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20th June 2003 This weeks news | Past News | Send news
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Editors Note

Last week we all had an unforgettable time celebrating Accordions Worldwide Director, Harley Jones' 50th birthday in Fiji. The event included a wonderful variety of accordion music, dancing and fun. We have included a full report in our news below.

Wayne Knights Webmaster


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50th Birthday Celebrations for Accordions Worldwide Director - Fiji

Accordions Worldwide Director Harley Jones began the celebrations for his 50th Birthday at the NZAA Farewell dinner on June 1st, followed by a private dinner the following evening for his school friends & people he grew up with.

The main birthday events were held at his Nagigia Island resort in Fiji. The first evening was a "Kava" celebration followed by an evening telling stories from Harley's past. The next night featured a poem penned by Harley's lawyer & toasting those not able to be present, including an hilarious individual toast by each person, to ex girlfriends!!

Accordionists attending were Marie Jones, Secretary NZAA, Heather Masefield, Secretary AEB of NZ, Wayne Knights, Accordions Worldwide, Marcel Riethmann, Director MEC, Fay Schaw, Director NSAO and Kevin Friedrich, President CIA. At the final Village celebration dinner, with nearly 500 attending, Lionel Reekie entertained & delighted the Fijians.


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Pigini Sirius Gala Concert - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl and Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

The Pigini Sirius Gala Concert organized by the Pigini Factory in Castelfidardo (as a thank you to all Sirius players) will take place on June 21st at the "Teatro la Fenice" in Senigallia. The event is a celebration for all owners of the "Sirius" model as they prepare to celebrate the manufacture of the 1,000th instrument in the "Sirius" series.

Some top international accordionists have been invited to perform including Elsbeth Moser (Switzerland), Friedrich Lips, Viacheslav Semionov (Russia), Claudio Jacomucci, Kathleen Delaney (Italy), Aude Giuliano (France), Lelo Nika (Sweden), Peter Soave & The Rucner String Quartet (USA) and Hans Brehme Quartet (Italy).

The event will also include workshops, a Gala Dinner, jam sessions, Pigini exhibition, and a "Big Surprise". If you own a Pigini Sirius you are eligible to enter the draw for a "Pigini Sirius N° 1001" an accordion made especially for this event.



Festival De Cornouaille - France

The Festival De Cornouaille will be held in Quimper Cedex from July 19th to 22nd. The festival will include a variety of accordion workshops by Patrick Cadeillan (Diatonic Accordion), Alain Pennec (Vannetais Gallo Technique), Patrick Lefebvre (Gavotte Montagne Style for diatonic and chromatic accordion), Conor Keane (Traditional Irish Technique) and Ronan Robert (Brittany - Folk). For further details phone: +33 2 98 55 53 53


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12th Century Church Concert - Netherlands

Accordéon Mélancolique which includes accordionists Jean-Pierre Guiran and Cherie de Boer, will perform at the Stompe Toren (a beautiful old 12th century church) in Kerkweg, Haarlemmerliede on July 6th. The tower of this church was built in 1200. The duo perform a varied program including original compositions, Italian folk tunes, Jewish folk tunes and more. For concert details email:



Orquesta Sinfónica de Acordeones Performances - Spain

The Orquesta Sinfónica de Acordeones (directed by Mikel Bikondoa) will perform in San Sebastián at the end of June. Their program will include Concerto No 1 in Bb Major (Tchaikin) and Concerto in A minor, Opus 54 (Schumann). Miren Gabirondo will be the soloist in both concertos, in the first with the accordion and in the second on the piano. Never before has the same soloist played such different instruments in a concert of this magnitude.

On August 9th the orchestra will perform various works, including a premiere of the Concerto in A minor, Opus 16 (Grieg) with pianist Arkaitz Mendoza in Zumaia (near San Sebastián).

For concert details email:

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Mary Tokarski"Preparing Virtuoso Performance" Workshop - USA

"K" Trio member, Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski will present a workshop entitled "Preparing Virtuoso Performance" at the Accordionists' and Teachers Guild Festival, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois from June 25th to 29th. Mary will also give a solo concert at the festival. For details email:


Emanuele Rastelli Tours Venezuela

Emanuele RastelliContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Emanuele Rastelli gave three concerts in Venezuela last month, performing at the Theatre of the Italian-Venezuelan Centre, at the Casa d'Italia theatre in Maracaibo and in Barquisimeto. The tour was organized by Dr. Francisco Jurlaro, cultural director of the Italian Embassy in Caracas.

The concerts were well received by the public and by the critics. Mr Pagliuca, Director of the Symphonic Orchestra of Venezuela, expressed a desire to organize future concerts with Rastelli as soloist accompanied by his orchestra.

Rastelli also visited the Conservatory and was welcomed with great interest. The Director has plans to start an accordion class and engaged him in a discussion on the possible program for the students.


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Accordionist Performs at Jazz Club in Russia

USA accordionist Jon Hammond will perform concerts in Russia this month. On June 21st and 22nd he will play at "Le Club", a premier jazz club in Moscow. Jon will perform with Russian tenor saxophonist Igor Butman, who was in New York (USA) last week performing at Birdland in New York to debut his new CD "Prophecy". The duo will also perform with drummer Eduard Zizak.



Masterclass in Grimentz - Switzerland

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionists Jean-Louis Noton (France) and Peter Soave (USA) will tutor a masterclass in Grimentz from August 24th to 30th. The course aims to make it possible for participants to increase their knowledge of their instrument. Subjects include chamber music, jazz, bandoneon and advanced studies with preparation for international competitions.

The event will also include a "Discovery Day" where participants can take part in a walking trip around Grimentz.

For registrations and information email:


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George SyrettUxbridge Accordion Club Concert - England

The Uxbridge Accordion Club will present accordionist George Syrett (Leeds) in concert on July 14th. This concert will take place at the Anglers Retreat in West Drayton, Middlesex.

On September 8th the club concert will feature guest artist David Lukins. For further details phone: +44 1895 235601


Gold Coast Gala Concert - Australia

The Queensland Accordion Club held a Gala Concert to celebrate Ozzie Mazzei's 90th birthday, last Sunday (8th June). Tickets were sold out a week prior to the concert at the 650 seat Albert Waterways Hall.

The concert (compeered by Maurice Horsborough), included the Queensland Accordion Club orchestra combined with the QAC touring orchestra, (Australia's premier accordion orchestra, which included members from Queensland and Melbourne), who performed "Radetsky March" and "Orpheus in the Underworld", among others and finished with a rousing and passionate version of "Now is the Hour".

Guest artists included Bernadette Conlon (Melbourne) who performed selections ranging from Ricky Martin, to Largo e Factotum (Rossini), and a specially arranged set of variations on Happy Birthday, Julie Hertzel (Sydney) who played Prelude and Scherzo, and her brother Joseph (Brisbane), John Cave (Brisbane), John Carvill (Brisbane) and The Barvarian Club Band, which included accordion, guitar, vocals and cow bells, with hat dances and other German specialities.

The Guest of Honor, Ozzie Mazzei, performed several duets with his son, Leo, including Triole.
The concert was ably organized by Ashley Ebsworth.



C.N.I.M.A. Training Courses - France

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The C.N.I.M.A. in Larodde has organized four accordion training courses in July and August. These courses will cover instrumental improvement, ball, harmony and orchestra, tutored by Domi Emorine, Aurélien Noel, Nicolas Massoutie, under the direction of Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix, Director of the center. In addition a bandoneon training course will be held, tutored by French bandoneonist William Sabatier.

The training courses will begin on July 15th and run until August 23rd. For further information email:


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"Festival De Música & Danza" - Spain

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Iñaki Alberdi will perform at the "Festival De Música & Danza" in Granada on June 22nd with the Ensemble 11 (chamber orchestra) and David Apellániz (cello). The event is directed by Friedemann Breuninger. Their program will include "Seven Words" (Gubaidulina), "Requiem" (Takemitsu) and "Tabula Rasa" (Pärt). For further details email:


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Lark In The Morning World Music & Dance Celebration 2003 - USA

Contributed by Mickie Zekley

The Lark In The Morning World Music & Dance Celebration 2003 Lark Camp will be held from August 1st to 9th in the Mendocino Woodlands State Park, a National Historic Landmark built in the 1930s, nestled in 700 acres of redwood trees, ferns, and glades along both sides of the Little North Fork of the Big River in Northern California, near the coastal village of Mendocino.

The event will include a variety of workshops including English Concertina (Joel Bernstein), Cajun Accordion & Cajun Songs (Joel Breaux), High Tech Reed Making (Casey Burns), Galician Accordion, Percussion and Reedmaking (Alexandre Cadarso), Anglo System Concertina In The Irish Style, Irish Flute & Whistle (Jack Gilder), Tex Mex Conjunto, Tex Mex Button Accordion, Mexican Songs (Miguel Govea), Tex Mex/Colombian Button Accordion (Rene Peña Govea), Reed Making, Irish Songs (Peter Heelan), Piano Accordion, Accordion Jam, Tango, Musette And Old Time Tunes For Piano Accordion (Dan Newton - Daddy Squeeze), Button Accordion (John Paul) and French Music & Button Accordion (Vickie Yancy).

For further details phone: +1 707 964 4826



Renzo Ruggieri's Latest CD Gains Music Prize - Italy

Renzo RuggieriRenzo Ruggieri's latest CD "Spaghetti Time" has been awarded the "Music Prize of Abruzzi".
The CD includes musicians of the highest level such as Massimo Manzi (drums), Massimo Moriconi (double bass) and Paolo Di Sabatino (piano).

Numerous critics have given positive reviews as follows:
"A remarkable success for the famous accordionist from Abruzzi". (Review on Strumenti e Musica, October 2002.)

"…a wonderful 5/4 (Italian Tango) the whole track is extraordinarily aggressive, almost angry, and at the same time voluptuous right from the first few notes of its (very beautiful) theme." (Carlo Costantin on Jazzitalia, November 2002.)

"…Ruggieri, gifted with an excellent technique, finds a delicate balance between virtuoso touches and expressiveness while fully complying with the nature of the accordion, with no forcing at all." (Franz Falanga on All About Jazz, April 2003.)

"His effective phrasing pervades his music, characterized by measured leaps and a suave harmony." (Giordano Selini on Basimedia Magazine, February 2003.)

"A very interesting new musician appeared on stage today and one who is very influenced by jazz." (Carlo Fortunato on Il Nostro Giornale, February 8th 2003.)



Agora Festival - France

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Agora Festival will be held at Jardin des Tuileries in Paris on June 21st. Performers include accordionist Pascal Contet and Claude Delangle (saxophone). For further information phone: +33 1 56 79 02 89


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