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  • First International Accordion Congress in Basque Country - Spain
  • Sata-Häme Soi - Accordion Festival in Finland to offer Daily On-line Coverage - Finland
  • A novel The Accordionist - New Zealand
  • Kimmo Pohjonen - Austria
  • Lin Yan Concert - China
  • Irish Band Hits High Notes in Innsbruck - Austria
  • International Youth Foundation for the Accordion (IYFFTA) - USA
  • Zero Sette Akordeon Orkestra Festival - Spain
  • Joe Burke St Andrews In the Square, Glasgow - Scotland
  • Last Five Coins Concerts - Australia
  • National Selection of Coupe Mondiale Accordionists - Italy
  • The International Reykjavik Accordion Festival 2004 - Iceland
  • Quote of the Week
  • CD Review
  • Site Updates

  • First International Accordion Congress in Basque Country - Spain

    The First International Accordion Congress will be held in Zarautz (Basque Country) from the 29th of June to the 3rd of July. The congress is part of the Basque Accordion Association's 30th Anniversary Celebrations.

    The International Accordion Congress will replace the traditional cultural week which is usually celebrated every year in Zarautz. The event includes concerts, master classes, lectures, seminaries, exposures and an accordion trade fair which includes exhibitions to show the development of the instrument since its invention 175 years ago.

    Some of the artists to perform at the First International Accordion Congress include Angel Luis Castano, Amaia Iraola, Enrike Zelaia, Miguel Sagastume, Joxan Goikoetxea, Luciano Biondini, Alain Musichini and Aitor Furundarena.

    For further information, email or


    Sata-Häme Soi - Accordion Festival in Finland to offer Daily On-line Coverage
    Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

    You are invited to the 2004 Sata-Häme Soi - Accordion Festival at Ikaalinen, Finland from 29th June to 4th July. This superb annual six-day festival is a highly diverse midsummer event which provides an opportunity to enjoy a fine array of accordion music in several charming and beautiful concert venues. The details and results of the Festival will be available daily from 29th June at

    Among the impressive lineup at Sata-Hame are the Finnish Tango Orchestra-Milonga, Zoltán Orosz Duo from Hungary, the Veli-Matti Järvenpää TexMex Trio, The Bryac Quartet from the Ukraine, the Accordion Orchestra from St. Petersburg, and the First and Second place winners of the 2003 CIA Coupe Mondiale competition - Nikolai Sivchuk and Aleksei Peresidly from Russia.

    In addition there will be ongoing trade shows and outdoor concerts of accordion folk music and competitions including the highly acclaimed Golden and Silver Accordion Competitions which is televised live throughout Finland as part of the Festival.

    A highlight of the festival will be a concert by Finland's own Dr. Mika Väyrynen when he presents a solo concert featuring the complete Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach and other premieres at 8.00pm on 1st July at the Ikaalinen Church.

    For further information, email


    A novel The Accordionist - New Zealand

    Graeme Lay, a novelist is working on a novel in which the main character is an Italian immigrant named Luigi Berreti who sets out to make a new life in New Zealand bringing with him an accordion. The novel to be called 'The Accordionist' is set in the last years of the nineteenth century in the Wellington region of the country.

    Luigi is a skilled accordion player who brings to his new homeland an accordion which was given to him by his grandfather in Italy, in 1867. His grandfather also taught him to play the instrument. Much later, in the 1890's in New Zealand Luigi is finally able to buy the latest model Italian accordion with which he plays to large audiences in local dance halls. The book is expected to be published prior to Christmas.


    Kimmo Pohjonen - Austria
    Contributed by Dr. Herbert Sheibenreif, Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

    Kimmo Pohjonen, one of the most outstanding and most innovative accordionists whose unique sounds are produced by the use of electronic effect equipments, seduced the Viennese public with his new solo program called "Animator".

    The program included new compositions of the Finnish "accordion rebelt" which, more than ever, were marked by electronic live effects, live loops, samples as well as a theatrical stage choreography. Marita Liulia, responsible for images and graphic design, has created computer animations and real time visuals especially for this program. The surround-sound system and the light concept of the production changed the Ronacher-concert hall to a place of a sensory experience and thus increased the ecstatic effect of the phenomenal music of the "astronaut of the accordion".

    For further information, email


    Lin Yan Concert - China
    Contributed by Lian Jones, Accordion House

    Lin Yan. a student of accordion at Tianjin Music Conservatory staged a free bass accordion solo concert at the conservatory's music hall last week. Yan started learning accordion when she was 6 years old from accordion teacher Yuhua Wang. Then she became a student of Prof Shusheng Wang before entering Tianjin Music Conservatory in 1997. In 2000, Lin Yan was placed 4th at the 7th International Accordion Competition. At her concert, she played music from different eras and styles including Baroque, Classic and several original pieces.

    Ángel Luis Castaño

    Irish Band Hits High Notes in Innsbruck - Austria

    An Armagh accordion band is making sweet music after winning the International Accordion Festival Innsbruck. Entering the competition for the first time this year, the St John's Accordion Band, based at Drumcree, Portadown, Ireland beat off competition from around 460 bands from across the world to walk away with the title.

    One of the pieces played by the St John's Accordion Band Intercity was written by the German composer Goetz who was there to witness the Armagh band bring his music to life. The band's Fergal Tennyson said the members were delighted with the win. "We've picked up almost every award on these islands, but to win this on our first time entering is a great achievement." Said Fergal. "It was also an honor to play the piece by Goetz when he was there to watch us." The cross-community accordion orchestra band is made up of 18 members.

    Story from the Belfast Telegraph,


    International Youth Foundation for the Accordion (IYFFTA) - USA

    The success of the children's competion at last week's Las Vegas International Convention was so impressive that Karen Gerlovich has formed a non-profit organization called the International Youth Foundation for the Accordion (IYFFTA). "This was my vision as I sat and watched these magnificent children performing in Las Vegas," Karen said.

    Amongst a list of 13 goals, some of the main objectives of this foundation are to;
    " Organize music camps for children between the ages of 5 to 18 to study the accordion in Las Vegas and other spots around the world with well-known accordion masters;
    " Seek donations to buy accordions for needy children to rent until they can afford to buy the accordions off the foundation.
    " Give scholarships to applicants to study accordion at various music camps worldwide with affiliated accordion teachers.
    " Make is possible for child accordionists to travel to accordion events by approaching airlines for help.
    Still in its infant stages, the IYFFTA needs a board of directors and accordion teachers to be affiliated to the foundation. The IYFFTA is also looking for volunteer attorneys, CPAS, Marketing Representatives, Computer programmers and specialists.

    For further information, email GERLOVICH-ABC@WEBTV.NET


    Zero Sette Akordeon Orkestra Festival - Spain

    The Zero Sette Akordeon Orkestra Festival will be held on 25th, 26th and 27th July at the Lasarte-Oria's Manuel Lekuona Culture House in Gipuzkoa. The festival program includes performances by the Oker Folk Group, Unhe, Zero Sette, Rossini & Zero Sette Akordeon Orkestra.

    For further information, email


    Joe Burke St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow - Scotland

    A veteran star in the Irish traditional pantheon, Galway's Joe Burke has made a career out of confounding Seàn Ó Riada's lofty dismissal of the accordion "designed by foreigners for the use of peasants with neither the time, inclination nor application for a worthier instrument". Specializing in the two-row button accordion, Burke has been demonstrating its capacity for artistry ever since his seminal 1966 recording with Felix Dolan and Andy McGann.

    Then there was his celebrated pairing with the late Cavan fiddle maestro Sean Maguire, immortalised in 1971 on the recording Two Champions, as well as his string of solo albums, leading up to his most recent release, The Morning Mist, with fiddler Charlie Lennon.

    Now 65, Burke appeared recently with his guitarist wife, Anne Conroy Burke, who supplied an unfailingly sensitive harmonic foil for his marvellously fluent technical virtuosity and multi-layered richness of expression.. The primary music of the concert comprised jigs, reels and hornpipes, each set a scintillating mini showcase for Burke's nimble deployment of ornamental frills and flourishes and his masterful handling of melodic variations.

    Story by Sue Wilson

    Las Vegas Convention

    Last Five Coins Concerts - Australia

    The Last Five Coins band based in Perth, plays traditional music from the villages and cafes of Europe, dance tunes and songs from Brittany to Istanbul, from the Mediterranean to the Baltic, played with passion, fire and respect. The accordionist in the band is Mark Bozikovic and you can see this band at their upcoming concerts in;
    " Kulcha, Fremantle, July 10 04. Bookings
    " Wanneroo Folk Club, Dorchester Community Centre, Warwick, WA, Friday July 09, 8 pm.

    For more information, email


    National Selection of Coupe Mondiale Accordionists - Italy
    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    There will be a performance of the National Selection Coupe Mondiale of Accordionists (CIA) on 11th July near the Communal Theatre of Fuiggi. Registration information is available is available at the A.P.M. music center of Gianluca Pica on telephone/Fax 0775 746043-339 3905506.

    For further information, email


    North Staffs Accordion Club Night Features "Larysa Bodell" - UK

    North Staffs Accordion Club June Club Night, held on June 19th was an exciting event following a performance by successful young accordionist, Larysa Bodell. Larysa, the stepdaughter of accomplished accordion performer and tutor Ray Bodell has played the piano accordion from the age of seven and in 1999, changed to button accordion whilst at the Baltic Festival. Larysa has won numerous championships and has attended master classes in various countries with well-known artists and teachers.

    As well as competing she is becoming well known as a concert accordionist and has performed in numerous clubs and festivals, even as far away as Las Vegas at the accordion festival held there. The North Staffs Accordion Club performances are usually held at the Newcastle Town Centre.


    The International Reykjavik Accordion Festival 2004 - Iceland

    The International Reykjavik Accordion Festival 2004 will be held on 17 - 18th July at Reykjavik City Museum in Árbæjarsafn. Major highlights of the event include a whole day with Igor Zavadsky on 17th July. Igor Zavadsky was born in Russia in 1966 and he graduated from the Chaikovsky Kyiv State Conservatoire, Kiev, in 1991, where he was a student of Nikolay Davidov.

    Igor is popular not only in Ukraine but also throughout Europe and has given many solo concerts in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany and France. The International Reykjavik Accordion Festival was designed to provide an opportunity for accordion enthusiasts to meet their colleagues and present the accordion and accordion music to the Icelandic public.

    For more information, email


    Quote of the Week

    Teaching Quote of the Week Edited by Willoughby Walshe

    "Ireland is home to accordion bands and concertina music. Accordion bands have been featured since 1945 in the Championship of Ireland Bands Contest held annually in October at rotating venues. Eigse Mrs. Crotty Festival of Concertina Music is held in Kilrush, County Clare, in August each year to honor Mrs. Crotty, the pioneer of the Fleadh Cheoil movement."

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

    CD Review

    A New CD titled, "Luciano Fancelli" by the Sinequanon Akkordeon Ensemble. Reviewed by Musicologist Paolo Picchio.


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