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International Composing Competition "2 Agosto" - Italy

Ivano BattistonContributed by Chiara Monetti

Entries for the 7th International Composing Competition "2 Agosto" must be received by May 19th 2001. The event is promoted by the "Associazione Familiari Vittime della Strage alla Stazione di Bologna del 2 Agosto 1980", and the "Comitato di Solidarietà alle Vittime delle Stragi", in collaboration with the Fondazione Arturo Toscanini.

Competition jury members include Tania León (Chairwoman), Ada Gentile, Ivano Battiston, Robert Beaser, Fabrizio De Rossi Re, Fabrizio Festa and Richard Galliano. Prize money totalling Euro 9.000,00 will be awarded. The Competition, which is intended for accordion or bandoneon and orchestra scores which last not more than ten minutes, is open to musicians of all nationalities, who are not older than 41 on May 31st, 2001.

Scores must be sent to the Secretary's Office of the International Composing Competition "2 Agosto", c/o Teatro Testoni, Via Matteotti 16 - 40129 Bologna, Italy. For further information and competition rules email:

Young Accordionists Competition - Yugoslavia

The 4th Young Accordionists Competition "Mladi harmonikasi" will take place from March 23rd to 25th at the Music school "Dr. Vojislav Vuckovic" in Belgrade. The competition will include a variety of classes for different age groups. Applications close on March 10th, 2001. For further information on the competition including regulations email:

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Accordion Superior Course - Portugal

The first Accordion Superior Course at the Arts Superior School of Castelo Branco began in October 2000, tutored by Paulo Jorge Ferreira (also a teacher at the local Conservatory), who has put in a lot of work to create this unique and important academic development in Portugal. The course, which runs for four years, covers accordion, music history, analyses, chamber music and art history.

An international conference on accordion is currently being prepared for 2002. For further details email:

Petri Makkonen Tours St. Petersburg - Russia

Contributed by Sergej Tchirkov, East European News Coordinator

Finnish composer and accordionist Petri Makkonen will tour St. Petersburg from February 20th to 25th performing a variety of different works such as classical, jazz, folk music and his own compositions. Concerts will be held in the Music School of Tchudovo (February 22nd) and in the Chamber Hall of the State Glinka Capella (24th).

In addition, Petri will present a lecture on his music, which will include a performance of his most recent works. The lecture will take place at the National Rimski-Korsakov Conservatoire in St. Petersburg on February 23rd.

Petri has composed numerous works for accordion, including "The Flight Beyond The Time" (selected as a test piece for the 1997 Coupe Mondiale) and the well known "Disco -Toccata".

2nd Beijing Cup Accordion Competition - China

Contributed by Li Cong

The 2nd Beijing Cup Accordion Competition will be held on May 1st in Beijing organized by the Beijing Office of the Chinese Music Accordion Association. The competition, which is held every two years, will have classes for 7yrs & under, 11yrs & under, 14 yrs & under, 17 yrs & under, 18yrs & over as well as duet, trio, ensemble and orchestra classes.

Competitors must be non professional accordionists. For more information phone Cheng Shi Huan: +86- 13701124067

"Il Quadrifoglio" Concert season - Italy

Giorgio DellaroleContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Quadrifoglio Theatre in Ricaldone, which was reopened in 1998 after extensive work that restored it to its original condition, now regularly features plays and musical shows, both in Italian and in the local dialect. Accordionist Giorgio Dellarole will hold a concert at the Quadrifoglio on March 2nd. For further information please phone +39 0333 7141701

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Accordions at Witney - England

Contributed by Dave Townsend

Ten workshops will be held at "Accordions at Witney" on February 17th and 18th 2001 at the Henry Box School in Witney, Oxford. Tutors Ian Lowthian, Frances O'Rourke, Chris Parkinson, Becky Price and Dave Townsend will cover a variety of subjects including "Scottish Accordion Music Demystified", "Bass Moves" and "Central French Dance Music". For further information email:

Texas-Style Mardi Gras - USA

Accordionist Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones will take part in the Austin, Texas Mardi Gras which began on January 6th and culminates on February 27th. As well as playing several concerts the band will participate in two parades, the first on Austin's Sixth Street on February 23rd and the second on San Antonio's Riverwalk (25th). For further details email:

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Sylvia Pagni in Frankfurt - Germany

Sylvia PagniContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

From March 7th to 11th accordionist Sylvia Pagni will take part in the Frankfurt Fair. The Excelsior Company stand (Castelfidardo) will host her three concerts, two of them featuring acoustic accordion (with a program of Italian and French pieces plus some of her own material) and a classical/jazz performance. Sylvia is currently working on her new CD, which will be presented at the Fair.

Accordionist Records CD with Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Canada

Accordionist Joseph Petric has recorded a CD with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra entitled "Redemption". The CD features soloists Joseph, Rivka Golani (viola) and Bob Aitken (flute) in three concertos by Koprowski. For further details email:

South Pacific Championships and Festival - New Zealand

The New Zealand Accordion Association South Pacific Championships and Festival will take place from June 1st to 3rd in Epsom, Auckland. The event will include participants from USA, China, Australia and New Zealand and offer a variety of classes for soloists, duets, trios, groups with other instruments and orchestras.

The rules for the "New Zealand Solo Accordion Championship" class have now been aligned with the new International Piano Accordion Class being held for the first time at the 2001 Coupe Mondiale in London in October. Entries close April 27th 2001. For information email competitions Secretary Annemarie Panzic:

Accordionist Records CD with Samara Vocalist - Russia

Contributed by Olga Kopylova

Accordionist Sergei Voitenko will perform on a CD by Samara singer/songwriter Peter Startsev. Three tracks have already been confirmed and Startsev believes that the participation by Sergei will increase the popularity of this recording. For further details email:

USA National Accordion News
Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire - USA

Accordionist Sylvia Miskoe accepted the Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire Board of Director's invitation to continue as Music Director of SRSNH for 2001. The society will hold their next monthly gathering on February 25th at the Annichiarico Music Theater, Concord, N.H. All accordionists are welcome to attend. For further details email:

Weekly Lyric Fantasies for Vocalists and Accordionists - France

A weekly concert event "Opera Accordeon" began on January 17th and will run until March 13th at the Espace La Comedia in Paris. The event, which features "Lyric Fantasies" includes performances by Catherine Estourelle (accordion) and a soprano. For further details email:

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Premiere Performance - Norway
Accordionist Øivind Farmen performed the premiere of a Concerto for violin, accordion and orchestra at the OlavsHallen in Trondheim with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Ole Kristian Ruud) and one of the most famous violinists in Norway, Elise Båtnes on February 15th. The Concerto was written by Håkon Berge, who has also written a solo piece "Girlander" for Øivind. The concert was broadcast live on the national Norwegian radio, P2.
New York City University Concert - USA

Accordionist Henry Doktorski will perform at the Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, City University of New York on March 23rd, sponsored by The Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments and The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. Doktorski will perform compositions by two 20th Century Italian-American accordionists, Guido Deiro and Pietro Frosini. Works include "My Florence", "Rag in D Minor" and "Florette".

This recital is part of a larger event sponsored by CSFRI entitled "The Accordion as an Icon of Italian American Culture". Other performers include Robert Y. McMahan and William Schimmel. For tickets and other information email:

"Accordion Voyage" CD Gains Marks of Distinction - Italy

Renzo Ruggieri & his group"Accordion Voyage", the second album by accordionist Renzo Ruggieri (his first in a group) has received an important mark of distinction by being included in the list of the twenty best Italian jazz CDs for the year 2000, in a survey of sixty specialised critics organised by the "Musica Jazz" magazine (published by Rusconi, Milan).

The artists were also cited among the most impressive new talents. Compared to Ruggieri's first album, a solo project, the "Renzo Ruggieri Group" plays a more traditional form of jazz, with original compositions alongside standards. The quartet includes Massimo Manzi, Massimo Moriconi and Paolo Di Sabatino. For further information email:

Critics comments are as follows:

The Wide label has released an accordion project which is worthy of the best productions of Galliano or Azzola. The great tradition of the Italian accordion shines here of its own light and shows how it deserves to be highlighted and promoted. (IRD News # 23, October 2000).

"Your latest CD, "Accordion Voyage", is one of the best works I have listened to of late. I cannot but recommend it to music lovers." (Luciano Vanni, editor of Jazzit - Jazzit Forum, November 2nd, 2000).

"'s a very enjoyable CD, with moments of great interest and fascination, played with passion by some of the most accomplished performers of the Italian jazz scene; it shows good interplay and is of the highest level; the path opened by this group promises great developments for all accordion lovers. This album is a must." (Antongiulio Zimarino - Jazz Convention, November 2000)

CD - Tequila and Other Cocktails - Wales

The Swansea Accordion Orchestra (conducted by Con Phillips) have just released their CD "Tequila and Other Cocktails". Tracks include "Tequila", "Sway", German Sea Shanties and other favourites. For details email:

USA National Accordion News
North American Folk Alliance Conference - Canada

Canadian celtic funk band "Mad Pudding" will perform at the North American Folk Alliance Conference in Vancouver from February 15th to 18th. The band includes Amy Stephen (accordion, vocals & penny whistle). For details email:

Peter Soave Sextet Concert - USA

On February 18th, the Peter Soave Sextet will perform at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor. Peter and his string quintet plan to take the audience on a trip to South America , playing "new tango" music by Astor Piazzolla and other composers. The group includes jazz bass player Marion Hayden, Victoria Haltom and Liz Rowin (violin), Barbara Zmich (viola) and Nadine Deleury (cello). Other performers include the Borsarello String Trio. For details email:

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Minnesota Tango - Finland

A new CD entitled "Minnesota Tango" by accordionists Kip Peltoniemi and Kimmo Pohjonen, recorded at the Sibelius Academy Department of Folk Music in Helsinki is now available by Texicalli Records, Helsinki, Finland.

The album features 17 top folk musicians from Finland accompanying Kip on traditional and traditionally-based instrumental music and original humorous songs. The title track "Minnesota Tango" tells the story of a middle aged couple dancing the tango while a blizzard rages outside. "Accordions From Hell" tells the story of a lumberjack who barely escapes a terrifying dance macabre that he unwittingly stumbles upon. Many of the instrumentals are Finnish fiddle tunes adapted for the accordion. For further details email:

New Sites Updated information on accordionist Gary Dahl including details of books, sheet music, recordings, harmony & chord applications course and lessons by correspondence. Updated information on Giustozzi Accordion manufacturers in Italy Updated information on Pigini Bandoneons in Italy Updated information on Pigini Accordions in Castelfidardo, Italy

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