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Texas Accordion Association

National Association of Accordion & Fiddle Clubs Concert - Scotland

Contributed by Karin Ingram, Box and Fiddle Magazine

Exciting Scottish band "Session A9" are headlining the National Association of Accordion & Fiddle Clubs concert at the Hawick Town Hall on March 30th. The band, which includes Charlie McKerron, Duncan Chisholm, Gordon Gunn, Adam Sutherland, Brian McAlpine and Marc Clement plan to release their debut CD in the near future.

The concert is the finale of the Reivers Festival in Hawick - a weekend of fun and music for all ages. Local Accordion and Fiddle Clubs have been invited to perform at the concert which will be compeered by Chairman of the NAAFC, Nicol McLaren.

Other performers include Stuart Anderson Band, Lynne Kemp Band, John Fairbairn Band, Wattie Beattie Band, Gordon Brown Band and David Scott Band. For further details email:


Ranco Accordions

29th Annual Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships - Canada

The 29th Annual Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships will be held from July 7th to 13th in Kimberley, BC. The festival will include a variety of entertainment by performers Graham Laurie Paisley Accordion Orchestra (Scotland), The Cottonpickers (Canada), LynnMarie (USA) and The Smilin' Scandinavians (USA). Popular dance band "The Gordanairs" will entertain for the first time this year on July 11th. The band features Gordon Groening (accordion), Danny Groening (drums), Rob Goddard (trumpet and keyboards), Kenny Ogilvie (bass guitar) and Mike Hambrook (clarinet and tenor saxophone).

A "Bellow Shakes and Open Forum" workshop will be held by Bill Sturgeon, who will also conduct the Kiotac Massed Band.

This year the event once again offers ten, CAN$200 bursaries to assist and encourage players, 18 years and younger to enter and compete in the Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships. Last year 23 applicants for the bursaries were awarded. Letters of application must be received by the Selection Committee, The Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships, Box 473, Kimberley, BC Canada V1A 3B3 prior to April 30th. Entries for the competition close on May 31st.

For further details email:


Viennese Accordion Festival Continues with 2nd Successful Week - Austria

EdelschwarzMichel Macias QuartetContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions


The Viennese Accordion Festival continued this week with a concert "French Folk de luxe" presented by the "Michel Macias Quartet" who mixed blues, celtic sound, gipsy swing with Musette. On March 2nd a series of trilogies started with 3 concerts during one day - at 11 am "Stiefelbein Bluhs Bänd", at 4pm "Steinberger & Havlicek", and at 8pm "Edelschwarz" from Germany. A really exhausting but also unique weekend of music!

Steinberger & HavlicekLocal hero Karl Hodina teamed up with Alegre Correa and Bertl Mayer Jr for some unforgettable moments of "Brazilian Schrammeln". A musical journey combined typical Viennese songs with the carnival of Rio!

The traditional Balkan evening was presented by Jovica Petkovic and "Wiener Tschuschenkapelle".


Scandalli Accordions

Ritary Ensemble Performance - France

The Ritary Ensemble (Jazz Manouche) will perform in a concert entitled "Bruit qui court" in Besancon on March 14th. The ensemble, which includes Ritary Guaguenetti (guitar), Bernard Ariu (accordion), Hervé & Tarzan Guaguenetti (guitar) and Vladimir Torres (double bass), will play a variety of swing music, ballads, waltzes and original compositions. For further information email:



25th Anniversary Celebrations - Russia

Contributed by Boris Plotnikov

Sergei NaikoOn February 20th, Siberian bayanist Sergey Naiko held a recital at the local Philharmonic concert hall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his performing career and the 20th anniversary of employment at the Krasnoyarsk Academy of Music and Theater (Russia).

Professor and Honored Artist of Russian Federation, Sergey Naiko is well known for his accomplishments, having completed 90 concert tours in Siberia, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Kiev, Harbin and Beijing (China), Germany, Slovakia and elsewhere.

Sergei NaikoThe jubilee recital was an important event in the cultural activities of Krasnoyarsk. Naiko's merits were described publicly as "lightning fast fingers", "fantastically fine control of bellows is a real wonder", "timbres palette is marvelous - even with only one register utilized at one time". Naiko performed many contemporary music pieces composed specially for the bayan, by Chaikin, Repnikov, Zubitsky, Banshchikov, Nagayev, Meremnkulov, Gubaidulina and others.

During the recital Naiko paid tribute to I. Panitsky, one of Russia's prominent arrangers of bayan folk songs from the middle of the 20th century. Then, with profound emotion, he played Partita and Spaniada (Zolotaryov). This was followed by a number of works by Couperin, Rameau, Scarlatti, Mozart and Borodin.

Many pieces from Naiko's repertoire (including Bach's Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, Chromatische Fantasie, Seven Preludes and Fugues from WTC, Piano Concerto in D minor, and many others) have been arranged or edited by him for multi-timbral bayan. These are also available in the form of printed professional Finale scores. For details email:


Master Sound

Jean-Louis Noton Records Video and DVD - Senegal

Jean-Louis NotonContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

French accordionist Jean-Louis Noton has been in Casamance, Senegal for the last two months to record 4 clips for DVD and video, due for release in May. Pictured is Noton with students from the Cabrouse School in Senegal.

Noton is currently performing at the Cavagnolo stand at the Frankfurt Music fair in Germany.


Ranco Accordions

New Composition for Accordion and Clarinet

Contributed by Sergej Tchirkov, East European News Coordinator

Clarinetist and composer Matthias Mueller (Switzerland) has composed a new work for accordion and clarinet, entitled "Schischka" (which means "cone" in English). Mueller studied composition, clarinet and piano under D. Mueller-Siemens, J. Wittenbach and A. Pey in Switzerland, Great Britain and Germany and has collaborated with such composers as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio and Rudolf Kelterborn. In 2002 he was awarded the Zollikon Prize.

The new work will be premiered and recorded in mid 2003 by Matthias Mueller (clarinet) and Sergej Tchirkov (accordion).


Texas Accordion Association

Paris Moscou Duo at Blackpool Festival - England

Paris-Moscow DuoParis-Moscow Duo & Tom DuncanThe Paris Moscou Duo (France) performed at the Blackpool International Accordion Festival in Blackpool from February 19th to 24th, organized by Tom Duncan. This was the 10th festival and many accordionists from UK clubs attended. The duo played a variety of Russian, French and classical music plus a special Scottish piece especially for Tom Duncan. The crowd also enjoyed music from their CD "Paris-Moscou".

Other performers included Steve Roxton (England), Jean Dauvin (France), Larysa Bodell (England) and Nikolai Ryskov (England).


Massimiliano Pitocco in 230 Theatre Performances - Italy

Massimiliano PitoccoContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist and bandoneonist Massimiliano Pitocco recently took part in 230 performances of Luigi Pirandello's Henry IV with live music by Piazzolla and actor Sebastiano Lo Monaco. The long tour was hosted by some of the most important Italian theatres.

During February, Massimiliano and the Abruzzi Symphony Orchestra played traditional tangos and a selection of pieces by Piazzolla (Astoreando, Caminiti, El Choclo, La Cumparsita, El dia che me queras, Milonga de l'Annunciaciòn and the Concerto for bandoneòn and orchestra) in the V. Basso theatre in Ascoli Piceno and in Rome, Pescara, Foligno and Naples.

From March 11th to 13th Massimiliano will feature as a soloist with the Magna Grecia orchestra (directed by Luis Bacalov) in a series of concerts in Taranto, Matera and Bari, performing music by Piazzolla and Bacalov. For further details email:


Master Sound

"La Boîte à Frissons" Accordion Festival - France

Contributed by Juliette Ajoux

The 2nd "La Boîte à Frissons" Accordion Festival will be held in Cavaillon, Vaucluse from March 14th to 23rd. The festival is held to celebrate Spring by the National Scene of Cavaillon and includes concerts, balls, songs, theatre, dance, circus, movies, a training course, a conference and electronic music. Most performances will be held in the "Magic Mirror" marquee on the place du Clos, in Cavaillon.

Performers include a duo of Pascal Contet & DJ Rom, Guylaine Léori, Charlotte, Femmouzes T, Garage Rigaud, Matthieu Ha, Trio Fattoumi/Lamoureux/Contet, Jacques Dor, Marc Perrone, Lio chante Prévert, Kimmo, René Lacaille, Collectif Djal, Pusse, le Trio Kinkin, Java and le cirque Balagan.

For further details email:



Accordionist Performs with Cellist - Spain

Spanish accordionist Angel Luis Castaño and cellist David Apellaniz gave a series of 5 concerts last week in auditoriums in Madrid. Over 150 people attended each of these concerts, which were very successful. Their program included works by Cassado, Granados, Zubitsky, Precz and Piazzolla.

Castaño is a Professor at the Professional Conservatorium in Segovia and Apellaniz is a Professor at the Valencia and Zaragoza conservatoriums.

This month Castaño will play in the premiere of composer Cesar Camarero's new opera "Horizonte Cuadrado" in Granada, Sevilla and Madrid. He will also play two solo concerts and give master classes in Valence and Lyon at the beginning of April. For details email:


Ranco Accordions

Lips Performs "Seven Words" - Russia

Friedrich Lips & Sofia GubaidulinaContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

In the final concert of a festival dedicated to Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, Friedrich Lips (bayan) performed the composer's "Seven Words" in Moscow recently together with Vladimir Toncha (violoncello) and a chamber orchestra.

There was also a world premiere of a piece for 7 cellos and 2 aquaphones played by the composer himself and Viktor Suslin in another concert.


History of Accordion on Radio - Canary Islands

On March 2nd, "Radio Isla" in Tenerife broadcast an interview with Francisco José Dávila Dorta, in which he spoke about the history of accordion in Europe, Spain and Canary Islands and demonstrated the very old Chinese "Sheng". During the program four songs by German accordionist and vocalist Inge Regina were played such as pieces by Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich.

The program was so successful that listeners called the radio station with their congratulations!


Texas Accordion Association

"Well-Tampered Accordion" Performance - USA

Composer/accordionist Guy Klucevsek will present a solo concert on March 8th at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York, NY. Included will be his recently completed, 12-piece collection, "The Well-Tampered Accordion," as well as selections from his latest solo recording, "The Heart of the Andes" (Winter & Winter). Klucevsek will repeat this program on March 15th at The Buttonwood Tree, in Middletown, CT. For further details email:


Master Sound

Roberto Caberlotto & Silvia Leggio Tour Sicily - Italy

The duo of Roberto Caberlotto (accordion) and Silvia Leggio (piano) will tour Sicily from March 8th to 10th, playing in Enna, Alcamo and Vittoria. The concerts are organized by FIDAPA and the "Friends of Music" associations of Alcamo and Vittoria. Their program will be entirely devoted to tango, and will feature two dancers Marianna Fontana and Roberto Angelica on stage for some of the pieces. Featured composers are Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel, Rolando Lucchi and Andrea Talmelli.

The duo, which was formed in April 2000, has performed in several Italian cities and launched a CD entitled Tango with the Florentine label EMA Records in 2001.



"A Night of Accordion" - France

Contributed by Brigitte Cornière

A concert and ball entitled "A Night of Accordion" was held at the Centre Culturel in Athis Mons on March 1st. Performers included Marc Perrone (accordion), Jean Louis Matinier (accordion), Jacques Bolognesi (accordion), Françis Varis (accordion), Renaud Garcia-Fons (double bass), Jean Luc Ponthieu (double bass), Marc Fosset (guitar) and Pierre "Tiboum" Guignon (percussion).


Texas Accordion Association

Updated Italian National News

An updated edition of the Italian National News Fisarmoniae is now online. If you would like to contribute an item for this news please email Holda Paoletti-Kampl at:


Paolo Soprani Accordions

Accordion Orchestra Performs in Concert Series - Spain

Contributed by Manolo Gonzalez

The Orquesta de Cámara de Acordeones Claroscuros will perform in a 10 concert series in the Castile and Leon Network of Theaters during the first semester of 2003. As part of this series the orchestra has already performed in Palencia and Benavente. Future concerts will be held in Miranda de Ebro (March 12th), Aranda de Duero (April 25th), Villafranca del Bierzo (May 4th), Ponferrada (May 8th), Valladolid (May 12th), Zamora (June 5th) and Segovia (June 6th). Directed by Ángel Huidobor, the orchestra continues to offer a repertoire of high quality classical and contemporary pieces. For concert details email:


Richard Galliano Performs in Russia

Contributed by Sergej Tchirkov, East European News Coordinator

Jazz accordionist Richard Galliano (France) and his jazz-trio performed in St. Petersburg on February 28th. The concert took place in the most prestigious hall of St. Petersburg - the Schostakovitch Grand Philharmonic Hall.


Ranco Accordions

New Accordion CD - Argentina

CD CoverContributed by Angel Russo

Argentinean accordionist Maria Elena Misiti has released her debut CD entitled "Maria Elena and her Accordion". The CD includes a variety of popular pieces such as La Cumparsita, La Riva and Boogie En Rock. For CD information email:


New CD "Still Steamin" - Scotland

CD coverGary Blair has just released a new CD entitled ''Still Steamin'' which includes 15 tracks of music from around the world. Gary performed tracks from the CD during his recent ''7 Up Tour'' of the South of England, which were very well received. Tracks include Flick Flack, Alpine Express and Fisarmonica Impazzita. For further details email:


Texas Accordion Association

New CD "Small Hotels" - USA

Dr. William Schimmel has just released a new CD on IPS records entitled "Small Hotels", which contains live performances of three large works. The first is a homage to Phil Baker, a radio personality of the 1930's and an accordion star. This contains some of Baker's standard hits such a "Stardust" and "What is this Thing Called Love" flanked between original bagatelles composed by Dr. Schimmel. The second is Small Hotels, a series of songs composed, played and sung by Dr. Schimmel with text by George W. S. Trow and dramatic direction by Micki Goodman. The third is "What is this thing called the accordion?" This is a shortened reprise of the first piece electronically filtered and flanged. For further details email:


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