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8th February 2002 This weeks news | Past News | Send news

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4th International Accordion Symposium St. Gallen - Switzerland

Pierre MussiContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Hugo NothThe 4th International Accordion Symposium will take place from May 8th to 11th in St. Gallen with the motto "New music for the Accordion". The varied program offers accordion enthusiasts, pupils and teachers the chance to discuss different aspects, a place to experiment, to get to know each other, and further training.

At a large sheet music and CD exhibition, attendees will have the opportunity to see the work of over 30 music publishers and listen to over 300 accordion CD's.

Course tutors include Hugo Noth (Germany), Max Ruch (Switzerland), Yolanda Schibli (Switzerland), Pierre Mussi (France) and Peter Nutt (Finland). For further details email:



70th Birthday Celebrations - Poland

Contributed by Dean Jurek

Lech PuchnowskiProfessor Lech Puchnowski, creator of the Polish Accordion Movement, President of the Polish Accordionists' Association, Vice President of the National Council of the University Level Education in the Arts, Head of the Accordion Chair of the Fr. Chopin Academy of Music will celebrate his 70th birthday on March 3rd. The Senate and the President of the Fr. Chopin Academy of Music, Professor Ryszard Zimak will open a special ceremony in the concert hall, which will include performances by accordion professors and students. This event will be held to express their great esteem to Professor Puchnowski for his services to the development of the concert accordion and to the musical education of the young generation all over Poland.

During his pedagogical career, Professor Puchnowski has filled the chair of many responsible positions including Head of the accordion department in the Central Pedagogical Institute for the Education in the Arts (1960 - 1965), Head of teachers' training department of the Fr. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (1974 - 1981), Vice President of the Fr. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (1981 - 1984) and Head of the chair of accordion at the same Academy (1979 - 2002).

During many years of his fruitful scientific and research work he wrote 91 items such as music manuals, books, music arrangements, dissertations, and scientific information, 43 articles in national and foreign magazines, 59 reviews and opinions on artistic and scientific works of other authors, 69 reports and elaborations for the music industry, 22 prefaces to the books of other authors, 30 syllabi for music schools of the different grades, 36 reports delivered on 36 seminars, scientific sessions and symposiums, and has supervised 63 master theses. For further details on the March celebrations email:


35th International Competition - France

Contributed by Guy Vivier

The 35th International Competition for accordion, piano, organ, guitar and synthesizer will take place at the Room Jean Vilar in Argenteuil in two separate sessions during May and July, 2002. Classes will be available for Juniors (aged 7 to 13), Seniors (aged 14 and over), polkas, mazurkas, tangos, jazz, ethnic, classical and pop for soloists, duos, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets, octets and orchestras. Prizes include the Guy Vivier special prize and the "Franco-Chinese prize".

The first session will be held from May 27th to June 2nd (registrations close May 5th) and from July 22nd to 28th (registrations close July 1st). For further details email:


Days of Harmonika Festival - Russia

Contributed by Vladimir Nekrasov

The Days of Harmonika Festival will be held in Chita from February 23rd to 27th. The festival will include a competition for young accordionists, master-classes and a variety of concerts. For details email:

Spanish Music Concert - Austria

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Duo "Anaki" which includes Spanish accordionist Iñaki Alberdi and Indonesian pianist Ananda Sukarlan, will give their debut in the Vienna "Schauspielhaus" on February 28th. This concert will consist entirely of Spanish music including five world premieres. The program will include "Three Pieces for Accordion and Piano" (originated by Luis de Pablo's Piano Concerto No.2), "Accentus" (Jesus Torres), "Diario" (David del Puerto), "Soinua" (Gabriel Erkoreka) and "Monodias Españolas" with its amazingly bright sonorities by José Evangelista.

Both musicians will also perform a solo piece. Iñaki will show his mastery of his instrument with the difficult "Aztarnak" (Ramon Lazkano), a piece commissioned by the Basque Association of Accordion (Hauspoz) in 1998 and premiered by Iñaki in San Sebastian in November-2001. For further details email:


National Accordion Convention - Texas Style - USA

Contributed by Norman Seaton

The Texas Accordion Association will hold their National Accordion Convention from March 7th to 10th at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Plano, Texas. The event will include a variety of workshops on Musicality, Orchestra, bands, dynamics, Cleveland-style polkas, Conjunto, Irish, Jazz, transitions, fill-ins, Assembling a program, playing to the crowd, stage musicianship, reading fake books and advanced keyboard techniques, accordion care, speaking before an audience, and steps to start an accordion organization.

New events this year include a Mini-lecture series and roundtable discussions, professional speaking workshops, two-level training for Irish music, Cleveland-style polka music and group dynamics training (dynamics and stage musicianship). In addition there will be button jam sessions, general jam sessions, 10-minute performance slots, mini-lectures, roundtable discussions, dealer time, "Emergency Accordion Repair" by Accordion Rose, and the 2002 accordion band. For further details email:

North Central Area Accordion Festival - England

Owen MurrayThe North Central Area Accordion Championships will be held on February 9th and10th in St. Thomas's Hall, Sutton, Craven. The event has attracted a record number of entries with competitors from as far afield as London and Scotland. Classes will be held for soloists, duos, trios, ensembles and orchestras with piano accordion, chromatic accordion and/or diatonic accordion. Entrants include many up-and-coming accordion stars of the future such as Larysa Bodell, Richard Smith (who recently gained entry to the Royal Academy of Music in London and will study with Professor Owen Murray), Dawn Stares, Heather Winrow and Justin Ryan. Members of the jury include Scottish accordionist Mr Laurie and Raymond Bodell, NAO President from England.

Performances will be given by Craven Accordion bands and orchestra and the festival will include many trade stands from various accordion manufacturers. For further details email:


Balalaika Festival - Sweden

Accordionist Jim Vandelly attended the January Balalaika Festival at the Foresta Hotel in Lidingo, Stockholm. Performances were given by a variety of orchestras and ensembles from Russia, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. The event began with a big welcome party at which each group or individual played as an introduction. Jim performed "The Cossack Rides the Danube", a medley of Russian folk songs, Yankee Doodle variations, finishing with the Swedish National Anthem.

Jim also participated in a large festival orchestra that performed to a capacity crowd in the Berwaldhallen Concert Hall. Their program included Russian songs "Vetjernij zvon", "Kalinka", "Svetet Myesyts" (Bright Moon) and "Calle Schewens Vals". The audience was so impressed they demanded "Bright Moon" be played again as an encore!


"Sky City" Concerts - New Zealand

John MacDonaldAustralian accordionist/entertainer John MacDonald will head to New Zealand in March for a four week season at Auckland's Sky City Casino, where he will guest on the "Chris Powley and Friends" Show.

During this visit John will also be a special guest on Auckland radio, where he will talk about his entertainment career, from his many worldwide album releases, to his landmark 2001 50th CD release "Years Apart". For tour details email:


Kawagoe Accordion Circle Concert - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

The Kawagoe Accordion Circle will hold the concert at Kawagoe Nishi Culture House on February 17th. For concert details phone Mr Fujisaki: +81 49 224-9312

On the same day six accordionists (including Tadashi Hara and Yosuke Mori) will perform at a "Home Concert" in Sakura-oka, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. For details on this concert phone: +81 3 5689-0673


Television Show Celebrates 19th Anniversary - USA

Jon HammondThe "Jon Hammond Television Show" celebrated its 19th anniversary on February 2nd. It began as an alternative late night program airing on Channel "C" of MCTV (Manhattan Cable TV), which covered industry trade shows and live performances hosted by accordionist Jon Hammond. The show was so popular that Mitsubishi featured 4 minute clips on the giant DiamondVision Screen in Times Square, 80 times a day for one year. Musical guests have included Art Van Damme, Dick Contino, Tommy Gumina, Andy Warhol, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Cosby, Jaco Pastorius, and Sammy Davis Jr.

The show's current format is "Music and Travel Softnews Program" and can also be seen on the internet originating in the studios of Manhattan Neighbourhood Network, Time/Warner System at various times on Channels 56 and 107.

This year the show will feature the March International Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany (for the 16th consecutive year!) in association with sponsors Excelsior Cemex, Hammond Germany and Sennheiser. Future plans include a movie project currently in progress entitled "Late Rent...the Movie" which is a life story of Jon Hammond. For show information email:


Klaus Paier Trio Concert Tour - Germany

The Klaus Paier Trio will tour Germany from February 27th to March 13th giving a series of concerts and workshops in jazz and tango music. The trio which consists of Klaus Paier (accordion), Stefan Gfrerrer (bass) and Roman Werni (drums) will present their new CD "Movimiento" as well as some of their own works.

Concerts will be held in Kramsach (Tirol), Karlsruhe, Sonthofen, Memmingen, Leonberg, Passau, Heidenheim, Kelkheim, Walsrode, Herzberg am Harz, Berlin and Vienna, (Austria). The workshops will be held on February 25th in Vienna and on February 26th and 27th at the Landesmusikschulwerk Tirol in Kramsach. For further tour details email:

Scottish Music Accordion Courses - Scotland

Contributed by Roderick Johnston

Stirling University (located in the heart of Scotland) will provide courses in Scottish Music for accordions as part of their Summer School program. The first will be a weekend course on April 27th and 28th. Two courses, each a week in duration will be held in July and it is hoped that a further weekend course will be held later in the year. Courses are suitable for all levels of player except absolute beginners. For full details email:


Marco Polo Auditorium Concert - Italy

Giorgio DellaroleContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Giorgio Dellarole will give a solo concert at the Marco Polo Auditorium on February 9th organized by the local "Gioventù Musicale d'Italia". His program will include works by Scarlatti, Pozzoli, Piazzolla and Paganini.


Duo 2000 Popular House Concerts Begin - South Africa

Duo 2000Duo 2000 will resume their popular House Concerts from March 1st to 3rd in Robindale. Their program will include a new repertoire such as "Twilight Time" (Buck Ram), "Guitarrero" (Franz Drdla) and "Hejre Kati" (Jeno Hubay). For details email:


Guy Klucevsek Concertizes in Minneapolis - USA

Contributed by Titano Accordion Co., International

Cutting-edge accordionist and composer Guy Klucevsek, will perform two concerts in Minneapolis, MN this week. The first is scheduled for February 9th at Northrup Auditorium, with the "Trisha Brown Dance Company" and "Dave Douglas and Musicians". Guy's second concert will be held the following day (10th) at the Walker Art Center with "Charms of the Night Sky". For details email:

Concertina and Mouth Organ Duo Entertain - England

The concertina and mouth organ duo of Roy Nash & Noel Dumbrell entertained at "Folk at The Royal Oak", in Lewes on February 7th. Musical evenings which include accordion or concertina entertainers are held regularly on Thursdays at this venue. For details phone: +44 1273 478124



Bandoneonist Plays at Wedding Service - Netherlands

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On February 2nd, Dutch vocalist Guglielmo d'Orange married Maxima Zorreguieta (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in Amsterdam. During the church service a bandoneonist serenaded the happy couple.

Dance Band Anoush in Los Angeles - USA

Popular dance band "Anoush" (which includes accordionist Dan Ziagos) will entertain at the Kypseli Greek Dance Center in Pasadena, Los Angeles on February 8th. The following day they will perform at the Laguna Folkdancers Festival in Newport Beach. For details phone: +1 949-646-7082


Antique Accordion Information

Sharon Schafer has a piano accordion over 60 years old, that has been sitting in its case since 1952. Perhaps a collector might be interested in it. Email:

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Ivan Cherry would like information on an old rhinestone studded Nocolos Solonti piano accordion. Email:

Brent Morgan is looking for music recorded by Agapito de la Garza. If you know where he can find this music email:

Shannon Pelfrey would like information on a Covella accordion. Email:


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