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4th Bandoneon Festival - Germany

Contributed by Jürgen Eichendorf

The 4th Bandoneon Festival, organized by the Krefeld Office for Cultural Affairs, will take place in the Cultural Centre "Fabrik Heeder", from October 21st to November 10th featuring South American tango music. Events include a photo exhibition by Cologne photographer Simone Szymanski, a free lesson by the "La Cumparasita" Tango School and a variety of concerts. Performers include "Trio Pantango" (with Guillermo Destaillats - bandoneon), who will play tango dance music, "Tipica Veritango Sextet" (with bandoneon player Alfredo Marcucci) performing "Epoqua de Oro" - Tango Argentino music with its strong rhythm and warm melancholic sound, "Quinteto Locura Tanguera" (Rotterdam Conservatory) playing Astor Piazzolla works and who also intertwine elements from jazz and classical music with new compositions. This group won the "Erasmus Jazz Award 1999".

On the final day the "Grupo Porteno" quartet (headed by Argentinean bandoneon player Miguel Fernandez) will play original music from the 1920's, traditional milongas and waltzes: with lots of rhythm and feeling. Tickets are now available. Please email:

All-Magnante Concert - USA

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

The All-Magnante concert took place at the World of Accordions Museum in Duluth, Minnesota recently, featuring guest artist Thomas Bruno of Pennsylvania performing original solo compositions, followed by the Accordion Concertina Music Ensemble of Duluth performing arranged works. Members of the Ensemble are Carolyn Carver (violin), Lynda Griffith, Gary Harvell, and Helmi Harrington (accordionists). This ensemble performed at the AAA festival in July this year, followed by concerts in Washington D.C., Ironworld USA, and several Minnesota locales. They are scheduled for concerts and workshops in Texas in November.

The All-Magnante invitational concert (for volunteers and special friends of AWAM) included Charles Robert Harrington and Hanni Harrington Van Zandt, the Museum founder's son and daughter, who continue their mother and grandmother's accordion studio operation in Austin, Texas.

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Montese Competition and Festival - Italy

Jury MembersContributed by Vladimir Zubitsky

The 6th Montese Accordion Competition and Festival was held in Montese, Modena Province during September. Forty five participants (from 6 to 70 years) from Italy, Slovenia and the Ukraine took part in this popular festival. The jury included Vladimir Zubitsky (President), Giuliano Leone, Marco Fabbri, Silvia Pagni, Lorenzo Munari and Isaak Comandini.


  • Folk music category: 1st Marco Pavlovich (8 years old)
  • Contemporary Concert category: 1st Corrazzini Luisa
  • Variety category: 1st Larissa Podij

The next Montese festival will include classes to cater for international competitors.

Palaiseau Conservatory Students Perform - France

Contributed by Grégory Frénard

Students from the accordion class at the Palaiseau Conservatory (directed by Charles Kondoky) are currently performing at the "Théatre de la Mare au Diable" in Palaiseau until November 11th. The accordionists are providing background music before and after a performance of the play "Colomba" by Prosper Merimée. For details phone: + 33 1 60 14 31 79

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Stockholm Finland Institute Concert - Sweden

NovjaroContributed by Noa Nakai

Finnish group Novjaro will perform at the Stockholm Finland Institute in Sweden on October 19th. The group, which includes accordionist Johanna Juhola will play a varied program including "Concierto Para Quinteto" and "La Muerte del Angel"

3rd Namur Accordion Festival - Belgium

Erika HonorezThe 3rd Namur Accordion Festival will be held in the "Baie Vitrée" celebration room in Floreffe Abbey, Namur on October 15th. The event is organized by the Company for the Promotion of Talents of Young Artists (S.P.T.J.A.), under the patronage of the Belgian French speaking Radio & Television station (RTBF).

Guests include Anthony Basilico, Jean-Pierre Lepoivre, André and Ysoline Trichot, Erika Honorez, Jos Mommen and André Loppe. For further details email:

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Classical Accordionist's Debut - USA

Contributed by Gary Dahl

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music first concert of the season will be presented by the Conservatory's New Music Ensemble (conducted by Nicole Paiement) on October 13th. The following day the concert program will be repeated at the Church of St. Gregory Nyssen, in San Francisco. Both performances are free!

This is a special concert to support Leesa Dahl, a classical accordionist who will also be receiving her masters of music degree in piano performance in May, 2001. The group will, play the rarely performed Hindemith work, Kammermusik #1 op. 24. Leesa will play a Francini accordion on loan from Bruce Metras of San Rafael. For further details see Future Events.

Duo Performs in Austria

A duo of Heinrich Biegenzahn (playing accordion, clarinet and saxophone) and pianist Zsuzsa Varga will perform at the Kultur Mittag event in the Altes Rathaus, Barocksaal in Vienna on October 18th and 19th. Their program will include works by Srauss/Jaskewitsch, Granados, Biegenzahn, Debussy, Weber, Poulenc and Kreisler. For details phone: + 43 1 2855909

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"Gorni Kramer" International Accordion Festival - Italy

Contributed by Vladimir Zubitsky

Simone Zanchini (accordion)The 3rd "Gorni Kramer" International Accordion Festival (named after Gorni Kramer, famous Italian jazz accordionist, composer and conductor) was held on September 23rd and 24th in Poggio Rusco, Mantova Province. Many classical, jazz and folk accordionists enjoyed the opportunity to meet each other, listen to festival concerts, take part in the International competition and to try new models of instruments exhibited by Italian factories.

Vladimir ZubitskySylvia PagniOver 60 participants from central Europe took part in the competition, which included four categories, Classical (standard bass and free bass), Variety and Jazz. The International jury included Gervasio Marcosignori (President), Vladimir Zubitsky (Ukraine), Simone Zanchini (Italy), Emanuele Rastelli (San Marino), Carmine Di Marco, Sylvia Pagni (Italy) and Cellino Bratti (France).

Emanuele RastelliGervasio MarcosignoriResults:

  • Free Bass Classical: 1st Angelo Miele (Italy)
  • Standard Bass Classical: 1st Bogoslavets Liubomyr (Ukraine)
  • Variety: 1st Guarnacci Marcello Paolo
  • Jazz: 1st "Settimo Victoria" (jazz duo including Fazzi-Zuccati from Italy).

Jazz and classical concerts were given by guest soloists and ensembles from different countries. The next festival will be held in 2002.

Accordion Masterclass in Saint-Etienne - France

Two accordion workshops directed by Frédéric Deschamps took place from September 21st to 25th and from October 5th to 9th at the Conservatoire de Paris 9 in France. The aim of the masterclasses was to prepare students for the 50th Trophée Mondial in Portugal and the International Castelfidardo Competition. Frédéric Deschamps' students were very successful at the Trophée Mondial, winning prizes in the Variety and Junior Classical categories.

All of the students will take part in the International Castelfidardo Competition from October 11th to 15th as well as the Hohner musicians' team, which includes Jérôme Richard, Xavier Rollet, Marielle Roy, Mickael Richard, Phil Bouvier, Grégory Frenard, Vincent Carenzi, Benoit Chabod, Mathilde Royet and Magali Boissier.

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Alexander Korbakov Concert - England

Contributed by Lyn McCallum

The Chester Accordion Club will present a concert by Russian accordionist Alexander Korbakov on October 31st at the Rugby Club Chester. This is the first time the club has hosted an International artist. Korbakov's program will include Folk and Classical music interspersed with some humor! For details email:

Bavarian Accordion Festival - Germany

A Bavarian Accordion Festival "Bayerische Akkordeontage" will be held at the Alteglofsheim Music Academy in Bavaria from October 27th to 31st. The event will include workshops on Orchestra Playing (by Stefan Hippe), Conducting (Wolfgang Pfeffer), Jazz and Swing (Kurt Maas) and Theory and Solo-playing (Elisabeth Glauber, Helmut Weinzierl and Jürgen Wunn). In addition there will be chamber music concerts and performances by various orchestras. For further details email:

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3rd Bayan Competition - Russia

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

The International jury at the 3rd Bayan Competition in Moscow in December has been confirmed as follows: Chairman - Sergey Kolobkov (Russia), Nikolay Sevrjukov (Belorus), Owen Murray (England), Jurgen Ganzer (Germany), Anatoly Gaysin (Kazakhstan), Radomir Tomic (Yugoslavia), Lech Puchnowski (Poland), Anatoly Belyaev (Russia), Friedrich Lips (Russia), Viacheslav Semionov (Russia), Max Bonnay (France) and Vladimir Besfamilnov (Ukraine). Competition competitors from Russia, Belorus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China, Macedonia and Yugoslavia will take part in this event. For further information email:

Sundeqvist and Farmen Concert Tour - Scandinavia

Øivind Farmen & Jörgen SundeqvistØivind Farmen (Norway) and Jörgen Sundeqvist (Sweden) began a tour of Norway and Sweden on October 9th beginning in Trondheim and finishing on November 2nd. Concerts will be played in Bodø, Tromsø and Östersund. They will also give a week-end seminar during the trip. Their program includes works by G. Frescobaldi, M. de Falla, A. Pärt, E. Ettore, A. Sjalayev, G. Gershwin and W. Beltrami. For details email:

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International Castelfidardo Competition - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The annual International Castelfidardo Competition is currently underway until October 15th in Castelfidardo, Italy. Competition prizes include the International "Città di Castelfidardo" Prize, International "Città di Castelfidardo" Awards for Classical Music and Light Music. Competition classes include Classical, Chamber music, Jazz and Light music for soloists, duos, trios and orchestras in a variety of age groups.

The opening concert, held at the New "Astra" Theatre on October 10th included performances by "Fire's Sons" (1999 winners of the "New Generation" Competition in Castelfidardo) and "Bosio Big Band" (conducted by Ambrogio Sparagna). A variety of other concerts have been held so far with guests "Duo Modus" (Denmark), (violin), "Zap Jazz Duo" (France), "Demo Morselli Big Band Orchestra" (Italy) and Richard Galliano (France).

Samsonite & Delight-Ya Present "Miss Cybelvis Monroe" - USA

Popular duo Samsonite & Delight-Ya will present their "wacky" accordion related act, "Miss Cybelvis Monroe" at the opening gala night of the 17th Annual Olympia Film Festival in the Capitol Theater in Olympia, Washington on October 20th.

During the act, Botielus plays the accordion, and Cybele sings Elvis Presley songs (with a twist) in Marilyn Monroe's voice (Cybele is a professional Marilyn Monroe impersonator). Tunes include "Blue Suede Shoe-shoo-pee-doo", "Heartbreak Motel 6", and "Hound Dog" where Miss Cybelvis Monroe drapes a pink satin scarf around the neck of anyone who comes up to make barking sounds during the accordion solo.

For their grand entrance at the Film Festival's Gala Opening event (which coincidentally is also Cybele's birthday) the duo will arrive at the theatre in a stretch limousine, where a red carpet will be rolled out and partitioned off from the "paparazzi" with velvet ropes! For further details email:

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School Holiday Accordion Entertainment - New Zealand

Warkworth accordionists Bill & Kath Worsfold entertained enthusiastic groups of children in shopping malls around Auckland during the September/October school holidays. They get the children involved by handing our percussion instruments and encouraging them to join in the fun!

In addition the duo played European dance music for Rae Storey's International Folk Dance group in Remuera, which included Greek and Bulgarian tunes in 5, 7, 9, and 11 time.

Finnish Accordionist Tours Germany

Finnish accordionist Mika Vayrynen will tour Germany from October 14th to 22nd with two members of the group "Tango for Four", Kalle Elkomaa (piano) and Jaan Wessman (bass). The trio will accompany tenor Harri Kaitila during this 10 day, seven concert tour. Concerts will be held in Berlin, Leipzig and Dusseldorf. Their program will include mainly classical Finnish tangos and Piazzolla works. For details email:

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Tokyo Young Accordion Mates Concert - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

The Tokyo Young Accordion Mates (TYAM) will perform at a concert entitled "Running Around the World with the Accordion" at the Kanda Gasse in Kanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo on October 22nd. The event will feature a talk by Yoshiya Watanabe and performances by nine accordionists including guest Yuki Makita, playing Argentinean music. For further details phone or fax Eri Kudo: + 81 42-563-5774

Republic of San Marino Celebrates Seventeen Centuries - Italy

Emanuele RastelliContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On October 1st, accordionist Emanuele Rastelli helped the Republic of San Marino celebrate the seventeenth century since its foundation. The event took place during the customary change of the Regency and the State Ministry of Culture marked it with a concert held in one of the halls of Santa Chiara's Monastery (usually reserved for important painting exhibitions). The concert was attended by the Regency as well as by the most important personalities of the country, all the foreign consuls and many international guests.

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Accordionist at Oracle World Convention - USA

Jon HammondOver 500 people attended a lunchtime concert by accordionist Jon Hammond and the "Jon Hammond Late Rent Session Men" at the Oracle Open World Conference held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco from October 2nd to 5th. Their program included pieces in different musical styles from Funk to Latin and an original funk composition "Hip Hop Chitlins".

Over 27,000 people attended the conference, which featured well known group the "Lenny Kravitz Band".

Yorkshire Concertina Club AGM - England

Contributed by Jane Edwards

The Yorkshire Concertina Club will hold their Annual General Meeting on October 15th. The club is keen to discuss new ideas and plans for future programs. Following the meeting, guest player Graham Heffernan will entertain with a variety of Shetland tunes. For details email:

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Accordion and Cello Concert - Germany

Cao Xiao-QingContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On September 30th a concert in honor of Johan Sebastian Bach was held in the Vortragssaal St. Marienkirche in Isernhagen. A performance of Bach's famous "3 Sonaten" was given by Ludwig Döll (cello) and Cao Xiao-Qing (accordion).

The Accordion Meets the Theatre - Italy

The "Scenari Paralleli" theatrical group, based at the "Teatro Centrale" in Ostia (near Rome), often asks Renzo Ruggieri to provide the music for their shows. From September 29th to October 21st the group will stage "Tra moglie e marito", an entertaining musical on the tribulations of the modern couple written by Amurri and directed by Paolo Perelli. On October 15th there will be a performance of "Doppio Legame" (by Zinna-Regoli, directed by Magnano San Lio) whose musical accompaniment is entirely played on the accordion by Renzo.

From December 8th to 23rd improvisational music (with Ruggieri's "Solo Accordion Project"), dance, mime and acting will meet in an involving and original project based on Pablo Neruda's "Firesword" and directed by Paolo Perelli. This will be followed by the Renzo Ruggieri Group performing music from its latest CD of traditional jazz "Accordion Voyage" on February 1st 2001. For further information email:

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New Edition of East European News

A new edition of the East European news is now online and can be seen at:

New Sites Information on the newly formed Manny Bobenrieth Ensemble which features United Stated States Army Band accordionist Manny. Updated information on Pigini bandoneon, manufacturers in Castelfidardo, Italy. Updated information on Pigini accordion manufacturers with model specifications and a list of distributors worldwide. Updated information on accordions bellows manufacturing company, Marconi Snc

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Antique Accordion Information

James Beling would like information on an antique accordion manufactured by Cav. Sante, Crucianelli & Figli, with mother of pearl keys. Email:


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