Contributed by Hartmut Lange, editor of the Intermusik Newspaper

    Peter Soave, famous American jazz accordionist and concert virtuoso is currently a popular musician worldwide. After being a member of the international jury at the 27th Accordion Competition in Pula, Croatia, he played at the 9th accordionist's meeting in Chartres, France, at the opening concert in the famous cathedral of the historic town as well as at the virtuoso concert.

    After a few concerts in Europe, Soave will perform at the AAA Festival in Washington at the beginning of July and has a guest performance at the annual festival of the Accordion Teachers' Guild (ATG) in Rapids, Michigan, before he visits the 6th International Accordion Summer School in Pula from the 21st to the 31st of July.

    That still is not enough! On the 2nd of August he records the soundtrack for the new CD-ROM game "Pirates".


    Contributed by Herbert Scheibenreif

    The following courses of the "Centre National et International de Musique et Accordéon" (National and International Center of Music and the Accordion) are open to accordionists of all ages and all levels, in all styles (musette, classical, jazz or contemporary music) as well as for teachers who want to get acquainted with today's pedagogy of the accordion.

    The organisation is assumed by the "Association of Friends of Music and the Accordion" in Larodde. The director of these courses is Jacques Mornet (among his students are prize-winners of international competitions like Alain Musichini, Jean-Marc Marroni, Frédéric Deschamps, Christine Rossi), who works with a young, dynamic and competent team: Eric Pisani, Nathalie Boucheix (who won Trophée Mondiale Variété in 1994), Philippe Bourlois and Roman Jbanov.

    For further information, see Future Events.


    Contributed by Wu Shou Zhi, President of the China Accordion Society

    On Saturday the 7th of June, Mr. Liao Yuxuan, an accordion teacher in Yunnan Art College, organised an accordion picnic in Kunmin Park, Kunmin City.

    On the lawn of the park, Mr. Liao Yuxuan and his 37 accordion students played accordions together, sang songs and played games. The students were very excited because it was their first accordion picnic. "It is good for them to increase their interest in accordions", said Mr. Liso Yuxuan.


    Contributed by Vladimir Besfamilnov

    An Accordion Concert was given by Miljan Bjeletic and Igor Osipenko on the7th of June at the Concert Hall of the Ukraine National Academy of Music, Kiev, Ukraine. They are both students of Professor Nikolai Davidov and this was a final concert of their graduating program at the Academy.

    Their program consisted of works by Bach/Marchello, Venjavski, Scarlatti, Vlasov, Trojan, Bonakov and others.


    Contributed by Frauke Grentz, writer for the Intermusik Newspaper

    On his recent visit to Holland, Raimondas Sviackevicius gave three concerts, presenting his skills in a superior musical medley. In the beautiful room of the Lutheran church in Gorinchem Sviackevicius, son of the well known Lithuanian accordionist Ricardas Sviachevicius (Director of the Academy in Vilnius, President of the Accordionists' Association of the Baltic states, leader of the accordion ensemble "Konzertino') electrified his audience with his multifarious programme, including pieces by Liszt and Scarlatti through to an original "Toccata" by Bogdan Precz and "Sonata No. 2 Basqueriad" by Viatcheslav Semionov and finished with some entertaining music by Galliano and Piazolla.

    Organiser Jan Heuer and the guests were enthusiastic about the virtuoso and perfect way Sviackevicius performed the pieces written for button accordion, on his piano accordion. Sviackevicius is currently a student (in the last year) of Zata Abrmaviciute at the Lithuanian Music Academy.


    Contributed by Tom Collins

    The Past president of the Chicago Accordion Club, Lindy Kao, will present a concert on July 7th at 8:00pm in the Oakwood Village in Madison, Wisconsin. This program is open to the public at no charge.

    On August 2nd and 3rd Lindy Kao will be the featured artist along with Bonnie Birch for dual concerts at the MacDonald Opera House for the Rocky Mountain Accordion Celebration in Philipsburg, Montana. For details contact the Philipsburg Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 661, Philipsburg, MT 59858. Or call + 1 406 859-3450 for complete details.


    Contributed by Tom Collins

    A new cassette by Tom Collins, accordionist, entitled "Continental Serenades", is a musical capsule of beloved Spanish, French, and Italian lovesongs and classics. Accompaniment is by Chuck Hurt on guitar and Phil Casella on drums. Cost is US$9.50 each plus $2.50 postage and handling. These are available from Petosa Accordions, 313 NE Forty-Fifth St, Seattle, WA 98105, Ph - + 1 206 632 2700, Fax + 1 206 632 2733


    Contributed by Tatiana Lanchtchikova

    A new CD was recorded by Jovica Dzordzevic last month in Kiev, Ukraine.

    Jovica Dzordzevic is an accordionist from Serbia, who plays bayan. He has been studying at the Ukraine National Academy of Music since 1992, under Professor Vladimir Besfamilnov. During this period he has given many solo-concerts in various cities of Ukraine, Russia and Yugoslavia. In April 1995, Jovica was awarded a laureate at the International Accordion Competition "Cup of Krivbass", which was held in Ukraine.

    His CD includes various styles of music such as: "Fantasy and Fugue in Gm" by Bach, "Sonata in D" by Scarlatti, "Song without words" by Dargomizhski, "Hungarian Dance No.5" by Brahms, "Karpatian Suite" by Zubitski and others.


    Subject: Starlight Parade Portland Oregon

    Thanks for reporting on the Rose City Accordion club's participation in the parade. I should have put my name at the end of the E-mail

    Geoff Levear

    Thanks again for the article. I have participated in three Christmas Parades here in Auckland they sound very similar to this one, so I know what great fun they are!!

    As you didn't provide a name for the item, I used the name listed in the Accordion Yellow Pages Database as the contact for the club.

    I look forward to hearing about your upcoming events!

    Wayne Knights
    Accordions Worldwide

    Subject: Can not sign up

    I tried to submit my name to the world wide accordions site and got a message that there was no receiver for the message (the site's form) that I was submitting. Any ideas how an ordinary citizen of the good ol' USA can be added to the list.

    By the way, we visited New Zealand a couple of years ago and loved it - even thought there were a lot of sheep.....

    Karen Lee

    I have just gone and got the new submit forms and your was there! I now have your information details. They will appear this Friday. I think what might have happened is that you sent a submit form at the same time we were downloading them into our database.

    Thanks for the info!

    Wayne Knights
    Accordions Worldwide

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