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Gary Dahl
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This Weeks News

  • Coupe Mondiale - Competition Results, Pontarlier - France
  • Mika Väyrynen to Perform Goldberg Variations, Tampere - Finland
  • International Accordion Competition, Castelfidardo - Italy
  • Bedouin Groove at the National University of Singapore
  • Yuri Medianik Concert Tour - Russia
  • Peter Soave's University Concert, Detroit - USA
  • The Django Reinhardt NY Festival, New York - USA
  • New magazine - 'Dance On', Scotland - UK
  • Deirdre Adamson and Rosemary Wright in Concert, Leicester - UK
  • The Accordion Reigns Supreme!, Cranleigh - UK
  • Guy Klucevsek's new CD and Concerts - USA
  • Frank Marocco Concert, Houston Area, Texas, USA
  • Wedding Celebrations in Castelfidardo - Italy
  • Quote of the Week
  • CD Review
  • New and Updated Sites
  • Fisitalia

    Coupe Mondiale - Competition Results, Pontarlier - France

    The Coupe Mondiale in Pontarlier started 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.

    Mika Väyrynen to Perform Goldberg Variations, Tampere - Finland
    Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

    On Sunday 24th October at 3pm, Finnish Accordionist Mika Vayrynen will perform the complete Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach at the Tampere Concert Hall. The Goldberg Variations opens with an Aria, moves on to 30 variations and concludes some 70 minutes later with the Aria.

    A rare opportunity to hear this complete work in concert, it is anticipated that this will be Väyrynen's second to last performance of this work, with the final Golberg Variation concert being held in Sweden in November.Mika has recently recorded the 70-minute Goldberg Variations on the ALBA label (No. ABCD 191), and it has been met with excellent reviews.

    For more information, please visit

    International Accordion Competition, Castelfidardo - Italy

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


    Contributed by Harley Jones

    John Statham, on behalf of the Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand Inc., welcomed everyone to the 2004 Allan William Jones Memorial Scholarship Afternoon. This is the 24th Memorial Event that has been held to support the Scholarships. The Musicale Accordion Orchestra performed followed by the presentations.

    The 2004 Merit Award this year was presented to Campbell Bettridge. Campbell has been playing the accordion competitively for almost 20 years, having been the New Zealand Solo Champion three times. Representing New Zealand at the Coupe Mondiale in 2002, he achieved 3rd placing in the Piano Accordion class. Campbell has also competed in Australia, North America and Italy and performed in many other countries as Guest Soloist with the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra on four of their Goodwill International Concert tours through America and Europe.

    He has been quoted in the New York Times as "...the most astonishing performance of the evening." Campbell has been an active committee member of the NZ Accordion Association for many years and has enjoyed fostering the accordion. Congratulations Campbell.
    Scholarships were awarded: Grade 3 & 4, Campbell Thwaites of Hawera; Grades 5 & 6, Stephanie Panzic of Red Beach; Grades 7 & 8, Gillian McNeil of Matamata. The Douglas Mews Rosebowl was awarded to Christopher Thwaites, from Hawera. The afternoon finished with the North Shore Junior Accordion Orchestra and Alex Selman performing.

    Bedouin Groove at the National University of Singapore
    Contributed by Lian Jones of Accordion House

    Bedouin Groove is Singapore's first band dedicated to playing Middle Eastern music influenced by modern pop styles. This four-piece group, who feature accordion, violin, oud and percussion, recently performed a suite called 'Winds from the Desert' to great audience acclaim at the National University of Singapore Theater, following on from a similar concert at the Singapore Heritage Festival in July.

    For further information email

    Yuri Medianik Concert Tour - Russia

    Bayan player and violinist Yuri Medianik, a student of Professor Viatcheslav Semionov at the Moscow Conservatory, is currently part of the way through a concert tour of his homeland. Most of these concerts are performed with leading symphony orchestras. The winner of several international accordion competitions, Yuri Medianik's concert program includes 'The Seasons', by Astor Piazzolla, and Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' (performed on violin). The remaining concert dates are:-

    23rd - Nizhniy-Tagil (with the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra)
    26th - Izhevsk Opera House (with the Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture)
    27th - Perm' Philharmonic (solo concert)
    29th - Tchelyabinsk (with the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra)

    For further information email

    Peter Soave's University Concert, Detroit - USA
    Contributed by Harley Jones

    Wayne State University, Detroit, hold regular concerts each Friday, and one such recent concert featured the Peter Soave Sextet, performing pieces by Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Gardel. Peter Soave used a bandoneon in place of his more familiar button accordion, and interspersed the music with a talk about the origins and musical form of the tango, and the life and works of Astor Piazzolla.

    For information about concerts, email

    A to Z of the Accordion

    The Django Reinhardt NY Festival, New York - USA

    The Django Reinhardt NY Festival, an event dedicated to the music of the legendary Belgian-born gypsy guitarist, takes place at Birdland, New York from November 9th to 14th. There are concerts and workshops, with guest artistes from many countries in attendance, including the American jazz accordionist Gil Goldstein, who performs on November 13th.

    Django Reinhardt, who is considered by many experts to be the most important jazz musician to emerge from outside America, frequently performed and recorded with accordionists such as Gus Viseur, Maurice Alexander and Guérino in the1930s.

    The festival organiser is Pat Philips, email

    New magazine - 'Dance On', Scotland - UK

    In November the publishers of the long established magazine 'Box & Fiddle' (covering the accordion clubs in Scotland) are to launch a sister magazine titled 'Dance On'. This new publication will focus on Old Time, Scottish Country, Step, Ceilidh, regional traditional dances from Orkney and Shetland - and any other kind of dancing that is likely to be accompanied by accordions.

    For further information email

    Deirdre Adamson and Rosemary Wright in Concert, Leicester - UK
    Contributed by Mike O'Regan

    On Saturday 9th October, the Rothley Centre, near Leicester, England, was the venue for an unusual combination of accordion artistes for the last concert of the year under the auspices of Soar Valley Accordion Club.

    They were Deirdre Adamson from Scotland and Rosemary Wright from Leicester. Although these two ladies played diverse programs, they also have a lot in common. Both showed prodigious talent at a very early age - Rosemary started playing accordion at the age of 3½! Both have gone on to become accomplished performers, composers, arrangers and teachers.

    Rosemary Wright was particularly welcomed back to the concert platform after a long period of ill health. She is the daughter of the late Francis Wright, who was for many years principal of the British College of Accordionists.


    The Accordion Reigns Supreme!, Cranleigh - UK
    Contributed by Terry Rayfield

    A capacity audience at the Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey, England, enjoyed a full evening of high quality accordion entertainment. After an opening set by the very fine Crawley Accordion Orchestra (MD Bill Booth), Harry Hussey took the stage and played requests from the audience. Harry must be one of few accordionists in the world who has no set program, preferring to take requests - and he is seldom caught out!

    The chief guests Jack Emblow and Tony Compton performed their usual classy mixture of standards and jazz, and unveiled their brand new CD 'Jack and Tony', which had sold many copies by the end of the evening.The show also featured a display of instruments presented by Accordions of London, and the evening was aptly described by reporter Terry Rayfield as "Another wonderful evening of excellent accordion music".
    Gary Dahl

    Guy Klucevsek's new CD and Concerts - USA
    Contributed by Harley Jones

    Accordionist Guy Klucevsek, of whom it has been said "has disproved the notion that serious music and a sense of humor are incompatible", has released a new CD titled 'The Well-Tampered Accordion'. The music on this recording includes several of Guy's compositions, set in themes that reflect many aspects of America's rich ethnic heritage.

    The record company's notes tell us that 'The Well-Tampered Accordion", includes a musical/historical tour of America's multi-ethnic immigrant communities; an impressionist suite based on Michael Cunningham's novel 'The Hours', and the album's title track, which Klucevsek describes as "a summation of everything I've been doing for the past 20 years".

    The album's title track is a tuneful, stylish, and technically demanding collection of twelve studies, preludes, dances and the like. Held together by recurring themes and what Klucevsek calls simply "my love of pure melody and rhythm", "The Well-Tampered Accordion" romps through musical styles and genres without sounding like a pastiche.
    Guy Klucevsek has a solo concert date at the Reisinger Concert Hall, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York on November 3rd, at 8pm.

    For further information email

    Frank Marocco Concert, Houston Area, Texas, USA

    Frank Marocco, one of the busiest accordionists in America, is in concert on December 4th at the Sugar Land Community Center, Sugar Land, Texas. Supporting artistes include Steve Navoyosky, Anatoli Yegorov, Mario Pedone and singer Liberty Palileo. Dancing will follow the concert. Nick Ballarini, from Dallas, will be present with an exhibition of Petosa accordions and accessories. Demand for tickets is expected to be high, and pre-booking is advised. This concert is organised by Fort Bend Accordion Club.

    For further information email

    Wedding Celebrations in Castelfidardo - Italy
    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    Milena Gbra and Maximiliano Ciucciomei (owner of the company Mastersound/Castelfidardo) were married on the 24th of September in Castelfidardo, and their wedding reception afterwards took place at the atmospheric restaurant 'Cipolla d'Oro' in Portorecanati.

    Entertainment included a Gospel group, Paolo D'Ascanio, the band Mabo, and specially invited artistes from the former Yugoslavia who performed Balkan music. The stage hypnotist Borsalino also contributed to the proceedings.
    The staff at Accordions Worldwide wish the young couple all happiness for their future life together.


    Quote of the Week

    Edited Willoughby Walshe

    ''Pay strict attention to rhythm so you do not slow down in difficult passages and speed up where you are more comfortable".

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

    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 information to include the twenty members of the 2004 Coupe Mondiale International Jury panel. - 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.



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