Organized by CIA Vice President Kimmo Mattila, who is President
of the CIA member in Finland 'Suomen Harmonikkaliitto' (Finnish
Accordion Association), the CIA also celebrated the official opening
of their archive collection, which is housed at the Hanuritalo (Accordion
The exciting event gave Delegates the opportunity to conduct their
CIA international business as well as learn about the Finnish Accordion
Culture headquartered in Ikaalinen, including the Finnish Accordion
Association with over 5,000 members, the Finnish Accordion Institute,
which publishes music and recordings, the Sata-Häme Soi Ikaalinen
Accordion Festival, which plays to over 40,000 people at their summer
festival, the Harmonikanrakennus Accordion Manufacturing and Repair
School, and the Ikaalinen Accordion Museum containing over 100 instruments.
Delegates were invited to take part in the Sata-Häme Soi and
Finnish Accordion Association cruise, where 2,600 people travelled
aboard the Silja Europa Cruise line from Turku to Sweden and back.
The cruise featured accordion music, dancing, performances, a display
of instruments, music and recordings as well as the semi-finals
for the Silver and Golden Accordion competitions. The finals are
held during the summer festival as part of a live TV show.
opening of the CIA Archives took place at an international Press
conference on February 24th 2006. The archives contain documents,
music, programs, press coverage, recordings and much more highlighting
not only the history of the CIA,
but also of the instrument, its repertoire and the development of
the accordion in various countries around the world.
Winter Congress organizer Kimmo Mattlia, Sata-Häme Soi Director
Sirpa Sippola and Public Relations Manager Minna Plihtari provided
an excellent array of activities including meetings, luncheons,
receptions, visits, concerts as well as an exciting afternoon of
traditional Finnish Winter activities.
International Accordion Championships, Kiev - Ukraine
Contributed by Tania
First Ukrainian International Accordion Championships and Festival
will be held in Kiev, Ukraine, from April 28th to May 3rd. The Director
of the event is Ian Tabachnik (picture right), well-known Ukrainian
accordion artiste. At the Festival part of the event, the guest
artistes include: Ian Tabachnik, Richard Galliano (France), Sabottini
(Italy), J.Sidorov (Russia), V.Kovtun (Russia), The Accordion Quaret
"Rizol" (Ukraine), the Laureates of the International
Accordion Competitions, and sisters Irina and Maria Serotuk (Ukraine).
The Competition part of the event includes Classical and Variety
classes. This international competition is open to all nations and
countries. Members of the Jury are: Vladimir
Besfamilnov (Jury Chairman), Eduardas Gabnys (Lithuania), Richard
Galliano (France), Jury Jastrebov (Russia), V. Kovtun (Russia),
Lukic- Marx (Australia), Igor Osipenko - Ukraine, Mirco Patarini
(Italy), V. Rozhok (Dean of the Ukrainian National Music Academy),
Anatolij Semeshko (JuryVice Chairman), Jury Sidorov (Russia), Ian
Tabachnik (Ukraine), Radomir Tomich (Serbia), and Viktor Vlasov
Auraliov Passes Away, Voronez - Russia
Contributed by Harley
On February 21st 2006, Vladimir Auraliov,
at the age of 58 years, died suddenly of a heart attack in Voronez,
a city about half way between Rostok and Moscow. In 1976, Auraliov
was the winner of the Klingenthal
International Accordion Competition top solo class.
He later founded the accordion manufacturer AKKO, a small family
owned accordion manufacturing business producing small to full size
instruments, both piano, button and bayan types. Several highly
Mondiale competitors have used these instruments in recent years.
At the time of his death, Auraliov was building a concert hall in
memory of his teacher, Nikolai
Chaikon, which is not fully completed. Our sympathy is extended
to his wife and family.
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Contributed by Antonio Polverini & Company
and Fiddle Championships, Musselburgh - UK Contributed
32nd National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs festival,
generally known simply as Musselburgh, takes place on March 3rd.
The venue is the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh, in the borders region
of Scotland, and the competitions begin at 9.45am.
The adjudicators include Robert Black, Ian Muir - Classical Accordion;
David Bowen and Brian Griffin - Traditional Accordion; Sandy Coghill
- Button Accordion; Judi Nicholson - Fiddle; Neil MacMillan - Rhythm.
In the evening, from 6.15 to 8.15pm, there will be a concert featuring
the festival prizewinners, and from 9pm to 12.30am there will be
a dance featuring the Iain Cathcart Scottish Dance Band.
Doktorski Plays Guido and Pietro Deiro, Pennsylvania - USA
Contributed by Rob
accordionist Henry Doktorski will be the guest artiste at the American
Accordion Musicological Society annual festival on March 4th and 5th
at the Wyndham Valley Forge Suites, Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Henry Doktorski will perform the music of Guido and Pietro Deiro at
the Saturday night concert and also present a workshop on Sunday morning
at 11.30 on the lives and music of Guido and Pietro Deiro. The concert
will include excerpts from Henry Doktorski's newly released CD 'Celebrated
Other performers and workshop presenters at this festival include
Robert Young McMahan, Lenny Feldman, Ron Onda, Ed Touchstone, Bobby
Raye, John Matulis, Mike Dellapena, Mary Tokarski, James Vandelly,
Stanley and Joanna Darrow.
Radio, Melbourne - Australia
Contributed by Rob
Radio Melbourne is a weekend based Internet radio station/program
in Melbourne, Australia, featuring the best of popular worldwide polka
music. The polka styles include Slovenian, Czech, German, Bavarian,
Polish and others. The broadcasting hours are Saturday 4pm to Sunday
4pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) - offering 24 Hours of non-stop
Zoltan Orosz performs the following
concerts in March:
- Salgotarján, with the Budapest Accordion Trio and the Zoltan
7th, 7pm - Szombathely, Zoltan Orosz Orchestra
10th - Thália Theatre, Budapest. Singing contest and gala concert
featuring the Zoltan Orosz Orchestra
11th, 4pm - 16h, Budapest - Zoltan Orosz Orchestra
24th, 7pm - Hódmezovásárhely - solo concert
26th, 7pm - Kecskemét
27th, 7pm - Tatabánya
28th, 7pm - Dunaújváros
29th, 7pm - Szeged
30th, 7pm - Székesfehérvár
Orosz studied the accordion and the organ in Budapest, and at
the age of 13, entered an international accordion competition in Klingenthal
(Germany). He has since become a virtuoso performer, with an international
repertoire and appeal, and with several recordings to his credit.
and Jazz festivals, New South Wales - Australia
Contributed by Peter Rappolt
seem to be making a return to the jazz fraternity in NSW. Marie Rappolt,
with Viva the band, introduced her accordion to jazz festivals in
2001, and has appeared at other jazz festivals at Newcastle, Gold
Coast, Thredbo, Morpeth, Illawarra, Kiama, Manly, Darling Harbour
and Jazz at the QVB.
Since then other accordionists have performed at jazz festivals. Kim
Till appeared at Thredbo last year and Stephan Sernik with his band,
Psycho Zydeco, will be appearing at Thredbo in 2006. The 19th Yalumba
Jazz Festival, Thredbo, is a 3-day celebration of jazz, featuring
over 120 performers, offering a unique environment to enjoy some of
Australia's finest jazz musicians, including special overseas guests,
while experiencing the breathtaking mountain scenery.
Marie and Viva the band was a hit last year at the Credo, The Terrace
and Eagles Nest restaurants. Their repertoire includes delightful
harmony vocals, plus a diverse repertoire of Jazz , Swing, Gypsy Jazz,
Latin, Salsa, French, Spanish, Hungarian, Russian, and stunning show
tunes on the accordion.
43rd international discourse on contemporary music takes place in
Darmstadt from August 5th to 20th. In 2006 leading composers, performers
and musicologists will once again be passing on their extensive knowledge
to participants in a variety of ways: in concerts, workshops, lectures,
discussions and one-to-one tuition.
The composition teachers will be Mark André, Georges Aperghis,
Beat Furrer, Adriana Hölszky, Toshio Hosokawa, Helmut Lachenmann,
Dieter Mack and Michael Reudenbach. The guest ensembles include the
Arditti Quartet, the Basel Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble
Recherche and Klangforum Wien. Concerts will also be given with the
teachers present on the course.
The estimated 270 participants expected once again in Darmstadt in
2006 will have the chance to witness performances of the very highest
quality before taking this unique experience out into the world. In
the last 60 years, over 2000 works of New Music have been performed,
discussed and analysed in Darmstadt.
Sifuentes is looking for a Santa Marsala 3-row button accordion,
with pick-ups and an internal microphone. Santa Marsala accordions
were manufactured in the 1960s and 1970s, and were much favored
by Tex Mex and Norteno musicians. Anyone with information please
New site of
Marco Lo Russo
accordion musician and composer, graduated in accordion at “
G. Rossini” in Pesaro, and now living in Rome.
is publishing four new eSheet music, 'Jumping
Jack Polka', 'Jenny's
Samples of the music is available on the site. The music is in eSheet
format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit
James O' Brien
- composer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for
accordion available for purchase online. 'Die
I Denn' (traditional), 'On
the Bridge of Avignon' (traditional), 'Samiotissa'
la compagnie' (traditional). Samples of this music are available
on the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to
your computer. Purchase with credit card.