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Editors Note

This week we have updated the Competitions & Festivals Held on a Regular Basis section of the Accordion Yellow Pages. Many accordionists and enthusiasts check this section, so if you are the organizer of a national or international competition or festival held on a regular basis, please send details to:

Wayne Knights Webmaster


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This Weeks News


Successful ATG Festival in Chicago - USA

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

The Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International celebrated their 63rd Anniversary with a weekend of music, competitions, performances and workshops at their annual convention in Chicago from June 25th to 29th.

Four outstanding concerts featured former ATG Champion Jeff Lisenby, Jazz legend Frank Marocco, Chicago Jazz accordionist John Simkus, the UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra (directed by Joan C. Sommers) who performed with vocalist Whitney Nashville, Italian concert accordionist and director of the Scandalli Accordion Factory Mirco Patarini, Trio Bez Ime ensemble featuring Dee Langley, and The "K" Trio.

Other performers included Joanna and Stan Darrow, Tony Lovello, Igor Zavadsky (Kiev), Star-Sera duo (John Simkus and Stas Venglevski) and The KC Seven.

A highlight of the annual convention is the Festival Orchestra, conducted this year by Joan Sommers, Janet Millard and Gary Daverne (New Zealand). The orchestra performed several times during the festival including a cameo appearance at the Arlington Race Track which opened the days racing.

Several competitions were held including some which qualify the contestants to enter the CIA Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships in Slovakia and Hungary in October. The ATG held two categories on behalf of their sister organization The New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA). As New Zealand citizens residing in the United States competed, this competition was held on behalf of the NZAA to serve as a qualification round to represent New Zealand in the Coupe Mondiale.


Christine Jarqueo - Junior Virtuoso Competition
Andrea Caruso - Junior Coupe Mondiale
Shanxi Upsdell - Junior Virtuoso Competition (New Zealand)
Shanxi Upsdell - International Competition for Piano Accordion (New Zealand)

For further festival information see the Accordion USA National News.


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World Premiere by Peter Soave at Pigini Festival in Senigalia - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Pigini Sirius festival organized by the Pigini Factory in Castelfidardo took place on June 20th and 21st in Senigallia. The event was a celebration for all owners of the "Sirius" model as they celebrated the manufacture of the 1,000th instrument in the "Sirius" series.

Aude Giuliano
Claudio Jacomucci & Kathleen Delaney

During the festival Peter Soave (USA) performed the world premiere of "Tango Furioso" especially written for string quartet and bandoneon by Venezuelan composer Aldemaro Romero.

Guests from many parts of the world took part in the "Special Draw Pigini Sirius" where all owners of a Sirius qualified for entry. The "Pigini Sirius No 1001", an accordion made especially for this event was won by Anna Uccelli from the Hans Brehme Quartet (Italy).

Friedrich Lips, Elisabeth Moser & Viacheslav Semionov

International artists such as Lelo Nika, Friedrich Lips, Claudio Jacomucci (performing with dancer Kathleen Delaney), Elisabeth Moser, Aude Giuliano, Viacheslav Semionov, Peter Soave (with the Rucner String Quartet) and Owen Murray presented not only excellent music, but some of them also joined together in a Jam Session to the delight of the audience.

Peter Soave & The Rucner String Quartet

Workshops were held by specialized Pigini craftsmen regarding tuning, building of the right and left hand of the SBS, the Alexander Technique (Claudio Jacomucci) and sessions with famous teachers and musicians. Benjamino Bugiolacchi conducted the Gala Concert at the Fenice Theater and Paolo Picchio supervised the workshops.



2nd International Competition d'Escaldes-Engordany - Andorra

The 2nd International Competition d'Escaldes-Engordany will take place from July 13th to 16th in Andorra, directed by Roser Palomero Vendrell. The competition will include three categories: Senior, Junior and Variete, where competitors will play works written prior to 1900, a sonata by Scarlatti and own choice works. Prize money totaling 6,500 € will be presented.

The international jury includes Vladimir Zubitsky, Pedrag Kostovich, Jean Marc Fabiano, Roman Jbanov, Dominique Emorine, Carlos Iturralde and Miroslav Kosnar.

During the competition the Paris-Moscou Duo will give a concert on July 15th. For further information phone: +33 6 10 56 31 81


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American Accordionists Association 65th Anniversary Competition & Festival - USA

The American Accordionists Association 65th Anniversary Competition & Festival will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia International Airport from July 9th to 13th. The festival includes competitions for all ages with cash prizes and awards, a sight seeing tour and massed band performance, Festival Orchestra performance, workshops, exhibits, Luncheon Concerts, World of Accordions Traveling Museum, Endless Performance Ballroom, Polka Fest, 65th Anniversary Gala Banquet Celebration and many featured guests.

Workshops include "The Music of Astor Piazzolla" presented by Manny Bobenrieth, "Physical Aspects of Accordion Performance" presented by Linda Griffith, "Build It, They Shall Come" (starting a Club) presented by Karen Adam (President Florida Accordion Association), "Unique Accordions of A World of Accordions Museum" presented by Dr. Helmi Harrington, "It's Never Too Early - The Accordion in Pre-School Music Classes" presented by Mary Tokarski, "The Dim7-V7 Progression - Establishing Tonality" presented by Eddie Monteiro and a "Sibelius Computer Program Clinic".

In addition a Gala concert will be held featuring a fabulous array of accordion artists including Eddie Monteiro, Tony Dannon & Joe Cerrito, The "K" Trio, Alexander Poeluev and The Busso Trio. A "Competition Awards Concert" will also be held featuring the Accordion Pops Orchestra (conducted by Dan Desiderio) and popular soloist Tony Lovello.

For further festival information email:



Kristupo Vasara Summer Festival - Lithuania

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Raimondas Sviackevicius will perform at the old rococo style "Sv. Kotrynos" Church in Vilnius as part of the Kristupo Vasara Summer Festival on July 14th. Sviackevicius will perform a variety of compositions by Lithuanian composers Bajoras, Valanciute and Senderovas as well as Gubaidulina, Valpola, Bronner, Jokinen and Ganzer with well known cellist Edmundas Kulikauskas. For details email:

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Gary Blair 2004 Roadshow - England

Contributed by Ron Bennett

Accordionist Gary Blair will present the "Gary Blair 2004 Roadshow" in England from February 7th to 16th, 2004. Concerts are planned in West Sussex, Middlesex, Dorset, Essex, Surrey and Kent. For further information email:


Successful Moscow Concerts - Russia

Jon HammondAccordionist Jon Hammond enjoyed successful concerts at "Le Club" in Moscow on June 21st and 22nd, performing with tenor saxophonist Igor Butman, Eduard Zizak (drums), and special guests Vladimir Danilin (accordion) and Alexei Kuznezov (guitar).

Each evening, over 200 people (including journalists and Russian television crews) enjoyed their program which included "Shadow Of Your Smile", "Days Of Wine and Roses" and "Blues in the Night" plus compositions from Jon's two albums including "Jennifer's Song", "Soon I Will Be Free" (dedicated to the people of Russia and former USSR) and Cannonball '99.


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Accordionist Performs with Plural Ensemble - Spain

Andel Luis CastanoContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On June 25th, accordionist Angel Luis Castaño performed at the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid (Spain) with the Plural Ensemble conducted by Argentinean Fabian Panisello. Their program included the world premiere of the chamber piece "Cámara Lenta" (Camarero) for accordion, flute, percussion and soprano plus a solo piece "Luz Azul" (also by Camarero).

About 250 people attended this interesting concert, including composers de Olavide, Torres, Arias and del Puerto. The accordion is very popular and is currently holding a very important place in contemporary music in Spain.



Good Time Accordion Club Member - USA

During his recent tour of the USA, accordionist Gary Blair was made a honorary member of the Good Time Accordion Club in Escalon California. These awards are not given often. Other recipients of this membership are Anthony Galla-Rini, Dick Contino and Myron Floren. The entire tour (from Seattle in the North to San Francisco in California) was an outstanding success!


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"The Poozies" Tour Italy

The Poozies (which includes accordionist Karen Tweed) will tour Italy from July 21st to 26th. Concerts will be held in Ancona, at the Folkest Festivals in Cordenons (Pordenone) and Treviso with a final concert at "Andar per Musica 2003", Monasterolo Del Castello on July 25th. For details email:


Folk Music Concert - Australia

Accordionist Bernadette Conlon will perform at the Blackman Hall, Melbourne University in Hawthorn on July 20th. Her program will include a variety of folk pieces. For booking details phone: + 61 9509 6331



National Portrait Gallery Concert - England

The Czardas Duo, which includes Ian Watson (accordion) and Matthew Forbes (cello) will perform a free concert at the National Portrait Gallery in London on July 4th. The concert will feature Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla and include many new arrangements of his works. For details phone: +44 207 306 0055


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"Tango Project" Midday Concert - USA

Accordionist Dr. William Schimmel will perform a free midday concert with his Grammy nominated group, "The Tango Project" at the Hudson Square Music Festival in Manhattan on July 9th (sponsored by the Trinity Church). The Tango Project will perform an hour of non-stop tangos as well as music from the film "Scent Of A Woman", where they appear with Al Pacino in the now famous tango scene as well as the underscoring for much of the movie.

The group has also supplied soundtracks for HBO's television program "Sex And The City" and "Real Sex" plus they performed in a tango episode on "Sesame Street". Their first album was number 1 on the billboard classical charts and won a stereo review album of the year award. For concert details email:


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Red Star Video - Canada

Joseph Petric will take part in a live studio production with combination interview and repertoire for the media arts company Red Star Productions based in Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 18th. His program will include "Convergence" (by Randy Smith for accordion & electroacoustic element), four sonatas by Antonio Soler, and works by Jean Philippe Rameau.

This recording is due to be released by the end of this year. For further details email:



Accordionist Performs at "La Milanesiana" Opening - Italy

Guy Klucevsek performed at the opening night of "La Milanesiana", a festival of literature, film and music in Milan (Italy) on June 23rd. Klucevsek shared the program with author Michael Cunningham and premiered his composition "Four Portraits" inspired by characters from Cunningham's novel "The Hours".

Klucevsek's next performance will be in Kingston, New York (USA) on July 12th where he give an outdoor concert entitled "Celebration of Cultures" featuring folk music from around the world. This will be followed (on the same day) by a solo program at the Deep Listening Space, featuring Klucevsek's new collection "The Well-Tampered Accordion". For details email:



New CD of Works by Spanish Composer

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

A CD of works by Spanish composer Joan Guinjoan (Riudoms, Catalonia, 1931; Premio Nacional de Música, 2002) was released recently. Among others, the CD includes the work "Phobos", for accordion, piano and percussion performed by accordionist Ricardo Llanos. This work will be broadcast on July 17th at 9.30pm by Radio Nacional de España-Radio Clásica.

For further CD information email Columna Música at:


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New Edition of 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:



Updated Sites Updated information on the Hand Harmonika Club Nufringen e.V., a non-profit musical society in the German community of Nufringen, directed by Günther Stoll.



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