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The Squeeze

7th March 1997

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Editors note:
This week we have updated our Accordions Yellow Pages Database listing of "Accordionists" and "Teachers". We have added all the new countries we have, expanding the database even further. If you are from a country that we don't have listed, we DO want your form, it's just that we don't have a listing from that country up to now. We are always looking for new information on the history of the accordion in any country and articles that have been written about the accordion. Please send any information you have to
Wayne Knights, Editor

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

This weeks titles:
  • 15th Harmonika Festivalen - Ringe, Denmark
  • Tribute Concert and Testimonial Dinner for AAA Honourees
  • National Accordion Competition and Festival "Friend Bayan"
  • Jazz Concerts feature Angelo Di Pippo
  • Accordion Concerts of Alexander Sklyarov
  • N.O.V.A.M. Announces Coupe Mondiale 1998 Details
  • Frankfurt Musik Messe Report
  • Book Release - "The Classical Squeezebox"
  • Accordion Ship Cruise, Finland
  • Memorial for Jim Boggio
  • Irish Accordionist Performs with Symphony Orchestras
  • Accordion Light Music Concert - China
  • New Music Book
  • Private Collection of 400 Accordions in Berlin
  • Australian Acrobat Accordionist


    Contributed by Hans Rytter, Festival Chairman

    A detailed brochure has just been released for the 1997 Harmonika Festivalen, to be held in Ringe, Denmark from 20th to 22nd June 1997. This will be the 15th Jubilee of the festival, which allows amateurs and professionals to perform all styles of music preferences, including bands with mixed instrumentation.

    The festival will be held at the Midtfyns Fritidscenter, which is a sports centre. There are three stages within the one venue, allowing for people to perform in different places at the same time. All musicians are also very welcome to play spontaneously around the festival grounds.

    Accommodation is available (rooms and camping) at good rates, and food and beverages will also be available. There will be a party atmosphere all weekend. For further information see Future Events.


    Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association

    In conjunction with the 1997 Accordion Festival and Competitions sponsored by the American Accordionists' Association, those Governing Board members who have served the AAA, its membership and the accordion community for 30 or more years will be honoured by their peers at a Tribute concert on Friday 12th July and a Testimonial Dinner on Saturday 13th July. These gala events will feature accordion performers and will provide a wonderful opportunity to rub elbows with accordion greats and dignitaries. The event will take place at the Sheraton City Centre Hotel. The honourees are Maddalena Belfiore, Elsie Bennett, Carmen Carrozza, Lee (Pietro) Deiro, Aldo DeRossi, Anthony Ettore, Louis Iorio and Marcello Roviaro.


    Contributed by Vladimir Besfamilnov and Tatiana Lanchtchikova

    From the 26th to 31st March, the 2nd National Accordion Competition and Festival "Friend Bayan" will be held for students of Musical Colleges in the Concert Hall of the Kurgan Musical College, Kurgan, Ural, Russia.

    Professor Vladimir Besfamilnov was invited to be Chairman of the Jury. The test pieces have been announced by the organising committee of the competition. These will be three pieces for Free-Bass Accordion: Dramatic Prelude by Mordukhovich, Fantasy on the Averkin's themes by Derbenko, and "I fly over Russia" by Malyigin. This 2nd National Accordion Competition is dedicated to the famous Russian vocalist, Loudmila Zyikina.

    For further information see Future Events.


    Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association

    Accordionist supreme Angelo Di Pippo is also a first rate arranger, and conductor. He will be featured in two jazz concerts with the Angelo Di Pippo Quartet, scheduled for April in Garden City and Huntington, on Long Island in New York. Di Pippo spends much of his time arranging for several famous performers including singer Robert Merrill. As an accordionist Di Pippo has been cited in music publications such as Keyboard Magazine, and his CDs are in great demand, the most popular are Arthur Street (jazz), Accordion de Paris (musette) and Polka Party.


    Contributed by Vladimir Besfamilnov and Tatiana Lanchtchikova

    In January, Alexander Sklyarov performed works by Bach, Mozart and Scarlatti at several concerts, which were held in Voronezh, Russia.

    Alexander Sklyarov was born in 1949, and at 5 years of age he began to play the bayan. He graduated from the Gnessin's Musical Pedagogical Institute in Moscow under Sergei Kolobkov. Since then, Alexander has performed regularly in Russia and abroad. In 1971, he won the Coupe Mondiale International Accordion Competition and has made many national television appearances. From 1989, Alexander Sklyarov has been a Professor at the Voronezh Institute of Arts.

    Nowadays, Alexander Sklyarov is one of the most well known accordion performers in Russia, with a wide and varied repertoire.


    Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association

    Frans deBie, public relations officer of N.O.V.A.M. (Netherlandse Organiziatie voor Akkordeon en Monharmonika) has announced that the 1998 Coupe Mondiale and related competitions, workshops, play-ins and children's orchestras, etc. will take place in Nymegen, Holland, a city south of Arnheim. An elaborate schedule of events is being planned by this long-time member of the CIA which will host the Coupe Mondiale during the third week of October at De Lindenberg, a conservatory, concert hall and music center in Nymegen. For further information, email


    Contributed by Harley Jones

    The Frankfurt Musik Messe, is probably the largest annual musical display in the world. This year it was held from 26th February to 2nd March. The first few days are for trade visitors and the weekend is for public. This year some 35 accordion manufacturers from Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the USA participated in the Musik Messe and generally, they report that sales are steadily on the increase for accordions and that the popularity of the accordion is on the rise.

    In addition to accordion businesses, there are several thousand manufacturers and distributors of general musical instruments and associated products displaying their products, all creating noise, that is part of the special cacophony of sound that is the Frankfurt Messe.


    Contributed by Henry Doktorski

    Henry Doktorski's book "The Classical Squeezebox" gives a short history of the accordion and other free-reed instruments in Classical Music, with 13 chapters, 21 pictures and 12 music excerpts of classical pieces which feature the accordion.

    Although Henry Doktorski is an accomplished pianist, organist, composer and author, he is best known as a concert accordionist. The winner of the 1990 American Accordion Musicological Society Virtuoso Solo Competition, he has since gone on to perform with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, violinist Itzhak Perlman, and orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra.


    Contributed by Errki Silfverberg

    A 24 hour accordion ship cruise, will take place from 9th to 10th March, with over 1,500 Finnish accordion players participating. The cruise is on the ship "Serenade" from the Silja Line and begins and ends in Turku City, Finland. The event includes competition classes for young people and is organised by the Finnish Accordion Association. Due to its overwhelming success when first organised in 1996, the event is being repeated this year.


    Contributed by Blair Hardman

    The death of Jim Boggio on 6th November, 1996, meant that the world lost one of its most beloved accordion players. To memorialise this extraordinary man, we are commissioning a life-size bronze statue of him playing the accordion and laughing his wonderful laugh. This may be the only bronze statue of an accordionist in the world.

    We expect the statue to cost $20,000 and so far have raised over $8,000. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated. Any extra funds will go to accordion scholarships. Cheques should be made out to: "Jim Boggio Memorial Statue Fund" and mailed to:

    Jim Boggio Memorial Statue Fund
    Zone Music, 7884 Old Redwood Hwy,
    Cotati, CA, 94931 USA.

    In addition, you can also purchase his recordings "The Sonoma Swamp Dogs", a Zydeco cassette or CD, and "Accordion to the Blues", a cassette of Jazz and Blues. (Cassettes are $15; CD $20). Also available is a 20 min video for $25 (Outside USA please specify SECAM or PAL); and a memorial cassette of music and humour called "15 minutes of Jim". Please add $5 per order for shipping in the USA ($10 overseas). Proceeds go to the statue fund.

    For further information, send an email to:


    Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association

    Daniel Walsh performs regularly with the Irish Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, as their principal accordionist. He recently recorded the Tchaikovsky Orchestral Suites with the Symphony for Naxos Records. In the Tchaikovsky Suite No.2, which required four accordionists, he called on some friends and was assisted by accordionists Geraldine Guiden, John Chilton and Noelle Kavanagh. Last month, Walsh performed with flautist James Galway and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. He is also a teacher and composer.


    Contributed by Wu Jie

    On 22nd February, Ms Wei Ling, an accordion teacher at the Huangpi Vocational School gave her first concert in "Huang-Pi" Song & Dance Hall of Huangpi City in Hubei Province. This was the first time light Chinese folk music had been performed there and there was a captive audience of around 500 people. Highlights of the programme include: The Night of the Yangtze River, A Little Bird, and When I Play my Favourite Lute.


    Contributed by Vladimir Besfamilnov and Tatiana Lanchtchikova

    "New repertoire", an instructional book by Viktor Bryizgalin was recently released by "Zauralye" Publishers. Viktor Bryizgalin is a performer, composer and teacher at the Kurgan Musical College. Some of his students, namely Friderich Lips, Alexander Ivanov, Vladimir and many others, have won many National and International Accordion Competitions.

    Viktor is a member of the Zauralskoe Bayan Trio with Alexander Ivanov and Vladimir Karpov, which won at the XVI International Accordion Competition "Grand-Prix", in France, 1994.

    Viktor has also written many instructional and music books for the accordion. His new book, "I Play Bayan" includes pieces for solo accordion, ensembles and a variety of Russian folk music for beginner accordionists.

    For further information phone: +7 35222-56607


    Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association

    While in Frankfurt, Accordions Worldwide Directors Faithe Deffner and Harley Jones had the pleasure of meeting Dieter Plinke of Berlin, Germany who has a private collection of some 400 accordions of various vintage, style and manufacture, available for viewing by appointment. Plinke hopes to set up a museum in the future, but is happy to show his collection to any accordion enthusiast. Of his most interesting squeezebox specimens are a Polish diatonic with unusual systems for both hands and a pedal attachment, a unique free bass system from the early 30s marked "Meinl & Herold" and a mint-condition "Titano" with piano keyboard from the 1950s. When visiting Berlin, call him to see the collection: +49 30-8814916.


    Contributed by Wayne Knights

    There was an article in the Sunday Star newspaper in New Zealand last weekend, of Australian acrobat and accordionist "Chandelier", who is a star feature at the "Wellington Fringe Festival" this week. The article also included a photo of her hanging upside down with an accordion on!

    Last year the Fringe Festival attracted some 100,000 people. This week-long event distinguishes itself from other like festivals in that anyone can enter. They are highly valued among performers as they are an important starting point for those who have difficulty in convincing "formal" venues to let them perform.

    "Chandelier" used to work in a circus, but now travels extensively, performing in festivals around the world, out of her base in Western Australia.

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