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This Weeks News

5th International Festival of Accordion Orchestras - Italy

Ekaterinburg OrchestraThe 5th International Festival of Accordion Orchestras was held in Treviso, Italy from July 25th to 29th. This year Italian accordion orchestra "Armonia" (Treviso) conducted by Angelo Smeazzetto) and the Russian Ural State Orchestra of Folk Instruments (Ekaterinburg, Russia) conducted by Leonid Shkarupa took part in the event.

The two orchestras performed concerts in Venice, Padova & Lesola before their finale festival concert in the Embassy Theatre of Treviso. Their program included "Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla" and "Rossiniana" (works by Vladimir Zubitsky for accordion and orchestra), which were played at the conclusion of the festival concert with the composer, and Italian and Russian classical pieces and folk music.

This year's festival was so successful, over 800 people attended (some of whom had to stand), giving continuous applause. After the festival, an official meeting was held with the Mayor of Treviso, where it was decided make the town of Treviso (Italy) and Ekaterinburg (Russia) sister towns.



3rd Guangxi Province Accordion Competition - China

Contributed by the Guangxi Province Accordion Association

The 3rd Guangxi Province Accordion Competition was held on July 19th and 20th at the Guangxi Art School, organized by the Guagnxi Education Association and Guangxi Accordion Association.

Over 200 players from Guangxi and Guangdong Provinces competed at the competitions, which included a variety of solo, ensemble, accompaniment and sing-a-long categories plus exam classes. The event also included a Teachers' Teaching Seminar. Although it was a short event, participants still exchanged many interesting ideas and enjoyed the competitions. The Beijing Office of the Chinese Accordion Association sent their congratulations to the event organizers.


"K" Trio Perform at Tenri Cultural Institute - USA

The "K" Trio will perform with dance impressionist Mikki Goodman at the Tenri Cultural Institute on the West Side of New York (Soho) on August 24th. Their program will include favorites from their new CD "Take 2" plus Claire de Lune (Debussy).

For further details email:


Monts Dore Musical Training Course - France

The Monts Dore Music Association (Auvergne) began their first annual training course for musicians on August 4th in Bourboule. This year the event features the accordion and will run until August 12th, with tutors Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov. Participants come from France and Switzerland.

This training course will make it possible for participants to discover other instruments as they have free access to a variety of concerts with different artists each evening.

On August 6th, the Paris-Moscow Duo (Domi Emorine & Roman Jbanov) entertained. On August 12th course participants will perform at the Bourboule Theatre, showing the work they learnt throughout the week.

Another training course is planned for next year. For further details email:


Accordion Catches Fire During Performance - England

This week, Ananova News reported that well known Australian entertainer, Rolf Harris was performing in a marquee in Berkshire when his accordion caught fire! The fire was quickly extinguished and nobody was hurt. Rolf then continued to play at the event, which was a cabaret at Maidenhead and Bray Cricket Club.

Rolf has been awarded both the OBE and the MBE and is a Member of the Order of Australia.



Spanish Civil War Project - Spain

Anne LandaContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Anne Landa has taken part in the recording of a documentary based on the Spanish Civil War. The recording was held in Biarritz on August 1st and 2nd, and the project will allow musicians to perform live as the documentary is presented at various festivals over the next few months.

Anne's future projects include her continued collaboration with diverse groups plus the performance of solo contemporary and classic music, and more recently music for theater, folk and tango.


AFNA Festival in Los Angeles - USA

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

During the weekend of August 10th and 11th, accordionists will gather to take part in the 47th annual Accordion Federation of North America (AFNA) Festival. Activities will take place at the Radison Hotel at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California.

The event will include a free Evening Concert consisting of accordion groups, solos, etc. from the 3 day Music Festival/Competition.

AFNA history dates back to October 30th, 1955 when Anthony Aretta and Andrew Ferraro called a special meeting to discuss the formation of a new accordion organization. There was a great number of subjects discussed and a great deal of work accomplished.

The purpose of this new organization was to stimulate the general public's interest in the accordion and the improvement of teaching methods. Four categories of membership were designed: Writers and arrangers; Music store owners; Accordion school owners; and Instrument wholesalers. The "Accordion Association of Southern California" (AASC) was chosen as the name for this new group.

The AASC's members included George Howell, Anthony Aretta, Andrew Ferraro and Peggy Milne; ATG (Accordionists and Teachers Guild) members were Sidney Dawson, PhD., Nik Nevel, Sylvia Prior and Ann Randall.

While the ATG members had experience in structuring the competitions, the AASC members had experience participating and judging in several nationwide competitions. The very first festival was scheduled for April 21st to 22nd, 1956 at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium.

As attendance and membership grew to include states other than California, as well as contact with organizations in Mexico and Canada, the AASC changed its name to Accordion Federation of North America (AFNA) in 1972.

For further information regarding the AFNA organization and the August Festival, please email Sandra Martin at:



Lips Accordion Workshops - Austria

Friedrich LipsContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

The period from August 17th to September 1st will be dedicated to the further formation of musicians, clowns and artists in Imst (near Innsbruck), Tyrol. A variety of workshops will be open to the public and cover jazz (piano, bass, drums, violin), Austrian march music (all instruments) and classical music (violin, piano and accordion). Accordionist Professor Friedrich Lips (from the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow) and Roman Pechmann (Conservatory of Klagenfurth, Austria) were chosen to give solo lessons and teach chamber music. The accordion course will be held from August 19th to 22nd. In his recital, Friedrich Lips will be joined by his son, Svjatoslav Lips to perform pieces by Podgaits, Sergejewa, Berinski, Piazzolla, J. Strauss and others. For further information email:


Accordion Meeting During FisAlMuseo - Italy

Romeo AichinoContributed by Carlo Fortunato

The 10th Rigoroso di Arquata Accordionists' Meeting took place in Rigoroso di Arquata (province of Alessandria) on August 1st. This annual celebration is open to everyone (so long as they bring their accordion and join in the performances), and was attended this year by accordionists and enthusiasts from Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy and Emilia.

The meeting, organised by Carlo Fortunato and hosted by the "Circolo Fratellanza Rigoroso", was part of the FisAlMuseo event this year, sponsored by the Alessandria city and provincial councils. Musical guests of the evening included Athos Bassissi, Giancarlo Salaris (Cossato), jazz accordionist Tiziano Chiappelli (Modena) and the young and talented Romeo Aichino (pictured).

The event was attended by many other accordionists who spontaneously joined in the performances.



"Bercy Village" Concerts - France

A variety of accordionists will entertain at "Bercy Village" in Paris on Tuesday evenings during August and September. Performers include François Parisi & Sébastien Malherbe, Odessa, Gabriel Androne & Samuel Berthod, Sébastien Malherbe & Colette Lepage, MAM, Pierrot & Lemaire and Daniel Denécheau & Denis Gérard. For details phone: +33 1 40 02 90 80


"A La Carte" Accordion - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On August18th, accordionist Hisaji Sugimura will perform at an event entitled "A La Carte" of the accordion - the "Taisho-Goto" at the Teijin Hall, Sakaisuji Honmachi, Osaka. The program will include a variety of Japanese Songs. For details phone: +81 6-6622-4445



"Roadoilers" Perform at Ashkenaz - USA

On August 14the the "Roadoilers" will entertain at the Ashkenaz Nonprofit Music and Dance Community Center in Berkeley. The group often play for contra and square dancers and includes Perry Fly (concertina, guitar & piano) plus banjo, violin, Irish bagpipes, Uillean pipes and bass. For further details phone: +1 510 525-5054


"Gold Accordion" Festival and Competition - Italy

The 2nd National Accordion Competition "La Fisa d'oro" (Gold Accordion) was held last month in Benevento (south Italy). Competition winner, Marco Valenti (Variety category) won an Excelsior accordion. The Excelsior factory (Castelfidardo) was the general sponsor of this event.

An evening concert was held in the Teatro Romano, which has over 1,500 seats and wonderful natural acoustics. Performers included many well known accordionists such as Peppino Principe, Duo Vladimir and Nataly Zubitsky, Renzo Ruggieri Quartet, Silvia Pagni and the Benevento Accordion Orchestra.



Afrikaans Weekend Festival - South Africa

Duo 2000Duo 2000 will perform at the Dutch Reformed Church Four Anchors in Sasolburg for the Afrikaans Weekend Festival on August 30th. Their program will include pieces such as "Come Heart's Delight" (Gondola Song - Strauss), "The Swan" (from The Carnival of the Animals - Saint-Saëns) and "Ballad for Adeline". For details email:


Accordion Festival - France

Raul BarbozaAn accordion festival will be held on August 14th and 15th around the fountain of Saint Léger Sous Beuvray organised by A.P.E.R.E.M. / Compagnie Héritage, which will include a Concert and Ball featuring LesTraîne-Bûches (rock and roll), Christian Maes Quintet and Michel Macias. Concerts will also be held by Jac Lavergne - Cie Léon Larchet, Emmanuel Pariselle / Didier Oliver, Raul Barboza (Argentina), Bernard Ariu and Trio Morvan.

The event will include a variety of concerts, balls, music in bars, a contest, open air performances and accordion manufacturers and products. For further details email:


Concertina Entertainment - USA

Concertina player Noel Hill will perform with Richard Mandel (guitar) at the Plough & Stars in San Francisco on August 10th. For concert details phone: +1 415 751-1122

Noel will also perform on the KALW (91.7FM) radio program "Folk Music & Beyond" on August 10th at 3pm.

Accordion, Guitar and String Orchestra Performance - Italy

Giorgio DellaroleAccordionist Giorgio Dellarole performed with a string orchestra and guitar in Courmayeur - Jardin de l'ange last week. The following two days he performed works by Vidosic, Zolotariev, Strauss and Farkas in Aosta.



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:


New Cajun Book Released by Gary Dahl

Book coverContributed by Kevin Friedrich

Gary Dahl has released a new book published by Mel Bay Publications, entitled "15 Louisiana Cajun Classics." This book (recording CD is available) transcribed/arranged by Gary is graded at an Intermediate Level and includes "Le Jig Francais", "Chere Te Mon", "Port Arthur Blues", "J'ai Passe devant ta porte", "Two Step D'Amede" and many others.

You may also preview and purchase the music of Gary Dahl on-line at



Moreno Straccialini Releases His First Recording - Italy

Moreno StraccialiniYoung accordionist Moreno Straccialini, a student in the Entertainment course at Renzo Ruggieri's "Voglia d'arte" school, has just completed his first recording. The audiocassette, distributed by "Musicomania" includes pieces ranging from pop to lounge, from Latin American to the virtuoso style. Moreno, a winner of national and international competitions, has successfully entered the career of entertainer, which can still offer interesting opportunities in today's music world. For further CD information email:


New Sites/Updated Sites New site on the Orchestra Liberina (Italy) directed by Pasquale De Marco. Completely updated site on the outstanding "K" Trio ensemble. Site now includes bios on each of the members, complete concert history, repertoire, recordings, yearly reviews, plus much more! Updated information on New Hampshire based accordionist Jason Stephen who recently won the ATG Piano Accordion Championship in Orlando, Florida and will be competing in Copenhagen, Denmark at the 2002 CIA Coupe Mondiale. Updated information on French accordion entertainer Jean-Louis Noton



Accordion Information Required

Serenelli accordionAndreas Kalker would like some information on the 96 bass Serenelli piano accordion (pictured). The instrument is believed to have been manufactured in the early 1950's. Email:



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