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Editor's Note

Accordions Worldwide Director Harley Jones is currently in Europe to attend the Città di Castelfidardo International Competition in Italy and the Coupe Mondiale in Pontarlier, France. I shall also be attending the Castelfidardo event. Please note that there will be daily reports and results from both events. We both welcome this opportunity to meet many old friends and make new acquaintances at these festivals, as well as hearing a lot of wonderful music.

Rob Howard

Gary Dahl

This Weeks News

  • CIA Establishes Archive Center in Ikaalinen, Finland
  • International Accordion Competition, Castelfidardo - Italy
  • Coupe Mondiale - Competition Results, Pontarlier - France
  • CMA Trophée Mondiale results, Santiago de Compostela - Spain
  • Jerome Richard Concerts - France
  • Création Mondiale, Poissy - France
  • 'Le pas du chat noir', Beirut - Lebanon
  • Dinner Dance with Accordion Cabaret, London - UK
  • Italian Orchestra's Concert in Shanghai - China
  • Leslie Family Concert, Essex - UK
  • National Heritage Fellowship Award for Accordionist, Washington DC - USA
  • Zolton Orosz tour dates - Hungary
  • All-Scotland Accordion Championships, Perth - UK
  • McHale and Two Old Friends to perform at Rochester Opera House, Hew Hampshire - USA
  • Gallatin Accordion Ensemble, Manhattan - USA
  • Tiger Lillies in Melbourne - Australia
  • Quote of the Week
  • CD Review
  • New and Updated Sites
  • Fisitalia

    CIA Establishes Archive Center in Ikaalinen, Finland
    Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

    September 21st 2004 marked the first donation to the archives of the
    Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), a member of the International Music Council (IMC-UNESCO).The archives center is housed at the Hanuritalo (accordion house) in
    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 organisation.
    CIA President Kevin Friedrich travelled to Finland to make the first official donation to the archives.

    The 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 early 2006.

    Anyone interested in donating material pertaining to the CIA Archives is invited to email

    International Accordion Competition, Castelfidardo - Italy

    This year's Premio e Concorso Internazionale de Fisarmonica takes place in Castelfidardo, from the 12th to 18th October and daily reports are online

    Coupe Mondiale - Competition Results, Pontarlier - France
    Contributed by Harley Jones

    The Coupe Mondiale in Pontarlier starts on Tuesday 19th October and finishes on Saturday 23rd October with a late night Grand Bal Musette. For those unable to attend this event, please check out the Coupe Mondiale website at every day.

    There will be a full report of each day's activities along with photos of delegates, jury and contestants online very late each evening. If you can't be there, it's the next best thing. The competition results will be posted on the site as soon as they are announced on Saturday.

    CMA Trophée Mondiale results, Santiago de Compostela - Spain
    Contributed by Harley Jones

    The competition results from the CMA Trophée Mondiale, held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from September 29th to October 3rd were as follows:-

    Junior Variety
    1st Guy Giuliano (France)
    2nd Simon Gachet-Mauroz (France)
    3rd Luca Colantonio (Italy)

    Senior Variety
    1st Camille Privat (France)
    2nd Phil Bouvier (France)
    3rd Giuseppe Gallone (Italy)

    Junior Classical
    1st Milan Vidovic (Bosnia Herzegovinia)
    2nd Srecko Vasic (Serbia-Montenegro)
    3rd Drazen Gvozdenovic (Bosnia Herzegovinia)

    Senior Classical
    1st Rade Mijatovic MIJATOVIC Rade. (Serbia-Montenegro)
    2nd Ivan Sverko (Croatia)
    3rd Sylvain Tissot (Switzerland)


    Jerome Richard Concerts - France

    Leading French accordionist has several significant concert appearances in the near future. These include:-
    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 at noon.
    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.

    Création Mondiale, Poissy - France

    French 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.

    There will be a second performance of the show on October 20th (8.30pm), this time at the Théâtre le Rive Gauche, Saint Etienne-du-Rouvray.

    For further information email


    'Le pas du chat noir', Beirut - Lebanon

    A trio led by oud player Anouar Brahem, including accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier and pianist Francois Couturier, recently presented a performance of 'Le pas du chat noir' - a suite of music composed by Brahem that incorporates traditional Arabic, Western classical and jazz elements - at the Zouk Mikail ampitheater. This suite, released on CD on 2001, was described by a local arts critic as "an intensely beautiful piece of music".


    Dinner Dance with Accordion Cabaret, London - UK
    Contributed by Romano Viazzani

    On 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).

    Music 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
    A to Z of the Accordion

    Italian Orchestra's Concert in Shanghai - China
    Contributed by Lian Jones of Accordion House

    The 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)

    The 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. Mario Pietrodarchi 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.

    Leslie Family Concert, Essex - UK

    Thurrock Accordion Club present a concert titled 'An Evening with accordionists - John Leslie and his talented daughter Lisa-Lee Leslie'. This takes place on October 30th, and the venue is Socketts Heath Baptist Church, Premier Ave, Grays, Essex.

    National Heritage Fellowship Award for Accordionist, Washington DC - USA
    Contributed by Jon Hammond

    Boston-born 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 of accordionists..

    Zolton Orosz tour dates - Hungary

    Hungarian accordionist Zoltan Orosz's forthcoming concerts are as follows:-

    November 26th, 7pm - The Budapest AccordionTrio and the Podium Duo give a concert in Vác, Madách Imre Cultural Centre (2600 Vác, Dr. Csányi László krt. 63).

    December 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).

    December 10., 19h Zoltan Orosz and his friends - a concert with the Podium Duo and the Budapest Accordion Trio in Budapest, Benczúr Ház.
    Gary Dahl

    All-Scotland Accordion Championships, Perth - UK
    Contributed by Rob Howard

    The 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).

    McHale and Two Old Friends to perform at Rochester Opera House, Hew Hampshire - USA

    A 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'.

    For further information email



    Gallatin Accordion Ensemble, Manhattan - USA

    The 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.

    The 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 - Australia

    The 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 Festival.

    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".

    The 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

    Did You Know? by Willoughby Walshe

    "Society 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.".

    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 - 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 more. - 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 Helder, Holland - 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 Joe Soprani.


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