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  01 October 2004 This weeks news | Past News  | Send news
Gary Dahl

This Weeks News

  • The 57th CIA Coupe Mondiale, Pontarlier - France
  • Higher Degree Course for Accordion, Bari - Italy
  • Zolton Orosz tour dates - Hungary
  • Music from Bulgaria and the Balkans, San Francisco - USA
  • Cursa Mensal de Concertina, Agueda - Portugal
  • International Song Writing Competition - USA
  • Pakefield Accordion Festival moves to Caister - UK
  • China Music Fair, Shanghai - China
  • New CD release from Footloose, North Carolina - USA
  • Alpine Echoes, California - USA
  • Quote of the Week
  • CD Review
  • New and Updated Sites
  • A to Z of the Accordion

    The 57th CIA Coupe Mondiale, Pontarlier - France
    Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

    An international press conference in Pontarlier, France on September 23rd 2004 was the setting in which Patrick Genre, the Mayor of Pontarlier, welcomed the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) President Kevin Friedrich and CIA Organiser Frederic Deschamps.

    Marking the eighth time this international accordion competition is to be held in France, the 57th Coupe Mondiale in Pontarlier from October 19-24, 2004 will feature competitions in six categories and has attracted competitors, jury and delegates from around the world.

    The Coupe Mondiale will open on Tuesday October 19 with the 112th General Assembly of Delegates followed by the opening concert featuring The "K" Trio, Alexander Poeluev - the 2002 Coupe Mondiale Champion, 1st and 2nd place 2003 CIA winners Nikolay Sivchuk, and Aleksei Peresidly as well as internationally acclaimed French accordion sensation, Jerome Richard, who will perform with Jeff Rossi as the duo "Jazzy Musette".

    Billboards, posters and information pertaining to the Coupe Mondiale already greet visitors and residents arriving in Pontarlier. Attendees will be treated to a weeklong series of competitions, displays and meetings concluding with the Grand Bal Musette featuring Jerome Richard and his international orchestra.

    For updated information as well as daily reports during the festival, please visit

    Higher Degree Course for Accordion, Bari - Italy

    A higher degree course for accordion with postgraduate studies is offered at the Music Conservatory N. Piccinni, Bari. Registration is open from October 10th to 20th, after which an entry examination will be held. A prerequisite for entry is either a Traditional Diploma or a first degree.

    Email lecturer Francesco Palazzo for further information email

    Zolton Orosz tour dates - Hungary
    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    Zolton Orosz, three times Hungarian Accordion Champion, is on a concert tour with Zoran during October, and the dates are as follows:-

    4th - 7pm, Budafok-Tétény, Cultural Centre (Nagytétényi u. 31-33.)
    5th - 8pm, Debrecen - Arany Bika Hotel - Bartók Hall (Piac u. 11-15.)
    6th - 7pm, Miskolc - Rónai Cultural Centre (Mindszent tér 3.)
    7th - 7pm,Tiszaújváros - Derkovits Cultural Centre(Széchenyi u. 2.)
    8th - 7pm, Dunaújváros - Dózsa Cinema (Dózsa György tér 1.)
    11th - 7pm, Kecskemét - Erdei Ferenc Cultural Center (DeákFerenctér 1.)
    12th - 7pm, Gyõr - Richter Hall (Aradi vértanúk útja 16.)
    13th - 7pm, Pápa - Jókai Mór Cultural Centre (Köztársaság liget 1.)
    14th - 7pm, Székesfehérvár - KÖFÉM Sport Hall (Verseci u. 1.)

    For further information email

    Ángel Luis Castaño

    Music from Bulgaria and the Balkans, San Francisco - USA

    Accordionist Milen Slavov is the special guest in a concert at the ODC Theater, 3153 17th St, San Francisco, on October 8th, commencing at 8pm. The program features music from Bulgaria and the Balkans, plus new Jewish music and music with poetry from other parts of the world. Also appearing are the Orkester Sali, Davka and Rumen Shopov.

    Bulgarian-born Milen Slavov has lived in the USA since 1997, and is well known as a composer, arranger, performer and teacher. He has won many awards, and since 1997 has performed in many parts of the USA and Canada. He specialises in the music of his homeland, and is renowned for his virtuosic improvisations on the unusual rhythms of Bulgarian and Balkan music, including the use of complex ornamentations. One critic commented that: "Mr Slavov is a musician with tremendous talent and feeling for contemporary folklore".

    For further information email


    Cursa Mensal de Concertina, Agueda - Portugal

    Artur Fernandes, leading Portuguese 3-row diatonic accordionist, is one of the tutors in a course/festival known as the Curso Mensal de Concertina on October 7, 8, 9th at the Espaço d'Orfeu in the town of Águeda. Fernandes is one of a number of musicians who have done a great deal in recent years to revive the popularity of the diatonic accordion in Portugal. He is quoted as saying: "I don't know why, but in Portugal the diatonic accordion has the wrong name 'Concertina'!"

    For further information email

    International Song Writing Competition - USA
    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    An International Song Writing Competition is soon to take place, and the deadline is October 15th. There is prize money totalling $100,000 and there are 50 prizes, covering 16 categories. The genres include a wide spectrum of music, and instrumental entries are welcomed. Success in this competition offers candidates a great opportunity to secure recording contracts with major record companies and develop show business opportunities. Entries can be sent online. The large panel of judges includes accordionist David Hidalgo, of Los Lobos.

    For further information email  

    Pakefield Accordion Festival moves to Caister - UK

    The Pakefield Accordion Festival, held from 24th to 28th September, was the last to be held at this venue as next year's event moves into the nearby Haven Holiday Centre at Caister. The dates are 10th to 14th November 2005, and bookings will be accepted from March 2005.

    For further information email organiser Heather Smith

    China Music Fair, Shanghai - China
    Contributed by Jon Hammond

    The 5th China Music Fair takes place at the New International Expo Center, Pudong, Shanghai, between October 20th to 23rd. This large scale event includes trade exhibitions by scores of musical instrument manufacturers from countries in every continent. Accordion manufacturers this year include the Shenle and Hualin companies from China; Harmona Akkordeon from Germany; Roland from Japan; Ballone Burini, Bugari Armando and Pigini from Italy.

    One of the features of this year's event will be a concert by JAO-NRW, a 30 piece accordion orchestra from Germany. Also present during the China Music Fair will be Jon Hammond, the New York-based organist/accordionist who will be playing in the evenings in the lounge of the Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel in Shanghai, for the third consecutive year.

    For further information, email


    New CD release from Footloose, North Carolina - USA
    Contributed by Harley Jones

    The accordion-led quintet Footloose, featuring David DiGiuseppe on piano accordion, have released a new CD, titled 'Everdance'. This CD has fourteen tracks, all in waltz or mazurka tempo, of music composed by band members in pastiches of French musette, Italian, Scottish, Cajun and French Canadian styles. The recording is suitable either as dance or background music.

    For further information, email


    A to Z of the Accordion

    Alpine Echoes, California - USA

    The Alpine Echoes, an accordion trio, play every Sunday afternoon from 12.30 until 4pm at the Donkey Deli, 322 Third St, San Juan Bautista, California. Their repertoire is mainly German and Slovenian music, plus some American tunes.

    Irmgard Wynn, who owns no less than six accordions and is currently trying hard to master the button accordion, leads the trio. Mrs Wynn has been a dedicated accordionist for most of her life so far, and recently commented: "There is so much gratification in this. I feel sorry for people who don't have music. They miss a lot".

    Quote of the Week

    Did You Know?
    by Willoughby Walshe

    "Basques, who have a special relationship to the accordion, reserve December for their Arrasate Hiria International Accordion Competition at Arrasate-Mondragon, Spain. Considered one of the most important contests in the world, it draws participants with above average playing skills. Winners receive above-average prize money (around Euro 6,000 for the first three places). First prize winners are invited back - with expenses paid - to perform concerts at the next year's event. Organiser of the Music Festival Kragujevac, Yugoslavia, invites the first place winner of the competition to the next year's event in Kragujevac. "

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

    CD Review

    A new CD Symphonies of the Century. Friedrich Lips plays Vladislav Solotarjov (Zolatariev). Review by Prof. Joan Cochran Sommers


    New & Updated Sites - Celebrity Interview of Pino Di Modugno in Italian language, interviewed by Renzo Ruggieri. - Updated site of performer Lou Coppola and the Stereo Strings - Pascal Contet's updated website
    Gary Dahl 

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