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This Weeks News

Important Notice concerning Paolo Soprani Accordions - Italy

Paolo Soprani Accordions manufactured exclusively by the Menghini Accordion Factory report: It has come to our attention that certain offers are being made to customers to purchase "genuine" Paolo Soprani accordions. These instruments are not original or genuine Paolo Soprani accordions. We are taking appropriate legal action at the present time against these fake instruments.

If you are offered Paolo Soprani (or Scandalli or Sem) instruments from another source, please let us know so that we can take appropriate action against this fraudulent activity. It is in the interests of all, that you are made aware.

If you have any enquiries, please email:

Applications Being Accepted for International Accordion Class - Finland

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Concert accordionist Mika Väyrynen will open a new International Accordion Course at the Lahti Polytechnics Faculty of Music in Finland (formerly the Lahti Conservatory) beginning in September 2004. Mika will operate this class in addition to his current course that he is teaching at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki.

Classes are offered for both Finnish and foreign students with courses being designed to accommodate specific needs of the student. The course will be taught in either Finnish or English. Foreign students will have an extra emphasis placed on performance skills both in solo and chamber music. The full program will take 4 years to complete, however those transferring from other Conservatories may receive credit for previous studies. The Faculty of Music will provide assistance in setting the course requirements and finding housing in Lahti.

Interested students should apply to the Lahti Polytechnics Faculty of Music from March 15 until 2nd April, 2004 for the September course. The entrance examination will take place on 17 or 18th of May, 2004. Three pieces must be performed in the audition.

For further information, please contact:


"John Leslie Accordion Tuition Week" - England

The John Leslie Accordion Tuition Week will be held from the 12th to16th April at St Audries Bay Holiday Club, Somerset. The busy few days of tuition will be organized by John Leslie and his excellent team of accordion teachers with each teacher taking groups and individual classes.

A cleverly structured syllabus is provided to cover in detail individual requirements while accounting for the differing levels of accordion playing and musical theory ability of those in attendance.

At last years event, numbers were up on the previous year for this popular annual event. The participants seemed to mix well, enjoy each others company. Their mutual love of the accordion was shared in serious study and at times with much fun and lashings of "friendly accordion camaraderie."

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Richard Galliano Tour Dates - UK, Hungary, Austria

Superb accordionist Richard Galliano, one of the most influential composers of modern works for accordion performing today, continues his hectic schedule of performances in many countries. Galliano was drawn to music at an early age, starting the accordion at only 4 years of age. Influenced by his father Lucien, an accordionist originally from Italy (then living in Nice) he grew up surrounded by music. Some of the major performances in March are:

- 12 March, Manchester (U.K.) "Piazzolla Forever" with his Quintet
- 13 March, London (U.K.) "Piazzolla Forever" with his Quintet
- 14 March, Budapest (Hungary) with Michel Portal (duo)
- 15 March, Vienna (Austria) with Michel Portal (duo)

For further details email:

Musiques Originales De La Grande Europe - France

The non profit organization Musiques Originales De La Grande Europe promotes original European music and concerts. The organization created their own group "Improvisation Ensemble" with Eric Blin (accordion), Maryse Richard (clarinet), David Martin (saxophone) and Natalia Ermakova-Blin (cello). Their next concerts (free admission) " are:

- 24 March, Ligron
- 28 March, Montmirail
- 06 April, Conlie
- 13 April, Ancinnes
- 14 April, Le Grand Luce

For further details email:

Success for Accordionist Roberto Palermo - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Musical comedy "Salomè" by Oscar Wilde directed by Gianni De Feo has debuted at the "Theatre del' Clock" of Rome with the famous singer Marine Attrice Occhiena. Accordionist Roberto Palermo's (photo) performances distinguished himself.

Roberto Palermo has also composed music for shows including poetry written by Fabrizio Vecchi "Intermittenze, note, voci e pittura". This will be showing with actors Alessio Caruso and Martino Duane on 17th March at the Teatro Alpheus di Roma.

The career of this young accordionist includes participation in various theatrical shows and ethnic groups including an Argentine tango group. He currently studies "Improvisation" at the Musical Institute Pareggiato "G.Braga" of Teramo with famous performer Renzo Ruggieri.

Iñaki Alberdi Concert for Solo Accordion - Finland

Iñaki Alberdi is performing a solo concert on the 17th March at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. The concert will feature works by: Aureliano Cattaneo, Jesús Torres, Ramon Lazkano, Sofia Gubaidulina, Kevin Mayo and Zuriñe F. Gerenabarrena. There will also be an accordion masterclass.

For further details email :


Franck Gergaud Concert Dates - France

Popular French performer Franck Gergaud has many appearances in France this month. You can also hear him each Sunday morning from 9 to 10 am on the radio program "Viva l'Accordéon" on Radio Côte d'Amour " at 100.1 FM.

Pascal Sevran of French TV fame discovered the singer and accordionist. Those TV performances lead to recordings and also performing with the Big Band de Jazz.

Future concert dates:
- 14 March, at Le Stéphanois / St-Etienne-de-Brillouet 85
- 15 March, at Salle Hippolyte Derouet / Les Sorinières 44
- 18 March, at Le Canopus / Tharon plage 44
- 21 March, at Club 85 / Poiré-sur-vie 85
- 25 March, at La Minoterie / Luçon 85
- 27 March, at Auberge du pays de Retz / Port St Père 44
- 28 March, at Salle Ligéria / St-Luce-sur-Loire 44

For further details email:

St. Patrick's Day Concert in Toronto - Canada

Toronto's Irish Traditional Music ensemble, Spraoí, will be presenting an evening of music and song at Hugh's Room, West End Toronto, on March 17th, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Spraoí are a five piece band based around the partnership of Pat Simmonds (fiddle, accordion) and Kelly Hood (uilleann pipes, whistles), Declan O'Docherty (keyboards), Greig Cairns (guitars) and Dan MacDonald (fiddle).

Joining them for this occasion will be a number of special guests including Ena O'Brien (accordion), Bill Kervin (percussion and vocals), Debbie Quigley (uilleann pipes, whistles), Ciara O'Brien (stepdancing), Catherine Crowe (vocals) and MC Holmes Hooke with others to be announced as part of the Hugh's Room ongoing Celtic Music series.

A gathering of some of the finest musicians in Canada to ever get together under the one roof. If you enjoy jigs and reels with great songs then this is the place for you.

For further details email:



Eastbourne Accordion Festival Report - England

The Eastbourne Accordion Festival was held at "The Albany Lions Hotel" in Grand Parade from the 20th to 23rd February. It was run by John and Jackie Romero. The guest performers were Jean and Colin Sharpe from Middlesex. The festival got under way with Gennaro Fiondella, John Romero, Harry Hussey with Sue Coppard finishing the concert.

The following evening introduced Paul Chamberlain, a brilliant young player who played both button and piano accordion. Paul performed Frosini and other composers including Scottish compositions by Gary Blair. Paul is definitely a star of the future. The concert finished with music from Trevani.

On Sunday afternoon a "Guests' Concert" took place, where guests of all different abilities played their party pieces. The festival culminated in a "Party-Time Jam Session" in which all the artists took part including Charlie Watkins and his famous" Blaze Away." All in all, a most enjoyable time in a comfortable hotel with excellent food - what more could you ask for?



Fisarmoniae-Notizie Now Online!

The latest version of the Italian Fisarmoniae-Notizie is now online.

The Ham-Berger Mini-tour 2004 - Germany

Accordionist Jon Hammond has 5 concerts in Germany on what they are calling the "Ham-Berger Mini-tour 2004", with Joe Berger (guitar), Kevin Mauder & Gabriel Coburger (saxophonists), and Heinz Lichius (drummer), otherwise known at "Heinz-57 Delicious Lichius".

Dates are:
April 2 & 3, at Jazzkeller Hofheim
April 5, at Schnulze Hamburg-Harburg
April 7, at Blue Moon Bar, Bremen
April 9, at Birdland Jazz Club, Hamburg

For further details email:

Texas Accordion Association

Accordionist Offering Workshops - UK

Accordionist, melodeon player and singer Paul Scourfield is well known for performing traditional based music of England, Ireland and beyond. Paul is an experienced and respected workshop tutor. In recent years he has run workshops at the Sidmouth, Chippenham and Warwick Festivals and also at the Melodeons at Witney weekend. Workshops range from beginner level, to more advanced, exploring the full range of the instrument.

"Well structured, informative, inspiring". "Very informed". "Friendly style, sensitive to individual needs, good choice of music" ……as quoted from a group who attended his workshop.

For further details email:

Duo in Concert - Scotland

Contributed by Hazel Sheppard, of ECAT

The phenomenal duo of Spanish accordionist Angel Luis Castano and Indonesian pianist Ananda Sukarlan, together known as AN-tifon, will culturally connect Scotland and Spain as they perform Spanish composers David del Puerto, Carlos Peron and Polo Vallejo and the new piece by Scottish composer Chick Lyall. Other Scottish composers featured are Iain Matheson, Kevin Mayo and John McLeod, as well as the world premier of "White Note Paraphrase" by James MacMillan.

All the works were written with the close collaboration of Angel Luis Castaño in editing and revising the accordion part while giving a deeper insight of the instrument to the composers. Ananda Sukarlan and Angel Luis Castaño, as well as composers David del Puerto and Polo Vallejo (who is more well known as one of the world's leading African music experts) are members of Musica Presente, the most influential group founded by the prominent key figures of Spanish musicians, whose aim is to promote Spanish music and establish contacts and cultural exchanges with musicians and composers worldwide.

Quote of the Week

Did You Know? by Willoughby Walshe
Learn to use all the registers, but apply them sparingly to achieve an artistic result.

Find out More… The Art of Bayan Playing or Playing the Accordion Artistically by Friedrich Lips


CD Review

New CD "The Moon is Blue" by Kenny and Mary Kotwitz


New and Updated Sites

New Sites: Jean Marc Fabiano - French concertist/solist/conductor/conservatory professor

Updated Sites - Italian Accordion Manufacturer from Vignoni and Fisart Accordions. Update of whole site - Italian Diatonic Performer - new information - American accordionists who has performed with Russell Watson, Bon Jovi and more. - updated information and concert schedule for the Milwaukee Accordion Club - updated on the many concerts of the popular "K" Trio - March United States National News now online - updates on composer/arranger Gary Dahl and his latest projects


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