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21st May 1999
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At the beginning of this year, the Accordions Worldwide staff had a 3-day planning meeting at beautiful Bayleys Beach 3 hours North of our office. One of the ideas from that meeting was to interview famous accordionists and prominent people in accordion organizations and the accordion industry. From the first interview we had a big number of hits and now our Celebrity Interviews section has now become very popular. This is not strange - it is very interesting to know more about famous people.

It is also a good opportunity for our readers to ask their own questions. So far, we have not had the response from readers, we would like. At first, we put in the name of the readers who sent the questions but changed that when we thought people were shy. Even so, not many readers send questions. Because of the large numbers of readers, we know you are interested, so please, do not be shy. Send in your questions. Very likely, many other readers want to know the same information as you do. This is your chance to enjoy being closer to famous accordion celebrities!

Wayne Knights Webmaster

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French Accordionist Wins at Klingenthal - Germany

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif and Manuel Koch

The 36th International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal from May 7th to 13th, once again proved its reputation as a major international event of accordion music. The competitions and concert program which included Accordion Quintet "Concertino" (Lithuania), a concert in the church "Zum Friedensfürsten" with accordion, organ and choir, the concert of Hugo Noth (accordion) and James Creitz (viola), along with entertainment virtuoso and chamber ensemble concerts were "First Class"!

The Jury consisted of famous teachers and performers: Fritz Dobler, Stefan Fraas, Jürgen Ganzer, Georg Reidys, Bernhard Salewski, Gudrun Wall (Germany), Jeanette Dyremose (Denmark), Friedrich Lips (Russia), Christine Rossi, Jacques Mornet (France), Lech Puchnowski, Bogdan Dowlasz (Poland), Ricardas Sviackevicius (Lithuania), Jarmila Vlachova (Tchequia), Owen Murray (Great Britain), Wang Yu Ping (China), Tibor Racz (Slovakia), Matti Rantanen (Finland).


  • Soloists without age limit: 1st - Dominique Emorine (France)
  • Soloists up to 15 years old: 1st - Aude Giuliano (France)
  • Soloists up to 18 years old: 1st - Leszek Kolodziejski (Poland)
  • Duos with accordion: 1st - Kammerduo "Cadence" (Ukraine)
  • Ensembles: 1st - Ensemble "Emma" (Russia)
  • Virtuosic light music for soloists: 1st - Nicolas Massoutie (France)

The next (37th) International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal will be held from May 5th to 11th, 2000.


Orchestra Performance - Bulgaria

Contributed by Angel Marinov

The "Accordion and Music Academia" in Plovdiv organized a performance of some of the best Bulgarian accordion orchestras on April 29th and 30th.

The event was designed so Bulgarian orchestras could get together with accordion friends for a joint concert to perform popular accordion music.

Performers included orchestras from Lovech (conducted by Dimitrina Drenska), Pleven (conducted by Goranka Dimitrova, and from the Plovdiv Music Academia (conducted by Professor Petar Marinov). Their program included compositions by Bulgarian composers, Piazzolla, Bach and Gershwin.

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Coupe Mondiale 1999 Dates Released

Contributed by Professor Walter Maurer, General Secretary, CIA.

Due to the war situation in Yugoslavia, the Coupe Mondiale 1999 has been changed to Trossingen, Germany, from November 3rd to 7th, 1999. Further information will be released soon.

Our 1999 CIA Vice President Milan Tomic from Yugoslavia, had done much work to organize this years festival in Kragujevac and we thank him very much for that.

Many thanks to Frédéric Deschamps (Chairman of the CIA Music-Committee), to the Mayor of Trossingen and to Martina Bade, responsible for Cultural Affairs in Trossingen (only appointed a few weeks ago) for their support of the relocation of the Coupe Mondiale at short notice.

The Coupe Mondiale rules on the CIA internet site remain unchanged and Entry Forms and other information concerning the Coupe Mondiale in Trossingen will be published there in the next few weeks.


Special Award Presented - England

Contributed by Heather Smith

On May 1st, at the National Accordion Championships in Scarborough, Chairman Ray Bodell announced (to the audience of nearly 1000 people) that the NAO had decided to present a special award to Tom Duncan. Tom is the organizer of both the annual Blackpool Accordion Festival and the "Best of Accordion Music" weekend at Prestatyn and the award was in recognition of his work in promoting young accordionists.

Tom was presented a plaque by the chairperson of the Junior NAO Committee. He was most surprised to receive this award, and in his reply expressed how honored he felt to receive such a distinguished award and asked that those who gave up their valuable time for similar reasons should share the honor with him.


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Viva Accordion - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On May 30th the annual "Viva Accordion" concert will be held at the Matsubara City Culture Hall, Matsubara, Osaka from 12 midday to 5pm. Admission is free. The event will include performances by soloists from a variety of accordion societies as well as displays by accordion shops. Guest accordionist Miho Gotou will also perform.

His program included works by Ligeti, Zolotarew, Lecuona and Rossini as well as the new piece "5 piezas para el Ritual de difuntos" by Josep Soler (Spain).

Accordionists wishing to perform at this event can phone the All Kansai Area Accordion Society: + 81 6-6966-3050


Marlène Blouin Performs with Trio - France

Marlene BlouinContributed by Frédéric Deschamps

Accordionist and teacher Marlène Blouin will present a concert at the Domfront Municipal Theatre on June 18th at 8.30pm, with her trio which includes Emilio Ortiz (violin/guitar) and Pascal Suard keyboard). Marlène recently released a French light music CD and made her first appearance on Pascal Sevran's France 2 National TV show "La Chance aux Chansons".

Their program will include virtuoso, "charming" and romantic music, with works by Astor Piazzolla and musette/jazz to give an advance taste of Marlène's next album. This concert will give yet another opportunity of discovering the many facets of the accordion. For further information phone: + 33 2 33 37 37 28


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"Two Duos Quartet" at Folkworks - UK

Contributed by Jan Lucas

The "Two Duos Quartet" which consists of accordionists Karen Tweed, Andy Cutting, Ian Carr and Chris Wood will perform at the Folkworks Summer School in Durham from August 9th to 14th.

Karen Tweed also plays in the UK group the "Poozies" who will tour Great Britain from June 5th to 19th, performing at the "Clitheroe Great Days of Folk" festival on June 5th.

For further information phone: + 44 191 2221717


Dancing Across the Borders - USA

Contributed by Sandie Merrill

The Khadra International Dance Theatre performed "Dancing Across Borders" on May 20th and 21st with two final shows on the 22nd at the ODC Performance Gallery, San Francisco, California. The show features the World Premiere of "Murmuro al Corazon", which tells the story of one family's tragic experience of the Argentine "Dirty War", choreographed in a blend of traditional Argentine and contemporary dance styles. Guest accordionist Milen Slavov performed Russian, Ukrainian and Argentine music.

For further information phone: + 1 415 626-7360


Two Concerts in One Day - Scotland

On May 30th "Burach" (including Scottish accordionist Sandy Brechin) will perform two concerts in Glasgow. The first will be at a free open-air concert as part of the BBC Music Live program. The second will be held at the North Shields Fish Festival near Newcastle.

Their program will include "The Funky Fat Challenge" (featuring the tune "The 24 oz Steak" by Sandy Brechin), "The Highfield Set" (featuring "Highfield" by Donald Shaw), "The Lambing Storm" (Dagger Gordon) and "Murray in Mull" (Greg Borland).

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Accordionist Wins Outstanding Original Music Composition Award - USA

The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center has named accordionist Joey Miskulin as a 1999 Wrangler Award Winner for his production of Michael Martin Murphey's "Summer Ranges" (from the album "Cowboy Songs Four"). The award was presented to Joey on April 24th at the black-tie gala "Western Heritage Awards" at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma.


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"Celebrity Interviews"

Our next "Celebrity Interview" is with Massimo Pigini (Italy). This is a great opportunity to ask a world acclaimed expert all sorts of questions about accordion manufacture and design and we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity. Please send your questions to Moderator Wallace Liggett by June 9th. The Interview will be published on June 15th.

The Celebrity Interview with Jérôme Richard is now on line.


Baltic Accordion Festival - Sweden

Contributed by Sten Persson

The Baltic Accordion Festival will be held from August 5th to 8th in Lundegård, Öland organized by the Baltic Accordion Society. The purpose of this event is to increase musical and cultural exchange between Baltic countries. The four-day multi cultural festival will include famous artists appearing on 5 indoor stages.

Performers include Kikki Danielsson, The Lindqvist Brothers, Ari Haatainen, Eskil Columbus, "Divertissement" plus artists from Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Norway. In addition there will be dance shows, choirs, folkmusic, evening dances and Swedish accordion clubs will also provide entertainment.

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Shijiazhuang Concert - China

Contributed by Li Cong

On May 1st an accordion concert was held in Shijiazhuang, organized by the Accordion Society of Hebei Music Committee and the Shijiazhuang Yingwu Accordion School.

Yang Guoli, Vice President of the Beijing Accordion Association, Guan Nai Cheng, Vice President of the Accordion Association of Chinese Music Committee and Li Ling of the Tiajing Instrument factory were invited to attend the concert.


Accordions go Planetary at Free Reed Festival - USA

Contributed by Cliff Furnald

The Second Free Reed Festival began on May 15th and will continue for one month. This is a virtual festival celebrating the accordion around the world sponsored by RootsWorld, the online magazine.

The "event" will include hundreds of reviews, interviews, articles and audio files that demonstrate how the world's music is influenced by this one family of instruments. From the mouth-blown khaen of Thailand to the zydeco squeezebox of Louisiana, from the purest folk music to the most outside avant garde experiments, the accordion, concertina, harmonica, pump organ and all the other free reeds have made a huge impact on what we hear everyday.

Live radio broadcasts will be coordinated with radio stations around the country, so the music will be available on and off the web. Last year's festival was visited by over 100,000 people from around the world. For further information email:


Boer Music Meetings - South Africa

Contributed by Sean Minnie

On May 29th three branches of the Boer Music Club will hold meetings. The clubs feature traditional Boer Music functions and dances with concertina performances by members and guests. The Bloemfontein Branch will hold their meeting at the Posduif Hall. For further information phone Neels Botha: + 27 51 433 3111. The Goudveld Branch meeting will be at the Flamingo Hall, Welkom, phone Hennie Ferreira: + 27 57 217 3214 and the Karoo Branch meeting will be at the Jansenville Town Hall. Phone Hansie Erasmus: + 27 49 836 9053


Music & Dance Festival - USA

The 3rd Annual Lark in the Morning Traditional Music & Dance Festival was held on May 15th and 16th in San Francisco. The event included a traditional French Ball on the Saturday evening. Each day over twenty-one acts of traditional and new music performances were heard including accordionist Sylvestre Lee.


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Accordion Beatles on CBC Radio One - Canada

Domenic 'the Accordion Beatles guy' Amatucci appeared live on the Metro Morning show with host Andy Barrie on May 13th. Domenic performed "In My Life" by the Beatles, his own composition "Wee Wool Cat" and "Here, There and Everywhere" (Beatles). He was also interviewed in between his musical performances. Andy Barrie asked questions regarding busking in Toronto's subways, which songs were most popular (Imagine and Titanic theme) and why some people were annoyed by buskers. They also discussed reasons why the accordion declined in popularity during the '60's in North America and why it's becoming popular again.

The Metro Morning show broadcasts all over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) southern Ontario network to a potential audience of 8 million listeners.

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New Concertina CD

Contributed by Chris Timson

Concertina player Dick Miles recently released his new CD "Boxing Clever" which is a collection of concertina pieces in a variety of styles and systems by John Kirkpatrick (anglo), Tim Laycock (Crane duet), Dick Miles (English and Hayden duet) and Harry Scurfield (anglo).

The CD includes Traditional English folk songs, blues pieces, marches, a Mexican waltz and traditional jigs such as "Just as the Tide is Flowing", "Pussyfoot March" and "Room for the Cuckoo". For further information write to: Dick Miles, Cooragurteen, Ballydehob, County Cork, Eire.


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Klucevsek at Tonic - USA

Accordionist Guy Klucevsek will perform at "Tonic", New York City on June 1st at 8pm at a show called "Hard Coal: Life in the Region". The show is about the miners and families who have lived and worked in the anthracite fields of eastern Pennsylvania for generations. "Hard Coal" has just completed a 5-week run in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

Guy Klucevsek assisted with the compositions and arrangements for the accordion. Lyrics for his songs consist entirely of found materials taken from journals, letters, speeches, poems, newspaper accounts, historical records, regional cookbooks, internet postings and traditional songs.

For further information phone: + 1 212 358-7501


Contemporary Music Workshop - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

An accordion course and workshop will be held in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Ravenna from July 26th to 31st with Claudio Jacomucci, which will include an advanced accordion course and contemporary music workshop. The course is open to accordion students and teachers who can enroll either as practising or listening participants.

The accordion course will include a series of individual classes aimed at developing the repertoire, stylistic competence and technical skills of each student. Special emphasis will be devoted to contemporary music techniques such as bellows shake, ricochet, vibrato, glissando and microtonal Techniques. Each student will be permitted to present a program of up to thirty minutes.

The contemporary music workshop includes activities such as listening sessions, examples of performances, analyses and practical exercises on the following topics: "Music before and after 1945", "A new approach to listening - shifts in the listeners' perceptions", "New concepts", "New aesthetic theories", "Notation - Improvisation" and "Composition".

At the end of the course students will take part in a concert and receive a diploma of attendance. The closing date for enrolments is July 1st. For further information email:


Special Concert Experience - Switzerland

Contributed by Daniel Aeschlimann

The Willi Münch Accordion Orchestra from Nuremberg (conducted by Stefan Hippe) will give a concert in Breitisaal, Winkel near Bülach on June 5th at 8pm as part of their Switzerland tour. At the beginning of this unique accordion experience, there will be a performance by the Accordion Ensemble Gérard Fahr.

For further information phone the Music School Hutter: +41 1 860 78 55


National Accordion Awareness Month - USA

Tom TorrigliaContributed by Tom Torriglia

National Accordion Awareness Month (NAAM) will be held during June sponsored by "All Things Accordion". The event was established in 1989 to help spread the word about the resurgence in popularity in the accordion and to educate people about the accordion.

Debra Peters (of the Love Saints) and the Austin Accordion Club plan to kick off the NAAM celebration at their May meeting on May 25th at the Broken Spoke. For further information on this event email:

If your club has a special event to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of NAAM please email:


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Pascal Contet in the Snow - Japan

Pascal ContetContributed by Frédéric Deschamps

Accordionist Pascal Contet was recently photographed in temperatures of -10°C, dressed by the Japanese designer Hata Satushi in Sapporo, Japan.

The hotel, which you see behind him in the photograph is a replica of the "Hôtel des Invalides" made of snow and ice for the 50th Snow Festival of 1999.

New Accordion Vocational School in Shanghai - China

Contributed by Bao Yue Ming

On May 15th a new accordion school opened in Shanghai called the "Li Cong Accordion Vocational School" so named to honor the accordion teacher Li Cong.

This is an amateur music school, which will open every weekend to teach accordion playing skills, popularize accordion music, and organize and promote accordion activities. Over 300 students have already enrolled for the first term. The teachers will consist of accordionists who have graduated from accordion specialized University courses in order to ensure students get the correct standard of education.

Li Cong is a professional accordion teacher at the Shanghai Normal University, President of the Shanghai Accordion Association and General Secretary of the Accordion Association of Chinese Music Committee. He has taught the accordion for many years and his students have won national and international competitions on numerous occasions. He is also the Accordions Worldwide China representative and has built the Accordions Worldwide Chinese language site that opened last August which is an information bridge across China and the rest of the accordion world. This action had received high praise in the Chinese accordion world.


Accordion Article

This week's article is "Dedicated to Parents" written by Sandra Martin, published courtesy of Faithe Deffner, editor of Accord Magazine, USA.


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