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02 July 2004 This weeks news | Past News  | Send news

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  • Renzo Ruggieri Classes - Italy
  • Accordion Playing Summer School - Scotland
  • Southeast Accordion Association - USA
  • Daily News Updates of the Sata-Hame Soi Accordion Festival - Finland
  • 10th International Accordion Cycle - Portugal
  • Las Vegas Convention Takes Accordions to Tonight Show with Jay Leno - USA
  • The Band Who Knew Too Much on European Tour - Scandinavia/Australia
  • Murl Sanders Concert - USA
  • Cao Xiao-Qing Concert - Germany
  • Accordions in Olympics Relay - France
  • Europamusica Firenze - Italy
  • Russian Classic Music Night - China
  • Accordion Information Directory - USA
  • Victor Prieto Trio at Barbes - USA
  • Quote of the Week
  • CD Review
  • Site Updates

  • Renzo Ruggieri Classes - Italy

    Italian accordionist and teacher Renzo Ruggieri will hold classes in Aquila from 27th to 31st July. Ruggieri's classes will focus on accordion jazz, harmony and ensemble music.

    Ruggieri's classes are to be part of the seminar of Bariscano.

    For further information, email


    Accordion Playing Summer School - Scotland

    The Accordion Playing (Scottish Style) summer school begins this weekend from 4th July at the University of Stirling at Airthrey Castle, Stirling. Participants on the program have come from Surrey, North Yorkshire, Fife, Central Scotland and the Scottish Highlands representing all age ranges from teenagers upwards. The summer school coordinator, Margery Stirling said the university was hoping for more international participation.

    "In past years we have had an international presence with participants from USA, some European countries and Japan," she said. They are hoping to attract more students from other countries for another accordion programme planned for 9th to 13th August.

    Highlights of the summer school include classes where students spend time to brush up on techniques. There will also be opportunities to learn new music and students will even get to play with participants from similar summer programs for Fiddle and Bodhran Playing.

    For further information, email


    Southeast Accordion Association - USA

    A Southeast Accordion Association will soon be established. The association, to encompass the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia is still in its planning stages. According to Karen Adam of the Florida Accordion Association, all the states above have very few accordion clubs.

    "This endeavor will not deter from current accordion clubs, but will certainly enhance them," Karen said. There is strength in numbers! Karen said the new association plans to include a quarterly newsletter for the Southeast, as well as holding an annual convention in a different southeastern state each year! There are even plans to set up a SEACCASSOC Southeast Accordion Association website!

    For further information, email FLACCASSOC@BELLSOUTH.NET


    Daily News Updates of the Sata-Hame Soi Accordion Festival - Finland

    News is being updated daily by Accordions Worldwide's Kevin Friendrich in Finland at the Sata-Hame Soi Accordion Festival. Enjoy daily information about one of the largest accordion festivals by logging on to


    10th International Accordion Cycle - Portugal
    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    The 10th International Accordion Cycle will be held at the Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça from 9th to 25th July. The event is organised by the Association d'Accordéeon d'Alcobaça, Ecole de Musique Serenata and the Orchestre Tipique et Coral d'Alcobaça.

    The Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça, whether viewed from the top of a nearby ancient castle or from any other point is an imposing Christian monument and was chosen by UNESCO as a monument of World-wide Patrimony.

    The concerts taking place during the 10th International Accordion Cycle include:
    9 July - Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi e Duo Russo (acordeao e domra) - Mosteire Alcobaça
    10 July - Duo Russo, Joae Barradas, Tiago Pirralho e O.T.C.A. - Amarante
    11 July - Duo Russo e Joae Barradas - Benavente
    16 July - Yuri Shishkin e Jeròme Richard - Leiria
    17 July - Yuri Shishkin, Jeòme Richard e Joao Barradas - S.Martinho do Porto
    18 July - Yuri Shishkin, Jeòme Richard e O.T.C.A. - Lagos
    23 July - Friedrich Lips e Duo Dimitriev - Alcobaça (Mosteire de Còs)
    24 July - Joao Frade e Duo Dimitriev - Batalha
    25 July - Concerto de Encerramento - Anfiteatro de Alcobaça

    For further information, please contact Anibal L.Freire or log on to

    Ángel Luis Castaño

    Las Vegas Convention Takes Accordions to Tonight Show with Jay Leno - USA

    The Las Vegas International Accordion Convention held in Nevada earlier this month was such a success that it caught the attention of popular USA TV talk show host Jay Leno.

    Following a 3-hour filming session at Las Vegas, The Tonight Show's Howie Mandel hosted a funny feature comedy using footage from Las Vegas where he talked to participants and organizers to gauge their feedback of the festival.

    Howie attended a polka dance session and even "jammed" a little, telling the Tonight Show audience that "no one knows how to party like accordion players do!"

    The Las Vegas International Accordion Convention had 7 concerts with almost 16 hours of music programs which included polka jam sessions, performances by classical and jazz artists like Peter and Mady Soave, Art Van Damme, Mario Tacca and his wife (singer) Mary Mancini, the very entertaining K-Trio, Don Lipovac, Gary Blair from Scotland, Mirco Patarini from Italy and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Tony Lovello. Also present were factory reps from both Scandalli (Mirco Patarini) and Silvetta Accordions (Bert Neidhardt) with other accordion brands and accessories on display.

    The next Las Vegas International Convention will be held from 26th to 29th June 2005 at the Gold Coast Hotel Casino. Next year's convention will also be the birthday celebrations of both Dick Contino (75 Years) and Art Van Damme (85 years).

    For further information, email: or visit

    The Band Who Knew Too Much on European Tour - Scandinavia/Australia

    The Band Who Knew Too Much started their career playing traditional jazz. Now the group, who are looking forward to an exciting European tour, are writing their own songs of life in their home city of Melbourne.

    The Band Who Knew Too Much draws from a wide range of styles, namely folk/roots, jazz and ska and using piano accordion, clarinet, washboard, drums, guitar and double bass. The band has previously toured the US, Canada, Scandinavia, Belgium, Holland and the UK. The accordionist in the band is Dave Andrews.

    The band's are currently on tour throughout Europe till 29th August but their July Concerts will be at the following places:
    2nd July - eren, Fredericia, Denmark
    3rd July - Queen Louises, Esbjerg, Jutland, Denmark
    03 July - Vognporten CPH Jazz Festival, Denmark
    06 July - Copenhagen Jazz Festival Nyhavn, Denmark
    08 July - Copenhagen Jazz Festival Nyhavn, Denmark
    09 July - Svejk, Denmark
    13 July - Århus Jazzfestival Fodvarmeriet, Denmark
    14 July - Århus Jazzfestival Fodvarmeriet, Denmark
    15 July - Hven, Sweden
    17 July - Guldfisken, Køge, Sweden
    23 July - Smygehamn, Sweden
    26 July - Fred-Mary party, Århus, Sweden
    28 July - Aussie WoodchopJazzparty, Odense, Sweden
    29 July - Femø Jazzfestival, Sweden
    30 July - Femø Jazzfestival, Sweden

    For more information, email


    Murl Sanders Concert - USA

    Seattle accordionist Murl Sanders will perform at the Orcas Center, San Juan Islands from 2nd to 3rd July at 7.30 pm.

    This event will be a variety concert including some of the finest West Coast musicians including renowned classical flutist Jeffrey Cohan and pianist, saxophonist, composer Martin Lund.

    For further information email,


    Cao Xiao-Qing Concert - Germany
    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    Cao Xiao-Qing, accordion tutor at Beijing Music Conservatory in China staged a well-received concert in Hannover last week. Cao Xiao-Qing performed with celloist Ludwig Doell to accompany the Orchester: Celle Streichorchester performing works by Sieben Worte von Sofia Gubaidulia.


    Accordionists Support Olympics Relay - France

    On Friday 25 June the Olympic flame lit up the city of light, Paris where it was greeted by 50 accordion players. Thousands of Parisians gathered to watch the 137 torchbearers that covered the 50 km in the French capital's streets, the next stop on its international journey before returning to Greece for the Athens Olympics on 13th August in Athens, Greece.

    Moulin Rouge ballet dancers joined the accordionists to welcome the Flame in Montmartre while other cultural events set their own rhythm before the arrival of the Olympic torch in the Champs Elysées, L'Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, Sorbonne, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Trocadero, l'Opera, the Town Hall, the Roland-Garros tennis courts, the Père-Lachaise cemetery, Bastille, the Louvre and other unique landmarks of the French capital.


    Europamusica Firenze - Italy
    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    The Europamusica will be held on 6th July at the National Museum of the Bargello at 8.30 pm.

    The event is organized by the Association of Chamber Music who have dedicated the evening to young European talents. There will be a performance titled, "With Luciano Berio" to be directed by Maestro Vittorio Chiarappa. Musicians at the event are to include Ivano Battiston on accordion, soprano Laura Catrani, Carlo Chiarappa on viola and Andrea Tacchi on violin.

    Europamusica is being organized by the Istituto Francese di Firenze, Istituto Universitario Europeo, Villa Schifanoia, Villa di Rusciano, La Pietra - New York University in Florence, the European Parliament and the City Hall of Florence.

    For further information, email


    Russian Classic Music Night - China
    Contributed by Lian Jones of Accordion House

    The Russian Classic Music Night at Shanghai Grand Theatre last week featured Jin Zhou peforming with the symphony orchestra. The conductor was YouSheng Lin.

    The Mayor of Shanghai was part of the audience and he praised the performance. A CD of the concert is now on sale and the orchestra will perform again at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on 18th and 19th September.

    For more information about the CD and performances, email


    Accordion Information Directory - USA

    The 2004 International Accordion Directory will be published on 1st August. Accordion Historian, Karen Gerlovich said the directory will include the names and contact details of accordionists, bands, accordion businesses and clubs. "It will be a hardbound directory with thousands of names listed alphabetically state by state, country by country," Karen said. Ms. Gerlovich also published the 2001 and 2002 directories.

    For further information or to be listed, email


    Victor Prieto Trio at Barbes - USA

    Successful performer and tutor at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Victor Prieto, heads up his Trio at Barbes on Park Slope, Brooklyn from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on 8th July.

    The Victor Prieto Trio is a jazz oriented group which started in Boston, Massachusetts. They are known not only for their instrumentalists, but for their method of moving towards newer jazz sounds.

    For further information, email


    Quote of the Week

    Teaching Quote of the Week Edited by Willoughby Walshe

    "Every musical composition has a horizontal dimension - the melody - and a vertical dimension - the harmony. A good pianist or outstanding orchestra distinguishes tone by variety and plasticity."

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

    CD Review

    A new CD titled, "Origini" from Marco Fratantonio. Reviewed by Musicologist Paolo Picchio.


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