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25th April 1997

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Editors note:
There seems to be more and more happening throughout the world with the accordion. This can be shown on the Accordion Yellow Pages Database, where we had 122 new listings of Future Events this week! This certainly keeps us busy!

Intermusik, the largest monthly accordion newspaper in Europe, have updated their site. They are giving away two free copies of their newspaper for anyone who fills in the submit form on the site!

Wayne Knights

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This weeks titles:

  • 34th International Accordion Competition Klingenthal
  • Cotati Accordion Festival - USA
  • Erik Frank Performs in Sweden
  • National Accordion Competition, Far East, Russia
  • Accordion Summit Meeting at AAA Festival in Washington, USA
  • Galliano in Concert
  • Myron Floren's 1997 Plans
  • Accordion jazz concert in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 12th Anniversary for Pauline Oliveros Foundation - USA
  • Concert of The Harmonica Association Grossbottwar
  • "Victor Victoria" uses both Accordion and Bass Accordion - USA
  • An Accordion Concert in Qiqihaer - China
  • "Lark In The Morning" Opens In San Francisco
  • International Museum of Russian Harmonica
  • Last of the International Playboys Feature Accordion - USA
  • 127 Strong Accordion Orchestra - China
  • Queen Ida is Accordion Royalty - USA


    Contributed by Wayne Knights

    The 34th International Accordion Competition Klingenthal will be held from the 2nd to 9th of May.

    This world renowned accordion competition is now into its 34th year, and in 1997 provides seven categories of performance, from solo through to group chamber and folk/entertainment music. The organisers of this competition pride themselves on organising a very high standard of accordion music on an international level, with many competitors from countries all over the world. All but two of the categories have test music, and all categories have cash prizes for the first three placings, of up to 15,000DM.

    From the beginning, the aims of this competition have been to:

    • promote solo accordion playing for all age groups
    • develop the many possibilities of accordion music in solos and ensembles
    • promote the introduction of new compositions for accordion
    • promote the ensemble play of accordion and orchestra
    • assist in the exchange of experiences between accordionists and instrument builders
    • assist in the interpretation of chamber music for the accordion together with different musical instruments


    Contributed by Clifton Buck-Kauffman

    The 7th annual Cotati Accordion Festival will be held on the 23rd and 24th August at La Plaza Park, Downtown Cotati (50 miles North of San Francisco), USA, from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.

    Art Van Damme will be presenting the award of Honorary Director to the late Jim Boggio.

    This festival is a non-stop multicultural extravaganza. There will be continuous music on two stages, polka dances on a wooden dance floor, accordion workshops, jam tent, numerous craft and food booths as well as an historical tent in which a private collection of vintage accordions is to be displayed. Anyone wishing to include an instrument in this display is welcome.

    The Accordion workshop programme is as follows:

    • Sev Garcia - "Performance and Stage Fright"
    • Paul Pasquali - The Accordion "Plugged - In", Electronics and the MIDI.

    Accordion performers include:
    Dick Contino, Those Darn Accordions, Los Compas, Sourdough Slim & the Saddle Pals, Steve Balich Polka Party, The Gumbo Band, Babe Pollata, Strictly Tango, Kenny Kotwitz, Lyuba, Sev Garcia with Bart Beninco, Polkacide, Richard Yaus, Ramon Trujillo & the Mariachi Jalisco, Kevin Roche, Mike Zamacini, Joe Smeill, Joe Umeck Jr., Gator Beat

    Cost is: $7 per day or $12 for both days, Children under 12 FREE. No Pets or large coolers please.

    For further information see Future Events.


    Contributed by Per Romin

    On the 20th of May at 7.00 pm, legendary Swedish jazz accordionist Erik Frank (now 81 years old), will play together with Per Romin (34 year old jazz accordionist) and rhythm accompaniment at the "Tyresö Jazz Club" in Sweden. Tyresö Jazz Club is a very well known club in the Stockholm area, with past guests including Count Basie's Big Band and Woody Herman.

    This will be a true meeting of Jazz generations of accordion music. Erik Frank was one of the biggest stars of the accordion in Sweden during the 40's and 50's. He will be playing most of his own compositions such as Novelty Accordion and Fast Fingers. There will also be music composed by Per Romin and some Swedish folk songs in Jazz arrangement together with Jazz standards.


    Contributed by Elena Belashova and Tatiana Lanchtchikova

    From the 30th of March to the 5th of April the National Competition of Musical Colleges was held for students of the Far East and East Siberia. Students came to Vladivostok from various cities, such as Khabarovsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, Blagoveschensk, Chita, Yakutsk and Magadan. Among previous winners of this competition have been Vladislav Zolotariov.

    This event began in 1965 and is held every two years. It is organised by the Far East Accordion Association. Various sections include: violin, vocal, cello, wind, percussion, choir-conductor and accordion.

    The Jury of the competition consists of teachers of the Far East Institute of Arts, and musical Colleges of Chita, Blagoveschensk, Khabarovsk. Professor Viatcheslav Semenenko was the Chairman of the Jury.

    Accordion section results:
    1st - Pavel Makarov, Khabarovsk (teacher V. Nikitochkin)
    2nd - Youri Kirillov, Chita (teacher V. Mistoukov)
    3rd - Varvara Sergienko, Magadan (teacher A. Tsepa)

    Evening concerts were given by V. Sergeev with instrumental ensemble, the Far East Bayan Trio (Sophia Drel, Konstantin Esipov and Sergei Strelnikov), E. Migaliouv, Pavel Makarov and others.


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

    Washington, DC will host accordionists from all over the world during the Accordion Festival which the American Accordionists' Association is sponsoring from 9th to 13th July at the Sheraton City Centre Hotel.

    Details are available from the AAA Festival Committee, P.O. Box 616, Mineola, New York 11501 USA, email:


    Contributed by Hartmut Lange from the German newspaper Intermusik and Dr Herbert Scheibenreif

    Richard Galliano, a French jazz-accordionist has just completed a two week-tour through Austria, Germany and Switzerland, playing in cities including Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Bâle and others. Together with Bireli Lagrene (guitar), George Mraz (bass) and Roberto Gatto (drums) he showed his extraordinary talents as composer and artist on stage. His public got the chance to live some unforgettable moments.

    Richard Galliano was born in Cannes in 1950 and started to play the accordion at the age of four.He has won national and international competitions including the "Trophée Mondiale" in 1966 and 1967.

    On the 26th April, Galliano will perform with his quartet in the club "Live Station" in Dortmund, Germany. Galliano, a great admirer of Piazolla and inventor of the "New Musette", will present "Europhonics 97", the program from his new CD "New York Tango", at the festival.

    Since 1973 he has been working with many stars of the "Chanson française" (Claude Nougaro, Charles Aznavour, Barbara, Juliette Gréco), of jazz (Chet Baker, Toots Thielemans, Philippe Catherine, Ron Carter) and film music (Michel Legrand, Vladimir Cosma). According to Astor Piazzolla who created "Tango Nuevo", Richard Galliano wanted to do the same for "Musette". He is supposed to be the founder of "New Musette" by adding new rhythms, harmonies and melodies derived from jazz-improvisations.

    In 1992 Richard Galliano was awarded the "Prix Django Reinhardt" (the highest distinction for jazz musicians in France) given by the Academy of Jazz. His most important CDs are "New Musette", "Spleen", "Viaggio", "Laurita" and "New York Tango" (recently released).


    Contributed by Tom Collins

    Myron Floren is cutting back on his public performances this year… to about 100! There were rumours floating around about Myron's health. He has written, "I've never felt better even though I've had a number of potentially serious problems, but as you can see by the schedule, I've not slowed down too much."

    He has signed with TV Station PBS throughout 1997. Myron was honoured by the American Accordionists' Association last July in Philadelphia for life long work for the accordion. About 1500 people attended the week long workshops and shows. He says that he guesses that he'll have to keep on practicing!

    For information on upcoming concerts by Myron Floren, see Future Events


    Contributed by Eljko Jembrih from the Croatian Accordion Teachers Association

    On the 14th of April, sisters Tanja and Maja Bandalovic together with the Julije Njikos Trio, gave an accordion jazz performance in the Concert Hall "Hrvatski Glazbeni Zavod", Zagreb, Croatia. This was their first jazz concert (they usually play classical music) and it was very successful.

    Tanja and Maja Bandalovic graduated last summer at The Hohner Accordion Conservatory in Trosingen, Germany, and are now working as accordion teachers in Zagreb, Croatia, as well as playing in concerts in Zagreb.


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

    Live music by the "Older Than Dirt" band will be featured when the Pauline Oliveros Foundation celebrates 12 years of outstanding artistic accomplishment, much of which can be credited to the founder and world-acclaimed composer, educator, accordionist Pauline Oliveros herself. The event will take place on the 3rd of May at the Gallery of the Deep Listening Space where the Foundation is headquartered, in Kingston, New York.


    Contributed by Günther Stoll

    The Harmonica Association from Grossbottwar is striving to support, further and preserve accordion music with public performances and concerts.

    On the 12th of April, members of the association gave a public concert in Grossbottwar making the accordion accessible to a wider audience.

    Featured in the concert were: soloist Dr Oswin Grollmuss, a selection of young players and the first orchestra of the Harmonica Association Grossbottwar.

    The first orchestra under the baton of Günther Stoll played an overture from "Die Stumme von Portici", Werziade and Slavonska Rhapsodija. The soloist Dr Oswin Grollmuss played the French Suite Number 5 in G-major by Bach and together with the first orchestra he played a piece by Hugo Herrmann and La Campanella by Rudolf Würthner. The young players presented a number of pieces, including "Die Festliche Ouvertüre".


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

    The hit Broadway musical "Victor Victoria," starring the fabulous Julie Andrews, is quite accordion friendly. Composer-accordionist Guy Kluscevsek, who sometimes fills in as a pit musician at this show, relates that the "Henry Mancini score as arranged by Billy Byers, has a chair for synth/accordion/bass accordion". Guy says "Byers was a genius at filing away arcana like bass accordions for use in special situations." Hence, he often uses it in "Victor Victoria" to beef up the bowed double bass, creating the illusion of a whole bass section while using only two players.

    Kluscevsek's newest solo album is a CD scheduled for release on Evva later this year.


    Contributed by Wu Shou Zhi

    On Sunday the 1st of June, it is Children's Day. In Qiqihaer city - a small city of Hellongjiang province, a Children's accordion concert will be held in the "New World" Entertainment Palace of Qiqihaer city. More than 60 young accordionists will perform solo, duet and groups in the 2.000 capacity Palace which is already completely booked.


    Contributed by Sandie Wernick

    Lark in the Morning, a unique store offering an incredible selection of unusual, exotic and rare musical instruments from all over the world, has opened its latest edition at The Cannery in San Francisco.

    Founded in 1974, Lark in the Morning is one of the most comprehensive suppliers of musical instruments and instructional materials from around the world. Owned by the husband and wife team of Mickie Zekley and Elizabeth Clark, Lark in the Morning is also a mail-order catalogue company, featuring over 8,000 instruments, teaching videos, books and recordings.

    In addition to the unique and inventive, Lark in the Morning has a spectacular collection of one-of-a-kind and antique instruments including many free reed bellows instruments.

    The official opening which includes a Music and Dance Festival, will be held on the 17th and 18th May, at The Cannery, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco. For further information see Future Events


    Contributed by Tatiana Lanchtchikova

    The official opening of "Russian Harmonica", a restored museum will be held on the 1st of August. Professor Alfred Mirek, who is the founder of the collection, has been collecting for 50 years from various part of Russia.

    The museum was originally opened in 1960 in Podmoskovie and was visited by many people from Russia and abroad. After Alfred Mirek moved to Moscow, the museum closed for many years. Now the museum has been restored, with funding by the Government of Moscow, who have offered a large place for the collection.

    The museum will consist of 12 halls with approximately 10,000 exhibitions in all. They include history, Russian manufacturing in the 19th century, first teaching books, music, recordings, photographs and many old accordions.


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

    The 18th of April was "A Night to Remember at Fez," the hot night spot in New York's Greenwich Village, which staged Elvis Sinatra followed by The Last of the International Playboys, a big band group featuring accordionist Walter Kuehr.

    The sophisticated audience at this posh club loved the Playboys and their accordion-playing leader.


    Contributed by Wu Shou Zhi

    On Sunday the 25th of June at 9.00pm, in an auditorium of the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, a "Piano, Accordion and Electronic Organ" concert will be held. All the performers are amateur music students, their ages ranging from 10 to 16 years old. The type of performances are varied including a magnificent performance from 127 accordion students who will play in unison at the end of the concert. They will play two Chinese pieces - "Singing for Our Motherland" and "The Be Country - China".


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

    Until 1976, Ida Guillory was a school bus driver. Today she's become accordion royalty as Queen Ida, which is an appropriate title, for she is one of the half dozen most popular zydeco artists in the US.

    Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco Band offer up an array of music that gets audiences moving.She swings her small button accordion with the abandon which has brought zydeco and Cajun melodies out into the mainstream of music. Ida has cut many records and her discs are enjoyed by people all over the world.


    Subject: Bio

    Dear Sir or Madam:
    On my bio, it reads Nebraska Conservatory of Music Grad. It should read, New England Conservatory of Music. Please advise on how to change Nebraska to New England.


    I will do this for you and it will be updated next Friday. I hope this is okay. If you would like it changed immediately, please let me know and I will do so for you.

    Wayne Knights

    Subject: How to order CD's from your Data Base

    I would like to order 2 CD's titled State of Art and State of Art II by Art Van Damme. Please advise.

    R. Schluter

    Within the next few weeks you will be able to order many of the CD's listed on the database. We are currently in the process of setting this up.

    In the meantime, I have passed your email onto Faithe Deffner of Deffner Publishers. She has these two CD's and will send you a huge catalogue of everything she has.

    Best regards,
    Wayne Knights

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