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Editor's Note

It is now ten years since the untimely passing of Danish accordionist Mogens Ellegaard, a very influential figure in the story of the accordion's worldwide development. Friedrich Lips has written a personal tribute to his great friend Mogens Ellegaard - please see the Memorials Section.

Rob Howard


This Weeks News


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CIA Announces 2005 Coupe Mondiale in Castelo Branco, Portugal
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

The Confédération Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) is pleased to announce the 2005 Coupe Mondiale International Competition for Accordionists to be held in Castelo Branco, Portugal, from October 25th to 30th 2005. The CIA Member, the Conservatório Regional de Castelo Branco, and organizers in Portugal - Carlos Semedo and Paulo Jorge Ferreira have been working hard to ensure that the upcoming Coupe Mondiale is a terrific success and the site now highlights many of the details of the 2005 festival.

The 2005 Coupe Mondiale Test Piece 'O Medo Do Ritmo', by Carlos Marecos, is now available as a complimentary download from the CIA website, which also includes information about the composer and his music. This is the first time a Coupe Mondiale test piece has been a complimentary download for any accordionist worldwide to print and to study. A very generous gesture by the composer Carlos Marecos and the Conservatório Regional de Castelo Branco.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the CIA offers six categories of international competition including: Coupe Mondiale, Junior Coupe Mondiale, International Competition for Piano Accordion, Virtuoso Entertainment Music Competition, Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Music Competition and the International Competition for Chamber Music. The Coupe Mondiale website provides important information about each of these six categories including general eligibility, program requirements and prize money as well as details about the city of Castelo Branco.

Accordionists' Grammy Award Successes, Los Angeles - USA

Accordionists David Lee Garza, Joel Guzmán and Sunny Sauceda have all contributed to the CD 'Polkas, Gritos y Acordeónes', recent winner of a Grammy Award for the best Tejano Album category.

Produced by Joel Guzmán for Guzmán Fox Records, and recorded at Gilbert Velasquez' V Music Studio in San Antonio, Texas in July of 2004, this 10 track compilation of six classic instrumental medleys and melodies, and four songs (canciones rancheras), is a tribute to Tejano Americana and some of conjunto music's great accordionists, including Narciso Martínez, Pedro Ayala, Paulino Bernal, Tony de la Rosa, Esteban Jordán, and others.

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Calling Chinese Accordionists - USA

Lynda Griffith, accordionist, accordion and concertina repair technician and physical therapist in the USA is doing a worldwide study about accordion, concertina and bandoneon players, practice habits, injuries and prevention of injuries. She would like to include Chinese accordionists in this unique research. If you would like to participate in the study, please send an email to and the questionnaire will be sent to you in Chinese by email.

Information learned from this questionnaire will be used in writing a unique book about injuries to and prevention of injuries to players of accordion family instruments. Lynda asks: "To date I have over 300 English-speaking respondents from over 20 different countries. I would now like to include Chinese players. Please participate whether or not you have ever been injured and regardless of your age. Thank you".

Mika Väyrynen performs Sallinen's Barabbas Variations, Kokkola - Finland
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

In Kokkola, Finland, on February 24th 2005 Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen will perform Aulis Sallinen´s (pictured) 'Barabbas Variations' with the Ostrobotnian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Juha Kangas, in a concert that will be broadcast by the NBC. Mika will then travel to Denmark to perform this work with the Sjaelland Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Okko Kamu, on March 3rd in Ballerup and March 4th in Copenhagen.

Composer Aulis Sallinen was born in 1935 and his early musical experience was playing the violin, and soon improvising (including jazz) on the piano led him to write his first compositions as a teenager. He has since chaired the Finnish Composers' Society and Finnish Copyright Society, and in 1983 shared the Wihuri International Sibelius Prize with Penderecki. He is an Honorary Doctor of the Universities of Helsinki and Turku and in 1981 the Finnish Government made him Professor of Arts for Life, the first appointment of its kind, thus making it possible for him to devote all of his time to composing. Mika recently made the premiere recording of Sallinen's accordion work with 'Virtuosi di Kuhmo', conducted by Ralf Gothoni.
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Accordion and Wurlitzer Organ, Blackpool Tower - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Ken Astin will play solo and with Phil Kelsall (pictured), resident organist at the famous Blackpool Tower, in a Gala Concert on May 8th, commencing at 7.30pm. This is only the second time in the Tower's long history that accordion and organ have performed together. The previous occasion took place in 1994, when Phil Kelsall was joined by Ken Astin and Gina Brannelli for a concert marking Blackpool Tower's centenary. This year's Gala Concert is to celebrate three landmarks: Phil Kelsall's 30th year as resident organist at the Tower Ballroom; VE Day, celebrating 60 years since the end of the Second World War; the Mighty Wurlitzer's 70 years since its installation in 1935.

For further information email


Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif included in Who's Who - Austria
Contributed by Rob Howard

Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif was recently included in the latest edition of the International Who's Who for Professionals. Herbert is to be congratulated for achieving this distinction, though he considers his inclusion in Who's Who to be also recognition for the accordion itself.

Herbert has made an impressive contribution to the international accordion world. He studied with Lech Puchnowski, Mogens Ellegaard and Friedrich Lips, and represented Austria on no less than three occasions in the Coupe Mondiale. He has served many times as an international adjudicator and has been a member of the Viennese Accordion Chamber Ensemble.

He organises concerts and represents the interests of Friedrich Lips, and has in fact translated Lips' two books i.e. 'The Art of Bayan Playing' and 'The Art of Transcription for Bayan' from Russian into German. Herbert has been instrumental in making available many recordings by Friedrich Lips. In addition to all this, Herbert also finds time to act as a regular correspondent for Accordions Worldwide, and has widely helped accordionists and supported accordion education with translations of articles and documents.

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Day of the Accordion Festival, Seattle - USA

On February 27th, the Seattle Center House is the venue for an event styled the 'Day of the Accordion Festival', from 10am to 5pm. Sponsored by the Northwest Accordion Society, the event includes contests, trade show, performances by local accordionists and the provision of free lessons.

For further information email the Seattle Center House:


Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival, Kokkola - Finland

This year's Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival takes place in the town of Kokkola in Western Finland, from February 19th to 27th. This festival includes concerts and activities covering a wide range of classical, traditional and modern genres, including Baroque, Italian, Argentinean, Finnish traditional and Rock, plus much more.

Guest artistes include Richard Galliano, Michel Portal, Kepa Junkera, Hugo Noth, Matti Rantanen, Fratres, Mika Väyrynen, Veli Kujala, Raimo Vertainen, Mari Kätkä, Snekka, Guardia Nueva, Kokkola District Accordion Club, Osthrobothian Chamber Orchestra and the imaginatively named Fratres in Rock!

For further information email


Dr. William Schimmel's Tour Schedule for March - USA
Contributed by Dr William Schimmel

Dr William Schimmel has a very busy schedule throughout March, details of which are outlined below:-

March 1st - performances with The New York Philharmonic - 7.30pm, Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center, New York - performing Loren Maazel's 'Irish Vapors and Capers' and 'Music for Violoncello and Orchestra' in honor of the maestro's 75th birthday--- distinguished soloists include: Sir James Galway, flute and Jeremy Irons, actor/narrator

March 5th to 15th - West Coast tour with Odeon Jazz Ensemble, California
March 5th - Fresno Art Gallery
March 6th - Napa Valley Cafe Theatre
March 8th to 10th - Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles
March 11th - Soho club, Santa Barbara
March 13th - The Hamlet, Cambria
March 14th to 15th - Grass Valley
March 11th - The Graduate Center, Cuny, New York - 7.30pm -
World Premiere of Dr. Schimmel's 'Zen and the Art of the Foxtrot' for Video and Live Performer; Micki Goodman, video and direction; editing, Deborah Magocsi; accordion, William Schimmel, and vocals and melodica, Allyssa Lamb

March 18th - Winspear Centre for the Performing Arts - Edmonton, Alberta - Canada; performance with The Tango Project, 8pm - The World at Winspear Series
March 22nd to 27th - performances with Odeon Jazz Ensemble at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola - Jazz at Lincoln Center - New York; shows at 7.30pm and 9.30pm; weekends only at 11.30pm.
March 30th - Columbia University, New York - Columbia Composers Concert, Miller Theatre - 8pm.

For more information:


Tuning Workshop at Accordion Repair School

A three-day Accordion Tuning Workshop will take place at The Accordion Repair & Technician
School (ARTS), in Superior, Wisconsin. No experience or skill is required. Students are
encouraged to bring a project instrument to work on while developing their tuning ability, or one
can be supplied by the school.

The fee is $200 per person for the full hand-on study session
which is scheduled from February 18-20, 2005. Further details are available at The school, affiliated with A World of Accordions Museum, is under the direction of Dr. Helmi Harrington.


Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann 2005 Tour of Britain - Ireland/UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann is a Dublin-based organisation that exists to promote the music, culture and arts of Ireland, both at home and abroad. CCE events and activities usually include accordions and other free reed instruments, and high standards are encouraged at all levels of performance.

CCE concert parties, involving musicians, singers and dancers, annually tour Ireland, Britain, and the USA and Canada. A ten-strong CCE touring concert party will tour Britain between February 26th and March 5th. The touring party includes Rory McMahon - Anglo concertina, Sean Norman - diatonic button accordion, and Vince Jordan - piano accordion.

The concert dates are as follows:-
February 26th - Crosby Civic Hall, Waterloo, Liverpool
27th - Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester
28th - Motherwell Concert Hall, Glasgow
March 1st - Leeds Irish Centre
2nd - Newport Rugby Club, South Wales
3rd - Birmingham Irish Club
4th - Addison Centre, Bedford
5th - Conway Hall, London

For further information email
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Jump n' Jam, Brescia - Italy
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

'Jump n' Jam' is an annual dance improvisation festival in the Italian town of Brescia, scheduled for February 25th to 27th. The teachers of dance are Benno Voorha, from Holland, and Patricia Kuypers, from Belgium. The festival also involves musical accompaniment and jam sessions for musicians, and these will feature accordionist Davide Bonetti.

For further information email
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NZAA Master Class and Workshop, Auckland - New Zealand
Contributed by Heather Masefield

The New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) sponsored a workshop and master class presented by one of their lifetime members, Kevin Friedrich. Currently serving as President of the Confederation Internationale Des Accordeonistes (CIA), Kevin worked with sixteen students in Auckland in a session that included topics such as the many aspects of the International Competition scene from opportunities available to presentation, bellows technique and then the master class lessons.

The NZAA has been very active over the years promoting the accordion by supporting the commissioning of new works for accordion, both solo and with orchestra, promoting international concert tours from top international guest artists, holding international competitions and festivals and the sponsorship of lectures and master classes ranging from classical to Cajun.

Gary Dahl

Norvic Concordia Concerts, England - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Norvic Concordia, an accordion sextet based in Norwich, England, is a well-respected group with a very broad repertoire of light music. Their MD is Peter Ayers, accordionist, arranger and music teacher, and guest appearances at the 2003 and 2004 Pakefield Accordion Festivals have done much to consolidate Norvic Concordia's growing reputation. In 2002 Norvic Concordia's first CD, 'Purely Accordion', was well received by critics and accordionists.

Details of Norvic Concordia's forthcoming public concerts are:-
February 26th - Stalham Baptist Church, Norfolk; 7.30pm
March 6th - The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich; 3pm
May 6th - St Mary's Church, Sparham, Norfolk; 7.30pm
July 23rd - St Thomas' Church, Earlham Rd, Norwich; 7.30pm

For further information email
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Frankfurt Music Fair Hotel Accommodation - Germany

If you are wanting Frankfurt Music Fair accommodation e-mail:
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Information required

Wolfgang Kirchoff would like to know more about an instrument, made by Hohner, that resembles a small bandoneon. The instrument needs renovation, and he would like to have the instrument restored to good playing condition. Email


CD Review

A new CD Review of David Carovillano (accordion) and Becky Sajo (clarinets). Review by Paolo Picchio.

New & Updated Sites

Paolo Ferreira of Portugal, advertising his CD 'Percursos'. Order by credit card in Euro or US$, using a secure server bank system.

A to Z of the Accordion

Dr Herbert Scheibenreif's website, available in English, German and Spanish, has been updated.


Yuri Medianik, Bayan and violin player , prize-winner of international contests and festivals, with a new site selling his recently released CD "Images of Three Centuries".
Yuri & Vadim Fjodorov

New Zealand Accordion Association site, newly updated with the 2005 South Pacific Championships and New Zealand Accordion Championships Prospectus, test music and entry forms. This is the largest annual accordion event in the Southern Hemisphere with over 350 accordionists participating, and has been held continuously since 1972.

Simone Zanchini Italian jazz vaccordionist with new information/concert dates in February of the

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Paolo Picchio, Musicologist, CD Reviewer, Artistic Director of the International Competition 'Città di Castelfidardo' for Solo Accordion Players and Accordion Ensembles. Site update includes information about his new book 'la fisarmonica da concerto ed il suo repertorio'.

Gary Dahl
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