29th January 1999
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Last Sunday I organised a dinner for 50 people,
as there were 3 ex-New Zealand accordionists Kevin
Friedrich, Brett Gibson and Kirsten Thompson who happened to
all be in New Zealand at the same time (the latter two were here
for the first time in 10 years!). A great time was had by all -
accordionists have to be among the most friendly people in the world!
|Last Weeks Question:
|Which accordionist has the most imaginative
|These accordionists were voted to have the most
imaginative concert clothing - Frederic
Baldo, Phoebe Legere and Jean
|What is the worst concert clothing you have
|Readers told us of performers seen wearing - ripped
jeans, sandals, pyjamas, shorts and track pants.
Wars, Accordion and Y2K - England
Contributed by David Batty
The Leyland Accordion club have joined the Robot
Wars Club to produce a Robot with which to promote the club on UK
TV. The robot is currently in the design stage and it is hoped that
it will have an accordion design in the paintwork.
The Leyland club are definitely focussing on the
future. They have also issued a statement of Y2K (Year 2000 computer)
compliance which they believe makes them the first accordion club
in the world to make an assessment and publish it.
Concert in London - England
Contributed by Dr
On February 27th Friedrich
Lips will perform at Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone
Road, London. He will play a variety of works including "De profundis"
(S. Gubaidulina), "Cinema" and "Partita" in 4 movements, Cadence,
Dance, Choral and Lullaby (Berinsky), Fantasia for Clockwork, F
minor, KV 608 (Mozart) and "Sentido Unico" (Piazzolla). Also being
performed is "The River of Love" by Vladimir Rjabov. Rjabov is known
as a composer of music for chamber and symphony orchestras and this
is his first piece for the accordion. He very carefully studied
the structure of the accordion whose effects he uses very well.
This piece is modern, but very human, tonal, romantic and shows
all highs and depths of love.
"Cinema" was written as a test piece for the 1997
Arrasate, Spain competitions. It is a fantasy on the theme of "Cinema"
with sudden musical changes. The piece was written in memoriam of
the famous composer Nino Rota who worked with Italian filmmaker
Federico Fellini. Berinsky uses many quotations of Nino Rota.
For further information phone: + 44 181 873 7373
International Week - Switzerland
Contributed by Jean-Claude Pouly
The Bienne Music Conservatory have organised an
International Accordion week from March 8th to 12th in Bienne, which
is in the Northwest of Switzerland.
The event will include concerts, performing &
composing workshops, chats with accordionists, composers, manufacturers
and musicians from all over Europe.
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Beijing Cup Accordion Competition - China
Contributed by Li
The Beijing Cup Accordion Competition will be held
from February 2nd to 5th in Beijing. To date over 300 entries have
In 1998, three major accordion events were held
- July, Golden Cup national accordion competition (537 contestants)
- August, 5th
Chinese accordion festival (over 1000 contestants)
- October, Meishi
Cup international accordion competition (over 200 Chinese and
The Beijing Cup Accordion Competition will be the
first major Chinese accordion event in 1999.
Vielle Que Pourra" Concert - USA
Contributed by Billie Hockett
On April 10th the "Ad Vielle Que Pourra" concert
will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, featuring Daniel Thonon,
Alain Leroux, Jean-Louis Cros and Nicolas Boulerice.
Accordionist Daniel Thonon founded this group 12
years ago. They perform a mix of music from Brittany, Europe, Quebecois
and Cajun music. The evening will start with a concert, followed
by a participatory Breton dance.
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Cajun Music Warms up Cold Danes - Denmark
by Kresten Storgaard
On December 17th Danish
KDN Cajun Band with accordionist Karen Munholm warmed up the research
community at the "Danish Building Research Institute". They performed
stirring hot cajun tunes such as "Amedee Twostep", "Flammes d´Enfer"
and "Jolie Blonde". The Cajun tunes were just the right medicine
to fight winter depression.
Accordion Concert - Russia
Contributed by Vladimir Ushakov
On January 17th a concert of popular accordion
music was held at the St. Petersburg Concert Hall. The concert,
organised by Victor Dukaltetenko, was dedicated to the 75th anniversary
of Vladimir Dmitriev and the 80th anniversary of Youry Shahnov,
who were recognised artists of popular accordion music from the
1950's to the 70's in the former Soviet Union. They had many LP
recordings, which were very popular and became historical recordings.
Music from their repertoire was played by Victor
Ducaltetenko together with the St. Petersburg Musette ensemble,
Vladimir Ushakov and Sergei Likhachev. In addition Nina Shahnov,
Vladimir Dmitriev Jnr and students from music schools, colleges
and the Conservatory performed. Over 500 people enjoyed the concert.
City Spectacular - USA
Contributed by Paul Rogers
On January 21st "Those Darn Accordions" traveled
to Las Vegas to tape an appearance on Penn & Teller's "Sin City
Spectacular". They performed a piece with Penn & Teller and one
on their own. Weird Al performed on the show also, which was taped
in front of a live audience.
Passes Away - Mexico
by Antonio Barberena
Italian born accordionist Aldo Rizzardi (William
Pederzoli) died in Mexico on January 9th, at the age of 68. During
the 1950´s he was a national Italian Champion.
In the early 1960´s he came to live to Mexico,
where he and his brother Sergio founded a Classical Accordion school.
Aldo performed many solo concerts and with Symphonic Orchestras.
He performed throughout Mexico and recorded more than 20 LP's of
popular music. To his many fans, he was known as "The father of
the accordion in Mexico".
Festival - France
A popular accordion festival was held in Ploneour-Lanvern,
Bretagne on January 23rd and 24th. The festival included concerts
and a workshop on the 23rd and a diatonic workshop on the 24th.
Year Concert - Japan
Contributed by Toru Katou
On January 24th the "Bellows New Year Live At Middle
House" concert was held in Nakano, Tokyo. This free concert included
performances of Irish and English traditional music on concertina
& Dance Celebration 99 - USA
Contributed by Mickie Zekley
Registration forms are now available for the Lark
In The Morning Music & Dance Celebration 1999 which will be held
from July 30th to August 7th. Their 1998 camp sold out within one
month so register early!
The camp will host a variety of events including
music & dance workshops (Bulgarian, European and Tangos), story
telling, parties, dances and performances. Tutors will include accordionists
Simo Tesla, John Paul and Iliya Beev.
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Radio Broadcast - Mexico
Contributed by Brenda Anaya
Accordionist Antonio Barberena performed a live
classical accordion concert recently, along with an interview on
the "OP.94 Radio Imer" radio station, which is a popular classical
music station in Mexico City. His program included works by Volpi,
Scarlatti, Zolotarev and Gardel.
Accordion Association 1999 Plans - China
Contributed by Li
A meeting was held by the Sichuan Province Accordion
Association last week in Chengdu, chaired by Professor
1999 Association plans include the following:
1. Organise accordion activities in May, including inviting accordion
players from neighbouring provinces for concerts. Professor
Wu Shouzhi to undertake subject lectures.
2. Regarding accordion examinations, the association will undertake
training of accordion teachers, who can qualify for the association
teacher certificate. The accordion examination system will lead
to standardisation of accordion qualifications for the Sichuan Province.
Concert with the Alice Project - Italy
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
Italian accordionist Renzo
Ruggieri is deepening his commitment to the "Alice Project",
a jazz group that has released two CD's to date and aims at mixing
different aspects of music using improvisation as the binding element.
The group gave a Christmas concert in the Auditorium "SS XII Apostoli"
in Chieti, Italy on December 20th. The program consisted of pieces
composed by double bass player and group leader M. Sebastiani, as
well as a special arrangement of "Pastoral Variations" (by M.S.
Rousseau). Other instruments in the group include flute, saxophone,
percussion and Harp.
Tamburitzan Performances - USA
The Duquesne University Tamburitzans, which include
accordionists, singers and dancers have a busy concert schedule
in February with performances in Wilkes-Barre and Bethel Park, Pennsylvania,
Bel Air, Maryland, Bridgeport, Connecticut and Warren, Michigan.
The Tamburitzans are a multicultural song and dance
company made up of full time students from the Duquesne University
who perform songs, and dances from Eastern Europe and other folk
Lecture re Sir Charles Wheatstone - UK
Contributed by Neil Wayne
On February 10th, E. Geoffrey Walsh will give a
lecture entitled "Sir Charles Wheatstone: no mere bridge builder
!". The lecture will be held at the Lothians Radio Society, Orwell
Lodge Hotel, Edinburgh at 7.30 pm.
For further information email: Geoffrey.Walsh@ed.ac.uk
Concert - Italy
December 12th, Duo Zubitsky (accordionist Vladimir
Zubitsky and his son, Stanislav on flute) performed at a festival
concert at the Circolo Sociale in Sermide, Italy which was held
to celebrate the Santa Lucia holiday. The duo performed a variety
of light music including classical and jazz pieces arranged by Vladimir.
On December 21st, Vladimir took part in a solo
recording for Radio Rome. The Duo also recorded a 40 minute program
on the Italian classical music station Radio-3. They performed RAI
- 3 Suite and music by Bach, Schubert, Rimski-Korsakov, Khachiaturian
and Zubitsky. The recording will be broadcast on February 28th.
Concert - Germany
On December 30th a "Jahreskonzert" was held at
the "Leibnizschule" School Hall. The concert was held to honour
the 75th birthday of the founder, Dietmar Walther.
Workshops - England
Contributed by Alison Macfarlane
On February 7th workshops with John Kirkpatrick
will be held in the Allsorts Community Arts Centre, St Albans. The
day will begin with a dance workshop at 11am, followed by a melodeon
workshop from 2 to 5pm. About 25 people are expected to attend this
workshop. A music session will be held at the White Lion at 12 noon.
A concert starting at 8pm will conclude the day's events.
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Accordionist to Perform on Television - USA
Contributed by Faithe
Deffner, President of the American
Last week Jay Leno, host of the "Tonight Show",
announced the search for
the "sauciest accordionist" to the many millions in his TV audience.
He will feature the winning entertainer on his program. A number
of other TV shows are already showing interest in having the winner
"USA Today" also ran an article on the "Search
for the Hottest" campaign on January 20th.
Contributed by Vladimir Besfamilnov
The Accordion Quartet "Conconance" (Bulgaria) recently
released a new CD which includes classical and contemporary music,
including works by Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi and Piazzolla. Quartet
members are Petr and Angel Marinov and Elena and Victor Melnik.
For information on this CD email: email@example.com.
Studio "Media Records", has released a new CD by
Irina Orlova (domra) and Anatoly Mamalyigin (accordion). CD tracks
include Russian and Ukrainian traditional tunes arranged by Tsigankov,
Maiboroda, Gridin, Mamalygin and other composers.
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