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16th July 1999
- Weekly news from around the world-
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Music is often studied in parallel with literature and other arts and today in this "information age", there are now many books, magazines and articles available of interest to accordionists. Types of accordion literature include methodology books on how to improve playing or teaching skills, history, instrument making and repair etc.

Accordions Worldwide has also been helping this flow of information with an "Articles" section about many accordion subjects. Unfortunately, we have very few articles concerning the concertina, an important member of our bellows driven community. We believe that there has been a lot written about this wonderful instrument, so if you have something suitable, please send it to us for publication.

Help us continue the spread of information that the internet is so efficiently able to make available.

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International Accordion Festival - Portugal

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Fifth Annual International Accordion Festival will be held in Alcobaca from July 17th to 25th. The event will include 11 concerts, Young accordionists' night, Iberian Accordion Competition and an accordion course, which will be held in the Sta. Maria Hotel Conference Hall.

Performers include Alexander Dimitriev, Ensemble Melodya, Jean Marc Fabiano, Duo Paulo Ferreira & Pedro Miguel Santos, Grupo de Acordeaos de Alcobaca, Moscovo Duo, Orchestra Sinfonica e Popular de Acordeaos and Duo Semionov.

For further information phone or fax Anibal Leao Freire at the Music School Serenata: + 351 62 596790


Hof Orchestra Tours New Zealand

AkkordeonOrchester HofThe Akkordeonorchester Hof (Germany) conducted by Günther Zeilinger will tour New Zealand from August 17th to 27th organised by Harley Jones. The 32 member orchestra will enjoy sightseeing in the North and South Islands and performing concerts in Christchurch, Wellington, Hawera, Dargaville and Auckland. Their program will include the "Fledermaus Ouverture" (Strauss), "The Moldau" (Smetana), "Starlight Express" (Andrew Lloyd Webber) and many German and Bavarian folk songs.

New Zealand composer Gary Daverne has arranged four popular pop songs for the orchestra which they will perform in New Zealand for the first time.

The Hof Orchestra won the Youth Accordion Orchestra section in the Bavarian Championships held recently and their Quintet won the Ensemble section.

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Art Van Damme Tribute - USA

Contributed by Peter Di Bono

On July 6th, the Bay Area Accordion Club hosted a tribute to Art Van Damme in San Francisco. Art and his fiance attended the event which included performances by Lou Soper and his quartet who played some Art Van Damme jazz pieces and Graham Neumann who performed Art's (break-neck speed) arrangement of "Gypsy Rondo" (Haydn).

Accordionists Ron Borelli, Don Nurisso, Jimmie Hillman and Peter Di Bono played two Van Damme specials accompanied by bass and drums, arranged by Ron Borelli.


Tango Music - Mexico

Accordionist Serguei Tibets gave two performances of his new Tango music program during June in Mexico. The first performance was on June 17th at the "Las Estancias" restaurant and the second was the following week at the Historical Museum in Linares de N. L., near Monterrey.

Tibets' program was dedicated to the 64th anniversary of the death of Carlos Gardel, with many of his works included in the performance, some with vocalist Juan De Dios Davila Garcia including "El Dia Que me Qieras", "Golondrinas" and "Lejana Tierra Mia".

In addition, Serguei Tibets also played solo pieces on the bandoneon including "Cafetin De Buenos Aires" (M. Mores) and "Silbando" (S. Piana).


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Tokyo Accordion Mates Concert - Japan

Tango Porutenyosu YokohamaContributed by Toru Katou

On July 17th "Tango Porutenyosu Yokohama" will hold a concert at the Kannai Hall, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture (5 minute walk from Kannnai Station of JR Line) at 6.30pm. The concert will feature tango music. For further information phone: + 81 45-933-2551

The following day Tokyo Accordion Mates (TAM) will hold a concert at the Izumi B Hall, in front of the Nishi-Kokubunji Station in Tokyo at 1pm.

This popular group consists of Tetsuya Kuwayama, Yuichi Otsuka, Masahiro Ogawa, Keiko Ogawa and Eri Kudo. For further information phone: + 81 42-522-5568


New Original Music for Accordion - Bulgaria

Contributed by Peter Stanchev

"Accordion Magic" in Bulgaria announce the release of a new Bulgarian original composition for accordion by Stephen Katrankiovski. "The Running Rabbit" is a fresh dynamic piece that includes typical Bulgarian folk music time signatures such as 5/16, 7/16, 9/16 and 11/16. This year the composition was awarded third place in the composition category of the "First Students Competition for Concert Performers" in Sofia.

Katrankiovski is currently a student at the Konstantin Preslavski University in Shoumen, Bulgaria. For further information email:


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Ruggieri Plays with Musicians from India - Italy

Renzo RuggieriContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Renzo Ruggieri took part in an unusual and interesting group in a performance of improvised music during the "Jazzy & Groovy" Festival held recently, in the Roma Theatre, Roccaraso organized by the "Jazz On" Cultural Association. The group which also included Sageer Khan (Indian sitar), Marcello Sebastiani (double bass) and Antonella Angelozzi (harp), presented several pieces of Indian music alongside a few well-known classics of Afro-American music.

The Indian repertoire was characterized by preordained scales ("raga"), which dominate the pieces while leaving a high degree of creative freedom to the performer. The most successful pieces were the ones based on the "raga of love" and "raga of fire".


Myron Floren at ATG Festival - USA

Myron FlorenContributed by Kevin Friedrich

Accordion legend Myron Floren will direct the ATG Festival Orchestra at the Lawrence Welk Theatre in Branson, Missouri on July 16th.

The ATG will be paying tribute to Myron's long and illustrious career during the festival, and are thrilled that he is able to attend and direct the orchestras. The Festival Orchestras under his direction will conclude the "Tribute to Myron" Concert. Also featured are the UMKC Accordion Orchestra, The "K" Trio and other guests.

During the ATG convention contestants will compete in various categories ranging from beginners through to the United States Championship, of which the winner earns the right to represent the USA at the Coupe Mondiale, to be held in Germany in November.


"Tango For Four" - Finland

Finnish quartet "Tango For Four" (which includes accordionist Mika Väyrynen) performed four concerts during the first two weeks of July to audiences of over 300 people. Mika also took a one-day masterclass in Tornio, Finland, which covered bellows techniques, practising tips and personal instruction.

In August Mika plans to perform in two chamber music Festivals in Finland and Belgium.


First Album by "Milonga" Trio - Latvia

Contributed by Vladimir Ushakov

The "Milonga" Trio (founded three years ago) have gained popularity in the musical world in their own country and abroad. Recently the trio released their first album "Baroque and Blue". Music on the recording includes works by Piazzolla, Latenas, Bollin, Precz, Novikov, and Derbenko, with all pieces arranged by Svetlana Budzinskaya. The St Petersburg Musette Ensemble, who help young musicians and ensembles assisted with the production of the album.

The Trio, which includes Svetlana Budzinskaya (accordion), Elena Margevic (violin) and Alena Birinya (piano) have participated successfully in various International competitions including the International Accordion Festival "Baltika Harmonika'99" held in St. Petersburg, Russia. They also performed at the popular "Accordeonada" event organized by St. Petersburg Musette Ensemble.

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Concert on the Sea - Netherlands

Orkest PolytourContributed by Jean-Pierre Guiran

Netherlands group "Orkest Polytour" (including accordion, bass, guitar and vocals) will perform a concert on the ship K.E.E.S. on July 16th in Den Helder. The quartet play French chansons and gypsy-jazz including "J'ai rendez-vous avec vous", "Les Feuilles Mortes" and "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise". For further information phone: +31 223-610388.

Following this the group will perform at a Jazz-brunch at the American Hotel, Leidseplein, Amsterdam on July 25th. For further information email:


"Live Bar" Concert - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

On July 20th accordionist Norimichi Nagasaka will perform on the accordion and anglo-concertina at the "Live Bar Shusui", Ashiya, Hyougo Prefecture. For further information email:


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"Celebrity Interviews"

The "Celebrity Interview" with Professor Li Wei Ming, Head of Department and Accordion Tutor at Xia Men University will be published on July 30th. Please send your questions to Moderator Wallace Liggett by July 21st.

The "Celebrity Interview" with well known French accordionist Jean-Louis Noton is now on line in English and the French language version will be on line in the next few days.

The "Celebrity Interview" with accordion manufacturer Peter (Stormy) Hyde from Hyde Accordions in Australia will be published on July 23rd.


UMKC Accordion Orchestra returns from Italy

UMKC Accordion OrchrestraContributed by Kevin Friedrich

The UMKC Accordion Orchestra recently returned from a highly successful tour of Italy which featured concerts in Parma, Venice, Florence, Castelfidardo, Terracina and Rome.

The concert in Venice turned out to be an interesting affair with the orchestra being required to transport the members and equipment by water taxi in order to reach the benefit concert, which raised money for the Kosovo refugees.

Massimo Pigini hosted the orchestra while in Castelfidardo, during which tours were set up to highlight the production process of the instruments at the Pigini factory.

The orchestra will appear at the ATG festival in Branson, Missouri this weekend, which will highlight long time ATG member, Myron Floren.


Dublin Irish Festival - USA

The 12th annual Dublin Irish Festival will be held from August 6th to 8th in Dublin. The event will include concerts, informal jam sessions, Irish dance performances and workshops and attracts musicians from throughout the United States and the Emerald Isle. Music from traditional styles to Celtic rock will be featured on four stages including an open air and a Celtic rock stage.

Performers include "Altan" (Ireland), "Cherish the Ladies" (USA), "Sean O'Neill Duo" (accordion and guitar), "Knot Fibb'n " (accordionist Renilda Marshall), "Stark Raven", "Silver Arm" (Cindy Matyi on concertina) and "Yankee Celtic Consort".


Romanko Tours Scandinavia

Contributed by Jürgen Bruch

Accordionist Professor Viktor Romanko will a tour Scandinavia in August. He will perform concerts in Jönköpping, Uddevalla and Trelleborg (Sweden) from August 7th to 14th. He will then travel to Norway and perform concerts from August 28th to September 5th in Vadsø, Alta and Tromsø.

Viktor also has a concert tour planned in German language areas during October. For further information email:


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New CD "Amore Grande" - Italy

Fabio AlderighiContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Carmen Pomar Orchestra with accordionist Fabio Alderighi will tour Italy from July 17th to August 15th. The group will perform twelve concerts in Rivoltella sul Garda (BS), Bologna, Cremona, Corrubbio, Castellucchio, Lugo di Grezzana (VR), Ravenna, Albergati (BO), Botticino (BO), Mascherino (BO), Vallese di Oppeano (VR), San Rocco (MN). Guest performers include Betty Curtis, Enrico Musiani and Nilla Pizzi.

The orchestra have just released their new CD "Amore Grande". The CD and cassette will be available at each of their concerts. For any further information phone Fabio Alderighi: + 39 51 842430


Bastille Day Celebrations - New Zealand

Lionel ReekieContributed by Christine Adams

Popular Auckland accordionist and vocalist Lionel Reekie performed at two Bastille Day celebrations on July 14th. The first was for the Microsoft Corporation in Auckland where Lionel played for two hours to an enthusiastic audience. He then entertained for four hours at the Catalonia Restaurant in Takapuna. His program of popular French melodies included many pieces made famous by Edith Piaf. Lionel performs regularly at restaurants in Auckland and also prepares the fortnightly site reviews on the Search-Accordion site.


9th Cotati Accordion Festival - USA

Contributed by Clifton Buck-Kauffman

The 9th Annual Cotati Accordion Festival will be held at La Plaza Park, Cotati (50 miles north of San Francisco) on August 28th and 29th. The event promises to be a great success with cajun and polka dance parties and a variety of performers playing a wide range of music.

Performers include Steve Albini, Baquette Quartette, Rob Burger & Jim Campilongo, Cajun Coyotes, Ben Creed, Danny Poullard & Y-2-Kajuns, Henri Ducharme, The Internationals, Lou Jacklich, Santiago Jimenez Jr., Frank Lima and Julio Morgani, Limonim, Nada Lewis and Panacea, Milen Slavov, Polkacide, Roberto Rosa, Sagebrush Swing, Sourdough Slim & Blackie, Spiral Bound with Roxanne Marie, The Steve Balich Polka Band Those Darn Accordions, Ramon Trujillo & Mariachi Jalisco, Len Wallace and Alex Yaskin.

The festival will also feature a "Tribute to Art Van Damme" with a performance by the Bay Area Accordion All-Stars (Ron Borelli, Peter DiBono, Don Nurriso and Jim Hillman).

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"Road to Music" Series - Italy

Shel ShapiroContributed by Loretta Bompezzo

The first concert of the "Road to Music" series (held in Castelfidardo) was a two-hour journey through thirty years of Italian music featuring vocalist Shel Shapiro (former leader of the Rokes in the 1960's) accompanied by accordionist Alessandro Simonetto.

Shapiro presented a program including not only his unforgettable hits, but also some of the pieces that he wrote or produced for Mina, Enrico Ruggieri, Riccardo Cocciante, Mia Martini and many others. His performance was well supported by accomplished musicians such as Alessandro Simonetto (violin, accordion, mandolin, guitar), Gianbattista Merlinzoli (drums), Stefano Olivato (bass) and Marco Zanoni (keyboards).


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Serbian Club Concert - Australia

Contributed by Elizabeth Jones, Director, Music Education Maroubra School

The Music Education Maroubra School held a successful studio concert recently in Sydney. The following evening, accordion duets were performed by Tania Lukic-Marx and myself to an enthusiastic audience. Our recently formed duo has plans to perform concerts regularly during the next year.


Antique Accordion Information

John would like some information on a "Francini" accordion "Made in Italy" with 24 treble keys. John is interested in the history of the instrument. If you can help please email:

Paul Christmas would like some information on a Soprani Rialto accordion, which he believes was manufactured in the 1940's. Please email:


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