Accordion Weekly News
Establishes Archive Center in Ikaalinen, FinlandInternational
Accordion Competition, Castelfidardo - ItalyCoupe
Mondiale - Competition Results, Pontarlier - FranceCMA
Trophée Mondiale results, Santiago de Compostela - SpainJerome
Richard Concerts - FranceCréation
Mondiale, Poissy - France'Le
pas du chat noir', Beirut - LebanonDinner
Dance with Accordion Cabaret, London - UKItalian
Orchestra's Concert in Shanghai - ChinaLeslie
Family Concert, Essex - UKNational
Heritage Fellowship Award for Accordionist, Washington DC - USAZolton
Orosz tour dates - HungaryAll-Scotland
Accordion Championships, Perth - UKMcHale
and Two Old Friends to perform at Rochester Opera House, Hew Hampshire - USAGallatin
Accordion Ensemble, Manhattan - USATiger
Lillies in Melbourne - AustraliaQuote
of the Week
and Updated Sites
Establishes Archive Center in Ikaalinen, Finland
by Kevin Friedrich
21st 2004 marked the first donation to the archives of the
Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), a member of the International
Music Council (IMC-UNESCO).The archives center is housed at the Hanuritalo (accordion
Ikaalinen, Finland, which is also the headquarters of the CIA member,
the Finnish Accordion Association.
The archives will collect all materials
pertaining to the CIA such as all former Test Pieces, program books, information
such as recordings and biographies from all CIA winners, Merit and Honored Friend
award recipients, press coverage, mark sheets and results from previous competitions,
and much more.
As the CIA moves
forward into its 70th anniversary year, the establishment of the CIA archives
enables an opportunity to put together in one place the rich history of this international
Kevin Friedrich travelled to Finland
to make the first official donation to the archives.
first donation of many CIA Test Piece scores was made by Ernest Deffner, Inc,
the parent company of Ernest Deffner Publications, Pancordion, Inc. and Titano
Accordion Co. International, commemorating the firm's own 70th anniversary. The
president of the firm, Mrs. Faithe
Deffner, has been a United States delegate to the CIA
for more than thirty years.
The CIA Archives will be formally opened in
Anyone interested in donating material pertaining to the CIA
Archives is invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Accordion Competition, Castelfidardo
year's Premio e Concorso Internazionale de Fisarmonica takes place in Castelfidardo,
from the 12th to 18th October and daily reports are online
Richard Concerts - France
French accordionist has several significant concert appearances in the near future.
October 19th - the opening concert at the Coupe
Mondiale, Pontarlier, as part of the Duo Jazzy Musette.
October 21st -
an appearance in the TV program 'Attention à la Marche', on Channel TF1
October 23rd - the closing concert at the Coupe
Mondiale, with his nine-piece orchestra.
November 18th - a concert at the
Zenith de Paris, with his quartet, as part of the National Accordion Festival.
Poissy - France
accordionist Pascal Contet is to
appear in a show titled Création Mondiale, involving dance choreographed
and performed by Jin Xing (China), to be staged at the Théâtre du
Poissy, Hotel de Ville, in Poissy on October 18th, at 8.30pm.
be a second performance of the show on October 20th (8.30pm), this time at the
Théâtre le Rive Gauche, Saint Etienne-du-Rouvray.
information email Francesca.email@example.com
Dance with Accordion Cabaret, London - UK
by Romano Viazzani
October 16th, the British-based organisation, the Associazione Parmigiani Valceno
(one of the main sponsors of the 2001 London Accordion Festival), will be holding
a formal 4-course dinner dance at the London Marriot Hotel (off Grosvenor Square).
will be provided by accordionist Claudio Allodi and his band, and guest accordionist
Mauro Carra, from Italy, will do a guest cabaret spot. Mauro Carra performed with
distinction at the London Accordion Festival, and specialises in accordion showpieces,
and Italian and French musette music.
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Concert in Shanghai - China
by Lian Jones of Accordion
Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia (conducted by Antonio Cipriani), featuring accordion
and bandoneon soloists, is in concert at the Shanghai Concert Hall on October
21st, at 7.30pm. For tickets, the telephone number is 0086-21-6386-2836. The orchestra's
concert program is as follows:-
" Overture to The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
Angel Series - a suite by Astor Piazzolla (soloists - Jean
Marc Fabiono and Georgio Dellarole)
La Cenerentola (Rossini)
" Rondo Capricciosa (soloist Mirco Patarini)
Overture to Il Signor Bouschino (Rossini)
" Concerto for Bandoneon by
Piazzolla (soloist Mario Pietrodarchi)
following night on the 22nd of Oct, the Landesjugend Akkordeon Orchester (LJAO),
is in concert at He Luting Concert Hall in Shanghai, conducted by Herbert Nolte
and Helmut Quakemack. The concert is organised by the Shanghai Accordion Association
and Shanghai MUSIC CHINA 2004. Their program include three Chinese numbers: 'March'
by He Lu-Ting, 'A Legend' from Yao by Mao Yuan, 'Chinese Romeo and Juliet' by
He Zhan-Hao & Chen Gang. 'Libertango' by Astor Piazzolla, 'Suite for Akkordeon
Orchester' by Rudolf Bruci, 'Drei Slawische Tanze' by Anton Dvorak, 'Ballade'
by Fritz Dobler, 'Variationen for Akkordeon Orchester' by Rudolf Wurthner, 'Drei
Sinfonische Tanze' by Aram Khachaturian and 'Perpetuum Mobile' by Johann Strauss.
and Giorgio Dellarole have also been invited to play the accordion and bandoneon
to the students at Music Department of Shanghai Normal University on 23rd Oct.
This concert is organised by Shanghai Accordion Association and the Music Department
of Shanghai Normal University.
Fellowship Award for Accordionist, Washington DC - USA
by Jon Hammond
diatonic button accordionist Joe Derrane, a legend of the Irish music world, was
recently presented with the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) National Heritage
Fellowship Award plus a stipend of 20,000 dollars for his lifetime contribution
to the accordion and Irish music. At the ceremony of conferment in Capitol Hill,
Washington DC, Mr Derrane commented that "The box has finally arrived, and
takes its place in history!"
74-year-old Joe Derrane, a resident of
Randolph, Massachusetts, over thirty years ago switched to piano accordion and
then to playing electronic keyboards, but has now returned to the two-row button
accordion. He is an inspirational figure amongst Irish accordionists, both in
North America and in Ireland, and his style of playing has influenced generations
Orosz tour dates - Hungary
accordionist Zoltan Orosz's forthcoming
concerts are as follows:-
26th, 7pm - The Budapest AccordionTrio and the Podium Duo give a concert in Vác,
Madách Imre Cultural Centre (2600 Vác, Dr. Csányi László
9., 19h The Budapest Accordion Trio and the Podium Duo give a concert in Veszprém
- Városi Mûvelõdési Központ és Könyvtár
(8200 Veszprém, Dózsa Gy. u. 2).
10., 19h Zoltan Orosz and his friends - a concert with the Podium Duo and the
Budapest Accordion Trio in Budapest, Benczúr Ház.
Championships, Perth - UK
by Rob Howard
55th All-Scotland Accordion and Fiddle Festival takes place in the City Hall,
Perth, on October 30th, organised annually since 1949 by Bill Wilkie - a record
breaking continuous run. Contests begin at 9am, and the festival incorporates
the prestigious All-Scotland Accordion Championships, including sections for all
ages and levels of ability.
On October 29th, there is the annual pre-festival
Ceilidh Dance, held at the Salutation Hotel in Perth from 8pm and featuring the
music of John Carmichael and his TV Scottish Dance Band.
The festival itself
concludes with an all-star concert (6.45pm), held in the City Hall, featuring
musicians, singers, dancers and the comedian Eddie Devine. The chief guests are
the Paris-Moscow Duo - Dominique Emorine
(France) and Roman Jbanov (Ukraine); other accordionists appearing include Gordon
Pattullo, Liam Stewart (2003 All Scotland Open Solo Champion), The Bill Wilkie
Accordion Orchestra, and The World's Biggest Scottish Dance Band (MD John Carmichael).
and Two Old Friends to perform at Rochester Opera House, Hew Hampshire - USA
local news publicity article states that: 'On Friday, October 22nd, at 8 p.m.,
the Rochester Opera House will happily welcome back to its stage Mac McHale and
Two Old Friends. Mac McHale and Emery Hutchins, affectionately known as Mac and
Hutch and co-founders of the popular band Northeast Winds, will be reuniting to
perform some of their favorites from "Northeast Winds" as well as some
old-time traditional country music. The Two Old Friends will be playing the banjo,
guitar, mandolin, concertina, bodhran and the harmonica. The program is sure to
include some of your favorite sea songs, a good amount of hot picking instrumentals
and some great sing-alongs.
For the last 15 years, McHale has headed up
a very successful group, Mac McHale & the Old-Time Radio Gang, who perform
rousing renditions of classic melodies that recapture the mood of a unique period
in American history when the popular music told "the stories from our hearts."
An accomplished concertina player, vocalist and banjo player, "Hutch"
has been a very important part of The Angel Band, a world-famous Irish music group'.
further information email email@example.com
Ensemble, Manhattan - USA
seven-strong Gallatin Accordion Ensemble, based in the Manhattan area, play a
wide range of music, including classical, ragtime, Cajun, folk and traditional
polkas. "Man, oh man - I could hear that all day long" was the comment
of bystander Virginia Frizzell, as the group played at a parade held recently
as part of the Manhattan Potato Festival.
Gallatin Accordion Ensemble's leader is 50-year-old Sharon Murray, who says that
their music "brings just as much enjoyment to us as it does the people we
play for". Sharon has played accordion since the age of eight, plays regularly
in nursing homes, and also teaches the accordion. She founded the GAE in 2001.
Tiger Lillies in Melbourne
British accordion-led trio The Tiger Lillies, whose eccentric mixture of punk,
gypsy, cabaret and music hall songs defies categorisation, are playing at the
Famous Spiegeltent, Arts Center forecourt in Melbourne until October 16th, at
9.45pm nightly. Their appearances are part of the Melbourne International Arts
The leader of The Tiger Lillies is piano accordionist, vocalist
and songwriter Martyn Jacques, whose songs tend to be about such unwholesome subjects
as drug addiction, prostitution and even bestiality. He commented "A lot
of bands just want to make people happy. That is not our objective".
Tiger Lillies have successfully toured Germany and the Czech Republic, and have
a CD available, with the intriguing title 'Farmyard Filth'.
Quote of the Week
You Know? by
for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH) is an international
non-profit organization. It maintains a database of over 3,000 harmonica aficionados
from around the world. For five days in August, the rotating SPAH Annual Convention
is devoted to amateurs, professionals, beginners, and experts who play their harmonicas,
listen to others perform, attend seminars, share their knowledge, and shop and
swap for the latest in harmonicas, accessories, music, books, videos, and recordings.".
Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events"
New & Updated
- Updated site for the National Accordion Organisation of the UK.
- New site of daily reports of the Premio e Concorso Internazionale de Fisarmonica
in Castelfidardo, from the 12th to 18th October.
- Since their formation of the Moscow Duo in 1995, Evgenij Grechov and Aleksander
Ushakov have concertized throughout Russia as well as in Denmark, Portugal, Germany,
Korea, Italy and the United States. In October 1998 the Moscow Duo participated
in the International contest "Citta Di Castelfidardo Prize" in Italy
and was awarded first prize. Site contains information on each of the artists
and information on their two CD recordings.
Accordion World Magazine is an A4 size bi-monthly magazine that includes news
and feature articles concerned with the accordion in Britain and around the world,
edited and published by David Keen in the UK.
- Updated information on the 2005 Festival to be held in the Dallas area from
June 15-19, 2005.
- Updated information on the upcoming Lifetime Achievement award for Charles Nunzio
and the winners of the 2004 International Competition.
- Updated information on the upcoming annual Smash, including online registration
and festival information.
- The October news has now been published with detailed news from around the United
States, listings of accordion clubs and organisations in the United States and
www.ktrio.com - Includes updated
concert schedule that will see The 'K' Trio make their European debut during the
month of October.
- Updated information on this Texas based accordion store offering accordions,
music and accessories. Includes updated operating hours.
- Includes updated information on the 2005 CIA Winter Congress to be held in Den
- Includes updated schedule and bulletin board for updated messages/information
for visitors arriving in Pontarlier.
- Includes additional information on the career of Philadelphia based accordionist