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7th September 2001 This weeks news | Past News | Send news

Editors Note
Today Weekly News co-ordinator Christine Adams will fly to Brisbane, Australia with the North Shore Accordion Orchestra. The group of players, aged 10 to 16 years, will perform concerts at the Sea World fun park and for the Queensland Accordion Club. While there, Christine will join the group to play "Musical Party" by well known New Zealand composer Gary Daverne.

The Accordions Worldwide team travels huge km every year attending and participating in accordion events on most continents. An exception is Africa and South America and we hope to also travel there soon. In October, Tatiana Lanchtchikova will attend the annual Castelfidardo event. Later that month, Harley Jones, Holda Paoletti-Kampl, Kevin Friedrich and Tatiana will attend an Accordions Worldwide Conference in London just prior to the 2001 Coupe Mondiale and Holda is frequently invited to attend accordion events in various parts of Europe.

We all look forward to meeting you, where ever in the world we may together enjoy the wonderful music and camaraderie of accordionists.

Wayne Knights Webmaster


This Weeks News

52nd Perth All-Scotland Accordion Festival and Fiddle Championships - Scotland

The 52nd Perth All-Scotland Accordion Festival and Fiddle Championships will be held on October 26th & 27th at the City Halls and Fringe Halls in Perth, organized by Wilkies Music House in Scotland. The event will incorporate the NAO North and East Scotland Area Championships. Participants will compete for the "Jimmy Shand Shield" and a Galaxy of Trophies.

A "Festival Celebrity Show" will also be held with performances by Jack Emblow, Iain Macphail and Eddie Devine. A "Grand Ceilidh Dance" compered by Micky Ainsworth will include entertainment by John Carmichael and his Ceilidh Band at the Salutation Hotel and a "Charity Scottish Country Dance" will be held at the Lesser City Hall.

The closing date for applications is September 29th. For further details email:


Oscarshamns Dragspelsfestival - Sweden

The Oscarshamns DragspelsfestivalContributed by Raymond Persson

The Oscarshamns Dragspelsfestival will be held in Oskarshamn (south east Sweden) on September 28th and 29th. Many artists from the Frosini Society will entertain at the event including the Lars Ek Hot Trio, Magnus Jonsson, Asa Arvidsson, Annika Andersson, Leffes Hotband, Ronneby Superstars, Lindy Olsson, Sven Haraldsson, Gunnar Andersson, Jorgen Sundeqvist and the Lars Karlsson Band.

In addition a number of small concerts will be held in central parts of Oskarshamn. Proceeds from the concerts will go towards cancer research and health care. For further information email:


Arrasate Hiria IX International Accordion Competition - Spain

The Arrasate Hiria IX International Accordion Competition will be held from December 3th to 8th in Arrasate-Mondragon (Basque). This competition is open to soloists of any age and nationality and the test piece will be sent to all contestants free of charge. Competition entries close on September 30th, 2001. For further details email:

Annual Concertina Party- Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On September 9th the annual "Concertina Party II" will be held at "Fuhmudo" (Wind Dream House), in front of Yushima-Seido, Ochanomizu, Tokyo. For further details email:

The following day a concert including the accordion and erhu (Chinese violin) featuring Zhang Xiaodong and Hajime Miyoshi will be held at the Sannomaru Art Hall, Tatebayashi City, Gumma Prefecture. For further details phone: +81 276-74-7737

Pakefield Accordion Festival - England

Contributed by Heather Smith

The Pakefield Accordion Festival will be held from November 15th to 19th at Pontins Holiday Centre, Pakefield, Suffolk. The festival will include celebrity evening concerts, workshops, "Free & Easy" sessions, dancing, trade stands, auction of accordions etc. For further details email:

International Accordion Festival in Casella - Italy

Domi Emorine & Roman JbanovContributed by Carlo Fortunato

The 1st International Accordion Festival of Casella was held on September 1st, sponsored by the Province of Genoa and presented by Gian Luigi Cortese of the N. Paganini Conservatory in Genoa. The festival featured three musical styles of particular relevance for the accordion, namely classical, jazz and variety. Musical guests included Gianluca Campi (winner of the 2000 World Trophy in Portugal), concert accordionist Gianluca Pica (prize-winner at the Internationa Competition held in Andorra in 1997), jazz musician Emilio Cervetto (prize-winner at the Italian Championships in 1960), Dominique Emorine (winner of several international competitions) and bayanist Roman Jbanov. The theatre filled to its capacity was a testimony to the high level of this concert event.

Fiesta Patronal Celebrations - Argentina

Accordionist Florencia Herrera performed at the "Villa Fontana" for the Fiesta Patronal celebrations on September 2nd. This is a religious festival held to honour the Virgin of Santa Rosa, which begins with religious rituals. Florencia, who was invited by members of the "Friulana Society", performed a variety of Italian music, tarantellas, musette waltzes and "Zorba the Greek".

Schimmel and the Odeon Jazz Quintet - USA

Dr William Schimmel performed a critically acclaimed series of concerts at The New School, The Museum of Modern Art and The Jazz Standard, all in New York. The group was founded by composer/saxophonist Ted Nash, who built the ensemble around Schimmel's accordion. Members include Wycliffe Gordon (trombone and tuba), Miri Ben-Ari (violin) and Matt Davis (drums). At their debut concert, they were joined by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis on two selections.

Their first CD "Sidewalk Meeting" on the Arabesque label received much acclaim in The Village Voice, The Atlantic Monthly, The Jazz Times, Downbeat Magazine's Hotbox and many others. Odeon will appear at the Sacramento Jazz Festival in California in November. For further details email:


Alexander Dmitriev Releases 6th CD "Mosaic" - Russia

Alexander DmitirevContributed by Sergej Tchirkov

Professor Alexander Dmitriev has just released his new CD entitled "Mosaic" which contains a variety of popular pieces and arrangements by Shalaev, Panitsky, Kouznetsov, Tchernikov, Rebane, Joplin, Vesterinen, Piazzolla, Jutila, Rodriges, Pihlajamaa, Vossen, Magnante, Vlasov and Dmitriev himself. Most of these works were recorded with Vitali Dmitriev (duets) and Elena Dmitrieva (trios).

This year Alexander Dmitriev will celebrate his 50th birthday and in addition to this new CD, several other transcriptions and editions will be available soon. For more information email: Alexanderdmitriev@GMX.NET


Bavarian Orchestra Concert - Germany

The Bavarian Master Orchestra Musikfreunde Neuaubing-Pasing (conducted by Elisabeth Glauber) will perform at the Stadthalle Rendsburg in Schleswig-Holstein on September 29th. Their program will include Elisabeth Glauber's own works. For further details email:

French/Russian Duo Perform at Festival - Denmark

Duo Paris-MoscowDuo Paris-MoscowContributed by Grégory Frénard

Duo Paris Moscow performed at the annual "Jyaderup" Accordion Festival in Jyaderup, Denmark, which was held from August 17th to 19th. The event, which was organized by Mogens Baekgard included a variety of musical styles by musicians from Norway, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, France and Russia. The duo were so popular that they have been invited to perform at next year's festival.

New Accordion USA National News Online

A new edition of the Accordion USA, United States National Accordion News is now online. If you would like to contribute an item for this news either send it via the online submit form or email Kevin Friedrich at:

Master-class in Grimentz - Switzerland

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The second masterclass directed by Peter Soave and Jean-Louis Noton was held in Grimentz during August with 15 participants from France, Spain and Italy. Peter Soave covered the acoustic accordion, preparation for international contests and jazz improvisation and traditional jazz. Jean-Louis Noton covered musical data processing. Professors and pupils gave an exciting concert at the end of the training course.

Italcinte's Future is Here! - Italy

FrancescoFrancescoContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Hi! I'm Francesco and I was born on August 18th. My weight is 3.150 kg. My mum is Patrizia and my grandfather is Beniamino Bugiolacchi, Director of Italcinte in Castelfidardo.


Pecan Street Festival - USA

Accordionist Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones will perform on the Acoustic Stage at the Pecan Street Festival in Austin, Texas on September 29th and 30th. The group will also play at the closing concert of the festival on Sunday evening at 7pm. For further details phone: +1 512 443-7952

New Lips CD "Cinema"

CD coverContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Friedrich Lips' new CD entitled "Cinema" is now available. The CD's program consists exclusively of original oeuvres for bayan written in the late 20th century. The name "Cinema" represents a uniting idea and implies a kaleidoscope of pictures, actions, characters and surprising effects.

Tracks include Sergei Berinsky's "Cinema" which was commissioned by the Accordion Association of Guipuzcoa (Spain) and was the test piece at the international competition in Arrasate in 1996. This piece of music is dedicated to the Italian composer Nino Rota. Vladimir Kobekin's "Holiday for Two" was especially written for Friedrich Lips and percussionist Mark Pekarsky. This work is a ten minute oeuvre in G Major with tiny basic motives which develop into the merry atmosphere of a holiday and culminate in unrestricted happiness.

Other tracks include "Jasmin" (dedicated to Friedrich and Svjatoslav Lips), "Nostalgia - Sonata quasi una" (Alexander Shurbin), "Walking through Neskutschni Sad" and "Tango" (Igor Stravinsky). For further information email:


Bridlington Festival - England

Daniele RavagliaContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Town of Bridlington on the East Coast of England will host their first ever Accordion Festival from November 8th to 11th, which will include a variety of concerts and workshops. The local council and hoteliers are preparing for the invasion of over 800 accordionists from all over the UK and Europe and they plan to make this the best ever accordion festival. Some of the stars include Marcosignori, Daniele Ravaglia, Emil Johannson and Finton Stanley plus orchestras and much much more. For further details see the festival site.


New Article

A new Article entitled "LynnMarie's Passion for Squeezing" written by Kate Kelsall is now online.

Judge Orders Driver with Loud Stereo to Listen to Polka Music - USA

In Cambridge, Ohio this week, a man was sentenced to listen to four hours of polka music by Frankie Yankovic for driving with his windows rolled down and his truck's stereo blaring loud music. Judge John Nicholson who found him guilty of disorderly conduct, told the accused, that he had the choice of paying a US$100 fine or listening to the polka tunes - he chose the music!!!!! The judge said, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. You may enjoy listening to your music, but many people do not want to hear your music".

The accused listened to the full four hours of the judges favourite Yankovic's hits, which included "Blue Skirt Waltz," "Who Stole the Kishka" and "Too Fat Polka".

New Sites/Updated Sites Information on the winner of the 2001 ATG/TAA Texas Folk Music Competition during the ATG Convention in San Antonio Texas, USA Updated information on Beniamino Bugiolacchi including new contact details Updated information on the International Accordion Museum in Castelfidardo, Italy including new contact details Updated information on New Zealand accordion entertainer Tracey Collins Updated information on Mengascini Nello accordion manufacturers Updated information on Italian accordionist Giorgio Dellarole

Antique Accordion Information

Paul Morrissey would like information on an old Patrali accordion, made in Germany (age unknown). Email:

Accordion Information Required

Mahinda Jeronimus would like obtain recordings by Joe Basil and The Three Jacksons (from the 1960's). Email:

Brian would like some information on a Gorsana accordion. Email:

Bernt Kamras would like information on a green 96 bass Marinucci (1951-52), as he would like to obtain some spare parts for the instrument. Email:

Felix Weigand would like information on a diatonic accordion (with two or three rows) named "Olympia 5". Email:

Matt Fasanella requires information on 120 bass "Filli Pratanesi" piano accordion, made in Castelfidardo, Italy. Email:

Jesse Barksdale would like film footage of Gus Visuer, Tony Murena or Jo Privat. Email:


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