the beginning of March, American accordionist Frank Marocco will
be touring Austria for about two weeks. Concerts will take place
in Salzburg, Graz, Leibnitz, Spittal, Feldkirchen, Lavamünd,
and in Vienna at the Accordion Festival in Neunkirchen. Afterwards
Frank will go to Germany to perform in Trossingen and Schönaich.
To conclude his European tour, Frank will record a CD with Simone
Zanchini in Italy.
Frank Marocco is the most recorded accordionist in America (and,
possibly, the world), having played on a vast number of movie soundtracks,
television scores, commercial jingles and record albums, in the
studios of Hollywood and beyond. He has recorded for and/or worked
with artistes ranging from Brian Wilson, Pink Floyd and Madonna
to Luciano Pavarotti, conductor Maxim Shostakovich and composer
John Williams. He was twice awarded the Most Valuable Player Award
by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (N.A.R.A.S).
Frank is also a consummate jazz artiste and composer, with several
albums to his credit. His recently released CD 'Appassionato' is
a departure from any of his previous recordings. It is more of an
eclectic collection of music from various cultures, and has everything
from an Italian pop ballad to a Cuban jazz salsa original. This
CD features the accordion in a variety of settings, most with an
ethnic world music feel, much jazz improvisation, and many original
songs with different rhythmic grooves.
of the Confederation
Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) have arrived in Ikaalinen,
Finland for their annual Winter Congress. Hosted by our CIA member
in Finland 'Suomen Harmonikkaliitto' (Finnish Accordion Association),
in addition to conducting their business meetings at the 115th General
Assembly of Delegates, the CIA will conduct the official Ribbon Cutting
Ceremony of the CIA Archives, be treated to an extraordinary program
of traditional Finnish Winter activities and partake in the annual
Finnish Accordion Association Cruise to Sweden and back.
establishment of the CIA
archives enables an opportunity to put together in one place, the
rich history of this international organization. In addition, the
importance of this work reaches far beyond as it also allows us
to profile the development of the accordion and its repertoire in
general. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at the Hanuritalo
(Accordion House) in Ikaalinen at an International Press Conference
on Friday, February 24.
The Winter Congress concludes the yearlong celebration of the CIAs
70th anniversary year. For
daily reports of the Winter Congress and the Finnish Accordion Association
Ships Cruise with over 2,600 2,600 accordion fans involved, please
Complete Works of Pietro Deiro, Volume 1: Celebrated Polkas, Philadelphia
Contributed by Rob
and musicologist Henry Doktorski has begun recording the complete
works of Pietro Diero and has finished Volume One: 'Pietro's Celebrated
Polkas'. Henry Doktorski writes that: "Pietro's 18 polkas exhibit
great variety, musical interest and humor, and are exceedingly suited
to the accordion. They tickle our ears with beguiling melodies and
fancy finger work".
Pietro Deiro (1888-1954) - known as "The Daddy of the Accordion"
- was one of the greatest and most influential accordionists of the
first half of the 20th century. He became a celebrity on the vaudeville
stage by 1912, and achieved renown by his performing, recording, teaching,
composing, arranging and publishing.
This CD is presented as both a historical recreation of the works
of one of the accordion world's great luminaries, and also as entertainment
on its own merits. The CD includes a 12-page booklet, complete with
historic Pietro Deiro photographs.
Premiere Performance of the Midi Concertina, Stockport - UK
Contributed by Rob
Tuesday February 28th Stockport Accordion Club hosts a special concert,
at which John Nixon will demonstrate the extensive possibilities of
a concertina with MIDI facilities. Using a concertina made in 1859
by the great Charles Wheatstone, this is an historic meeting of original
and modern technology! The midi concertina can faithfully reproduce
48 instrumental sounds.
John Nixon is one of the world's finest concertina players, and has
recorded with Frank Marocco, Jack Emblow, Harry Hussey, Marcel Azzola,
Henry Mancini, Barbara Streisland, Paul McCartney, and many more.
The concert begins at 8pm, and is at the St John Ambulance Brigade
HQ, Edgeley Road, Cheadle Heath - close to junctions 1 and 2 of the
Accordion Festival - USA Contributed
The American Accordion Musicological Society Accordion Festival and
Symposium will be held from March 3rd to 5th at the Wyndham Valley
Forge Suites Hotel in Wayne, Philadelphia. Accordion enthusiasts from
the United States and Canada will gather together for a great weekend
of concerts, workshops, and competitions.
This year's Honored Guest is Lou Persic, and the featured guest artiste
is concert accordionist Henry Doktorski.
New features of this year's festival include 'Open Mic Performances'
at the Friday Night Concert - open to anybody who would like to perform
a 10 to 15 minute spot (contact Joanna
Darrow before March 3rd to register). Another new feature is the
Festival Orchestra, which rehearses on Saturday 2.30 to 4.30pm, and
performs on Sunday at the Awards Concert. Music will be available
Friday Evening and Saturday morning at the Registration Desk.
Kurtag 80th Birthday Celebration, Budapest - Hungary
Contributed by Harley
accordionists from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Professor
Murray, Borut Zagoranski, Milos Milivojeviæ and Zivorad
Nikoliæ performed in the 80th birthday celebration of György
Kurtág. The festival, which ran from February 15th to 19th,
at the Ference Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, celebrated the
80th birthday of the Maestro. The performance of 'Songs of Sorrow
and Despair' (Hungarian Premiere) will be the highlight of the festival
and take place on his birthday, February 19th.
Kurtág was born in 1926 at Lugos, Romania. As a composer, teacher,
pianist and multi linguist, Kurtág has worked with orchestras,
chamber groups and soloists in many parts of Europe, including Paris,
Berlin, Amsterdam and Vienna. Professor Kurtág has had a particularly
intensive career involvement with the works of Beethoven, and many
musicians and singers, including numerous accordionists and accordion
ensembles, have interpreted his many and various own works.
Accordion Festival, Sussex - UK
Contributed by Ron Bennett
2006 Eastbourne Accordion Festival place at the Cumberland Hotel from
February 17th to 20th. A happy atmosphere prevailed throughout this
well supported, sell out event. The event was a credit to the hard
work and preparation by John and Jackie Romero (Carillon Studios).
Their expertise in organising organ and keyboard festivals was apparent
throughout this magical weekend dedicated to the accordion.
touches from John and Jackie made the difference here, for instance,
a personalised welcome pack for everyone on arrival including a detailed
program of events, a free chocolate bar and a magazine. Also included
were complimentary afternoon tea, coffee biscuits and cakes served
in the comfort of the ballroom daily at 4pm with musical accompaniment
provided by George Bennett (keyboard) and Harry Hussey (accordion).
of seminars & tuition were slotted into the weekend (covering
all standards from beginners, advanced to jazz), and in the evenings
over 12 hours of concerts were included in the ballroom, and a Gary
Blair ceilidh was enjoyed by all on the Saturday night as the chairs
were quickly pushed aside to accommodate the many dancers and to test
the sprung dance floor.
Artistes included: Charlie Watkins, Gary Blair, Gennaro Fiondella,
Harry Hussey, John Leslie, Lisa-Lee Leslie, Romeo Aichino, John Romero,
Trevani, and George Bennett, with a guest appearance by Alan Young.
Teachers at the festival were Sue Bennett, Gary Blair, Gennaro Fiondella,
Harry Hussey, John Leslie and Trevani. The traders show included:
Accordions of London, W.E.M, Trevani Studios, repair technician Stan
Mayhew, Cooperativa, Carillon Studios, UKAO, Roland UK, and The Accordion
Ciarla and Renzo
Ruggieri Concerts in Scotland and England - UK Contributed
Ruggieri and violinist Luca Ciarla, from Italy, perform lyrical
jazz standards, Romanian gypsy music and colourful original compositions,
all with a contemporary flavour in concerts at:-
February 24th, 8.30pm - The Jazz Centre, Edinburgh
25th - Orange St. Music Club, Canterbury
Bain and Phil Cunningham UK Tour Dates
Contributed by Rob
player Aly Bain and accordionist Phil Cunningham, one of Scotland's
most successful duos in recent years, are on tour during March, as
3rd - Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury
5th - Hitchin Folk Club, The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, Bedfordshire
6th - Nettlebed Folk Song Club, The Village Club, High Street, Henley
8th - Loughborough Town Hall
10th - The Last Inn, Hengoed, Oswestry, Shropshire
11th - Aerial Centre, King Edward VI Community Centre, Ashburton Road,
14th - The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
16th - Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate, Newcastle Upon Tyne
17th - The Roses Theatre, Edgehill College of Further Education, St
Helen's Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire
18th - Borough Theatre, Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
19th - Lichfield Arts Centre, The Guildhall, Bore Street, Lichfield,
20th - Kendal Town Hall, Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria
21st - Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland
22nd - National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate,
23rd - The Barrington Theatre, Ferndown Community Centre, Pennys Walk,
24th - Farnham maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey
25th - Walberton Village Hall, Arundel, West Sussex
28th - Theatr Mwldan, Bathouse Street, Cardigan, Wales
Sette Akordion Orchestra, Ttopara - Spain
Contributed by Rob
March 4th, at 8pm, the Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra, bands of Txistularis
from Andoain and Hernani, Chorus of Lasarte-Oria (Alboka), Andoain
(Alberto Agirre), Astigarraga (Aitzondo), Hernani (Kantuz), Orio (Salatxo),
and the Basque Dance Group Erketz from Lasarte-Oria are to perform
at Lasarte-Oria's Culture House Manuel, Lekuona, at the Ttopara 2006
Bez Ime Concert, Broadcast and CD, Minneapolis - USA Contributed
March 8th, the Orkestar Bez Ime, featuring Dee
Langley on accordion, perform at an International Women's Day
Event at the Cedar Cultural Center, 7-10 pm KFAI FM Radio hosts the
concert, which will be a live broadcast as part of the radio station's
24 hours of special women's programming.
Orkestar Bez Ime release a new CD, on March 18th, titled 'Nice Driveway
Vol. 2, Lake Aquanyet Days'. The CD release will be at a concert/dance
at the Cedar Cultural Center.
Years HHC Waldhausen forest houses, Baden, Württemberg - Germany Contributed
H. H. C. Forest houses celebrates its 50 years' existence with a concert
featuring Russian accordionist Alexander Skljarov and French accordionists
Jeremy Vannereau and Dimitri Saussard on March 25th in the Remstalhalle,
73547 Lorch-Waldhausen place.
and Viva's 10th year Hotel Residency - Australia
Contributed by Rob
Marie Rappolt with her band, Viva, will be returning for their 10th
year of performances at the Settlers Arms Inn, a delightful 'Australiana
bush' hotel situated outside Sydney. The band will appear at the hotel
on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. The band usually performs
on a stage located on a large expanse of lawn at the rear of the building.
There is bench type seating and tables located under shady trees for
patrons to enjoy the wonderful and renowned food and entertainment.
The Settlers Arms Inn is an historic stone and timber hotel located
in the St Alban's Valley. The inn, one of the oldest hotels in Australia,
was built by convict labour in 1836.
Marie and Viva provide entertainment in an informal cabaret style
performing a repertoire of jazz, Latin, salsa, French and Spanish
songs and stunning feature tunes. The romantic sounds of musette accordion
(with midi bass), Spanish guitar, congas, percussion plus two vocalists
harmonizing beautiful songs waft through the village of St Alban's
valley drawing visitors and local residents to the Settlers Arms Inn.
accordionist Viktor Romanko will be demonstrating the new Hohner
'Genius' model accordion during the Music Fair in Frankfurt, held
from March 29th to April 1st. Professor Romanko will be demonstrating
each day at the state of Hohner Hall, and on March 30rd, at 4pm, and
on the 31st, at 12noon, on Acoustic Stage 3.
Tasten 2006 Accordion Festival takes place from May 26th to 28th
at Günzburg. This large-scale festival, which features the Zydeco
Playboys, and accordionist Cathrin Pfeifer and her band, includes
The Bavarian Accordion Competition for accordion orchestras and ensembles,
catering for all ages. All participants get free entry to LEGOLAND
on May 28th, where an impromptu orchestra will perform, under the
direction of Stefan Hippe.
Venglevski, from the Republic of Moldova but now resident in the
USA, is recognised as a virtuoso of the bayan. A two-time first prize
winner of the bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova, Stas is
a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received
his Masters Degree in Music under the tutelage of Friedrich
During March, Stas Venglevski will perform the following concerts:-
March 10th to 12th - Texas Accordion Association
13th - Skokie, Illinois: a performance of the Galla-Rini Concerto
No 2, with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra
14th to 20th, Vienna, Austria
23rd - Berlin, Germany
Piermaria electronic piano accordion has been stolen from Robert Beecroft,
proprietor of the Birmingham Accordion Centre, England. The accordion
is black, musette tuned, has 6 treble couplers, and has 5 bass couplers.
The instrument, made about 1986, has some damage. It was stolen on
February 10th by a group of Romanians who came into the shop, and
is one of several similar incidents in the UK in recent times. A list
of other stolen accordions can be found on the Stolen
from Germany, is looking for an accordion orchestra or accordion
group to take part in. She is now living in Cento (FE) Italy where
she hopes to be able to also play the accordion. She has previously
been a member of an accordion orchestra. Her contact: BettinaSt1978@aol.com
States National Accordion News has been updated with the February
edition. Please visit to find out the latest US news, contact information
for the various accordion clubs and associations across the country
and upcoming events. Please use the submit form on the site to send
your news for publication.
Updated site for the Milwaukee
Accordion Club, featuring upcoming 2006 concerts for their 15th
Anniversary year. Among the star studded lineup include visiting artists
Copper Box, World Champion Peter Soave, Mariya Vlasovva & Kirill
Shytbin (winners of the 2005 Moscow Bayan Competition), entertainer
Robin Pluer, the Milwaukee Accordion Club Ensemble, Grammy Nominee
Kevin Solecki, Country Swing accordionist Ginny Mac, Dr. Lidia Kaminska,
Chicago Jazz accordionist John Simkus and immediate past president
of the ATG and concert accordionist Stas Venglevski.
Updated concert schedule of concert accordionist and recording artist
Updated information on the American
Accordionists Association (AAA) including detailed information
on events such as the July 12th to 16th Annual Competition and Festival,
the March 19th Open Meeting featuring guest artist Peter Soave, the
April 2nd 2006 Winery Scholarship Afternoon, and the 12th annual Master
Class and Concert series, moderated by Dr. William Schimmel.
about the upcoming Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) festival from June 29
- July 2nd, 2006 at the Ramada Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN