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29th March 2002 This weeks news | Past News | Send news

Editors Note
This weekend, a large part of the world enjoys Easter holidays and the staff of Accordions Worldwide wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. We hope you enjoy some of the wide variety of accordion music being performed this weekend in many different parts of the world.

Wayne Knights Webmaster



This Weeks News


International Accordion Action at Frankfurt Musikmesse - Germany

The Largest Accordion"Scary Gary Peterson & Zsunnah PetrofThe 23rd annual Frankfurt Musikmesse 2002, held from March 13th to 17th was attended by over 190,000 people this year. There was plenty of international accordion action at the huge trade show. Daily performances were given by Renzo Ruggeri (Italy) and of course the big event was the concert by superstar Richard Galliano in the Frankfurt Palmengarten. USA accordionist Jon Hammond played well attended concerts with special musical guest "Scary" Gary Peterson in the Cafe Klemm and in the Jazzkeller Hofheim. Excelsior Cemex Accordions presented a dynamic new talent from Portorecanati (Italy), Roberto Lucanero, who performed music of his region on the diatonic accordion such as "Saltarello" (a traditional piece), and "Valzer Di Notte" an original composition by Roberto.

Roberto LucaneroContributed by Benjamino Bugiolacchi

This year's event was the largest ever, with over 68,000 square metres of exhibits (including the ProLight & Sound show) and a record number of exhibitors (2148, of which 132 came from Italy). Visitors and operators were treated to a new look venue revolving around the brand new and extremely efficient hall 3, connected to the remaining seven halls by routes and escalators. All the services on offer were of the highest standard.

Vintage 1950's accorin ad at ExcelsiorThere was a lot of expectation surrounding this event, which was called upon to give a picture of the health of a sector whose worldwide yearly turnover is estimated at around 16 billion US dollars (or 18.6 billion Euro).

To help promote the notion that being a musician can be both an attractive profession and a great way to spend one's leisure time, the Musikmesse targeted a whole hall to young visitors, with very interesting results, leading to the organisers of the Rimini Disma fair plan to stage a competition that will attract thousands of young people. To help make this event a success, organizers need to ensure that European public schools are involved in this effort. As Dr. Peters said at the Musikmesse, "the fascination of music is perceived by everyone, but the fascination of making music must be promoted, encouraged and nurtured".

New Musette QuartetThe presence of the ICE and ACISA organizations (Italy) was deployed over a space of about 400 square metres and was both aesthetically appealing and effective in its presentation of a range of excellent artisanal instruments. The Music Marche consortium operated within this space and, thanks to the substantial financial and organisational contribution offered by Ancona Promuove (a special department of the Ancona Chamber of Commerce), managed to create a lot of interest. The consortium's exhibits included the "largest accordion in the world", created in 2001 by Castelfidardo craftsman Giancarlo Francenella. Ancona Promuove, in close collaboration with the Castelfidardo City Council, was also responsible for the very successful concert featuring Richard Galliano and his "New musette quartet" at the prestigious Palmengarten. This performance, which proved very popular among local personalities and the many jazz enthusiasts which crowded the venue to its capacity, was advertised by plastering the city with about 500 posters in various music venues and was promoted by several articles appearing in the German press and by national radio shows.

Jam SessionContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Musikmesse also featured an impromptu jam session of all accordionists performing for the various accordion factories. Players Vincenzo Abbraciante (Borsini), Renzo Ruggeri (Sem), Emanuele Rastelli (Excelsior), Simone Zanchini (Ottavianelli), Stefan (Ballone Burini) and Pino di Modugno (Master) decided to give a concert between the stands for all visitors. Their performance was highly appreciated by the audience.

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Sata-Häme Accordion Festival - Finland

Contributed by Minna Kulmala

The Sata-Häme Accordion Festival will be held in Ikaalinen from July 1st to 7th. This year's event will celebrate three decades of the festival with a massive Jubilee Concert. In addition, the competitive tradition will live on, as the Festival once again hosts the finals of the Gold and Silver Accordion competitions and the Finnish Folk Musician Championships. There will also be popular performances of accordion jazz and other genres to accommodate all tastes. While the musical emphasis focuses on the Festival concerts, there will also be music to be heard throughout the week all over town - on the waters of Lake Kyrösjärvi, in the parks of Wanha Kauppala and on the steps of barns and storehouses. For further details email:



Lark In The Morning Music Celebration 2002 - USA

The Lark In the Morning Music Celebration 2002 will be held for the 22nd time from August 2nd to 10th in California. This "Music Celebration" was started in 1980 to provide a venue to allow traditional musicians and dancers to get together and share their music & dance.

Events are for beginners and professionals and will include Music & Dance Workshops, dances, concerts and jam sessions. Tutors include Joel Bernstein (English Concertina), Casey Burns (High Tech Reed Making), Jack Gilder (Anglo System Concertina in The Irish Style), Miguel Govea (Tex Mex Conjunto & Tex Mex Button Accordion), Rene Peña Govea (Tex Mex/Colombian Button Accordion) and Simo Tesla (Piano Accordion & Serbian Music). For further details phone: +1 707 964-5569


International Accordion Festival N.O.V.A.M. - Netherlands

Contributed by Hanny Van Holland

On October 23rd the NOVAM (Dutch Organization for Accordion and Mouth-organ) will celebrate its 75th anniversary. To commemorate this event the association have organized an international festival & competition to be held on October 19th and 20th at the Sociaal Cultureel Centrum Maldensteijn in Malden.

Dutch and foreign accordion orchestras and mixed ensembles of up to 6 persons (including leader/director) are eligible to enter. The competition will cater for a maximum of 35 participants - orchestras or smaller groups of players. Entries close on July 15th and must be sent by post to Mr. A v. Kapel, Prins Bernhardlaan 28, 3201 CR Spijkenisse, The Netherlands.

The international Jury will comprise of highly qualified musicians. For further details email:

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Accordionist Performs at International Fashion Festival - Australia

Melbourne accordionist Bernadette Conlon performed during the fashion parade at the Melbourne International Fashion Festival on March 20th. Bernadette played (on a MIDI accordion) many different styles of music chosen to suit the styles being paraded on the catwalk. Pieces ranged from French and tango to music from the movie "Chocolat".


Viktor Romanko Tours Poland

Viktor RomankoContributed by Jutta Menn

Accordionist Viktor Romanko will tour Poland from April 22nd to 28th with the German choir Post Office/Telekom. The tour will include a seminar in Ustron (April 24th) followed by a concert in the Parafia Evangelicka Augsburska. The following day the group will perform an evening concert in the Ustron Cultural Center, which will be recorded by Polish National Television.

Romanko will perform a varied program including "Three Praeludien" (Gershwin), "Nocturne" (Tschernikov) and "The Merry Cowboy" (Tschernikov). For further details email:


Final Week of Viennese Accordion Festival - Austria

Dobrek BistroContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

The 4th and final week of Vienna's Accordion Festival began with the 2nd anniversary concert of "Dobrek Bistro". Krzysztof Dobrek and "Bistro" members (Aliosha Biz, Peter Strutzenberger & Daniel Klemmer) have not only become an institution of the Viennese music scene, but also of the Festival. Their music is best categorized by the phrase "No categories, please!" A Viennese music journalist once described Dobrek as the "most sensual accordionist of Vienna". "Inspired music from all imaginable corners of the world, put together to a compact sound with memorable effect". Manfred Horak (Jazz Zeit)

Morion TrioEntertainment was also provided by "Motion Trio" (Janusz Wojtarowicz, Pawel Baranek and Marcin Galazyn), the "Trio Infernal" of Polish Accordion Avant garde. The group play mainly unconventional contemporary music that is interspersed with elements of jazz, rock and folk.

Maria Kalaniemi has become an icon of European world music with the lyrical quality of her beautiful melodies, as well as her technical innovation and wide cultural knowledge. Her program included Finnish/Swedish polkas, (which don't have anything in common with polkas), Irish rhythm & reel, sounds from the Balkans, rhapsodies with a classical touch and minimal music or tango. Maria played with guitarist Olli Varis and pianist Timo Alakotila, members of her band "Algarda".

Maria KalaniemiFlaco JimenezAt last year's festival, Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas finally chased the Austrian winter away with the heat of the American South. This year another famous star of world music took over this job and closed the Festival as sparklingly as before. Tex-Mex accordionist Leonardo "Flaco" Jimenez entertained with skilfully combined stylistic forms of Southern rock and country with original Mexican Conjunto music, a style of which his father, Don Santiago Jiminez, had been an unsurpassed traditional master. Conjunto music mixes accordion polka beat (mainly from Bavarian, Czech and Polish immigrants) with the Soul of Mexican Mariachi and Ranchera music.

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Alexander Technique Course in San Sebastian - Spain

Anne LandaContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Acco Land Cultural Association to promote the accordion (based in San Sebastián, Spain), will hold a short course on the Alexander Technique for musicians directed by Anne Landa (accordionist and professor of Alexander Technique). The course will take place in San Sebastián from March 27th to April 7th. For details email:



Accordion Orchestra Hof Concert - Germany

The Accordion Orchestra Hof (conducted by Günther Zeilinger) will perform a concert at the Festsaal Freiheitshalle in Hof on April 21st. Their program will include "Collaboration" (Afro Jazz piece by Hans-Günter Kölz), "Keniade" (the newest original work by Fritz Dobler) and "Moldau" (Friedrich Smetana).

Performances will also be given by a variety of soloists aged from six years to 65 years! For details email:


Live Television Interview and Performance - USA

Contributed by Sandie Merrill

Accordionist Milen Slavov will take part in a live television interview & performance on WLOX TV's "4:30 Show" (WLOX-TV Channel 13, Biloxi, MS) on April 4th. He will be joined by Strandzha singer Zhivka Papancheva and accomplished gudulka player Teodor Dimitrov. Their program will include original Bulgarian music in traditional and contemporary styles.

On April 6th they will perform a free concert at the Leggett Memorial United Methodist Church in Biloxi, MS. This concert is sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Folklife Association. For further information email:


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Duo 2000 in Music Awards - South Africa

Duo 2000 are pleased to announce that their 2nd CD "Song for Anna" has been nominated for the South African Music Awards, sponsored by Standard Bank for 2002, in the category "Best Instrumental Album". The awards evening will be held on April 18th. The duo believe that their competition is tough, with one of their main competitors the "African Marimba Band".

Accordions Worldwide wish Duo 2000 all the best for the awards.


"Tampere Biennale" Music Festival - Finland

Accordionist Mika Väyrynen will perform a solo recital at the very respected new music festival "Tampere Biennale" on April 11th. His program will include "Vento op.58" (Kaipainen), "A Flight Beyond Time" (Makkonen), "Seven Questions to Infinity" (Segerstam) and "Hiding" for accordion and CD player (Romanowski). For details email:


Yann Tiersen Tours Germany

Yann TiersenContributed by Rolf E. Wittich

Yann Tiersen, French accordionist, composer, pianist and violinist will tour Germany from April 3rd to 6th. Yann and his band will play concerts in Hamburg, Munich, Mainz and Cologne. A few weeks ago, Yann received the French film award "César" for his soundtrack of the film "Amélie de Montmartre". For further concert details, please consult the daily press of the corresponding town.

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Jazz and Klezmer Weekend - USA

A Jazz and Klezmer weekend will be held at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York on April 13th and 14th. The event will include performances by jazz-klezmer band "Naftule's Dream" (accordionist Michael McLaughlin) and traditional klezmer group "Shirim". In addition the event will include a free screening of the documentary "The New Klezmorim: Voices Inside the Revival of Yiddish Music". For further information phone: +1 845 876-7666



Colombian Accordionist Performs in Mexico and Belize

Lacides RomeroColombian accordionist Lacides Romero (teacher at the Universidad Pedagogica de Bogotá) will be in Mexico City from April 1st. During this trip Lacides will participate in the IV convention of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-LA), which will take place at the National Center of Arts (CENART) from April 2nd to 6th. Lacides will give a speech entitled "Popular Music at University Education".

Following this, he will travel to Belize on April 9th to perform a concert which will include works by Latin American composers. This concert has been organized by the Colombian and Mexican Embassies of Belize. For further details email:


Rainbow's End Concerts - New Zealand

Olivia PanzicContributed by Christine Adams

Over 50 accordionists and enthusiasts once again enjoyed their annual concert at the popular Rainbow's End fun park in Auckland. The crowd enjoyed a variety of accordion solos ranging from "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" (by six year old Olivia Panzic) to an original arrangement of "Jesus Christ Superstar" (by Grayson Masefield). Orchestra performances were given by the North Shore Junior, Music maker and teenage orchestras followed by the senior group "Musicale".

Following their performances the players enjoyed the fun park rides such as the roller coaster plus a brand new ride "Fear Fall" which is an 18 storey high tower that drops participants straight down at 80 km per hour!

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Serbian Music Entertainment - USA

Serbian accordionist Micho Micic will entertain at Boaz Accordions in Berkeley, California on April 6th. Micho is a member of the popular local band "Ravna Gora", which "brings the house down" regularly at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks. His program includes traditional music such as "Moravac", "Uzicko", "Kraljevo" and "Gocino". For details phone: +1 510 845-1429



New Sites/Updated Sites Information on the "Two in Accord" duo which includes accordionists Shirley Harvey and Bill Perkins


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John Hooten would like information on a small, black and white Morreshi accordion with metal, Art Deco styled decorations and keys that seem to have been cut by hand. Email:

Francis Johnston would like information on an Iorio Accorgan accordion, made in Italy. Email:

Dennis Horne would like information on a Scandalla piano accordion made in Italy. Email:

Ivan Smeulders would like a tape or CD of the piece "Dinosaurus" by Arne Nordheim. Email:


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