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16th May 2003 This weeks news | Past News | Send news
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Editors Note

Accordions Worldwide staff have an exciting time ahead with the upcoming International Accordion Championships in Australia (May 23rd to 25th) and New Zealand (May 30th to June 1st). Tania Lukic-Marx and Harley Jones will attend the championships in Sydney, Australia. Harley will then travel to Auckland, New Zealand where he will be joined by Wayne Knights, Tatiana Lanchtchikova, Christine Adams and Kevin Friedrich.

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40th International Klingenthal Competition - Germany

Prof. Ganzer during his workshopContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Duo Cieslak/KolodziejskiFrom May 2nd to 9th, the 40th International Accordion Competition was held in Klingenthal (Germany). This year's Jury consisted of famous teachers and performers Jürgen Ganzer, Fritz Dobler, Stefan Fraas, Tobias Morgenstern, Gudrun Wall, Georg Reidys, Ulf Seifert (Germany), Owen Murray (Great Britain), Friedrich Lips (Russia), Elsbeth Moser (Switzerland), Jacques Mornet (France), Claudio Jacomucci (Italy), Lech Puchnowski (Poland), Tibor Racz (Slovakia), Iñaki Alberdi (Spain), Jan Meisl (Czech Republic), Anders Grothe (Norway) and Voin Vasovic (Yugoslavia).

Marja VlasovaThe opening concert saw a performance by the Accordion Orchestra of Untergrombach (conducted by Wolfgang Pfeffer). On Monday May 5th, Elsbeth Moser (accordion) joined Christoph Marks (cello) for a brilliant recital of chamber music, surely one of the highlights of this event. On the 7th, Tobias Morgenstern met the LeipJAZZig Orkester in a kind of tango-jazz-fusion.

Workshops were held by Owen Murray dealing with accordion music in England and the new button accordion SUPITA II. Prof. Ganzer was the chairman of a round table discussion about the relationship between German Music Academies and the International Accordion Competition of Klingenthal.

The next (41st) International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal will be held from May 7th to 14th, 2004.

Konstantin IschenkoCompetition results:

Category II (Soloists up to 15 years old):
1st - Dimitri Bouclier (France),
2nd - Sanja Milosavljevic (Serbia and Montenegro),
3rd - Milan Vidovic (Bosnia Herzegovina).

Category III (Soloists up to 18 years old):
1st - Rade Mijatovic (Serbia and Montenegro),
2nd - Feng Cheng (China),
3rd - Nenad Ercegovcevic (Serbia and Montenegro).

Category IV (Soloists without age limit)
1st - Konstantin Ishtshenko (Russia),
2nd - Marja Vlasova (Russia),
3rd - Konstantin Buryan (Ukraine).

Category VA:
1st - Duo Cieslak/Kolodziejski (Poland)
2nd - Duo Krzyzanovski/Adam(Poland),
3rd - Duo Helios (France)

Category VB:
1st - Quartet "Expromt" (Russia),
2nd - Balalaika Nueva (Russia),
3rd - Russian Soul (Russia)

Category VI (Virtuosic light music for soloists)
1st - Amelie Castel (France),
2nd - Guy Giuliano (France),
3rd - Yoann Chiarugi (France)

Kimberley Festival to Feature LynnMarie - Canada

LynnMarieAmong the star line up performing at the annual Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships in Kimberley, British Colombia from July 7th to 13th will be accordionist LynnMarie.

LynnMarie, the first female to win a Grammy nomination for "Best Polka Album", is an artist who brings a new dimension to music. Her high energy, good looks, and a repertoire that incorporates folk, Cajun country, tex-mex, rock 'n' roll and polka, make her truly unique. After you see, hear and experience her talent, you will realize you've witnessed something that is one of a kind!

LynnMarie's concert is scheduled for July 9th. For further information and competition guidelines email:



World Record Attempt - Austria

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On June 22nd a world record attempt for the largest number of accordion players will be made in Graz. Over 2,000 accordionists from Austria and Europe are expected to participate.

The world record attempt will start at 1pm with a kind of "sound wave" where all the players will line up in the streets and squares. The record attempt will be monitored by the Guinness Book of Records.

If you would like to take part in this event please register your interest by June 6th. For further details phone Heinrich Gerngross at: +43 664 4422887 or email:


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Festival des Hauts de Garonne - France

The accordion will be featured in a variety of concerts and workshops at the 11th Hauts de Garonne festival held from June 23rd to July 12th. Performers include Richard Galliano (jazz) and Régis Gizavo (Madagascar) (June 23, 28th & July 8th concert), Marc Perrone (Italy) and Stian Carstensen (Norway) (July 9th), Roberto Juan Rodriguez (Cuba) (July 10th), Le Cuarteto Cedron (Argentina) (July 11th) and Stian Carstensen with Farmers Market (Norway and Bulgaria) (July 2nd and 12th).

For further information email:


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"Swap" Tours Sweden

"Swap" (which includes accordionist Karen Tweed) began a tour of Sweden on May 8th, playing in Gothenburg and Falun last weekend. Their tour finished this week with performances in Västerås and Tobo. Their program, which included "Mosquito Hunter", "Fiskmås" and "This Is My Pen" was a combination of concerts and dances to promote their CD "Mosquito Hunter", which is the Swedish translation of group member Ian Carr's shoes which are winkle pickers (depicted on the front of the CD!).

The group will play at Dalhalla, Rättvik on May 22nd, after which Karen will return to Scotland to perform at the Perth Festival with the "Poozies" on May 24th.


Free Bass Accordion Concert - China

Xie YanContributed by the Editing Office of the Xian Music Conservatory Newspaper

Xie Yan (accordion teacher at the Keyboard Department of Xian Music Conservatory) held a solo free bass concert at the School Concert Hall recently.

Ms Xie graduated from the Music Education Department of Xian Music Conservatory in 1981 and gained a 2nd place at the China Cup 1st National Accordion Competition in 1990. She then studied with Prof. Semionov in Russia from 1996 to 1998, then studied with Prof Lips. Xie Yan released her first free bass accordion recording in Moscow in March 2002. The CD is now on sale in China.

At this concert Xie Yan performed a variety of different pieces including Bach's "Prelude in D minor", "Sonata in A Major", Scarlatti's "Sonata in E Major", and Piazzolla tangos. The concert was well received by the audience.


Amsterdam Club Forzando Quintet Open Air Concert - Austria

Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen

The Amsterdam Accordion Club Forzando Quintet will perform an open air concert in the "Musikpavillon" in the "Hofgarten" (opposite the congress complex) in Innsbruck on May 31st. The concert is one of a series being held in May and June.

Their program will include "Prelude" (Marc-Antoine Charpentier), "Nordische Sonate" (G. Mohr) and "The Magnificent Seven" (E. Bernstein). For details email:


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May Accordion Workshop - Italy

Gianluca PicaContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On May 24th and 25th a workshop will be held at the Convitto Nazionale "Regina Margherita" in Anagni (province of Frosinone) organized by the A.P.M. Music Center. Held by Gianluca Pica, the workshop is aimed at the preparation of exams and important international competitions such as the Coupe Mondiale, the World Trophy, Klingenthal, Castelfidardo, Arrasate and others. This is the final in a series of workshops held between November 2002 and May 2003.



Concertina, Accordion and Guitar Entertainment - England

Bing Lyle & Mandy Murray will entertain at Folk at The Royal Oak in Lewes, East Sussex on May 22nd. Their program will include a variety of traditional tunes & songs plus Bing's compositions on concertina, accordion & guitar. For details email:


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"Horizonte Cuadrado" Public Opera Performance - Spain

Accordionist Angel Luis Castaño performed with other especially dressed musicians in the opera by Cesar Camarero entitled "Horizonte Cuadrado" at the Teatro La Abadia in Madrid on May 7th. This performance, which was a great success, was the first time the public were given the opportunity to see this opera. The one hour, 35 minute opera is about Carlos Cuadrado´s life. He was obsessed with the fact that someone was behind him, following him everyday. He eventually went mad and finally died.

Musicians (pictured) included Juan Carlos Garvayo (piano), Angel Luis Castaño, R. Largo, J.M. Gómez (cello), Xavier Güell (producer), Miguel Borrego (violin) and Jesus Librado (saxophone).


"Avalon Ballroom" Concert - USA

Jon HammondAccordionist Jon Hammond was a guest recently at the newly re-opened and renovated "Avalon Ballroom" at the "Sons of Champlin" concert with opener Bonnie Hayes and her band. James Preston (the Sons' drummer) and Jon have played together off and on for many years.

Many of the bands that started the San Francisco folk-rock movement began their careers at this venue. The show was well attended and a great success.



Accordion Meeting - Italy

Contributed by Carlo Fortunato

On May 24th an accordion meeting will be held in Basaluzzo, province of Alessandria. Among those who will take part are two well known accordionists, Athos Bassissi and Marco Valenti, who will perform in the first part of the evening. As well as celebrating the accordion, the event marks the inauguration of a multifunctional stage characterized by an imposing and futuristic structure in lamellar material. All interested accordionists are invited to perform. The concert will be preceded by an informal get together. For details email:


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Bayan Foundation Learning Program Available Soon - China

Contributed by Fu Dan

The Bayan Foundation Learning Program will be available soon, published by the Beijing Youth Media Publishing House. This program is suitable for beginners and is divided into two sections: Etudes and Concert Pieces. Editor Li Yansheng has included 110 Etudes of differing degrees of difficulty, which will gradually help students gain improved playing skills. The concert piece section has 111 short pieces, which aim to help players enjoy the pleasure of the bayan's unique style.

Russian bayanist, Alexander Skliarov has especially been invited to play all the audio parts, which will be included with the program. The set will include 2 books and 4 CDs. For further information phone Fu Dan at: +86 10 62027117


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10th Anniversary Tour of the UK

Paul ChamberlainContributed by Mike O'Regan

Accordionist Alexander Korbarkov's began his 10th Anniversary Tour of the UK on May 11th with a workshop at the Weymouth Folk Festival. The tour will include concerts in Wirral, Southport, Leyland, Banstead Accordion Club, Warwick, Dorridge, Stoke-on-Trent, London, Long Marston (Nr. Tring) and a final concert at the Sheffield Accordion Club in Sheffield on June 17th. For tour details email:

On May 18th Alexander will perform at the Sawbridgeworth Accordion Club, just outside London with Paul Chamberlain. In addition to the concert, Alexander will hold a masterclass and Paul will take a workshop on Scottish music. For further information on this event email:



Klezmer All Star Concert - USA

Sy KushnerAccordionist Sy Kushner will perform at the Temple Israel Center of White Plains in New York on June 8th as part of their Legacy in Music Series. Other guests include Alicia Svigals, Ken Maltz, Henry Sapoznik, Jeff Warschauer and Marty Confurius. For details email:



New Concertina and Piano CD

A new CD entitled "The Big Day In" was released recently by Foot Stompin' Records featuring Simon Thoumire (concertina) & David Milligan (piano). The CD includes tracks such as "The Tipsy Sailor/ The Future is Bright/ J. F. Dickie", "Joseph's Jig/ Bessie Brown" and "Love comes Quietly (written by Simon for his wife Clare). For CD information email:


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Pauline Oliveros Foundation Celebrates New CD Release - USA

The Pauline Oliveros Foundation celebrates the new CD release of "Dreaming Wide Awake" by the New Circle Five on the Deep Listening Label with a party and live performance by New Circle Five at the Tonic in New York City on June 5th.

Spanning three generations, New Circle Five is an acoustic improvising contemporary music ensemble comprised of Pauline Oliveros (accordion), Susie Ibarra (percussion), Monique Buzzarté (trombone), Rosi Hertlein (violin & vocals) and Kristin Norderval (soprano). For concert details email:



Accordion Information Required

Gill Woods would like to hear from anyone who has information on Madame Courtney, who set up a Guinness Book of Records attempt for the largest accordion orchestra at the King's Theatre, Portsmouth, England in 1935 or 1936. About 100 accordionists were present at the record attempt. Email:



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