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23 April 2004 This weeks news | Past News  | Send news

Editors Note

Early May sees two important accordion events taking place. The National Accordion Organisation of Great Britain is running the United Kingdom Accordion Championships from the 30th April to the 2nd May at the Spa Complex, Scarborough.

Only a few days later is the
41st Annual International Accordion Competition of Klingenthal in Germany, more information below. Such international events as these and the Coupe Mondiale (since 1938) have often been effected by a turbulent history but a love of accordion and culture has ensured their survival, continuation and success.

We have a rich history to celebrate thanks to the efforts of so many accordion enthusiasts over so many years.

Harley Jones
Acccordions Worldwide Director

This Weeks News

41. Internationaler Akkordeonwettbewerb Klingenthal 2004 - Germany

The 41st Annual International Accordion Competition of Klingenthal will be held from the 7th to 13th May. Prof. Jürgen Ganzer is leader of the international jury and this famous annual event will again include workshops and concerts as well as the international accordion competitions. The Klingenthal website now has the complete event program online.

For more information, email Intern.Akkordeonwettbewerb@t

Holocaust Memorial Program in New Jersey featured Accordionist - USA

A Holocaust Memorial Program was presented at Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston, New Jersey. Solomon Schechter Day School students Leonard Albert Weinbuch Davidson and Adam Butensky on trumpet, Walter Simons-Rose on violin and Holocaust music expert Mrs.Tamara Freeman {violin} were accompanied by Rita Davidson on accordion.

The music performed was composed by Holocaust survivors. Accordionist Rita Davidson, a graduate of the University of Connecticut, is on the governing board of the American Accordionists Association and the Accordion Teachers Association of New Jersey where she judges and evaluates. She has been teaching vocal music in the West Orange NJ Public School system for many years and is well known for using her accordion in the classroom on a daily basis. She also has toured the country attending accordion festivals where she has presented concerts and workshops on the music of Eugene Ettore. She recorded a CD of his virtuoso works which is available and she also presents workshop on Klezmer music.

For more information, email

Claudio Jacomucci Premieres Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra by Garau - Italy
Contributed by Kathleen Delaney

Claudio Jacomucci presented the world premiere of Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra Op.44 by the Italian composer Lucio Garau at the Ente Lirico Theatre on 4th April in Cagliari with the Sinfonietta Orchestra conducted by Vittorio Parisi. This work is an ecleptic concerto in neo-classical style with microtonal modulations and non western tradition influences. Claudio Jacomucci was playing a special tuned microtonal accordion which was developed by Pigini Accordions.

The event had considerable national press coverage and will be broadcast soon by the Italian Radion Station, Radio3. Lucio Garau works closely with Claudio Jacomucci and has written some other pieces for accordion, some of which are; Clinamen (for 2 accordions, 1996), Be Bop (for accordion, percussion, guitar, sax, keyboards, 1996), Xballu (for accordion solo, 2001), Suite Op.31 (for accordion and electronics, 2003).

Claudio Jacomucci will also play in Macerata for the "Festival di Nuova Musica" in which he will perform "Road Runner" with Kathleen Delaney (dancer) and video projection and "IN C" with the American composer Terry Riley. Riley will write a new accordion piece for Claudio Jacomucci next fall. Jacomucci's will be traveling to perform in Klingenthal on 10th May.

For further information, email:


Sviackevicius & Sax Player Janas Maksimovicius Tour - Lithuania
Contributed by Raimondas Sviackevicius

Lithuanian accordionist Raimondas Sviackevicius & sax player Janas Maksimovicius have a series of concerts being organized by the Lithuanian Musicians Society over the coming months. The Lithuanian Musicians Society is the main organization responsible for classical, modern and jazz music concerts, festivals, music scores and CD production in Lithuania.

The duo's concerts are in Utena, Mazeikiai, Naujoji Akmene, Marijampole, Kursenai and many other cities. The tour will include meetings with students, enthusiasts and teachers as well as members of the public.

The program consists of various styles of music ranging from modern, contemporary compositions and avant garde to free style improvisations and jazz standards. These successful young jazz musicians have played numerous times with Jazz Masters in Lithuania and abroad, participating in several important festivals.

For more information, email


Creole Royalty comes to the Lincoln - USA

Before her coronation by a San Francisco newspaper, Queen Ida Guillory used to practice accordion during breaks from driving a school bus. "You have to practice all the time," she said. "I used to take mine on the bus, especially on field trips. If I had to wait for them two or three hours, I'd park the bus far away and practice." Back then, Queen Ida never dreamed of playing in front of an audience, although she played Cajun/Creole music at family gatherings throughout her upbringing in Southwest Louisiana and East Texas. "I wasn't thinking of getting onstage or anything," she said.

She got her start back in 1974 when her brother convinced her to join his band at a fund-raiser. The event had a Mardi Gras theme and she was the queen. The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed her "Queen Ida," the name stuck and her career was launched. "That's how it all got started," the 75-year-old performer said during a telephone interview from her Northern California home. Now, nine out of 10 people call her "Queen," including her three children, she said. "She's a woman band leader in a culture that had up until very recently had no women musicians," said John Ullman, Queen Ida's manager.

Queen Ida just wants her audiences to have fun, she said. "I want them to be sure they relax and expect to be entertained for a couple of hours," she said. "I try to make them forget worries if they have any - and keep a smile on your face." Although she doesn't tour as often as she used to, Queen Ida has performed in Japan, New Zealand, Europe and five French-speaking countries in Africa. She has been nominated five times for a Grammy award and won in 1983. "It was fantastic," she said. "It was one of the greatest moments of my life."

Local fans of all things Cajun can enjoy a concert by Queen Ida and her Bon Ton Zydeco Band on Saturday night at the Lincoln Theatre.

By Kari Neumeyer, Skagit Valley Herald Online

Accordion week with Prof. Elsbeth Moser - Lithuania
Contributed by Raimondas Sviackevicius

Two weeks ago, Lithuanian accordionists, teachers, students and enthusiasts had a great opportunity to enrich their knowledge of accordion. Elsbeth Moser was invited by the Ghote's institute in Vilnius in conjunction with the Lithuanian Academy of Music to hold master classes and concerts.

On April 12th, students, accordion teachers and members of the public attended the master classes. Prof. Moser spent the day holding lessons during which she talked about accordion music, its growth, playing methods, bellows, clever techniques, fingering including different uses of the thumb.

Master-classes included soloists, two quintets and a chamber group which played Piazzolla. Most important was Baroque repertoire and stylistic nuances. Many students played Scarlatti's sonatas, and Prof Moser's wealth of knowledge was greatly appreciated.

The LMA concert hall on April 13th featured Elsbeth Moser and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt. The hall was so full that part of the audience were standing. Music included Bach, Villa-Lobos, DeFalla, Part, Eggert and Piazzolla. The next day, Elsbeth Moser held master classes in Kaunas and staged a concert at the Kaunas Conservatory. The Lithuanian accordion community and music lovers had a very useful and important week.

San Francisco Accordion Festival - USA

The 14th Annual San Francisco Accordion festival will be held Saturday June 5 at the Cannery at Fisherman's Wharf. The event is free and will be held outdoors from 2pm to 10 pm. The event includes the Ms Accordion San Francisco pageant, dancing and many performances. Organizers have invited all San Francisco accordion jazz performers to combine their talents for a Jazz Nouveau concert, the evening before the festival.

For more information, email

Lorraine Accordeon Club 20th Birthday Concert - France

The Duo were guests of honor at the 20th birthday of The Lorraine Accordeon Club held at the Pablo Picasso room. The accordion club opened the concert under the direction of Richard Telatin in which the club presented a varied program (Faust Waltz, Light Cavalry, Barber of Seville) and then the Paris Moscow Duo presented Russian and French performances.

Particularly well received was the piece "Paris-Moscow" composed by Franck Angelis. Singer Marc Pascal made a 30-minute performance of French songs.

To end the evening, Domi Emorine, Laurent Fline (drums), Thierry Moncheny (guitars), Gilles Bioteau (saxophone, flute) and François Chambert (clarinet) performed a range of South American and French music. A rich and varied concert.


Accordion Attracts Attention of Foster Kids - USA

Russ Gray works at the Mountain Lake Children's Residence, Lake Placid, NY. This is a home for teenage boys with emotional problems, most of whom are in the custody of their county administration. As an aside to his job, Russ Gray teaches the harmonica and accordion to some of the children. Now, about twice a year, they go out and play for nursing homes and other venues.

Some time ago, one of the boys played Russ's 3 row accordion and got taken with it. "I talked with Johanna Cossaboon at Hohner USA and she worked out a deal where we could purchase a Panther for him at cost," Russ said. "We had one new accordion player thanks to Hohner's generosity." Interest in the accordion has since grown and two more boys in the home now want to play the 3 row.

Russ publicly thanks Johanna and Hohner USA, "for their generosity to these young men" and we applaud Russ's efforts with the accordion to help enrich the lives of young people.

Guy Klucevsek - USA
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

The updated website about Guy Klucevsek is online. Guy Klucevsek has created a unique repertoire for accordion through his own composing and by commissioning over 50 works from composers including John Zorn, Aaron Jay Kernis, Lois V Vierk, Fred Frith and many more.

He has released 14 recordings as soloist/leader, including Polka Dots & Laser Beams and Who Stole the Polka? which were chosen as the best recordings of 1992 by John Schaefer on the nationally-syndicated radio program New Sounds, and Transylvanian Softwear, which was cited as a 1995 Recording of Special Merit in Stereo Review. His latest CD '
The Heart of the Andes' is reviewed at the Accordions Worldwide CD Review.

A 'Hip' Fusion from Elands - Australia

A fusion of various musical traditions with a contemporary twist is one way of describing the music of Elands band The Hip Pedlars who have just released their first CD. The five piece combination features piano accordion, drums, bass, lead and rhythm guitar with a distinctive feature being the three part female harmonies.

Their new CD is titled Welcome to Love's Highway and is an eight track CD that features all original material recorded locally. All five band members collaborate to write their own songs yet have also built a reputation for breathing new life into some well known classics. Helen Knight is the Hip Pedlar's distinctive female vocalist and accordionist. She also has a background in the theatre and television as both a writer and actor.

For more information, email:

Musicians Share Good Times, Culture, at Acadian Village Jam Sessions - USA

It's a Saturday morning at Savoy's Music Store near Eunice. Steve Bing of Houston squeezes out a mournful waltz on his accordion, joined by a half dozen fiddlers and as many guitar players in the weekly jam session.

For tourists, foreign and domestic, it's the chance to hear Cajun music in its purest form. For musicians, it's an outlet for their sense of expression, to get immersed in music steeped in tradition.

For a complete rundown of Cajun jam sessions, check out For more information on jam sessions in South Louisiana, please email


Quote of the Week

Did You Know? by Willoughby Walshe

A successive addition of registers (reed voices) can lead to an increase in dynamics.

Find out more….. "Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events"


CD Review

New CD "The Heart of the Andes" by Guy Klucevsek.
CD reviewed by Prof. Joan Sommers.

New Sites
new site about the "Akkordeon Ensemble of Aosta" (ITALY).

Updated Sites -
extensive site about American accordionist Guy Klucevsek. - updated information on the International Accordion competition Klingenthal 2004 to be held next month. updated information about Cavagnolo Accordions, France. site about Italian performer Simone Zanchini, check out his upcoming concert dates. site about Italian performer Giorgio Dellarole's including new concert dates updated Paris-Moscow Duo's site with new information.


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