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The Squeeze

21st February 1997

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Editors note:
This week at Accordions Worldwide, we are opening the remainder of the Accordion Yellow Pages. In the "Restaurants" pages you will find restaurants that have accordionists playing on a regular basis. In the "Venues" pages, venues that have regular accordion events. The last one is "Penpals/Friendship", where you will find accordionists throughout the world that wish to make contact with other accordionists. I hope you will all find these pages of benefit. If you have anything to add to any of these lists, simply go back to the Index page and click on the applicable heading in the Accordion Yellow Pages Database.

Thanks again for all your news. Be sure to check out next weeks news, where we will have a special report from the huge Frankfurt Musik Messe by Accordions Worldwide Directors, Faithe Deffner and Harley Jones.
Wayne Knights, Editor

For information on upcoming concerts, competitions etc go to Future Events

This weeks titles:


Contributed by Claude Cavagnolo, Europe Musique Instruments

A once in a lifetime concert will take place at 8.30pm on the 8th March at the Palais de Congres in Paris. This has also been called the "Concert of the century in France". This is a great occasion for the accordion, in conjunction with the European Philharmonic Orchestra directed by a "Master" Hugues Reiner. Music will be varied, from Bizet to Star Wars and Bach to Gershwin. Two great accordion soloists will perform with an 80 piece Philharmonic Orchestra.

First Half

  • The European Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hugues Reiner, with a popular classical repertoire
  • Eric Blin, a young accordionist and composer

Second Half

  • Jean-Marc Marronni, concert player, playing a composition by the great French composer André Astier, accompanied by the European Orchestra
  • Marcel Azzola on accordion and Lina Bossati on the piano
  • Yvette Horner, playing music from musical comedies, accompanied by the European Orchestra
  • Yvette Horner and Marcel Azzola, accompanied by the European Orchestra playing an arrangement by Jo Moutet of the "William Tell Overture" by Rossini

For further information see Future Events


Contributed by Lynda Griffith

A month long specialty course of seminars in accordion family instruments and their repairs, beginning 1st April 1997, will be held at the Accordion-Concertina Repair and Technicians' School (A.R.T.S.) in Duluth, Minnesota, USA.

Participants will learn about accordion family instrument basic repair, maintenance, adjustments, cleaning, reed systems and theory of tuning, history and construction. They will also learn how to handle and play each of the accordion types.

This unique and intensive course is designed for people who have sincere interest in the accordion's history and construction, in pursuing an accordion-related career, who are already in an accordion-related business, or desire special help with specific skills. Class size is intentionally limited so that each student may have substantial personal attention for course work and special projects.

The course is run by Dr Helmi Harrington. Her many accomplishments include a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Texas at Austin, concert performance credentials in accordion, piano and organ, with tours and advanced studies in music theory and repair in both the United States and Germany.

Participation fee is US $1200 for the month seminar and a Certificate of Attendance will be awarded upon successful completion of seminar requirements. For more detailed information contact Dr. Harrington at or write to A.R.T.S, 2801 West First Street, Duluth, Mn 55806.


Contributed by Vladimir Besfamilnov, Zinaida Aloeshina and Tatiana Lanchtchikova

Professor Viacheslav Semionov is currently performing concerts in several cities of Ural, Russia: Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Tagil and Toumen, which he has been doing since 18th February. His concert programme includes self composed works, including his new piece, "Bramsiana".

After this, he will be touring France, where he will give concerts and workshops from 27th February to 2nd March. For further information on this tour, phone/fax: Patrisa Sutera, +33 2-97867759.


Contributed by Wu Shou Zhi

From 21st January to 14th February, Mr Wang Zhengliang, an accordion student of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, was invited to the Sichuan TV Station to play a part in a TV programme- "Love in Sanxia". (Sanxia is a famous scenic spot in China)

In the programme he played the role of a student who has a great love of the accordion, playing Chinese and Russian accordion music. His excellent performance was well received by other actors and directors of the programme. "Love in Sanxia" will be broadcasted soon.


Contributed by Tom Torriglia

Bellows and Blades, a duo who play accordion while on in-line skates, recently performed for three days at the NHL Pinnacle Fantasy as part of the NHL's All-Star Game. The event was held at the San Jose Convention Center. They skated through the Center entertaining people, performing to people standing in line to get into the Center, and dining patrons. They certainly got some good press coverage, including a shot on MTV for their Hockey special. The promoters were impressed enough to ask Bellows and Blades to perform at the MLB All-Star game extravaganza in Cleveland from 4th to 8th July.

A major piece on the duo (with photos) is appearing in the nationally distributed March issue of In-Line Magazine.


Contributed by Walter Maurer, General Secretary of the CIA

Further details have been released for the Winter Congress of the Confederation Internationale des Accordionistes, to be held at the Royal Academy in London, England from 23rd to 24th February. Accommodation is available at the Tavistock Hotel, Russell Square, London WC1R 5BB

The Programme:

Sunday 23rd February Monday 24th February
1.00pm: Lunchtime concert at the Royal Academy 9.00pm - 2nd congress meeting
2.30pm to 6.00pm: 1st congress meeting
7.00pm: Dinner
The Agenda:
1. Opening and Welcome
2. Apologies for non-attendance
3. Minutes of the 96th Congress (Dunajska Streda)
4. Auditors: time and place for meeting
5. General International Business, open for reports
6. Future Activities:
  • Coupe Mondiale 1997 (Reinach - Switzerland) September 11-14, 1997
  • Coupe Mondiale 1998 (Utrecht - Holland)
  • Other relevant International Business
7. Coupe Mondiale Programme:
  • Testpiece for Coupe Mondiale 1997: "The Flight Beyond the Time" by Petri Makkonen
  • Other relevant business
8. Report of Auditing committee
9. To renew the CIA statutes, to consider about changes
10. CIA Merit award: to consider about nominations
11. Next Congress: 11th September 1997, 8.00pm (place will be announced in time)
12. Closing of the Meeting


Contributed by Zinaida Aloeshina and Tatiana Lanchtchikova

Recently, the quartet "Ural" received a special award by the Mayor of Yekaterinburg (city of Ural, Russia) for services to music in Ural, Russia.

Members of "Ural" are students and teachers of the Yekaterinburg State Conservatory of Music. They formed five years ago, and since this time, they have performed concerts in various cities of Russia and abroad. They have participated in accordion competitions in Harmonika's Days" (Klingenthal, Germany), Italy, Spain and France..

The quartet consists of Russian folk instruments, such as the domra, balalaika and bayan. Members of the group are: Mikhail and Larisa Ulyashkin, Youri Gavrilov and Evgueni Pirogov.


Contributed by John MacDonald

Dates have just been released for a New Zealand tour by accordion entertainer John MacDonald. He is well known for his Scottish Music, of which he has released many recordings.

He will tour as part of a show called "Triple Scotch", which also includes Scottish Comedian Tommy Gordon and Vocalist Keith McGrouther. The tour begins on the 1st of May and concludes 50 concerts and 9 weeks later. For further details, see Future Events


Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The music of Astor Piazzolla was performed in Concert by the Milonga Quintet, in Recanati on Thursday 6th of March at 6.30pm at the Music School "B.Gigli" (2nd Floor of the Palazzo Studi, Via Cavour 56)

The newly formed Ensemble consists of Kety Catena, Roberto Picchio, Fabio Vaccarini, Cristian Riganelli (accordions), Paolo Lazzari (percussion) and Paolo Picchio (arrangement). They have already successfully performed two major concerts at the "Barfly" in Recanati and the "Farenheit" in Ancona. They are now presenting "The great sound of Astor Piazzolla" prepared by Maestro Paolo Picchio, who is responsible for the realisation and arrangement of the following pieces: Novitango, Deus Xango, Escualo, Oblivion, Violentango, 20 Years after, Adios Nonino, Milonga Sin Palabras, Meditango, Libertango.


Contributed by Wu Jie

On Sunday 16th February at 7.30pm to 10.00pm, members of "Quan-Xing" football team (a well-known football team in China) and thousands of football fans held an evening party "Football's Night" in the Sichuan Gymnasium of Chengdu City to celebrate Chinese New Year.

When the members of "Quan-Xing" football team joined many of their fans in song, Xia Gang, an accordion student of Sichuan Conservatory of Music, was invited to accompany them on the accordion.

Although they sang for a long time, Xia Gang did not tire, because for him, this was a party to remember. He is a fan of the "Quan-Xing" football team also, and has been eager to do something with his favourite football team.


Contributed by Vladimir Besfamilnov and Tatiana Lanchtchikova

Vladimir Bonakov (Russian performer, teacher and composer) is touring through Europe from 28th February to 5th May, where he will give concerts in various cities of Germany. His programme will include classical music from the past four centuries.

Vladimir Bonakov graduated and post-graduated as a bayan performer at the Gnessin's Musical Pedagogical Teacher Institute under Professor Nikolay Chaykin and has performed many concerts since 1957 in various cities of Russia and Europe. Vladimir has also won prizes in competitions such as: Republican Musical Competition of Performers (1st place, Tallin, Estonia, 1957), "Harmonika's Days" (2nd place Klingenthal, Germany, 1970).

Vladimir Bonakov is a composer of several big works for bayan, including 6 sonatas, 3 symphonies, 3 concertos for bayan and orchestra and 20 suites. He has released many recordings and appeared on television many times.

Currently Vladimir is continuing to compose and perform concerts, and after his tour, he will perform a recital in the Moscow Glinka Museum on the 16th May.


Contributed by Tom Collins

The Five Valleys Accordion Association of Western Montana has joined with the people of Philipsburg to produce the first "Rocky Mountain Accordion Celebration" which is scheduled for 1st to 3rd August 1997. There will be ongoing accordion activities scheduled for three days in this quaint and historic mining town half way between Yellowstone and Glacier Parks.

Besides many exciting informal events, there will be several scheduled concerts by international recognised artists. A finalised programme will be announced shortly. Further details can be obtained by sending an email to:" or phone +1 800-5250169 within the USA or +1 406-8593388 for people outside the USA).

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