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Editors Note

During 2002, we had a lot of positive response from listings in our Yellow Pages section. In particular we received an email from an accordionist performing in a restaurant, who told us he has had great response to his listing in the Venues & Restaurants section.

If you perform in a restaurant or if you own a restaurant with accordionists performing, please send details on our submit form as there are many traveling accordion enthusiasts who want to find places to go with fine accordion entertainment.

Wayne Knights Webmaster


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This Weeks News


Over 65,000 People at NAMM 2003 - USA

Contributed by Jon Hammond

On January 17th, the official NAMM marching band kicked off the opening of NAMM 2003 with the traditional "once around the fair grounds" to a rousing rendition of the Beach Boy's hit song "Round Round I Get Around"! The doors of the event then opened for the public to view the great variety of displays. Many accordion makes and models were on display this year.

This year's premier event was the all-star concert with Sir Elton John featured in a concert entitled "Elton & Friends Rock for Music Education". Other artists included Bruce Hornsby (accordionist), Vanessa Carlton, Ray Charles, Nikka Costa, Amy Grant, Jewel, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, John Mayer, Michael McDonald, Brian McKnight, Take 6, Rufus Wainwright and Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys). Emmy award winner Eric McCormack, from NBC's "Will & Grace" hosted the concert honoring Sir Elton John. An award was presented by Yamaha to Sir Elton entitled the "2003 Lifetime Achievement in Musical Excellence Award". Proceeds from the concert will go toward AMC and NAMM's other music education charities: the International Foundation for Music Research and Museum of Making Music.

Over 65,000 people attended the concert at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.


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Shanghai Music Conservatory Set Up Accordion Program - China

Contributed by Li Cong

The Shanghai Music Conservatory will begin a new Accordion Course this year, which will cater for a maximum of five students. So far other major music academies such as the Tianjin Music Conservatory, Sichuan Music Conservatory, Xian Music Conservatory, Shenyang Music Conservatory and Wuhan Music Conservatory have all included courses for the accordion. The Tianjin Music Conservatory particularly have rapidly developed their accordion courses.

In the past, both the China Central Music Conservatory and Shanghai Music Conservatory (being two of the most influential music schools in the country and abroad), did not have an accordion course available, but now this situation has changed, which is another important milestone in Chinese accordion history.

Enrollments for the new course will be held on March 20th and 21st. Preliminary examinations will be held on March 23rd and 25th. For more information phone: +86 13816776688


"Open Ears Festival" - Canada

Joseph PetricAccordionist Joseph Petric will perform at the Numus organization's "Open Ears Festival" in Kitchener Waterloo on January 25th. Joseph will play pieces with the "Bellows and Brass Trio" such as Sequenzas by Luciano Berio, and works by Boyd McDonald and Alain Trudel. For further details email:


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20th Century Chamber Music Competition - Germany

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The 4th International Wolfgang Jacobi Competition for 20th Century Chamber Music 2003 will take place at the Hochschule für Musik and Theater München from November 14th to 16th. This year's event will feature categories for Flute/Accordion and Flute/Piano. In this competition, young chamber music ensembles from Europe (age limit: 30 years) are given the opportunity to work exclusively on the repertoire of the 20th century.

Jury members include András Adorján and Aurèle Nicole (flute), Konstantia Gourzi (composer and conductor), Alfons Kontarsky (piano), Hugo Noth (accordion), Helmut Rohm (Bavarian Radio) and Inka Stampfl (President of Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband e.V.). The competition will comprise of two rounds and the jury will particularly consider the quality of well balanced ensemble playing. Competitors are requested to play a piece from the works of Wolfgang Jacobi. Compositions by Boulez, Casella, Harada, Hosokawa, Kagel, Nighingale and Zender feature among the compulsory pieces in the competition, from which the competitors may additionally choose. Prizes amount to a total of € 10.000.

For further information email Dorothee Göbel at:



Jump 'n' Jam - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

A fun event entitled "Jump 'n' Jam" will be held in Brescia from February 7th to 9th, presented by
Lelastiko Associazione Culturale in collaboration with II circoscrizione del comune di Brescia. The event will include workshops on improvisation and musical composition with dancers, choreographers and musicians including Davide Bonetti (accordion). A number of jam sessions will be held throughout the event, including a "Silent Jam", where silence will be investigated as a peculiar musical element.

Subscriptions are open until January 31st. For details email:


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Squeezebox Exhibition - USA

Texas Folklife Resources is exhibiting the photo show "Squeezebox: Accordion Communities in the United States", which will begin with an opening reception on February 6th at the TFR Gallery in Austin, Texas. The exhibition will run until June 21st. Admission is free.

Zydeco, Tejano, Czech and Polish accordion music traditions will be featured in the photo exhibits with works by photographers Dick Blau, Valentino Mauricio, Rick Olivier and Al Rendon capturing audiences dancing and enjoying accordion music in various cultural settings along with accordionists in performance. For further details email Dawn Orsak at:


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1st Prague Accordion and Harmonica Days - Czech Republic

Contributed by Pavel Svarc

Accordion and Harmonica orchestras and ensembles from all over the world are invited to the 1st Prague Accordion and Harmonica Days held in the National House Vinohrady, Prague from October 2nd to 5th.

The festival will begin with an Opening Concert and performance by the professional ensemble "The North Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra Teplice" who will play Hungarian dances by Brahms and Slavonic dances by Dvorák.

Other events include a "Gala International Accordion" concert, performances by representative orchestras and well known Czech accordion virtuoso M. Bláha, competitions, presentation of the International Trophy and special awards, performances by prize-winners, a "Goodbye Party" with dinner, music, dancing and fireworks.

Competition classes will include categories for Accordion Ensembles, Accordion Orchestras,
Harmonica Orchestras and Accordion Orchestras with a Choir.

Applications close June 27th 2003. For information email:



10th Festival of the Accordion - France

The 10th Festival of the Accordion will be held in Nanterre on March 22nd and 23rd, organized by Diato-Trad 92. The event will include workshops by J. M. Corgeron (beginners), F. Guillaumin (beginners music), R. Paitier (Breton and Irish music), R. Robert (Breton music), B. Guerbiny (collective play), B. Le Tron (arrangements), P. Cadeillan (2 row & 3 row accordion - South Western music) and D. Denecheau (2 row & 3 row accordion).

For further details phone: +33


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Accordion Manufacturers Merge - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The world has become accustomed to mergers especially during the latter half of the last century.
However, in the accordion manufacturing industry, the reverse has been true for many years. Now, in a unique move, two high profile companies within this industry: Sem and Menghini have joined forces to form a new manufacturing company - SUONI srl. The new company was operational from January 2nd 2003. The President of the new company is Giansandro Breccia. The merger is a natural result of previous manufacturing collaborations between the two companies as they had many complementary facets in terms of production and products. It was therefore apparent that many benefits could result from combining the two production units.

The fusion will therefore bring most of the production processes under one roof, which will be at the existing Menghini premises. Personnel from both companies will be retained. The original SEM factory is to be sold.

The products manufactured by SUONI will be marketed exclusively by MENGHINI using the following brand names: Scandalli, Sem and Paolo Soprani. Each brand will have its own separate identity and there will be little, if any, overlap of products.


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Four Orchestras Perform - Germany

Contributed by Marc-Oliver Brehm

Four accordion orchestras from Stuttgart and surrounding areas, comprising of 50 players will perform during January and February, conducted by Andrej Baumgard.

The event is entitled "Gemeinschaftskonzerte AKKORDEON XXL - vier Orchester-ein Klangkörper" (Community concerts ACCORDION XXL - four Orchestras - one sound) and will include a series of three concerts. Their program will include works by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein. The event has received such high acclaim so far, that the orchestras have been invited to attend the 1st Prague Accordion Festival in October.

Concerts will be held on January 25th in Weil der Stadt (Aula), February 8th at the Festsaal Bethanien in Stuttgart-Möhringen and February 15th in Hildrizhausen (Schönbuchhalle). For further information email:


American Accordionists Association 65th Anniversary Competition & Festival - USA

Contributed by Faithe Deffner

The American Accordionists Association will hold their 65th Anniversary Competition and Festival at the Marriott Hotel at Philadelphia International Airport from July 9th to 13th. The event will include competitions for all ages with cash prizes and awards, Massed Band performance, Festival Orchestra performance, workshops & exhibits, Luncheon Concerts, World of Accordions Traveling Museum, sight seeing tour, Endless Performance Ballroom, Club Pub - Polka Fest, 65th Anniversary Gala Banquet Celebration and many featured guests including the 2002 Coupe Mondiale Winner (who also won the Coupe's Piano Accordion Competition), Alexander Poeluev (Russia).

For further information email:


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Accordion Festival Day - Canary Islands

Gerardo Rizza, Andres Miranda & Felipe GadeaContributed by Francisco José Dávila Dorta

On January 19th, an accordion festival was celebrated at the Federación de Asociaciones de Vecinos "La Unión" de Geneto in La Laguna, Tenerife. The event included an accordion festival with performers Felipe Gadea Beltrán and Gerardo Rizza, who were accompanied by a group of local accordionists. The crowd were impressed by the extraordinary performances of virtuoso accordionists Felipe and Gerardo who played solos and duos. Felipe also played with one of his most promising students, aspiring accordionist Leopoldo Delgado Brito, a professional on saxophone, trumpet and strings.

These experienced players were joined by other amateur accordionists and also accompanied by impromptu performers on guitar and percussion.

The excited audience were given the opportunity to hear a variety of works by Beethoven, Liszt, Rossini, Tchaikovsky plus traditional pieces from Mexico and the Canary Islands.



Gary Blair South of England Tour 2003

Contributed by Ron Bennett

Gary Blair will tour the South of England from February 9th to 15th. Concerts will be given in Burgess Hill, Uxbridge, Wimborne, Harlow, Cranleigh and Brighton For tour details email:


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Fiamma in Concert - Italy

Alberto CotticaContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Alberto Cottica, former accordionist of the popular band Modena City Ramblers, is now working as a composer, musician and producer in a new group, which combines tradition with innovation, accordions and bagpipes with electronic instruments. The group, which also includes Fiamma (vocals), Medhin Paolos (live electronics) and Jessica Lombardi (electric bass and traditional bagpipes) has created a kind of dance music which lends itself to the pure listening experience thanks to the quality of the compositions and the magnificent voice of lead singer Fiamma.

In 1999 the group recorded its first album under the name of Fiamma Fumana entitled "0.1"; in March 2002 it released a single entitled Mantra and this year another album, "Contatto" (this time under the name of lead singer Fiamma). The group is currently touring Italy, with performances scheduled on January 25th at the Spazio Musica in Pavia, January 30th at the Officina Estragon in Bologna and February 15th at the Calamita in Cavriago (province of Reggio Emilia).

For further information please email:


Concert For Guests of the President of Wroclaw - Poland

Accordionist Olexiy Suslov and his group "S-ART" (includes D. Bialostocka - guitar & G. Szomanski - percussion) performed a concert in the Gothic Town Hall in Wroclaw for guests of the President of Wroclaw recently. Vocalist Svietlana Jermolenko (Ukraine) also participated in the concert, performing lyrical and nostalgic but poetical ballads by Okudjava, accompanied by S-ART. S-ART also performed a variety of favorite Russian waltzes and folk tunes. This concert will be repeated in other Polish cities. For tour details email:


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Accordionists Perform in Florange - France

Duo Paris-MoscouOn January 12th the Paris-Moscou Duo performed at the "La Passerelle" concert hall in Florange (a small town near Metz), organized by accordion teacher Mr Amadeo. The concert included performances by two accordion clubs from this region followed by the duo.

The concert concluded with a performance by Domi Emorine who played with Laurent Fline (drums), Gilles Bioteau (bass) and Thierry Moncheny (guitar). The group played a variety of music from Argentina, Venezuela and France including musette, tango, paso-doble, cha-cha, samba and valse musette. The audience enjoyed the program of different musical styles.


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Alcoa Singers Performance - USA

The Alcoa SingersThe Alcoa Singers (composed of 30 employees, contractors, and retirees of multinational Alcoa Inc. headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) recently completed their 41st concert series which was directed by conductor and accordionist Henry Doktorski. The Singers performed ten concerts at venues throughout Pittsburgh during their 2002 Christmas season, including concerts at Allegheny General Hospital, Magee Womens' Hospital, First Lutheran Church, Carnegie Library and USX Steel Tower.

Henry accompanied the Alcoa Singers who performed songs such as "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", Carol of the Bells", "Frosty the Snow Man", Carol Medley and many others.


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Soar Valley Accordion Club Farewell Event - England

Jo & Alan Lewis - back row right, new committee David Price & Ron Sambell - front row rightContributed by Mike O'Regan

After ten years running the Soar Valley Accordion Club, Jo and Alan Lewis decided to relinquish the management in favor of David Price and Ron Sambell. To mark the occasion, a farewell concert was held on January 17th featuring the Leicester Accordion Orchestra, who played a varied selection of music including popular singalong tunes. Other performers included Mike O'Regan (keyboard), Jamie Tuckwood (accordion) and David Price & Ron Sambell (accordion duets). Rothley village hall was packed for the occasion, and the enthusiastic audience gave Jo and Alan a great send-off!



Accordion and Flute Concert - Italy

Ivano Battiston & David BellugiContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Ivano Battiston (accordion) and David Bellugi (flute) will perform at the Teatro Everest in Firenze on January 25th. Their program will include their own works, traditional pieces plus works by Ortiz, Bartók, Piazzolla and Vivaldi. For further details phone: +39 055.2048162


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New Accordion CD Out Now - China

CD coverContributed by Li Cong

Xie Yan (accordion teacher at the Xian Music Conservatory), recently released her first solo accordion album. In 1981, Ms Yan studied at the Pedagogic Department, Xian Music Conservatory with tutor Liu Yong Yuan. After graduating, she stayed in the school as an accordion teacher. In 1996, she continued her studies Russia under Professor Semionov followed by Professor Lips in 1999.

During her studies in Moscow, Xie Yan held many solo concerts. With help from a Moscow recording specialist, she completed her first free bass accordion CD album, which includes sonatas and works by Piazzolla. For more information phone: +86 13022978591


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CD Release Party - USA

The PickPocket Ensemble held a CD release party at Pena Pacha Mama in San Francisco on January 19th. Band members include Rick Corrigan (accordion), Marguerite Ostrovski (violin),
Aharon Wheels Bolsta (percussion), Will High (bass) and Tim Fox (guitar).

This is their 3rd CD entitled "If I Were A Highway", which they believe "defines new world café music".

A 2nd CD release party will be held on February 20th at Boaz Accordions in Berkeley. For details phone: +1 510-845-1429


New Sites/Updated Sites Updated information to the CD order form for Russian accordionist Friedrich Lips


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Accordion Information Required

Jan A. van den Bosch is searching for the biography of accordionist Michael Ganian entitled "Melody" written by his cousin Vahan Guevorkyan. Vahan is currently believed to be in the USA. If you have a contact email address for him please email Holda at:

Fredrik Johansson would like information on an accordionist by the name of "Tamburro", who was active about 1920 to 1940. Please email:



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